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Left to right: Texans Can CEO, Richard Marquez; Luncheon honoree and award recipient, Melody Rogers; Dallas Can Alumnus, Mounir C. Cejin

Dallas Can Academies, a nonprofit high school dropout recovery program, recently presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to philanthropist, wife and mother Melody Rogers at their 23rd annual Motherhood: The Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon. The luncheon annually recognizes women who exemplify family and community leadership while benefiting the students of five Dallas Can Academy campuses.

Melody Rogers was honored for her commitment to education, family and community. Rogers has built a life of being devoted to helping others as a dedicated volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the North Texas Food Bank and The Warren Center. She has also donated many hours of volunteer service to countless other charities, including serving as Honorary Chair for the 2014 Fashion Stars for a Cause benefitting the Suicide and Crisis Center, as well as hosting Christmas in Fair Park.

Rogers spoke about her experience of being a young mother and having to choose between earning a living and getting an education. “I see the importance of education and Dallas Can Academy is giving our community and students a safe place to receive an education in an innovative way by adapting to the lifestyles and specific needs of their students,” she said as she accepted her award.

Gloria Campos, a former Motherhood Luncheon honoree and emcee of the luncheon since 1993, hosted the luncheon and served as the Mistress of Ceremony. Guests listened to the personal stories from two Dallas Can students about their tough beginnings, how Dallas Can schools helped them earn their diplomas, their future education and career goals.  Each student-speaker has overcome difficult obstacles to remain in school and shared what the opportunity to complete their high school education has meant for them. 

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