A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Bethlehem Center Honors Police Officer and Devoted Tech Volunteer
South Dallas kids want to be police, thanks to Kevin Masters. Tech guru Terry Gaus goes the extra mile.
By JOAN G. LA BARR
Dallas Bethlehem Center recognized the Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year for 2016 and celebrated summer and fall fundraising successes at the Star Match event held at the home of Dane and Diane Shimer.
DBC is a United Methodist-related agency that has been serving children and families of the South Dallas/Fair Park area for 70 years.The DBC mission is to partner with these families to create a brighter future through education, food security, empowerment and neighborhood development.
Dallas Police Officer Kevin Masters was honored as Partner of the Year for his three years of dedication to the Dallas Police Athletic/Activities League, or DPAL, working with DBC and South Dallas.
Officer Masters was celebrated as a favorite with DBC children for his leadership in DPAL after school sports activities at the center.
“He has made police officer the No. 1 career choice of DBC children,” Executive Director Fran Lobpries said.
Terry Gaus of A2A Networks was honored as Volunteer of the Year for his four years of volunteer service in many DBC programs and activities.
“He provides everything from technology support to Thanksgiving turkeys. He has literally changed the DBC landscape by streamlining network, computer and security systems, as well as taking care of many other upkeep and repair services,” Lobpries said.
Dr. Larry George, North Texas Conference Director of Missional Outreach and assistant to Bishop Michael McKee, told Star Match participants at the September 29, 2016, event that only when wisdom, courage and love come together can there be true success.
“We are grateful that our leadership team, partners and donors have proved this to be true at DBC. It is with wisdom that the DBC board manages operations. It is with courage that our partners join forces to produce programs for the good of all. And it is with love that our donors invest in at-risk children and families with education, food security and empowerment,” he said.
On behalf of the DBC board and staff, Lobpries thanks donors for the more than $40,000 raised in September through Star Match and North Texas Giving Day. An additional $50,000 was raised in June to help fund highly successful children’s summer camp activities.
Funding from Star Match will allow DBC to continue to bring together community and partner organizations to produce educational programs, after-school activities, tutoring and mentoring, performing arts classes, sports activities, scouting programs, food distribution, and providing meals for at-risk children and more than 3,000 other people who may go hungry otherwise, Lobpries said.