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Thank you to our Founding Fellows

We are so glad we had a chance to honor the Founding Fellows of the Texas Prosecutors Society at the cocktail reception on December 5. For those of you who could not join us this year, we will send your sterling silver, custom-designed lapel pendant in the mail. (See a photo of the pendant at directional.) Thank you for your leadership and support of the Foundation. As you know, proceeds will go toward establishing a permanent endowment for the Foundation. Fifty new members will be invited to join the Texas Prosecutors Society in 2013, so stay tuned for who will join in the new year.

How did the Foundation help this year?

2012 was a very busy and exciting year for the Foundation. With your help and the generosity of our fellow Texans, the foundation has accomplished the following in 2012:


• raised more than $145,000 in support of the Foundation;
• raised $225,000 in pledges and $80,000 paid on pledges in support of the endowment through the generous donations from our Founding Fellows of the Texas Prosecutors Society. This investment account will ensure long-term financial support for the Foundation and TDCAA;
• in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., and TDCAA, the Foundation assisted in funding the 2012 DWI Summit entitled Guarding America’s Roadways. Big thanks to Smart Start Inc., a $10,000 sponsor and LifeSafer a $1,000 sponsor;
• with the support of the Foundation TDCAA hosted a three-day seminar in San Antonio targeting the unique role of prosecutors’ office personnel in combating domestic violence. TDCAF provided $12,500 in funding for this project;
• IBC Bank and TDCAF donated $6,000 for renowned collision reconstructionist John Kwasnoski to speak at TDCAA’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Course in Waco, as well as for copies of his Little Red Book to be distributed to attendees;
• assisted with underwriting the cost of handing out helpful books at two Prosecutor Trial Skills Courses; and
• defrayed expenses for the annual Train the Trainer Seminar and the Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, thus freeing up grant funds to increase reimbursement to prosecutors and staff for travel and hotel expenses at our seminars.

And the winner is …
It was another close race this year between Investigator, Key Personnel, and Victim Assistance Coordinator membership groups in the Annual Campaign Membership Challenge. Our Investigators gave close to $1,000 in donations to this year’s campaign, thus sealing the victory! Congratulations to them on a job well done; they will receive a happy hour at Investigator School in February as a thank-you.

Support your Foundation in 2013
As we look toward next year, there are many more opportunities for the Foundation to enrich the training and educational resources for TDCAA members through publications, seminars, and more.
The Foundation is seeking funds in support of a new publication, Elder Abuse Investigation and Prosecution Manual.The publication will be marketed to prosecutors and law enforcement. It’s aimed at the people who work on criminal cases with elderly victims, rather than elder-care advocacy groups. If you can think of anyone (a private donor, foundation, or corporation) that might have an interest in supporting this publication, please let me know. The total funding needed is $36,685.
We ask that you please think about organizations and people in your community who might have an interest in partnering with the Foundation. Or visit our website at www.tdcaf.org and make your donation to the 2013 Annual Campaign before we kick of this year’s campaign in April.

Honoring the Founding Fellows of the Texas Prosecutors Society

FF-TPSThe Foundation is honoring our Founding Fellows (listed below) of the Texas Prosecutors Society at this year’s Elected Prosecutor Conference Wednesday, December 5. This elite group has committed both money and time to the newly formed Texas Prosecutors Society, whose purpose is to establish an endowment for the Foundation. We thank you for your leadership and support!

Every year we will invite a new class of 50 honorees to participate in the Texas Prosecutors Society. Invitations for 2013 will go out in November 2012.

Founding Fellows of the Texas Prosecutors Society

Richard B. Alpert
Bernard W. Ammerman
Gordon V. Armstrong
Eduardo Arredondo
Patrick C. Batchelor
Diane Beckham
Robert Newton Bland, IV
Dan M. Boulware
Kathleen A. Braddock
John M. Bradley
Richard W. Brainerd
Thomas L. Bridges
C. Scott Brumley
Katherine A. Cabaniss
Stephen H. Capelle
The Honorable James L. Chapman
Tim Cole
J. Michael Criswell
Norma Davenport
A. W. Davis, Jr.
Yolanda De Leon
Gianna M. DeBottis Metts
John P. Dodson
Scott A. Durfee
Laurie K. English
David A. Escamilla
Jaime E. Esparza
Knox Fitzpatrick
Gerald A. Fohn
Michael E. Fouts
Jack C. Frels
Robert Wayne Gage
Henry L. Garza
The Honorable Larry Gist
Jesse Gonzales, Jr.
The Honorable Gerald A. Goodwin
H. E. Bert Graham
Michael J. Guarino, Jr.
Rene A. Guerra
Anton E. Hackebeil
Tom Hanna
Russell Hardin, Jr.
The Honorable Ira Royal Hart
Dan Wesley Heard
John Staley Heatly
Fred S. Hernandez
Michael J. Hinton
John B. Holmes, Jr.
William Lee Hon
Bruce Isaacks
Micheal E. Jimerson
Ed C. Jones
The Honorable James H. Keeshan
Rob Kepple
The Honorable W. C. “Bud” Kirkendall
The Honorable Oliver S. Kitzman
Tom Krampitz
James M. Kuboviak
The Honorable James E. “Pete” Laney
Robert Charles Lassmann
Crawford Long
Doug Lowe
Barry L. Macha
Betty Marshall
Richard J. Miller
Mindy Montford
John A. Neal
Kimbra Kathryn Ogg
Rene M. Peña
Lisa L. Peterson
G. Dwayne Pruitt
The Honorable Susan D. Reed
Steven E. Reis
Fred G. Rodriguez
Vincent R. Ryan, Jr.
Joe Shannon, Jr.
Randall Coleman Sims
Ken Sparks
Johnny Keane Sutton
Marcus D. Taylor
The Honorable F. Duncan Thomas
Sherri K. Tibbe
William R. Turner
Carol S. Vance
Janice L. Warder
Martha Warren Warner
David P. Weeks
L. E. “Ted” Wilson, III
Mark Yarbrough

Golf tournament and silent auction

The 2012 Annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction hosted by the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation grossed over $11,000 in donations. Thank you to our generous sponsors, donors and participants—we appreciate your support! Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the 2012 Annual Campaign. The team of Matthew Banister, Mark Hanna, Wes Wittig, and Pancho Lopez came in first. Lisa McMinn won for the best plaid outfit, Alfonso Lopez for the longest putt, and Marc Chavez for the longest drive. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Title Sponsor

Local Government Solutions

Family Sponsors

Alpha Capital Management        Corrective Solutions

Friend Sponsors

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H.E. Bert Graham

2012 Annual Campaign

As we wrap out another year, we hope you will consider contributing to our 2012 Annual Campaign whose theme is, “It is more blessed to give than to receive, to serve than to be served.” We at the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation know both of these truths all too well—that’s what we do!

Just to name a few things, in the last four years we’ve funded our Train the Trainer seminar and the Advanced Trial and Appellate Advocacy Courses; published the Domestic Violence Training Manual and Offense Report Manual and sent them free to all prosecutor offices; put on two DWI Summits; sponsored last year’s Intoxication Manslaughter Course; updated the TDCAA website; and hired a victims services director and a senior appellate attorney. We even reimburse folks in your office who attend our seminars for part of their food and hotel expenses.

The Foundation is always at your service, so please consider giving so that many others can receive. Please use the attached envelope to mail in your donation or give on our website, www.tdcaf.org, to show your support.

Our goal is to have 100 percent support from every member of TDCAA. You may designate your gift for training or books, make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, or make an unrestricted gift for general operations.

DWI Summit sponsors

Our third DWI Summit will be broadcast November 15 on Anheuser-Busch’s satellite network in cities across Texas and 10 other states. Thank you to this year’s sponsors, Anheuser-Busch, the Texas Department of Transportation, Smart Start and LifeSafer.

SSILifesafer

First Investigator Board Golf Tournament

golfPlease join us in a big round of applause for our Investigator Board members who organized the first Investigator Board Golf Tournament at the Club at Concan in beautiful Concan, Texas, on March 24. This event raised $5,000 for the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation. Special thanks to co-chairs Wayne Springer and Melissa Hightower; Danny Kindred, District Attorney in Medina County; staff members who came out to volunteer; and John Dodson, County Attorney in Uvalde County.

