MySweetCharity Opportunity: Director’s Cut

According to Director’s Cut Co-Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn, event chairs for Director’s Cut, a one-time only event hosted by the Junior Associates of the Dallas Museum of Art and benefiting the Museum’s teen educational programs, share details about the upcoming fundraiser:

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

“We are so excited about this year’s Junior Associates’ fundraiser, Director’s Cut, which will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 8 – 11 p.m. and hosted by Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and his wife Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson.  This one-time fundraiser is truly not-to-be-missed, and we anticipate a sell-out!

“We have also added a little ‘mystery’ to the event by only divulging the party venue and other details to ticket purchasers. However, what we can share now is that the evening will include décor by Todd Events, cocktails, as well as sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, a cool vibe by DJ Steffi Burns, and a very special announcement by Director Anderson revealing the future direction of the Junior Associates’ annual fundraising initiatives.

“We will also have an amazing raffle with five, coveted packages including two, luxury retail packages courtesy of NorthPark Center.

  • “Packages 1 and 2 — The first of these retail packages offers a his and hers” pair of TOD’s driving shoes, and the second contains a TAG HEUER watch and VIP valet parking at NorthPark Center for one year. As an added bonus, both retail packages include two VIP tickets with VIP seating to NorthPark’s fall fashion runway show with Harpers BAZAAR’s on October 9, 2016, as well as a beauty makeover by GUCCI and a blowout by DryBar (Value:  $1,800 for Package 1; Value: at least $3,000 for Package 2).
  • “Packages 3 and 4 — Other luxury raffle prize arrangements include two Art Ball 2016 packages for two lucky winners! Each Art Ball package includes a pair of tickets to the 51st annual black-tie gala benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art and featuring a seated dinner, luxury live auction, and lustrous after party on Saturday, April 23, 2016 (Value: $4,500 per package).
  • “Package 5 — The final raffle package offered will provide the winner, and a guest of his/her choosing, with a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the DMA’s premiere of the exhibition, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots.  This package includes a sophisticated, invitation-only evening beginning with a private tour of the special exhibition led by Gavin Delahunty, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. To follow, the winner will take part in a toast to the exhibition’s debut in Dallas with a group of private collectors, as well as distinguished curators and museum directors, over champagne and caviar. The evening concludes with an elegant, three-course dinner in the Hoffman Family Galleries prepared by the award-winning Cassandra Fine Catering  (One pair of tickets; Value: Priceless).

“Raffle tickets are $30 each, or 4 for $100. The winning tickets will be drawn at the event on Saturday, September 19, 2015, but the winner need not be present to win.”

“Tickets to Director’s Cut are $150. To purchase event tickets, or raffle tickets, visit Or, for more information, please contact Mary Morgan Radcliff, liaison for the DMA’s Junior Associates, at [email protected] or 214.922.1235.”

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron Smith

JUST IN: Lee Park’s Junior Conservancy Announces 2015-2016 Board Plus New Development For Day At The Races

Lee Park’s Junior Conservancy has grown dramatically in recent years. One of the areas that has seen the greatest growth has been the annual Day At The Races. It’s the “largest annual fundraiser for the Park and Hall.”

Just got word from Conservancy President & CEO Gay Donnell that last night the Junior Conservancy revealed the new slate of officers for 2015-2016, as well as plans “to take the event (Day At The Races) to the next level in terms of fundraising for the Park and Hall.”

The announcements took place at Hotel ZaZa’s terrace surrounding the pool. Oh, but you want to know who and what was announced. Here goes!

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors will be:

Samara Mele Cude, Sarah Jones, Whiteney Brune, Tyler Stevens, Kelly Dowling, Kirsten Williams and Anne DeFilippo*

Samara Mele Cude, Sarah Jones, Whitney Brune, Tyler Stevens, Kelly Dowling, Kirsten Williams and Anne DeFilippo*

  • President – Whitney Brune
  • Vice President – Tyler Stevens
  • Secretary – Kelly Dowling
  • Treasurer – Samara Cude
  • Membership – Anne DeFilippo
  • Events – Sarah Jones
  • PR/Marketing/Communications – Lisa Collins and Jordan Kragen
  • Volunteer – Lauren Ives
  • Day at the Races Junior Conservancy Chair – Kirsten Williams
Wendy Messmann, Gay Donnelly and Kirsten Williams

Wendy Messmann, Gay Donnelly and Kirsten Williams*

As for the Day At The Races, Gay reports they “sought an experienced co-chair from the community. We are so excited to announce that the first Community Chair will be Wendy Messmann, who will work in tandem with JC Derby Chair Kirsten.”

