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Charitable Dallasites bring can-do spirit to 2nd annual Wilkinson Center affair

Charitable Dallasites bring can-do spirit to Wilkinson Center affair

22.	Brittany Kuykendall, Brandy Rider, Shaneen Lang, Can Do Luncheon
Brittany Kuykendall, Brandy Rider, Shaneen Lang Photo by Payne Wingate
29.	OJ DeSouza, Natalie Westbrook, can do luncheon
OJ DeSouza, Natalie Westbrook Photo by Payne Wingate
18.	Anne & Terry Conner, Christie Carter,Can Do Luncheon Chair,
Anne Conner, Terry Conner, Christie Carter Photo by Payne Wingate
27.	Caren Kline, Marie Dean, can do luncheon
Caren Kline, Marie Dean Photo by Payne Wingate
Alphonso Brooks, Wilkinson Center Client Award Recipient, Anne Reeder, can do luncheon
Alphonso Brooks, Anne Reeder Photo by Payne Wingate
25.	Kristen Johnson, Melinda Poucher, can do luncheon
Kristen Johnson, Melinda Poucher Photo by Payne Wingate
2.	Melissa Tinning, Anne Gaspari, Jackie Young, Pat Bowman, can do luncheon
Melissa Tinning, Anne Gaspari, Jackie Young, Pat Bowman Photo by Payne Wingate
6.	Fiona Richards, Chris Pitzer, can do luncheon
Fiona Richards, Chris Pitzer Photo by Payne Wingate
8.	Carla Sayklay, Susan McCombs, Nan Golden, can do luncheon
Carla Sayklay, Susan McCombs, Nan Golden Photo by Payne Wingate
10.	Austin Conner, Pat & Al Bowman, can do luncheon
Austin Conner, Pat Bowman, Al Bowman Photo by Payne Wingate
13.	Mary Kardell, Martha Holden, Gene Coleman, can do luncheon
Mary Kardell, Martha Holden, Gene Coleman Photo by Payne Wingate
22.	Brittany Kuykendall, Brandy Rider, Shaneen Lang, Can Do Luncheon
29.	OJ DeSouza, Natalie Westbrook, can do luncheon
18.	Anne & Terry Conner, Christie Carter,Can Do Luncheon Chair,
27.	Caren Kline, Marie Dean, can do luncheon
Alphonso Brooks, Wilkinson Center Client Award Recipient, Anne Reeder, can do luncheon
25.	Kristen Johnson, Melinda Poucher, can do luncheon
2.	Melissa Tinning, Anne Gaspari, Jackie Young, Pat Bowman, can do luncheon
6.	Fiona Richards, Chris Pitzer, can do luncheon
8.	Carla Sayklay, Susan McCombs, Nan Golden, can do luncheon
10.	Austin Conner, Pat & Al Bowman, can do luncheon
13.	Mary Kardell, Martha Holden, Gene Coleman, can do luncheon

The Dallas Country Club was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of charitable guests filled the ballroom for the Wilkinson Center’s second annual Can Do Luncheon.

Luncheon chair Christie Carter and Anne Reeder, the organization’s executive director, welcomed attendees with words of gratitude. Reeder also had the crowd in stitches as she read aloud some letters written by Wilkinson Center kids, who wished her a speedy hip-surgery recovery.

The funniest letter began, “Dear Mrs. Reeder, don’t die.” Kids really do say the darndest things.

When the lunch bell chimed, guest warmed up with bowls of tomato soup before moving onto herbed chicken with fresh vegetable couscous. Desserts included a citrus tart and chocolate financier. As luncheon fare goes, this meal hit the spot.

Once appetites were sated, it was time to get down to business: presenting the Can Do Awards. This year’s honorees were philanthropists Anne and Terry Conner; the Women of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church; and Wilkinson Center Adult Education client Alphonso Brooks, who recently completed his GED at Wilkinson Center and is now attending his first year of college.

The inspiring afternoon concluded with a final song performed by Kristen and Alex Bumpas and the Saint Michael Choir.

The inaugural affair raised $100,000, and although this year’s totals aren’t in yet because donations are still pouring in, organizers predict the tallies will far surpass that. Not surprising, when the Wilkinson Center counts movers and shakers like Lynn McBee, Caren Kline, Robbie Briggs, and Ellen and John McStay among its supporters.

The Wilkinson Center is a leading poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor, serving more than 14,000 people annually, mainly in East and Southeast Dallas.