As CEO of the Ex-Students’ Association, I often have the opportunity to convene with alumni and friends of the University across the state and nation. This past Wednesday, I attended the Dallas Chapter Scholarship Dinner honoring 2011 Outstanding Dallas Texas Ex John Adams held at the Belo Mansion. This event represented the Association AT ITS BEST. Simply put, the dinner was a fantastic example of bringing together passion—a shared love of The University of Texas—and intention—the goal of the alumni and friends to significantly contribute to the effort of becoming the best public university in the land.
I found that passion and intention in the thousands of hours the volunteers contributed to plan and hold the event, the deep commitment of Mr. Adams to its success, the attendance of almost 300 wonderful alumni and friends, and the palpable positive results it will deliver to our university—$200,000 raised in one night to go towards a Dallas Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship. The effort and results show our core purpose in action, which is to champion the University and empower our family of alumni and friends to change the world. The planners, the honoree, the partiers and contributors clearly accomplished that goal.
Thank you to the Dallas Texas Exes who managed the event—Monica Murrell, Jeff Duchin, Maria Garate, David Murrell, Brittany Duey—and to the entire Dallas Chapter Board.
Thank you to those same volunteers, the Host Committee and John Adams for bringing in such prominent guests: State Representative Dan Branch, Bob Estrada, Sammye and Mike Myers, Libba and John Massey, Tom and Sally Dunning, Peggy and Jere Thompson, to name a few. President Bill Powers, thank you for being our guest speaker and Charles Mathews, for your warm introduction of our honoree!
Thank you to the entire Texas Exes community for your servant-hearts and specifically the continued hard work to fund scholarships to support our students and further the mission of The University. You are the best example of what started here continues to change the world.