What started as a unique idea for job opportunities has turned into a beloved, community, fundraising event.
Catholic Charities Dallas is honored to be one of twelve organizations benefitting from the annual Tulipalooza at the Waxahachie Civic Center (2000 Civic Center Lane). The event will take place daily from Friday, March 19th – Sunday, March 28th, 10am-7pm, rain or shine.
The history behind the event
John Poston is a father of three, and is a well-known advocate of improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). 25 years ago, his son Michael was born with Down syndrome. Not settling for less than, John established the Rise School of Dallas alongside his family and friends — this expanded the renowned early childhood education program for children with and without developmental disabilities.
When Michael and his peers reached adulthood, there were little to no opportunities for them to find community. So, John and his team of family and friends established Daymark Living, a supported living community where adults with IDD can enjoy the feeling of independence in a secure environment while building friendships, pursuing further education and learning marketable job skills.
The tulip garden created jobs for Daymark residents, including Michael. John thought of the idea after visiting Holland and seeing the crowd attraction that tulips were. Now, people come each year from throughout the country to see the beautiful attractions first hand.
How to get involved
Along with the quarter million tulips in full bloom, live music and food trucks will be on site. Guests also have the opportunity to sponsor the event and choose which charity it benefits.
To buy tickets or sponsor a portion of the event, click the button below!
Catholic Charities Dallas is truly grateful to have the opportunity to be involved in an inspiring and unifying event.
Catholic Charities Dallas is a faith-based social service agency focused on improving the quality of life for people in need. We are first responders to our community’s most vulnerable, helping those in crisis move toward a better life.