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Altrusa International Inc. of Downtown Dallas installed six new members at their business meeting held May 6.

The community service club made up of business women who work or live in the downtown area has reached its largest membership with 71 active members, according to President Lee Dorsett. She noted the club installed 13 new members this year, “A baker’s dozen!”

Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas, Inc. raises money to support local community organizations through donations and the sale of European style gourmet chocolates and their annual “Dessert First” gala. The club’s focus is on helping women and children in the Dallas Metroplex.

Since 1982 the club members have performed over 80,000 hours of community service and raised over $750,000 to give to local nonprofits.

This year Altrusa has selected Kids-U to be the primary beneficiary of Dessert First. Over the past three decades the club has supported dozens of local non-profits including the Association for Independent Living, Attitudes & Attire, Dallas CASA, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dallas Community Lighthouse, Family Gateway, Friends of Wednesday's Child, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Hope Cottage, Literacy Instruction for Texas and the United Through Reading Program.

On Wednesday, club members will head to DISD’s Irma J. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School downtown to award college scholarships to graduating seniors. The scholarships are honoring a beloved past president, Reagan Lorenzen, who died of breast cancer last year. Donations in memory of Reagan Lorenzen can be sent to:

Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Foundation, PO Box 600218
Dallas, TX 75360.

The club meets twice a month on the 69th floor of the Bank of America Building on Main and Elm streets downtown.

Their annual “Dessert First” fundraising event is scheduled for October 23 in the 3015 Trinity Groves, Gulden Lane, Dallas, TX 75212.  For more information on the club see the website.

Information provided by Judy Porter.