Category: Focus On Philanthropy

St. Jude Awards Evening Under the Stars Founding Family

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's signature fundraiser, the annual Evening Under the Stars party and golf tournament, will take place this weekend. Earlier this month, the three children of the founder of the party and golf tournament were presented with the inaugural Terre Thomas Award in Memphis, TN, in recognition of their family's legacy of help.

Lydia Novakov, Joe Haggar III, and Marian Bryan attribute their award to the work of their parents and grandparents. Their father Joe Haggar Jr. was a founding ALSAC board member (St. Jude's fundraising organization) and fundraised locally in Dallas for St. Jude since the hospital's inception. 


Playing House with Dallas CASA

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The "Urban Laughterpiece" playhouse provided by Classic Urban Homes displaying at the Parade of Playhouses event. (Photos: Imani Chet Lytle)

NorthPark Center displayed Dallas CASA's 2016 Parade of Playhouses July 15-31. A record $200,000 in proceeds went towards training volunteers to advocate for abused children.


Charity Helps Women Take Charge (Period)

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Through Take Charge. Period., Tammi Kollinger and Laura Harvey donate feminine hygiene products to shelters in Dallas. (Photo courtesy of Tammi Kollinger)

Many women don’t think twice about the luxury of being able to buy feminine hygiene products. But considering these products a luxury — which the state does — is part of the problem, and one reason why many women cannot afford them.

Tammi Kollinger founded Take Charge. Period. after noticing a homeless woman at Belt Line Road and the Dallas North Tollway: rather than offer her food or money, Kollinger gave the woman tampons.

Around that same time, she saw a picture on Facebook of an empty box intended for feminine hygiene products at the Jewish Family Services pantry. Kollinger decided she needed to find a way to get the community talking about menstruation.

Like most states in the U.S., Texas levies sales tax on tampons, sanitary napkins, and other feminine hygiene products.


Byron Nelson Raises $5.8M for Momentous Institute

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Momentous Institute fifth-grader Kai caddied for 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson champion Sergio Garcia.(Photo courtesy of Momentous Institute)

The Salesmanship Club announced on Aug. 25 the net proceeds from the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament held in May. This year's $5.8 million brings the PGA TOUR event's total amount raised to more than $149 million since its inception in 1968.

All proceeds from the Byron Nelson benefit Momentous Institute, the lab school in Oak Cliff owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club since 1920.

“The proceeds from this tournament yield a lifetime of change for the kids and families we serve through Momentous Institute,” Park Cities resident Guy Kerr, Momentous Institute’s board chair, said in a press release. 


Nine-Year-Old Shares Access to the Arts

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Maya Delgado is a triple-threat talent with professional training in voice, stage presence, and choreography. And while she feels she was born to entertain, the nine-year-old says her dream is “helping others find the art in their hearts.”

That dream came true with the HeARTS of Maya’s first youth talent showcase in May. Delgado, with help from family and friends, started the nonprofit to provide year-long scholarships for kids ages nine to 17 who share her love for the arts and are in need of financial assistance.


DFW Restaurant Week Kicks Off Near You

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DFWrestaurantweek (2)It's that time of year again when hungry souls, or bellies, across Dallas-Fort Worth travel near and far to dress up, take shameless food pictures for Instagram, and dine on a budget at the area's most popular hot spots.

DFW Restaurant Week kicks off today and runs through Aug. 21 (with some restaurants extending until Sept. 4). More than 130 Dallas restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 or $45. Many restaurants are also offering a two-course lunch menu for $20.

Guests can treat themselves while also giving back to the community with 20 percent of proceeds going to the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope, an organization providing intervention, counseling, and educational services to meet behavioral health needs of children and families.


A Good Night’s Sleep Works Wonders

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Beds for Kids has provided 6,800 beds for school-aged children since its start in 2010. (Photos courtesy of S.M. Wright Foundation)

Every night, tired children climb into their beds and reenergize for the coming day. But not all of them. Thousands of children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will lie on a sofa, or on a bed sheet that separates their bodies from the hard floor.

This was brought to Rev. S.M. Wright II’s attention in 2009 while going door-to-door bringing Christmas gifts to residents in south Dallas neighborhoods.

“I was under the impression that everybody had a bed. That was my impression in the community, but it was not the case,” said Wright, of People’s Missionary Baptist Church. “I asked where the children were sleeping, and they were sleeping on the floor in the corner.”


Equal Heart Feeds the Hungry at Home

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On a humid afternoon in late May, residents of the Spanish Creek apartments near Bachman Lake line up patiently while volunteers from Equal Heart’s Mobile Food Access Network [MFAN] set up tables in front of two vans filled with crates of groceries. Each of which will help feed a family for about two weeks.

Residents here and at other low-income apartment complexes across North Texas only need a form of ID to sign up to get the much-needed deliveries once a month. Mud from a morning shower doesn’t deter volunteers from wheeling dollies across cardboard boxes to take the heavy crates into the hungry homes.

“Even if it’s absolutely pouring, we still come out because it’s about them getting the food,” said Brianna Sanders, an AmeriCorps volunteer for Equal Heart. “If they’ll come out to get the food, then we’ll take it to them. It might be a lot of rain for us, but it might not be a lot of rain for them.”

Started last summer by Keven Vicknair, formerly of CitySquare, Equal Heart aims to feed families at their homes year-round with MFAN and feed kids in the summer with its Direct-to-Door meals program.


La Fiesta Celebrates Splendors of Mexico

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Duchess of Spain Elizabeth Farrow makes her bow flanked by escort William Rogers (left) and her father, Bob. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

Forty gorgeously gowned Park Cities gals made their Texas dips at the annual gala, themed Viva la Fiesta: Celebrating the Splendors of Mexico, at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday.

After making their graceful bows, the young ladies — all of who have just finished their first year of college — danced with their escorts and then their fathers.

This year's beneficiaries of the fete included: CARE, Connecting Point of the Park Cities, The Elisa Project, Friends of the Park Public Library, Highland Park Education Foundation, Highland Park Literary Festival, HP Arts, and the HPHS Science Festival.