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Interfaith Golf Classic Ben Eakes (board chair) Kimberly Williams (CEO, Interfaith Family Services), Brian Hegi (board of directors)

A packed field of 116 golfers attended the 15th Annual Interfaith Golf Classic at Royal Oaks Country Club on Monday, Sept. 12. The sold-out event raised $126,735 to benefit the nonprofit organization Interfaith Family Services and its mission to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty.

 

Kimberly Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith Family Services, addressed the crowd before golfers headed out to a shotgun start, saying, “The Interfaith Golf Classic is always a fun day, but I want you to know you are also doing some serious good. Your support will help families in crisis who are eager to learn the skills needed so they will never be homeless again.”

 

Members of the Interfaith Golf Classic Committee also spoke, including Ben Eakes and Brian Hegi. In addition to being the Managing Partners of Crossplane Capital, presenting sponsor for the day’s event, the two are members of the Interfaith Board of Directors.

 

Their remarks were followed by a moving testimonial from Interfaith graduate Rachael Royal, whose life has come full circle. She is now on the board of directors at Interfaith, which was there for her during a period of homelessness over a decade ago.

 

She said, “Interfaith Family Services taught me how to take tragedy and turn it into triumph. I learned we are greater than our circumstances. We can choose to allow ourselves to be overtaken by our obstacles – or use them as steppingstones on a path to the greatness that lies within us all. I chose the latter.”

 

Royal Oaks Golf Pro Dean Larsson then released the players to the course. The day’s golf activities included a round of 18 holes, food and beverage stations throughout the course and the opportunity to win an Infiniti QX50 Luxe SUV and other prizes provided by Sewell in a series of hole-in-one contests. While no players won, all had fun trying.

 

Winners of the day’s competition were announced at the conclusion of play including:

  • 1st Place, Gross Score: Wingstop (Eric Hall, Zach Mayor, Jared Pope and Zach Pope)
  • 1st Place, Net Score: SCA Transaction Services (Corey Gebert, Kenny Lamb, Chris Parker, Cody Robertson)
  • 2nd Place, Net Score: Benchmark Bank (Art Barnes, Thomas Gresham, Fox Haas, Wilson White)
  • 3rd Place, Net Score: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Ryan Cox, Brent Sacha, Trevor Vega and Eric Williams)
  • Longest Drive: Justin Fraley
  • Closest to the Pin, Low Handicap: Corey Gebert, Kevin Wheland
  • Closest to the Pin, High Handicap: Jason Ahman, Bryan Ochocki

 

Special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Interfaith Golf Classic:

 

  • Presenting Sponsor: Crossplane Capital
  • Gold Sponsors: The Hegi Family, Triumph Bank
  • Awards Reception Sponsors: Margaret Culbertson, PNC Business Credit
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor: KattenMuchin Roseman, LLP
  • Hole-in-One Sponsors: Hunter Onsite, Kirkland & Ellis, Sewell
  • “The Turn” Food Sponsor: Focus Search Partners, IMA Financial Group
  • Hole Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, BDO USA, LLP, Benchmark Bank, Chaparral Partners, CLX Ventures, Consilio, Dallas Truck World, Empower Rental Group, KK & Kelly Hine Charitable Trust, SCA Transaction Services, Wingstop, Work Shield, WPA Family Office

 

ABOUT INTERFAITH FAMILY SERVICES:

For 37 years, Interfaith Family Services has empowered families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. The organization offers solutions to poverty through both residential and non-residential services. Their Family Empowerment Center houses all programming modeled to eliminate the barriers that keep families in crisis from achieving stability. Services include rent and utility assistance, GED/ESL and vocational training, extended-hours childcare to clients who are currently unemployed, financial coaching to reduce debt and increase savings, and career coaching to develop clients professionally – all at no cost to families. For families who are homeless, Interfaith Family Services owns 23 lovingly decorated and fully furnished apartments that provide transitional housing for six to nine months. They work simultaneously to educate and equip children through the Hope & Horizons Program; this special program is modeled to stabilize at-risk children through a combination of arts and crafts that emphasize creativity, play therapy to address emotional and social issues, individualized tutoring to address common academic gaps, and field trips and camps that expose children to the larger world. The program also includes a self-care and wellness component to help families develop and maintain healthy habits. This holistic combination of services produces results that elevate entire families out of poverty. Approximately 93% of its families’ transition to permanent housing, 78% create a savings safety net with $1,569 on average in savings, and 89% of graduates maintain employment one year later. For more information, visit www.interfaithdallas.org.

