Dear Friends of the Phoenix Center,

Connie Brady, John Kemper, Paul Brady & Sarah Garrett at the Boots, Blues & Boogie Ball


We are happy to report that record-breaking funds were raised at our gala on February 7th - the Boots, Blues & Boogie Ball!  We surpassed our $100,000 goal with nearly 250 guests in attendance!


Event proceeds will directly fund professional, high-quality mental health services for children who have experienced trauma.  


We believe every child deserves the highest quality of care - regardless of their ability to pay.


Thank you for making our mission and services possible - we truly could not operate without your support.  Thank you. 


"Gratitude is the memory of the heart."

John Baptiste Massieu


              In this Issue:

Upcoming Event: March 2015

Bunkhouse Art Exhibit Benefits the Phoenix Center

The Bunkhouse Gallery will hold their annual spring exhibit in March 2015. Silent auction and raffle proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Center.  

Hours are from 11am-6pm the weekends of March 21-22, 2015 March 28-29, 2015.  An artists reception will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 2 - 6pm.  

The Bunkhouse Gallery is located at 573 Old Spicewood Road in Cypress Mill, Texas.  

Located on beautiful acreage, the Bunkhouse Gallery is a Hill Country setting and excursion not to be missed.

Guests will view over 400 paintings, jewelry and pottery - with many works under $200.   Wine will be provided by McReynolds Winery. Live music by Tim and Angie Wooten.   

The fine art, pottery and jewelry exhibition features the work of Dena Wenmohs and the "Bunkhouse Gang" including Mary Barnes, Sally Fraser, Janet Haynes, Richard Hess, Sharon Truman Kelly, Olga Lora, Dorothy Ann Metting, Travis Megason, Nina Mihm, Dottie Moon, Marilyn Rea Nasky, Nancy Paton, Jo Peterson, Patti Raso, Nancy Skelsey, Connie Stringer, Sandy Talen, Suzanne Thomas, Judy Thurman, Linda Wells, Sue Yuma and other talented artists.

For more information, please visit

A special thank you to Dena Wenmohs and the Bunkhouse Gallery artists.  We greatly appreciate your continued support.   Thank you.

Save the World Brewing Co. 

Benefit for the Phoenix Center

On Valentine's Day afternoon, February 14, 2015, Save the World Brewing Co. hosted a benefit for the Phoenix Center celebrating their philanthropic mission with a special release of the brewery's Double Milk Chocolate Stout. 

Nearly 200 guests were in attendance and a separate 30 guests attended an evening private beer pairing which also benefited the Phoenix Center's mission and programs.

Blue Bonnet Cafe donated pies for the event - taking their "PIE HAPPY HOUR" to a whole new level!   Guests enjoyed Blue Bonnet Cafe's world famous pies paired with the brewery's world-saving beer.  Amy's Ice Creams donated a special ice cream for the event. Thank you to all who attended and supported this fun event!

A special thank you to Save the World Brewing Co., Blue Bonnet Cafe, Amy's Ice Creams and our amazing event volunteers.  We are so appreciative of your support.   Thank you.

Photos and Words of Hope & Healing

"The Phoenix Center is my favoritist place 
in the whole world
because I am safe and calm
and I don't have to worry.
I can be happy here."

~ said in Feb. 2015 by 
an amazing 10 year-old girl

Horse Painting 
"I painted a heart."
Camp Phoenix 2014

Boots, Blues & Boogie Ball  


Cheryl Foster & Sarah Garrett

Nearly 250 guests danced to the music of Jay Boy Adams & Zenobia to raise critical funds for the children of the Phoenix Center.


A special thank you to Cheryl and Michael Foster for underwriting the cost of the band. 


Thank you as well to our Leadership Circle, Program Sponsors, Patia Strickland, The Linda and Jerry Strickland Family Foundation, food and beverage donors, auction donors, and our talented staff, board members and volunteers.


We are so appreciative of your continued and generous support. Thank you.



