La Fiesta De Las Banderas Entourage Celebrated “An Evening Under The Stars” Before The Stars Even Ventured Out

Friday, May 12th fare was billed as “An Evening Under the Stars.” As hundreds of guests arrived at Kathy and Joe Sugarek’s fabulous-for-entertaining home, the sun was still staying overhead preventing the stars from arriving.

Anne Besser, Kathy Sugarek and Jolie Humphreys

Anne Besser, Kathy Sugarek and Jolie Humphreys

Well, how rude of the sun! But the guests really didn’t care. They were the 40 La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas duchesses, their escorts and their parents.

Amy Davis

Amy Davis

Annette Vaughn

Annette Vaughn

Okay, let’s get the calculator out. 40 duchesses + 40 escorts + (2 parents x 40 duchesses) + (2 parents x 40 escorts) = 240 guests. And that didn’t include folks like the evening’s Co-Chairs Jolie Humphreys and Annette Vaughn, the La Fiesta Co-Chairs Mary Hubbard and Lori Martin, La Fiesta Gala Co-Chairs Eloise Meachum and Missy Rothwell and the sponsors like Snell Ranger Rover. Adding the extra folks in, the total was around 350.

Luckily, just a house away a vacant lot was ready to accept the SUV’s and luxury cars.

Duchesses and escorts

Duchesses and escorts

Meanwhile, back at the Sugareks’, the younger types gathered on the right of the entry hall. With the crowd shoulder-to-shoulder, the temperature was a tad bit warm for anyone in a suit. But luckily most of these guests were in adorable sundresses and open sports shirts and khakis.

On the other hand, the older types (30-year-olds and older) headed to the library, where the temperature was very user friendly.

Backyard terrace

Backyard terrace

Clams

Clams

On the back terraces overlooking the pool and its fountains, the flamenco dancers’ heels stomped up the tempo.

Just beyond the terrace, the Omni staff had a buffet of never-ending clams, mini-tacos and salads.

Tom Hughes and Pierce Allman

Tom Hughes and Pierce Allman

As the crowds continued to grow, Honorary Co-Chair Pierce Allman arrived in fiesta white shirt sans wife Allie Beth Allman. She was home taking antibiotics for a strep throat. The hope was that she would mend in time for the next night’s gala…Jolie revealed that she would be chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Ball in 2017. She’s an old pro at the DSOL Deb Ball. Two of her daughters have bowed at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra fundraiser…Speaking of the DSOL Deb Ball, Lucy and John McDaniel reported that daughter Caroline McDaniel was doing both La Fiesta and the DSOL. And while they weren’t able to make the evening’s event, the Beal twins — Lauren and Tasha — are also doing both events.

John and Lucy McDaniel and Caroline McDaniel

John and Lucy McDaniel and Caroline McDaniel

Mary Hubbard and Lori Martin

Mary Hubbard and Lori Martin

Mary and Lori were in the library amazed at their tenure. The two were downright thrilled about their year-long project. For them, the highlight of the year was the three honorees — Lindalyn Adams, Pierce and Jenny Reeves. They were in awe of how the three had the vision to start the fundraiser 29 years ago and how even now their enthusiasm was still in high gear.

Just think. When the trio came up with the idea for the summer fundraiser, none of the duchesses or escorts was even born.

JUST IN: VNA 6th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon To Tantalize French Tastebuds With Anne Willan In The Kitchen

Delicious decadence is French food. Think of all those super-duper, fattening sauces, croissants and those eclairs, brulees and mille-feuille! No wonder the French prefer le dejeuner to a quick drive-thru lunch.

Alas, preparing a French feast can be a bit daunting. If you don’t get it just right, you can end up with a cuisine Waterloo on your hands.

VNA Celebrity Chef Anne Willan*

VNA Celebrity Chef Anne Willan*

That situation is going to be remedied on Wednesday, October 7, thanks to the VNA’s 6th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon at VNA Haggerty Center. This year’s chef du jour will be Anne Willan, who cound the acclaimed French cooking school Ecole de Cuisine la Varenne founder. With more than 50 years of teaching, writing, and serving as a culinary historian under her belt, she was “inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Hall of Fame for her body of work in May 2013.”

Just a year ago this month Anne was “awarded the rank of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for her accomplishments in promoting the gastronomy of France.”

Thanks to the annual VNA fundraiser that will be co-chaired this year by Margaret Collins and Catherine Hallam Sweet, more than 146,500 hot nutritious home-delivered meals to elderly neighbors in Dallas have been provided.

And don’t worry about studying up on your high school French lessons. Anne was born in Newcastle, England, and splits her time nowadays between Santa Monica, California, and France.

Why not put a table of buds together and get your reservations in now?

* Graphic provided by VNA

Recipients And Plans Revealed For 30th National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Plus Nancy Dedman As Honorary Chair

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals is really planning a big deal for its 30th annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Friday, November 13, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

And they’re announcing the big plans now!

Nancy Dedman (File photo)

Nancy Dedman (File photo)

For the first time in the luncheon’s history, they’re gonna have an honorary chair, and that person will be the petite sweetheart Nancy Dedman.

In addition to the Dedman touch, Luncheon Chair Sarah Elliott and Co-Chair Rebecca Rhule have announced that South Texas Money Management LTD will be the Special 30th Anniversary Diamond Sponsor.

And to make the announcement complete, they have revealed the following honorees, who “exemplify commitment, dedication and talent toward their neighbors:”

Nancy Strauss Halbreich (File photo)

Nancy Strauss Halbreich (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

  • Outstanding Philanthropists – Cecilia and Garrett Boone
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Nancy Strauss Halbreich
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive –James N. Falk, CFRE
  • Outstanding Foundation –The Moody Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation –JPMorgan Chase
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – Kendall Deitch
  • Special Recognition Award – Scott Murray

This event is a fav among fundraising luncheon vets. In addition to a great crowd of people and a celebration of the area’s professional fundraisers, the acceptance speeches never run over. Why? Because Presenting Sponsor KERA tapes each of the speeches ahead of time and no one goes over their time limit.

