If you want to thank someone in a big way, throw them a big party—at least that’s what the staff and members of The Well Community did on Sunday, June 5 to thank volunteers and donors for their involvement this past year. Community members of The Well turned out in full force to thank people like Mark and Deborah Gallagher (pictured below, right) from First Baptist Church of Frisco who, with others from their church, have been serving dinner once a month for over four years. “We started coming with our Life Group,” explained Deborah. “At first we were a little reluctant to meet members of The Well,” Mark added, “but it has been interesting getting to know people. Everyone has a different story.”
The celebration event, featuring the Happy Campers Band, was supported by a number of sponsors* from the community and included food provided by Oak Cliff eateries. Estella Gallegos (pictured below, left) of Jed’s Grill said this was their first opportunity to support The Well. “We have been in Oak Cliff about seven months and are glad to find ways to be involved in local activities.”
Volunteer service at The Well takes many different forms. Ann Tabony (pictured below, left) has taught art classes for members of The Well for 9 years. She was on hand at the event to showcase pencil and watercolor pictures done by members. The paintings were on sale to support the artists and The Well.
Judge Margaret Jones-Johnson (pictured below, left) started her service to The Well about 10 years ago. She was then serving as a mental health public defender in Dallas County and one of her clients participated at The Well. “The Well helps them have more stable lives and gives them a sense of purpose,” she noted. Now, as the Judge of the Mental Illness and Probate Court, Jones-Johnson is an advocate for those dealing with mental illnesses. “I try to help people get to a facility where they can get help, instead of jail,” she explained.
Linda Barriga, a volunteer from Cliff Temple Baptist Church, said, “I love going to The Well events! I am so impressed by the way they love each other—how they serve one another.” Volunteer Mark Gallagher says of helping out at The Well, “This is just what you are supposed to do! The Well is easy. They don’t ask a lot, but it makes a big difference in people’s lives.”
According to Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well, “We love how the volunteers love our members. Together with our donors, they make The Well’s services possible. We threw this celebration party because we just wanted to say ‘thanks’ and help them know they are changing lives.”
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*The Well Community thanks those who helped to make the Celebration Event possible:
Sponsors: RPGA Design Group, Barbara and Ed Ulbricht
Donors: Linda and Don Adams, Shirlee and Charles Bealke,Jr., Jackye McGee, Susie Moody, Laurel Varney
In-kind Donors: Bishop Arts Theater, Dawn and Steve Camp, CBRE Commercial Real Estate Services, Eyecon Inc., Ben E. Keith Company, Kessler Park United Methodist Church, Pamela Mount, Patricia Patten
Raffle: Chicken Scratch/The Foundry, CiboDivino Market Place, CocoAndre Chocolatier, Dallas Chop House, Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., Eno’s Pizza Tavern, Greek Cafe and Bakery, Gypsy House/Chaska Norwood, Hattie’s, Jed’s Grill, La Calle Doce Restaurante, Norma’s Cafe, PhD, Potpourri of Silk, Smoke, The Local Oak
Eateries: Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., Greek Cafe and Bakery, Hattie’s, Hunky’s, Jed’s Grill, Kessler Cookie Company, La Calle Doce Restaurante, Lone Star Donuts, Norma’s Cafe, Pier 247/303 Bar and Grill, The Local Oak, Vera’s Bakery