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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Nonprofit Matters: Siblings to be honored by Multicultural Alliance

The Multicultural Alliance will present Fort Worth’s own Bob Schieffer, his brother, Tom Schieffer, and their sister, Sharon Schieffer Mayes, with the 62nd Multicultural Alliance Annual Award at a dinner April 30 in Fort Worth. The siblings will share their life stories as they reflect on their family, their personal experiences and the mission of MCA. “We feel that the Schieffers represent the very best of our community and the three of them will captivate us as they recount their life experiences,” said MCA President Cheryl Gray Kimberling. “They have taken their Fort Worth upbringing to the local, national and world stage and made a meaningful impact on humanity through their careers and other contributions, all the while exemplifying our mission of cross-cultural understanding, while fighting to eliminate bias, bigotry and oppression.” Bob Schieffer is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where the Schieffer School of Journalism is named in his honor. He said he has seen hatred and division in his lifetime and has also witnessed the process of healing. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain and information officer. He later joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a reporter – in 1965 he was the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam – and worked at WBAP-TV/Channel 5 before joining CBS in the late ’60s. He has been with CBS News since 1969, serving as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from 1973 to 1996, as chief Washington correspondent since 1982, as moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991, and between March 2005 and August 2006 as interim weekday anchor of the CBS Evening News. Bob Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments: the White House, Pentagon, State Department and Congress. The Library of Congress named him a Living Legend. Tom Schieffer will recount his career in baseball and his experiences as the U.S. ambassador to both Japan and Australia. Returning stateside on Sept. 10, 2001, Schieffer was in Washington, D.C., the following day when the 9/11 attacks occurred. Since then, he has committed his focus to the fight against global terrorism and has helped to deepen cooperation on rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sharon Schieffer Mayes, a career educator, is a retired teacher and school administrator who taught science for 17 years before becoming vice principal of Dunbar High School. Her career path includes work in the Keller Independent School District and serving as high school principal. She tutors children weekly at the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. For information about the 2013 awards dinner, including tickets and sponsorships, visit www.mcatexas.com.   March for Babies More than 35,000 people representing 450 companies and organizations and 1,000 family teams touched by the March of Dimes mission are expected to participate in the Dallas-Fort Worth March for Babies April 20. The four-mile route is along the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth, beginning at Farrington Field at 8 a.m. In honor of March of Dimes’ 75th anniversary, walkers are accepting the “Be Your Best for Babies Challenge,” a commitment to raise more than ever in donations. Money raised from the event supports local programs and research to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For information call 817-451-9174.   Lockheed workers prepare packages More than 230 Lockheed Martin employees and their families prepared more than 5,000 care packages for deployed service members on March 23. Employees from Lockheed Martin’s facilities in Fort Worth and Grand Prairie, working with the USO, staffed assembly lines to put together the care packages in just four hours. The mission of Operation USO Care Package is to provide a “touch of home” to service members away from home. Operation USO Care Package is the only program of its kind endorsed by the White House and Department of Defense.   Fundraisers a success Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Fort Worth Affiliate hosted the inaugural Pink Tie Birthday Party on March 28 to honor its 21st anniversary. The event raised more than $5,000. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price attended as a guest and spoke about the work Komen Fort Worth does in the community. Donations raised at the event will help fund Komen Fort Worth’s mission of combating breast cancer – 75 percent of all money raised goes to fund education, treatment and screening projects for women in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. The remaining 25 percent raised goes toward national research initiatives to find cures for breast cancer. … SafeHaven of Tarrant County raised $38,000 at its recent 2013 Legacy of Men Awards dinner. Hundreds of men in attendance pledged to speak out against domestic violence and hold others accountable. Radio and TV host Scott Murray was honored and the legendary executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, Grant Teaff, was the speaker …Eco-friendly Snappy Salads restaurant hosted its annual e-waste recycling event on March 23, collecting 4,737 pounds of electronic waste (mostly printers, televisions and computers). Snappy Salads, which recently received a Green Business Certification from the city of Plano, has locations in Southlake, Richardson, Dallas, Plano. … Thanks to American Airlines employee volunteers and customers, more than $1.18 million was collected in 2012 through UNICEF’s Change for Good program at American Airlines. The program engages American’s employees to collect international travelers’ donations of unused currency, which UNICEF uses to fund lifesaving services for the world’s children.   Send nonprofit items to Betty Dillard at bdillard@bizpress.net

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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