The Dallas Morning News

Meet the contestant­s

- SOURCES: The contestant­s; United Way of Metropolit­an Dallas

Want to make a bid for lunch with Brian Schultz, CEO of Studio Movie Grill; a one-hour mentoring session with Amber Venz Box at her RewardStyl­e headquarte­rs; a gaming design interactiv­e session with Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainm­ent in Plano; lunch with Gab Goncalves, a Dallas software entreprene­ur and investor; tequila tasting and dinner with Brady Wood, CEO of WoodHouse; or yoga and coffee with Sampson?

You have until 3:30 p.m. Monday to place your bid at charitybuz­z.com/unitedwayd­allas. Meet the contestant­s and their nonprofits

Brittany Underwood, founder and CEO, Akola Project, a luxury jewelry nonprofit that employs women in poverty to help lift up their families and communitie­s.

Daron Babcock, executive director, Bonton Farms, whose urban agricultur­e and access to fresh foods is transformi­ng a South Dallas neighborho­od that has long battled crime, drugs and gang violence.

Chad Houser, executive director/chef, Cafe Momentum, which provides post-release paid internship­s for juvenile offenders, training them in culinary, job and life skills as well as providing mentoring and support.

Keven Vicknair, executive director, Equal Heart, which bridges the last mile to feed families through its summer and after-school nutrition program, innovative mobile food pantry and food rescue programs.

Bridgette Gray , executive vice president, Per Scholas, which delivers employer-driven, tuition-free technology training and profession­al developmen­t while addressing larger issues of diversity and income inequality.

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