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l to r: Michelle Morgan, VP of Fundraising (Altrusa); Brandon Baker, Director of Development (Kids-U); Diana Baker, Executive Director and Co-founder (Kids-U), Lori Blair, VP Fundraising Elect (Altrusa) at a business meeting held at the City Club on the 69th floor of the Bank of America building downtown.

Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Foundation, Inc.

Awards $70,000 Grant to Kids-U

 

An evening of chocolate, champagne, and a silent and live auction all held at the new "3015 at Trinity Grove" on Gulden Lane - in the shadow of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge - made for a wildly successful 2014 Dessert First event, enabling the Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Foundation, Inc. to award a grant of $70,000 to the Dallas-based nonprofit agency, Kids-U last month at the club's business meeting.

Every year the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, awards grants to selected non-profit organizations in the Dallas area. Since 1982, the Foundation has raised and donated close to a million dollars. In addition to the monetary grants from the Foundation, the Altrusa Club members routinely provide hands-on community service to various non-profit projects in the area, with its club members having provided over 89,000 service hours. Local charities and schools benefit from the volunteer hours the successful business women - Altrusa Club members - perform, from tutoring students, to helping women returning to the work force by practicing their interviewing techniques, to delivering meals on wheels.

Kids-U was selected to be the primary beneficiary of the 2104 Dessert First event. Originally formed in 2002 as Dallas Community Lighthouse, Kids-U addresses one of the most profound problems in Dallas: children not completing their education.  To combat challenges that many Dallas children face, Kids-U provides free after school tutoring on-site in low-income apartment communities.  Students are able to “come home” to their apartment community and work with tutors to improve their abilities in the core learning subjects of math, language arts and reading.  Kids-U strives to provide pathways out of poverty for students who are most at-risk of not completing their education. For the academic year 2013-2014, 100% of Kids-U students were promoted to the next grade. More information about Kids-U may be found at www.kids-u.org

Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas, Inc. is a group of professional women who commit time, energy, and passion to educating families for a better future in the Dallas Metroplex.  The club is affiliated with Altrusa International, Inc., a service organization for civic-minded people who strive to create better communities through its more than 300 clubs worldwide.   To learn more about the club or how to apply for membership, see www.altrusadtd.com.

The club is sponsoring an open meeting on Tuesday, February 17th for prospective members. Contact Antonia Buban for more information: amb@bubanfinancial.com

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