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GHF YP Council 2022 Top L to R: Bradley Haynes, Membership Co-chair; Katie Witte, Membership Co-chair; John Boerger, Social Events Co-chair; Kyah Nichols, Vice President; Sarah Cornelia, Spring Event Co-chair Bottom L to R: Maribel Morales, Marketing Co-chair; Kelsey Cameron, President; Anna Montgomery, Marketing Co-chair; Olivia Strader, Secretary

Grant Halliburton Foundation celebrated the launch of its inaugural Young Professionals organization, or GHP YP, with a council announcement and networking event on August 25. Hosted at the Foundation’s new office at Pegasus Park, GHF YP members enjoyed refreshments and networked with fellow group members. Following the announcement of the 2022-23 GHF YP Leadership Council, members toured the new office and viewed the gallery of artwork by Grant Halliburton.

 

The Grant Halliburton Foundation Young Professionals organization is a personal and professional development organization for DFW-area young professionals in their 20s and 30s seeking to positively impact their community. GHF YP is a home for the next generation of philanthropists to learn and grow while also supporting the organization’s work to advocate for stronger mental health education and suicide prevention in North Texas.

 

2022-23 GHF YP Leadership Council is led by Kelsey Cameron: President; Kyah Nichols: Vice President; Olivia Strader: Secretary; Andy Weis: Treasurer; John Boerger and Molly Grace Brown: Social Event Co-chairs; Katie Witte and Bradley Haynes: Membership Co-chairs; Maribel Morales and Anna Montgomery: Marketing Co-chairs; Michelle Schwarz, Emily Sandler and Sarah Cornelia: Spring Event Co-chairs. For more information, visit https://www.granthalliburton.org/ghfyp-leadership

 

Kelsey Cameron remarked, “This is the moment for our generation to really make an impact in mental health and to help each other. The ability to interact in person is especially important for mental health, so we hope to foster connections through our variety of events and opportunities.”

 

This remarkable organization offers young professionals the opportunity to support their community while networking, attending social events and professional development seminars, sharing their talents through volunteer opportunities and receiving special sponsorship rates at Grant Halliburton fundraising events. Dues range from $25 to $500 annually.

 

For more information or to join GHF YP, visit granthalliburton.org/ghf-yp.

 

About Grant Halliburton Foundation

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Since 2006, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training, and support to more than 250,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes HereForTexas.com and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. More information can be found at GrantHalliburton.org.                                               

 







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Adopted cat

Cats are said to have nine lives, and now, thanks to A Voice for All Paws, cats and kittens in Dallas will have longer and healthier lives.

A Voice for All Paws (AVAP), a nonprofit cat rescue organization, is opening a Cat Café, an adoption center and luxury boarding near Garland and Peavy. Set to open in late 2022, the Cat Café will provide a home for rescue cats eager to be adopted into a forever home, a sanctuary for cat lovers to grab a coffee, and most importantly, the abandoned cats will have access to veterinary care as needed. 

The story began when former East Dallas resident, Nancy Stephenson, was working for a dog rescue. There, she met Max, a seven-week-old, mangled kitten. “I checked with other rescues to see if anyone would take Max, but they were full.” Instead of leaving Max in the Shelter, she adopted him. “After Max spent a week in the hospital, having his tail and ear amputated and discovering he would be blind in one eye, he came home with me.” That cat now lives with her in Oregon, where she and her husband recently moved.

Stephenson reached a point that she could no longer foster dogs as she ended up with five herself. “My husband is a big cat lover.” Through online posts, outreach and prayers, she began A Voice for All Paws, a nonprofit foster based rescue specifically for cats and kittens, in 2018. She recruited additional volunteers to help her and formed a board.

By chance, Stephenson met East Dallas resident Caroline Stovall, who is now president of AVAP. Stephenson said, “I was picking up some kittens in South Dallas from a transport, and Caroline was also picking up kittens at the same time, and that’s where we initially met. It was instant sympatico. We both worked for large businesses and had the same mentality for rescue. We used our business acumen to fuel our passion. We kept talking about our dreams for these cats and became good friends.”

