Don’t Waffle Around When It Comes To The 2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball Raffle

Raffles are funny things. Folks buy a chance to support the fundraising effort and discount the idea of winning anything. Then they hear their name called and they’re shocked.

A couple of years ago, a gent, who swore he never ever won anything, had his ticket drawn for a five-figure debit card. Needless to say, his Christmas gifts shopping list for family and friends was over the top and it didn’t hurt his wallet one iota.

That’s why raffles are so much fun.

One of the annual fav raffles is held at Cattle Baron’s Ball each year. Those gals muster up the most incredible items that require no bidding, just one ticket to score. The raffle Co-Chairs Carolyn Goelzer, Terra Najork and Missy Wyszynski have just revealed the slew of items that will be up for raffling on Saturday, October 3, at Gilley’s.

Only problem is trying to pick which one to take a chance on. Ah, shucks, that’s not a problem — buy one or two or three raffle tickets for each item!

Here’s the rundown:

CAR RAFFLE TICKET:  $100 EACH OR 6 FOR $500

Mercedes*

Mercedes*

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster or ML Sport Utility (Estimated value: $55,000) — You will win big whether you chose the SLK Roadster which is shaped by racing heritage and wraps purebred performance in perfectly proportioned muscle OR the ML Sport Utility Vehicle which ruggedly delivers the balance of luxury, performance, comfort and safety. Donated by:  Park Place Motorcars

$25 RAFFLE TICKET ($25 EACH OR 5 FOR $100 – CAN BE SOLD IN ANY COMBINATION)

PlainsCapital debit card*

PlainsCapital debit card*

  • PlainsCapital Bank $10,000 Debit Card (Value: $10,000 debit card)Buy a ticket for a chance to win a $10,000 debit card from Dallas-based PlainsCapital Bank, one of the largest banks founded and headquartered in Texas. PlainsCapital specializing in meeting the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals and middle- market businesses, including commercial real estate, treasury management and wealth management services. Donated by PlainsCapital Bank
  • Highland Park Village*

    Highland Park Village*

    $10,000 Personal Shopping Experience at Highland Park Village (Value: $10,000) The lucky winner will revel in the attention and professional guidance of the Highland Park Village Personal Shopper, who will coordinate a $10,000 shopping spree at Highland Park Village, the premier venue for upscale shopping and dining in Dallas. Get the latest in high fashion from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Harry Winston, James Perse, Peeper’s and many others. Donated by Highland Park Village

  • Rolex*

    Rolex*

    Eiseman Jewels And Rolex (Value: $10,000)Eiseman Jewels and Rolex will “rock your wrist” with a new Rolex timepiece, the renowned symbol of performance and prestige for more than a century. Come shop Eiseman’s dedicated Rolex space with your $10,000 gift certificate and choose from an extensive selection of the latest timepieces for Barons and Baronesses. Donated by:  Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center and Rolex

  • Inspirato Luxury Vacation In Punta De Mita, Mexico (Value: $5,000) — One lucky winner will enjoy a 7-night Inspirato luxury vacation of their choice of a 3 or 4 bedroom “Signature Residence” luxury villa in Punta de Mita, Mexico.  Trip includes personalized trip planning, daily housekeeping services and dedicated Inspirato concierge services from start to finish. Donated by:  Inspirato
  • Celine Handbag By Forty Five Ten (Value $4,250) — Forty Five Ten, Dallas’ premier boutique destination, is honored to donate a Goat Fur Mini Luggage handbag by French luxury brand Celine.  Forty Five Ten houses a world class mix of the top collections for women, men and the home, all merchandised with its own distinct point-of-view. Donated by:  Forty Five Ten

Now that you’re all hyped up on getting yourself some raffle tickets, here’s how to do it. You can either go online, or you can make a Cattle Baroness a very happy camper by buying one from her. If you don’t know one, just look around for the cutest gal with the biggest smile and a handful of raffle tickets.

