Not only did they bring in the cash, they may have changed the marketing plans for some in the hood.
The announcement was just made at Museum Tower before the cold weather hit. Only goes to prove that spending does save money and changes lives.
Not only did they bring in the cash, they may have changed the marketing plans for some in the hood.
The announcement was just made at Museum Tower before the cold weather hit. Only goes to prove that spending does save money and changes lives.
Yes, you may be sick and tired of hearing about a mutt that lost her life-long companion. But there are some who still wonder and they need closure.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Holly, that made headlines locally for losing her human companion, Benny Gerlock, just made it home to Rock Hall, Maryland, this afternoon. She was greeted by the Rock Hall VFC, with mammoth banners (“Welcome Home Holly”), first responder vehicles, local citizens and a lot of tears and cheers. While suffering from the loss of a longtime friend, both Holly and Benny’s friends rejoiced in his greatest treasure being returned to Rock Hall.
Thanks to Russell Nordhoff and Joe Creighton, the 7-year-old retriever was driven home in Benny’s GMC Sierra pickup with blankets (the Rock Hall team felt she needed to be in familiar surroundings as she traveled hundreds of miles home) in time for Benny’s memorial services and life with Benny’s stepfather, Goldey Vansant.
If you were wondering about Holly’s age, it was learned from Russell that Holly turned seven in October. Seems Benny had arranged for a birthday celebration complete with a birthday cake for the birthday girl and a human cake for the celebrants.
This happy ending was made possible thanks to the good people of Rock Hall, the Dallas animal lovers at the Dallas Animal Services and DFW Rescue Me and a man, who let it be known that Holly was his best friend.
Now, can’t we all work together to create other success stories.
Margaret Dalton met Robert “Bobby” Folsom when they were 13 years old attending Greiner Junior High School. At Sunset High School, they were such a cute twosome. She was a cheerleader and the “most popular senior girl”; he was a jock. When he went to SMU, she followed suit. But after his freshman year, he left SMU for West Point. Bobby told her, “I want you to have a good time. . . want you to date people and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”
The teenagers had a long-distance relationship thanks to letters and long-distance phone calls until he returned to SMU two years later to complete his education. They were married when they were 22. That was 1949.
Over the next 64 years, they were a typical Dallas couple, raising a family of four (Diane, Debbie, Johnny and Steve), building a business and getting involved in the community. But they loved Dallas and went beyond the norm. Bobby became a successful and influential businessman. When he was elected mayor of Dallas in 1975, Margaret became the First Lady of Dallas. Throughout their marriage, they supported numerous nonprofit organizations including Methodist Health System Foundation, SMU and The Center for Brain Health.
In recent years, health issues have challenged the couple, reducing their involvement in the community they loved. Fortunately, their children have carried on in their parents’ place.
It is with great regret to report that Margaret Dalton Folsom died this past Monday. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 6, at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.
According to Luncheon Chair Kim Bannister and The Elisa Project Executive Director Kimberly Martinez, The Elisa Project’s wish is
“The holiday season is when wishes come true and miracles happen. I believe in wishes and miracles, so I’m asking for your help. The Elisa Project, a non-profit that is dedicated to saving the lives of those who are suffering with eating disorder illnesses, is struggling to meet community demand for awareness and prevention education. Because everyone knows someone who is struggling with depression, low self-esteem or negative body-image, The Elisa Project’s programs (that focuses on these issues) have a waiting list of students to train.
“For that someone in your life who has everything, please purchase a table or tickets to our 9th Annual Waves of Change – Life Lessons Luncheon, chaired by Kim Bannister on March 26, 2014. Our luncheon speaker is seven-time Olympic medal winner, Amanda Beard.
“Amanda will speak frankly about how low self-esteem can lead to toxic relationships, clinical depression and self-destructive behavior. In her late teens, with pressures to remain thin, Amanda became bulimic, abused drugs and alcohol and began cutting herself. Through the renewed faith in herself and with support from family and friends, Amanda survived her battle and will join us to share her compelling story of a woman who gained the strength to live as bravely out of the water as she did in it. All proceeds from our fabulous day will go directly to help save lives.
