MySweetCharity Opportunity: Côtes du Coeur

According To Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez,

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Côtes du Coeur is a series of events leading up to a magical night of wine and food- a black-tie fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner held on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). The spring gala is the largest of its kind and is the number one gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Proceeds from Côtes du Coeur go directly to the AHA for cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs. Côtes du Coeur 2014 raised $3.2 million, net proceeds. That’s with an event cost of just 10%! During its 22-year history, Côtes du Coeur has raised more than $21 million.

“Côtes du Coeur is a sell out every year – it hosts approximately 1,200 business and community leaders, wine industry leaders, and wine collectors from throughout the Southwest. At the gala, renowned Dallas chef Richard Chamberlain leads 16 acclaimed chefs in the creation of a tasting menu and wine pairing from 30 elite wineries from America and abroad. Attendees experience multi-course fine dining created around a specific wine varietal for each dish. The quality of the food and wine is a key differentiator for “Côtes du Coeur. The gala features a live auction of one-of-a-kind experience-packages and a silent auction of more than 2,000 wines-the largest fine wine auction in the Southwest.

Rick Allen, Paragon Healthcare’s CEO, and Chris Jones, Paragon’s CSO, are underwriting co-chairs. Kristen Sanger is my right hand gal as gala/arrangements chair, working on a fantastic theme to be revealed. soon. Kim Bannister has signed on for auction chair, so you know that will be fabulous.

“This year’s team has already secured two-$125,000 sponsors.”

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Patriot PAWS Service Dogs

Armando and Lucky*

Armando and Lucky*

“Every time one of our disabled veterans tells me that he or she doesn’t think he or she could have gone on without knowing that he or she was eventually going to get a service dog from Patriot PAWS, I’m thankful that the veteran hung in there and didn’t become just another statistic in the growing number of veteran suicides in this country every year. The need among our disabled veterans for service dogs and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD-trained dogs is overwhelming.

“I founded Patriot PAWS in 2006 after learning of this need from veterans at the Dallas VA Hospital who asked me to help them train their pet dogs to help them. I had no idea that eight years later, we’d have over 100 veterans on our waiting list.

Matt doing laundry*

Matt doing laundry*

“Average cost to train the highest-quality service dog: $27,000 and 2 years’ time. Seeing a disabled veteran/service dog team working together for the first time: priceless. I never get tired of watching the bonding process, of seeing person and dog learning to function as one.

“I also never get tired of hearing their stories. I’ve had veterans tell me “this time, I didn’t have to spend the night on the bathroom floor when I fell because my dog went to get help” and “now that I have my dog, people actually look at me and no longer look away.” One dog brought the phone to her veteran after he had suffered a stroke so that he could speed-dial his wife for help. Another dog alerted his veteran’s wife to the fact that he was having a seizure in another room.

Prison inmates with dogs*

Prison inmates with dogs*

“As a nation, we collectively owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our veterans. North Texas Giving Day, which will be held on September 18, is a wonderful opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for all of us. Donations of $25 or more will be amplified by the funds made possible through the Giving Day bonus funds. Patriot PAWS is proud to be part of this day and to be doing what we can to help our disabled veterans, four paws at a time.”

-By Loris Stevens, Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Founder/Executive Director

* Photos provided by Patriot PAWS

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon

According Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky,

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

“The sold-out Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon, slated for October 7 at Brook Hollow Golf Club, has some unusual twists this year. For starters, the line up of Highland Park Village retailers who are participating includes some very impressive names such as Brunello Cucinelli, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose, Leggiadro and Hadleigh Baby. Jan Strimple is, once again, producing a spectacular fashion show that promises to be fast paced and entertaining.

Equest commemorative scarf by Leggiadro scarf*

Equest commemorative scarf by Leggiadro scarf*

“In keeping with this year’s luncheon theme ‘The Year of the Horse’, Leggiadro has created a commemorative scarf benefiting Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship programming. The scarf may be purchased for $595 with 20 percent going to the charity. So, even if you aren’t lucky enough to attend, you can still support the Equest Therapeutic programming with a very fashionable purchase!

“Another addition will be Dior Beauty LipFix stations that will provide fresh lipstick application stations for our guests as they leave featuring Dior Beauty’s new color hues for fall 2014. While the ladies are at lunch, we’ll set up these simple stations along our exit routes. Some ladies will dash to their cars, but others can stop by stations and get fresh lipstick after lunch and try a new shade or formula for fall.

“Beloved community leaders and longtime Equest supporters Fredye Factor and Sarah Losinger are honorary luncheon chairmen. Debbie Oates, former Junior League president and Crystal Charity Ball chairman, will receive the Equest Community Service Award. Visit equest.org for more information or to purchase raffle tickets.”

* Photo provided by Equest Women's Auxiliary

 

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Women Of Distinction Luncheon

According to the Women of Distinction Luncheon Chair Elizabeth Gambrell,

Elizabeth Gambrell*

Elizabeth Gambrell*

“I have the honor of chairing the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Women of Distinction Luncheon this fall. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will honor two deserving women and two exceptional Girl Scouts. Gene Jones, member of the Board of Directors for the AT&T Center for Performing Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong pursuit of helping others. Nancy Ann Hunt, former Girl Scout and teacher, will receive the Woman of Distinction Award.

“Presented by AT&T, the luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Keynote speaker will be Alison Levine, team captain of the first American women’s Everest expedition and author of the New York Times best-seller, On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership.

