Katie Harris Robbins To Head Up Hoblitzelle Foundation, Holland P. Gary Joins Board Of Trustees

Heading up the prestigious Hoblitzelle Foundation has become a generational responsibility for the late Lynn Harris family. For 30 years, Lynn was philanthropist Karl Hoblitzelle’s secretary and executive assistant. From 1974 to 1986, he was “responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Hoblitzelle Foundation.”

Under Lynn, his son Paul W. Harris served as Executive VP and upon Lynn’s stepping down, Paul took over the role of president/CEO for the next 30 years.

In the meantime, Paul’s daughter, Katie Harris Robbins came on board and was named Executive VP in October 2016, after spending 20 years in the nonprofit finance and accounting. The magna cum laude A&M graduate earned her MBA from SMU and in her spare time has served on the board of the Junior League of Dallas and is currently chairing the Parkland Foundation.

Katie Harris Robbins*

Holland P. Gary*

With Paul’s recent retirement, it was just announced that Katie will take over his duties and title.

In addition to Katie’s new role, is news that  Holland P. Gary  has joined the board of trustees for the Foundation that annually distributes $7M in grants.

A Gentle Reminder: 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Grant Application Deadline Nears

The clock is ticking and there are a heck of a lot of nonprofit types who are hard at work to meet the Tuesday, October 17, deadline. That’s when the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball applications are due.  

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson and Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker are making no exception. The forms have to be physically in the CCB offices by high noon… not 12:01 p.m. No email applications will be accepted. FYI: If you decide to mail the application, it won’t matter what the postmark is. If it ain’t in the CCB office by noon, it ain’t gonna make the cut.

It’s well worth the hard work. Since 1953, CCB has provided $131,244,558 for Dallas children’s charities. If you need proof, check with any of the past beneficiaries.

So, stop reading and get back to filling out those dang forms. And if you’ve put it all off until the last minute, the form is available here.

The 2018 beneficiaries will be selected Thursday, February 1.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Reveal

Derek and Christen Wilson

Jeremy Strick

The sculptor aficionados of North Texas art lovers as well as the media gathered at The Warehouse on Tuesday, September 19, to learn who would be the recipient of the annual 2018 Nasher Prize. With live streaming of the announcement that Chicago artist Theaster Gates had scored the win according the international panel of judges, the crowd was also put on notice that the presentation of the prize co-chaired by Christen and Derek Wilson would take place on Saturday, April 7, at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

And in keeping with the focus on art, the crowd itself was pretty eyecatching, too. While the post is being finalized about the announcement by Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick, check out the guests at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

It’s Their Time’s First Fundraiser Paid Off With A Six-Figure Grant For Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Alzheimer’s Research

Leave it to Leslie Ann Crozier to get her dander up about a problem and do something about it. When Alzheimer’s hit a family members, she did more than  just talk to doctors. She put together a foundation — It’s Their Time — and held a splashy get together  at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek on  Tuesday, May 23 with the likes of Dr. Roger Rosenberg and Pete Delkus. And, boy, did it pay off! Here’s a report from the field:

Roger Rosenberg, Leslie Ann Crozier and Pete Delkus*

Established within 116 days ago by founder Leslie Ann Crozier, It’s Their Time held a Kick-Off Celebration on Tuesday, May 23, to a sold-out audience at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. As a result of the event, Dallas’ newest foundation committed to advancing research for Alzheimer’s was able to present a $100,000 grant to award world-renowned Dr. Roger Rosenberg of UT Southwestern Medical Center for his DNA Vaccine. 

Mark Goldberg and Anne Lacey*

Tom Bevins and Clint Henderson*

Jana Hayes, Nancy Solomon, Diane depoi and Barbara Moroney*

“It was a magical evening filled with love, laughter, and lots of support. The generosity of all our May 23rd guests including Tom Bevins, Clint Henderson, Anne Lacey, Melissa and Steve Brooks, Dr. Mark Goldberg, Jana Hayes, Nancy Solomon, Diane Depoi and Barbara Moroney was overwhelming. Being able to award Dr. Rosenberg a $100,000 Grant from the evening proceeds exceeded all of our Committee’s expectations, especially given that the Charity is only a couple of months old,” confirmed Leslie Ann Crozier.

Guests enjoyed a festive cocktail celebration filled with lots of surprises . . . and pictures with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Dallas’ favorite meteorologist, WFAA Pete Delkus, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and was welcomed by “thunderous” applause, as the ballroom filled with sounds of thunder and lightning!  Pete was to leave halfway through the program to get back to the TV station; however, he was having so much fun that he stayed until the Live Auction and rushed to make the 10:00 p.m. ABC News. During the 10:00pm broadcast, Pete shared fun pictures and evening highlights.

When Leslie took the stage and shared five shocking Alzheimer’s statistics with the audience . . . you could have heard a pin drop. One of the most surprising facts was that women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during their life as they are to develop breast cancer.

After a powerful video introduction, the evening’s recipient, Dr. Roger Rosenberg, took the stage to a standing ovation. He unveiled his UT Southwestern Medical Center Press Release, sent out just hours earlier, announcing that his DNA Vaccine “is on a shortlist of promising antibody treatments” that may prevent or cure Alzheimer’s.


Popular singer songwriter Aubree-Anna sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Over The Rainbow” as tears flowed throughout the ballroom. 

The evening wrapped up with a spectacular Live Auction that included 3 of Leslie’s young 20-something nieces/nephews bidding $8,500 and winning the Lady Gaga Box Suite.  The audience was in shock, as Leslie’s nephew, Collin, took the stage and explained that they really only had $85 . . . however his 90-year-old grandparents, who could not attend, bought the package absentee to support the family and the Charity! 

