MySweetCharity Opportunity: Partners Card

According to Partners Card Co-Chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley and Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley,

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

“Shop Like a Hero by saving money and a life during Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas. With the purchase of a $70 card, cardholders will receive a 20-percent discount at some of their favorite stores and restaurants while supporting The Family Place, Dallas’ longest-serving family violence agency. The annual 10-day shopping extravaganza is set for Thursday, October 28, through Sunday, November 6, and 100% of the proceeds from card sales directly benefit The Family Place and its programs.

“With more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano, Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Flower Mound, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville, Partners Card is one of the most highly anticipated shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex.

“The money raised through the Partners Card program is crucial to providing support for the women, men and children who are victims of family violence. Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and in its history, has helped raise more than $16 million.

“Partners Cards go on sale in September. New this year, individuals can download the Partners Card app from the App Store or Google Play to purchase the card and view available stores to shop. You can also purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, through direct mail or by visiting www.partnerscard.org. For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email [email protected].

“Our goal this year is to sell 16,000 cards. We hope you will help us reach this goal and Shop Like a Hero during the 24th Annual Partners Card fundraiser!”

* Photo provided by The Family Place

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Kara Axley and Auxiliary President Di Johnston,

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

“Equest has enhanced the lives of children and adults using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted therapies for thirty five years. The annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon, Riding High, will be Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club and will continue the 35th anniversary celebration by raising much-needed funds for Equest’s unique therapy programs.

“Today, Equest is the leader in equine assisted therapy and serves hundreds of riders annually. These riders include those with cerebral palsy and autism as well as orthopedic ailments. Additionally, Equest serves our country’s brave veterans through our ‘Horses for Heroes’ program.

“When Equest Women’s Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth started the organization thirty years ago, Equest was known as Freedom Ride and many people were unfamiliar with the cause and how to become supporters. A lot has changed in the past three decades as Equest has received national recognition for its work and the Women’s Auxiliary is a thriving organization comprised of hundreds of dedicated women who work tirelessly to provide invaluable funding.

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Riding High will be a fun-filled day of fashion, great food and a glimpse into the workings of Equest programming. Fashion icon Jan Strimple will produce the fashion show with some of Highland Park Village’s most noted international retailers showing their collections.  Highland Park Village is the presenting sponsor of the luncheon and we are most grateful to the Al Hill Jr. family for their generosity.

“In addition to the fashion show, we will honor beloved community leader Lindalyn Adams with the 2016 Equest Community Service Award for many contributions and advocacy for Equest over three decades. We are also pleased to have longtime Equest supporters Lezlie and Bill Noble serve as Honorary Luncheon Chairs.

“We hope you will join us for this worthy and life changing cause. Please visit www.equest.org for more information.”

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Recovery First Community Development Center Inc.

Recovery First Community Development Center Inc. (RFCDC) started serving others with the motto ‘we don’t develop the community, we develop the people in the community.’

“Failure is not an option if you have the necessary resources. But the funds can only be distributed until they disappear. If you reach the end of your rope, we have the tendency to make hasty and often unhealthy decisions.

Recovery First*

Recovery First Community Development Center Inc.*

“Our domestic violence advocacy aftercare program ‘Hiding Behind The Make-up’ is designed to help survivors become and hopefully maintain an independent living status once they leave a shelter. Because of the strain on the local shelters for lack of space (Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce Annual Report 2014-2015), we do not want the victims to fail and become homeless or return to their abuser out of desperation and no options for help.

“Our program offers, personal hygiene kits, burner phones, apartment deposits and a one-year P.O. Box rental, personal safety plans and additional counseling and case management (for up to six months). The distribution services for independent living are part one of this four part program.

Recovery First*

Recovery First*

“Educating the community with a yearly conference and/or luncheon to recognize outstanding volunteers.  Our commit to serve does not end with our program. We have outreach during the Christmas holiday with our afternoon Brown Bag lunch.  This year we received personal hygiene items from the Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. The ladies flooded the office with shampoo, deodorant and other items for our clients. Because of their generosity if has given us an opportunity to have a little more to offer.

Recovery First*

Recovery First*

“On North Texas Giving Day, your donations will help us maintain all of the items we offer and increase our client base when someone reaches out to our organization. It will help us to continue to educate the community with updated information and printed materials; as we keep spreading the word about the overwhelming statistics on domestic violence and how each person can help to stop this act of violence on others. Help us to help others live free from abuse and have a healthy and happy life.”

-By Deborah A. Davis, Recovery First Community Development Center Inc. Program Director/Co-Founder

* Photos provided by Recovery First Community Development Center Inc.
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In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Recovery First Community Development Center Inc. by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay

JUST IN: 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Scores $5.8M For Momentous Institute

It seems like ages ago that the players were on the course for the 48-year-old AT&T Byron Nelson in May. But in the months since the PGA tournament at the Four Seasons Resort, the calculators have been treated like abused punching bags and with good reason.

Today the Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas reported the amount of money that would benefit its Momentous Institute. The amount is way too big to print even on a Big Tex-type check. Ready to be impressed? The net results of the tournament was $5.8M.

Of course, the boys in red pants are all smiles.

According to 2016 Tournament Chair Tim Marron, “We are incredibly grateful to our title sponsor, AT&T, and our partners who helped make this another successful year for our tournament and, ultimately, for Momentous Institute. It is humbling to see the results of everyone’s hard work come together to benefit our Club’s longstanding mission to change kids’ lives.”

