Christopher C. Herring (center -bottom) worked with local business owners in San Antonio, Texas to support funding the Harmony Hills School choir invitation to sing at the Texas State Capital. After meeting with school officials and determining the need, Mr. Herring raised over a thousand dollars with food sponsors to support the trip. Mr. Herring is a two time recipient of the NEISD Superintendent Leadership Award. Sponsors included Las Palapas, Chase Bank, Little Italy, CiCi’s Pizza (Austin) and New Horizons School.
Each year millions of people spend substantial amounts of resources, time and energy voluntarily helping and working tirelessly to make our communities and nation stronger. They make valuable contributions and many nonprofits depend on volunteers and donor contributions to deliver critical client services. On today’s show, Dr. G and guest, Retired Air Force Major, Christopher Herring will discuss significance of leadership and keys to success in creating and maximizing fundraising and volunteerism opportunities. Herring helped the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign raise over $45 million in San Antonio and authored the “We Give Back USA” campaign for the 43 trillion dollar merchant account industry. You will not want to miss what he has to say.
Christopher Herring Earns Superintendent’s Award
The Superintendent’s Award is a special recognition given to members of the North East ISD community. The Superintendent’s Awards are presented by the superintendent to employees, students, parents, taxpayers, volunteers and community members who display exceptional performance in their action and behavior to continue the district’s tradition of excellence. The objective of this award is to recognize performance above and beyond expectations in support of the district’s mission. Christopher Herring will receive the Superintendent’s Awards reception on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Community Learning Center.
Herring selected as Executive Director, Operation OASIS…Serving Wounded Warriors and Their Families!
February 2012 San Antonio: Operation OASIS, a 501(c)3 registered in the state of Texas, has appointed Christopher C. Herring as the Executive Director of Operations to lead the Wounded warrior and family support efforts of Operation OASIS.
Christopher has a very rich background as a business owner, recently retired officer from the United States Air Force who has been a commander, deployed into Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, led an Air Force family support center, and hasleadership experiences working with nonprofits, schools and churches. His last position was the Chief Strategist for Air Force Recruiting Services at Randolph Air Force Base.
In May 2009, Christopher had a car accident on Pat Booker Road which almost took his life. He gives God the glory for saving him. In that experience, Christopher was treated at the Brooks Army Medical Center in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic along side wounded warriors who had been returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and being treated with similiar injuries. His personal journey and recovery enabled him to see the importance of helping our wounded soldiers and bringing the smiles back to very young faces as they heal.
Christopher was a 2009 Combined Federal Campaign and United Way Loaned Executive for Bexar County helping the campaign raise over $45 million dollars for San Antonio charities. As he spoke to San Antonio, he raised financial support for the Fisher House, the Warrior and Family Support Center – Brooke Army Medical Center, and the American Red Cross Military for Muster Event.
He is completing his 2nd year as the Chairman of the Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre, appointed to the Texas A&M San Antonio Institutional Review Board, and is the Coordinator for the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) at Harmony Hills Elementary School. At the conclusion of 2011, Mayor Julian Castro appointed Christopher to the City Of San Antonio’s Small Business Advisory Committee to help grow our local economy. The Board of Trustees appreciate the 20-year service of Mr. Herring and his passion to serve his community.
MatchRate PLUS Contracts With Herring as National Fundraising Director, Overseeing Non-Profits Division
Christopher is looking forward to working with nonprofits, schools and faith organizations who would like to raise new funds. He authored the “We Give Back USA” campaign for the 43 trillion dollar merchant account industry. For More information, please consult his company website at http://www.matchrateplus.com/About/WeGiveBackUSA.aspx
For 22 years, The Volunteer Center at United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has hosted “A Night of a Thousand Stars” at the Volunteer of the Year Awards program and dinner. Hundreds of heroes are nominated and honored each year. We invite you to shine the light on deserving individuals, groups, programs, boards of directors and youth, from the arts and culture, military, corporate and non profit agency communities.
Attention: Due to construction VOYA has been rescheduled and relocated. See changes below.
