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Community Newsletter | July/August 2019
Preparing Kids for Success through the
28th Annual Back-to-School Celebration
As a new school year begins, Rainbow Days is so grateful for the incredible service and support of our donors and volunteers who made the 28th annual Back-to-School Celebration possible! At our special event held on Aug. 14 , 181 children attended and enjoyed carnival games, refreshments and special bonding time with their volunteer buddies.

Through this entire project, 625 children from 20 different local motels , transitional living sites , and homeless and domestic violence shelters received new backpacks , school supplies , uniforms and after-school clothing thanks to the generosity of our donors!

Specifically, Rainbow Days would like to recognize the exceptional dedication and kindness shown by the following supporters:

  • MoneyGram Foundation (Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 Back-to-School Celebration)
  • Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Aimee Griffiths (Buddy Captain)
  • Bank of America
  • Carrie Carter (Backpack Captain and Rainbow Days Board of Directors)
  • Brennan's Heart
  • BVA Group
  • Citi
  • Dallas Market Center (special shoutout to Dimiti Collins and Gary Gabriel!)
  • David Elliott (Bus Parking Attendant and Rainbow Days Board of Directors)
  • Diane Oxley and Christian Stringer
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • ESRP and Darren Woodson
  • FC Dallas
  • Hope Supply Co.
  • Interior Design Society - Dallas Chapter
  • Kevin Orzen from Global Experience Specialist
  • National Charity League (Preston Bluebonnet, Plano, Golden Corridor, Legacy Frisco, Legacy West, Silver Star and Turtle Creek chapters)
  • KIDBOX / Delivering Good
  • KPMG
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Community
  • Region 10
  • Schwob Building Company
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Stephen Jaquess (Bus Ambassador Captain)
  • Tara Walsh (Play Clothing Captain)
  • USI
  • Women of St. Michael
  • Young Men's Service League (Cardinal, Plano, Highland Park, Castle Hills, Legacy, Irving Hawks and North Dallas chapters)

Last but not least, Rainbow Days is grateful for the many individual donors and volunteers who sacrificed their time and generously gave their resources in support of this project and homeless children in our community!
Get Ready!
Pot of Gold Luncheon 2020
SAVE THE DATE! Rainbow Days is thrilled to announce that the 23rd annual Pot of Gold Luncheon will be held April 17, 2020 , at the Omni Dallas !

It's not too early to reserve your sponsorship or individual seats! Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities and how else you can get involved with the luncheon.

Additionally, if you would be interested in joining the Pot of Gold Luncheon Committee and helping plan this year's event, please reach out to Volunteer & Events Manager Sunni Roaten .
Program Highlights:
Camp Bravo! + Outdoor Adventure Camp
During the first and third weeks of July, our Family Connection team was thrilled to host Camp Bravo! , an annual performing and visual arts camp for local homeless children held at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church .

Over two sessions, nearly 300 children from local motels , transitional living sites , and homeless and domestic violence shelters attended Camp Bravo! The annual camp gives children the opportunity to spend time away from the shelter while discovering new talents and exploring the arts . This year's campers enjoyed a wide spectrum of classes, including visual arts , dance , acting , music , cooking , video production and more. Each session of Camp Bravo! concluded with a special circus-themed performance during which campers had the unforgettable experience of singing, dancing and shining onstage alongside children's performing artist Eddie Coker .

Cultural artists for Camp Bravo! were sponsored by the Community Artists Program (CAP) , a program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Rainbow Days would also like to recognize Communities Foundation of Texas , the Holloway Family Foundation and the Aegon Transamerica Foundation for their generous financial support of Camp Bravo! Additionally, Rainbow Days cherishes its continued partnership with Lovers Lane United Methodist Church , which graciously hosts Camp Bravo! each year.
Then, a couple weeks later during the first week of August, nearly 200 campers from local shelters, motels and transitional living sites were thrilled to attend Rainbow Days' annual Outdoor Adventure Camp at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian. At this traditional outdoor camp , the children participated in all sorts of fun summer experiences, including swimming , zip lining , horseback riding , fishing and longhorn feeding !

Rainbow Days is grateful for the Jonesville Foundation 's generous financial sponsorship of Outdoor Adventure Camp. Additionally, many thanks go to all the individuals who generously donated new swimsuits , towels, flip-flops and goggles so that each and every camper could enjoy some fun in the sun !
Save the Date!
Our Children's Future Lunch
Are you interested in learning more about Rainbow Days ? Would you like to introduce a friend , family member or coworker to our mission ?

Please join us Wednesday , Oct. 9 , from 12 to 1 p.m. at our quarterly Our Children's Future Lunch . At this informal "lunch and learn," you will hear inspiring stories from program participants about Rainbow Days' true impact in their lives. You will also get to meet board members, volunteers and staff and learn how to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children through your involvement with Rainbow Days!

Please RSVP by Oct. 4 to Volunteer & Events Manager Sunni Roaten if you can attend. Guests are welcome!
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