Serving others has been a value ingrained in Daniel since childhood. He recognizes that in order to get the best possible outcomes, all need to contribute, and he can frequently be found seeking out opportunities to serve his community. His and Catherine’s family motto is simple;
Work Hard. Play Hard. Give Back.
They strive to live out this motto each day, and with your help, Daniel looks forward to serving as your next Richardson City Councilman for Place 6.
A History of service and donations of time, talent and resources
Richardson Adult Literacy Center – Daniel was first introduced to this organization during his Leadership Richardson class year (2012). The Executive Director for the organization at the time was one of his classmates, and presented the story of RALC during the Social Services Day. Daniel immediately asked how he could help. From providing IT support, to donating his vacation home to the fundraising auctions at the annual Murder Mystery event, to now serving on the Board of Directors for RALC, Daniel has been a long-time supporter of this organization and its mission.
Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival – For 10 years, Daniel and Catherine have volunteered their time to support the festival as Producers of the Budding Talent Vocal Competition, which gives young singers a chance to showcase their talent and perform at Wildflower! Preliminary auditions are held about a month before the festival and finalists are selected in five different age categories from preschool (age 3) to 12th grade, to perform in the finals on the Singer Songwriter stage in the Eisemann Center during the festival. Daniel and Catherine also serve on the Executive Steering Committee for the festival with Daniel recently appointed as vice-Chair.
First United Methodist Church Richardson – Daniel and Catherine have been members of FUMCR since 2003 and have found several avenues of service through the church. Daniel sings in the Chancel Choir, and has served as Bass Section Leader, Newsletter Editor, and President of the Choir. He has also been a recipient of the Chancel Choir Inspiration Award. Daniel and Catherine were founding members of the Genesis Sunday school class, and Daniel has served multiple terms as its president. Daniel has also served on the Church Council, representing the Music Ministry, and has served two terms on the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Daniel was in the inaugural class of Leadership First as well as the inaugural class of Project Moses. He has recently joined the Board of Directors for the FUMCR Foundation
Parks and Recreation Commission – Since being appointed by the City Council in 2015, Daniel has served on the Parks Commission, spending time visiting and reporting on all 38 parks in the city, the neighborhood pools, the recreation and gymnastics centers, and miles of trails and bike lanes. As a runner, cyclist, and basically a big kid at heart, Daniel values the opportunities that the Parks and Rec system provides our citizens to get outdoors, get some exercise, and just have fun playing! Daniel and Catherine were also donors to the fundraising effort to build the all-ability playground in Cottonwood Park, now known as the Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground.
Richardson Symphony Orchestra – Having been season ticket holders since 2012 and donors since 2014, Daniel and Catherine were thrilled to join the committee for the Beaujolais Bash fundraising event when it was formed/recreated in 2018. Each year (including a virtual event in 2020), the event raises funds for the RSO with the funds being earmarked for Symphony Days which introduces classical music to thousands of 3rd students each year.