The Dian Graves Owen Foundation

We’re preparing for our annual Doing the Most Good Event to be held May 10 at 201 Mesquite Event Center. NFL Hall-of-Famer Drew Pearson, a Dallas Cowboys legend, will be keynote speaker. 

All proceeds will support our $1.1 million Shelter Expansion Project, which will help us provide additional shelter and support services for the homeless. A generous donor has given a matching gift of $250,000, so every dollar given and every sponsorship purchased up to $250,000 will be doubled. 

Several levels of sponsorships are available. Please take a look to find your opportunity to help us continue our vital work. Best known for our Red Kettles at Christmas, we also provide year-round services to the neediest in Abilene. 

In 2021, we served 93,000 meals and provided 15,776 nights of shelter. With your support we can impact more lives in 2022 and beyond. 


VIP Reception Sponsor

Greathouse Foundation

Live Auction Sponsor

Barber Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

Shelton Foundation

Gold Sponsor

The Barber Foundation

Tejon Exploration Company

Silver Sponsor

Jr. & Denise Hagler

Table Sponsor

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

About Our Speaker

Drew Pearson

A sportscaster and former American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson was born January 12, 1951 in South River, New Jersey.

In 1973, Pearson was selected as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, where he rose to become one of the NFLs greatest wide receivers, earning career records of 489 receptions and 7,822 receiving yards, along with 189 rushing yards, 155 yards returning kickoffs, and 50 touchdowns (48 receiving and 2 fumble recoveries). Pearson who was named one of the Top 20 Pro Football All-Time Wide Receivers, was also recognized for his achievements by being named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.

Pearson was named All-Pro 3 times (1974, 1976-77) All-NFC in 1975 and 2nd Team All-NFC in 1978. In addition, he was a Pro Bowler in 1974, 1976 and 1977. He also led the National Football Conference (NFC) in pass receptions in 1976 with 58. He served as offensive captain for the Cowboys in 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983. He helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XII in 1978. He also scored a touchdown in Super Bowl X.

In 1980, the Cowboys selected Pearson as their nominee for NFL Man of the Year. Pearson is known around the NFL as Mr. Clutch for his numerous clutch catches in game-winning situations, especially the Hail Mary reception from Roger Staubach that sealed the victory in a 1975 playoff game, one of the most famous plays in NFL history. He also caught the game-sealing touchdown in 1973 playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams and caught the game-winning touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Clint Longley in the 1974 Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins. All three of those plays were named among the Top 75 plays in NFL history by NFL Films in 1994. All were included on a video/DVD by that name.

After a lengthy wait, Pearson was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021. His presenter at a ceremony announcing his hall of fame status was Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.


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