North Texas Giving Day Update: More Than $7M Raised So Far

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

If you haven’t checked your emails, are you in for a surprise! Nonprofits are flooding the Internet with encouragement to participate in North Texas Giving Day.

During the first four hours, more than 29,000 donors have provided $7M. There are less than 14 hours left to break last year’s record. Every penny counts and 1,600 organizations and programs are counting on you to kick in.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #5: New York Fashion Week

Couture designers may showcase their fashions in New York, but their fav clients are in the heart of Texas. Having been educated at “Neiman Marcus University” for ages, Dallas gals are honor-roll students and don’t follow trends. Shoot! They lead ‘em. This TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction package will be just part of their continuing education.

New York Fashion Week* (Value: Priceless)

To the highest caliber fashion lovers, New York’s Fashion Week is the Olympics, Super Bowl and World Cup all in one. Just to land a place at one of the runway shows is like having a front row place at a royal wedding.

New York Fashion Week**

New York Fashion Week**

But Neiman’s and Ken Downing have partnered up with Harper’s Bazaar to provide two lucky fashionistas with not one, but two tickets to two Fashion Week runway shows. And so typical of NM, Ken and Harper’s, that just wasn’t enough. So they’ve included an exclusive tour of Harper’s Fashion Closet plus lunch with a Harper’s fashion editor for a blow-by-blow analysis of the shows.

To make coming and going as fashionable as possible, American Airlines is providing business, class, round-trip air transportation to NYC.

* Courtesy of Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing, Harper’s Bazaar and American Airlines
** Photo provided by TACA

The Big Day Is Finally Here…Well, Almost!

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

For the past few weeks, MySweetCharity has posted truly amazing stories by area nonprofits hoping to get your attention for North Texas Giving Day.We regret that we couldn’t run all of them. But there are 1,600 organizations participating this year. Whew! If you didn’t see your fav group posted, check the NTGD page to find out if it is indeed one of the 1,600 and how to support it.

Within hours, North Texas Giving Day will commence.  Starting at 6 a.m. on Thursday, area nonprofits are keeping their fingers and toes crossed that you’ll grace them with a donation. Last year more 75,000 donations provided $25.2M to 1,350 organizations that help your neighbors and you.

This year’s 1,600 nonprofits mean that the $25.2M figure must be broken. But it can only be done if you open up your old pocketbook and separate yourself from some moolah. Yes, everyone knows that North Texas generosity trumps all others, but on this day, it’s absolutely, really, truly important.

There will be activities throughout North Texas to raise awareness and funds on this day. But if you want some real excitement, food and see some of the nonprofits in action, then head over to Communities Foundation of Texas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Texas Giving Day activities*

North Texas Giving Day activities*

Not to be too terribly naughty, but wouldn’t it fun to overload the NTGD systems with donations like you did a couple of years ago. But Brent Christopher and his trusty troopers have really ramped up their “war room” and they’re ready for all types of donations until midnight. So, have a blast and blast them with $$.

Just as Cinderella learned, it’s all over at midnight.

* Graphics provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Luncheon

Finale

Finale

Despite a few “oops!” at Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 Best Dressed Luncheon at Neiman Marcus Downtown, the guests and fashions, both on the runway and at the tables, were stellar. It was obvious the Dallas indeed does have the most gorgeous women with the best taste around.

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finney, Patty Leyendecker, Pat McEvoy, Lee Ann White, Robyn Conlon, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Margaret Hancock

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finney, Patty Leyendecker, Pat McEvoy, Lee Ann White, Robyn Conlon, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Margaret Hancock

 

 

What’s that? Not believing that claim? Check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for proof. Fingers are hard at work prepping the writeup. Stay tuned.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Dallas Dinner Table

Dallas Dinner Table*

Dallas Dinner Table*

Dallas Dinner Table is an independent non-profit organization focused on improving race relations in the DFW Metroplex, ‘One Dinner at a Time.’

“We do this work by hosting dinners all over the Metroplex on a single evening – the MLK holiday – providing an opportunity to hear and share diverse perspectives about the impact of race on the daily lives of DFW residents.

“Our dinners are designed to:

  • Encourage communication about race relations and the impact of ethnicity on relationships.
  • Educate participants about perspectives held by others related to race relations
  • Empower citizens to develop relationships with people from a variety of racial/ethnic groups.

    Dallas Dinner Table*

    Dallas Dinner Table*

“Dallas Dinner Table 2015 will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, to coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. Dinners are held in private homes, churches, businesses or restaurants and hosted by gracious citizens who provide an evening meal to participants from diverse backgrounds. Facilitators guide dialogue at each table towards cross-cultural communication with a focus on personal action and growth, and the advantages of cross-racial relationships.

