MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Mission Olé

According to Mission Olé Event Co-Chairs Lesley Chambless, Ann Kellogg Schooler and Margaret Spellings,

Ann Schooler (File photo)

Ann Kellogg Schooler (File photo)

Margaret Spellings (File photo)

Margaret Spellings (File photo)

Lesley Chambless (File photo)

Lesley Chambless (File photo)

Trinity River Mission invites you to support our children at its 17th Annual Mission Olé fundraiser to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016. This year’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-inspired celebration will be held at Chicken Scratch and The Foundry, just west of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge in the trendy Trinity Groves area. The party will feature food from both Chicken Scratch and Smoke with signature margaritas and cocktails. Look forward to a magical evening hosted under a magnificent tent with sparkling lights, outdoor fire pits, mariachis, ballet folklórico dancers and much more.

Mission Ole*

Mission Ole*

“All we need is you to be a part of this unique fundraiser that benefits the children of Trinity River Mission (TRM). TRM is a highly respected and recognized volunteer-based community learning center in West Dallas serving over 550 disadvantaged children and teens, and their families. Importantly, all the children are served a nutritious afterschool meal, as it is very hard to learn when one is hungry. TRM’s programs help students learn to read, improve math skills, complete their homework, and gain life skills. As TRM’s children grow, they receive mentoring and financial support for college and their eventual productive careers.

“TRM addresses head-on a critical need in its West Dallas neighborhood. Did you know that in West Dallas only 35% of high school freshman graduate in four years, only 1.6% of high school seniors are deemed college-ready, and only 2.2% graduate from college? By coming to TRM, children learn how to succeed in school and beyond. TRM has a proven track record with incredible results.

“TRM has a waiting list of over 500 children! Clearly, there is a critical need for the services that TRM offers. Additional funds will help TRM expand its programs, continue to enhance quality, and reach even more children. Currently, it costs $1,800 to support one student’s total academic and personal enrichment through TRM programs for a year.

“Mission Olé is TRM’s largest fundraiser. By donating to Mission Olé, you become our partner in helping children in West Dallas become successful, contributing members of our community.  Visit”

* Graphic provided by 2016 Mission Olé

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Good Samaritan Society

“Who will you be when you can no longer do what you once did and your body is no longer what it once was. Maybe we need to stop being so afraid of getting old and start cherishing life for the journey that it is. When we look past the fears of getting old and begin to see seniors for who they are, there’s a friend to be made, a story to be told and wisdom to be learned from someone who deserves to be loved valued and treated with dignity even if they need help with the simplest of task.  At the Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village and Lake Forest Village it’s about living the whole of life and seeing that in Christ’s love everyone is someone whether they are an English teacher or passionate artist.



“Helen, an English professor at the University of North Texas, was tired of faculty meetings and trying to teach the younger generation the importance of the written word. So she retired. Little by little she began to do less and less, and spent most of her days in her home alone watching television.

“’I was waiting to slip gently into eternity,’ Helen said.

“Then in 2012 after double bypass surgery, she found Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village. Denton Village brought life back into Helen. She was asked to join a book club, teach a writing class, and volunteer in the community general store. She felt needed. She was asked to be a participant in life again. Denton Village made her feel like she was someone again.

“Beth, a talented artist whose father began to teach her how to paint at age five, says painting means more to her now than it ever did.  In 2011 Beth’s family moved her to Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village after she suffered a fall that caused a slight memory loss. Beth didn’t want to leave her home. She didn’t want to lose her independence. It was at Lake Forest Village though that she began to attend a monthly painting class. She went because she loved to paint but what she got was so much more. Painting helped to improve her mood, enhance her memory and it was then she was able to recall family memories, vacation destinations and the important details of life.

Painting class*

Painting class*

“’Painting just makes me feel better,’ Beth says.

“At Denton Village and Lake Forest Village, we are one family with two locations serving the community of Denton together. North Texas Giving Day is vital to our organization because it provides seniors like Helen and Beth a place to feel loved, valued and at peace as they enjoy living their life to the fullest. Over the last three years our organization has increased its support on North Texas Giving Day from $17,000 to $28,000 to benefit both campuses efforts to create a space where seniors can experience the fullness of life.

