MySweetCharity Opportunity: Bowl-A-Rama

According Bowl-A-Rama Chair Lori Turpin,

Lori Turpin*

Lori Turpin*

Behind Every Door Ministries is thrilled to be hosting its first fundraising event to celebrate its five year anniversary and raise funds to expand its ministry in impoverished Dallas communities.

“The Bowl-A-Rama will be a fun evening of bowling, food, and football watching at Bowl and Barrel on Sunday, September 20th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Live and a Silent Auction will both accompany the bowling tournament and party.

“For the last five years, Behind Every Door has been transforming lives and sharing the love of Christ in both word and deed with residents living in apartment communities in Dallas’ most underserved and impoverished neighborhoods. This ministry changes lives by:

  • “forming relationships that reinforce the dignity of each person “behind every door”
  • “offering programs for adults and children that promote spiritual growth as well as intellectual, emotional, and physical health
  • “partnering with churches, nonprofits, and individuals

“As a result of these efforts, crime has drastically decreased in these communities, more residents have become employed and have overcome addictions, children’s grades have improved, and a healthy sense of community has developed. When you couple these strides with the compounding effect of overcoming the dark consequences of generational poverty, Behind Every Door is creating a lasting impact for years to come.

“With the help of our supporters, Behind Every Door, its staff, and its partners can continue and expand the life-changing work they have been doing for the last five years!

“For information about sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and raffle and online auction items, please visit our event webpage at www.behindeverydoor.org/bowlarama.”

* Photo provided by Behind Every Door

Kristina Bownman, Jane Rozelle, Ron Corning And MySweetCharity Have A Conversation On How Nonprofits Can Work With The Media

This morning PRSA Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and MySweetCharity partnered up to hold a workshop for nonprofits in getting their message out there.

One segment dealing with the media was a “conversation” including photographer Kristina Bowman, PaperCity‘s Jane Rozelle, WFAA’s Ron Corning and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean.

If you were there, you know there was a lot of information shared, as well a great deal of laughter. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to get to all of the questions. Perhaps there will be another one of these “conversations” in the future.

If you couldn’t make it and you have some time, here’s a recording of the session. (Please forgive the late start of the recording. All you’ll miss is the introduction describing how brilliant Kristina and Jane are.) 150828_001

A special thanks goes to Dean Foods for stepping and hosting the event at CityPlace for a sold-out crowd of incredible people, who make a difference for good in North Texas.

 

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Wings Of Hope

Wings of Hope is so excited about North Texas Giving Day! Each September we look forward to sharing our mission on this unique platform! Around the barn we feel that everything accomplished through our mission is unique. In fact our mission is to provide services to those with unique challenges. It is the mission of Wings of Hope to provide equine assisted activities to children and adults with unique physical, mental and emotional challenges.

Wings of Hope*

Wings of Hope*

“Established in 1996 we are the only facility of our kind operating in the Southern DFW area. Through equine assisted activities, we are able to serve over 125 individuals per week. Currently 95 riders participate in our therapeutic riding program. Each of these unique 95 individuals has a story of triumph and success. Each of these individuals has a diagnosis or disability with daily challenges unique to them. Each of them has a partnership with an equine therapy partner that teaches and enables them to overcome and learn how to cope with those daily challenges.

Wings of Hope*

Wings of Hope*

Wings of Hope*

Wings of Hope*

“Additionally we are able to serve 25 individuals through our program Equine Connection Counseling. At Wings of Hope, we strive to create a safe and therapeutic environment for growth and healing. The relationship formed with the horse(s) is a crucial component to the counseling process.

Wings of Hope*

Wings of Hope*

Each of these individuals served through this program partners with a team of horses, a licensed professional counselor and a certified equine specialists.

“Funds raised through North Texas Giving Day allow us to make a positive impact on our annual operating budget of $334,000. It has always been the policy of Wings of Hope never to turn anyone away due to inability to pay, therefore we have a scholarship program in place for individual’s in need. Currently we have 22 equine therapy partners, the cost to provide quality care for our herd is approximately $50,000 of our annual budget.

