$1 million donation made toward fine arts auditorium


Once again, the community makes a tremendous step toward the building of a fine arts auditorium.
Frederick William Fischer made a posthumous donation of $1 million to the Cuero ISD Education Foundation to be used toward the building of the auditorium. The Cuero Christmas Tree Committee chose to honor Fischer this year and dedicated the star on the community Christmas tree to him.
“Tonight we honor a very special person that has taken a huge step to make the dreams and hard work of many come true,” Ray Reese said at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Frederick William Fischer was born July 31, 1936 to the late Albert and Barbara Fischer of Cuero. He passed away Sept. 8 at the age of 77.
He graduated from Cuero High School in 1954 as valedictorian of his class. He was active in band and was a cast member of the Cuero High School UIL One Act Play. He and the rest of the cast of “Little Foxes” won a state championship in 1953.
“Fischer was always a believer in education and always supported Cuero High School in education, fine arts and athletics,” Reese said. “A true Gobbler fan.”
After studying at the University of Texas in Austin, Fischer returned home to his family. He continued the family business of Fischer Laundry and Cleaners until his retirement when the business was sold.
Reese said Fischer’s donation was conditional and would be made only if the school made plans to build the auditorium within 5 years after his passing. Because the Nov. 5 bond issue passed, $1 million was donated to the Cuero ISD Education Foundation.
“Mr. Fischer’s love of his community, his school, and the arts comes full circle tonight,” Reese said.
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