SHHH! SURPRISE SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED AT DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL
16 students will be surprised with Making A Difference Scholarships – awarded by Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite, LLP
“You get a scholarship! You get a scholarship! You get a scholarship!” Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite will channel Oprah Winfrey, as she announces the winners of this year’s “Making A Difference” Scholarships at Dunbar High School on May 29 at 10:30am. Sixteen students will be surprised in front of their entire graduating class, as they are announced as recipients of renewable scholarships and presented with a huge check!
The “Making A Difference” Scholarship, awarded by Amy Witherite, was created to provide financial assistance to students who have demonstrated leadership in their schools and communities. Since 2016, Eberstein Witherite has pledged to award at least five $1,000 scholarships to Dunbar High School students. However, additional scholarships have been added each year due to the high quality of applicants. In 2016 and 2017, a total of 18 students were selected. This year, Witherite will award the scholarships to 16 deserving students. The students will also be surprised to learn the scholarship amount has increased to $1,500.
“After we interviewed these students, it was impossible to pick only five. We were amazed by their accomplishments, leadership, and drive to succeed,” said Witherite. “So, I had no choice but to add additional scholarships to ensure all of these students can pursue their dreams.”
This year’s recipients include Laurent Shumbusha, who immigrated to America from Africa five years ago. Shumbusha speaks five languages and plans to study at TCU. When asked about his future goals, Shumbusha stated, “I am planning to work hard toward my Mechanical Engineering degree and to one day be able to help invent some air vehicles. I have always done my fair share of work and taken responsibility, at home, school, or anywhere else, and I am not planning to do any less in my life.”
As long as scholarship recipients maintain a 2.5 GPA and take a minimum of twelve credit hours, their “Making A Difference” scholarships are renewable. Witherite will award more than $40,000 in new and renewable scholarships this year and has awarded a total of $31,000 since 2016.
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This week, a wonderful young woman, Tess Bracy, will graduate, along with 700 other seniors, from Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas. While Tess is an incredible musician, academia and horse-lover, she is also a Gold Star daughter.
On March 31, 2005, Tess’s father, and my great friend, Capt Todd R. Bracy, died in a contingency zone in Albania while piloting a United States Air Force Special Operations MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft. Along with Todd, a total of 9 heroes lost their lives that fatal night, defending freedom across the globe.
I was in Albania that night. Having just completed mission planning for the following night. It was my 10thwedding anniversary, but the events of that night overshadowed any celebration and changed the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of people forever. There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t remember Todd and think of his surviving wife Tina, and of course Tess and her younger sister Tate. I will never forget these three ladies following a horse drawn caisson in Arlington National Cemetery on the path to laying Todd to rest for one last time.
When a serviceman or servicewoman dies in combat, they make the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Often times, they leave a grieving spouse, children, family, friends, and surely a legacy of service. On Memorial Day, we honor their sacrifice.
Yes, most of us get the day off from work. We gather together with family and friends. We resurrect famous recipes, watch sports and find ways to have fun and relax. But, hopefully, each Memorial Day, we also take time to remember.
May we remember the fallen heroes like Capt Todd R Bracy and the crew of Wrath 11, the survivors, like Tina, Tess, and Tate and the other American Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in combat. And, may we remember those who continue to defend America and its freedoms knowing their pledge may require them to one day make the ultimate sacrifice.
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Lt Col (R), USAF
Eberstein Witherite is pleased to again sponsor the K104 DeDe in the Morning Annual Bowl-A-Thon, benefitting Women Called Moses. Women Called Moses supports the southern Dallas community by providing services and support for domestic violence victims.
The Annual Bowl-A-Thon is a fun-filled evening, with many of the K104 on air personalities leading teams in a friendly competition.
“We are delighted to again partner with K104 and DeDe for this event,” says Amy Witherite, founding partner of Eberstein Witherite. DeDe’s Annual Charity Bowl-A-Thon will be held on May 10th at Alley Cats in Arlington. To participate in this event, make a donation, and you can join one of the station’s teams – or sign up to play on Amy’s team – for a fun filled evening of bowling.
