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The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, is proud to announce the winner of this year’s Pegasus Prize. The Pegasus Prize is a $50K social innovation grant and the premier award granted to nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations with a charitable purpose and hybrid organizations applying innovative approaches to addressing community needs. It has been an early investor in several significant, innovative organizations including Bonton Farms, After8toEducate, Yoga N Da Hood, 2S Industries and more. The Dallas Foundation selected local nonprofit Impact Ventures as this year’s recipient, receiving the $50K grant to continue its work developing women and minority small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Through the Pegasus Prize, The Dallas Foundation seeks organizations applying new ways to solve ongoing problems that are faster, cost-effective, data-driven and create better results for residents of Dallas County. The Dallas Foundation was established in 1929 and was the first community foundation in Texas. The organization brings together people, ideas and investments in Greater Dallas by connecting donors to the nonprofit causes they care about so individuals and families can reach their full potential.

“The Dallas Foundation is proud to announce Impact Ventures as the winner of this year’s Pegasus Prize,” said Matthew Randazzo, CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “The Dallas Foundation is committed to driving genuine change and impact across North Texas, and we are thrilled with the work Impact Ventures has done so far - and will continue to do - in furthering entrepreneurship for all in our region.”

Founded in 2017, Impact Ventures has trained more than 125 entrepreneurs with the support of 70+ expert mentors and fortune 500 companies to create 46 new jobs and raise over $458,000. The organization hosts community events and workshops, social impact themed hackathons, and offers a rigorous 12-week business acceleration program providing access to education, training, mentorship, capital and resources to participating fellows building high-growth businesses and social enterprises. Impact Ventures plans to use the $50K awarded by The Dallas Foundation to continue to build its capital model that challenges the traditional financial markets and create more flexible integrative capital for minority-owned businesses, not bound to credit scores and collateral. This is the first investment of Pegasus Prize grant dollars toward dismantling structural barriers that entrepreneurs of color face when trying to access capital. 

Impact Ventures is immensely thankful to The Dallas Foundation and the Pegasus Prize committee for naming our organization as this year’s award recipient,” said Benjamin J. Vann, CEO of Impact Ventures. “The grant awarded to Impact Ventures by The Dallas Foundation will allow us to jump start a $10M effort to fund undercapitalized minority-owned businesses that increase household income, create local jobs, and close a 228 year wealth gap right here in North Texas.”

The Pegasus Prize also awarded two additional grants of $10K each to two other nonprofits. The recipients were a joint venture between NPower Texas and Per Scholas, and AES Literacy Institute.

NPower Texas, an organization that helps military veterans launch digital careers, and Per Scholas, an organization dedicated to opening doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities, have united to create a technology Help Desk. The Help Desk will provide students with the work experience they need, while also helping nonprofit organizations with IT needs. With an increase in remote workers and devices deployed by nonprofits due to the pandemic, NPower and Per Scholas have witnessed an increased need for technology support. Simultaneously, the pandemic has halted the hiring of students for internships, prohibiting them from obtaining real-world experience needed for prospective employers. The new Help Desk will provide professional development and real-world experience for NPower and Per Scholas students, while also alleviating nonprofit budgets that are already strained due to COVID-19. Funds received from the Pegasus Prize will support a needs assessment and implementation plan to establish the technology Help Desk serving Dallas-area nonprofits.

The AES Literacy Institute and its self-paced educational experience helps students earn their Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE – formerly GED) within 3-6 months. Originally a blended learning program pairing in-class and out-of-class instruction, COVID-19 forced AES to pivot to a 100 percent online curriculum. As most students lacked technology and internet access, AES had to supply students with laptops/tablets/portable hotspots, as well as ship them textbooks and materials. AES recruited 20 virtual volunteers from across the U.S. to help with online tutoring services, and has an additional 10 volunteers on the waiting list. AES’s quick pivot to a 100 percent virtual curriculum and tutoring has enabled them to continue helping individuals earn their TxCHSE even during the pandemic. The organization will be able to extend its impact because of the $10K grant received from The Dallas Foundation.

