Happy National Equality Day, Alice!

On this day 90 years ago, the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. Thank you to all the women and men who worked for its passage. Let’s not take for granted the precious gift that all of us have.

BTW, did you know that the late suffragette Alice Duer Miller actually suggested that women should have the vote and men shouldn’t? Thought that would wake you up. In 1915 Alice wrote the following reasons for her thinking:

Why We Don’t Want Men to Vote

  • Because man’s place is in the army.
  • Because no really manly man wants to settle any question otherwise than by fighting about it.
  • Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them.
  • Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms, and drums.
  • Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them unfit for government.

Start Your Engines: Partners Card 2010 Dates Announced

We’re hardly through Restaurant Week, and The Family Place has announced the dates for the Partners Card 2010 presented by Bank of Texas! Start saving your pennies and keeping your credit cards in hibernation until . . . Friday. Oct. 29. That’s when it all starts. But, alas, it ends on Sunday, Nov. 7. Ah, 10 days of 20% off. Every tried and true shopper’s fantasy.

But during that precious time, you’ll not only get 20% off on purchases at 750 very special merchants and companies, you’ll also be supporting The Family Place’s great works thanks to Event Chairs Maggie Cooke Kipp, Molly Nolan and Gina Roidopoulos.

You can either purchase your Partners Card at Tom Thumbs or community volunteers for a mere $60, or you can always go online.

Share-The-Date: Junior League of Dallas’ “Casino in Casablanca”

Friday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. — The Junior League of Dallas‘ 14th annual Auction & Casino Party is scheduled for The Hall of State at Fair Park. This year’s theme is “Casino in Casablanca.” Shades of Humphrey, Ingrid and Claude!

In recent years, the event has averaged between 800 and 900 guests, but this year bets are being placed that records may be broken because D’Andra Simmons (pictured) is ball chair. It’s one of the JLD’s largest fundraising events. Better get your tickets now because that last four years have been sold out!

Providence Christian School Opened Grandly

Photo provided by Providence Christian School

Yesterday was the first day back to school for legions of students. For one group school started last Wednesday and it was a very big day. At Providence Christian School, it was the opening of the school’s 40,000-square foot addition which increased the campus by 60%. The new facility provides for

  • 11 new classrooms for grades 5-8,
  • a science lab
  • two Latin rooms
  • a middle school art room
  • a regulation-sized gym (pictured) complete with locker rooms and coaches offices and
  • a nature studies lab.

To add frosting to this development is another 7,185-square feet will be added in December for a new library and “enrichment wing” for pre-school and kindergarten classes.

What makes this “grand opening” special is that the capital campaign for this growth began back in February 2009 when the financial world was hitting the skids.  But Providence Capital Campaign Chairs Leslie and Nick Merrick along with their campaign steering committee (Jean-Marie and Robert Alpert, Stacy and Tyler Burke, Shelby and Rich Flaten, Shannon and Jeff Graham, Cammie and Brian Heflin, Tavia and Clark Hunt, Elizabeth and Syd Hurley, Julie and John Miller, Laura and Tommy McBride, Cindy and John Sloan, Mauri and Chip Tardy, Susan and Greg Turner, Kelsie and Price Wagner, Heather and Ray Washburne and Kristi and Blake Woodall) didn’t let a little thing like financial meltdown stand in the way of their kids’ education. It also didn’t hurt to have someone like Rob Richardson chairing the real estate committee and handling all those pesky city approvals and construction issues.

So far, the “Fulfilling Our Vision, Building Our Future” capital campaign has raised $11.4 million of its $12 million goal. Along with 85% of the school’s families pitching it, the following foundations have helped make this dream come true: Constantin Foundation; Hawn Foundation, Inc.; Hillcrest Foundation, founded by Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr.; Hoblitzelle Foundation; Mary Potishman Lard Trust; The Ginger Murchison Foundation; The Rosewood Foundation; Stemmons Foundation; The Jack & Sally Turpin Foundation, Inc., and our dear old friend “Anonymous.”


JUST IN: Children’s Medical Center’s Development VP Phyllis Cole Resigns

Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ VP of Development Phyllis Cole notified her staff yesterday that she’s turned in her resignation to focus on her three munchkins. She’ll be staying at Children’s for the next few weeks to “wrap up dangling projects.”

Children’s loss is the gain for three very lucky kids.

Expanding Worlds Is Moving Over To The Fairmont With A Simply Remarkable Trio

What a year it has been for Cathy Packard (pictured)! Not only did she handhold Special Care & Career Services through the transition to its new name of LaunchAbility, she also oversaw the Pointer Sisters concert at the Meyerson and last year’s Expanding Worlds luncheon/conversation with Linda Custard, Tincy Miller and Elaine Agather plus the late, great Paul Bass.

