Despite the temperatures settling in past the 90-degree mark, it was Christmas time at Bent Tree County Club today. After a year of fundraising, the Northwood Woman’s Club presented checks totaling $297,000 to the following very happy nonprofits:
- Attitudes and Attire — $31,500
- Callier Center for Communication Disorders — $40,500
- Cristo Rey Dallas — $47,000
- Dallas CASA — $50,000
- Interfaith Family Services — $36,000
- St. Simon’s After-School $31,500
- NWC Scholarship Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas — $25,000
It was actually hard to tell who was happier about the check presentations — the recipients or the club membership. Details of the presentation will come in the
days weeks to come. But did want to share the great news.
The word just broke this morning that the Cattle Baronesses have selected the leadership for the 2019 Cattle Baron’s Ball.
According to 2018 CBB Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Jonika Nix, “It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2019 Cattle Baron’s Ball Chairs – Wendy Messmann and Lisa Shirley! We look forward to a fun and successful year under their very capable leadership.”
Wendy and Lisa will be working together with their committee of 98 and countless members of the CBB posse to provide funding for the research and development of treatments in battling against cancer.
Stay tuned for details about plans for the fundraiser.
* Photo credit: Holt Haynsworth
The ladies of Aware have just revealed the plans for 2018. Leading the organization “dedicate to fighting Alzheimer’s disease” will be Sharon Ballew as president with the following slate of officers: Sue John as treasurer, Misty Keown as membership, Carol Stabler as secretary, Jolie Humphrey as corresponding secretary and Stacy Angel handling grant review.
Sarah Smith and Ginny Fein will be co-chairing the 2019 Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments that will help provide the funding for the 2018-2019 grant recipients that include:
- Texas Winds Musical Outreach: Support for the Concerts for Seniors program, which provides two concerts by professional musicians in each of 95 nursing homes and adult day care facilities serving individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as well as the economically disadvantaged.
- Juliette Fowler Communities: Support for training, implementation, and certification of the “I’m Still Here” program, a national model that provides a person-centered approach to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s through social engagement, new learning experiences, community service, and volunteerism. The program ensures that unique skills and interests are incorporated into each patient’s day so that experiences are fulfilling.
- C. C. Young: Funds to support a board-certified music therapist who will engage with the Memory Care residents for 30 minutes to one hour a day, every day, seven days a week, while becoming familiar with each resident and selecting music on an individual basis according to their preferences.
- Dallas Museum of Art: Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Meaningful Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families or caregivers with ways to engage in art providing a continuing cultural opportunity to everyone regardless of their ability.
- The Senior Source: Support for the Senior Companions program matching trained volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, errands, and light housekeeping providing caregivers with respite and/or time to work outside the home.
- Center for Brain Health: Support for the second year of Studying Sleep Architecture in Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease to better understand how sleep impacts cognitive health in aging individuals and what role it may play in cognitive impairment. Results from this three year study could motivate the formulation of better, more multifunctional interventions to slow or halt the progression of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.
- Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association: Funds to support the hire of the Dallas Chapter’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. This individual will develop a Hispanic Outreach manual and program called “Get the Facts” directly dedicated to meeting the needs of the underserved and often mono-lingual Dallas Hispanic community. The program will use existing partnerships with Telemundo and Univision television stations to help raise awareness and drive attendance to education and support group opportunities.
- Jewish Family Service: Support for the salary of a three-quarter-time licensed Clinical Social Worker to provide in-home mental health counseling, care management, and daily living support services to 50 older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and 20 family members and caregivers allowing patients to remain independent and living in their own home.
- Center for Vital Longevity: Support for the salary of Chris Foster, Ph.D, currently working under Dr. Karen Rodrigue, enabling him to continue the second year of a three-year study of biomarker-based risk factors for healthy aging from data collected by the lab from a sample of 200 adults ranging in age from 20-94 years old who are recruited from the Dallas community.
- Baylor Healthcare System: Salary support for the Baylor AT&T Memory Center to provide a trained care and support specialist onsite at the Baylor AT&T Memory Center. By placing this valuable service at the point of care, patients and their families in early diagnosis can receive disease education, caregiver skill training and support groups, elder law and financial planning, and a 24/7 helpline allowing physicians to focus on the medical issues surrounding the disease.
Stay tune for additional details as they develop.
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky
While some may be powering down for summer hibernation, nonprofits are gearing up for a repeat performance of the North Texas history-making fundraiser — North Texas Giving Day. Once again the folks over at Communities Foundation of Texas are orchestrating the wallet-opening program that will take place on Thursday, September 20.
Ah, remember back in 2011 when North Texans showed their generosity to such a degree that it blew up the online giving forcing folks to use their phones to call in their donations… and that overloaded the system, too?
But that’s all in the rearview mirror. This year’s event is bigger and more streamline than ever. That’s why it’s pretty darn important that nonprofits attend one of five kick-off sessions to learn about the new bells and whistles plus get some insider tips.
Here’s the schedule of the free 10 a.m. to noon kick-off sessions:
- Wednesday, May 30: Collin County Kick-Off at Collin College (2400 Community Avenue in McKinney)
- Thursday, May 31: Denton County Kick-Off at Liberty Christian Academy (1301 US-377 in Argyle)
- Monday, June 4: Dallas County Kick-Off at Moody Performance Center (2520 Flora Street in Dallas)
- Tuesday, June 5: Grayson County Kick-Off at Austin College (900 N. Grand Avenue in Sherman)
- Thursday, June 7: Tarrant County Kick-Off at Nolan Catholic High School (4501 Bridge Street in Fort Worth)
Conducting the sessions will NTGD Mother Hen Susan Swan Smith, who is the Jaap van Zweden of the fundraising program.
Even if you’re a NTGD oldtimer, you’ll want to check out the new developments like the new website features, “Peer-to-Peer FUNdraising,” timelines, multi-media hints, new capabilities and registration processes, 10 days of scheduled giving, donor volunteer opportunities and so much more to raise funds and awareness. The sessions are easy; they’re free; they’re just two hours; and you can sign up here!
Communities Foundation of Texas has come a long way since that first NTGD in 2009 when they provided $4M for 345 nonprofits. Last year alone NTGD provided more than $39M through 137,000 gifts for 2,723 nonprofits. Don’t you know the rest of the country is scratching their heads about North Texans and their “spirit and power of giving”?
*Graphic and photo provided by Communities Foundation of Texas
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