For more information about The Dallas Foundation and the Pegasus Prize, please visit


The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. In 2019, The Dallas Foundation, in partnership with the more than 400 fundholders, invested over $70 million into the community. For more information, visit, Facebook or Instagram.

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The Teach For America DFW PTA (Partners of Teachers and Alumni) is partnering with the Perot Museum and Texas Instruments to help local families kick-off Winter Break in a safe, creative and delicious way. From Nov. 30 until Dec. 14, children in grades K-12 can create and enter their own creative, edible holiday homes to win various prizes.

Then, on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m., join the Teach For America DFW PTA for the virtual Home For The Holidays: Holiday House Engineering Contest event, where Stephanie Leichtle-Chalklen of Oak Cliff-based Kuluntu Bakery will teach families how to make her famous hot chocolate, and the judges will announce the winners live of the Home For The Holidays Contest.

When: Contest open Nov. 30-Dec. 14; Free virtual Home For The Holidays event on Thurs, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.

Where: At your house

Cost: Free to enter, families buy their own ingredients. Attendance is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation to Teach For America DFW if families are able. Donate here and select the DFW region.  

How: Find contest rules and enter your homes here

Zoom Details for Home For The Holidays Event on 12/16:

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Reunion Tower is excited to announce its December event line-up and holiday festivities.

Of course, the excitement culminates with the New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Reunion Tower and Hunt Realty Investments, Inc. are collaborating to bring a Texas-sized New Year’s Eve event to Dallas for the fifth year in a row. The only 360-degree, panoramic fireworks spectacular in the Central time zone will light up the Dallas sky starting at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2020. Reunion Tower’s celebratory fireworks show, one of the largest shows of its kind in the Central time zone, features pyrotechnics fired from 560 feet above ground. The captivating 10-minute show features imaginative pyrotechnic and LED lighting effects visible for miles across North Texas.  

  • Painting With A View 

    • Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. 

    • Come paint the Dallas skyline high above the city with 360-degree views. 

  • North Pole Elves on the GeO-Deck

    • Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    • Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    • Saturday, Dec. 19 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    • Spread holiday cheer on the GeO-Deck with North Pole elves. Enjoy photo ops, crafts, and activities from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    • This experience is included in the purchase of a general admission GeO-Deck ticket.

  • Krampusnach Escape Room - The List is Missing

    • Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1:00 p.m. 

    • A Krampus themed Escape Room at Reunion Tower. Santa’s Naughty & Nice list is missing! Find the list and celebrate with milk and cookies while enjoying the best views of the city!

    • Each ticket package includes up to 6 participants with add on options for up to 2 additional members. Tickets include access to Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

    • In adherence with Covid-19 compliance, masks are to be worn at all times and the ticketed time slot is limited exclusively to a single ticketed group, max 8 people. 

  • Photos With Krampus

    • Saturday, Dec. 5 from 2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    • Have your photo taken with Krampus at Reunion Tower. 

    • Show your photo to the Reunion Tower ticket counter for a special discount on your general admission GeO-Deck ticket.

  • Santa Paws

    • Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

    • Bring your four-legged BFF to the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck for photos with Santa, special treats from a local bakery, pet caricatures created by Gonzo Tails and more.

    • This experience is included in the purchase of a general admission GeO-Deck ticket. When purchasing tickets, choose Dec. 6 as your date and any time between 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. as your time. 

  • Inks & Skylines with Santa

    • Monday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Come create an Inks & Skylines masterpiece at Reunion Tower. You’ll create your masterpiece above the city with 360-degree views. Take a walk out on the observation deck for the perfect selfie with downtown as the backdrop! 

    • Is that Santa we see?! For this Inks & Skyline event, you’ll have the option of adding in Santa and his sleigh to your skyline.

  • Painting With A View 

    • Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. 

    • Come light the night with your glowing masterpiece at Reunion Tower. You’ll paint the Dallas skyline high above the city with 360-degree views.

    • Glow and fluorescent paint and glowing accessories will be included

  • Virtual Storytime with Dallas Public Library

    • Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10:00 a.m.

