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The ABWA Fort Bend League wants to make an impact in their community by putting energy into various community service projects. Most recently, the Fort Bend League has participated in
Autism Rescue Angels and Houston's Dress for Success


Autism Rescue Angels

On March 5, 2015 the Fort Bend Chapter of ABWA held a fundraiser for those affected by autism.  Our guest speaker was Lisa Graham-Garza, president and founder of Autism Rescue Angels.  Lisa graduated from Texas A&M UT-Dental Branch.  She received her doctor of dental surgery degree in 1988 and enjoyed being part of a group of private practice until 2010.  It then became necessary to take time off from dentistry to meet the needs of her two sons:  the younger son was diagnosed with autism in 2004 and her older son was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD.
Lisa volunteered to assist with other autism families with the knowledge she gained navigating the school system, therapies and other medical resources available for those on the autism spectrum.
She realized very quickly the enormous financial burden a diagnosis of autism brings to a family - thereby realizing her dream of creating a non-profit organization to help these families - Autism Rescue Angels.

For more information, please visit
www.autismrescueangels.org


Our members were very generous during this fundraising event.  They donated many items to be placed in 5 Silent Auction Baskets.  At the end of the evening, the chapter was able to raise $500 for Autism Rescue Angels to provide the support needed by so many families in the area.



Houston's Dress for Success

On March 7, 2013, the Fort Bend League of ABWA will again participate in a clothing drive to support Dress for Success Houston. ABWA Fort Bend League member, Julia Mercer, is the chair of this event for the league. Our chapter members will come together as a team to contribute an assortment of business attire and accessories to support less advantaged women in achieving their goal of obtaining meaningful employment and ultimately fulfill their dream of economic independence.

League members and guests are asked to donate their gently-worn, clean suits, shoes and business attire accessories at the March 7, 2013 meeting, held at Sugar Creek Country Club.

Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The donations that Dress for Success receives during S.O.S. Week sustain the organization throughout the year. Dress for Success Houston has grown from serving three non-profit member organizations to serving over 110 non-profit sites in the Houston Metropolitan area. Each client receives one suit when she has a job interview and another suit when she gets the job. The Dress for Success Houston's Professional Women’s Group program then provides ongoing support to help the client build a successful career. Dress for Success Houston, a 501(c) (3) corporation, has suited thousands of women, reflecting the overwhelming need in the Houston community. http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?sisid=30&pageid=1


Committee Information

The committee member for this community service project is your 2014-2015 Executive Board.  For more information about this project, please contact the executive board.


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