We’ve had a couple of unhappy voters notify MySweetCharity that their usual voting booth ain’t the place to be today. Because it’s a primary runoff, the voting places are all over the place.
You’ve got till 7 p.m. to vote, so scamper off and vote.
We’ve had a couple of unhappy voters notify MySweetCharity that their usual voting booth ain’t the place to be today. Because it’s a primary runoff, the voting places are all over the place.
You’ve got till 7 p.m. to vote, so scamper off and vote.
This year, the group that puts on the annual Blondes vs. Brunettes powder-puff football game has an ambitious fundraising goal: $275,000. And it has it for a good reason. Hitting that goal, you see, would put the benefit for the Greater Dallas Alzheimer’s Association over the million-dollar mark in funds raised since the game began five years ago.
So, Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas has been pulling out all the fundraising stops this summer. And, it looks like they’ve been paying off. Going into Saturday night’s BvB Auction Night at the Gossip Bar at the Hilton Anatole, BvB President Erin Finegold said the group already was $20,000 ahead of last year’s pace.
They were expecting a total of about 150 people to turn up for Saturday’s auction, and by 8 p.m. it looked they might get it. While club music thumped over the sound system, scenes from previous BvB games were flashing across three big flatscreen TVs. Meanwhile, guests downed Bud Lights—Bud’s an event sponsor—and cocktails, munched on “light bites,” posed for pix in the Have A Blast! Photo booth, and jostled past each other checking out a primo array of silent-auction items.
Among them: A UT football helmet signed by Colt McCoy; five nights at the Hyatt Regency in Cancun; three days in Port Aransas; Harley-Davidson paraphernalia; a weekend deer hunt in Bosque County; and a baseball autographed by Nolan Ryan. And—because this was for Blondes vs. Brunettes, after all–don’t forget the signed Playboy poster of uber-blonde actress Pamela Anderson!
According to Finegold and auction co-chair/BvB board member Caroline Terry, the money-raising goal for this year’s auction was $10,000. That was up from the $7,500 that was rung up last year, when the event was held at the Amanda Dunbar art studios. This year, “all the players and coaches used their contacts” to bring in items, said Terry, who was assisted by her co-chair, Caroline French. One family friend of BvB, for example, donated their beach house; the mother of a player gave the deer hunt.
Besides moving the auction this year to the Gossip Bar—the hotel donated the space, the cocktails and the food—the BvB crew also was enjoying a new sponsor Saturday night: the Nissan NEXT. Some of the Nissans, Finegold said, will be on display at the big football game, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, at the Cotton Bowl.
It’s the excitement surrounding next month’s game, of course, that had everyone talking. Over in one corner of the Gossip Bar, Diane Louie–the mother of Blonde running back Elisabeth Gorman–was saying how two of Elisabeth’s friends would be coming in from California just to watch the game. Across the way, meantime, Elizabeth and her date Ron Acord were enjoying chatting with friends.
And, last year’s surprise Brunette victory over the Blondes (after a string of Blonde wins) was still top of mind. Asked which team would win this year’s rematch, Blondes’ Co-captain Holly Aldredge immediate responded, “The Blondes!,” without hesitating.
Asked the same question, Brunette co-chair Katie Hicks seemed a little less sure. “I think we have a chance to win,” Katie said carefully. “We like the taste of winning.”
Oh, how much did the auction raise? Did they make their goal of $10,000?
You obviously underestimate the BvB’s. They took in $13,000 for the night’s haul.
Another person that was at The Klyde announcement event at the DMA yesterday was Nasher Sculpture Center’s Jeremy Strick. When asked if the Nasher Salon Series was lined up, he said he couldn’t say because, “They would kill me.”
Okay, we’re scared. Whoever “They” is must definitely be a notch above terrorists.
Be patient. We’ll let you know the big names who will be entertaining the 200+ at the Nasher for 2012-2013.
Until then, Jeremy, rest easy.
Ran into Dallas Film Society President Lee Papert at the Klyde Warren Park reveal event taking place at the Dallas Museum of Art today. Guess it was too hot to have it at the park itself, or the construction workers didn’t want a bunch of civilian types slowing down the progress.