“Old age isn’t something to be celebrated with greeting cards, but with our whole hearts and souls, for there by the grace of God is each of us. Please consider helping to support The Good Samaritan Society Denton Village or Lake Forest Village communities on Thursday, September 22.  Your support will help to create peaceful spaces at Denton Village and Lake Forest Village where seniors can age well. So get up and give on September 22 to support seniors at Denton Village or Lake Forest Village by commenting which community to support in the comments portion of your gift.”

-By Laura Wells, Director of Resource Development at Lake Forest Village

* Photos provided by Good Samaritan Society

In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Good Samaritan Society by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay

Area Mailboxes Explode With Promises Of Future Fundraising, Fashion, Food And Fun For The Final Four

As folks are returning from summer sojourns and are unpacking their Horizons and unloading the family Newmar, their postal carriers are filling their snail-mailboxes with invitations galore for the “final four” months of 2016. What a great reason to get a new letter opener!

Condoleezza Rice (File photo)

Condoleezza Rice (File photo)

Jenna Bush Hager**

Jenna Bush Hager*

Donna Karan*

Donna Karan**

Venus Williams***

Venus Williams***

Jerry Seinfeld*

Jerry Seinfeld****

From the famous faces (Condoleezza Rice, Jerry Seinfeld, Jenna Bush Hager, Donna Karan, Venus Williams, etc.) due to chat it up for nonprofits to the walk/runs that will have early-morning sneakers pacing around the area, it seems like almost every day has something for everybody. Of course, there will be luncheons, fashion shows, black-tie galas, auctions, awards, parades and more cocktail parties than a bartender can shake and strain.

The final sprint of 2016 for North Texas nonprofits is at the starting line. For the faint of heart, advice: do not look at the MySweetCharity Calendar’s next four months. But on the other hand, if you’re into fundraising, fashion, food and fun, then the Calendar is a feast for the imagination and your accountant, who will gladly deduct your donation at tax time.

BTW, if you have a fundraiser that hasn’t been posted, submit it here pronto.

‘nother suggestion: Get your tickets now for the activities on your “Must-Attend List,” because you’re not going to be happy with yourself when the “Sold Out” post is published.

* Photo provided by Family Gateway 
** Photo provided by The Family Place 
*** Photo provided by Junior League of Dallas 
**** Photo provided by CitySquare

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Celebrating Women Luncheon

Gloria Eulich Martindale and Aileen Pratt (File photo)

Gloria Eulich Martindale and Aileen Pratt (File photo)

According to 2016 Celebrating Women Chair Aileen Pratt and 2106 Celebrating Women Underwriting Chair Gloria Eulich Martindale,

“We are honored to serve as chairs of the 17th annual Celebrating Women Luncheon, on Thursday, October 20, at the Hilton Anatole. Year after year, Celebrating Women brings together more than 1,200 supporters to increase awareness and generate funding for breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.

“It’s an important cause that hits so close to home for so many women and families in our community. Celebrating Women provides an opportunity for us to join together in support of those who have fought, are fighting, or will fight this dreaded disease.

Rita Wilson*

Rita Wilson*

“Each year, we learn something new Baylor Scott and White Health – North Texas is doing, thanks to funds raised through Celebrating Women, to advance the fight. This year, we will highlight Baylor’s efforts in breast cancer genetic testing, counseling and education, and hear personal stories from patients whose lives have been directly affected. After all, it’s those stories that help us connect to our mission.

“Another story we will hear is from our featured speaker, Rita Wilson. Rita is a multi-talented actress, producer, singer and songwriter, and wife of actor, Tom Hanks. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015, she has shared her inspiring story with the world.

“Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available; individual tickets start at $250 and table prices start at $2,500. For more information, call 214.820.4500 or visit the 2016 Celebrating Women website.

“We hope you’ll join us. Together we can find a cure for this disease that affects so many women and families in our community.”

* Photo provided by 2016 Celebrating Women

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Carson’s Crusaders Foundation’s “Brighten The Night”

According to Carson’s Crusaders Foundation Executive Director Desiree Simmons,

Brighten the Night*

Brighten the Night*

“The fifth annual ‘Brighten the Night,’ Wine Tasting and Live Auction event on Thursday, September 15, helps fund events for North Texas families who are living with a child diagnosed with cancer.  According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, ‘Each year in the United States approximately 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer.’ In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“For every child diagnosed with cancer there are parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members also dealing with this life-threatening diagnosis. It’s not uncommon for family members and caregivers to become ill themselves as a result of stress associated with caring for a child with cancer. Siblings of children with cancer often feel pushed aside, helpless, fearful and even guilty because they are healthy. Cancer is a family disease.

