A Legendary Kickoff
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A Legendary Kickoff: Legendary Coach Gene Stallings, Bryan Houston, Dr. David Dykes to Lead “An Evening to Support Excellence”

Legendary Football Coach Gene Stallings will be the keynote speaker at a benefit dinner for the Lindale

ISD Education Foundation on Thursday, September 12, 2013, A Legendary Kickoff: An Evening to

Support Excellence. The evening will begin at 6:30p.m. at Villa Di Felicita located at 7891 Highway 110

North in Tyler.

Bryan Houston will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, led by Pastor David O. Dykes (Green

Acres Baptist Church) in prayer. DJ Kenny Smith will provide music entertainment, while Auctioneer

Tex Willis will conduct the live auction. Villa di Felicita chefs will prepare a gourmet evening meal,

served in the beautiful and unique setting of this venue.

Individual tickets for the evening are $100. All-Star VIP 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.

Tickets are limited and a few remain to be sold. The event will include special guest Stallings, 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 Rand at (903) 780-7969.

Live auction items, which can be bid on before the event, include: a Nolan Ryan Autographed Baseball

and Texas Rangers Fan Package, A Home Visit from Santa Claus, the opportunity to be “Lindale ISD

Superintendent for A Day”, a collection of gift cards sold as “Christmas in A Box”, a district-wide All

Sports Pass, and an original design pearl necklace. Donations continue to be collected for the live


Event sponsors include Villa di Felicita, Adams Engineering, Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home,

BankTexas, State Farm Insurance-RJ Collins Agent, Lindale Floral Shop, Evans Air Conditioning, Major

General James K. “Red” Brown, BSCENE Magazine, I-20 Team Real Estate, Lasting Impressions by

Viki, Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge, ProPrinting & Graphics.

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.
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