As our community’s only non-profit organization wholly dedicated to the revitalization of our downtown area, Heart of Tyler, Inc. is a volunteer driven organization that partners with the city, business and property owners, community agencies, and others to reinvest in downtown Tyler. Thousands of hours of volunteer time are dedicated annually to projects such as arts development, business assistance, design projects, and special events. Since the 1980s, Heart of Tyler has spearheaded projects totaling more than $150 million in reinvestment in downtown, encouraging economic development in an historic preservation context so this community asset and legacy can be passed on to future generations.
Heart of Tyler will celebrate with a French flair when they host the seventh annual Heart of Tyler Black Tie Bingo Gala, themed Moulin Rouge, on Saturday, August 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., at the People’s Petroleum Building in downtown Tyler. Those attending will enjoy the festivities with spirits and hors d’oeuveres worthy of the Moulin Rouge, special games, a silent auction, and four “high stakes” games of bingo. Entertainment will be provided by Claire Dixon and Baily Franklin, and the Can-Can dance will be performed by the Tyler Junior College (TJC)Academy of Dance. Proceeds from the event benefit Heart of Tyler.
Clark C. Hampe, Jr. serves on the Heart of Tyler board of directors and is co-chairing the Heart of Tyler Black Tie Bingo Gala alongside Garnett Brookshire. He encourages the Tyler community to support this event, the organization, and downtown Tyler.
“Downtown is the heart of our community, and more people should realize this and take advantage of the great restaurants, entertainment options, and fantastic class-A office space available in the downtown area,” Mr. Hampe said. “Any organization that precipitates new growth in our city’s long-standing business and cultural epicenter is a worthwhile venture to support.
Mr. Hampe also volunteers his time and talents as a member of the TJC Scholarship Golf Tournament planning committee and The University of Texas at Tyler Patriot Million Dollar Hole in One committee. He serves on the development committee and the board of trustees for All Saints Episcopal School, and he has served on the Smith County Young Lawyers Association board of directors.
Born in Davenport, Iowa, Mr. Hampe has resided in our community for three years. He and his wife, Cassie, have been married for five years and are the parents of Alexandra, 4, and Caitlin, 6 months. Mr. Hampe is a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler and earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He received his juris doctorate degree from Texas A&M University School of Law in Ft. Worth, Texas.
“Tyler is a wonderful place to raise a family, start a business, and make new friends. I volunteer because I grew up in this town, and I absolutely love everything about it,” Mr. Hampe said.
For more information about Heart of Tyler, Inc. or for tickets to the Heart of Tyler Black Tie Bingo Gala, please call 903-593-6905, or visit heartoftyler.com.