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Bryan, Texas 77805-2622

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Denise Fries Celebrates 50th Birthday by Giving Back – In a BIG Way!

Denise Fries has a history of giving back to this community in a big way. On the 20th anniversary of her business, Fries Financial Services, Denise donated $20,000 and a sports car to a matching grant program that generated more than $160,000 for 17 local charities.

At her 50th birthday party celebration on May 2, Denise invited representatives from 21 local charities to attend and gave away $70,000 in matching grants ($50,000 from Fries Financial and an additional $20,000 generously donated by one of her clients who served on the grant selection committee). The matching grants are being managed in conjunction with the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, and the gifts that Denise is providing will keep on giving forever because her donations will be placed into endowment funds at the Community Foundation for the recipient organizations. These endowment funds will generate a stable and sustainable source of funding for the charities each and every year.

The following charities received matching grants and will be holding fundraisers over the summer to generate funds equal to or exceeding the Fries grant. A final party will be held at 3:00pm on August 8, 2012 at the Fries Financial Services office where the final matching grant results will be announced.
  • Achievers by Choice
  • Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley
  • Brazos Animal Shelter
  • Brazos Valley Chorale
  • Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol & Substance Abuse
  • Brazos Valley Food Bank
  • Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
  • Brazos Valley Rape Crisis Center dba Sexual Assault Resource Center
  • Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center
  • Elder-Aid
  • Emmanuel Lighthouse Mission
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes - North Brazos Valley Chapter
  • KEOS 89.1 FM, Brazos Educational Radio
  • La Leche League of Bryan/College Station
  • Pink Alliance dba Brazos Valley Breast Cancer Support
  • Saint Michael's Episcopal School
  • Still Creek Boys & Girls Ranch
  • The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley
  • The Theatre Company
  • Voices For Children, CASA of the Brazos Valley

Photos will be available at www.southerncharm-photography.com

TimeLine for Fundraisers:

Emmanuel Lighthouse Mission – No show banquet
Brazos Animal Shelter,Inc – Letter Writing campaign
Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History – Raffle car, solicit contributions
St. Michael’s Episcopal School – between May 15th and Aug 1st will have a Fashion show
Theatre Company- Now – Aug 1, funds through regular season shows 


May 2nd:
Achievers by Choice- May 2 – Aug 2 – website donor campaign

May 4th:
Pink Alliance – Auction/Raffle Lemon Wedge
Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center – Power of the Purse

May 5th:
Achievers by Choice – May 5- June 16 – Sponsor Campaign in Navasota
May 5-June 30- Grant Matching Campaign (local businesses)

May 6th:
Brazos Valley Chorale- May 6th – July 30: Raffling season tickets

May 12th:
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach- Family Fest at Wolf Pen Creek
Elder Aid – City wide carwash

May 15th:
Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley – May 15th – Aug 1 support campaign.
Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol/Substance- May 15- Aug 31 bowling tournament

May 19th:
Fellowship of Christian Athletes- Soccer, football, softball tournament in Navasota
Achievers by choice- May 19 – July 28 - Bake Sales


Voices for Children – Sometime in June-“ Fries Change for Children Campaign”
La Leche League –Sometime in June- Mom to mom rummage sale

June 9th:
Brazos County Rape Crisis Center – Softball Tournament

June 11th:
Still Creek Boys Ranch- June 11th – 29th- summer camps, Golf Tournament and fundraiser at Christopher’s

June 13th:
Brazos Valley Food Bank- June 13th – June 25th Photography exhibit - June 25th Fundraiser dinner

June 15th:
BVCASA- No Show-No go

June 24th:
Children’s Museum – Kids Triathlon

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