“Their unique capacity to define a vision and inspire others to follow has been a hallmark of their legacy in North Texas.”
McDermott-Templeton President & CEO
In the true spirit of TI tradition and commitment to United Way Dallas, the Templetons recently teamed up with United Way Foundation Chair and retired Texas Instruments SVP Communications Terri West to rally a small group from among those affectionately known as “TI-ers” to commit the remaining funds needed for the endowment goal.
“We are so pleased and proud that both current and former TI employees rose to the occasion – making gifts to help us close the Unite Forever Campaign,” said Terri, who also serves as Chair of the Texas Instruments Foundation Board. “I simply cannot say enough about Rich and Mary’s leadership. What a true joy to have served under and learned from Rich for so many years and now also have opportunity to work alongside Mary to help build this endowment.”
“The leverage that the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas endowment will give United Way Dallas to address community impact funding is a legacy that I hope is continued not only by this Campaign, but the next one,” explained Mary Templeton. “We hope that by having a generous, well-endowed United Way others will take notice, trust the organization, and give, too.
“I am so grateful to all who have supported the Unite Forever Campaign,” she continued. “Thank you for believing in United Way. Thank you for answering the call.”
When asked how she would most like to celebrate the Campaign’s success, she replied, “by setting a goal for the next one! We must keep going forward.
“We’re not trying to build a building or endow the deferred maintenance for a building,” she explained. “We are trying to endow the future – which is entirely unknown.”
Now that is true inspiration.