Talk about a great conversation that was over way too soon!

But she hasn’t let any grass grow under her feet. It was just announced that Expanding Worlds 2010 will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Fairmont with a conversation with three boldest of bold face names.

Photo provided by LaunchAbility

Like who? Follow the jump, kids, to see whom Luncheon Co-Chairs Geoffrey Miller and George Kelly (pictured right with Geoffrey) have arranged to have on stage! . . .

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You Can Bet On Young Guns Having Fun This Thursday

The summer of 2010 doldrums is officially coming to an end this Thursday evening when things start revving up for the fall season. Leading the parade of activities will be The Real Estate Council Young Guns Casino Night at 1717 McKinney Ave. on the 17th floor from 7 to 11.

Photo provided by TREC

“This is the perfect time to meet other young professionals and learn more about how to become a part of this rapidly growing group of commercial real estate executives,” says TREC Young Guns casino chair Kyle Wisdom (pictured).

The after party will be at Hully & Mo’s Restaurant Tap Room.

Last year’s gathering had 400 guests at the “casino-style gambling tables, dancing, networking” and taking a chance on the raffle items.  Speaking of which, this year’s prizes include an iPad among others things.

Sponsors include: returning High Roller Sponsor ZOM; Venue Sponsor Granite Properties; and Entertainment Sponsor Architectural Lighting Associates (ALA). Other sponsors include: Magellan Commercial Realty, Jones & Carter, NE Construction, Sunridge Management, Cross Architects, Love Funding, Stewart Title, Beck, Thackeray Partners and Henry S. Miller Brokerage.

Word around the casinos is that tickets may still be available.

90th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day Kicks Off Early At The Women’s Museum

Thursday has been designated at the official date to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The passage of the amendment took place 90 years ago. That means that when 99-year old Ebby Halliday was born, her mother could not have any official say-so regarding the laws of the day.

To kick things off, The Women’s Museum is starting the celebration Wednesday with Liz Abzug as their luncheon speaker. If the name Abzug sounds familiar, you’ll recall that Liz’s mom Bella was the powerhouse New York congresswoman who championed women’s causes back in the 70’s. She was also known for her hats.


MSC SweetDeals: Done Deal

SweetDeals auction is closed. Thanks for all the participation. Sorry that everyone couldn’t win, but try again starting September 1.

TACA’s Custom Auction Gala Tickets Are Fleeting With Good Reason

Flip flops and sundresses are understandable with the August heat. Ah, but September is quickly approaching and that means marvelous occasions for beautiful people in fabulous clothes that would set Cary Grant and Grace Kelly reeling. In fact those two would have fit in perfectly with the crowd slated for the 45th TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala at the Rosewood Mansion on Saturday, September 24.

That is, if they could get tickets. Seems that gala Co-Chairs Nancy and Clint Carlson‘s takeover of the Mansion for the event has been so successful, they only have room left for 15 couples.

According to TACA President/Executive Director Becky Young, “Seats still available are in just two price ranges: $500 (Mansion Bar and Sheppard King) and $1,500 (Main Dining Room and Library). We’re very close to being sold out!”

So, if you’re a Cary or Grace type, don’t delay — get your tickets locked down now.

Be With Dreamgirls ’til Midnight At The Nasher Tonight

It’s that time of the month when “’til Midnight at the Nasher” turns the pristine Nasher Sculpture Center’s grounds are filled with music, movie and munchies. Tonight Cuvée starts playing at 7 with the movie, Dreamgirls, on screen at 9.

Pizza, sandwiches and salads will be available. But remember outdoor furniture, food and beverages are foreboden. So leave that lawn chairs at home.

The Friday fun is presented by Reliant Energy.

Share-The-Date: Yellow & Black Tie Gala

Photo provided by Yellow & Black Tie Gala

Saturday, November 6, 2010: 2010 Yellow & Black Tie Gala presented by Fujitsu at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. This year’s theme is “Harvest of Hope” with Gala Honorary Chairs Richardson Mayor Gary and Pat Slagel. Last year’s Gala Chair Lee Nagel (pictured right with Gary and Pat) is a strong woman and returning to head up this year’s event, that benefits Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation.

Raffle highlight is a Super Bowl package including two tickets to the 2011 Super Bowl, a suite at the Renaissance in Richardson, and luxury transportation to and from the game. Raffle tickets are going for $100 a pop and only 1,000 will be sold.

Share-The-Date: The Crescent Fall Celebration 2010

Wednesday, October 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. — Food, art auctions, live entertainment, fashion shows and mini-spa experiences.

