11 posts categorized "Philanthropy"

10/14/2013

BNSF gives United Way a big push

Fort Worth-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe raised nearly $2.5 million this year for United Way of Tarrant County's 2013-14 campaign, the most from a single employer in five years, United Way said Monday. "With this achievement, BNSF singlehandedly has raised 11.7 percent of the $21 million United Way campaign goal," United Way said of the $2.455 million.  It said more than 1,000 individuals gave $1,000 or more, a golf tournament fundraiser rounded up more than $70,000 and a 5k run raised more than $6,000. 

-- Jim Fuquay

04/05/2012

Wells Fargo gives $50,000 for tornado relief; customers can contribute starting Friday

Wells Fargo & Co. says it's contributing $50,000 to the American Red Cross/North Texas Tornado Relief Fund. And its customers can join the effort starting Friday by making donations to the fund at all Wells Fargo ATMs in DFW. Customers will not be charged a fee and 100 percent of donations will go to the American Red Cross, Wells Fargo says. The bank also asks that consumers and business customers affected by the tornadoes contact their banker or visit the nearest Wells Fargo branch to discuss financial options on a case-by-case assistance. Affected customers can also call the bank 24/7 at 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557).  

 “We’re reaching out to help our team members, neighbors, friends, families and customers who have been affected by the twisters that ripped through our community earlier this week,” said John Gavin, Wells Fargo's DFW regional president of community banking. “We’re also committed to helping community recovery efforts and will work diligently to help families and business owners return to their homes and daily routines.”

-- Jim Fuquay

 

11/21/2011

Tarrant Area Food Bank names four new directors

Tarrant Area Food Bank said Monday it's named four new members for its 2011-2012 volunteer board: Noah Bass, vice-president of sales, Best Maid Products, Fort Worth; Catherine Carlton, community and media relations, First Choice Power, Irving; Gene Ratliff, managing partner, O.B. Macaroni Co., Fort Worth; and Charles Weiss, branch manager, Blue Bell Creamery, Fort Worth.

The Food Bank says 6,500 volunteers contributed 70,000 hours of service last year.

- Scott Nishimura

10/10/2011

Lighthouse for the Blind Fort Worth ramps up community outreach

Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth is boosting its community profile.

Young Lighthouse Legacy, an auxiiliary of the nonprofit Lighthouse, is holding an inaugural golf tournament and wine tasting. The Shot in the Dark Night Golf Tournament and Wine Tasting will be Oct. 21 at Mira Vista Country Club.

Dinner will be 6:30 p.m., followed by putting and driving contests. A nine-hole, best-ball scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per person. The tournament has space for 120 players and currently is up to 90, said Nancy Fisher, community development director for Lighthouse for the Blind.

The wine-tasting-only tickets are $75, and it runs concurrent to the golf tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are available, beginning at $600 bronze and as high as $5,000 for platinium.

Major sponsors for the event are TPG Capital, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, Future Foam and Cash America.

Fisher said Young Lighthouse wants to net $5,000-$10,000 with the fundraiser, with proceeds going to Lighthouse for the Blind rehab programs.

"The principal goal is to bring awareness to the Lighthouse," Fisher said. "We have never been out in the community doing special events or fundraising. This just seems to be in synch with our mission."

Young Lighthouse Legacy was formed from a project that originated among members of the Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2011. The group targets young adult volunteers.

"If I can get 35-year-old people excited about the Lighthouse, we have strong opportunities to be in front of them as potential donors and sponsors," Fisher said.

The Lighthouse, which is on track to gross $22 million in revenue this year, almost entirely from selling products and packaging services, is trying to broaden its funding base. It wants to raise $300,000-$500,000 per year through special events and donations, going from "non-existent," Fisher said.

One of the Lighthouse’s major contracts – energy-absorbing pads for the Defense Department – expanded in August to a third shift, Friday-Sunday, 12 hours each day. The Lighthouse hired 16 people for that shift.

For tournament sponsorship opportunities and player information, contact Theresa Berend at tberend@hfblaw.com or Fisher at nfisher@lighthousefw.org.

Lighthouse for the Blind also is sponsoring its third annual Tarrant County White Cane Day Walk, beginning 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Lighthouse, 912 W. Broadway. Buses will travel from the Lighthouse to Burnett Park downtown, where the walk will begin. The walk is open to the public. Contact Fisher for more information.

- Scott Nishimura

10/07/2011

Cause marketing good business, Komen exec tells retailing group in Dallas

Here’s a glimpse into why the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is so effective at securing partners.

Katrina McGhee, the Komen Foundation’s chief marketing officer, in a talk to the Texas A&M Center for Retailing Studies Retailing Summit 2011 this morning in Dallas, hammered home the idea of cause marketing as good business.

“Eighty five percent of people will support a business that supports a cause that they believe in,” she said, quoting a survey.

But businesses shouldn’t adopt just any cause, or adopt too many causes, she said.

A feel-good cause “may not be relevant to your brand,” she said. “You must ask your customers what they believe in, who they believe in, and what they trust.”

