Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thanks to you, FWDO hosts successful 5th event!



Thanks so much to all of you who attended our Aug. 5 FWDO, held at the fantastic 809 at Vickery. The event was attended by more than 100 guests who enjoyed a yummy dinner provided as always by Chef Allen Lutes. Our theme was mental health initiatives, and we heard from three very different and worthy causes. 

To recap...
  • Theresa Hocker with the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Associationexplained the importance of providing support and much-needed resources for ederly people suffering from Alzheimer's, as well as for their families. This local chapter has experienced a recent decline in funding, which equates to an inability to serve the community as significantly as desired. 
  • Susan Wood with the Hope Center for Autism, the night's winner, shared the mission of the organization, which serves local families with children who have autism. She explained how the Hope Center helps these children live more fully functional lives and emphasized the importance of early intervention. 
  • The final presentation was given by Lisa Skier of Grace After Fire, a local organization with the mission of serving women veterans returning from active duty. Lisa explained the unique crisis support services the organization provides to women who are seeking ways to reconnect as mothers, wives, professionals and students in civilian life. 
  • While guests voted, we announced that our first-ever Service Day will be held at the farm of past FWDO winner Project 44, scheduled for Sept. 29. This is an opportunity for us to come together and take the next step in engaging with a local organization beyond our FWDO events. More to come on this exciting opportunity!  
  • At the end of the evening, our guests voted again, this time for our Nov. 4 event's theme. After an intense round of real-time text voting, we are pleased to announce that our next theme will be in support of animal-related organizations in the Fort Worth area! 
Regarding the microfinancing aspect of the FWDO event, two-thirds of the night's profits are going to our presenters! The Hope Center for Autism will receive $1,206, and the Alzheimer's Association and Grace After Fire will each receive $402. Part of our ability to keep hard costs at a minimum came from a generous $400 donation from Mr. Warren Russell that covered our venue fee, for which we are so appreciative. We were also very thankful to receive an additional $100 donation from the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church in support of the FWDO mission.

We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 29 for our Service Day and again on Nov. 4 for the next FWDO!

FWDO welcom
es Neil and Robyn Jones as our newest board members  
Neil and Robyn live in Fort Worth and are members at Arlington Heights UMC. They are proud parents of two awesome boys, Manse (age 8) and Grant (age 5). Neil is an Engineer at Bell Helicopter. Robyn has been working as a stay-at-home mom for the last 8 years and will be returning to work in FWISD this Fall as a Speech Pathologist.

The Joneses have been avid supporters of FWDO since its inception and are excited to be able to take their involvement a step further by being on the Board. When asked why they enjoy being a part of FWDO they said, "We love the fact that people get the opportunity to learn about different organizations that are making a difference in Fort Worth, while at the same time giving those same organizations the publicity and a financial boost to help them get up and running or grow further."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much. It was such an honor to be a part of this event. We are grateful anytime we can share our mission. It was a great evening. Cannot wait to attend as a guest and not a speaker. The funds from this event will be used to purchase assessments for clients at no cost to parents. Keep up the great work. See you soon.
    Susan and Glenn Wood

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