Back to Lee. He looked like he had just popped in from a Hawaiian vacation in a Dale-Hansen-training-camp type shirt. The big smile on his face begged the reason. Was it the headliner of the Art of the Film in November? Nope. That person was yet to be decided/announced.
But he was very happy about the brand, spanking new members of the Dallas Film Society Board including Benton Bagot, Brad Berkley, Clare Freeman, Tara Lewis and Ian McGloin.
Then there were the plans for the April 4-14 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF). Submission of films for the 2013 film extravaganza opened today.
In its six-year history, DIFF has received over 7000 submissions, screened 1162 films from 50 countries, hosted 1000 filmmakers and featured 62 world premieres and 17 U.S premieres.
That’s a heck of a lot of popcorn.
If you’re a film type or a wannabe, you need to know confirmed awards include an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000 for the winners of both the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competition. Once again The Embrey Foundation’s $10,000 Silver Heart Award is awarded the film most dedicated to fighting injustices and creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The Texas Competition winner will receive a camera rental package worth $30,000 for their next production, courtesy of Panavision.
Early deadline for submissions is Friday, October 26. Regular deadline is Friday, December 7. Late deadline is Friday, December 14.
You don’t want to make a bad impression, so don’t be late.
The best things in life aren’t free. Example? Research. It takes time, equipment and brilliant minds to come up with solutions. But it eventually pays off. Detecting cancer used to be by a, “Do you feel something?” method. Leprosy was a one-way ticket to far-away-and-not-so-nice destinations. For years people were terrified to go to pools because of polio.
Because of research, machines have been created to detect the smallest sign of cancer in the breast. Leprosy is a ghoulish memory of the past. And thanks to research, polio is almost as rare as smallpox. Oh, smallpox has almost been officially eradicated thanks to research. Forgot to mention that.
But again these success stories didn’t happen by accident. It took money to fund the effort. That’s why Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge need a big old thank-you note. They just presented a $1-million gift to support Children’s Medical Center Research Institute, a joint venture between Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center to “make significant improvements in children’s lives.” It’s the largest donation to the not-for-profit pediatric hospital.
Dr. Sean Morrison, director of the Children’s Research Institute explained the goal of the Institute is to discover the therapies of tomorrow for children.
“We will take innovative approaches to make transformative discoveries — discoveries that will change scientific fields and yield new approaches for treating disease. We will integrate teams of leading scientists and outstanding physicians whose skills are rarely found in a single laboratory.”
According to Emy Lou, “When we heard about what the Children’s Research Institute could accomplish, the potential there seemed so great that we felt compelled to donate and say, ‘Go for it.’”
The hope for the program is to eventually “lead to new ways of promoting the regeneration of damaged tissues, and even to more effective ways of treating cancer.”
Photo courtesy of Children's Medical Center Research Institute
Thursday, September 27: With eyes glued to the TV watching the Summer Olympics in London, everyone will suddenly become fans and experts of sports that are difficult to find on any school roster. What is amazing is the sports that aren’t included in the world games. Like baseball and golf. . . really! And what about lacrosse. . . . really? You did know that lacrosse is an Native American-born sport that was first played at early as the 12th century? It was once a part of the Olympics back in 1904 and 1908. Then poof, it was MIA. Oh, wait! It was demonstrated at the Summer Olympics in 1928, 1932 and 1948.
Over the centuries, the field game with “sticks with nets” has grown in popularity in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia with Scotland and Wales. Why in 1986 only the U.S., Canada, England and Australia competed in the lacrosse world championship. By 2006, the 2006 Men’s world Championship was contested by 21 countries. As for the gals, in the 2009 Women’s World Cup 16 nations participated.
In the Dallas area, there are 4,300+ youth players and 71 high school teams including private schools (Episcopal School of Dallas, Greenhill, Hockaday, Jesuit, Parish Episcopal, St. Marks and Ursuline) and schools in Allen, Frisco, Highland Park, McKinney, Plano and Southlake.