2011 Annual Report

We are honored to show you our 2011 Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation Annual Report. It summarizes what we accomplished last year, lists all donors, and explains plans for the next year and beyond. Please take a few minutes to review it at www.tdcaf.org.

How is the Foundation helping this year?

With the support of the Foundation, TDCAA hosted a three-day seminar in San Antonio targeting the unique role of prosecutors’ office personnel in combating domestic violence. Domestic violence crimes affect all prosecutors—misdemeanor- and felony-level, rural and urban. Information in this seminar was aimed at prosecutors, investigators, and victim assistance coordinators to help them effectively investigate and prosecute domestic violence crimes as well as more compassionately and effectively provide assistance and information to domestic violence victims.

We are still looking for corporate and foundation partners from across the state to support the Domestic Violence Training Initiative in the future. Please contact Jennifer Vitera at vitera@tdcaa.com for contacts in your area.

Tax letter update

Just like last year, in an effort to keep Foundation expenses down, we have been including Tax ID and IRS Information on all thank-you letters for your generous donations. In the past, we mailed out an additional receipt with tax information around this time, but from now on your thank-you letter will serve as your tax receipt. If you would like a copy of your thank you letter/receipt, please feel free to call me at 512/474-2436 and I will be happy to provide one.

We need your help

Smart StartThe Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., and Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation (TDCAF), is proud to offer the Guarding Texas Roadways: 2012 DWI Summit. Thank you to Smart Start, a supporter of this year’s event, which will be in early November.

We are asking members to please help the foundation identify corporations and individuals who might be interested in supporting this popular training event. Please contact Jennifer Vitera at vitera@tdcaa.com if there is someone in your area we can send more information to.

Golf Tournament at the Annual Update

The 4th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament and silent auction will take place Wednesday, September 21 (the week of the Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update) in South Padre. (The exact location of the tournament will be announced later.) We are asking members to please help the Foundation identify corporations and individuals who might be interested in sponsoring or donating an auction item these events.

Please contact Jennifer Vitera at vitera@tdcaa.com if there is someone in your area to whom we can send more information to regarding either one of these efforts.

2012 Annual Campaign Membership Challenge

We hope by now you have received the 2012 Annual Campaign invitation. The foundation is committed to continuing and improving the excellence TDCAA provides in educating and training Texas prosecutors, law enforcement, and key personnel.

  • This year will be our third membership challenge between the investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators. For the last two years, the investigators have taken home the win—but 2012 is a new year! Just like last year, we’ve got two different fundraising goals for our membership groups, one for elected prosecutors and one for investigators, key personnel, and victim assistants.

Elected Prosecutor Annual Campaign Challenge

This year we are asking for 100-percent support from all 333 elected prosecutors across the State (either through a personal gift or a restricted contribution through the office’s asset forfeiture fund) to the Annual Campaign. You can make a pledge that can be paid out through December 31, 2012.

Campaign challenge for investigators, key personnel, and VACs

Three of our membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) have stepped up to challenge each other in their fundraising efforts. We will track the results based on dollars raised compared to percentage of membership in each of these groups. We will feature a bi-monthly update on who’s leading the way on our website and in The Texas Prosecutor.

We appreciate your support and consideration!

Miscellany

Last year I had the honor of participating and completing the Leadership Texas Program, which took me across our wonderful state to learn more about issues facing our community. During my visits I had a chance to meet with a few of our TDCAF Board and Advisory Committee members along with TDCAF corporate supporters. This year I’ve been invited to participate in the next level of the program, Leadership America. The purpose of this program is to explore issues confronting today’s interconnected global society in the political, social, educational, and economic realms. It is a great way to build relationships with other professionals across the state and country, and it allows us to introduce folks to the TDCAF.

Photos from the Champions for Justice event honoring Carol VancCarol-Vance-4-22-10-1.jpge

Please take a look at these pictures from our April 22 reception in honor of Carol Vance, former district attorney in Harris County.

 

It is more blessed to give than to receive, to serve than to be served

We at the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation know both of these truths all too well—that’s what we do! We GIVE our members what they need and we SERVE them with all our heart! As we prepare to kick off our 2012 Annual Campaign, we’d like to remind you, our members, about some of the things the Foundation does for you. In the last four years we’ve funded our Train the Trainer seminar and the Advanced Trial and Appellate Advocacy Courses; published the Domestic Violence Training Manual and Offense Report Manual and sent them free to all prosecutor offices; put on two DWI Summits; sponsored last year’s Intoxication Manslaughter Course; updated the TDCAA website; and hired a victims services director and a senior appellate attorney. We even manage to reimburse folks in your offices who attend our seminars for part of their food and hotel expenses. Whew! All for the good of our members—and, in turn, your community.We’re asking for you to return the favor, to give back to the Foundation so that we can continue to fund all sorts of endeavors for Texas prosecutors and staff. Here’s a peak at what’s in store for 2012 and beyond:

  • free books for attendees at our Domestic Violence Seminar ;a third DWI Summit;more specialized training for prosecutors and investigators; and
  • a new endowment account through our Texas Prosecutors Society. The idea is to have funds available in the future to provide critical support to the association and our members.
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The Foundation is always at your service, so please consider giving so that many others can receive. You will be receiving an Annual Campaign request in the mail in the next few weeks; you can send it back with a donation or log onto our website to show your support.Our goal is to have 100-percent support from every member of TDCAA. You may designate your gift for training or books, make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, or make an unrestricted gift for general operations.  

Another big thanks to our Investigators

It was a close race this year between the Investigator and Key Personnel Sections in the 2011 Annual Campaign Challenge, but the investigators were victorious yet again! We treated them to a well-deserved happy hour at TDCAA’s Investigator School in Galveston in February as a token of our gratitude for their generosity. Congratulations!  

1st Annual TDCAF Investigator Section Golf Tournament

We would like to invite you to participate in the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundations Investigator Board Annual Golf Tournament. It’s Saturday, March 24, at The Club at Concan in beautiful Concan, Texas (that’s in Uvalde County, not far from San Antonio). Funds raised through the tournament will support the Foundation’s Annual Campaign, so please join us for a beautiful day on the links. See www.tdcaf.org for details, or email vitera@tdcaa.com to reserve your spot on the golf course.

PowerPoint for the Courtroom

Polish your courtroom presentation skills while supporting the Foundation by buying the PowerPoint for the Courtroom CD. It walks through almost every element of PowerPoint, from creating new slides to importing and editing video clips. It’s a must-have for every office, and it’s only $20! Please visit our website, www.tdcaf.org , to order it.

Remembering Arthur “Cappy” Eads

The Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation lost a true hero and friend with the death of Arthur “Cappy” Eads on November 1. The Foundation is stronger for Cappy’s outstanding leadership on the TDCAF Advisory Board, of which he’d been a member since its inception in 2006. He was so dedicated to and excited about the Foundation and its mission that he even asked that friends donate to TDCAF in his memory. He will be greatly missed.

Cheers to a wonderful 2011 and a successful 2012

2011 was a very busy and exciting year for the Foundation. With your help and the generosity of our fellow Texans, we have accomplished the following in the last year:

  • raised more than $219,000;
  • elected a new TDCAF Board of Directors and added new members to our existing Advisory Committee;
  • created an endowment through generous donations from our Founding Fellows of the Texas Prosecutors Society. This investment account will ensure long-term financial support for the Foundation and TDCAA;
  • underwrote and mailed the 2011 manual on Family Violence Prosecution to every county office in the State;
  • assisted with underwriting the cost of handing out helpful books at two Prosecutor Trial Skills Courses; and
  • for the last three years, the Foundation has defrayed expenses for the annual Train the Trainer seminar along with the Advanced Trial and Appellate Advocacy Courses, thus freeing up grant funds for reimbursement to prosecutors and staff for travel and hotel expenses.

And the winner is …

It was a close race this year between Investigators and Key Personnel membership groups in the 2011 Annual Campaign Membership Challenge, but in the end, the Investigators pulled ahead with the win! Congratulations to the winners on a job well done; the Foundation will sponsor a happy hour at the Investigator School in February as a thank-you for all the support.

More gratitude

A big thank you to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation for its donation of a $2,500 grant in support of the Domestic Violence Training Initiative. Thanks to TDCAF Board Member Tom Bridges for attending the awards ceremony in Corpus Christi in August and representing the Foundation.