Anonymous Friends of the Phoenix Center

Ken and Jean Anderson

Michael and Cheryl Foster

Robert Ruff

The Linda & Jerry Strickland Family Foundation



American Bank of Texas, N.A.

Blue Bonnet Cafe

Paul and Connie Brady

Nash Builders, Ltd.

Dr. Deborah Voorhees

Katie Wessels



Galloway Insurance

Edwin Gambrell

Grand Bank of Texas

Granite Wealth Management 

Highland Lakes Title 

The Highlander

Alice and Ross Johnson

Republic Services

Service Title Company

The Picayune & KBEY



Blue Bonnet Café        

Double Horn Brewing Company

Dripping Springs Vodka


John & Belinda Kemper         

River City Grille   



      Backbone Valley Nursery & Landscaping

      Bahama Billy & Renee

      Bella Medical Spa

      Blue Bonnet Café

      Blue Moon Glassworks

      Brad and Kristi Goeble

      Brandon Arrington

      Camp Champions

      Curtis Knetsch

      Daniel Adams Fine Art

      Delaware Springs

      Dena Wenmohs

      Double Horn Brewing Co.

      Elise Lange

      Father & Son Landscaping

      Ford & Crew

      Home Depot

      Just Yakin'

      Katie Reid - Matilda Jane Clothing

      KLM Design

      Linda Wells


      Marta Stafford Fine Art

      Mary Kay - Vicki Auth

      Matt and Anna Green

      Mike and Annie Blakely

      Molly Biglari

      Out Back Party Rentals

      Patti Raso

      Randy and Barbara Ayers

      Richard Hess

      Ritchie Dental Group

      Sana Vida Wellness Spa & Tea Bar

      Sharon Truman Kelly

      Smartie Pantz

      Strictly Sweets

      Ultimate Facials - Janet Rodgers

      Wet Salon & Studio

      Woody Eastman

      Yeti Cooler


Thank you to all for your generosity and continued support.


Gift Horse Screening at Uptown Theatre

On January 25, 2015, the Linda & Jerry Strickland Foundation brought a private screening of the film "A Gift Horse" to the historic Uptown Theatre on Main Street in Marble Falls.
Linda and Jerry Strickland & Sarah Garrett

The Foundation brought this exclusive screening to our area to increase awareness of the professional services of the Phoenix Center - an innovative model of care that exists nowhere else in Texas.  
Nearly 200 guests filled the Uptown Theatre and "A Gift Horse" actresses Katie Kelly and Madeline Thelton were in attendance to sign autographs after the show.

A special thank you to the Strickland Foundation, Linda and Jerry Strickland, Patia Strickland, Earl Heard and the Gift Horse team, River City Grille & Paul and Connie Brady.

View additional photos on the Gift horse Facebook page.


Belinda Kemper & Ella Plante


"A Gift Horse" actress Madeline Thelton signing an autograph for Lili Biglari



Current Groups & Camps


After-School Therapy Groups


Mondays: Elementary School Children

3:30 - 4:30 pm 


Wednesdays: Middle & High School Girls

4:00 - 5:30 pm  


Parenting Workshops


Thursdays: 5:00 - 7:30 pm 

Caring For Children who have Experienced Trauma

8 week parenting group, with coinciding children's therapy groups, and a free of cost dinner for the entire family. Offered in collaboration with the HCCAC. This group began on February 12, 2015 and is held weekly at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Marble Falls. A heartfelt thank you to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rev. Danielle Moore Casey and Rev. Harold Vanicek for their generous support of this program.  


If you are interested in donating a family-style meal, dessert or snack for this group, please contact us at


Mondays: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Child Parent Relationship Therapy Group

CPR-T, also called Filial Therapy, is a research-based, 10-week parenting group that teaches parents of 3 - 9 year-old children how to use some of the same skills play therapists use to help children experiencing social, emotional or behavioral problems. CPR-T is offered throughout the year at the Phoenix Center. The next group will begin in March 2015.  To register or learn more, call us or email 

Camp Phoenix 2015


Sign-up has begun for Camp Phoenix 2015 sessions.  We have planned a record 10 camps for 2015 & project to serve 140 campers.

