Laissez les bons temps rouler! It must be time for Mardi Gras! On Saturday evening, February 18, families, friends, and guests will gather at the Flying Feathers Ranch in support of the Trinity School of Texas (TST) annual Mardi Gras fundraiser. This fun-filled evening could not take place without a small army of dedicated volunteers. Event committee member and volunteer, Heather Seidel, is serving as the raffle chair for this year’s Texas Mardi Gras 2012. The evening will include a live and a silent auction, entertainment, and dinner catered by Dudley’s.
Proceeds from this fundraiser support the student activities and programs of TST, which in turn, benefit our community. According to Mrs. Seidel, the middle and upper school students give more than 1,300 hours of volunteer service each year through the community service program at TST. The program instills the importance and fuels the desire of serving the community.
Mrs. Seidel also serves as the Parent Teacher Council president, the field day coordinator, and the Halloween Carnival chair for the school. Outside of her service to TST, Mrs. Seidel volunteers with the Tea Party and women’s luncheon for the American Heart Association. In her capacity as a registered nurse with Good Shepherd Medical Center, Mrs. Seidel was able to be part of a group in the second wave of first responders to the earthquake in Haiti, attending to patients in Carrefour near the epicenter of the quake.
“I believe everyone can help our community by using the gifts God has given to each of us,” Mrs. Seidel said. “Whether this is done in a small or big way it builds a better tomorrow for our country and nation.”
Mrs. Seidel was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has been a resident of Longview for nine years. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Midland College in Midland, Texas, and is currently enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing program at The University of Texas at Arlington. Mrs. Seidel and her husband, Drew, have been married 17 years and are the parents of Wade, 12, Riley, 7, and Larkin, 6. The family attends Greggton United Methodist Church.
“We have lived all over Texas, from small towns to larger cities, but Longview has become our home because of the wonderful people here,” Mrs. Seidel said. “We are very blessed to have a wonderful church family and an outstanding school for our children to attend. Through volunteering, we are able to show our children what it means to share part of your life with someone else in need.”