News & Events
April 22, 2012
What a great night!
Outreach Project with Towne Creek Apartments
April 17, 2012
The Outreach Project with Towne Creek Apartments was held on Tuesday, April 17. What a great success. Twenty six residents were treated to a wonderful luncheon. There was even entertainment provided by Karen Head a neighbor of some of our members. The tables were beautiful and the residents took home a special bag of goodies.
National Comes for a Chapter Visit
March 22, 2012
On the evening of March 21 Judy Mullins and Suzanne Nosworthy, both former Presidents of National Assistance League, shared dinner at Stonebriar Country Club with our Board members. It was a pleasant evening with delicious food. The next morning the Board, Judy, Suzanne, and several other member of our chapter spent the day in a working session. Many areas were discussed and we have some great ideas to use in our chapter in the coming months.
Boyd Elementary School "Holiday Store"
Assistance League® joined with Susan Oliver and the staff of Boyd Elementary School in Allen to provide a “store” for the students to “purchase” items for their family member as holiday gifts.
Members of Assistance League searched their closets and drawers for forgotten or unused items that would be great gifts for the children to share with their families. There were even a few items purchased to fill the store shelves.
Members inventoried all of the items, sorted and bagged jewelry, delivered and set up at the school on a Saturday. During the next two weeks they ran the store helping with gift selection, wrapping and giving a small hug to the shopping children.
The Boyd Elementary School “Holiday Store” was a great success as it provided warm feelings and happy faces from both children and volunteers.
Casino Night 2011
October 22, 2011
Assistance League® of Greater Collin County had our largest fundraising event for 2011, Assistance League® Casino Night on Saturday, October 22 at Marriott Courtyard in Allen, TX. The evening included hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, casino gaming and music. The silent auction consisted of three areas - Libations Zone spotlighting great wines and liquors; Sports Zone featuring a Glen Eagles Country Club Social Membership, golf clubs, accessories and other sports equipment; Restaurant/Food Zone highlighting everyone's favorite restaurants. A cash bar was also available.
The main entertainment was casino gaming featuring blackjack, crap tables, roulette tables, Texas Hold Em Poker and slot machines. There were gaming and raffle prizes. Music was provided by Steve and Christi Carrosco.
Members and their family and friends enjoyed a fun filled evening while helping to provide funds for our programs.
Assistance League® Receives $63,000 from Hunt Construction Group Golf Tournament
Hunt Construction Group hosted a golf tournament for its business partners, suppliers and subcontractors on Thursday, June 9 at The Tribute in The Colony. The weather offered a great day for golf, and the generosity shown by the participants provided a fabulous day for Assistance League® of Greater Collin County.
“Hunt has sponsored a golf tournament to benefit a charity for many years, and this year’s event yielded the largest dollar amount ever awarded to the selected charity”, according to Jack Sovern, Hunt Construction Vice President. Marilyn Warmus, Assistance League® Vice President, Resource Development, praised the generosity of Hunt and its partners for their contributions. “We were just amazed by the outpouring of support from Hunt and its partners.”
Hunt Construction Group is a 66-year old national contractor/construction manager, with a local office in Dallas for over 30 years.
Assistance League® is a philanthropic organization which conducts six programs in Collin County. Under the largest program, Operation School Bell®, the organization provided new clothing to over 1,200 elementary school children in six Collin County school districts. Over the life of its program to date, Assistance League® has clothed over 12,000 children in Collin County. “We expect the need in the community to continue at this level or to grow considering the economic conditions, and this incredible generosity from Hunt and its partners will be a tremendous asset in ensuring our ability to help those in need,” said Warmus. Assistance League® also conducts literacy programs for children, provides a craft project and serves refreshments to senior citizens at two community homes located in Plano, distributes magazines at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and provides memory boxes for grieving parents.
Hunt’s support of Assistance League has now spread to other locations in the US, with the Indianapolis chapter of Assistance League also now benefitting from a local golf tournament sponsored by Hunt. “It takes considerable effort to put together an event of this size, and Hunt should be highly commended for its willingness to dedicate the time and resources required to support community programs such as Assistance League®, said Marilyn Callahan, Assistance League® President.
Aboca’s Restaurant Event
April 10, 2011
Thank you to all that attended the event at Aboca’s on April 10. Our coffers are almost $3,000 richer due to your support – all earned while having fun, enjoying great food and the company of family and friends! Our sincere appreciation goes to Charlotte Grimm, Julie Lewis and Marilyn Callahan for their efforts for this event.
