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April 9: Friends of Wednesday's Child 30th Anniversary Luncheon features Darlene Ellison as speaker Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 01:03 pm

Friends of Wednesdays Child Luncheon Kick-Off Hosted by Place at Perry’s

Celebrating 30 Years of Transforming Students’ Lives in Foster Care by Improving Their Educational Path 

Libby & David Hunt / The Nancy & Herbert Hunt Family Foundation are presenting sponsors for the luncheon featuring Darlene Ellison, M.S. as keynote speaker

The kick-off for F
riends of Wednesdays Child was full of excitement as announcements were made for the organization’s 30th anniversary luncheon celebration on Wednesday, April 9th at Union Station in Dallas featuring Darlene M.  Ellison, M.S., as the featured speaker. Author of The Predator Next Door, Darlene has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, a special television segment of Dateline NBC, an interview with D Magazine and more. Libby and David Hunt/The Nancy and Herbert Hunt Family Foundation is presenting the luncheon, chaired by Cachet Weinberg. Libby is honorary chair.   Gloria Campos is emcee.   9273.jpg

 “We’re delighted to welcome everyone and thank Place at Perry’s and manager Matthew Huntsman for their kind generosity in hosting tonight’s event,” Cachet said. “We would also like to recognize Delta Emerson, Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Ryan Foundation, our sustaining sponsor.  We are raising money to transform foster children’s lives by providing them access to academic and essential supports to be successful in school and in life,  everything from education expenses and enrichment activities ranging from after-school tutoring, college scholarships, dance lessons and so much more.” 


 (Photo: David Hunt, Libby Hunt, (Libby & David Hunt / The Nancy & Herbert Hunt Family Foundation are presenting sponsors );  Delta Emerson, Executive Director and Vice Chair, Ryan Foundation, presenting sponsor; Nancy and Herbert Hunt.  
Photos by Denise Shuff)


Transforming  the  lives  of  students  in  foster care  by  improving  their  educational  path, Friends of Wednesday’s Child builds a road to hope and ensures kids in foster  care  have  the opportunities   they  equally  deserve  to  reach  their  full potential by supporting their educational needs.  Foster children in North Texas are 50% more likely to drop out of high school or not graduate on time compared to their peers.      Without educational success, foster children are ill-­equipped to support themselves.  


Support of the Friends of Wednesdays Child Luncheon helps ensure foster children graduate high school on time and have a plan for their future.                

 (Photo: Bill Weinberg, Cachet Weinberg, Luncheon Chair ; Matthew Huntsman, manager, Place at Perry’s and host.)













9194a.jpgSharon McGowan, executive director, FWC, says, “We’d love for the public to join us in celebrating this milestone year. A gift truly makes a long-term  difference  for the 5,600 foster  children  in North Texas that we serve.”                 

(Photo: Darlene Ellison, featured speaker and author; Sharon McGowan, Executive Director, Friends of Wednesday's Child.)



Libby and David Hunt agree, saying, “ We have chosen to be involved with Friends of Wednesday’s Child since Libby served on the Crystal Charity Ball charity selection committee and CCB chose them as a beneficiary years ago. This agency so beautifully exemplifies how effective even a small staff can be with dedicated hearts and a professional level of effectiveness.  FWC exists to meet the educational needs of foster children when state funding and other resources are unavailable.”             

Luncheon tickets begin at $175. A $300 ticket includes the VIP champagne reception. Underwriting and sponsorships begin at $1,500. For questions or more information, visit the website at contact Sharon McGowan at or call 9722311433, ext. 202.  



About Friends of Wednesday’s Child:

Friends of Wednesday’s Child mission is to transform the lives of foster children through education.  The fact is the drop-out rate for children living in foster care is more than three times that of other students.  Part of that is because, on average, these children move eight times before they are 18 making it hard to get academic traction.  By supporting foster children as they pursue their education, we can help.  We know that when kids stay in school and graduate they’re off to a better start in life.  Your support for such things as tutoring, enrichment programs, extracurricular activities, and academic scholarships makes it possible.  The Ryan Foundation is the Sustaining Sponsor for Friends of Wednesday’s Child. 


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