BTW, in the past, the true scene stealers have been the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy recipients. These kiddos are amazing and leave the audience in awe of what can be accomplished even at a young age.

Tickets are available now!

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: An Evening Under The Stars

On the eve of the La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas gala, hundreds of duchesses, escorts, their parents and sponsors gathered at Kathy and Joe Sugarek’s Park Cities home on Friday, June 12, for “An Evening under the Stars.”

Anne Besser, Kathy Sugarek and Jolie Humphreys

Anne Besser, Kathy Sugarek and Jolie Humphreys

With flamenco dancers and an amazing poolside buffet provided by the Omni Dallas Hotel, the evening displaced any rumors that the city was emptied of fun and feasts for the summer.

Kathy and Joe Sugarek's backyard

Kathy and Joe Sugarek’s backyard

While the post is being created, check out the pictures at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Academy Award-Winning Octavia Spencer To Be Keynote Speaker At Educational First Steps’ 25th Anniversary Luncheon

Octavia Spencer (Photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas)*

Octavia Spencer (Photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas)*

The news for the upcoming fundraising season is starting to pour in. As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Educational First Steps is going to host One Childhood One Chance Luncheon at the Omni Dallas on Friday, October 23, with some “help.” That help is thanks to “The Help”’s Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

In addition to her work in the film industry, the 5’2” Spencer is an author despite having dyslexia. She’s written two children’s books, the latest being “Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: The Sweetest Heist in History” just released this past spring.

Educational First Steps*

Educational First Steps*

But she was doing more than making the book-signing rounds. In Los Angeles she hosted the 5th annual Spring Break: Destination Education event “to help young students succeed in high school and stay on track to graduate.”

According to Octavia, who was one of six children raised by a single mom, “This organization spoke to me because education was my own way out of poverty. My mom pushed me to do well in school, but many kids need a role model — not to mention academic support — to help them succeed in school and beyond.”

Like the Los Angeles organization, Educational First Steps “partners with preschools, daycare centers and at-home caregivers in impoverished neighborhoods, helping them to transform babysitting into teaching and to give the youngest at-risk children a strong foundation of social and academic skills.”

The luncheon is being chaired by Brett Levy and Michelle Lockhart, who have arranged to have Education First Steps Founders Mona and Dave Munson, Sandra Estess and Joyce and Linus Wright serve as honorary co-chairs.

* Photo and graphic provided by Educational First Steps

A Passing: Mardi Jones

It was just in March of last year that Dallas lost 94-year-old Dr. Cliff Jones, who founded the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas in 1966. Despite dealing with the people struggling with suicide, Cliff’s personal life was filled with happiness thanks to his “too-good-to-be-true family including his adorable wife Mardi.”

Bill McGowan,Bridget Boggess, Summer McGowan, Trip Jones, Robin McGowan, Mardi Jones and Summer McGowan (File photo)

From the left (back row): Bill McGowan, Bridget Boggess, Summer McGowan and Trip Jones; (front row) Robin McGowan, Mardi Jones and Summer McGowan (File photo)

 

 

Now just 15 months later, the Jones family, including daughter Robin McGowan and son Trip Jones, has lost their matriarch Mardi at the age of 91.

In addition to being Cliff’s life partner for more than 65 years, Mardi was her own person and lived a remarkable life that seemed at times to be overshadowed by Cliff’s leadership in bringing suicide out of the shadows.

Her love of the theater spanned from her pre-Cliff days of playing Peter Pan in an off-Broadway production to being one of the Dallas Children’s Theater’s original board members. It was that musical talent that brought Mardi and Cliff together, when he spotted her “singing with her guitar in an ice show at the New Yorker Hotel” in the 1940s.

Of course, Mardi supported Cliff in his crusade to help others deal with suicide. Whether it was working the phones at the Suicide and Crisis Center or moderating the Grief and Response committee at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, she was a hands-on partner.

For all those family members and friends who are adjusting to the loss of Mardi, they should take heart knowing that she is with her Cliff.

At 11 a.m. on Monday, July 27, Mardi’s life will be celebrated in Wynne Chapel at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that gifts be made to the Dallas Children’s Theater in Mardi’s name.

4th Of July May Be Fun For Two-Legged Critters But It May Send Pets Into Anxiety Overload

There’s nothing like an old-fashion 4th of July. Think lemonade, parades with bands and topping off the evening with sparklers and fireworks.

That POA works for humans, but the critters don’t cotton so well to it. They envision it like warfare. Their safe confines are being blistered with flashes of light in the sky, explosions in the distance and their humans acting sorta crazy as if this was a celebration.

U.S. flags (File photo)

U.S. flags (File photo)

This post only applies to folks with pets — the dog and feline type opposed to the fish and unicorn variety. Here are some tips to help your household stay relatively safe and sound during the weekend’s combustion:

  • Keep your pets indoors.
  • Make sure your pets’ ID’s are up to snuff. Double do it with ID tags and microchipping. Sure, you just know you sweetheart would never, ever leave the house, but just in case…
  • Crate your pooches. They are very protective of the home confines and will be in overdrive, if they think they have to monitor your mansion. A crate they can handle. An estate or condo is another thing.
  • If you’ve got sparklers and other fun glitzy items, don’t show them to your pets. They already love you, so don’t test them.
  • Don’t let them near the grill as you’re prepping the burgers. If you don’t watch out, those adorable paws will be up there and you really don’t want to spend the night at the emergency animal clinic.
  • Get the Finding Rover app. This free app will not only help you locate your pooch, if s/he does decide to pull a Sweatt/Matt escape, but it will support the Dallas Animal Service.
  • Check with your vet on whether to medicate your pet. Some need it; others shouldn’t. Your vet will know what’s best.