    • Zoom link will be announced closer to event

  • Kendra Scott Gives Back Pop-Up

    • Friday, Dec. 11 from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

    • Guests receive 10% off + 10% donated to Children’s Health

    • Checkered Past Winery will be on-site selling some of your favorite local wines

    • This experience is included in your general admission ticket. When purchasing tickets, choose Dec. 11 as your date and any time between 4:30-8 p.m. as your time. 

  • Beer & WineShark - a Learning and Tasting Event

    • Saturday, Dec.12 at 7:00 p.m. 

    • Why choose one when you can have both?! Learn to pair holiday favorites with both beer and wine in this exclusive learning and tasting event.

    • Guests will be provided with three elegant samples, each complimented by a wine and a beer selection as well as interaction from both our Certified Cicerone and sommelier.

  • Dipped Acrylic Ornaments

    • Monday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Get into the holiday spirit by creating Dipped Acrylic Pouring Ornaments. Artists will pour paint onto a tray and then dip an assortment of 12 or 20 ornaments!

  • FRY-Day with Corndog With No Name

    • Friday, Dec. 18 from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

    • It’s FRY-Day and I’m in love! CornDog with No Name will be at Reunion Tower selling all of your Fair Food favorites including corn dogs, funnel cakes, corn, fried Oreos, and more on the GeO-Deck! 

    • Access to the fun is included in the general admission ticket purchase. When purchasing tickets, choose Dec. 18 as your date and any time slot between 4-9 p.m. to join in on the fun!

  • Ugly Sweater Dance Party with DJ K-Sprinkles

    • Sunday, December 20 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

    • It’s time to GeO-Deck the Halls! Grab your dancing shoes, it’s about to get jolly! Join Reunion Tower and DJ K-Sprinkles for a Holiday dance party. Dawn your ugly sweater or Christmas best – either way, it’s going to be merry! There will be a special walk-thru appearance from Santa.

    • This event is included with your general admission ticket purchase. When purchasing tickets, choose Dec. 20 as your date and any time slot between 3-5 p.m. as your time. 

  • Acrylic Pouring Flip Cup

    • Monday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Come experience the beauty and relaxation of acrylic paint pouring. During this class, you will learn how to mix the paint with the pouring mediums, watch technique tutorials done by your instructor, and get to complete a piece or pieces on your own on an 8×10 canvas.

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Alto, a Dallas-based rideshare and delivery company, has announced it will partner with national organization Toys For Tots this holiday season in all of its current service markets - Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Los Angeles. The partnership’s special vehicle will raise money, as well as toys, for Toys For Tots, and also provide the extremely popular On-Demand Santa experience for Alto members.

During the month of December, Alto will launch a special vehicle, “The Alto Express,” in each market. A portion of each ride taken in this vehicle will be donated back to Toys For Tots. Riders will also have the option to donate toys to Toys For Tots through this vehicle and partnership. 

The Alto Express will also deliver the popular On-Demand Santa experience to Alto members in DFW. Alto members can donate to Toys For Tots through the Alto website for the chance to win a 10-minute visit with Santa outside their home. While this experience is only for Alto members in DFW, Alto offers the first month membership fee free.

“Alto is thrilled to partner with such an outstanding organization as Toys For Tots this holiday season,” said Will Coleman, Founder and CEO of Alto. “We’re proud to partner with Toys For Tots to raise funds and toys for such a deserving organization, and we’re excited to bring the magic of Christmas to our members through the popular On-Demand Santa experience.”

Residents can feel safe when traveling in The Alto Express or visiting with their On-Demand Santa. Alto’s owned and managed fleet vehicles are leading the rideshare industry in new health and safety precautions during COVID-19. All Alto drivers wear masks and gloves during every trip. Furthermore, each Alto vehicle also has a HEPA cabin air filter which removes 99.9% of airborne particles - the same filters used in hospitals to provide clean air to patients - and all Alto vehicle interiors have been treated with PermaSafe, an EPA-registered hospital-grade sanitizing mist that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including emerging pathogens like COVID-19. The PermaSafe product forms a covalent bond with every surface in the vehicle creating an invisible anti microbial shield that kills germs on contact for a full three-months, ensuring a safe and clean environment.

