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Donna Sweeney, Bill Warren, Debbie Grace

On Thursday, April 3rd, Tootsies hosted the Warren Center’s  inaugural initiative group launch of the Friends of the Warren Center with a Spring Fashion and Wine Stroll which included women’s fashions by TOOTSIES and men’s fashions by Edo Popken, light bites and shopping proceeds going back to the organization.  The Warren Center client, Deanna Webber, spoke about her 3-year old son Dillon’s utilization of the Warren Center’s services and his progress.


The Friends of the Warren Center will assist The Warren Center with their mission, set goals and be recognized as the principal volunteer leaders to expand the organization into the greater Dallas community. Friends of the Warren Center will provide many opportunities for volunteers to serve, lead and support The Warren Center children and families. To learn more about membership, please visit

Seen in the crowd: Beverly and Bill Warren, Executive Director, Amy Spawn, Program Director, Pam Ruatta, Family Education and Support Director, Debbie Grace, Board of Trustee, Sharon King, Development Director, Tara Null

Friends of The Warren Center Directors:  

Shelley Tims, President

Cristina Curtis Barbe

Courtney Edwards

Diana Hamilton

Angela Morris-Lopez

Tina Sasser

Kristina Whitcomb

Also seen in the crowd: Pamela Lemoine, Judy Freeman, Jene Buckner, Imad Anbouba, Elizabeth White, Bonnie Threadgill, Carrie Benson, Amanda Benson, Sharon King, Angela Morris-Lopez, Tiffany Davis, Pam Ruatta, Perrin Koons, Donna Sweeney, Bill Warren, Debbie Grace, Trish Doyle, Diana Hamilton.

For over 45 years The Warren Center has provided Early Childhood Intervention to children birth to three, working closely with families to ensure that every child has continued success, however, these children are only eligible for these services until they are three. Families will now have the option to continue therapy once their child turns three and new families, who are just discovering their child’s special needs, will have a place to go. Since 2006, The Warren Center has grown exponentially since the groundbreaking and recently expanded to include new center-based therapy services for children three to five years of age. This unique program offers individual and group therapy for children showing delays or disabilities in communication, social skills, motor/coordination skills, and sensory processing. 

About The Warren Center

This year in the Dallas Metroplex alone, one in 20 children will be born with a special need, one in 89 children will be diagnosed with autism and 85,000 children will need services to help them develop and thrive.  At The Warren Center, it is our goal to provide services to these children and their families.  More than 1,400 families each year count on The Warren Center to be “first responders,” reaching out to them with early detection and developmental strategies for their child.

As a resource for the Dallas area since 1968, The Warren Center has provided over 15,000 families with needed tools, including individualized therapy for their child's developmental delay, critical information and resources on developmental milestones, and guidance as parents become advocates for their child's future. Even as our service area has grown from a small group focused on the Richardson area to a large organization serving families all over the northeast quadrant of Dallas County and beyond, we stay focused on the families and children we serve.

To learn more, go to or call 972-490-9055.

Photos by Rhiannon Lee Photography.





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