The Dallas Foundation recently bestowed the 2013 Good Works Under 40 Award on former U.S. Navy SEALs Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley, co-founders of Carry the Load, during an intimate reception at the Old Parkland campus. The award highlights the work of outstanding volunteers under the age of 40.
“These veterans’ passion for service, both in the military and now in civilian life, is boundless,” said Mary M. Jalonick, president of the Dallas Foundation. “Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley exemplify the drive, commitment and savvy that the next generation of philanthropists and nonprofit executives will need to face the challenges confronting our community.”
Four other exemplary volunteers were finalists for the Good Works Under 40 Award: Brittany K. Byrd, who founded Girls Embracing Mothers; Paige Chenault, founder of the Birthday Party Project; Cassie Evans, a volunteer for SPCA of Texas; and J. Mack Slaughter Jr., M.D., who volunteers with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
Bruce and Holley’s award came with an $8,000 contribution to the nonprofit they created. Each of the finalists received a $2,500 contribution to the nonprofit they support.
Established in 2011, Carry the Load raises money for groups that aid veterans, active duty military personnel, first responders and the families of all those groups. The group aims to restore Memorial Day’s status as a solemn national holiday and to honor the sacrifices of those who serve their country and their community. Carry the Load’s best-known event is a 20-hour memorial march in Dallas over the Memorial Day weekend.