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March-April 2011

Introducing additions to the TDCAF Advisory Committee

Jennifer Vitera

TDCAF Development Director in Austin

In the last issue we introduced our new Foundation Board members, and now we are pleased to announce the additions to our existing TDCAF Advisory Committee:

    The Honorable Jim Chapman
    A. Troy Cotton
    Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr.
    Norma Davenport
    Jack C. Frels
    Frank Harmon, III
    Bill Hill
    Kim Ogg
    G. Dwayne Pruitt
    Daniel Ronan
    Charles Rosenthal, Jr.
    Joe Shannon, Jr.
    Johnny Sutton

Please join us in welcoming our newest members! We thank them for their leadership of and support to the Foundation. For a complete listing of TDCAF Board Members and TDCAF Advisory Committee Members, please see the masthead on the opposite page.

Investigators’ victory

Congratulations again to the Investigator Section on winning our 2010 Annual Campaign fundraising challenge. The section’s board was presented with an award at the Investigator School in San Antonio in February 8 and also enjoyed a happy hour—courtesy of the Foundation—in their honor.

    Thanks again to all of our membership groups for participating in last year’s campaign. Our Investigator Board has challenged the Key Personnel and Victim Assistance Coordinators to another fundraising competition in 2011, so watch this column and our website, www.tdcaf .org, for details.

Many thanks

Thank you to Calhoun County District Attorney Dan Heard for setting up TDCAF introduction meetings in Port Lavaca. We would also like to thank Bert Graham, TDCAF Board member, for attending Foundation introduction meetings throughout the month of January.

       We are excited to report that The Dow Chemical Company will sponsor TDCAA’s new Family Violence Training Manual. Dow’s contribution will fund the printing and mailing of at least one book per prosecutor’s office. Thank you, Dow, for this generous support! Watch the mail over the next few weeks for your office’s copy.

Latest fundraising efforts

TDCAA will host a three-day seminar targeting the unique role of prosecutors’ office personnel in combating domestic violence. Domestic violence crimes affect all prosecutors—misdemeanor- and felony-level, rural and urban. Information in this seminar is aimed at prosecutors, investigators, and victim assistance coordinators to help them effectively investigate and prosecute domestic violence crimes as well as more compassionately and effectively provide assistance and information to domestic violence victims. TDCAF is reaching out to individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the Domestic Violence Training Program. If you know of anyone who might be interested in sponsoring this seminar, please contact me at 512/474-2436 or [email protected]

    Also, our Intoxication Man-slaughter Course will take place June 13–17 in Corpus Christi. We are looking to partner with sponsors on this year’s training. Sponsor levels are Platinum, $10,000; Gold, $5,000; Silver, $2,500 and Bronze, $1,000. Sponsorships will benefit the Annual Campaign Fund.

    And last but definitely not least, we will officially kick off our 2011 Annual Campaign in April. Three of our membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) have stepped up to challenge each other in their fundraising efforts again this year. We will track results based on dollars raised compared to percentage of membership in each of these groups. Stay tuned for more information on how you can give.

    Also, our Intoxication Man-slaughter Course will take place June 13–17 in Corpus Christi. We are looking to partner with sponsors on this year’s training. Sponsor levels are Platinum, $10,000; Gold, $5,000; Silver, $2,500 and Bronze, $1,000. Sponsorships will benefit the Annual Campaign Fund.

    And last but definitely not least, we will officially kick off our 2011 Annual Campaign in April. Three of our membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) have stepped up to challenge each other in their fundraising efforts again this year. We will track results based on dollars raised compared to percentage of membership in each of these groups. Stay tuned for more information on how you can give.

Miscellany

In an effort to keep Foundation expenses down, we have been including Tax ID and IRS information on donor thank-you letters. In the past we mailed out an additional receipt with this tax information around this time of year, but from now on, your thank-you letter will serve as your receipt for donations made to the Foundation. If you would like another receipt, please feel free to call me at 512/474-2436 or email me at [email protected]

    I have been selected to participate in a program called Leadership Texas. Through it I will expand my professional associations while investigating major issues affecting the state and nation. During this program I will be traveling to Dallas, the Permian Basin, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio, looking at each city’s challenges and opportunities regarding business, economy, education, government, and technology. I plan on visiting our members and offices in these areas along the way.