The mission of Trinity Collaborative, Inc. is to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River,

           surrounding parks and community programs.


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 - The 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 incoporated 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.


The Trinity Collaborative, Inc. Board of Directors consists of community leaders and representatives from the four founding organizations: The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., the City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department, Streams & Valleys, Inc. and Tarrant Regional Water District. Along with the Board of Directors, the Trinity Collaborative, Inc. Executive Director oversees the operation of the corporation, the staff and volunteers who implement the events and programs.


With the cooperative effort and shared commitment to the community, Trinity Collaborative, Inc. will continue to increase the awareness of the parks and river, and enhance the quality of life in the Fort Worth community for years to come.


For more information, visit the Trinity Collaborative website at

Elizabeth Basham
Elizabeth Basham
Executive Director

Elizabeth joined the staff of Mayfest, Inc. in July 2008 as the first Executive Director after serving as a volunteer for the previous eight years. Her leadership and event management skills are main components of the festival’s success after the 2009 closure from the H1N1 pandemic. Despite suffering such a large loss that year, Mayfest is on firm financial footing and poised for another 43 years of bringing the Fort Worth community together. Elizabeth is married to her college sweetheart and they have three boys who have literally grown up at Mayfest! Elizabeth loves being a part of the Mayfest family and embraces the mission of giving back to the great city of Fort Worth!

Emily Allison
Emily Allison
Associate Director

Emily started as a Mayfest volunteer in 2014 and was quickly snatched up to be on staff! Her enthusiasm is infectious and her organizational skills keep everything running smoothly. "From my first day as a Mayfest volunteer, I was hooked! I loved the atmosphere that is created from so many different people working together for the greater cause of benefitting our community. I love the festival even more as a staff member. I cannot imagine being anywhere else!" Emily graduated from TCU where she met her husband. They live in Fort Worth with their two daughters who love to spend hours upon hours at the festival. 

Valerie Jay
Valerie Jay
Project Manager

Valerie came to Mayfest by way of one its founding partners, Streams & Valleys, Inc. She began volunteering for the festival in response to her desire to serve the organization and its mission in the community. Before she knew it, Valerie had fallen in love with the Mayfest! “Nothing can beat the feeling of coming together with volunteers, sponsors, TRWD, and PACS to create such a special event for this city. Mayfest is a shining example of the partnerships that make Fort Worth unique.” As Project Manager, Valerie relies on her obsession with lists, spreadsheets and details to coordinate Volunteers, the Art & Gift area, and Entertainment for the festival. Fort Worth as been her home since graduating from TCU. She has raised three Fort Worth Proud children, and crosses her fingers that they will each settle here also.

Sarah Shaw
Sarah Shaw
Operations Manager

Sarah's Mayfest experience started as many Fort Worth residents did as a childhood attendee and dance participant. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Marketing. From 2014-2018, Sarah volunteered at the festival through her membership with the Junior League of Fort Worth. She worked as a part-time office assistant at Mayfest before officially joining the staff as Operations Manager in 2019. Sarah has a husband and two children, all of whom love the festival as much as she does.


Teri McGuill, President
Rachel Phillips, Vice President
Larry Kadaras, Treasurer
Natalie Martin, Secretary


Katie Briggs

Janet Bubert

JD Granger

Randle Harwood

Kat Hopkins

Larry Kardaras

Cassie King

Darlene Mann

Tiesa Leggett

Elizabeth Knuckley

Walker Turney

Jennifer Massey

Natalie Martin

Nestor Martinez

Teri McGuill

Stacey Pierce

Rachel Phillips

Amber Robertson

Eric Schrader

Bart Tucker

Richard Zavala


Larry Anfin      Debbie Boudreaux    Tyler Grant     Harriet Harral      Joy Ann Havran    

Jim Oliver     Bob Riley      Kathy Saunders      Matt Tucker


The proceeds generated by Trinity Collaborative, Inc. are used to provide grants to our three of our founding organizations further enhancing the quality of life for North Texans. Tarrant Regional Water District is a founding partner who graciously gives their portion of the grant distribution back to our other three partners. In the history of Trinity Collaborative, Inc., more than $7,500,000 has been given back to the community!

Streams & Valleys, Inc.

Streams & Valleys, Inc. has been awarded funds over the years for several projects that have benefitted the trail systems throughout Fort Worth, including:

  • Share the Trail Signage
  • Share the Trail Ambassador Team
  • Production and Installation of The Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge signage
  • Landscaping, safety and parking elements around The Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge
  • Confluences Meeting




The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department

PARD has received grants for improvements throughout Trinity Park and within their organization, including:

  • Metal pavilion structures in Trinity Park
  • Trinity Park Existing Site Conditions Plan
  • Port-a-let Enclosures
  • Community Center Sound System
  • Archiving System


Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.

The Junior League of Fort Worth has been awarded grants for several programs that benefit children throughout the community, as well as leadership programs, including:

  • Kids in the Kitchen and Healthy Heroes
  • Junior MINTS 
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • All Aboard