“If you know someone who is suffering from mental health issues and needs help or for additional information about our event, please visit our website at www.theelisaproject.org or call 214.369.5222. You can make a difference today!”
* Photo provided by The Elisa Project
If the Cowboys need a backup for their team quarterbacks, they need look no farther than Anthony Kennedy Shriver. But more about that later.
There is no friendlier or happier welcome than the line-up at the annual Best Buddies Dallas Gala. This year the guests at the Saturday, November 16, fundraiser for Best Buddies Dallas at the Ritz-Carlton walked through lines of young buddy hosts into the ballroom’s lobby. Even if you didn’t know the hosts, you immediately felt like you were attending the best high school reunion.
Situated around the lobby during the cocktail party were statues. No, wait. Did one of them move? They did look pretty lifelike. . . and with good reason. Yup, it was a troupe of painted models who had more control than Spanx. They also had a bird’s-eye view of guests like Emmitt Smith (wife Pat was in Virginia), Margo and Jim Keyes, Rachel and Chris Trowbridge, Barbara and Don Daseke, Muffin Lemak, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, JB Hayes, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, Donnie Miller, Serita Jakes, Myrna and Bob Schlegel and Barbara and Steve Durham and Event Co-Hosts Tara and Bill Durham.
But before the guests arrived, Best Buddies Bestest Buds Jan Miller, Jeff Rich and Anthony Kennedy Shriver joined the Best Buddies including BB Ambassador Charles Calhoun for a group picture. It seemed that after every time a photo was a done deal, another BB arrived. So, another round of photos took place with smiles getting bigger each time. Ever the cheerleader, Jan said, “Everybody raise your arms!” With that arms rose and smiles and laugher increased. Then it was time to head to the party.
Missing from the scene were Honorary Co-Chairs Sheryl and Rob Lowe. Something about a shooting schedule conflict. But Rob had called Jan earlier in the day to tell her that they were there in spirit and would definitely be back for dinner with the guests who won the Kent Rathbun dinner with the Lowes in the live auction.
As Carole Murray found a safe nook near the wall next to the stage in the lobby and the statues stepped down from the pedestals, husband Scott Murray kicked off Part 1 of the live auction. Two big paintings were up for bid. But it was so crowded that one man in the back of the room stood on a chair to get a better look at the art. The bids started rolling in for the two pieces plus the additional paintings that could be done of your pet, yourself or anything.
Exhausted from all the bid activity, guests looked relieved as the doors opened just in the nick of time for dinner.
No sooner had dinner gotten underway than the stage action trumped the meal with another auction of more fabulous items. The highlights literally filled the room with song like BeBe Winans singing, with BB Ambassador Lisa Smith beautifully signing, Gladys Knight glowing in pink as she sang solo and then with BeBe. Event Co-Chair/WorldLink Founder Adil Adi singing “That’s What Friends Are For.”
But the one that had people on their feet without a note being sung was attributed to a team effort of BeBe, Emmitt and Anthony. The plan called for Anthony, who has a right arm that must be bionic, to throw 22 footballs to guests for $1,000 per ball within two minutes. To sweeten the deal, Emmitt was coaxed on stage to sign balls as they were handed to him by BeBe. Surely, the Ritz staff must have shut their eyes as balls flew through the ballroom missing the china and crystal. Miraculously, every one hit its target as men eagerly stood to catch the pigskins and hand them off to their dates/wives for safekeeping. And, by George, the trio could have thrown 22 more footballs as guests were left standing still wanting a chance to be a receiver.
Actually, the real receivers were the Best Buddies for a night of highlights and high-fives.
This weekend has all the promise of a traffic headache during the morning hours. On Saturday there’s the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade in downtown Dallas. Then Sunday the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will create road closures around downtown Dallas and East Dallas including White Rock.