The It’s Their Time Committee deserves a heroic round of applause, especially Strategic Planning Chair Steve Crozier, Event Chair Carol Hall, Advertising and Public Relations C0-Chairs Barbara and Stan Levenson and Creative Co-Chairs Alison Wood and Paula Feinberg

Evening Sponsors whose contributions helped make the evening an even greater success, include:

  • Champions of Hope ($10,000) — Lee Bailey, Melissa and Stephen Brooks/Grand Homes and Leslie Ann Crozier
  • Advocates for Advanced Research ($5,000) — Chris Bright, Gordy Ceresino, Jana Hayes, Hot On! Homes and Nancy and Gerald Solomon

As the first fundraising chapter comes to a close, It’s Their Time friends and supporters are looking forward to a rewarding journey creating a storybook filled with many more events, and many more memories.

For more information on It’s Their Time or to support It’s Their Time’s ongoing efforts for Advancing Research for Alzheimer’s, visit www.itstheirtime.org.  

* Photo provided by It's Their Time

JUST IN: American Airlines Exec Bev Goulet’s Recent Retirement Resulted In A $50K Grant For Dallas Women’s Foundation

When an American Airlines officer retires, the company honors them “with the opportunity to direct grants to organizations that mean the most to the retiree.” Recently AA Executive VP/Chief Integration Officer Bev Goulet retired and designated Dallas Women’s Foundation should be the recipient of her grant.

According to Bev, “This gift is a reflection of the great heart of American Airlines, and I am very proud that the company made this grant in my honor to an organization and undertaking that mean so much to me personally. Dallas Women’s Foundation works on behalf of all women and girls, and in particular those who face the greatest social and economic challenges. Their work matters, and I am grateful to American for supporting it with this terrific gift.”

Bev Goulet and Roslyn Dawson*

Whoa! DWF President/CEO Ros Dawson must have thought it was snowing, since it seemed like Christmas when she received the $50,000 grant.

As a DWF board and executive committee member, Bev knew exactly how she wanted the funds used — to support DWF’s “Young Women’s Initiative-Dallas, a new cross-sector effort to empower and affirm young women of color ages 16-24 from Dallas’ southern and western sectors.”

Ros commented, “This generous gift from American Airlines is especially meaningful as it honors Bev, a true champion for women and girls, and provides early support for a critical new initiative that will launch later this fall. Bev Goulet is such an extraordinary example of a strong woman who is dedicated to making the world better for all. We are so fortunate that she is now lending her formidable leadership skills and knowledge to our work and mission.”

BTW, DWF’s Unlocking Leadership Campaign is still underway for its $50M goal. Contact Shawn Wills for more info.

* Photo provided by Dallas Women's Foundation

Get Down To Earth And Join Up For The Trinity River Conservation Corps’ Corporate Day Of Service

As daunting as tending to a backyard garden is, just imagine trying to take care of acreage along the Trinity River Corridor. There were more than 400 folks and 42 companies that last year learned just how amazing the task is. The occasion was the Trinity River Conservation Corps’ 2nd Annual Corporate Day of Service, when folks like Southwest Airlines Chairman/CEO Gary  Kelly collected “10,000 pounds of trash and invasive species and made thousands of seed balls to disburse in the corridor.”

Gary Kelly shoveling*

Launched in 2013 thanks to a three-year gift of $150,000 from Southwest Airlines to the Trinity Park Conservancy (formerly known as The Trinity Trust Foundation), the grant was made for the creation of the Trinity River Conservation Corps to clean and conserve Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor.

That first year, “hundreds of Southwest Airlines volunteers cleaned and cleared the Cedar Creek Overlook, giving their time from the heart. The group helped restore this riparian area by planting 400 love (or LUV) grass plants and 100 native blooming and non blooming species provided by the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility.”

The next year, the first Corporate Day of Service was officially established with 15 local companies and over 75 participants collecting 1.5 tons of trash and invasive species and planting hundreds of native plants along the Trinity Skyline Trail. 

Unfortunately, due to the 2015 flooding, the effort was put on hiatus until April 2016, when things literally picked up again.

This year’s Corporate Day of Service will take place on Friday, April 7, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Trinity River Corridor, Moore Park Gateway and Santa Fe Trestle Trail, 1837 E. 8th Street. Kicking things off will be remarks by Trinity River Conservancy VP/Boone Family Foundation President Garrett Boone.

The TRCC will provide the shovels and equipment and you’ll just need to dress casually with closed-toed shoes, long pants and gloves.

The event will be a done deal by noon, so you can toddle off with your buddies for a celebration lunch or just take the rest of the day off.

In addition to 250 volunteers and companies (City of Dallas, Downtown Dallas Inc., Energy in Action, Hayden Consultants, HDR Inc., Muse Integration and TXU Energy) having already signed up to participate, the following sponsors have come on board:

  • Founding Sponsor: Southwest Airlines
  • River Sponsor ($2,500): Quiling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett And Moser P.C.
  • Wetland Sponsor ($1,000): HDR Engingeering Inc. and Oaxaca Interest LLC
  • Steam Sponsor ($500): Connectrac and Tenet Healthcare
  • In-Kind Sponsor: City of Dallas, Groundwork Dallas and Kroger
  • Media Sponsor: MySweetCharity

Why not get your pals together, plaster on some sunscreen and help bring the best out in the Trinity Corridor? For more info about registration and sponsorships, check out Trinity River Conservation Corps or call Tierney Kaufman Hutchins at 214.720.1616.

* Photo provided by Trinity River Conservancy


MySweetMusic For Christmas 2016 – Part 1

Tis Christmas Eve. Some are attending midnight services; some are having a Christmas Eve get-together; some are picking up someone at the airport and others are madly wrapping last-minute gifts.

Not to worry. Santa is making his way to North Texas with his bag of gifts. The old boy has been on a diet, so squeezing down the chimneys might not be the challenge it was in the past.

Before the MySweetCharity elves took off for their annual holiday with their North Pole cousins, elf twins Cherry T. and Jerry T. put together a collection of holiday tunes for your listening pleasure.

This first one has some old favorites from Dean, Gene, Burl, Johnny, Julie, Andy and, of course, Elvis … you know Elvis was an elf.

