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Salute to Our Heroes
April, 2021

Salute to Our Heroes honors the brave men and women of the armed forces and first responders who serve to protect and preserve our freedoms, liberty, and life. Proceeds from this event fund scholarship endowments for graduating seniors from CFISD. The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation invests in Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Future by providing scholarships and innovative staff development programs for CFISD. This special evening is highlighted with an inspirational speaker, dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction. The event takes place at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside on February 6, 2021.

Mark Tillman Head Shot

Our speaker this year is Mark Tillman.

Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman was President George W. Bush’s pilot and commander of Air Force One. As the 12th Presidential pilot (2001-2009), Col. Tillman commanded AF-1 on September 11, 2001 keeping the President and his staff well protected and invisible to those that would do him harm.

Col Tillman’s distinguished career spanned 30 years in the United States Air Force. Selected to attend USAF pilot training, his flying experience includes time as a T-37 Instructor Pilot for undergraduate pilot training, C-130 transport pilot, VIP airlift as a pilot in the Gulfstream III and IV, and Presidential pilot in the VC-25 or Boeing 747.

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004, Col. Tillman was also promoted by President Bush to brigadier general—the first military line officer to receive this honor (not confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee). Honored to have served the White House, proud to be a member of the United States Military, Col Tillman’s career was filled with countless complex missions—responsibility that few leaders have experienced. 

For details on sponsorship’s, advertisements or ticket sales, please call (281) 370-0144. Individual tickets are $125 each and $75 for military veterans and active military personnel. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
V.I.P. Event starts at 6:00 p.m.
Event starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.

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Our Mission

We raise funds to increase college access by awarding scholarships to Cy-Fair ISD graduates and dual credit scholarships for current students. Funds raised also promote excellence in teaching by providing staff development programs to CFISD.