Boot Scootin For Hugs Gala

McKinney Community
Don’t miss the Boot Scootin for Hugs Gala, supporting Hugs Cafe in McKinney

Show your support for a great cause!

Join us for the 2019 Hugs Cafe Gala, Boot Scootin’ for Hugs on February 9, as we raise funds to continue providing meaningful employment for adults with special needs. Hugs is thrilled to have Coach Gene Stallings as guest speaker. We look forward to celebrating the future success of Hugs and continued work in this very special community.

The goal for 2019 is to raise $200,000, and it is only possible through your help. Visit Hugs to purchase tickets, and if you are unable to attend but would still like to donate, you may do that as well.

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Hugs Cafe: Creating Purpose for Those with Special Needs

Find out more about Saunders, Walsh and Beard’s support for Hugs Cafe in McKinney
Hugs Cafe: Creating purpose for those with special needs

“They just want a purpose.”

Established in 2013, “Hugs Cafe” is a tangible manifestation of founder Ruth Thompson’s passion for helping people with special needs. While serving as the executive director of “New Day In-Home and Respite Care” in Parker, Colorado, Thompson saw a desperate need for opportunities for adults with special needs. There is a community that provides structure and things to do for children with special needs, but once they reach adulthood, they are often isolated at home with nothing to do.

Knowing that, Thompson combined her passion for food and helping others by teaching cooking classes to special needs adults twice a week at Market Street in McKinney, Texas. That, along with two vivid dreams, led her to create Hugs Cafe, a non-profit whose mission is to enhance the lives of adults with special needs through training an employment.

Each year, the Saunders, Walsh and Beard team supports Hugs Cafe’s initiatives such as the annual gala and other fundraisers. This year’s gala will be held on February 9th. Tickets and information are available here.

Through four key objectives of creating jobs, teaching skills, developing respect and changing lives, Hugs Cafe gives its employees (called “teammates”) a daily purpose and something to strive for in life. They look forward to coming in, and they take pride in knowing what they are supposed to do and executing it.

While many enjoy having a job at the cafe, there are some that are eager to transition their learned skills into job opportunities at other restaurants or even owning their own.

In addition to your tax-deductible donations, you can support Hugs Cafe by having lunch at its McKinney, Texas location on 224 E. Virginia between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.

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Plano Housing Authority’s Building Dedication in Honor of Helen Macey


Brantley Saunders was honored to attend the Plano Housing Authority’s Building Dedication in Honor of Helen Macey.    Mrs. Macey has been a community leader in Plano for over 20 years, and while she was Executive Director the PHA, she was a tireless leader in helping thousands of families achieve self-sufficiency.  The relocation and building of the PHA’s existing building in East Plano, that is now known as The Helen Macey Administration Building was made possible by her vision and tenacity.

Congratulations Helen!   A very well deserved honor!


Brantley Saunders Named 2016 Texas Super Lawyer


Congratulations to J. Brantley Saunders, a founding partner of Saunders, Walsh & Beard, for being selected for inclusion in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas through its patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation.

Brantley Saunders has been helping individuals and businesses solve legal issues for over 20 years. His experience in over 25 jury trials helps him to focus his clients on the important issues to attack. This deep experience allows him to “see the whole field,” address key issues early, and avoid litigation when possible. Quickly diagnosing the issues, then creating a plan for success in litigation or transactional work is his bread and butter. Real estate transactions, business entity formation, insurance, personal injury and mediation are his primary areas of focus.

When asked for comment, Mr. Saunders said “I am humbled by this honor…. does it come with a cape?”

Saunders, Walsh & Beard is a multi-practice business law firm located in McKinney, Texas.  Our AV Preeminent-Rated attorneys handle a broad range of civil litigation, business/commercial planning, real estate, construction, insurance, and personal injury cases.

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Saunders, Walsh & Beard sponsors the 1st Annual Hugs Café Celebration and Benefit in McKinney

Alex Beard, Hugs Cafe's legal advisor and his wife,  Susan Beard with Food Network's Chef Trevor Ball
Alex Beard, Hugs Cafe’s legal advisor and his wife, Susan Beard with Food Network Chef Trevor Ball

Saunders, Walsh & Beard was happy to be a sponsor for the First Annual Hugs Café Celebration and Benefit in McKinney this past Saturday.

Hugs Cafe, Inc. is a Texas nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to empower Special Needs Adults to change their lives for the better by creating jobs and providing extensive training every day.

To learn more about Hugs Café, stop by for a delicious lunch at their Downtown McKinney location or check out their website: