DAY to PLAY, presented by Family Gateway



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Annette Strauss Artist Square
2389 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas 75201

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 The Miltenberger Family of Dallas will be honored with Family Gateway’s Inaugural ANNETTE G. STRAUSS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD for their ongoing commitment to help families in need

Family Gateway will host its 2nd annual family fundraiser, DAY to PLAY, bringing families together for a day filled with activities and discoveries geared to children. From lawn games and yoga to live music and crafts, entertainment will be paired with a focus on volunteerism and community service, including a basic overview of the scope of families who are experiencing or are near homelessness in Dallas. During the event Family Gateway will present its inaugural Annette G. Strauss Community Service Award to the Miltenberger family for their tireless service to families affected by homelessness. The late Annette Strauss, former Dallas mayor, was the founder of Family Gateway. Event Co-Chairs are Jen Fahrenbruch, Jennifer Hull, and Mandy Main and Honorary Chair is Stephen Hipp.

Highlights include: Music by DJ Kaivan “KB” Bazleh and kids’ DJ lessons from OontzKids; a live performance by singer, dancer, and HeARTS of Maya founder Maya Delgado; group yoga by Hanuman Homies; bounce houses; inflatable slides; an obstacle course and climbing wall; life-size Hungry Hungry Hippos game; dunking booth with local celebrity guests; bungee run; gaming truck; Giant Chess, Jenga, and Connect Four; hamster ball races; kids’ disco; Lego building; robo-surfing; dual hoop basketball; hockey shots by the Dallas Stars Foundation; an appearance by Dallas Stars mascot Victor E. Green; putting green courtesy of The First Tee; selfies with superheroes and characters; photo booth, and more.

Interactive booths by nonprofit partners offering education, outreach and volunteer opportunities for children include Capes for Kindness, Dallas Stars Foundation, Dallas Zoo, Hanuman Homies, HeARTS of Maya, Kids Helping Kids TX, National Charity League, Nasher Sculpture Center, The First Tee of Greater Dallas, Wee Volunteer and more. Exhibitor booths by area businesses catering to kids include DART, DFW Child, Explore Horizons, OontzKids, Pediatric Associates of Dallas and Raising Cane’s. Kid friendly concessions and beverages (including beer, wine, and champagne for adults) will be available for purchase through Wolfgang Puck Catering.

The Miltenberger family, Family Gateway’s inaugural recipient of the Annette G. Strauss Community Service Award, first became involved with the nonprofit in 2009, when they prepared a shelter room at the Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center for a new family’s arrival. In 2011, they organized the “adoption” of 75 families during the holidays and have been deeply involved in the holiday program ever since, organizing donation drives and volunteering in the Holiday Store. In conjunction with a generous group of friends, they ensure dozens of kids get to attend summer camp at Kids Across America Kamp in Missouri. Paula co-chaired the Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon in 2016 and 2017 and now serves on the board of directors. Bay, a former member of the board of directors, now sits on Family Gateway’s Affordable Housing Board. The entire family continues to work tirelessly, from serving meals and organizing donation drives to connecting their networks to the nonprofit’s mission.

A DAY to PLAY Family Pass is $50 and covers admission for one family, regardless of size, in honor of Family Gateway’s work as the only shelter in Dallas that serves families of all kinds. Attendees can also sponsor a $50 Family Pass for a family affected by homelessness to attend. Family Gateway is also launching a Kicks for Kids Campaign and is collecting donations of new tennis shoes for children at Family Gateway at the event. Exhibitor space is $500 and includes a tent, table, signage and the opportunity to market to attendees while offering a child-friendly activity for event goers. Sponsorship opportunities start at $500. For more information, visit or email

Print sponsor is DFW Child and Digital Media Sponsor is My Sweet Charity.

Proceeds from DAY toPLAY will support Family Gateway’s mission to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness in Dallas. The interventions Family Gateway provides give children the chance to build resiliency and competence to break the detrimental cycle of homelessness. Last year, the agency served an unprecedented 1,422 families. Family Gateway is unique in that many shelters have restrictions on what constitutes a family. At Family Gateway, single parents with children, families with older male children, multi-generational families, families with same gender parents – all are welcome. Family Gateway keeps families together and works with them as they are.

About Family Gateway

As the county-wide point of entry (access point) for families with children experiencing or near homelessness, Family Gateway believes in providing housing first and then using trauma-informed services to help break the cycle of poverty. The mission of Family Gateway is to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. For more information, visit  

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