* Photos and graphics provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center And Comerica Launch “Give Back, Buy A Backpack” Fundraising Campaign in July

Not even halfway through the summer and thoughts of “back to school” are already floating in minds. Actually, the thoughts have been going on for quite a while to help kids in need get ready for the August start date. After all, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes arrangements that have to take place to get things going.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center*

One such program is the “Give Back, Buy a Backpack” campaign that will “provide backpacks with school supplies and school uniforms to 1,000 children in need.” It the result of a partnership by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Comerica Bank for a second year.

A campaign kicked off today to help provide the resources for the backpacks. For each $25, a a backpack will be provided for a child. If the goal is surpassed, then “the dollars will be directed to the life-changing work DCAC provides.” But the campaign will run through the month of July.

According to DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis, “This campaign is a quick and easy way to make a difference in the life of a child, by providing them with the tools and resources they need to be successful in school. We are thankful for companies like Comerica who truly care about children in the Dallas community.”

To say these munchkins don’t have much is an understatement. A loaded backpack would would ease their return to school more than most adults can imagine. If you would like to donate, check here.

* Graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

JUST IN: 2015-2016 Dallas Historical Society Leadership Announced Plus New Board Of Trustees Revealed

Before everybody starts heading out early for the Fourth of July three- or four-day weekend, the Dallas Historical Society’s leadership for 2015-2016 has been announced. Seems sorta fitting at this time of year when traditions, parades and fireworks will take place in the days ahead.

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee will be returning as co-chairs and they’ll be joined by the following slate:

  • President/Chair Elect: William Helmbrecht
  • Secretary: Alison Hunsicker
  • Treasurer/Finance Chair: Ken Jackson
  • Nominating Chair: Diane Bumpas
  • Development Chair: Andrew Clendenen
  • Collections Co-Chairs: Shannon Callewart and Karl Chiao
  • Marketing Chair: David Feld
  • Education Chair: Richard Stanford
  • Facilities Chair: Searcy Ferguson
  • Governance Chair: Stephen Coke
  • Members At Large: Ban Bywaters, Dr. Goran Klintmalm, Verna Mitchell and Mary Suhm
Connie Dufner (File photo)

Connie Dufner (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Joining the board will be newbies Connie Dufner, Nancy Gopez, Madelyn Jobst, Dotti Reeder and Glenn Solomon. Sure, you know the new kids-on-the-board, but you just might be surprised by their rundown. Want proof? Here you go:

  • Connie Dufner is a Dallas communications professional who has had the privilege of being on the front lines of Dallas history for more than three decades as a writer and editor. She serves as director of communications for Temple Emanu-El. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, she worked full-time in journalism at The Dallas Morning News and Modern Luxury Dallas. A native of Houston, she and her husband are the parents of two grown children.
  • Nancy Gopez serves as senior accountant at Brinker International, where she has been employed since 1990. She is a board member of the North Texas Food Bank, where she co-chaired the Harvest Event, and is the productions co-chair for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. She has also served as co-chair of the Mission Ole Event for Trinity River Mission and Milestone Luncheon Sustainer co-chair for the Junior League of Dallas. Gopez is a board member of Turtle Creek Manor, Visiting Nurses Association, The Family Place and Community Partners of Dallas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Madeline Jobst is a fifth generation Dallas resident who attended Highland Park High School and then the University of Arkansas and The University of Texas at Austin. She descends from the Cockrell families of Texas including Joseph Elmore Cockrell, prominent attorney and one of the “fathers of SMU” and Alexander and Sarah Horton Cockrell, pioneer business and real estate developers who purchased the John Neely Bryan headwright in 1852 which included the “town of Dallas.” She has been selling real estate in Dallas for 36 years and is currently with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Jobst is a fundraiser for the SPCA and sits on its event advisory board. A past recipient of the SPCA Spencer Humanitarian Award for her dedication to animal welfare, she is also a member of Preservation Dallas and the Junior League of Dallas.
  • Dotti Reeder serves as managing director on the client advisory team at Tolleson Private Wealth Management. As a Dallas native, she takes an active role in the community. In addition to serving at Executive Women of Dallas, she assists in leadership roles the Business Council for the Arts, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Foundation, Child Care Group and Nexus Recovery Center. Reeder attended high school in Highland Park and is a graduate of The University of Texas.
  • Glenn Solomon is involved in commercial real estate development and management, commercial theater development and management, and commercial finance. He is president of Dallas-based Simbol Commercial and has also served as president of Gulf States Theaters. He supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of North Texas, which he served as president from 1994 to 1996. He serves on the boards of the Cotton Bowl and the Dallas National Golf Club and is a past DHS Trustee. During his last term, he helped developed and underwrite Texas Treasures. He and his wife, Margaret, are former co-chairmen of the Fellows as well as the DHS’s Awards for Excellence in 2014.

