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My Message to Dads: Fathers Rock! Mentors Rock!

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I’m Terry Allen. By day I’m a Dallas-based FedEx Account Executive in our sales department. To my family, I’m “dad” – coach, mentor and positive role model. If you ask my son, I am the bank, the chauffeur and the nosey guy who meddles in all of his decisions.

I know all too well that for various reasons, not every family has a father figure. Growing up in a single parent household, I saw the challenges my mom had as a widower raising, at the time, seven siblings. What was so amazing is that my mother made sure that there were male role models for my brothers, sisters and myself.  My uncles, grandfathers and older cousins were ever present in our lives. Looking back, I realize my childhood taught me not only how important it is to be a father but it was also living proof that men in the community could provide mentoring and guidance. To me, contributing to the emotional success of the family is just as important as providing a paycheck. 

Today, I mentor fathers to help them understand that they play a critical role in their family’s success.  The Sunday dinner table is a great place to start. For the past 15 years, I’ve spent Father’s Day with an entire community of dads, mentors and community leaders at A Father’s Table.  A Father’s Table is an annual celebration in Dallas that highlights fatherhood, leadership, mentoring and community. This year, over 750 folks attended to enjoy dishes prepared by 38 volunteer chefs locally and from around the country – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Antonio and New Orleans.

Through my volunteer work mentoring men and helping families flourish, I’ve found that men who take time to succeed in the kitchen and dinner table also succeed as fathers, husbands, businessmen and community leaders.

My message to dads: Fathers Rock!

To all you dads and mentors out there: I hope you will take this message as a challenge. Tonight, prepare a meal for your family. Then, sit down and enjoy it with them.  You’ll be glad you did it.

To everyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex - I hope to meet you and your family next Father’s Day at the Father’s Table event.

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HI Terry Allen, keep up the good work your and you are a blessing to your son.

Terry Allen thank you for all you do.

Terry that is AWESOME! I really enjoyed your article....so among other things you are also a community activist! This is a wonderful and much needed thing you are doing so keep up the good work!

Great blog Terry. I lost my father at a young age too and had to watch my mother struggle. Thank goodness for stepdads! :) It's so important to have a strong male figure when you're a child. Keep on rockin!

Terry, nice to put a face with a voice, someday I'll do the same. Strong men lead others to be better people. Stay strong! God Bless!

Terry, this is a great article, and I am so glad that fathers get the opportunity to be honored and mentored about fatherhood and food at this great event. Thanks for sharing.

Great article Mr. Allen!! This a true testament to Fathers. Thanks for your continued work in your community and around the US.

Your the man, Terry Allen keep blessing the world with your gifts.

Hi Terry, enjoyed reading your blog about Father's. The good male role models and the experiences of your childhood all helped you grow into the Father you are today. Father's now more than ever need all the help they can get, especially the ones who don't have any good male role models to look up to and the mentoring program is awesome. If we all thought about each other more than ourselves what a different place the world would be. Sometimes someone just needs a little guidance to get them on the right track. Keep up the good work!

The June 2014 "A Father's Table" was my first year to volunteer. I enjoyed every bit of it and look forward to helping out next year. Thanks Terry for having! Sincerely, Patrese (Arlington, Tx)

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