Benefiting: AT&T Performing Arts Education Initiatives

MSC SweetDeal: Review Of Bids

As promised, here are the auction bids as they stand today for the MySweetCharity ads:

  • Banner — $500
  • Skyscraper — $250
  • Badge #1 — $40
  • Badge #2 — $20

The great news is that the bids are across the board and offer opportunities for even the littlest of nonprofits to participate. If you wish to bid on one of the spots, just send your bid to [email protected] If you’re outbid, we’ll notify you so you can consider upping your bid. Remember, the bidding ends Friday, August 20, at 6 p.m. CST

Must admit that we’re trying the ad auction as an experiment and have been very pleased with the results. Not just with the bids but also to learn that some individuals are hoping to get an ad space for one of their charities. In turn some of the charities want to use the space to promote events or thank underwriters and supporters.

Business note: Mr. MSC Accountant reminds us that a 8.25% tax will be included in the total invoice.

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Ross Perot Donates $20 Million For Cancer Research

While the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is seeking $50 million for the funding of the project, they should have looked closer to home. It seems that Dallas’ own Ross Perot (pictured) just committed $20 Million to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance personalized cancer therapy.

These monies will be divided between two newly-developed groups — Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy and a Center for Targeted Therapy.

“We are grateful to Ross Perot for his generous support in these extremely important areas of cancer research. With the completion of the mapping of the human genome, progress toward individualized cancer treatment has escalated, and now is a very exciting time to support the work being done in these areas,” said Dr. John Mendelsohn, president of MD Anderson. “These funds will enable our clinicians and researchers to advance the translation of science into new and improved cancer treatments. Ultimately, our goal is to make personalized cancer therapy the gold standard in oncology care.”

Attaway, Ross!

Blondes Bombshell Brunettes 43-13

Highlander Stadium was a crock pot Saturday night as the third annual Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game took place. With Blondes in girly pink and Brunettes in baby doll blue, more than 75 young women took to the artificial ground to raise funds for the Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  But please don’t get in your mind that it was gals just tossing a ball  for the fun of it. No, there were past scores to be settled. With the two previous games being won by the Blondes, the Brunettes were out for the sweet taste of success and the Blondes were bucking for a “three-peat.”

With the bleachers filled with 800+ friends decked out in blue or pink garb, a plethora of hand fans were working overtime to keep folks from swooning. A little pity had to be felt for the Brunettes, since their bench and supporters were in the early evening sunlight that clocked in at 100+ degrees.

Ever smart 99-year old Ebby Halliday in her “neutral beige” wore sunglasses as she was escorted by equally sunglassed State Rep. Dan Branch (pictured with Ebby) onto the field to handle the coin toss. After Ebby flipped the coin and the Brunettes called “heads,” poor Dan was given the task of finding the dang thing somewhere in the turf. Ah, but he did his job rising to announce that it was indeed “Heads!”

After the singing of the national anthem, it was time to settle back for the game with a lot of sunshine, cheering and friendly competition. Even Ho [Read more…]

DSO President/CEO Douglas Adams Resigns

Dallas Symphony Orchestra President/CEO Douglas Adams (pictured) turned in his resignation today. When asked about his reason, Doug admitted that having a commuter marriage with his wife Pamela in Denver had finally taken its toll. It seems that his Denver home’s being a victim of the real estate recession had forced the two-city lifestyle.

Doug will stay on for a month before permanently moving back to Denver to “improve my golf swing.”

News Forthcoming About A High Profile Resignation

We’ll keep you posted. Just remember that we warned  you that it was coming.

MSC SweetDeal: Question #4

You’re too good for us. You should be. You’ve participated in more silent and live auctions that Leroy Van Dyke. You want to know,

“Where does the bidding stand?”

You’re right. You should know. But you’ve also warned us that you are going to sit tight until the final day of bidding takes place. Ah, we’ve seen your type hovering over the precious items at the best silent auctions.

OK, you win. We’ll give you an idea of where the bids stand on Friday morning. You’ll be surprised. At least we were. Some were in the three-figure range and some were very bargain-ish in the two figure.


MSC SweetDeal: Question #3

With our Friday deadline approaching for our MySweetCharity ad auction, we’ve gotten a couple more questions like,  “What the heck is a skyscraper ad?” Not a silly question. At least not to us because we asked the same question when the creative designers came up with it. To help you see how MySweetCharity’s ad placement will appear, we created the following layout:

Owner’s Death Puts Pets On Euthanasia List


Photo: Tri Cities Shelter


Word went out yesterday that chocolate labs Cleveland (6 years old) and Choco (7 years old) were surrendered to the Tri-City Animal Shelter by the family of an owner who had died. Both sterilized and microchipped. No health problems but not much hope. So many animals at the shelters and the older ones just aren’t as cute and cuddly as the pups and kittens.

