9th annual M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Golf Tournament held to benefit Aldine Education Foundation

Aldine Education Foundation President Armando Walle delivered remarks at the awards ceremony during the 9th annual M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Golf Tournament, held Oct. 27 at Tour 18 in Humble.

The Aldine Education Foundation (AEF) hosted the sold-out M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Golf Tournament at Tour 18 in Humble  on Thursday, Oct. 27 as a fundraiser for Aldine ISD student scholarships and educator grants.

Former Aldine ISD Superintendent (and the event’s namesake) Sonny Donaldson helped to welcome Title Sponsor WCA as well as many returning supporters and new sponsors. Including this year, AEF’s golf tournament donors have raised more than $594,005 for programs improving educational opportunities for Aldine ISD students.

The biggest fundraising event of the year had lots of student representation. The morning started with grab-and-go breakfast tacos while listening to the beautiful and relaxing music of the Carver Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Grace Lewis, Director of Carver Orchestras, and Gabby Garces, Assistant Director of Carver Orchestras.

The day ended with a performance by the award-winning Carver High School Mariachi under the direction of Jaime Alanis and his assistant, Alejandro Valenzula. The awards presented to the top teams and individuals were beautiful one-of-a-kind art pieces framed professionally and created by emerging AISD artists at Cypresswood Elementary. These students were guided by Kaileigh Newman, Director of Visual Arts, and Yvonne Lopez-Taylor, the 2020-21 Region 4 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Aldine Education Foundation President State Representative Armando Walle welcomed the players, introduced fellow Aldine Education Foundation board members, and acknowledged all of AEF’s supporters.

Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney gave gratitude to the Aldine Education Foundation for their hard work to raise money for Aldine ISD, and thanked title sponsor WCA and all of the sponsors.

Finally, the Golf Tournament Leadership Team – Bob Beasley, Craig Brast, Sidney Brewer, Jana Gonzales, Pastor David L. Smith, Lynette Sealy, and Mike Sosa announced this year’s winners and distributed special awards.

Aldine Education Director Linda Flores Olson was very pleased with the day, stating “It is heart-warming to know that our community cares so much about our young leaders in Aldine ISD.”