On March 23, 2010, Robin McGraw was initiated as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. Along with her husband, Dr. Phil McGraw, Robin has been a dedicated supporter of National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which is Kappa Alpha Theta's national philanthropy.
"The Theta membership welcomes Robin's desire to become one of us. Her influential role and devoted work with CASA for abused and neglected children reflects Theta's ideal of the widest influence for good," said Kimberly Morris Martin, Fraternity vice-president of public relations.
Robin and Dr. Phil serve as the official spokespeople for the National CASA Association to aid in the recruitment of much-needed CASA advocates who work with the court system in the best interests of foster children.
"Phillip and I both appreciate the longstanding support Kappa Alpha Theta has provided CASA and their volunteers," said Robin McGraw. "I am pleased and honored to join Theta and become a part of a community that so clearly cares for children in need."
CASA volunteers research the children's background to help the court make a sound decision about each child's future. Kappa Alpha Theta and its Foundation are proud to have contributed more than $1,000,000 to fund National CASA's efforts to put CASA volunteers into the lives of abused and neglected children.
On February 27, Dr. Phil, Robin and Jordan, along with America Idol winner Kris Allen, visited the Little Kids Rock Across America teacher training session held at the Central Los Angeles High School for Visual & Performing Arts. "This program is going to impact 25,000 students across 10 cities in our first year — including 1,000, right here, in Los Angeles," shared Dr. Phil.
For more information about Little Kids Rock Across America, click here.
Town and Gown of the University of Southern California presented the Town and Gown of USC Recognition Award to Dr. Phil and Robin at their annual benefit luncheon. The event, which was attended by more than 500 enthusiastic supporters of USC, was held at the Beverly Hilton on April 7, 2009.
Town and Gown was founded in 1904. Since then its contributions to USC include annual scholarships totaling $1.2 million dollars to outstanding students, capital construction and improvements and support of a variety of cultural programs.
To learn more, please visit: www.townandgownusc.com.
In her keynote address to more than 1,500 national board members, staff and volunteers at the CASA National Conference in Denver on April 26, 2009, Robin McGraw shared her reasons for getting involved with CASA and what it means to her to contribute to its important work.
"Phillip and I could not be more proud to be a part of CASA and support its annual conference," said Robin. "With more than half a million children languishing in foster care, we need to focus on a solution that gets these children into safe, permanent homes. CASA is that solution."
Robin described CASA volunteers and advocates as individuals who have the ability to change an imperfect world for a child by being the voice of a child who has no voice, power or ability to save themselves, and thanked those who have stepped up to become a guardian angel to a child in need.
In closing, Robin pledged the McGraw family's continued commitment towards raising awareness for CASA programs. To learn more, please visit: www.nationalcasa.org.
On February 5, 2009, Dr. Phil toured the newly completed West Los Angeles Fisher House, which provides housing to veterans and family members of veterans who are receiving treatment at nearby military medical centers. The 16,800 square-foot facility is the 43rd to open its doors since the program began in 1990. The two-story, Spanish-style “home away from home” is 100 percent handicap accessible and includes 21 deluxe suites with private bathrooms, a large kitchen with multiple cooking stations and additional common areas such as a dining and living room, a family lounge and a library. There is at least one Fisher House located at every major military medical center across the country. The program provides 2.5 million days of lodging for nearly 10,000 family members annually.
To learn more, please visit: www.fisherhouse.org.
"This is something these people will remember for the rest of their lives," is how bestselling author, columnist and Detroit radio personality Mitch Albom described Dr. Phil's recent visit to the troubled city this past April 1 and 2. Dr. Phil traveled to the Motor City at the request of the CBS affiliate WWJ-TV and brought a message of hope to those who feel their situation is hopeless.
"It is the spirit of the people who live in Detroit who are trying to keep Detroit alive, that really moves me. I want to thank WWJ-TV for inviting me," Dr. Phil said.
Dr. Phil's first appearance was a free event at the historic Music Hall on the evening of April 1. He spoke about the realities of the economic downturn, how families had been affected and how they can cope. Dr. Phil also reminded the audience they should not take on the extra burden of feeling responsible for the economic crisis.
The next afternoon, Dr. Phil paid a visit to The Pilgrim Church, also in downtown Detroit. Once a thriving place of worship and the largest Presbyterian congregation in the Midwest, the building is now a homeless shelter and home to I Am My Brother's Keeper Ministry. The structure, which has a large hole in the roof and is in sad disrepair, was the focus of a recent Sports Illustrated article written by Albom called "The Courage of Detroit." Albom and Pastor Henry Covington, who heads up the Ministry, took Dr. Phil on a tour of the facility, followed by a free town hall meeting. Albom served as the moderator and Dr. Phil spoke to the crowd of nearly 500 and later answered several questions from the audience.
"I believe that he is the first national celebrity of any kind who didn't live in Detroit or have some connection to ever set foot not only in this church, but in this neighborhood," said Albom.
Dr. Phil's next stop was the S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit Family Health Clinic, which caters to the needs of homeless children – the only one of its kind in the country.
