Major supporters of Jubilee Park and Center attended a cocktail reception at Kathy and Harlan Crow‘s library on Wednesday, September 19. A highlight of the evening was Jubilee Park CEO Ben Leal‘s reporting on the findings from the Specialized Student Support (S3) Program that resulted from last year’s 20th anniversary gala. Here is a report from the field:
Jubilee Park and Community Center hosted a special reception for donors and supporters at the home of Kathy and Harlan Crow on Wednesday, September 19. Jubilee Park CEO Ben Leal was joined by more than 100 guests as they mingled while enjoying cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres in the Crow family’s library.
At the appointed time, Jubilee Board Chair David Martin and last year’s Jubilee 20th Anniversary Gala Co-Chair Bill Addy gathered the crowd including Maria and David Martin, Diane and Harold Byrd, Anne and Bill Johnson, Nancy Shutt, Phillip Henderson, Marilyn Augur, Jeremy Ratliff, Caren Lock, Joseph Hernandez, Carolyn Wittenbaker, Candace Kraus and Juliette Moussa and thanked Kathy and Harlan Crow for their support of Jubilee and for opening their home for the evening’s festivities.
Leal announced key findings from Jubilee’s revolutionary Specialized Student Support (S3) Program, which is designed to increase accessibility of its award-winning summer and afterschool programs for children with learning differences. The S3 Program was the focus of Jubilee’s 20th Anniversary, which netted more than $1.5 million dollars.
Leal said, “So many children in Southeast Dallas struggled with special learning needs and just weren’t getting the help they deserved, and with your help, Jubilee stepped up to fill this gap.”
He shared that the pilot cohort of seven students included a significant disparity in diagnoses and resources depending on a child’s school, and a significant opportunity for impact by focusing on dyslexia interventions. Parent empowerment trainings we re so helpful that they have been expanded to all parents in Jubilee’s programs, which directly serves 400 children.
He also revealed that core components of Jubilee’s new strategic plan, including values, revised areas of impact, and upcoming programs for the next five years, which will include coalition-building among surrounding neighborhoods, expanded programs for senior citizens, a home repair program, workforce certificates, and the first full cohort of the S3 Program.
Leal then referenced signage throughout the space, which reviewed results, detailed next steps, and thanked lead sponsors of Jubilee’s work, including Lydia and Bill Addy, Crow Holdings, Winnie and Davis Hamlin, ISN Software Corporation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Moody Foundation, New Breeze Foundation, Park Place Dealerships, the Perot Foundation, Stemmons Foundation, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron