March 20, 2014
Coordinator for Elementary PE, Health and Music Loretta Bourn, left, and Northwest Dodge Director of Marketing and Community Outreach Mark Carruba sample the food for the Diamond Jubilee during a 75th Anniversary meeting on March 12 at the Berry Center. The Diamond Jubilee, set for Aug. 9, will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres with the theme of favorite school foods turned elegant.
The Diamond Jubilee, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road) arena, will launch the celebration of CFISD’s 75th anniversary. Sponsored by Caldwell Companies, Cy-Hope and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, the event will celebrate 75 honorees who have impacted “Our Children, Our Schools, Our Community”—the 75th Anniversary slogan—throughout the district’s history.
Tickets for the Diamond Jubilee, which is limited to 3,000 guests, will be sold online for $25 apiece. Children 4 and under will be admitted free of charge.
Cocktail attire is suggested for the celebration, which will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres with the theme of favorite school foods turned elegant—including corn dog muffins, fried mac-n-cheese, sliced veggies and Twinkies on a stick—as well as a meat carving station.
KPRC Local 2 anchor and reporter Rachel McNeill, a 1992 Cypress Creek High School graduate, will serve as the event emcee. Houston-based performers Cool Freddie E & The Crew will provide the musical entertainment, playing hit songs from each decade of CFISD’s existence.
Guests at the Diamond Jubilee will enter through a diamond “frosting” station and mingle on the arena floor while sipping fizzy drinks, sampling the food and learning about the district through the various decades. Boy Scouts of America from the Big Cypress, Copperhead and Soaring Eagle districts will serve as docents who will be staged around the arena and share interesting facts and stories from each time period.
“This will be a truly social event that people will not want to miss,” said Kristina Perez, director of community programs. “The Diamond Jubilee is the perfect setting to cherish those who have made Cypress-Fairbanks great while throwing a grand party for a sparkling future.”
CFISD 75th Anniversary committee members including Hemmenway Elementary School Principal Dr. Jae Simpson-Butler, left, and community member Debbie Blackshear, right, sample Diamond Jubilee fare including classic tomato basil soup and grilled cheese and fried PB&J sandwiches.
Berry Center chef Justin Simmons carves black forest ham and smoked turkey at the Diamond Jubilee food tasting on March 12. The Diamond Jubilee, set for Aug. 9 at the Berry Center, will celebrate 75 honorees who have impacted “Our Children, Our Schools, Our Community”—the 75th Anniversary slogan—throughout the district’s history.