2016 Crystal Charity Ball Members Kick Off Fundraising Program At Charity Selection Orientation Meeting

With the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball hardly a month gone, the 2016 charge was already marching. To kick things off, 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter commenced the CCB Charity Selection Orientation meeting at The Meadows Foundation in the 22-acre Wilson Historic District on Thursday, January 7.

Helen Holman, Linda Evans, Christie Carter and Elizabeth Chandler

Helen Holman, Linda Evans, Christie Carter and Elizabeth Chandler

The purpose was to set the pace for the membership to embrace the importance of their mission — provide funding for area children’s nonprofits.

Carole Lou Bruton, Knoxie Edmondson and Leigh Anne Haugh

Carole Lou Bruton, Knoxie Edmondson and Leigh Anne Haugh

As the membership took their assigned sets in the conference room, Charity Selection Chair Helen Holman thanked the various members, like her co-chairs Delilah Boyd, Carole Lou Bruton, Knoxie Edmondson, Leigh Anne Haugh, Sally Johnson, Ann Lardner and Mary Meier.who had already been hard at work processing beneficiary proposals.

Linda Secrest and Sally Johnson

Linda Secrest and Sally Johnson

The Meadows Foundation President/CEO Linda Evans welcomed the group and very briefly told about the Meadows Campus. She also apologized for the black walking cast. Seems it was not just a daytime wear. She was even having to sleep in the contraption for the next month.

Charity Selection Orientation

Charity Selection Orientation

But that fact was just in passing. The day’s purpose was to focus on the issues facing Dallas kids and that was succinctly explained by Amy Desler and Jenny Eyer of Children’s at Risk.

For the next 11 months, the 100 members will vet potential beneficiaries like IRS agents and seek underwriters to benefit those organizations that make the grade.

As 2015 beneficiary North Texas Food Bank’s Executive Director Jan Pruitt explained, as incredible as receiving the funding is, the validation by this group is priceless, regardless of the nonprofit’s size.