Forward, Together.

Since Wilkinson Center opened in 1982, one thing continues to be at the heart of everything they do – people. From tireless volunteers and supporters to the folks in our community who turn to Wilkinson Center for help. It’s a privilege for the Friends of Wilkinson Center to support the work and mission of providing those people who need our services with paths to improve their lives.

The Spirit of TaosBecause the health and well-being of people will always be our highest priority, the 2020 Spirit of Taos celebration has been officially canceled.

While we’ll miss the food, music and friends that always make the Spirit of Taos a truly fun fundraiser, Wilkinson Center is still open and fully operating for those who need us. Our food pantry service is serving more families than ever with curbside delivery. All of our adult education classes are now online. And our annual Carlin Morris Back-to-School Shoe Drive will continue with gift certificates we have purchased from Shoe Carnival.

Last year, the Spirit of Taos raised $200,000. Because you have been a faithful supporter of the Friends and the Spirit of Taos, we ask that you help us reach our $200,000 fundraising goal so that we can continue to support Wilkinson Center’s essential services without interruption. For many people in the Dallas area, particularly our low-income families, tough times just got a lot tougher. More than ever, these people need our help.

We’d like to give a very special thank you to American Airlines, our Presenting Sponsor, for its incredible support of Spirit of Taos. While there won’t be a party this year, their lead gift of $25,000 will go to a great cause – putting people on their pathways forward.

Of course, we also want to thank you. For your continued support. For your understanding. And for saving your awesome Taos chic attire just a little while longer.

We’re already planning to make the Spirit of Taos 2021 our biggest, most exciting celebration yet. Until then, let’s all continue to be safe. Let’s remember to be kind to one another. And let’s keep leading the way on the path to bigger and better things. Forward, together.

Be There in Spirit

While the Spirit of Taos party won’t go on as planned this year, we ask that you turn the cost of your ticket or table into a donation to Wilkinson Center.

Texas Two-Step $8,000

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Cowboy Shuffle $4,000

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Cotten-Eyed Joe $2,000

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Traveling Cha Cha $250

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Boot Scootin’ Boogie $200

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Other Donations

are available & no gift is too small!

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Wilkinson Center is grateful for our generous Supporters that have contributed to our Spirit of Taos campaign efforts. Our mission – to transform the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect – is made possible by your generosity. We could have not done it without you.

Corporate Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
American Airlines

Kickoff Sponsor

Great Treasure Box Auction Package A Sponsor

Wall of Fame Champions

Individual Sponsors

Cowboy Shuffle
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ahr
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Losinger

Cotton Eyed Joe
Dr. Fred Duffy
Ms. Caitlin Hyatt
Mr. and Mrs. Rob Richmond
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Slack
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan F. Strawn

Line Dancing Cowgirl
Jeanne Athos-Adler
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. John Forrest
Dawn Huff
Ms. Kathryn L. Koons and Mr. John F. Ammons
Lola Lott
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morris
Ms. Nancy Perot and Mr. Rod Jones
Dr. Richard Sayklay
Lea and Matt Sherstad
Jane Shouse
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thorpe

Other Donations

Ms. Marian Avalos
Mr. David Ayres
Mrs. Deanna Bates
Mr. Rene Cabeza
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Carter
Ms. Adrienne Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Clinton
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Collins
Mr. and Mrs. C. Jack Corgan
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cox
Mr. Mark S. Dilworth
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dix
Ms. Laurie Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dyer
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Fomby
Ms. Carol Gregston
Ms. Deborah Hawkins
Mr. Christopher C Headrick
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howell
Lynn Jacobs
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip John
Dr. and Mrs. R. Ellwood Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Jordan
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Karlos
Mr. and Mrs. James Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Levy
Mr. and Mrs. Josue Lopez

Mr. and Mrs. Rick W. Margerison
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Maya
Dr. and Mrs. Conway McDanald
Ms. Patricia McQuinn
Mr. Randall Patterson
Mr. James Peck
Ms. Susan Phillips
Mr. Max Post
Mr. David G. Randolph III
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Renwick
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Runk
Kelly and Charles Secker
Ms. Valerie Lawlor and Mr. Frank Shelden
Ms. Joyce Shoop
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stanford
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Weinberg
Mrs. Pamela Hull Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett R. Woods
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Worrall
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Zidell

Thank you to our generous auction donors

ABC Home Services
American Airlines
Bird Bakery
Birdhouses by Charles Myers
Brave Leadership MasterClass by Kimberly Davis
Creative Oasis Coach by Jill Allison Bryan
Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum
Dugg’s Burgers
El Vecino
Flower Child
Gittings Photography
La Madeleine
Landscape Lighting Supply
Oriental Trading
Park Hill Fine Art Portraits
Pinky’s Valet and Yard Cards
Ruibal’s Plants of Texas
Signature Baking Company
The Juice Bar
Tiff’s Treats
Yard Art Patio & Fireplace