ASAE Community Responds with more than $61,000 for Dallas Children Through North Texas Food Bank

WASHINGTON — This weekend the ASAE community answered the call to help the children of Dallas and the North Texas Food Bank. ASAE presented a check today for $61,442, which exceeded ASAE’s goal of $50,000 set in July. ASAE donation will provide meals for 12,288 children.



WASHINGTON — This weekend the ASAE community answered the call to help the children of Dallas and the North Texas Food Bank. ASAE presented a check today for $61,442, which exceeded ASAE’s goal of $50,000 set in July. ASAE donation will provide meals for 12,288 children.

Through its Community Connection project, Un-learning tours, 5K Walk/Run and Fun, Dallas CVB, ASAE Foundation, companies, and attendees contributed money that will benefit the Food 4 Kids backpack program.

“Our community donated time and money towards this effort, and I’m proud that we were able to help more than 12,000 children in the Dallas area,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “I asked our community to help us reach our goal and explained how it would have a lasting impact with the city and children’s lives, and association professionals, companies, organizations responded by opening up their pockets.”

During 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 11-14, conference attendees sorted and boxed donated goods for the NTFB’s Food 4 Kids backpack program, which helps provide participating schools with nutritious, kid-friendly, self-serve food designed to fill a backpack and feed a child over the weekend during the school year.

“ASAE and their membership’s generous gift of $61,442 ensures that North Texas children will start school with hope and enthusiasm. We all know that hunger impedes a child’s success in the classroom. Their gift will provide 12,288 weekend backpacks of nutritious food to children who often worry about going hungry over the weekend. There is no greater gift than offering hope, health and a future to a young child. ASAE and its membership just did that,” said North Texas Food Bank CEO Jan Pruitt.

Photos of the check presentation are available upon request.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sabrina Kidwai, [email protected], 202-326-9505.
Priscilla Hagstrom, ASAE Dallas Host Committee PR Chair, Director of Communications/Social Media, Dallas Zoo, 469-554-7425 or [email protected].

About the North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The food bank was established in 1982 to address the critical issue of hunger in North Texas. The NTFB is a certified member of the Feeding America Food Bank Network. Volunteers are invaluable to the Food Bank. Without the 60,000 plus hours of volunteer help each year, the NTFB would be unable to provide food to the hundreds of thousands of hungry North Texans it currently serves. Learn more about this a href="http://www.ntfb.org/" target=_blank">great organization.

About Dallas
Dallas is a destination that inspires big ideas. As the No. 1 one visitor destination in Texas, the Dallas area offers the best shopping in the Southwest, a cutting-edge culinary scene led by nationally acclaimed celebrity chefs, 70,000 hotel rooms, ranging from luxury to boutique, and more than 200 golf courses. The city boasts the largest contiguous urban arts district in the U.S. with five cultural venues designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects. In addition, the Dallas metropolitan area is the only one in the Southwest to host teams representing five major professional sports leagues, including the legendary Dallas Cowboys. The Dallas area is also the largest film and television production center in Texas and the location of the Dallas Film Commission. For additional information about the city, see www.visitdallas.com. Live Large. Think Big.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.

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