How Did Celebration Go?

How Did Celebration Go?

It is time for a breather! Serve Denton has been preparing for our annual gala, Celebration, for quite some time.  With the great success of the event behind us, now we can truly celebrate. The success of the event is due the work and dedication of our awesome board, staff, volunteers, and our Super Volunteer – Priscilla Sanders, co-founding board member. It is also largely due to our supporters who came to the event and helped raise funding so more people in Denton County can become self-sufficient. 

Co-Pilot Jeff Skiles Lands in Denton for Celebration

This year’s keynote speaker for Celebration is Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549! Jeff will be speaking about the teamwork dynamic between him and Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger when they realized what needed to be done to save US Airways Flight 1549, “Miracle on the Hudson.” This aligns perfectly with the theme of this year’s Celebration: “Working Together – Making a Difference.”

The Story

  The story of the flight’s emergency landing was portrayed in the movie “Sully,” which appeared in theaters last September; it truly is an amazing story:

On a bright, 20-degree afternoon in January, US Airways Flight 1549 accelerated down New York La Guardia Airport’s main runway, loaded with 155 passengers and crew, headed skywards for Charlotte, NC. Everything was normal until First Officer Jeff Skiles spotted a formation of Canada geese almost directly ahead. In a matter of seconds, he heard numerous thunks as the birds impacted the aircraft. Both engines immediately failed.

Captain Chesley Sullenberger took over flying the plane and lowered the nose down to retain airspeed. Within seconds, the pilots made the decision that returning to LaGuardia was simply not possible—they’d have to fly over densely populated areas and there was no guarantee that they’d make it! Surrounded by nothing but skyscrapers and neighborhoods, they decided to head to the only open, flat space available—New York’s Hudson River. Every single passenger on board survived the water landing!

Jeff's Bio

  The son of two pilots, Skiles started flying at the age of 16 and has logged over 21,000 hours in the sky. Skiles has spent the last 30 years as a US Airways pilot and his lifetime of experiences contributed to the astounding outcome. The perfect landing was not a fluke; it was the result of intense training, preparation, and the lessons learned from other pilots’ successes and failures!

At Celebration, Jeff Skiles will detail the lessons, training, and scenarios that led to the “Miracle on the Hudson” and what businesses can take away from it. With Jeff’s great sense of humor and natural storytelling ability, it is sure to be a thoroughly fun and enjoyable evening!

Celebration Details

  Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in our Priscilla Sanders Events Center located at 1980 E. University Dr., Denton, TX 76209. Tickets are on sale now HERE. We can’t wait to see you there!

For more information about Serve Denton’s Fifth-Annual Celebration, contact Resource Development Program Manager Annie Day at


Human Trafficking EXPO in Denton County

"Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, or forced commercial sex acts, or simply put, trafficking is modern-day slavery."


January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and in support of this effort, the Denton County Human Trafficking Coalition (DCHTC) is hosting an EXPO! Anyone who is interested in learning more about human trafficking prevention is invited to join us this Saturday, January 14, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Serve Denton.

The main purpose of the event is to bring together agencies, organizations and ministries under one roof to spread awareness about trafficking and domestic/child abuse.

There will be two speakers from Homeland Security Investigations as well as people attending from Cooks Children's Medical Center and the local school districts. Nationally-recognized speaker, Ashleigh Chapman, founder of the Alliance for Freedom, Restoration and Justice, Inc. and the Engage Together Initiative will be the keynote speaker. More than twenty community organizations will be present, and you can come alongside these agencies to help end human exploitation in Denton County.

Did you know that Texas is at the heart of human trafficking in the United States?

Texas has the second highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resources Center in the nation. You know what's even more heartbreaking? The North Texas area is second in the nation for the number of trafficking victims reported. These statistics are the reason over fifteen organizations joined together to create the DCHTC and why this EXPO is taking place.

This Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Chris Watts will proclaim Saturday, January 14, 2017, Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the City of Denton. The coalition would like to invite you to attend this proclamation to stand before the council as this proclamation is being read.

DCHTC Chair Carrie Powell says, "This is a huge step for our fight to eradicate trafficking in our county."

Serve Denton, 5 Star Rental, Legacy Church-Argyle and Denton Jazzercise are coming alongside the Denton County Human Trafficking Coalition to sponsor this event. For more information about the coalition, contact DCHTC Chair Carrie Powell at or like the DCHTC Facebook Page by clicking HERE.


Denton County Human Trafficking Coalition EXPO

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Place: Serve Denton, 1980 E. University Dr., Denton, TX 76209
Price: FREE


If you would like to sign up to attend the event, click the button below. You can be a part of the first community event in Denton County that is helping fight against human trafficking!

Serve Denton With Your Creativity in the New Year

A new year brings new possibilities, opportunities, and resolutions that (admit it) we’ll all probably break at some point. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still strive to improve yourself and your community early and often in 2017, and volunteering is the perfect place to start. Maybe you’re looking for a new place to put in volunteer hours, or maybe you just want to mix things up a bit. There are endless ways to serve Denton, and as an artistic city, we pride ourselves on the theater, film, and music that happen all around us. As we welcome another trip around the sun, let’s highlight some ways to support and Denton arts in the new year.


The Campus Theatre

This historic bastion of Denton culture is always looking for helping hands on any number of the productions it puts on year-round. Interested in graphic design? Call, email (or walk to) the theatre and offer your assistance! What about costume creation or set construction? Those activities are available for volunteers, too! It’s almost always showtime at The Campus Theatre, and you can be a part of the big production


SCRAP Denton

This gem inspires Denton residents of all ages to adopt creative, environmentally friendly sustainable behaviors, and you can be a part of their ongoing mission to keep Denton and the world as green as possible. Help out in the store on Bell Avenue by assisting the team with organizing, packaging, and pricing, or join the community engagement and street team to spread the word about SCRAP! The environmental organization also allows volunteers to assist with birthday parties and other special events. To learn more about this unique nonprofit, visit their website at


Greater Denton Arts Council

Want to support Denton art but unsure of where to begin? GDAC is the place for you. Brush up your interpersonal skills while becoming an expert with the docent program, or volunteer to work at special events! If you’re up for it, the Council also accepts interns every semester. Learn more at



If none of the above do the trick for you, or if you want to support the arts but are too slammed to offer more than a weekend, then there are two festivals this spring that just might be the perfect fit for you.


Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

The Arts and Jazz Fest (April 28-30) is dedicated to introducing arts to children, and you can be a vital part of that mission by helping teach sculpture and drawing classes in the children’s art area! Go to to learn more about that and other service opportunities at the festival.


Thin Line Fest has a detailed list of all the diverse ways festival volunteers can lend a hand to this year’s free fest (April 19-23). Those opportunities include designing posters and other materials, assisting with venue management, helping with video and photography at the event itself, and many more! The ever-evolving Thin Line merges photography with music and film to put on the ultimate art show, and you can merge your specific skill set with your passion for local and national art to help put on one heck of a show!

Denton will keep on hummin’ (and painting and filming) in 2017, and the time is now for you to be a part of the music! While you think about those resolutions, remember to consider the many ways you can give back to our town.


Blog Author: Serve Denton Communication Committee Member Tyler Hicks