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KinderFrogs Fundraiser A Sweet Success

Leap Frog for KinderFrogs, the largest fundraiser at TCU, celebrated its sweet sixteen this year with an event that took the cake. The event raised over $330,000 for school scholarships for programs through ticket sales, sponsorships, donations and the live auction. The sweet celebration took place at Minor House, the new residence for TCU chancellors, and the Champions Club inside Amon G. Carter Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The event was a success thanks to the support of generous donors and sponsors, Chancellor and Mrs. Boschini, KinderFrogs School Director Dr. Marilyn Tolbert, the event committee led by Diane Ayres and Amy Yudiski and many community members and TCU faculty and staff.

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Alvin Slade with Custom TCU Guitar
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Dr. and Mrs. Brad Harris

Leap Frog live auction items raised over $80,000, topping last year partly due to a bidding war on the BBQ, Boots & Boot Scootin’ package that featured a private concert with Luke Wade and a handmade guitar by TCU’s own Alvin Slade. The Physical Plant employee wanted to craft a guitar specifically for the auction and built the custom piece over four months. Due to the popularity of the guitar, Slade agreed to make a second guitar to raise $20,000 extra for the school.

KinderFrogs parent and TCU faculty member Dr. Brad Harris spoke at the event, thanking attendees for their generosity. He came to TCU this semester, and said he chose to work at the university because of the Neeley School of Business and the KinderFrogs School. His daughter Anna has Cri-du-chat or cat’s cry syndrome and Dr. and Mrs. Harris were thankful to find a school that could help her thrive.

“KinderFrogs has been an amazing blessing,” Harris said. “Our daughter is already exceeding what the doctor said she could do.”