“The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community. Funds raised during the luncheon support wow-worthy activities for nearly 33,000 North Texas girls in four Girl Scout program areas: financial literacy, healthy living, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and outdoor leadership.

Gene Jones*

Gene Jones*

“Lifetime Achievement recipient Gene Jones has had a tremendous impact on the North Texas community. She guided the Jones Family into involvement with The Salvation Army both locally and nationally, has been a dedicated supporter of the arts through Board membership and was a driving force behind the creation of the Cowboys Art Collection at AT&T Stadium. Her track record of community involvement is extensive, including leadership and support roles for Southern Methodist University, the George W. Bush Institute Woman’s Initiative, Children’s Medical Center and Sweetheart Ball. She is mother to three, grandmother to nine, and wife to JerryJones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

“The 2014 Woman of Distinction recipient, Nancy Ann Hunt, is a former Girl Scout who credits the organization for having a positive impact on her life. She attended college at Southern Methodist University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Hunt taught second and fourth grade science and math at Dallas Country Day School, served as president of three PTA’s in the Richardson Independent School District, and coached girls soccer for six seasons. Hunt is an active member of the United Methodist Church and Boy Scouts of America, and is a current Trustee for the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. She’s a proud mother of five and grandmother of nine.

Alison Levine*

Alison Levine*

“This year’s keynote speaker, Alison Levine, captures the essence of Girl Scouts’ outdoor leadership and adventure. She served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent, skied to both the North and South Poles and made history in 2008 as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from West Antarctica to the South Pole. Additionally, she worked in corporations for more than two decades, founded the non-profit Climb High Foundation and currently works as an adjunct instructor and strategic advisor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“For more information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or a table at the event, please contact Brianna Morris at 972.349.2438.”

* Photos provided by the Girl 
Scouts of Northeast Texas

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Dallas Contemporary

“As a non-profit institution dedicated to showcasing regional, national and international artists, Dallas Contemporary (dc) strives to bring new ideas to our local community. The money raised by generous supporters of North Texas Giving Day helps dc develop exhibitions that not only educate our visitors but greatly impact the Dallas community as a whole.

JR*

Inside Out Project*

“In January 2014, dc invited French street artist JR to turn our building inside out as part of his global Inside Out Project. With a mission to turn the world into a public canvas, JR invites participants to publicly stand up for what they believe in by pasting their portraits within their communities. To date, Inside Out has reached 112 countries, and the likenesses of over 200,000 participants can be seen in such places as the highways of Hong Kong, the walls of the Middle East, the bustling streets of Time Square, the favelas of Brazil and the icy landscape of the North Pole.

Inside Out Project*

Images of the Inside Out Project*

“While at Dallas Contemporary, the Inside Out Photobooth captured close to 3,000 portraits of Dallas community members. The photobooth printed large poster-sized portraits that were wheatpasted on the walls and floor of the museum creating a spectacle that highlighted Dallas’ diverse cultural identity. Each participant was invited to stand up for what they believe in. For the Inside Out Project, all are equal and every message is uniquely important.

“Dallas Contemporary has proudly produced ten unique street art pieces within Dallas in the last two years. Adding to this collection, we took JR’s photo booth truck out into the community and wheat pasted portraits on walls in Trinity Groves and Deep Ellum. Not yet satisfied with our Inside Out Dallas take over, we invited schools from across the

“Metroplex to the museum to create their own portraits and encouraged them to paste them up at their schools. Williams Preparatory, Peak Preparatory and Denton High School rose to the challenge and brought the project back to their classmates. Amy Parks-Heath Elementary brought their students and asked them to write their favorite word on their hand in their pictures. The photographs show young smiling faces taking a stance on compassion, creativity and honesty.

“With the money raised from North Texas Giving Day, dc was able to provide transportation to school groups, host a public artist talk with JR and expand the project outside our museum. This kind of community engagement is essential to a museum’s growth and success, and we can only do it with your support! We hope you will join us this year on September 18 to help dc continue its work in the community!”

-By Jacque Donaldson, Development Assistant for Dallas Contemporary

* Photos provided by Dallas Contemporary

Pop-Up Celebrity Pastry Chef Bake Sale At Empire Baking Company To Benefit Duck Team 6

The word “pastry” conjures up light, delicious and rich, rich, rich images! Hmm, sounds like a debutante. But that’s what going to be on hand Saturday at Empire Baking Company in Inwood Village. No, not debutantes, silly. Pastries!

Duck Team 6*

Duck Team 6*

It’s for the Second Pop-Up Celebrity Pastry Chef Bake Sale with Consilient Hospitality Pastry Chef Laurel Wimberg at the helm as the featured chef.

This year 100% of the sales will benefit Duck Team 6, one of the true unsung heroes in the Dallas rescue organizations. DT6 is “a group of independent rescuers who save street dogs in the Dallas area. They help trap hard-to-catch dogs that have lived their lives as strays. The organization’s mission is to reduce the street dog population through capture, placement and outreach.”

Their rescues should be on the “Animal Planet”. No wonder Laurel picked DT6.

They also deliver approximately 3,000 pounds of dog food each month to low-income areas of Dallas.

Meaders Ozarow (File photo)

Meaders Ozarow (File photo)

According to Empire Baking Company Founder Meaders Ozarow, “Laurel has been a part of the Dallas culinary scene since 2006. We are thrilled to highlight her delicious delights to raise money for Duck Team 6.”

But back to the calories-that-don’t-count event. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out). The whole thing (production costs of the pastries, providing the retail space and event promotion) is being underwritten by Empire Baking Company.

