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LEWIS FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Lewis Family Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to enriching the lives of children, veterans and athletes.

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LEWIS FAMILY FOUNDATION AT A GLANCE

Our Story

Our family envisions a world where all people focus on serving one another and building community. We are dedicated to creating a more humanitarian society. We know that each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community. We are committed to the well being of society in general. We are committed to enriching the lives of children, veterans and athletes through direct investment. We strive to have the greatest possible impact with all of our assets.
 
Our foundation logo is eight hands all in a circle together representing one hand for each member of the family - like you would see in a sports huddle. Every family member has one hand in the team huddle focused on supporting their family and team’s mission. The other hand extended out to give support to the community around them and accepting the support of others. Every member of the family provides value and contributes to the success of the foundation.

 

THE LEWIS FAMILY

Jeff and Jill Lewis are parents to six dynamic and amazing children. Jeff is the former President, CEO and Founder of VERTICOM in Dallas Texas. Jill is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader who now focuses her time on being a dedicated wife, mother and foundation partner. The Lewis’ founded The Lewis Family Foundation to inspire a family legacy of giving and supporting the community through action and philanthropy.

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BENEFITING CHARITIES

 

Merging Vets and Players was designed to address the challenge of our nation’s combat veterans struggling to transition their abilities toward a new mission, and ensure that all of our nation's warriors can be as productive off the field as they were on it. By merging vets and former  professional athletes, these warriors can share each other's strength and experience, and can support each other in building fulfilling lives of service and strength.

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MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

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VICTOR BUTLER

NFL Combine Position Specific Coach, Exos Sports Performance

Victor Butler, NFL Combine Position Specific Coach for Exos Sports Performance trains and mentors elite athletes. Throughout his career he has produced five first round draft picks along with a host of current active players on rosters throughout the NFL. 

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Victor attended Eisenhower High School where he was a two-time All-League selection and named an All-County Senior. His hard work on the field paid off and earned him a scholarship at Oregon State. No stranger to setting records, Victor was the single game sack record holder, second All-time sack leader, and second All-time single season sack leader. Off the field, Victor earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in Business and Marketing. 

 

In 2009 Victor was selected as the fourth-round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys. During his seven-year career in the NFL he played for league legends such as New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, and New York Giants before entering into the Canadian Football League. In only one year with the Toronto Argonauts Victor was named CFL player of the month in June of 2017. His greatness continued in the CFL as he  procured his spot on 1st Team All-Pro, earned 1st Team Eastern All-Star, CFL Sack Leader, and the led his team to the CFL Grey Cup. 

 

Victor’s kind and whole hearted approach to his career carried over into his to attitude toward community outreach. He’s always been the first in line to give back to the community through charitable donations, partnerships with youth life skills programs and overall charities dedicated to the betterment of the community such as For the Kids, The Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity. 

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GRETCHEN DARBY

Founder + President, GDC

Gretchen (Stofer) Darby is the Founder and President of Gretchen Darby Consulting (GDC), where she oversees communications, public & media relations, and promotions for companies and organizations. She also spent 4 years spearheading PR for the Dallas St. Jude Evening Under the Stars Gala & Golf Classic, where she worked closely with the Leadership Team to surpass 1,200 attendees and $2.3M in funds raised during her final year. A true “connector”, Gretchen has a reputation and talent for putting people together and making things happen. 

 

The first 15 years of Gretchen’s career was spent as a Sales & Marketing Executive in the Hospitality industry, working for both large and boutique hotels. Through her tenure in Hotel Management, Gretchen built the extensive connections and experience in the market needed to become a well-respected and highly sought-after Consultant. Before becoming an Entrepreneur and launching GDC in 2009, Gretchen was the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Uptown – guiding the property through a $36M renovation and re-branding. Prior to the Stoneleigh project, Gretchen served as the Regional Director of Brand Marketing for the first Hotel ZaZa located in Uptown Dallas, a boutique luxury brand that hit the Dallas scene in late 2002. Gretchen was instrumental in securing ZaZa’s noteworthy reputation as THE “urban lifestyle hotel” among international celebrities and high-profile clientele in the music, TV, film, sports, and fashion industries, as well as social and business elite. 

Gretchen was a member of the world-famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 2000-2002, where she earned the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” award and served as a Second Group Leader. She is an extremely active member of her community, giving back through various business, volunteer, and social organizations. She has held numerous Advisory Board and Committee positions and been a contributing writer and advisor. She is currently on the Social Committee for the private and exclusive social club, Cowboys Club, in Frisco, and is delighted to be on the 2021 Advisory Board for the Lewis Family Foundation. 

 

Gretchen holds a BA degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology-Criminal Justice from the prestigious University of Texas at Austin. She graduated from UT Austin in December 1994 on an accelerated 3 ½ year path and was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She remains a lifetime member of the Texas Exes and is an active member of several national and local Alpha Delta Pi alumni organizations. 