Voya will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom C
The seated dinner and evening program is inspiring and exciting for every nominee, nominator, and guest!
Witness style and technique, mixed with beauty and creativity at the Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre’s upcoming “Spring Mix,” March 26th & 27th at University of Texas San Antonio’s Downtown Campus. A good spring mix of any sort should be fresh, include diversity, and be flavored with a plethora of bold colors. The Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre (AABT) will be sure to please with its presentation of “Spring Mix,” a mix of “Perennial Ballet Favorites and Freshly Choreographed Varieties!
“Spring Mix” will incorporate traditional ballet technique, with contemporary elements that will engage and entertain.
The program includes favorites from past AABT shows such as vignettes from the 20 and 30’s to music by Leroy Anderson, and contemporary ballet to music from the movie Avatar. The program will include the restaging of the pas de deux and variations from the 1856 production Le Corsaire, with music by Adolphe Adam. New choreography will include a pas de deux to Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.
Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre will perform the “Spring Mix” free of charge for schools who have been invited to attend a special performance on Friday March 25th. Chairman, Christopher C. Herring says, “Part of the Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre’s mission is to bring ballet to under-served youth in San Antonio who might otherwise never get to appreciate a ballet performance.” Come cultivate your love of dance, March 26th at 7:30 pm and March 27th at 3:00 pm at the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA’s Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango. For more information see Alamo Arts Ballet website.
This was San Antonio’s 24th MLK March and Commemorative Program, honoring the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of a Memphis, Tenn., hotel.
Unofficial crowd estimates indicate from 97,000 to just more than 100,000 people participated in this year’s march, despite chilly temperatures and a dense fog advisory Monday morning.
Organizers say San Antonio’s is the largest MLK march in the nation.
“We check with the other cities who have marches like this,” said Jackie Ray Robinson, chairman of the MLK Commemorative Program. Based on other cities’ participation numbers from the previous year, and their estimates for the upcoming year, San Antonio always comes out with the biggest numbers, he said.
For Christopher C. Herring, 41, he was requested to speak for a couple of minutes along side the city and state elected officials on behalf of all the military assigned to San Antonio, Texas. Herring stated “Dr. King’s stance and his sacrifice had to be blessed by God himself for the pain, suffering, and the fact he stared death in the face but kept on marching for righteousness.” Herring recapped, it was an honor to deliver a message to the 100,000 marchers and to serve a good mentor Mr. Nate Davis, the march organizer.
For San Antonio residents who want to take a break from the usual, The Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre will be performing “Ballet Cabaret,” November 6th – 7th at the Shrine Auditorium.
The Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre’s work to expose San Antonio to fresh, new ballet experiences continues with the company’s Fall 2010 production, “Ballet Cabaret.” Founder Judith Gani said that the Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre came up with the title for the weekend due to the cabaret-like elements of the venue. Also, many of the performance pieces are from the cabaret era.
“Ballet Cabaret” will feature Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre’s top dancers performing to a broad range of pieces. One classical piece will be the legendary Pas de Quatre from the mid 1800’s. Another piece will be Shostakovich’s rarely heard Jazz Suite, from 1938. There will also be choreography to music from the World War II era, as well as from composer Leroy Anderson.
The program will also include movie music ranging from Charlie Chaplain films, to Avatar. In addition, there will be guest artists from Angel Santiago’s ballroom company performing cutting edge tango pieces. Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre wants to engage a broader portion of the community through “Ballet Cabaret” by going beyond mundane ballet entertainment.
Chairman Christopher Herring says, “Ballet can be fun, entertaining, new, and interesting. It doesn’t have to be Swan Lake or the Nutcracker every time. That’s why we strive to do new choreography to music that you wouldn’t expect to see in ballet.”
The Shrine Auditorium is located at 901 North Loop 1604 West. Performances are on November 6th at 7:30PM and 7th at 3:00PM. For ticket information, visit alamoartsballet.org, or call (210) 344-9428. “Ballet Cabaret” will be dedicated to the 230 plus non-profits raising money as a part of the San Antonio Area Combined Federal campaign.
