DynCorp International was a proud sponsor of the 2014 Taste of the South held March 29, 2014, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. DI sponsored the state of Texas, directly benefitting the Comfort Crew for Military Kids.
The Comfort Crew for Military Kids
The Comfort Crew is a non-profit organization that supports military children through programs that combine customized in-person live experiences, animated DVD’s, guided journals, and an online web-portal to help them through the unique situations they experience as a military child.
Each Comfort Crew piece uses a unique blend of humor and personal stories to open kids up to talking about serious subjects in a way that is accessible to children. Comfort Crew has assisted more than 100,000 children in just the past two years.
A History of Giving Back
The Taste of the South (TOTS) was founded in 1982 by southerners who had relocated to Washington, D.C., from Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Wanting to share their traditions with new friends as well as each other, the group held their first party for $15 a ticket and then donated the proceeds to a southern-based charity.
Donations grew year after year, and even during tough economic times the group was able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to give away. In 2003, TOTS created the “Dixie Fund” to earmark funds from the annual event toward the charity of choice of one of its member states.
This year’s featured charity is West End School in Louisville, Kentucky. West End School provides a free, private college-prep education for at-risk young men in the community from pre-K to 8th grade. West End School, which opened its doors in 2005, provides an alternative form of education for such at-risk students. West End School, which is run primarily by volunteers, creates a culture of high expectations for its students, which has led to the success of the School as well as its graduates.