According to Wendy, “I am so happy to be the first Community Chair for Day at the Races. Arlington Hall and Lee Park are a beautiful oasis in the heart of Dallas and so many families make memories there. It’s my privilege to help spread the Conservancy’s mission and educate others about what it takes to keep this peaceful green space looking so lovely.”

Day At The Races will take place at Arlington Hall on Saturday, May 7. Well, of course, it will. That’s when the Kentucky Derby will run for the roses.

* Photo provided by Lee Park Junior Conservancy

2015 BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game Had Brus Out For Revenge Against Pretty In Pink Blondes For A Record-Breaker Check

A lot of folks thought the brutal August heat and overpowering sunshine would be a real problem for the annual BvB Dallas Powder Puff Football Game on Saturday, August 8, at the Cotton Bowl. But whether it was a stroke of good luck or someone checking the setting sun, Old Sol hid behind the stands at the Cotton Bowl, causing a shade to cover the stadium’s stands and field.

On the other hand, the Fair Park parking lots were spilling over, especially with Rascal Flatts performing in nearby Gexa Energy Pavilion. But that didn’t really matter. Nothing was going to stop the BvB Dallas fans, players, coaches, sponsors and media.

But before the sun set, the pre-game preparations were buzzing. BvB Dallas Founder Erin Finegold with clipboard in one hand and walkie-talkie in the other was seamlessly juggling all questions, issues and people. She even managed to do it all with a non-stop smile, never giving a hint that she wasn’t all that happy. For the first time in the BvB Dallas history, they weren’t going to make their goal. Instead of writing a check for $600,000, she was disappointed that it would be for $475,000. Still, that was a record-breaker of an amount for the teams raising funds for Alzheimer’s research and treatment.

Erin and the other BvB vets had had such high hopes this year. They were returning to the Cotton Bowl. They were stepping back to let an executive director raise efforts to the next level. They had an outstanding group of sponsors, both old and new. Yup, they had come a long way since that first game back in 2008. Since then they had raised more than $1.8M.

Jennifer Bergman and Erin Cesla

Jennifer Bergman and Erin Cesla

Still, the game must go on. It was easy to tell the two teams — Blondes in pink and Brunettes in blue. The BvB Dallas leadership like BvB Dallas President Jennifer Bergman was in black. Sunscreen replaced perfume. Instead of makeup, faces were painted with Blondes or Brus.

Cash Sirois and Mike Sirois

Cash Sirois and Mike Sirois

The media was on hand to sweat through the event, too. Univision’s Pedro Silva did pre-game interviews. The Ticket was well represented Brothers Mike Sirois and Cash Sirois warmed up to do the play-by-play. They made it clear that they had their favs — Mike in his pink cowboy hat and Cash in his blue one. Ty Walker was the special guest and announcer and announced that “Cash will pound one Bud Light for every touchdown Team Brunette scores!”



For pre-game entertainment and between quarters, there was Dallas Cowboys DJ EJ and the Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs, who have more costume changes than an Academy Award emcee.

Mary Frances Burleson and Cody Baker

Mary Frances Burleson and Cody Baker

Longtime sponsor Ebby could be seen throughout the stands and on the field. No, not Ebby herself. Instead hand fans with “Ebby” stamped on them fluttered throughout the bleachers. Along the sidelines Ebby’s President Mary Frances Burleson and Marketing Guru Cody Baker arrived in a golf cart. Right at home, Mary Frances in white Puma sneakers, white blouse and slacks and black “shirt” was being diplomatically correct in taking sides. She swapped stories and laughs with others before the game commenced. On the field, the two teams worked out.

Greer Fulton, Jay Finegold and Erin Finegold

Greer Fulton, Jay Finegold and Erin Finegold

Other BvB vets on the sidelines included Erin’s dad Jay Finegold. Father of three girls, he was proud of what his daughter had created in the memory of her grandmother. But then he felt that way about the other original organizers of the fundraisers like 23-year-old Greer Fulton, who was just 14 or 15 at the first BvB when she ran the scoreboard.