And she added, “don’t try to support everything through cause marketing; that doesn’t work. You cannot be known for everything and continue to have an ongoing conversation with them. Don’t try to capture the flavor of the day. Make sure it works for you. If you’re about women, maybe it is breast cancer, maybe it’s heart disease.”

She urged the retailers to remain committed to causes they support.

“You have to stay in it for a long tine tor consumers to connect you to it,” she said. “It’s about the third year that cause marketing programs actually hit their stride.”

- Scott Nishimura

09/19/2011

Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Russell Feed, launch hay drive for neglected animals

Stockyards Championship Rodeo is teaming with Russell Feed to launch a Hay Drive to benefit the nonprofit Ranch Hand Rescue and abandoned or neglected ranch animals.

A portion of ticket proceeds from Friday night’s (Sept. 23) rodeo will benefit Ranch Hand Rescue, and volunteers will be passing the “bucket” in the audience seeking cash donations. The rodeo, in the Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., also will be taking in hay donations all day long Friday, said Nate Krieger, the rodeo’s marketing director.

Additionally, Russell Feed stores are accepting donations for the next week, and you can also visit the Ranch Hand Rescue site for more info and to donate.

Krieger said the drive “will be the first of many” to benefit Ranch Hand Rescue. He noted hay prices have skyrocketed in recent months.

The idea for the drive came from a fan on the rodeo's Facebook page.

“With the drought and wildfire on top of that, there just isn’t anything growing here in Texas,” he said. Adding in the cost of transporting hay here from states such as Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico, he said prices have “tripled to quadrupled just in the last six months.”

- Scott Nishimura

09/09/2011

Central Market renovating Fort Worth store for 10th birthday

Central Market is planning a major renovation of its Fort Worth store to mark its 10th anniversary here in October.

Update: Here's the Star-Telegram's story from Oct. 15 on Central Market, mapping an expansion plan for DFW.

The renovation will emphasize live-theater in the preparation and sale of food. The renovation will include:

  • Doubling the size of the CM café by pushing the north wall out, taking in the seating area currently under an overhang.
  • Adding shaded space to the patio, with a covered 24 by 24 pavilion now under construction.
  • Replacing fixtures in the Chef’s case, tripling the hot food area and including a new made-to-order crepe station.
  • New in-store fresh-made pasta and mozzarella stations adjacent to the current cheese wall.
  • Makeover of the bulk products department, to include Vom Fass cask-aged vinegars and oils. Customers will be able to pour their own vinegars and oils directly from the cask into reusable bottles.
  • Fresh-baked bagels in house for the first time, using new equipment being installed.
  • Produce department expanded by relocating two existing, large refrigeration units. The store will give customers more room to manuever in produce, and do more cross-merchandising. A cherry pitter for sale next to the cherries, for example.
  • New checkout lanes. The staggered lanes will be replaced with one row of lanes.
  • New space added by pushing floral department wall eight feet toward checkout will allow for expansion of pet, baby, gluten-free, paper, and Asian products.
  • Makeover of playground.

Construction is underway on the outdoor pavilion. Austin Jourde, the general manager, expects construction on the various projects will go to Nov. 5, shut down for the holidays, resume in January, and be finished by February.

The store is adding 20-25 employees as part of the expansion and a broader ongoing new-store campaign by the company, Jourde said.

Central Market is planning a schedule of activities in October to celebrate its birthday. CM plans to make donations to the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation and the Lena Pope Home - CM and the Chapel Hill shopping center sit on land that Lena Pope opened up for development - as part of the celebration, Jourde said.

- Scott Nishimura

09/01/2011

Chesapeake Energy sends water to Palo Pinto firefighters

Chesapeake Energy, already sending out thousands of pounds of water this morning to local charities, reports it sent an additional palette of 1,750 bottles to firefighters.

- Scott Nishimura

Jersey Mike's opening more North Texas restaurants

Jersey Mike's Subs has been opening more stores in the Fort Worth area.

The company opened a new store this week outside North East Mall in Hurst, and in August on Camp Bowie Boulevard in west Fort Worth.

On Sept. 7, Jersey Mike's will open a new restaurant in Denton, at 1800 S. Loop 288. The restaurant will hold a "free sub fundraiser" Sept. 7-Sept. 11 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 

Jersey Mike's stores have been running a six-month fundraiser for the Race for the Cure.

- Scott Nishimura

 

08/30/2011

Arlington Life Shelter links with Groupon for pledge campaign this week

The Arlington Life Shelter is being featured by Groupon’s philanthropic arm, G-Team, with a campaign running today through Thursday.

The campaign urges Groupon subscribers to donate $10 to the shelter, for the purchase of fresh milk for residents. To donate, click here.

The Arlington Life Shelter supports homeless families and individuals with services including employment and educational aid, health care, nutrition, and transitional housing.

“In order to avoid holding a load of donated milk that spoils, Arlington Life Shelter hopes to establish a milk budget to buy milk on an as-needed basis,” the shelter said. “With this fund, it can gradually acquire milk during the course of 10 weeks without ever storing up more than it can use,”

The campaign is free to the shelter, which receives all proceeds from pledges, Liesl Gray, spokeswoman for the shelter, said.

- Scott Nishimura

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