For more information about Alto, please visit The Alto app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

About Alto

Founded in 2018, Alto is the first employee-based, on-demand rideshare company rethinking a traditionally inconsistent, gig-based industry. By hiring vetted, professional drivers and managing a dedicated fleet of 5-star crash rated vehicles, Alto offers the safest, most consistent, and most personalized passenger experience on the market today. Alto hires W2 employee drivers, provides in-depth training, manages its owned vehicle fleet and brings advanced logistics and optimization to the ridesharing space. Setting the standard in cleanliness in the rideshare industry, Alto cleans and disinfects vehicles with EPA-registered disinfectants between every ride and shift. With COVID-19, Alto has also doubled-down on its commitment to safety and cleanliness with the installation of industry-leading protective equipment, technology, and cleaning and disinfecting procedures including HEPA cabin air filters and plexiglass barriers. In addition to passenger rides, Alto shops, purchases, and delivers from local brands directly to consumers and offers same-day delivery. Currently available in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, Alto has plans to bring its elevated rideshare experience nationally in the near future. For more information,

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Dallas-based rideshare and delivery company, Alto, is launching an easy way for North Texans to give back to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) this Thanksgiving.

On Friday, Nov. 27 (Black Friday), Alto is hosting a Porch Pick-up Canned Food Drive to support the organization working to end hunger across North Texas. 

Alto members will receive a link to sign-up and then simply need to put out any donations for NTFB by 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. Alto will handle the rest of the donation. This is just another way Alto is mobilizing local organizations to make a difference across DFW.

For more information about Alto, visit

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Reunion Tower is excited to announce its November event line-up, as well as Thanksgiving/Cyber Monday Deals, with something for everyone of every interest.

  • Inks & Vinyl

    • Monday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Come create an Inks & Vinyl masterpiece above the city with 360-degree views. You will have 3 options for vinyl. The vinyl will be pre-applied for you - you will then add the ink to the board, let it dry, and then peel the sticker to reveal the white outline underneath.

  • Aquarium Art

    • Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Come build your custom betta aquatic art aquarium. Your ticket includes: L.E.D. lighted aquarium accessory, all supplies included to decorate your aquarium, one betta per aquarium, multiple local artists guiding you to your custom aquarium design.

  • Painting With A View

    • Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Come paint your personal masterpiece of the iconic Dallas skyline at Reunion Tower high above the city with 360-degree views.

  • Pre-Holiday Beer Talk

    • Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Impress the guests this year with your knowledge of all things beer. Explore the world of beer with our Certified Cicerone®- learn how to properly taste beer and evaluate why you like what you like and which beer to serve with the holiday feast. The discussion will include how to evaluate what you are drinking, historical facts about this historic beverage, ideas for pairing beer with food, and much much more.

  • Acrylic Pouring: Flip Cup

    • Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Come experience the beauty and relaxation of acrylic paint pouring. During this class, you will learn how to mix the paint with the pouring mediums, watch technique tutorials done by your instructor, and get to complete a piece or pieces on your own on an 8×10 canvas.

  • Wineshark

    • Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Unsure what to serve this holiday season? Discover affordable options you'll be thankful for at this learning and tasting event at Reunion Tower.

  • Paint Your Pet (Canvas or Ornament)

    • Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Come Paint Your Pet or Ink Your Pet at Reunion Tower. You’ll create your masterpiece above the city with 360-degree views on either a canvas or a wooden ornament.

    • This class is open to ages 16+. 

    • Ticket sales for this event will end on 11/6/2020


Also, Reunion Tower is running a variety of specials in honor of Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday:

Thanksgiving Special

Cyber Monday

  • $8 Adult General Admission GeO-Deck Tickets

  • Available 11/30 at 12am – 11/30 at 11:59pm

  • Tickets valid for 4 months from date of purchase

  • To purchase, visit (website will go live on Saturday, November 28th at 8 a.m.)

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Teach For America (TFA) DFW is proud to announce a new partnership with the Yale Center For Emotional Intelligence. The partnership is dedicated to supporting the emotional health of educators at a time when teachers are leading through one of the most unprecedented eras of education. While this is a national partnership, specific Teach For America regions are participating in the year-long emotional well-being pilot program, including Dallas-Fort Worth.

