Archive for April, 2012

Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary honors Children’s Education Fund Chairman Mike Gruber

Congratulations to G. Michael Gruber, Chairman of CSF’s Dallas partner, the Children’s Education Fund. Today, the Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary awarded Mr. Gruber with the 2012 Justinian Award, which is given annually to a member of the Dallas Bar Association in recognition of volunteer efforts benefitting the community.

In addition to chairing the Children’s Education Fund, which is funding scholarships for almost 500 Dallas children to attend private school this year, Mr. Gruber chairs an annual benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is also involved with Dream Dallas, a Habitat for Humanity program raising $100 million to revitalize at-risk Dallas neighborhoods. And he has served on the boards of the North Texas Entrepreneurs Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.

According to a Dallas Bar Association news release, Mr. Gruber was enrolled in his high school’s vocational education program for automotive mechanics. But his civics teacher, Nancy Solana, was impressed with how he spoke about government and politics in her class, and encouraged him to consider a career in law.

“I loved the class and the challenge of thinking on my feet and discussing the importance of the law in people’s lives. Nancy saw something that made her think I might make a good lawyer, and urged me to take the SAT exam,” he said. The SAT led to a four-year college scholarship to SMU, followed by law school at SMU.

Many years later, as founding partner of the law firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, Mr. Gruber is helping other young people improve their lives through education.

You can read more about Mr. Gruber’s work at the Dallas Bar Association’s website.

Celebrating CSF Partner Program Events!

CSF partner programs across the country are busy signing up new families for scholarships starting next fall and shepherding current scholarship recipients through the requalification process. But several are also celebrating their successes with gala lunches, dinners, and graduations. Here’s a line-up of CSF partner program special events this spring:

  • This past Wednesday, CSF Portland held a luncheon discussion about the late CSF Co-Founder Ted Forstmann.  CSF Portland Executive Director Kathryn Hickok told us the event was very successful. “I enjoyed the opportunity to explain how Ted turned the education reform debate on its head by empowering parents to choose and invest in schools which are already working. He helped make the conversation ‘student-centered’ instead of ‘system-centered’ and focused on helping children immediately instead of continuing to wait for change,” she said.
  • Seeds of Hope in Denver just hosted its Hope Springs Eternal luncheon this past Friday, April 20th.
  • In St. Louis, the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation will celebrate its 3rd Annual Archbishop’s Gala luncheon this Thursday, April 26th.
  • The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, which provides scholarships in Newark, Jersey City, and Elizabeth, New Jersey will host its 28th annual dinner on Tuesday, May 15th.
  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will headline a luncheon for ACE Scholarships in Denver on Tuesday, May 29th.
  • Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha is expecting a full house on Thursday, June 7th,  when it welcomes legendary Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz to its annual luncheon.
  • CSF Philadelphia will host its annual graduation event this June. This year, as well as celebrating graduating 8th graders and welcoming new scholarship winners, CSFP will honor James Maguire, Founder of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, as its CSFP Citizen of the Year. Frank Polizzi, President and CEO of  Mass Marketing Insurance Group, will receive the honors as CSFP’s Corporate Citizen of the Year.

Congratulations to all CSF partners across the country. If there’s a CSF partner program event in your area, we hope you will make plans to attend!