* Graphic courtesy of Duck 
Team 6

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2014 Cabaret Gala

According to 2014 Cabaret Gala Co-Chair Marisa Huckin,

Marisa Huckin (File photo)

Marisa Huckin (File photo)

“Polish your wing tips and pearls and join me at the Cabaret!! Saturday, October 4, the 22nd annual Cabaret Gala will benefit one of Dallas’ crown jewels — Dallas Children’s Theater!

“We are so fortunate to have one of the nations’ leading professional family theaters right here in our midst. For 30 years, they have served our community and brightened and enlightened both young and old! This year’s Cabaret is somewhat of a family affair for me as I co-chair with my beguiling brother-in-law, Matthew Huckin, and we are joined by my darling mother-in-law, Carol Huckin, as honorary chair. Our family knows firsthand the value of DCT and the power of the arts.

Marissa Mulder*

Marissa Mulder*

“This year’s star is Marissa Mulder, an electrifying new cabaret princess on a meteoric rise. We are thrilled to get her to Dallas!! Be there as she takes the stage in the legendary Venetian Room at The Fairmont Dallas. There is always unexpected fun, excitement and shenanigans. Come early to mix-n-mingle during the pre-show “Cocktails & Cabaret” hour in The Venetian lobby.

“For tickets or sponsorship, contact Artie Olaisen at [email protected] or 214.978.0110.”

* Photo provided by
the Dallas 
Children's Theater

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Hiett Prize Luncheon

According to the Hiett Prize Luncheon Co-Chairs Marie Brehm and Ann Drumm,

Marie Brehm and Ann Drumm*

Marie Brehm and Ann Drumm*

“As co-chairs of the upcoming celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, we wanted to share with the readers of MySweetCharity the opportunity to participate in a unique and thought-provoking dialogue presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

“On November 12, the Dallas Institute will present the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities at a luncheon at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. In keeping with the mission of the Institute to promote civil discourse, the luncheon will feature an open, guided dialogue with this year’s winner, Jared Farmer.

Jared Farmer*

Jared Farmer*

“Farmer is one of the finest young environmental historians writing today, and is the author of three books: Trees in Paradise, On Zion’s Mount, and Glen Canyon Damned. He describes himself as an ‘Earth-based humanist,’ exploring in words and photos the effect land has had on humanity and how we in turn have shaped our lives and our history by how we have shaped the land. His work promises to give new relevance to the humanities in a world in which science and technology seem to have less and less need of the human perspective.

“Each year, the Hiett Prize, created in 2005 by philanthropist Kim Hiett Jordan, recognizes a person whose work in the humanities shows extraordinary promise for the future, and who is already making a difference in the way we think about the  world.  This prestigious award, one of the richest humanities prize in the nation, highlights important new talent while reinforcing our city’s status as a nationally recognized cultural leader.

“Hiett winners are chosen because of their potential to become the leading thinkers of our time.  Last year’s winner, William Deresiewicz, has tackled the provocative issue of the true value of elite education in his latest book Excellent Sheep, which has just this week enjoyed extensive press coverage, and was featured by Fareed Zakaria on his weekly program GPS.

“A great city such as Dallas must have a vital presence in the humanities to help develop informed and prudent citizens. The Dallas Institute and the Hiett Prize luncheon offer the opportunity to discuss important, relevant issues of our day with a world-class thinker and like-minded citizens.

“We hope you and your friends will join us on November 12 for this important event. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Emily Hargrove at the Dallas Institute – 214.981.8820.

* Photos provided by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

North Texas Giving Day Goal: To Top Its Own National Record On September 18

Brent Christopher toasting 2013 North Texas Giving day

Brent Christopher toasting 2013 North Texas Giving day

“After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $25.2 million, North Texas Giving Day is back with the hope that North Texas will rise to the challenge and outdo itself once again. With new community events and extra time to donate, the sixth annual North Texas Giving Day aims to raise the giving day bar once again to benefit more local nonprofits. On September 18, 2014, donations can be made 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,600 certified nonprofits listed on the new website www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org. Donations $25 and above will be amplified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.

“New this year, Communities Foundation of Texas will host the Dallas County Donation Station with the inaugural North Texas Giving Day Kids Give from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our headquarters, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX. The Kids Give sponsored by DFWChild will provide kids a chance to donate their loose change as well as do hands-on philanthropic and kid-friendly activities like assembling ‘Hope’ packages for kids in the hospital and more. Visitors may purchase lunch from local food trucks and watch complimentary showcase performances. See a full list of activities here. We will also be giving out two new prizes to nonprofits that are present to win. (It will be fun. Check out the video from last year.)

“Also new this year, we have Donation Stations and events all across the metroplex from Fort Worth to McKinney.

2014 North Texas Giving Day*

2014 North Texas Giving Day*

“Giving Day is a wonderful day to support the important work of nonprofits serving North Texas. Thanks to MySweetCharity, our North Texas Giving Day blog sponsor, from now until September 18, you can learn more about some these amazing nonprofits participating in Giving Day. Throughout the month, MySweetCharity will be generously sharing guest blog posts from select nonprofits representing communities throughout North Texas.

“Each year, we are amazed by the continued generosity of the donors that participate in this day, and we hope that local nonprofits raise even more money this year. And, surely we will thanks to the many MySweetCharity fans who give their time, talent and treasure to the wonderful nonprofits that are participating.

