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Bill Addy, David Martin, Jubilee board chair, Ben Leal, Jubilee CEO

Jubilee Park & Community Center hosted a special reception for donors and supporters at the home of Kathy and Harlan Crow on September 19.  Jubilee Park CEO Ben Leal was joined by more than 100 guests as they mingled while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Crow family’s library.

At the appointed time, David Martin, board chair for Jubilee, and Bill Addy, a co-chair for Jubilee’s 20th Anniversary Gala last year,  gathered the crowd and thanked Kathy and Harlan Crow for their support of Jubilee and for opening their home for the evening’s festivities.

Following, CEO Leal,announced key findings from Jubilee’s revolutionary Specialized Student Support (S3) Program, which is designed to increase accessibility of its award-winning summer and afterschool programs for children with learning differences.  The S3 Program was the focus of Jubilee’s 20th Anniversary, which raised a net amount of more than $1.5 million dollars.

Leal said, “So many children in Southeast Dallas struggled with special learning needs and just weren’t getting the help they deserved, and with your help, Jubilee stepped up to fill this gap.”

He shared that the pilot cohort of seven students included a significant disparity in diagnoses and resources depending on a child’s school, and a significant opportunity for impact by focusing on dyslexia interventions.  Parent empowerment trainings were so helpful that they have been expanded to all parents in Jubilee’s programs, which directly serves 400 children.

He also revealed that core components of Jubilee’s new strategic plan, including values, revised areas of impact, and upcoming programs for the next five years, which will include coalition-building among surrounding neighborhoods, expanded programs for senior citizens, a home repair program, workforce certificates, and the first full cohort of the S3 Program.

Leal then referenced signage throughout the space, which reviewed results, detailed next steps, and thanked lead sponsors of Jubilee’s work, including Lydia and Bill Addy, Crow Holdings, Winnie and Davis Hamlin, ISN Software Corporation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Moody Foundation, New Breeze Foundation, Park Place Dealerships, the Perot Foundation, Stemmons Foundation, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

In closing he said, “We have lots more to share about the five-year plan, including maximizing the use of our campus, bridging the gap between middle school and higher education, and acting as a conduit for resources into the greater Southeast Dallas area.  For tonight, we hope you’ll feel informed and engaged with Jubilee as we enter this next decade of service.”

Reception attendees included: Maria and David Martin, chair, Jubilee Park & Community Center board of directors; Cesar Reyna and Ben Leal, CEO, Jubilee Park & Community Center; Bill Addy, 20th Anniversary Gala co-chair; Marilyn Augur; Tom McConnell; Delilah and Sam Boyd; Kathy Crow; Winnie and Davis Hamlin; Bea and Walt Humann; Paul Polanco and Roberto De la Cruz; Amanpreet and Matthew Randazzo; Jeff and Darrel Rice; Annadele Ross; Nancy Shutt; and Nancy and Jim Skochdopole.

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