Fort Worth Star Telegram reported on Dec. 17th that Monday marked a monumental day for the Gary Patterson Foundation as it wrote its biggest check in the organization’s 13-year history, $325,000, that will go toward upgrading the libraries of the 38 elementary schools.
Kelsey Patterson made a formal check presentation to students at Worth Heights Elementary, a school located about three miles east of TCU.
Gary Patterson addressed the significant day for his foundation after Monday’s football practice. “It’s the Gary Patterson Foundation but there’s a lot of people, Number 1. Kelsey is the driving force behind all of that, she’s the one that does all the legwork along with our board of trustees that are on it,” Gary said. “We had a couple of dinners that we were able to raise that kind of money, so there’s a lot of people in the community that have really helped us be able to do that, write that kind of check. I have a job because of kids and that’s why my whole foundation’s thought process has always been about how do we help kids with an education.”
Kelsey said the foundation, which partnered with Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools (EF4FW), was able to grant funds of up to $10,000 to every school that applied. The foundation plans to do grant opportunities for additional schools this spring and next fall.