Dallas Dinner Table*

Dallas Dinner Table*

“We were founded in 1999, but are just now beginning to fundraise as we are determined to take our dinners nationwide.

“Please consider supporting our efforts on North Texas Giving Day (tomorrow!) where all gifts of $25 or more will receive bonus funds. This will ensure that we are able to continue and expand to keep bringing race to the table in Dallas and beyond!

“And if you wish to be part of a dinner on January 19, 2015, please visit our website at http://www.dallasdinnertable.com – registration will be open soon.”

-By Patrick Harrison, Board Member – Finance Chair, Dallas Dinner Table

* Photos provided by Dallas Dinner Table

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Second Chance SPCA

Second Chance SPCA*

Second Chance SPCA*

“Before this year, Second Chance SPCA was operating a no-kill animal shelter in Plano in a two-room facility that was in great disrepair. One year ago, with the help of donated funds, we moved to a larger space to call our own. The new shelter in Plano was a single-family house with good yard space and lots of potential.

“With the help of our dedicated volunteers and donated funds from the community, we were able to transform the space to a wonderful shelter for more rescue animals. Last year was our first year to participate in North Texas Giving Day and the donations helped us rescue 193 cats and dogs off the euthanasia lists in city shelters in the first quarter of 2014. At this pace, we will rescue 400 cats and dogs by year-end!

Foucault*

Foucault*

Bentley Rex*

Bentley Rex*

“As many of you know by now, North Texas Giving Day 2014 will take place on September 18. Starting at 6 a.m. and lasting for 18 hours, every $25 donation will be amplified by bonus funds. This year, we hope to use the donations from North Texas Giving Day to help add a medical room and isolation area to our shelter so that we can rescue unadoptable, sick animals from city shelters and get them healthy for their forever homes.

“Thank you North Texans for helping us help rescue animals in need!”

-By Deborah Carnelli, Second Chance SPCA Fundraising Director

* Graphic and photos provided by Second Chance SPCA

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #6: A True Journey Never Ends: Around The World With Rosewood

In 1872 Phileas Fogg went around the world roughing it in whatever accommodations he could find. The Great Race’s Great Leslie found a similar situation in the early 1900’s. Perhaps they should have waited for this RBC Wealth Management TACA Custom Auction item.

A True Journey Never Ends: Around The World With Rosewood* (Value: $15,000) **

Since Caroline Rose Hunt created her world-class brainchild in 1979 at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the word “Rosewood” has become synonymous with the epitome of luxurious hospitality. Over the years and a change of ownership, Rosewood has continued to set the standard for incredible accommodations, superlative service and critically acclaimed cuisine in the world’s most breathtaking locations.

Rosewood hotel**

Rosewood hotel***

  • Two people will experience what others only fantasize by calling Rosewood home in the four corners of the world including:
  • Three nights at the Bahamas’ Rosewood at Bahar Mar, which will open in spring 2015, including daily breakfast and one dinner.
  • Four nights at Rosewood Beijing, that will open in October 2014, including breakfast and one dinner plus round-trip transportation to the airport.
  • Three nights at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Colombia including breakfast and two spa treatments.
  • Three nights at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, including breakfast and two spa treatments.

And while the languages and locales may be totally foreign, the Rosewood brand will be constant — “pairing the bespoke service and impeccable attention to detail that was once enjoyed only in the finest of homes.”

* Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels
** Expires December 31, 2015
*** Photo provided by TACA

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Women In Need

“Rockwall County has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and as progressive as Rockwall County is, this issue not talked about; in fact often it goes silent: domestic violence.

“‘She sat in our office; head down looking ashamed. Nobody will believe me because I carry a nice purse and drive a new car.’

Women In Need*

Women In Need*

Women In Need’s (WIN) caseload, averages about 75-90 clients per month, with 10% being new clients. Many residents when hearing these statistics are surprised to learn that domestic violence is even an issue in the community. ‘Thankfully, WIN works closely with both law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office such that when incidents of domestic violence are reported, a quick and expeditious response is made and people within our community are once again safe.’

Women In Need volunteers*

Women In Need volunteers*

“WIN has found that the majority of the victims that come in to our office are college educated, upper income homemakers. It is sometimes extremely difficult for them to reach out to even ask for help simply because of where they live, or who they are married to or it is due to the status and reputation that their family has come accustom to that keeps them quiet. Many feel that people won’t believe them because there is a belief that if you have access to money and the nice life that you can’t be abused, or that you really could do something about it if it was ‘that bad.’ Abuse does not discriminate. It crosses all boundaries of color, race, income and religion. WIN believes even one person being abused is too many.