For your convenience, here are maps of the parade route
and the marathon’s race course.
If you’re planning on attending either or both of these events, please remember to bundle up. Temperatures will be chilly to say the very least. And you just know frostbite doesn’t go with any of your outfits.
* Graphic courtesy of Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade
** Graphic courtesy of MetroPCS Dallas Marathon
According to The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Deputy Executive Director Stacey Russell, LLS’s wish is
“The wish of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is simple…its mission:cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, while working to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The North Texas Chapter and its supporters and sponsors work tirelessly all year to raise money to fund much needed life-saving research and to support patients currently in the fight of their lives. There are a number of different ways for you to get involved and help us achieve our goal of creating a world without blood cancers. Our Wish List to help get us closer to this goal includes purchasing tables or tickets for the upcoming 30th anniversary Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show , joining us to train to end cancer with Team In Training or climbing towards a cure in the Big D Climb. Please join us today as we work to end cancer today. It starts here. With you.”
Graphic provided by The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Folks have asked what happened to Holly, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever that survived a horrific wreck on I-35 last Tuesday that killed her truck driver companion, Benny Gerlock. Yes, the Dallas Animal Services and the good people of Holly’s and Benny’s hometown of Rock Hall, Maryland, were working together to help the pooch through this transition.
The officer who brought her in had offered to adopt her, but it seems Holly and Benny were too well known and liked in the town of 6,000-plus. The twosome’s friends appreciated all the help and offers to keep her in Dallas, but they also knew that Holly was a lover of cold weather and the Texas heat might not be to her liking. Besides, she belonged home in familiar surroundings.
So, Joe Creighton and Russell Nordhoff left Rock Hall Saturday and arrived in Dallas just before noon today to give the 7-year-old chocolate retriever a ride home.
While waiting for Holly and her foster mom DFW Rescue Me volunteer Tiffany Chen to arrive, Russell told how a fund was under way in Rock Hall for Holly. She’ll be living with Benny’s stepfather and a fence was needed.
In talking about their late friend, they recalled how Benny had gotten Holly as a puppy and they’d been inseparable. “If he liked you, he’d do anything for you. If he didn’t, well . . .” said Joe.
As a TV camera finished interviewing Joe and Russell, Tiffany and Holly arrived on the scene. As the DAS staff welcomed Holly with smiles and phone cameras, Russell called out to her. She looked at him. There was a familiar voice. Then she caught a whiff of Maryland. Her tail went into overtime and she actually seemed relieved to be with old friends. Russell knelt down, hugged her and bowed his head with her. It almost seemed as if they were consoling each other over their loss of Benny.
During her stay in Dallas, Tiffany reported that the retriever had been a perfect house guest for the past four days. Well, a perfect house guest, except for the snoring. Tiffany lavished her with “lots of cuddles, hugs and belly rubs.”
But before Tiffany, there had been that horrible night when her world changed forever — the slamming of the 18-wheeler against the concrete pillar, the sirens, the lights, the strange people offering help. Worst of it was that Benny wasn’t handling things like he always had. Then a kind soul took her to a big building where hundreds of dogs were barking. Something was terribly wrong. The people at the building knew Holly was confused, trying to sort out what had happened. They arranged to have Holly spend time with Tiffany. Still, Holly knew that Benny would be just around the corner.
After a final group photo and Holly receiving a Dallas Cowboys neckerchief, Joe, Russell and Holly went into the DAS to fill out paperwork. It seems that during her Dallas stay, the DAS staff had taken up a collection to have her rabies updated and a microchip implanted.
Unfortunately, despite all the efforts and compassion of old and new friends, Holly continued to scan the crowd of well-wishers for her best friend.
No one has been able to explain to Holly what happened to Benny. No one ever will.
The next time you’re in Rock Hall, ask to see Holly. It seems everyone knows her. They’re that kind of community and she’s that kind of dog.