“Its success could not be possible without the generosity of the donors that make bonus and prize money possible. Bonus funds and prizes have been contributed by Bank of America, Katherine C. Carmody Trust Fund, Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation of North Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, Hunt Consolidated’s Hunt Cares Campaign, Meadows Foundation, Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, The Rees-Jones Foundation, Sage Payment Services, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Harold Simmons Foundation, The Swan Smith Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. Thank you to WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News, MySweetCharity, 98.7 KLUV, 100.3 JACK FM, 103.7 KVIL, Fort Worth Business Press, Living Magazine, Classical Rush, Texas Tribune and DFWChild, the 2014 North Texas Giving Day media sponsors.

“Whether online at www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org or in-person at the many Donation Station events, please join me Thursday, September 18 in giving to the nonprofits that make North Texas a great place to live!”

-By Brent Christopher, Communities Foundation of Texas President/CEO

* Photo provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

Sold Out Alert: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon

Equest horses (File photo)

Equest horses (File photo)

Word just arrived that if you were planning on buy a ticket to see the Jan Strimple produced Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow benefiting Equest, it’s too late.

The October 7th must-attend event is sold out!

Michael Barin bracelet cuff*

Michael Barin bracelet cuff*

However, Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky does have some remarkable raffle items up for bid. For instance, William Noble donated a Michael Barin silver-and-18K-yellow-gold custom “Year of the Horse” cuff bracelet that would make any wrist look pretty darn fabulouso. Just think. Instead of owning a horse, you would have a cuff that would require no farrier.

Chances are $50 per ticket and three for $100. They can be purchased by calling 972. 412.1099 and you don’t have to be present to win.

* Photo provided by Equest Women's Auxiliary

MySweetCharity Opportunity: ReuNight

According to 2014 ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton,

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

“ReuNight is a festive, yet intimate gathering of friends, old and new, to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of The Family Place. We promise fun, merriment and lively company! For many years, the annual dinner was a sold-out success at a nationally known steak and seafood restaurant.

“Last year, the concept was renewed with a gathering of loyal Family Place supporters at the Place at Perry’s. The evening was so successful that we are going to ‘ReuNight’ again this year on Wednesday, October 22nd. We are thrilled that Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/Private Banking & Investment Group/Bank of America has returned as our Presenting Sponsor.

Lucy Wrubel (File photo)

Lucy Wrubel (File photo)

“The casual evening will include cocktails, delicious steak dinner, fine wines and music by celebrity DJ Lucy Wrubel. Of course, all of this fun and fare is for a very important cause. The Family Place empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. More than 11,750 clients received services and support from The Family Place in 2013.

“For victims of family violence, The Family Place is the Dallas area’s largest leading organization, delivering proven programs that address emotional and physical abuse and incest. They provide free comprehensive victims’ services that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety. Special events, such as ReuNight, are the core source for public awareness and funding for The Family Place. Each is critical to the continued success as they strive to meet the growing demand for services.

“ReuNight with us in the fight against domestic violence and enjoy an evening of great cheer, wonderful friends, and a few surprises. Visit www.familyplace.org for sponsorship or ticket information, but hurry because seats are limited!”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Parkinson Voice Project

According to Parkinson Voice Project Volunteer Linda Swanson,

The Loud Crowd*

The Loud Crowd*

“Get ready to flashback to the 1960’s with this family-fun performance by The Loud Crowd® (a group of 100 people with Parkinson’s whose voices have been restored at Parkinson Voice Project). Lamb Chop and Mallory Lewis, the daughter of Shari Lewis, will MC this special event on Saturday, September 13, at Heights Baptist Church. Lewis’ father has Parkinson’s. In addition, another member of Lewis’ family who lives in Dallas and also has Parkinson’s will be performing in the show. Sing Out! is a celebration of the rebirth of communication for people with Parkinson’s. Each performer has undergone Speak Out! ®—an intensive therapy program developed by Parkinson Voice Project that strengthens the muscles used for speaking and swallowing.  There is no charge for the show; however, reservations are required.  Visit www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org or call 469 375-6500.

Parkinson Voice Project*

Parkinson Voice Project*

“During the Sing Out! performance, Parkinson Voice Project will officially announce that it has received a $300,000 Challenge Grant from one of its Dallas patients. Every donation (up to $300,000) received before December 15, 2014 will be matched dollar for dollar. Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop will be signing autographs and taking photos with donors after the show. If you’re unable to attend the show, you can still help Parkinson Voice Project meet its $300,000 Challenge by clicking here:   http://www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org/waystogive.html

“One in one hundred adults over the age of sixty are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Eighty-nine percent of these patients are at risk of losing the ability to speak. There are an estimated 9,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This neurological condition can cause the voice to become soft, weak, and hoarse, making it impossible to communicate effectively. However, after just twelve Speak Out! therapy sessions, vocal strength and quality are restored. Click here to see a before and after video of someone treated at Parkinson Voice Project: http://www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org/story2.html

Speak Out!*

Speak Out!*

“Something unique about Parkinson Voice Project is that all of its therapy services are provided through a Pay It Forward system– no patient is billed for therapy, and insurance is not filed.  The entire program is funded through donations.  Because of this special funding model, no Parkinson’s patient has ever been denied treatment at Parkinson Voice Project.

“This past July, Parkinson Voice Project received national recognition from NPR’s Diane Rehm during an interview with vocal artist, Linda Ronstadt, who has experienced voice loss since her diagnosis with Parkinson’s. Diane Rehm endorsed the therapy services at Parkinson Voice Project stating, “I highly recommend it.  I have witnessed the difference it can make in people who undergo the training.” Click here to listen to a clip from the Diane Rehm Show.

