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We are proud to announce that Terry Wheeler is the new Chairman of CFEF as of July 1. His term will go from July 2017 to June 30, 2019!


Terry Wheeler grew up in Abilene Texas and is a 7th generation Texan. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Texas and his Bachelor of Business Administration from McMurry University. At McMurry University Terry lettered in Football and Track. While in college Terry was awarded the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award for Outstanding Senior Business Student.


Terry is the current CEO of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center. He received the Circle of Excellence Award by Tenet for Hospital Leadership in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has been recognized by Tenet as an Outstanding CFO four times. Terry is the first officer at Tenet to receive both CEO and CFO awards. Terry co-authored Humana, Inc., published by Prentice-Hall in the college textbook: Cases in Strategic Marketing.


Terry has served on the Scholarship Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee and was Treasurer of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. He is a past Board Member for Cy-Hope and Senior Adult Services. He is a District Rep. for American Hospital Association and served three terms on the Tenet Council of Chief Executive Officers. Terry is also a member of the Texas Hospital Association-member of the Council on Policy Development. He is a Youth Football Coach and Boys and Girls Basketball Coach for the Cy-Fair Sports Association. Terry is a past Chairman of the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and a past Board Member for the American Heart Association, North Harris Montgomery Community College District Foundation and Metrocrest Medical Foundation. He currently serves on the finance committee and was a Past HR Chair for Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Terry was selected as the 75-year anniversary honoree and also as a Friend of Education by CFISD in 2015-2016.


Terry and his wife, Renate, have been married for 25 years. They have three children; Austin, Sarah and Lauren. In his leisure time Terry enjoys watching football, working out, oil painting and reading.

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The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Scholarship Reception is going to be held on August 1, 2017 at the Berry Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. We will be honoring our scholarship recipients. We were excited that we had the ability to award $447,000 in scholarships this year. We are going to be hosting our recipients, donors, trustees, event sponsors, community members, school principals, counselors and administers.

Cy-Fair Educational Foundation has awarded more than 7 million in scholarships since 1970. And we are proud and grateful to say that our funds are raised through endowments and events. Attendees will include CFEF trustees, donors, event sponsors, recipients and their families, CFISD administrators, principals and counselors, as well as school board members.

We have scheduled some key speakers this year who include: Chairman of CFEF Terry Wheeler from Cy-Fair Medical Center Hospital, Cypress Fairbanks ISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry and 2005 Cecil Hall Recipient Jason Burkett. Also speaking is Deena Morgan, the 1995 Cecil Hall Recipient.

The Foundation provides college financial support to capable and motivated CFISD student leaders with significant financial need. Our Trustees are a passionate community and business leaders committed to raising funds for student scholarships and staff development grants. The Foundation and its Trustees work closely with CFISD and the Lone Star College-CyFair to impact the quality of life in our community and improve access to college.

Your gift to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation helps students discover a brighter future through student scholarships and staff development grants.

We offer our many thanks to the generous donations from CFISD alumni, business partners and community. If you would like to donate, kindly visit our online donation page. All donations are truly appreciated!

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The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Salute to Our Heroes Gala, honoring the men and women who serve our country. Proceeds raised during Salute to Our Heroes go to an endowment, which enables CFISD students to attend college.


Salute to Our Heroes 2018


The 2018 Salute to Our Heroes Gala will take place at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside on Saturday, February 3, 2018. This special evening is highlighted with an inspirational speaker, dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Individual tickets are priced at $125, and Veteran tickets are $75; click to learn more about advertising opportunities, and to view our 2018 Salute to Our Heroes flyer.


Speaker: Salvatore “Sal” Giunta


We’re honored to welcome Salvatore “Sal” Augustine Giunta as our speaker for the 10th Anniversary of our Salute to Our Heroes Gala. Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on November 16, 2010. Staff Sgt. Giunta was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.


Giunta joined the Army in November 2003 and was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy. He completed two combat tours in Afghanistan. While conducting a patrol as team leader, Giunta and his team were ambushed by a well-armed, well-coordinated team of insurgents in Korengal Valley on October 25, 2007. Under intense fire, Giunta fought the enemy, administered first aid to his wounded squad leader, and saved another soldier from being carried away by the Taliban.


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Established in 2009, the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational basketball brings together 24 high school teams—including the 10 Cypress-Fairbanks boy’s varsity teams. Cy-Falls High School Boy’s Basketball is the Class 6A State Champions, so it’s sure to be a great weekend of competitive hoops.

