The 2015 beneficiaries are:

As you know, Red, White & Bayou is a Festival with a heart. When you come out to the Festival, you help us raise money that goes to local non-profit organizations each year. Last year, you helped us raise $35,000.00 that was awarded through grants to seven different local non-profit organizations. So, if you’re unable to join us this year and you would like to help us raise funds for our local non-profit organizations, you can now donate to Red, White & Bayou specifically for the grant funds that will be available to local non-profit organizations. We hope to see you at the Festival, but if we don’t, we hope you’ll continue to help us raise grant funds for our local non-profit agencies!

The Red, White and Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival is committed to helping our community succeed. Each year, proceeds from the Festival are put right back into the community through grants awarded to local non-profit organizations. As a result of the 2015 Festival, we were able to distribute $35,000 in grants to the following organizations: Dickinson Historical Society, Dickinson Festival of Lights, M.I. Lewis Social Service Center, Dickinson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, and Hughes Road Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.

Dickinson Historical Society was awarded a grant for their “The Four R’s – Restore, Renew, Replace, Refurbish” program. The program will help address the continual problem of maintaining historic artifacts and displays that are housed in and around the Historic Dickinson Railroad Center and Museum. It will provide a method for showcasing revolving and changing exhibits, and it will provide a pleasing atmosphere for the citizens and visitors to our community.

Dickinson Festival of Lights was awarded a grant for the purchase of a double axle trailer for use in the setup and removal phases of their annual Festival. The trailer will be equipped with a winch to help move heavy assets such as the large concession building. The purchase of the trailer is expected to allow the Festival to be fully self-sufficient in being able to deploy and remove assets, and will eliminate the need to hire outside contractors to assist with the event. In keeping with the Dickinson Festival of Lights’ policy of helping other non-profit groups in the Dickinson area, the trailer will be made available when possible to other non-profit groups to assist them. Previous organizations benefiting from such resource sharing by Dickinson Festival of Lights include churches, fraternal organizations, schools and school organizations, and governmental agencies.

M. I. Lewis Social Service Center was awarded a grant for its School Supply program. Through its School Supply program, M. I. Lewis provides school supplies for over 700 Dickinson ISD students. The program is designed to help at-risk students and their families feel the excitement that starting a new school year brings and creates an atmosphere of acceptance for all students in the program. This is the third year M. I. Lewis has applied for and received a Red, White & Bayou grant, and the second consecutive year that the grant was for its School Supply program. In 2013, M. I. Lewis was awarded a grant for its Thanksgiving Basket Program.

Dickinson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association was awarded a grant for their “KC & CruiserTM Super Motors Package” project. The project is designed to teach public safety through the use of a remote-controlled robot with police car, featuring the well-known “McGruff-The Crime Fighting Dog” character. It is hoped that the use a familiar figure and an interactive learning tool will help to convey the importance of safety to our community’s youth.

Hughes Road Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization was awarded a grant for their “HRES Sound System Replacement” project. The project plans to replace the failing, 31-year-old sound system in the cafeteria at Hughes Road Elementary School. The sound system is used for general announcements, but is currently insufficient to meet the needs of awards assemblies, music programs, or family nights. Replacement of the system will benefit 750 students, as well as their siblings, parents, and other family members, The system will also allow the PTO to no longer have to hire a DJ for events in the cafeteria, allowing those funds to be redirected to other projects at the school.

We are so proud of the work these organizations do for Dickinson, and we are excited to see the Red, White and Bayou grants in action!
2014 Grant Beneficiaries
2013 Grant Beneficiaries
2012 Grant Beneficiaries