“For more information about Parkinson Voice Project, visit:  www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org or call 469.375.6500.”

* Photos provided by Parkinson Voice Project

Tuesday Is “Dollar Day Do-Over” At The Dallas Zoo

Dollar Day Do-Over*

Dollar Day Do-Over*

An elephant in the hood (File photo)

An elephant in the hood (File photo)

There are a lot of fingers, hooves and claws crossed in the hopes that the rain ends by tomorrow. The reason? It’s the encore of Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo. Remember, the last one on July 17 sorta got rained out despite thousands still showing up.

The animals and zoo staff will be open for business regardless Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.

* Graphic courtesy 
of Dallas Zoo

“Walk To End Alzheimer’s” Team Kick-Off Party Hit A Home Run At Maggiano’s Little Italy With Kellie Rasberry And New Teammates

Dallas’ 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Co-Chairs Tara Arancibia and Gay Waltrip Donnell and Teams Committee Co-Chairs Carolyn Dobson and Pat Pediman held the team kick-off party at NorthPark’s Maggiano’s Little Italy on Tuesday, August 12. Here’s a report from the field:

Carolyn Dobson and Pat Pediman

Carolyn Dobson and Pat Pediman*

“More than 80 people, many new to the walk, attended the kick-off party. Of those, 49 people signed up for the walk across 20 NEW teams. 70% of funds raised from the WTEA come from Teams, so we were thrilled to have so many sign up on the spot! We didn’t really expect the Kick Off Party to be a time to collect donations, however we did accept over $4,500 that night. To learn more or sign up for this year’s Walk, go to alz.org/walk.

“Last year, Dallas/NTX area walks raised over $1,000,000. This year the Dallas Walk is expected to have 4,000 walkers and raise over $1,000,000. We are currently #2 in the country, with 142% revenue growth over last year, so we have extraordinary momentum as we move to our Saturday, October 4th walk date. Senior Care Centers is our lead sponsor. (Philadelphia was the most successful Walk last year—in case you wanted to know!)

Becky Prince, Bob Kidder, Alan Stein, Lynn Prude, Anne P. Stark and Robert Tobey*

Becky Prince, Bob Kidder, Alan Stein, Lynn Prude, Anne P. Stark and Robert Tobey*

“All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will be able to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Tara Arancibia, Julie and Jeff Rushing, Gay Waltrip Donnell and Kellie Rasberry*

Tara Arancibia, Julie and Jeff Rushing, Gay Waltrip Donnell and Kellie Rasberry*

“’Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” Host Kellie Rasberry is our honorary chair and is forming ‘Kellie’s Team’ in honor of ‘Mother Price,’ her sweet and sassy South Carolina grandmother who unfortunately passed away of Alzheimer’s a few years ago.

“Tuesday night’s party had a baseball theme because this weekend the Dallas Alzheimer’s Association is partnering with the Texas Rangers for a Strike Out Alzheimer’s weekend to drive awareness amongst the large crowds at the games.   http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex

* Photo credit: Julius Pickenpack

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market

According to 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market Co-Chairs Allison Cox and Sara Koda,

Allison Cox and Sara Koda*

Allison Cox and Sara Koda*

“The 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market marks 37 years of giving to deserving beneficiaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This unique shopping opportunity has raised more than six million dollars for 100 different nonprofit organizations while kicking off the holiday shopping season in style. We are looking forward to celebrating ‘Christmas in the City’ at the 37th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market in Centennial Hall at Fair Park.

“As the yearly fundraiser for the Dallas-area Chi Omega Alumnae, we hope to have a record-breaking year at the Market once again. The 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market has pledged $206,500 to the following beneficiaries: Bea’s Kids, Chi Omega Education Foundation, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, CitySquare, Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Police Association’s Assist the Officer Foundation, Letot Center Capital Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas® and Project Transformation.

“The Chi Omega Christmas Market will run November 19-22, 2014, kicking off with a Preview Party Wednesday, November 19th from 7 to 10 p.m. where guests will have an exclusive preview of this year’s Market. Shoppers also will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and a raffle with fantastic prizes. Preview Party tickets are $75 and offer readmission during the Market.

“First Call shopping is set for Thursday, November 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Call tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door for $25.

“General admission will run Thursday, November 20th from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 21st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $12 at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Tom Thumb stores and online at www.chiomegaxmas.org.

“We hope you will join us for the 37th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market to raise money for these deserving beneficiaries that make holiday shopping worthwhile!”

* Photo provided by Chi Omega Christmas Market

Dallas Animal Services Updates Saturday’s “Empty The Shelters” Program And The Leftover Kitty

Just got this update from the Dallas Animal Services team including photos about yesterday’s adoptions and the one kitty named Simba, who was just too overwhelmed by all the activities that she didn’t let her calico personality impress prospective human companions.

Simba*

Simba*

“We’ve had several offers to pay the fee for Simba and a couple to adopt her.

“You know the weirdest thing? People didn’t care about the fee. When we ran out of animals about 2:30, we started telling people as they came in the front door that we had no more free animals but they could pre-adopt, at full price, any of the animals in Lost & Found. I was afraid people would turn around, but they didn’t. Not one person turned away. Many said they didn’t care. Some –I don’t know how many – of those 149 were full price adoptions.  22 more at the EAC – people drove from DAS to North Dallas and paid full price to be part of the answer. This was truly about the public finding a way to help shelters ease the overcrowding. I did not expect that.”

