Carlyn Ray: Glasswork for All

Carlyn Ray is a renowned glass artist who is sharing her creative energy and passion for teaching with the Dallas community through glass art workshops and her nonprofit, Art Reaching Out. Her most recent installation is a collection of butterflies in the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

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Mary Martin
Stephanie Bohan: The Cost of Community Health

Stephanie Bohan leads the the Agape Clinic, a nonprofit, charity medical and dental clinic that is funded entirely by independent donations in Dallas. The Agape Clinic offers medical and dental care to absolutely anyone, regardless of zip code, access to insurance, citizenship, or income level and has grown to over 18,000 patient visits each year.

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Mary Martin
Kelcy and Curtis Smith: Power Couple of Hamilton Park

The Smiths, known in Hamilton Park as a power couple, have been married for over 70 years. They were one of the first couples to build a house in 1955 from the ground up. An advocate for the education rights of African-Americans within the Richardson ISD, Mr. Smith was appointed by a federal judge as the first chairman and organizer of RISD’s Bi-Racial Committee following the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. His work led to the establishment of a fully integrated Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet Elementary School, resulting in a planned integration at RISD’s middle and high schools.

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Jan Osborn
Olympian Earl Young: A Team for Marrow Donation,

As a gold medal winner in the 1960 Olympic Track and Field games, Ed Young is used to winning. But when Leukemia threatened his life at age 71, Ed took a step back to see how he could impact the world beyond competitive sports. Ed founded the Ed Young Foundation to promote the Marrow Donor registry, connecting with students at his alma mater, Abilene Christian University.

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Mary Martin
Teach For America: Supporting Dallas Schools in Transition

In the wake of the destructive tornado that tore through North Dallas, the entire student body of Thomas Jefferson High School was quickly transitioned to the nearly vacant Edison Learning Center. That is where the team at Teach for America has stepped in to offer support by way of lunches, classroom supplies, and funding from corporate partners for ongoing resources.

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Mary Martin
Photo Essay: Picking Up the Pieces of the McCormick Family Home

On July 25, 2019, Elizabeth and John McCormick welcomed Harper and Josephine to their home on North Haven Drive. On Sunday evening, October 20, 2019, the McCormicks were watching the Dallas Cowboys game when Elizabeth's sister, Cheryl, texted them to take cover immediately. Elizabeth and John grabbed Harper and Josephine and made it inside their laundry room before the twister lifted the roof from their home. In less than three minutes, the dream home that Elizabeth and John designed was gone. Only the walls of the laundry room where the family had sheltered were left standing.

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Mary Martin
Mental Health Care in the Midst of Tornado Trauma

The team at Mental Health America of Greater Dallas saw the destruction caused by tornadoes tearing through Dallas last Sunday night and knew there would be trauma to address. To help students cope, they are creating mental health goody bags with fidget toys, books, journals, and information about anxiety. Items for the bags can be donated through November 13.

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Mary Martin
Michal Powell: Resourcing Causes to Help Those Most In Need

In recognition of all her work in the community, Michal Powell is being honored at the 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon – “The Stars of Texas.”  Hosted by The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day celebration brings together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor many of this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes.

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Mary Martin
Neighbors Serving in the Wake of Dallas Tornado

In response to Sunday night’s tornados, neighborhoods and communities around the Dallas area are coming together to distribute food and supplies, and lend a few extra hands. On Tuesday a team from Prestoncrest Church of Christ partnered with Dallas City Councilman Adam McGough and US Congressman Colin Allred, along with other neighbors and volunteer groups, to serve in the hard-hit, northeast Dallas neighborhood of Hamilton Park.

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Mary Martin
Chefs Gather to Show Sobriety is Possible

This past weekend, Host Chef Matthew McAllister, along with 26 other local chefs, provided an all-star experience at the latest fundraising event for the 24-Hour Club. The food-centric evening drew a record crowd of supporters eager to try a new bite while supporting the crucial work of providing a safe transitional home for men and women who are making the choice of sobriety.

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Mary Martin
Monica Buskuhl: Giving Purpose to Beauty Samples

This past May Monica Buskuhl founded FACE Foundation in order to give new purpose to piles of unused beauty samples and travel-sized toiletries. With donations from friends and family, the new FACE Foundation has donated 1,700 bags to five local shelters for women experiencing homelessness.

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Mary Martin