Stovall, originally from the UK, was shocked at the animal welfare laws in Texas as she has a passion for all animals. “I’ve worked in a number of rescues in Dallas, but I finally decided that it was time to take the next step.” She and her husband, Rob, proved to be the team needed to turn this dream of a cat café and adoption center into a reality.

With the Stovalls’ generous donation, they purchased two buildings to provide a physical space for the Cat Boarding and A Voice for All Paws: one building to house a cat café and adoption area located at 1211 Casa Vale (about 3,500 sq. ft.), and the other for a cat boarding business at 10320 Garland Road (about 1,600 sq. ft.). The nonprofit identified the East Dallas area near Garland and Peavy as a central location providing relatively easy access to intake and adopt out abandoned cats and kittens. These buildings are now being renovated with a planned opening later this year.

Stovall said, “Our team, along with volunteers, will run the cat café and adoption center. We will run it like a business with a coffee shop where people can work. We see (the coffee shop) as a means of funding our non-for-profit organization, too.” 

When cats are found and don’t have homes, the organization gets them the treatments they need – spay/neuter, deworming, medications, baths, dipping, a full exam by a vet, shots, and a check for parasites. This process is often expensive. The second part is to get kittens and cats socialized around people and other animals. After that process, they are ready to be adopted. Having a place where people can visit cats ready for adoption will be a huge benefit to AVAP.

Though Nancy has moved to Oregon, she is still involved in operations, fundraising and marketing, while Caroline now handles the day-to-day aspects.

Other board members who are involved in the day-to-day aspects of the rescues and have helped this dream become a reality include Libby Cooley, Shelley Dai, Dr. Gail Bushur-Irwin (Medical Director), all local East Dallas residents.

Once the cat café and adoption center open, A Voice for All Paws will help even more strays. They invite the public to spread the word and help support its efforts online with any type of donation. They are also looking for volunteers who want to help, especially when they open their doors. Find out more online at https://avoiceforallpaws.com/

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Helpful Hints With Stray Cats:

Some helpful advice for people who see strays:

  1. If you see kittens, leave them alone. Moms have to leave to go to eat. They rarely abandon kittens.
  2. Please don’t give cats away without getting them fixed (altered).
  3. Keep in mind that fees for cat adoptions are higher because cats often require more medical needs than dogs. Cats have a more difficult time regulating body temperature (hypothermia), and they can have hypoglycemia.
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Jessica O’Leary and Christine Hill

Grant Halliburton Foundation recently launched Grant Halliburton Foundation Young Professionals or GHF YP, a personal and professional development organization. Open to young professionals in their 20s and 30s, GHF YP is a home for the next generation of philanthropists to learn and grow while also supporting the organization’s work to advocate for stronger mental health education and suicide prevention in North Texas. Special thanks to launch party sponsors The Social Production and a little party co, along with BIRD Bakery, Boxed Bites, Community Beer Co. and Unrefined Bakery.

Kevin Hall, president of Grant Halliburton Foundation, said, “We are actively reaching out to this generation of young professionals to educate them on mental health, so that they can help others or even themselves. GHF YP is not only a professional development organization, but it is also one that creates connection and provides resources for young professionals.”

 

This remarkable organization offers young professionals the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community while networking, attending social events and professional development seminars, sharing their talents through volunteer opportunities and receiving special sponsorship rates at Grant Halliburton fundraising events. Dues range from $25 to $500 annually.

For those interested in joining, the next event is on August 25:

  • What: GHF YP 2022/23 Council Announcement and Networking Event
  • When: Thursday, August 25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: 3000 Pegasus Park Drive, Suite 750, Dallas, Texas 75247

•  RSVP by Monday, August 22 to ghfyp@granthalliburton.org

Members can bring a friend interested in joining GHF YP. For more information or to join GHF YP, visit granthalliburton.org/ghf-yp.

About Grant Halliburton Foundation

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Since 2006, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training, and support to more than 250,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes HereForTexas.com and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. More information can be found at GrantHalliburton.org/.

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The Concilio Big Dreams Gala

On the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Concilio, a Dallas nonprofit that builds stronger communities by unlocking opportunities for Latino families, will host its 2022 Big Dreams Gala. The annual fundraiser, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15, at On the Levee, will also celebrate The Concilio’s 40th anniversary. Guests will be treated to Latino-inspired cuisine and entertainment during the event presented by Santander.

“Families are the foundation of the Latino community, and the strength of the Latino community is critical to the future of our region,” said Florencia Velasco Fortner, President and CEO of The Concilio. “For 40 years, The Concilio has united the Dallas-Fort Worth community in support of Latino equity. We invite those who want to create a strong future for North Texas to join us for the Big Dreams Gala.”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event begins at 6:00 p.m. Cocktail attire is suggested. On The Levee is located in the Design District at 1108 Quaker St., Dallas.

Tickets are available for $100 per guest, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit www.theconcilio.org.

Families are at the heart of The Concilio’s mission. By connecting them with the information and resources they need to thrive, The Concilio inspires Latino families to achieve big dreams. Highlights of their 2021 achievements include:

  • 2,777 parents and children benefited from The Concilio’s Parents Advocating for Student Excellence program, where parents overcame language and cultural barriers to learn about the U.S. education system and how to support their children on a path to higher education.
  • 101 parents graduated from The Concilio’s Parents As Leaders program, where they learned how to nurture their children’s language, motor and social-emotional skills, preparing them for kindergarten and a bright future.
  • 2,000 families received technology training to help them support their children’s education and communicate in a virtual world
  • 922 parents, guardians and children completed The Concilio’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families program where they learned how to prioritize the health and well-being of their families.
  • 17,239 households received accurate information about COVID vaccines
  • 250 families avoided eviction thanks to rent and financial assistance

The 2022 Big Dreams sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsor – Santander. Other sponsors include Texas Instruments, Insperity, Oncor Energy, Southwest Airlines, Prosperity Bank and Communities Foundation of Texas.

About The Concilio:
The Concilio is a North Texas nonprofit that has helped Latino families fulfill their potential since 1981. Founded to advance Latino equity and address the needs of the growing Latino population in Dallas-Fort Worth, The Concilio unlocks education, wellness and economic opportunities for Latino and other diverse families through grassroots outreach. The organization’s culturally responsive parent engagement programs have empowered families in 24 regional school districts, equipping 22,000 adults and children annually to forge a path to greater academic achievement, health and fulfilled potential. The nonprofit’s programming now includes financial coaching, crisis intervention, and cultural competency training and education. Most recently, The Concilio, a recognized leader in connecting with and advocating for North Texas Latino families, has addressed the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community. For information visit www.theconcilio.org.

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Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit Chris Woodard, Texas Rangers Manager, and Eric Nadel, Voice of the Texas Rangers

Celebrating its 10th anniversary concert, the Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit, presented by Bell Nunnally, LLC, raised more than $100,000 for Grant Halliburton Foundation. Held on June 2at the Kessler Theater, the event featured a VIP party for sponsors, live and silent auctions and music acts. New this year, guests enjoyed Texas Rangers-themed snack vendors, like one might see at a baseball game, handing out baseball-themed treats including sunflowers seeds, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew bubble gum, Baby Ruth candy bars and roasted peanuts.

Eric Nadel welcomed everyone to his 70th birthday party. He introduced Daphne Willis, one of the co-founders of the Birthday Benefit and a Kessler Theater favorite, who opened and is best known for her song Somebody’s Someone.

Kevin Hall, Grant Halliburton Foundation president, spoke about the Foundation. “Thank you to National Baseball Hall of Famer Eric Nadel for selecting us as the beneficiary of your birthday party for the second year. The proceeds support the Foundation’s mental health and suicide prevention education programs for North Texas children, teens and young adults. We also want to thank Bell Nunnally for being the presenting sponsor, 105.3 The Fan as the media sponsor and all our other sponsors.”

Hall introduced the Thrive program, which addresses mental, social and emotional health. Thrive is used mostly schools, and the audience watched a video showing its life-saving and impactful work.

After the video, there was a live auction with experiences with Nadel, other baseball greats, trips and experiences.

