North Texas Giving Day set for Sept. 19

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if, when you donated money, somehow, someway the donation was automatically increased? Well, get ready, because that crazy idea is real.

Summer Santa, one of our amazing local non-profit organizations that provides area children with back-to-school clothes, school supplies, toys, books, summer camps, sports team activities and medical physicals, has been chosen as a participant by for its North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day is a nearly all-day event that begins at 7 a.m. Sept. 19 and ends at midnight. That day, every donation of $25 or more will be increased with bonus funds and prizes. How amazing is that? Plus, it is so easy.

All you have to do is head over to the website on the special day, search for Summer Santa and make your donation. What could be easier?

Just this year alone, Summer Santa has helped more than 950 children in our community. And all this done with total volunteers — yes, that means no paid staff.

Mark your calendars for this incredible day. Remember, $25 can turn into so much more when you give on this day.

As I promised, here are the honorees for the 2013 Shining Stars:

Carla S. Helstrom from Altrusa International Inc. of DFW, Dixie Christian from American Association of University Women Northeast Tarrant County Branch, Joan Matzke from Arts Council Northeast, Willie T. Montgomery from Christmas is for Children.

Susan McDonald from Circle Of Friends, Kathryn Bradford from Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, Vivian Quatro from Colleyville Woman's Club, Carolyn Sims from Community Enrichment Center, Julie Sizemore from Community Storehouse.

Dr. Linda Thompson from Cook Children’s Health Care System, Stephanie Pennington from GRACE (Grapevine Community Relief & Exchange), Nancy Reid from Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, Betsy Thurston from Greater Keller Women’s Club, Patti Bomer from Greater Southlake Women's Society, Sandee Treptow from Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce.

Kathy Newton from I Can Still Shine, Becky Cole from Kids Matter International, Kim Lufkin from Kiwanis Club of Southlake Foundation Inc., Jan Henning from Metroport Meals On Wheels, Fonda Martin from Mid-Cities Supporters of Safe Haven of Tarrant County Inc., Tricia Pryor from North Texas SNAP (Special Needs Assistance Partners) Inc.

Karen Anfin from Rocky Top Therapy Center, Cheri Ross from Southlake Newcomers Club, Kathy Talley from Southlake Women's Club, Cheri Hendrickson from Summer Santa, Earlene Garvey from The Arts League, Sandra Moody from The Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce and Anita Hale from Trinity Arts Guild.

Congratulations to all you outstanding women. Tickets are $65 each or $650 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by going to and clicking on the “Buy Tickets” button on the left.

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