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About the Invitational


The 2017 Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational will take place December 7-9, and we hope you will join us. In addition to raising funds for student scholarship and staff development grants, the goal of the invitational is to engage our community, promote the sport of basketball, and foster a community spirit that serves us all.


Games will be played at the Berry Center and various Cy-Fair ISD high schools; stay tuned for more information about this fun-filled fundraising weekend!


Quick Tips


  • Sponsorship Opportunities are available.
  • Kids who wear their school or team jersey get free admittance and courtside seating at the games!
  • Tournament Tickets will be available.




For information about the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational, and about tournament sponsorship, contact CFEF: 281.370.0144 or visit the main website There are a variety of sponsorship levels ranging from $500 to $10,000. Don’t forget to check to see if your company offers corporate matches.


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DLD Designs is an artist studio boutique “that is by, for and about women.” Boutique owner Debi Lynn is a longtime CFEF supporter who donates a portion of her profits each month to benefit CFEF staff development grants. She has a passion for teachers and education.


About DLD Designs


You can get to know Debi Lynn and DLD Designs by visiting her website. She hosts a Ladies Night every third Thursday, in addition to regular art workshops. Her vintage and vintage-inspired fashions, jewelry, and accessories can be spotted on more than a few big stars—Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Katherine Heigl for starters! DLD’s designs are a chic mix of modern and Bohemian styles—on-trend, without being trendy.


Visit the Boutique or Shop Online


Swing by her shop at 7710-E Cherry Park Drive or take some time to shop DLD Designs online—don’t forget, 10 percent of each sale goes to charity, including CFEF!


Check out fun, Western-inspired Bohemian Fashion, including on-trend cold-shoulder tops and sundresses perfect for hot Houston summers.


You’ll find cuffs, earrings, necklaces and more in DLD Designs’ jewelry section, and a fun array of Bohemian accessories as well, from trucker-style hats to wallets.


Connect with DLD Designs


You can connect with Debi Lynn on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.


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One of Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s most popular and exciting events is turning twenty years old this year! Join CFEF on October 19, 2017, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Salute to the Stars.


‘Salute to the Stars’ is an annual recognition of Cy-Fair ISD’s very best teachers and a special way to honor their hard work. One teacher from every campus is selected for recognition as representing a unique balance of skill, art, and heart. Since its inception in 1998, the Salute to the Stars event has raised almost $3 million for Foundation programs.


Salute to the Stars Grows


Salute to the Stars gets bigger and better each year, and 2017 is no exception. This year the event will be moving to the Berry Center Arena to accommodate the opening of three new schools and recognition of four para educators and support staff.


About the Berry Center:


Sponsorship Opportunities


Show your support for CFEF and Cy-Fair ISD teachers! There are many sponsorship opportunities for Salute to the Stars for individuals and businesses.


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Awarding student scholarships provides CFISD students with an opportunity to achieve their educational goals. Although many CFEF scholarships are funded annually through endowments, increasing scholarships awarded in the future depends on the generous financial support we receive from the community.

“An investment in the future of a deserving youth is the best investment a person can make,” said Robert Adam, a CFEF donor who has given $1M in endowed scholarships through the Foundation.

In 2016, CFEF gave a total of 107 scholarships totaling $358,000; click to see a full list of CFEF scholarships, including:

  • Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Assistance Scholarships
  • Cypress Running Club Scholarship
  • Adam Jackson Skinner Memorial Scholarship
  • Eric Bassett Memorial Scholarship
  • Christopher & Elizabeth Gilbert Endowment

About Endowed Scholarships

We call endowment funds “the gift that keeps on giving” because it is a perpetual gift, with interest being used to fund scholarships while the principle investment continues to grow. Click to view our endowment criteria, including:

  • Endowments may be established in the amounts of $20,000, $50,000, $100,000, or more.
  • Endowments will be named for private individuals, corporations, and organizations, in memory of and in honor of individuals.
  • All endowments have seven years to fund.
  • Endowments will be designed with the Foundation’s minimum criteria and may also include special criteria.

Our online list of Endowment Partners is always being updated; click to view our most current list of CFEF Endowment Partners.

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Click to view a full list of our Endowment Partners.



When you sponsor a CFEF event like the B.F. Adam Golf Classic, or give a gift through any of our CFEF donation programs, you help us equip CFISD students with scholarships—but that donation is just the start.

