A Season of Hope

Christian Community Action in Lewisville has two major events coming up that have the potential to change the lives of thousands of people in our community.

One of the events is this month, and the second event is in November.

On Monday, Oct. 17th, the Swing and Serve Golf Tournament will be held at Lantana Golf Club. A light breakfast and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Ian Lawson, Chief Development Officer of Christian Community Action, said the golf tournament benefits the CCA food pantry.

“Coming off the summer, the food pantry is always stocked light. The funds from this tournament will prepare us for the holiday season,” said Lawson.

The non-profit distributes more than $1.4 million of food annually, and the golf tournament is important to this effort. You can register for the event at www.ccahelps.org.

Another upcoming opportunity to help this organization that ministers to the poor by providing comprehensive services is slated for Tuesday, November 8th, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. “A Season of Hope-Bridges of Hope” is a dinner event that will feature Dr. Ruby K. Payne, PhD., a nationally known author who will share her groundbreaking views on alleviating poverty and building better communities. She will also provide a workshop on her research in coordination with the LISD.

Lawson said they expect around 700 people to attend the donation-only (tax-deductible) dinner. Those who put this event on their calendar are in for a real treat, according to Lawson. “She’s really dynamic, and she’s not your typical academic. She gets it,” he said of Payne, who has written and co?authored more than a dozen books surrounding issues of poverty in areas of education, social services, business, communities, churches, relationships, and leadership.

The November 8th event is so significant that Lawson called it a “kick off for a new day at CCA,” adding that in the next year, CCA will implement some of Payne’s ideas. “Our intent in bringing her here is really awareness about affecting the lives of the people we serve.” 

While the dinner is free, Lawson said they are counting on the community to come through with donations that night. “$35 to one person is $35,000 to someone else. It’s really about the person’s commitment to seeing our mission progress in writing that check. The evening of November 8th is not about a dollar figure; it’s about awareness.”

Before the dinner, there will be a workshop open to the community, with Dr. Payne from 1-5 p.m. Lawson said it is a great chance to learn about how impoverished people think and how they see the world. The cost of the workshop is $50.  To reserve your spot, call Lawson at 972-219-4335. You can register for the dinner at www.ccahelps.org.

For more than 35 years, Christian Community Action has fed, sheltered, educated and trained families in need within 42 communities throughout Denton, Collin, Dallas, Tarrant and Wise counties.

In one year, CCA assists more than 12,000 individuals. They have more than 1,660 people taking educational and vocational training programs at their facility annually, and they provide more than 57,000 lunches to kids during the summer and provide 2,900 children with Christmas toys each holiday season.

Learn more about CCA at www.ccahelps.org.


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