Written by Phil Cerroni
Members of the American Business Club (AMBUCS) and community leaders from across Irving gathered at Los Lupes in Irving Mall on Sept. 26 to celebrate the life of Ed Fulbright. A former Irving AMBUCS Chapter President and District Governor, the community organizer passed away six months ago.
Long-time friend and fellow AMBUC, Clifford Baerle, told the fifty guests about Ed’s passion for charity.
“I don’t know if any of you remember the Monte Carlo was our only fundraiser of the year. In between Carl Christy and Ed Fulbright, I think they raised 90 percent of all the gifts and all the funds and everything that we’ve gotten for the event,” Baerle said. “I think Carl was pushing the arm of every car dealer in Dallas County, and I think Brother Yarbrough over here could tell you that Ed squeezed everything he could out of every pawnshop in town.
“Both of those gentlemen were so dedicated to our cause that they spent as much time probably working for AMBUCS as they did for anything else in their lives.”
Besides supporting the AMBUCS’ signature charity, AMTRYKEs – therapeutic tricycles the club donates, free of charge, to children with mobility disabilities – Baerle said Ed was an important mentor.
“I looked up to Ed so much, and so many others did. Ed was always full of wisdom,” Baerle said. “He always had some saying to come back with whenever you asked him a question or why something happened.