Saturday 149 animals left Dallas Animal Services for couches, laps and new lives. The entire Empty The Shelters program resulted in more than 2,200 animals being adopted through 33 North Texas animal shelters. This amazing program was underwritten by ASPCA to the tune of $20,000. It was two years in the making. Thank you notes should be written immediately.

Empty The Shelters adoptee*

Empty The Shelters adoptee*

Empty The Shelters adoptee*

Empty The Shelters adoptee*

Empty The Shelters adoptee*

Empty The Shelters adoptee*

“Empty The Shelters” Got More Than 100 Dallas Animal Services Residents Adopted

Well, there you did it again! Wave a flag and you came running. Just got a report from Dallas Animal Services that the lineup for pets was out the door this morning.

Yellow Lab with new friends

Yellow Lab with new friends*

One couple adopted a yellow Lab to join their two other dogs. The former shelter dog went from being homeless to a family with a fabulous home complete with manicured yard and swimming pool. At last report, three tails were wagging and human companions were high-fiving!

Dallas Animal Services emptied more than 100 spaces thanks to Empty the Shelters today*

Dallas Animal Services emptied more than 100 spaces thanks to Empty the Shelters today*

At 5 p.m. all the DAS dogs and all, except one of the cats available for “Empty the Shelters” program, had been adopted. They’re keeping their fingers, paws and claws crossed that the one cat is adopted before the end of the day.

Let’s hope the other area shelters had a clearing house day, too!

* Photos courtesy of Dallas Animal Services

“Empty The Shelters” Takes Place Saturday For Free, But Don’t Read This Post Without A Hankie

Saturday is going to be a rallying day for 33 area animal groups. It’s been declared “Empty The Shelters Day.” No, they don’t plan on opening all the doors and letting loose all the critters. Rather, they’re waiving adoption fees. Well, OMG, that’s like saying Neiman’s having Dollar Day!

Everything from rabbits to pure bred pooches will be available for adoption plus in many cases free microchipping, free spay/neuter, free medical examinations and free vaccinations. Even the scruffiest of them can be turned into knock-outs with a little TLC. Take for instance the little fellow in the photos.

Shelter dog before adopton

Shelter dog before adoption

Shelter dog after adoption

Shelter dog six months after adoption

The reason is that the shelters are busting at the seams and too many animals are being euthanized. So the money you save on the free adoption will allow you to buy food, a comfy bed, a nifty collar or a ton of treats.

But before you go rushing out to get yourself a four-legged best friend, realize that it’s a commitment. In exchange for being responsible for your “freebie”, you will receive a lifelong companion. One day you just may wonder who saved whom.

Of course, you want to hear a story about that kind of  commitment.

WARNING: Get hankies out. According to KRLD’s Scott Sams this morning, a homeless, nameless man was found in the woods up north of the Mason Dixon. He was dead. By his side was his dog that was also dead. Instead of seeking water or food, the dog had stayed by the man until the very end. When the two were discovered, authorities learned the pair was from North Texas because the dog was microchipped. Even in death the dog helped the man. That relationship didn’t require palatial surroundings or exquisite grooming. Just commitment and compassion by the two best friends.

Dallas CASA’s Parade Of Playhouses Patron Party Celebrates With Teddy Bears, Adorable Kids And Mini-Mansions

As NorthPark stores were closing on Sunday, August 2, and the clean-up crew at Legos was mopping up, Build-A-Bear Workshop was just starting to party with guests of all ages.

More than 100 longtime Dallas CASA supporters proudly celebrated the launch of 19th Annual Parade of Playhouses presented by ORIX that is on display until Sunday, August 17. At the end of the run, a raffle will be held to find homes for the playhouses. The only ones missing seemed to be Honorary Co-Chairs Angela and Jim Thompson, who were out of town. But never fear. They will be at the drawing.

Dunia Borge and Kathleen LaValle

Dunia Borge and Kathleen LaValle

And while the Playhouse patrons may have enjoyed adult beverages and camaraderie, it was really a kids-for-all ages occasion. Dunia Borgia in her white chef’s jacket and hair pulled back doled out fresh pistachio ice cream with caramelized pistachios. Teddy bears were being brought to life with stuffing and fluffing as their new families watched in awe. Some even were lucky enough to get new ensembles as they were bundled in teddy bear carriers or stuffed in strollers.

Cole Parrish and Trevor Parrish

Cole Parrish and Trevor Parrish

Big brother Trevor Parrish was helping little brother Cole Parrish to pick out a bear. After all it was Cole’s birthday. . . When asked if Garrett Browning was going to get a bear, Mom Elizabeth Browning laughed, “Of course!”. . . Even big girls like Megan Redfern got a stuffed buddy. Hugging her new BFF, she was asked if she had named the bear? Without hesitation, she said, “Pop. for Parade of Playhouses.”

Linda Schwartz and Ron Flanary

Linda Schwartz and Ron Flanary

Receiving thank you’s was Ron Flanary of Glazer’s. Not only did Glazer’s provide the wine, Ron had been responsible for the gratis delivery of the playhouses.

Payton Fancher, Dan Fancher, Stone Fancher, Andi Fancher, Grant Fancher and Bob Borson

Payton Fancher, Dan Fancher, Stone Fancher, Andi Fancher, Grant Fancher and Bob Borson

Another group being congratulated were the builders and designers of the mini-mansions including AMX Corporation with Southwest Displays, Austin Commercial with Life of an Architect, Backyard Mansions, Bob Borson with Buford Hawthorne, Butscher Construction Co., LRO Residential, Erin Nicole Parisi of The ArtMongers, parmadesign, Texas A&M University College of Architecture and Tri-Tex Construction with Life of an Architect.

CASA’s new Executive Director/President Kathleen LaValle reported, “Our goal is to expand our services. We want to double the number of children served by 2016, and serve all abused/neglected children in our area by 2019.” At this time Dallas CASA has 700 volunteers, but they need more. They also have a $37M fundraising campaign underway with the additional goal of raising awareness of Dallas CASA.

Playhouse

Playhouse

Kathleen also explained that the Parade of Playhouses is a great opportunity to raise that awareness. It seems that when people buy a raffle ticket, they say, “What is Dallas CASA?”

Playhouse

Playhouse

This year they added Dallas CASA aprons for raffle-ticket sellers. Next year they’re looking forward to retaining a “text” service so people can vote for their favorite playhouse by text and donate at the same time.

Kevin Parma and Seth Parma

Kevin Parma and Seth Parma

Over to the side, Seth Parma displayed the true goal of CASA — a child loving and being loved thanks to a caring adult. In this case it was his dad, Kevin Parma, who had built one of the playhouses. Thanks to people like Kevin and his wife Sherry, children who are not as fortunate as Seth and his sister Lorelai have Dallas CASA in their lives.

Playhouse

Playhouse

With the weekend’s temperature hitting the three-digit mark, it’s a perfect time to check out the playhouses in the air-conditioned surroundings of NorthPark and/or to buy a raffle ticket ($5 each, or 5 for $20). The drawing is Sunday, August 17, at 4 p.m. in NorthPark’s NorthCourt (first floor entrance near AMC). According to Dallas CASA Chief Development Officer Cynthia Calabrese, 75% of the money raised from the Parade comes from the sale of the raffle tickets.

For more photos from the patron party, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Thrift Studio

According to Thrift Studio Preview Party Chair Kelley Copeland,

“Home is where one starts from. (T.S. Eliot)

“It’s where we all start and end our day. It’s where we recharge and feel safest. But what if that space only has a mattress on the floor, no place to eat dinner and not enough blankets? What would a child with a home like that dream of becoming? Would they be confident as they face the world each day? Would they be equipped to break the cycle and insist on a new standard of living? This is a reality for too many families in our community that have been homeless or have slipped into poverty. Dwell with Dignity’s mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time. We provide home interiors to families who have committed to self-sufficiency and are working hard to change their family’s life and future. We fully furnish their space with furniture, accessories, art, linens, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal. All the things a family needs to feel at home!

Tobi Fairley*

Tobi Fairley*

“How do we do what we do? That’s where the Thrift Studio Preview Party comes in! It kicks off Thrift Studio, Dwell with Dignity’s 30-day pop-up shop that sells our overstock of donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high-end designer finds to the public. Our honorary chair for this party is design guru, Tobi Fairley. In fact, Traditional Home Magazine predicted: ‘Tobi will be like Cher or Oprah, one of those women for whom one name says it all.’ We are so thrilled she has agreed to be our honorary chair.

Spring 2014 Thrift Studio*

Spring 2014 Thrift Studio*

“’I am privileged to be the honorary chair for Dwell with Dignity’s Fall 2014 Thrift Studio,’ said Tobi. ‘This amazing nonprofit goes right to the heart of why I am in the interiors business: to create a place to call home. With the proceeds going to fight homelessness and poverty, this wonderful event will help even more deserving people find a happy home.’

“Thrift Studio has a cast of fabulous designers who design and install vignettes using items from our warehouse as well as items they have donated from their inventory or their industry connections. The designers and showrooms participating this October include CDA Interior Design, Denise McGaha Interiors + ID Collection, Dan Nelson + Jan Barboglio + Peacock Alley, Gonzalo Bueno + David Sutherland Showroom, Joseph Minton, Paul Duesing Partners, Peter Sandel Design, LLC + Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, Tracy Martin Taylor + Brendan Bass Showroom + Robert Allen Design.

“Thrift Studio provides the majority of funds necessary for us to give families in our community a fresh start with a home they can be proud of and thrive in.

“The Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio Preview Party is special because you get to shop and purchase fabulous finds at great values before anyone else! It’s a party you don’t want to miss. We have design inspiration galore and items you won’t be able to live without!

“The Thrift Studio Preview Party is Thursday, October 9th in the Dallas Design Center, Suite 749. The tickets are $175 per person for the VIP party starting at 6 p.m. and $125 for the Party starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale September 2 at thriftstudio.com.”

* Photos provided by Dwell With Dignity

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Dallas CASA Parade Of Playhouses

Leo the Lion by Erin Nicole Parisi of The ArtMongers

Leo the Lion by
Erin Nicole Parisi of The ArtMongers

The Parade of Playhouses presented by ORIX is continuing its march at NorthPark with the raffle coming up this Sunday at 4 p.m. But to get the whole Dallas CASA benefit kicked off with a patron party at Build-A-Bear Workshop on Sunday, August 3. The kids, the bears and the playhouses were just too good to miss.

Joshua Heiser and Sara Heiser

Joshua Heiser and Sara Heiser

While the write-up is underway, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for total cuteness.

The Amadi Guess Foundation’s Back-To-School Drive Joins Up With Boys And Girls Clubs Of Arlington This Friday

Back To School Drive*

Back To School Drive*

Back-to-school spending weekend just took place, but that doesn’t slow down the people and organizations who are prepping kids for the school season. Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Amadi Guess Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of Arlington are hosting a back-to-school event.