Women Called Moses focuses on providing services to end the cycle of domestic violence in the Southern Dallas County area. From helping women and children escape abusive situations, to offering legal advocacy and counseling, Women Called Moses focuses on the entire spectrum of services to support victims of domestic abuse.
“It’s a tough situation for these families,” says Witherite. “Losing a car can be terrible for someone; but walking away from a roof over your head for you and your children is scary. It could also save your life. That’s why we sponsor DeDe’s Annual Charity Bowl-A-Thon. Women need to know they have help and support to help them escape domestic abuse,” Witherite continued.
DeDe is known as the Queen of Radio on KKDA (K104), and hosts one of the most popular morning drive time radio shows in DFW. She is regularly honored by the broadcast industry for her work and her community involvement. Witherite is well known in the DFW community, not only as a leading personal injury trial lawyer but also for her continued support of community outreach programs and charitable contributions to the causes that affect the communities her firm serves. “One in four women will be a victim of domestic abuse,” said Witherite. “Our Firm’s motto is ‘We Keep Life Running’ and we apply this belief to our clients, our team members and our community.”
What: K104 DeDe’s Annual Charity Bowl-A-Thon benefitting Women Called Moses
When: May 10, 2018, registration starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Alley Cats, 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington, TX 76015
How to sign up: http://www.myk104.com/dedes-annual-charity-bowl/
If you are a victim of domestic abuse and want help, call Women Called Moses at 972-298-1155 if you are in southern Dallas County. Outside of that area, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
Celebrating Women’s History Month, the Eberstein Witherite law firm is the title sponsor for a fundraising luncheon March 1, organized by K104’s DeDe McGuire of “DeDe in the Morning” to help provide a lift to women in need.
The inaugural event -benefiting Dress for Success Dallas and Girls Inc. – is drawing a heady group of dignitaries and speakers, including Mayor Mike Rawlings; Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson; Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown; author and motivational speaker Sarah Jakes Roberts, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder of The Potter’s House; CNN and NPR political commentator Angela Rye; and WFAA-TV (Channel 8) traffic reporter Demetria Obilar.
“I am thrilled we get to team up with DeDe for this debut,” said Amy Witherite, founding partner of the firm. “We have a great working relationship with DeDe and are always excited to partner with her on causes that have such a wide and meaningful impact.”
Dress for Success Dallas empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Girls Inc. encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct service and advocacy to help navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.
“These are two amazing organizations, well deserving of everyone’s support,” Witherite said.
The fundraiser is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 1 at the Lorenzo Hotel, 1011 S. Akard St., Dallas.
DeDe, known as the Queen of Radio on KKDA-FM (104.5), said the event is designed in part to honor trailblazers and others who regularly give back to their community. Witherite will be presented with the “She’s Making History Award” by DeDe at the luncheon.
“I’m so excited to kick off Women’s History Month, celebrating all women and their accomplishments,” she said.
Eberstein Witherite has sponsored many of DeDe’s charitable events, such as DeDe’s Bowl-A-Thon and DeDe in the Morning’s turkey giveaway.
Also in March, Eberstein Witherite is the title sponsor for DeDe’s KKDA co-host Lady Jade and her Local Love Awards. The fundraiser March 17 at the at the Omni Dallas Hotel supports Project 16, a non-profit serving underprivileged and at-risk youth to prepare them for a better and more successful future.
The event honors top influencers among minority businesses, including designers, restauranteurs, fitness coaches, lifestyle and digital bloggers, hair stylists, photographers and more. All proceeds go to Project 16.
“Our mantra is ‘We Keep Life Running.’ That is a pillar we stand by and will continue to do so,” Witherite said.
