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  • Celebrating 10 Years of UNITED Tribute by Surpassing $1M

    United Way of Denton County hosts reduced-capacity gala raising over $230,000 to bring event ten-year total past $1 million; Denton County philanthropists Michelle and Brian Cree honored with Humanitarian Award; community dancing duos vie for Mirror Ball Trophy

    DENTON, TX (January 18, 2022) –Friends and supporters of United Way of Denton County gathered in socially distanced fashion at the grand ballroom at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center for the 10th annual UNITED Tribute Gala on Saturday, January 15. Despite limiting ticket sales to 70% capacity, the 10th annual UNITED Tribute gala raised over $230,000 to reach an impressive 10-year milestone surpassing $1 million dollars raised for United Way of Denton County to improve and transform lives across Denton County.

  • United Way Denton County Receives Excellence Award from Workforce Solutions

    Agency to be recognized as Community Investment Partner of the Year for 2021 at virtual event on 2/2


    DENTON, TX (January 28, 2022) – The Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (WSNCT) has selected United Way of Denton County to receive an Award of Excellence as their Community Investment Partner of the Year for 2021. United Way of Denton County will accept the honor at the virtual Annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, February 2nd.


    The Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Award of Excellence honors outstanding achievements of partner organizations that have impacted the lives of those served throughout the 14-county region footprint of Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas.   The award will be presented to United Way of Denton County at WSNCT’s Annual Awards Ceremony on February 2, 2022 at 1:30pm. Registration for this event is free and open to the public via zoom.


    “Time and time again, we have witnessed the commitment and passion United Way of Denton County brings to serving our region,” said Phedra Redifer, Executive Director of the Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas. “We are fortunate to have United Way of Denton County and its staff working alongside us to make North Central Texas the best place for every resident to live, work and thrive.”


    In 2019, United Way of Denton County launched the collaborative Denton County Workforce Success Leadership Team with a focus on building programs and resources to help residents gain the skills needed to secure employment at a level that matches the cost of living in Denton County. Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas is an active participant with United Way of Denton County in reimagining solutions to obstacles many families face such as affordable and flexible childcare, housing, transportation, and skills training.  Also appointed to the Denton County Workforce Success Leadership Team are leaders from Denton County businesses, nonprofits, school districts, higher education, and government.


    “Since March 2020, we have worked closely with Denton County Judge Andy Eads and the Commissioners Court to help over 10,000 households negatively impacted by COVID with rent, utilities and food,” said Gary Henderson, President and CEO of United Way of Denton County. “Our focus in 2022 is to build the support systems needed to help our families find and maintain employment that results in self-sufficiency and success. The Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas is a critical partner in this work.”


    The mission of Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas is to advance business-driven solutions that promote economic growth, opportunity, and a skilled workforce. Their Workforce Development Area includes Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise counties.



    United Way of Denton County is a local affiliate of a global organization led by a governing board of community volunteers. Through collaborative initiatives and programs with a network of local nonprofits, businesses, and government, we empower neighbors to invest in one another for a better Denton County community. We LIVE UNITED to help Children and Families succeed, to guide and serve Veterans and their families, to make Homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring, and to advocate for overall Mental Health. Working together, we identify the community’s most critical needs and implement collaborative solutions to improve and transform lives in Denton County. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayDentonCounty.org or call (940)566-5851. #UNITED4DentonCounty


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  • Two Legacy Denton County Nonprofits Join United Way of Denton County Family

    Our Daily Bread and PediPlace added as United Way of Denton County Community Partners

    DENTON, TX (September 8, 2021)– After years of collaborating to serve Denton County’s individuals and families in crisis, United Way of Denton County has officially welcomed Our Daily Bread in Denton and PediPlace in Lewisville as Partner Agencies.

    “Our Daily Bread and PediPlace are effective and efficient agencies with a proven track record for results,” said United Way of Denton County President & CEO Gary Henderson. “Our best work at United Way of Denton County happens when we get in a room with representatives from businesses, government, and organizations like these iconic nonprofits to talk through challenges and find collaborative solutions for county-wide issues like homelessness, hunger, and lack of access to healthcare for children and families.” Our Daily Bread (ODB), which recently merged with Monsignor King Outreach Center (MKOC), has been working collaboratively to feed, shelter, and care for the most vulnerable in the Denton community for over 20 years. ODB responded to the increased demand for services in 2020 and currently operates three locations: a community kitchen/day shelter located within St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, the alternative shelter at Deluxe Inn, and the Emergency Shelter at the former MKOC location ( Read full article here).

  • August 29th is National Banana Pudding Day….

    Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Shares History of Sweet Southern Treat

    DALLAS (August 26, 2021)— One of the first known banana pudding recipes appeared in 1888 in Good Housekeeping magazine. Now, more than 130 years later, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que celebrates National Banana Pudding Day by paying homage to one of the original comfort foods in the South.

    “Banana pudding has stood the test of time, really,” says Soulman’s Bar-B-Que CEO Brett Randle. “While the Good Housekeeping recipe dates back to the 19th century, ours was born before we opened the doors in 1974.  That’s when our owner’s mother shared her secret recipe to put on the original menu and it has been a signature item for more than 45 years! Memer's Banana Pudding takes relatively simple items combined in just the right mixture to create an unmistakable creamy banana pudding.”

    Soulman’s banana pudding is known to have legions of devotees who come back to the North Texas bar-b-que mainstay over and over. Randle says that they sell more than 50 tons of banana pudding in any given year at their 18 locations.  The word of mouth and social media attention includes reviews advising guests to ‘make sure you save room for their homemade banana pudding!’

