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The Family Place Seeks To Honor Trailblazers Against Domestic Violence Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, May 24, 2011, 12:53 PM

Award Nominations Due:  June 15, 2011

 The Family Place is seeking nominees for its Real-Life Hero Award, a new honor that will be presented at the 2011 Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon to an individual who creates positive change for women and healthy families within our community.


The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award recognizes a man or woman who works behind the scenes without reward or recognition to contribute to the quality of life of North Texans. This individual embodies a positive spirit, going well above and beyond the call of duty to make our community a better place.


Paige Flink, Executive Director, The Family Place, emphasizes the importance of honoring those who contribute so much.  “The Texas Trailblazer Awards represent a chance to give much-deserved credit to those who create significant positive change in the North Texas community,” says Flink.  “We’re especially excited this year to present the newly created Real-Life Hero Award, which will recognize an individual who works tirelessly and humbly to help others.”


Slated for Thursday October 6, 2011, the Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  Margot Perot is the Honorary Chair for the event. “Mrs. Perot’s dedication to issues that affect women has helped The Family Place and other organizations make huge strides in improving the quality of life for women and children,” says Flink. Hadley Galt and Honey Rothermel will serve as Co-Chairs.


Luncheon guest speaker is Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide.  The book takes readers through Africa and Asia to meet extraordinary women despite their struggles facing abuses like sex trafficking, forced prostitution and gender-based violence. The stories in the book show how a little help and empowerment can transform the lives of women and girls abroad.  WuDunn and co-author husband Nicholas Kristof are Pulitzer Prize winners.

To nominate a local unsung hero that you see making a difference in our community for The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award go to and download a Real-Life Hero Award nomination form. Submissions are due by June 15, 2011.   If you have questions, call Kelly Cruse at 214.443.7766 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Other awards as selected by The Family Place to be presented at the luncheon include The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Award, which recognizes a local woman who has achieved significant success despite the obstacles she has faced along the way.  She is a woman who has accomplished a "first" and opened the doors of opportunity for other women.  She has made significant contributions either in her community, business or profession.  No matter what her accomplishments, however, she is a woman who has blazed a trail for others to follow.


The Family Place Man of Influence Award recognizes a North Texan who is leading by example to make domestic violence a “community issue” rather than a “women’s issue.”  Through his lifestyle, he is setting a standard of compassion, support and commitment that promotes healthy relationships.


The Family Place Youth Service Award and Scholarship recognizes students who are outstanding leaders in their high school communities.  They have participated in The Family Place Students Be Project Program for a minimum of one year, acting as mentors to educate their peers about healthy relationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault.


The Family Place Advocacy Award recognizes an organization that has played a vital role in furthering the mission of The Family Place to stop the suffering of women and children victims of family violence in North Texas.  By providing generous financial and volunteer support and promoting awareness with employees, associates and peers, the Advocacy Award recipient is a strong voice speaking out for victims of family violence to improve our community’s response to their critical needs.


Event Details:  Hilton Anatole, October 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. Sponsorships start at $1500 and tickets are $125.


About The Family Place: It is the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area reaching out to thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that have kept women and children safe for 33 years providing intervention, emergency shelter and crisis counseling services.


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