DAY to PLAY, presented by Family Gateway
Family Gateway will host its 2nd annual family fundraiser, DAY to PLAY, on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Annette Strauss Artist Square. DAY to PLAY brings families together for a day filled with activities and discoveries geared to children. From lawn games and yoga to live music and crafts, entertainment will be paired with a focus on volunteerism and community service, including a basic overview of the scope of families who are experiencing or are near homelessness in Dallas. During the event Family Gateway will present its inaugural Annette G. Strauss Community Service Award to the Miltenberger family for their tireless service to families affected by homelessness. The late Annette Strauss, former Dallas mayor, was the founder of Family Gateway. Event
Co-Chairs are Jen Fahrenbruch, Jennifer Hull, and Mandy Main and Honorary Chair is Stephen Hipp.
“This is an event that celebrates families – all different types, backgrounds, sizes, compositions, colors, and privileges,” said Jen Fahrenbruch, DAY to PLAY co-chair. “Families make communities, and this community has a lot to celebrate. DAY to PLAY not only benefits the incredible work of Family Gateway, but also gives parents an extraordinary interactive opportunity to introduce or reinforce the importance of helping others. We can all show up for each other at DAY to PLAY to show that families count.”
Highlights include: Music by DJ Kaivan “KB” Bazleh and kids’ DJ lessons from OontzKids, a live performance by singer, dancer, and HeARTS of Maya founder Maya Delgado, group yoga by Hanuman Homies, bounce houses, inflatable slides, an obstacle course and climbing wall, life-size Hungry Hungry Hippos game, dunking booth with local celebrity guests, bungee run, gaming truck, Giant Chess, Jenga, and Connect Four, hamster ball races, kids’ disco, Lego building, robo-surfing, dual hoop basketball, superheroes and characters, photo booth, and more.
Interactive booths by nonprofit partners offering education, outreach and volunteer opportunities for children include Capes for Kindness, Dallas Zoo, Hanuman Homies, HeARTS of Maya, Kids Helping Kids, National Charity League, Promise of Peace Gardens, Wee Volunteer and more. Exhibitor booths by area businesses catering to kids include Explore Horizons, OontzKids and Raising Cane’s. Kid friendly concessions and beverages (including beer, wine, and champagne for adults) will be available for purchase through Wolfgang Puck Catering.
The Miltenberger family, Family Gateway’s inaugural recipient of the Annette G. Strauss Community Service Award, first became involved with the nonprofit in 2009, when they prepared a shelter room at the Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center for a new family’s arrival.
In 2011, they organized the “adoption” of 75 families during the holidays and have been deeply involved in the holiday program ever since, organizing donation drives and volunteering in the Holiday Store. In conjunction with a generous group of friends, they ensure dozens of kids get to attend summer camp at Kids Across America Kamp in Missouri. Paula co-chaired the Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon in 2016 and 2017 and now serves on the board of directors. Bay, a former member of the board of directors, now sits on Family Gateway’s Affordable Housing Board. The entire family continues to work tirelessly, from serving meals and organizing donation drives to connecting their networks to the nonprofit’s mission.
“We are honored that Family Gateway has created the Annette G. Strauss Community Service Award in recognition of our mother’s long history and involvement with this organization that she founded,” said Nancy Strauss Halbreich.
“It will be exciting to see this honor presented to a family each year at DAY to PLAY, recognizing the many young community leaders who are truly making an impact,” added Janie Strauss
Cost: $50 for a family pass - covers admission for one family, regardless of size, in honor of Family Gateway’s work as the only shelter in Dallas that serves families of all kinds.
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