National Endowment For The Arts Presents Big Thought And Nine Others With Early Christmas Gifts

Big Thought just revealed some big news. Back in late November National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu visited Dallas for a couple of days touring the Arts District and checking in at Big Thought. The Oklahoma native, who did graduate work at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, just provided Big Thought with a very nice Christmas gift — a $100,000 Arts Works grant for Big Thought’s Dallas City of Learning project.

Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts and Big Thought*

The funds will “help provide in-person and internet-based creative educational experiences for students across Dallas during the summer months.”

Gigi Antoni*

It was just last January at this time that Big Thought hosted a meeting of concerned educational, political and community leaders to address the issue of “the Dallas education system having gone dormant during summer.”

According to Big Thought President/CEO Gigi Antoni, “We are so grateful and appreciative of Chair Chu and the National Endowment for the Arts. We as an organization and as a city have been committed to stemming summer learning loss in our quest to close the opportunity gap and improve the academic and socio-emotional outcomes of our children. This community has come together for our kids, and with the NEA’s generous support we can make an important impact in their lives.”

Other local groups receiving Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts include:

  • Chamberlain Performing Arts — $10,000
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre — $10,000
  • The Dallas Opera — $45,000
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra — $20,000
  • Kitchen Dog Theater — $10,000
  • Matt Morton — $25,000
  • Nasher Sculpture Center — $40,000
  • Shakespeare Festival of Dallas — $10,000
  • The Cliburn — $10,000
* Graphic and photo provided by Big Thought

JUST IN: A Night Of Light Finalists Revealed

CNM Connect just sent word on which folks and organizations have made it to the finalist stage of “A Night Of Light” event on Thursday, November 17, at George W. Bush Presidential Center. The awards recognized individuals and organization that “are at the forefront of driving positive impact in our community.” [Read more…]

Junior League Of Dallas’ Grants For Innovative Teaching Made 54 Dallas Independent School District Educators Very, Very Happy

With schools back in session, the Junior Leaguers and Texas Instruments spread the love of teachers with a distribution of grants to 64 Dallas Independent School District educators on Wednesday, September 7 at the JLD headquarters. On hand for the celebration was First Man of Dallas Education DSID Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa. Here’s a report from the field:

On Wednesday, September 7, the Junior League of Dallas (JLD), along with presenting sponsor Texas Instruments (TI), gathered at Junior League of Dallas headquarters to present 54 deserving Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) educators with grants of up to $2,000 each through the “Grants for Innovative Teaching” (GFIT) program. Sponsors included: Texas Instruments, The Hillcrest Foundation, The MoneyGram Foundation and The Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation.

Michael Hinojosa, Jaclyn Hall, Bonner Allen, Tracy Steiner and Jennifer Tobin*

Michael Hinojosa, Jaclyn Hall, Bonner Allen, Tracy Steiner and Jennifer Tobin*

JLD President Bonner Allen began the ceremony by welcoming everyone with opening remarks and explaining the history of the GFIT program. Now in its 25th year, the JLD Signature Project encourages excellence in education by providing funding for special projects that otherwise would not be possible within school budgets and has distributed approximately $1.66 million to Dallas ISD educators, impacting students district-wide. Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa spoke on the importance of the “Grants for Innovative Teaching” program before turning it over to Texas Instruments Foundation’s Tracy Steiner for presenting sponsor remarks and Jaclyn Hall, MoneyGram Foundation coordinator.

Following the remarks, “

Beth Boyd and Beth Lloyd*

Beth Boyd and Beth Lloyd*

Grants for Innovative Teaching” Chair Beth Boyd presented just over $93,000 to 54 educators to fund projects that address reading and literacy enrichment; diversity; special education; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); or arts and culture enrichment across one or more grade levels. She also acknowledged Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy teacher William Adkins for being a 10-year grant recipient. This year, Mr. Adkins’ project “Bangkok to Hanoi: A Journey Through Southeast Asia” is designed to build four important global competencies that include: a desire to investigate the world, ability to identify alternative perspectives, skills to communicate across cultures and readiness to take action locally and globally. Adkins will engage students by having them blend technology and traditional art to express their own “great adventure” through a video documentary and a ceramic mural.

After the ceremony, teachers, JLD members and guests celebrated at a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats by dessert sponsor Susie Cakes. McShan Florist provided flower arrangements for the event, and Half Priced Books provided the winning teachers with gift bags.

“For 25 years, the Junior League of Dallas has been promoting excellence in education through the ‘Grants for Innovative Teaching’ program,” said Beth. “Through this Signature Project, JLD has been able to award grants to Dallas ISD teachers who wish to provide students with new opportunities for learning, and it is exciting to see the impact it has had over the years.”

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process

According to 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Chairman Lisa Longino and 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chairman Pam Perella,

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

“Charity selection planning process begins in a few days!

“Crystal Charity has raised more than $130 million for 100+ children’s charities since 1952, thanks to a thorough and fair grant application process. We have the honor of initiating this process in the coming weeks and are encouraging interested non profits to learn how to apply.

“Applications will be accepted, beginning Monday, September 1, for next year’s Crystal Charity Ball grants. Representatives from Dallas County children’s charities are encouraged mark their calendars so they can attend a brief prospective application orientation at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at the Communities Foundation of Texas offices at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged as this is the first step in a charity’s potential selection as a Crystal Charity beneficiary.

“Applications for prospective recipients will be available on line, beginning September 1 at crystalcharityball.org or by calling The Crystal Charity Ball office at 214.526.5868, ext. 18.  All applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the ball office. (Applications are not accepted via email).  The deadline is Monday, October 31, at 4:00 p.m.

“Prospective agencies must meet three basic requirements: to serve children in Dallas County, have had a 501 (c) (3) tax designation for at least three years and must have provided services in Dallas Country for at least three years.

