We're proud to be recognized for our role in The Greatest Gift Catalogue Ever, which helps raise money for area non-profits. Texas Health Care was recently honored with the "Spirit of Community" award by the Shared Community Benefit Foundation for supporting the group's communications efforts through the catalogue - a guide connecting area non-profits with prospective donors. THC is the fourth recipient of the "Spirit of Community" award - a group that includes Ted Blevins, Chris Robinson, and the Lena Pope Home.
Elliot Goldman, one of the founders of The Greatest Gift Catalogue Ever, said the "Spirit of Community" award is the people's choice from Tarrant County's charitable community. Goldman said of THC: "A lot of people know that Texas Health Care is group of caring and committed physicians. But not everyone is aware of their charitable giving and contribution to the local non-profit community."
In its fifth year of supporting the charitable-giving catalogue, THC physicians and employees have had a significant impact on its success, Goldman said. Texas Health Care was the catalog's first non-conventional distribution partner and one of the first large business groups to support the organization when it was founded. Texas Health Care President and CEO Larry Tatum, MD went to his board with the idea to place the catalog in member physician reception areas.
At the time, the catalog could not afford to advertise, so Texas Health Care's participation was instrumental to its early growth. It has paid off in a big way: in just four holiday seasons, the catalog has resulted in a $2.5 million impact to local charities. Last year, the catalogue's beneficiaries included: Boys and Girls Clubs, Meals on Wheels, Kids Who Care Inc., Catholic Charities, Ronald McDonald House, and the Tarrant County Women's Center, to name a few.
"We're delighted and honored to receive the award. But, honestly, we participate in the catalogue program because we see the impact that this charitable giving is having on our community and we're proud to participate in any way that we can," Dr. Tatum said.