MySweetCharity High-Horse Moment: Is Nina Pham A Hero?

This morning nurse Nina Pham was declared to be free of the Ebola virus that she had contracted while attending the late Thomas Eric Duncan. The folks over at D’s Frontburner questioned whether Nina should be considered to be a hero.

All healthcare workers, like first responders, are everyday heroes whom we too often take for granted. No parades are held for them. Medals are rarely given out. And while they never know what the day holds, they do know their calling is to help others.

As for Nina, in addition to be part of heroic profession, she has shown courage, intelligence, optimism and class throughout this life-threatening ordeal. Thanks to reports from her family, friends and the medical team and updates about her pooch Bentley, the worldwide community felt like they got to know her and the spirit that the disease could not damage. What they discovered was a person who truly showed grace under fire.

So, is Nina Pham a hero? It depends on your definition of a hero. She fits our definition pretty darn well.

Celebrating Women Luncheoners Be Forewarned: Big, Old Surprise Is In Your Future

Just back from the Celebrating Women patron party at Margaret and Barry Hancock’s incredible spot with a perfect view of the Dallas Country Club’s 17th hole.

There will be more deets in the days to come, but just wanted to warn you. Something is brewing. No, let’s be very honest. Something is scintillating!

Lisa Longino, Maggie Kipp, Robin Robinson and Daffan Nettle

Lisa Longino, Maggie Kipp, Robin Robinson and Daffan Nettle

Despite major efforts with bamboo shoots under Baylor Health Care System Foundation Robin Robinson‘s nails and threats that Queenie would roll their homes, Co-Chairs Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle and Underwriter Chair Maggie Kipp‘s lips were lip sticked but sealed.

If you’re gonna be at the fundraiser to combat breast cancer, you’ll find out with the rest of the world. But insiders are swooning over the big deal this development is.

Hello, breast cancer, your days are so numbered. Let’s all wave  bye-bye with a smile and a breath of relief.

The Dallas Morning News Charities’ 2014-2015 Campaign To Benefit 25 Area Charities

The Dallas Morning News does more than put out a daily product. It also “pays all administration costs” of The Dallas Morning News Charities. This underwriting allows for the monies raised by DMNC to go area charities. In the past 29 years, that means nonprofits have received more than $25.8M from DMNC.

Why, last year alone $1,684,955 was raised from 1,837 donors.

This year’s campaign will run from Thursday, November 20, through Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Working with Communities Foundation of Texas, the DMNC board has selected the following 25 nonprofits to benefit from the 2014-2015 drive. They are:

  • Allen Community Outreach — Emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food and clothing for families in Allen, Fairview and Lucas. Financial literacy and GED classes are also offered.
  • Arlington Life Shelter — Emergency food and shelter, employment assistance and family counseling for homeless men, women and children in eastern Tarrant County.
  • Assistance Center of Collin County — Brings carefully qualified and prompt short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis. Works with 211 network.
  • Austin Street Centre — Food, shelter, medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment and substance abuse counseling for the homeless.
  • Brother Bill’s Helping Hand — Food, clothing, medical assistance to families in West Dallas. Job training, parenting, healthy living and ESL classes are also offered.
  • City House — Provides homeless children and young adults with emergency shelter and transitional residential services. Operates an emergency youth shelter for children ages newborn-17 and transitional living program for 18-21 year olds.
  • Crossroads Community Services — Food, nutrition, clothing and life skills education.
  • Dallas Life — Emergency short-term and long-term shelter for homeless men, women and children. Employment training, medical and dental services are also provided.
  • Duncanville Outreach Ministry — Food, clothing and financial assistance with rent, utilities and prescription medication for persons in Duncanville.
  • Family Gateway — Short-term, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs; life skills training and case management for homeless families and children.
  • Frisco Family Services Center — Food, clothing and financial assistance with rent/mortgages, utilities and prescription drugs to families living in Frisco or Frisco ISD. Adult life skills workshops are also offered.
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter — Emergency shelter, transitional housing, long-term counseling, food, clothing and other necessities for battered women and their children and an on-site school for elementary aged children.
  • Lancaster Outreach Center — Emergency assistance, food, clothing and shelter. Case management, job training, counseling and school support services.
  • LifeLine Shelter for Families — Financial assistance to families who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness in the Grand Prairie ISD. Life skills training is also provided.
  • NETWORK of Community Ministries — Food, clothing, financial assistance for rent and utilities, as well as a children’s clinic and comprehensive seniors’ net program for those 60 and older.
  • North Dallas Shared Ministries — Food, financial assistance for rent and utilities, clothing, gas vouchers and bus tokens, eye exams and glasses, job counseling, ESL classes, free medical and dental clinic for the working poor and family members.
  • North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids — Food 4 Kids program provides weekend food assistance for elementary school children at risk of being chronically hungry.
  • Our Calling — Faith-based organization that specifically serves the unsheltered homeless in Dallas. Food, showers, clothing and resources.
  • Our Daily Bread — Noon day meals, weekend snack pack program, bus passes, counseling, personal care items, limited health screening and referrals, phone answering service and mailing address for homeless in Denton County.
  • Promise House — Shelter, food, clothing, counseling, educational services and transitional housing for homeless, runaway and at-risk teens.
  • Sharing the Bread Cedar Hill Food Pantry — Provides food, clothing, utility assistance and school supplies to needy families in Cedar Hill.
  • Sharing Life Community Outreach — Food, clothing and financial assistance for rent and utilities, educational programs and job skills training for low income residents in Southeastern Dallas County.
  • The Bridge — Emergency and transitional shelter, supportive housing services, meals, primary and behavioral health care services, job search and educational services for the homeless.
  • The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church — Urgent and long-term assistance to the homeless and at-risk families; meals; ID documentation; representative payee program; dental, medical and mental health services; job assistance and inner-city youth programs.
  • White Rock Center of Hope — Food, clothing, financial assistance with rent, utilities, transportation and prescriptions; school supplies for families in need in East and Northeast Dallas. Christmas toys are provided to children less than 17 years of age.