    About Soulman’s Bar-B-Que

    For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery (2020). Soulman’s currently owns and operates 18 North and East Texas locations in Allen, Cedar Hill, Forney, Garland, Greenville, Hurst, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, Quinlan, Red Oak, Rockwall I-30, Rockwall Goliad, Royse CitySulphur Springs, Terrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

  • Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce partners up with CGI Communications Inc. to highlight the Lewisville Community and what The Chamber has to offer 

    LEWISVILLE, TX (August 2020)- To highlight all of the advantages of living in Lewisville and the exciting opportunities that the Chamber has to offer, The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce partnered up with CGI Communications to create a series of professionally produced videos to educate business owners of the benefits of the Lewisville Community.

    With an easily viewable interface on the www.lewisvillechamber.org website, our Video Tour will encourage viewers to learn more about the area and the businesses supporting the program. The Video Tour on our website will backlink to CGI's www.elocallink.tv which hosts the videos.

    The Chamber is dedicated to highlighting the advantages of living in the area.


  • Medical City Lewisville Honored for Women's Care

    Healthgrades awards recognize superior performance among hospitals nationally

    Contact: Tanya Gandy | [email protected] | 214-514-7775


    AUGUST 26th, 2021 (LEWISVILLE,TX) Medical City Lewisville is a 5-star recipient in the 2021 Women’s Care Awards by Healthgrades, a leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.


    This is the seventh year Medical City Lewisville has received the 5-star awards in the C-Section Delivery and Vaginal Delivery categories. This 5-star rating indicates that Medical City Lewisville’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected and places Medical City Lewisville among the national leaders in labor and delivery.


    “This national recognition speaks to our commitment to high-quality patient care and our promise to our patients to provide excellence always in every action, every patient, every time,” says LaSharndra Barbarin, FACHE, Medical City Lewisville CEO. “These awards reinforce why Medical City Lewisville is the destination of choice for expectant mothers and the best place to have a baby in Denton County.”


    “Women can feel confident selecting a hospital recognized with a 5-star rating for providing exceptional women’s care. We commend the organizations that receive this achievement for their ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care for their patients,” says Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades.


    Medical City Lewisville is one of eight Medical City Healthcare hospitals honored for outstanding women’s services in the 2021 Women’s Care Awards, including Medical City Alliance, Medical City Arlington, Medical City Dallas, Medical City Las Colinas, Medical City McKinney, Medical City Plano and Medical City Weatherford.


    View Healthgrades hospital quality and methodologies.



    Medical City Lewisville is a 186-bed, acute care hospital serving Lewisville, Flower Mound and southern Denton County since 1976. With a medical team of more than 1,000 physicians, Medical City Lewisville offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center with the county’s only pediatric emergency room, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and women’s services. A Cycle 5 Chest Pain Center, a Primary Stroke Center and an accredited Comprehensive Center for bariatric surgery, the hospital was voted “Best Place to Have a Baby” in Denton County by DFW Child readers and was the first in Denton County to receive state-designation as a Level III neonatal ICU (NICU). Medical City Lewisville is “A” rated for safety by the Leapfrog Group since 2016, and is Magnet® recognized for nursing excellence.


    Medical City Lewisville is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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  • Deadline Approaching in Texas for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to the Rose Hill Apartment Complex Fire

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Texas small businesses of the July 27, 2021, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the Rose Hill Apartment Complex Fire in Denton County that occurred Aug. 30, 2020. (Read Full Article here.)

  • $50 Million Fund to Provide Community Grants

    Healthier Tomorrow Fund to support high priority community needs and health equity


    May 25th, 2021 | Contact: Janet St. James | [email protected]

    DALLAS – Medical City Healthcare, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, is announcing that the HCA Healthcare Foundation has established a $50 million community impact fund designed to support innovative initiatives focused on addressing high-priority community needs and health equity. The Healthier Tomorrow Fund will initially provide grants to nonprofit organizations in 25 communities where HCA Healthcare has a presence, including North Texas.

    “The HCA Healthcare Foundation Healthier Tomorrow Fund is a significant and long-term investment in North Texas,” says Erol Akdamar, president of Medical City Healthcare. “Partnering with nonprofit agencies that share our commitment to the care and improvement of human life will help make a meaningful impact in the communities we serve.”

    Funding the Healthier Tomorrow Fund at the HCA Healthcare Foundation is one example of the many ways HCA Healthcare is making a positive impact in the communities it serves. In 2020, HCA Healthcare provided more than $3.4 billion in uncompensated care and incurred $4.1 billion in federal, state and local taxes. In North Texas, Medical City Healthcare provided more than $282 million in charity and uncompensated care and $70 million in local property taxes.

    Through the initial $50 million investment, the Healthier Tomorrow Fund will support nonprofit organizations with evidence-based programs that address community needs and health equity especially related to access to living wage healthcare careers and positive mental wellness. Medical City Healthcare will work with local nonprofit organizations addressing these needs to partner on long-term impactful programs. The HCA Healthcare Foundation will operate the Healthier Tomorrow Fund and up to $5 million will be distributed in its first year.

    In addition, HCA Healthcare will continue its established enterprise-wide partnerships with leading organizations to improve health and well-being, including March of Dimes, American Red Cross, The Jason Foundation and other national organizations.

    For more information about the HCA Healthcare Foundation: www.hcacaring.org

    For questions: [email protected].



    About Medical City Healthcare
    Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Medical City Healthcare strives to deliver excellence always—providing the highest quality healthcare in the communities it serves. With the resources and strength of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 185 hospitals in the United States and England, Medical City Healthcare is one of the North Texas region’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare providers. It includes 16 hospitals with 3,662 licensed beds, nearly 5,000 active physicians, 6,000 nurses and 17,000 employees. Three Medical City Healthcare hospitals are accredited comprehensive stroke centers, 10 hospitals “A” safety rated by the Leapfrog Group, and seven hospitals hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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