Before leaving the city, Dr. Phil, on behalf of his foundation made a $25,000 donation to both the Ministry and the clinic, which has been largely funded through Albom's efforts and S.A.Y. Detroit.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, recently created a foundation called Payton’s Play it Forward. The mission is improving the lives of families and children in health, education and social welfare. The Dr. Phil Foundation was one of three beneficiaries that received $100,000 from this organization. Play it Forward donated a total of $350,000 to local and regional charities.
During the foundation's Black & Gold Gold gala, Dr. Phil announced his intention to give back to children's organizations of New Orleans. "I look at it as the beginning of a partnership. Every penny that we receive from you guys, we’re going to build on with our millions of viewers, and we’re going to bring it right back here to the children of New Orleans," he said.
Bluefield, West Virginia and Tazewell, Virginia echoed with the sounds of the holiday season as Dr. Phil and Robin came to town to kick off the 60th anniversary of Toys for Tots. They traveled by train aboard the Toys for Tots Express, bringing cheer – and gifts galore!
First stop: Bluefield. With help from some friends, the McGraws handed out toys and games to local children and visited the Wade Center, which sponsors the only after-school program in the region. Home fragrance manufacturer Renuzit donated a new 15-passenger van to the Center, plus $5,000 to cover operating costs like gas and insurance. Fender donated 40 guitars, to the delight of the Center's aspiring musicians.
As the train rumbled east toward the town of Tazewell, spirits were high aboard the Toys for Tots Express. Hundreds of residents came out to meet the train. This time the McGraws handed out toys, games and 1,100 coats donated by Burlington Coat Factory! The Clinch Valley Community Action Center had its game room remodeled by Lowe's and equipped with 15 new computers donated by Gateway.
In March, Dr. Phil and Robin attended the Stellar Night Gala, where they pledged to contribute $500 for every seat in the Dr. Phil studio audience occupied by a Starlight Starbright supporter. In response, 150 guests attended a live taping of Dr. Phil resulting in an $85,000 gift presented to the organization's CEO, Paula Van Ness, from The Dr. Phil Foundation.
These funds will be used to support Starlight Starbright's efforts to help seriously ill children and their families cope with pain, fear and isolation through entertainment education and family activities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.starlight.org/.
Children's Medical Center got a taste of Hollywood in the spring of 2007 with a visit from Dr. Phil to launch a new in-house movie network for patients.
Donated by The Dr. Phil Foundation, the kids' entertainment system offers the latest box office hits, family favorites and classic movies from various studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Disney, Sony and others, which children can watch in the privacy of their own rooms. Movies are also available for viewing in designated public areas of the hospital.
Partnering with The Dr. Phil Foundation to make this project possible was Master Video Systems, Inc., located in Dallas, which donated equipment and services.
Children's Medical Center, Dallas is private, not for profit, and one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation. Dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, Children's provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in heart disease, hematology, oncology and cystic fibrosis.
Recognized for her longtime dedication to child welfare and devotion to her own family, Robin McGraw was presented the 2007 Heart of Gold Award by The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. She received the award on March 23 at the Stellar Night Gala, which took place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California and was attended by more than 650 people.
In accepting the honor presented to her by sons, Jay and Jordan, Robin said, "I believe that all children deserve to be loved and cared for and that the services provided by the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation to provide relief and support during times of serious illness are vitally important."
The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families. The group provides a wide array of both inpatient and outpatient programs designed to enhance a child's ability to cope with the stress of serious illness.
Children — and preparing them for the future — was the theme on May 7, when over 300 people attended the 4th Annual Westside Children's Center Cami Ostern Markham Big Hearts luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
In recognition of their strong commitment to the wellbeing of children and families, Dr. Phil and Robin received the prestigious 2007 Big Heart Award.
In presenting the award, Sandy Newton, Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor with KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth said that, "Dr. Phil and Robin tell it like it is and literally inspire millions of people every day with their deep love and empathy for children."
Dr. Phil said, "We are pleased to accept this honor and are pleased to be associated with Westside Children's Center. Children are our future, and each child deserves the opportunity to be raised in a loving, safe and secure environment." He added, "Robin and I will continue to use the Dr. Phil show and The Dr. Phil Foundation to encourage compassionate and innovative solutions to address the needs of all children."
Established in 1987, the Westside Children's Center offers services, including foster care and adoption, family support services and preservation, early education and affordable childcare.
Donors and viewers from all across America responded with a resounding YES to Dr. Phil and Robin’s involvement in the 2006 Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign by donating in excess of $200,000 to the Dr. Phil Foundation. These donations, combined with another $150,000, derived from other sources plus a $2,000,000 in-kind donation from Hasbro, brought the total raised as a result of Dr. Phil and Robin’s involvement to $2.3 million.
Nationwide, 18.5 million toys were distributed to 7.5 million children in 565 communities. Over $34 million dollars was donated to the campaign, an increase of $5 million dollars over 2005.
St. Martin's Middle School, which is located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was completely devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to the loss of their buildings, they also suffered the loss of all of its musical instruments. As a result, over more than half of the school's enrolled students were left without access to quality music programs.