    Hot dog

    Hot dog

  • If you’re thinking about taking them to a parade, think again. Not only will they need water, but their paws might suffer from the hot pavement. You really don’t want that kind of hot dog on the holiday.

JUST IN: 2016 Curtain Call Co-Chairs Suzanne And David Palmlund Reveal Cirque-Style Plans For Fundraiser

Before popping off to the Dallas Summer Musical’s “Dirty Dancing” closing performance, you need to know about the news that just popped about the 2016 Curtain Call.

Suzanne and David Palmlund (File photo)

Suzanne and David Palmlund (File photo)

Co-Chairs Suzanne and David Palmlund are embracing the Cirque world. On Saturday, April 16, guests will be greeted at Fair Park’s Music Hall by professional Cirque performers.

Following the cocktail reception, a dinner will be served up prepared by “the Cirque du Musicale Culinary Chef.”

Afterwards, guests will move into the theater for “A captivating Cirque show, followed by a cabaret-style show, night cap and cigar bar.”

Talk about show biz!

In addition to the cuisine and Cirque, the monies will go to supporting the Dallas Summer Musicals’ mission to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas and provide for children’s education and outreach programs. Sponsors’ support will bring the magic of musical theater to so many children who otherwise would never experience it — magic created through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club and Stage Right and Hear Us Now™.”

A Passing: Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer

Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer was to the high school and collegiate cheerleading world as Stanley Marcus was to world-class retailing. Thanks to his enthusiasm and talents, thousands of young people learned how to rally fans at sporting events and he put Dallas on the map with his cheerleading camps.

When black-and-white TV was replaced by color TV, Herkie thought some color was needed to add to the excitement. Thus he came up with something called “pompoms” in 1971.

In addition to pompoms, he also created the legendary cheerleading jump — the Herkie. While at SMU when Doak Walker was ruling the football field, Herkie was head cheerleader and general of the sidelines.

Herkie told Joe Nick Patoski in a 1989 Texas Monthly interview, “I used to jump real high. Whenever I did, I would swing my right arm up to help me get off the ground, and it would jerk my right leg up behind it. The right arm is the counterweight, the spark for the takeoff. Before I knew it, people started imitating me.”

But Herkie was old school (no pun intended) when it came to cheerleading. In 1978, People Magazine’s Connie Hershorn reported, he was a “stickler for clean fun. Mention the R-rated Dallas Cowgirls [sic] and he bristles, ‘They’re not cheerleaders,’ he snorts. ‘They’re chorus girls.’”

Herkie died died on Wednesday, July 1. He will be always associated with cheers instead of tears.

Our condolences to his family.

Dallas Arboretum Celebrates Fourth Of July Four-Day Weekend With $5 Admissions And Activities Like Tadpole Feeding

If there’s a holiday, the Dallas Arboretum is going to dress the place up in the right way to celebrate for young, old and those who can’t decide what age they are.

Independence Day at the Dallas Arboretum*

Independence Day at the Dallas Arboretum*

And for this 4th of July, have they got a deal for every age group. From Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6, everybody gets in for $5! Well, almost everybody. Those active and retired members of the armed services get in free, but they’ll have to have proper ID proof at the door.

The really, truly great news is that you can also get into Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for just $3 and, boy, do they have plans for Rory Meyers during the unofficial four-day holiday wingding. Here goes:

Rory Meyers Children's Garden entrance (File photo)

Rory Meyers Children’s Garden entrance (File photo)

Friday, July 3 thru Sunday, July 5

  • 9 a.m. – Craft Corner: The Stars and Stripes (Main Entry Plaza)
  • 9 a.m. – Patriotic Scavenger Hunt (Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden)
  • 10 a.m. – Storytime (Petroglyph Walk Pergola)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Puppet Show: Finding My Way Home (Glade Puppet Theater)
  • 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Elephant Toothpaste (Exploration Center Plant Lab)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Puppet Show: Finding My Way Home (Glade Puppet Theater)
  • 12 p.m. – Red, White and Fruit (Incredible Edible Garden)
  • 2 p.m. – Eddie the Eagle: Our Nation’s Emblem (Exploration Center)
  • 2:30 p.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation: A Star Spangled Galaxy (OmniGlobe Theater)
Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden's plaza (File photo)

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden’s plaza (File photo)

Monday, July 6

  • 10 a.m. – Little Adventures Activities (First Adventure)
  • 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – H2Osmosis (Exploration Center Plant Lab)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Tadpole Feedings (Exploration Center)
  • 2 p.m. – Mega Metamorphosis (Texas Native Wetlands)
  • 2:30 p.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation (OmniGlobe Theater)
Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden (File photo)

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (File photo)

If you’ve heard about but haven’t ventured into Rory Meyers, this is the opportunity that you have been waiting for. There are activities and you’re gonna get it as such a bargain! Suggestion: Go early and you’ll feel the breezes coming off White Rock and discover the wonderment that others have been talking about. And if you don’t have a kiddo to escort you around, that’s okay. Adults seem to become kids when entering Rory’s garden, too.

BTW, sorry but no fireworks. The Arboretum closes at 5 p.m. and the gardens need their sleep time.

* Photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum

Don’t Waffle Around When It Comes To The 2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball Raffle

Raffles are funny things. Folks buy a chance to support the fundraising effort and discount the idea of winning anything. Then they hear their name called and they’re shocked.

A couple of years ago, a gent, who swore he never ever won anything, had his ticket drawn for a five-figure debit card. Needless to say, his Christmas gifts shopping list for family and friends was over the top and it didn’t hurt his wallet one iota.

That’s why raffles are so much fun.

