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Nonprofit Matters: Tarrant Area Food Bank launches public campaign

A ribbon cutting for Tarrant Area Food Bank’s new two-story office building is slated for Sept. 15 at 9:45 a.m. at 2525 Cullen St. in Fort Worth.

The new Dorothy and Norman M. Kronick Building, across the traffic circle from the Food Bank’s distribution center at 2600 Cullen St., allows for the renovation of the center to handle the 42 million meals’ worth of food projected to be needed by 2020. The building is named in honor of a leading donation from the Fort Worth Foundation.

The Food Bank has completed the first part of its capital improvement project, “Building to Feed Communities,” and during the ribbon cutting it will kick off a public campaign to raise additional funds to reconfigure space in the distribution center that was previously occupied by program and administrative staff.

On Sept. 16, TAFB will present a summit on community approaches to poverty and hunger. Joe Ader, director of compassion ministries, 6 Stones Ministries Network, and leader of the training program Understanding Poverty, will be keynote speaker. The summit, “Hungry for Change,” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6 Stones Ministries Network, 209 N. Industrial Blvd., Suite 233 in Bedford. The event is free and open to the public.

The 17th annual Fort Worth Canstruction is set for Sept. 25-Oct. 18. The competition and exhibition features imaginative sculptures built with cans of food by professional and student architects, designers and engineers from Tarrant County. Canned food used in the structures goes to Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Fort Worth Canstruction is presented by the State Fair of Texas and the Fort Worth chapters of the Society of Design Administration and the American Institute of Architects. The structures will be on display during the State Fair in the Fair Park Science Building in Dallas. The exhibit is free with a State Fair admission ticket.



Fort Worth-based national advertising and brand development agency Immotion Studios and Texas Christian University recently hosted the inaugural Mission in Motion Contest for all area nonprofits.

After online voting and a round of panel presentations, three nonprofits were selected to win brand development and marketing communication services. The winners were The Ladder Alliance, Victory Therapy Center and BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas

The Ladder Alliance, which supports women victims of domestic violence and low-income women, received $8,000 in services from Immotion Studios. Victory Therapy Center, which provides therapeutic horseback riding, physical therapy and counseling services for clients, and BIND, which supports adults with brain injury, each received 300 hours’ worth of services from TCU’s School of Strategic Communication.



Students in the Fort Worth Independent School District’s culinary arts program began the school year with new chef coats courtesy of the Texas Restaurant Association’s philanthropic foundation and its partnership with Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.

The group donated $350,000 in Dickies chef coats (17,000 coats) to high school students enrolled in 220 Texas ProStart culinary arts and restaurant management programs across the state.

Fort Worth ISD offers high school students culinary arts programs at North Side, South Hills, Trimble Tech, O.D. Wyatt, Polytechnic and Paschal high schools.


Sixty-one college-bound girls from five area schools were honored at the 4th annual Girls Inc. of Tarrant County College Shower, held July 30 at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. This year the girls received individualized gift baskets totaling $14,000 worth of donated supplies.

Among the honorees were Sonia Garcia, Chloe Willis and Alexis Torres, who each won $20,000 scholarships from Girls Inc. National. – photo —

Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Brittany Huff, Faith Magness, Dia McMillan and Alexis Jones.



The University of Texas at Arlington welcomed 20 student leaders into its charter class of Terry Foundation Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Terry Foundation, established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, is the largest private source of scholarships in Texas. The full four-year scholarships benefit outstanding Texas high school graduates and transfer students who attend public colleges and universities within the state.

Sixteen of the 2015 UTA Terry Scholars, or “Terrys” as they call themselves, are traditional freshmen and four are transfer students.



Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail Inc. recently brought home the JA 5 Star Award from the Junior Achievement National Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

The award recognizes JA chapters for outstanding performance in areas such as number of students reached, communication efficiency, financial stability and overall impact.

During the 2014-2015 school year, JA of the Chisholm Trail reached 28,192 students in 1,417 classrooms with the help of 1,591 volunteers and 136 organizations.



The Allstate Foundation awarded $7,000 in grants on behalf of six local agency owners for their commitment to helping others. The $1,000 grants go to local community organizations the agents support.

Fort Worth Allstate agency owners Robert Conrad, Jeremy Conrad and Robert Stine received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for their volunteerism with the Heart of Texas Tres Dias, where they volunteer. Sharon Cosper, a Fort Worth agency owner, received a grant for the Community Link Mission Inc., where she volunteers. Jon Derrick, another Fort Worth agency owner, picked up an award for the Christian Relief Fund, which he supports. Benbrook Allstate agency owner Robert Adams received $1,000 grants each for Heart of Texas Tres Dias and Dallas-Fort Worth Vida Nueva.


Pinnacle Bank presented a $100,000 gift to Southwestern Adventist University in Keene for the student lounge on the first floor of the new nursing building. The bank opened in Keene in 1970 and has locations in Azle, Benbrook, Burleson, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Joshua, Keene and Springtown. … Elizabeth Toon Charities presented Child Study Center a check for $10,000 to benefit the organization’s Child Development Clinic, which provides free diagnosis and testing for Medicaid and uninsured patients to help bridge the gap for children who would otherwise have no access to these services. … A group of employees at Texas Trust Credit Union pooled their pay and donated $5,812.64 to Children First Counseling Center, which provides counseling for children, adolescent and adult victims of abuse. … Impossible Possibilities received $14,000 in grants, including $5,000 from the Ryan Foundation of Fort Worth, $5,000 from Texas Capital Bank and $4,000 from the Orr Family Foundation for capital expenditures and support of its scholarship program. Since 2009, IP has awarded 44 scholarships totaling more than $75,000 to local students. … Music students at the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School will take lessons this year on 12 new Yamaha pianos donated by the Rockley Family Foundation. … Phillips Pet Food & Supplies will open its first Dallas-Fort Worth area distribution center Sept. 17 in Arlington with a grand opening event and donation of several pallets of food to Arlington Animal Services.


Colleen Colton, the founding executive director of Guardianship Services Inc., died Aug. 17 in Fort Worth.

For 27 years, the Fort Worth native guided the organization she helped form. She was the first person to receive the National Master Guardian Star Award. She also received the Tarrant Area Gerontological Society’s Leadership Award, among many other honors, and was named president emeritus of the Texas Guardianship Association.

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