Due to concern regarding coronavirus, some North Texas charities and organizations have taken proactive steps to prevent the spread of this infectious disease by postponing or canceling public gatherings. While these nonprofits may suffer financially due to the change, their hope is that the containment of COVID-19 will be achieved more quickly.
NorthPark Center is postponing and/or canceling all special events through the end of April.
SMU is moving “students from classrooms to online instruction for the first two weeks following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23.”
The following fundraising events have adjusted their plans:
- Nasher Prize Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 4, has been rescheduled to Friday, November 6
- Dallas Contemporary Gala scheduled for Saturday, March 28, and its public programs are postponed until further notice.
- Dallas Art Fair scheduled for Thursday, April 16, thru Sunday, April 19, is being rescheduled for the fall.
- The Family Place’s Partner Card kick-off party scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, is being rescheduled for May or June
- Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo scheduled for Friday, March 27, thru Monday, March 30, is being rescheduled for the fall.
- AT&T Byron Nelson Kick-Off Luncheon scheduled for today is being rescheduled to a future date.
- World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth program scheduled for Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 31, rescheduled for future dates.
- Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’ Under the Moonlight Gala scheduled for Saturday, March 28, is being rescheduled for Thursday, August 27.
- Dallas Afterschool’s Recess scheduled for Friday, March 27. “We will have some virtual fun by holding our Recess raffle exclusively online. This ‘pumped up’ version will feature even more amazing items and packages! We are also extending the drawing date to Monday, March 30, at 3 p.m. Winners (and losers) will be notified via email immediately after – or they may watch the drawing in real time on Facebook Live.”
- SMU’s annual Civil Rights pilgrimage.
- While the Crow Museum of Asian Art will continue to remain open to the public during its regular business hours, “all other public events and programs including school and guided tours will be canceled through [Thursday] April 2.”
- Retina Foundation of the Southwest’s Keeping an Eye on Innovation Lecture scheduled for Wednesday, April 8
- Trinity Park Conservancy’s All Out Trinity event scheduled for Saturday, March 28
- World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth programs scheduled for Tuesday, March 17; Wednesday, March 25; Thursday, March 26; Monday, March 30; and Tuesday, March 31
According to Children’s Medical Center Foundation President Brent Christopher, “We regretfully have made the difficult – but necessary – decision to suspend upcoming events, as we take steps to further protect our patients and community” These events include the following:
- Legacy of Love Benefit and Fashion Show on Thursday, April 2
- Family Night at Six Flags on Friday, April 3
- Innovators Program Launch on Monday, April 13
- Red Balloon Run and Ride on Saturday, April 25
Any of these postponements/suspension or even cancellations could easily change, so stay tuned for updates.
And speaking of changes, if you have a major public nonprofit event that will be rescheduled or canceled, please send the information here with “Event Status Change” in the subject line.
Also, if you have an event already listed on the MySweetCharity Calendar that needs to be updated, please send the new information here with “MSC Calendar Update” in the subject line.
* Photo credit: Skeeter Hagler