2017 Soup’s On Kicks Off Plans At “PeaceLoveHappy House” And News Of $500,000 Netted From 2016 Stewpot Alliance Fundraiser

Well, goodness gracious. If ever there was a magnificent coming together of nature’s glory and humankind’s brilliance, it was at 2013 Soup’s On Co-Chair Kay and Gene Lunceford’s “PeaceLoveHappy House” in Preston Hollow on Thursday, April 28. The blending of the two was for the 2017 Soup’s On Luncheon kick off.

In the breeze through living room, Kay and Gene with 13-year-old rescue Annie trying to figure out what was going on, Kay’s mom and dad, Mary and Elrod Reynolds, were glowing over the year-old showplace.

Gene and Kay Lunceford and Mary and Elrod Reynolds

Gene and Kay Lunceford and Mary and Elrod Reynolds

According to Kay, “Bodron and Fruit guided us through every step of design with patience, kindness and humor. We loved the process, and continue to have special friendships with Mil [Bodron] and Svend [Fruit].”

As for the stop-traffic landscaped grounds, fifth-generation Kay explained, “I especially wanted a thoughtful option for sustainability and ecology in the landscape design. Coy Talley used drought hearty, low-maintenance native grasses, similar to his ‘greenroof’ at the Perot Museum.”

The home itself could have easily been mistaken for a museum with the Lunceford art collection beautifully displayed throughout.

Charlotte Legge and Christi Carter

Charlotte Legge and Christi Carter

In the kitchen, chef Michael Noyes was hard at work, while guests shared information. 2016 Co-Chair Charlotte Legge revealed that come June, she and her brood were heading back to New York… Chef Ramrod Brian Luscher fessed up that he probably won’t win the TACA’s Party On The Green’s Golden Skillet. Ah, but then there’s always the new People’s Choice. But Brian didn’t mind. The TACA event was always fun

Christi Nicolas and Joe and Jennifer Clifford

Christi Nicolas and Joe and Jennifer Clifford

As guests like Jennifer and Rev. Joe Clifford, former Stewpot Alliance President Toni Meier, current Stewpot Alliance President Kristine Schwope, Marty Coleman and Martha and Todd Coleman gathered outside around the pool, it was time for the great reveal. 2016 Co-Chairs Charlotte and Christi Nicolas amazed the group reporting that Stewpot Alliance’s Rev. Bruce Buchanan would receive $500,000 to benefit The Stewpot Alliance and Encore Park from their January event.

As for the next soup-athon, 2017 Co-Chairs Christi Carter and Heather Sauber announced that it will be held on Tuesday, January 31, at Union Station. The speaker will be revealed soon. Stay tuned.

No Excuse To Miss North Texas Giving Day Kick-Off Events

Anyone who thought that Communities Foundation of TexasNorth Texas Giving Day was slowing down because CFT’s Brent Christopher was moving his nameplate over to Children’s Foundation, forget it. The staff has been ramping up plans. And from recent reports, they’ve been OMG successful.

2016 North Texas Giving Day Save-The-Date*

2016 North Texas Giving Day Save-The-Date*

Need proof? Well, to get things going, the CFT team is holding NTGD Kick-Off sessions for any non-profits interested in benefiting from the Thursday, September 22, mega-fundraising event. The schedule for the K-O sessions are

  • Collin County (10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 8),
  • Dallas (10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 2),
  • Denton (10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 7) and
  • Fort Worth (10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1).

Needless to say, the signups have been overwhelming with the Collin County, Dallas and the Fort Worth morning session filled to absolute capacity. If you were smart and registered, look in the mirror and smile.  But if you put it off because your “Must Do List” got the better of you, there’s still hope. The afternoon session in Fort Worth and the Denton event still have a few spots left.

2016 North Texas Giving Day Kick-Off Events*

2016 North Texas Giving Day Kick-Off Events*

At the K-O, participants will:

  • Learn how to get Giving Day perks by registering early
  • Learn how to update/create North Texas Giving Day profile
  • Hear key dates
  • Receive Marketing Toolkit
  • Hear success stories from peer nonprofits
  • Walk through new marketing tools and tips
  • Learn about Challenge Funds, Bonus Funds and Prizes
  • Pick up #NTXGivingDay yard sign

What’s that? You couldn’t sign up because your kids insisted on your being part of the family vacation the first part of June? Not to worry. Those wonderful peeps at CFT thought of that. So on Tuesday, June 7, they’re having a Kick-Off Webinar from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  However, you still have to register.

