The Phillips family of Dallas, Texas is one of the Southwest's most prominent and respected families. Not only are they known for their accomplishments in business, but also for their philanthropic commitment to their community. They give generously to both educational and cultural institutions. For example, Gene and his wife, Roxanne, have long been patrons of the arts, supporting the symphony and the Dallas Grand Opera where he also served as a director. They are also strong supporters of health organizations such as, Nexus Recovery Center, KidneyTexas Inc. and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Gene Phillips was the oldest of five boys and is now the father of seven children. Being the patriarch of a large family, he is a strong believer in assisting organizations that support family and child development.
He is heavily involved in supporting the Hockaday Academy in Dallas and has given $1 million to the Hockaday Tomorrow Capital Campaign to renovate the middle and upper school classroom buildings. The renovation is in the final phases, and it is Gene's hope that his family's gift will inspire additional support for this and future projects.
Additionally, Gene actively supports the Lamplighter School and The Crystal Charity Ball. Since 1952, the sole purpose of The Crystal Charity Ball has been to aid, support and make contributions to children's charities in Dallas County. Members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee have raised more than $82 million for more than 94 worthy beneficiaries over the past 56 years.
Gene and his wife, Roxanne, also donate their time and resources to many community and child development programs such as the Dallas Arboretum, the ChildCareGroup, the Fellowship Church, the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts of America.
After the devastating hurricanes of 2017 Gene Phillips offered his private plane for a humanitarian flight to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. The island was damaged by Category 5 Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The flight was the first non-military large aircraft to land on the island since before the storm. The final 300 mile approach to the island was made without air traffic control assistance. Trusted World’s CEO and Founder, Michael Garrett’s response and turnaround time was less than 24 hours. His organization donated pallets of baby items, cleaning supplies, general hygiene products, flashlights, and batteries. The Hart family of Arlington and the Dwyer family of Dallas also provided a truck full of water and food. In total, the effort was also able to bring 21 people from St. Thomas to Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas. Several passengers were in St. Thomas after Hurricane Irma to help with infrastructure repairs, insurance claim assistance, and general relief when they got stranded due to Hurricane Maria. The other passengers were all St. Thomas residents who lost everything in the storm and were leaving to live with relatives. One special passenger needed immediate evacuation to be able to continue her much needed medical treatments.
FRISCO CENTRAL PARK
Dallas real estate executive Gene E. Phillips donated a $5.9 million park to the city of Frisco. Built in 1991, the 8-acre Central Park is on Parkwood Boulevard between Gaylord Parkway and Warren Parkway, just north of State Highway 121.
The park features bronze longhorn steers by Willow Springs, Texas, artist Anita Pauwels, fountains, waterfalls, stone etchings of quotes and facts about famous Texans, ranging from Stanley Marcus to Buddy Holly. It also features an amphitheater and picnic areas. "Central Park in Frisco is very special to me," said Phillips "I hope it will continue to be a point of interest for area visitors and residents for years to come."
FRISCO CENTRAL PARK