Annual Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon Raises Money and Builds Leaders
Flowserve Continues Support of Local Youth
For the 14th consecutive year, Flowserve was the title sponsor of the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon, an annual fundraiser that benefits children living in the Courage House at Happy Hill Farm. Founded in 1975, ‘The Farm’ is a residential school and leadership-development campus in Granbury, Texas, for children who have high educational potential but come from low-opportunity situations. Held Aug. 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the event also served as a kickoff of the 2019–2020 Dallas Cowboys pro football season.
Leaders of tomorrow
The event opened with a moment of silence in memory of three members of the Cowboys family who passed away in 2019. After students from the Happy Hill Farm choir sang the national anthem, Brad Sham, the longtime radio play-by-play announcer for the Cowboys, asked the audience to look at the young people on the stage. “These are the future leaders of our community ... Through events like this one, they are being given the chance they deserve to reach their potential.”
An enriching education
Scott Rowe, Flowserve’s president and chief executive officer, noted that he had recently spent a morning at Happy Hill Farm. “As we toured the classrooms, I was impressed to see the engagement and enthusiasm from the students.” Their education is enriched by a range of extracurricular activities such as music, art, team sports and 4H.* Moreover, their learning environment is enhanced by living in small groups with host families in on-campus homes, which provides a unique family structure that some of the children may not have experienced in their early years. “Seeing firsthand how everything works gave me a new perspective on the value that the Farm provides to its students,” said Rowe.
Helping make it possible
Over the last 14 years, Flowserve has not only served as the title sponsor for this event but has also provided annual scholarships that allow graduates of Happy Hill Farm’s North Central Texas Academy (NCTA) to further their education at college. Lucas Shipman, director of development for Happy Hill Farm, noted that The Farm does not receive any state, federal or public funding, “We are dependent on caring individuals and caring organizations like Flowserve.”
Contributing to communities
Happy Hill Farm has a 100% success rate in placing their graduates into college, vocational school or the military. As a result, these high-potential individuals are equipped to become successful adults who contribute to their communities. Rowe stated that the partnership with Happy Hill Farm is a natural one because Flowserve’s corporate values strive to put people first — just like The Farm strives to put its students first. “Through our Flowserve Cares program,” he said, “we give back to the communities where our employees live and work.”
* 4H — an acronym for “head, heart, hands and health” — is a youth development program established in the U.S. in the early 1900s. It now has 6 million participants in more than 50 countries.