Support your Foundation in 2012

As we look into the new year, there are many more opportunities for the Foundation to enrich the training and educational resources for TDCAA members through publications, seminars, and more. We ask that you please think about organizations and people in your community who might have an interest in partnering with us. Or visit our website at www.tdcaf.org and make your donation to the 2012 Annual Campaign in advance before we kick of this year’s campaign in April.

Thank you to our generous donors (September 16, 2011 through November 30, 2011)

W. Clay Abbott                             

Bernard W. Ammerman                             

Jana Anderson                             

Eduardo Arredondo                             

J. Kerye Ashmore                             

Harry J. Barina, Jr. In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Linda Bayless                             

Diane Beckham                             

Robert Allan Bianchi, Jr. In Memory of Marvin & Rose Geffert, Jr.              

Ronald Kent Birdsong*

Robert Newton Bland, IV                             

Robert Newton Bland, IV*

Barbara Bailey Bogart                             

Dan M. Boulware                             

Kathleen Braddock                             

John M. Bradley                             

Deborah F. Branch In Honor of Martha Warren Warner              

Thomas L. Bridges                             

Diana L. Broadnax                             

Katherine A. Cabaniss                             

Craig D. Caldwell                              

David Castillo                             

Teresa J. Clingman                             

Coastal Bend Community Foundation                             

Richard Lyn Cofer                             

Corrective Solutions                              

James O. Cure In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Norma Davenport                             

A. W. Davis, Jr.                             

Yolanda De Leon                             

Gianna M. DeBottis Metts                              

John P. Dodson                             

Carl L. Dorrough*

Angela M. Dowdle                             

Billy John Edwards                             

James M. Eidson                             

Laurie K. English                              

David Escamilla                             

James A. Farren*

Robert S. Fertitta                             

Knox Fitzpatrick

Abigail Akin Fowler                             

Jack C. Frels                             

The Honorable Larry Gist In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Richard E. Glaser                          

The Honorable Gerald A. Goodwin In Memory of Tim Curry              

Michael J. Guarino, Jr.

John Staley Heatly                             

Gregory Keith Holloway In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

John B. Holmes, Jr.                             

Russ & Vicky Hunt In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Elizabeth Christy Jack                             

Larry & Lisa Jaynes In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Micheal E. Jimerson                             

David G. Kemp                             

Rob & Kristy Kepple In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

The Honorable W. C. “Bud” Kirkendall                              

Tom Krampitz                             

L.G.S. Inc.                             

Robert Charles Lassmann                             

Elizabeth L. Lieb                             

Linzy & Thigpen, Attorneys at Law In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Crawford Long                             

John Clark Long, IV                             

Doug Lowe                             

Barry L. Macha                             

Sara Lowrey Mackie In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Max & Mary Lou Marks In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Elizabeth H. Marshall                             

Mary Ann Martinez                             

Mike, Michelle, Ethel & Lee Mayfield In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Jack A. McGaughey                             

Drayton McLane, Jr. In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

John McMillin                             

Anna Lee McNelis In Memory of David Laibovitz              

Len & Cindy Mewhinney In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Richard J. Miller In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Martha Ann Montgomery-Moran                             

Nancy Louise Nicolas                             

William E. Parham                             

Peggy Parrott                             

G. Dwayne Pruitt                             

Jack W. Pulcher                             

James & Elisa Rainey In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Judge Susan D. Reed                             

Randall W. Reynolds                             

Charles A. Rosenthal, Jr. In Honor of William R. Turner              

James T. Russell In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Evelyn Rutherford                              

Savitsky, Satin & Bacon In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Gregory A. Silber                             

Randall Coleman Sims                             

Ken Sparks*

Johnny Keane Sutton                              

William G. Swaim                             

Lynn Switzer                             

F. Duncan Thomas                             

Delia Vega                             

Alyson Vidoli In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Ronald G. Walker                             

Cindy Wallace                             

Janice L. Warder                             

Martha Warren Warner                             

Keith & Becky Warren In Memory of Arthur C. “Cappy” Eads              

Jerilynn Yenne*

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Founding Fellows of the Texas Prosecutors Society

(November-December 2011)

FF-TPSThe foundation is kicking off its campaign to establish a select group of supporters we're calling the Founding Fellows. Our Fellows will be part of our new membership group called the Texas Prosecutors Society. We have hand-selected 106 prosecutors and alumni from across the state whom we want to honor by including as a founding member. (The number of 106 signifies the number of years TDCAA has been in existence.) We will be sending invitations out within the next month.

We are asking the Founding Fellows to commit $250 per year for 10 years or a one-time gift of $2,500. Of course we accept larger pledges; one of our generous TDCAF Board Members pledged $10,000. The purpose of establishing the Founding Fellows program is to gather proceeds to establish a permanent endowment for the foundation.

Our Founding Fellows will be recognized at the board dinner at the Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update next SEptember, and we plan on hosting a special cocktail reception annually to recognize new members.

golf2011 Golf tournament and silent auction

The 2011 Annual Golf Tournament hosted by the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation grossed over $14,000 in donations. Thank you to our generous sponsors, donors, and participants—we appreciate your support! Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the 2010 Annual Campaign.  

We want to thank all of our silent auction donors and committee volunteers for their support this year. We raised over $3,000 in donations in this year's silent auction.

Thank you to all of our TDCAF Board and Advisory Committee members who attended the foundation meeting in Corpus Christi; we appreciate your continued support. We had a great meeting thanks to your input and leadership—we had a lot of great ideas come out of the meeting and we will be in touch soon to follow up on these over the next few months.

Thank you to our Golf Tournament Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Local Government Solutions

Family Sponsors

Alpha Capital Management         Corrective Solutions

Friend Sponsors

H.E. Bert Graham 

 

Annual Campaign needs your support!

The foundation is committed to continuing and improving the excellence TDCAA provides in educating and training Texas prosecutors, law enforcement and key personnel. This year featured our second annual campaign membership fundraising challenge, and it looks like our Investigators are in the lead again this year. But there is still time to contribute!

Three of our membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) have stepped up to challenge each other in their fundraising efforts. We will track the results based on dollars raised compared to percentage of membership in each of these groups. (Congratulations to the Investigator Section, pictured directional, for winning the 2010 Annual Campaign challenge. Board members Charlie Vela and Terry Vogel picked up the award at September's Annual conference.)

From elected prosecutors, we are asking for 100-percent support from all 333 electeds across the state, either through a personal unrestricted gift or a restricted gift to the Annual Campaign. You can make a pledge that can be paid out through December 31, 2011.

Melissa HightowerWhy do I give?

There are many reasons to give, and we’re making it easy by including a giving envelope in this issue. Please consider filling this out and returning with a donation. For additional reasons you should consider supporting your foundation or to take a look at the brochure, please visit www.tdcaf.org

"Training for prosecutors and investigators must be unique and job-specific. The only organization that understands our situation and our needs is TDCAA, and the foundation is what enables TDCAA to meet our needs. TDCAA's outstanding training, personnel, and services cannot survive these hard economic times without the foundation. Now is the time, and your support is the difference!" — Melissa Hightower, County Attorney's Investigator in Williamson County

 

In the last issue we introduced our new Foundation Board members, and now we are pleased to announce the additions to our existing TDCAF Advisory Committee:

The Honorable Jim Chapman

Troy Cotton

Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr.

Norma Davenport

Jack C. Frels

Frank Harmon, III

Bill Hill

Kim Ogg

G. Dwayne Pruitt

Daniel Ronan

Charles Rosenthal, Jr.

Joe Shannon, Jr.

Johnny Sutton

Please join us in welcoming our newest members! We thank them for their leadership of and support to the Foundation. For a complete listing of TDCAF Board Members and TDCAF Advisory Committee Members, please see the masthead on the opposite page.

Victory!Investigators’ victory

Congratulations again to our Investigator Section on their 2010 Annual Campaign fundraising challenge win. The Investigator Board was presented with an award at the Investigator School in San Antonio in February 8 and also enjoyed a happy hour—courtesy of the Foundation—in their honor.

Thanks again to all of our membership groups for participating in last year’s campaign. Our Investigator Board has challenged the Key Personnel and Victim Assistance Coordinators to another fundraising Challenge in 2011, so watch this column and our website, www.tdcaf.org, for details.