“Crystal Charity has funded many different children’s charities over the years including those that provide educational opportunities, health care, social services, childcare, pastoral counseling, special camps for special kids, hunger prevention and medical research, to name a few.

“Many past recipients refer to becoming a Crystal Charity beneficiary as ‘earning the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ as the designation means that an organization has been thoroughly researched and meets the important criteria set by members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee.

“The 2017 beneficiaries will be selected in February of 2017 at organization’s general membership meeting. The fund-raising campaign will the next month.”

Communities Foundation Of Texas Holds A Two-For-One Reception For Departing President/CEO Brent Christopher

Tuesday, June 28, was not only to be a farewell reception for Communities Foundation of Texas’ outgoing President/CEO Brent Christopher, it was also his 50th birthday.

But before all the brief remarks were made, the CFT reception area filled with bigwigs like Amy and Michael Meadows, Jeanne Tower Cox, Mike Rawlings, Rena Pederson, David Johnson, Cheryl Hall, Molly Bogen, Kevin Hurst, Jane Pierce, Bill Holston, Katherine Wagner, George Ellis, Gail Thomas and Jim Bass.  So, who said the boldfacers had evacuated North Texas for the 4th of July holiday?

Bill Holston, Rena Pederson and Larry Sall

Bill Holston, Rena Pederson and Larry Sall

David Johnson and Carol Goglia

David Johnson and Carol Goglia

Asked how the search for Brent’s successor was going, CFT Board Chair Frank Risch reported that it was going amazingly smoothly. Leaving the next day for the holiday weekend at the Risch home in Cape Cod, he admitted that the summer hiatus would not slow down the search efforts.

Frank Risch

Frank Risch

But Frank was soon at the podium recalling Brent’s 11-year tenure, which had accomplished the following:

  • the number of funds have grown 30+%
  • assets have grown 43%
  • CFT has received $900M in gifts
  • and granted close to $900M
  • his 11 years represents over half of the total grant giving we’ve done in the past 63 years
  • trained 46 social service agencies in data-driven decision making
  • nine agencies implementing our working families success model with over 1,000 clients
  • 50% increase in discretionary grant-making
  • the staff has tripled
  • has grown Educate Texas, and much more

He also told that when he assumed leadership of the Board, Frank had been directed to check out an envelope left in the CFT library by his predecessor, Fred Hegi. The enveloped contained a piece of paper reading, “Don’t lose Brent.”

But typical of Frank, he eloquently summed up Brent’s departure as both leaving CFT in very good shape and moving ahead in supporting North Texas as CEO of Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

Brent Christopher

Brent Christopher

On cue, a birthday cake in the shape of a mammoth bow tie with 11 candles (one for each year that Brent had worked at CFT) was rolled out. With a deep breath, Brent blew out the candles, thanked the guests and emphasized the importance of philanthropy in the North Texas community. In closing he quoted Teddy Roosevelt,

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Brent Christopher

Brent Christopher

Wearing a bow tie reflecting CFT’s colors, he went on to say, “This is a community that dares mighty things. We don’t live in the gray twilight here in Dallas. It’s an extraordinary place to call home and it’s an extraordinary community to be part of. Thankfully, I’m not moving. I’m just going to be at another institution and look forward to being with you in countless ways for years to come. But for now I am standing between you and cake.”

Brent then returned to farewell handshakes and hugs.

AdvoCare Foundation Presents $20,000 Grants To YMCA Metropolitan Dallas And American Scores Dallas

Charles Ragus founded Plano-based AdvoCare back in 1993 to “provide innovative nutritional, weight-management and sports performance products.” Despite Charles’ death at the age of 58 in 2001, the AdvoCare Foundation was created with the mission “to unlock potential for children in need by investing in long-term solutions for advancing their hope to live safe, healthy and happy lives.”

According to AdvoCare Executive VP/Foundation President Allison Levy, “AdvoCare was founded on the idea of building advocates who care. We started the foundation to strength our 23-year legacy of giving back and focus our efforts on the next generation of champions.”

To support the foundation’s mission, AdvoCare and Charles’ family including his widow Peggy Ragus and their three daughters (Debbie, Jenni and Stacey) funded the foundation with a gift of $1.5M.

Within the first year the Foundation has announced the first round of beneficiaries to share in $150,000. Of the eight lucky recipients are two North Texas organizations — YMCA Metropolitan Dallas and America Scores Dallas, both receiving $20,000 each.

America Scores Dallas Executive Director Crystal Schober, “America Scores Dallas brings a quality after-school program, through soccer, poetry and community service, to under-privileged kids from urban Dallas. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the AdvoCare Foundation, we are able to start a new pilot program at Life School Oak Cliff this year.”

Hmm, sounds like AdvoCare is interested in spreading the wealth. Interested in applying.  The next grant cycle will open in spring 2017.

Bruce Wood Dance Project And Dallas Black Dance Theatre Awarded TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Funds

For the fifth year philanthropist Donna Wilhelm has stepped up to provide support for the performing arts. Through the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund, Donna has annually awarded $100,000 in grants “to support the development and performance of innovative new works of music, dance and theater in Dallas County.”

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

The 2016 recipients are the Bruce Wood Dance Project and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Thanks to Donna’s funding, the two dance groups will be able to produce the following programs:

  • “Bruce Wood Dance Project will enlist the creative talents of award-winning music theater composer, arranger, and conductor Joseph Thalken and BWDP Artistic Associate and SMU Meadows School of the Arts alumnus Albert Drake. Their collaborative work will explore the refugee experience across cultures through conversations, music, and dance. The work is scheduled to premiere June 2017 at the Dallas City Performance Hall.
  • “Dallas Black Dance Theatre will mount a new work by choreographer, dancer and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rehearsal director Matthew Rushing, set to a score developed by world-renowned jazz pianist and composer Ted Rosenthal. The tribute-themed ballet will pay homage to legendary African American dancers and choreographers over the past century, including Talley Beatty, Alvin Ailey, and Donald McKayle. The multi-disciplinary work, utilizing video and live music, is slated to premiere in November.”

