Ovilla Christian School recently held its 10th annual Faith Promise Gala at Dallas Baptist University, which was coordinated by events manager Connie Meeks.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for tuition assistance, which ranges from $2,700 to $5,900 per year for students attending OCS.

This year, people also were given the opportunity of donating money toward a building fund, said the school’s development director Keri Livingston.

Because OCS is a debt-free school, money has to be raised before building the new 12-classroom building, which will free up space for different classes.

“Normally this event is used to raise money toward tuition assistance but this time we provided others with the opportunity of donating money toward our new building,” Livingston said. “This is our largest event we have throughout the year to help raise funds toward assistance tuition. This year, we raised $63,400.”

The event welcomed close to 240 people in attendance with everyone enjoying a catered dinner and entertainment provided by comedian Dr. Dennis Swanberg and musical entertainment by the OCS Women Ensemble of the Ovilla Road Baptist Church.

“We were actually up by 25 percent in attendance,” Meeks said. “There were more people attending this year than last year, which made it a great night to represent our school. Everything went great and God blessed us with a great amount of money and donations but this year is not over. There will be more to come.”

OCS will host its 10th annual auction at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with bidding on up to 600 silent auction items. Dinner will be served between 6-7:30 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 9. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the school. For more information, call (972) 617-1177.

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