Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival raises record $110,000

March 5, 2019

Dr. Mark Henry (black top holding air horn), CFISD superintendent of schools, starts the 5K at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival, with the first wave of race participants taking off at the starting line March 2. The event, which saw nearly 6,000 participants in the 5K and 1-mile family-friendly walk/run, raised a record $110,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.
Dr. Mark Henry (black top holding air horn), CFISD superintendent of schools, starts the 5K at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival, with the first wave of race participants taking off at the starting line March 2. The event, which saw nearly 6,000 participants in the 5K and 1-mile family-friendly walk/run, raised a record $110,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

March 5, 2019—Nearly 6,000 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD staff, students, community members and business partners came together at the Berry Center and Cy-Fair FCU Stadium for the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2. The fundraiser culminated with CFISD and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital representatives presenting a check worth a record $110,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF).

The event featured a 5K run and 1-mile family-friendly walk/run. Both had new course layouts, with the 5K race taking place through Towne Lake and Lone Star College-CyFair. The family path included the walkways on the stadium’s home side and featured high school inflatable tunnels on the field and spirit teams encouraging participants.

CFISD and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital representatives present a check worth $110,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools; Bevin Gordon, CFISD director of marketing and community relations; Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board of Trustees president; Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO; and Terry Wheeler, CFEF chairman.
CFISD and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital representatives present a check worth $110,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools; Bevin Gordon, CFISD director of marketing and community relations; Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board of Trustees president; Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO; and Terry Wheeler, CFEF chairman.

Sponsor and vendor booths, food trucks, bounce houses and student performances made the day even more special for all event guests.

“We had great crowds and we brought in a record total. I can’t sufficiently thank our CFISD employees, community and of course, our title sponsor, Memorial Hermann Cypress,” said Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools. “It’s just a great event.

“When you’re in a large community and a large district, a community event like this brings us all a little closer together. That’s what it’s really all about.”

The event drew approximately 4,400 total race participants. In addition, 1,400 registered for the sleep-in pass, which allowed an option for those who wanted to support the CFEF but were unable to attend.

New course layouts for both the 5K run and 1-mile family-friendly walk/run were highlights of the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival. The 5K race took place through Towne Lake and Lone Star College-CyFair, while the family path winded through Cy-Fair FCU Stadium and featured high school inflatable tunnels and spirit teams encouraging participants along the path.
New course layouts for both the 5K run and 1-mile family-friendly walk/run were highlights of the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival. The 5K race took place through Towne Lake and Lone Star College-CyFair, while the family path winded through Cy-Fair FCU Stadium and featured high school inflatable tunnels and spirit teams encouraging participants along the path.

Nearly 550 students volunteered, while 18 student performance groups entertained race and festival participants. Student performances included the Cypress Lakes High School R.E.D. Storm, Tipps Elementary School Synergy Squad, Pope Elementary School percussion ensemble, Francone Elementary School Hoopers and M. Robinson Elementary School choir.

The event was underwritten by Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, with platinum sponsors Prime Contractors Inc., Towne Lake – A Caldwell Company and Xerox.

“This community comes out and supports Cy-Fair ISD and the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, and Memorial Hermann Cypress is just proud to be a small part of that,” said Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO. “The community supports us and we can’t do what we do without that support, so when there are opportunities for us to give back and help provide scholarships for students within the district, it’s really easy for us to come out here and be part of such a great event.” 

The Cypress Woods High School Theatre Company was among the numerous student performance groups that entertained participants at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center.
The Cypress Woods High School Theatre Company was among the numerous student performance groups that entertained participants at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center.

The following additional sponsors helped make the event possible:

Gold Sponsors

Academy Sports + Outdoors, Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers, Dally + Associates, Division One Construction, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Texas Army National Guard and VLK Architects.

Silver Sponsors

A – Beautiful Pools, Inc., Avanti Senior Living, Bear Creek Baptist Church, Bridgeland, IBI Group, PBK, Post Oak Municipal Advisors and Prime Systems/Directron.

Bronze Sponsors

Balfour-All American, Buckeye Cleaning Center, Copper Creek Orthodontics, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, Ducerus North Houston, Edgenuity, Elite Auto Experts, F45 Training Bridgeland, Fajita Pete's, FastMed Urgent Care, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, HCA Care Now Urgent Care, Huntington Learning Center, Cypress, i9 Sports, Mathnasium of Cy-Fair, Orangetheory Fitness, Orthotex Smile Specialists, PJ's Coffee of New Orleans, Piper Jaffray & Co., Raising Cane's, The Rustic Brush, Some Like It Hot Yoga, Sterlington Medical, VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa and WC America.

Food Trucks

Bahama Buck’s, Bright Relish, Café Dala, Smart Drinks, Super Pizza USA and Snowdog Ice Cream.

“We had a blast and it was a great event for our community and the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation,” said Bevin Gordon, CFISD director of marketing and community relations. “We are blessed in CFISD to have such devoted business partners and community members who support public education. I love seeing this remarkable collaboration to create scholarship opportunities for CFISD students and graduates.”

Children’s games and family activities were part of the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. The event is expected to generate a record $110,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.
Children’s games and family activities were part of the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. The event is expected to generate a record $110,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

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

Full race results by age group are available on the Run Houston Timing website

Approximately 4,400 registered race participants, both young and old, took part in the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. That included nearly 2,650 who registered for the 5K competition. (Photo by Hana Abudhhir, Cypress Park HS)
Approximately 4,400 registered race participants, both young and old, took part in the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. That included nearly 2,650 who registered for the 5K competition. (Photo by Hana Abudhhir, Cypress Park HS)

Representatives from Lone Star College-CyFair visit with participants at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. Seventy vendor booths were part of the family-friendly event, which also included food trucks and bounce houses.
Representatives from Lone Star College-CyFair visit with participants at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. Seventy vendor booths were part of the family-friendly event, which also included food trucks and bounce houses.

Dr. Mark Henry (holding medal), CFISD superintendent of schools, presents a medal to a winner at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. Heath Rushing (right), Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO, and Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board of Trustees president, also awarded medals to race winners. Approximately 4,400 registered race participants took part in the event, including nearly 2,650 who registered for the 5K competition. (Photo by Gisselle Moreira, Cypress Park HS)
Dr. Mark Henry (holding medal), CFISD superintendent of schools, presents a medal to a winner at the sixth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival on March 2 at the Berry Center. Heath Rushing (right), Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO, and Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board of Trustees president, also awarded medals to race winners. Approximately 4,400 registered race participants took part in the event, including nearly 2,650 who registered for the 5K competition. (Photo by Gisselle Moreira, Cypress Park HS)

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