Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival raises record $100,000

March 26, 2018

Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival raises record $100,000
Dr. Mark Henry (far right), CFISD superintendent of schools, starts the 5K at the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival, with the first wave of participants taking off at the starting line March 24. 

March 26, 2018—More than 6,000 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD staff, students, community members and business partners gathered at the Berry Center for the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival, a fundraiser that culminated with CFISD and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital representatives presenting a check worth a record $100,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF).

Held March 24, the event featured a 5K and a 1-mile run that took place in and around the Berry Center and Lone Star College–CyFair. Vendor booths, food trucks, bounce houses and student performances made the day even more special for the whole family.

CFISD and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital representatives present a check worth $100,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundaion at the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival
CFISD and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital representatives present a check worth $100,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundaion at the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and community relations; Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board of Trustees president; Marie Holmes, CFEF executive director; and Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO.

“The vision was for it to become a community event but I never dreamed it would grow to this level,” said Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools. “I did not envision the carnival atmosphere we have for families. I just thought it was going to be a great, fun running event where employees would come together and raise a little money for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

“But all of the people involved have just taken it to a level that I never would have dreamed of.”

In all, the event saw 4,992 total registered participants. That included 5K and 1 mile competitors and this year’s newest edition, the sleep-in pass, for those who wanted to be a part of the festivities but were unable to attend.

Arnstar (left) from GoNoodle’s Blazer Fresh leads participants in stretching prior to the 5K of the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival. Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, the event’s underwriter, sponsored GoNoodle Plus for CFISD K-6 teachers, students and parents for the 2017-2018 school year
Arnstar (left) from GoNoodle’s Blazer Fresh leads participants in stretching prior to the 5K of the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival. Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, the event’s underwriter, sponsored GoNoodle Plus for CFISD K-6 teachers, students and parents for the 2017-2018 school year

The Cypress Lakes High School R.E.D. Storm step team was among the numerous student performance groups that entertained participants at the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center.
The Cypress Lakes High School R.E.D. Storm step team was among the numerous student performance groups that entertained participants at the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center.

More than 500 students volunteered, while 15 student performance groups entertained race and festival participants. They included the Jersey Village High School cheerleaders, Andre’ Elementary School Leopard Steppers, Rennell Elementary School Redhawk Dance team, Cypress Ridge High School Dazzlers, Anthony Middle School Glee Club and Cypress Lakes High School R.E.D. Storm.

The Fun Run and Festival was underwritten by Memorial Hermann Cypress, with platinum sponsors DivisionOne Construction, North Cypress Medical Center, Telemundo Houston, Towne Lake – A Caldwell Company and Xerox.

“When communities come together, it’s general around the school district and organizations like Memorial Hermann take it seriously about being involved in the community,” said Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO. “With us being new to this community, getting involved in events like this has been one of the bright spots.”

: Children’s games and family activities were part of the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center. The event is expected to generate a record $100,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.
Children’s games and family activities were part of the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center. The event is expected to generate a record $100,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

Nearly 5,000 registered participants, both young and old, took part in the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center. That included nearly 2,400 who registered for the 5K competition.
Nearly 5,000 registered participants, both young and old, took part in the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center. That included nearly 2,400 who registered for the 5K competition.

The following additional sponsors helped make the event possible:

Gold sponsors

Academy Sports + Outdoors and Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.

Silver sponsors

Avanti Senior Living, Bear Creek Church, Bridgeland, Houston’s First Baptist Church – Cypress, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Members Choice Credit Union, Mr. Handyman of Greater Cypress, Prime Systems/Directron, Slim Chickens, Woodforest National Bank and Zaxby’s.

Bronze sponsors

Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Amy Wine Counseling, Balfour-All American, Biggby Coffee, Brookside Equipment, Brother’s Produce, Buckeye Cleaning Center, Code Ninjas, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, Dance Central, Ducerus North Houston, Edgenuity, F45 Training Bridgeland, First Choice Collision, Heritage Texas, i9 Sports, Ivanti, Jake’s Finer Foods, JPI Data Resource, KEV Group (School Cash), Kim Hastings Agency – Farmers Insurance, Labatt Food Service, Layer 3 Communications, Lifetouch, Lone Star College–CyFair, Mathnasium, McAlister’s Deli, Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care, Oak Farms Dairy, Page, Raising Cane’s, School Health, Sport Clips, Take 5 Oil Change, The Rustic Brush, TXR Paintball, V Family Dentistry, VillaSport Cypress, Waste Corporate of America (WCA) and Whataburger.

Food trucks

Berry Ices, Orange Leaf Yogurt and Tacos Ole.

“The success of this year’s Superintendent’s Fun Run was the result of collaboration of many CFISD departments and employees, incredible support of our business partners, hundreds of student volunteers and record-setting numbers of race participants,” said Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and community relations. “An enormous effort by so many in the community enabled us to give the largest donation to date to the CFEF.”

Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, talks with a representative from Sport Clips, which had one of 80 vendor booths at the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center. The family-friendly event also included food trucks and bounce houses.
Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, talks with a representative from Sport Clips, which had one of 80 vendor booths at the Fifth Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 24 at the Berry Center. The family-friendly event also included food trucks and bounce houses.

Businesses interested in participating next year or at other CFISD events can contact Leslie Francis at 281-894-3950 or [email protected].

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