Brus' coaches in blue-and-white argyle sock

Brus’ coaches in blue-and-white argyle sock

A difference this year was that the two teams would not be on the same side of the field. The first half the Blondes would be across the field, while the Brus would be on the side where the fans were gathered. At halftime they would switch. Seems that the coaches wanted it that way. However, the Brus coaches in blue-and-white argyle socks were just too cute to complain. Luckily, there were big Coppus fans blasting cool air.

Cotton Bowl scoreboard

Cotton Bowl scoreboard

Not so cute was one of the scoreboards. Evidently, it was having a glitchy day. The right upper part of the screen just took a long coffee break, creating a black hole.

Brus arriving on

Brus arriving on

But once the announcement of teams arriving on the field came, nobody really cared. The Brus were first. They could be heard hollering their arrival as they walked down the tunnel arm-in-arm. There was no doubt that losing was not a part of their game plan as they smashed through their banner.

As they lined up along the goal line, someone suggested that they move to the far left. The Blondes were about to make their entrance.

Blondes arriving on field

Blondes arriving on field

Lindsey Kluempers and Becca Elinor

Lindsey Kluempers and Becca Elinor

With the confidence of having won all of the previous games except one, the Blondes in pink broke their banner with smiles. Co-Captain Becca Elinor held high a flag with a picture of the ultimate blonde babe — Dolly Parton — and Co-Captain Lindsey Kluempers carrying a Go-Pro on a selfie stick to be used for future promotion.

Like any other football game, the teams went through last minute warmups as the crowds in the stands filled. Someone noticed that one of the Brus was “firing bullet passes for the Brus.”

Over the PA system they announced the outstanding fundraisers on each team like MVP Billie Jo Davis, who raised $21,100. Unfortunately, that tricky scoreboard only partially showed their photos.

Then the drama built as over the PA was heard, “Last year the Brus knocked on the door, kicked on the door, this year they will knock down the door!” and “The Blonde beast has once again been awakened. The dynasty. Victors in six of the last seven games!”

Then it was time for the game to commence with the coin toss. Oops, instead of years past when Mary Frances did the toss, she was escorted to the center of the field only arriving just as the coin landed with the Brus happy as can be.

But before the fun began, a moment of silence was held for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and the singing of the national anthem.

The game was then on. Here’s a bit of play-by-play recap:

Sabrina Testut, Kimberly Burton and Lauren Davis

Sabrina Testut, Kimberly Burton and Lauren Davis

Blondes’ first possession is unsuccessful. Brus take over. #4 quarterback is Michelle Rowden. Hits a bullet pass to receiver #81 Vanita Krouch for a first down. But there’s a busted play on fourth down and Blondes take back over. Blonde QB #6 Becca Ellinor completes pass. But they give it up on fourth down, back to Brus. Michelle hits Vanita again for a long gainer. Then they’re just short of goal line. Completed pass to #14 Kristen Kramer for a TD. With extra point good, it’s now 7-0.

Leslie Chandler and Rita Metzinger

Leslie Chandler and Rita Metzinger

Blondes have ball. Drive down field. #39 Katie Tull is QB now. They score TD on completed pass to #57 Natalie Crittenden. Extra point no good, score now 7-6, and first quarter ends.

Mav ManiAACs Osito, Wild Dog, Munchie, Mardi Mar and Black Rhino

Mav ManiAACs Osito, Wild Dog, Munchie, Mardi Mar and Black Rhino

Between quarters, the Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs perform to the delight of the fans in the stands. Somebody noted that the quarters were lasting 20 minutes instead of the traditional 15 minutes.

The second period begins with Brus making a few long catches, including one to #91 Mikki Bailey and they score. Extra point is no good, so it’s 13-6 with 15:57 left in second quarter.

Over the PA is heard, “I speak for Team Blonde when I say, ‘Whatever.’”

Blondes with ball now. But, they soon turn it over to Brus. Says announcer: “It feels like a whole new year, Ty. Very Brunette-ish.”

A long pass is completed to #33 Jody Schueler and the announcer says, “Who are these girls? Do they even live in Texas? Brought in some ringers this year!” Then, #76 Jade Randle is all alone in the end zone and catches a pass. On extra point try, #42 for Blondes Lindsay Kluempers intercepts and runs the ball back 100 yards to give the Blondes 2 points. So, score is now 19-8. Blondes take over with 6:55 to play in quarter.