“In 2014 we raised $5,000. $5,000 can do a lot for our organization and directly impact those we serve. $5,000 can sponsor two horses for one year, providing their nutritional and veterinary care. $5,000 can provide a full 1-year scholarship for a rider receiving therapeutic riding lessons. $5,000 can provide a substantial portion of our printing needs that allow us to spread our mission.

“With your help on donations on North Texas Giving Day (September 17), we can continue to serve more individuals who are in need of equine therapy.

“To learn more about our mission or services please visit www.wingsofhopehorses.org or like us on Facebook.”

-By Allison Gross, development director

* Photos courtesy of Allison Gross

Trinity Trust Rat Pack And River Rats Had A Good Look At The Sun To Moon

Oops! The MySweetCharity elf in charge of hitting the “Publish” button missed this scheduled post that was to have appeared on Wednesday. It threw the MSC lineup into a tizzy. Before heading to the muchly dreaded “Bad Elf Corner,” the elf apologizes to the Trinity rodents for the delay.

The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats didn’t take the summer off. As the Margaret McDermott Bridge got back into full throttle after the spring storms, the Rats gathered at Sun to Moon Gallery on Tuesday, August 4, for “Nature in Our Backyard: The Trinity River & Great Trinity Forest.” Here’s a report from the field:

Photo by Scot Miller*

Photo by Scot Miller*

“Surrounded by stunning images and video of the Trinity River Corridor and Great Trinity Forest, more than 50 of The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rat members enjoyed an evening at an exclusive showing at Sun to Moon Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Nature In Our Backyard: The Trinity River & Great Trinity Forest.’ With breathtaking images of the Trinity River at flood stage and of the many beautiful creatures that live in the corridor, gallery owner and photographer Scot Miller said, ‘This is right in our backyard. We get to see this every day and it is amazing.’

Chico Holland, Gail Thomas, Allison Holland and Scot Miller*

Chico Holland, Gail Thomas, Allison Holland and Scot Miller*

“Admiring the work and enjoying cocktails and conversations included guests such as The Trinity Trust President Gail and Bob Thomas, Susie and Bryan Bailey, City Manager A.C. Gonzalez and Melinda Ann Marcus, Judy and Patrick Kelly, Council member Monica Alonzo, Allison and Chico Holland, and Trinity Chicks Tierney Kaufman, Janie Bush and Amber Arseneaux.

Melinda Ann Marcus and Gonzalez*

Melinda Ann Marcus and Gonzalez*

“‘What Scot Miller and these photographers have done is incredible in capturing the beauty we have in the middle of Dallas,’ said Thomas. ‘If everyone knew of the enchantment in this city, it would change the perception to one of nature.’

“The evening was hosted by The Trinity Trust, which raises private funds for the Trinity River Corridor Project amenities, and sponsored by Smith Group Asset Management, Texas Capital Bank, and Ben E. Keith. The exhibition at Sun to Moon Gallery is open to the public until August 22 and features fine photographic prints by Dan Burkholder, Scot Miller, Jill Skupin Burkholder and R.P. Washburne. From vivid digitally captured images, to stunning detail studies with film, the vast swath of nature through Dallas is captured with emotion and clarity.

Photo by R. P. Washburne*

Photo by R. P. Washburne*

“Join the Rat Pack or River Rats today to participate in upcoming cocktail events, grand openings, private paddling adventures on the Trinity River, Trails & Ales parties in the corridor and more.”

* Photos provided by The Trinity Trust

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Treasure Street

According to Treasure Street Co-Chair Leslie Ficke,

Pat Green and Leslie and Brian Ficke*

Pat Green and Leslie and Brian Ficke*

“2015 is a significant year for Treasure Street as it celebrates its 20th year raising funds for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children (TSRHC) on October 15. My husband Brian and I couldn’t be more proud to be co-chairing the event, especially on such a momentous year, and are thrilled to recognize Annette Simmons, the late Harold Simmons, Kammy & Andy Fleck as this year’s honorary chairmen.

