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The Catholic Foundation was established in 1955 by a group of visionary Catholic business and professional leaders in the midst of a period of remarkable growth and prosperity in the Dallas area to ensure that the physical and spiritual needs of those in the community who were less fortunate would never be overlooked.

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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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Dan Odom To Lead The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees

L to R: Odom, Grivas, Moats, Martinez, Kramer

The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Dan Odom as chairman of its board, succeeding Aileen Pratt who served as board chair the past two years. The board also elected three new trustees, Elsa Alcalá Grivas, Rick Martinez, and Maria Castañón Moats. Odom will serve a two-year term and the new trustees will serve two, three-year terms ending in 2028.

“Dan brings business acumen, fluency of the local philanthropy landscape, and compassion that he pours into The Catholic Foundation,” said Matt Kramer, president, and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “We welcome Dan, Elsa, Rick, and Maria in their new roles that will build upon the success of past boards. They will each help us fulfill the charitable and legacy giving goals of donors in ways that positively impacts churches, schools, and charitable organizations for years to come.”

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January 27, 2023

Circle Of Life Seminar Helps People Discuss How Final Wishes Can Be Honored

“THE CONVERSATION: A Catholic Perspective on Circle-of-Life Issues” continues this March, and you're invited to attend our next information-packed and free seminar on Saturday, March 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas.
January 26, 2023

John Paul II High School Junior Charlotte Blank Receives Hal Tehan Scholar Award

John Paul II High School junior Charlotte Blank has been named the 26th annual recipient of the Hal Tehan Scholar Award. Each year, all local Catholic high schools may nominate a junior student who exemplifies Catholic values, actively participates, contributes to the community and is generally in the top five percent of his or her class. As the top honoree, Charlotte will receive a $10,000 scholarship for her senior year and each of the seven other nominees will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
January 24, 2023

What's The Difference Between The Catholic Foundation & Catholic Charities Dallas?

Despite different missions, having the word Catholic in both The Catholic Foundation and Catholic Charities Dallas names causes some people to confuse the two organizations. This video will help you to understand, and remember, what makes both organizations so impactful to the Dallas area community.

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The vision of The Catholic Foundation is to be the primary philanthropic leader whose trusted stewardship satisfies our donors' intentions while meeting the needs of our Catholic community.