Over the past 19 years, Freedom Day events have brought together more than 14,000 volunteers, who donated a total of more than 50,000 volunteer service hours on September 11 - the National Day of Service and Remembrance - to turn a day of tragedy into a day of doing good.
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, and urgent demands to end systemic racism have created tremendous need in our community. Freedom Day 2020 activated hundreds of volunteers helping nonprofit partners meet these growing needs in 18 different virtual, remote, and physically distanced projects.
The theme of Equity and Justice for All was woven into the fabric of Freedom Day 2020. With a moving opening ceremony delivered by CFT Trustee, Pastor Richie Butler, various projects, a virtual lunch and learn with Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, and education sessions throughout the day, Equity and Justice for All was the powerful lens through which we engaged in this meaningful day of service. Prior to being selected, participating nonprofits detailed how they were working to achieve equity and justice, elevating our theme to a statement of long-term intent for the community.
As we gathered and served in remembrance of the lives lost and forever changed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we focused our efforts on building thriving communities for all.
Thank you to our sponsors, without whom Freedom Day 2020 wouldn't have been possible: Bioworld Merchandising, Ray L. Hunt, The Shields Group, DHD Films, Fallen Family Fund, Platinum IDS, RHSB, SFMG Wealth Advisors, Swan Smith Family Fund, and Texadia Systems.
We also thank the Steering Team: Brandy Baxter, Living Abundantly; Chip Bensing, ES OnDemand; Ellen Carrie, Shields Legal Group; Lynn Delaney, Texas Health Resources; Nancy Fallen, Fallen Family Fund; Laura Harshbarger, RHSB; Melissa Hawkins, SFMG Wealth Advisors; Michael Holmes, Platinum IDS; Drea Lewis, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Tanya Mac, Cohen Military Family Clinic, Brittany McKenzie, Catalyst Health Network; Dawna Payne, Texadia Systems; Debbie Pon, FreshInk Marketing; Ann Marie Warrick, Warrick Realty Group; Kymberlaine Banks; CFT4B; Lisa Causey, CFT; Jeri Chambers, CFT; Sejal Desai, CFT4B; Celeste Arista Glover, CFT; Boski Sharma, CFT; and Evan Wolstencroft, Educate Texas.
Finally, we are grateful to each and every volunteer who made Freedom Day 2020 meaningful and memorable, including CFT4B member companies and CFT employees, CFT fund holders, veteran organizations, and immediate families.
View the opening remarks from Pastor Richie Butler, CFT board trustee, below:
View the 2020 Freedom Day Program
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Freedom Day 2020: In the news
NBCDFW: Communities Foundation of Texas to Kick Off 19th Annual Freedom Day on 9/11
Plano Star Courier: Local non-profit centers 9/11 service day around theme “Equity and Justice for All”
View the 2020 Freedom Day press release
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