Community e-Newsletter | April 2019
2019 Pot of Gold Luncheon:
Silent Auction Open NOW!

Can't wait to bid on your favorite silent auction items? You can place your bids online  NOW !

In-person silent auction bidding will occur starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, at the 2019 Pot of Gold Luncheon. Participants need not be present to win.

Some of our most highly anticipated auction items include...
  • Two tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 at Lyric Theatre in New York on Sept. 21, 2019
  • Two tickets to Hamilton at Fair Park Music Hall on May 5, 2019
  • Dallas Stars suite for 18 guests during a 2019-2020 season game
  • Two "Sapphire VIP Experience" tickets to the Hugh Jackman "The Man, The Music, The Show" concert at American Airlines Center on June 19, 2019
  • 200,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Raffle: YOU Could Win BIG!

Raffle tickets  are available NOW for  $20 each or six for $100 , and all proceeds directly support Rainbow Days. Participants need not be present to win.

When you purchase raffle tickets, you have a chance to win one of four amazing prize packages:
  • 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles
  • Two tickets to  Hamilton at  Fair Park Music Hall on May 5, 2019
  • Golf Package : Masters pin flag signed by  Phil Mickelson Calloway Golf Big Bertha Driver and golf bag
  • Beauty Package Mary Kay product basket + haircut and color at  Clive & Co. Coach purse + month memberships at  Pure Barre and  Sunstone Fit

For more information and questions about the 2019 Pot of Gold Luncheonplease visit our  website or contact Volunteer & Events Manager Sunni Roaten at    or  ( 214) 217-3833.

Program Highlight:
Easter Eggstravaganza

On April 13, nearly 500 homeless children and families from 18 Dallas-area shelters, motels and transitional living sites experienced springtime joy at our annual Easter Eggstravaganza, hosted in partnership with Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

This event was a cheery day for families to celebrate the Easter season outside of the shelter environment. Families played carnival games, enjoyed Easter egg hunts, shared a delicious lunch and got to spend time with the Easter Bunny! Each child left with an Easter basket filled with candy and gifts, and all parents received necessities and treats in baskets of their very own.

Many individuals, corporations and local organizations helped make this day possible through financial gifts, in-kind donations and volunteer hours. Rainbow Days is especially grateful for the support of: Lovers Lane United Methodist Church; Kristen Larkin; Pam Miller; Rusty George; Juan Lugo; Pastor Stan Copeland; Richard Rodriguez; Mary Kay Inc.; BB&T; Hope Supply Co.; Citi; National Charity League; Young Men's Service League; Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs; Rainbow Days Board of Directors; Nicole Williams; Dana Brandle; David Elliott; Diane Oxley and Christian Stringer; Haven Emery; Kay Eck and Dennis Street; Laurel and Veronica Knetig; Liz Case Pickens; Susan O'Suilleabhain and Clare Ni'Shuilleabhain; Wendy Lucas; and countless other kind-hearted donors, volunteers and supporters.

Click here to check out more photos from this special day!

Program Highlight:
Community Connection Partnerships

As the school year winds down, the Community Connection team would like to reflect on some of the amazing partnerships that enable our success in working with youth in schools. Below are kudos to just a few of the outstanding individuals for whom we are very grateful!

South Oak Cliff High School

Issac, Ms. Akins, Ms. Moore and Armando
Rainbow Days staff members Issac Rodriguez and Armando Aguinaga provide weekly social emotional learning support groups for students at South Oak Cliff High School. Issac says their relationship with Ms. Akins and Ms. Moore gives them the flexibility and trust needed to provide the students consistent and engaging programs and support . Our success at South Oak Cliff High is largely dependent on our partnership with these two outstanding and compassionate educators.

Mrs. Aviles and Maria

Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School

Rainbow Days staff member Maria Gallegos provides weekly groups for students at Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School. Maria says she feels grateful and blessed to work with  Mrs. Aviles, the school's office manager. She says that Mrs. Aviles always welcomes her -- and students and parents alike -- with a warm smile. Further, Maria says Mrs. Aviles is always willing to step in to help find a room Rainbow Days can use to work with students whenever the school counselor is tied up with another task. Mrs. Aviles' support makes it all possible!

Save The Date:
Trans4m Center Summer Symposium

2nd Annual Summer Symposium
"Strengthening Self - Trans4ming Others"

DoubleTree by Hilton / Dallas - Campbell Centre
8250 N. Central Expressway | Dallas, TX 75206

Tuesday, June 25 - Friday, June 28, 2019
Beginning 12 p.m. Tuesday |  Concluding 12 p.m. Friday


Due to the cancellation of the Texas Health & Human Services Commission's Annual Prevention Provider Meeting, which was planned for June 24-28, 2019, in Austin, we have rescheduled our symposium!

This year, we are expanding our workshop offerings by providing two different tracks: Leadership/Nonprofit Management and Educators/Prevention Professionals. Participants may earn up to 21 Continuing Education Hours!

Our presently confirmed faculty of speakers includes:
  • Susan HoffChief Strategy, Impact and Operations Officer of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Suzanne SmithFounder and CEO of Social Impact Architects 
  • Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women's Shelter 
  • Darius Campinha-Bacote, President and CEO of Campinha-Bacote Psychological & Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Program Manager for Dallas County
  • Cathey Brown, M.Ed, Founder of Rainbow Days, Inc., Developer of the CBSG Program, Director of The Trans4m Center
  • Debbie Meripolski, Former Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Shawn L. WillsCFRE, Vice President, Operations and Strategy for the Women's Business Council - Southwest
  • Jill Darling, Owner and President of USA R time, LLC
  • Karen Williams, MSSW, Youth Development Consultant and Trainer in Private Practice
  • Krystal Skaggs, MSW, Behavior Specialist for Mesquite ISD
  • Lisa Reiling, ACPS, Director of Prevention for Recovery Resource Council
  • Kathy Daley, BFA, ACPS, ICPS, Training Consultant for Rainbow Days and The Trans4m Center
Please direct all symposium inquiries to Office/Trans4m Center Manager Sandi McFarland at or (214) 217-3801.