Legendary Coach Gene Stallings to Speak at Foundation Benefit Dinner
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Football great Gene Stallings will be the keynote speaker at a benefit dinner for the Lindale ISD Education Foundation this fall. A Legendary Kickoff: An Evening to Support Excellence will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Villa Di Felicita located at 7891 Highway110 North in Tyler.

Individual tickets for the dinner are $100. “All Star Table” purchases are available for $700 and include six tickets for dinner and access to a pre-dinner meet and greet and photo with Coach Stallings. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lindale ISD Education Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides innovative classroom grants for projects not funded or under-funded by the Lindale ISD’s operating budget.

“We are very excited to have Coach Stallings support our mission and give of his time to help the students of the Lindale ISD,” foundation president Wayne Fletcher said. “This event will be a special opportunity for sports fans and non-sports fans to hear his interesting personal story and enjoy a night of entertainment.”

The event will include the meet and greet for VIP’s, dinner, live auction and a dance. Table and ticket purchases can be made online at www.lindalefoundation.org or by contacting LISD Education Foundation Director Holly D. Rand at (903) 780-7969.

Stallings is a graduate of Paris High School and was a member of the esteemed “Junction Boys” under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at Texas A&M University. During his career he served as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama, winning the national championship in 1964. He later returned to Texas A&M where he was head coach and led the Aggies to the Southwest Conference championship. Stallings was a member of Tom Landry’s coaching staff with the Dallas Cowboys and won Super Bowl XII. He later went on to coach the St. Louis Cardinals before the team relocated to Phoenix. Stallings returned to the University of Alabama as head coach in 1990, a position he held until 1997.

In addition to his extensive football career, Stallings is known for his advocacy and role as an author. He co-wrote the book Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son about his relationship with his son John Mark Stallings who was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart condition. He has served on several boards including President George W. Bush’s Commission on Intellectual Disability, Paris Regional Medical Center, Disability

Resources and the Boys and Girls Club of Paris. He served on the Texas A&M Board of Regents from 2005-2011.

Stallings is the two-time recipient of the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year Award and in 2000 was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M. He was also awarded the Legends Award from the All Sports Association in Dallas and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
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