Aim High and Help CASA

No one would argue that abused and neglected children are the most vulnerable members of any society. Without the maturity or resources to assume agency over their own lives, these children can become prey to repeated instances of trauma. While the sadness of this plight can affect anyone, few people understand the scope of child abuse within their own communities.…

A Jewel of a Fundraiser

On December 10th, Fort Worth’s premier gala returns to raise money for the worthiest of causes: the patients of Cook Children’s Medical Center. Held annually since 1953, the 63rd Jewel Charity Ball promises to once again act as a spectacular signifier of thanks to the donors who enable the work of Jewel Charity.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

In the past several years, Fort Worth has become a “foodie” town. Whether it’s inventive new restaurants or epicurean grocers, Cowtown has embraced gastronomical adventurism. For every incredible meal served downtown or along Magnolia Avenue, however, there’s a meal that gets missed for someone in our community.

The Fundraising Professionals

On the homepage for the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, an evocative quote appears front and center: “Philanthropy is based on the voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.”

Camp Bowie District President Opens up About Alzheimer’s

Strategic planning, sustainability and structure are all in a day’s work for one West sider – but the diagnosis of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease was something she didn’t have a blueprint for. Jenifer Reiner, a California native and president of the Camp Bowie District, Inc, turned to the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter to find answers and is…

Touchdowns for Kids

As a star running back at TCU, LaDainian Tomlinson left a mark on Fort Worth that will not be soon forgotten. Before his arrival, the Horned Frogs had appeared in only a single bowl game in the previous 12 years. In LT’s sophomore season, he helped his team achieve its first bowl victory in over four decades. During the next…

Remembering Sammie

At some point in the nighttime hours of February 28th, tragedy struck the home of Keri and Larry Volmert. The heating system on the second story of the couple’s home malfunctioned, raising the temperature in the room of 17-month-old daughter Sammie. When Larry rose the next morning and went to check on his daughter, a wave of heat greeted him…

June 2016 Giving Back

A colorful display of purple illuminated the Hurst Conference Center from gowns to bow ties as the community’s generosity overflowed at the Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter’s annual Memory Gala April 29 - along with an announcement of the chapter’s largest financial gift to date.

A Survivor’s Journey

The onset of a health crisis prompts feelings of fear, helplessness and anger. The afflicted not only confronts issues of mortality and the anxiety of victimhood, but must somehow find the strength to fight for recovery. Loved ones can feel powerless, as their ability to help becomes limited to reassurances and, perhaps, the tasks of a caregiver.

A Place to Shine

Over the past several years, the neighborhood of Fairmount has grown into one of the city’s premier cultural areas. A combination of inventive restaurants, hip nightspots, annual festivals and one-of-a-kind boutiques attracts a steady stream of shoppers, diners and revelers, while many of the neighborhood’s historic old homes stand as showpieces of restoration and tasteful design. While Magnolia Avenue serves…

The Keys to Giving

For Amy Shackelford of Sedona Productions, the “season of giving” has not come and gone; in fact, the New Year rings in a fresh “year of giving,” as philanthropy has become a daily concern on both a personal and professional level. As the events director for Sedona Productions at Cendera Center, Amy works often with non-profits who utilize the center…

Turning Compassion Into Action

Since 1984, The Salvation Army has been making Christmas special for North Texas families in need. Through their Angel Tree adoption program more than 50,000 children, ages 0-14, receive gifts gathered from the community each year.


You’ve heard the saying, “If you love [blank] so much, why don’t you marry it?” In 2010 Trish Rodriguez said her vows in the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s historic building. Fast-forward five years and now she’s the non-profit’s chief development and communications officer. Fate can be funny.

A Selfless Project

It’s a little-known illness with tragic consequences: Krabbe Disease, a rare genetic disorder that leads to the degeneration of white matter in the brain. If detected before symptoms develop, it’s possible to treat Krabbe Disease through stem cell transplants. Once symptoms arise, however, the disease’s progression is unstoppable, and will kill children within an average of two years. While infants…

Horses with Heart

In east Fort Worth, right off Meadowbrook Drive, lies an 8-acre horse ranch. This ranch doesn’t breed animals for sale, though, nor does it offer trail adventures or riding lessons — at least, not in the typical sense. The horses at Serendipity Equine Haven function more as partners than products; one might refer to them as “therapists,” both emotional and…

July 2015 Giving Back

Julie Brown, executive assistant to Wayne Carson, CEO of ACH Child and Family Services, received the Administrative Professional of the Year award at the Fort Worth Admin Awards™ luncheon on May 8. The Fort Worth Admin Awards publicly honors administrative assistants serving executives in Fort Worth and surrounding areas each year. The 2015 awards luncheon was held at The Worthington…