San Jacinto College instructor donates highest valued auction item for student scholarships

Carl Rentz believes in giving away items he has no use for, like a $50,000 Texans VIP Suite Weekend package he recently won in a lottery that will now be auctioned off to raise money for student scholarships during the 14th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament.

Rentz, a ballroom dance instructor with San Jacinto College, originally bought his lotto ticket in hopes of winning such prizes as a Texans T-shirt, but never expected the elaborate travel package created for one lucky winner and 13 guests.

“This is great for the person who has friends from all over the world and wants to have a wonderful weekend,” Rentz said, who pondered over the decision on who to donate the prize to before learning about the SJC golf tournament. “Donating this prize to San Jacinto College for the tournament sounded like the right thing to do, based on the College’s wonderful relationship with the community. If this can do a lot of good for someone, then that’s what counts.”

Rentz has served as an SJC instructor for 19 years and works as a freelance dance teacher at various centers and clubs across Houston. He moved here nearly four decades ago after receiving his training at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in New York City.

The San Jacinto College Foundation will host the golf tournament, with guest host Andy Pettitte, on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, Texas. The silent auction will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Items up for grabs include Rentz’s Texans VIP Suite Weekend package scheduled for the Nov. 29 Texans game against the Indianopolis Colts, autographed posters of Pettitte, a party for 10 people at Minute Maid Park, a weekend at Caesars Palace Las Vegas (including airfare), three-night stay at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas (includes dinner at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse and round trip airfare), tickets to Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, Texas Renaissance Festival tickets, free legal service (will writing), golf for four at Tour 18, and a party for eight in the CBS Radio suite at a Houston Rockets game.

“What a great gift from Carl; the Foundation has never received such an expensive auction item,” said Susan Arscott, vice president of resource development for the College. “I encourage any Texans football fans to come to the reception and try to win this great package.

The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information or to make a donation, please visit, or call 281-998-6104.

San Jacinto College serves more than 27,000 students in over 140 degrees and certificates in university transfer and technical programs. The College also serves the community through workforce training. Students come with various goals and aspirations and we are committed to their success. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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