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L-R: Altrusa Club members Debby Weber and Dr. Lynne Auerbach were celebrated at the first meeting of the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas' new service year which began June 1. The two were lauded at the Tuesday, June 7, 2016, business meeting for their fund raising skills in 2015-16. The women worked together to raise money for the club's foundation to support local charities that help women and children in crisis and literacy programs in the Dallas area.

Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas honors Service and Fund Raising Superstars, Initiate a New Member

Donna Gavin was honored as the Community Service Superstar for 2015-16 at the first meeting of the new year for the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Gavin joined the service club in June of 2014 and in the past year completed over 100 service hours in the Dallas area. Gavin’s daughter, architect Julie Gavin, joined the club in September of 2010 and encouraged her mother to become an Altrusan.

Debby Weber was recognized as the fund raising superstar for her organization of five Monday night Altrusa Happy Hour events held at Savor Gastropub downtown in February. Weber shared her award with Dr. Lynne Auerbach who assisted her with the five weeks of events, including silent auctions on site, which helped to raise money for the Altrusa Foundation. The Foundation awards grants to local non-profits that support literacy efforts, and women and children in crisis.

Rachel Willoughby, an attorney who works in child welfare, was initiated as the club’s newest member at the meeting, with club members Monika Urbaniak and Christina Coultas her sponsors.

Altrusa is a service organization for civic-minded women and men who strive to create better communities worldwide. The club’s 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 Dallas 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, there have been numerous successful fundraising projects to support many areas of service, with more than $1,000,000 for community grants disbursed through the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas Foundation and more than 90,000 hours of service performed by club members for the benefit of the community. Altrusa raises money to support local community organizations through donations and through a semi-annual fundraising gala called Dessert First.

This month Altrusa of Downtown Dallas club members will once again be helping with Bar None, JUNE 15 – 18, by ushering and selling T-shirts at the performances of “Straight Outta Uptown.” Bar None is a song and dance comedy review with a cast and band made up of attorneys, judges and legal eagles whom perform together to raise funds for the Sarah T Hughes Diversity Scholarships at several Dallas area Law Schools. Tickets for the annual, often sold-out show, are available at:

Guests are invited to attend an Altrusa Program Meeting. The club’s Program meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the City Club in downtown Dallas in the Bank of America Building. The address of the City Club is 901 Main Street, Suite # 6900, Dallas, TX 75202, phone 214-748-9525. Parking is available in the Texas Club parking garage (red brick building) across the street allowing for an easy underground walk over to City Place. Altrusa validates parking at the meeting for that parking garage.

Guests are permitted by invitation only. If you would like to attend a program meeting or learn more about Altrusa, see


Altrusa’s Annual President’s Happy Hour is on Tuesday June 21. The public is invited to meet current and future Altrusans at The Library Bar at the Melrose Hotel for drinks and fun, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 For more information contact Altrusa Communications Chair Judy Porter at

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