Philanthropic Family of the Year Award

Philanthropic Family of the Year Award goes to Cece and A.J. Brune

ACWT joins our region in honoring Cece and A.J. Brune selected as Philanthropic Family of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As 29-year West Texas residents, Cece and A.J. support a broad range of organizations, including the Aphasia Center of West Texas.

11 years ago, when Cece heard the plight of stroke survivors struggling with aphasia, she invented a chocolate-themed fundraiser called Chocolate Decadence. She chaired both the event’s first year (which raised one month of the Center’s operating expenses) and the 10-year-anniversary event (now consistently raising nearly 50% of an entire year’s operating funds).

Executive Director Kitty Binek reflects, “Every nonprofit dreams of volunteer impact this far-reaching. Cece’s meticulous standards match the Aphasia Center’s bar of excellence. Her attention to detail shows in every interaction whether an event, recognition of staff efforts, or the way she motivates others to serve. Cece and A.J. consistently invite their friends to our events, broadening awareness of aphasia as well as broadening our circles of support.”

The depth of sharing from Cece and A.J. Brune has changed our region, making West Texas a better place for all of us.