Guests arrived at the Perot Museum on Friday, November 15, to a welcome committee of adorable young gals in white shorts and tops holding sticks with billowing mini-parachutes with tendrils looking like whimsical jelly fish.
The occasion on was the second annual Perot Gala, which just so happened to coincide with Perot matriarch Margot’s 80th birthday.
Wandering among the dinosaurs on the fourth floor filled with a garlicky aroma from all the tasties being offered, guests like Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Ka and LL Cotter, Betsy and Richard Eiseman, Mary Jalonick, Vin and Pam Perella, Caren and Pete Kline, Jennifer and Edward Sampson, Jo and John Gudjohnsen, Cindy Thomas and Bert Headden were called to the stairway leading to the Rose Hall. There, Museum Board of Directors Chair Carolyn Perot Rathjen and outgoing Museum CEO Nicole Small thanked one and all for supporting and joining them in the first-year celebration.
Then the multitudes were directed to the other side of the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, where two massive blocks of ice stood frozen on a stage. Next thing you knew, two gentleman looking like they had just returned from a stopover in the Arctic took their place on the stage with electric ice saws in hand. With ice chips flying and electrical cord blowing, they carved and sliced their way through the frozen water to the delight of the audience.
It resulted in a guessing game of what would be the final pieces of artwork. Eventually the answers were revealed: a Tyrannosaurus rex towering over an icy Perot Museum. Egad! Godzilla should have been so cool.
But then nothing is normal at the Perot. It’s a place where science and nature blend magically together to fascinate and teach.
Who says Dallas doesn’t have a change of seasons? Look at the leaves turning orange, yellow and gold on the trees. Feel the incredible temperatures. Smell the clean air. Watch the squirrels scurrying around for those precious nuts. Listen to the sounds of children playing, dogs barking and birds actually chirping.
OK, so maybe it’s only going to last a couple of days, but why not take advantage of it? When you get home this evening or before heading out tomorrow morning, put on your comfy shoes and take a stroll around the neighborhood. Don’t forget your camera. You’ll want to capture the beauty of leaves in their final days.
By Thursday, things will be back to neck-breaking temperatures, so you’ll have this walk to remind you of fall.
And the best thing about your jaunt — it’s free; it’s healthy; and it’s time that you did it. After all, you’ve been promising yourself a little time away from the computer.
Leave it to the Dallas Best Buddies to have the fundraiser of the year with the most smiles and highlights. From Gladys Knight and BeBe Winans singing to footballs flying through the Ritz-Carlton’s ballroom, photos of the November 16 gala are posted on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery, while the post is being written.
According to New Friends New Life’s Executive Director Katie Pedigo, NFNL’s wish is
“Give your loved ones an opportunity of a lifetime – lunch with two-time Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress, director and producer Sally Field.
“Enjoy the added benefit of knowing you are helping to provide sexual abuse recovery, job training, food, rent assistance, transportation, childcare, education, spiritual support, and second chance jobs for women and teenage girls who have been sexually exploited and trafficked. Our mission is critical and financial needs are great. Your support makes this possible.
“Purchase a table for you and your friends at http://www.newfriendsnewlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/WINGS-2014-Sponsorship-Contract.pdf
“This holiday season, all of the young women and girls you help by partnering with New Friends New Life are so grateful. Your love makes true transformation possible. Thank you for giving the gift of true freedom today.”
Photo provided by New Friends New Life
You’ve got to hand it to the MySweetCharity elves. They’re always doing deals. Seems a couple of them had happy-hour cocoa with a couple of their North Pole cousins to negotiate a series for area nonprofits: MySweetWishList.
It seems Santa can’t handle all the requests he receives, so MSC elves offered to post “wishes” from area nonprofits in hopes that a local Saint Nicholas or two might get the message. Nudge, nudge.
And, yes, Virginia, it goes without saying that any and all nonprofits would love $$. Tis the time to dig down in those wallets for the good of others.
