July-August 2010

2010 Annual Campaign has kicked off!

Jennifer Vitera

TDCAF Development Director in Austin

We would like to congratulate and thank the Ector County District Attorney’s Office for 100-percent participation in support of the 2010 Annual Campaign. “Two weeks ago, I challenged every member of the office to contribute to TDCAF,” said District Attorney Bobby Bland, “and every single employee responded with a contribution, pledge, or online donation.”

    By now, I hope all of you have received the 2010 Annual Campaign letter, brochure, and your invitation to be a part of the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation. The foundation is committed to continuing and improving the excellence TDCAA provides in educating and training Texas prosecutors, law enforcement, and key personnel.

    As we previously mentioned, this year we have two fundraising goals for our membership groups, one for elected prosecutors and one for investigators, key personnel, and victim assistants. The elected prosecutor campaign challenge is to raise $500 in unrestricted funds for the annual campaign. If all 332 prosecutors donate at this level, the foundation will receive $166,000 in unrestricted funds. For investigators, key personnel, and VACs, the challenge is a competition between these three membership groups. So far, the investigators are leading the way in the 2010 Annual Campaign, based on dollars raised compared to the percentage of membership in each of our competing groups (investigators, key personnel and victim assistance coordinators)—way to go! We will track future results and feature a regular update on who’s leading the way on our website and in The Texas Prosecutor. So keep an eye out!

In other news

Two major events are coming up in the next few months. One is our 2010 DWI Summit, Guarding Texas Roadways, on November 12. It is our second such day-long training on intoxication offenses. In 2008, TDCAA and TDCAF partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Anheuser-Busch Companies, and the Busch Satellite Network to present this seminar. We trained more than 1,400 prosecutors and police officers across Texas by broadcasting live from the BSN studios in St. Louis to 32 Anheuser-Busch distributorships around the state. Anheuser-Busch is joining us again to broadcast another seminar, and we are asking for your help in identifying corporations and people who might be interested in supporting it.

    Also, keep an eye out for information on the second Annual Foundation Golf Tournament, which will take place Wednesday, September 22 (the week of the Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update) on South Padre Island at the South Padre Island Golf Club. Funds raised through the tournament will support the 2010 Annual Campaign.

    Please e-mail me at [email protected] if there is someone in your area to whom we can send more information on either the DWI summit or the golf tournament. Sponsorship levels are: Platinum: $10,000; Gold: $5,000; Sterling: $2,500; and Bronze: $1,000. Money raised from sponsorships and attendees will benefit TDCAF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.