“Treasure Street is TSRHC’s annual event that raises funds for its Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic as well as general patient care at the hospital. Something most people don’t know about Treasure Street is that it was started by a patient’s family and their friends. These charitable families and friends decided to auction off their “treasures” to raise money for the hospital, which is where the name Treasure Street originated. In that first year, they were able to raise more than $150,000; the event now raises more than a million dollars, all of which goes back to supporting programs and patients at TSRHC. This year’s event will be held at Old Parkland and the evening will feature a silent auction, raffle, multiple food offerings as well as live entertainment. We are very excited to announce that this year’s entertainment headliner is Pat Green!

“The event is outdoors so attire for the evening is more casual than your typical evening gala. You’ll see everything from jeans to sport coats! For more information on Treasure Street please visit treasurestreet.org.

“We hope you can join us for an amazing evening raising money for an even more amazing cause!”

* Photo provided by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children

MySweetCharity Opportunity: TACA Custom Auction Gala

According to TACA Custom Auction Co-Chair Barbara Daseke,

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

“Each year, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) marks the beginning of the fall season with the one-of-a-kind TACA Custom Auction Gala. This time-honored tradition dates back to 1967 and is held each September in support of the performing arts here in Dallas. This year, I enthusiastically invite you to join us in celebration of the important work undertaken at TACA!

“Much has changed since the first Custom Auction Gala. In recent years, TACA has evolved dramatically, now serving as a leading provider of funding and services to the North Texas cultural community. In 2015, $1.5 million in grants – in conjunction with access to innovative programs like the North Texas Cultural Co-op, TACA Perforum, and the newly-launched Amplifier Workshops series – will have a transformative impact on nearly fifty of the most deserving local performing arts organizations. Proceeds raised from the Custom Auction Gala are essential to making these efforts possible.

“My husband [Don Daseke] and I are thrilled to serve as this year’s chairmen. We are excitedly joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Carrie and Andy Teller and Co-Chairs-Elect Dianne and Mark LaRoe. The upcoming Custom Auction Gala will once again take place at beautiful Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. There, guests will be welcomed with signature cocktails, and acclaimed Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon will create an elegant meal unlike any other. Live music will be provided by the talented musicians of Tuesday Nite Jazz.

“The excitement builds when, just after dinner, the Live Custom Auction begins. The Auction has a long tradition of showcasing exotic travel opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and this year will be no exception! The evening concludes with the Official After Party, featuring drinks and dancing!

“Your involvement in the Custom Auction Gala has an indelible mark on TACA and on our arts community. For more information or to reserve your seats or table today, call 214.520.3930 or visit taca-arts.org. I sincerely hope you will join us on Friday, September 25, for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening!”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Director’s Cut

According to Director’s Cut Co-Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn, event chairs for Director’s Cut, a one-time only event hosted by the Junior Associates of the Dallas Museum of Art and benefiting the Museum’s teen educational programs, share details about the upcoming fundraiser:

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

“We are so excited about this year’s Junior Associates’ fundraiser, Director’s Cut, which will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 8 – 11 p.m. and hosted by Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and his wife Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson.  This one-time fundraiser is truly not-to-be-missed, and we anticipate a sell-out!

“We have also added a little ‘mystery’ to the event by only divulging the party venue and other details to ticket purchasers. However, what we can share now is that the evening will include décor by Todd Events, cocktails, as well as sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, a cool vibe by DJ Steffi Burns, and a very special announcement by Director Anderson revealing the future direction of the Junior Associates’ annual fundraising initiatives.

“We will also have an amazing raffle with five, coveted packages including two, luxury retail packages courtesy of NorthPark Center.

  • “Packages 1 and 2 — The first of these retail packages offers a his and hers” pair of TOD’s driving shoes, and the second contains a TAG HEUER watch and VIP valet parking at NorthPark Center for one year. As an added bonus, both retail packages include two VIP tickets with VIP seating to NorthPark’s fall fashion runway show with Harpers BAZAAR’s on October 9, 2016, as well as a beauty makeover by GUCCI and a blowout by DryBar (Value:  $1,800 for Package 1; Value: at least $3,000 for Package 2).
  • “Packages 3 and 4 — Other luxury raffle prize arrangements include two Art Ball 2016 packages for two lucky winners! Each Art Ball package includes a pair of tickets to the 51st annual black-tie gala benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art and featuring a seated dinner, luxury live auction, and lustrous after party on Saturday, April 23, 2016 (Value: $4,500 per package).
  • “Package 5 — The final raffle package offered will provide the winner, and a guest of his/her choosing, with a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the DMA’s premiere of the exhibition, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots.  This package includes a sophisticated, invitation-only evening beginning with a private tour of the special exhibition led by Gavin Delahunty, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. To follow, the winner will take part in a toast to the exhibition’s debut in Dallas with a group of private collectors, as well as distinguished curators and museum directors, over champagne and caviar. The evening concludes with an elegant, three-course dinner in the Hoffman Family Galleries prepared by the award-winning Cassandra Fine Catering  (One pair of tickets; Value: Priceless).

