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Second-annual G96 men’s event raises $650,000+

IMG_0209More than 200 North Texans attended a G96 men’s group fundraiser Feb. 6 to benefit women and children leaving a crisis at The Gatehouse. Donations during the Super Bowl pre-party totaled $650,000+, including a matching grant from Amon G. Carter Foundation.

All proceeds will directly support The Gatehouse’s Adopt-a-Family campaign. Thirty-eight women and 59 children are currently members of the supportive living community located in Grapevine, Texas, and another 60 families will be added in 2016 until The Gatehouse reaches its 96-family capacity.

The fundraiser’s exclusive presenting sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust’s support allowed all funds raised during the event to directly support Gatehouse families.

The G96 men’s group — whose name represents the 96 apartments at The Gatehouse — offers a unique opportunity for men to come together with the community in support against domestic violence. The group is lead by Todd Armstrong, Tim Brittan, Bill Cassidy, John Cochran, Terry Horton, Jeff Markham, John Miller, Matt Rose, Matt Terrell and DeWayne Travelstead.

Gatehouse members participate in an individually-tailored program, which may last up to 2 ½ years, to address needs that traditionally hold women back from successfully breaking free from crisis situations: safe housing, food, clothing, transportation, child care, physical and mental health care, employment guidance, financial aid for further education, legal counsel and financial literacy.

Donated auction trips & items for the fundraiser spanned the globe, from vying to be a bag boy for local golf pros during the Byron Nelson Tournament to excursions in exotic places such as Turks & Caicos and Abu Dhabi. In addition to learning more about The Gatehouse and enjoying food and drinks, guests also enjoyed a performance by the Walton Stout Band.

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