Texas A&M San Antonio Appoints Christopher Herring To Institutional Review Board As Bexar County Representative
Christopher Herring was appointed to the Texas A&M San Antonio IRB. The board’s responsibility is to review the plethora of university research projects. The IRB reviews human subject research projects according to three principles: first, minimize the risk to human subjects (beneficence); second, ensure all subjects consent and are fully informed about the research and any risks (autonomy); third, promote equity in human subjects research (justice). All human subjects research (including but not limited to recruitment) must be approved by the IRB before commencing. The IRB typically approves projects for one year, thereafter conducting annual reviews. The IRB aims to assist investigators develop and implement practical strategies and solutions that uphold the protection of research subjects rights and welfare.
Christopher C. Herring was honored to speak to the 2010 graduating high school classes and their proud parents of Shekinah Radiance Academy and Radiance Academy of Learning Charter Schools at the request of Dr. Cheryl A. Washington, District Superintendent. Herring’s speech was “God’s Exciting Plans For YOU”. The graduation was hosted at the Christian World Worship Center, Walzem Road, San Antonio, Texas.
Christopher emphasized how strong mentoring relationship are necessary to move Black children forward in society. He footstomped faith as a fundamental prerequisite to living an abundant life.
Military Legacy Ball: The African-American Heritage Committee presents the first Military Legacy Ball, an evening of dinner, music and education, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott River Center. The theme is “The History of Black Economic Empowerment.” Retired Brig. Gen. Toreaser Steele will speak. Attire is formal. The cost is $35 for military and government civilians. Proceeds to benefit the George Gervin Academy. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Miranda Drummond at 652-2672.
DID YOU EVER WONDER… Who ensures United Way affiliated agencies are sound? Who ensures the service programs in which United Way invests are effective and worthy of support? Christopher Herring volunteered and took part in the Bexar County United Way Stewardship Review program to better understand the inner workings of non-profit organizations and the United Way.
The American Red Cross Muster for the Military 2009 benefitting the Service to the Armed Forces was kindly supported by generous sponsors and individuals to include: USAA, Valero, and AT&T, Bank of America, Richard C. Dietz, Frost National Bank, Nix Health Care System, NuStar, Greg & Syd Muenster, Security Service Federal Credit Union, St. Mary’s University, and Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing.
Celebrity and retired NBA star, San Antonio Spurs Bruce Bowen attended the gala affair. (Picture at left includes Barbara Campbell, Executive Director, Joy Keeper; Christopher “Major Fundraiser” Herring; Bruce Bowen; Jacqueline H. Jones, President New Horizons School)
Special gratitude to MG (R) Freddie Valenzuela, Raul and Liz Mendoza (Parents of deceased US Marine, Sgt Matthew E. Mendoza) and Glazer & Republic Distributors.
Herring Encourages Employees To Give To Charity At The Dept Of Veterans Affairs Fundraising Kick-Off
Christopher Herring was blessed to serve as a Loaned Executive for the United Way Bexar County and Combined Federal Campaign in 2009. In total the campaign raised over $45M for the United Way to include $5.5M for the Combined Federal Campaign charities. In 2010, Christopher helped the Combined Federal Campaign sign up a record 8 new non-profit organizations into the CFC Fund Raising System as a volunteer. He believed in the charitable giving campaign afforded and continues to provide non-profits with coaching to join the largest federal government giving program.
Objective of Loaned Executives: Facilitate leadership, fundraising and teamwork within local companies by assisting in organizing a successful United Way campaign. Serve as a United Way spokesperson, conveying the needs of the community, and promoting community involvement. Increase corporate campaigns by 5-10%.
In 2008, The YourBusiness.Pro campaign was launched by Network Solutions to promote the new .pro domains to the world.
Above is the signature ad used to market and advertise the new domains.
The domain was acquired by Christopher C. Herring, then the owner of Riverwalk Publishing, LLC, to brand the first iterations of the .pro domains.
