Communities Foundation of Texas for Business (CFT4B), a program of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), organized more than 1,000 volunteers to participate in “Freedom Day” activities on September 11, 2018. The event is one of the largest 9/11 commemorative events in DFW and began with a ceremony honoring female veterans for their service. Air Force veteran Brandy Baxter was keynote speaker. Following the ceremony, volunteers traveled to designated service sites across North Texas.

(From left) Michelle Grose; Debbie Pon; Dave Scullin, President and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas; and Sejal Desai, Business Engagement Director of Communities Foundation of Texas for Business at the “Freedom Day” opening ceremony.

Sejal Desai, Business Engagement Director of Communities Foundation of Texas for Business, recognizes event steering team members at the opening ceremony for the 17th annual “Freedom Day” volunteer event on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

Air Force veteran Brandy Baxter gives the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 17th annual “Freedom Day” volunteer event, held to honor those lost and forever changed on 9/11. The event drew more than 1,000 volunteers who worked at sites across DFW.

Carol Goglia (center, in green), Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for Communities Foundation of Texas, along with a capacity crowd attend the opening ceremony of the 17th annual “Freedom Day” volunteer event, honoring those lost and forever changed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

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Air Force veteran Brandy Baxter (left) greets a fellow female veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces after giving the keynote address at the 17th annual “Freedom Day” volunteer event.

(From left) Nicole Paquette, CFT Marketing Manager; Sejal Desai, CFT4B Business Engagement Director; Carol Goglia, CFT Senior Director of Marketing & Communications; and, Laurey Peat of Laurey Peat + Associates public relations, celebrate the 17th annual “Freedom Day” volunteer event organized by Communities Foundation of Texas for Business.

CFT President and CEO Dave Scullin (in tie) joins (from left) Dawn Holley, Kameila Berry, Julie Vordenbaum, and Calvin Curry of Texas Health Resources at the North Texas Food Bank as they volunteer their time as part of the 17th Annual “Freedom Day” event in honor of those lost and forever changed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

North Texas Food Bank CEO Trisha Cunningham snaps a “selfie” with CFT President and CEO Dave Scullin, CFT Director of Marketing & Communications Carol Goglia, and CFT Marketing Manager Nicole Paquette during the 17th Annual “Freedom Day” volunteer event.

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The event was organized by Communities Foundation of Texas for Business; more than 1,000 volunteers participated at locations all over DFW in honor of those lost and those forever changed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

All Photos by Kim Leeson

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Aayushi Pramanik

Aayushi Pramanik is a student at Williams College. When not working or studying economics and math, she enjoys dancing, singing, and taking countless photos with her camera.