BTW, don’t go confusing Momentous Institute with Café Momentum. While they’re both very amazing programs for youngsters, the Institute “serves more than 6,000 kids and family members” by providing emotional and education support.

Momentous Institute Board Chair Guy Kerr explained, “The proceeds from this tournament yield a lifetime of change for the kids and families we serve through Momentous Institute. Every person who has a hand in making this tournament a success is part of a larger effort to ensure that more kids and family members have access to the mental health and education services they need.”

In the meantime, start thinking what you’re gonna wear for the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson at the Four Seasons Resort. It will take place in 262 days from Monday, May 15 thru Sunday, May 21.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Grove To Grove

According to Grove to Grove Co-Chairs Karen Carney and Patty Langdale,

Karen Carney and Patty Langdale*

Karen Carney and Patty Langdale*

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep is excited to host its inaugural fall fundraiser, Grove to Grove, which will take place Friday, September 23, at 3015 Trinity Groves and support the school’s mission of bridging the educational gap between North and South Dallas. The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour and welcome message from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, then continue with live entertainment, a seated dinner and silent auction.

“Funds raised at Grove to Grove will directly support students from underserved communities and provide them with a rigorous college prep education combined with valuable professional work experience, enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service.

“Grove to Grove is about fostering a relationship between our school’s community, the Pleasant Grove community, and members of the Dallas business community, but it is also about sharing the infectious message of hope the school is instilling in students. Innovative programs like Cristo Rey Dallas’ Corporate Work Study Program are shaping the future leaders of our city. The model allows students to spend one day a week working at some of the country’s largest and most respected corporations. Through the program, partners like AT&T, Ernst & Young, Hunt Oil Group and KPMG cover 60 percent of students’ tuition costs and provide them with entry-level positions that teach workplace skills and prepare them for a lifetime of leadership.

“We want the entire city to see the positive influence Cristo Rey Dallas is having on its surrounding community and the immeasurable impact it is having on students’ futures through the Corporate Work Study Program. The funds raised at Grove to Grove will allow us to continue the incredible and important work of transforming education and opportunity in our city.

“For more information on Grove to Grove or event sponsorship opportunities, which begin at $1,600, please visit cristoreydallas.org.”

* Photo provided by Cristo Rey Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Jewish Community Center’s Senior Bus Fund

According to Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J) Senior Bus Fund Chair Sandy Kuntz,

Sandy Kuntz*

Sandy Kuntz*

“Among its many offerings, The J has a vibrant and much needed Senior Adult Department. Our current senior membership is more than 700 strong.

“This past year the J has been challenged with transportation services due to an aging van in need of replacement. With two late model vans on the road providing nearly 5,000 trips each year, we need reliable vehicles to serve our cherished seniors. The cost is $65,000 for each 2-14 passenger, handicap-accessible van. Without transportation, these important seniors have no opportunity for a Kosher, nutritious lunch and programming designed specifically for them.

“The J’s Senior Adult Department serves the needs of this special population as the only senior subsidized Kosher meal site in the city of Dallas. The J also offers a rich array of programs entitled Golden Awakenings, a total wellness-focused series. This program incorporates fun fitness activities such as line dancing and chair yoga, mental stimulating activities such as language classes and speakers offering engaging topics, and uplifting activities such as meditation and Readers’ Theatre.

“As an active member of the senior community, I have seen firsthand how many people rely on the The J’s bus service to stay connected to the community. To date, we’ve raised just over $50,400 toward the project. Please ‘get on the bus’ and help us purchase a new vehicle for our transportation service. Your support would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be made online or by contacting Cece Burt at 214.239.7136 or [email protected].”

About The J
The J is the heart of the Jewish community. It provides social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and services to all age groups from toddlers to senior adults. Within its walls, the Jewish community gathers together to meet, play, learn, celebrate and remember what connects each of us as Jews. Everyone, regardless of age or religious affiliation, is welcome. The J is located at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Rd. in Dallas. For more information, visit www.jccdallas.org or call 214.739.2737.

* Photo provided by The J

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Presbyterian Communities And Services Foundation

“Loss happens. Loved ones die, and suddenly you don’t know what to do.

Tyra and Steve Damms*

Tyra and Steve Damms*

“Can you imagine seeing your children struggle with your terminal illness, fearing no one will be there to help them through the most painful time of their lives? Meet the Damms Steve, Tyra and their children Cooper (age 8) and Katie (age 4).

“’Steve was my one true love. He loved Cooper and Katie more than any parent I’ve ever seen love a child. Steve started showing symptoms in the fall. In January, tests revealed a mass in his brain stem, a glioblastoma grade IV, the most aggressive kind of brain tumor in a location that’s not operable,’ shares Tyra.

“The children watched their lives unravel as Tyra cared for Steve during his illness while struggling to maintain daily life and deal with her own grief. That’s when Faith Presbyterian Hospice stepped in with care and support from Faith’s Child Life Specialist. Valerie Sanchez, Director of Bereavement at Faith, explains, ‘Adults often ask: is it OK to tell children that mom or dad is dying? What do we say? Together, the Child Life Specialist and the family figure out how to get through when those tough times come.’

“Grief support for children is so important. Children who lose a parent are at much greater risk for falling behind in school, depression, anger and substance abuse. Faith provides a dedicated Child Life Specialist to help children through their grief journey – something very few other hospices provide.

“’It was time for me to tell Cooper and Katie their daddy was going to die soon. We sat in the family room and with the support of Faith and our pastor, I told Cooper and Katie that daddy had fought very hard but he was about to die.