The Dr. Phil Foundation, in collaboration with Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, donated $62,000 in September 2006 to enable the school to fully restore the music program. "What we did here was more than replace instruments," said Dr. Phil. "We helped restore the hopes and dreams of children, letting them and their families know there is someone out there who still cares."
The contribution from The Dr. Phil Foundation was used to purchase a variety of musical instruments and address the need to give young people increased access to the arts.
The stars were shining bright the evening of November 5th, 2006 when Dr. Phil and Robin made a surprise visit to help raise funds to benefit CASA of Lake County, which provides services to abused and neglected children.
Addressing the 400 attendees, Dr. Phil voiced his unconditional support of efforts to advocate for the health, safety and best interests of abused and neglected children.
Dr. Phil auctioned off two gift packages consisting of VIP tickets, signed books from him and Robin, airfare, hotel accommodations and a tour of the world-famous Paramount Pictures Studio for $22,500, which The Dr. Phil Foundation then matched with a contribution of $22,500 for a total of $45,000.00!
Photo: Dr. Phil, Susan Ahern and Joe Ahern, President/General Manager WBBM-TV Chicago.
In September 2006, The Dr. Phil Foundation contributed $7,500 to YouthVille Detroit, a specially-designed center serving kids, ages 11-19.
The center, located in the central city area of Detroit, provides young people a variety of developmental activities in technology, music, dance and the arts. Among the music program offerings are the opportunity to sing in choral ensembles, compose and record electronic music and perform existing and original works. However, to elevate their music program to an optimal level, the center badly needed musical instruments.
The contribution from The Dr. Phil Foundation was used to purchase a variety of musical instruments and address the need to give young people increased access to the arts.
Photo: Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press
Although rain poured down, the enthusiasm of the nearly 5,000 people gathered in the New Orleans arena on the evening of August 10th could not be dampened.
Dr. Phil and his son, Jay, hosted the star-studded event, which featured a lineup of popular entertainers who donated their time and talent, including Allen Toussaint, Brian McKnight, Jeff Foxworthy and Brooks and Dunn. Also appearing were the New Orleans Saintsations. The charity concert raised funds to benefit the Hurricane Katrina first responder teams in New Orleans: police, fire and EMS. .
It is estimated that 80 percent of these men and women lost their own homes as a result of the hurricane. The goal of the benefit was to put money directly into the pockets of these brave men and women. Funds raised will be used to help with back-to-school needs for their children and any other immediate needs they may have.
The event received significant corporate support from its title sponsor JC Penney, as well as Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Harrah's Entertainment, Paramount Television and Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints and his wife, Beth.
Lives were unalterably changed when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in the fall of 2005. Even with the significant and generous outpouring of assistance from across the country, families, many of whom were forced to relocate, remain in need of assistance.
In response to these needs, The Dr. Phil Foundation contributed $25,000 to the Bush-Clinton Disaster Relief Fund. This contribution was presented to former President George H. W. Bush during a telethon that aired January 26th on local Houston television station KPRC. The hour-long event raised more than $300,000 to assist families forced to relocate to Houston.
Photo: President George H.W. Bush accepts a $25,000 donation from the Dr. Phil Foundation to provide critical assistance to those families impacted by this disaster.
With the goal of supporting young people who are "beating the odds" and continuing to work hard, demonstrating academic excellence and giving back to their community, the Foundation contributed $50,000 to the Children's Defense Fund. The donation was presented to Marian Wright Edelman at the CDF's 2006 Scholarship Luncheon, which more than 500 community leaders in Houston attended on March 8th.
Photo: Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and CEO of the Children's Defense Fund, accepts a $50,000 contribution from the Dr. Phil Foundation to support its Beating the Odds program.
On March 18th, the Dr. Phil Foundation participated in a celebration to welcome home 6,000 military personnel from Iraq and to thank them and their families for their service to the nation. The day-long festivities included performances by a variety of musical groups as well as an appearance by cheerleaders from the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.
Dr. Phil expressed his deep gratitude to the troops and their families for their sacrifices and devotion to duty. In recognition of their service, the Foundation distributed 100 VIP tickets along with several copies of Dr. Phil's books, all personally signed by Dr. Phil, to members of the audience.
General Robert W. Cone, commander of Ft. Irwin, presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Phil and Robin for their support and participation in this special welcome home celebration.
April 14th was a milestone day for the Dr. Phil Foundation, which contributed $190,000 to three organizations: Camp to Belong for the benefit of Zakiya Kidd, TYME (Teach Youth Motivate and Empower) and the Urban Entertainment Institute. The recipients provide services to disadvantaged children and to youth in foster care as well as those who have been emancipated. The Urban Entertainment Institute (UEI), based in Los Angeles, is an inner-city music program offering classes in dance, music, theater and the arts to at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth.
In addition to the cash contributions, $90,000 of in-kind contributions including toys, games and musical instruments went to these organizations.
Photo: Robin presents $50,000 check to Fred Martin, Founder of the Urban Entertainment Institute.