Touchdown Club of Dallas, Runway for Rise Benefit Rise School

The Ashford Rise School of Dallas recently received $2.325 million from the Touchdown Club of Dallas and several of its members.

The Ashford Rise School of Dallas, located within the Moody Family YMCA, provides early education services for children aged six months to six years with and without disabilities.

The funds will support early education, intervention, and therapy services to children with and without developmental disabilities in perpetuity. This investment by the Touchdown Club established the school’s endowment which will result in more opportunities for future students and their families.

“Every child deserves access to quality education,” said Caroline Snabes, director of development at Ashford Rise School. “Including integrated therapies and cultivating a learning environment that sets students up for success. We’re deeply touched by the generosity of the Touchdown Club of Dallas and its membership for their continued support.” 

Since 1998, the Touchdown Club has raised more than $15 million for Rise through events like Rise & Shine 5K Run, Rise RoundUp, and The Rise Cup Classic. 100% of the proceeds directly to the school. 

“With more than 300 active members and alumni across all professional industries in Dallas, we’ve created a wide network of people who see the value in supporting early education for North Texas families,” said Chris Wright, chairman of the board at Touchdown Club. “Our goal is to ensure Dallas-area children are given equal opportunities to excel academically and find a sense of community.” 

Young models also recently took to the runway for the fifth-annual Runway for Rise event benefiting the Rise School. This year’s event was Kentucky Derby-themed.

That event included a silent auction where guests bid on vacation stays, artwork, and private, gourmet meals.  

PHOTO: Matt McElligott Photography

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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