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North Texas Charity Awards Inaugural Scholarships To Dallas High School Seniors

Helping Hands And Caring Hearts of America Benefits Low Income Minority Students

Press Release – Gene Legler knows the importance of giving and serving. Those values were impressed upon him as a young boy by his parents while growing up in Rochester, N.Y.

Legler’s parents regularly donated money to charities, and his mother volunteered to clean the sacristy at the church on a monthly basis. When he was a child, his family always had food on the table, yet his parents reminded them that there were several families that did not. Even though his family didn’t have everything they wanted, they always had everything they needed.

The North Texas author never forgot those words, and they became the foundation that Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America was built upon. By creating the non-profit organization, Legler’s goal is to help the less fortunate and encourage others to do so as well.

As executive director of the charity, Legler’s initial vision was to provide financial assistance through scholarship awards to two minority college-bound seniors coming with low income backgrounds. Each scholarship recipient would then give back to their community through service with the Helping Hands and Caring Hearts Volunteer Team throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That vision is now coming to fruition.

The first recipients of the Prepare 4 Tomorrow Scholarship are Aimee Belise Ihirwe Shimwa and Radha Adhikari. Both seniors attend Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas. Both students receive a $5,000 scholarship for tuition, housing, books and fees. Aimee will be pursuing a medical degree at Texas A&M University, and Radha will be attending the University of Texas-Dallas, majoring in computer engineering. Both students have begun their volunteer work with Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America as part of the scholarship requirements, which also include maintaining at least a 2.5 grade-point average (or equivalent) at their respective universities.

All proceeds from Gene Legler’s new book, My Huggy Bear (, from Brown Books Publishing Group, benefit Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America.

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