Weatherford Democrat

August 4, 2013

Tallman to speak up for United Way

Weatherford businessman, noted rodeo announcer to lead 2013 United Way of Parker County campaign


Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports

In a continual effort to give back to the community he calls home, Bob Tallman has accepted the campaign chair position for United Way of Parker County.

Oleta Parker, executive director of United Way, and the United Way of Parker County board are excited to have Tallman onboard with this year’s campaign.

“We think having Bob along with us will boost our campaign and also help us gain volunteer support,” said Parker. “Bob was the emcee for our Compassion with Fashion fundraiser in February 2012 and drew a very large crowd. It is obvious he has a heart for this community and that the community cares for him as well.”

A nationally known rodeo announcer, Tallman owns Pro Vision Digital Surveillance, providing surveillance systems for commercial and industrial applications from its Weatherford location. He has a long history of charity work, including hosting a golf tournament in Houston that has raised $1.3 million in 14 years.

“To have this opportunity to work with our local United Way is tremendous,” Tallman said. “I’ve lived in Parker County for more than 20 years now and I am excited to get started. This organization does so much locally from helping kids to seniors. I hope this is the biggest fund-raising year in their history.”

While Tallman travels across the continent to work at some of the most prestigious rodeos in North America, Pro Vision Digital Surveillance has him coming back to Weatherford every chance he gets. He has gotten to know many of the leaders in Parker County and Weatherford.

He and his wife, Kristen, are active members of Greenwood Baptist Church. Their daughter, Nicole (Tallman) Pennell, and her husband, Daniel, own Razzberry Lane, a children’s boutique on the square. The Pennells have twins, Canyon and Cashly, who bring a sparkle to Tallman’s eyes and hope for the future.

“I love Parker County. It’s a great place to live and I want it to be a great place for Canyon and Cashly, as well as other children,” Tallman said. “With the help of organizations like United Way of Parker County, we can make that happen.”

As campaign chair, Tallman will work closely with the United Way board, staff and community volunteers to reach fundraising goals. He will lead the volunteer fund raising council which solicits money for community health and human service programs in Parker County.

This year’s campaign kicks off with the annual Ride United Bike Ride on Sept. 21 and runs through December. Donations can be accepted at any time.

Last year, United Way of Parker County distributed more than $200,000 to 15 community investment programs. Donations received support programs which target education and youth, income and crisis, health and wellness and seniors. All funds raised in Parker County stay in Parker County.

To make a donation or volunteer, contact the United Way office at P.O. Box 1476, Weatherford, TX 76086, call 817-596-5986 or email director@unitedwayofparkercounty.org. For more information visit the United Way website – www.unitedwayofparkercounty.org.