School's Out

Dallas all-star philanthropists join forces to send deserving kids to camp

All-star philanthropists join forces to send deserving kids to camp

Dave Brown, Michelle Newsom, Marty Turco, After School All Stars event
Dave Brown, Michelle Newsom, Marty Turco Photo by Joseph Brewster
Todd Marinko, Karin Morris, Allyson Raskin, Grady Raskin, After School All Stars event
Rodd Marinko, Karin Morris, Allyson Raskin, Grady Raskin Photo by Joseph Brewster
Tanya Foster, LaDainian Tomlinson, After School All Stars event
Tanya Foster, LaDainian Tomlinson Photo by Joseph Brewster
Dan Guitteau, Ginger Porter, Sue Linquist, Roger Linquist, After School All Stars event
Dan Guitteau, Ginger Porter, Sue Linquist, Roger Linquist Photo by Joseph Brewster
Lee Papert, Pete Foster, After School All Stars event
Lee Papert, Pete Foster Photo by Joseph Brewster
Allie Weibring. Chad Sour, After School All Stars event
Allie Wiebring, Chad Sour Photo by Joseph Brewster
Jenn Roberts, James Faust, After School All Stars event
Jenn Roberts, James Faust Photo by Joseph Brewster
Ben Paul, Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill, After School All Stars event
Ben Paul, Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill Photo by Joseph Brewster
Brad Alberts, Betsy Orton, George Kelly, After School All Star Event
Brad Alberts, Betsy Orton, George Kelly Photo by Joseph Brewster
Kent Porter, Ginger Porter, After School All Stars event
Kent Porter, Ginger Porter Photo by Joseph Brewster
Debra Witter, Scott Chase, After School All Stars event
Debra Witter, Scott Chase Photo by Joseph Brewster
Steve Stodghill, After-School All-Star fundraiser
Steve Stodghill Photo by Joseph Brewster
Michael Berry, Betsy Orton, After School All Stars Event
Michael Berry, Betsy Orton Photo by Joseph Brewster
Dave Brown, Michelle Newsom, Marty Turco, After School All Stars event
Todd Marinko, Karin Morris, Allyson Raskin, Grady Raskin, After School All Stars event
Tanya Foster, LaDainian Tomlinson, After School All Stars event
Dan Guitteau, Ginger Porter, Sue Linquist, Roger Linquist, After School All Stars event
Lee Papert, Pete Foster, After School All Stars event
Allie Weibring. Chad Sour, After School All Stars event
Jenn Roberts, James Faust, After School All Stars event
Ben Paul, Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill, After School All Stars event
Brad Alberts, Betsy Orton, George Kelly, After School All Star Event
Kent Porter, Ginger Porter, After School All Stars event
Debra Witter, Scott Chase, After School All Stars event
Steve Stodghill, After-School All-Star fundraiser
Michael Berry, Betsy Orton, After School All Stars Event

More than 100 of our city's movers and shakers gathered at the home of philanthropists Anne and Steve Stodghill for the first After-School All-Stars North Texas fundraising cocktail fete themed "School's Out for Summer."  

The organization, founded by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992, provides after-school programs and academic support to high-risk children. The North Texas chapter launched its school-based program at KIPP Truth Academy in Oak Cliff. 

Throughout the night, ASAS board members — executive director Betsy OrtonBrad AlbertsGinger Porter, Kersten Rettig, Dave Brown, Dave Perry, Terri Grosh, Mary Hatcher, Lynn McBee, Kristin Kelly, Phil Terry, Debra Witter, Manuel Zaby and Karin Morris — mingled with supporters and noshed on tasty bites provided by Festive Kitchen. 

Topics of conversation included the Stodghill's exquisite art collection (including their wall of Life magazines) and, more important, the organization's efforts to enrich the lives of underserved kids and help set them up for a lifetime of success.

Parents in the crowd were moved by the story of ASAS North Texas celebrity ambassador and former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson and his own experience in after-school programs. And they didn't hesitate to reach into their wallets when asked to give $500 to send a kid to Camp U.S., an initiative program of ASAS in which kids enjoy a week-long sleepaway camp. 

Attendees —  including Tanya FosterLee Papert, Scott ChaseMaggie Kipp, and Sue and Roger Linquist — helped raise more than $15,000 to send students to camp. To support the campaign and ASAS' mission, you can go online to donate.