I want to Talk about Tracy Wallace, she is a classy, good woman, in our neighborhood, and we can all be proud to know about her. If it wasn’t for Tracy I might not have learned about Shelter Partnership. And if it wasn’t for Tracy I might not have had the opportunity to meet Gary Sinise at last week’s Shelter Partnership’s 24th Annual Dinner.
As Shelter Partnership’s Development Director, Tracy has developed many events and countless admirers. I am near the top of that list due to Tracy’s efficiency, enthusiasm, and how she is so personally bonded to her work. She is a charming and comfortable woman with a heart for doing the right thing. And, the most recent right thing was the blazing success of their Annual Dinner where spirits and consciousness were raised to a new high.
FRITZ COLMAN: Our beloved, Toluca Lake Mayor, Fritz has been the MC for Shelter Partnership events for umpteen times, always fresh and funny, fabulous, and a non-annoying fund raiser for their auctions (OK, I adore him). David and I sat with Fritz at the Channel 4 You! Table. Thanks to Terri Hernandez Rosales for the hospitality and the company. It’s heartening to know about all the good charitable work that Channel 4 does for Los Angeles. Tolucan Clint Howard, who was a buddy of Gary Sinise since Apollo 13, told me the good news about his father, Rance Howard, getting married. (Happy Days, Rance!)
The entertainment was the New Directions Veterans Choir, made up of formerly homeless veterans who found their way back through the New Directions Program (the women are wives and relatives of veterans). Which brings us to the Dinner Honoree, Gary Sinise….
ACTOR AND HUMANITARIAN: Congratulations and admiration to Gary Sinise for his dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans and first responders, their families, and those in need; and his crusade of support, service, and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom.
Ruth Swartz, the dynamic and beloved Executive Director and co-founder of Shelter Partnership says, “Gary inspires us with his continued commitment. His home building projects can be seen almost as a parallel collaboration with our programs, and the mission to advocate for housing for homeless veterans.”
Through a partnership with Building for America’s Bravest, the Gary Sinise Foundation is building Custom Smart Homes for severely wounded veterans. Additionally, the Foundation has created programs such as the Gary Sinise Foundation Relief Resiliency Outreach program to provide complete support to military and first responder families recovering from trauma and loss in times of urgent need. Since forming the Lt. Dan Band in 2004, Gary Sinise and his band perform close to 50 shows a year for military bases, charities, and fundraisers to support wounded warriors, Gold Star families, and troops around the world.
Gary was grateful to be honored by Shelter Partnership, for his advocacy for veterans, and he hoped that the event helps raise awareness and motivates people in our community to help. Gary commended Shelter Partnership’s tireless work for not only veterans, but for the thousands of individuals and families who find themselves homeless each year.
There is a library of fantastic information about the Shelter Partnership and the Gary Sinise Foundation on the Internet. Stuff you would feel so proud to know about and perhaps proud to support. Google. And if you need to talk to a real person regarding how to help, call Shelter Partnership and ask for Tracy Wallace (at 213-943-4585), remember her?
In closing, I’d like to offer you a hint of how special Tracy is, on her Facebook page, she wrote a note to her horse for a special occasion, “Ten years ago today, Dallas traveled to Burbank and became our horse! Happy Anniversary, Dallas! You are my heart, my soul, my friend, my confidant, and every time I look at you, I’m blown away by how beautiful you are! We love you, sweet pea!”
My kind of person, who also takes care of Bunnies in need of Shelter.
“There is enough for all.” We’ll Talk….