Steve Damm, Katie Damm and Cooper Damm*

Steve Damm, Katie Damm and Cooper Damm*

Katie Damm with blanket*

Katie Damm with blanket*

Cooper Damm, Katie Damm and Tyra Damm*

Cooper Damm, Katie Damm and Tyra Damm*

“’Having Faith’s support made Katie and Cooper more comfortable discussing their emotions. Faith staff made them special blankets with pictures of Steve that they sleep with every night. When we celebrated Steve’s birthday after his death I used Faith’s idea to release balloons. Cooper has fond memories of his buddies around him and writing notes to Steve and seeing 100 balloons go up in the air. Those were special moments created because we have the support of Faith.  As Katie and Cooper grow, they’ll have different kinds of questions, reactions and emotions. Knowing I have the caring support of Faith means a lot,’ shared Tyra.

“The kind of hospice care that makes Faith different includes patient therapies and grief programs that Medicare and insurance don’t cover. Traditional hospice support ends after 13 months, but not at Faith.  Faith staff are there for children and families as long they are needed. Donations provide for 100% of Faith’s Child Life Services and grief support.

“With your support on North Texas Giving Day, we can continue to help families like the Damms who are going through the scariest time of their lives. We will be there in their worst moments to support them through their struggle – before and after the loss.

Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation helps ensure compassionate care for residents, patients and families in Greater Dallas served through Faith Presbyterian Hospice, and two senior living communities, Grace Presbyterian Village and Presbyterian Village North.

“When the personal finances of a resident or patient are exhausted, the Caring Funds ensure that quality care is available, regardless of ability to pay.

North Texas Giving Day is a great source of blessing for our Caring Funds. Please consider a generous gift on September 22, 2016. Together we can provide a much-needed lifeline for those we serve!”

-By Anita Ray, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation Manager of Annual Giving

* Photos provided by Presbyterian Communities And Services Foundation
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In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Presbyterian Communities And Services Foundation by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process

According to 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Chairman Lisa Longino and 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chairman Pam Perella,

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

“Charity selection planning process begins in a few days!

“Crystal Charity has raised more than $130 million for 100+ children’s charities since 1952, thanks to a thorough and fair grant application process. We have the honor of initiating this process in the coming weeks and are encouraging interested non profits to learn how to apply.

“Applications will be accepted, beginning Monday, September 1, for next year’s Crystal Charity Ball grants. Representatives from Dallas County children’s charities are encouraged mark their calendars so they can attend a brief prospective application orientation at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at the Communities Foundation of Texas offices at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged as this is the first step in a charity’s potential selection as a Crystal Charity beneficiary.

“Applications for prospective recipients will be available on line, beginning September 1 at crystalcharityball.org or by calling The Crystal Charity Ball office at 214.526.5868, ext. 18.  All applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the ball office. (Applications are not accepted via email).  The deadline is Monday, October 31, at 4:00 p.m.

“Prospective agencies must meet three basic requirements: to serve children in Dallas County, have had a 501 (c) (3) tax designation for at least three years and must have provided services in Dallas Country for at least three years.

“Crystal Charity has funded many different children’s charities over the years including those that provide educational opportunities, health care, social services, childcare, pastoral counseling, special camps for special kids, hunger prevention and medical research, to name a few.

“Many past recipients refer to becoming a Crystal Charity beneficiary as ‘earning the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ as the designation means that an organization has been thoroughly researched and meets the important criteria set by members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee.

“The 2017 beneficiaries will be selected in February of 2017 at organization’s general membership meeting. The fund-raising campaign will the next month.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Fantasy Football Draft Night

According to The Warren Center 23rd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night Chairman Mike Austin,

Mike Austin*

Mike Austin*

“We are excited to raise money for The Warren Center. It has provided over 15,000 families with needed tools, including individualized therapy for their child’s developmental delay, critical information and resources on developmental milestones, and guidance as parents become advocates for their child’s future.

“Former Dallas Cowboys Randy White will serve as our celebrity host and help our guests draft their own Fantasy Football team. This year’s draft night will host a cocktail reception, dinner buffet, live and silent auction, live surprises, Heads or Tails game and opportunity to win Dallas Cowboys 2017-2018 season tickets.

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

“We hope you will grab your football loving family and friends, and join us for this special night.”

“The 23rd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night will be held on Friday, August 26, from 6:00pm-10:30pm at the Hotel Intercontinental Dallas (15201 Dallas Parkway Dallas, TX 75001). Table sponsorships begin at $3,000 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500.  For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901.

* Photos provided by The Warren Center

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Dallas Afterschool

Dallas Afterschool*

Dallas Afterschool*

“At Dallas Afterschool, we believe that quality education can change lives, and the world we live in, for the better. That’s a big statement when you really think about it. Quality education has the potential to trigger a series of events and opportunities that lead to individual growth and greater community safety and success.

“But how do we really define education, and what do we expect from it, when students spend only 35 hours per week in a traditional school environment, leaving the other 133 hours left up to interpretation? Here are a few facts that begin to paint the bigger picture:

  • “By the time students reach the 6th grade, middle class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty.
  • “From 3-6pm, there are over 100,000 students in Dallas County between the ages of 5-14 left home alone without adult supervision or support. This is more than enough children to fill the AT&T stadium beyond capacity. So….
  • “While middle class students learn to read, create, persist and problem-solve at home and through afterschool and summer experiences, low-income children are more likely to be exposed to crime, unsafe behaviors and miss out on additional learning.
Afterschool students*

Afterschool students*

“As a result, substantial opportunity gaps exist that can’t be closed through traditional schooling alone. These gaps reinforce the cycle of poverty; the further behind our students become today, the more restricted they, and our community, will be in the future. We need quality out of school time programs to bridge these gaps.

