Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children Luncheon Will Feature Casey Gerald

DallasCASA-101DALLAS, TX – Dallas native Casey Gerald will bring his message of doing business with a purpose to attendees at the 10th annual Cherish the Children luncheon April 5 at Fairmont Dallas. Hosted by Dallas CASA Children’s Council, the luncheon will raise funds to provide advocates for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA.
Gerald overcame a harrowing childhood in Oak Cliff to receive degrees from Yale University and Harvard Business School. He rose to prominence after the speech he gave at his 2014 Harvard commencement went viral. A writer, motivational speaker and business leader, he speaks powerfully about following your dreams to make the world a better place. His 2016 TED talk on the gospel of doubt has been viewed more than one million times.
“It’s not the how or the when but the why that sparks the revolution,” he says. “Live from the heart. Purpose is the new bottom line.”
As inspiring and uplifting as his message is, it comes from a man who has faced significant personal challenges. His father was a drug addict and his mother battled mental health issues. He credits his community, who surrounded him with support after his mother disappeared when he was 12, with his success. He was a football star and valedictorian at South Oak Cliff High School.
Dallas CASA will present the inaugural Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award to the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section (NCJW). The award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding contributions helping children who have been removed from home for abuse or severe neglect. Now in its tenth year, the Cherish the Children Award is being renamed to honor Mrs. Hunt, a longtime supporter of Dallas CASA and a lifetime member of the Dallas CASA Children’s Council. Through a lifetime of service to the most vulnerable in our city, Mrs. Hunt has brought necessary attention to the plight of abused and neglected children.
Award recipient NCJW founded Dallas CASA, then called FOCAS (Foster Child Advocate Services), in 1979 and its members continue to support the agency’s mission today. NCJW has contributed more than 100 years of volunteer service to the Dallas community by funding, launching and maintaining organizations like Dallas CASA.
Shonn Brown is chair for the luncheon, which will include a silent auction of unique and original children’s furniture, created by local artists and designers. All proceeds raised by the auction benefit Dallas CASA.
The following individuals, retailers and manufacturers designed handmade children’s chairs and furniture to be auctioned at the luncheon: Allison Curry Interiors – Allison Curry; Cabana Life; Creative Room Arrangements; Far and Away Luxury Destinations; Liz Fisher; Casey and Phil Green; Chelsea Green; Blake McElroy; Nancy Newbern of Rare Assets, Inc.; Phelan’s – Amy Bailey; Erin Pope; Alexandra Stengle; and Lindsay Stengle.