Round Robin October 14: Dallas Opera Patron Party, TexProtects Gala And BBVA Compass Foundation Check Presentation

The week before, Wynonna Judd was in town for the Habitat for Humanity gala. On Tuesday, October 14, her stepsister Ashley Judd was at the Perot for TexProtects. At the same time, over at The Joule, the opera -oving types were warming up for the October 23 and 24 splashy kick-off, First Sight First Night, of the Dallas Opera season. And then there was the handing over of bucks by BBVA Compass Foundation at the Meadows Museum. Whew! What a night! Here are the deets:

Dallas Opera Patron Party is a Real Joule

Lynn McBee and Nick Even*

Lynn McBee and Nick Even*

At the Joule Hotel, about 120 people turned up for the Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night patron party. Keith Cerny, the opera’s general director and CEO, welcomed the crowd with an upbeat report about plans for the Oct. 23 Fashion Show and Luncheon, as well as the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night pre-performance dinner and production (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) on the 24th.

But most exciting to Lynn McBee, who’s co-chairing both events with Nick Even, was Keith’s revelation that the DO had balanced its budget for the second year in a row. Lynn said she expected 200 to attend the luncheon and 400 to show up for the opening-night gala.

Ellen and Don Winspear and Tiffany Divis*

Ellen and Don Winspear and Tiffany Divis*

While guests including Tiffany Divis, Caroline Rose Hunt and Robert Brackbill, and Sara and David Martineau enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by the Joule, DO soprano Angela Mannino performed several selections (from Puccini to “I Could Have Danced All Night”) accompanied by pianist Laurie Rogers. Attendees (including Fashion Show gown designers Elizabeth Anyaa and Nicholas Villalba) also sipped wines provided by St. Michelle Wine Estates and spirits from Pernod Ricard USA.

Bryan Johnson, Summer Nilsson and Nicolas Villalba*

Bryan Johnson, Summer Nilsson and Nicolas Villalba*

TexProtects Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Jane Nelson**

Jane Nelson**

Meantime, actress Ashley Judd was a major attraction at the 10th anniversary celebration for TexProtects—the Texas Association for the Protection of Children—with a keynote speech about her childhood trauma as an abuse victim. But the real stars at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science fundraiser were the Texans who’ve helped the nonprofit achieve its mission of reducing child abuse and neglect. Chief among them: the Hon. Florence Shapiro, who chairs the TexProtects advisory board; and state Sen. Jane Nelson, who received the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Florence Shapiro, Madeline McClure and Donna Campbell**

Florence Shapiro, Madeline McClure and Donna Campbell**

“Ashley’s personal story and her humanitarian work on behalf of abuse victims exemplifies the far-reaching effects of child maltreatment, but also the promise of healing from invisible wounds and most importantly, committing to investing in prevention,” said TexProtects Founder/Executive Director Madeleine McClure.

Mary Jalonick, Ashley Judd, Margaret Keliher and Maurine Dickey**

Mary Jalonick, Ashley Judd, Margaret Keliher and Maurine Dickey**

Others in the high-powered crowd of more than 340 included Mary Jalonick, state Sen. Royce West, Lee Jackson, Sarah Losinger, state Rep. Donna Campbell, the Hon. Maurine Dickey, Brent Christopher, Don Glendenning, and Margaret Keliher (husband Lester had “the night off,” Margaret explained, because she’d been invited by Shapiro to sit at a “girls’ table”).

John and Pat Harloe**

John and Pat Harloe**

Pat Harloe served as event chair and Lisa Simmons was honorary chair for the dinner event, which netted over $315,000 on total revenue of more than $438,000 for the group.

BBVA Compass Foundation Check Hand Over

Whoever thought bankers just sat in august institutions with calculators? They evidently had met up with the BBVA Compass types, who were at the Meadows Museum. Thanks to the BBVA Compass Foundation, the museum received a $30,000 grant “to extend its Compass Classroom Scholarship Program. The program serves Dallas Independent School District visual arts teachers who educate and inspire their students to study art.”

