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Dear Marc,

You are certainly most gracious and generous! I deeply appreciate your thinking of me. I also value very much our relationship and believe it’s one of the most exciting things that I do. Thanks again, and may God bless you.

Zig Ziglar.

 

Dear Marc,

As I reflect on this past school year, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by your generosity and dedication to the students at Texans Can! There are not enough words to express our gratitude for all that you’ve done for our kids.

These graduates are the same kids that society had given up on. They were told by so many that they weren’t smart enough, that they were worthless and would not amount to anything but just a blight on society.

Thank you for your FAITH, your PASSION, your TENACITY, and FOCUS on improving the lives of our at-risk kids and not giving up on them like most have.

God Bless You,

Grant East Founder and President Emeritus Texans Can!

 

Marc,

Last week, amidst all of the chaos and craziness, you said something that has been echoing in my head ever since.  You said, “Just enjoy it.”  I have to tell you that my ADD keeps me from ‘enjoying’ things the way most people define the word. Slowing down to enjoy a bottle of great wine or a nice cigar comes to mind, but sadly, I just don’t slow down enough to have too many of those moments.  I have been overwhelmed at times, but not with the task at hand or the enormity of what we are about to do.  Every morning I’m overwhelmed by how incredible this opportunity really is, and for a moment, I am truly enjoying it.  Our people, the product, the customers, it is all coming together.  Watching you direct this “production” is nothing short of humbling.  I’m blessed and I thank God every day that He’s given me this opportunity and we are in this thing together.

Thanks again Marc, for everything you do.

Chris Kraft

 

As many of you know, my Dad is a minister and as a result I grew up on a pew. Some of the time I listened intently to every word that was said, but most of the time my mind wandered. I would become mesmerized by the stained glass window and the hymns and the prayers and suddenly I’d be totally lost in my own head.

One thing I thought about often in church was that someday I hoped I’d meet an angel. I was pretty sure I’d recognize an angel if I ever came across one, because everyone knows they wear long, white robes, have booming voices, wide white wings and play the harp. I was so caught up in that description that I almost didn’t recognize the first angel I met – and that angel was Marc Sparks.

Marc didn’t wear a white gown, it was mostly shirts and ties, and he didn’t have a big booming voice, in fact he usually speaks to me via email and instead of wings he has an SUV, usually filled with toilet paper.

And I guess I should add that I don’t know if Marc plays the harp but I do know for absolute sure he is an angel.

He is an angel because of his love, compassion and understanding. He is an angel because of his overwhelming generous financial contributions but mostly he is an angel because he ignites the angel endeavor in all of us to help someone else. And that’s what angels do.

Thank you Marc!

Lynne Sipiora Director, The Samaritan Inn

 

Marc, What a pleasure it was to meet your beautiful wife. You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful life partner.

Your remarks at the ceremony were absoluley perfect. Your bared your soul and your heart, and it touched us all.

I am so proud of you and to have the high privilige to know you and to be associated with you in this great organization.. I look foward to many years of our service together in helping the people who need us.

You are appreciated !!

Billy Gamble

 

Romans 12:8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Marc, every word of this verse describes YOU perfectly. It is truly my pleasure to have worked with you and learned so much from you over the past several years. You are an inspiration and a blessing.

Susan Dufour

 

Marc has always been honest and forthright with me.  Every promise he has made to me, personal or professional, whether on paper or not, has been kept.  That is something rare in today’s “me-first” society.  His generosity for his associates and community is far and away above the expectations of most.  I admire and respect him, but mostly I am glad to call him my friend.

Greg Schardt

 

I have seen Marc do so many amazing things for people, and generally for people he doesn’t even know.  I have never known another person as truly philanthropic as he is and his enthusiasm for it is incredibly contagious.  He brings too much value to the world to disregard.  He may not realize that, but I do.

As an entrepreneur, there is no doubt. The proof is in the pudding.  I have seen it time and time again.  He is human… he makes mistakes – but always ends up on top.  What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and better than before.  The coolest thing of all though is witnessing all of these pieces evolving over the years… Marc the person, the friend, the entrepreneur.  It is like having a front row seat to a truly great legacy in the making.

Jeff Johnson

 

Dear Marc,

It’s really not possible to thank you enough for the very generous gift that arrived today.  To have your contribution to our homebuilding effort fulfilled so quickly still has us in something of a shock.  All of this is to say that it is appreciated more than you know.  To confirm parts of our conversation, we plan to place the funds in a special tax-free interest earning account at Texas Methodist Foundation.  Per your request, funds will only be used for the purpose of building homes for the “working poor” in connection with Habitat for Humanity.

