Paws For A Cause

August 13, 2022

6:00 pm

101 Beech St., Trussville


The 12th Annual Paws for a Cause Gala raised a total of $35,424.74 for Trussville City Schools students.

Hundreds of supporters turned out for the gala, which was held August 14th at the Trussville Entertainment District and hosted by the Trussville City Schools Foundation and the Trussville City Schools Athletic Foundation. From live music to games to food, the annual Paws for a Cause brings together the entire community. Funds raised come from various sources: sponsorships, ticket sales, and donated silent auction items from Trussville-area businesses.

The Hewitt-Trussville High School Concert Jazz Band served as entertainment for the evening. There were three Excellence in Service Awards presented. Kendall Jno-Finn with M3 Performance and Physical Therapy announced Wayne Quick as Volunteer of the Year. Adam Trammell with Hemphill Services presented the Coach of the Year award to Tom Esslinger and the Teacher of the Year award to Jeff Schrupp. Schrupp was a Sweet Sixteen Finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year through the Alabama State Department of Education.

Title Sponsors for this event were the Sargent McDonald Team, M3 Performance and Physical Therapy, and Hemphill Services. Gold sponsors were Amari and Gray Law Firm, Foundations 4 Hope, Trussville To Go, Webster Henry Law Firm, Milam and Company, 4 Africa, Argo Animal Clinic, Jaime M. and Keith Anderson, and Danny Garrett, House District 44. Silver sponsors were Lee Marlow Realtor, Hitchcock and Maddox Financial Partners, Spring Green Lawn Care, James and Christina Patterson, Birmingham Integrative Health, Nelms Pharmacy, Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club, Trussville Chamber of Commerce and Bryant Bank. Event sponsors had access to the sponsorship area above the new Mexicali Blues restaurant and were served hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Hewitt-Trussville Culinary Academy.

Silent auction items were donated by Kendra Scott; Birmingham, Wrapsody, Pine Tree Country Club, Tula J Boutique, JRogers Southern Woodcraft, Mary Kay from Emilea Treece, Inline Electric Company, Birmingham Barons Baseball, Charm Char, Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa, Amerex, Lee Marlow, Stephanie Benzaia, Magnolia Elementary, Paine Elementary, Cahaba Elementary, Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, Hewitt-Trussville High School, Anna Dickson Art, JR Millington Dentistry, Games 365, Cahaba Cuts, Zyia; Andrea Kennemur, Laurel Browning Art, Sissy’s Petals, Adam Sterrett, Taco Mama of Trussville, Half Shell Oyster House, Shirley’s Florist, Nona Ruth’s, Wildgoose Garden, Tip Top Lawn Service, Metro Diner, Chicken Salad Chick of Trussville and Penny Moore. Door prize items from Metro Diner, Coldstone Creamery and Lee Marlow, Realtor. Cahaba Signs and Designs donated the sponsorship banner and It’s A Party in Trussville donated the balloon arch for the stage decor.

The Trussville City Schools Foundation is a non- profit organization 501(c)(3) working to provide financial assistance to Cahaba Elementary, Magnolia Elementary, Paine Elementary, Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, and Hewitt-Trussville High School. The Foundation is financially supported by local business sponsors, and donations by the citizens of Trussville. The mission of the Trussville City Schools Foundation is to mobilize community support for Trussville City Schools and secure resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations for the support of the school system that will stimulate each student to reach his or her fullest potential.

Beyond the Paws for a Cause Gala, the Trussville City Schools Foundation recently introduced a new fundraising opportunity for Trussville City Schools families and community members called Join the Pack! The Foundation asks TCS families to contribute by giving $1 per school day, or $180 total, to “Join the Pack” and support TCSF.

Families who join the pack this school year will receive a yard sign to show their support for TCSF. The next major event will be the 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament taking place at Slagheap Brewery on Saturday, September 11th in collaboration with Trussville’s City Fest. The event will be run by Alabama Cornhole, and all ages are welcome to play. There are two divisions: Competitive and Social Play with play-offs. Cash prizes will be presented to the top three teams and for the team with the best team name. Register today at, $50 per team of two. For more information on how to be involved with Trussville City Schools Foundation, please contact Leslie Armstrong, Executive Director, at 205.228.3050.

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