dallas-red-foundationDallas Red Foundation presented a check for $57,000 to Melissa Grove, executive director of Legacy Counseling Center, which includes Legacy Founders Cottage, Homebase for Housing and other HIV-related programs.

The donation was a 119 percent increase over last year’s donation and is the largest DRF has made since its founding in 2009.

In addition to the cash donation, DFR has been working at Legacy Founders Cottage transforming the garden behind the cottage into a sanctuary where patients can enjoy nature. The Legacy Garden Project includes building a new, accessible deck, installing new personalized pavers, as well as redesigning and replacing the landscaping throughout.

DRF is also replaced the tube televisions in all patient rooms with new flat screen TVs.

“The 8th year of Dallas Red Foundation has taken the organization to a new level and we are looking forward to continuing that,” said Cody Lynch, DRF board president. “Our Board of Directors is looking forward to raising the caliber even further for the 2017.”

Through the year, DRF raised money at its annual Red Party featuring J. Sutta, drag performers, aerialists, DJs and more. as well as the Miss Red Pageant and Red in Wonderland.

DRF announced its events for 2017 that include the second annual Miss Red Pageant on March 7. Ruby City, a follow up to Red in Wonderland, but with a Wizard of Oz theme, will be held on May 19. The 9th annual Red Party on Sept. 15, will be on the Friday night of Pride weekend.