Dallas, 02/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Heroes for Children – a unique nonprofit that provides financial and social assistance to families with a child battling cancer – is pleased to announce the addition of Amy Cobb and Yvonne Boyack to the Dallas development team.
“At Heroes for Children, we are dedicated to providing moments of normalcy and respite to families with children battling cancer,” says Larissa Linton, cofounder and executive director of Heroes for Children. “The addition of Amy Cobb and Yvonne Boyack to our development team will allow us to further our mission of ensuring these families don’t fight alone. The role of the development team is essential to achieving this endeavor. We are confident that Amy and Yvonne will help us accomplish our mission while growing and expanding on our history of success.”
With more than 15 years of combined service in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Amy was hired by Heroes for Children to fulfill the role of Corporate Development and Fundraising Manager. She has served organizations in the Dallas area and beyond, including the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, Jonathan’s Place and The Dallas Opera.
“Heroes for Children is the only organization of its kind that strives to serve the entire family during a cancer diagnosis. As I begin my new position with Heroes for Children, I’m eager to combine my nonprofit expertise with my passion for children,” says Amy.
In her new role as Special Event Coordinator for Heroes for Children, Yvonne Boyack brings more than 14 years of experience in conference and special event management for Dallas-area nonprofits including the American Heart Association; Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation; and Jonathan’s Place.
“With three kids of my own, I cannot imagine the journey families face when battling a cancer diagnosis. I am thrilled to apply my experience in special event management to the unique social assistance programs offered by Heroes for Children, which provide families with opportunities to relax, celebrate and hopefully forget their troubles, even if it’s just for a few hours,” says Yvonne.
Heroes for Children provides financial and social assistance to families from across the state of Texas who are battling childhood cancer. Financial services include paying rent and mortgages, transportation costs to and from treatment, costs of hospital visits and, in some cases, funeral expenses. In addition, laptops are purchased for older children and teens to keep them entertained and in contact with the outside world during isolation periods.
Heroes for Children’s social assistance programs help provide moments of normalcy and a break for the entire family – programs like the Valentine’s Day candlelight dinner, which offers parents a special date night while their children are cared for by trained childcare professionals. Additionally, Holiday Heroes ensures the holiday wishes of families battling childhood cancer are fulfilled. Families selected by social workers at each of the major hospitals across the state that partner with Heroes for Children are adopted by community members, organization supporters and businesses – who shop, wrap and donate gifts for the entire family.
Since its inception, Heroes for Children has provided more than 4,500 families with over $5.5 million dollars in assistance. Funding for the organization stems from generous donors, community partnerships and participants of the annual fundraising events including:
· Heroes and Handbags – luxury handbag auction and luncheon, hosted each spring in Dallas and Houston
· Golf tournament every spring or summer in Dallas and Houston
· Heart of Gold 5K and Fun Run held in the Dallas area each September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
· Hold’em for Heroes poker tournament played each fall in Austin, Dallas and Houston
About Heroes for Children
Heroes for Children is a unique nonprofit organization that provides financial and social assistance to families with a child battling cancer. Since 2005, Heroes for Children has helped alleviate families’ worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of fighting cancer and care giving. Since its inception, more than $5.5 million has been given to 4,500 families in need. To learn more about Heroes for Children, please visit http://www.heroesforchildren.org.
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