Dallas’ most giving and glamourous will transport to South America for the 67th annual Crystal Charity Ball. With an emphasis on Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, the grande dame of a myriad of spectacular galas returns Dec. 7 with its “South American Mosaic” theme at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Event chair Pat McEvoy said the guests’ experience at the ball would capture the beauty of these countries with a sense of adventure.
Since 1952, the Crystal Charity Ball has raised more than $149 million for more than 100 children’s charities. The ten nonprofits that will be the recipients of a hold-your-breath $6,842,030:
Child & Family Guidance Center – $953,800
The Project: Youth Empowerment Mental Health Program
Funds will be used to expand the Youth Empowerment Service (YES) Waiver program and renovate their main building on Harry Hines Boulevard. The YES Waiver program offers intensive mental health services to children and adolescents who suffer from severe emotional disturbances. This expansion of services and facility improvement will serve approximately 4,567 children.
Community Partners of Dallas – $660,552
The Project: Meeting the growing needs of abused and neglected children
Funds will be used over three years to expand two extensive programs, The Rainbow Room and Kids in Crisis, and create an endowment for perpetual support of CPS. The money will help purchase items for The Rainbow Room and shelving to store the increased inventory; provide for a new full-time staff member dedicated to the increased needs of both programs; and create an endowment to provide critically needed items for future growth. Approximately 12,000 children ages 0-18 will be served annually.
Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep – $910,799
The Project: The Crystal Charity Ball Corporate Work Study Center
Funds will be used to construct the Crystal Charity Ball Corporate Work Study Center in the new Innovation Center. This center will house conference rooms, collaborative workspaces, and computers for student use. The Corporate Work Study Center will accommodate 500-600 unduplicated students ages 14-18.
For the Nations Refugee Outreach – $711,857
The Project: Children’s after-school development & enrichment program
Funds will be used over two years to finish out the second floor of the existing facility and fund the after-school children’s programs for two years. The addition of this space will increase the number of children in the programs and accommodate enrichment activities like music, dance, and martial arts. Approximately 1,500 children ages 0-18 will be served.
Interfaith Family Services – $314,152
The Project: Children’s programs
Funds will be used over two years to create an extended onsite hours childcare facility for residents and children of two DISD elementary schools. Interfaith’s new extended-hours childcare facility will address this critical need. It will provide early education instruction for up to 150 children ages 6 weeks-5. These funds will support a portion of the childcare budget that will not be covered by program fees as Interfaith launches and ramps up the program.
Jubilee Park & Community Center – $474,650
The Project: Pipeline of Learning program
Funds will be used for Jubilee’s Pipeline of Learning Program. It will be a continuum of education-based programs across the age spectrum in Southeast Dallas. This program will include early childhood education, out-of-school enrichment for school-age children through after-school, summer and Saturday interventions, and teen programming through enrichment and workforce opportunities. By 2022, approximately 750 children ages 0-18 will be served annually.
Mercy Street – $751,758
The Project: Mercy Street south Dallas expansion
Funding over three years will be used to expand Mercy Street’s mentoring and leadership development programs to South Dallas. After success in West Dallas, the programs will be duplicated to help break the cycle of poverty in the Fair Park area, where 34% of families live below the poverty line. Learning Center has 423 students, and more than 100 of these students are homeless, and 194 are at-risk. Approximately 100-175 children grades 4-12 will be served.
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic – $558,390
The Project: CenteringParenting facility remodel and program launch
Funds will be used over two years to remodel a portion of their West Dallas facility and launch the CenteringParenting Program. The renovated space will more effectively accommodate their shared medical appointments program. The CenteringParenting Program will provide well-child examinations and health education for a baby’s first years of life in a group setting. Approximately 316 children will be served.
Promise House – $756,072
The Project: Expansion of emergency youth shelter
Funds will be used over three years to create an additional Emergency Youth Shelter at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center in Southeast Dallas to serve the DISD high schools with the highest levels of unsheltered youth. This new shelter will increase Promise House’s emergency shelter services by 26 beds, almost doubling their capacity to serve this underserved population. Approximately 200-250 children ages 14-18 will be served.
Readers 2 Leaders – $750,000
The Project: Team Read tutoring sustainability and expansion
Funds will expand Readers 2 Leaders high-quality reading tutoring program to serve more elementary children in Dallas who are reading below grade level. Funds will be used to add a new in-school site, help more children after school and to grow their coaching and training programs for agencies with after-school tutoring space/programs. The funding would provide staff member salaries and cover related training and support materials. With the additional funding, approximately 2,050 children ages 3-12 will be served.