Thank you, again.  It is a great pleasure for us not only (to) receive this gift on behalf of so many families who will benefit from it, but to receive it from a “cheerful giver” of whom the Apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians.

Sincerely,

Joe B. Fortson – Outreach Ministries Highland Park United Methodist Church

 

Dear Marc,

It has been my personal and professional pleasure to have the honor of working with you over the past several years. Your commitment to The Samaritan Inn is above and beyond any professional relationship that I have encountered in the thirty-six years of my non-profit career.

Your philanthropic actions are beyond any expression of words that I have. You give without acknowledgment, but know that your rewards are with God. You are truly a kind soul and generous man. The Samaritan Inn is so blesssed by your caring relationship.

Sincerely,

Howard Dahlka – Director of Development The Samaritan Inn

 

Dear Marc,

Thank you for the very generous gift to our general budget.  Words cannot express my gratitude.  Thank you for being a leader in this very important part of our ministry!!

Your friend,

Mark Craig – Senior Pastor Highland Park United Methodist Church

 

Marc,

Your generosity and humble spirits are a blessing – thank you!  Thank you for your financial gifts – and more importantly, for your willingness and awareness that your gifts come from God.

Know that you have blessed Joe and I yesterday, and this church, with your presence.  I pray that you will continue to be blessed in your giving and in your receiving.

Rev. Linda Roby Highland Park United Methodist Church

 

There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader.

Life works in ways that are priceless, in ways that cannot be measured. Meaning and fulfillment stem from “inside out” within the creative human spirit where the widest and highest possibilities can be found naturally within everyone. This is what inspires the coaching and identifying of each person’s strengths and weaknesses within an organization like Globaltec. From the great leadership of Marc Sparks, the motto that Globaltec associates continue to repeat time after time – “It’s fun. Isn’t it great to look forward to going to work… well, most of the time? Not many people do anymore and that’s too bad. It’s wonderful to be doing what you truly enjoy”. Marc’s life work is the fulfillment of a dream, to enrich the world in which we live by creating thriving successful companies.

George Thompson

 

You know, Marc Sparks is what I have called a modern day Paladin. Do you remember the Paladins of centuries ago…of Charlemagne’s court? Powerful, strong, intelligent? With not only the might and power to make things happen, but the desire to make sure it’s for the good, for what is “right”? Not might for its own sake, mind you, but might for right!

Well, Charlemagne’s court is alive and well here in Dallas. There are two types of entrepreneurs today: those who want to build and create…and certainly Marc fits squarely as one of those…; but also, those who want to give back to the community for having given them the opportunity to do what they do best. And, alas, Marc is definitely one of those. These modern day Paladins are warriors…not voyeurs. Real people…not dilettantes or merely trust fund babies. Participants…not observers. And they are participants at every level. Profession. Family. Church. And Community.

You know, my friends, the episodes of these past years have shown us all that we simply may not take “Life” for granted. The Paladins among us validate that. They are clearly a tribute to the Power of One. One Person! One Person making a difference at a time in which making a difference is not just important, but essential.

So whether we honor Marc Sparks tonight for his generous contributions to Sparky’s Kids, or to the Good Samaritan Inn, or to the countless anonymous contributions and generosity for which he will never be thanked, or we honor him instead for being the extraordinary builder, creator, innovator, and entrepreneur we know him to be, putting products on the street which fill a genuine need or for giving employment, hope and motivation to a whole new generation of aspiring workers, it is only too appropriate that we recognize him here.

It is with great pride that I introduce to you here my compatriot… my kindred spirit…someone I am honored to call my friend: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Mr. Marc Sparks.

Laurence J. Pino, Esq.

 

A few times in life you meet somebody that drastically changes the way you look at the world. Marc Sparks had that impact on me. I met Marc about a year and a half ago and ever since that day he has done nothing but accept me as one of his peers and help guide me into my future.

He is a person who understands who he is and what his place is in this world. I admire that because most people go through their entire lives without that understanding. He accepts other people’s faults and provides a platform for so many people to succeed in life. Yes, Marc is a savvy business man. In fact, he could probably figure out how to monetize a piece of dirt if he needed to. But that is not my favorite trait of Marc’s. Marc is the hardest working man who could have retired years ago, that I know. He obviously loves what he does but more importantly he loves who he works with.

He said to me once at dinner with another colleague on a business trip, after I had been quizzing him about his life’s successes, that he could be sitting anywhere in the world that he wanted to. But he said he chose to be sitting with us. You see, Marc felt that I was putting him on a pedestal and he would not have any part of that. That is important, because Marc is not impressed with himself… he is impressed with the people he surrounds himself with. That says a lot about a man.