Many thanks

Thank you to Calhoun District Attorney Dan Heard for setting up TDCAF introduction meetings in Port Lavaca. We would also like to thank Bert Graham for attending Foundation introduction meetings throughout the month of January.

We are excited to report that Dow Chemical Company will sponsor TDCAA’s new publication, the Family Violence Training Manual. Dow’s contribution will fund the printing and mailing of at least one book per prosecutor’s office. Thank you, Dow, for this generous support! (logo) Watch the mail over the next few weeks for your office’s copy.

Latest fundraising efforts

TDCAA will host a three-day seminar targeting the unique role of prosecutors’ office personnel in combating domestic violence. Domestic violence crimes affect all prosecutors—misdemeanor- and felony-level, rural and urban. Information in this seminar is aimed at prosecutors, investigators, and victim assistance coordinators to help them effectively investigate and prosecute domestic violence crimes as well as more compassionately and effectively provide assistance and information to domestic violence victims. TDCAF is reaching out to individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the Domestic Violence Training Program. If you know of anyone who might be interested in sponsoring this seminar, please contact me at 512/474-2436 or vitera@tdcaa.com.

Also, our Intoxication Manslaughter Course will take place June 13–17 in Corpus Christi. We are looking to partner with sponsors on this year’s training. Sponsor levels are Platinum, $10,000; Gold, $5,000; Silver, $2,500 and Bronze, $1,000. Sponsorships will benefit the Annual Campaign Fund.

And last but definitely not least, we will officially kick off our 2011 Annual Campaign in April. Three of our membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) have stepped up to challenge each other in their fundraising efforts again this year. We will track results based on dollars raised compared to percentage of membership in each of these groups. Stay tuned for more information on how you can give.

Miscellany

In an effort to keep Foundation expenses down, we have been including Tax ID and IRS information on donor thank-you letters. In the past we mailed out an additional receipt with this tax information around this time of year, but from now on, your thank-you letter will serve as your receipt for donations made to the Foundation. If you would like another receipt, please feel free to call me 512/474-2436 or email me at vitera@tdcaa.com.

I have been selected to participate in a program called Leadership Texas. Through it I will expand my professional associations while investigating major issues affecting the state and nation. During this program I will be traveling to Dallas, the Permian Basin, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio, looking at each city’s challenges and opportunities regarding business, economy, education, government, and technology. I plan on visiting our members and offices in these areas along the way.

Welcome to our new TDCAF Board of Directors

The Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation will kick off the New Year with a new Foundation Board. The TDCAA Board of Directors voted on the new Board at the December 1, 2010 meeting. The TDCAA Board proposed this idea to the TDCAA staff back in March as a way to enhance the foundation’s ability to develop financial support for TDCAF.

Thanks to the Planning Committee for their efforts in strategic planning for the new foundation board: Tom Bridges, Bert Graham, Pete Inman, Helen Jackson, Tom Krampitz, Barry Macha, and Mindy Montford. We are also adding a few new Advisory Committee Members to our current Advisory Committee; we will list those folks in the next issue of The Texas Prosecutor journal.

We are honored to present the 2011 TDCAF Board of Directors:

From the TDCAA membership

Bobby Bland

Kathy Braddock

John Bradley

David Escamilla

Judge Susan Reed

From the community

Dan Boulware

Tom Bridges

Katherine Cabaniss

Yolanda De Leon

Knox Fitzpatrick

Bert Graham

Rusty Hardin, Jr.

Mike Hinton

Pete Inman

Helen Jackson

Tom Krampitz

Greg Laughlin

Barry Macha

Mindy Montford

 

Cheers to a wondeful 2010 and a new year of success in 2011

2010 was a very busy and exciting year for the foundation. With your help and the generosity of our fellow Texans, the foundation has accomplished the following in the last year:

  • raised more than $270,000 in support of the foundation (nearly $130,000 unrestricted funds and over $140,000 in restricted donations for the foundation)
  • hired a senior appellate attorney, John Stride, and victim services director, Suzanne McDaniel, whose salaries are fully funded by the foundation;
  • secured major support from the Anheuser-Busch Companies to produce the second DWI Summit that recently took place on November 12; thanks to our sponsors and donors for helping us raise $25,000 in support of this year’s summit; and
  • honored former Harris County District Attorney Carol Vance at the third annual Champions for Justice event.

Texas pie chartOther news

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Annual Campaign Fundraising Competition: Thank you to our investigator membership on a job well done. They will receive a party in their honor at the Investigator Training in February along with a special award presentation at the 2011 Annual Conference in September. We are also proud to announce that 100 percent of the Investigator Board participated in this year’s fundraising effort.We would also like to thank the Beeville and Williamson County Offices for 100 percent support to the 2010 Annual Campaign.

 

 

Holds Successful 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Golf tournamentThe 2010 Annual Golf Tournament hosted by the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation grossed over $12,000 in donations. Thank you to our generous sponsors, donors and participants…..we appreciate your support! Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the 2010 Annual Campaign.

Thank you to our Golf Tournament Sponsors

 

Recovery Healthcare Corporation

Champion Sponsor

Local Government Solutions

Family Sponsor

Corrective Solutions

Friend Sponsor

Unlimited SoftwareAlpha Capital Management

 

Thank you to our 2010 DWI Summit Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Smart Start Interlock

Designated Drive Sponsor

Recovery Healthcare Corporation

Life Saver Sponsor

Life Safer Interlock

Our Injury Prevention Sponsor

Graham Brothers EntertainmentWestern National BankDel Sol Foods

 

 

Donors

Germania Insurance

H&H Machine Service

 

 

 

ThermometerYear end giving

Please consider making a year-end gift to the 2010 Annual Campaign. TDCAF needs your support! For many members and friends of TDCAA, the end of the year is a traditional time for giving, the Foundation’s fiscal year ends December 31, 2010 so you still have time to support. Gifts to TDCAF not only provide important support for TDCAA programs but they also yield significant tax savings. Make your gift by December 31 and receive a tax break when you itemize deductions on your 2010 tax return. (Please see attached giving envelope in this issue of the Prosecutor) Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers who have made this year so successful. We still have time to exceed our fundraising goals for the year with your support!

DWI Summit-November 12, 2010

The Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., and Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation (TDCAF), is proud to offer the Guarding Texas Roadways: 2010 DWI Summit.  Thank you to the following supporters of this year’s event, we are still accepting sponsorships. 

Annual Conference wrap up and other news

Thank you to all of our Advisory Committee members who attended the Foundation meeting in South Padre, we appreciate your continued support. We had a great meeting thanks to your input and leadership, we had a lot of great ideas come out of the meeting and we will be in touch soon to follow up on these over the next few months. And the winner of the ipad raffle is…….Todd Smith (Investigator out of Lubbock) A big thank you to all the annual conference attendees who purchased an ipad raffle ticket in support of the Foundation. We raised close to $1,000 in support of TDCAF.  Also, I want to thank the following folks for going out of their way to set up TDCAF introduction meetings in their area over the last few months. Big thanks to, Bobby Bland, Yolanda de Leon,  Knox Fitzpatrick, Judge Gerald Goodwin, Clyde Herrington, Ed Jones, Julie Renken, and Judge Susan Reed.

Last Reminder for the 2010 Annual Campaign Update

This is the last reminder regarding the two fundraising goals for our membership groups:  one for elected prosecutors, and one for investigators, key personnel, and victim assistants.  This year we are asking all elected prosecutors to coordinate with prosecutors in their office to raise $500 in unrestricted funds for the annual campaign. If all 332 prosecutors donate at this level, the foundation will receive $166,000 in unrestricted funds. The second fundraising goal involves three of our membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) who have challenged each other in their fundraising. So far, the investigators are leading the way in the 2010 Annual Campaign Challenge. The Foundation will host a reception for the winning membership group at its scheduled conference in 2011 (Investigator School for investigators or Key Personnel Seminar for key personnel and victim assistance coordinators). The winning group will also receive an engraved plaque (presented at the Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update), along with recognition in the Prosecutor journal and on the website. Remember, any amount you give is appreciated.  

If you have contacts within your community who would like to learn more about the Foundation, please call me at 512/474-2436. 

