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TexProtects Breaks Fundraising Record, Recognizes Speaker Straus

TexProtects Breaks Fundraising Record, Recognizes Speaker Straus

The Honorable Joe Straus, Madeline McClure and Dr. David Olds

Annual Awards Gala Also Features Nurse-Family Partnership Founder

November 2, 2016
Contact: Lee Nichols, TexProtects
512-796-9877 or Lee@texprotects.org

Dallas, Texas — TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, announced today that its Annual Awards Gala on October 20 raised a record $511,435 to support their leadership in preventing child abuse in Texas. TexProtects successfully advocates for evidence-based family support programs, Child Protective Services overhauls, foster care reform, and other measures that will help Texas children grow up healthy and free from abuse and neglect.

The Gala, held at the beautiful and historic Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas, recognized Texas Speaker of the House, the Honorable Joe Straus, with the Children’s Champion Award for his leadership in providing cost-effective solutions to our CPS system. Attendees also heard a moving keynote speech from Dr. David Olds, founder of Nurse-Family Partnership, one of the most proven of family support programs in reducing child maltreatment and exemplary of the programs for which TexProtects advocates.

“TexProtects is so excited to present the Honorable Joe Straus with our 2016 Children’s Champion Award,” said TexProtects’ founding CEO, Madeline McClure. “His creation of the Select Committee on Child Protection in 2014, to study child abuse- and neglect-related fatalities, laid the groundwork and research base that will inform what we expect to be a landmark legislative session on child protection issues.

“Earlier this year, Speaker Straus declared that the Texas House will make child protection a top priority, no matter how complex the problem, and he has unrelentingly championed our cause through the legislative interim,” said McClure. This kind of unwavering focus on Texas children will ultimately save both precious lives and scarce state resources.”

“You’ve shown what happens when principled and compassionate people are brought together by a worthy purpose,” Speaker Straus told donors attending the Gala. “Now it’s up to those of us in public office to meet the standard that you all have set. No doubt we have a big job in front of us, but we understand the stakes and are ready to get to work.”

TexProtects’ fundraising effort was topped by a generous $75,000 contribution from Alliance Data, which has not only been a financial supporter, but an invaluable partner in TexProtects’ research work.

“TexProtects’ proven track record of using evidence-based data to bring about legislative change is one of the reasons we were drawn to their work,” said Dana Beckman, Alliance Data director of corporate affairs. “But, not only are they the best at what they do – providing a voice for Texas’ most vulnerable community – their return on investment is outstanding. For every $1 invested, TexProtects is able to turn that into $21 of funding for family support programs.

“This past year, we were able to match our expertise in data-driven marketing technology with students from UT Dallas to create the ZipRisk map tool for TexProtects,” added Beckman. “This interactive tool will help philanthropists, legislators and social service providers around the state identify the zip code areas with the highest risk factors for abuse and neglect, so that prevention efforts, funding and social services may be targeted to the greatest effect.”

“Our mission is to address and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, advocacy and education,” said McClure. “The generosity that we saw at our Gala ensures that our work continues and will grow. A lot of people with big hearts stood up and did their part to make life better for Texas children.”

TexProtects Awards Gala Underwriting Sponsors

$75,000 Presenting Sponsor
Alliance Data
Alliance Data served as our 2016 Awards Gala Presenting Sponsor for the third year in a row. Alliance Data has not only been a supportive donor to TexProtects but also a valued partner on our projects, including the ZipRisk map (through its Epsilon company), an innovative interactive tool enabling state and local organizations to more effectively target resources and outreach.

$25,000 Children’s Champion
Madeline and Jim McClure
Bob and Joan O'Brien
Margot and Ross Perot
Lisa K. Simmons
Mary and Steven Watson

$10,000 Children’s Protector AdvoCare
Brenda and Bob Barkley
John and Dorothy Castle Advised Fund of The Dallas Foundation
Serena and Tom Connelly
John and Pat Harloe
Lyda Hill
The Hoglund Foundation
Locke Lord, LLP
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Sidhu-Singh Family Foundation

$5,000 Children’s Defender
Anthony Family Foundation
Jerry and Emy Lou Baldridge
Colleen C. Barrett
Cecilia and Garrett Boone
Helen and John Carona
Debra and Michael Decker
Mary Clare Finney
Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff
Fluor Corporation
Rob and Linda Graham
The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation
Heritage Auctions
Susan and Albert Hoover
The Honorable Ann and Fred Margolin
Selwyn Rayzor and Rich Moses
Edward W. Rose III Family Fund of The Dallas Foundation
Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical Center

$2,500 Children’s Advocate Anonymous
Laura Baldwin
Children's Health
Brent Christopher/Christopher Charitable Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas
Communities Foundation of Texas
Dallas County Schools
The Davis Advocates, LLC
Patricia Dedman Family Foundation
The Honorable Maurine Dickey
Jane Gilday
Mary M. Jalonick Fund of The Dallas Foundation
The Honorable Margaret Keliher
Mary and Eric Laub
Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Levy Fund
Kelly and Kenneth Luttmer
Cherri Oakley/The Marketing Circle
Park Place Motorcars Dallas
Tegwin and David Pulley
Katherine and Eric Reeves
Chris and Dick Rogoff
The Honorable Florence and Howard Shapiro
Whitney and Rob Strauss
Greg Swalwell and Terry Connor
Mike and Mary Terry
Texas Capital Bank
Members of the TexProtects Public Policy Committee


TexProtects, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, was created to tackle issues of Child Protective Services (CPS) reform, prevention and public awareness to bring a collective, organized voice representing the needs of children at risk of abuse and survivors of child abuse and neglect. The organization is autonomous, nonpartisan and nonpolitical, designed to educate decision makers, private funders and the public at large. To date, it is the only Texas organization that has a dedicated focus on the main issues of protection, prevention, and healing of abused and neglected children. For more information, please visit www.TexProtects.org.

Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 15,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data's card services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and also includes Conversant®, the leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, and holds a majority interest in Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.

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Posted on November 2, 2016.

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