Mark Hitchner

 

Dear Marc,

Your generous gifts of Dell computers to our students mark you as a compassionate life-changer. You will never know how much we value your partnership in giving HOPE and encouragement to our exceptional students.

All computers will eventually become obsolete, and all visions will be replaced. What always remains, however, is the memory of those who did what they could to make a difference in the life of a child, for to change a child is to change the future.

Sincerely,

Grant East Founder and President Emeritus Texans Can!

 

Dear Marc,

I want to personally thank you for taking the time to speak and award the computers to our Sparky’s Kids during Winner Circle.

We are so grateful for all of the support you give our kids. God bless you and your sweet family!

Best wishes,

Sheilia Atkins

 

Marc: I have to say that you are the best I have ever seen at “monetizing the moment” and motivating people to do something they would not normally do. Also, I watched how 200+ employees rose to the occasion and stepped into roles they would not normally do. To see you on the Flight Deck, watching over every detail, when anyone in your position would delegate it out to somebody esle, shows your commitment to making this event a success.

Thanks again for your leadership and vision.

Rodney Murray

 

Marc,

Thank you so much for your additional funding to this important pilot project. You never cease to amaze me with your generosity and your ability to see and understand what really is important in life.

There is no question that one day you will wear many crown in heaven. Marc, during my 42 years with the BSA I was so blessed to have served with many heroes. I can honestly say that there is no one that I admire and appreciate more than you. You are a true hero and I know how fortunate I am to be to serve with you and to call you my friend.

You are appreciated.

Billy

 

Marc,

What can I possibly say that would even come close to the gratitude I have for you?

Josiah, Dena and the boys had a beautiful Christmas together in large part due to your extreme generosity.

What may have been a Christmas with no tree or gifts and a family left in disillusionment, turned out to be a Christmas albeit without a tree, but a Christmas with a “dad” still here. A Christmas that they will cherish forever, where Josiah and his family were given the greatest gift of all…life.

My heartfelt thank you,

your friend,

Mike

 

Thank you so much for taking time from your schedule to be with us.  I appreciate all you and Sparky’s Kids have done for our kids.  You have already made a difference in the lives of so many children.

I think your mission to provide new computers to kids who need them the most is remarkable.

Betsy Cullum

Director of Special Programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

 

Dear Marc,

We gratefully acknowledge receipt of 151 new Dell/HP laptop computer.

Your generous donation of computer equipment helps us continue to serve at-risk Texas youth and their families, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty and economic dependence. Through education and computer training, our students will have the opportunity to succeed in today’s high tech world.

All of us understand the importance of poccessing solid computers skills. Students without a working knowledge of basic applications often find themselves left behind. Your support makes it possible for Texans Can! students to develop and nurture these vital computer skills.

Because dedicated and caring people like you have chosen to partner with us in our mission, more than 51,000 young Texans served by our academies now look forward to a brighter future. On behalf of our students, we thank you for your generosity and support.

Together, we are changing lives!

Sincerely yours,

Grant East

 

Dear Marc,

It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife today at the groundbreaking of The North Texas Gateway Apartment project. First of all let me tell you as a Board Member of The Samaritan Inn Board of Directors, I am personally overwhelmed by your generosity and dedication to help those in need of housing and a new start on their lives.

As a Board Member, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done to acquire the land and build the apartment complex. Many organizations struggle to meet the needs of their people and families they serve and when someone steps up to make such a significant gift, it makes all the time and effort of the volunteers and employees worth while.

Sincerely,

E. Michael Simpson Mayor of Frisco

 

Marc, Your remarks at the ceremony today were absolutely perfect and very timely. Please know of the deep appreciation and admiration I have for you and for being the kind of man that you are.

Marc, you and your wonderful family are appreciated.

Love you my friend, Billy

 

Dear Mr. Sparks,

What a joy it is to celebrate the hope and the help that 6 computers will provide in the Philippines.  Thank you for your generous contribution, and for your willingness to give such blessings to the children of the Don Marino Marcos Elementary School in Davao on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

The computers will enhance the teachers abilities, reinforce reading and math skills, and provide internet resources for the classrooms.  There are no textbooks of workbooks; all resources are created by hand.  The computers will open up a world of opportunity and hope for the 40 faculty members and 300 students. When the computers arrive, we will get pictures to you.  We can only imagine the smiles on their faces!   The mission team from Highland Park United Methodist Church, thanks you for being a part of God’s work in far away places, often forgotten and longing for hope.

Sincerely, Rachael Faubion Steve Raynor Steve Tenney Lee Foreland

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