In case you were wondering whatever happened to that puppy trapped in the storm drain for over a week, here is the latest. Stormy and his brother Sampson and sister Sadie were raffled off today at Dallas Animal Services. Before noon, there was a lineup of folks just waiting to get in and register for the drawing, along with the media.
While people waited for the drawing, they checked out the hundreds of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are available for adoption.
DAS Manager Jody Jones and her staff were so accommodating and friendly, they made Six Flags Over Texas look like a Marine Corps boot camp.
At 12:20 DAS vet Dr. Cate McManus brought the box with the raffle entries to the lobby for the moment. You could literally hear people holding their breath hoping that their names might be pulled. Stormy was up first and the three fellows who rescued him from the storm drain were there and pulled Donna and Mike Carruthers’ names for Stormy. Then Sadie went to Evelyn and Danny Guerra and Sampson to Deanna and Keith Oatman and their son Robert.
The new owners were then whisked to the conference room to see if it was a love connection. Of course, it was, so appropriate paperwork was filled out and photos taken. The pups will be liberated from sexual anxieties Monday (aka spayed and neutered) and sent to their homes.
Mike admitted that they hadn’t had a dog for a couple of years and when they saw the news coverage, they thought they would try. As Mike said, “We prayed this morning that if it was meant to be, it would happen.”
When asked whether Stormy would be retaining his name, Donna didn’t hesitate: “Yes!”
Stormy’s new home will be three fenced-in acres with no storm drains, and he’ll be the only pooch on property.
BTW, the puppies’ parents are still at DAS adjusting to life off the road. Mom is a 70-lb. white lab mix and Dad is a 35-lb. scruffy fellow. FYI: when the responders were trying to rescue Stormy, Mom stayed nearby barking at the rescuers, and Dad wasn’t too far off. These two took care of the pups and now need someone to take care of them.
DAS staffers want to get them acclimated to these changes before putting them up for adoption.
Here is a holiday tale about a gal named Holly. She lost her partner, Benny Gerlock, in a horrific wreck Tuesday night. The two were driving along I-35 when their 18-wheeler hit the concrete pillars. The damage was so great that it closed down I-35 for hours. Benny died at the scene, but Holly was relatively untouched.
The city took her in, but she was too traumatized to even eat. Confused about the situation, Holly would just go to the window looking for Benny.
You see, Holly is a 6-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a real sweetheart. The officer, who brought her to the Dallas Animal Services, offered to adopt her.
You’re thinking, “Oh, what a nice way to end a sad story.” But, no, wait. There’s more.
It seems Holly and Benny lived in Rock Hall, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. According to DAS, “The next of kin was the truck driver’s stepfather and he was not capable of caring for her. Not knowing what else to do, he surrendered her to us, knowing one of the first responders was interested. However, it appears Holly and her owner were quite popular in Rock Hall, Maryland, and the town rallied for her. They wanted her back ‘home’ and so we reached out to the stepfather again and he agreed that was the best place for her.”
As for getting her back home, “My understanding is that the trucking company where her owner worked is going to help her get home.”
In the meantime, DAS has arranged for Holly to have her vaccinations update, be microchipped and spend the rest of her Dallas stay with a DFW Rescue Me‘s foster home instead of DAS. The reason? “We think the comfort of a home setting will help her begin to adjust to the loss she has suffered.”
The good news is that today, on Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, Holly started eating and has met her foster dad, “Jim,” who is an experienced pooch caregiver.
Holly was indeed lucky to have people at DAS and Rock Hall who stepped up and took care of her. However, there are 400 dogs including two dozen Labradors at DAS that sure could use a home, too.
* Photos courtesy of Dallas Animal Services
This afternoon while folks are scurrying around to grocery stores to get that last minute Cool Whip or unsalted butter for the crescent rolls, there are those who will be hunkering down for another round of too much cold weather and not enough food or blankets.
