ABOUT TRINITY COLLABORATIVE
The mission of Trinity Collaborative, Inc. is to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs.
Trinity Collaborative serves its mission through the production of events that appeal to our diverse community. Each event captures a unique audience with the goal of connecting people to our parks, the river and each other.
Beyond our mission, Trinity Collaborative strives to support and further the work of our community partners.
Trinity Collaborative, Inc., formally known as Mayfest, Inc., was incorporated in September 1987 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Since that time, Trinity Collaborative has contributed more than $7.5 million to the Fort Worth community.
Elizabeth Basham, Executive Director
Emily Allison, Associate Director
Valerie Jay, Finance & Project Manager
Sarah Shaw, Operations Manager
Teri McGuill, President
Rachel Phillips, Vice President
Larry Kadaras, Treasurer
Natalie Martin, Secretary
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joy Ann Havran
What started as an annual celebration on the banks of the Trinity River has turned into a Fort Worth commodity that benefits the community year-round.
1949 - A devastating flood in Fort Worth led to the construction of engineered levees in the Trinity River to prevent another occurrence. The Trinity River was transformed into degenerating, unsightly ditches and became a waste receptacle for trash, tires and chemicals.
1967 - Phyllis Tilley, chairman of the Junior League Project Research Committee, recommended looking for a way to clean up and revitalize the Trinity River. Her efforts prompted the development of the Trinity River Project.
May 1969 - Fort Worth City Council appointed the Streams & Valleys Committee. Over the next two years, through the efforts of this committee, in cooperation with the City of Fort Worth and the Tarrant Regional Water District, water began to flow again, over 1,000 trees were planted and the first mile of trail was constructed through Trinity Park.
May 1973 - The first Mayfest festival was a celebration of all the hard work and dedication that went into transforming the Trinity River and surrounding parks into beautiful city assets.
September 1987 - Mayfest, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organization. The mission of Mayfest, Inc. was to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs. The mission was accomplished solely through the production of the Mayfest festival.
October 2019 - Mayfest, Inc. expanded its operations to include a second event, Taste of Clearfork.
August 2020 - As Mayfest, Inc. continued to grow and evolve, the organization's name was changed to Trinity Collaborative, Inc. The rebranding strategy reflected the expansive operations of the organization to produce other events and programs in addition to the annual Mayfest festival.