Christina Hanger*

Christina Hanger*

“Our vision at Dallas Afterschool is for every family to have access to the quality afterschool and summer programs they want for their children. We were formed in 2007 in response to the study ‘Today’s Children: Tomorrow’s Communities, 2006 After-School Program Assessment,’ which found that there was no unifying agency to facilitate communication, learning or information exchange between afterschool care agencies in Dallas County. Dallas Afterschool promotes, expands, and improves the quality of afterschool and summer programs in low-income neighborhoods in our community.  We provide professional development, coaching and training for program staff based on national best practice standards for quality. Partner sites are given access to a library of innovative hands-on program resources designed to engage students in social, emotional and academic development, helping to bridge the opportunity gap of approximately 9,500 K-12th grade students at our 130 free or low-cost partner sites.  In addition to these services, we also conduct research on the impact of quality out of school time programs on student academic success and social/emotional development.

“We hope that this North Texas Giving Day, you will consider supporting the work we are doing to position our students, and our city, for success today and always. As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary this year, we are more committed than ever to improving quality of existing programs and increasing access to afterschool opportunities for the over 100,000 students left home alone between the hours of 3-6 p.m. On behalf of the Dallas Afterschool family and the over 9,500 students we currently serve, we thank you for your support!”

-By Christina Hanger, Dallas Afterschool CEO

* Graphic and photos provided by Dallas Afterschool

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In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Dallas Afterschool by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala

According 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Co-Chairs Marena and Roger Gault,

“As Chairs of this year’s Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala, along with Honorary Chair

Sherwood Wagner and Marena and Roger Gault (File photo)

Sherwood Wagner and Marena and Roger Gault (File photo)

Sherwood Wagner, we invite you to play your part on Friday, September 16 by purchasing a gala table or concert and After-Party tickets. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala kicks off the social season, and this year features world-renowned pianist Lang Lang along with our fantastic Dallas Symphony Orchestra and heralded maestro Jaap van Zweden.

Jaap van Zweden*

Jaap van Zweden*

“As one of the largest fundraisers for the Dallas Symphony, the Gala supports the DSO’s three goals: Creating Music, Enriching Lives and Advancing Dallas.

“The DSO regularly makes beautiful music both at the Meyerson Symphony Center and beyond. Every concert spotlights the superb talent of our musicians and entertains audiences each week. The DSO provides patrons with ways to enjoy music including DSO on the GO, which brings the full orchestra to neighborhoods around the Metroplex. ReMix, a casual, intimate concert series at Dallas City Performance Hall which gets audiences up close and personal with the orchestra. Parks Concerts in partnership with the City of Dallas have entertained neighbors and families for decades. This is all in addition to the classical music and terrific pops programs we all know and love. The DSO is committed to breaking down barriers to classical music so everyone can enjoy all it has to offer.

“But the DSO knows that they are more than a performing organization, and has a responsibility to serve its community. The DSO’s education programs brings classical music and music appreciation into schools, and the Young Strings program provides music instrument instruction to children as young as 6, free of charge. New programs such as the My DSO Concert, specially designed for audience members with developmental disabilities, allow the DSO to share music with more members of our community and make a difference in people’s lives.

“Our city is growing at a rapid pace, attracting new businesses and industries that are enhancing all of North Texas, and a strong cultural scene, and especially a strong orchestra, go hand-in-hand with a thriving city. Educated and skilled workforces continue to move to Dallas due to the quality of life that our cultural offerings provide. The Dallas Symphony’s international reputation are part of what attracts people when relocating their corporations. It makes Dallas an exciting place to live and work.

“We hope you will join us at the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. Table and ticket sales are open, and we’re pacing ahead of schedule, so don’t miss out! With your support, we can make this a record year and provide strong funding and foundation for the DSO to continue its mission to make beautiful music and important strides for future generations.”

* Photo courtesy of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

JUST IN: More Than 4,000 In-Need Dallas Kids Start The 2016-2017 School Year In Great Shape Thanks To CPD And DCAC

Since SMU is now officially back in session, the Bed Bath and Beyond staff has been in recovery mode. Seems the place was busting as parents and their collegiate kids shopped for dorm room necessities. As for the Office Depot team, they’re still under siege as area students and their folks are buying everything from pens to binders.

Community Partners of Dallas' Back-To-School 2016*

Community Partners of Dallas’ Back-To-School 2016*

One group that is taking a deep breath is Community Partners of Dallas (CPD). As part of their 23rd Annual Back-To-School drive, they surpassed their goal of providing more than 3,100 Dallas public school students with uniforms and supply-laden backpacks.

In addition to FFA’s kick-off contribution, The Container Store really gave a helping hand by raising $57,000 for the program. Remember that for each dollar donated, CPD was able to buy $5 worth of supplies and uniforms. Translation: The Container Store’s contribution resulted in supplies and uniforms worth a comfy six figures.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Back To School**

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Back To School**

Thanks to CPD and the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), more than 4,000 in-need kids started the 2016-2017 school year in stellar condition. Both were record breaker campaigns!

Pats on the back for CPD, DCAC and all the individuals and companies that came together for the children.