It’s just the eve of winter and many, both human and animal, are bracing for what is to come. To help them, there are organizations trying to prevent the painful reality of “the holidays.”
If you get a chance, pull out that spare blanket, those to-be-thrown-out newspapers and not-really-needed canned goods. There are so many who would put a prince’s ransom on them. You can make the difference for good with so little effort.
Happy Thanksgiving for you and to all you touch with kindness.
Tonight as the sun is setting, Hanukkah (aka the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication) begins eight days commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Maccabees after the victory over the Syrians.
We celebrate the beauty of the lighting of the candles and the days that follow.
While some were lunching at fundraising events on Friday, November 15, others were taking full advantage of the beautiful weather to raise money for The Elisa Project. This report from the field tells the story:
“The Elisa Project held its second annual tennis tournament – TEP Open — at the Dallas Country Club. Charlotte Alston Legg and Terri McCullough served as co-chairs for the event with The Elisa Project Co-Founders Leslie and Rick McCall as honorary co-chairs.
“Twenty-six teams of two played in the round robin and 105 tournament and raised over $10,000 for the charity. Thanks to sponsors (Audi Dallas, Dallas Country Club, Elizabeth Showers, Cabanalife, JM Albert Photography, Skin Technology, The Scout Guide, Innergy, Spoon bar & kitchen, T Bar M Racquet Club, Royal Oaks Country Club, McCullough Mediation, Sunkissed Girl, Woodhill Dental Specialties, Vickie Brown Tenniswear and several local families), the entire event was underwritten.
“Local tennis phenom Peggy Porter also joined in by playing with the pros. The day included a ProAm and lunch on the terrace.
“Executive Director, Kim Martinez said that success of the tournament was due to the hard work of Charlotte and Terri in addition to the support of all sponsors, the Dallas Country Club and their pro staff.
“The purpose of the event was to raise mission-critical funds for The Elisa Project that will be used to provide school-age and community education and prevention programs throughout North Texas, as well as resource and referral services to help patients and families struggling with eating disorders find treatment and support.”
Photos provided by The Elisa Project
Oh, those screens. Those mammoth screens that are such lifesavers at event. They’re also tricky dudes. But more about that later.
While the media blackout was in full force on Friday, November 15, at The Salvation Army’s “Doing the Most Good Luncheon” at the Anatole, the folks who work year-round for the good of fundraising were celebrating and honoring their heroes/heroines at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency.
Sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter, this lunch runs like a watch wishes it did. It’s largely due to recipients acknowledging their honor via videotaped acceptance speeches courtesy of KERA; there are no long-winded talks. But it may also be the fact that these folks have attended so many fundraisers, they just know the pro’s and con’s of a successful luncheon event — keep it short and sweet.
Luncheon Chair Kimberly Humphries and AFPGDC’s President Sue Bailey stayed true to the POA and pulled it off.
But before the meal and presentations of awards, there was the VIP reception underwritten by past recipients Diane and Hal Brierley in a nearby foyer. The camaraderie of this group is infectious. They’re in a city that has become nationally renowned for philanthropy. Sorta like hummingbirds at the Arboretum.
Following lunch (southern Caesar salad with ancho chili Caesar dressing, roasted sirloin of beef paired with achiote spiced chicken breast, wild rice orzo pasta and vegetable confetti and artisan breads), the awards were presented to the following:
Outstanding Philanthropist (sponsored by Clarkson Davis — Lyda Hill (nominated by Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden)
Each of the video acceptances were gracious. But the scene-stealer was once again the Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy, 13-year-old triathlete Ariana. Perhaps it is because the ballroom is filled with veteran fundraisers who are impressed and inspired that such a young person has renewed their hope that the upcoming generation is already preparing to carry on the torch for their efforts. In this case, Ariana articulated her mission to help homeless children through Team Ariana. Her organization unites the sport of triathlon and focuses the national media spotlight on the growing challenge of homeless children in America from a child’s perspective.” Initially she had hoped to raise $25,000, but ended up with a total of $50,000, “which she donated entirely to Vogel Alcove.”
