(Source: Dallas Business Journal)
With a $10 million gift, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has announced that the organization will name its downtown headquarters in honor ofMary Anne Sammons Cree.
Cree, who serves on the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas’ board of directors, is an avid supporter of the organization. In October of 2018, she donated $1 million to the Unite Forever campaign in honor of her mother.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Cree’s 90th birthday gift from her family was the $10 million donation towards United Way’s Unite Forever campaign.
“Mary Anne Sammons Cree has enriched the lives of generations of North Texans through her generous support of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas,” said Jennifer Sampson, the McDermott-Templeton president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in a prepared statement. “Her ongoing devotion to our community has supplied a radiant and powerful example for others to follow. This transformational gift in her honor will continue the legacy of putting opportunity in the hands of all North Texans in perpetuity.”
So far, the campaign has raised $72 million towards the $100 million goal with the gift from Cree’s family is the largest contribution to date.
“Having my name on this building will forever associate me with an organization that has always meant so much to me and my family,” said Mary Anne Sammons Cree in a statement. “Something special happens when we as a community come together, united in a common goal. I’m incredibly honored by my family’s donation to a cause strengthening education, income and health, creating a brighter future for Dallas.”
The United Way Foundation was formed in 1999 to work as a funding source for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas programs. Its Unite Forever campaign was started in 2015 to establish permanent funding for the United Way to use in the future.