Dallas Morning News Employee Volunteer Event
April 8, 2011
Assistance League of Greater Collin County® was invited to participate in the first annual Employee Volunteer Event at the Dallas Morning News. We were among 15 other charities in the Dallas area that were asked to man a table so that employees could learn about opportunities to volunteer. Some of the organizations participating were Big Brothers, Big Sisters, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Stewpot.
We showed a slide show about our programs, displayed our newsletter and gave out brochures. We had anyone interested in our organization complete an interest form and we will contact them with information in the near future. This was a great way to publicize Assistance League. We appreciate that the Dallas Morning News asked us to participate.
Davis Elementary Earns Grant for Staff Training in Differentiation
December 3, 2010
The Assistance League of Greater Collin County® presented a check for $3,000 to Davis Elementary School recently. The school will use the funds for differentiation training with speaker Bertie Kingore. The donation will also fund a new laminator for the school and snacks for after school tutoring.
Pictured Kevin Kennedy, Davis assistant principal; Donna Gurss, member of Assistance League of Greater Collin County and chairman of its Read Aloud Program at Davis Elementary; and Kristen Bishop, Davis principal.
Boot Scootin' Bash
November 6, 2010
On November 6, 2010 Assistance League held its main fundraiser for the year. It was a great evening of silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing and great food. This was the culmination of lots of hard work by all of our members. Our thanks to all those many companies, organizations and members of the community that helped us make this such a success. It was a great night of fun.
RoughRiders Foundation Grant
Assistance League® is one of five local charities that has received $1,000 grants from the RoughRiders Foundation.
The Frisco RoughRiders Foundation have announced that The Family Place, The Little Elm Area Food Bank, The American Heart Association, The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation and Assistance League of Greater Collin County® are the grant recipients of the RoughRiders Foundation's 2010 Grant Program.
Each organization has receive a $1,000 grant from the RoughRiders Foundation to help continue its mission serving the North Texas Community. 2010 marks the third year of the RoughRiders Foundation's Grant Program.
Each of the five grant recipient organizations will use their grant in different ways.
For two days this fall, area OfficeMax employees experienced first hand volunteering in our philanthropic programs -- Operation School Bell® and Bright Ideas. Working along-side our members, they helped pack and deliver clothing for children in one of our larger needs school, and they became tutors/mentors for children in our after school homework program. It was wonderful to be able to introduce them to Assistance League® and to share the experience of providing children in our community some additional support. As a result of our collaboration, OfficeMax continued this spring to provide volunteers for Bright Ideas. They have been a valuable and reliable addition to our chapter, and one in which we hope will continue into the future.
Plano Balloon Festival
September 19, 2010
2010 National Conference for Assistance League
September 12-16, 2010
It wasn't just beignets and Bourbon Street, it was also the business of Assistance League. September 12-16 New Orleans was the sight of the 2010 National Conference for Assistance League. There were 850+ women and a few men sharing their knowledge and the spirit that make us want to give and volunteer in our home communities. We learned to "just let it go" from Janet Lapp and laughed with Jeanne Robertson. It was hard to choose between learning about Facebook or "Revigorating your membership" or more technology or finance or fundraising or the many philanthropic programs. There was so much to learn and only 3 of us to cover all these subjects and more. It was a great experience.
Assistance League in July 4th parade in Plano
Eight members of our chapter spent two days in Austin with the other Texas chapters sharing ideas. It was a great opportunity to learn about what other chapters do in their communities. We had a visit to the Austin chapter house and thrift store. It was a special learning experience and we returned excited to share new ideas with our chapter.
Annual Golf Tournament
Assistance League is very thankful to Jack Sovern and the Hunt Corporation. We were the beneficiaries of the proceeds from their annual golf tournament held on June 10, 2010.
Thanks for your support
Assistance League would like to express our appreciation to all those that have supported us during the last year. See the full list.
Ada Edwards Laughlin Award
April 21, 2010
Our chapter was very proud to award the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award to Pat Darby at the April 21 st meeting. This award is named for a close friend of the founder of Assistance League. She was a person that worked tirelessly and many times behind the scenes to help Assistance League in many different ways.
Pat Darby is a charter member of this chapter and has held several positions within the organization over those years. Among her many contributions Pat is best known for bringing new members to our group. We so much appreciate Pat’s hard work and dedication to Assistance League.
Mobile Billboard Campaign
Assistance League® of Greater Collin County launched a mobile billboard campaign to generate area-wide awareness and support for the organization’s efforts. Radius Mobile Media was selected to provide mobile advertising across Plano, Frisco, Allen and McKinney. The outdoor media campaign highlights the organization’s largest program, Operation School Bell®, which reached the milestone of clothing its 10,000th child in 2009. The mobile advertising campaign also features other local community support programs by Assistance League®, such as the Read Aloud Program, Making It Happen, Wee Memories, Pass the Word and Bright Ideas.