One of the annual fav raffles is held at Cattle Baron’s Ball each year. Those gals muster up the most incredible items that require no bidding, just one ticket to score. The raffle Co-Chairs Carolyn Goelzer, Terra Najork and Missy Wyszynski have just revealed the slew of items that will be up for raffling on Saturday, October 3, at Gilley’s.

Only problem is trying to pick which one to take a chance on. Ah, shucks, that’s not a problem — buy one or two or three raffle tickets for each item!

Here’s the rundown:

CAR RAFFLE TICKET:  $100 EACH OR 6 FOR $500

Mercedes*

Mercedes*

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster or ML Sport Utility (Estimated value: $55,000) — You will win big whether you chose the SLK Roadster which is shaped by racing heritage and wraps purebred performance in perfectly proportioned muscle OR the ML Sport Utility Vehicle which ruggedly delivers the balance of luxury, performance, comfort and safety. Donated by:  Park Place Motorcars

$25 RAFFLE TICKET ($25 EACH OR 5 FOR $100 – CAN BE SOLD IN ANY COMBINATION)

PlainsCapital debit card*

PlainsCapital debit card*

  • PlainsCapital Bank $10,000 Debit Card (Value: $10,000 debit card)Buy a ticket for a chance to win a $10,000 debit card from Dallas-based PlainsCapital Bank, one of the largest banks founded and headquartered in Texas. PlainsCapital specializing in meeting the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals and middle- market businesses, including commercial real estate, treasury management and wealth management services. Donated by PlainsCapital Bank
  • Highland Park Village*

    Highland Park Village*

    $10,000 Personal Shopping Experience at Highland Park Village (Value: $10,000) The lucky winner will revel in the attention and professional guidance of the Highland Park Village Personal Shopper, who will coordinate a $10,000 shopping spree at Highland Park Village, the premier venue for upscale shopping and dining in Dallas. Get the latest in high fashion from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Harry Winston, James Perse, Peeper’s and many others. Donated by Highland Park Village

  • Rolex*

    Rolex*

    Eiseman Jewels And Rolex (Value: $10,000)Eiseman Jewels and Rolex will “rock your wrist” with a new Rolex timepiece, the renowned symbol of performance and prestige for more than a century. Come shop Eiseman’s dedicated Rolex space with your $10,000 gift certificate and choose from an extensive selection of the latest timepieces for Barons and Baronesses. Donated by:  Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center and Rolex

  • Inspirato Luxury Vacation In Punta De Mita, Mexico (Value: $5,000) — One lucky winner will enjoy a 7-night Inspirato luxury vacation of their choice of a 3 or 4 bedroom “Signature Residence” luxury villa in Punta de Mita, Mexico.  Trip includes personalized trip planning, daily housekeeping services and dedicated Inspirato concierge services from start to finish. Donated by:  Inspirato
  • Celine Handbag By Forty Five Ten (Value $4,250) — Forty Five Ten, Dallas’ premier boutique destination, is honored to donate a Goat Fur Mini Luggage handbag by French luxury brand Celine.  Forty Five Ten houses a world class mix of the top collections for women, men and the home, all merchandised with its own distinct point-of-view. Donated by:  Forty Five Ten

Now that you’re all hyped up on getting yourself some raffle tickets, here’s how to do it. You can either go online, or you can make a Cattle Baroness a very happy camper by buying one from her. If you don’t know one, just look around for the cutest gal with the biggest smile and a handful of raffle tickets.

* Photos and graphics provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center And Comerica Launch “Give Back, Buy A Backpack” Fundraising Campaign in July

Not even halfway through the summer and thoughts of “back to school” are already floating in minds. Actually, the thoughts have been going on for quite a while to help kids in need get ready for the August start date. After all, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes arrangements that have to take place to get things going.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center*

One such program is the “Give Back, Buy a Backpack” campaign that will “provide backpacks with school supplies and school uniforms to 1,000 children in need.” It the result of a partnership by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Comerica Bank for a second year.

A campaign kicked off today to help provide the resources for the backpacks. For each $25, a a backpack will be provided for a child. If the goal is surpassed, then “the dollars will be directed to the life-changing work DCAC provides.” But the campaign will run through the month of July.

According to DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis, “This campaign is a quick and easy way to make a difference in the life of a child, by providing them with the tools and resources they need to be successful in school. We are thankful for companies like Comerica who truly care about children in the Dallas community.”

To say these munchkins don’t have much is an understatement. A loaded backpack would would ease their return to school more than most adults can imagine. If you would like to donate, check here.

* Graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

JUST IN: 2015-2016 Dallas Historical Society Leadership Announced Plus New Board Of Trustees Revealed

Before everybody starts heading out early for the Fourth of July three- or four-day weekend, the Dallas Historical Society’s leadership for 2015-2016 has been announced. Seems sorta fitting at this time of year when traditions, parades and fireworks will take place in the days ahead.

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee will be returning as co-chairs and they’ll be joined by the following slate:

  • President/Chair Elect: William Helmbrecht
  • Secretary: Alison Hunsicker
  • Treasurer/Finance Chair: Ken Jackson
  • Nominating Chair: Diane Bumpas
  • Development Chair: Andrew Clendenen
  • Collections Co-Chairs: Shannon Callewart and Karl Chiao
  • Marketing Chair: David Feld
  • Education Chair: Richard Stanford
  • Facilities Chair: Searcy Ferguson
  • Governance Chair: Stephen Coke
  • Members At Large: Ban Bywaters, Dr. Goran Klintmalm, Verna Mitchell and Mary Suhm
Connie Dufner (File photo)

Connie Dufner (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Joining the board will be newbies Connie Dufner, Nancy Gopez, Madelyn Jobst, Dotti Reeder and Glenn Solomon. Sure, you know the new kids-on-the-board, but you just might be surprised by their rundown. Want proof? Here you go:

