As a young child, Sunni Brookshire was taught by the example of her parents to care for others. “My parents encouraged me to commit an act of kindness to someone everyday without the goal of any praise,” she said. “The legacy fueled my desire to invest my time in our community.”
Mrs. Brookshire focuses much of her volunteer efforts serving on the Board of Directors for the East Texas Crisis Center (ETCC), which provides safety, shelter, and education for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. Mrs. Brookshire shares in the Crisis Center’s commitment to restoring dignity and purpose in the lives of victims and promoting public compassion and awareness in order to reduce violence in our community.
To raise funds for the many intervention programs provided by the ETCC, the organization established Flamingo’s Upscale Resale Store in 1991. The resale store provides clothing for women and children who live in the shelter and also has furniture, household goods, and décor that are made available when women living in the shelter are ready to set up their own homes. The public is invited to shop for bargains as well at this upscale, unique boutique. Flamingo’s is located at 107 West Sixth Street in Tyler.
The annual Wine & Cheese Party is another major fundraiser for the Crisis Center. It is an evening set aside to honor a devoted financial donor and an opportunity to say thank you to the many dedicated supporters that generously include the ETCC in their charitable donations.
Mrs. Brookshire also serves on the Texas Rose Festival Executive Board and is past coronation co-chairman. She is a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, where she has served as Ball chairman. Mrs. Brookshire is the 2011-2012 president of the Rosebud Garden Club, a member of the Alumni Club of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. She is a past co-chairman for the American Cancer Society’s Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala and is a past member of the Women’s Board for Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. Mrs. Brookshire has volunteered on the All Saints Episcopal School Resource and Development Committee, and the Literacy Council of Tyler Board of Directors, and has served as a group leader for Bible Study Fellowship.
Mrs. Brookshire said, “Volunteer service never feels like a responsibility or an obligation. I love it. Never do I feel better about how I have spent my time than at the end of a day of service.”
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Brookshire has lived in Tyler for 25 years. She and her husband of almost 30 years, Britt, are the parents of Blake, and his wife, Mollie, Chad, Ross, and Caroline. Mrs. Brookshire earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. The Brookshire family attends Green Acres Baptist Church, where Mrs. Brookshire has served as a Sunday school teacher.
“Tyler is truly a most generous philanthropic community. A heart full of human compassion can’t help but give to those in need. Whether it’s no food, no affection, no education or no respect, to alleviate any degree of these burdens, to make something better, is for me, the pinnacle of hope,” said Mrs. Brookshire.
For more information about the ETCC or about donating gently used clothing to Flamingo’s, please call 903-509-2526 or visit www.etcc.org.