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Dallas charity celebrates 30 years of keeping promises to at-risk youth

Dallas charity celebrates 30 years of keeping promises to at-risk kids

Sarah and Chris Miller, Promise House Donor Luncheon
Sarah Miller, Chris Miller Photo by Lena Price
Ginny Martin, Zach Bartush, Promise House Donor Luncheon
Judy Wright, Ginny Martin, Zach Bartush Photo by Lena Price
Aaliyah Haqq, Jennifer Wright, Earsa Jackson and Chris Miller, Promise House Donor Luncheon
Aaliyah Haqq, Jennifer Wright, Earsa Jackson, Chris Miller Photo by Lena Price
Harriet Boorhem, Anita Crethers, Judy Wright, Promise House donor luncheon
Harriet Boorhem, Anita Crethers, Judy Wright Photo by Lena Price
Afi Lowery, Earsa Jackson, Promise House Donor Luncheon
Afi Lowery, Earsa Jackson Photo by Lena Price
Sarah and Chris Miller, Promise House Donor Luncheon
Ginny Martin, Zach Bartush, Promise House Donor Luncheon
Aaliyah Haqq, Jennifer Wright, Earsa Jackson and Chris Miller, Promise House Donor Luncheon
Harriet Boorhem, Anita Crethers, Judy Wright, Promise House donor luncheon
Afi Lowery, Earsa Jackson, Promise House Donor Luncheon

Now in its 30th year of transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk Dallas youth, Promise House welcomed philanthropists to the Hearts of Promise luncheon, an afternoon of fundraising, education and heartfelt testimonials at the Park City Club.

Former client Anita Crethers, who was part of the Wesley Inn Program, spoke about the organization’s impact on her life. She said Promise House is the reason she is on the right path and preparing to graduate from college.

Promise House truly kept their promise,” Crethers said. “The Wesley Inn Program gave me more parenting skills, helped me finish high school and go to college. Without daycare and the help of Promise House, it all wouldn’t be possible.”

The event raised more than $50,000, along with a generous boost by the RGK Foundation, which matched the donations dollar for dollar up to $20,000. Promise House presented RGK Foundation’s Sarah and Chris Miller with the Community Partner Award for their continued support of programs since 2006.

The afternoon exceeded expectations, and passionate supporters — including Ginny Martin, Zach Bartus, Afi Lowery, Earsa Jackson and Judy Wright — walked away with a new understanding of the programs that attend to the vital needs of youth in Dallas.

“Our goal at Promise House is to make sure every youth who needs help can receive it,” said president Dr. Harriet Boorhem. “Our donors and volunteers make our success in impacting the lives of these youth possible, and the Hearts of Promise luncheon is our opportunity to introduce our organization to even more people from the Dallas community.”