* Graphic provided by Community Partners of Dallas 
** Graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Harvest

John and Mary Martha Pickens (File photo)

John and Mary Martha Pickens (File photo)

According to Harvest Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens,

“On Thursday, September 15, the North Texas Food Bank will host its third annual Harvest, a moveable feast that features some of Dallas’ best chefs dishing out delectable bites and craft cocktails in the open air Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. In addition to farm-to-table fare, this year’s event will feature great music, as well as one-of -a-kind auction items. Harvest truly is a wonderful event that benefits a worthy cause: helping fight food insecurity among children and seniors right here in North Texas.

Loyd and Michal Powell (File photo)

Loyd and Michal Powell (File photo)

“I have supported the NTFB for many years now, so when Jan Pruitt asked me if John and I would chair Harvest this year, alongside Honorary C0Chairs Michal and Loyd Powell,  I eagerly said yes, knowing that this effort would help put food on the table for people in need.

“My heart aches to think that somewhere here in North Texas, a child or a senior is going hungry.  Sadly that is the reality for one out of every four kids here in North Texas. These boys and girls don’t have access to the healthy foods they need to grow and thrive. Our seniors are also not immune to hunger, and often, a limited income makes it challenging to put healthy foods on the table. Many of the seniors served by the NTFB report having to choose between paying for foods or purchasing their medication.

“I know that MSC readers want to make a difference, especially when it involves celebrating a worthy cause among friends. To that end, I invite each of you to visit ntfb.org/Harvest to purchase tickets for this event. We are lucky to have a strong Host Committee for 2016, along with an auction committee, led by past Harvest chair and NTFB Board Member, Nancy Gopez.

“Harvest is shaping up to be THE event of the fall. On behalf of the North Texas Food Bank, we can’t wait to see you there!”

2016 North Texas Giving Day Booster Series Starts Tomorrow

Susan Swan Smith*

Susan Swan Smith*

“For the past seven years, our community has come together for 18 hours in September to celebrate the amazing nonprofits that fuel North Texas. North Texas Giving Day started in 2009 with 345 nonprofits. That year, the community raised an impressive $4 million. Since then, the day has grown exponentially, pumping more than $119 million into local nonprofits.

“Next month on Thursday, September 22, North Texas Giving Day is back for its eighth year with the hopes of another banner day of giving. More than 2,000 nonprofits stand to benefit this year from more than $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.

“Here at Communities Foundation of Texas, we are planning another record-breaking 18-hour Giving Day. Across the 16-county region, exciting events are being planned to celebrate and rally for participating nonprofits and their generous donors—you! Official Donation Station events, which are filled with nonprofit prizes, performances, and local entertainment, are being planned in Arlington, McKinney, Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth. The third annual DFWChild Kids Give is also back and will take place at the Dallas Donation Station inside NorthPark Center.

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

“North Texas Giving Day is so lucky to have the generous support of donors, sponsors, and bonus funders. So far, bonus funds and prizes have been charitably donated by Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Bank of America, Bank of Texas, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Hunt Consolidated’s Hunt Cares Campaign, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation, Meadows Foundation, The Miles Foundation, The Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund at CFT, Neiman Marcus, North Texas Community Foundation, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Harold Simmons Foundation and an anonymous donor.

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

“Thanks to our North Texas Giving Day blog sponsor, MySweetCharity, from now until Thursday, September 22, you can learn more about some of the effective local nonprofits participating in Giving Day. Throughout the next four weeks, MySweetCharity will be publishing guest blog posts from a handful of nonprofits representing communities throughout North Texas.

“As a reminder, donations can be made from 6 a.m. to midnight on September 22 to more than 2,000 certified nonprofits listed on www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org. Donations $25 and above will be boosted by $2 million in general bonus funds and prizes.

“Whether online or in-person at the many Donation Station events, please join me Thursday, September 22 in giving to the nonprofits that make our community one of the most philanthropic and caring communities in the nation.”

-By Susan Swan Smith, Communities Foundation of Texas North Texas Giving Day Team Lead and Chief Relationship Officer

* Graphic and photos provided by Communities Foundation of Texas
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In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support more than 2,000 North Texas nonprofits and spread the word. #NTxGivingDay

North Texas Giving Day Booster Series Returns

Brent Christopher (File photo)

Brent Christopher (File photo)

There were some who wondered if the departure of Communities Foundation of Texas CEO Brent Christopher spelled the demise of North Texas Giving Day. Oh, please! The CFT staff has been in overdrive to make this year’s tsunami of fundraising even bigger than ever. That’s a toughie because last year “$33M was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting 2,020.” But they’ve been holding meetings throughout North Texas to prepare nonprofits for an incredible memory maker. And their work is going to pay off on Thursday, September 22, from 6 a.m. to midnight with the leaderboards soaring and events taking place throughout North Texas.

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

With just 30 days until the big event, MySweetCharity will run daily posts starting tomorrow about the various nonprofits that are involved in the program. This year’s series may surprise even the most knowledgeable charity follower. Some organizations like the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary will be so familiar, while others like Dogs of Hilltown will come as a complete surprise. But they all share the fact that they hope you will not only contribute to their efforts, but will also spread the word.

It’s gonna be hard to decide on which one to support, so why not spread your generosity around to benefit two, three or 20 nonprofits.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Behind Every Door’s Bowl-A-Rama

According to Behind Every Door’s Bowl-A-Rama Co-Chair/Board Member/volunteer Lori Turpin,

“Behind Every Door Ministries is hosting its Bowl-A-Rama on Sunday, September 18, at Bowl and Barrel. In addition to fun, food and football watching, this year’s event will include two bowling tournaments (one for families with children), open bowl, a silent auction, and a raffle.