Finally, the talented headliner Cas Haley, performed. A native of Paris, Texas, Haley was a former runner-up on America’s Got Talent. Music is a family affair for him, who collaborates on songwriting with his wife Cassy, a recent cancer survivor. He tours with his son, Eben, on bass and his daughter, Nolah, on fiddle.

VIPs spotted in attendance included Eric Nadel, Voice of the Texas Rangers; Daphne Willis (opener and co-founder of event); Cas Haley (headliner); Bell Nunnally, LLC team; Chris Woodard, Texas Rangers Manager; Brad Sham, Voice of the Dallas Cowboys; Jared Sandler, Host for the Texas Rangers Radio Network; Mike Bacsik, The Fan Radio Host, Chef John Kleifgen with Nick & Sam’s; Vanita Halliburton, Amy McCloskey and Alan Halliburton, Grant Halliburton Foundation co-founders.

About Grant Halliburton Foundation:

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Since 2006, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training, and support to more than 250,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes HereForTexas.com and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. More information can be found at GrantHalliburton.org/.

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The Concilio Crayton Webb, Texas Rep. Rafael Anchi´a, Florencia Velasco Fortner, Texas Sen. Royce West

More than 100 people, including many elected officials, attended The Concilio’s Young Latinos Professionals Reception on May 11. The event was part of its inaugural Power of Latinos DFW Summit, presented by Santander Consumer USA Foundation. Sunwest Communications hosted the reception.

In addition to Florencia Velasco Fortner, president and CEO of The Concilio, and Whitney Strauss, The Concilio board chair and Sunwest Communications senior counsel, CSR and philanthropic services, many other mentors attended and held breakout sessions with attendees to give them career advice. The elected officials in attendance included Texas State Senator Royce West, Texas Rep. Rhetta Bowers, Texas Rep. Victoria Neave-Criado, Texas Rep. Rafael Anchía, along with other staffers.

SPECIAL THANKS TO SPONSORS:

Presenting Sponsor: Santander Consumer USA Foundation

Additional Sponsors: Baylor Scott & White Health, JPMorgan Chase, Metrocrest Hospital Authority, NBC5/Telemundo, Sunwest Communications, Texas A&M University-Commerce

 The Concilio is a North Texas nonprofit that has helped Latino families fulfill their potential since 1981. Founded to advance Latino equity and address the needs of the growing Latino population in Dallas-Fort Worth, The Concilio unlocks education, wellness and economic opportunities for Latino and other diverse families through grassroots outreach. The organization’s culturally responsive parent engagement programs have empowered families in 24 regional school districts, equipping 11,000 families annually to forge a path to greater academic achievement, health and fulfilled potential. The organization programming now includes financial coaching, crisis intervention, and cultural competency training and education. Most recently, The Concilio, a recognized leader in connecting with and advocating for North Texas Latino families, has addressed the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community. For information visit www.theconcilio.org.

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Frazier Revitalization Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant For Technology needed for the Community Lawyering Center 

 

DALLAS, Texas, May 19, 2022 – The Texas Bar Foundation has made a grant to Frazier Revitalization to purchase needed technology needed at the Community Lawyering Center, a pro bono legal program operated at the nonprofit’s South Dallas location by the University of North Texas (UNT) Dallas College of Law and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.  

 

The grant provides $12,000 to Frazier Revitalization for technology critical to the operations of the UNT Dallas College of Law Community Lawyering Center. The center, located off Elsie Faye Heggins Street next to the Frazier Townhomes, provides pro bono legal services that help residents gain steady income and overcome barriers to employment. 

 

“This generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will allow us to reach more residents of the Frazier neighborhoods, providing them critical legal services that many residents could not afford otherwise,” said Dorothy Hopkins, president and CEO of Frazier Revitalization.

 

Frazier Revitalization is a Dallas-based nonprofit that mobilizes change to build a thriving community in the neighborhoods southeast of Fair Park. The organization acts as a “community quarterback” to connect residents with community organizations, institutions and service providers that address the community’s needs. 

 

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation. 

 

The UNT Dallas College of Law Community Lawyering Center is located at 4716 Elsie Faye Heggins Street in Dallas and can be contacted at 469-351-0024 or 469-351-0025. Appointments for eligible residents are available days and evenings Monday-Friday, as well as during the day on Saturdays. 