Carson's Crusaders*

Carson’s Crusaders*

The Carson’s Crusaders Foundation was formed to honor Carson Richardson, George Richardson’s grandson who died from Stage IV Hepatoblastoma, one of the rarest forms of pediatric cancer, in 2010 at the age of seven, and to help other families battling solid tumor cancers.

“The funds from ‘Brighten the Night,’ provide families with gasoline cards to help with treatment related travel expenses, educational programs and sibling events like the May 6th and 7thSiblings Superstars,’ weekend at Great Wolf Lodge for 50 families served by Carson’s Crusaders.

“’Brighten the Night’ is described as “a night of glamour and elegance that will transport you back to Old Hollywood. For one night only, don your best attire and jewels, walk the red carpet, be photographed by the paparazzi, taste some remarkable wines, eat some wonderful food, and enjoy the opportunity to bid on some amazing items up for auction while supporting families fighting pediatric solid tumor cancer.”

“The event will be held at Noah’s Event Venue in Fairview from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm. Sponsors are still needed for this event. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found at the Carson’s Crusaders website. Carson’s Crusaders

* Photos provided by Carson's Crusaders Foundation

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Meal For The Minds

According to Metrocare Services Chief Executive Officer Dr. John W. Burruss,

John W. Burruss*

John W. Burruss*

“Metrocare strives to erase the stigma of mental health challenges, provide services to those in need, and educate our community on how to help themselves or a loved one. This year, Metrocare will provide services to over 52,000 adults and children throughout Dallas County. 

“One of the ways that Metrocare educates the community on mental health challenges, is through our fundraising efforts and annual luncheon – ‘Meal for the Minds.’ Metrocare is excited to share that the ‘2016 Meal for the Minds’ luncheon event is being presented by Cohen Veterans Network.  In 2015, Cohen Veterans Network selected Metrocare to be part of its national network of high-quality mental health clinics, working to ensure that every veteran and their family members are able to obtain free and effective mental health care.

“Transitioning from military to civilian life is challenging for many veterans and their families. ‘Going from a war zone in service time to civilian life – these are very different things. Metrocare is committed to helping adults and children who are transitioning to life in North Texas after life in the military.’

“Through the generosity of Steven A. Cohen and the Cohen Veterans Network, we are able to serve veterans and their families at no cost. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare opened in May 2016.

“As part of Metrocare’s partnership with Cohen Veterans Network, this year’s keynote speaker at Meal for the Minds is Medal of Honor Recipient and Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2014, Ryan Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan in 2008. Pitts’ courage, steadfast commitment to his defense unit, and ability to fight while seriously wounded prevented the enemy from capturing fallen American soldiers.

“The ‘2016 Meal for the Minds’ luncheon will be held Thursday, September 29, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The silent auction begins at 11:00 a.m. and the lunch program begins at 11:45 a.m.  Individual tickets for the luncheon are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. For tickets or sponsor information, please visit our website at For questions, contact Tameka Y. Cass at 214.743.1220 or email [email protected].

“We hope you can join us!”

* Photo provided by Metrocare

Change Of Plans: MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Ramps Up



Well, dang! You did it again. Way more MySweetCharity Opportunities arrived than planned. So in the final days of the annual August series, we’re going to ramp up the posts telling you about programs that provide opportunities within your hood.

Some you know but have a new development; some will be a total and delightful surprise. But all will provide you with the opportunity to make North Texas an even better place. And all would appreciate your consideration.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Spay Neuter Network

Spay Neuter Network*

Spay Neuter Network*

Spay Neuter Network was formed to eliminate pet overpopulation through subsidized spay/neuter services, while empowering communities to care responsibly for dogs and cats. Our mission is prevention so there are no more unwanted litters and shelters can be cleared for good. Donations on North Texas Giving Day will help fund our Mobile Surgery Clinics and Outreach efforts in poor urban and rural areas in 13 North Texas Counties including Dallas and Tarrant.

Giving Day is such a great opportunity to further those efforts. These underserved areas have the most problems with animal overpopulation because many residents cannot afford to sterilize their pets or they don’t understand when or why they should spay or neuter.

Spay Neuter Network*

Spay Neuter Network*

In Dallas alone, nearly 800,000 dogs and cats are living within the City limits; almost 200,000 of these dogs and cats live in areas below the poverty level. Studies show only 10% of the animals living in these areas are sterilized. That means we have nearly 170,000 dogs and cats that need our help and attention. 70% of these unaltered pets must be sterilized to greatly reduce the pet overpopulation problem we are facing.

Spay Neuter Network*

Spay Neuter Network*

We put people on the ground to educate on the importance of sterilization. Our outreach coordinator works with City Officials and volunteers to reach the public so they understand the need and that it can be done affordably. We work on the principle that people will do the right thing if we work together to

  1. make it affordable,
  2. make it accessible and
  3. educate owners of the tragic results of pet overpopulation, but also the life-saving health benefits of spaying and neutering their pets.
Spay Neuter Network*

Spay Neuter Network*

Funds from events such as North Texas Giving Day help to subsidize the cost of surgeries, fund outreach efforts and keep our state-of-the-art Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital on the road in North Texas. Spay Neuter Network performed more than 17,000 spay/neuter surgeries last year and we look to increase to 25,000 by next year. Prevention is the only way to reduce shelter intake and stop animal overpopulation.

-By Jacob Carty, Spay Neuter Network Marketing and Communications Director

* Photos and graphic provided by Spay Neuter Network

In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Spay Neuter Network by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Partners Card

According to Partners Card Co-Chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley and Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley,

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

“Shop Like a Hero by saving money and a life during Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas. With the purchase of a $70 card, cardholders will receive a 20-percent discount at some of their favorite stores and restaurants while supporting The Family Place, Dallas’ longest-serving family violence agency. The annual 10-day shopping extravaganza is set for Thursday, October 28, through Sunday, November 6, and 100% of the proceeds from card sales directly benefit The Family Place and its programs.

“With more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano, Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Flower Mound, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville, Partners Card is one of the most highly anticipated shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex.

“The money raised through the Partners Card program is crucial to providing support for the women, men and children who are victims of family violence. Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and in its history, has helped raise more than $16 million.

“Partners Cards go on sale in September. New this year, individuals can download the Partners Card app from the App Store or Google Play to purchase the card and view available stores to shop. You can also purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, through direct mail or by visiting For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email [email protected].

“Our goal this year is to sell 16,000 cards. We hope you will help us reach this goal and Shop Like a Hero during the 24th Annual Partners Card fundraiser!”

* Photo provided by The Family Place

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Kara Axley and Auxiliary President Di Johnston,

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

“Equest has enhanced the lives of children and adults using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted therapies for thirty five years. The annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon, Riding High, will be Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club and will continue the 35th anniversary celebration by raising much-needed funds for Equest’s unique therapy programs.

“Today, Equest is the leader in equine assisted therapy and serves hundreds of riders annually. These riders include those with cerebral palsy and autism as well as orthopedic ailments. Additionally, Equest serves our country’s brave veterans through our ‘Horses for Heroes’ program.

“When Equest Women’s Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth started the organization thirty years ago, Equest was known as Freedom Ride and many people were unfamiliar with the cause and how to become supporters. A lot has changed in the past three decades as Equest has received national recognition for its work and the Women’s Auxiliary is a thriving organization comprised of hundreds of dedicated women who work tirelessly to provide invaluable funding.

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Riding High will be a fun-filled day of fashion, great food and a glimpse into the workings of Equest programming. Fashion icon Jan Strimple will produce the fashion show with some of Highland Park Village’s most noted international retailers showing their collections.  Highland Park Village is the presenting sponsor of the luncheon and we are most grateful to the Al Hill Jr. family for their generosity.

“In addition to the fashion show, we will honor beloved community leader Lindalyn Adams with the 2016 Equest Community Service Award for many contributions and advocacy for Equest over three decades. We are also pleased to have longtime Equest supporters Lezlie and Bill Noble serve as Honorary Luncheon Chairs.

“We hope you will join us for this worthy and life changing cause. Please visit for more information.”