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The 36th annual An Affair of the Heart benefitting Notre Dame School of Dallas honored Shelly and Tom Codd for their unwavering commitment to the school for the past 20 years.  Over 400 guests attended the November 2nd gala at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. 

Barb Louviere, 2019 Event Chair, worked with her committee to create a lovely Southern Soiree complete with hanging chandeliers, magnolia trees and a garden scape backdrop for photos.  The evening’s program was introduced by WFAA’s Cynthia Izaguirre and followed by the Notre Dame School choir and dance group.  Guests feasted on fried chicken and grits and ended with a sweet peach trifle served in a petite Mason jar.

The gala is significant in the operation of the Notre Dame School.  In order to serve families of all socio-economic backgrounds, the tuition is set at half of the actual cost of educating this unique population of students.  Even with the low tuition, additional financial assistance is offered to one-third of the students.  Proceeds from An Affair of the Heart allow the School to continue its mission of serving children with developmental disabilities.

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame School is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 163 students ages 6 to 22.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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