  • Connie Dufner is a Dallas communications professional who has had the privilege of being on the front lines of Dallas history for more than three decades as a writer and editor. She serves as director of communications for Temple Emanu-El. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, she worked full-time in journalism at The Dallas Morning News and Modern Luxury Dallas. A native of Houston, she and her husband are the parents of two grown children.
  • Nancy Gopez serves as senior accountant at Brinker International, where she has been employed since 1990. She is a board member of the North Texas Food Bank, where she co-chaired the Harvest Event, and is the productions co-chair for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. She has also served as co-chair of the Mission Ole Event for Trinity River Mission and Milestone Luncheon Sustainer co-chair for the Junior League of Dallas. Gopez is a board member of Turtle Creek Manor, Visiting Nurses Association, The Family Place and Community Partners of Dallas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Madeline Jobst is a fifth generation Dallas resident who attended Highland Park High School and then the University of Arkansas and The University of Texas at Austin. She descends from the Cockrell families of Texas including Joseph Elmore Cockrell, prominent attorney and one of the “fathers of SMU” and Alexander and Sarah Horton Cockrell, pioneer business and real estate developers who purchased the John Neely Bryan headwright in 1852 which included the “town of Dallas.” She has been selling real estate in Dallas for 36 years and is currently with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Jobst is a fundraiser for the SPCA and sits on its event advisory board. A past recipient of the SPCA Spencer Humanitarian Award for her dedication to animal welfare, she is also a member of Preservation Dallas and the Junior League of Dallas.
  • Dotti Reeder serves as managing director on the client advisory team at Tolleson Private Wealth Management. As a Dallas native, she takes an active role in the community. In addition to serving at Executive Women of Dallas, she assists in leadership roles the Business Council for the Arts, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Foundation, Child Care Group and Nexus Recovery Center. Reeder attended high school in Highland Park and is a graduate of The University of Texas.
  • Glenn Solomon is involved in commercial real estate development and management, commercial theater development and management, and commercial finance. He is president of Dallas-based Simbol Commercial and has also served as president of Gulf States Theaters. He supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of North Texas, which he served as president from 1994 to 1996. He serves on the boards of the Cotton Bowl and the Dallas National Golf Club and is a past DHS Trustee. During his last term, he helped developed and underwrite Texas Treasures. He and his wife, Margaret, are former co-chairmen of the Fellows as well as the DHS’s Awards for Excellence in 2014.

It’s A Good Time To Support Dallas Police Officers And Other First Responders

While most Dallasites slumbered thanks to Mr. Sandman on Saturday, June 13, the Dallas police headquarters across the way from South Side on Lamar was under fire. Many woke up the following morning to news about the “incident” and watched on TV the morning’s developments with the gunman being killed.

It was safe to watch at home, but imagine having to be one of those responders facing gunfire and potential explosions, or being their families monitoring developments.

While the politicos chew on how to better support the Dallas Police Departments, others are grass rooting support.

Need a for instance? Okay, how about the Merriman Park/University Manor neighborhood?

It started, like many, with a single idea. Resident Katie Quinn thought “We should do something to reach out our very stressed-out police force.”

According to MPUM Officer Donna Mason, “We did take a sheet cake to the Northeast station, along with a thank you ‘you are the best’ card to Chief David Brown.”

Now the little development created in the 1950’s has ramped up and created a 10-foot banner to place on the Northwest Highway entry and declared “to color our neighborhood blue to show our support of the Dallas Police Department.”

Merriman Park/University Manor banner*

Merriman Park/University Manor banner*

Taking it a step farther, they’re having “rolls of blue ribbons cut in 1’ lengths for people to tie around a tree or tacking to trees, on porches — anywhere visible so all residents have an opportunity to show their support.”

The message in this case is to support the Dallas police, but perhaps it needs to be expanded to include all first responders. It doesn’t have to be a community effort like MPUM. It can be an individual one. If you’re driving by and see a policeman or a fireman, roll down the window and say, “Thank you.” Make an effort to introduce your munchkins to first responders. They need to recognize these uniformed people and feel comfortable around them. Write your City Council representative and let them know of your support for these individuals, who daily step between victims and danger.

* Graphic provided by Merriman Park/University Manor

Dallas Contemporary And The Joule Team Up For Teen Street Art Camp

Leave it to those folks at the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule Hotel. They always seem to be breaking through ho-hum barriers and creating “WOW!” situations.

While the summer temps have sent many into heat hibernation, the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule are holding the Teen Street Art Camp from July 6-10.

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

In addition to spending “a week experimenting with various materials while learning about the importance of street art in contemporary visual culture,” students will have the opportunity to “learn from Arturo Donjuan and his fellow artists from The Sour Grapes.”

And 10 students will be able to participate thanks to underwriting by The Joule Hotel. And here you thought The Joule was just a lavish bed-and-breakfast.

Participating organizations include Rainbow Days, Education Is Freedom and Trinity River Mission.

* Photo credit: Kevin Todora

JUST IN: Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly To Co-Chair The Family Place’s ReuNight At Oak

Big news and changes have just been revealed about The Family Place’s fundraiser, ReuNight. Where to start?

First, let’s get the housekeeping info down. It will take place on Thursday, November 12.

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Robert Weatherly (File photo)

Robert Weatherly (File photo)

Now, hold your breath on the news. Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly are co-chairing the night of dining and fun. But this year they’re taking “the spirit of the popular Palm Night benefits in the 1990s and early 2000s” to Oak, where Chef John Tesar rules.

John Tesar (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

Paige Flink*

Paige Flink*

Yup, you heard it right — different co-chairs, different location, different chef.

And “100% of the funds raised will be used for Family Place services.” That’s right. The monies raised will be the amount on the check that is handed over to Family Place CEO Paige Flink.

Jeff and Olivia Kearney (File photo)

Jeff and Olivia Kearney (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

The host committee is made up local swells including Joyce and Tim Goss, Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Shelle and Michael Sills and former ReuNight chairs Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton.