Donations between August 14 through October 4

Alpha Capital Management
Eduardo Arredondo
Deborah F. Branch
Jean M. Burns
Daniel Lee Caddell
Tommy Coleman
Del Sol Food Company, Inc.
Corrective Solutions
Michael L. Dobbins
Judge Erwin G. Ernst
Robert S. Fertitta
Michael E. Fouts *
Juan Eduardo Garcia
Germania Insurance
Susan Glass
Elie Gonzales-De Leon
Graham Brothers Entertainment
Michael J. Guarino,  II
H & H Machine Service
Theresa D. Hall
Patricia Hennig
Douglas W. Howell,  III
Mr. & Mrs. J. Marvin Moreland
Bill Milburn
Garrett Pennington
Recovery Healthcare Corporation
Gus & Kay Schill
Don R. Stricklin
Lynn Switzer
Charles Vela
Western National Bank

* Denotes Restricted Gift

2010 Annual Campaign has kicked off

We would like to congratulate and thank the Ector County District Attorney’s Office for 100% participation in support of the 2010 Annual Campaign. “Two weeks ago, I challenged ever member of the office to contribute to TDCAF, every single employee responded with a contribution, pledge or online donation” said R.N. Bobby Bland. 

By now, I hope all of you have received the 2010 Annual Campaign letter, brochure, and your invitation to be a part of the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation. The foundation is committed to continuing and improving the excellence TDCAA provides in educating and training Texas prosecutors, law enforcement, and key personnel. As we previously mentioned, this year, we have two fundraising goals for our membership groups, one for elected prosecutors and one for investigators, key personnel, and victim assistants. 

Elected Prosecutor ­campaign challenge.

This year we are asking all elected prosecutors to raise $500 in unrestricted funds for the annual campaign. If all 332 prosecutors donate at this level, the foundation will receive $166,000 in unrestricted funds.

Campaign challenge- investigators, key ­personnel, and victim assistance coordinators

Three membership groups (investigators, key personnel, and victim assistance coordinators) have challenged each other in their fundraising. So far, the investigators are leading the way in the 2010 Annual Campaign, based on dollars raised compared to the percentage of membership in each of our competing groups (investigators, key personnel and victim assistance coordinators)— way to go!We will track future results and feature a regular update on who’s leading the way on our web site and in The Texas Prosecutor. So keep an eye out!

In Other News ....

Two major events are coming up in the next few months. One is Guarding Texas Roadways: 2010 DWI Summit on November 12, 2010. In 2008, TDCAA and the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation (TDCAF) partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Anheuser-Busch Companies, and the Busch Satellite Network to present this seminar. We trained more than 1,400 prosecutors and police officers across Texas by broadcasting live from the BSN studios in St. Louis to 36 Anheuser-Busch distributorships around Texas. Anheuser-Busch is partnering with us again in this year to broadcast another seminar, we are asking for your help in identifying corporations and individuals who might be interested in supporting  this event.

Keep an eye out for information on the second Annual Foundation Golf Tournament, which will take place Wednesday, September 22 (the week of the Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update) on South Padre Island at the South Padre Island Golf Club. Funds raised through the golf tournament will support the 2010 Annual Campaign.

Thank you to our generous supporters

(March 6 through June 9, 2010)

Malcolm Bailey, In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

Chris and Reese Baker, In Honor of Carol S. Vance             

Juanita Barner, In Honor of Carol S. Vance             

Robert and Cheryl Bennett, In Honor of Carol S. Vance    

Adelaide Biggs, In Honor of Carol S. Vance             

R. N. "Bobby" Bland                           

Misty Renea Boon, In Memory of Elton A. Faught              

Michael R. Bostick                               

Dan Boulware                       

Kathy Braddock, In Honor of Carol S. Vance          

Denise Bradley, In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

John M. Bradley, In Honor of Carol S. Vance         

Bracewell & Giuliani, In Honor of Carol S. Vance  

James E. Brill, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                

Joseph D. Brown, In Honor of Carol S. Vance        

Leonard J. Bruce, In Memory of Elton A. Faught  

Kay Burkhalter, In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

Richard F. Callaway, In Honor of Carol S. Vance    

Michael Henry Carlson                      

Janet Reynolds Cassels                     

Bobbie Cate                          

Tree Chamberlain                               

Gloria Jean Clarke                               

Dan Cogdell, In Honor of Carol S. Vance  

Joe D. Commander, In Memory of Elton A. Faught and Lee Wayne Holloman           

Nancy Cook, In Honor of Carol S. Vance  

Alice P. Craig, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                

Roland Dahlin, In Honor of Carol S. Vance              

Larissa Davis                          

Clifton Davison,In Memory of Dallas County Fallen Officers           

Cenia DeAnda                      

Gianna M. DeBottis, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Yolanda de Leon, In Honor of Carol S. Vance         

Linda Deaderick                                   

Judge Joe Ned Dean, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                 

Vic Driscoll, In Honor of Carol S. Vance     

Robert Duran                        

James M. Eidson                                 

Laurie English, In Honor of Carol Vance

Ted Erck, In Honor of Carol S. Vance         

James A. Farren*

Nene Foxhall, In Honor of Carol S. Vance               

Karl T. Geoca, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                

Richard E. Glaser                                 

William Gleason*               

Gerald A. Goodwin, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Karen Gross                          

Michael J. GuarinoII, In Honor of Carol S. Vance  

Eric Hagstette                       

Frank Harmon III, In Honor of Carol S. Vance        

Judge Margaret S. Harris                                  

Cary L. Hart, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Ira Royal Hart                        

Donna Hawkins, In Honor of Carol S. Vance           

Thomas M. Henderson, In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

Michael J. Hinton, In Honor of Carol S. Vance       

Richard and Shirley Hipp, In Honor of Carol S. Vance         

John B. Holmes,  Jr., In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Alvin & Sylvia Horne, In Honor of Carol S. Vance  

Seth Howards                       

Judge Jean S. Hughes, In Honor of Carol S. Vance               

Maria Jackson, In Honor of Carol S. Vance              

Rob Kepple, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Albert B. Kimball,  Jr. In Honor of Carol S. Vance  

Don Lambright, In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

Mark Latham, In Honor of Carol S. Vance               

Michael Scott Layh                             

Chip B. Lewis, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                

Local Government Solutions                          

Doug Lowe                            

Judge Patricia R. Lykos, In Honor of Carol S. Vance *              

Cheryll Mabray                    

Kenneth Magidson, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Michael R. Maguire, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Joe S. Maida, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                 

Tom E. Maness*                    

Maria McAnulty, In Honor of Carol S. Vance          

Lee Byron McClendon                      

Ashley McCracken                              

Mary W. McDaniel, In Honor of Carol S. Vance     

E. B. McDonough, In Honor of Carol S. Vance       

Lisa C. McMinn                     

Paul Mewis, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Irene Milam                          

Richard J. Miller, In Honor of Carol S. Vance          

Richard J. Miller, In Memory of Daniel P. & June Miller     

James A. Moseley, In Honor of Carol S. Vance     

Gordon Neville, In Honor of Carol S. Vance           

The Honorable Henry K. Oncken, In Honor of Carol S. Vance         

Windi Akins Pastorini, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                

Laura Patel                             

Grace Ann Patino, In Memory of Elton A. Faught                

Rene M. Pena*    

Walter E. Pinegar, In Honor of Carol S. Vance       

Blanca C. Porras                                   

Jodie & Carolyn Ray                           

Maj David Van Brunt Price Ret                      

Joseph M. Revesz                               

The Honorable Sam Robertson, In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

A. Ross Rommel, Jr., In Honor of Carol S. Vance  

Rusty Hardin & Associates, P.C., In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

Thomas L. Royce, In Honor of Carol S. Vance        

Donnis M. Scott                                   

Aaron Sharp                          

Kurt Sistrunk, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                

James Smith                          

Kebharu H. Smith                                

Otis Smith                              

Todd L. Smith                        

Donald A. Smyth, In Honor of Carol S. Vance        

South Texas College of Law,In Honor of Carol S. Vance    

George Stephenson, In Honor of Carol S. Vance                 

Sullivan Funeral Home                      

Tim & Mary Lynne Taft, In Honor of Carol S. Vance            

F. Duncan Thomas                              

Molly J. Thurman                                

Sherri Tibbe*                        

William W. Torrey                               

The Honorable David Walker                         

Carey West, In Honor of Carol S. Vance   

Kirk Williams                          

Mark Yarbrough*                                  

Jerilynn Yenne, In Memory of Joyce Wheeler*

* RESTRICTED

Third Annual Champions for Justice event to Honor Carol Vance

A frightened child whose life will be forever changed by the acts of an abuser, a grieving family trying to cope with the loss of a loved one taken from them by a drunk driver, and an elderly widow defrauded by an identity thief. Each of these victims desperately needs a champion, someone to stand up for them and seek justice on their behalf. For the better part of two decades as the district attorney in Harris County, Carol Vance was that champion.

