Mayor’s Back To School Fair Results In Thousands Lining Up Despite The Heat

It’s already 82 degree and Mayor Tom Leppert has his hands full this morning with the Mayor’s Back To School Fair presented by Walmart. The families have been lining up since 3:30 a.m. The place looks more like free day at Six Flags. Congratulations to organizers for providing such needed services for families!

The sponsors and donors are just about everybody and everything that make Dallas great. Here is the link to who they are.

BTW, don’t you feel sorry for the poor person who is in the Rowdy costume.


Hope Cottage “Most Joyous Babies” Nearing Deadline

Hope Cottage‘s August photo contest “Most Joyous Babies” is nearing its August 10th deadline. Remember the photo must be of a munchkin age 3 and under at the time it was taken.

You don’t have to even spend $$ on postage or anything. Okay, so it would help if you had a camera. Just post your entry Hope Cottage’s Facebook page.

You’ve got until 5 p.m. on the 10th.

Billie Leigh Rippey And Her Tiffany Circle Ranked #1 In The American Red Cross World

Photo provided by the American Red Cross

It’s extremely pleasing when Dallas folks score a numero uno place nationally. And that’s exactly what the Dallas-Area Chapter Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross did when they attended the annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Honorary Chair Billie Leigh Rippey (pictured in red with, from the left, Cathy Keating, Anne Compton and Tricia Besing) and her entourage brought home top honors.

(In case you’re brand new to the world of giving, the Tiffany Circl is a society of female leaders and philanthropists who annually invest $10,000 in their local American Red Cross chapters.)

With 300 Tiffany Circle women in attendance, the Dallas 10 brought home “two prestigious awards that honored them for having hte most Tiffany Circle Members in the nation, as well as the most commitments to the Bonnie McEvleen-Hunter Lifetime membership (a gift of $100,000 that spans over 10 years).

Just in case you’re wondering, the 52 members of the Dallas Tiffany Circle have raised more than $1,001,612 for the Red Cross to use in the local community.

Who are the 52? Of course, you want names, so here goes: [Read more…]

2010 The Art Of Film To Debut With Soon-To-Be-Announced Film Legend

Friday, November 19, 2010: The Dallas Film Society will debut “The Art of the Film” celebrating “the incredible work of one filmmaker” at the newly-renovated Hall of State. Plans for the evening call for 400 patrons to enjoy a conversation with the honoree in The Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall and  then a seated dinner in the Great Hall.

The next day, guests will be able to attend three to four films centered on the honoree’s career.

Who is the honoree? Be patient. We’re hot on the trail.

In the meantime, we have the names of those behind the scenes coming up with all the goodies — Event Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee, DFS President/CEO Tanya Foster and DFS Chair of Board Michael Caine.

MSC SweetDeal: Question #2

Gee, you are really good. The questions are honest and make perfect sense. Here’s another question from a pr guru about SweetDeal:

Question…a bidder and/or winning bidder….do they automatically get editorial coverage or is it as with the rules of journalism?

Alas, Mr. MSC Accountant would love the idea of guaranteeing coverage to the highest bidder, but, no. The winning bidders are not guaranteed coverage. But you should know that we’ll have our running shoes on and will be covering as many events as possible.Our record so far is four events in one night. Still reeling from that one.

Also, we only cover events/activities to which we are invited. The art of party crashing is simply not MSC’s style. It also goes without saying that our coverage is as objective as possible. If we get something wrong, we expect the MSC community to comment. In other words, we are responsible for covering and you are responsible for keeping us on our toes.

Keep the questions and the bids coming.

MSC SweetDeal: Question #1

Goodness! We’re already getting bids and questions in about our SweetDeal.  First question of the day comes from a major fundraising angel:

May I bid and pay for a charity, i.e. buy the ad for them if I am the lucky bidder!?

Absolutely. It would be great for companies and individuals with extra change to turn the space over to their favorite nonprofit, especially if that group has an event to promote.


MySweetCharity News: Have We Got A SweetDeal For You!!!

September is revving up to be a killer month, with everything from the Crystal Charity Fashion Show and the TACA Custom Auction Gala to the Tim McGraw concert at Cowboys Stadium. So, we’ve decided to try a little experiment, and could use your help.

As you know, MySweetCharity was created as a conversation for folks interested in North Texas philanthropy — both giving and receiving.

MySweetCharity’s Mr. Accountant suggested that we try to cover our costs. When we said we could take a tin cup to the corner of Preston and Northwest Highway, he reminded us that begging on the streets is illegal.