Behind Every Door's Bowl-A-Rama*

Behind Every Door’s Bowl-A-Rama*

“Behind Every Door was founded in 2009 to transform lives in underserved neighborhoods by being intentional and present, believing the best about those who live there, and building healthy community. “They serve at two apartment communities, one in Southeast Oak Cliff and one on the edge of Vickery Meadow. To date, they have seen a 70% decrease in neighborhood crime.

Behind Every Door's Bowl-A-Rama*

Behind Every Door’s Bowl-A-Rama*

“Behind Every Door cultivates dignity, optimism, inspiration, and hope in everything they do. They believe in the ability of the love of Jesus to transform lives.

“They do this by focusing on:

  1. “Relationships — they learn the stories behind every door by knocking on them one at a time.
  2. “Collaboration — they welcome other non-profits, churches, businesses, community members, and individuals to assist in offering helpful services, programs and events, targeting these six areas:
  • “Education
  • “Employment/financial health
  • “Physical/emotional health
  • “Spiritual health
  • “Mercy/social issues
  • “Role models
  1. “Gospel: they demonstrate and proclaim the love of Jesus through acts of service and love

“Funds raised at Bowl-A-Rama will enable staff, volunteers, and ministry partners to continue this powerful impact.

Behind Every Door's Bowl-A-Rama*

Behind Every Door’s Bowl-A-Rama*

“For information about tickets, sponsor opportunities, raffle, and auction items, please visit our event webpage at www.behindeverydoor.org/bowlarama.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Can Academies Cares For Kids Golf Classic

According to Dallas Can Academies Cares For Kids Golf Classic Host Committee Member Steve Dennis,

“The 2016 Dallas Can Academies Cares for Kids Golf Classic is on track to be our most attended and most successful golf tournament to date. This event comes at a time where the importance of education has been pushed to the forefront of our community’s agenda.

“The Dallas Can Golf Classic has been one of the premier golf tournaments in the Dallas area for many years. The tournament is being held Monday, September 19, at Prestonwood Country Club with a shotgun start at noon. Foursomes are available for $1,000, individual hole and other sponsorships are available.

“As a member of the tournament’s Host Committee, I am thrilled to be able to play a part in raising money for these kids and the schools. This year the schools graduated nearly 1,900 students across the state; 622 of them graduated here in Dallas. It’s crucial that there is a choice for kids who may have dropped out of school for awhile, or simply just fallen behind in their grade level because of life’s circumstances.  A lot of them simply need more individualized attention to learn.  Dallas Can gives our kids here in North Texas that opportunity. We can’t have young people who are ready to return to school or want to catch up with their grade falling out of the system and not being given a high school option that works for them.

“The proceeds from the tournament help students in and out of the classroom like recent June graduate, Nadia Rangel. Nadia graduated with honors and walked across the stage to receive her diploma after many struggles threatened to hold her back. She spent most of her young years in numerous foster homes and dropped out of school when she attended a traditional high school in order to earn money for the family. Nadia is now enrolled at El Centro Community College, where she will participate in their internship program, which allows students to work and gain valuable experience while they receive their education.

“Dallas Can Academies are free, open enrollment dropout recovery high schools that welcome all students ages 14-21 who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the student programs of six Dallas Can Academy campuses.

“Three Dallas Can campuses also have Wee Can Academies; early childhood development centers for children ages six weeks to 12 years. The centers care for some of the students’ children as well as the surrounding community.

“ESPN Radio will broadcast live from Prestonwood Country Club the day of the tournament. Come out and play golf, help some kids and stop by and see me while we broadcast The Dennis and Freido Show on KESN 103.3 live from the tournament.

“If you would like to participate in the golf tournament as a player or a sponsor, please contact Dallas Can Academies Development Director Stephanie Lucero at 214.944.1955.

“To register or purchase sponsorships, visit: www.texanscan.org/Golf/Dallas-Golf-Classic/. For more information about Dallas Can Academies, visit www.texanscan.org.”

A Gentle Reminder: Monday Officially Kicks Off Back-To-School And Rainy Day Reminders

Oh, goodness gracious! Traffic delays are on the menu for Monday. The reason: school officially is back in session and drop-off and pick-up lines plus absolutely no cellphone activity allowed are taking place.

Mother Nature's tears (File photo)

Mother Nature’s tears (File photo)

BTW, weather guessers are saying that an added challenge might be the first day of school being a wet one. So, rain slickers may be the fashion du jour. But, just in case, why not put a garbage bag with holes for the head and arms in your munchkin’s backpack. It will take a minimum of room and just might make for a less soggy student pickup in the days ahead.

Also, if you see a school bus stopped, you’ve gotta stop until it gets going. This allows kids to safely dart across streets to get to and from their mode of transportation. Not only is it the smart thing to do, it’s the legal thing.

After the kiddos are back at their desks getting educated, grownups should head back to their fundraising activities. With oil prices being as slippery as banana peels and economic jitters filling minds, non-profit organizations are more in need of help than ever before.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Announcement Reception Didn’t Need Gas To Fuel The Plans For The Fundraiser

Announcement receptions can be “Oh, we already knew that” for the guests. But the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala announcement on Monday, August 1, boded more ho-hum with loads of folks still on summer hiatus. Gee, you couldn’t blame ‘em as the temps were moving comfortably into the three-digit range.

Sherwood Wagner

Sherwood Wagner

Roger and Marena Gault

Roger and Marena Gault

Ah, but then this wasn’t your typical announcement. Already DSO Gala Co-Chairs Marena and Roger Gault along with their BFF Sherwood Wagner had raised the bar with a little soiree at Sherwood’s mansion that had tongues wagging like a metronome set at 208 BPM. The claim was it was the party of the year and only ended because a major storm was blowing in big time.

