The First Response Appreciation Gala was our first annual black tie gala featuring awesome food and cocktails, a special guest speaker, live music, dancing, a silent auction and casino night

It was an awe-filled evening as we recognized the multitude of police, fire and volunteer organizations that came from all over to help us through the aftermath of the Rowlett Christmas tornado.

Addison Fire Department

American Medical Response

Balch Springs Fire Department


Carrollton Fire Department

College Mound Fire Department

Dallas Fire Department

Farmers Branch Fire Department

Forney Fire Department

Medic One

Mesquite Fire Department

Murphy Fire Department

Payne Springs Fire Department

Richardson Fire Department

Rockwall Fire Department

Royse City Fire Department

Rowlett Fire Department

Sachse Fire Department

Terrell Fire Department

Trenton Fire Department

Wylie Fire Department

Texas Task Force 1

Texas Task Force 1

Texas Task Force 2

Addison Police Department

Allen Police Department

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office

Heath Department of Public Safety

Plano Police Department

Richardson Police Department

Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office

Rowlett Police Department

Sherman Police Department

Texas Department of Public Safety

Waxahachie Police Department

Allen Public Works

Arlington Public Works

Carrollton Public Works

Chickasha, Oklahoma Public Works

Dallas Public Works

Denton Public Works

Euless Public Works

Farmers Branch Public Works

Frisco Public Works

Fort Worth Public Works

Grand Prairie Public Works

Keller Public Works

Little Elm Public Works

Mesquite Public Works

Plano Public Works

Richardson Public Works

Rockwall Public Works

Rowlett Public Works

University Park Public Works

Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts

Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
(nearly two dozen of them)


Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

Keep Rowlett Beautiful


Looter Booters

Rockwall Running Center

Rowlett Chamber of Commerce

Rowlett Community Center

Rowlett High School

Rowlett Long Term Recovery Committee

Rowlett Strong, Inc.

Texas A&M Commerce

Transitional Resource Accessibility
& Community Engagement

Rockwall Office of Emergency Management

Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management

Dallas County Office of Homeland Security
and Emergency Management

Plano Office of Emergency Management

Farmers Branch Office of Emergency Management

Southlake Office of Emergency Management

Grand Prairie Office of Emergency Management

Dallas Office of Emergency Management

Grapevine Office of Emergency Management

Richardson Office of Emergency Management

Lewisville Office of Emergency Management

Sachse Office of Emergency Management

Wylie Office of Emergency Management

Rowlett Office of Emergency Management

NCTCOG Emergency Preparedness

Texas Division of Emergency Management
DDC 4A – Garland

Here’s the video of the complete program from our first annual

First Response Appreciation Gala. It’s kinda long but well worth the watch if you were

affected by the tornado, or you’re a first responder. Check it out below.


We had a great turnout and hope for an even larger one next year
(we’re already planning next year’s event!)

Watch the video and you’ll see what we mean!

Proceeds from the 2018 gala ticket sales, silent auction, tax-deductible donations, and casino games will provide continued funding for the Rowlett Strong Foundation. Our foundation will continue to grow with additional fundraisers and the annual appreciation gala and will eventually be able to provide grants for officers and fire fighters from the police, fire and EMS agencies that responded to our needs, in their future times of need. We want to show them that our gratitude doesn’t end when the recovery ends.

Sponsorships are available to help us pull off next year’s event. Your sponsorship will help us pay for awards, food, decor and all the other expenses that go into throwing an event like this. It will provide visibility for your company and further show the community that you care. Rowlett Strong, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Use the contact form below for information on available sponsorships and pricing for the 2018 event, to be held in September (First Responders Appreciation Month).

For sponsorship info or questions about the First Response Appreciation Gala, please use this form

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