Our Thanks to YOU

The work of Wilkinson Center is possible thanks to volunteers and donors like you. Here’s a round-up of just a few people and organizations that have been critical to our mission lately.



Food & Emergency Services

  • Bishop Lynch High School and Jesuit High School for sending students weekly to volunteer at the Food Pantry
  • Dean Foods for their donation of 325 half-gallons of milk for our Food Pantry clients
  • Deloitte University and Team Bonding for blessing us twice with substantial food donations for the Food Pantry
  • Eastminster Presbyterian Church Dallas for donating 100 food and hygiene kits that assisted our Hurricane Harvey response efforts
  • First UMC Rockwall and Mac & Cheese and Pancakes for donating 2,200 cans of food to the Food Pantry
  • PrimeLending for volunteering at the Food Pantry and Family Education Center
  • Wells Fargo for volunteering monthly at the Food Pantry
  • Wilshire Baptist Church Youth for participating in a service day at the Food Pantry
  • Zale Foundation for providing important funding for our Food & Emergency Services
  • A big ‘Thank You!’ to our Food Pantry Champions:
    • June: Jesuit College Preparatory and their donating families, and Northridge Presbyterian Church
    • July – Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church
    • August – The T Shop
    • September – First United Methodist Church Rockwall and Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
    • October – AAA, Friends for Good, Lakewood Service League and White Rock United Methodist Church
    • November – First United Methodist Church Rockwall and Zion Lutheran School

Adult Education Services

  • The Perot Foundation, Pitney Bowes Foundation and The Sister Fund for supporting our Adult Education programs
  • Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church for hosting the June GED Graduation Ceremony

Seniors Program

  • To our partners, working alongside us to provide valuable new services to senior citizens: Frost Bank, North Texas Food Bank, Ridgewood United Methodist Church and Senior Source

Backpack Drive & Distribution

  • AAA for collecting 100 backpacks for our backpack distribution
  • The Prudential Financial Team for collecting and distributing backpacks at our backpack distribution
  • Highland Park United Methodist Church for donating 150 backpacks filled with school supplies for our backpack distribution
  • Mark Presbyterian Church and Northridge Presbyterian Church for their support

Carlin Morris Shoe Distribution

  • Carlin Morris and Payless Shoes for their support of the annual Carlin Morris Shoe Drive, which provided 1,512 pairs of new back-to-school shoes and socks for children
  • Thanks to the many supporters of the shoe drive, including:
    • Bank of America
    • Eastminster Presbyterian Church
    • First Unitarian Church of Dallas
    • Friends of Wilkinson Center
    • Herbalife
    • Kessler Park United Methodist Church Youth
    • Prudential
    • Senior Source
    • The T Shop
    • White Rock United Methodist Church
    • Wilshire Baptist Church
    • Young Friends of Wilkinson Center

Spirit of Taos 2017

  • Leah & Rick Margerison for serving as Honorary Chairs
  • Anthony J. Contreras, Caitlin Hyatt and Meridith Zidell for the amazing job as Chairs of the event
  • Laurann Cavenaghi for managing all the moving pieces for a successful Silent Auction and Raffle
  • PaperCity for being our media sponsor
  • Sewell Automotive Companies for sponsoring the valet and photo booth
  • Insperity for sponsoring the mariachi band
  • Amy Laws & Nicole Brewer and Veritex Community Bank for being Dessert Sponsors
  • Craig & Marsha Innes and Fidelity National Title for being Appetizer Sponsors
  • The Retail Connection and Cohen Electric Service, Inc. for sponsoring Gifts of Love
  • Casamigos for providing the Tequila Donkey
  • The T Shop for providing the centerpieces
  • The Gypsy Wagon for hosting our kickoff event
  • The management and staff of The Lot for hosting our event at their beautiful venue
  • CodeBlue Sound & Entertainment for lighting that took the party to the next level
  • Downtown Fever and Blake Martin for providing the sounds that made it a party!
  • The Garland Gadabouts of the Senior Source RSVP Program who helped get our invitations out the door

Supporting the Cause

  • Hoglund Foundation and Hawn Foundation for their generous support of our work through general operating grants
  • The Wilkinson Center Board for providing the matching funds for North Texas Giving Day
  • All North Texas Giving Day donors who made the day such a success for us
  • Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ for holding our Young Friends of Wilkinson Center Happy Hour and Membership Drive in October