Please don’t get the impression that like some sports, lacrosse is not for folks north of downtown Dallas. It doesn’t require a string of ponies or heavy duty equipment. In fact, eight years ago Bridge Lacrosse was started at the St. Philip’s School. Bridge Executive Director David Higbee explained that the purpose was to use “this popular sport as a vehicle for teaching character education values and life skills through the competition and social interaction.”
Over the years, it has expanded lacrosse to include more than 600 urban boys and girls in South and West Dallas at three urban schools in addition to various community centers. The success of this program has been so amazing that last week it was announced the Dallas Stars Foundation will “help fund valuable resources and equipment to serve the youth.” Thanks to this funding Bridge will be able to expand its program in West Dallas neighborhoods.
According to Higbee, “Having this kind of support from a large organization, such as the Stars Foundation, ensures that our programs and outreach will sustain themselves and grow. There are many similarities between the sports of hockey and lacrosse. They’re a natural fit to work together.”
To celebrate its success and raise additional funding to grow its efforts, Bridge Lacrosse is holding its Third Annual Going for the Goal dinner and auction. Among the 250+ guests at the Northwood Club event will be coaches, parents, administrators, supporters and volunteers.
In a world where fundraising dinners cost mega-bucks to attend, this one is a bargain. It’s $75 per person. If you can’t attend, why not buy a ticket and offer it up for one of the 180 volunteers to be there.
Oh, and as for the Olympics, there’s talk that lacrosse will eventually return to the international games. Wouldn’t be remarkable if one of those future Olympians got his/her start at the “Bridge”?
Photos provided by Bridge Lacrosse
The person(s) responsible is having fun, but their good times will not be stopped with cruelty to dogs. They’ll need a bigger thrill and escalate to obscenely abusing a child.
No doubt, they’ve shared their deeds with friends or family, who are too scared or too shocked to report. The way to stop him/her/them is to raise money that will loosen the tongues of those in the know. Then the predators will be brought to justice and the innocent will no longer be their playthings.
We’ve had some requests at MySweetCharity headquarters for photo coverage of events and advice from a pr point of view. While it’s terribly flattering, it also puts us in an awkward position that we felt that we could share with you on a Friday night while everyone is watching the start of the Summer Olympics.
We’re simply a hardworking blog that is trying to do the right thing and hope to provide our community with information and news. That said, we also have to thank and tip our hats to the professionals who work these events. The pr people are kind enough to provide accurate information, invitations and counseling. They have answered calls in the middle of the night and patiently listened to our diva demands as if we were important.
The photographers go way beyond kindness in working with us. They’ve done everything from loaning batteries to telling us how to set up a shot.
For these reasons, we owe these professionals. To supply photos or advice when these professionals are making their living by their talents would be inappropriate.
Thank you for the compliments. You know how to make MSC feel special. We regret that out of respect for the professionals, we will be unable to be more than a blog.
Texas Instruments once again has stepped up. The TI Foundation at a recent breakfast provided a $100,000 operating grant for the Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT).
Whoa! Let’s catch our breath on that one.
But, no! TIF was not satisfied with this contribution. TIF Board Chair Sam Self announced that TIF would grant DCT another $100,000 as a challenge.
According to Sam, “DCT is one of North Texas’ treasures. The TI Foundation Board appreciates the work they do in exposing our children to the arts. We see strong organizational leadership at the DCT board and staff level and their receptiveness to a challenge grant was impressive to us. They also came to us early in the grant process and this allowed us the chance to thoroughly examine their current financial status. After significant due diligence on our part, we found them to be an organization we wanted to invest in, in a meaningful way.”
OMG, what incredible news for the wonderfully whimsical program that allows children to learn about the world of stage and imagination.
But, no! There was more. Goodness, this is like a stellar play.
Stepping up to bat were Ernst & Young’s Managing Partner, Clint McDonnough, and TI Coordinating Partner Chris Chastain, saying that their companies would be the first to pledge their $10,000 in response to the TI Foundation challenge.