Get Serious! Robert “Bob” Miller Is Just Taking A Break

Today an amazing era for nonprofit coverage ends. It is our former city editor, who has shone the light on so many nonprofits since 1985. Yes, Dallas Morning News columnist RobertBob” Miller is supposedly retiring. That’s really a joke. He’s simply staying home side, until his adorable, “giddy” bride of 51 years Shirley wearies of him sitting on the couch.

Bob Miller (File photo)

Bob Miller (File photo)

Shirley Miller (File photo)

Shirley Miller (File photo)

Monday night The Dallas Morning News held a farewell party for Bob. Actually it was a celebration of 91-year-old Bob. Before philanthropy was cool, he crafted a column that put the spotlight on nonprofits. According to SMU’s Gerald Turner, the university has benefited from a million dollars of “OMG” awareness from Bob’s column.

It provided an outlet to let readers know of the business community’s support of nonprofits that was valued and well read. His knowledge of Dallas’ history and the people involved was invaluable.

Tomorrow a person will be named who will carry on the DMN Business Section’s tip-of-the-hat to philanthropy. That person will not replace Bob. No one ever could. They will simply be filling in until Shirley kicks Bob out of the house and he returns to his messy desk.

Bob, thank you for setting a standard and example for the rest of us to learn from and try to measure up to. We will never surpass you, but we’ll have quite a ride trying to, and the nonprofits will love our shabby attempts.

See you later, Bob.

The Gummer Gang Announces Plans To Bring The Roaring ’20s To 2015 Zoo To Do

While I-30 was jammed up because of a tipsy truck that blocked two lanes throughout Thursday, June 10’s rush hour, 145 Zoo To Do-ers managed to make it to the Dallas Zoo for the ZTD Kick-Off. This was the second try for the kick-off. The previous one had to be postponed due to May’s stormy weather.

Cathy Burkey, Sean Greene and Greg Hudson

Cathy Burkey, Sean Greene and Greg Hudson

Before the program commenced, Dallas Zoo President/CEO Gregg Hudson reported that May’s torrents of rainfall hadn’t created a problem except for some mud clogging up a system or two. Everything else had not just been fine, it had been great. Gregg attributed it the Giants of the Jurassic, as well the births of Kipenzi the female giraffe and Mateo the male ocelot. When asked about the two male giraffes — Willie and Waylon — born at the Fort Worth Zoo and the possibility of their meeting up with Kipenzi, Gregg wasn’t prepared to play matchmaker.

Kara and Randall Goss

Kara and Randall Goss

John Wayne Film Festival Co-Chairs Kara and Randall Goss told friends about their May 26th trip to Austin, where Gov. Greg Abbott made the late Wayne an honorary Texan and declared May 26th to be John Wayne Day in Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had been instrumental in making it all happen. Seems Dan is a huge Duke fan and has the festival on his schedule to attend.

Diane and Mike Gruber

Diane and Mike Gruber

Michael Meadows

Michael Meadows

But it was Cindy and Chuck Gummer in flapper-style outfits that had people wondering what was up. With Zoo friends like Diane and Mike Gruber, Diane Brierley and Michael Meadows gathered, ZTD Co-Chairs Cindy and Chuck had their family/co-chairs Alisha and Chris Gummer, Cameron and Jay Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer join them as they told how Cindy had been on the zoo’s board for six years. When she decided to take on the Zoo To Do, Chuck notified her, “I’m retired.” In wifely fashion, she told him, “Not yet!” Within two days of organizing and fundraising, they got 20 yes’es.

Alisha and Chris Gummer, Jay and Cameron Gummer, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer

Alisha and Chris Gummer, Jay and Cameron Gummer, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer

Alas, poor Chuck in his black fedora. As he prepared to reveal deets about the October 17th event, eyes were directed at the Giants of Savanna exhibit just behind Chuck. The impalas had upstaged him at that moment by scampering across the Giants of Savanna followed by a couple of lumbering elephants.

Ruben and Alina Esquivel

Ruben and Alina Esquivel

As Ruben Esquivel put it, “That’s Mother Nature.”

After the impalas had disappeared, Chuck and Cindy announced the theme would be “The Roaring 20’s” and they were expecting around 700 for the event. Chuck explained that to have an event success, it takes three “legs of the stool.” One leg is good organization. In this case, they had landed Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings to be co-chairs and Dan Landsberg for the honorary chef presiding over 25 chefs cooking up dishes. After dinner there would be a live auction in the Wilds of Africa plaza for “rare Zoo experiences, travel and more!”

Emerald City’s Party Management will be handling the entertainment “with non-stop music, lights and motion from the moment they hit the stage.”

Mike Andereck

Mike Andereck

Second leg of the stool is having a great party. And the third is fundraising. As part of that last leg, Chuck thanked Mike Andereck, who would be handling the underwriting efforts.

Chuck reminded the group that last year’s fundraiser hit the $1M mark. A last minute entry in the live auction helped them achieve that goal. It was the right to name the boy giraffe born just days before the auction that went for $50,000. The winner of that bidding match in turn allowed the name to be decided by a popular vote.

Chuck then said they were trying to be strategic about such a reoccurrence. Unfortunately, there was not enough time left for a baby lion or tiger to be born, but, “if we only have 30 days to raise it, we might name a newborn gerbil!”

With that Chuck concluded, telling guests, “Enjoy!”

In keeping with the theme announcement, the evening’s food reflected just that — “Roaring 20’s Salmon Canapes”, “Welcome to the Waldorf Salad”, “White Castle Burger, Martini Ailoi”, “Fruit And Please Platter Cheese”, “Tini-Potato Bar”, “Bathrub Gin and Juice Sorbet”.

