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Metrocrest Services 50th Anniversary Co-Chairs

‘Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future’ campaign has a goal of $1 million to help non-profit serve North Texans in need.

Metrocrest Services is celebrating 50 years of unwavering dedication to the Metrocrest community and has launched a fundraising campaign, “Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future,” to celebrate its half-century of service. The Branch Church is the presenting sponsor of the campaign, and dedicated Metrocrest volunteers Lou Sartor and Charles B. Heath have been named co-chairs to lead the initiative.

“They honor us with their time, expertise and, most importantly of all, their spirits, every time they walk in the door,” Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services, said of Sartor and Heath. “If you’ve spent any time in the Metrocrest area at all, you know that having Lou and Charles on your side is a winning proposition.”

Sartor, a 15-year volunteer for Metrocrest Services and PlainsCapital Bank retiree, is a passionate and loyal advocate who joined the non-profit’s board of directors in 2005. She also is a member of the Metrocrest Services Advisory Council, holds positions on three different committees and volunteers in the food pantry. Also a member of the Metrocrest Services Advisory Council, Heath retired as CEO of Metrocrest Hospital Authority and currently serves as a member of the governing board for Dallas Medical Center.

"Metrocrest Services doesn't just give a man a fish. They teach him how to fish. That is so very important," Sartor commented. "I like it when people come up to me and say, 'Aren't you associated with Metrocrest Services?' I proudly say, 'YES! How can we help you?' because I know Metrocrest will be able to help with whatever they need." 

"Metrocrest Services helps so many people in so many different ways," Heath said. "The transparency Metrocrest leadership provides the community makes it a ‘no brainer’ to support their mission in whatever capacity is needed at the time."

In its 50thanniversary year, the need that Metrocrest Services faces is greater than ever. Exacerbated by the pandemic and the deadly winter storm, this year finds North Texans in need in greater numbers than the non-profit agency has ever seen as it helps with rent, food, utilities, jobs and more in its mission to help end poverty and decrease inequities. The non-profit estimates that needs of its clientele have more than doubled in the past year, with the agency serving 28,066 clients in 2020, an increase of 68 percent over previous years. 

Metrocrest Services begins its 50thanniversary celebration with its 16thAnnual Keyholder Breakfast, which will be held virtually April 8, from 8 to 9 a.m., broadcast live from The BranchChurch and hosted by TV personality FOX 4’s Mike Doocy. Individual tickets are $35, with the funds helping to assist Metrocrest Services help a community in need. Other events throughout the year will celebrate volunteers and highlight the mission of this important organization.

Metrocrest Services, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Programs include rent and utility bill assistance, financial and budgeting assistance, food pantry, employment counseling, and transportation, minor home repairs, and home-delivered meals to benefit seniors. Additionally, Metrocrest provides programs focused on children including holiday gifts, summer food, and school supplies. For more information, visit www.metrocrestservices.org.

 

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