Who is a CFEF scholarship student, and how does your donation impact their life? Today’s Scholarship Spotlight shines on two CFEF scholarship recipients: Jessica & David Claros.

Jessica and David are siblings and Cy-Fair natives, and each exemplifies the qualities of a CFEF scholar—hard working, dedicated, committed. Today both Jessica and David work for Caldwell Companies, but their journey began as Cy-Fair ISD students seeking financial support to attend college and pursue their dreams.

About Jessica

Scholarship Recipient Jessica ClarosA CFEF Cecil B. Hall Scholarship helped Jessica attend Texas A&M University, where she graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2007. As part of a ‘full-circle journey’, Jessica returned to Cy-Fair ISD as a teacher, inspiring her elementary school students in the classroom for seven years. In 2012 Jessica was recognized as a Spotlight Teacher of the Year; in 2013, she spoke about her experience as a scholarship recipient and a spotlight teacher at CFEF’s Salute to the Stars.

Since March 2015 Jessica has worked as executive assistant to Fred Caldwell, of Caldwell Companies; Caldwell is a CFEF Trustee and Endowment Partner, as well as a Foundation Partner. In her spare time Jessica likes to stay active, which includes training for and participating in triathlons. Jessica has been known to race for a cause, raising scholarship funds for the Outback Texas Ministry.

About David

Scholarship Recipient David ClarosLike his sister, David’s path led from Cy-Fair ISD to Texas A&M. After graduating from Cy-Fair High School, a $7,000 CFEF scholarship helped David attend and graduate from Texas A&M in 2012 with a BS in Construction Management, and a minor in business. After college, David worked his way up at Palm Harbor Homes before being hired as a Commercial Real Estate Broker for Caldwell Companies in College Station. Today David lives and works in Houston, focusing on industrial real estate in the city’s Northwest-West Houston markets.

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In the 29 years since the B.F. Adam Golf Classic was first held, more than $2.7 million has been raised to fund CFEF efforts to provide CFISD students with scholarships. Improving access to college and positively impacting quality of life in our community are the foundation of our vision. Over the course of our 46 year history, we have awarded more than $7 million in scholarships and $2 million in staff development grants.

But we can’t do it without you.

We would love for you to join us on the course, and we invite you to explore ways to support the event as an official sponsor. We also hope you will consider making a digital donation, particularly if your schedule prevents you from attending; we still count on your support.

Donate Online

You can make a donation directly through our website today—or any time. You can also opt to make a recurring monthly donation. If your employer matches donations, don’t forget to check that box

Donate via Text

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A fast, simple way to make a difference is to simply text CFEF to 243725 to make your donation.

Donate with Amazon Smile


Make donating simple by choosing Cy Fair Educational Foundation as your organization of choice at Amazon Smile ( Amazon automatically donates 0.5 percent of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases every time you shop.

Don’t forget to connect with us online! You can find CFEF on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn about upcoming fundraising events.


Now in its 29th year, the B.F. Adam Golf Classic has raised more than $2.7 million to fund CFEF efforts. Since 1992, funds raised by the tournament have provided CFISD students with scholarships to help them pursue their academic dreams.


The B.F. Adam Golf Classic would not be possible without the help of generous sponsorships and community support. The tournament sold out 2 months in advance, in addition to our team sponsors we have over 40 additional sponsors and donors.  Pin Flag and Hole Signs are still available. We invite you to review the sponsorship levels for the upcoming B.F. Adam Classic, and please consider supporting Cy-Fair ISD students.

Thank you to all our sponsors, including:

  • Event underwriter Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and namesake B. F. Adam Family
  • Platinum-level Sponsors: IBI Group & Linebarger Attorneys at Law
  • Lunch generously provided by: Caldwell Companies
  • Gold-level Sponsor: Salas O’Brien, LLC
  • “Ace” Volunteer: Station & Ayers Insurance Services & Consulting, LLC
  • Dinner generously provided by: Carl’s BBQ and Willies Grill & Ice House
  • For our complete list of generous sponsors, please visit our 2017 B.F. Adam Sponsor page by clicking here.

About the B.F. Adam Classic

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017—9:30 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. lunch; 11 a.m. shotgun start; 5 p.m. dinner and live auction

Where: Black Horse Golf Club (Cypress, TX)

More Information: Download the brochure, or call 281-370-0144

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