“Raffle tickets are $30 each, or 4 for $100. The winning tickets will be drawn at the event on Saturday, September 19, 2015, but the winner need not be present to win.”

“Tickets to Director’s Cut are $150. To purchase event tickets, or raffle tickets, visit www.dma.ticketleap.com/directors-cut. Or, for more information, please contact Mary Morgan Radcliff, liaison for the DMA’s Junior Associates, at [email protected] or 214.922.1235.”

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron Smith

JUST IN: Lee Park’s Junior Conservancy Announces 2015-2016 Board Plus New Development For Day At The Races

Lee Park’s Junior Conservancy has grown dramatically in recent years. One of the areas that has seen the greatest growth has been the annual Day At The Races. It’s the “largest annual fundraiser for the Park and Hall.”

Just got word from Conservancy President & CEO Gay Donnell that last night the Junior Conservancy revealed the new slate of officers for 2015-2016, as well as plans “to take the event (Day At The Races) to the next level in terms of fundraising for the Park and Hall.”

The announcements took place at Hotel ZaZa’s terrace surrounding the pool. Oh, but you want to know who and what was announced. Here goes!

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors will be:

Samara Mele Cude, Sarah Jones, Whiteney Brune, Tyler Stevens, Kelly Dowling, Kirsten Williams and Anne DeFilippo*

Samara Mele Cude, Sarah Jones, Whitney Brune, Tyler Stevens, Kelly Dowling, Kirsten Williams and Anne DeFilippo*

  • President – Whitney Brune
  • Vice President – Tyler Stevens
  • Secretary – Kelly Dowling
  • Treasurer – Samara Cude
  • Membership – Anne DeFilippo
  • Events – Sarah Jones
  • PR/Marketing/Communications – Lisa Collins and Jordan Kragen
  • Volunteer – Lauren Ives
  • Day at the Races Junior Conservancy Chair – Kirsten Williams
Wendy Messmann, Gay Donnelly and Kirsten Williams

Wendy Messmann, Gay Donnelly and Kirsten Williams*

As for the Day At The Races, Gay reports they “sought an experienced co-chair from the community. We are so excited to announce that the first Community Chair will be Wendy Messmann, who will work in tandem with JC Derby Chair Kirsten.”

According to Wendy, “I am so happy to be the first Community Chair for Day at the Races. Arlington Hall and Lee Park are a beautiful oasis in the heart of Dallas and so many families make memories there. It’s my privilege to help spread the Conservancy’s mission and educate others about what it takes to keep this peaceful green space looking so lovely.”

Day At The Races will take place at Arlington Hall on Saturday, May 7. Well, of course, it will. That’s when the Kentucky Derby will run for the roses.

* Photo provided by Lee Park Junior Conservancy

2015 BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game Had Brus Out For Revenge Against Pretty In Pink Blondes For A Record-Breaker Check

A lot of folks thought the brutal August heat and overpowering sunshine would be a real problem for the annual BvB Dallas Powder Puff Football Game on Saturday, August 8, at the Cotton Bowl. But whether it was a stroke of good luck or someone checking the setting sun, Old Sol hid behind the stands at the Cotton Bowl, causing a shade to cover the stadium’s stands and field.

On the other hand, the Fair Park parking lots were spilling over, especially with Rascal Flatts performing in nearby Gexa Energy Pavilion. But that didn’t really matter. Nothing was going to stop the BvB Dallas fans, players, coaches, sponsors and media.

