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Robinson recognized for advocacy, community service

Robinson recognized for

advocacy, community service


Longtime Fort Worth civic leader John Robinson, executive vice president of the Amon G. Carter Foundation, will receive the 2013 Judge Scott Moore Award at CASA of Tarrant County’s 19th annual Judge Scott Moore Awards Dinner, April 25, at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth.

Celebrating 30 years, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) presents the award to an individual for exemplary efforts in advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children. The award was named for the late Moore, who brought the CASA movement to Tarrant County.

A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, Robinson graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He became a certified public accountant and worked in public accounting before joining the Carter foundation as controller in 1980. He was named executive vice president, grant administration in 1997.

During the past 15 years, the foundation has made charitable gifts in excess of $275 million. Many of these grants have gone to improving the condition of at-risk children in the areas of education, health and social service.

Robinson also is a trustee of the Amon G. Carter Star-Telegram Employees Fund and president of the Boy Scout Foundation. He is a community adviser to the Junior League of Fort Worth and a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He also has served on the boards of the Fort Worth Club and Ridglea Country Club, was board chairman for Carter BloodCare, president of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, and chairman of the 2002 strategic plan for Downtown Fort Worth Inc. Other past board service includes the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County, Rotary Club of Fort Worth and Exchange Club of Fort Worth.

Robinson has received the Tarrant County Medical Society’s May Owen Award, TCU’s Royal Purple Award, Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award, Leadership Fort Worth’s Distinguished Leadership Award, and the Live Theatre’s League Patron of the Year Award.

Former juvenile court Judge Glenda Hatchett, a longtime spokesperson for National CASA, will deliver the dinner’s keynote address. Hatchett presides over the syndicated show Judge Hatchett and is the founder of Parent Power Now, an online parenting network. The event will be emceed by Steve Lamb.

CASA also will present additional awards, including the Monika Dewar Child Advocate of the Year Award to Mick Rowland.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased by calling CASA, 817-877-5891.


Lend a Hand Luncheon

In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, ACH Child and Family Services invites the public to “lend a hand” to help child abuse and neglect disappear. Last year, 5,598 children were abused in Tarrant County, the second highest number of victims in Texas, according to ACH.

The agency will host a Lend a Hand Luncheon April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth, 1300 Houston St.

Guest speaker will be Bradley Stolbach, an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, supervisor of trauma-related psychological services at La Rabida Children’s Hospital and project director of La Rabida’s Chicago Child Trauma Center.

Tickets start at $50. Contact Barbara Clark-Galupi at 817-866-7102, or visit


Butterflies & Boots

Butterflies & Boots is the theme for this year’s Butterfly Wishes luncheon benefiting a Wish with Wings’ mission of granting wishes for children with life-threatening conditions.

The luncheon is April 24 at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel, with Mayor Betsy Price as honorary event chairman. The event will feature a live and silent auction followed by a presentation of eight Wish children and their chosen heroes.

Individual tickets and sponsorships are available at

After 30 years in Arlington, a Wish with Wings is moving to Fort Worth. The organization will host a grand opening and dedication of the Michelle Porche Hancock Wish House a 3817 Alamo Ave. on April 3 from 4-7 p.m.


Fast dealing and charity giving

The Showdown at Hell’s Half Acre, the first Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament of its kind in Fort Worth, is set for April 20 at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., 901 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth.

Hosted by J.J. Henry and Lance Federick, the poker tournament will allow the Henry House Foundation to assist the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Fort Worth.

Registration and a bloody Mary brunch will be at 10 a.m., with cards in the air at 11. Players will enjoy acoustic entertainment, prizes and auctions, and a 6 p.m. dinner will be provided by chef Jon Bonnell.

The cost for an individual player is $400; table sponsorships start at $500; and cost for a non-player guest is $75.

For information or to register, go to


Pinwheels raise awareness

North Texas Children’s Advocacy Centers in Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Fannin, Grayson, Ellis, Kaufman and Denton counties will recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month at a kick-off event April 8 on the campus of Texas Christian University, between the library and Winston-Hall off of South University Drive.

Exactly 5,598 pinwheels will be on display to represent the confirmed victims of child abuse in Tarrant County. For more than 20 years, Alliance For Children has been the only Tarrant County Children’s Advocacy Center protecting kids from abuse through teamed investigations at one of three locations in Arlington, Fort Worth and Hurst.

Speakers at the event, which will begin at 8:40 a.m., will include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Chief of Police Jeffery Halstead and Arlington Deputy Police Chief Jennifer White.


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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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