Karnes City ISD Education Foundation Announces 2014-2015 Fundraising Drive: Pioneer Natural Resources Surprises Foundation with Title Sponsor Donation

Pioneer attending our annual Karnes County Eagle Ford STEM Camp in June to inspire our scientists of tomorrow.  They surprised everyone there by bring a very generous donation to our 2014-2015 Drive!

Pioneer attended our annual Karnes County Eagle Ford STEM Camp in June to inspire our scientists of tomorrow. They surprised everyone there by bring a very generous donation to our 2014-2015 Drive in the amount of $25,000!

The Karnes City ISD Education Foundation is announcing the start of our 4th annual Fundraising Drive benefitting education. In recent weeks, Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD:NYSE) shared their surprise decision with the Foundation and School District Officials that they would be donating $25,000 towards this year’s drive. Pioneer officials presented their donation during our annual Energy STEM Camp held this last June.  The donation marks Pioneer’s first time to officially become a Title Sponsor for the Foundation’s annual February Gala celebration.

“Pioneer is delighted to partner with schools and communities it operates in and enjoys giving to projects such as those supported by the Foundation,” Vance Hazzard, Pioneer Natural Resouces’ local Operations Manager said as he presented the check.

Pioneer donated $20,000 earlier this year and served as a Corporate Leader Sponsor at the 2014 Gala benefiting all KCISD schools. A large amount of their first donation was allocated immediately for the annual Karnes County Eagle Ford Energy Camp. The popular camp is attended, at no charge by teacher nominated students from all 4 school districts in Karnes County (Falls City, Kenedy, Karnes City and Runge) for one week of fun and learning each June.  Our second year camp saw an increase in its attendance and the Foundation only plans to continue to grow the program as student interest continues and funds allow.

“The partnerships we have created with Pioneer, as well as many other energy companies, speaks volumes about how industry is realizing the importance of investing in our local youth,” D’Ann Williams, KCISD Foundation spokesperson said. “By encouraging county students who already enjoy and excel in math and science courses, and bringing in real scientists to interact with them, we hope to inspire students to consider S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers in their future.”

Pioneer’s involvement in the Foundation’s endeavors is a very good fit, as their primary charitable corporate focus is geared toward youth and education.  In the Eagle Ford play, they have established a nationally recognized YOUth LEADership Conference held each June for one week in Victoria, TX.  This annual program equips middle school students with essential leadership skills needed to help them reach their education and career goals. The Foundation is looking forward to a partnership that will add to the STEM camp as one of their education endeavors.

Pioneer has a longer history with Karnes County than some may realize as they have been employing local citizens for many years now.  “Pioneer’s presence in South Texas dates back more than 20 years with a large acreage position in the Pawnee field’s Edwards Trend.  An increased drilling program in the area during the late 2000s helped pave the way for Pioneer’s current drilling activities in the Eagle Ford Shale play,” according to Pioneer’s website. “With approximately 230,000 gross acres, extensive 3-D seismic data and industry-leading technological expertise, Pioneer anticipates continuing significant growth for years to come.”

We ask you to please consider making a generous donation to the Karnes City ISD Education Foundation and plan to come out and celebrate education with us at our 4th annual Boots ‘N Bling Gala slated for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Panna Maria Hall.  For more information, please contact any of our board members, www.kcisdfoundation.org.  Our current president is, Jennifer (Ebrom) Dillingham 830-583-5748, jmebrom@gmail.com

The KCISD Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 benefitting education. 

KCISD is the most active STEM development organization in Karnes County and the Eagle Ford.

Working to use this time to break the cycle of poverty and create STEM careers at home for use in the oil industry and more.