But before the sun set, the pre-game preparations were buzzing. BvB Dallas Founder Erin Finegold with clipboard in one hand and walkie-talkie in the other was seamlessly juggling all questions, issues and people. She even managed to do it all with a non-stop smile, never giving a hint that she wasn’t all that happy. For the first time in the BvB Dallas history, they weren’t going to make their goal. Instead of writing a check for $600,000, she was disappointed that it would be for $475,000. Still, that was a record-breaker of an amount for the teams raising funds for Alzheimer’s research and treatment.

Erin and the other BvB vets had had such high hopes this year. They were returning to the Cotton Bowl. They were stepping back to let an executive director raise efforts to the next level. They had an outstanding group of sponsors, both old and new. Yup, they had come a long way since that first game back in 2008. Since then they had raised more than $1.8M.

Jennifer Bergman and Erin Cesla

Jennifer Bergman and Erin Cesla

Still, the game must go on. It was easy to tell the two teams — Blondes in pink and Brunettes in blue. The BvB Dallas leadership like BvB Dallas President Jennifer Bergman was in black. Sunscreen replaced perfume. Instead of makeup, faces were painted with Blondes or Brus.

Cash Sirois and Mike Sirois

Cash Sirois and Mike Sirois

The media was on hand to sweat through the event, too. Univision’s Pedro Silva did pre-game interviews. The Ticket was well represented Brothers Mike Sirois and Cash Sirois warmed up to do the play-by-play. They made it clear that they had their favs — Mike in his pink cowboy hat and Cash in his blue one. Ty Walker was the special guest and announcer and announced that “Cash will pound one Bud Light for every touchdown Team Brunette scores!”

DJ EJ

DJ EJ

For pre-game entertainment and between quarters, there was Dallas Cowboys DJ EJ and the Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs, who have more costume changes than an Academy Award emcee.

Mary Frances Burleson and Cody Baker

Mary Frances Burleson and Cody Baker

Longtime sponsor Ebby could be seen throughout the stands and on the field. No, not Ebby herself. Instead hand fans with “Ebby” stamped on them fluttered throughout the bleachers. Along the sidelines Ebby’s President Mary Frances Burleson and Marketing Guru Cody Baker arrived in a golf cart. Right at home, Mary Frances in white Puma sneakers, white blouse and slacks and black “shirt” was being diplomatically correct in taking sides. She swapped stories and laughs with others before the game commenced. On the field, the two teams worked out.

Greer Fulton, Jay Finegold and Erin Finegold

Greer Fulton, Jay Finegold and Erin Finegold

Other BvB vets on the sidelines included Erin’s dad Jay Finegold. Father of three girls, he was proud of what his daughter had created in the memory of her grandmother. But then he felt that way about the other original organizers of the fundraisers like 31-year-old Greer Fulton, who was just 23 at the first BvB when she was quarterback along with Erin that first year. And then there was Erin’s sister, Toby Finegold, who at the ripe old age of 14 ran the scoreboard way back then.

Brus' coaches in blue-and-white argyle sock

Brus’ coaches in blue-and-white argyle sock

A difference this year was that the two teams would not be on the same side of the field. The first half the Blondes would be across the field, while the Brus would be on the side where the fans were gathered. At halftime they would switch. Seems that the coaches wanted it that way. However, the Brus coaches in blue-and-white argyle socks were just too cute to complain. Luckily, there were big Coppus fans blasting cool air.

Cotton Bowl scoreboard

Cotton Bowl scoreboard

Not so cute was one of the scoreboards. Evidently, it was having a glitchy day. The right upper part of the screen just took a long coffee break, creating a black hole.

Brus arriving on

Brus arriving on

But once the announcement of teams arriving on the field came, nobody really cared. The Brus were first. They could be heard hollering their arrival as they walked down the tunnel arm-in-arm. There was no doubt that losing was not a part of their game plan as they smashed through their banner.

As they lined up along the goal line, someone suggested that they move to the far left. The Blondes were about to make their entrance.

Blondes arriving on field

Blondes arriving on field

Lindsey Kluempers and Becca Elinor

Lindsey Kluempers and Becca Elinor

With the confidence of having won all of the previous games except one, the Blondes in pink broke their banner with smiles. Co-Captain Becca Elinor held high a flag with a picture of the ultimate blonde babe — Dolly Parton — and Co-Captain Lindsey Kluempers carrying a Go-Pro on a selfie stick to be used for future promotion.

