Kyle Taylor To Take Over For Retiring Irving Cares CEO Teddie Story

Kyle Taylor*

Some folks didn’t know much about Irving in 1957. It wouldn’t pop up on their radar until the Cowboys moved from the Cotton Bowl to the “state-of-the-art” Texas Stadium in Irving. But the Irving residents were already addressing “the social welfare of the needy people in their community.” To help those facing financial crisis, the seeds of Irving Cares were sown.

Its success was based on a dedicated staff and a compassionate team of volunteers. In July 2010 a fellow by the name of Kyle Taylor joined up as a volunteer in the Employment Services Program. In less than two years, he was named “Volunteer of the Year.”

His efforts impressed the Irving Cares staff so much that they hired him to be Coordinator of Volunteers, “where each year he has managed a food pantry that serves thousands of Irving resident and supervised hundreds of volunteers.”

Teddie Story*

Once again his work led to his being named Community Engagement Director, “working to build mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse set of community partners.”

Now, word has arrived that Irving Cares CEO Teddie Story is retiring this month after starting off as a volunteer in 1991 and, like Kyle rising through the ranks.

Carrying on in Teddie’s place will be… yup, Kyle.

According to Teddie, “The staff, volunteers, donors and customers of Irving Cares will be well represented by Kyle Taylor as the next Chief Executive Officer. His passion for service to others is evident in his dedication to Irving Cares and its customers.”

Congratulations to both Teddie and Kyle for showing that being a volunteer can lead to even greater things.

* Photo provided by Irving Cares

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Great Harvest

According to The Great Harvest Chair Cydney Roberts

“Twenty-five years ago, a friend of Irving Cares hosted a barbeque in his back yard as a fundraiser for Irving Cares. The event was called Christmas in July. Everyone pitched in carrying tables, setting up chairs, cooking food. Proceeds topped $10,000.

“We’ve come a long way since then!

The Great Harvest*

The Great Harvest*

“The 25th anniversary of The Great Harvest — An Evening to Care — will take place on Friday, September 25, 2015, with doors opening at 7 p.m. at Irving Convention Center.

“This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Irving Cares with a goal of $300,000. We are pulling out all the stops for an exciting evening filled with fine food, friends, and fun!  As Chair for this event, I would like to invite everyone to be a part of this historical evening as a sponsor and attendee. Visit for more information and to purchase reservations and sponsorships.

“Irving Cares, in partnership with the Irving community, is dedicated to identifying and providing its residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency. For over fifty years, Irving Cares has provided various forms of assistance to resolve a household’s crisis and tools to promote stability and future self-sufficiency. The Irving Cares mantra is ‘a hand up, not a hand out.’ Irving Cares offers a combination of limited financial assistance for rent, utilities or prescriptions; case management; food assistance; and employment services. Last fiscal year, Irving Cares served a program-combined 13,726 people from 4,906 households.”

* Graphic courtesy of Irving Cares

Old Friends Gather to bid Farewell to Texas Stadium

Only in Dallas would we celebrate disaster! A luncheon was held today to bid farewell to Texas Stadium that will be imploded on Sunday. Imploded is a very intellectual way of saying, “We’re gonna blow it up!”

It was not a huge gathering (maybe 200-250), but if you’re a Dallas Cowboys expert, you were in slap happy paradise just hanging with the likes of Cliff Harris, Rayfield Wright, Walt Garrison, Alicia Landry (pictured), etc.

The event benefited Irving Cares and they did that by auctioning off photos autographed by the attending Cowboys and a couple of stadium seats.

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