DCT’s Executive Artistic Director, Robyn Flatt, replied, “Texas Instruments Foundation cares a great deal about the arts organizations in this community and they back it up by listening to our challenges and opportunities, and by responding with great advice and strong financial support. They are an outstanding example of corporate responsibility. It is humbling to be associated with them.”
But to add the cherry to the sundae of fundraising, the Hoblitzelle Foundation has offered DCT an additional challenge: to raise $100,000 from first-time, new donors, after which they will provide a grant in the same amount to the organization.
Shoot! This breakfast was better than Mother’s Day Brunch at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Anyone interested in learning more about DCT or how they can contribute to these matching grant opportunities should contact Senior Director of Communications and Philanthropy Sandra Session-Robertson at 214.978.0110.
This development is more than a marvelous investment by great Dallas groups. It’s a very much appreciated opportunity for a unique organization for children.
A simple bravo will do for now. The encore will come when the challenges are met.
Photo provided by Dallas Children's Theater
Lee Greenwood is known for his singing voice. Does anyone sing “God Bless The USA” like he does? Didn’t think so.
He’ll be joined by The Loud Crowd (member of the Parkinson Voice Project) on Sunday, September 23, when he appears at “Speak Out America!” at the Eisemann Center to perform patriotic songs with audience participation and raise funds for the Parkinson Voice Project.
What was that? What is The Loud Crowd? They’re likely to actually upstage Lee and he probably won’t mind one iota. . .
“Since Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, maintaining one’s voice and swallowing abilities is an ongoing challenge. The LOUD Crowd provides support, encouragement, and continued care from a professional staff. Patients who participate in The LOUD Crowd have been shown to maintain their improved voices for over 5 years. The LOUD Crowd shows off their hard work every year at Speak Out!”
Tickets are now on sale for Sunday performance that starts at 4 p.m. And if you care to sing along, go ahead.
With back-to-school already being promoted in every store from Office Depot to Target, it’s a good time to remind parents that munchkins are required to have their vaccinations for a number of communicable diseases (polio, diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, varicella aka chickenpox, and hepatitis A) before attending schools (Kindergarten through 12th).
As for wee ones attending day care in Texas, they must be vaccinated for three more communicable diseases (haemophilus, influenzae type b and invasive pneumococcal).
And speaking of chickenpox, in days of yore when one child came down with chickenpox, measles or mumps, it was no surprise to have friends bring their youngsters over to catch the disease and get it over with. Ah, but thanks to research, vaccinations were developed to prevent children from having to suffer through the pain.
Unfortunately, many baby boomers who did have a case of chickenpox are now facing the reality that they are susceptible to suffering from shingles. It’s a painful, ugly disease. Until you’ve had it, you’ve never experienced the true purity of pain.
Again, thanks to research, a vaccine (Zostavax) has been developed that will reduce “the course and severity” of the disease. It’s become such a hottie among the boomers that it’s even available at the Preston Road Pharmacy, Tom Thumb and Walgreens!
If you’re over 60, you do not need a prescription. However, if you’re still a baby-baby boomer, then your doctor will have to provide you with a script.
And one more thing. It ain’t cheap ($215 at the Tom Thumb in Old Town) and not all insurance plans cover it. But just ask anyone who has had a bout of shingles and they’ll tell you they only wish they had spent the dough.
Once again thanks to fundraising, vaccinations have been developed to help both the very young and old.
Dallas in the past two weeks has been going through a rough time. There have been:
On the other hand, a couple was seen at Barnes & Noble over the weekend checking out the books on “weddings.” While browsing through a book on how to be the perfect bridegroom, the handsome bridegroom-to-be said to his bride-to-be, “I’m gonna be a washout at the wedding.” Her response: “You’re going to be wonderful as a husband.”
Please, rememberthere are people and organizations that can help if the stress of these tragic occurrences becomes too overwhelming.