Like any other football game, the teams went through last minute warmups as the crowds in the stands filled. Someone noticed that one of the Brus was “firing bullet passes for the Brus.”

Over the PA system they announced the outstanding fundraisers on each team like MVP Billie Jo Davis, who raised $21,100. Unfortunately, that tricky scoreboard only partially showed their photos.

Then the drama built as over the PA was heard, “Last year the Brus knocked on the door, kicked on the door, this year they will knock down the door!” and “The Blonde beast has once again been awakened. The dynasty. Victors in six of the last seven games!”

Then it was time for the game to commence with the coin toss. Oops, instead of years past when Mary Frances did the toss, she was escorted to the center of the field only arriving just as the coin landed with the Brus happy as can be.

But before the fun began, a moment of silence was held for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and the singing of the national anthem.

The game was then on. Here’s a bit of play-by-play recap:

Sabrina Testut, Kimberly Burton and Lauren Davis

Sabrina Testut, Kimberly Burton and Lauren Davis

Blondes’ first possession is unsuccessful. Brus take over. #4 quarterback is Michelle Rowden. Hits a bullet pass to receiver #81 Vanita Krouch for a first down. But there’s a busted play on fourth down and Blondes take back over. Blonde QB #6 Becca Ellinor completes pass. But they give it up on fourth down, back to Brus. Michelle hits Vanita again for a long gainer. Then they’re just short of goal line. Completed pass to #14 Kristen Kramer for a TD. With extra point good, it’s now 7-0.

Leslie Chandler and Rita Metzinger

Leslie Chandler and Rita Metzinger

Blondes have ball. Drive down field. #39 Katie Tull is QB now. They score TD on completed pass to #57 Natalie Crittenden. Extra point no good, score now 7-6, and first quarter ends.

Mav ManiAACs Osito, Wild Dog, Munchie, Mardi Mar and Black Rhino

Mav ManiAACs Osito, Wild Dog, Munchie, Mardi Mar and Black Rhino

Between quarters, the Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs perform to the delight of the fans in the stands. Somebody noted that the quarters were lasting 20 minutes instead of the traditional 15 minutes.

The second period begins with Brus making a few long catches, including one to #91 Mikki Bailey and they score. Extra point is no good, so it’s 13-6 with 15:57 left in second quarter.

Over the PA is heard, “I speak for Team Blonde when I say, ‘Whatever.’”

Blondes with ball now. But, they soon turn it over to Brus. Says announcer: “It feels like a whole new year, Ty. Very Brunette-ish.”

A long pass is completed to #33 Jody Schueler and the announcer says, “Who are these girls? Do they even live in Texas? Brought in some ringers this year!” Then, #76 Jade Randle is all alone in the end zone and catches a pass. On extra point try, #42 for Blondes Lindsay Kluempers intercepts and runs the ball back 100 yards to give the Blondes 2 points. So, score is now 19-8. Blondes take over with 6:55 to play in quarter.

Can’t do anything. Brus take over. Vanita makes a nice run, then next play QB hands it off to V and she throws long pass to #33 Jody Schueler for a TD. Now 25-8. Blondes take over. #0 Kelsey Wasmer is QB. Makes nice long run. Completes some passes. Runs again. A fellow in stands yells: “Can you do anything but run?!” Brus take back over with seconds left. Half ends, score is 25-8.

At halftime the check presentation of $475K is made to Baylor AT&T Memory Center and The Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas Dallas.

2015 BvB Dallas check presentation

2015 BvB Dallas check presentation

Second half starts. Vanita runs long. Completes a couple of passes, near goal line again. Completes a pass to #76 Jade Randle for TD—score now 31-8. Lots of stroking of chins among the blonde coaches.

Will Braaf

Will Braaf

Football fan Will Braaf in pink headband and tank top with a couple of Buds in hand is not happy. Chris Neidhardt and others are with Will to support Blonde #9 Kristen Schoellhorn. Will yells, “No. 9, it’s all you out there!” and then: “Stop losing!”

