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A letter from Murray Chanow and the Adoption Coalition of Texas and theHeart Gallery of Central Texas
Adoption Coalition of Texas (ACT)

September, 2011

Dear Friends:  My name is Murray Chanow and I'd like to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Adoption Coalition of Texas (ACT). I am excited to have been given this opportunity to join the amazing ACT team. Since taking the helm, I continue to be impressed by the dedication of the staff and am proud to report that ACT continues to open doors for both families and children.  Programs such as the weekly “Forever Families” feature on Time Warner cable channel YNN and ACT's annual Heart Gallery of Central Texas continue to reach great levels of success. Through these two programs alone, we have helped place hundreds of children with their forever families. We will continue to strive to accomplish our goals to increase the number of foster care adoptions. Our efforts were recently highlighted in a July 2011 article in Governing magazine (see The article discusses the outstanding job that the Adoption Coalition has done and will continue to do--with your help.  About 2011 Heart Gallery of Central Texas
I am excited to announce the 2011 Heart Gallery of Central Texas Unveiling & Supporter Appreciation Event on Wednesday, September 28th, 6:30-9:00pm at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.  This year, in addition to unveiling the 2011 Heart Gallery of Central Texas portraits, we want to honor and thank all of the Adoption Coalition's volunteers and supporters. It is an invitation-only event and there will be no cost to our invited guests.  As an Adoption Coalition of Texas supporter, we'd like to invite you and a guest to join us.  If you haven't attended an unveiling in the past-- prepare yourself for the dramatic experience of seeing all of the portraits in the gallery displayed together for the first time; the pleasure of visiting with other supporters, hearing a few folks talk about the project, watching the new video, and--most of all--raising awareness about these beautiful children waiting for a family.  Please join us in celebrating this project, its impact on helping kids in need, and your part in the process. Attire runs the gamut--from casual to business casual to cocktail. So wear what you are comfortable in and join us!  Please remember that space is limited so please RSVP to Amanda at by September 23.  We hope you'll be a part of this special night!  About Me
My family and I moved to Austin over two years ago and immediately fell in love with the city.  I am pleased to have this opportunity to give back to the community and bring over eighteen years of experience in association and corporate management, strategic planning, business development/fundraising, public affairs, and marketing. Most recently, I worked for C2 Consulting, where I specialized in strategic planning and designing public affairs programs for local organizations. Prior to moving to Austin in 2009, I worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for over 16 years. I received my MBA from Virginia Tech University and B.A. from Bethany College. My wife, Linda, and I have two school-age boys. Please feel free to call or email me any time. I can be reached at (512) 301-2825 or  Sincerely,  Murray S. Chanow  --  MURRAY S. CHANOW Executive Director Adoption Coalition of Texas (512) 450-8608


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