Following Ariana’s acceptance, emcee Scott Murray asked that Ariana’s folks — Allana and Zach Luterman — stand up.
And speaking of Scott, 2014 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Chair Christina Moore-Salinas announced that because of his contributions and efforts to philanthropy, a contribution was being made to the Scott Murray Foundation.
The only hiccup . . . and it was a minor one. . . was the spotlight on one wall was off-center a bit, causing part of the screen on the right side of the stage to wash out. The good news is that the screen on the other side of the stage was perfect, so folks just had to move their eyeballs to the left for a perfect picture.
Even if you’re not a professional fundraiser, you can and should attend this luncheon. Consider putting the 2014 event on your calendar.
You’ve probably heard about Stormy. He’s become the Brad Pitt of pooches around the country. That face!
There’s so much interest in the little guy who hid in a storm drain for days that they’ll be having a raffle noon on Sunday, December 1, at the Dallas Animal Services for his new human companions.
But wait! Storm wasn’t the only fella in the litter that was born underneath a portable school. Nope! A couple of Stormy’s littermaters are at DAS and also available. According to sources, hunky dad is there as well. All are pretty darn adorable.
Want a pre-Christmas miracle? Go to the DAS and adopt a critter. Whether it’s dog or cat or hamster, these animals know the roughest of times and will appreciate a sweetheart like you.
BTW, as adorable as the puppies are, that mama must be a pretty remarkable gal. No pre-natal and no OB/GYN. Still she managed to birth and take care of her kids, except for Stormy, who wandered off. Unfortunately, DAS is still trying to catch mom and two of her kids, so they can be safe, sound and adopted.
* Photos courtesy of Dallas Animal Services
Years ago there was a group that held a dinner benefiting The Family Place. It was legendary for being frothy with fun. Alas, it disappeared like a wisp of smoke. But since The Family Place was celebrating its 35th anniversary, the original chairs of the past event decided to resurrect the dinner on Thursday, November 14, with a new name — ReuNight — and location — Place at Perry’s.
The rallying cry led by Co-Chair Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Heather and Bill Esping and Muffin and John Lemak was to support the 35-year-old agency in its fight against domestic violence. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have Mayor Mike Rawlings as the honoree and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management as the presenting sponsor leading the charge.
The sold-out crowd didn’t seem to mind the crammed, jammed reception. After all, you had some of Dallas’ best-looking folks including Dallas’ Linda Gray, who never seems to age. She barely made it through the front door when she was hijacked by a coterie of people.
As for the chatter among the crowd (Niven Morgan, Shelby Wagner, DeeDee and Jim Lee, Robert Weatherly, Sue and Jim Gragg, Kathy Crow, Jennifer and Cody Clark and Kimm Daulton Wynne and Shannon Wynne), it included Suzanne McGee telling that her mom, Margot Perot, was celebrating her 80th birthday both Friday and Saturday. Friday at the Perot Museum Gala and Saturday at Brook Hollow for a private party. . . Piper Wyatt explaining that since husband Mike was in Brazil on business, she had decided to bring along Brooke Hortenstine as her date. The twosome were later spotted in a booth crooning into someone’s tape recorder. . . Brooke’s reporting that she was just back from Ceron’s and Todd Fiscus’s bachelor party in Las Vegas. . . Phil Cobb and Steve Palma talking about neighbor Kenny Goss’s Harwood K. Smith-designed home being on the market. . . Gillian Breidenbach, Troy Schiermeyer and Keenan Delaney arriving from the green relighting of the Bank of America building in downtown Dallas.
As for the antics of the evening, Eric Reeves couldn’t resist adding his two fingers to a photo opp. That was unplanned, but Mary Clare Finney and Matthew Simons singing “Reunited” highlighted the non-professional entertainment, with Hunter Sullivan picking up the mic and carrying on for the rest of the evening. Later in the evening emcee Jody Dean conducted a game of heads or tails.