In the three short years that the Foundation has been up and running, we have established a solid footing and are realizing our potential in bringing training and services to Texas prosecutors for the benefit of the State. In addition to that, we also recognize legendary Texas prosecutors at a Champions for Justice Event in their communities—which brings us to Carol Vance. The TDCAF will host its third Annual Champions for Justice Event on April 22, at the home of Gene and Astrid Van Dyke in Houston.

We are inviting TDCAA members to be a part of this event by making a contribution in honor of Carol Vance. Please show your support and appreciation for all that he has done for Harris County and beyond.

Tickets for this reception are $50 each, and sponsorship levels are $10,000 for Platinum, $5,000 for Gold, $2,500 for Sterling, and $1,000 for Bronze. Order tickets or make a contribution in Mr. Vance’s honor by visiting www.tdcaf .org or by contacting me at 512/474-2436 or vitera@tdcaa .com. We hope to see you there!

Special thanks to our honorary host committee

Richard Anderson
Jack Blanton
Robert C. Bennett
Jimmy Brill
Dick DeGuerin
Honorable Erwin Ernst
Bert Graham
Rusty Hardin
Richard Haynes
Michael Hinton
John B. Holmes, Jr.
Frank Harmon
Gaynelle Jones
Michael Kuhn
Jim Larkin
Honorable Patricia Lykos
Kenneth Magidson
Honorable Mike McSpadden
Ralph McBride
Pat Oxford
Honorable Henry Oncken
Congressman Ted Poe
Honorable Sam Robertson
Chuck Rosenthal
Ken Sparks
Gib Walton
WilliamWilde
Connie Williams
Ronald Woods

Recent gifts to TDCAF (Dec. 1, 2009–Jan. 31, 2010)

Diane Burch Beckham
Elmer C. Beckworth,  Jr.
Elizabeth Billnoske*
Ronald Kent Birdsong
Barbara Bailey Bogart*
Dan M. Boulware
John M. Bradley
John M. Bradley*
Thomas L. Bridges
Bill Campbel,l In Honor of Richard B. Alpert
Janet Reynolds Cassels
Teresa J. Clingman
The Honorable Cathleen C. Cochran
Steve Cowan
Robert Darin Darby
William Jewell Davis
Delta Air Lines, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Sam W. Dick, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Thomas C. Dunn, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Billy John Edwards
James Michael English
Robert S. Fertitta
David L. Finney, In Memory of Jesse Tober
John T. Fleming
Jack C. Frels, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Henry L. Garza, In Memory of William M. Jennings
Omar Jaime Garza
The Honorable Larry Gist, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Richard E. Glaser
William Gleason*
Sandy Glisson, In Honor of Jay V. Griffin,  Jr.
Bryan Goertz*
Gary A. Goff
Daniel M. Gonzalez
Bert Graham, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
David M. Green
Rene A. Guerra
Howard Wallace Hatch,  Jr.*
James B. Hicks
James R. Horton
Douglas W. Howell,  III
John T. Hubert*
Dan K. Joiner,  Jr.
Gaynelle Griffin Jones, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Justynian Z. Jones
The Honorable W. C. “Bud” Kirkendall, In Honor of Tom Krampitz
The Honorable Oliver S. Kitzman
Tom Krampitz, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Bobby Lockhart*
Stephen R. Lupton*
Christopher E. Martin
Allen D. McAshan, Jr., In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Joshua W. McCown
Joshua W. McCown*
George Edwin McCrea
Gregory T. Miller, In Memory of Tim Curry
Elizabeth Murray-Kolb
Nick C. Nichols
Judge Susan D. Reed*
Charles A. Rosenthal,  Jr., In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Emily S. Roy
Belinda Veronica Salinas
Timothy D. Salley
Scott Sherwood
Joseph J. Skrivanek, III
Joe R. Smith*
Otis Smith
Ken Sparks*
Lynn Switzer*
Horace Joe Tabor
Marcia T. Taylor
William Grover Thompson
Carolyn D. Thurmond
Carolyn K. Vance and Family, In Honor of Carol S. Vance
Terry J. Vogel
Rebecca R. Walton
Jerilynn Yenne*

* Restricted gifts

Looking ahead to an outstanding 2010

The last year has proved to be a success for the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation, and with your continued support we look forward to continued success in 2010. We’ve highlighted a few successes and upcoming events below for your review.

We are proud to announce that we have 100 percent participation from the Foundation Board of Trustees in the 2009 Annual Campaign.

  • Our first golf tournament (in September 2009), held in conjunction with the Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update in Corpus Christi, raised $11,000 in unrestricted funds. More than 30 golfers participated.
  • In January 2010, TDCAA will have on staff a senior appellate attorney and a victim assistance coordinator. Both of these positions are funded by the foundation.
    Back by popular demand: The foundation will partner with the Anheuser-Busch Companies to provide a free, one-day training on intoxication-related investigations and prosecutions to law enforcement and prosecutors in November 2010. The training, Guarding Texas Roadways, will take place at A-B distributorships across Texas and will be broadcast via satellite, just like the first such conference in 2008.
  • The foundation will host the Champions for Justice event in honor of Carol Vance, former Harris County District Attorney, on April 22, 2010, in Houston. The purpose of this annual event is to raise awareness of the importance and local impact of excellence in prosecutorial education and training. Money raised from sponsorships and ticket sales will benefit the Foundation’s Annual Fund.
  • Private foundations have been indentified and proposals will be submitted monthly to fund educational publications, program development, and general operating.
  • The Foundation Board of Trustees and TDCAA members have taken an active role in increasing community awareness for the foundation by speaking on behalf of TDCAF in their communities and at TDCAA trainings across Texas.

Recent gifts to TDCAF*


Bernard W. Ammerman
Eduardo Arredondo
C. Scott Brumley
Bill Burnett
David Castillo
J. Michael Criswell
Kenda L. Culpepper
William C. Dowell
Dr. D.C. Jim Dozier
Sandy Fisher
Patrick L. Flanigan, In Honor of Thomas L. Bridges
Howard Freemyer
John Stuart Fryer
Michael J. Guarino II
Josh Hartlage
Clyde Herrington
Maria E. Hinojosa
Cynthia Lynn Jahn
Micheal Elwood Jimerson
Ed C. Jones
Margaret U. Lalk
Cheryll Mabray
Barry L. Macha
Becky McPherson
Louis Dayne Miller
Linda E. Poe, In Memory of A.H. Onstott
Kara E.M. Schneible
Roberto Serna
Ty M. Sparks
Tarrant County CDA's Office, In Memory of Marga Stephens
James Michael Tirey
Jeffrey L. Van Horn
Jennifer Vitera
James R. Wade
Carl James Weyrich, Jr.
Willie Mae Williams, In Memory of Willie James and Hertha Axel
Jerilynn Yenne, In Memory of Joyce Wheeler

* Gifts donated between 9/19/2009 and 11/30/2009

There’s still time to give to the Annual Campaign

Consider making a yearend gift to the 2009 Annual Campaign. TDCAF needs your support! For many members and friends of TDCAA, the end of the year is a traditional time for giving. Gifts to TDCAF not only provide important support for TDCAA programs, but also yield significant and timely tax savings. Make your gifts to TDCAF by December 31 and you will see a tax break for this year (when you itemize deductions on your income tax return). All gifts must be completed on or before December 31 to qualify for an income tax deduction this year.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 and have 100% support from every county in Texas. If you have not had a chance to contribute, please remember that every dollar counts!

You may designate your gift for training, books, make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, or make an unrestricted gift for general operations. Please use the attached form to make your contribution or go online to see if your county is “colored in” at www.tdcaf.org

TDCAF celebrates third anniversary

We would like to thank you, our members, the TDCAA Board of Directors, and the TDCAF Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee for three successful years; we look forward to the foundation’s continued success in the upcoming year. The foundation is committed to educating and training Texas prosecutors and law enforcement.