A native of Plano, Gretchen currently resides in Prosper, TX with her husband James (Senior VP of Commercial Property for RT Specialty), their three children – Presley (11) and twin boys Jagger and Jax (7) -- and their beloved German Shepherds Max and Maverick.

 

Gretchen enjoys music, social events, traveling, photography, art/design, and spending time with family and friends. 

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JAMES CHILES

Executive Vice President,

ExteNet Systems, Inc.

Jimmy is an entrepreneur visionary and the founder of five fiber and wireless infrastructure companies over the last 35 years. Four of his companies were acquired by NYSE or NASDAQ traded firms and the fifth by a privately held small cell fiber optic infrastructure company. 

Jimmy graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1977 with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. During his last year of college Jimmy got first-hand experience in the wireless industry as an Intern at Motorola Solutions. Throughout the years Jimmy absorbed the basics of the industry and set himself up for a successful career. 

From managing accounts and working with cellular entrepreneurs for Motorola Mobility to founding and running his own infrastructure companies, Jimmy was majorly impactful to the industry. Among his most major accomplishments, Jimmy was instrumental in mobilizing TPI Telecommunication Properties franchise authority to efficiently build metro fiber to distribute AT&T and Verizon small cell radios in Texas, Kentucky, California and New York. 

He’s been involved with a plethora of wireless ventures, but one of his true passions lies within the community. Jimmy is always ready to lend a helping hand and is truly excited at the prospect of helping to build a better and stronger community.

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JERRY W. MOOTY JR.

Chief Executive Officer | Principal | Realtor | Attorney, 

@properties Dallas 

Jerry W. Mooty, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Dallas’ newest real estate brokerage firm, @properties Dallas. Jerry partnered up with Piper Young, a top luxury Dallas agent, to launch @properties’ third franchise and first in the state of Texas in the third quarter of 2021. The pair will focus on luxury, residential, and new development. Jerry’s extensive real estate knowledge and passion for the Dallas community deems him worthy of spearheading @properties’ Dallas branch.  

 

Jerry has been a noteworthy leader in Dallas’ real estate scene for more than two decades through his work as an attorney, residential and commercial developer, investor and broker. 

 

Prior to founding @properties Dallas, Jerry served as the Director of Strategy for one of the largest independently owned real estate brokerages in Texas and led a vibrant team of professionals that handled residential, commercial and global relocation transactions. In his first full year, he closed over $25 million in transactions, was named Rookie of the Year at his brokerage, named Top10 Realtor by Top10Dallas magazine for 2020/2021, and most recently recognized by Dallas Modern Luxury as one of Dallas’ elite luxury agents in the metroplex. 

 

Jerry was one of the founding partners of McCathern | Mooty, LLP in 1998 and served the firm as the Managing Partner until 2012. In 2012, Jerry stepped down to pursue other business interests. Under Jerry’s leadership, the firm grew to over 60 lawyers in four cities. In 2003 and in 2011, McCathern | Mooty was ranked, respectively, as the 60th and 51st fastest-growing privately held company in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal.

 

Jerry’s entrepreneurial spirit has led him to found, manage and oversee several business ventures in a variety of industries. In 2001, Jerry was the founding/managing partner of Complete Legal, a full-service litigation support company. In 2006, he founded and managed the real estate development firm TreVista Group. TreVista focused on large tract land and residential development, including the construction of luxury homes, ranches, resorts and commercial properties.

 

In 2014, Jerry along with the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones Family, founded the company Blue Star Payment Solutions. Blue Star created the first merchant services’ relationship with a professional sports franchise. Jerry served as the President and General Counsel of the company up until it merged with a technology company in late 2015. This newly formed entity was branded Blue Star Sports, and Jerry served as the Chief Business and Legal Officer until his departure in late 2017. Blue Star Sports k/n/a Stack Sports, built through acquisition and innovation, is a full sports technology ecosystem that provides youth sports with an all-encompassing platform to simplify the registration, payments, and administration of leagues, clubs, associations, tournaments, and teams.  Blue Star Sports received landmark investments from the Jones Family, Providence Equity Partners, and WorldPay/Bain Capital, and was ultimately sold to an investment group led by Genstar Capital and Providence Equity.

 

Jerry has spent the last few years as the EVP of Communities & Markets for Sharecare, Inc., and was Chief Business and Legal officer for Silicon Valley start-up Tree3, Inc. He has an ownership interests in Mustang Payments, a credit card processing company, and Global Marketing Brands, a corporate promotional products company.

 

Jerry was born in Springfield, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with an application in Finance from Southern Methodist University in 1992, and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 1996. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Lewis Family Foundation
Holiday Party

December 11, 2021 

Dallas, TX

 

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Lewis Family Foundation
Masters Dinner

April 9, 2022

Dallas, TX

 

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2022 Charity Golf Tournament

June 17, 2022

Cowboys Golf Club

1600 Fairway Dr.

Grapevine, TX 76051

 

PAST EVENTS

 

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