MySweetCharity Opportunity: Côtes du Coeur

According To Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez,

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Côtes du Coeur is a series of events leading up to a magical night of wine and food- a black-tie fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner held on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). The spring gala is the largest of its kind and is the number one gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Proceeds from Côtes du Coeur go directly to the AHA for cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs. Côtes du Coeur 2014 raised $3.2 million, net proceeds. That’s with an event cost of just 10%! During its 22-year history, Côtes du Coeur has raised more than $21 million.

“Côtes du Coeur is a sell out every year – it hosts approximately 1,200 business and community leaders, wine industry leaders, and wine collectors from throughout the Southwest. At the gala, renowned Dallas chef Richard Chamberlain leads 16 acclaimed chefs in the creation of a tasting menu and wine pairing from 30 elite wineries from America and abroad. Attendees experience multi-course fine dining created around a specific wine varietal for each dish. The quality of the food and wine is a key differentiator for “Côtes du Coeur. The gala features a live auction of one-of-a-kind experience-packages and a silent auction of more than 2,000 wines-the largest fine wine auction in the Southwest.

Rick Allen, Paragon Healthcare’s CEO, and Chris Jones, Paragon’s CSO, are underwriting co-chairs. Kristen Sanger is my right hand gal as gala/arrangements chair, working on a fantastic theme to be revealed. soon. Kim Bannister has signed on for auction chair, so you know that will be fabulous.

“This year’s team has already secured two-$125,000 sponsors.”

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Patriot PAWS Service Dogs

Armando and Lucky*

Armando and Lucky*

“Every time one of our disabled veterans tells me that he or she doesn’t think he or she could have gone on without knowing that he or she was eventually going to get a service dog from Patriot PAWS, I’m thankful that the veteran hung in there and didn’t become just another statistic in the growing number of veteran suicides in this country every year. The need among our disabled veterans for service dogs and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD-trained dogs is overwhelming.

“I founded Patriot PAWS in 2006 after learning of this need from veterans at the Dallas VA Hospital who asked me to help them train their pet dogs to help them. I had no idea that eight years later, we’d have over 100 veterans on our waiting list.

Matt doing laundry*

Matt doing laundry*

“Average cost to train the highest-quality service dog: $27,000 and 2 years’ time. Seeing a disabled veteran/service dog team working together for the first time: priceless. I never get tired of watching the bonding process, of seeing person and dog learning to function as one.

“I also never get tired of hearing their stories. I’ve had veterans tell me “this time, I didn’t have to spend the night on the bathroom floor when I fell because my dog went to get help” and “now that I have my dog, people actually look at me and no longer look away.” One dog brought the phone to her veteran after he had suffered a stroke so that he could speed-dial his wife for help. Another dog alerted his veteran’s wife to the fact that he was having a seizure in another room.

Prison inmates with dogs*

Prison inmates with dogs*

“As a nation, we collectively owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our veterans. North Texas Giving Day, which will be held on September 18, is a wonderful opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for all of us. Donations of $25 or more will be amplified by the funds made possible through the Giving Day bonus funds. Patriot PAWS is proud to be part of this day and to be doing what we can to help our disabled veterans, four paws at a time.”

-By Loris Stevens, Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Founder/Executive Director

* Photos provided by Patriot PAWS

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon

According Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky,

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

“The sold-out Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon, slated for October 7 at Brook Hollow Golf Club, has some unusual twists this year. For starters, the line up of Highland Park Village retailers who are participating includes some very impressive names such as Brunello Cucinelli, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose, Leggiadro and Hadleigh Baby. Jan Strimple is, once again, producing a spectacular fashion show that promises to be fast paced and entertaining.

Equest commemorative scarf by Leggiadro scarf*

Equest commemorative scarf by Leggiadro scarf*

“In keeping with this year’s luncheon theme ‘The Year of the Horse’, Leggiadro has created a commemorative scarf benefiting Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship programming. The scarf may be purchased for $595 with 20 percent going to the charity. So, even if you aren’t lucky enough to attend, you can still support the Equest Therapeutic programming with a very fashionable purchase!

“Another addition will be Dior Beauty LipFix stations that will provide fresh lipstick application stations for our guests as they leave featuring Dior Beauty’s new color hues for fall 2014. While the ladies are at lunch, we’ll set up these simple stations along our exit routes. Some ladies will dash to their cars, but others can stop by stations and get fresh lipstick after lunch and try a new shade or formula for fall.

“Beloved community leaders and longtime Equest supporters Fredye Factor and Sarah Losinger are honorary luncheon chairmen. Debbie Oates, former Junior League president and Crystal Charity Ball chairman, will receive the Equest Community Service Award. Visit for more information or to purchase raffle tickets.”

* Photo provided by Equest Women's Auxiliary


MySweetCharity Opportunity: Women Of Distinction Luncheon

According to the Women of Distinction Luncheon Chair Elizabeth Gambrell,

Elizabeth Gambrell*

Elizabeth Gambrell*

“I have the honor of chairing the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Women of Distinction Luncheon this fall. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will honor two deserving women and two exceptional Girl Scouts. Gene Jones, member of the Board of Directors for the AT&T Center for Performing Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong pursuit of helping others. Nancy Ann Hunt, former Girl Scout and teacher, will receive the Woman of Distinction Award.

“Presented by AT&T, the luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Keynote speaker will be Alison Levine, team captain of the first American women’s Everest expedition and author of the New York Times best-seller, On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership.

