Posted by: charityinfo | February 25, 2012

Bettering His Community Through Philanthropy

Amarillo, Texas, native Joe Batson is well known throughout his local community as a prominent businessman and committed philanthropist. With a long resume of professional accomplishments culminating in his current work as President of the Coldwater Cattle Company, Mr. Batson has always focused a great deal of energy on his charitable pursuits. An alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, he currently maintains a seat on the institution’s College of Fine Arts Advisory Council. Mr. Batson also co-founded the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation and made a $1 million contribution to the organization in 2004. The foundation funds the staging of TEXAS, the Lone Star State’s official musical theater production, at the Pioneer Amphitheatre in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Thanks to Mr. Batson’s continued involvement, the Foundation has been able to produce a TEXAS spin-off show and fund Texas Express, an outreach program for young adults. Adding yet another notch in his philanthropic belt, Joe Batson took time out of his busy schedule to oversee a major fundraising initiative on behalf of the Diocese of Austin.

In addition to his charitable support of arts and culture, Joe Batson serves as a Research Council Member for the Scripps Research Institute, a global non-profit entity dedicated to advancing the study and application of biomedical science. Mr. Batson is a longtime backer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as well, and works to further the association’s mission via his post as its Amarillo, Texas, Chairman of the Board. Also concerned with animal welfare, Joe Batson collaborates with the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) to put an end to cruelty toward animals. In partnership with HSNT and the Potter County Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Batson established a committee of local residents to investigate instances of animal abuse.

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