As part of the new partnership, Teach For America DFW will implement and test a year-long emotional well-being program for incoming Teach For America educators. The pilot program will track the well-being and success of first year teachers through tools such as surveys, and provide web-based trainings to participants to support their social and emotional learning. These trainings focus on developing emotional intelligence skills and providing educators with research-based tools to promote healthy emotion regulation. 

“Teach For America DFW is honored to be selected as one of the regions participating in this new partnership and to serve as a pilot region with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence,” said Rea Foster, Teach For America DFW Executive Director. “We know that the emotional and social wellness of educators plays a direct role in the success of students, and Teach For America DFW is dedicated to providing these educators with all of the resources possible to help them succeed.”

As part of this program, participants will help Teach For America better support their well-being, as well as make a significant contribution to the teacher preparation and support field. In the DFW region, 64 percent of educators in the class of 2020 opted into this year-long study. 

For more information about Teach For America DFW, please visit


Teach For America finds, develops and supports a diverse network of leaders dedicated to expanding access and opportunity for children. These leaders begin with a commitment of at least two years of teaching in an under-resourced public school. Informed and inspired by their students, TFA alumni continue to advocate for children from classrooms, schools and every field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. TFA was founded in the DFW region in 2009, and has since served more than 400,000 students and trained more than 1,700 teachers. For more information, please visit

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Iconic Texas jewelry brand Kendra Scott announced today an exclusive partnership with Favor, a local, on-demand delivery service, to make holiday shopping even easier! Now through December 25, Favor app users can order same-day delivery on a limited assortment of Kendra Scott jewelry this holiday season from their local Texas store. 

As the first-of-its-kind retail partnership for Favor, Kendra Scott will be the first fashion accessory item available for customers to order through the app, making it easier to spread joy this holiday season. Kendra Scott same-day delivery through Favor will be available from all Texas stores within a 7 mile radius. Kendra Scott In-store promotions will be honored and reflected in the cost of the items at checkout.*

Always at the forefront of retail innovation, this partnership is just one of the ways Kendra Scott will provide the most innovative, but the safest shopping experience for its customers this holiday season. In addition to the Favor partnership exclusive to Texas, the company has implemented a variety of new technology and services to meet the demand and needs of its customers, including:

  • Opening a new Dallas distribution center for the anticipated surge of holiday orders to provide faster and smarter shipping times as well as provide seasonal employment opportunities. 

  • Ensuring in-store safety and efficiency by outfitting all 108 stores with automated capacity monitoring and heat mapping. The brand will also be rolling out their Virtual Queuing Program, which will let customers shop in line if stores are at capacity, and quickly locate their wish list upon entering the store and check out in line. 

  • Introducing their new loyalty incentive, Kendra Cash, where customers earned $20 in Kendra Cash for every $75 spent from October 15-18, which can be redeemed during November’s peak holiday shopping period. 

  • Creating an omnichannel version of their most successful customer perk, the birthday discount, which will now be redeemable on the web, in-store, curbside or even over the phone. 

  • Launching complimentary engraving for their Sterling Silver and 18k Gold Vermeil collection on October 16 for online shopping making personalized gifts even easier for the holidays. 

“Same-day delivery is the future of retail and we’re excited to bring this to Kendra Scott customers across Texas,” said Tom Nolan, President of Kendra Scott. “We’re committed to providing the best customer experience possible, and working with Favor will allow us to continue safely operating from our retail spaces while delivering our products to customers when and where they want it.”

The news of the partnership comes just in time for the holiday shopping season. Kendra Scott is known to be a popular gifting destination each year for moms, daughters, sisters, and friends alike. With holiday shopping looking different this year, customers can still participate in their favorite sales same-day, like the popular “Yellow Friday” event, even if they can’t make it to the store by shopping early with Favor.

“Favor is thrilled to launch this new initiative and expand our delivery offerings,” said Jag Bath, Favor CEO and Chief Digital Officer at H-E-B. “We’re proud that we’ve been able to continue to serve Texans with safe and innovative contactless delivery solutions. The partnership with Kendra Scott allows two iconic Texas brands to deliver a trusted and safe customer experience.”