Sunday, October 7: “Change is good” and when it comes to the Community Partners of Dallas (CPDTX), it’s positively great. Not only does it allow kids to help raise funds, it helps kids in need of help. The event taking place at Brook Hollow Golf Club is strictly G-rated including bungee-trampoline, bounce houses, face painting, flip books, a video-game truck, Brook Hollow good and more. Kids bring change that they’ve collected. In return they get chance tickets for prizes.
The timing is also perfect. It takes place on a Sunday afternoon. So you can attend church, grab a bite to eat and head on over from 3 to 6 p.m. And you Cowboy fans don’t have to worry about missing a game. The Boys have the weekend off. According to the CPD team of Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke,
“We are simply thrilled to have Kim, Justin and JR Whitman as our honorary chair family. And we have three amazing chair families this year: Carolyn and Paul Goelzer with daughters, Sophie and Elizabeth; Kimber and Michael Hartmann with sons, Beau, Brice and Brooks; and Angie and Kevin Kadesky with children Elizabeth, Stephen, Alexander, Marie, Keith and Erin. In addition, more than 120 great families have joined the event Host Committee.”
Last year’s take included 103,00 coins totaling more than $15,000. Do you know how much good that CPDTX folks can squeeze out of $15,000?
How did they get their coins? According to organizers,
Look, it’s summertime and the kids have seen all the movies, survived camp and are driving you nuts with “What are we gonna do now?” So, tell your favorite kiddos to start scratching their brains to come up with ideas to collect coins. And if your children are online friendly, CPDTX has arranged “to set up online pages so that they can ask for fundraising support from friend who live too far away to share their change.” Translation: Grandparents, be prepared to be hit up.
Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas
We’re barely halfway through the summer and already August is starting to gear up for a quick launch for the fall season of fundraising. In addition to the Blondes vs. Brunettes Powder Puff Game at the Cotton Bowl and the Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Patrons Dinner, there will be news. It’s amazing how you start the day thinking it would be nice to linger over a cup of latte or peruse the books on etiquette at Barnes & Noble. Then, “Wham!” news starts landing non-stop in your emailbox.
Speaking of etiquette, did you know there are two schools of thought on where to place your napkin when you leave the table? We weren’t able to stay long enough to find out which one was right.
But we digress. Get your bids in for the August slate of ads by Wednesday at 6. If you need more info about the MySweetCharity auctions, check here.
The Stewpot Alliance has more people than ever pounding on its doors. Thank heaven, the organizers have fundraising news all over the place from the intimate to over-the-top types. Where to start? Hmm, let’s start with what’s happening this weekend.
PART I — The names Francis, Christopher and Gabriel usually are known for having the word “Saint” precede them. However, how many would suspect Martha? Yup, St. Martha was the patron saint of servers and cooks. That doesn’t mean that Martha Stewart was named after the saint, who was the sister of Mary Magdalene. According to history, while Mary listened to Jesus, Martha was in the kitchen preparing food and being a perfect hostess. In the Roman Catholic Church, her feast day is July 29.
How to celebrate?
Chef Brian has arranged for a three-course set menu each night at The Grape for $38 per person, or $55 with wine pairings.
According to Brian, “This is our way of honoring the tremendous number of volunteers in the kitchen cooking and serving nutritious meals for clients of The Bridge.”
Strongly recommend making reservations.
PART II— One of the best luncheon fundraisers is Soup’s On! Once again Brian Luscher is going to be in the kitchen as the driving force on this one. He’s corralling the area’s best and most fun
chefs to cook up soup for 900 patrons. Not only do the guests get a hearty meal in addition to the soup, they receive copies of the soup recipes, hand-painted soup bowls and hear a great talk.
Word just arrived who the headliner would be for the Tuesday, January 29 luncheon.
It’s Wes Moore, youth advocate, business leader, Rhodes Scholar and Army combat veteran. Yes, he was just here for the Jonathan’s Place luncheon, but people are still looking like bobble-head dolls about his presentation.
A tip of the hat to Soup’s On! Chairs Trish Weigand and Kay Lunceford for managing to get Wes. He’s an amazing person on stage and one-on-one.
