There is no truth to the rumor that Diane and Daryl Johnston are the prototypes for Mattel’s 21st century Ken and Barbie. In addition to being knockouts, they, like Marianne and Roger Staubach and Pat and Emmitt Smith, have continued to call Dallas home and support nonprofit efforts post-Cowboys days.
This couple (the Johnstons, remember) was in overdrive adorable mode on May 8 for the Texas Trailblazers Award kick-off for The Family Place at The Owner’s Box in the Omni Dallas. Not only was Diane carrying plates of wings to Daryl, but she was wiping sauce off of his cute mug. He, on the other hand, was serving up plates of celery for her.
No, Daryl wasn’t being skimpy with the choices. That’s how Diane wanted it to keep her killer figure.
In the meantime, Daryl was expounding on the glory of wings from his days in Buffalo, where, according to Daryl, the legendary Anchor Bar created the wings. Did you know wings are not to be sloppy in sauce? Nope. Daryl reported that years ago the Anchor’s owner needed to whip up a late-evening snack and grabbed the leftover wings that she was preparing to toss out. Instead she deep fried them, then added some cayenne hot sauce for good measure.
But the Johnstons weren’t at The Owner’s Box for a foodie talk. They were there as the honorary chairs for the Sept. 19 luncheon that will hand out the following awards:
- The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Award recognizes a local woman who has achieved significant success despite the obstacles she has faced along the way. She is a woman who has accomplished a “first” and opened the doors of opportunity for other women. She has made significant contributions either in her community, business or profession. No matter what her accomplishments, however, she is a woman who has blazed a trail for others to follow.
- The Family Place Man of Influence Award recognizes a North Texan who is leading by example to make domestic violence a “community issue” rather than a “women’s issue.” Through his lifestyle, he is setting a standard of compassion, support and commitment that promotes healthy relationships.
- The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award recognizes a man or woman who contributes to the quality of life in our community without reward or recognition. This individual embodies a positive spirit, and works tirelessly and humbly to help others. He or she demonstrates initiative and goes above and beyond the call of duty to make North Texas a better place.
- The Family Place Youth Service Award and Scholarship recognizes students who are outstanding leaders in their high school communities. They have participated in The Family Place Students Be Project Program for a minimum of one year, acting as mentors to educate their peers about healthy relationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault.
- The Family Place Advocacy Award recognizes an organization that has played a vital role in furthering the mission of The Family Place to stop the suffering of women and children victims of family violence in North Texas. By providing generous financial and volunteer support and promoting awareness with employees, associates and peers, the Advocacy Award recipient is a strong voice speaking out for victims of family violence to improve our community’s response to their critical needs.
Deadline for the nominations is just around the corner — Tuesday, June 12. Great opportunity to tip your hat to someone who deserves a pat on the back.
For the event that raises money and awareness about violence against women, luncheon Co-chairs Anh and Loc Trieu and Amanda and Lloyd Ward have arranged for former Syracuse University/NFL quarterback Don McPherson as guest speaker.
Daryl explained that when he and Don played at Syracuse, the football team was undefeated in its senior year and he’s often told Tim Brown that Tim should have given up his Heisman Trophy to Don, who finished second in the voting, because Don was a real spark plug.
Today Don is recognized for being an activist to stop violence against women.
As Daryl reminded the group, family violence “is not a women’s issue; it’s a community issue.”
The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink reported the luncheon’s goal is have 1,000 people attend.
BTW, it’s sorta doubtful that wings will be on the menu for the September lunch. Sorry, Daryl.