Fall 2011 Newsletter

Letter from Committee Member, Rena Chappell

 I’ve been involved with Elizabeth Toon Charities (ETC) since 2007.  It is truly touching, and quite honestly hard to believe, that in just a few short years it has grown into the amazing organization it is today.  In May of this year, we had our 5th Annual Concert and Shootout, and we are proud to announce that it was our most successful year yet!

 1,600 supporters of Elizabeth Toon Charities (and good ol’ Texas country!) gathered at Gilley’s to listen to the soulful, acoustic serenades of Jack Ingram and Pat Green.  The following day we had 400 shooters join us at the Dallas Gun Club for an exciting day of clay shooting and friendly competition.

What does all of this mean? 

Elizabeth Toon Charities was able to raise over $ 471,327 to support 12 different children’s organizations this year because of your participation in our events and your generous donations throughout the year! 

On behalf of our entire organization, thank you so very much for your gracious and giving hearts.  All the wonderful things we are able to do for our beneficiaries in memory of our beloved Elizabeth Toon are made possible because each and every one of you took the time to Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out.

As we move into the fall season, our committee meetings will be starting up again soon, and planning for next year’s events will be in full force… I can’t wait!  Witnessing the impact our organization has had on the kids and their families that we support has brought so much joy to my life that every year our efforts become more and more important to me.  I encourage you to visit our website so you can see for yourself the love and support that ETC is giving to those in need!

Also on September 15, this Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ETC is taking part in Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day. On September 15, every donation $25 and above will be matched if you donate to us through www.donorbridgetx.org, North Texas’ online resource that connects donors with nonprofit organizations like us.  Please visit the site anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., search for our nonprofit and click “Donate Now.” Your donation will go a long way in helping us serve children in need in our community.  Plus, gifts given that day will receive a portion of $500,000+ in matching funds, making your dollars go further.

I really believe that God has big plans for ETC, and I hope you will join us on this journey and stay involved as we continue to change the lives of children across Texas. 

See you at next year’s events!

Much love,


Committee Member