Women In Need display at local library*

Women In Need display at local library*

“Our goal at Women In Need is to provide hope and help for these victims. To be ears that will listen to them and arms that will hold them up when they don’t think they can stand on their own. Most importantly we want to empower them to live the life they were meant to live: without abuse. We provide emergency shelter, counseling and legal advocacy for victims but most importantly we provide support and education through our support groups and peer counseling to provide these women with a safe place to heal, grow and become sustainable. Sadly, some have gone so long without making any decisions for themselves, that they must go through a process of learning to love themselves again and finding out that they have opinions and that they have a voice.

Women In Need volunteers*

Women In Need volunteers*

“When donating on North Texas Giving Day, please remember that no donation is too small or too large. Even $25 can make the difference to a mom who needs food or diapers for her child. WIN’s goal in working with North Texas Giving Day is to raise $10,000. This amount of money is enough to impact 400 families. Meaning 400 families whose lives will be changed forever, they will not have to live in fear anymore, and they will no longer have to live in an abusive relationship in order to survive from day to day.

-By Connie Pettitt, Women in Need Executive Director

* Graphic and photos provided by Women in Need

Partners Card South Kick-Off Brings Out The Softies Like Alan Stein

Remember when you were in grade school and it was current events day? Wednesday the Partners Card South Kick-Off Party at NorthPark’s Pinto Ranch was such an occasion. And the topic du jour besides the glamorama rhinestone cowboy duds was the Ray Rice allegedly battery of this former girlfriend/current wife.

Rhinestone cowboy hat

Rhinestone cowboy hat

As unpleasant as the topic, it was an on-the-target subject matter for The Family Place crowd.

Luckily, for every Ray Rice, there are men like Alan Stein. Each month the former TFP board member/Pricewaterhouser takes pillows to TFP’s safe campus for the residents.

In recalling his first visit to the campus, Alan admitted that he had been prepared to see women and battered women at that. Instead was taken back by the 40-50 children, who were seeking sanctuary along with their mothers. That’s how domestic abuse impacts far more than the immediate victim. And that’s why TFP is a place for safety and recovery.

Melissa Sherrill, Alan Stein and Diana Hamilton

Melissa Sherrill, Alan Stein and Diana Hamilton

BTW, at last week’s Partners Card North Kick Off at IBB Design, TFP’s Melissa Sherrill admitted a pleasant surprise at the number of guests who showed up — 100+. It seems TFP’s reach is far beyond main Dallas, both for clients and supporters.

Carol Seay, Shelle Sills, Claire Emanuelson and Deb Goldstein

Carol Seay, Shelle Sills, Claire Emanuelson and Deb Goldstein

The same number including Sherry Williams, Yvonne Crum, Nancy Gopez, JB Hayes, Claire Emanuelson, 2014 Partners Card Honorary Chair Shelle Sills and Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Co-Chair Carol Seay, who reported that nearly 1000 tickets had been sold for the September 17 luncheon honoring the legacy of Harold Simmons at the Anatole’s Imperial Ballroom.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #7: Staycation In Downtown Dallas

Who has time to wander the world in search of the perfect retreat, when it lies just a quick ride away? This RBC Wealth Management TACA Custom Auction item is ideal for the four who want to get away from the ho-hum routine without really getting away.

Staycation In Downtown Dallas* (Value: $17,500)

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, downtown Dallas has returned to its glory days when a big-deal date was dancing at the Baker Hotel’s Peacock Terrace Ballroom or taking in a movie at the grand Palace Theater with its legendary Wurlitzer organ rising from the orchestra pit between movies with Weldon Flanagan at the keyboard.

Replacing the Baker, the Wurlitzer and the oldies are a whole new lifeblood including the Arts District, the Klyde Warren Park, Perot Museum, Victory Center and high-rise homes. Leading the charge is the Joule Hotel that has brought together a staff, services and accommodation to match the most prestigious world hotels.

The Joule**

The Joule**

For two nights the Joule’s luxurious two-bedroom penthouse will be “home suite home” complete with living room, library, dining room and kitchen. The floor-to-ceiling windows and in-house telescope provide the perfect view of the downtown life below.

Start the mornings with breakfast at the Joule’s Weekend Coffee with its Marzocco-brewed coffees and waffles. One night plan on dining in the Joule’s CBD Provisions.

For sun worshipers, the glass-fronted, heated Adam D. Tihany designed pool cantilevered eight feet beyond the hotel and the poolside cabana services are just a few floors away. And if additional pampering is required, there’s always the world–renowned ESPA with hands-on attention. Or if a fitness regimen must be kept, VITAL Fitness Center offers everything from yoga classes to core fitness and is equipped with everything from top-of-the-line equipment to strength-training machines.

The only problem is when the time comes to check out and return to the life of reality outside the Joule.

* Courtesy of The Joule Hotel
** Photo provided by TACA