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Spring 2019: An Exciting Season for Ed-U-CARE!

By Emily Denton, Ed-U-CARE Administrator

The sun has suddenly emerged from behind the clouds and Ed-U-CARE is bursting with exciting events and new opportunities. The event that started it all, Dallas County’s Compassion Fatigue Symposium, is coming up on April 12th. While I was at the Tarrant County event last September, this will be my first experience with the biggest caregiver event in the DFW area, and I can’t wait to spend the day with all our wonderful attendees, sponsors, and volunteers.

But beyond that, we have two fantastic fundraisers coming up soon after, both planned by generous Ed-U-CARE supporters.

We’re a big proponent of the healing power of movement, and past Compassion Fatigue Attendees can attest to our love of Nia dance. MoveStudio will be presenting a new Nia program called SOURCE on April 5 and will be donating the ticket sales to support Ed-U-CARE! Our partnerships with MoveStudio, Nia, and Ed-U-CARE board director and Nia Instructor Jule Aguirre are very dear to us and we are so grateful for their support. More information on this night of healing is below.

Our friend Will Kolb has put together the Advanced Style Fashion Show on April 24, presented by AARP Texas and taking place at Samuel Lynne Galleries. It’s going to be an exciting, elegant evening hosted by WFAA’s Ron Corning and featuring guests Valerie Von Sobel and Ari Seth Cohen. See below if you’d like more information – not only will this event highlight the style and vivacity of the older crowd, it will help Ed-U-CARE to continue on with our mission for another season!

And finally, still in the planning stages, we are working with AARP Texas to bring you the Miss Pride 2019 Drag Pageant. Save the date for May 19!

All of this support means we are able to focus on spreading our education and training throughout the community and beyond. Our Education Committee is hard at work on both our Compassion Fatigue and Bridge Building Network trainings. Beyond the Symposium, we will be presenting soon to a class in the TCU Department of Social Work and at a full-day event in Austin. We are also focusing on bringing our comprehensive training module on issues in aging in LGBT communities to the facilities, groups, and organizations who would benefit from them the most.

The days have been pleasantly bright recently and it’s a very bright time at Ed-U-CARE. Our Executive Director, Sharyn Fein, and I both had birthdays in March. We are two Pisces babies who are beyond thrilled to jump into this new season – of spring, of our lives, and of Ed-U-CARE. And I am particularly grateful for everyone in our community who has loved, accepted, and supported me in my new role as Ed-U-CARE’s Administrator for the past six months. -

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