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In order to shine light on the critical issue of summer hunger affecting Dallas, GoDo Discovery Co. hosted a lunch fundraiser last month at their headquarters in the Trinity Industrial District benefiting CitySquare, the poverty fighting organization that feeds thousands of children and youths annually. Guests enjoyed Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and other goodies like Baldo’s Ice Cream in a fun lunchtime atmosphere.

Seventy-three percent of students in Dallas County qualify for either free or reduced-priced lunches, but once school is out, those same students are in danger of going hungry. CitySquare and GoDo Discovery Co. are doing something about it.

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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas will welcome the new Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President, Dr. Leana Wen, as keynote speaker at the 2019 Dallas Annual Awards Luncheon. The luncheon takes place at noon on Monday, March 4th at the Hilton Anatole. 

The 2019 event, chaired by Ann Hobson, has a goal of topping the over $1 million raised at last year’s event to fund science-based sex education and essential healthcare services like breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control including IUDs and implants, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, HPV vaccines, PrEP and PEP HIV prevention medication, gender-affirming hormone therapy, medication and surgical abortion, and other healthcare services. At the 2018 Dallas Annual Awards luncheon 1,200 guests enjoyed a candid conversation with actor and advocate, Cynthia Nixon.

Dr. Leana Wen’s personal story is powerful and compelling. She immigrated from China to the US at the age of eight with her family. In the early years of their life in the United States, her family relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare. A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Wen was a Rhodes Scholar, Clinical Fellow at Harvard, consultant with the World Health Organization, and professor at George Washington University. Dr. Wen achieved national recognition as a leader in healthcare advocacy as she served as the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore until she accepted the position at PPFA.  Dr. Wen is the first physician to serve as the president of PPFA in nearly 50 years, and brings her deep experience in healthcare advocacy to our national mission. Last month Dr. Wen publicly discussed her own experience with cervical cancer a decade ago, bringing awareness to the importance of access to quality reproductive healthcare and early detection.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas will present The Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award and The Gertrude Shelburne Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2019 Luncheon. Former Planned Parenthood Medical Directors, Dr. Mark Godat and Dr. Darrel Jordan, will receive the Humanitarian award, and members of the Planned Parenthood Dallas Leadership Council will receive the Volunteer of the Year award.

The 2019 Dallas Annual Awards Luncheon Committee includes:  Jennifer L. Adams, Debbie Andres, Ellenore and Kirk Baker, Debbie and Gerald Barnes, Pam and John Beckert, Flauren Bender, Lindsay and George Billingsley, Julie Mamolen Bleicher, Jessica Bass Bolander, Victoria Brown, Rebecca W. Bruder, Nancy Carlson, Sherri Cook, Giles Davidson, Sally and Tom Dunning, Abby M. Evans, Evelyn Fagadau, Patricia W. Fagadau, Regen and Jeff Fearon, Amy Fikes, Sara and David Gail, Rebecca Goetz, Gail Griswold, Carmen Gross, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Diana Howard, Amy Isom, Lisa and Peter Kraus, Carol and John Levy, Edie Lycke, Leslie MacLean, Janie and Cappy McGarr, Suzanne and Patrick McGee,  Megan McManemin,  Sydney McQuoid, Jolie Newman, Yvette Ostolaza, Gwen Parker, Selwyn Rayzor, Katherine Perot Reeves, Vinita Schroeder, MD, Gowri Sharma, Abigail Sinwell, Debby Hay Spradley, Jill Stolbach, Laurie-Jo Straty, Sue Wagley, Carolyn Roes Walters, Amy Abboud Ware, and De’Edra S. Williams.

For sponsorship and ticket information go to events@ppgt.org or call 214-302-8382.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas has been a trusted source of reproductive healthcare and health education in Texas for more than 80 years. Last year nearly 85,000 Texans were served by health centers in Austin, Corsicana, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Paris, Tyler, Waco, and surrounding communities. For more information visit www.ppgreatertx.org or follow @ppgreatertx on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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On Thursday February 1st, CitySquare celebrated the opening of their new offices at 4000 East Side Avenue in the Deep Ellum area. The space is specifically planned to host volunteers and supporters as well as housing administrative staff offices. Designed around a tropical atrium, the common areas and offices offer a welcoming and peaceful environment for hosting guests and special events.

The East Side office location is just across the freeway from the CitySquare Opportunity Center at I-30 and Malcolm X Blvd. where many of CitySquare’s poverty fighting programs take place so interaction between the two locations is easy and convenient for staff and volunteers alike.

CitySquare requires a minimum of 40 volunteers a day to fight poverty in Dallas? If you are interested in getting involved, go to CitySquare.org  where you can complete a volunteer application or arrange a volunteer opportunity for your group.

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2017 A Night to Remember DreamGirls: Co-chairs Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins, Wendy Messmann, Sherel Riley and CitySquare VP of Development Jill Williams

CitySquare’s annual fall fundraising event, A Night to Remember, continues to present the great talents, past and present. This year was no different featuring Jennifer Hudson on Saturday, September 9th at the Winspear Opera House. A Night to Remember has featured such luminaries as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Lyle Lovett, the late BB King, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Hall & Oates, and last year’s Jerry Seinfeld that sold out two shows in one night only.