Here Cleveland and Choco (pictured) had lost their owner, ended up at the shelter and were facing death.

According to reports, two rescues had fallen through and the boys only had til 4 p.m. today. Grim.

Then  Paws in the City stepped up and had them tagged for rescue this morning. Yes, PITC once again rose to the occasion to save creatures in need. That’s the good news.

But you just know we’re not going to let it go at that. Paws in the City and the other rescue groups are drowning with needy situations nowadays. Yes, lack of spaying and neutering animals is a large part of the problem.

But both Cleveland and Choco had been neutered. They evidently had been very well cared for, but their owner made no plans for them if something happened to him/her. While no one wants to think that death or disability will be part of our lives, it’s a fact of life. For this reason, the responsible pet owner should plan for their pets. Yes, it takes a bit of doing, but it’s necessary.

Thank you, PITC and all who made this rescue happen, as well as all the others.

UPDATE: After rescuing the two Labs and taking them to the vet, it was discovered that Choco was actually 13 years old and suffering from cancer. The decision was made to put him down. Sorry to provide sad news, but if there had been any chance of saving him, the PITC folks would have done it. They are now trying to locate a foster home for Cleveland.

Promising Youth Alliance Has Heavy Hitters Leading The Charge For After-School Programs

Promising Youth Alliance may be new to you, but the names leading it are way familiar. For instance, Denny Carreker, John Rodgers, Charles English, Charles Pierson, Clyde Rush and Dr. Tim Bray. Yes, you have the head honchos of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Phoenix House of Texas plus some very savvy educators and highest-profile business people.

They’re all coming together to provide much-needed, after-school programming. Having completed a pilot program at Sam Tasby Middle School in Vickery Meadow, they’re expanding to an elementary school in the Oak Lawn area and a charter school in West Dallas. As results continue to be positive, the plan can be expanded to other schools and cities.

Its creation resulted from McKinsey & Company‘s Dallas office “assessing successful after-school programs around the country and analyzed the particular needs of Dallas’ youth. Currently, 84% of DISD students are economically disadvantaged, and more than 100,000 students in the community are unsupervised after school every day. Research shows that after-school care can significantly improve the lives of young people and reduce crime and other social problems.”

And McKinsey did this research purely pro bono.

According to PYA Chair Carreker, “The research findings were disturbing. Thousands of our young people, the future of our community, are not being ‘saved by the bell’ but left to their own devices, despite many great programs in Dallas. In PYA great programs are integrated to address the whole child. That is what makes PYA unique: we are a collaboration of the best that delivers superior programming when and where the child needs it.”

Ah, another case of the nonprofit sector getting together with the business community to use creativity to save money and still achieve success.

JUST IN: Meadows Foundation To Provide Grant for Dallas Park Foundation

Our friend Bruce Tomaso at The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Meadows Foundation is preparing to announce a grant of $73,000 for the Dallas Park Foundation. According to the announcement,

“The grant will allow the Dallas Park Foundation to bring in a director of development this fall to pursue grants and donations for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation needs including playgrounds, trails and park upgrades in all city neighborhoods.”

That’s great news and greater thinking on the part of the Meadows Foundation. Instead of just giving money to keep pools open for a brief time, they’re helping the city have someone on board who can get more longterm funding.

Times may be tough, but the creative organizations are rising to the cause with results. Keep up the creativity!


Attention, Nonprofits: Wait Til You Hear This One!

The Real Estate Council and the Center for Nonprofit Management got together and realized how tough the nonprofits have it . . . especially now. They’ve come up with a solution that does not require money, longterm commitments or your first born thanks to Chase underwriting the program and TREC’s Eliza Solender‘s donating her time to develop it.

It’s a five-part series on the “most important real estate issues facing nonprofit agencies and how to address these needs.” Designed for nonprofit executive directors, senior staff and board members, the series takes place once a month from September to January 2011.

TREC VP of community services Beth Lambert Saul says, “Real estate is typically the second-largest budget item for a nonprofit and a high priority for decision makers.  TREC, along with member Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall, has created a curriculum to help educate those in charge of real estate decisions.”

Even after the course is complete, mentor volunteers from TREC will be “assigned to each nonprofit to provide ongoing support and problem solving as needed.”

Here’s the catch:  Space is limited to 25 agencies and the deadline for applications is August 27.

Would someone please thank TREC, the CNM and Chase for (a) being very creative and (b) putting together a brilliant program?