Mark Zacheis, Darrell Lafitte, Jay Tweed, Key Coker, Mark Roglán and Sam Holland*

Mark Zacheis, Darrell Lafitte, Jay Tweed, Key Coker, Mark Roglán and Sam Holland***

“This generous grant from the BBVA Compass Foundation allows the Museum to greatly expand its reach into DISD art instruction. It connects students more deeply to art and opens them to seeing the world in a new way,” said Dr. Carmen Smith, the Meadows Museum’s Director of Education.

Since the program’s launch, the foundation has donated $120,000. This year alone, “approximately 2,500 middle- and high-school students” would benefit with “nearly 1,000 of those students will visit the museum, be introduced to the SMU campus and, more pointedly, to college education and careers in the arts.”

But the students aren’t the only ones benefiting from the program. There are 16 teachers, who will “receive professional development training through a series of workshops held at the Museum. During the workshops, they learn about the collection and special exhibitions at the Museum and are trained in art instruction methodology.”

“We are grateful to the BBVA Compass Foundation for helping Dallas teachers to inspire so many children to experience the power of art and learn the importance of creativity,” said Dr. Mark Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU.

Among the happy bankers, educators and museum folks were BBVA’s Mark Zacheis, Darrell Lafitte, Jay Tweed, Key Coker and Meadows’ Sam Holland.

* Photo credit: Celeste Hart
** Photos provided by TexProtects
*** Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

M.D. Anderson’s Living Legends Luncheon To Feature Two Pros Of The Greens — Ben C…

Ben Crewshaw*

You do not have to be a golf groupie to be part of the MD Anderson’s “A Conversation With A Living Legend” luncheon on Monday, November 3, at the Hilton Anatole. Sure, Austin-born, golf great Ben Crenshaw will be the headliner with his amazing story of both professional success on the greens (PGA wins including […]

Bentley Is A Good Boy And A Good Patient…

Bentley in quarantine*

UPDATE (October 23, 2014): If you’d like to see Bentley in action, check this video. It starts with Dallas Animal Services’ Dr. Cate McManus describing how he’s doing. About 2.5 minutes into the video, you get to see Bentley. Folks have been inquiring about Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel owned by nurse Nina Pham. Nina […]

YMCA Of Metropolitan Dallas’ Key Leaders Luncheon To Fly High With Southwest…

Gary Kelly*

When the Wright Amendment ended non-stop flight from Dallas Love Field 43 years ago, Southwest Airlines Chairman/President Gary Kelly was  just 13 years old. With everybody recently waving bye-bye to the amendment, Gary has been flying into action with plans for the transformation of the Dallas-based airline. However, he’s made time to be the keynote […]

Cathy Packard Named Family Gateway’s Executive Director…

Cathy Packard (File photo)

The Family Gateway folks have just sent word that they have an old, new executive director. And what does “old, new” mean? Well, when Executive Director Rob Alberts resigned in June, a search got underway to find his replacement. It was during Rob’s tenure that Family Gateway held a dinner at the Mansion honoring the […]

October 9 Round Robin: Thrift Studio Preview, Flora Award Patron And Soup’s On!…

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Dallas fundraising exploded Thursday, October 9, for its final hurrah before the city submitted to a tsunami of UT burnt orange and OU red. It was a real hit-and-run evening for those making the rounds. For country western lovers, they had their choices. Either in Arlington, where former First Couple Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were […]

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Local Leaders And Nationally Renowned Experts To Brainstorm “What Makes A…

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*

When the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture announced its 2014 “What Makes A City: Character and Calling, What Does Dallas Want to Be?”, Dallas Institute Executive Director Dr. Larry Allums’ plan was “to imagine Dallas from a fresh perspective, setting aside our sworn allegiances for a brief moment in order to consider new ideas, […]

Tory Burch Brings Ambition To The Forefront For 1,800 At The Dallas Women’s…

Parking all over the place

It was as if North Texas fundraisers were preparing to go dark for the takeover by the weekend’s Red River Rivalry. Thursday, October 9, proved to be a killer for supporters to pick where to be. The day started at 10:30 with the VIP reception for the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 29th Annual Luncheon in the […]

“Beyond The Tipping Point” Message Was Delivered At Downtown Dallas…

Nearly 1,000 people gathered for the annual Membership Luncheon of the nonprofit Downtown Dallas Inc. on Wednesday, October 8, at the Hyatt Regency. Among the attendees: Mike Wyatt, Shelle Sills, Faisal Halum and John Scovell. John Crawford, the DDI president and CEO, told the big crowd that, after several corporate relocations, the downtown employment base […]

Instead Of An Auction, ReuNight Organizers Are Getting Down To Business For The Family…


Leave it to ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton to come up with something different for this Wednesday’s fundraiser at the Place at Perry’s for The Family Place. They’ve already lined up Jody Dean as the emcee and Lucy Wrubel to supervise the sounds. Of course, the food and wines will […]

October 7 Round Robin: Spirit Of Taos Kick-Off Party And Corporate Cup…

Hope's Door*

With Texas-OU weekend on the horizon, the nonprofits were trying to get as much partying in as possible. Tuesday, October 7, was an example. While Hope’s Door was holding its patron party at Mercedes-Benz in Plano, others were being held at a Knox Henderson boutique and a golf club in southwest Dallas: Spirit Of Taos […]