Kruger

Kruger

Robin Ryan and Fitz

Robin Ryan and Fitz

To showcase the educational programs offered by the zoo, the zoo’s ambassadors were literally on hand. Rosie the Owl was nowhere to be seen, though. In her stead was Kruger, the Eurasian eagle owl, who had replaced Rosie. Seems Rosie was now part of the children’s program. On this night Kruger was showing off his “talons” on Robin Ryan’s very thickly gloved hand. It was the first time for many to see a “robin” handling an owl.

At another point Robin traded Kruger in for a demonstration that had Fitz the trumpeter hornbill flying past the giraffes, elephants, zebras and impalas and landing on her arm. After a couple of leaps for grapes, Fitz was on his way back home.

When asked about the flamingos, who have always been more than accommodating for photo opps if the treats are available, officials said the flamingos had sent their regrets. Seems the deck was way too hot for their flat feet.

Tickets are available now, as well as sponsorships and underwriting opportunties.

JUST IN: Jon Voight To Be “Doing The Most Good” Speaker And Barbara And Jonathan Rich Head Up Salvation Army DFW Metroplex

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

What do you get when you have two Energizer Bunnies working on a project? You get a “WOW!” event. The bunnies in this case are powerhousers Lynn McBee and Debbie Oates. The event is the annual “Doing the Most Good Luncheon” benefiting the Salvation Army DFW Metroplex on Friday, November 20, at the Hilton Anatole.

"Doing The Most Good" Save The Date

“Doing The Most Good” Save The Date*

Now, what could even these two pull that could be more WOW! than past Most Good headliners like Wynnona, Scott O’Grady and Amy Grant?

How about Oscar and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight? What a life story he has — Appearing in Midnight Cowboy, Catch -22, Deliverance, Conrack, Coming Home, The Champ, Mission: Impossible, National Treasure and Ray Donovan; turning down roles of Matt Hooper in Jaws and Oliver Barrett IV in Love Story; and then there’s something about being the father of Angelina Jolie and the pop-in-law of Brad Pitt.

Away from the movie studio, he’s known for not shillyshallying around when it comes to speaking his mind, whether it’s about his relationship with his daughter, his political views, or the ups and downs of his life.

Start thinking November, cool weather, the holidays and having lunch with a 77-year-old Hollywood legend.

Michele and Ward Matthews (File photo)

Michele and Ward Matthews (File photo)

BTW, if you’ve been wondering who would be replacing DFW Metroplex Commanders Michele and Ward Matthews, you need to wonder no longer. Majors Barbara and Jonathan Rich took office last Monday.

They have two kids — Andrew known as “Drew” (25) and Allison (19). In addition to settling in Dallas, the Rich family is preparing for an August wedding when Drew gets married.

* Graphic provided by Doing 
The Most Good Luncheon

TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Awards Announced

The 2015 TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund Awards have been announced. This year’s recipients — Dallas Theater Center and Kitchen Dog Theater — will each receive $50,000.

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

According to Donna Wilhelm, “Our hope with these New Works grants is to provide support for a transformational project, one that will serve as a catalyst for the organization to take the next step in its journey of artistic excellence.”

The Dallas Theater Center will use its grant “for the development and world premiere of a new play, Deferred Action, the second part of a planned trilogy that began with The Dreamers: A Bloodline… Performances are schedule from April 29 to May 15, 2016, in the Wyly Theatre’s Potter Rose Performance Hall.”

Kitchen Dog Theater Company’s grant will be used “for two National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premieres: The Thrush and the Woodpecker and Blackberry Winter…Performances of both plays will take place May 20 to June 25, 2016 at The Green Zone, 161 Riveredge Drive, Dallas.”

It is the fourth year of the funding thanks to the TACA Wilhelm Award Works Fund.

The decision was made by “an impressive jury comprised of national arts practitioners who judged each submission based on level of innovation, impact on the discipline and impact on the originator of the work.” That group included Matt Albert (Artist-in-Residency) of Southern Methodist University, Stephen Brown-Fried (Artistic Associate/Casting Director) of Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Rachel Chavkin (Artistic Director) of The TEAM, Kenneth Foster (Director of Arts Leadership) of Thornton School of Music at USC, Greg Fulkerson (Violin Professor) of Oberlin College, Dean Gladden (Managing Director) of The Alley Theatre, Melanie Rios Glaser (Executive and Artistic Director) of the Wooden Floor, Kimberly Grigsby (Musical director, conductor, arranger and musician), Parisa Khobdeh (Dancer) of Paul Taylor Dance Company,
Cassie Meador (Artistic Director) of Dance Exchange, Roche Schulfer (Executive Director) of The Goodman Theatre, Kara-Lynn Vaeni (Director of Theatre and Opera, and Literary Manager) of New Georges and Paul Walsh (Associate Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama).

“We are excited to announce this year’s beneficiaries, and we look forward to seeing their innovative work come to life in our community and have an impact on a national level,” said TACA’s Carlson President/Executive Director Becky Young. “We applaud and sincerely thank Donna Wilhelm for her family’s investment of support for the creation and development of new work in the Dallas community.”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Zoo To Do Kick-Off Party

Alisha and Chris Gummer, Jay and Cameron Gummer, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer

Alisha and Chris Gummer, Jay and Cameron Gummer, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer

Kruger the Eurasian eagle owl

Kruger the Eurasian eagle owl

Where else would the Zoo To Do Kick-Off Party take place, but at the Dallas Zoo overlooking the Giants of the Savanna? And that’s just what happened on Wednesday, June 10, with ZTD Co-chairs Cindy and Chuck Gummer and their Gummer Gang in charge. Despite it being a tad bit warm, it was nice to be drying out after May’s deluge.

One guest who had his feathers ruffled was Kruger the Eurasian eagle owl. He wasn’t too keen about the Gummer Gang’s boas.

