FRS Events

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FRS works to encourage dialogue about rural issues. We do this by hosting educational events on issues pertaining to rural America, broadband and its applications—smart agriculture, distance education, telemedicine—you name it. 

But hosting events (yes, even educational ones) requires resources. FRS also hosts fundraisers at all major NTCA conferences. A portion of each ticket sold to an FRS fundraiser, and all sponsorships, comes back to us and help us keep the rural voice at the table.

FRS 25th Anniversary Gala


February 4, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 P.M. for VIP ticket holders)
RTIME |  New Orleans, LA



Since 1994, the Foundation for Rural Service has worked to enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of the issues that impact rural communities. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of FRS over a quarter century at the 25th Anniversary Gala during the 2019 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo in New Orleans. There will be dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, silent auction, raffle and more.

Not sure what to wear: The dress code is black tie-optional or semi-formal, meaning that gentlemen, you’ll be perfect in anything from a tuxedo to a nice suit, and ladies, from a long dress to a cocktail dress or nice suit.  (Executive Director Jessica Golden: “I plan on wearing a long, black dress”, Program Specialist Brock Streauslin: "I'll be wearing a suit.") The event is supposed to be fun—so we hope folks know we’ll accept them in overalls and boots if they’re most comfortable that way!

General Admission ticket includes:

  • Cocktail hour with a jazz band
  • Dinner
  • Live band and dancing
  • Wine and beer
  • Photobooth
  • Silent Auction and Live Auction

VIP ticket includes:

  • All of General Admission perks
  • Early admission to cocktail hour
  • Reserved VIP seating
  • Reserved VIP-only bar

Thank you to the Sponsors of the 25th Anniversary Gala

Thank you to our VIP Table Sponsors: Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (RTFC), Mapcom Systems, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, Services Management Corporation, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), Riazzi Rhyne and Swaim Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Womble Bond Dickinson, CHR Solutions, Inc. and Wilkes Communications, Inc. | RiverStreet Networks.

Thank you to all of our Gala Sponsors: JSI, Finely Engineering, Herman & Whiteaker, LLC., Interstate Telcom Consulting, Mapcom Systems, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), Riazzi Rhyne and Swaim Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Telcom Insurance Group, Consortia Consulting, Womble Bond Dickinson, Cronin Communications, Pivot Media, LLC and Plus One Strategic Communications, LLC.

FRS Fundraising Golf Outing

February 6, 2019
11:30 a.m.  – 5:30 p.m.
Bayou Oaks at City Park—South Course
RTIME |  New Orleans, LA

Cost: $245 per person
Club Rental: $35


Join FRS for a fun day of golf. All skill levels welcome. Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience on this renowned course designed by architect Rees Jones. Sitting on more than 200 acres, the South Course features scenic fairways, challenging water hazards and sand traps that are a pleasure for golfers of any skill level. 

Golf package includes greens fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, hosted beer/wine beverage cart, awards reception following play, and round-trip transportation. Clubs may be rented for an additional $35. 

The Foundation for Rural Service is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Forty-Five dollars of the ticket price is tax deductible. All proceeds from the golf outing benefit FRS programs and other initiatives.  

Thank you 2019 Annual Meeting FRS Golf Outing Sponsors

JSI, Midstate Communications, ElectriCom Inc., Alexicon Telecommunications Consulting, Mapcom Systems, Toly Digital, Riazzi Rhyne and Swaim Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) and Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP and Telecom Insurance Group.