Two Gems Across North Texas

As seen in Papercity December 2015:

It’s a time of year when everything glitters brightly, shining a light on those most in need. It’s also the season when two Texas traditions, The Crystal Charity and Jewel Charity put on their holiday finery and toast the many supporters who fill the coffers of children’s charities across North Texas.

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Jewel Charity

Since it first began in 1953, Jewel Charity has raised nearly $64 million to support North Texas families through the Cook Children’s Medical Center.  The organization, which has been guided by the wisdom and influence of some of Fort Worth’s most established families, is lead this year by Debbie Reynolds.

“Many of us have no idea of the costs associated with having a baby in the NICU – upwards of $3,000 a day or more for care – and the strain it can put on those families in need,” Reynolds said. “We at Jewel Charity believe every child and grandchild deserves great health care, and each year we strive to raise funds that help families in the area get premier medical care, despite what they are able to pay.”

Jewel Charity has cared for kids for more than 60 years and provided nearly $64 million in support, touching the lives of thousands of children and their families. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is the macro sponsor of Jewel Charity’s Fund A Cause program benefiting Cook Children’s Medical Center.

The 62nd Annual Jewel Charity Ball will be Dec. 12.


Rick Merrill and Debbie Reynolds

(left to right) Cook Children’s President and CEO Rick Merrill and 2015 Jewel Charity President Debbie Reynolds

Crystal Charity

With a grand total of more than $123 million raised over the past 63 years, The Crystal Charity organization is making a major impact on improving the lives of children in need across Dallas County.

Lead by Chairman Michal Powell, this year’s group of 100 active members worked to raise funds for 11 beneficiaries including the North Texas Food Bank, Texas Health Resources Foundation, the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center and others. 

Crystal Charity supports children’s causes across the Metroplex through several events and programs including the Ten Best Dressed Luncheon, purchase of pages in the Children’s Book and participation in the Silent Auction. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a sponsor.

The 2015 Crystal Charity Ball will be Dec. 5. This year’s leadership includes Leslie Diers, Children’s Book Chairman; Susan Farris, Foundations Chairman; Pat McEvoy, Special Gifts Chairman; Michal Powell, Ball Chairman; Vinnie Reuben, Silent Auction Chairman, Tucker Enthoven, Underwriting Chairman.


Crystal Charity Ball 2015 for HIS Bridge Builders Bonton

Michal Powell (center), Crystal Charity Ball chairwoman

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in DallasFort Worth,UptownLakewoodRanch and LandThe Ballpark and Southlake.  

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