North Texas Giving Day – It’s Good to Give Back

On September 18th, North Texas Giving Day inspired the Dallas region to get involved in charity work. In her article on Dallas Culturemap, Claire St. Amant explains why the yearly event is spectacular, and why it symbolizes great Texan community.

Courtesy of Communities Foundation of Texas

Courtesy of Communities Foundation of Texas

What is North Texas Giving Day?

North Texas Giving Day, as St. Amant explains, is an event “organized by the Communities Foundation of Texas…  [a] one-day fundraiser [that] connects donors to local nonprofits.” What makes the yearly event so spectacular is the amount of money that is raised in the allotted 24 hours. St. Amant notes that this year,  “…Dallas-area nonprofits were $26.3 million richer…”

It’s All Thanks To Texan Communities

Raising the money wouldn’t be possible without the commitment made by the Communities Foundation of Texas. The Communities Foundation made “an enticing promise to amplify any donation of $25 or more made on the North Texas Giving Day website with $2 million in bonus funds” writes St. Amant.

The Dallas, TX and surrounding communities should also be thanked for the tremendous effort put forward at North Texas Giving Day. Admiration for the community’s charity work was heavily expressed when the grand total of money was counted at midnight.

St. Amant discloses that, “in a statement issued just after the midnight giving deadline, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas Brent Christopher praised the results….” In his statement Christopher specifically mentions the enthusiasm and support showed by the “community”.

Lake Ridge Gives Back

It is tight-knit communities like Lake Ridge that are likely to step forward and aid local causes. Located just 30 minutes from Dallas, Texas, the community at Lake Ridge values charity work just as much as Dallas locals.

Lake Ridge itself is home to one particularly outstanding charity, Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit that provides mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans. Not only has the charity helped those in need but it has also helped ensure that the Lake Ridge community is built around people with heart.

Watch as Marine Sgt. Kenny Kalish receives the keys to his new home in The Sanctuary at Lake Ridge.

Grand Prairie Among Best Places to Retire in Texas

According to WalletHub’s 2014 list of Best and Worst Places to Retire, Grande Prairie has been named overall the #2 community in the U.S., second only to perennial favorite Tampa, Florida. To help Americans find the best places to retire, WalletHub “analyzed the 150 largest cities in the United States across 25 key metrics.”

Grande Prairie is one of the only Texan communities to place in the top 10, joined only by Plano, TX at #9, making it one of the best places to retire in Texas.

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Located just 5 minutes from Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake is one of the best places to retire in Texas: Grand Prairie.

An Affordable Retirement Option

As described by WalletHub, “gone are the days when Americans looked forward to a worry-free retirement.” In part due to the financial burdens of the Great Recession of ’08, many seniors are working longer years with an increasingly unreachable goal of securing financial freedom.

In 1991, only 8 percent of Americans delayed retirement to the age of 65. Today, that figure has doubled according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. This data shows that American workers can’t afford to retire when they want to, with more than 50% of people admit to having problematic debt levels.

That’s why cities like Grand Prairie, Texas are so important for people looking to retire in this day and age. Ranked #26 out of 150 for affordability, Grand Prairie offers a wallet-friendly retirement option for workers who retire with a modest nest egg.

Stay Healthy and Active in Retirement

Choosing to retire doesn’t mean you have to give up on your health. When making the leap into retirement, it’s important to find a community in which you can maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, with convenient and quality access to health care.

According to WalletHub, Grand Prairie nabbed the #2 spot for best health care conditions for seniors in the country! Within this category, they were bested only by Plano, another Texas city renowned for its impeccable access to health care. When it comes to overall quality of life, Grand Prairie placed an impressive 30th.

Lakeside Living as a Retirement Community

Located within 5 miles of Grand Prairie, Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake offers a rolling Hill Country terrain unlike anything else seen in the vicinity of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With its breathtaking, custom homes and proximity to the beautiful lakeshore, Lake Ridge is one of the best places for Grand Prairie retirees to settle.

Speak with a Lake Ridge representative by calling 800-653-9891 or visiting LakeRidge.Net today!

Lake Ridge is partnering with the Cedar Hill Collegiate PTSA

Cedar Hill Collegiate Hill School, courtesy of http://cedarhillcollegiate.tx.chh.schoolinsites.com

A proud member of the community and strong supporter of local schools, Lake Ridge is partnering with the Cedar Hill Collegiate PTSA as they raise money for scholarships. The Lake Ridge Sales Center is a designated drop-off spot for the Cedar Hill Collegiate PTSA’s shoe drive, titled “Share your Soles”.

This fundraising effort seeks to raise at least $7,000 in scholarship money for the 2014–2015 school year during a six-week shoe drive. Those wishing to contribute can simply drop their gently used shoes in the donation box located in the Lake Ridge Sales Center beginning on Monday, Sept. 18.

