Dirk & Jessica Nowitzki Chair 2019 North Texas Giving Day

Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki // photo courtesy NTX Giving Day

If you thought you were saying goodbye to #41 for good, think again. Although Dirk Nowitzki has officially hung up his Mavericks jersey, he is still making moves in North Texas. Dirk and his wife, Jessica, are serving as honorary chairs for this year’s North Texas Giving Day.

“Jessica and I are thrilled to be this year’s honorary chairs of North Texas Giving Day,” said Dirk. “The North Texas community has given so much to me and my family over the last 21 years, and we can’t think of a better way to get involved in the community that has supported me on and off the court.”

In the spirit of philanthropy, Communities Foundation of Texas has existed to strengthen non-profits for more than 60 years. According to its website, where giving thrives, communities thrive, too. With this mindset, Communities Foundation created North Texas Giving Day in 2009 as a way to empower every person to make a financial donation to local nonprofits of their choice.

Over the past 10 years, North Texas Giving Day has raised more than $240 million and holds the title of the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. In 2018 more than $48 million was raised through more than 157,000 gifts benefiting 2,700 local nonprofits.

Celebration Station // photo courtesy The Shops at Willow Bend
Celebration Station // photo courtesy The Shops at Willow Bend

On Sept. 19 Plano residents will have the opportunity to add to that grand total by participating in the 11th annual North Texas Giving Day. Citizens can go online to see the list of 2,700 local organizations that need support, and search for causes they are particularly passionate about.

In an effort to make North Texas Giving Day more personal, there will be special events where residents can gather to have fun and learn more about nonprofits and volunteer opportunities in their own neighborhood. The Shops at Willow Bend and North Texas Performing Arts will host a free Celebration Station Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with games, face painting, door prizes and live entertainment.

Farmstead Yoga // photo courtesy Heritage Farmstead Museum
Farmstead Yoga // photo courtesy Heritage Farmstead Museum

Heritage Farmstead Museum will host free Farmstead Yoga Sept. 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Guests of all ages can take an outdoor yoga class alongside adorable sheep and goats, or skip the yoga and just enjoy wagon rides, a photo booth, old-fashioned hog callin’ and the chance to meet with more than 40 local nonprofits.

Positive change comes about when communities rally for the greater good. So find a cause to support this September and give it your best shot. It’s bound to be a slam dunk – or a one-legged, kickback fadeaway.

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