2009 Annual Campaign needs your support!


As most of you know, the foundation kicked off the 2009 “Color in the Map” Annual Campaign in April. Our goal is to raise $100,000 and have 100 percent support from every Texas county. If you have not had a chance to contribute, please remember that every dollar counts! (See the map at right to find out if your county has contributed.) You may designate your gift for training or books, contribute in honor or in memory of a loved one, or make an unrestricted donation for general operations. In the next few weeks, TDCAA regional directors will be contacting elected prosecutors in their area to ask for help in reaching our goal of 100 percent participation in this year’s campaign.

Funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the community at large greatly increases the quality of service we are able to offer our members. I am asking you to please consider supporting the foundation by making a contribution of any size. You will find a return gift envelope in this issue of The Texas Prosecutor journal or you can go online www.tdcaf.org to make a quick and secure donation. The more funding we secure, the more effective TDCAA is in developing programs to ensure the safety and security of your communities.

We appreciate your support and consideration!

In other news

A special thanks to our Champions For Justice 2010 Planning Committee and Honorary Host Committee. This year we will honor Carol Vance, former district attorney in Harris County, and we are in the process of securing a date and location for the event in Houston. The Planning Committee held its first meeting Thursday, September 3 from 2–3 p.m. at TDCAA’s office. In addition, TDCAF is seeking corporate and private sponsors to support this year’s event. Please feel free to call me at 512/474-2436 with any ideas or questions you may have.

Introducing Jennifer Vitera

I am pleased to announce that our foundation has a new development director. Jennifer Vitera comes to us from the Richardson Regional Medical Center, where she served as the major gifts officer for the last few years and oversaw a very successful campaign to support its annual fundraiser and cancer center. Many of y’all in the Lufkin area may recall Jennifer from on-air news reports at the ABC affiliate.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman’s University, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Master’s in Business Administration. In the near future you will be getting to know Jennifer and her plans for the growth of our foundation. Welcome!

Nearly 100% of Annual Campaign Achieved!     
(November-December 2008)

What a wonderful 2008 it has been for the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation! We are nearing the end of our 2nd Annual Campaign, and are very close to reaching our goal. Over $94,000 has been raised by you, our members, TDCAF friends, and others who keep the goal of improving prosecution and protecting crime victims in the forefront of thier minds. Please help us surpass our goal of $100,ooo! You have until December 31, 2008, to make a difference and show your support!

A BIG thanks goes to Matt Powell, Lubbock County District Attorney, for leading the way in West Texas.  Matt went above and beyond to convey the message to area businesses, individuals, and others the important work that the Foundation and TDCAA does in the Lubbock community and beyond.  Several thousand dollars was raised on my visit to Lubbock, with many more annual commitments, and a promising event to be held in 2009.  Thank you, Matt Powell!

Another round of applause goes to Tony Hackebeil (38th Judicial District Attorney), John E. Terrill (266th Judicial District Attorney), and John T. Hubert (105th Judicial District Attorney).  These individuals made substantial gifts from their asset forfeiture accounts.  All gifts made from asset forfeiture accounts are restricted and used only for the education and training purposes of Texas prosecutors and law enforcement.  We appreciate you all!

I have been on the road plenty, and enjoying every stop I make.  James Eidson kindly invited me to speak to the Abilene Crimestoppers in August.  I also attended a law enforcement luncheon in Midland and met several new people with a vested interest in TDCAF’s and TDCAA’s mission.  I will be heading to Dallas and the surrounding area soon to meet with potential donors.

Another thank you goes to Carl Dorrough, Criminal District Attorney, Gregg County, for speaking to a local community group on TDCAF.  We appreciate Carl spreading the word and gaining interest for the Foundation and TDCAA!

On December 4, we will be honoring Ronnie Earle, Travis County District Attorney, at the Champions for Justice event at the Omni Southpark (Austin).  Please call the TDCAF office (512-474-2436) soon to learn more about sponsorship and tickets.

And, last but not least, don’t forget to check out our new website: www.tdcaf.org.  You will be amazed at how far the Foundation has come since its inception in 2006!

Happy Birthday, TDCAF!    
(September-October 2008) 

TDCAF is entering into its third year!  Hard to believe that once a dream in several Board and Advisory Members’ minds, the Foundation is now fully operational and growing in success.  In the last two years, we have accomplished much in the way of improved educational resources, innovative ways to offer training, and new avenues for funding that would not have existed before TDCAF’s inception.  And for that, we thank YOU, our members, for making this dream a reality.

The USAA Foundation (San Antonio) made a contribution to underwrite the cost of books for law enforcement attendees at the San Antonio Regional Update, held on June 27.  Thank you, USAA Foundation!  Another round of thanks goes to John Bradley, Williamson County District Attorney, for leading the way in asking our electeds across the state to help support a new appellate attorney position at TDCAA.  This person would assist prosecutors with appellate briefs and issues, respond to e-mail and telephone requests for legal assistance, and guide the development of new legal arguments, theories, and trial tactics for Texas prosecutors.   

TDCAF’s Annual Campaign continues to gain momentum.  Over 20% of our goal of $100,000 has been reached.  If you have not given yet, please remember that every dollar counts! It is crucial to have support from within in order to successfully ask new, outside donors to provide funding for all of TDCAA’s important work.  You may designate your gift for training, the new appellate attorney position, books, in honor or in memory of a loved one, or for general operations.  We appreciate your support!

I’ve just returned from the Dallas – Fort Worth area, thanking our Fort Worth Champions for Justice sponsors and visiting with new donors.  Soon, I will head out west to team up with Matt Powell, Criminal District Attorney (Lubbock County) to meet with prospective local contributors.  James Eidson, Criminal District Attorney (Taylor County) has invited me to speak at the Abilene Crime Stoppers luncheon later this month.  Also, keep an eye out for more Champions for Justice events on the horizon.  We have two locations and honorees on the radar, and plans are falling into place.  More details to come.

Be sure to check out our new website:  www.tdcaf.org.  It has recently been polished up, and you will be most pleased.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Annual Campaign has Kicked Off!
(July-August 2008)

By now, I hope you all have received the Annual Campaign letter, our new brochure, and your invitation to be a part of the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation.  The Foundation is committed to continuing, and improving, the excellence TDCAA provides in educating and training Texas prosecutors and law enforcement.  TDCAA regional directors have made a leap in their leadership by reinforcing the goal of 100% participation from all electeds across the state.  We have already seen a phenomenal showing from many TDCAA members as well as friends of the foundation.  THANK YOU…..and keep it up!  We invite every member of TDCAA to contribute any amount to show his or her support of the work that TDCAA does to protect crime victims and keep Texas safe.

A BIG thank you to two recent donors:  The Abell-Hanger Foundation (Midland) and the Prairie Foundation (Midland) made significant gifts to TDCAF to further enhance the training, education, and resources that West Texas prosecutors and law enforcement receive from TDCAA.  Both Abell-Hanger and the Prairie Foundation realize the importance of supporting the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation’s effort to provide Texas prosecutors and law enforcement with the best possible resources to keep Texas protected.  Thank you!

I will be on the road again soon, heading ultimately to Wichita Falls, by way of Decatur, Graham, Vernon, and other stops. I am contacting several electeds and TDCAF supporters to make connections along the way.  If you have potential donors within your community who would like to be a part of the Foundation’s dynamic growth and leadership, please call me at 512-474-2436.  I look forward to meeting and visiting with you all soon!

The Foundation is in Full Swing
(May-June 2008)

The Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent weeks, thanks to the energy generated by the Champions for Justice event in Fort Worth on April 17. The event, honoring longtime Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Tim Curry, has allowed me the pleasure of meeting with several new sponsors in the Fort Worth area. Be on the lookout for an extended recap of the event in the July–August issue of this journal.

I have been on the road to West Texas and the Galveston area. Midland, Ozona, Sonora, and Odessa came through with generous contributions, thanks to encouraging support from Teresa Clingman (Midland County District Attorney), Laurie English (112th Judicial District Attorney), and Bobby Bland (Ector County District Attorney). And a very special thanks to the John L. and Maurine Cox Foundation (Midland), which underwrote the cost of the additional books needed for our recent DWI Summit, Guarding Texas Roadways.

