The 21st Annual Destiny Award Luncheon was a huge success! The virtual event was held on Friday, March 26 and featured engaging presentations from our students and a live conversation with New York Times Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Journalist, Isabel Wilkerson, moderated by Catherine Whiteman, Anchor/Producer for the City of Irving’s Community Television Network. Due to the generosity of many friends and donors, over $500,000 was raised through Destiny. We were delighted to honor Tom Joyner, the legendary radio personality, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, with the 2021 Mona and David Munson Humanitarian Award.
We depend on Destiny to raise vital dollars to cover our operational costs and core programs. In a year challenged by a pandemic, unexpected storms, and other challenges and surprises, Destiny prevailed. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and treasure to make our signature fundraising event a success. If you didn’t get a chance to donate during the event, please donate here.
The Destiny Award Luncheon is an annual luncheon benefiting St. Philip’s School and Community Center. The Humanitarian Award is given to a leader(s) who has demonstrated exceptional work in bridging diverse communities. Their work exemplifies the importance of embracing the belief in the oneness of human kind in which the destiny of the world is linked.
St. Philip’s School and Community Center is a beacon of light, hope, and transformation in South Dallas. St. Philip’s provides an exceptional education to children from PreK2 to 6th Grade [ages 2 to 12]. St. Philip’s success is evident: 100% of St. Philips alumni graduate from high school and 95% attend college, while the graduation rate for the neighborhood high school is only 48%, with 4% going on to college.
Each year, the Community Center serves more than 3000 of our neighbors - including children, youth, entire families and seniors. Through the Community Center, St. Philip’s provides SENIOR SERVICES including transportation to local pharmacies; addresses HUNGER through partnerships with Meals on Wheels and the North Texas Food Bank; deepens STUDENT ENGAGEMENT through key enrichment programs such as mentoring and summer learning programs; and continues with its founding ATHLETIC programs serving over 700 children!