- Second straight year that firm has supported Local Love Awards
- Donations to non-profit group serve underprivileged, at-risk youths
- Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, boxing champ Errol Spence Jr. among presenters
DALLAS [March 01, 2018]- The Eberstein Witherite law firm announced today that it again is the title sponsor for Project 16’s annual Local Love Awards, a fundraiser to help underprivileged and at-risk youths and prepare them for a better and more successful future.
The fundraiser, March 17 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, honors top influencers among minority businesses, including designers, restaurateurs, fitness coaches, lifestyle and digital bloggers, hair stylists, photographers and more. All proceeds go to the non-profit charity, Project 16.
“We are thrilled to support Project 16 for the second straight year,” said Amy Witherite, founding partner of the firm. “Our core principle is ‘We Keep Life Running.’ Project 16 exemplifies that effort, empowering the community and motivating our youth. Its dedication in giving children exposure to real world experiences is incredible and truly inspirational.”
Lady Jade, co-host on the KKDA-FM (104.5) program “DeDe in the Morning,” created Project 16 to give local youths a hands-on curriculum that teaches practical and necessary life skills, especially as they enter the workforce.
“Knowledge and preparation increases confidence, motivation and opportunities to become a more prepared and outstanding citizen after high school”, says Lady Jade. The organization provides enriched experiences through exposure and participation, helping them thrive in different social and cultural environments.
“I am one of those people who truly believes in my soul that we can make the world a better place one child at a time. I am not going to sit around and wait for someone else to do it,” she
said. “God has blessed me, so I want to bless them and give our youth a fair shot at a bright, successful future.”
Eberstein Witherite, which specializes in personal injury and motor vehicle accidents, has been involved for years in community outreach programs.
In June 2017, it presented 10 graduates at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Fort Worth with $1,000 and $2,000 checks as a part of the firm’s Making a Difference renewable scholarship program, which started in 2015. The scholarships are for students going to community colleges, trade schools and universities. That includes those pursuing paralegal training, information technology, ultrasound techs and medical records personnel.
Also last year, Eberstein Witherite partnered with “K104” to help benefit Women Called Moses, a non-profit that assists survivors of domestic violence through education and advocacy services. Women Called Moses was established to help women find a safe haven while trying to rebuild their lives.
The organization provides education and support for women and children, including emergency housing, counseling programs, life skills, crisis counseling, transitional support, long-term support and court advocacy.
“We are committed to giving back to our community,” Witherite said. “It’s the same focus that drives our legal practice. Our goal is to level the legal playing field and make legal services available to those with little or no legal representation in time of personal injury and crisis, regardless of their socioeconomic class, education or status in life.”
The Local Love Awards gala is being hosted by “K104” personalities Dede McGuire and Michael Shawn.
Award presenters include boxing welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Deion Sanders, Grammy nominated music producer J. White Did It and social media superstars Ice Mike (@icemikeloveasia, with more 1.1 million Instagram followers) and his daughter, Asia (@asialovesdaddy, with more than 200,000 followers).
For more information and tickets to the event, please see www.llawards.com.
About Eberstein Witherite
Eberstein Witherite LLP, is a Dallas personal injury law firm, specializing in motor vehicle accidents. Our senior partners are native Texans. Their legal experience allows them to represent the clients we proudly serve in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding communities. Our comprehensive practice provides a team of bilingual staff members who can discuss all aspects of an entire case in Spanish if needed.
We Keep Life Running for our clients, so they can focus on healing from their injuries, taking care of their families and getting their life back together. Our attorneys and staff are committed to helping our injured clients in ways uncommon in the legal industry and we never stop until they receive the service and support they rightly deserve. For more information, please visit https://www.dallastexaspersonalinjurylawyers.com/.
About Project 16
Project 16 is dedicated to serving underprivileged, at-risk youth, through support, education, and exposure while instilling basic life skills to help prepare them for a better and more successful future. For more information, please visit https://www.project16dfw.org/.
Marketing Director, Eberstein Witherite