The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation to Receive Major Award

Friend and Supporter of City House to be Honored for Philanthropy

City House would like to congratulate The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation (TAFF), which will be receiving a major award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for the “Most Outstanding Foundation for 2013.” The award will be presented as part of National Philanthropy Day on Friday, November 15, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

TAFF is a longtime supporter and friend of City House, and has always been very generous when it comes to helping kids.

“We are thrilled that Christina and Rudy Andrea are being recognized with this award,” said City House Executive Director Teresa Keenan. “The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation has impacted so many young children in North Texas, not just at City House but through many different organizations. Their passion to give is exemplary.”

Christina & Rudy Andrea pose with City House Executive Director Teresa Keenan

Christina & Rudy Andrea with Teresa Keenan at the dedication
for the Andrea-Mennen Bike Path at My Friend’s House in April, 2013

The Award is presented by the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals. Luncheon chair Kimberly Humphries and co-chair Julia Nicol will announce the 2013 award recipients in seven categories. The awards luncheon will be emceed by long-time supporter Scott Murray.

Located in Plano, The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation was founded by philanthropist and civic leader Christina Mennen-Andrea and her husband Rudy in 2000. It is known for offering solutions to some of the fundamental issues impacting children in the areas of education, healthcare, research, and social services. Christina has volunteered for more than 20 years at Children’s Dallas on the Cystic Fibrosis floor. The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation believed that Collin County children needed that same level of pediatric healthcare expertise. The foundation was one of the first funders of Children’s Medical Center in Plano, and have continued to give, in support of Children’s Legacy. Additionally the foundation has made grants to City House, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Research, Boston Children’s Hospital scholarship fund, and the Advocacy Centers in both Dallas and Collin Counties.

Each of the foundation’s gifts is focused on the well-being of children. TAFF was a key contributor during the 2008-09 capital campaign to build My Friend’s House – City House’s 24-hour shelter for neglected or homeless children. The foundation continues to be involved with My Friend’s House, contributing to a new bike path, as well as needed shade for the outside playground, among other projects at the shelter.

An avid cyclist, Rudy Andrea has played an integral role with the success of the Collin Classic – the annual bicycle rally that now serves as one of City House’s primary fundraisers every June. Andrea’s efforts to recruit sponsors and riders helped spurn the 2013 ride as one of its best-ever, raising much-needed funds for City House. The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation will serve as the title sponsor for the 2014 Collin Classic.

The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation’s philanthropy is driven by the family’s belief that by helping to remove barriers, children will have a better quality of life and a solid basis for a healthy, productive future. TAFF has also helped to raise millions for the charities they support because of their leadership ability to get others involved. In many ways they have become the benchmark that other foundations have followed.

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