But before guests gathered at the Meyerson for the update, the DSO staff had shown its flexibility. Seems that earlier in the day the gas had been turned off at the Meyerson. No, it wasn’t a question of the gas bill not being paid. It was just one of those technical glitches. Still, it did create some challenges, like the afternoon’s tasting for the gala had to be moved across the way to the Belo. And when the gas was still lacking just before the reception, the evening’s pass-around appetizers were cooked up at Belo. But nary a guest knew of the situation because all was in place as they arrived.

Sherwood Wagner and Marena Gault

Sherwood Wagner and Marena Gault

As for the day’s tasting, Sherwood had a real surprise when, unbeknownst to her, walnuts were in one of the courses. She suddenly had an allergic reaction resulting in lips that the Kardashians would have envied. Luckily, relief was found and Sherwood’s pucker was perfect for the reception.

Another perfect 10 was scored by Kara and Randall Goss, who strolled along the sidewalk looking cool. Kara was in white breezy evening pants with pockets (“I love having pockets!”) and Randall didn’t show a smidgen of perspiration in full suit and tie.

Kara and Randall Goss

Kara and Randall Goss

Margaret and Barry Hancock and Kristi Hoyl

Margaret and Barry Hancock and Kristi Hoyl

Also in fine bib and tucker was Underwriting Co-Chair Barry Hancock in suit and tie with wife/Underwriting Co-Chair Margaret Hancock in white lacy sundress.

Joining the Hancocks was Underwriting Co-Chair Kristi Hoyl, whose husband/Underwriting Co-Chair Ron Hoyl had to work. Kristi admitted surprise that daughter Sydney Hoyl, who had been at camp in New York for a couple of weeks, had not sent one letter home. It seems that Kristi had even arranged for pre-addressed envelopes, and still no mail from Sydney. Not to worry. When Sydney is at college in need of funds, she’ll improve her communication technique.

As for the DSO Gala on Friday, September 16, there’ll be no traditional theme. It’s just gonna be a fun evening, with pianist Lang Lang as the featured headliner. The table decorations are in the final stages of preparation, but be prepared for black tablecloths.

Black tableclothes

Black tableclothes

According to Roger, both ticket and sponsorship sales are 78% toward goal and ahead of last year. While insiders report that the percentage of sales is higher than Roger’s guesstimate, it shows that the magic of music and fundraising are moving along despite the Texas heat.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Helping Our Heroes

According to Helping Our Heroes Event Co-Chairs Michael Marasco and Travis Wilson,

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

“Helping Our Heroes is a local organization with a vision to help those who serve so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms of living in the greatest country on Earth. We honor heroes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as local police, firemen and first responders.

“We invite you to join us for our Sixth Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament. Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we will gather on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for dinner and a wonderful silent auction. General James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, will also be in attendance as the 2016 Guest of Honor. The following day, golfers will enjoy the day at Brookhaven Country Club where our annual golf tournament will take place, complete with lunch and an award celebration.

“Proceeds from the events will benefit Semper Fi Fund, which offers immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and Folds of Honor, which provides annual educational scholarships to the families of those killed or disabled while in active duty.

Helping Our Heroes**

Helping Our Heroes**

“In 2016, we aim to raise $200,000 for Semper Fi Fund and Folds of Honor. To view ticket packages or to purchase tickets, please visit the Helping Our Heroes website.

“We hope you will join us for dinner and a fun day of golf as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families!”

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee 
** Graphic provided by Helping Our Heroes

The Resource Center’s 8th Annual 5 Factor Honorees Revealed

Steve Kemble (File photo)

Steve Kemble (File photo)

The Resource Center has released the names of the five honorees, who will be celebrated at the 8th Annual 5 Factor on Friday, September 23, at 7 for Parties.

Drum roll, please. The five, “who have been valuable partners of the Center and community,” are:

  • Community — Christine Bengston of Caven Enterprises
  • Culinary — Culinaire food and beverage concepts
  • Government — Adam Medrano, Dallas City Council District 2
  • Media — Steve Kemble, radio personality and lifestyle expert
  • Philanthropy — Patti Le Plae Safe, entertainer

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased here.

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Kara Axley Finds A Match Made In Highland Park Village

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show Chair Kara Axley is having a real relationship with Highland Park Village merchants. The matchmaker is fashion-loving producer Jan Strimple. To have the most marvy fashions on the runway at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, October 4, the following HPV merchants will be showcasing the fall fashions: Akris, Alice+Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John.

Akris (File photo)

Akris (File photo)

Lela Rose (File photo)

Lela Rose (File photo)

Caroline Herrera (File photo)

Caroline Herrera (File photo)

Adding to the HPV feel is the couple, who will be the honorary co-chairs. Yup, longtime supporters Lezlie Noble and her HPV jeweler husband Bill Noble.

Lezlie Noble in the center (File photo)

Lezlie Noble in the center (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams (File photo)

And still another plus is the presentation of the Special Recognition Award to Lindalyn Adams. No, Lindalyn has not taken up residence in HPV, but she does shop and lunch there.

This fashion show is always a home run with handsome gents in riding attire as window dressing and, if the weather is user-friendly, the Equest Mini-ambassadors will be grazing on the lush Brook Hollow grounds.

Funds raised from the event will “benefit Equest’s therapeutic programming for children and adults with all types of physical, cognitive, emotional and learning disabilities.”