Before dinner was served, Jody introduced Mayor Rawlings, who once again made it clear that domestic abuse would not be tolerated in any form on his watch. With The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink looking on, Mike reported that in the high school sign-up pledging to take a stand against abuse, Bryan Adams came in first with the most signatures and Woodrow Wilson took second-place honors.
Unfortunately, due to the crowd and acoustics some folks had problems hearing the talk, but once the auction was underway the right persons’ ears were tuned it. Linda Gray arranged to have a walk-on for a scene in TNT’s “Dallas” for the highest bidder. In a side room Nancy Rogers conferred with organizers and snapped up the item for $20,000 with a slight adjustment. Instead of the gorgeous blond doing the walk-on, she arranged to have three Family Place residents do the job. Just minutes after winning the prize, Nancy and her assistant Kris Johnson slipped out.
Then it was time for dinner, and what a dinner it was! In addition to salad and entrées of either salmon or tenderloin, there were major portions of spinach, Brussels sprouts, mash potatoes and macaroni and cheese.
Dallas has become the come-to-magnet for corporations and education institutions. For instance, Abilene Christian University opened up a satellite location in downtown Dallas on Thursday, November 14. Here’s a report from the field:
“Last Thursday night’s Grand Opening of ACU’s satellite location in downtown Dallas looked more like a Hollywood premier. Dallas non-profit CitySquare’s mixed use building at 511 Akard that is home to offices, low income and high-end residential, even a 7-Eleven and now ACU at CitySquare was awash in purple, the school color.
“The partnership between CitySquare and Abilene Christian University has resulted in a new program that will give students practical social work experience, while strengthening the fight against poverty in Dallas. ACU students in the university’s Justice and Urban Studies Team will live in Dallas for a year and use the new center as headquarters for field research on issues related to Dallas’ poor and under-served. At the end of the program, students will offer their findings to CitySquare to help in its mission of fighting the root causes of poverty. The one-year study program will be permanently based at CitySquare.
“According to a recent New York Times article, ACU’s endowment performance is outpacing its billion-dollar-plus peers such as Yale. Loyal donors and alumni joined the large group that attended Thursday night’s opening downtown.”
Photos provided by CitySquare
The SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause 2014 is going west. Well, not to Fort Worth. It’s still going to be at Sambuca with Holly Forsythe as the honorary chair. The western part comes as this year’s theme — “Tails of the West.”
That means you can wear those adorable boots, designer jeans and turquoise that you’ve been dying to show off.
With the aroma of garlic in the air thanks to loads of delicious food, Co-Chairs Gemme Galeoto, Whitney Keitch, Wynne McNabb Cunningham and Erin Seeds Ray have arranged for a silent auction with loads of two- and four-legged favs up for bid, entertainment and a Bone Appetite Restaurant raffle.
And, the timing couldn’t be better! It’s Sunday, February 23. That’s the week before the Academy Awards on March 2 and weeks after the Feburary 2 Super Bowl. So, no excuse! Even if you don’t have a pet, you’ll love the people who have critters at this party.
BTW, funds go to the SPCA/Neuter Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas. If Dallas is to reduce the problem of animal overpopulation and strays, the clinic is on the front line of making it happen.
With the upcoming Home Tour taking place on Sunday, December 8, New Friends New Life Executive Director Katie Pedigo hasn’t had time to drop the announcement letters in the mail yet. But we did want you to be the first to know! It will be great news to spread at your Thanksgiving dinner.
Guess who is going to be the featured speaker for the New Friend New Life’s Wings Luncheon on Friday, April 11, at the Anatole?
Well, Co-Chairs Pat McEvoy and Angela Nash along with Honorary Co-Chairs Lee Ann White and Michael Fowler and Underwriting Chair Shelle Sills have arranged to have. . . no, wait! That would be too easy just to print the name. Let’s give you some hints and see if you can guess.
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