Philanthropy Notes

Dallas kids serve as powerful reminders why Voice of Hope matters

Dallas kids serve as powerful reminders why Voice of Hope matters

Voice of Hope dinner
Voice of Hope singers from Sidney Lanier Elementary School. Photo by Steve Foxall
Dr. R. Gerald Turner, Gail Turner
Dr. Gerald Turner, Gail Turner Photo by Steve Foxall
Kenny Troutt, Lisa Troutt, Voices of Hope Dinner
Kenny Troutt, Lisa Troutt Photo by Steve Foxall
Howard Armistead, Betsy Eiseman, Richard Eiseman, Voices of Hope Dinner
Howard Armistead, Betsy Eiseman, Richard Eiseman Photo by Steve Foxall
Annie Wagner, Baron Holmes, Avery Roossien, Dayton Conklin, Avery Mercurio, Coope Marchetto, Emma Parker, Voice of Hope Dinner
Annie Wagner, Baron Holmes, Avery Roossien, Dayton Conklin, Avery Mercurio, Cooper Marchetto, Emma Parker Photo by Steve Foxall
Ray Nixon, Rev. Bryan Dunagan, Mike Doramus, Clint Bruce, Dr. Gerald Turner, Mimi Vanderstraaten, Jane Gibson, voices of hope dinner
Ray Nixon, Rev. Bryan Dunagan, Mike Doramus, Clint Bruce, Dr. Gerald Turner, Mimi Vanderstraaten, Jane Gibson Photo by Steve Foxall
Lisa Roossien, Kathryn Warren, Andrea Pedigo, Voices of Hope Dinner
Lisa Roossien, Kathryn Warren, Andrea Pedigo Photo by Steve Foxall
Leah Fullinwider, Jerry Fullinwider, Sarah Perot, Lady Josephine Bonfield, Voices of Hope Dinner
Leah Fullinwider, Jerry Fullinwider, Sarah Perot, Lady Josephine Bonfield Photo by Steve Foxall
Ellen McStay, John McStay, Voices of Hope Dinner
Ellen McStay, John McStay Photo by Steve Foxall
Jane Gibson, Ed Franklin, Mimi Vanderstraaten, Voices of Hope Dinner
Jane Gibson, Ed Franklin, Mimi Vanderstraaten Photo by Steve Foxall
John McStay, Elizabeth Jacobs, Ellen McStay, Clifton Wilson, Voices of Hope Dinner
John McStay, Elizabeth Jacobs, Ellen McStay, Clifton Wilson Photo by Steve Foxall
Voice of Hope dinner
Dr. R. Gerald Turner, Gail Turner
Kenny Troutt, Lisa Troutt, Voices of Hope Dinner
Howard Armistead, Betsy Eiseman, Richard Eiseman, Voices of Hope Dinner
Annie Wagner, Baron Holmes, Avery Roossien, Dayton Conklin, Avery Mercurio, Coope Marchetto, Emma Parker, Voice of Hope Dinner
Ray Nixon, Rev. Bryan Dunagan, Mike Doramus, Clint Bruce, Dr. Gerald Turner, Mimi Vanderstraaten, Jane Gibson, voices of hope dinner
Lisa Roossien, Kathryn Warren, Andrea Pedigo, Voices of Hope Dinner
Leah Fullinwider, Jerry Fullinwider, Sarah Perot, Lady Josephine Bonfield, Voices of Hope Dinner
Ellen McStay, John McStay, Voices of Hope Dinner
Jane Gibson, Ed Franklin, Mimi Vanderstraaten, Voices of Hope Dinner
John McStay, Elizabeth Jacobs, Ellen McStay, Clifton Wilson, Voices of Hope Dinner

What: Voice of Hope Annual Dinner

Where: Belo Mansion

The 411: The 2015 fundraising dinner for Voice of Hope was a night of personal touches by the kids most impacted by the organization. Miguel Lira, a sixth-grade student at Greiner Elementary School, played the violin at the opening reception, and the main room was filled with decorated thank you cards from Voice of Hope students. For the prayer, Voice of Hope singers who attend Sidney Lanier Elementary School sang “Ride On King Jesus.” Two students received awards for demonstrating excellence in leadership: Voice of Hope graduate Clifton Wilson received the Voice of Achievement Award, and the Voice of Promise Award went to sixth-grade Bowie Middle School student Elizabeth Jacobs.

It was also an informative and inspirational evening, thanks to a panel discussion, moderated by longtime supporter Ray Nixon, with three powerful voices in the community: Dr. R. Gerald Turner, president of SMU; the Rev. Bryan H. Dunagan, senior pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church; and former Navy SEAL Clint Bruce, co-founder of Trident Response Group, Thirty & 3 and Carry The Load.

All proceeds from this fundraising event help the organization fulfill its mission to educate and build strong character in children and to equip families with resources and skills needed to overcome and break the poverty cycle.

Who: Voice of Hope chairman Mike Doramus and executive director Edward Franklin, event chairs Mimi Vanderstraaten and Jane Gibson, honorary chairs Ellen and John McStay, and underwriters Lisa and Kenny Troutt and Lincoln Property Company. Attendees included Howard Armistead, Betsy and Richard Eiseman, Leah and Jerry Fullinwider, and Sarah Perot.