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la-Madeleine(Sseptember 11, 2013)
la Madeleine supportsMakeAWayto Drive Additional Donations on North Texas Giving Day

DALLAS (September 21, 2013) Announced today, la Madeleine is supporting MakeAWay’s initial participation in North Texas Giving Day, an annual Communities Foundation of Texas fundraising event that began five years ago.

DALLAS Announced today, la Madeleine is supporting MakeAWay’s initial participation in North Texas Giving Day, an annual Communities Foundation of Texas fundraising event that began five years ago.

MakeAWay, the locally based nonprofit, provides hard working families experiencing financial hardships with assistance to prevent short-term financial emergencies from becoming catastrophes. In the last 20 months, the charity has helped more than 1,000 North Texas families with critical housing needs. In 2013, MakeAWay has seen a 63% increase in temporary assistance requests.The nonprofit aims to make support available to even more of these families through its participation in North Texas Giving Day on September 19th. Employees from la Madeleine’s corporate headquarters are gearing up to back MakeAWay and donate funds during the North Texas Giving Day.

As a neighborhood ally throughout the region, we understand the role we play in North Texas. Supporting MakeAWay reflects a pledge that we’ve made to give back to communities where we live and work, said John Cahill, chief operating officer at la Madeleine. I commend MakeAWay for inspiring our employees to make a meaningful difference for the organization. We are coming together to donate money to support families who need it most in our own backyard.

la Madeleine has supported MakeAWay since 2011, and has participated in several fundraising events, raising more than $40,000 for the organization. Its commitment to MakeAWay continues to grow.

We’re looking forward to our inaugural participation in the North Texas Giving Day, and are so thankful to the Communities Foundation of Texas for continuing and growing the fundraising event. The funds donated on our behalf will help hardworking North Texas families who need a hand during tough times. Madeleine has been and continues to be a great supporter of MakeAWay. We are thankful that the company has chosen to rally around MakeAWay on North Texas Giving Day. With its support and enthusiasm we can better reach our funding goals, said Jay Hellwig, executive director of MakeAWay.

la Madeleine is spreading the word and encouraging employees, family and friends to contribute $25 or more between 7 a.m. and midnight next Thursday. Donations to MakeAWay, and the thousands of additional nonprofits participating in North Texas Giving Day, will be made online at Donors can also make pledges in-person at Communities Foundation of Texas, which is located in Dallas at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, at the intersection of I-75.

In addition to the donations collected, MakeAWay’s participation in North Texas Giving Day makes the organization eligible for prizes totaling more than $1 million that Communities Foundation of Texas has supplied to the event.

For more information about donating to MakeAWay during North Texas Giving Day visit To learn more about MakeAWay Charities go to



About MakeAWay Charities

MakeAWay Charities, a charitable nonprofit, was founded in 2008 to provide direct assistance to self-sufficient families in unexpected, temporary financial crisis and remain out of poverty. The nonprofit primarily focuses on assisting families in the local community, but also extends its reach in dire times, such as the disaster relief it provided with materials and volunteers after a tornado devastated the town of Joplin, Missouri, in 2011 and Forney, Texas in 2012, and recently supported victims of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana. More information at and


About DonorBridge

Launched in 2009 by Communities Foundation of Texas with ongoing support from Center for Nonprofit Management and The Dallas Foundation, DonorBridge is the most comprehensive and free public resource for connecting North Texas nonprofits and supporters. For supporters, DonorBridge simplifies the process of gathering reliable information about nonprofits and community needs, and making charitable donations. For nonprofits, DonorBridge and its annual North Texas Giving Day serve as another awareness-building and fundraising tool. DonorBridge profiles more than 1,000 nonprofits, and since its inception, has infused more than $34 million into nonprofits serving the 16-county North Texas community. for more information, or or


About Communities Foundation of Texas

Creating and presenting North Texas Giving Day are two of the many ways Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) serves as a hub for philanthropy in our community. As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, CFT works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. The foundation professionally manages more than 900 charitable funds and has awarded over $1.2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. or


About la Madeleine Country French Cafe

Dallas-based la Madeleine Country French Cafe was established in 1983 by self-described French country boy Patrick Esquerr to fulfill his dream of bringing classic French country fare to America. Inspired by his mother’s cooking, Patrick insisted on maintaining the integrity of French cuisine by using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been passed from one generation to the next.


Now celebrating its 30th year, there are more than 60 la Madeleine cafe’s across Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information on menu items, cafe locations and hours of operation, visit


In 2012, People Report and Black Box Intelligence named la Madeleine the Best Practices Award winner in the Fast Casual category for exceptional workplace practices and results.

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