Azleway, a faith-based nonprofit foster care and adoption organization, provides a home, school, and treatment opportunities with intervention and prevention strategies to children and their families. In 2012, more than 1,300 Texas children, at risk and in crisis, called Azleway home. Through Azleway’s wide range of services, children are nurtured as they grow into productive members of society.
On Saturday, October 12, Azleway will hold its 5th Annual Texas Equestrian Gala benefiting Azleway, Inc. at Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler. The Gala includes a wine tasting with offerings from several Texas wineries, along with live and silent auctions, and a catered dinner by Villa Montez. The Gala’s entertainment features a Grand Prix Show Jumping horse competition. Grand Prix jumping is an English riding equestrian event requiring absolute cooperation and teamwork between horse and rider.
Joyce Crawford is co-chairing this year’s Texas Equestrian Gala and says, “Through events like the Texas Equestrian Gala, Azleway is able to raise funds to fill the gaps between state funding and the actual cost of treating the children in their care. By supporting this event, you can directly impact children for generations to come.”
An active volunteer in Tyler, Mrs. Crawford is a member of the South Tyler Rotary Club where she is the Ryla Coordinator and a Paul Harris Fellow. She serves on the board of directors for the Christian Women’s Job Corp and the Smith County Champions for Children. Mrs. Crawford is a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Volunteering has enriched my life on so many levels, but the best part has been the ability to rub elbows with some of Tyler’s most altruistic people, people that care about others, said Mrs. Crawford. “Caring for others is important to me, and it’s what I was put on this earth to do.”
Born in Lanesboro, Minnesota, Mrs. Crawford resided in Tyler for 30 years before recently moving to Kerens, Texas. She and her husband, Dale, have been married for 27 years and are the parents of Connor, 21, and Chelsea, 18. Mrs. Crawford is a graduate of Lanesboro High School in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and earned her bachelors degree from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. The Crawfords are members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Tyler.
“Tyler is, of course, the best city in Texas, and it is blessed. Because most Tylerites know that we are blessed, they give back to the community, and that’s what I love most about this wonderful place. The little bit that I do as a volunteer is only a drop in the bucket, but because I know there are so many people here that serve as well, it makes me feel like we can make a difference,” said Mrs. Crawford.
For more information about the 5th Annual Texas Equestrian Gala benefiting Azleway, Inc., please visit www.azleway.org.