“Trish and I are so excited to have Wes Moore in Dallas for our upcoming luncheon at the beautiful Omni Dallas and thrilled to have active Stewpot supporters Joan and Elvis Mason serve as our honorary chairmen,” said Kay. “Additionally, we are excited that 508 Park, The Stewpot’s newest innovative outreach project, will receive a portion of the proceeds.”
This one will definitely be a sellout. The question is how quickly can you get your reservations?
* Photo provided by Soup's On!
Perhaps you hadn’t heard that Neiman Marcus Downtown’s salon has had an adjustment to its lead hair gurus. No, Cerón is still part of the action, but the name of the vanity fair place next to the Zodiac Room is now called Michael Flores Salon with Cerón.
What the heck does this have to do with non-profits? Shouldn’t it be over at in-the-know Raya Ramsey‘s Shop Talk?
Usually it would, but this time there is a fundraising connection.
Seems that NMD’s Shelle Sills and her staff of great tasters, have arranged for three prizes to be up for grabs at the September 6th Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon.
The prizes are:
Why not buy a “contribution ticket” for each item? Oh, what are they going for? Just knew you would ask, so here is the breakdown:
Contact the Crystal Charity Ball office (214.526.5868) to order a passel of tickets. You do not have to be present to win, but you’ll miss everyone turning hunter green with envy if you are MIA.
BTW, if you do win the NM Downtown package, make sure you use part of your salon gift certificate on a facial with Joanna Czech. She’s just arrived thanks to Anna Wintour recommending her to Ken Downing. Raya has the lowdown on her.
Heads up! For eligible families, the 16th annual Mayor’s Back-To-School Fair will be presented Thursday, August 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Automobile and Centennial buildings at Fair Park. In other words, if your household income impresses your neighbors, this one probably doesn’t impact you.
What’s gonna be offered? If you’re into getting your kids educated, plenty. There’s “free school supplies for nearly 15,000 qualifying Dallas school children,” haircuts, entertainments, kids activities and healthcare like dental and vision screenings and immunizations.
The free school supplies are available “ONLY” to those who meet specific eligibility requirements requiring photo ID, proof of residency and proof of income.
The deadline for pre-registration is Saturday, July 28, so hustle and you might want to thank Walmart and Sam’s Club because they’re presenting the event. And the Baylor School of Dentistry and All Smiles Dental and Orthodontics will provide free dental screenings, fluoride applications, free toothbrushes and toothpaste; Essilor Vision Foundation will provide free eyeglasses to children who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis. As for the haircuts, thanks go to Cedric B’s Barber and Beauty Salon and Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails.
Our buddies over at Half Price Books will donate more than 7,000 books, along with MetroPCS providing 7,000 backpacks and the North Texas Food Bank, along with Walmart, will give away 50,000 apples.
For certain folks, this information may not seem important. How lucky they are. For others, it will make the difference between their child’s having a healthy school year, both physically and emotionally.
Since its inception, the following mayors have been front and center for the event including Ron Kirk, Laura Miller, Tom Leppert and Mike Rawlings. Politically they may not have been of the same mindset, but when it comes to kids, they have their priorities arranged perfectly.
There was a time when TV was not in 3D or even color. It was a time when KDFW-CH. 4 was known as KRLD and was just across the street from the late Dallas Times Herald. Dallas’ world of journalism was scrappy with newsrooms filled with cigarette smoke and everyone knew the greats (Blackie Sherrod, Dick West, Paul Crume, Bert Shipp) from the pretty good journalists. One of the true greats, who was admired by the likes of Walter Cronkite, was Eddie Barker. He could handle any situation from interviewing a visiting celebrity to spearheading the coverage of a presidential assassination.
His goal was to get the information out right. An example of this is in Ed Bark‘s Uncle Barky remembrance of Dan Rather‘s incorrectly reporting to the world that University Park schoolchildren cheered at hearing that President John F. Kennedy had been killed. Not only did News Director Eddie investigate the story and get the correct info out (the children only knew that there would be no school the next day, but not why), but he kicked Rather and the CBS team out of his newsroom.
