To more than 650 education and family support agencies, the name “Hoglund” has been a godsend. Since Sally and Forrest Hoglund established The Hoglund Family Foundation in 1989, more than $62M has been pumped into Dallas thanks to their generosity and commitment to the city. Even more impressive is how Sally and Forrest instilled in their family the importance of giving back and involvement.
For instance, in 2015 Sally’s and Forrest’s daughter Kristy Hoglund Robinson was sworn in as “a Dallas CASA volunteer “working a complicated and complex case involving three children” who remained in foster care until 2021.
As her Dallas CASA supervisor Larry Matthews reported, “Kristy never once lost sight of what mattered for these children.”
Kristy recalled how “working with these kids was both heartbreaking and fulfilling, and I am forever changed by their resilience, strength and determination.”
She said her calling was due to her folks, whom she described as “the perfect role models for giving back.”
So, it’s no surprise that Dallas CASA will honor Kristy and Sally with the 2023 Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award on Friday, May 5, at The Statler for the 2023 Cherish the Children Luncheon.
As Dallas CASA President/CEO Kathleen LaValle explained, “The Hoglund family has been with us every step of the way, helping Dallas CASA reach our goal of serving every child in need and encouraging us to make a real difference in the lives of children and young adults who benefit from our advocacy. Sally and Kristy bring energy and focused vision to all their endeavors, and Dallas CASA is grateful to have benefited from their dedication and generosity.”
2023 Luncheon Co-Chairs/Dallas CASA Children’s Council members Veree Brown and Kim Meth have arranged for Caroline Rose Hunt’s inspiration to be present by having Lynn Fisher serve as honorary chair. For 38 years, Lynn has been associated with the late Caroline Rose Hunt’s philanthropy through the Rosewood corporation and foundation and Dallas.
To emphasize the importance of helping youngsters in foster care, the 2023 Cherish the Children keynoter will be Change 1 Founder Cortney Jones, who was “served by Dallas CASA as a teenager, (and ) faced aging out after 25 placements in foster care as well as abuse and trauma.” Despite the daunting challenges, she “channeled them into becoming a vehicle of change for children like herself.”
Eventually Cortney worked at Child Protective Services and created Change1 to “support services for foster youths to realize their full potential as they age out of foster care.”
Cortney explained, “We have a choice in how we react to adversity. I’ve chosen to give back and make the system better for children, youths and families, who encounter the system. What I hear most from kids in care is that they don’t feel heard. My dream is that they’re not only heard but also respected, love and given a fair chance at success.”
Sponsorship opportunities and tickets for the fundraiser hosted by Dallas CASA Children’s Council are available here.