Photo: Cary Clayborn, Chair; Janet and Tony Dorsett, Honorary Chairs
Champions for Hope annual dinner and golf tournament benefited Hope’s Door, a comprehensive domestic violence agency in Collin County, serving all of North Texas.
Honorary chairs Janet and Tony Dorsett joined Jim Malatich, CEO of Hope’s Door, along with Suzanne Bock Grishman, Chief Development Officer and Cary Clayborn, chair of the golf tournament, at the dinner at III Forks restaurant recently.
The evening began with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction including sports memorabilia and some one-of-a-kind packages including an intimate dinner & evening with Tony & Janet Dorsett at Savor restaurant for four.
LeeAnne Locken, emcee, welcomed guests and introduced Jim, who shared stories about BIPP, the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program, which is a 24-week minimum group counseling program where abusers learn to eliminate abusive behavior and bring peace to intimate relationships and more. Details are on the website here: http://www.hopesdoorinc.org/what_we_do/bipp.html
After dinner, Cary thanked Janet and Tony for coming on board as honorary chairs, saying they are truly family oriented and give back so much; their involvement and dedication is making a difference in the lives of the families served by Hope’s Door.
Tony said giving back and touching lives is a very good feeling and he and Janet appreciate the opportunity to be involved.
LeRoy Moore III, a friend of Hope’s Door, shared his personal story of his mother’s experience with domestic violence and how it eventually lead to her death, hoping sharing his story may save someone else. LeeAnne also shared her story, saying it’s important to teach everyone to know what signs to look for, to communicate with those who can help and that Hope’s Door has created a village of hope for those in need.
A call for donations brought many raised hands and a round of applause when the new Give.Mobi application was unveiled. This application enables supporters to donate to Hope’s Door via a QR code or custom URL at give.mobi/hopesdoor to reach Hope’s Door mobile giving page, select a donation value and Pledge or Click To Give immediately via debit, credit or PayPal Credit.
The weather for the golf tournament at Las Colinas Country Club the next day was perfect. Eighteen teams competed for prizes.
Dinner and golf tournament sponsors include: Guardian Sponsor: Consolidated Communications. Defender Sponsors: Mercury One, Rent-A-Center, CMGRx and Advocate Sponsors: Emerson and John Cooper.
Host committee: Diana and Rich Cesario, Nancy and Mark Champion, Cherryl and Cary Clayborn, Suzanne and Michael Grishman, Cortland and Mathew Grynwald, Anita Hawkins, Mercury One, Bronwyn and Dan Levitan, Charles Kallassy, Misty and Phillip Koch, Stephanie and Chris Milligan, Jennifer and David Panter, Bill Wallace.
Hope’s Door’s mission is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and to provide educational programs that enhance the community’s capacity to respond.
Hope’s Door is a shelter and counseling center in Collin County that offers comprehensive programs and services designed to help break the cycle of domestic violence to families in Collin County, Dallas County and surrounding areas. Since its inception in 1986, Hope’s Door has provided emergency shelter for over 6,000 women and their children, answered more than 30,000 crisis line calls and provides counseling hours to community members affected by domestic violence.
Hope’s Door is a non-profit 501c-3 organization. Visit the website at HopesDoorInc.org
For more information; contact Suzanne Bock Grishman, Chief Development Officer, at Suzanne.Bock@hopesdoorinc.org , (972)-422-2911.