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An ambassador for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Doan is also an ambassador for hope, inspiring others to give back to those in need


Nominated by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and sponsored by Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Charlsie Doan, 13, (75252) will receive the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award at the 29th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, with presenting sponsor KERA, on Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, 75207, Landmark Ballroom.   This annual Dallas luncheon event, themed “Imagine, Dream, Grow,” brings together the area’s nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community member to honor some of Dallas’ finest who give of their time, talent and treasure to support many worth causes.


Charlsie Doan became a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) at the age of 6 months, but her involvement extends far beyond her medical treatment. Doan, born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital hand disorder, is missing her right hand. Treated at TSHRC’s world-renowned prosthetics department, she developed wonderful friendships with the staff. At age 2, she and her family became involved with the hospital’s inaugural KidSwing Golf Tournament in 2003, and they have been faithfully involved ever since. As a member of the KidSwing Junior Committee, she actively promotes supporting the hospital to peers, family friends and tournament sponsors. Participants are asked to raise at least $100 per tournament, and to date she has raised over $167,000 for patient care, including hospital equipment and therapy. 


In 2013 she made a presentation to the Crystal Charity Ball committee to gain funding for the hospital’s specialized prosthetics program, speaking on behalf of TSRHC and playing the violin to demonstrate how a custom prosthetic device allowed her to pursue her musical ambitions. Her participation was key to the success of the hospital’s presentation, resulting in a Crystal Charity Ball commitment of $500,000. At The Hockaday School, where she attends, she shared her passion for making a difference by coordinating an art supply drive for patients, which also resulted in cash donations. 


Outside of TSRHC, Doan is promoting another worthy cause. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 11, she was chosen as a delegate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Children’s Congress and met with congressmen in Washington, DC to promote government funding for research for a cure for T1D. Doan is not only a wonderful ambassador for TSHRC, KidSwing, and JDRF, but also an ambassador for hope, inspiring others to give back to serve those in need. 


“I am so excited to be receiving this award because I hope it will draw some attention to the amazing causes I work with: JDRF and Scottish Rite Hospital for Children,” said Charlsie Doan.  “Everyone should get a chance to help an organization they really care about, and I hope I can inspire other kids to find something they feel passionate about and pursue it. Giving your time and effort to other people makes you feel so good.”


The National Philanthropy Day Luncheon will also recognize five other recipients in five additional categories:  Katherine Perot Reeves, Outstanding Philanthropist; Chris Kleinert, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Milton Key, Outstanding Fundraising Executive; Children’s Cancer Fund, Outstanding Foundation; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Outstanding Corporation.  Luncheon Chair is Christina Moore-Salinas, CFRE, and Co-Chair is Sarah Elliott.


"We are proud to present and pay tribute to these outstanding individuals and organizations who make a real difference in our community through their leadership, vision and generosity,” emphasized this year's Dallas National Philanthropy Day Chair, Christina Moore-Salinas, CFRE.  “Join us and be inspired by another amazing group of recipients doing exceptional work serving and supporting a wide range of charitable causes.”


The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1981.  Today, over 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 


Additional sponsors include North Texas Food Bank, sponsors of the VIP Reception held prior to the luncheon.  Luncheon tickets are $85, $850 for a table of 10, and $1,250 for a premium table of 10.  For further information on tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.orgorcontactMadeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204,


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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole.  AFP represents 28,248 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.  Visit, call 214-354-8742, or email

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