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Texas Women's Foundation Honorees Dr. Arlene Ford, Stacy Johnson, Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi, Thana Simmons, Lynn McBee, Patricia Rodriguez Christian, Pat Jasso

Texas Women’s Foundation held its Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration (LFAC), presented by AT&T, on April 26 at the Dallas Omni Hotel and raised more than $600,000 to help lift up women and girls.

Miki Woodard, President and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said “As we strive to meet the moment where we are all navigating various forms of a ‘return,’ we offered it as an in-person and online event and added an afternoon of forums from the seven honorees.”

Co-chairs Bonnie Clinton, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Indirect Procurement Shared Services, Toyota North America, and Ana I. Hernandez, Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer, PlainsCapital Bank, greeted guests who arrived in the afternoon to attend the honorees’ breakout sessions. (See end for more information on forums).

After the forums, 600 guests sipped cocktails and sampled hors d’oeuvres. When the doors opened, June Blount, a fiddler duo, played upbeat songs to get everyone to their seats. Attendees enjoyed dinner and conversations around the table.

Alva Adams-Mason, Group Manager, Multicultural Business Alliance & Dealer Relations at Toyota Motor North America, introduced keynote speaker Radha Agrawal. Agrawal is Co-founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, a dance and wellness movement with a worldwide community of half a million people. She spoke about how this movement was founded on belonging to a community and how to develop community. Her book, Belong, was a part of the table centerpieces.

Agrawal asked attendees to close their eyes and put their hands on their hearts. She also asked the mostly female audience to hold hands with the person on each side and talked about the importance of community especially after the tough couple of years. Finally, at the end, she led in some spontaneous dancing, and most ladies were up dancing with her.

Hilda Galvan, Board Chair, Managing Partner of Jones Day Dallas and Awards Selection Co-chair, and Brenda Jackson, Awards Selection Co-chair, presented five women the Maura Women Helping Women Award:

Jackson gave the first awards:

“For her passion making diversity and inclusion a priority in all endeavors, and being an advocate for the inclusion of women in business from supply-chain to the board room, we award Patricia Rodriguez Christian with the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

“For recognizing the need for inclusive and equitable policies and practices within our school systems and organizations, and bringing transformational change in these institutions to build bridges, we award Dr. Arlene Ford with the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

"For her tireless work for gender equity and representation in leadership, and her commitment to amplifying women in political office, we recognize Pat Jasso, recipient of the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

“For leading efforts in creating opportunities for marginalized communities, and for empowering the next generation with limited access by equipping them with the tools and opportunities to be leaders, we celebrate Lynn McBee with the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

“For her deep dedication to serving and supporting teen mothers; her great heart for providing resources to help these families thrive by providing housing and education, we celebrate Thana Simmons, Maura Women Helping Women Award recipient.”

Galvan said, “Now, I have the honor of recognizing two women under the age of 40 who are blazing trails to help other women advance in leadership.”

“For pursuing her dream to create a safe place to help foster care children and young adults have a home and resources so they can thrive, we recognize Stacy Johnson with the Young Leader Award.”

“For leading the way in furthering more diversity in STEM programs to bring more women and people of color with talent into top positions in this field where they are underrepresented, we recognize Sharareh Kermanshachi with the Young Leader Award.”

Hernandez thanked the main sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: AT&T

Speaker Sponsor: Catherine Coughlin Endowment for Women’s Leadership at Texas Women’s Foundation

Ripple Sponsor: Toyota

Empowering Women’s Leadership sponsors, EY and Haynes and Boone

Leadership Forum Sponsors: CBRE, Jones Day, Merrill Lynch, PlainsCapital Bank/Hilltop Securities/PrimeLending, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Health Resources

Media Sponsors: D CEO, Dallas Business Journal, Fort Worth Inc. and Local Profile

For a complete list of sponsors, visit https://txwfleadership.org/

Maura Women Helping Women Award:

For 43 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has been presented to more than 200 courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls.

Young Leader Award:

The Young Leader Award recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a trailblazer who is achieving success in a field, initiative or sector, and creating a path of opportunity for other women to follow.

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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The Forums:

Dr. Arlene Ford of the Equity Inquiry Project Inc. spoke on You Advocate, focused on advocating for diversity and inclusion in education. Moderator: Latonia Donaldson, of PrimeLending, Forum Sponsor. 