We sent out feelers like big-time blogs do to test the waters, but we thought that was pretty traditional and you’ve never liked the typical “what the other kids do” approach.

So we took our lead from the nonprofits themselves — an auction. Yup, each month we’re going to auction off four advertising spaces on MySweetCharity. Stop laughing, oh traditional blog CEOs. The auction allows everyone from poor nonprofits to wealthy corporations a chance to place their ads on MySweetCharity.

The four spaces are:

  • Banner (730 by 90 pixels)
  • Skyscraper (160 by 600 pixels)
  • Badge #1 (270 by 270 pixels)
  • Badge # 2 (270 by 270 pixels)

Here are the details: [Read more…]

Nasher Sculpture Center’s Jane Offenbach Is Off To Nashville

Sorry to end the week on a sad note, but the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Director of External Affairs Jane Offenbach has turned in her resignation to head to Nashville. No, Jane’s not going to be a C/W singer, or at least we don’t think so. She is going to be heading up the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum.

A Little Wine, A Little Music, A Lot Of Fun

Thursday night the East Dallas Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board is going western at Times Ten Cellars for its Third Annual Wine and Dine. That means you have permission to wear blue jeans and settle back with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a couple of drinks, a raffle ticket for a wine tasting for 10 people at TTC and complimentary parking.

Besides all of the above, there will be silent and live auctions and music by local entertainers.

One of the real highlights of the evening will be a presentation by EDB&GC senior Alex Jackson, who has a pretty amazing story to tell.

Individual tickets are $40 and couple tickets are $75. While that may not be cause to get married, it’s good enough to get a friend to go. Tickets are available online and space is limited.

Responsible for the evening are Wine and Dine Chair Nina Reinert, Mark Fuqua, Kenyatta Morrison, Chrystin Pleasants, Mary Kate Smither and Tessa Todd.

Event sponsors include Time Ten Cellars and La Popular Tamale House.

Crystal Charity Fashion Show/Luncheon is Gearing up with Paris and Pampering Prizes

It seemed like just yesterday that the ultimate ladies-who-lunch gathered for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon with designer Michael Kors and his collection (pictured) at DT Neimans.

But it’s nearly time again to dress to the nines for the 2010 CCB event (September 10) with designer Albert Kriemler of Akris showing his finest. You haven’t gotten your tickets? Oops! You know it’s nearly sold out. As if that was a surprise.

But the NM folks have arranged for more than fashion and food. They’ve gathered up some delicious raffle prizes that range from Paris to the ultimate in pampering.

Interested? We just knew you would be, so here goes: [Read more…]

Share-A-Date: A Night At The Turtle Creek Lounge

Friday, February 25, 2011 from 7 to 11 p.m.: “A Night At The Turtle Creek Karaoke Lounge” at Edison’s with Hunter Sullivan and DJ Lucy Wrubel benefiting the Turtle Creek Recovery Center.

Chair-people: Maggie Cooke Kipp and Nancy Gopez

Honorary Chairs: Katherine Perot Reeves and Eric Reeves

Description: “This fun-filled, musical evening begins with a VIP Reception followed by a delicious buffet dinner and Karaoke entertainment! Local celebrities will warm up the microphones on the main stage! Next take the main stage or have your friends sing to popular songs of all genres and decades. For shyer types, there will be a side stage in the next room. End the fun with dancing to DJ’d tunes.”

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Never Slows Down

Those folks at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital are as busy as air-conditioner repairmen. Here you thought they just healed children free-of-charge and made wonderful popcorn. Nope, they have a revolving door of activities for the kids and to help to raise funds.

Last Friday they had Santa pop in for a visit. Instead of his sleigh, he arrived in a red Dodge Viper with Mrs. Claus driving up in a silver Dodge Viper thanks to Padgett Printing.

Provided by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

This Thursday is no different. The TSRHC staff is busy at work preparing for the second annual “Summer Colors Art Show and Auction” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at TSRHC with local artists Jenny Grumbles and Jill Scovell (art pictured) hosting a silent art auction.

Sorry, but the Clauses won’t be attending. They had to head back to the North Pole to settle an elf sit-in. Seems the little people want longer hot chocolate breaks.

But you can join the fun Thursday at TSRHC. Tickets in advance are $25 and $35 at the door.

