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Altrusa of Downtown Club members celebrating the new club Board at savor last June. The club, established in 1982, boasts attorneys, CPAs, elected and appointed judges, and successful business owners.

The Altrusa service club of Downtown Dallas is kicking off 2016 by partnering with Savor Gastropub, located at 2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, in its “Charitable Mondays” program to benefit the downtown Dallas community. The Altrusa DTD Foundation will receive a percentage of the proceeds of the restaurant from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. for every Monday in February.  The percentage increases with the number of people who say they are there because of Altrusa.   

Altrusa is a service organization for civic-minded business men and women who strive to create better communities worldwide.  The downtown club’s major focus is on helping women and children in the Dallas Metroplex by performing service projects to fulfill the mission of “Educating Families for a Better Future.”The downtown club is affiliated with Altrusa International, Inc. an international organization with over 300 clubs worldwide with a strong history of literacy education.

Since the club’s founding in 1982, the members have raised more than a million dollars for community grants disbursed through its Downtown Dallas Foundation and has contributed over 90,000 hours of service for the benefit of the Dallas community. Altrusa raises money to support local community organizations through donations and through a fundraising gala called Dessert First. The club is 100% run by volunteers so 100% of funds raised for charitable purposes goes to local charities and non-profits, and college scholarships for local high school graduates.

Friends, colleagues and prospective members of Altrusa are invited to come after 3:00 p.m. for a great time of networking, food and drinks. The dates are Mondays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.   

Kids-U was the primary beneficiary of the most recent Dessert First. Other organizations supported by the club over the past three decades include: the Association 
for Independent Living, Attitudes & Attire, Dallas CASA, Dallas Children’s Advocacy 
Center, Dallas Community Lighthouse, Family Gateway, Friends of Wednesday's Child, 
Genesis Women’s Shelter, Hope Cottage, Literacy Instruction for Texas and the United Through Reading Program at the USO. 

For info on Savor see: or contact Debby Weber at

To find out more about the Altrusa club see: or contact Membership Chair Monica Urbaniak at to attend a noon meeting at the City Club downtown.

A PROSPECTIVE MEMBER LUNCHEON is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 at 11:45 a.m.  Guests interested in learning more contact Monica at


February 16

11:45  The City Club,

 Bank of America Building downtown

2015—2016 Altrusa Board Members Include:

Niki Payne, President

Nina Cox, President Elect

Kim Schonwald, Immediate Past President

Monica Urbaniak, VP Membership

Nicole LeBouef, VP Service

Scottie Kennedy, Treasurer

Marsha Reynolds, VP Communications

Amy Gavigan, Secretary

Lori Blair, VP Fundraising

Carol Kilman, Parliamentarian

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