It is with a deep sense of loss that we report the former news director’s death at the age of 84. Our sincere condolences to his family.
On the eve of the weeks of invasions by 30,000 ladies and gents in pink for the five Mary Kay seminars, the Mary Kay Foundation kicked off “Suits for Shelters” at Tootsies. The purpose of the program is to collect “gently used suits, accessories, etc.,” for domestic-violence shelters like Genesis Women’s shelter, The Family Place and Dress for Success.
According to Mary Kay Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Kirsten Gappelberg, the corporation works with the foundation in encouraging the sales force to donate clothes. Since 2009, more than 7,000 professional items have been donated. This year Mary Kay increased its goal to doubling that number and that’s very doable since Mary Kay added 94,000 new independent beauty consultants in the last quarter, 34,000 of them from “Gen Y.”
Another plus is that the program has also been open to local non-Mary Kay associates to donate.
Mary Kay grandson Ryan Rogers (in pink shirt, of course) and his oh-so-gorgeous wife Maleiah hosted the event to tell guests about the program. Ryan recalled his grandmother’s establishing the foundation in 1996, initially for cancer research. Eventually it was expanded to giving and has provided $18M to cancer, and $31M+ to shelters and domestic-violence programs.
Among those nodding in agreement were Genesis’s Jan Langbein and Dallas City Council member
Delia Jasso, who is chair of the council’s Domestic Violence Task Force. Her relationship with Mary Kay’s efforts started at a “makeover lunch” in April that Mary Kay did for 30 abuse victims. Her conclusion: “I’m gonna stick with Mary Kay!”
Supporting the evening with their presence was Mary Gill, who reported that husband John was recovering nicely from back surgery and that her brother Richie Humphreys was back in Dallas and staying with the Gills; Nancy Gopez, just back from a Mediterranean cruise with her family; Simona Beal with lusciously glossy lips (“I can’t remember whose gloss I’m wearing. It
may be Tom Ford.”); and Mary Kay Inc. Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Crayton Webb, who is preparing for the birth of his third child and the arrival of the thousands of Mary Kay crew.
But Tuesday night it appeared to be an excellent opportunity to do a little shopping as well as dropping off donations. After all when the four-letter word “Sale” is everywhere with the number 70%, it’s your All-American duty to check out the racks. And how many racks there were. . . plus shoes and all types of goodies. Alas, the sale ends July 28. So, why not drop off some clothes for the program and check out some replacements for yourself this week?
How about a hot dog this Thursday? No, not the kind that you nuke in the kitchen. How about an old fashion one, where it’s an outdoor cookout? But wait! You may be too old. If you’re beyond 12th grade, you’re out of luck.
But let’s say that you know someone who’s going into 3rd through 12th grade, you might want to spend $10 to let them participate in the Dallas County 4-H Council’s “Exploring 4-H Summer Day Camp” at the Camp Wisdom Boy Scout Camp.
Starting at 9 a.m. with registration, it will be a day of discovering “what 4-H is all about and the many different activities and topics, all of which can become potential 4-H projects.”
The day concludes at 6 p.m. with the hot dog cookout and a swim party.
P.S. — Just because it’s being held at the Boy Scout Camp, don’t for a second think it’s boys only. Heck, no. Girls like hot dogs and 4-H, too.
For more info, call 214.904.3051 or email Sandra Montgomery at email@example.com.
According to reports, former First RepublicBank/NorthPark Bank executive Charlie Pistor was a victim of the 2012 West Nile virus. But to those who delve beyond the headlines, he was a dedicated supporter of SMU, the arts especially the Dallas Summer Musicals and a past president of the Dallas Assembly.
Summary: May he be remembered for his many accomplishments instead of the cause of his death.
A situation developed this morning that demanded a meeting of the entire MySweetCharity staff. Suddenly one of the elves started crying. This stopped all activity. Everyone scurried to see what was wrong. If you’ve ever worked with an elf, you know elves do not cry.