Camp Phoenix therapeutic camp sessions are staffed entirely by mental health professionals and masters-level interns offering a ratio of 1 adult to every 2 campers.   Children make tremendous progress through equine therapy and our innovative therapeutic camp curriculum.  

For the 2015 camp dates and an application, please visit our website or click here.
For Parents & Professionals: A Book Review
Click on photo for link
The pioneering experts behind the bestselling book The Whole-Brain Child now explore the ultimate child-raising challenge: discipline. 

Highlighting the fascinating link between a child's neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tension, and tears.

Defining the true meaning of the "d" word (to teach, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to truly reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. In doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win for both parent and child. 

Inside this sanity-saving guide you'll discover:

  • strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy and best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart
  • new info. about brain development - and what kind of discipline is most appropriate for different stages of development
  • why time out may not be effective & what you can do instead
  • how to calmly connect with your child - no matter how extreme his/her behavior - while still setting clear and consistent limits
  • tips for navigating through the "emotional storm" to achieve insight, empathy and repair 
  • twenty discipline mistakes great parents make - and how to best implement the principles of whole-brain parenting 
Complete with candid parenting stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors' suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline illustrates how to work with your child's developing mind to resolve conflict and strengthen resilience in both parent and child.
Ways You Can Help 
Thank you hand
$10 Healthy snacks
$50 Parenting classes
$100 One therapy session
$200 Day camp for one child
$500 Weekend camp for one child
$1,000 10 therapy sessions for one child  


Our programs are made possible 

by volunteers and private donations. 

Your support is vital and deeply appreciated.

Options to give include a monthly recurring gift & a dedication or memorial gift. 



Phoenix Center
P.O Box 732
Marble Falls, TX 78654


  • Donate a healthy snack or meal*
  • Help us create a "coping skills bag" for eachcamper*
  • Blank sketchbooks & journals*
  • Artist's pottery wheel*
  • Yoga bolsters (6)*
*Please email or call for more details.

Thank you for your generous support!
You are making a difference.



Consider donating your used 

car, truck, van, motorcycle, 

boat, RV, trailer, airplane or 

ATV to the Phoenix Center. 


It's a tax-deductible donation, and we'll take care of 

everything, including pick up!


Call 877-537-5277 
to get started and mention 
Camp Phoenix in Marble
Falls, TX when you call! 


 Who We Are   


Our mission is to inspire hope, health and healing by providing the highest level of care to every child and family through innovative trauma-informed therapy and education.


When children have experienced trauma, research indicates that early intervention is critical for long-term well-being and health. Through our services, children are able to access exemplary mental health services and ultimately thrive as individuals and families.


Our Services

  • Phoenix Mental Health Clinic:  Highest level of care for every child and family, research-based and trauma-informed care, including play therapy for young children
  • Phoenix Parenting: Research-based parenting programs with documented results
  • Phoenix After-School: Therapeutic children's groups for children with special needs
  • Camp Phoenix: Therapeutic camp sessions - including equine therapy - our own innovative model found nowhere else in Texas


card-sunflower Who is a Phoenix Center Child? 

Children and teens ages 3 - 18 with an identified mental health need, such as children who have experienced trauma.  The children we serve are often uninsured, under-insured or are otherwise unable to access high-quality mental health services.  


Our Collaborating Agencies  
CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center, Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Highland Lakes In addition, youth are referred to our programs by school counselors, churches and families.


Our Staff 

Phoenix Center staff include licensed mental health professionals and graduate student interns from U.T. Austin and Texas State University. 


Our Board 

Members include J. Allan Garrett, Terry Gulden, Harry Born, Lindsay Plante, Patti McCormick, Molly Biglari, Liz Turner & Courtney Bowen.

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Post Office Box 732
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Our mission is to inspire hope, health and healing by providing the highest level of care to every child and family through innovative trauma-informed therapy and education.