Clothing our 10,000th Child
October 27, 2009
The Assistance League of Greater Collin County celebrated the clothing of our 10,000th child on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pearson Early Childhood School in Plano. Dr. Cheri Izbicki, Principal of Pearson, Dr. Doug Otto, Superintendent of PISD and members of the Assistance League attended this celebration.
October 15-17, 2009
The conference is a great way to network with members from chapters from all over the United States. Those that attended had a great time and learned a lot to bring back and share with our local members.
Macy’s Charity Day
August 1, 2009
Assistance League participated in the Macy’s Charity Day event at their new store in Fairview on August 1. This event provided an opportunity for the public to support organizations by purchasing discount passes for shopping. In addition to earning almost $1200 in pass sales prior to the event, members greeted customers at the door and also read to children in a Cat In the Hat event area. Several roamed the store in “cat” costumes passing out bookmarks and others read Dr. Seuss stories to children attending that day as well as informing shoppers about our chapter.
Thanks for Support
We would like to thank the following organizations, businesses, and individuals for their support during the past year:
Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 2009
Assistance League® Receives $40,000 from Hunt Construction Group Golf Tournament
June 17, 2009
Hunt Construction Group hosted a golf tournament for its business partners, suppliers and subcontractors on June 4 at The Tribute in The Colony. The weather offered a perfect day for golf, and the generosity shown by the participants provided a fabulous day for Assistance League of Greater Collin County.
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Pictured right to left: Jack Sovern, Hunt Construction; Nancy Naigle and Fran Baker, Assistance League
CoServ Charitable Foundation, a component of CoServ a local utility co-operative, has awarded Assistance League® a $15,000.00 grant. The funds are for Operation School Bell® to purchase and distribution new clothing for school children in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano Independent School Districts. Approximately 215 children will receive coats, sweat shirts, jeans, shirts, socks, and underwear thanks to this fantastic organization. When the chapter moved to a new location in 2008, CoServ Charitable Foundation, provided $5726.00 through a grant, for the purchase of equipment and supplies for the office. Thanks to this generous gift additional shelving, a printer/copier, an overhead projector, a built in desk system and other items were obtained to facilitate the business of implementing our community programs more effectively.
Assistance League members graciously accept
City of Plano, Buffington Community Services Grant
Assistance League® of Greater Collin County’s Operation School Bell® has been the fortunate recipient of grant monies from the City of Plano through Buffington Community Services Grants for multiple years. It has been announced that in 2009-2010 Assistance League will receive$ 27,578 that will provide clothing for approximately 395 Plano elementary school children. Similarly in 2008-2009, the chapter was the grateful beneficiary of $22,500 for this program that clothed 300 children in need.
Holiday Happening Pictures
Our annual Holiday Happening took place at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco, Texas on October 11, 2008. Members and guests enjoyed silent & live auctions, dinner, dancing, and more!
Thanks for the Support
We would like to thank the following organizations, businesses, and individuals for their support during the past year:
Dr. Seuss Day
February 29 & March 3, 2008
Dr. Seuss Day was held at Bright Elementary School in Frisco on February 29. The second grade had several Dr. Seuss books read to them by our very talented "Cats" and took home a copy of Oh Say Can You Say.
Plano Profile featured Dr. Seuss Day at Davis Elementary School on March 3. Assistance League provided "Cats" to read books to the children and each child in the first grade received their own copy of Green Eggs and Ham.
Plano Profile - Alma Zadow
February's Plano Profile magazine featured Alma Zadow, honored on October 17th by Assistance League with the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award.
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Plano Awards ALGCC a $20,000 Grant
May 24th, 2007
Assistance League of Greater Collin County is delighted to receive a Buffington Community Services Grant for $20,000 From the City of Plano to support the Plano portion of our philanthropic program, Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell clothes needy elementary school children in Collin County. This year our organization will clothe over 1600 Collin County children.
Frisco’s Bright Elementary Receives a $1,000 Donation from ALGCC
May 24th, 2007
Assistance League of Greater Collin County presented a check for $1,000 to Frisco’s Bright Elementary School on May 2, 2007. The money will be used to support the Bright Book Club, a program that encourages a love of reading and the after school homework club, “Bright Ideas.” “Bright Ideas” was established by Assistance League of Greater Collin County in September 2006. Take a look at the article in the Frisco ISD Newsletter.
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