Cotton Patch, National Charity League & Dr. Peter Sakovich win Summer Santa Awards
GRAPEVINE, Texas Sept. 29, 2014 — Larry Marshall, co-founder of Cotton Patch Cafe, a locally-owned restaurant chain based in Grapevine, Texas, received the first Summer Santa Art of Philanthropy Award on Sept. 28 during Summer Santa's “Tribute to Love and Music” concert.
Cotton Patch Cafe has worked with Summer Santa almost every year since 1997 when the non-profit, all-volunteer children's charity was created. Cotton Patch has assisted Summer Santa at our fun-raising events and also with contributions to our summer camp fund.
The Summer Santa Art of Philanthropy Award, created by Chairman Cyn Choate of Southlake, Texas, honors an inspirational company, group or individual that has successfully demonstrated teaching the art of service to the next generation. This year, Larry and wife Paula accepted the award on behalf of all the employees of Cotton Patch.
“It is a privilege to be involved with an organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of local children in need,” Larry Marshall said.
Two other winners of the award were announced. The National Charity League/Southlake chapter received an Art of Philanthropy Award, as did Dr. Peter Sakovich, an obstetrician from Colleyville, Texas.
NCL/Southlake has worked closely with Summer Santa for 15 years as both mother-daughter volunteers in our back-to-school-clothing sprees and also in our schools toy collection drive. NCL/Southlake has also donated more than $100,000 in the past decade to fund our summer camp program. NCL/Southlake raises most of its money through an amazing fashion show each year.
Dr. Sakovich has served as Summer Santa's Medical Director for about 15 years. He and his nurses volunteer each June to give free medical checkups to children who need them for summer camp or for athletics but who often cannot afford a doctor's visit.
Summer Santa Chairman Cyn Choate said, “These three winners are great examples of people who work every day to make their community a better place. We greatly value the relationships we've built with Cotton Patch, NCL/Southlake and Dr. Sakovich. We're thrilled to present them with the inaugural Art of Philanthropy Award. Through their generosity, they have directly impacted so many children in North Texas.”
Learn more about Summer Santa, a unique charity that has raised more than $1 million without a single paid staffer or physical office. The money we raise goes to our children's programs. Our digital home is www.SummerSanta.org.