Past recipients of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund have included

  • 2012 — African American Report, Cara Mia Theatre Company and Dallas Theater Center
  • 2013 — Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre and Voices of Change
  • 2014 — Dallas Bach Society, Dallas Children’s Theater, Fine Arts Chamber Players and The Dallas Opera
  • 2015 — Dallas Theater Center and Kitchen Dog Theater

The selection of the recipients is made from submitted application that are “reviewed each year by a national panel of distinguished artists and arts managers.” This year’s jurors included

  • Matt Albert (Chair, Department of Chamber Music, University of Michigan)
  • Laura Barbee (Adjunct Faculty Member, The School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, TCU)
  • Stephen Brown-Fried (Theatre Director)
  • Roger Brunyate (Director Emeritus, The Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University)
  • Kenneth Foster (Director of Arts Leadership, Thornton School of Music, USC)
  • Greg Fulkerson (Professor of Violin, Oberlin College and Conservatory)
  • Dean Gladden (Managing Director, The Alley Theatre)
  • Andy Grotelueschen (Company Member, Fiasco Theater)
  • Emily Hunter (Dance Teacher, Booker T. Washington High School Greg Hustis: Professor of Horn, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU Baba Israel: Artist, Producer, Educator, and Consultant)
  • Parisa Khobdeh (Dancer, Paul Taylor Dance Company)
  • Emily Lyon (Literary Manager, BEDLAM)
  • Patricia McGregor (Theatre Director, Writer, and Playwright)
  • Jonathan Moscone (Chief of Civic Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
  • Jonathan Norton (Playwright)
  • Brian Perry (Bassist, Dallas Symphony Orchestra)
  • Roche Schulfer (Executive Director, Goodman Theatre)

For more information about applications and requirements, contact Greg Oertel at 214.520.3930.

Junior League Of Dallas And Mary Kay Inc. Salute High School Seniors In Women Scholarship Program

The Junior League of Dallas is well known for being a incubator of leadership with such programs as the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. But on Thursday, March 31, its partnership with Mary Kay Inc. resulted in recognizing tomorrow’s leaders at the third annual Women LEAD Scholarship Program. Here is a report from the field:

Four deserving Dallas Independent School District high school seniors are one step closer to pursuing their dreams of higher education as the Junior League of Dallas (JLD) and Mary Kay Inc. announced the recipients of the third annual Women LEAD (Learn • Excel • Achieve • Dream) Scholarship Program. On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Junior League of Dallas’ headquarters, two of Dallas’ most respected women’s organizations partnered to award $25,000 in scholarships to four female students to create opportunities for future women leaders.

“Education is a main area of support in the League and Women LEAD directly reflects our mission to develop the potential of women,” said JLD President Meredith Mosley. “We are honored that in collaboration with Mary Kay, we are able to award these young women with scholarships and hope the funds help the recipients further their education and move one step closer to pursuing their dreams.”

Established in 2013, the scholarship program was inspired by the late Mary Kay Ash, founder of the iconic global beauty company more than 50 years ago that has led the way for millions of women worldwide to pursue their dreams. The 10 finalists from Emmett J. Conrad High School, South Oak Cliff High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School prepared a speech based on the essay topic, “how do you make a difference in your community and what drives you to give back,” which directly aligns with JLD’s mission. A panel of judges selected four winners based on their scholarship application, community involvement, academic record and speech presentation. The 2016 judges included Meredith Mosley, Dr. Cynthia Wilson, DISD Chief of Staff Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Dallas Deputy Chief of Police Catrina Shead and Mary Kay Inc. Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Vice President Crayton Webb.

Crayton Webb, Donner Allen, Renee Moreno, Anjana Ghaley, Cynthia Izaguirre, Yoga Karki, Gianni Alexander and Meredith Mosley*

Crayton Webb, Bonner Allen, Renee Moreno, Anjana Ghaley, Cynthia Izaguirre, Yoga Karki, Gianni Alexander and Meredith Mosley*

First place winner Gianni Alexander, a senior at South Oak Cliff High School, will receive a one-time $10,000 scholarship. Homeless as a child, Alexander stressed that “education is freedom” and that through her acts of community service, she hopes to inspire Dallas youth. With this scholarship, she is one step closer to becoming an art director and plans to pursue a degree in advertising.

Second place winner Renee Moreno, third place winner Yoga Karki and fourth place winner Anjana Ghaley will each receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship. Moreno, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, stated the importance of “doing everything with love” and plans to pursue a career that allows her to give back to her community. Karki, a senior at Conrad High School, plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a doctor. After growing up in Nepal, Ghaley, also a Conrad High School senior, plans to pursue a career in nursing and has dreams of educating rural communities in disease prevention.

“Mary Kay’s mission of enriching women’s lives vividly comes to life through the Women LEAD Scholarship Program by promoting the next generation of women leaders,” said Crayton. “In a longstanding partnership with the Junior League of Dallas, an outstanding organization with a legacy of empowering women throughout the city, we are thrilled to celebrate these young women as they develop into the future leaders of our community.”

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee

Dunkin’ Donuts And Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation To Open Newest Location With A $20,000 Check For North Texas Food Bank

Love those checks, especially the ones with no strings attached to ‘em. And that’s why this morning’s announcement by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is right up there with a Classic Banana Split with a cup of Dunkin’ chaser.

It seems that, to celebrate the grand opening of its combo restaurant at 14841 Coit Road on Wednesday, March 23, the foundation will present a $20,000 check to the North Texas Food Bank.

The funds “will provide 400 children with 4,000 backpacks filled with wholesome food during the summer, the hungriest time of the year.”

According to NTFB’s Jan Pruitt, who is still recovering from the over-the-top Empty Bowls on Friday, March 11, “The North Texas Food Bank’s children feeding programs are critical to supporting the one-in-four kids in North Texas, who are struggling with hunger. With support from The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, we can ensure that more kids have access to the food needed to learn and thrive.”

