Category Archives: Charities

Editor’s Corner: Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation assists injured Texas law enforcement

By Stacey Doud

POAF-LogoThe Police Officers’ Angels Foundation (POAF) is a non -profit organization that “provides emotional support and short-term financial assistance to any Texas Law Enforcement officer following a serious or life changing line-of-duty injury. POAF’s success relies on strong community partnerships standing behind our peace officers and their families,” which is their mission statement.


Barreda-Alvarado (Photo courtesy of POAF)

Maria Barreda-Alvarado started the Foundation after her son, Corporal Rick Barreda, who served with the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on February 14, 1997. A vehicle struck his motorcycle as he sat on the side of the road gauging speeds. Rick also served on the DFW SWAT team and, for a short time, for the DFW Fire Department.

“Our official name is Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation because some folks confuse the word ‘Peace’ with ‘Police.’ We use ‘Peace Officer’ because we also serve our DPS Troopers, Deputies and Sheriffs’ Offices. POAF serves cities, state, and counties,” Barreda-Alvarado said.

In fact, POAF serves all 254 counties in Texas. “We are focused on the smaller cities and towns in Texas – the ones that don’t have support like a 100 Club,” Barreda-Alvarado said. “That doesn’t mean that we won’t help when we can in a big city. We just want to make sure the smaller places are covered, too.”

The POAF relies on memberships and fundraisers to stay afloat. They are hosting their inaugural golf tournament on Monday October 7, 2019 at the Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. They, along with partner TLEOMF (Texas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund), organize the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at a Texas Rangers game every fall. This year, it will be held on Friday, September 13 at Globe Life Park as the Rangers take on the Oakland Athletics.


As the last few years have seen a record number of first responder deaths and injuries, the POAF is very busy and is always in need of volunteers and financial support.

For more information or to find out how you can help, visit All donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be provided.

“No donation is too small to make a difference.” – POAF Motto


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Dallas Public Library hosts prom dress giveaway for students in need

By Teresa Gubbins


Photo courtesy of NBC 5

What to wear to the prom looms as one of the key decisions of one’s high school career — made even more difficult when you can’t afford the duds.

But Dallas high school students in need get a break thanks to the Fairy Tale Closet, a charitable initiative taking place at the Dallas Central Library on March 9-10.

Hundreds of gowns in various sizes and styles will be available as well as shoes, accessories, and a few suits and jackets for those who eschew the traditional gown.

This year’s giveaway also includes an LGBTQ+ centric event.

Read more from CultureMap Dallas…

GRACE tours reveal space for partnerships, expanded services in Grapevine



GRACE revealed a sneak peek of its expanded facility Oct. 16. (Courtesy GRACE Grapevine)

GRACE volunteers conducted hard-hat tours of GRACE’s expanded facility with the public Oct. 16, revealing office spaces that will service as satellite offices for new partnerships.

GRACE, which stands for the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange, is a nonprofit relief agency that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency.

Executive Director Shonda Schaefer said that while GRACE provides its direct services and can also refer clients for other needs, the new space at 837 E. Walnut St., Grapevine, will allow partnerships with organizations that specialize in assisting people in crisis situations.

Read more from Community Impact…

North Texas Giving Day September 20


Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event on Thursday, September 20 (all day) designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform. The event helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else.

By donating to Keep Grapevine Beautiful, you’re helping us preserve and enhance the local and natural environment by strengthening citizen’s levels of commitment through educational programs and engaging volunteer- based projects.

Help us reach our goal of $2,000. Every dollar donated to us by North Texas Giving Day, goes directly back into Keeping Grapevine Beautiful! 

Schedule to donate starting September 10 at:

Battered and Beautiful hosts benefit concert August 8

Come celebrate one year of Battered and Beautiful at our first ever benefit concert!

Battered and Beautiful is a Grapevine-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering battered women and their families that operate under the Grapevine Chamber Foundation.

  • Extended Happy Hour from 6-10 PM
  • 30% of bottle sales will be donated to Battered and Beautiful
  • Featuring a live set from Ben & Julia, a local alternative band

We will have an ongoing raffle with prizes from local businesses, free food, and Battered and Beautiful merchandise available for purchase!

For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 8 at 6 PM – 10 PM

Sloan & Williams Winery: 401 S Main St, Grapevine, Texas 76051

Pearland Police and Fire send members into the boxing ring for charity

BoBWho will claim victory and bragging rights in Pearland during the Battle of the Badges? Pearland Police Officer Robert DaSilva (Blue Team) will face off with Pearland Firefighter Dale Loewen (Red Team).

Come out to the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston on August 29 at 7:00 p.m. when these two civil servants meet in the ring for the annual Battle of the Badges charity-boxing event.

