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Cherish the Children

May 14, 2021

Honoree – North Texas Cares Funders Collaborative

Event Co-chairs – Jenny Reynolds and Lindsay Stengle

Guest Speaker – Father Gregory Boyle


The Dallas CASA Children’s Council hosted the Cherish the Children event virtually on May 14. During the event, Dallas CASA recognized the 2021 Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children honoree, the North Texas Cares Funders Collaborative.

Special thanks to all our underwriters who helped to raise funds and awareness for child victims of abuse and neglect.

In the spring of 2020, when shelter-in-place restrictions and fears of the pandemic quashed major fundraising events and drastically reduced the area’s volunteer troops in Dallas, a collaboration of more than 45 foundations, corporations and individual funders came together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities most affected by all aspects of COVID-19. Led by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and the Dallas Foundation, the incredibly innovative North Texas Cares Funders Collaborative was launched to help struggling non-profits that support individuals and families in the areas of health, economic security, safety and well-being, education and social justice. Non-profits were able to ask for emergency financial help from all of the participating NTC organizations using a streamlined online process and application form to get emergency money immediately into the hands of those dealing with the ravages of the pandemic. During the first phase of funding which began in April 2020, 1,480 grants totaling more than $42 million were awarded to 704 nonprofits; a second phase was launched in October and awarded 1,391 grants of $17 million to more than 1,300 non-profits. In total $59 million has been awarded by the North Texas Cares Funders to North Texas non-profits in less than a year.

The guest speaker for Cherish the Children was Father Gregory Boyle, an American Roman Catholic priest of the Jesuit order and founder and Director of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program. Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His second book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017.

He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, President Obama named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. Currently, Father Boyle serves as a committee member of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Economic and Job Recovery Task Force as a response to COVID-19.

Julie Fine, Emmy award winning journalist and NBC5 reporter,  lead the discussion with Father Boyle.

The Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding contributions helping children who have been removed from home due to abuse or neglect. The award was inspired by its namesake Mrs. Hunt because of her constant dedication to the most vulnerable in our city and helping people who could not help themselves. Click here to view a tribute to Mrs. Hunt.

For information on future events, please contact Michelle Mai, 469.547.9456 or email. Thank you for your generosity, continued support and for recognizing that child victims in our community need us now more than ever.

To view our 2021 children’s chairs and furnishings click here.

We are grateful to our 2021 Cherish the Children underwriters:

Jana and Mike Brosin
Locke Lord LLP
Marshalling Resources
The Rosewood Foundation

Dallas Mavericks
Deborah Ackerman and John Lozier
Linda and Rob Swartz

Priscilla and Corey Anthony
Mary Lynn and Fred Bangs

Fran and Mark Berg
Beth and Ed Cholerton
Wynne and Chris Cunningham
The Hartman Family | The Lovitt Family
The Hoglund Foundation

Hannah and Greg May
Texas Instruments
The Wales Family Foundation

The Collective Dallas
Liz Fisher
Abigail G.
Kalie Grove
Monica Kirchmer
Mandy Moore
Phelan’s | Amy Bailey


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