I also traveled southeast to visit with Mike Guarino (Galveston), Jerilynn Yenne (Brazoria County Criminal District Attorney), and Kurt Sistrunk (Galveston County Criminal District Attorney). Kudos to Mike, Jeri, and Kurt for their willingness to generate funding for the foundation in their local communities.

As always, I remain enthusiastic to visit with you regarding the Foundation. If you would like to have an event in your area, honor or memorialize a friend, colleague, or family member, or simply discuss ideas pertaining to the Foundation, please call me at 512-474-2436.

Recent Gifts

(November-December 2008 issue)

Eduardo Arredondo, County Attorney, Burnet County

J. Russell Ash, County Attorney, Reagan County 

Geoff Barr, District Attorney, Comal County

Bobby Bland, District Attorney, Ector County

Craig D. Caldwell, County Attorney & VAC, Cherokee County

City Bank, Friend of TDCAF, Lubbock

Tim Curry, Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

William Jewell Davis, M.D., Friend of TDCAF, Lubbock, in honor of Matt Powell

Patrick L. Flanigan, 36th Judicial District Attorney

Tim Flathers, Assistant District Attorney, Midland County

Judge Leonard Giblin, Port Arthur, in honor of John R. (Jack) DeWitt

Judge Larry Gist, Beaumont, in honor of John R. (Jack) DeWitt

David M. Green, District Attorney, 69th Judicial District Attorney

Tony Hackebeil, 38th Judicial District Attorney

Tom Hanna, Nederland, in honor of John R. (Jack) DeWitt

Russell Hardin, Jr., Friend of TDCAF, Houston

John F. Healey, Jr., District Attorney, Fort Bend County, in honor of Bill Meitzen

Herring Bank, Friend of TDCAF, Vernon

John T. Hubert, 105th Judicial District Attorney

Richard D. Hughes, Nederland, in honor of John R. (Jack) DeWitt

Mike Laird, Beaumont, in honor of John R. (Jack) DeWitt

W.C. Lindsey, Port Neches, in honor of John R. (Jack) DeWitt

Steve Lupton, 51st Judicial District Attorney

Cheryll Mabray, County Attorney, Llano County, in memory of Jack Redford

Elton R. Mathis, Criminal District Attorney, Waller County

McDougal Companies, Friend of TDCAF, Lubbock

Richard Miller, County Attorney, Bell County

Elizabeth Murray-Kolb, County Attorney, Guadalupe County

David Newell, Assistant County Attorney, Fort Bend County, in memory of Matthew Paul

Lisa Peterson, County Attorney, Nolan County

Matthew D. Powell, Criminal District Attorney, Lubbock County

Fred G. Rodriguez, Friend of TDCAF, San Antonio

Lynda K. Russell, 123rd Judicial District Attorney

Kurt Sistrunk, Criminal District Attorney, Galveston County, in memory of Jimmy Vaughn Allison

Melanie Spratt-Anderson, County Attorney, Upton County

Lynn Switzer, 31st Judicial District Attorney

John E. Terrill, 266th Judicial District Attorney,

Manny Tovar, District Attorney’s Office, Webb County

 

More Recent Gifts......

(September-October 2008 issue)

Rob Baiamonte, County Attorney, Goliad County

Bank of Vernon, Friend of TDCAF, Vernon

Matthew D. Bartosiewicz, County Attorney, Lipscomb County

Barbara Bailey Bogart, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Bastrop County

John M. Bradley, District Attorney, Williamson County

John Brasher, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Wichita County

Mrs. Don E. Cain, Friend of TDCAF, Pampa, in memory of Judge Don Cain

Susan Elizabeth Elliott, County Attorney & VAC, Baylor County

Robert S. Fertitta, Advisory Committee Member, Fort Mill, S.C., in memory of Ted Busch

Michael E. Fouts, 39th Judicial District Attorney

Casey Canady Garrett, Friend of TDCAF, Houston

William Gleason, County & District Attorney, Marion County, in memory of Trooper Scott Burns

Bert Graham, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County

Russell Hardin, Jr., Friend of TDCAF, Houston

Gene Heatly, Friend of TDCAF, Vernon

Cheryll Mabray, County Attorney, Llano County, in honor of “my prosecutor pals who supported me in my re-election”

Renee Ann Mueller, 21st Judicial District Attorney

Tom O’Connell, Friend of TDCAF, Plano

Scott Sherwood, County Attorney, Carson County

Sullivan Funeral Home, Friend of TDCAF, Vernon, in honor of Staley Heatly

Horace Tabor, Friend of TDCAF, Vernon

Marcia T. Taylor, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Dallas County

William Grover Thompson, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Navarro County

Carolyn Thurmond, Assistant District Attorney, Midland County

Jody K. Upham, County Attorney & VAC, Ozona County

USAA Foundation, Friend of TDCAF, San Antonio

Western National Bank, Friend of TDCAF, Odessa

Jerilynn Yenne, Criminal District Attorney, Brazoria County, in memory of Jim Mapel

Jerilynn Yenne, Criminal District Attorney, Brazoria County, in memory of Joyce Wheeler

(July-August 2008 issue)

Abell- Hanger Foundation, Friend of TDCAF, Midland

Johnny W. Actkinson, 287th Judicial District Attorney

Richard B. Alpert, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

Nancy Firebaugh Arthur, County Attorney and VAC, Coke County

Janet Reynolds Cassels, Attorney at Law, Lufkin

Marvin Collins, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

Lon Curtis, Attorney at Law, Belton, in memory of C. Stephen Hughes, Assistant District Attorney, Bell County

Darrin Darby, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County

Sam W. Dick, Attorney at Law, Sugar Land

Billy John Edwards, 259th Judicial District Attorney

Jaime E. Esparza, 34th Judicial District Attorney

Deborah L. Falcone, Criminal District Attorney’s Office, in honor of Tim Curry, Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

James A. Farren, Criminal District Attorney, Randall County

David L. Finney, Assistant District and County Attorney, Ellis County, in memory of Judge John Vance

Michael L. Fostel, 109th Judicial District Attorney

Tad Fowler, Attorney at Law, Amarillo

The Honorable Gerald A. Goodwin, of Counsel and Retired District Judge, Lufkin, in honor of Tim Curry, Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

John D. Granger, IV, Attorney at Law, Fort Worth

Haynes and Boone, LLP, Friend of TDCAF, Fort Worth

James B. Hicks, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Taylor County

James R. Horton, County and District Attorney, Castro County

Michael Elwood Jimerson, County and District Attorney, Rusk County

Ed C. Jones, County Attorney, Angelina County in honor of the Honorable Gerald A. Goodwin, Lufkin

Kearney Wynn Law Firm, Friend of TDCAF, Fort Worth

Kelly Hart & Hallman Law Firm, Friend of TDCAF, Fort Worth

John D. Kimbrough, County and District Attorney, Orange County

Oliver S. Kitzman, Senior District Judge, Brookshire

Emily L. Kleine, TDCAF Development Director, Austin

William D. Kleine, Friend of TDCAF, Midland, in honor of Emily Kleine, TDCAF Development Director, Austin

Denese Renee Laskowski, District Attorneys’ Office, Harris County

Thomas Chad Lee, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

Kelly Anne Loftus, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

Cheryll Mabray, County Attorney, Llano County

Barry Macha, Criminal District Attorney, Wichita County

Victor Ivan Martinez, Assistant District Attorney, El Paso

Ray Montgomery, Attorney at Law, Centerville, in memory of Judge Bob Musslewhite

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Patton, Friends of TDCAF, Fort Worth

Lisa L. Peterson, County Attorney, County Attorney, Nolan County

The Prairie Foundation, Friend of TDCAF, Midland

Carmen Rivera-Worley, District Judge, Denton, in honor of the Honorable Michael J. McCormick

Sam Robertson, Retired Senior Judge, Wimberley

Kebharu H. Smith, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County, in appreciation of TDCAA’s work

Jeffrey S. Stewart, Attorney at Law, Fort Worth

Cindy Stormer, 235th Judicial District Attorney, in honor of Rob Kepple

Thomas B. Thorpe, Senior District Judge, Dallas

Curtis R. Tomme, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Taylor County

William R. Turner, 85th Judicial District Attorney

Martha Warren Warner, 156th Judicial District Attorney

Rainey Webb, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

Andrea L. Westerfeld, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Collin County

Edward L. Wilkinson, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

David M. Williams, County Attorney, San Saba