Kendra Scott same-day delivery through the Favor app is seamless—and 100% contactless. When customers check out through the Favor app, they also have the option to select gift wrapping and receive a digital receipt. In addition to the purchase, fees from Favor include a standard $6 for delivery, 9% service fee and suggested tip. For more information and details on this partnership, visit the Kendra Scott Blog and Favor Blog.  

About Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott. With over 2,000 employees, Kendra Scott has over 100 standalone stores across the US and is sold in premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and 600 specialty boutiques worldwide and boasts a thriving web business. Kendra Scott is known for its kaleidoscope of beautiful accessories as well as the innovative and customizable Color Bar™ experience. As the brand continues to grow, the company remains true to its founding philosophy of "Family, Fashion, Philanthropy" and since 2010, the company has given back well over $30 million to local, national and international causes.

About Favor

Favor is the easiest way to get anything delivered in under an hour. Whether it’s lunch at the office, a household shopping list or those errands you just don’t have time for — your personal assistant (we call them Runners) can deliver it in just a few taps. Founded in 2013, in Austin, Texas, Favor currently operates in more than 200 cities across Texas with over 100,000 Runners who have delivered more than 30 million Favors to date. For more information, visitfavordelivery.comand follow Favor onFacebook,Twitter andInstagram.

*Exclusions apply, visit Favor App for more details, terms & conditions.

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Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) is proud to announce the kickoff of its annual “Holiday of Hope” giving program, amidst the change and pressures of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The holidays can be a difficult time, especially for children living in the aftermath of criminal child abuse. Each year, DCAC brings a smile to thousands of clients’ faces when providing them with gifts and toys through the annual Holiday of Hope program. This holiday season, 2,000 DCAC clients and their families will benefit from the Holiday of Hope program.

DCAC is pivoting its annual Holiday of Hope program in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than hosting an in-person experience for volunteers and shoppers, DCAC will collect gifts or donations, and then distribute the items. This year, each client will receive a pajama set, a reading book and a few age appropriate toys or gifts.

DCAC is asking the community to support these clients and their families, who have suffered the devastating ramifications of child abuse during this already unprecedented year. Those wishing to participate can shop DCAC’s Amazon Wishlist, host a Toy Drive, or make a donation. $150 provides a pajama set, reading book and a few age appropriate toys or gifts for John and Jane Doe. New, unwrapped toys and gifts are due to DCAC by Saturday, Dec. 11, in order to serve families the following weeks. 

Life-changing work happens daily at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where the most severely abused children in our community are provided justice and their hope is restored. 1 in 5 children will be sexually abused, often by someone they know and trust. Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s works diligently to coordinate the investigation of criminal cases of child abuse, and provides healing services to victims and their non-offending family members in Dallas County. 

“Despite all of the changes this year, DCAC is thankful to all of the North Texans who work to make Holiday of Hope a constant in the lives of our clients, who are worthy of recognition and celebration not only during the holidays, but all year-long,” said Murphey Sears, DCAC Chief Development Officer and Head Elf. “Our goal is for Holiday of Hope to be a source of inspiration and light in the lives of our clients during this time.”

For more information about Holiday of Hope and the life-changing work of DCAC, please visit


The mission of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. The only agency of its kind in Dallas County, DCAC provides a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. In their last fiscal year, DCAC read over 28,000 reports of child abuse and provided services to over 7,300 children and their non-offending family members. For more information, visit dcac.orgFacebookInstagram orTwitter.

The Teach For America DFW PTA (Parents, Teachers and Alumni) is proud to announce its first annual Brains and Baking Virtual Family Gathering, led by Michelle Kinder.
During this one-hour virtual baking class on Friday, Oct. 30 from 6-7 p.m., children and parents will get the opportunity to learn about the parts of the brain, and how those parts affect our feelings and emotions.
The class is free of charge (aside from families buying their own ingredients to have on-hand), but there is a suggested $5 donation to Teach For America DFW if families are able. Donate here and select the DFW region.
This science based social-emotional lesson will be led by Michelle Kinder, in partnership with Stephanie Leichtle-Chalklen, owner of Dallas’ Kuluntu Bakery. All ages are welcome to attend.
This is a virtual event - after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register in advance to receive your baking supply list.