In our 42 years, we have supported over 83 local charities benefiting children and families. To discover more about the charitable organizations that benefit from the funds raised through Father of the Year by connecting through the links provided below. This year we are pleased to support the following beneficiaries.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE DISABILITIES. BUT EMPHASIZE POSSIBILITIES.
We don’t like the term disability. We prefer the root word—ability or able. As in helping able men and women with cognitive disabilities assimilate into the workforce. For over five decades LaunchAbility®—formerly Special Care & Career Services— has been expanding worlds for adults with cognitive disabilities and the families who care for them.
First and foremost, we are a job-placement service for underserved and overlooked adults with cognitive disabilities. Men and women with Autism, Down Syndrome, stroke and significant learning disabilities who not only desire to join the workforce but, with guidance and training, are more than able to do so. Our training and placement services give careers, confidence and independence to clients who would otherwise be solely dependent on their families or social services.
Placing adults with diverse abilities who want gainful employment is life altering. Not only for them but for the companies who hire them.
Many of our award-winning programs are the launch points to self-reliance and poise for these adults with diverse abilities ultimately becoming the inspiration for our name: LaunchAbility®
The Wright Family established the S.M. Wright Foundation in 1998. Its mission is to provide support and stability to underprivileged children and less fortunate families through hunger relief, economic empowerment, and assistance in the areas of education, health, and social services. It is unique among social services because it carries out its mission on a daily basis in our community providing hope, encouragement, and assistance to families in need. With the inflation increasing at a fast rate and the income inequality gap is getting much wider many less fortunate families continues to need assistance to make ends meet.
The foundation offers two types of services. Community events include the Annual Back-to-School Event (2,500+ annually), the Thanksgiving Day Feast (3,000+ attendees annually), and the Christmas in the Park program (40,000+ attendees annually). Our community program centers include the South Dallas Community Food Center, the South Dallas Education Center, South Dallas Clothing Center, Beds for Kids Center of North Texas, Foundation Furniture Bank and the Entrepreneur Mentoring and Financial Management Center. The S.M. Wright Foundation has been delivering social services to those in need for over 19 years. Working together, we can continue to make our communities a better place to live and can continue to develop programs that address the educational and social needs of our community.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. We strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world.
TSRHC treats children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as sports injuries, and certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.
The hospital was established in 1921 when a group of Texas Masons approached Dallas’ first orthopedic surgeon Dr. W. B. Carrell about caring for children with polio regardless of the family’s ability to pay. With the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines in the mid-1950s, which virtually eradicated polio in the Western Hemisphere, TSRHC broadened its focus to other orthopedic conditions.
As a leading pediatric orthopedic center, the hospital has treated more than 250,000 children since its inception, with more than 35,000 clinic visits each year. All of our physicians hold appointments at UT Southwestern and are renowned for extraordinary patient care, outstanding research and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows from around the world. The hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each child and family.
The Father of the Year Scholarships:
The Father of the Year Scholarship fund and the Sylvan Landau Founders Scholarships were established in 2007 and 2010 respectively to make a difference in the lives of young adults by assisting with funding for a quality education for students in financial need who have achieved an average degree of academic excellence. These Scholarships are managed in partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas, more information can be found on their website. Communities Foundation of Texas
Father of the Year Scholarship Fund. This scholarship for students in financial need who have achieved an average degree of academic excellence will provide the means for the selected student(s) to attain a quality education. One or more one-year scholarships of up to $5,000 per year ($2,500/semester) may be awarded each year. Selection is based on school and community participation, demonstrated leadership potential, and financial need. This scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States or its possessions.
The Sylvan Landau Founders Scholarship. This scholarship is for a graduating senior at a high school in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin or Denton Counties in Texas who are in financial need who have achieved academic excellence. This scholarship will provide the means for the selected student(s) to attain a quality education majoring in business or marketing at an accredited college or university in the state of Texas. One or more one-year scholarships of up to $5,000 per year ($2,500/semester) may be awarded each year. Selection is based on school and community participation, demonstrated leadership potential, and financial need. This scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States or its possessions .