This afternoon it was business as usual at Healing Hand Ministries (HHM). Parents were shepherding their youngsters in for vaccinations; a couple of women in niqabs were walking from nearby apartments in Vickery Meadows for their appointments; adults were rolling up their sleeves for COVID-19 vaccinations; and a pregnant woman was leaving after receiving a good checkup following her months of prenatal care.
But over in a small conference room on the ground level, three people were gathered around a table. They weren’t there to take advantage of the services offered. They were there to lend their hands literally to support the organization that provide the behavioral, family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, vision nutrition and dental services for “the uninsured and underinsured in Dallas County.”
The trio was HHM new CEO Brian Hawkins and Healing Hands Luncheon Co-Chairs Amy and Paul Wilson, who were putting their John Hancocks on letters that would soon be hitting mailboxes about the fundraiser on Thursday, October 14, at Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall.
Amy was familiar with the Vickery Meadows program through her volunteering with Northwest Bible Church. Both she and Paul had become even more involved with the organization thanks to HHM Development Officer Jean Buys from her tenure as executive director for the Retina Foundation of Southwest Texas. Paul had been so impressed with both the mission and the need for HHM, he joined its board.
But they’re not alone in putting the event together. Joining them as co-chairs are HHM Board Member Gina Betts and her husband Ken Betts and Pam Busbee, who will serve as honorary chair.
In addition to lining up Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Brown as the keynote speaker, they will be “honoring the Rosewood Foundation and the Caroline Rose Hunt Family with a special award for their generous support of our Rosewood Vision Center and their commitment to vision healthcare.”
Already the Wilsons, Bettses and Busbee have gathered to get an all-star tea for the host committee including Carol and Steve Baker, Keith Braley, Christie Carter, Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins, Rozlyn and Robert Colombo, Anne Marie and Jeff Drummond, Tucker and Rich Enthoven, Kelly and Joe Foster, Jennifer Staubach Gates, Nancy Gopez, Sarah Losinger, Vinette and Mike Montgomery, Debbie and Nicky Oates, Margot Perot, Mary Martha Pickens, Virginia Rose Harris, Julia Sands, Christopher Thompson, Stacey and Reid Walker and Candace and John Winslow.
If your letter got lost in the snailmail universe, don’t tap your foot waiting. Sign up here and join the fundraising.