Good Deeds & Awards

Passionate About Philanthropy

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert Empower Others With Enthusiasm by Kristin Cicciarelli | Contributor “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Ashlee and Chris Kleinert have certainly taken this quote to heart. In 2008, during the country’s financial

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Heartbreak to Heroine

After the death of her 19-year-old son, Vanita Halliburton became a champion for change in society’s attitude about mental illness. Now, we’re talking. by Melissa Chaiken | Section Editor Few parents can imagine a tragedy worse than the death of

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Holocaust Hero Advocates for Justice

    by Tricia White | Managing Editor Ninety-two year old Holocaust survivor Marie “Rie” Spronk-Hughes may take a few extra minutes to get to the podium, and you may have to lean in to hear her quiet voice (which

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Homeless to Hopeful…

Shanjula Harris takes home GLF’s Very Inspiring Parent (VIP) Award by Karyn Brodsky | Staff Writer What does it take to go from homeless to hopeful? Shanjula Harris of Dallas knows from personal experience. It takes steel resolve, trust in

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Best Buddies for Life

Seventeen year old Lindsay Steudtner can teach us all a thing or two about loyalty and friendship. by Karyn Brodsky | Staff Writer When people think of individuals with disabilities they sometimes focus on what they can’t do. A college-bound

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A Lot to Live For

A mother of two sets of twins, Lauren Zlotky, courageously set her sights on beating breast cancer…and unlocked a passion for helping others battle the disease in the process. by Julie Taylor | Contributor When Lauren Zlotky found out she

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School Board Recognizes Toyota for $1,000,000 Donation to Academy Programs

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees on May 19 recognized Toyota for its generous contribution of

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How Courage and Fortitude Transformed Adversity Into a Positive Life

How Courage and Fortitude Transformed Adversity Into a Positive Life For Christopher Bianez of the Plano

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Making the Grade

VIP AWARD RECIPIENT Harry LaRosiliere Gives Back Through Public Service    By Karen Brodsky | Staff

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