After getting over the initial amazement of seeing elf tears (NOTE: Elf tears look like guacamole, both in color and texture), an emergency meeting was called. What prompted the tears? Maybe it was the heat; maybe it was the stress of the past ten days of disturbing news involving violence throughout the community; maybe it was the weariness of being called non-stop by surveyors about the upcoming election.
Whatever the reason, it was decided that half of the elves would take today off and the rest tomorrow. However, they had to abide by certain rules. They were:
MySweetCharity apologizes for the slow-mo action here today and tomorrow, but we strongly suggest that you consider joining the elves in their period of tear relief.
In the world of Alcoholics Anonymous, the name Bill W. is life changing. The co-founder of AA, he was listed in “Time Magazine” as one of the “100 persons of the 20th Century.” In life outside the AA meetings, he was William G. Wilson and the subject of a documentary, “Bill W.”
The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse will screen the movie on Thursday, August 9, at Studio Movie Grill with a panel discussion immediately following with representatives from the Council of Alcohol & Drug Abuse and RightStep.
The admission is $9.60 per person
Yesterday the waiting room of women waiting for their mammograms was filled with all types of women — young and old, first-timers and yearly regulars, accompanied by family and soloing it. All had one thing in common — uncertainty. Despite doing the monthly exams, one cannot be absolutely sure if that itty-bitty lump is hiding. They were here to have a very, very expensive machine provide themselves greater insight on their well-being.
In the days ahead they will receive word on the results of the exam. Some will get a clean slate; some will get a call back for a more, in-depth test; and some will face a major change in their lives requiring possible surgery, chemo, radiation and an emotional roller coaster.
It was with this in mind that a report from a MySweetCharity source on last Wednesday’s party at Allie-Coosh seemed quite timely today. Yes, you’re wondering how we’re moving from a waiting room to a Snider Plaza boutique. Bear with us.
“Model, designer and Allie-Coosh proprietor Paulette Martsolf honored motivator, pastor lady and TV personality, the Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson, with a reception and book signing at her popular Snider Plaza boutique. Clients, friends and fellow honorees, Baylor Medical Center’s 2012 Celebrating Women Committee, lined up to buy books, see Paulette’s summer designs and enjoy tasty temptations by Carla Jonisch-Adams of Smokin’ Upstream. Of course, smoked salmon was among the goodies.
“Sheron’s new book ‘The Blessings & Bling — How I Survived Breast Cancer by Turning to Faith and Fashion’ inspires us all to have a positive attitude and try to look better no matter what our income level and to help us get through serious illness or other adversity.
“A portion of proceeds from book sales benefit The Gift of Life Fund at Baylor Health Care System Foundation to provide mammograms for low-income women.
“Recently retired Ebby Halliday right-hand-gal Anne Anderson came wearing Allie-Coosh. TravelLady Madelyn Miller sported her favorite new cowboy boots (via the Salvation Army) she had enhanced with red nail polish. When Madelyn asked Sheron where her favorite place to find bling was….Sheron eagerly responded, “Allie-Coosh now.”
“Make-up maven Kim Rozell and Regina Bruce noodled over some fashionable news. Regina’s take on the evening — “What a wonderful store and a great evening of fun, fashion food and friends to help raise money to provide mammograms for underprivileged women.”
“Hostess Paulette was thrilled by the ‘fun-filled evening of happy people supporting an important cause’; and Sheron (happy to see husband Robert ringing up those book sales) summed it up with, ‘The Allie-Coosh book-signing event was the perfect way to spend a hot July evening. The fashion was fabulous and the crowd that gathered was eager to help others and look good. We raised funds to help low-income women get free mammograms and we added a few gorgeous outfits to our closets. I think that Allie-Coosh owner Paulette is an amazing woman. I love her clothes and her style.’
“Snider Plaza spies report that Dr. Sheron returned to Allie-Coosh the next day and was spotted leaving with a bounty of bling.”
Thanks to events like this one, funds are being raised and awareness is being shared to beat breast cancer before it has a chance to beat up women and men.
Photos provided by "The Blessings & Bling — How I Survived Cancer by Turning to Faith and Fashion"
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