On Saturday, December 19th an estimated 50,000 Southern Dallas residents gathered at Fair Park for the 17th Annual Christmas in the Park hosted by the S.M. Wright Foundation. Some came for basic necessities like clothes and food while others came to find a toy or bike to help make a child’s Christmas wish come true. There was also a Coats for Kids section where brand new winter coats were handed out. Pat & Emmitt Smith, along with Reverend S.M. Wright II, kicked off this magical event with words of gratitude and a prayer to bless the day's event. Our Team 22 kids joined us to volunteer at registration and experience the joy of giving. Run by the S.M. Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support and stability to inner-city underprivileged children and less fortunate families in the South Dallas/Fair Park community. The S. M. Wright Foundation helps many families in need, through its community program centers, the South Dallas Community Food Center, its South Dallas Community Resource Center, the Community Furniture Bank, the Dallas Financial Literacy and Tutoring Center, its Beds for Kids Center, as well as the Annual Christmas at Fair Park event. To learn more, visit http://www.smwrightfoundation.org/.
On Saturday, September 26, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities partnered with DECA Dental to host a dental screening for over three hundred 3rd – 5th grade students at George H.W. Bush Elementary School in Addison. The school gym was converted into a “dental lab” for students where they were screened by dentists. Ongoing dental treatments will be available at three DECA Dental locations over the next six months, free of charge.
“Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Teaching children about brushing and flossing today may help them avoid complicated dental procedures tomorrow.” said Emmitt Smith. “We are thrilled to be working with DECA Dental to provide hundreds of children with a winning smile and the gift of good dental health as they start a new school year.”
Parents were able to visit with DECA Dental staff about their children oral health while the children played games, had their faces painted out in the courtyard and enjoyed fresh fruit and food provided by Albertson's. Inside, the DECA Dental staff put on performances for the kids to illustrate the importance of brushing and flossing and to answer questions from the kids themselves about how to best care for their teeth.
"DECA Dental is a local dental company that believes in giving back to the surrounding communities, here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We truly believe that children deserve the opportunity to achieve their own goals in life. DECA wants to give that child the first chance to have the beautiful smile they deserve. This is a golden step in achieving the self confidence the child needs to achieve their goals and be successful in school and life," Dr. Sulman Ahmed, D.M.D. CEO/Founder.
Each year, thousands of North Texas families in need struggle to pay for school uniforms. As more schools require uniforms, some families have difficulty in providing adequate clothing for their children. On Thursday, August 13, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities (PESC) representatives, along with employees of Belk Galleria Dallas provided uniforms for two underserved Dallas ISD schools. “Education is the cornerstone to achieve what you want in life,” said Emmitt Smith. “Pat and I are honored that Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities has been able to help students in the North Texas community obtain the uniforms they need, while instilling confidence and enthusiasm to attend school.”
Belk created pop-up shops in the gymnasiums at Roger Q. Mills Elementary School and Billy Earl Dade Middle School to make new uniforms available to all current students. The donation of new, high-quality clothing from PESC and Belk will help to level the playing field for these families as they gear up for back-to-school. “We feel a need to ease the stress and challenges these families endure with affording new uniforms at the start of every school year,” said Pat Smith. “We want to ensure these students start school without worrying about basic necessities, like a uniform.”This was the second year Belk has supported the initiative, doubling its donations to over 1,600 uniforms this year.
To date, Belk has donated more than 2,400 uniforms, a value of more than $94,000, for Dallas ISD students. “Our annual uniform donation program was created to help families who struggle to make ends meet in cities across our footprint,” said Jessica Graham, Vice President of Communications and Community Relations at Belk. “We were so happy to collaborate with Pat &amp; Emmitt Smith Charities to bring this initiative back to Dallas.”
At Roger Q. Mills Elementary School, PESC was honored to have the Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson attend the ceremony. Her advice to students? "Read. Study. Pray and drink water. That's what will ensure your success." Great advice for all kids of all ages! As an added surprise for Billy Earl Dade Middle School students, Carol Roberts announced that Albertsons would be donating 500,000 Campbell's e-lable points that the school can redeem for athletic and technology equipment. The Campbell's Labels for Education program is a school fund raising program designed with busy families in mind as an alternative to traditional fund raising. By saving and redeeming product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products schools can earn free educational merchandise, such as computers, software, sports equipment, musical instruments, library books and even a minivan.
A crowd of more than 1,000 gathered on May 8, 2015 to support Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities’ seventh annual Friday Night Party, leading up to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational on May 9, 2015. Steve and Marjorie Harvey were the recipients of the Roger Staubach Award. After dinner, guests danced the night away to tunes by The O’Jays and Emerald City.
$1.2 million was raised over the Celebrity Invitational Weekend and these proceeds will fund summer camps, afterschool programs, college tuition and other educational programming that impacts more than 25,000 children annually throughto Pat &amp; Emmitt Smith Charities (PESC), a 501(c)(3) public charity that creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children.
Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities (PESC) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children. Focusing primarily in North Texas, PESC's TEAM 22 program partners with established organizations to provide a multi-year curriculum for underserved students, accessing and funding opportunities such as a summer camp, tutoring and leadership training. In addition, PESC funds existing children’s programs in North Texas through is annual grant application process. For more information or to get involved with Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, contact Dana Vilardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.