Can’t do anything. Brus take over. Vanita makes a nice run, then next play QB hands it off to V and she throws long pass to #33 Jody Schueler for a TD. Now 25-8. Blondes take over. #0 Kelsey Wasmer is QB. Makes nice long run. Completes some passes. Runs again. A fellow in stands yells: “Can you do anything but run?!” Brus take back over with seconds left. Half ends, score is 25-8.

At halftime the check presentation of $475K is made to Baylor AT&T Memory Center and The Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas Dallas.

2015 BvB Dallas check presentation

2015 BvB Dallas check presentation

Second half starts. Vanita runs long. Completes a couple of passes, near goal line again. Completes a pass to #76 Jade Randle for TD—score now 31-8. Lots of stroking of chins among the blonde coaches.

Will Braaf

Will Braaf

Football fan Will Braaf in pink headband and tank top with a couple of Buds in hand is not happy. Chris Neidhardt and others are with Will to support Blonde #9 Kristen Schoellhorn. Will yells, “No. 9, it’s all you out there!” and then: “Stop losing!”

Blondes deep in Bru territory now, but can’t do it. Brus take back over. Long pass completed to #91 Mikki Bailey and she does a long run. Quarter ends.

With another outfit change, Mavs Maniacs perform again to the delight of the fans.

The fourth quarter starts. TD pass is made to Jade and it’s now 38-8. Will yells out: “I encourage you now to disappoint me again!” Announcer says: “Come on Team Blonde. We’re only down 30.” Will: “You guys give me your best effort. It’s really working for you. Everyone gets a trophy.”

With mic in hand, Mike Sirois calls Will out to tone it down, but evidently Will doesn’t hear him and keeps up his remarks.

Whitney Bardales, Darby Chalko, Vanita Krouch, Sarah Hall and Elora Torres

Whitney Bardales, Darby Chalko, Vanita Krouch, Sarah Hall and Elora Torres

Vanita is QB now. Brus have it. Then Blondes. Back to Brus. Vanita completes pass to #4 Michelle Rowden, who started at QB for TD. Now 45-8 with 5:30 to go in game.

Blondes take over. Incomplete pass and someone in stands yells, “Hey, catch the f–kin’ ball!” Brus get it back with 2:18 to go. They threaten a TD but Blondes repel them, take over the football with :26 to go. They complete a pass and game is over. Final score: 45-8. Someone says it’s the most points ever scored in this game.

Brus claiming the win and the trophy

Brus claiming the win and the trophy

Following a presentation of the trophy to the Brus and the Blondes graciously accepting defeat, the fans, players, coaches and friends emptied the stadium for a party with Empire 6 on stage. Someone mentioned how the last time the Brus won was also the last time that Vanita had played. She evidently brought them luck.

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North Texas Giving Day Booster: Spark!

“As you may know, North Texas Giving Day 2014 raised $26.3 million in support of local nonprofit organizations. It’s remarkable to think about the sheer impact that kind of financial support has on our community.



“I’m here to share a smaller tale. Spark! is a brand new non-profit children’s venue — a place where kids in second grade through high school can interact with the arts, unleash their creativity and fulfill a natural desire for discovery. We participated in Giving Day 2014 for the very first time, using it as an anchor event to stimulate interest and excitement for our first-ever fund raising event. We achieved fabulous results:

  • “74 donors total – 53 first-time donors (72%)
  • “Individual donations totaling $13,506
  • “Bonus Prize from CFT for matching grant – $2500
  • “Total revenue from CFT (including bonus funds, matching grant, & prize) – $33,791

“I’m thrilled to say there is more to our story. In the fall of 2014, Spark! had just signed a lease for space but had not yet begun build-out. Today, Spark! occupies 11,000 square feet of built-out space and is open to the public.



“Donations from the community help us serve children in the Metroplex. What is the impact Spark! has on a single child? Here’s an example: In April, we celebrated World Creativity and Innovation Week and invited 24 students from Communities in Schools to experience creative immersion. These students practiced recycled art by designing and painting hubcaps to be installed on our wavy bridge. Spark! opened the week of June 9 and that week, two of these students and one teacher visited Spark! for a second time. The young lady in this photo found her hubcap hanging from our bridge. She shared her pride and joy in a video now posted on YouTube. The exercise of figuring out how to decorate a hubcap will lead to deeper and stronger problem-solving skills as she matures and this boost to her self-esteem will help build her confidence. The perceived risk-taking of exploring the Spark! environment and exercising her creativity provide positive reinforcement that she’ll apply to her next growth opportunity. Repeat visits to Spark! will continue to build self-esteem, develop problem-solving skills and produce the types of experiences that lead to more successful academic performance and stronger career possibilities.