And if that isn’t enough, CFT will post video recordings of the kick-off on its Nonprofit Resources page on Thursday, June 9.

So, why all the need for attending a Kick-Off event? Because there have been updates and additions to the annual program. For instance, according to CFT’s Carol Goglia, “It’s really important for nonprofits to attend kickoffs because we’re updating the way they register. It also really jazzes them up to hear best practices presented by other nonprofits and hear success stories!”

* Graphic provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

Can Do Luncheon Patrons Enjoyed A Beautiful Evening At Tucker and Rich Enthoven’s Preston Hollow Estate

The skies were clear, but the North Texas eyes weren’t so lucky, with all types of pollen filling the air, eyes were bloodshot, noses were runny and achoos were the song of the day. Welcome to North Texas. As one doctor once claimed, “If I were starting out, I would have been an allergist in North Texas.” Then doc admitted that the only busier practitioner would have been an allergy specialist in Houston — “Boy have they got their work cut out!”

But on Wednesday, April 27, there was not a cloud in the flawless blue sky. OK, there was a Southwest jet cross the sky but still.

Tucker and Rich Enthoven's backyard

Tucker and Rich Enthoven’s backyard

Just the night the area community had been on standby for all types of scary weather stuff. But on this evening Tucker and Rich Enthoven’s home-sweet-home and its fabulous grounds could not have been more spectacularly perfect with the tennis court, the pool and elevated terraces.

Sara Melnick Albert, Tucker Enthoven, Regina Montoya and Anne Reeder

Sara Melnick Albert, Tucker Enthoven, Regina Montoya and Anne Reeder

Anne Conner and Susan Phillips

Anne Conner and Susan Phillips

The gathering, that included Anne Conner, Debbie Oates, Linda Perryman Evans and Sara Martineau was for The Wilkinson Center’s “Can Do Luncheon” patron party. Leslie Diers was doing front door greeting of guests as her mom Cynthia Melnick chatted with guests in the mansion and Leslie’s sister/Luncheon Chair Sara Melnick Alberts were on the terrace talking with Can Do award recipient Regina Montoya and her husband Paul Coggins… Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder was talking with Susan Phillips about her Shih Tzu’s reactions to the night before thunder and lightning.

But the real subject of the night was the luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, at the Dalasl Country Club that will recognize Regina and the North Texas Food Bank that has been a vital part of The Wilkinson Center’s efforts to help families in need. This luncheon will be the fourth year that The Wilkinson Center has recognized those with the “can-do” spirit.

‘Victory Dance’ Marks Over-The-Top Successful Fundraising Campaign For Baylor Health Foundation

If the mood was enthusiastic at the Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s A Night of Gratitude at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, April 26, there was a very good reason. The foundation, after all, had just announced the successful completion of its first-ever comprehensive funding campaign, Campaign 2015: Baylor Makes Us All Better.

The campaign, which had an original goal of $250 million, had busted past that mark to hit $270 million. And it was bound to be counting even more cash, with the official closing not scheduled until the end of June.

Joel and Diane Allison and Margo and Bill Goodwin*

Joel and Diane Allison and Margo and Bill Goodwin*

Julie and Jim Turner*

Julie and Jim Turner*

Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons Lock*

Jeremy Lock and D’Andra Simmons Lock*

As the 300 Night of Gratitude guests like Margo and Bill Goodwin, Ellen and Alan Miller, D’Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock, Christie Carter, and Debbie Oates, poured into the DCC, one of them exclaimed: “This is our little victory dance.”

Dallas Country Club ballroom*

Dallas Country Club ballroom*

And the place was decked out to match the celebration. In the reception area was a huge backdrop of multi-squares, some were filled with dazzling small squares, some with the Baylor Health Care System logo and others spelling out “A Night of Gratitude.” That only hinted at what lay within the ballroom that had been transformed with back-lit white curtains covering the walls and lounging areas and tables set up throughout. At one end of the room was a stage with a backdrop and the word “Gratitude” in script.

Shepherd and Hillary Robinson, Kate Robinson Swail and Robin Robinson*

Shepherd and Hillary Robinson, Kate Robinson Swail and Robin Robinson*

What made the campaign so successful? “I’ve got a great team, and a great board to sell for,” said Foundation President Rowland “Robin” Robinson, as he greeted guests not far from Baylor Scott & White Health President/CEO Joel Allison and Foundations Board Chair Jim Turner.

