Despite Tuesday’s cold, rainy day, Liza Collins‘ home was the perfect spot for a letter signing. Had it been a sunny day, the backyard pool, two-hole putting green and basketball half-court would have been a temptation to just scrap the day’s duties and lounge outside.
But there was a deadline to get the Can Do! Luncheon letters to the post office by Thursday.
After all, the Wilkinson Center fundraiser is taking place on Monday, April 3, at the Dallas Country Club, and time was a wasting to get the news out about the 2023 awardees.
LIZA COLLINS AND RACHEL STEPHENS
It was just a year ago that Liza and her Pi Phi sorority sister Rachel Stephens had received the Can Do! Award for their continuing the late Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler’s longstanding food drive benefiting Wilkinson Center. To ramp up their support of Wilkinson, they’ve signed up to co-chair the 2023 Can Do! Luncheon fundraiser for the organization that has “empowered families to reach self-sufficiency” for more than 40 years.
According to Liza, “Rachel and I are so passionate about the work the Wilkinson Center does year round to transform the lives of Dallas families. Wilkinson Center offers life-changing programs that provide its clients a pathway to success – from helping navigate challenges like food insecurity and unemployment all the way to education. Dallas families are so fortunate to have free access to all that the Center offers as they work to all that the Center offers, and we look forward to continuing to raise awareness and funds to help support these incredible programs.”
As Wilkinson volunteers and staffers gathered around the Collins dinner table to put their John Hancocks on letters early Tuesday morning, Rachel laughed that her husband had been surprised to see her looking so nice so early in the morning. She admitted that thanks to the pandemic she had gotten used to not getting up to gear until later in the morning.