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Jack Pratt to Receive 2023 Catholic Foundation Award

Jack Pratt

Entrepreneurial mind, servant’s heart and memories of the Great Depression steer philanthropic path for Foundation’s 40th honoree to be celebrated at the February 4, 2023, Catholic Foundation Award Dinner.

Jack E. Pratt, Sr., founder and retired chairman and CEO of Hollywood Casino Corporation and the developer of multiple successful hotels, casinos, commercial and residential buildings and restaurant chains in the U.S., Mexico, South America, Australia and the Caribbean, has been named the 40th Catholic Foundation Award honoree.

Pratt will be recognized on February 4, 2023, during The Catholic Foundation Award Dinner at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, for his Christian example and enormous philanthropic impact made throughout the Dallas area.

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The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees To Board

L to R: Pratt, Bangs, Thompson, Howard, Kramer

Fred Bangs, Mark N. Howard and Dr. Mayra Thompson have been elected to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees under the leadership of Board Chair Aileen Pratt, who is serving her second year of a two-year term. The new trustees will serve two, three-year terms ending in 2027.

“We welcome Fred, Mark and Mayra to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees. Our board continues to grow in diversity and expertise, and we are thankful for the valuable time and effort our trustees give to The Catholic Foundation. Their strategic leadership will continue to propel the Foundation’s legacy of successfully serving donors and the Catholic community,” said Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation.

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LATEST NEWS

September 28, 2022

The Good Word Chock-full Of Great News

The latest edition of The Good Word is loaded with information about a flurry of activity that has been taking place at The Catholic Foundation this summer and what’s ahead this fall.
September 21, 2022

Anna LeBlanc to Join The Catholic Foundation As Senior Development Officer

Veteran philanthropic giving advisor Anna LeBlanc, CAP®, will join The Catholic Foundation as senior development officer, further strengthening the existing team that works closely with donors and professional advisors to serve donors and the needs of the Dallas-area community. She begins her new role Oct. 3.
September 14, 2022

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: The Louise Buhrer Story

Senior development officer Michael George recently shared the story of Catholic Foundation donor Louise Buhrer, a 5th generation Swiss immigrant who established a charitable remainder trust at The Catholic Foundation totaling $777,000. Our three minute video tells the story.

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