Blondes deep in Bru territory now, but can’t do it. Brus take back over. Long pass completed to #91 Mikki Bailey and she does a long run. Quarter ends.

With another outfit change, Mavs Maniacs perform again to the delight of the fans.

The fourth quarter starts. TD pass is made to Jade and it’s now 38-8. Will yells out: “I encourage you now to disappoint me again!” Announcer says: “Come on Team Blonde. We’re only down 30.” Will: “You guys give me your best effort. It’s really working for you. Everyone gets a trophy.”

With mic in hand, Mike Sirois calls Will out to tone it down, but evidently Will doesn’t hear him and keeps up his remarks.

Whitney Bardales, Darby Chalko, Vanita Krouch, Sarah Hall and Elora Torres

Whitney Bardales, Darby Chalko, Vanita Krouch, Sarah Hall and Elora Torres

Vanita is QB now. Brus have it. Then Blondes. Back to Brus. Vanita completes pass to #4 Michelle Rowden, who started at QB for TD. Now 45-8 with 5:30 to go in game.

Blondes take over. Incomplete pass and someone in stands yells, “Hey, catch the f–kin’ ball!” Brus get it back with 2:18 to go. They threaten a TD but Blondes repel them, take over the football with :26 to go. They complete a pass and game is over. Final score: 45-8. Someone says it’s the most points ever scored in this game.

Brus claiming the win and the trophy

Brus claiming the win and the trophy

Following a presentation of the trophy to the Brus and the Blondes graciously accepting defeat, the fans, players, coaches and friends emptied the stadium for a party with Empire 6 on stage. Someone mentioned how the last time the Brus won was also the last time that Vanita had played. She evidently brought them luck.

For more photos and there are a lot of ’em, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Spark!

“As you may know, North Texas Giving Day 2014 raised $26.3 million in support of local nonprofit organizations. It’s remarkable to think about the sheer impact that kind of financial support has on our community.

Spark!*

Spark!*

“I’m here to share a smaller tale. Spark! is a brand new non-profit children’s venue — a place where kids in second grade through high school can interact with the arts, unleash their creativity and fulfill a natural desire for discovery. We participated in Giving Day 2014 for the very first time, using it as an anchor event to stimulate interest and excitement for our first-ever fund raising event. We achieved fabulous results:

  • “74 donors total – 53 first-time donors (72%)
  • “Individual donations totaling $13,506
  • “Bonus Prize from CFT for matching grant – $2500
  • “Total revenue from CFT (including bonus funds, matching grant, & prize) – $33,791

“I’m thrilled to say there is more to our story. In the fall of 2014, Spark! had just signed a lease for space but had not yet begun build-out. Today, Spark! occupies 11,000 square feet of built-out space and is open to the public.

Spark!*

Spark!*

“Donations from the community help us serve children in the Metroplex. What is the impact Spark! has on a single child? Here’s an example: In April, we celebrated World Creativity and Innovation Week and invited 24 students from Communities in Schools to experience creative immersion. These students practiced recycled art by designing and painting hubcaps to be installed on our wavy bridge. Spark! opened the week of June 9 and that week, two of these students and one teacher visited Spark! for a second time. The young lady in this photo found her hubcap hanging from our bridge. She shared her pride and joy in a video now posted on YouTube. The exercise of figuring out how to decorate a hubcap will lead to deeper and stronger problem-solving skills as she matures and this boost to her self-esteem will help build her confidence. The perceived risk-taking of exploring the Spark! environment and exercising her creativity provide positive reinforcement that she’ll apply to her next growth opportunity. Repeat visits to Spark! will continue to build self-esteem, develop problem-solving skills and produce the types of experiences that lead to more successful academic performance and stronger career possibilities.

“There’s no doubt that North Texas Giving Day (which will take place on September 17 this year) provides a huge community impact, and the millions of dollars raised are just mind-blowing. Giving Day helped Spark! complete build-out to start serving children, leaving a lasting impact on all of the children who have visited. When you divide the millions of dollars raised into individual stories like ours, you come up with one very popular commercial expression of value… ‘Priceless.’”

-By Beverly Davis, executive diretor

* Photo credit: Spark!