Oh, and, yes, HPV is the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show.

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep Held Its Draft Day With Mayor Mike, Mav Maniacs And Media Types For Corporate Work Study Program

Despite being the busiest man in North Texas, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings once again was on the spot to promote education at the Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep Draft Day on Friday, July 29. Unlike last year when he had to video his comments, Mayor Mike was in person along with other well-known types. Here’s a report from the field:

On Friday, July 29, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep transformed its gym into an NFL Draft-inspired venue, as it announced students’ Corporate Work Study Program partnerships for the 2016-2017 school year!

Draft Day 2016 kicked off as students were lead into the gym by the Mavs Maniacs, whose energy was infectious and quickly got the entire crowd on its feet. The Maniacs proceeded to launch Mavs gear into the roaring crowd as students took their seats in the gymnasium bleachers, cheering and squirming in anticipation of being “drafted” by some of the city’s biggest corporations.

Kelby Woodard*

Kelby Woodard*

Event emcee and Fox 4 Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter Edward Egros took the stage shortly after 2:30 p.m. to welcome families, charitable executives and students. Cristo Rey Dallas President Kelby Woodard spoke briefly, thanking the inaugural Corporate Work Study Program partners and donors for their support and vision, then introduced Corporate Work Study Program Director Gunnar Rawlings. Rawlings shared details on Cristo Rey’s innovative high school model, which features some of the country’s most recognized businesses hiring students to work entry-level positions in exchange for tuition assistance. He also praised the students for earning “more than $2 million” in tuition aid from the school’s Corporate Work Study Program partners, which include: Hunt Oil, Ernst & Young, CBRE, KPMG and The Boston Consulting Group.

Mike Rawlings*

Mike Rawlings*

Rawlings then introduced his father, Mayor Mike Rawlings, who spoke on the importance of “pulling our city together” and bridging neighborhoods and communities, particularly in light of the recent and tragic police shootings. Mayor Rawlings also addressed recent growth in South Dallas and sited Cristo Rey Dallas and the education it is providing its students as an integral part of the positive transformation taking place within the community.

Mike Gruber, Mike Doocy, Gunnar Rawlings and Edward Egros*

Mike Gruber, Mike Doocy, Gunnar Rawlings and Edward Egros*

Mayor Rawlings then turned things back over to Egros, who introduced the Draft Day panel including: Gunnar, Fox 4 Weeknight Sports Anchor Mike Doocy and sports personality and Music Director for the Dallas Mavericks Mike Gruber. The trio provided color commentary on students as they were “drafted” and eagerly welcomed to the stage to meet representatives from their assigned Corporate Work Study Program company.

A reception for CEOs and company executives followed the festivities. Corporate Work Study Program partners, Cristo Rey Dallas faculty and board members gathered in St. Therese Hall to enjoy post-Draft Day barbeque and refreshments.

Draft Day 2016 attendees included: PwC Vice Chair Tom Codd, Cristo Rey Dallas Board Member/CBRE Vice Chair and Managing Director Jack Fraker, Dieste Chair Tony Dieste, EY Managing Partner Michell Vopni, Firebird Restaurant Group CEO and Owner Mike Karns, KPMG Managing Partner Manny Fernandez, President and CEO of Greyhound Dave Leach, Jackson Walker Managing Partner David Moran and President and CEO of Vogel Alcove Karen Hughes.

* Photos provided by Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep

Les Femmes Du Monde Shift Directions In Announcing Honoree(s) Of The Year For Annual Fundraiser

Those Les Femmes du Monde gals are once again trying something different for their annual big fundraiser. Chairing the event at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, October 25, will be veteran chair Mary Lee Cox. Instead of doing a luncheon, they’ve decided to once again hold a night-time gala complete with a VIP cocktail reception and three-course seated supper.

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Jan Ward (File photo)

Jan Ward (File photo)

Now for the big switcheroo. In the past, Les Femmes have honored a “Woman of the Year” and then, a couple of years back, they honored a host of gals. But leave it to Mary Lee and Les Femmes President Jan Ward to try something different. This year’s honorees will be a twosome and what a twosome. The Couple of the Year will be Nancy and Herbert Hunt! Yup, you read it. Herbert is going to be very first man to be honored by Les Femmes annual award. But not to worry. His little sister Caroline Rose Hunt received the award back in 1988, so she can give Nancy and Herbert Nancy some pointers. BTW, this year the Hunts are also celebrating 65 years of marriage.

Herbert and Nancy Hunt (File photo)

Herbert and Nancy Hunt (File photo)

Such a natural pick since the criteria for the selection is that the honorees be “supporters who have helped make this organization and many non-profits successful, embracing education for members and youth, while at the same time, helping others in our community.”

In the past, honorees have included Doris S. Dixon, Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, Caroline Rose Hunt, Annette Strauss, Vivian Castleberry, Mary Kay Ash, Ebby Halliday, Catherine Crier, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Laura Bush, Juanita Miller, Nancy Brinker, Gloria Campos, Florence Shapiro, Liz Minyard, Gretchen Minyard Williams, Karen Hughes, Billie Leigh Rippey, Dee Wyly, Anita Perry, Yvonne Crum, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, Gail Thomas, Mary Lee Cox, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith, Nina Vaca and Virginia Cook.

Individual tickets start at $250, but that category has only a limited number of seats available. Single patron tickets range from $500 to $1,000. Suggestion: Think sponsorship and underwriting.

Funds raised will go to the Child Life Program at Children’s Medical Center and the International Education Program of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.