Category: Philanthropy

Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis


The North Texas chapter of Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America will host its fifth annual dinner at the Belo Mansion on Nov. 9. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

Texas Rangers' pitcher Jake Diekman will be this year's featured speaker. Proceeds will benefit CCFA's programs of research, education, and support for children and adults affected by Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Tickets can be purchased here.


Diversifying Options: SMU Cox Partners with Finance Foundation


After the success of his book I Am Supposed To Be Here—The Art of Dealing With Perception, which was released in July 2015, Dr. Donald Arnette decided he wanted to do more to improve the lives of impoverished and at-risk youth in Dallas and surrounding areas.

That fall, he set up the Doc Arnette Foundation. The foundation provides financial literacy tools to high school seniors from Dallas, Cedar Hill, and DeSoto, and is in talks with other area districts to expand their program.

As the first African-American to obtain a Ph.D. from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Arnette knows what it takes to become successful. He says kids have to “see it to believe it,” so, through a partnership between his foundation and SMU Cox School of Business, he shows students what their futures can look like by helping them build financial skills.

Momentous Institute Honors UP Couple for Leadership in Mental Health

Jan Trevor, Rees Jones, Bill McClung, and Guy Kerr at Dinner. (Photo: Lara Bierner Photography)

Momentous Institute’s 5th annual Changing the Odds Conference kicked off this year with the Changing the Odds Dinner at Sixty Five Hundred on Oct. 5, where University Park residents Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones were honored with the first-ever Changing the Odds Leadership Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the health and wellbeing of children in the community.

Trevor Rees-Jones, a UP native and graduate of Highland Park High School, founded the Rees-Jones Foundation with his wife Jan in 2006 to work with nonprofits across North Texas to defend children who have suffered abuse or neglect or face mental health challenges. The foundation’s work with Momentous, a lab school in Oak Cliff run by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas that focuses on students’ social emotional health, has included $350,000 of funds raised for mental health services and training to provide for children and families. 

Golden Globe Actor to Speak at Each Moment Matters Luncheon


The Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation will host its annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Dallas at 12 p.m. Oct. 28.

The featured speaker will be Golden Globe winner, author, and philanthropist Henry Winkler. The luncheon will benefit Faith Presbyterian Hospice that serves patients and their families throughout a 13-county service area in North Texas.

Faith Presbyterian Hospice must turn away one end-of-life patient who does not have the funds to continue paying for care every three days. Proceeds from the luncheon go towards reducing this number. Their mission is to provide exceptional care to their patients and families because each moment matters.

Tickets can be purchased here.

St. Jude Awards Evening Under the Stars Founding Family


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

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)

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

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


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.