Making History in Dallas for Children and Families

October 1, 2018

We started an amazing week with our Shining Hope Dallas Campaign Co-Chairs Meredith and Kyle Bebee and Katie and John Golden appearing on WFAA Channel 8 Good Morning Show with Alanna Sarabia to announce the groundbreaking of our new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake. If you missed it, click here to view the segment.

On Tuesday, we hosted Families Take Flight at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Over 200 friends came to share a fun time for children and families to meet families from the Bachman Lake community.

Then on Thursday, we hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake. Members of the Shining Hope Dallas campaign and the Crystal Charity Ball were present along with Dallas elected officials, such as City of Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, Councilman Omar Narvaez, DISD Trustee Miguel Solis, Former Councilwoman Monica Alonzo, Community Leader Joe Carreon, and Representatives from Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

Our community partners like Bachman Lake Together, DISD, the Dallas Development Fund, the Bachman Lake Community Association, the Conti Group, and the Dallas Police Department NW Division were also present.

Several local churches were represented including The Village Church, Casa de Lago, Aliento Church, Primera Baptist Church Dallas, Park Cities Baptist Church, and Dr. David Hardage with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Buckner Trustees Ed Francis, Dr. Rodney Henry, Susan Williams, and James Westbrooks joined Buckner staff and volunteers for this special event. Of course, our guests of honor were many families from the Bachman Lake community.

We made history on September 27, 2018, primarily because this groundbreaking is only the second time since September 27, 1880, that we dedicated land to serve children and families in Dallas. Exactly 138 years ago, Dr. R. C. Buckner took time on this same date to dedicate the original Buckner Children’s Home in East Dallas. This day will go down in the history books as a very special day pointing to our long commitment to serve vulnerable children and families in Dallas. Hope shines here!

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