Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788
October 7, 2002


The Rosine Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas is proud to make this outstanding gift to the SMU Meadows Museum through the generous vision of Mary Anne and Richard Cree.

Mary Anne Sammons Cree is the daughter of the late philanthropist Charles Sammons and Rosine Smith Sammons. Mrs. Cree established the Rosine Foundation Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas to honor her mother's memory and her interest in the beauty of nature and art. In addition to the Calatrava sculpture, other recent major grants from the Rosine Foundation Fund have been awarded to build Rosine Hall, the new visitor's center at the Dallas Arboretum; to construct the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park; and to endow a symposium on ethics in journalism at SMU, where Rosine Smith Sammons graduated with a degree in journalism.

Mary Anne Cree is a director of Sammons Enterprises Inc., a holding company founded by her father, and Mr. Cree is a private investor. Both Dallas natives, the Crees grew up in Highland Park and attended SMU.

The Foundation's investment in this project, on behalf of the Rosine Foundation Fund, reflects Communities Foundation of Texas' deep commitment to the arts and to fulfilling the generous legacy of our donors. Spanning 50 years, the Foundation's contributions also represent confidence in the future -- in the vision and structure of things to come.


Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), one of the largest community foundations in the country, both in terms of total assets and grant dollars awarded, has for nearly 50 years advanced philanthropy in North Texas. Its sole mission is to fulfill the philanthropic intentions of its donors, both living and departed, to meet the educational, medical, civic, artistic, cultural, and social service needs of the community. The Foundation's volunteer trustees are deeply rooted and broadly involved in the community.

At the close of the fiscal year (June 30), CFT distributed over $61 million in grants (almost double last year's total) to advance education, health, culture, and social and civic services in North Texas and beyond. The Foundation has distributed more than $568 million since 1953. During these times, CFT has marshaled the skills, experience and commitment to serve our donors as a trusted steward of their contributions. The Foundation has assisted young people and their families, supported education, the arts and humanities, and aided those with health problems and special needs. Working with more than 750 donors, CFT has earned a deeply respected reputation for the professional expertise, sensitivity to community needs, diligence, creativity, and the integrity it contributes to the process of developing a lasting legacy for each donor.

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