Who are the Friends of Wilkinson Center?
Founded in 2003, Friends of Wilkinson Center is a group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to support, serve and promote Wilkinson Center. Through educational, charitable, and service-oriented activities, members contribute their time, resources and talent to help ensure the continued success of Wilkinson Center’s programs.
Our Traditions & Service Activities
– Fundraising Events –
Friends of Wilkinson Center hosted annual fundraising events to benefit Wilkinson Center. Established in 2005, Tinsel & Dreams began as an auction featuring table top Christmas trees decorated by designers, celebrities and businesses. Tinsel & Dreams evolved into a full-scale fundraising gala that included a silent and live auction, an elegant seated dinner and entertainment. Since its inception, the annual event has raised more than $1,000,000 for Wilkinson Center!
In 2012, Friends of Wilkinson Center raised more than $220,000 at Wilkinson Center’s 30th Anniversary Black & White Gala, chaired by Millie Winston and Kim Mason.
In 2013, Friends of Wilkinson Center raised more than $130,000 at Wilkinson Center’s Shaken Not Stirred Gala, chaired by Lisa Sievers and Sandra Pomeroy.
– Annual Shoe Drive –
Since 1986, long time Friend Carlin Morris has organized an annual Shoe Drive for the children of Wilkinson Center. Funds are raised and volunteers recruited each summer, with the clients “shopping” in August before school starts.
2012 marked the 26th anniversary of the Shoe Drive as Carlin’s fellow Friends, volunteers and Wilkinson Center staff fitted nearly 1,500 children with new shoes so they could start the school year in style!
– Program Participation and Advocacy –
Friends participate in all areas of Wilkinson Center services. From stocking shelves at the food pantry to tutoring in our adult education classes, many Friends have found their passion for direct service to improve the lives of others.
Friends also act as advocates for poverty prevention and the plight of the less fortunate in Dallas. They introduce others to Wilkinson Center and work to make southeast Dallas a better place for all.