2017 A Night to Remember event planners turned Hamon Hall at The Winspear into a DreamGirls' Dream World for an opulent VIP party prior to the concert.

Sherel Riley, Wendy Messmann, and Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins co-chaired 2017 A Night to Remember along with a huge, hard-working host committee.

Proceeds from A Night to Remember benefit CitySquare’s poverty fighting programs. For almost three decades CitySquare has fought the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. For more information on CitySquare, please go to www.citysquare.org .

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AmeriCorps is a national service program dedicated to serving in local communities to affect change through service. It is one of the programs in danger of disappearing in the new federal budget cuts. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, more than 200 new CitySquare AmeriCorps members were sworn in for a summer of service.  The ceremony took place at St. Philips School and Community Center in South Dallas. With the support of the OneStar Foundation, poverty fighting organization CitySquare operates one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in North Texas. Members serve with 16 nonprofit organizations operating summer programs to help eliminate summer learning loss for youth.  Other members help to provide food security for low-income families by delivering meals to kids and by helping make a fun, productive summer break with quality play-time in CitySquare’s Food on the Move mobile meals program. Members also serve within CitySquare programs to fight poverty with working families. In return for service, AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and an education award to use for higher education costs!


 
For information on becoming an AmeriCorps member, go to: https://www.citysquare.org/becomeamember
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Planned Parenthood CEO Ken Lambrecht with 2017 Fort Worth Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon Co-chairs Elizabeth Ray and Robin Sanders

The 2017 Fort Worth Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon took place on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and featured keynote speaker Barbara Pierce Bush. A cocktail reception for major sponsors held in a private residence the evening before the luncheon honored major sponsors who contributed to a record setting event. This year’s event chairs were Elizabeth Ray and Robin Sanders.

 The luncheon hosted a crowd in excess of 1,000 guests and raised more than $400,000 in support of Planned Parenthood’s essential healthcare and health education services for women, men, and teens in Central and North Texas provided through four Tarrant County health centers and others in Austin, Dallas, Paris, Tyler, Waco and surrounding communities.

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2017 Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon Co-Chairs: Laura Wright and Lindsay Billingsley

The 2017 Dallas Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon featuring guest speaker Marcia Clark took place on March 8th, 2017 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Co-chairs were Lindsay A. Billingsley and Laura B. Wright. A cocktail reception was held at the home of Lucy and George Billingsley the night before the luncheon where major sponsors and awards recipients were honored.

The Gertrude Shelburne Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Isaiah Merritt, a senior at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and a dedicated volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian of the Year Award was given to First Unitarian Church of Dallas, a proudly progressive religious community since 1899 with a focus on promoting social justice and service for 118 years. The award was accepted by Dr. Rev. Daniel Kanter.

The luncheon set records, earning in excess of $1 million for Planned Parenthood’s essential healthcare and health education services for women, men, and teens in Central and North Texas.

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Guests enjoyed complimentary hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktails at 2016 Fort Worth Cocktails for a Cause benefiting Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas that took place on Wednesday, November 2nd at Historic 512. Event chair Erin Taylor Fenner delivered a fun night for the group comprised of longtime and new supporters. Proceeds from Cocktails for a Cause provide essential healthcare and healthcare education services to women, men and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

To learn more about Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, go to  PPGT.org .

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Guests enjoyed contemporary art while partying at Goss Michael Foundation.

Cocktails for a Cause benefiting Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas took place on October 13th at Goss Michael Foundation Gallery. Guests enjoyed complimentary hors d'oevres and signature cocktails while enthusiastically bidding on silent auction items. Co-chairmen Jessica Bass Bolander and Abby Evans delivered a fun night for the group comprised of both long-term and new supporters.

Proceeds from Cocktails for a Cause provide essential healthcare and health education services to women, men and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

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One of CitySquare's Food on the Move vans

Many children rely on free and reduced priced meals during the school day but what happens in the summer? As a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program, CitySquare delivers over 250,000 free summer meals to children through a program known as Food on the Move. Healthy meals are delivered to children ages 1-18 in low-income neighborhoods, churches, nonprofits, and summer camps.

While the program has already been in action this summer, CitySquare and one of its community partners, BridgeBuilders, celebrated Food on the Move with kids and families on Tuesday, June 14th at Turner Courts in southeast Dallas where free lunch for children was served followed by loads of fun activities including visits by Dallas Stars mascot, Victor E. Green and the Dallas Fire Department.

CitySquare’s Food on the Move program delivers meals to the community both at partnering locations like Turner Courts and with mobile feeding trucks. Every morning during the week, trucks with the mobile program depart the CitySquare Opportunity Center on Malcolm X Blvd. to deliver healthy meals and activities to children and youth awaiting their arrival at apartment communities in low-income neighborhoods.  Meals are also delivered to community partner sites with programs throughout the city. CitySquare’s mobile feeding program, staffed by CitySquare AmeriCorps members, delivers meals and provides enrichment activities to thousands of children.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has hailed the program as “a model for the rest of the nation.”

During the school year, the meals children receive at school are often the only food they receive for the day. CitySquare’s Food on the Move program also provides suppers to children participating in after school enrichment programs.

Food on the Move takes a stand against childhood hunger, now offering support in DFW, Austin, Waco, Kaufman/Henderson Counties and Denver, Colorado.

For more information on CitySquare programs like Food on the Move, please go to http://www.CitySquare.org.