San Antonio retired AT&T Manager and Senior Planet, Pat Jasso, spoke about You Amplify: Amplifying women in political office. Moderator: Nina Vaca of Pinnacle Group.

Dr. Sherri Kermanshachi, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environment (RISE) Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. Moderator: Rachel Vinson of CBRE, Forum Sponsor.

Lynn McBee, CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network, talked about You Impact: Creating a ripple of impact through philanthropy. Moderator: Michelle George, Texas Capital Bank, Forum Sponsor.

Patricia Rodriguez Christian of CRC Group Inc. held an informative discussed entitled You Diversify: Inspiring women entrepreneurs. She talked about the importance of paving the way and learning from those in your path. Moderator: Ferrell Keel, Jones Day, Forum Sponsor.

Thana Simmons of Viola’s House spoke about You Build: Building safe spaces for teen mothers. Moderator: Virginia Rose, Texas Health Resources, Forum Sponsor.

Stacy Johnson, founder of Central Texas Table of Grace in Round Rock, spoke You Persevere: Paying it forward for at-risk youth. Moderator: Carole Wentz, Merrill Lynch, a Bank of America company, Forum Sponsor.

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Stephanie Bohan

Hope Cottage, a North Texas nonprofit that transforms lives with the love of family through adoption, foster care, education and parenting support, has named Stephanie Bohan as its new CEO. A proven nonprofit leader with more than 23 years of senior management and fundraising experience, Bohan most recently served as the Director of Health and Wellness Services for Dallas-based Bonton Farms. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Agape Clinic for 10 years.

“Stephanie has an impressive record of nonprofit leadership, faithfully shepherding organizations to a new level of growth. But her heart for service is what truly sets her apart,” said Andrea Carter, chair of the Hope Cottage board of directors. “We know she’s the right leader to guide Hope Cottage into its next phase of impact and visibility, for the sake of the children and families across North Texas.”

Bohan is adept at forming partnerships and connections that bring resources to those most in need. At the nonprofit organization Bonton Farms, she helped secured the funding and relationships to build the future Bonton Farms Wellness Center and developed a comprehensive health and wellness program that will give Bonton neighborhood residents new access to critical services when construction is complete. During her decade-long tenure as Executive Director of the not-for-profit Agape Clinic, she oversaw the Dallas clinic’s expansion from a part-time, four-day-a-week operation to a full-time clinic with just under 18,000 patient visits annually. The organization was named Nonprofit of the Year 2019 by CNM (Center for Nonprofit Management) under her direction.

“I am so honored to be part of Hope Cottage’s work to ensure everyone can benefit from a safe, loving family,” Bohan said. “We know that a strong family connection has lasting positive effects on a person’s mental, physical and economic well-being. I can’t imagine more meaningful work.”

Bohan is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Perkins School of Theology. As part of her course work, Bohan recently visited El Salvador where she met with leaders of Pro-Búsqueda, a nonprofit association for families of children who disappeared during the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. Thousands of children were kidnapped by the military and sold to adoption agencies. “This experience is going to add another layer of empathy for me,” she said. “Seeing how honorably they treated the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the children – I can carry that with me at Hope Cottage.”

Prior to her work with Bonton Farms and the Agape Clinic, Bohan served as the Director of Development for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. She has also served as development director of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee and St. Edward Church and School, both in Nashville. She is an active member of the Park Cities Rotary Club in Dallas and received the Club’s Cleve Clinton Community Collaborator Award in 2018. Bohan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Bohan succeeds Teresa Lenling, who had served as Hope Cottage CEO since 2020.  

About Hope Cottage: Hope Cottage transforms lives with the love of family through adoption, foster care, education and parenting support. The Dallas-based organization is the only North Texas nonprofit with a full continuum of services to nurture the healthy relationships essential for families and communities to thrive. Founded in 1918 as a children’s home, Hope Cottage has connected thousands of children with loving forever families through adoption. The organization has grown over the decades to respond to community needs – from the pressing need for safe, caring foster homes, to education and support for families in crisis. For more information about Hope Cottage, visit www.hopecottage.org, or connect on Facebook @HopeCottage or Instagram @Hope_Cottage.