“The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community. Funds raised during the luncheon support wow-worthy activities for nearly 33,000 North Texas girls in four Girl Scout program areas: financial literacy, healthy living, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and outdoor leadership.

Gene Jones*

Gene Jones*

“Lifetime Achievement recipient Gene Jones has had a tremendous impact on the North Texas community. She guided the Jones Family into involvement with The Salvation Army both locally and nationally, has been a dedicated supporter of the arts through Board membership and was a driving force behind the creation of the Cowboys Art Collection at AT&T Stadium. Her track record of community involvement is extensive, including leadership and support roles for Southern Methodist University, the George W. Bush Institute Woman’s Initiative, Children’s Medical Center and Sweetheart Ball. She is mother to three, grandmother to nine, and wife to JerryJones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

“The 2014 Woman of Distinction recipient, Nancy Ann Hunt, is a former Girl Scout who credits the organization for having a positive impact on her life. She attended college at Southern Methodist University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Hunt taught second and fourth grade science and math at Dallas Country Day School, served as president of three PTA’s in the Richardson Independent School District, and coached girls soccer for six seasons. Hunt is an active member of the United Methodist Church and Boy Scouts of America, and is a current Trustee for the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. She’s a proud mother of five and grandmother of nine.

Alison Levine*

Alison Levine*

“This year’s keynote speaker, Alison Levine, captures the essence of Girl Scouts’ outdoor leadership and adventure. She served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent, skied to both the North and South Poles and made history in 2008 as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from West Antarctica to the South Pole. Additionally, she worked in corporations for more than two decades, founded the non-profit Climb High Foundation and currently works as an adjunct instructor and strategic advisor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“For more information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or a table at the event, please contact Brianna Morris at 972.349.2438.”

* Photos provided by the Girl 
Scouts of Northeast Texas

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Dallas Contemporary…

Inside Out Project*

“As a non-profit institution dedicated to showcasing regional, national and international artists, Dallas Contemporary (dc) strives to bring new ideas to our local community. The money raised by generous supporters of North Texas Giving Day helps dc develop exhibitions that not only educate our visitors but greatly impact the Dallas community as a whole. “In […]

Pop-Up Celebrity Pastry Chef Bake Sale At Empire Baking Company To Benefit Duck Team 6…

Meaders Ozarow (File photo)

The word “pastry” conjures up light, delicious and rich, rich, rich images! Hmm, sounds like a debutante. But that’s what going to be on hand Saturday at Empire Baking Company in Inwood Village. No, not debutantes, silly. Pastries! It’s for the Second Pop-Up Celebrity Pastry Chef Bake Sale with Consilient Hospitality Pastry Chef Laurel Wimberg […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2014 Cabaret Gala…

Marissa Mulder*

According to 2014 Cabaret Gala Co-Chair Marisa Huckin, “Polish your wing tips and pearls and join me at the Cabaret!! Saturday, October 4, the 22nd annual Cabaret Gala will benefit one of Dallas’ crown jewels — Dallas Children’s Theater! “We are so fortunate to have one of the nations’ leading professional family theaters right here […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Hiett Prize Luncheon…

Marie Brehm and Ann Drumm*

According to the Hiett Prize Luncheon Co-Chairs Marie Brehm and Ann Drumm, “As co-chairs of the upcoming celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, we wanted to share with the readers of MySweetCharity the opportunity to participate in a unique and thought-provoking dialogue presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities […]

North Texas Giving Day Goal: To Top Its Own National Record On September 18…

2014 North Texas Giving Day*

“After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $25.2 million, North Texas Giving Day is back with the hope that North Texas will rise to the challenge and outdo itself once again. With new community events and extra time to donate, the sixth annual North Texas Giving Day aims to raise the giving day bar […]

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Sold Out Alert: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon…

Michael Barin bracelet cuff*

Word just arrived that if you were planning on buy a ticket to see the Jan Strimple produced Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow benefiting Equest, it’s too late. The October 7th must-attend event is sold out! However, Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky does have some remarkable raffle items up for bid. […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: ReuNight…

According to 2014 ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton, “ReuNight is a festive, yet intimate gathering of friends, old and new, to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of The Family Place. We promise fun, merriment and lively company! For many years, the annual dinner was a sold-out success at a nationally known […]

North Texas Giving Day Booster Series Kicks Off Wednesday…

The MySweetCharity elves have been shredding. They even have adorable exercise outfits and matching curly-toed sneakers. Their itty-bitty mats are temperature controlled. The MSC chef has come up with a delicious velvet hammer power shake that is served after each workout. The reason for all this toning up is Thursday, September 18 — North Texas […]

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Parkinson Voice Project…

Parkinson Voice Project*

According to Parkinson Voice Project Volunteer Linda Swanson, “Get ready to flashback to the 1960’s with this family-fun performance by The Loud Crowd® (a group of 100 people with Parkinson’s whose voices have been restored at Parkinson Voice Project). Lamb Chop and Mallory Lewis, the daughter of Shari Lewis, will MC this special event on Saturday, […]

Tuesday Is “Dollar Day Do-Over” At The Dallas Zoo…

An elephant in the hood (File photo)

There are a lot of fingers, hooves and claws crossed in the hopes that the rain ends by tomorrow. The reason? It’s the encore of Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo. Remember, the last one on July 17 sorta got rained out despite thousands still showing up. The animals and zoo staff will be open […]