MySweetWishList: Boys And Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas

Joyce Williams*

According to Boys And Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas Board Chair Joyce Williams,

“I do not have many wishes this holiday season. However, as the new chair of the board of directors at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD), I can only wish for more opportunities and more resources for the thousands of youth served by BGCD.

“Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is more than a place for kids to come to shoot hoops in the gym. Because of BGCD, kids have a safe place to go after school and are no longer susceptible to the risk of walking alone through neighborhoods in the evening to an empty home because mom has to work late. BGCD provides transportation from school to the Club, where kids are greeted by a caring youth development professional, a hot meal for dinner, and help with homework. Furthermore, Club members are able to participate in impactful programming meant to meet the needs of every child and teen.

Teens excited to receive laptops at annual graduation celebration*

Club member at one of the holiday parties at the Club*

Club Member at BGCD’s annual math competition*

Club member at a holiday party at the Club*

“At Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. My wish is that more people join us on this mission. Why? Because without the help of the community, how can my other wishes come true? For instance, my wish to witness more youth in low-income neighborhoods graduate high school with a plan for their future. Or my wish for youth to break generational curses and be the first in their family to go to college. Or my wish for more kids to have a safe and productive place to go after school.

“Most importantly, my wish is that tomorrow’s visionaries do not fall short of their potential because we did not invest in them today. Invest in great futures today by donating online at www.bgcdallas.org/donate or contact our VP of Advancement, Laura Brown at 214.821.2950 ext. 732.”

-By Joyce Williams, Boys And Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas board chair

* Photo provided by Boys And Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas

MySweetWishList: Boys And Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas

According to Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Chair Gerald Louviere,

Barb and Gerald Louviere*

At Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, we have many wishes. All of which are centered on the thousands of 6-18-year-old youth served by the organization. Every day our 17 Club locations open their doors to over 1,800 youth after school, providing them with a hot meal, help with homework and quality programming. Our wish is to see more students in impoverished communities move their tassels from the right to the left in May of 2017. We wish to send more first-generation college students off with scholarships and care packages. We wish to provide high school seniors, who have no desire to go to college, with a plan and skills to prepare them for the workforce. However, our greatest wish, is that you will continue to support our efforts to ensure every child has a safe place to go after school.

Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas*

Valencia Campbell*

“’It gave me a place to go. My mom was a single mother after my dad passed when I was 12 and I never wanted to be a burden on her. Every week when I was able to go to the Club, I was able to just be a kid. I didn’t have to worry about making sure my mom was okay. I was just able to be Valencia and be a kid,’ said Boys And Girls Club Alumna, Valencia Campbell. Valencia graduated from University of Texas at Austin in May 2015 and is currently attending Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. She credits the Club for surrounding her with peers who were going to college and mentors who could tell her about the college experience. ‘It gave me a vision of myself that I was able to walk into.’

“Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas has a holistic approach to youth development, providing programming focused on the mind, body and soul of a child. Our three core areas include: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character And Citizenship.

Boys And Girls Club of Greater Dallas*

“Our final wish is that you will support us in our mission to empower dreams, awaken passion, and inspire hope within Dallas youth. Invest in great futures today by donating online at www.bgcdallas.org/donate or contacting our VP of Advancement, Laura Brown, at 214.821.2950, ext. 732.

-By Gerald Louviere, Chairman of the Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

* Photos provided by Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Billiard Ball

According to 2016 Billiard Ball Co-Chairs Laura and Dennis Moon,

“Since 1965, Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) has served as the voice and lead advocate for Dallas area youth.  In 2015, as we celebrated our 50th year anniversary, BGCD grew from 14 Club sites to 31 sites, and from providing services to 6,000 youth, to supporting over 7,500.  To celebrate the journey toward fifty more years, we invite you to join us at The Billiard Ball: Solids and Stripes Soiree on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton Anatole.

2016 Billiard Ball*

2016 Billiard Ball*

“Funds raised by The Billiard Ball will support the development of BGCD’s unique and vital programming, as well as the rapid growth of Club sites located near families and youth that benefit from our services the most.  To help ensure a fabulous evening, we are asking for your support. A fantastic party has been planned featuring a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live auction, dancing to the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra and of course, billiards.

Helen and Clint Murchison III*

Helen and Clint W. Murchison III*

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful event as this year’s chairmen.  Also, it gives us great pleasure to announce Helen and Clint W. Murchison III as our 2016 Lifetime Achievement Honorees. They have been longtime Boys And Girls Clubs advocates and we are pleased that they continue to help with our mission.

“Joining us in this great cause are Host Committee members Lee Bailey, Donna Bajaj, Lee Baldwin, Ann Hoose, Eric Johnson, Sharon Jones, Maggie Kipp, April and Russ Lambert, Julian Leaver, Barb and Gerald Louviere, Greg Nieberding, Susan and John Piot, Sandy Schwan, Carol Seay, Holly and Jim Trester, Rachel and Chris Trowbridge, Day and George Watson, Kameron and Court Westcott and Katherine Wynne.

“Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas provides after-school, outcome-driven programs for almost 2,200 Dallas youth daily. We need your help as we continue to serve these youth.

“If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Carey at 214.821.2950, Ext. 713 or at [email protected]. Also, please visit www.bgcdallas.org for additional information.”

* Graphic and photo provided by Boys And Girls Club of Greater Dallas

Boys And Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas’ 2016 Billiard Ball To Honor Helen And Clint Murchison III

It’s hard to imagine that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas has been around for 51 years. Why, when it was started a young comedienne name Joan Rivers made her debut on the “Tonight Show,” the Dallas Cowboys were playing football in the Cotton Bowl and Dallas-based Braniff introduced a new ad campaign called “End of the Plain Plane,” complete with Emilio Pucci-designed uniforms for the flight crews.

Today Joan is doing her shtick for the angels, professional football is no longer played on the Cotton Bowl turf and Braniff’s herd of unplain planes flew their last flights ages ago. Still, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas is thriving with more than 7,500 Club members at 31 sites through the Metroplex.

Ruth Altshuler (File photo)

Ruth Altshuler (File photo)

Lee Ann and Alan White (File photo)

Lee Ann and Alan White (File photo)

Bill and Gay Solomon (File photo)

Bill and Gay Solomon (File photo)

Linda Custard (File photo)

Linda Custard (File photo)

But to support the programs “to enable all young people, especially those who need the most help, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens,” funding is required. In addition to donations and grants, one vital source has been the Billiard Ball. In more than a decade the gala has provided more than $2.5M by honoring area leaders like Ruth Altshuler, Norman Brinker, Linda Pitts Custard, Caren Prothro, Dee and Charles Wyly, Henry S. Miller Jr., Gay and Bill Solomon, Bobby Lyle, Barbara and Steven Durham and Lee Ann and Alan White.

Clint Murchison III, Laura Moon, Helen Murchison and Dennis Moon*

Clint Murchison III, Laura Moon, Helen Murchison and Dennis Moon*

This year’s event on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton Anatole will honor Helen and Clint Murchison thanks to Billiard Ball Co-Chairs Laura and Dennis Moon. There will be dinner, dancing, auctions and, of course, billiards. And the theme is “Solids And Stripes!”

While table sponsorships starting at $3,000 are available, individual tickets will be limited. However, if you get to it, you might be one of the lucky ones.

* Photo provided by Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

Dallas Cowboy Justin Durant Hosted A Toy-Gathering Party For Boys And Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Unit

Santa wasn’t the only one in the toy business for good girls and boys. Heck, no! Here’s a report from the field about one that took place on Monday, December 15:

“Dallas Cowboys Linebacker and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame inductee Justin Durant hosted a private reception and toy drive at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana in Victory Park to benefit  Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Unit. The mood was decidedly merry and bright when 65 people donated more than 100 toys to Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Unit. Durant’s friend and two-time Super Bowl Champion Bethel Johnson joined the festivities.

Regina Fonts, Ci'Andria Jefferson, Justin Durant and Ashle Green*

Regina Fonts, Ci’Andria Jefferson, Justin Durant and Ashle Green*

“Justin’s fondness for Boys and Girls Clubs dates back to his own youth when he was enrolled in his hometown Boys and Girls Club. ‘I grew up in the Boys and Girls Club in Florence, S.C., so I felt the need to give back,” Durant said. ‘I wanted to partner with chapters here in Dallas to try to give back and do something with the community out here. I should have been doing it before. Now I’m trying to make up for lost time.’

Bethel Johnson and Dessie Brown*

Bethel Johnson and Dessie Brown*

“Nearly 70 people attended, including Dallas Cowboy Justin Durant, former New England Patriot Bethel Johnson, Josh from 102.1 The Morning Edge, Jasmine Sadry from 102.1 The Edge iHeart Media, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill Jr. and, of course, representatives from Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.

“’On behalf of over 6,000 youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, we are extremely grateful for the generous support provided by Justin Durant’s Toys for Tots at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana and now for Charity Giveback benefitting our Oak Cliff Club,’ said Charles English, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. ‘This holiday season will be especially bright and happy for the many families that have entrusted their children to us. Justin’s generous gift ensures that we can continue to provide critical and results-based programs. We are sincerely grateful.’

Presenting sponsors included Macallan, Snow Leopard Vodka and Brugal Rum (Edrington America), Olivella’s Neo Pizza NapoletanaThe Landings St Lucia with additional support provided by Robert Half International, D4SM, Luv Your Events, Nike, W Hotel, Yeroc Eyewear, Schuyler 4, Haupt Shirts, Phil’s New Money Friends, Jenny Meets Penny, Megan Averbuch, Fashion Stylist of Belles and Rebelles, Jen Abrams Style, Unity Vintage Jean Co. and Marlyn Schiff.”

* Photo credit: Claudia Coker