But there still more. Dunkin’ Donuts will also deliver breakfast to the teachers and faculty at nearby Dover Elementary the morning of the opening.

JUST IN: Junior League Of Dallas Spreads The Goodness Factor And The Dollars to 38 Area Agencies

The Junior Leaguers of Dallas were busy queen bees yesterday! They started off the morning making loads of nonprofits happy campers at the JLD headquarters at the “handout” of ca-ching sponsored by Bank of Texas. They doled out $1M worth of grants and the number of JLD volunteers who will share the love with the following 38 “agencies:”

  • Arts & Cultural Enrichment total 281 volunteers and $77,685:

    • Booker T. Washington High School — 21 volunteers and $23,000
    • Dallas Arboretum — 63 volunteers and $12,000
    • Dallas Museum of Art — 53 volunteers and $4,700
    • Dallas Zoological Society — 37 volunteers and $21,985
    • Perot Museum of Nature & Science — 86 volunteers and $16,000
    • S. National Archives & Records Administration — 21 volunteers and $0
  • Education total 75 volunteers and $99,400:
    • Communities in Schools — 13 volunteers and $6,000
    • Dallas Heritage Village — 11 volunteers and $4,000
    • Friends of the Dallas Public Library — 13 volunteers and $15,000
    • Notre Dame School — 11 volunteers and $30,000
    • The Rise School of Dallas — 11 volunteers and $36,000
    • Texas Discovery Gardens — 16 volunteers and $8,400
  • Family Preservation total 177 volunteers and $85,888:
    • Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s Twice Blessed House — 30 volunteers and $12,500
    • Big Thought — 11 volunteers and $4,000
    • Promise House — 24 volunteers and $19,000
    • Ronald McDonald House of Dallas — 71 volunteers and $15,388
    • St. Philip’s School and Community Center — 18 volunteers and $25,000
    • Trinity River Mission — 23 volunteers and $10,000
  • Health total 255 volunteers and $168,160:
    • Cancer Support Community North Texas — 48 volunteers and $22,470
    • Children’s Health — 38 volunteers and $30,765
    • Equest — 45 volunteers and $35,000
    • Methodist Dallas Medical Center — 28 volunteers and $16,000
    • Parkland Health & Hospital System — 16 volunteers and $22,300
    • Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas – The Senior Source — 25 volunteers and $26,245
    • Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation — 15 volunteers and $5,280
    • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children — 40 volunteers and $10,100
  • Poverty Intervention total 129 volunteers and $137,217:
    • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity — 36 volunteers  and $30,000
    • Interfaith Housing Coalition — 17 volunteers and $31,717
    • New Friends New Life — 14 volunteers and $13,000
    • North Dallas Shared Ministries — 14 volunteers and $35,000
    • North Texas Food Bank — 31 volunteers and $17,000
    • Vickery Meadow Learning Center — 17 volunteers and $10,500
  • Violence Intervention 215 volunteers and $166,700:
    • Community Partners of Dallas — 39 volunteers and $30,000
    • Dallas CASA — 35 volunteers and $27,600
    • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center — 48 volunteers and $25,000
    • Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support — 49 volunteers and $30,000
    • Our Friends Place — 20 volunteers and $28,700
    • The Family Place — 24 volunteers and $25,400

But there was still more. They also provided support to Dallas nonprofit efforts “through key initiatives and ‘Signature Projects,'” including the following:

  • Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) — a Signature Project of the JLD designed to encourage and support excellence in teaching by awarding grants of up to $2,000 to Dallas ISD educators for innovative projects that otherwise would not be possible within school budgets, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects,
  • Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) — a nationally recognized health program that reaches more than 650 kids and parents annually with an 8-week curriculum that teaches the basics of nutrition, healthy meal preparation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Women LEAD (Learn. Excel. Achieve. Dream) —Established in 2013 in collaboration with Mary Kay, Women LEAD (Learn. Excel. Achieve. Dream) is the League’s newest scholarship program, which assists female high school students in pursuing their dreams of higher education and creates opportunities for future women leaders.
  • Community Assistance Fund is the distribution of monetary grants in response to emergency short-term funding needs of qualified nonprofit agencies and groups. The Fund offers grants that are limited to $3,500 and may be given at any time during the year.
  • Provisional Projects.

But the JLD-ers weren’t finished with the spreading of goodness. They celebrated the sponsors … ah, but that’s a story for another day.

JUST IN: Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer Kicks Off 2016 With Grant News

Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer is starting the year off with zeal and ca-ching.  The organization that “works relentlessly for the day when all children are living cancer-free” is presenting $315,045 to Children’s Health (Dallas) and three other healthcare groups: Michigan State University, Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston) and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Emory Malone*

Emory Malone*

Of the total, $150,000 was “given in honor of Michael Key Malone of Dallas, Texas, who lost his battle in 2012 at the age of seven.” The funds will go to “support two projects fighting neuroblastoma, a horrible pediatric cancer with a low survival rate.”

And the Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer crew had more good news. They revealed that AutoNation provided 25 iPad 4s for “each one of our Ambassador families during last month’s Ambassador Holiday Party.”

Ambassador Holiday Party*

Ambassador Holiday Party*

According to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer CEO Evelyn Costolo, “Every advancement in curing pediatric cancer has come from research, but cancer is still the #1 disease killer of American children. We are thankful for the support of our donors in 2015 that allowed us to provide funding for critical research initiatives and hope for a cure.”

* Photos provided by Wipe Out Kids' Cancer

MySweetWishList: Dallas Children’s Theater

According to Dallas Children’s Theater’s management team Robyn Flatt, Artie Olaisen, Nancy Schaeffer and Sandra Session-Robertson,

“Our wish at Dallas Children’s Theater is to bring the magic of live professional theater to all families in the Dallas area. We regularly hear from first-time patrons that they had no idea their children could be impacted so tremendously by the experience. We know that live theater opens up a young person’s imagination in a way nothing else can, and it is our desire to do our part to eliminate any barrier children have to participation – whether it’s cost, a cultural difference or a special need.