“There’s no doubt that North Texas Giving Day (which will take place on September 17 this year) provides a huge community impact, and the millions of dollars raised are just mind-blowing. Giving Day helped Spark! complete build-out to start serving children, leaving a lasting impact on all of the children who have visited. When you divide the millions of dollars raised into individual stories like ours, you come up with one very popular commercial expression of value… ‘Priceless.’”

-By Beverly Davis, executive diretor

* Photo credit: Spark!

Dwell With Dignity Project Brought New Life To A Broken Down Residence And A Military Vet…

Taking house down to the studs*

Well, those Dwell With Dignity folks did it again. They transformed an old, weathered home into a sparkling sweetheart of residence. Taking the building down to the studs, the redo was a jaw-dropping achievement and rightly deserved. The new digs were presented to a Dallas veteran and his seven-year-old daughter on Friday, August 7. Here […]

JUST IN: The Meadows Foundation Comes Through With A Grant For LaunchAbility…

The stock market and oil prices are creating migraines. So, let’s have some good news. Of course, it comes from the ever-loving Meadows Foundation. It was just revealed that the Foundation has “awarded a grant to LaunchAbility to fill a gap in critical funding.” Yup, you read it. How much? It’s up to $75K of […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market…

Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

According to 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market Co-Chairs Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey, “The 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market marks 38 years of giving to deserving beneficiaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In its history, this unique shopping event has raised more than six million dollars for 100 different nonprofit organizations while kicking off the […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: CARE Breakfast…

According to the CARE Annual Breakfast Honorary Co-Chairs Natalie and Mike McGuire, “The annual CARE Breakfast is crucial to supporting the mission of CARE and its programs that serve those within our community suffering from drug and alcohol dependencies. “We are thrilled to have former Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers defensive end and linebacker, […]

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2015 BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game…

If it’s August, it must be time for the Blondes to mix it up with Brunettes on the football field to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. And BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game sure enough happened on Saturday, August 8, at the Cotton Bowl with three-digit temperatures. The Brus in blue were out for revenge. They […]

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North Texas Giving Day Booster: Mothers’ Milk Bank Of North Texas…


“Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Fort Worth’s medical district. Founded in 2004, the milk bank dispenses life-saving pasteurized donor human milk by prescription to premature and critically ill infants when their own mother’s milk isn’t available. To date, the milk bank has dispensed over 2 million ounces […]

JUST IN: 2016 Dallas International Film Festival Plans Announced Plus Creation Of L.M. Kit…

Anyone who knew L.M. “Kit” Carson knew a true Texas personality. No, he didn’t chew tobacco. He wasn’t a high-rolling millionaire. He didn’t ride the rodeo circuit or even own a professional sports team. But the North Texas native embodied a maverick spirit within the film industry that grew over the decades. When others were […]

JUST IN: John Clutts To Chair 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musical High School Musical Theatre…

Tracy Jordan and John Clutts*

Word has it that John Clutts is thrilled. The reason? He’s just been named to chair the 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards on Thursday, April 16, at the Music Hall at Fair Park. According to Dallas Summer Musical President/Managing Director Michael Jenkins, “John’s experience in the community as a dedicated […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Change Is Good…

The Sanfords - Jackson, Ketric, Landry, Christa and Cason*

According to Change Is Good Co-Chairs Heather Bonfield and Christa Sanford, “Change jars have been delivered to over 329 children around Dallas to start collecting pennies, nickels, quarters and bills for the 9th annual Change is Good benefiting Community Partners of Dallas (CPD). “Change is Good is a great way to get your whole family involved in giving back […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Fund A Cure Luncheon…

According to Fund A Cure Luncheon Co-Chairs Tricia and Kenn George, “Three years ago, our 27-year-old son, Clement George, was completing his four years of active service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Bahrain on a Mine Sweeper when a physician noted his blood sugar was high. Arriving home the […]