About Collegiate High School

The Cedar Hill Collegiate High School is a charter school in the Cedar Hill Independent School District that offers students the opportunity to finish high school while getting an Associate’s degree. The school is nationally recognized by US News and World Report and Great Schools. The school received a National Bronze Rank for High Schools by US News & World Report and is ranked 10 out of 10 by Great Schools. The Texas Tribune reports that students at Collegiate High School also perform well above the state average on TAKS tests.

About Lake Ridge

Landbuying and homebuying opportunities are available at Lake Ridge, DFW’s prime lake community and the pride of Cedar Hill. Here, an array of land and home offerings, together with desirable amenities and scenic surroundings including towering trees, rolling hills and sparkling blue lake views create a resort environment that is still conveniently close to both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.

For more information about Lake Ridge, send an email, call Lake Ridge at 800-724-2465, or visit Lake Ridge.

 

 

 

End childhood hunger at Joe’s Crab Shack Cedar Hill

NKH posterLooking for a great way to make a difference while enjoying a tasty meal? End childhood hunger at Joe’s Crab Shack Cedar Hill.

Throughout the month of September, Joe’s Crab Shack in Cedar Hill is offering valuable discount coupons for a future purchase in exchange for a donation to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign nokidhungry.org. This charity “works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action.”

The coupon for Joes’ Crab Shack in Cedar Hill must be used between Oct. 1 and Dec. 22, 2014. Those wishing to participate can donate:

  • $10 and receive a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $40
  • $5 and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $20
  • $2 and receive a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $20

Joe’s Crab Shack is located at 735 N Highway 67, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.

A proud member of the Cedar Hill community, Lake Ridge is proud to support this important effort.

Landbuying and homebuying opportunities are available at Lake Ridge, DFW’s prime lake community and the pride of Cedar Hill. Here, an array of land and home offerings, together with desirable amenities and scenic surroundings including towering trees, rolling hills and sparkling blue lake views create a resort environment that is still conveniently close to both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.

For more information about Lake Ridge, send an email, call Lake Ridge at 800-724-2465, or visit Lake Ridge.

 

 

Dallas Home to Several National Companies

Did you know that Dallas is the birthplace of a range of nationally recognized brands? According to a recent article in the Grand Prairie Bubble Life, there are thirteen household names that were founded in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas is home to several national companies, both old and new. When you’re in Dallas next, be sure to check out the following historic restaurants, shops and landmarks.

True Southern Cooking at National Restaurants 

For authentic Southern-style cooking, look no further than the Black-Eyed Pea. This quaint, family friendly-eatery was founded by Gene Street, “a Dallas resident and restauranteur,” says the Grand Prairie Bubble Life. “He opened the first location in Oak Lawn, and it still remains open to this day.”

In his quest to create the perfect Texas-style barbecue sauce, Dickey’s Barbecue owner Travis Dickey founded the restaurant in Dallas in 1967. According to the Bubble Life piece, “Travis’ sons, Roland T.D. continued their father’s tradition” by sharing their fathers’ finger-linking barbecue recipes and expanding the restaurant chain to other regions of North Texas.

For a complete list of other big-name restaurant chains that got their start in Dallas, check out the full article in Grand Prairie Bubble Life.

Courtesy of Grand Prairie Bubble LIfe

Courtesy of Grand Prairie Bubble LIfe

High-End Retail Giants Founded in Dallas

Dallas is also home to several national apparel companies, including Fossil, a trendy name brand that was founded by fashion designer Tom Kartsotis, a “Texas A&M University dropout and Dallas resident.”

After successfully selling 1,500 Hong Kong-made watches in the US, Kartotis launched a line of watches that “targeted younger upper and middle class consumers.” Sales went through the roof, and Fossil has since expanded its product line to include glasses, clothing and accessories.

As one of the nation’s most historic and luxurious department stores, the first Neiman Marcus location opened in Dallas on September 10, 1907, at Elm and Murphy Streets. Founded by Herbert Marcus, Sr., his sister Carrie Marcus Nieman and her husband A.L. Nieman, the first store burnt down in 1913.  It was rebuilt at Main and Ervay, and nearly 60 years later in 1965, the family opens its second store at Northpark Mall.

A Home Close to Dallas’ National Companies

There are many more household names that got their start in none other than Dallas, Texas, including 711 and Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store. For a full list, check out the  article “13 National Companies Founded in Dallas.”

To be part of a vibrant, historic and thriving business scene, it’s important to find a home that allows you to get away from the stress of it all. Visit the Lake Ridge or call 800-653-9891 to learn more about  breathtaking custom homes in a beautiful lakeside community.

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