Show day during Dallas Children's Theater's Academy classes*

Show day during Dallas Children’s Theater’s Academy classes*

“For many families, especially those with multiple children, the idea of an outing to the theater is cost prohibitive. Even though many Dallas children experience one show a year through the Student Matinee Performance Series, we want families to be able to experience a production together. That’s when the valuable conversations begin on the ride home and lasting family memories are made. DCT relies on individual, corporate and foundation donations in order to keep our ticket prices low while maintaining the professional quality, high-spectacle productions audiences have come to expect, and that every audience deserves.

“Dallas is a multicultural community, and we wish to serve everyone so that our entire city remains rich with artistic experience. Research proves that children who are exposed to the arts grow into healthy adults who continue to appreciate and support arts and culture and contribute to the workforce in unique and immeasurable ways. We gladly accept our role in nurturing these creative spirits.

The Dallas Children's Theater's special sensory friendly performance of "Fancy Nancy"**

Reception for the Dallas Children’s Theater’s special sensory friendly performance of “Fancy Nancy”**

“With the help of a generous donation from The Crystal Charity Ball, we have been able to expand our Sensory-Friendly programming. This allows us to set aside a performance that is specially designed for families of children with autism, Down syndrome, or other sensory processing disorders. Our wish is to ensure that these plays and classes are sustained for these families for a lifetime.

“Our wish is that all Dallas children know Dallas Children’s Theater as a place for them to express themselves and fully engage in the creative dramatics experience. These wishes take a commitment from community partners and individuals who want every child to experience award-winning professional theater designed for families. We are so grateful to all the partnerships that have propelled us towards our goals for over thirty seasons and we can’t wait to see the future generations at the theater with your help.

Young patrons treating Dallas Children's Theater like home*

Young patrons treating Dallas Children’s Theater like home*

“To get in on the act of supporting theater arts for young people, you can make a donation here: http://www.dct.org/involved/give/

-By Robyn Flatt, Artie Olaisen, Nancy Schaeffer and Sandra Session-Robertson, the Dallas Children’s Theater management team

* Photo credit: Karen Almond 
** Photo credit: Lawrence Jenkins

MySweetWishList: Dallas CASA

According to Dallas CASA Executive Director and President Kathleen LaValle,

Kathleen LaValle*

Kathleen LaValle*

“For two-year-old Jacob, Christmas didn’t mean warm food, family visits or toys under a sparkling tree. Abandoned in a Dallas drug house by his mother, only 17 and working as a prostitute, Jacob wanted a stable home and a cozy bed for Christmas. The only gift he asked for was love and stability.

“Each year in Dallas, nearly 4,400 children like Jacob are in protective care under court supervision because it simply isn’t safe for them at home. Dallas CASA’s Christmas wish is that the Dallas community would know about children like Jacob and be moved to make a critical difference in their lives. For the Jacobs of Dallas, a CASA volunteer is often the one consistent, caring adult they can count on during a frightening, uncertain time in their lives.

“Of 4,400 children in protective care in 2014, only about half had a CASA volunteer by their side. Dallas CASA wishes for the day when every child in need will have his or her own CASA volunteer.

“Jacob was one of the lucky ones. He was assigned a Dallas CASA volunteer, Lisa, who served as his voice in court, advocating for what Jacob needed.

“Jacob got his Christmas wish three years ago when Lisa found his grandfather

Dallas CASA's "Abused Children Can't Wait"*

Dallas CASA’s “Abused Children Can’t Wait”*

and recommended to the court that Jacob be allowed to go live with him. Finances were tight, but Jacob’s CASA volunteer made sure he had not only the love and stability he longed for but gifts under the tree. Jacob was thrilled to see the brightly-wrapped packages waiting for him, but it was the tears in Jacob’s grandfather’s eyes that showed the little family’s full gratitude.

“Today, three years later, Jacob has been adopted by his grandfather. Finances remain tight, but Jacob has his stable home, his cozy bed and all the love he could wish for.

“With more volunteers, all children like Jacob could have voices in court and an adult looking out for their best interests. If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming a CASA volunteer advocate, please check out the opportunity on the Dallas CASA website at www.dallascasa.org.”

-By Kathleen LaValle, Dallas CASA executive director and president

* Photos provided by Dallas CASA

North Texas Giving Day Booster: TACA

“For nearly fifty years, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) has been at the core of the performing arts community in Dallas. Originally founded as an annual charity event, TACA has become a comprehensive arts funding and service organization, now providing approximately $2 million in grants and programs each year. These efforts have only been possible with the visionary support of North Texans.

“In January, TACA granted $1.3 million to 47 local performing arts organizations, large and small. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $110,000 and were awarded to organizations with operating budgets of $25,000 to $30 million. Collectively, these organizations enrich the lives of North Texans of all economic, social, and cultural backgrounds with dance, music, theater, opera, musical theater, educational initiatives, and community engagement programs.

TACA Grant Presentations*

TACA Grant Award Presentation*

“In addition to general operating and project grants, TACA recently awarded an additional $100,000 through the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund for the commission and creation of new works of music, dance, theater, and opera. Later this year, TACA will award an additional $100,000 from the TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund to support the establishment and expansion of local artistic residency programs.

“TACA’s impact also extends well beyond financial support. Launched in 2014, the North Texas Cultural Co-op is a powerful online network that allows regional cultural organizations to securely share patron data and to broaden their reach. Each year, TACA hosts Perforum, a symposium which features national panelists discussing overarching issues and opportunities facing the arts in North Texas. And this year, TACA will launch the Amplifier Workshop series, which will pair national thought leaders with local arts managers to provide more tactical expertise in marketing, audience development, and fundraising.

