Anice Read Grant Fund - Mayors' Challenge
Did you get our postcard? This year we are having a little fun and our own Clinton Tegeler, City of Ganado mayor and TDA Board Member, has issued a Mayors' Challenge. Clinton has challenged mayors of Texas communities across the state to join him in donating to the Anice Read Fund.
All donors will be recognized on the TDA website and our social media channels. Make a donation right now on the Communities Foundation of Texas website or mail a check made out to the ANICE READ FUND to our attention at PO Box 546, Austin, TX 78767-0546. All donations will be designated for our grant fund.
We would like to thank the following mayors for their support:
Mayor Clinton Tegeler, City of Ganado
Mayor Anita Rodriguez, City of Yoakum
Mayor Connie Schroeder, City of Bastrop
Mayor Pro Tem Blake Petrash, City of Ganado
City Manager Bob Hart, City of Corinth
Mayor Martin Woodruff, City of Decatur
Mayor Sarah Meyer, City of Cuero
Mayor Douglas Athas, City of Garland
Mayor Richard Duncan, City of Mexia
Mayor Martin Heines, City of Tyler
About Anice Read
Anice Read was the founder of the Texas Downtown Association. The Anice Read Fund was formed in 1999 to honor her legacy and her contributions to Texas downtowns. The grants from the fund are used for a variety of purposes including physical projects, professional development, and/or program development.
Anice was a beloved and passionate advocate for the historical preservation of Texas downtowns, believing them to be the lifeblood and true heart of a community. She was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 1968 and became the first director of the Texas Main Street Program, a THC division. During her tenure at the Texas Main Street Program, she worked directly with more than 100 Texas communities in restoring and revitalizing the historic fabric of their downtowns. She realized early on that the Main Street Program would not be able to meet the needs of all communities, and founded TDA to fill that void. Three years after her retirement, following a courageous battle with cancer, Anice passed away on November 30, 1999.