Volunteers of America Texas (VOATX) will celebrate the lifetime contributions of Valleau Wilkie, Jr., Executive Vice-President of the Sid Richardson Foundation, at a December 2 luncheon to be held at the Fort Worth Club.
Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and former mayor Bob Bolen will serve as honorary chairs for the event, which will feature a community commemoration of memories, tributes and “lessons” from civic leaders, colleagues, friends and individuals who wish to acknowledge him.
Val, as he is known to colleagues and friends, has served in a leadership position with the foundation since 1973. During his career with the foundation, he has served to guide the organization that has contributed millions of dollars to the health and well being of Texans.
After completing higher education degrees at Yale and Harvard, he went on to become an educator, providing leadership to two prestigious private East coast academies. His love of learning is evident in the pursuits of the foundation and the numerous associations that he has lead.
VOATX chose to nominate Val Wilkie for his outstanding service. His service to his country was evident in his military experience initially as Army Air Corps First Lieutenant and pilot, and later as a prisoner of war in Germany from 1944-1945.
Throughout his career with the Sid Richardson Foundation, he exemplified both professional and personal commitment in his work as a philanthropic director overseeing contributions to many Tarrant County organizations, including VOATX. Volunteers of America is the sixth largest charity in the U.S. and its Texas affiliate is one of the largest. VOATX provides housing and human services in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and other locations.
Mike King, Chief Executive Officer for VOATX, praised Wilkie for not only VOATX support, but for the impact he has had on Fort Worth. Said King, “Val Wilkie and his distinguished career epitomizes the principles and values congruent with the mission of Volunteers of America Texas.”
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Maggie McCarthy is coordinating the event for VOATX and is soliciting quotes, tributes and stories recognizing Val Wilkie. The submissions may be serious or funny, inspired or insightful, and may be reprinted. Write to Maggie at email@example.com with Tribute in the subject line to contribute a quote or story.
Volunteers of America Texas (www.voatx.org) is a faith-based nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the lives of people dealing with poverty and aging in America. These programs focus on supporting populations at risk. They include mentoring and skill building for at-risk children and families from economically challenged neighborhoods, low income seniors needing affordable housing, in-home and residential supports for people with developmental disabilities and treatment for single mothers overcoming substance abuse.