AAF Celebrates
60 Years




AAF Celebrates 60 years


We’ve hit quite a milestone this year - we turned 60!  We have been at work for six decades to improve quality of life in the Texas Panhandle.  This work is not accomplished without the incredible donors who provide the seeds, the board of directors who steward those seeds, the staff who nurture those seeds, and the hundreds of nonprofits who cultivate those seeds in our communities.

In the beginning, we were established to form strategies to address the healthcare needs of our area.  This work continues with the reacquisition of the Harrington Regional Medical Campus.  The development of the medical center greatly transformed healthcare in our area.  That was the intended goal and the advancements continue as the landscape of healthcare changes


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Meet AAF's newest staff member and Vice President

Trent Hill recently joined the Amarillo Area Foundation as Vice-President of Development.  Born and raised in Amarillo, Trent graduated from Amarillo High School and attended West Texas State University where he earned a B.B.A. in 1982 and Master of Science in 1986.  He joined First National Bank of Canyon as Director of Marketing and Personnel in 1982.  In 1985 he became the Director of Economic Development for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, until opening the Amarillo and Lubbock markets for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems (now AT&T cellular) in 1987.  In 1989 Trent moved to Denton, Texas to attend the University of North Texas to pursue a Ph.D.  which he earned in 1993.

“Having the opportunity to return to the Texas Panhandle is a true blessing.  I love Texas, I loved North Texas, I loved East Texas and I loved South Texas, but nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to my love for the Texas Panhandle and its people.  To be able to join the dynamic team at the Amarillo Area Foundation in working to improve the quality of life for the Texas Panhandle residents is a dream come true” said Hill.


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Myrna Raffkind

In the fourth edition of She Gives we felt like we must address the loss of one of the "She Gives" pioneers in our community!  Myrna Raffkind's legacy of community service will remain in our community forever.

The passion that Myrna Raffkind held for helping others was illustrated in many ways during her lifetime.  As an advocate for organizations such as Coalition for the Homeless, Martha’s Home, Los Barrios de Amarillo, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, and Family Support Services, Myrna educated the public about those in need and what could be done to alleviate those needs.  She wrote numerous letters to the newspaper editor as a call to action for others to step up and make a difference.

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Amarillo hosts 15th annual symposium

The scholars funded by The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, the most prestigious fellowship program at The University of Texas at Austin, will present their research at the 15th annual research symposium in Amarillo on April 4.

The symposium will be hosted at the Amarillo Club (31st floor of the Chase Tower, 600 S. Tyler) at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Co-hosts for the event include the Amarillo Area Foundation, the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, Amarillo College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and West Texas A&M University.

The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program is one of the best endowed visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation. Sybil B. Harrington established the program as a tribute to her husband, Don, to support young faculty members and graduate students who have academic records of success and ingenuity.


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