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The Power of Philanthropy 

March 2014
GDA Speakers in the Dallas Community

In January, GDA President, Gail Davis, and GDA Vice President, Sarah Charbonnet, co-chaired the Soup's On! Luncheon benefiting the Stewpot Alliance. The entire GDA team volunteered at the event and throughout the year serving meals to the homeless at The Bridge. The 2014 Soup's On! Luncheon was the most successful luncheon to date.

Click Here to read a great article recapping the luncheon and the incredible keynote by "Homeless to Harvard's" Liz Murray. 
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Why Getting Involved In Your
Community Matters
Three years ago, Gail wrote a blog challenging readers to give back. She encouraged everyone to "look at the year ahead and ask how you can make a difference - whether it is on the stage or in your community. We all need each other." This topic is just as relevant today and many of our clients agree. Speakers focusing on philanthropy and community involvement remain one of our most requested topics by corporate clients, associations and nonprofits. Consumers care if businesses are giving back. More and more, it makes good business sense to invest wisely in the communities we live and work.

Below are three excellent speakers that focus on giving back and community involvement. They receive rave reviews from clients and will leave your attendees with a touch of inspiration they will not soon forget. 
You may know Jewel as a singer, songwriter and actress, but she is also very passionate about her charitable initiative, Project Clean Water, which she founded in 1997.  She has been relentless in her efforts to bring safe water to those in need and create awareness of clean water shortages around the world. To date, Project Clean Water has helped more than 30 communities overcome their individual drinking water problems in 13 different countries, on five different continents.

*A CAA Exclusive Speaker; GDA Speakers partners with CAA to bring you this speaker
Andre Norman's story is a true testament that anything in life is possible.  Growing up with a less than perfect childhood, Andre eventually found himself sentenced to 100 years in prison with no sign of parole.  A natural-born leader, Andre quickly rose to the top of the prison gang where he managed criminal and gang activities from within the confines of the correctional facility. He was eventually sent to solitary confinement where Andre realized he needed to take control of his life. That decision led him to earning parole after serving a 15-year sentence.  Today, Andre has influenced positive changes in communities across the country and challenges audiences to make a difference where they work and live.  He recently completed the documentary, Saving St. Louis, which followed him as he did transformative work within inner city St. Louis. 
Doc Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of the year in 2009 for the work he has done providing clean water to those in need around the world.  Founding his Wine to Water charity in 2007, the former bartender's dream became a reality.  "When the idea came to me to start Wine To Water the only real world job experience I had was tending bar. I dreamed of building an organization that fought water related death and disease using completely different methods than anyone else. So I started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way I knew how, by pouring wine and playing music."