The declination letter read as follows:
Dear Mr. Hicks,
Thank you for your recent grant request to Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. The decision-making process for the Executive Board was a difficult one, with many worthwhile organizations vying for a limited amount of grant dollars.
Unfortunately, your organization was not selected for funding at this time. However, we appreciate your efforts in the community and wish you much success in the future.
Lara Ashmore, executive director
Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
BETF will continue to work with BDPA Dallas chapter to locate funding in support of their youth education programs. Of course, you can help right now if you are so inclined.