They’ll be “giving away free school supplies, free food and free haircuts provided by Nevaeh Studio.” The event will feature “music, face painting, a ‘Punt, Pass and Kick’ hosted by retired NFL players” at 2011 Wynn Terrace in Arlington.

* Graphic provided 
by The Amadi 
Guess Foundation

Eddie Deen’s Was Filled With Party Animals With Howling Success For Paws In The City

Despite August’s promise of being a ho-hum month in preparation of the upcoming slam-bang fundraising season, Sunday, August 3, proved otherwise.

Chelsea Morehart with Oakley

Chelsea Morehart with Oakley

From 11-4 Eddie Deen’s was the ultimate dog park. In addition to the air conditioned surroundings, the place was jamming with pooches all dressed up and their two-legged escorts to raise money for Paws in the City at Howlin’ Hound Hoedown.

While the cools cats up for adoption like Oakley snuggled at the entrance in wire condos, they purred in gratitude not to be hobnobbing with the canines bouncing throughout the facilities.

Linda Slobodnik and Cosette

Linda Slobodnik and Cosette

Sure, 11-year-old Cosette the apricot poodle was dressed to the nines thanks to Linda Slobodnik’s overnight tailoring of her cowgirl attire. Linda admitted that such a designer outfit wasn’t a snap. After all, one has to take in to account that nature might call and Cosette’s outfit had to accommodate.

One person commented how much Cosette and Linda proved out the theory that pets and their humans tend to look alike.

Angela Batra with Ella and Dev Batra with Bentley

Angela Batra with Ella and Dev Batra with Bentley

Over at the E&B Couture table, the company’s namesake golden doodles Ella and Bentley were blissful. After all, the company policy is for every purchase of a designer collar or leash, 5% goes to PITC. But then, family patriarch Dev Batra had to leave the table briefly. The results? Bentley would have not any of that and started barking and pulling away from mom Angela Batra due to separation anxiety.

Lauren Mongaras with Nick and Beau

Lauren Mongaras with Nick and Beau

Not having anything to do with golden doodles issues, Maltipoo Beau barked his displeasure of the brother and sister’s getting too close to this territory. Beau’s new housemate/rescue Nick the Yorkie/Chihuahua just flatly was confused by the temper tantrum and was just grateful to have Beau and Lauren Mongaras in his life.

In the main room, the dogs ruled as contests were held on stage. As PITC President Martha Powell (aka Larry Powell’s better half) took off for Harmony rehearsals, the 2:00 judging commenced.

Wendy Newberg with Henry

Wendy Newberg with Henry

But size only mattered when the largest dog contest took place. With Great Danes Admiral and Henry vying for the judges’ measuring tapes, Admiral won by a smile and an inch.

Dean and Heidi Somes with Admiral and Jessica and Christian Gemar with Star

Dean and Heidi Somes with Admiral and Jessica and Christian Gemar with Star

At the other end of the extreme sizes, Admiral’s buddy pocketbook-size Chihuahua Star held her own taking the prize for the smallest.

Rory the Beagle was letting the whole room know how he would have voted. Rory’s human Melissa Boesch admitted that the young Beagle was her second one, but he was also a bit more “Beagle-ish.”

Nearby, Jeneva O’Connor’s Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen/Beagle Charlotte just looked a wee bit embarrassed by Rory’s howls.

Tate Love

Tate Love

Kingsley Albers

Kingsley Albers

Across the way, four-year-old mini-cocker Tate Love and 3-year-old Oliver Love behaved perfectly as they hosted 8-week-old Pomeranian Kingsley Albers, who was attending his first party.

In between contests, guests partied in the corral at the far end of the room.

Off stage, PITC clients, like Einstein and Lola, were just hoping to win a home.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: First Anniversary Adventures

According to First Anniversary Adventures Co-Chairs Bettina and Dan Hennessy,

Dan and Bettina Hennessy*

Dan and Bettina Hennessy*

“First Anniversary Adventures, a Celebratory Soiree for Adults in a Child’s World, will be a blast of a party celebrating the world-renowned Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It’s our turn to take to the garden without children in tow for exploring, playing, visiting and great dining with musical entertainment throughout the evening. Join us on Sunday, September 21, 2014, the actual anniversary date, at 6 p.m. Our committee is planning a truly fun, adventure-filled evening in this remarkable garden that we have joyfully discovered brings out the child in all of us.

“In addition to the delightful plans for the event, the Dallas Arboretum will honor top donors to the Children’s Garden, including Rory and Howard Meyers who represent the lead gift, Harold Simmons Foundation represented by Lisa Simmons, and Francie Moody Dahlberg of the Moody Foundation. The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison will serve as our guest of honor after serving as our honorary chair of the capital campaign to build the garden. We will also thank Cecile Bonte, capital campaign chair, whose leadership helped raise the millions over many years.

Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

“After cocktails in the plaza accompanied by the outstanding Booker T. Washington Jazz Ensemble, we will experience the garden in all its wonder—with garden guides to give us all the pearls to maximize our visits in the different galleries and educational Arboretum mascots to stroll with us. We get to choose what miraculous visions of outer space to view on the OmniGlobe, and young talented musicians will entertain us as we navigate the pathways or relax in the alcoves. All of that will precede a gourmet dinner with fine wine and festive entertainment.

“Attire should be cool, festive and ready for adventure! Support for First Anniversary Adventures will benefit programming for the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, especially providing access to public school children. If you are ready to join us for a fun and playful evening, please contact Karen Reardon at 214.515.6601 or [email protected].”

* Photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum