The late Caroline Rose Hunt’s support of nonprofits seemed to cover the gamut. But the ones that held a special place in her heart dealt with children. From the whimsical and creative world of Dallas Children’s Theater to the real need for children’s advocacy at Dallas CASA, her involvement was both personal and professional.
That is why it’s especially poignant that Dallas CASA will present the Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award to Rosewood, which Caroline founded in 1976 and made into a luxury empire.
Awarded to an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to help children who have been removed from home for abuse or severe neglect, the honor is going to Rosewood because “Rosewood Corporation and the Rosewood Foundation have been supporters of Dallas CASA for many years, making an impact on the live of Dallas children through consistent and generous support.”
The presentation will take place at the Omni Dallas on Friday, April 5, at Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children Luncheon.
Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Porter and Nicki Sherry have also arranged to have author Steve Pemberton be the keynote speaker. Steve will share “his very personal story perseverance through difficulty, his search of identity as a biracial child and his quest to find meaning by sharing his story of triumph over an abusive children in foster care.”
According to Steve, “What makes a family is neither the absence of tragedy nor the ability to hide from misfortune, but the courage to overcome it and, from that broken past, write a new beginning.”
Despite having an alcoholic mother, an absent father, and being placed in foster care for 13 years beginning at the age of three, he rose above it, thanks to people who took the time and effort to help him.
“It’s difficult to describe all these years later what it’s like waking up every day as a child in fear for your life. My biggest goal – the thing I wanted more than anything in the world – was a family.”
In addition to the seated luncheon, Steve and the award, there will be a silent auction “of unique and original children’s furniture created by local artists and designers.”