.PRO is the very exclusive domain extension for licensed and credentialed business professionals. A .pro domain name immediately communicates your credentials to clients. It tells the world that you’re a verified licensed professional and helps you establish trust online.
Joy Keeper is a faith based nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients. Joy Keeper has been established to help men and women in our community who are facing breast cancer alone, with little financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual support. Our Mission is to help restore some joy to lives of men and women who are undergoing the harsh and often debilitating treatments of radiation and chemotherapy.
Joy Keeper is a helping ministry that our Lord has blessed. Joy Keeper’s leadership has revealed that true healing comes from Jesus Christ who will provide a peace of mind and healing of the body and soul. The true cure of Breast Cancer is accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Our goal is to show you His love by taking care of those many needs breast cancer patients will have to overcome. As a team, we can achieve more!
Christopher C. Herring reached agreement with the WEA Corp. , Time Warner Music Group’s U.S. distribution company, for the website Black-History-Month.com for an undisclosed purchase amount. Warner Music Group launched its annual campaign “The Rhythm of History” that promotes top-selling urban catalog titles and celebrates the pioneers of urban music. The campaign features classic albums from artists including Ray Charles, John Coltrane, The Drifters, Charles Mingus, Keith Sweat, Natalie Cole and others. WEA’s Black History Month Web site (www.black-history-month.com) featured links to top urban online partners and to popular urban Web sites.
Dr. Gilberto Ramon, Executive Director of the San Antonio Education Partnership recognized Christopher Herring and his company for assisting in the one million dollar capital campaign. Christopher wrote a touching story about Dr. Ramon and provided 20,000 copies of his River Walk Magazine to the city in hopes of increasing donations for the partnership. In front of the former mayor of San Antonio, Judge Nelson Wolff, on the center of the AT&T Center, Christopher was praised for his dedication to San Antonio and to the Hispanic families who live in Bexar County.
According to San Antonio Education Partnership data, scholarships went to 2,706 students in the 2007-08 school year, and scholarships have helped 2,700 college students graduate since 1989. Money has been given to an unlimited number of students since 1989, but Ramon said a tougher local fundraising climate may cause the partnership to limit its recipients.
“Moving forward, we’ll have to discuss if we should limit the number of scholarships per high school, or pass stronger criteria to get one,” he said. “We want to be as inclusive as possible, but at the same time, you have to look at the financial reality.”
Christopher Herring visits the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the MLK Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. He launched the website to educate American about Rev. Dr. King and to share the nation – if not the world’s largest MLK March in San Antonio, Texas. During his tour and conversation with his Uncle (on his wife’s side of the family), he learned his mother-in-law was a major contributor to the Civil Rights movement within the Montgomery Improvement Association.
The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was formed on December 5, 1955 by black ministers and community leaders in Montgomery, Alabama. Under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Edgar Nixon, the MIA was instrumental in guiding the Montgomery bus boycott, a successful campaign that focused national attention on racial segregation in the South and catapulted King into the national spotlight.
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama. The church was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974. In 1978 the official name was changed to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who helped to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the church’s basement. The church is located steps away from the Alabama State Capitol.
Christopher Herring was voted onto the board of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He is one of the first African-American’s elected to this board. His vision is to inspire the community to work together and improve San Antonio together.
Major Christopher C. Herring was honored by his selection by the US JAYCEES. While celebrating he met author Dave Peltzer – “A Child Called It”, NBA Star Guard and fellow recipient Darryl Armstrong, The Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies and the Hawaii delegation of the JAYCEES. The biggest stars in attendance in Anaheim, California were his parents, his in-laws and his beautiful wife and daughter!
Mayor Vivian M. Dodson of Capitol Heights, Maryland requested Christopher Herring to speak at the 31st Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Christopher spoke on the subject, “Uplifting America, an Airman’s Story”. The Mayor commented about his speech, “Your support means so much as we pause to celebrate and honor the men and women who have served with honor and distinction and who, in defense of this great nation of ours, have given their lives to eliminate tyranny, aggression, and assault upon this country.” The event was held at the Capitol Heights Veterans Memorial Park.