JUST IN: PAC’s President/CEO Mark Nerenhausen Resigns

Remember last Friday when we told you that Jacob Cigainero had resigned as pr for the Dallas Theater Center and a month ago when we told you that Maria May had resigned as marketing head for the AT&T Performing Arts Center?

Well, there must be something in the PAC water system. Another resignation was just announced and this one is a biggie — PAC’s President and CEO Mark Nerenhausen.

Until Mark’s replacement is found, PAC’s Senior VP and General Manager Doug Curtis will be handling the chores.

Let’s hope this is the last resignation announcement coming from the PAC for a while. . .  please!!!

Decorazon Gallery Parties A Fond Farewell To Bishop Arts District With Evening of Summer Fun

So you think all the action is north of downtown Dallas. Expand your life. The Bishops Arts District (pictured) was bustling Saturday night. Besides the usual high-pedestrian traffic that hits the area on the weekend, Decorazon Gallery was a super-duper major stopping place. It was a twofer night for the gallery.

First of all it was the location of “Evening of Summer Fun” with artist painting plates that will be auctioned off at the “Great Gatsby. . . Get Your Flap On!” on Sept. 26 at Union Station benefiting the AIDS Interfaith Network. Tables were set up with 15 artists like Andrea Estrada taking up the brush and expressing themselves on the white plates. It was pretty amazing that they could concentrate and keep steady hands with all the commotion in the gallery.

AIDS Interfaith Network Exec Director Steven Pace estimated that 300 to 400 had already come through the gallery within the first two hours.

It was an especially poignant evening for gallery owners MK Semos (pictured) and Hugo Garcia Urrutia, since it was the farewell party for their Bishops Arts District operation. MK admitted that they are “travelers, gypsies” and after having the gallery for six years, they want to travel and show their art works at art fairs. They’re already scheduled to show their work in Bangkok in February.

The very creative MK wore her “Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush” (pictured) for the occasion. They were built on a pair of Steve Madden boots, with MK adding moss and dried and faux flowers.

Among the inside crowd were attorney Domingo Garcia and wife Dr. Elba Garcia who is running for Dallas County Commissioner. They didn’t stay long because they had three more events to attend. Another brief attendee was County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

The party spilled out on to the sidewalk with Baker & McKenzie attorney Teresa Michaud (pictured) and architect/stay-at-home papa Benoit Michaud with 15-month-old son Leo (pictured left with Benoit) looking cool despite the heat.

Hutchins BBQ Has Got A Deal For You And The Samaritan Inn Today

If you’re up in McKinney today, stop off at Hutchins’ BBQ (pictured) to start the week off right. Besides having some good barbecue, you’ll also be helping The Samaritan Inn.  Owner Tim Hutchins will donate ALL the proceeds from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to The Samaritan Inn.

That’s right. Not a portion of the day’s take — the whole day’s dine-in and take-out sales will go to The Samaritan Inn.



Sunday Night Doesn’t Have To Be The Same Old, Same Old

Let’s face it. This time of year Sunday nights around 6 p.m. translates into reruns of 60 Minutes. You can look like a hero to your family by changing the routine. . . at least tomorrow night. A private showing of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. will be shown at the Studio Movie Grill on Beltline Road. For $10 you get all the pizza you can eat and the show to boot. It stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen and is directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

Proceeds for to Take Me Home Pet Rescue. You’ve heard of this group. They rescued Fiona this past week.

If you can’t make the movie and pizza, you can always make a $10 donation or more.

Ah, come on. You’ve always impressed us as a big spender.

It’s A Bird. . . It’s A Plane. . . It’s Jacob Cigainero Departing The Dallas Theater Center

What’s the expression that we’re looking for? Something about making lemonade out of lemons? Well, it’s Friday afternoon, so we need to put a bit more of a TGIF spin on it. So, how about making tequila out of cactus?

On the cactus side of this post is another one of the folks, who helped launch the AT&T Performing Arts Center last year, is departing. Less than a month ago, Maria May, who headed up the marketing efforts for PAC, moved over to SparkFarm to join up with Christine Rogers.

Now, news comes that Jacob Cigainero, who pr-ed the Dallas Theater Center’s arrival into the Wyly and helped Superman fly high, is taking the gypsy way of life to explore the world outside of Dallas.

On the tequila side of this news is that you have until next Friday to call and/or email Jacob at the DTC.

Have Some Summer Fun At The Blue Paint Special

Don’t you just love to see artists in action? Their creativity is absolutely contagious. From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday night at Decorazon Gallery, you can see artists create “unique works of art” from transforming basic white plates into artwork. In September the painted plates will be auctioned off at the “Great Gatsby. . . Get Your Flap On!” benefiting the AIDS Interfaith Network co-chaired by Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Jon Chester and Gilbert Castillo.