TACA Perforum*

TACA Perforum*

“Established in 1967, TACA champions artistic excellence in the performing arts and encourages innovation, collaboration, and engagement through financial support, stewardship, and resources. We are passionate, dedicated, and fiercely committed to establishing North Texas as the pre-eminent performing arts community in the country. With your support, we are making a real difference in the health and vitality of Dallas’ performing arts organizations.

“From all of us at TACA, thank you so much, North Texans, for your investment in our work and in the work of the performing arts community we serve! Join us on North Texas Giving Day, when your donations of $25 or more will be amplified by bonus funds starting at 6 a.m. on September 17!”

-By Rebecca Young, President and Executive Director

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

JUST IN: The Meadows Foundation Comes Through With A Grant For LaunchAbility

The stock market and oil prices are creating migraines. So, let’s have some good news. Of course, it comes from the ever-loving Meadows Foundation. It was just revealed that the Foundation has “awarded a grant to LaunchAbility to fill a gap in critical funding.”

Yup, you read it. How much? It’s up to $75K of which $25K is a dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity.

According to Meadow Foundation Senior VP for Strategic Initiatives and Grants Bruce Esterline, “The Meadows Foundation is very pleased to support Launchability’s focus on job training, education and support for adults with disabilities.  We hope many others will assist their efforts to enhance employment services for all who seek to improve their lives.”

This funding will help area folks “with disabilities and the families who care for them” in a variety of ways. It will allow LaunchAbility to jump start some new programs like:

  • Transition Services – expanding fee-for-service offerings to support stronger transition from high school to post-secondary education, training and employment
  • Direct Hire – initiating feasibility studies on building employment opportunities to direct hire 100’s of people with disabilities as well as veterans
  • Technology Skill-building for Autism – bringing a global technology training program for adults with Autism who excel at pattern recognition, are detail-minded and have super-focus abilities.
Kathryn Parsons (File photo)

Kathryn Parsons (File photo)

LaunchAbility CEO Kathryn Parson admits, “The timing on this grant is perfect for us as we are joining other non-profits throughout the community for North Texas Giving Day on September 17th. We are looking forward to challenging our donors with the $25,000 matching grant. As government funding continues to get cut, The Meadows Foundation is a leader not only in Texas but is a model nationally who proves the incredibly powerful force philanthropy has in impacting lives of people in our community.”

This announcement is grand all the way around. When fundraisers are feeling queasy about the international economy, the Meadows Foundation is continuing to support programs that make a difference for those who probably don’t have an oil well or have a stockbroker on speed dial. So, if you were planning on donating some dough on North Texas Giving Day, LaunchAbility would appreciate a consideration to achievement that matching goal.

ORIX Foundation Provides $360,000 In Grants For Youth With Faces To Help Teens In Dallas County Juvenile System

The teens in the Dallas County juvenile system are at a fork in the road of life. According to the court, they’ve made a wrong turn at some point. They’re now preparing to continue making bad choices or head in a positive direction. So far, they haven’t gotten the best advice.

That where Youth With Faces (formerly known as Youth Village Resources of Dallas) comes in. It supports these young people by giving them “the skills to break the cycle of incarceration and build positive futures.”

A study conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas reports that “fewer than 15% of teens who participate in Youth With Faces programming return to juvenile detention compared to the statewide recidivism rate of 66%.”

Having scored such an impressive success record, the Youth With Faces team led by CEO Chris Quadri was anxious to expand their efforts. However, to do that required funding for additional staffing, upgrading technology and enhancing program tracking.

That’s where ORIX Foundation came into the picture. It seems the ORIX Americas employee-led foundation is providing $360,000 in grants to support Youth With Faces programs for “the creation and equipment of four new learning labs where Youth With Faces will deliver training in work readiness skills, culinary arts/food handling, retail service, horticulture and more” at the Letot Girls Center, Youth Village and Medlock Residential Treatment Center and Café Momentum.

One of Youth With Faces’ programs includes having the youngsters “train stray dogs, so they can be more adoptable, and in the process the youth learn all kinds of great lessons about patience, persistence and how to be a positive leader. They have a great track record with helping the dogs get adopted and helping the youth learn critical character lessons.”

According to ORIX Foundation Board of Directors Executive VP Jim Dunn, “Youth With Faces has an impressive track record of empowering these kids to change the trajectory of their lives, which has an enormous impact not only for them individually, but also for their families and the community. ORIX Foundation’s goal with this grant is to provide a multi-year capital infusion to expand their programs and enhance the return on investment to the community.”

This multi-year grant is the largest one made by the Foundation since its establishment in 2009.

JUST IN: Timeline And Requirements For 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Beneficiaries Announced

Christie Carter (File photo)

Christie Carter (File photo)

The 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Christie Carter and 2016 CCB Charity Selection Chair Helen Holman have just revealed the requirements and time line for the 2016 grants.


  • The agency must serve children in Dallas County.
  • The agency must have had a 501(c)(3) designation for at least three years.
  • The agency must have provided services in Dallas Country for at least three years.


  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — Applications are available online or by calling The Crystal Charity Ball office (214.526.5868, Ext. 18).
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 — A brief orientation will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Communities Foundation of Texas. While not required, the meeting is extremely helpful for prospective applying charities to send a representative.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 — Completed applications must be received by The Crystal Charity Ball office (3838 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite L150, Dallas 75219) by 4 p.m. No applications will be accepted via email.
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 — Beneficiaries will be selected.
Jan Pruitt (File photo)

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

While it may seem a bit overwhelming for first timers and even CCB vets, becoming a CCB beneficiary results in even more than the financial reward. It was just a year ago that North Texas Food Bank Executive Director Jan Pruitt warned her staff when they approached her about applying for a grant. Did they know what they were undertaking? She told them it a thorough process, but the validation by CCB was priceless. Thanks to their efforts, NTFB is a 2015 beneficiary and will receive $750,000 for its Food 4 Kids Backpack program.

So, get on board. Get the application. Get to the orientation meeting. Get that application in before 4 p.m. on October 28th. The Dallas kids are depending upon you to get it.