From the desk of Tracy Eilers, Board Member, Adoption Coalition of Texas
Happy Holidays to all! With Christmas just two days away and everyone frantically preparing activities for their friends and family, I wanted to take a moment and thank each and every person who has contributed to our organization this year, and in years past. A big special thanks!!!
A huge thanks to all of the foster and adoptive parents who care for foster children each and every day! You have amazing spirits and we are all blessed.
1st Inaugural Mistletoe Jam a Success!
I have to hand it to Tommy Byrd and Kathy Street of Byrd and Street (www.byrdandstreet.com). In less than a week, they pulled together a variety of tremendous bands to place, pro bono, at a fundraiser for the Adoption Coalition of Texas. Not only was the music amazing, the venue (Jovita’s) was perfect, the company – well, the best – the Mistletoe Jam raised $450!! With the Michael and Susan Dell grant we have (we collect $30,000, they will give us $30,000) we are on our way.
All of the bands committed to doing this again next year, and we’ll have more than a week to plan… so make a note on your 2011 calendar right now for the month of December – The 2nd Annual Mistletoe Jam. It will be on a Tuesday night… and the date is yet to be determined J
But wow, Tommy and Kathy rock!
Here are the folks that performed December 14th – check them out, they are FANTASTIC:
Byrd and Street (www.byrdandstreet.com)
Albert and Gage (www.albertandgage.com)
Walt Wilkins (www.waltwilkins.com)
George Ensle (www.georgeensle.com)
Leeann Atherton (www.leeannatherton.com)
We are $5,300 towards our $30,000 goal!
Only $24,700 left to go to get the match dollars from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation! This money is used directly to find families for foster children and move them to permanent families! As you enjoy your family this holiday season, know that there are 700 kids in the Central Texas community waiting for their turn… it takes all of us to make a difference.
A big thanks to both Nancy Krueger, Jennifer Danvers and Cynthia Pipitone who donate through the Dell Employee Giving Program. Also, big thanks to John Floyd and Leslea Chrisan for their large contribution. And to all of you for helping us build to $5,300, THANK YOU! (Now, talk your friends into giving too J )
To donate – go to http://www.adoptioncoalitiontx.org/donate.asp - THANK YOU!!
2011 Secret Santa Program serves 251 foster children throughout Central Texas
What an amazing team of volunteers the Adoption Coalition of Texas has!! Cris Campbell (Cash Construction), Stacey Reinhart (Roadway Industries) and Daphne Baumburg (Austin Real Estate Partners) just rocked this years Secret Santa drive (with amazing technical assistance from our former Austin North Pole – Tina Boyce (Boyce Iron and Steel) Each of their companies allowed them to work on this project during company time, donating not only their employees time, but space as well for us to assemble gifts. Also thanks to Walt Hanks for donating warehouse space!
Now, for the Secret Santa’s out there – we had Santa’s from across the country shopping for our children! It is always humbling to see how many people care, and who will go out of their way to make a child’s Christmas special. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
There is absolutely NO WAY we could do this without all of you – volunteers and Secret Santa’s! Please know you all made a HUGE difference this year – these children can feel good about themselves, have some normalcy and know that people in the community do indeed care about them!!
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year – See you in 2011 – We have a lot of great things planned!
Warmest wishes for very Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday and a fantastic 2011!!!
Tracy Eilers, DM
Board Member, Adoption Coalition of Texas