September-October 2010

TDCAF celebrates 4th anniversary

Jennifer Vitera

TDCAF Development Director in Austin

It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since the leadership of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) announced the formation of the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation, (a 501(c)(3) supporting organization). We would like to thank our TDCAA members, the TDCAA Board of Directors, the TDCAF Board of Trustees, and the TDCAF Advisory Committee for four successful years; we look forward to the foundation’s continued success in the upcoming year. Please help us celebrate this year by making a contribution to the Annual Campaign! See the details that follow.

 2010 Annual Campaign needs your support!

As you know, we have two fundraising goals for our membership groups: one for elected prosecutors, and one for investigators, key personnel, and victim assistants. This year we are asking all elected prosecutors to coordinate with prosecutors in their office 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!

The second fundraising goal involves three of our membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) who have challenged each other in their fundraising. So far, the investigators are leading the way in the challenge! The foundation will host a reception for the winning membership group at its scheduled conference in 2011 (Investigator School or Key Personnel and Victim Assistance Coordinators Seminar). The winning group will also receive an engraved plaque (presented at the 2011 Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update), along with recognition in the Prosecutor journal and on the website. Remember, any amount you give is appreciated.

You may designate your gift for training or books, make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, or contribute an unrestricted amount for general operations. Funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the community at large greatly increases the quality of service we are able to offer to our members. You can go online to make a quick and secure donation. We appreciate your support and consideration!

Annual conference events

As you know, the TDCAA Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update will take place September 22–24 on South Padre Island. We wanted to let you know about the exciting foundation events planned during the three-day seminar. On Wednesday the 22nd, we will host the 2nd Annual TDCAF Golf Tournament starting at 8 a.m., and that evening at 6 p.m., the foundation is hosting complimentary karaoke after the opening reception. Also, don’t forget to stop by the foundation booth (Wednesday afternoon through Friday) to learn more about the foundation and how we are supporting the association and you, our members.

Still seeking sponsors for both events

We are asking members to please help the foundation identify corporations and individuals who might be interested in supporting our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament and this November’s DWI Summit. Please contact me at vitera ( a t ) tdcaa ( d o t ) com if there is someone in your area to whom we can send more information.