JUST IN: While Barbara Daseke Splashes As Addison Magazine Cover Girl, Husband Don Daseke Is Named 2018 Horatio Alger Awardee

The name “Daseke” is familiar to locals for Barbara and Don Daseke‘s support of all types of nonprofit. From WaterTower Theater in Addison to the Dallas Zoo just south of Dallas’ CBD, they’ve made their paw/foot print on fundraising. Why Addison The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor just featured platinum, spiky Barbara as their cover girl this month.

Don and Barbara Daseke (File photo)

Ah, but word has just arrived that Don has been busy building his empire to gargantuan levels as well as his philanthropic levels.

Word just arrived that Don will receive the prestigious Horatio Alger Award on Thursday, April 5, thru Saturday, April 7, during the Association’s 71st Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies. Gee, hope Barbara and Don can schedule it into their “Must Attend” agenda. The twosome will be joining fellow awardee Reba McEntire and others in Washington D.C. for the ceremony.

According to the Horatio Alger Award committee, “This annual award recognizes exceptional leaders – all with a commitment to philanthropy and higher education – who have overcome significant personal challenges to achieve success. Horatio Alger Award recipients solely fund the Association’s scholarship programs, which provide education opportunities to promising students who, like the Award recipients, have faced adversity in their young lives.”

Don will join such locals as the late Ebby Halliday Acers, Jody Grant, T. Boone Pickens, Jeff Rich and Bob Schlegel.

Follow the jump for all of Don’s accomplishments including his marriage to Barbara. [Read more…]

Jeff Rich Named 2013 Horatio Alger Awardee

Jeff Rich (File photo)

Jeff Rich (File photo)

The weekend of April 4-6 Jeff Rich will receive the Horatio Alger Award. Known for his support of numerous community organizations, Jeff, and his wife Jan Miller, time and again have given time and money and opened their home to help everything from the arts to education.

Annually, the Horatio Alger Award is presented to men and women “who have overcome obstacles to become successful entrepreneurs or community leaders.”

According to the Horatio Alger organization, “As a role model, the association will share Jeffrey A. Rich’s life experiences with its scholars and the American public. Born in Goodrich, Michigan, Jeffrey A. Rich earned a business/finance degree from the University of Michigan in 1982. He worked on a farm, did home improvements and dishwashing during high school and college, and realized he didn’t want to do this type of work as a career. His first job was at Interfirst Bank Dallas, followed by a career in acquisition finance with Citibank. He then moved from New York to Dallas where he served as CFO with Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), helping to take the company public in 1995.  He became first COO then CEO at ACS in the nineties. He grew the company to list in the Fortune 500 and was named in Forbes’ ‘Best Big Companies’ list for seven years. In 2005 he began PlumTree Partners, a private investment firm, where he is Managing Director. His philanthropy includes the Dallas Symphony, Best Buddies Texas, Education is Freedom, and the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.”

Jeff will join other local Horatio Alger Awardees like Ebby Halliday Acers, Jody Grant, T. Boone Pickens and Bob Schlegel.

Other Horatio Alger news regarding locals is that Cassi R. Coffey, of Chapel Hill High School in Whitehouse, and Eric C. Ejiofor, of Keller High School in Keller, will receive 2013 Horatio Alger National Scholarships.