Can-Do Philanthropy

Wilkinson Center friends show can-do spirit at cheery luncheon kickoff

Wilkinson Center friends show can-do spirit at cheery luncheon kickoff

Christie Carter, Terry Conner, Anne Conner, can do luncheon kickoff at tootsies
Christie Carter, Terry Conner, Anne Conner Photo by Payne Wingate
Chela Moros, Adrienne O’Connor, Lauren Mason, Baylea Wood, Kristen Johnson, Vodi Cook, Laura Ailshire, can do kickoff at tootsies
Chela Moros, Adrienne O’Connor, Lauren Mason, Baylea Wood, Kristen Johnson, Vodi Cook, Laura Ailshire Photo by Payne Wingate
Pat Cousin, Kristi Dallas, Terry Dallas, Can Do Luncheon Kick off at Tootsies
Pat Cousin, Kristi Dallas, Terry Dallas Photo by Payne Wingate
Robert Major, Vodi Cook, Can Do at Tootsies
Robert Major, Vodi Cook Photo by Payne Wingate
Tiffany Divis, Angie Kadesky, Lynn McBee, Christie Carter, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies
Tiffany Divis, Angie Kadesky, Lynn McBee, Christie Carter  Photo by Payne Wingate
Jan Baldwin, Anne Reeder, Anne Conner, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies
Jan Baldwin, Anne Reeder, Anne Conner Photo by Payne Wingate
Linda Secrest, Christie Carter, Jan Baldwin, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies
Linda Secrest, Christie Carter, Jan Baldwin Photo by Payne Wingate
Anne Reeder, Ann Margolin, Melanie Myers, Can Do kickoff at Tootsies
Anne Reeder, Ann Margolin, Melanie Myers  Photo by Payne Wingate
Chela Moros, Lauren Mason, Kristen Johnson, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies
Chela Moros, Lauren Mason, Kristen Johnson Photo by Payne Wingate
Christie Carter, Terry Conner, Anne Conner, can do luncheon kickoff at tootsies
Chela Moros, Adrienne O’Connor, Lauren Mason, Baylea Wood, Kristen Johnson, Vodi Cook, Laura Ailshire, can do kickoff at tootsies
Pat Cousin, Kristi Dallas, Terry Dallas, Can Do Luncheon Kick off at Tootsies
Robert Major, Vodi Cook, Can Do at Tootsies
Tiffany Divis, Angie Kadesky, Lynn McBee, Christie Carter, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies
Jan Baldwin, Anne Reeder, Anne Conner, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies
Linda Secrest, Christie Carter, Jan Baldwin, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies
Anne Reeder, Ann Margolin, Melanie Myers, Can Do kickoff at Tootsies
Chela Moros, Lauren Mason, Kristen Johnson, Can Do Kickoff at Tootsies

To kick off the second year of its Can Do Luncheon, Friends of Wilkinson Center and their young professional pals welcomed supporters to Tootsies for an evening of celebrating and shopping.

The kickoff was cause enough for a party, but luncheon chair Christie Carter and Wilkinson Center executive director Anne Reeder also presented the Can Do Award to Jan Baldwin, who represented recipient the Women of Saint Michael, and Anne and Terry Conner. The award is given each year to a group or individual who provides the crucial support needed to support the nonprofit’s goal of providing pathways out of poverty.

Guests — including Lynn McBee, Kristi and Terry Dallas, Linda Secrest, Chela Moros, Adrienne O’Connor, Paul Divis, and Mike Lessel — shopped, savored wine and snacks, and congratulated this year’s award winners. Better still, Tootsies donated 10 percent of purchases made that evening to the Wilkinson Center.

Last year, the first Can Do Luncheon raised more than $100,000, and this year’s organizers have set the bar even higher. The 2014 edition is set for May 13 at Dallas Country Club. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online.