Tyler, Texas (KETK) — 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 auction.
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.