Glenn Callison*

Glenn Callison*

Pam Busbee*

Pam Busbee*

Richard Eiseman*

Richard Eiseman*

But according to Baylor’s Plano medical center Board Chair Glenn Callison, Robinson was being too modest. “I saw what it was like before Robin joined and since he’s been here, and it’s been absolutely phenomenal,” Glenn said. “He’s the best-kept secret in philanthropy.”

Jill Smith and Trisha Wilson*

Jill Smith and Trisha Wilson*

Vin and Pam Perella*

Vin and Pam Perella*

Hunter Sullivan and his band*

Hunter Sullivan and his band*

As guests including newlyweds Hillary and Shepherd Robinson, Kate Robinson Swail, Jill Smith, Trisha Wilson, Pam Busbee, Randi and Ed Halsell, Richard Eiseman Virginia Chandler Dykes, Lydia and Dan Novakov, Marilyn Augur, Pam and VIn Perella, Richard Eiseman, Shelle and Michael Sills and Carolyn and David Miller enjoyed dinner and music by Hunter Sullivan and his band, more than a few decided to turn the Night of Gratitude into a literal “victory dance.” After all, they knew, more than 30,000 donors had ponied up more than 90,000 gifts for the foundation campaign—including a whopping 40 gifts of $1 million or more. The funds will be invested in patient-focused programs, research, medical education, capital and advanced technology for Baylor Scott & White Health-North Texas.

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Salvation Army Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair D’Andra Simmons Is Moving Fundraiser…

D'Andra Simmons (File photo)

While others are going through various forms of graduations and others are prepping for June weddings, Salvation Army of Dallas-Fort Worth Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair D’Andra Simmons is getting her swans in a row for 2017. She just reported that the annual luncheon/fashion extravaganza isn’t returning to Brook Hollow Golf Club nor to a […]

Despite Threatening Weather, Sherwood Wagner Tented Up With A Lavish Dinner To Kick Off…

Million Dollar Quartet*

Outside the Preston Hollow home of Sherwood Wagner early on Tuesday, April 26, the weather was still warm but dry ahead of the drenching that had been predicted for later. But, once inside Sherwood’s manse, some 150 guests were confronted with a sight that had them forgetting about the forecast: Just beyond the doors leading […]

Brené Brown Brings The Courage Of Vulnerability To Dallas Children’s Advocacy…

Lynn Davis, Paula Richmond and Megan Steinbach

With way more than 1,000…okay, it was nearly 2,000…in attendance, there was no doubt that at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon at the Sheraton Dallas on Tuesday, April 26, something was up. Perhaps it was the speaker/best-selling author Brené Brown? Perhaps it was the occasion of DCAC’s 25th anniversary? Perhaps it […]

In Addition To Chairing 2017 Callier Cares, Emilynn Wilson Will Receive KidneyTexas’…

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson is going to be a busy gal in the months ahead. Not only is she chairing the 2017 Callier Cares fundraiser for Callier Center for Communications Disorders, she’s gonna be on the receiving end of accolades. On Tuesday, September 20, she’ll be presented the Sue Goodnight Award at KidneyTexas’ “The Runway Report” luncheon […]

Dr. Lara Johnson Took Jonathan’s Place’s “A Chance To Soar”…

Meredith Land, Allicia Graham Frye and Lara Johnson*

On Tuesday, April 26, two leading organizations that are solely focused on protecting children had fundraising lunches in different parts of the city. While Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center gathered folks at the Sheraton Dallas, Jonathan’s Place’s “A Place to Soar” celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Dallas Country Club.  Priscilla Garcia filed this report from […]

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2016 Art Ball Dazzled With All Types Of “Pluses” By Design…

Christen Wilson and Lionel Morrison

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There’s A Good Reason For Being A Bit Worn Out And Ragged…

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Doug Carney, Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Ashley Tatum and David Nichols

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Tim Mallad Named President Of Presbyterian Communities And Services…

Tim Mallad*

Until recently Tim Mallad had been first VP at Irving-based Greystone Communities. But Presbyterian Communities and Services (PCS) Chairman of the Board Phil Wentworth just sent word that Tim has been named president of PCS. According to Phil, “I am thrilled to have Tim join our team. He brings a broad perspective that includes decades […]

S.M. Wright Foundation Launches Beds For Kids Campaign This Saturday For Children To Get A…

Beds for Kids*

Each year around the holidays, the S.M. Wright Foundation makes headlines with its Christmas in the Park at Fair Park when it provides thousands of children with all types of wonderful gifts. Without the Foundation and its supporters, these children would have a pretty bleak Christmas. But there are more than toys that are provided. […]