RCD receives $2 million gift from Dallas couple

Posted on 01 Aug 2011 at 1:06pm
Cece Cox

Eric V. Culbertson and David W. Carlson pledged $2 million to Resource Center Dallas, the second largest gift from a living donor to an LGBT organization in the United States. The money will go toward the construction of a new building in Oak Lawn.

Culbertson is a co-owner of Salon Three-Thirty in Uptown. He also recently founded Strength Through Yoga, a non-profit committed to bringing the healing aspects of yoga to organizations, including Resource Center Dallas.

Carlson, the founding chief financial officer of Grapevine-based GameStop, recently retired and is now a co-owner of Uptown Energy Fitness, a high-energy, trainer-based gym located in the West Village. GameStop has been the presenting sponsor of the Black Tie Dinner.

“This is a transformational gift that will have a great impact on thousands of people each year,” said Cece Cox, executive director and CEO of the center. “I am truly thankful for Eric and Dave’s generous investment in our work as we plan to meet the increasing needs of the communities we serve.”

“The driving force for our donation was the center’s staff,” Culbertson said. “They make [the center] what it is, working so hard and doing so much.”

“After touring all the facilities, and understanding the full scope of services, we knew that the center needed to have a new building, and very soon,” Carlson said.

RCD has a capital campaign is in progress to consolidate its three facilities into one building that would double the center’s available space. Property near Cathedral of Hope has already been acquired for the new facility.

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