Herring was contracted to help the United Community Ministries (UCM) raise money to support their family assistance programs. UCM is a community based social service agency whose mission is to assist families and individuals to improve the quality of their lives in a manner that builds their self-reliance and fosters their ability to function at the greatest level of their economic and social capacities.
Christopher. C. Herring was appointed as Co-Chair of the Department of Defense’s One America an initiative of President William J. Clinton. Christopher organized the activities of the US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard for the White House. Herring, a Certified Diversity Trainer, found it was one of the most rewarding opportunities presented within his life. At the time, Christopher was an Air Force Intern assigned to the Legislative Liaison Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. In 2000, Herring was subsequently selected as Washington Post/Boney Top Ten Diversity Leaders for his impacts to race relations and diversity.
Christopher Herring was hired as the Business Manager for Miss Washington DC reporting to Executive Director, Ms Betty Hemby.
Nicole Messina – Finished 5th overall in Miss America Pageant
Waterford, District of Columbia
Camden Catholic High School
University of Maryland, College Park
American University Washington College of Law
Executive Director: Betty Hemby
Business Manager/Development Director: Christopher C. Herring
Platform Issue: The prevention of child abuse through her program, T.R.U.S.T.
Scholastic Ambition: Obtain juris doctor degree from Washington College of Law at American University
Talent: Tap Dance (Finished 1st place in Miss America Talent Contest)
Scholastic Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; magna cum laude graduate; “Most Outstanding Public Relations Student” in the graduating journalism class of 1997
Other Accomplishments: Volunteer with People Against Child Abuse; volunteer for SAFER (Student Advocates For Education About Rape) and UMCP Sexual Assault And Abuse Hotline
Employment: Kelly & Associates, Inc.; Podesta Associates, Inc; Improv Comedy Club
Family: Father is the owner of a garden center that her mother manages. She has two brothers, Charles, 27, and Michael, 13.
Career Ambition: To practice public interest/family law; become juvenile court judge; continue to teach dance and community service endeavors
Local Competition Sponsor: None
State Competition Sponsor: Federal City Scholarship Organization, Washington, DC
Christopher Herring enjoyed working with former US President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and the Ronald Reagan Library Staff on supporting the President’s Freedom Awards. In particular he provided support with a handpicked staff from Los Angeles Air Force Base to work on the following ceremonies:
- November 9, 1993 – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell
- November 16, 1994 – Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin
- March 25, 1995 – His Majesty King Hussein I of Jordan
Ronald Reagan’s greatest legacy to the world is freedom. His strength of character and bedrock belief in right and wrong ended the Cold War and his leadership unshackled the yoke of tyranny for millions who have known only oppression. Thus, it is fitting that the highest honor awarded by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation carries the name of the 40th President of the United States. This prestigious award is bestowed upon those who have made monumental and lasting contributions to the cause of freedom. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award recognizes the courage of an individual who has promoted freedom around the world. Each year, the Foundation presents the Freedom Award to an individual who embodies President Reagan’s lifelong belief that one man or woman truly can make a difference.
Christopher Herring Escorts General Colin Powell At President Ronald Reagan Library Medal Of Freedom Awards Ceremony
November 9, 1993-In ceremonies held at the Reagan Library, Reagan presents the second Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to General Colin Powell. Christopher Herring served on the US Air Force protocol team assembled for the historic event. For his support, President Reagan gave Christopher a crystal jelly bean holder and personal letter of thanks.
General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. made a lasting impression on Major Christopher Herring when he first met the Tuskegee Airman leader in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991. General Davis was being presented the key to the city by Mayor White and General Davis abruptly stopped the ceremony and asked the Lieutenant who was sitting in the rear of the auditorium, in an all civilian audience, to come forward. As the Lieutenant quickly made it to the podium, the first General officer he encountered on active duty, the General whispered to him, “in order to be great, you must surrounded yourself around great people. Stand right here.” Lieutenant Herring stood next to General Davis for the remainder of the ceremony – an honor, helping him as he signed autographs of his autobiography.