Even after the plate artistry ends 9 p.m., the party will continue until midnight to commemorate Decorazon Gallery “as it departs the Bishop Arts District.”

A donation of $5 is all they asked for admission to the festivities. What a Saturday night bargain! And you just know that if Rhonda’s connected with the event, you’re gonna see some gorgeous folks in attendance.

14th Annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair Deadline Approaches

Deadlines seem so threatening and one is coming up. If you know someone whose kiddos are heading back to school and the budget is r-e-a-l-l-y tight, tell them that Saturday, July 31, is the absolute, no-exceptions-made deadline for registration for the 14th Annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair.

No, Mayor Tom Leppert is not going to dress up in a clown outfit and it’s very doubtful there will be carousels. Instead, it’s a “one-stop shop for all education essentials” on Thursday, August 5, at Fair Park.

Only families who qualify may participate. Suggestion? Check the website for the requirements for qualifications.

It’s all made possible thanks to the following folks and companies: [Read more…]

Share-A-Date: 2010 KidneyTexas

Whoa! No sooner had we launched Share-A-Date, then the MySweetCharity hive started buzzing with activity.

Wednesday, September 8 — KidneyTexas Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Stanley Korshak. Benefiting Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Camp Reynal, the luncheon/fashion show is co-chaired by Patty Jo Turner, Carmaleta Whiteley and Reneé Winter. Dr. and Mrs. Goran Klintmalm are honorary chairs.

New Sweet Idea: “Share-A-Date”

While the queen bees are out of town in cooler climates (The Hamptons, La Jolla, Carmel, Colorado, etc.), the worker bees are hard at work getting ready for the return of the queens. Resulting from all this hard work is news of upcoming dates for agendas.

If you don’t mind, we’ll be posting “Share-A-Date” with you when we get a buzz about some upcoming event.

The first one that popped into our “Share A Date” folder is

May 13-14, 2011 — Second Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Tournament at TPC Craig Ranch benefiting the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

Let us know if you have any dates that you want shared. Remember to keep it simple and sweet — date, event, location, beneficiary.

A Case Of Mistaken Identity

Our blonde buddy Amy Pelzel reports there was a mix up at the Denton Animal Shelter. It seems “the guys at the shelter logged out the wrong one so I had to change it on the petfinder. They have in the system fiona left. . . But actually it’s the dog I used to have pictured as shera so I just changed shera to fiona. Make sense?”

Despite the confusion, the final story is this pooch (pictured)  is still there and Thursday is euthanasia day at DAS.

Personal note: Four years ago we adopted Nellie (pictured), a larger version of the DAS pooch as a rescue. Here’s Nellie all cleaned up. Not bad, huh? In fact, she was selected to be the “cover girl” for a national dog food and works as a therapy dog at Baylor. It just shows that with a little soap, water and love, amazing

things can result.






UPDATE: Thanks to a heck of a lot of good animal rescues groups and individuals, Fiona was rescued today. Bravo to wonderful folks, not only was Fiona saved but some lucky human(s) will no doubt adopt her and have many happy years with her.

Dallas CityDesign Studio Receives $100,000 Award From The National Endowment For The Arts

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ new Mayors’ Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary (MICD25), the Dallas CityDesign Studio was awarded $100,000.

A total of $3 million was given through the MICD25 to cities that focus on supporting creative spaces that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform sites into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with arts at their core.

Created through a donation by Deedie and Rusty Rose in 2009, Dallas CityDesign has focused on connecting the the city of Dallas back to the Trinity River through various programs.

“The format of the Dallas CityDesign Studio, the programs it is implementing and the award of the $100,000 grant from this preeminent organization are an affirmation of the important work the studio is planning that will affect design in all areas of the City,” said Deedie.

Not to brag or anything, but it appears that Dallas was the only Texas city to receive this first-time award created by NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.Want proof? Check the list of recipients: [Read more…]

UPDATE: Thelma and Louise Pooches

We’ve got good news, sad news and tentative news.

Good news — Shera just got adopted and is on her way to a day of pampering.

Sad news — The adopting family couldn’t take Fiona, too. So the infamous twosome has been broken up.

Tentative news — Fiona is alone and still on the “you-don’t-want-to-be-on-this-list.”

She just provided this picture to showcase her better side for your consideration.