$1 Million Check Presented to Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) at Stakeholders Luncheon to Benefit Adults with Developmental Disabilities —Challenge grant announcement from BCFS surprises luncheon guests, kicks off capital campaign
TYLER, TX – BCFS President and CEO Kevin Dinnin hosted more than 80 Tyler community members, donors and elected officials at a Stakeholders Luncheon for Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) on Thursday, August 4, at The Grove.
In a surprise announcement, Dinnin presented a $1 million check to BVT Executive Director Kevin King to help fund the construction of new residential facilities on the BVT campus to serve more adults with developmental disabilities. This sizable contribution kicks off a $3 million capital campaign inspired by longtime BVT friend and advocate, Pierre de Wet, who passed away early this year leaving a legacy of compassion and philanthropy toward BVT.
Dinnin described the emotional moments that inspired the capital campaign, which he says can only be explained as divine intervention.
At last year’s BVT Men’s Breakfast, Pierre de Wet asked for an autograph from Jimmy “The Rookie” Morris, a former major leaguer who served as the event’s keynote speaker. Jimmy penned his signature on a baseball bat, inscribing next to it “Hebrews 11:1.” Dinnin observed the interaction, watching intently as de Wet pulled out his smart phone to read the scripture, and was then moved to unexpectedly take the stage and address the crowd.
On the spot, to 480 guests in attendance, de Wet declared a fundraising goal of $3 million to build three new homes at BVT!
Three was a special number to Pierre, who authored the book “The Story of We,” a non-fiction tale of his family of three and their journey to the United States from South Africa. Hebrews 11.1 (NLT) states, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
“When you believe in something like Pierre did — like all of us here today do — you step up and do what’s right,” said Dinnin. “Pierre was truly a good man, and BVT and our residents held a special place in his heart. Today, I present this $1 million gift to honor Pierre’s surprise announcement, and help his dream for BVT come to fruition. With God, all things are possible, so our organization is stepping out in faith, inscribing Hebrews 11:1 in our hearts to guide us every step of the way.”
BVT’s 70-acre campus currently houses 39 full-time residents in six homes. The residents, plus an additional 19 day-program participants, enjoy active lifestyles complete with vocational trainings, volunteer opportunities and a broad range of creative avenues for self-expression such as athletics, dance, drama, arts, crafts and music. The goal of the capital campaign is to increase bed capacity to serve more of the 44 adults currently on the waiting list to move in to the “Village.”
Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is a faith-based community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, contact Linda Taylor at Breckenridge Village at (903) 596-8100, Call: (903) 596-8100 or visit BreckenridgeVillage.com.
BCFS is BVT’s parent company, a global system of health and human service nonprofit organizations.
Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is part of BCFS’ global system of health and human service non-profit organizations. BVT is a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located on a tranquil 70-acre campus just west of Tyler, Texas, our community offers exceptional residential and day enrichment programs to meet the needs of the persons entrusted to our care. We are dedicated to serving a group of amazing people—God’s Forever Children—in a warm, safe, family-like setting that seeks to empower each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.