November President’s Letter
Disney’s 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast of its own 1991 film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 18th-century fairy tale, features a popular song sung by Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson called Be Our Guest. The song is an invitation to share a meal together – an exciting opportunity for the hosts to serve their special guests. In a similar fashion, AATC considers our community service endeavors to be a fundamental part of our responsibility. Serving is something we quickly get excited about.
A significant part of our vision is to care for the people around us; to give something back to those with much bigger needs than most of us. That’s why we invest a good bit of our time asking you – bugging you and yes, sometimes it may seem like we’re pleading with you to support our community service initiatives. People are important to us. After all, you’re our most important asset.
The two biggest things we do each year falling within our community service theme include the annual Toy Drive we share with our friends from Greater Dallas each Christmas and our own Bowling Tournament fundraiser we host early the following year. The Toy Drive supports the U.S. Marine Corps annual campaign to provide toys for every child in the DFW area who’d otherwise be doing without. It’s an amazing endeavor helping so many little people with big needs.
Next up is AATC’s Bowling Tournament; a fun Saturday afternoon event scheduled in March that encourages us to open our hearts as well as our wallets to help people in Fort Worth finding themselves for a wide variety of reasons without a place to call home—hard for most of us to imagine. For more than 20-years, we’ve taken the resources you have given us and return every penny of the net result to our friends at Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth—the area’s oldest and arguably most resourceful faith-based community service organization.
That’s what we do and why we do it and we can only do it each and every year because of people with big hearts like you. So, I hope you’ll join us once again as we commit to giving back. Jump online right now (it’s not too late) and give generously to the Toy Drive or sign up now and come bowl with us next March so we can help good people like us who’ve found themselves in need.
Thank you so very much for all you do to serve so many people around us. I’m truly thankful this holiday season for everything you give.
Candy Maxey is currently serving as the Association’s President, our chief-elected officer, as well as her wonderful day-job serving as a regional property manager for Greystar. For additional info on any of AATCs community service programs, reach out to me by email or phone or contact Annie Williams, the Association’s Director of Programs & Special Events, or any member of our staff. We’d be happy to help you.