DaSilva is an 18-year veteran of the Pearland Police Department and is currently assigned to the Operations Division. Loewen has been with the Pearland Fire Department for the last four years and is currently assigned to Station 5.

Far from being strangers, DaSilva and Loewen team up every December to coordinate and star in the annual Toys for Tots charity basketball game in Pearland.

Don’t expect that goodwill to carry over to the ring, as both opponents have assured us it will be “all business.”

Come out and support these two hard-working City of Pearland employees as they fight it out for charity. Tickets in advance are $20 and $25 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased at all Associated Credit Union of Texas locations.

Funds raised during the event will benefit The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Galveston, Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County and Children’s Center, Inc.

Associated Credit Union of Texas branches for advance ticket purchases:

  • Pearland Main: 6306 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581
  • Pearland Randalls: 10228 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77584
  • Pearland Kroger: 3245 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581
  • League City Corporate: 1095 W. League City Parkway, League City, TX 77573
  • League City Main: 351 S. FM 270, League City, TX 77573
  • League City Kroger: 200 Gulf Freeway S., League City, TX 77573
  • Texas City Kroger: 3541 Palmer Hwy., Texas City, TX 77590
  • La Marque: 920 1st Street, La Marque, TX 77568
  • Santa Fe: 11934 FM 1764, Santa Fe, TX 77510
  • Alvin Kroger: 3100 Hwy. 35 S., Alvin, TX 77511

Pearland Lions Club 51-Gun Raffle June 27

This year, the Pearland Lions Club will donate $81,000 to local charities, including:

  • $38,000 in scholarships to the three local high schools
  • $25,000 to the Texas Lions Camp
  • Pearland ISD Angel Tree Program
  • Big Love
  • Vic Coppinger YMCA
  • Adult Reading Center
  • American Cancer Society
  • Brazoria County Children’s Advocacy
  • Brookside Fire Department
  • Christian Helping Hands
  • Lions Eye Bank
  • Lions World Services for the Blind
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Military Moms of Brazoria County
  • Pearland Neighborhood Center
  • Texas Sentinel’s Foundation
  • USO

Please help them in their quest to continue funding local, state, national and international charities by buying a ticket or ten for their annual 51-Gun Raffle to be held on Saturday, June 27. More information is below:

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Mental Health Matters Fundraiser to Feature Mattress Mack

1513170_747093288738363_1971978547261203301_nCounseling Connections for Change, Inc. is hosting Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski and Jim McIngvale as their featured speakers for the Mental Health Matters fundariser on May 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Reflection Bay Event Center, 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway.

For more information and tickets, click HERE.. They will share their compelling story of their family’s journey through years of battling severe mental illness, told from the viewpoints of both parent and child.

Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW, was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as a child. In an effort to help those living with OCD and other illnesses, McIngvale-Cegelski made it her life’s mission to ensure they receive treatment and to decrease the stigma that is associated with mental illness. She has earned both a master’s degree and a PhD in social work and is a licensed therapist. She is founder and president of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for OCD support, advocacy, and education. She has appeared nationally on “Dr. Phil,” CNN, “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “Inside Edition,” and was the first national spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.

Jim McIngvale is a well-known Houston businessman with a Texas-style success story. He and his wife, Linda, started Gallery Furniture in 1981 with $5,000 and quickly turned it into a highly successful enterprise through innovative marketing. Three decades later, it remains one of the most iconic businesses in the Houston area. McIngvale’s strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by his commitment to his family.

Boys & Girls Harbor Announces Date for Annual Charity Golf Tournament

550c5558d30a8.imageBoys & Girls Harbor, a residential care program for at-risk children in Harris and the adjacent counties, will be holding their annual “Teeing Up FORE the Kids” Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 11, 2015 at South Shore Harbour Country Club, 4300 South Shore Boulevard, League City, TX 77573. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. prior to a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. The event will conclude with dinner and awards following tournament play.

After battling gale force winds in February 2013, and sub-freezing temperatures in March 2014, the Harbor’s Golf Committee checked the Farmer’s Almanac and selected Monday, May 11, 2015 as the best date for their 2015 tournament. In addition to offering significantly improved weather, the Harbor has moved this year’s event to South Shore Harbour Country Club to provide golfers with the opportunity to play at one of the five Canongate Texas private golf courses.

Tournament information is available on the Harbor’s website at Contact Richard Gruen, Director of Development & Communications, at (713) 688-6262, ext. 301 for sponsorship opportunities or to enter a team in the tournament.

Boys & Girls Harbor

Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc. has been providing quality residential care for over 67 years for children five to 18 years of age who are victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or family hardship. The Harbor provides each child with a safe, loving, family environment in a home setting. In addition to providing residential care, services also include The Harbor Academy charter school, athletics and team sports, and a working farm/FFA program. The Harbor is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and a Better Business Bureau Accredited

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