April is Safe Digging month. Governors (including Texas’ Greg Abbott) have proclaimed it, mayors have proclaimed it, and much has been written about it – but honestly, shouldn’t EVERY month be Safe Digging month?
Safe excavation work is something that should never be taken for granted, and it should certainly be practiced year round. Texas811 is proud to be in the forefront of spreading the word about safe digging and excavation in Texas. It’s the basis of all underground infrastructure damage prevention.
Texas811 is also proud to be at the forefront of another cause that needs to be every day, not just once a year.
We held our 18th annual Texas811 charity golf tournament on Friday, April 10 at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton. The recipient of fundraising was The Turning Point, a non-profit crisis center. (www.theturningpoint.org) That’s right – a non-profit held a charity fund raiser to aid another non-profit.
Nearly two hundred avid golfers took part in the scramble, playing across the entire Indian Creek course. Among those giving freely of their time for this charity was North Texas movie and television actor Burton “Blazing Saddles” Gilliam. Gilliam, who shot to fame in Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles”, now has over 200 TV guest star appearances (including a recurring role opposite Burt Reynolds in the sitcom “Evening Shade”) and nearly 50 movies under his belt (with another on the way).
He was joined by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Mason Mingus to help promote this worthy cause.
Texas811 president Mike Losawyer said “It’s unusual for a non-profit to be holding a benefit for another non-profit, but the tournament is one of the many ways Texas811 gives back to our community, locally or on a statewide level. The Turning Point provides an incredibly important function in North Texas and we’re honored to be part of their funding.”
Turning Point executive director Wendy Hannah agreed. “Our focus is on the treatment and prevention of bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Our success is measured in the number of people we can help with the quality of programs and services we provide. The support provided by Texas811 in hosting this golf tournament is priceless to us.”
Yes, April is Safe Digging month. And no matter the date, it should ALWAYS be Safe Digging month.
Just like every day should be one in which we all work together to eliminate bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault.