Nonprofit Focuses On Taking Care of Its Neighbors

For the past eight years, Mercury One has spent millions on humanitarian aid and education.

(ABOVE: Established by media personality Glenn Beck, Mercury One focuses its efforts on humanitarian aid and education about the principles the U.S. was founded upon. Courtesy photos)

“When our nation was founded, it was founded around taking care of your neighbors and helping and standing up when there was a crisis in the country,” said Susanne Grishman, the nonprofit’s executive director. “You step in, and you help when and where it is needed.”

Established in 2011 by media personality and New York Times best-selling author Glenn Beck, the Dallas-based nonprofit assists with disaster relief, veterans with PTSD, human trafficking in the United States, and educational training with first source documents and artifacts.

“You step in, and you help when and where it is needed.” -Susanne Grishman

This summer from June 28 to July 7, Mercury One will host a special exhibition called “12 Score and Three Years Ago” that will highlight the story of slavery in the United States, what happened with the Emancipation Proclamation, and how we as a nation have struggled to get it right.

Grishman said the nonprofit was created because Beck “was concerned about where our country was going and that maybe we were going to a place where we didn’t have the freedoms through the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

The organization was created uniquely so that 100 percent of its general operating funds are raised through the annual M1 Gala. The gala, which raised $900,000 last year, ensures that every dollar donated to specific funds goes toward disaster aid, veteran services, restoring those rescued from human trafficking, and education.

“That’s the American dream,” Grishman said.

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist with a background in crime and government reporting and an obsession with all things culture and arts. She serves as the Managing Editor for Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, curating content for the Living Well and Faith sections, as well as producing the Fall and Spring society sections and 20 Under 40. From luncheons to galas to exhibition openings to new Dallas restaurants, you can find her out and about on Instagram @Bianca_TBD or @peoplenewspapers. You can also reach her by email at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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