On Saturday, April 27, more than 150 participants congregated at Eddie Deen’s Ranch in Dallas to “Waltz Across Texas” in support of DFW’s foster children. Over $98,000 was raised for Foster In Texas (FIT)* families, who make it possible for the area’s abused and neglected children to live and heal in safe and nurturing homes.
The “Waltz Across Texas” theme brought out the inner cowboy and cowgirl in the partygoers, who dined on Texas barbecue and two-stepped to Stetson Walker & Friends. Larry Mowry, chief meteorologist with CBS Channel 11 was the live auctioneer, and a football autographed by #2 NFL draft pick Luke Joeckel was a highlight of the live auction. A silent auction filled one room at Eddie Deen’s with more than 80 auction items that ran the gamut from gift baskets to golf trips.
This was the 4th Annual Caring for Kids event, and this year a special appeal called attention to the need for respite care funds to train and screen foster care respite providers. Foster parents have the need for respite care when family emergencies arise and to give them a chance to relax and reenergize so they can continue providing the best care for their children. Foster In Texas (FIT) parents rely on the agency and community support to have access to opportunities and “extras” that may be beyond their reach – including clothing, school supplies, training, and specialized therapy.
*Foster In Texas is a program of Lutheran Social Services of the South, the largest provider of children’s services in Texas. LSS-FIT has four foster care offices in North Texas, serving approximately 400 foster children, cared for in 100 foster homes.
We Love Animals
Lou Bailey, Director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, sent us this adorable photo of her rat terrier, Roo...complete with reading glasses! http://www.sstx.org
Dixie Neeley, the Founder of the Triple Me Mac Equine Sanctuary in Bulverde, rescued this off-the-track thoroughbred from a boys ranch. Malt & Jam was starved and had a broken shoulder. The picture was taken last summer - he is totally healed and healthy! http://www.triplememac.org
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary recently became home to two tiny American black bear cubs, one male and one female, who were found abandoned in their wild Alaska. These two were young, helpless, and unable to survive on their own. As such, they were transported to their new forever home in Texas. At IEAS, they will have 1.5 acres of forest, meadow, and grass to thrive in. With the help of Emotional Enrichment, they will learn to find security and trust in their new family. IEAS staff is eager and excited to make the lives of these cubs as amazing as possible, and they can't wait to watch them live like wild bears in a safe, caring environment!