But more about that later. In the meantime, check out some photos at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Trinity River Mission Kicks Off Mission Ole Fundraiser With Friends And Fans At Sugar Skull Cafe

Sugar Skull Cafe

Sugar Skull Cafe

Greg Nieberding

Greg Nieberding

Forget all the hoop-la about toned legs and unflabby arms. In the summer, a gal’s shoulders are an absolute must-have body accessory. If you’re gonna show off a sizzling tan, then a flirty, curved shoulder is not only a simple must-have, it’s a must! And what better way to show those curves than in a killer sundress.

While some stayed put inside Sugar Skull Cafe in Trinity Groves,  a lot of them were on the cafe’s wood deck for the Mission Ole Launch Party with a flawless view of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The fellows like Mission Ole Chair Greg Nieberding, who is a four-year Mission Ole veteran, opted for pastel shirts.

Food fanning

Food fanning

Unfortunately, the guests like Nancy Gopez, Joanna Clarke and Paige McDaniel weren’t the only ones drawn to the event, especially the food. A couple of the Sugar Skull staff stood over the guacamole, queso and other edibles fanning flying little critters away.

But forget the shoulders and pastel stuff. The news of the night was the Trinity River Mission’s 16th Annual Mission Ole fundraiser that will take place on Thursday, October 29, at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The theme will be “Day of the Dead,” with Katherine Wynne serving as honorary chair.

Dolores Sosa Green

Dolores Sosa Green

Whoa! Before you go off thinking that it’s gonna be a Halloween-costume party, regroup. According to TRM CEO Dolores Sosa Green, her staff came up with the theme that is “a traditional Mexican celebration, a way to celebrate loved ones who have passed.” There will be mariachi band, tamales, hot chocolate and Day of the Dead bread plus face painting. How simply wonderful. Usually just the kids get to have their faces painted. It’s about time for grownups to have more than the usual war paint.

Greg added his two cents, saying, “They [Trinity River Mission] do such good work. I’d love to see them be more visible in the community. When I received a call from someone who said, ‘We are thinking of asking a man to chair the event this year,’ I said, ‘Great!’ Then they said, ‘You are that man!’ Mission Ole is a fun event. It will be a party atmosphere.”

2015 Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas’ Women Of Distinction Luncheon Honorees And Keynote Speaker Revealed

Despite vacationing and the rising temperatures, the news just keeps rolling in. The 2015 Women of Distinction Chair/third generation Girl Scout Katherine Coker just sent word about the annual Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas fundraiser luncheon. Oh, boy…or, rather, “Oh, girl!”

Katherine Coker*

Katherine Coker*

First let’s get the date and location down, so you can put it on your calendar. The 2015 Women of Distinction Luncheon will be Wednesday, October 14, at the Hilton Anatole and will be sponsored by AT&T.

Now that you’ve got it down, pat yourself on the back because here’s what’s on hand. Three women will be honored and each is a standout.

The luncheon is the perfect venue to salute female “leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community.”

Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

Michele Bobadilla*

Michele Bobadilla*

Tincy Miller (File photo)

Tincy Miller (File photo)

Okay you’ve been patient, now for the roll call of the honorees — Philanthropist Jan Rees-Jones will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her community leadership and service to others. Being recognized as the Women of Distinction will be Anna Michele Bobadilla and Tincy Miller for their “civic involvement and positive impact on the community.”

According to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski, “Jan, Michele and Tincy are local women who are model leaders that have made a huge impact on our community through their passion and commitment to making a difference. At Girl Scouts, we encourage every girl to be part of the positive change in their local communities. These women are exceptional leaders and role models that demonstrate firsthand how to let inspiration be the driving force for making the world a better place.”

Reshma Saujani*

Reshma Saujani*

As for the keynote speaker, she will be founder/CEO of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani. Her organization “inspires and equips girls with computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.”

It’s so perfect that Reshma will be featured, since the funds “raised during the luncheon help provide leadership programming to more than 26,600 girls in Northeast Texas in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, healthy living, and outdoor leadership.”

Those Girls Scouts have come a long way since the early days and they plan to go a lot further in the world of the 21st century.

If you need a refresher course on Jan, Michele, Tincy, Reshma and/or Katherine, follow the jump. You just may be surprised what you didn’t know about these “women of distinction.”

Now that you’ve got the date on the calendar, get your tickets/sponsorships pronto.

* Photos provided by Girl Scouts of 
Northeast Texas

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JUST IN: United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas Comes Through With Record Breaking Numbers And Where The $$’s Are Going

First thing this morning a glowing…no, make that spectacularly dazzling…release arrived from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas reporting that it had raised a record-breaking $72M in the past year. Now, that is pretty darn mind blowing!

The question simmering around the MySweetCharity croissant and latte bar was — Is that the net or gross amount? Within minutes of being hit with that question, the public relations person responded that it was indeed the gross amount. When asked if she could supply the actual, final figure that would be distributed, she responded they were working on that.

Within a couple of hours, the following answer was received:

-$43,404,109 (Community Fund, UWMD programs, and agency designations) goes directly back to the community now.

-$15,222,316 has been raised for planned giving/endowment fund.  As the Live United Forever Endowment fund grows, it will generate resources to support work both now and for the long term future community investments.

Total of these 2 is $58,626,425 – net.

In discussing the subject of posting net amounts opposed to gross last week, one local business editor questioned whether fundraisers would actually supply such real numbers. The answer is, “Heck, yes!” That’s why check presentations take place.

Still another business editor explained it this way, “It’s all about transparency.” In other words, fundraising needs to be like Caesar’s wife. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. For instance, just this past week the Houston Press reported about a sticky situation that arose for CancerForward.

While MSC is not into investigative work about the inner workings of nonprofits, it can and will focus on the actual amounts handed over to the charitable organizations.

So, bravo to those, like United Way that report how much and where the monies raised go. Let’s keep up the net work!