It’s A Good Time To Support Dallas Police Officers And Other First Responders

While most Dallasites slumbered thanks to Mr. Sandman on Saturday, June 13, the Dallas police headquarters across the way from South Side on Lamar was under fire. Many woke up the following morning to news about the “incident” and watched on TV the morning’s developments with the gunman being killed.

It was safe to watch at home, but imagine having to be one of those responders facing gunfire and potential explosions, or being their families monitoring developments.

While the politicos chew on how to better support the Dallas Police Departments, others are grass rooting support.

Need a for instance? Okay, how about the Merriman Park/University Manor neighborhood?

It started, like many, with a single idea. Resident Katie Quinn thought “We should do something to reach out our very stressed-out police force.”

According to MPUM Officer Donna Mason, “We did take a sheet cake to the Northeast station, along with a thank you ‘you are the best’ card to Chief David Brown.”

Now the little development created in the 1950’s has ramped up and created a 10-foot banner to place on the Northwest Highway entry and declared “to color our neighborhood blue to show our support of the Dallas Police Department.”

Merriman Park/University Manor banner*

Merriman Park/University Manor banner*

Taking it a step farther, they’re having “rolls of blue ribbons cut in 1’ lengths for people to tie around a tree or tacking to trees, on porches — anywhere visible so all residents have an opportunity to show their support.”

The message in this case is to support the Dallas police, but perhaps it needs to be expanded to include all first responders. It doesn’t have to be a community effort like MPUM. It can be an individual one. If you’re driving by and see a policeman or a fireman, roll down the window and say, “Thank you.” Make an effort to introduce your munchkins to first responders. They need to recognize these uniformed people and feel comfortable around them. Write your City Council representative and let them know of your support for these individuals, who daily step between victims and danger.

* Graphic provided by Merriman Park/University Manor

Dallas Contemporary And The Joule Team Up For Teen Street Art Camp

Leave it to those folks at the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule Hotel. They always seem to be breaking through ho-hum barriers and creating “WOW!” situations.

While the summer temps have sent many into heat hibernation, the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule are holding the Teen Street Art Camp from July 6-10.

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

In addition to spending “a week experimenting with various materials while learning about the importance of street art in contemporary visual culture,” students will have the opportunity to “learn from Arturo Donjuan and his fellow artists from The Sour Grapes.”

And 10 students will be able to participate thanks to underwriting by The Joule Hotel. And here you thought The Joule was just a lavish bed-and-breakfast.

Participating organizations include Rainbow Days, Education Is Freedom and Trinity River Mission.

* Photo credit: Kevin Todora

JUST IN: Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly To Co-Chair The Family Place’s ReuNight At Oak

Big news and changes have just been revealed about The Family Place’s fundraiser, ReuNight. Where to start?

First, let’s get the housekeeping info down. It will take place on Thursday, November 12.

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Robert Weatherly (File photo)

Robert Weatherly (File photo)

Now, hold your breath on the news. Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly are co-chairing the night of dining and fun. But this year they’re taking “the spirit of the popular Palm Night benefits in the 1990s and early 2000s” to Oak, where Chef John Tesar rules.

John Tesar (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

Paige Flink*

Paige Flink*

Yup, you heard it right — different co-chairs, different location, different chef.

And “100% of the funds raised will be used for Family Place services.” That’s right. The monies raised will be the amount on the check that is handed over to Family Place CEO Paige Flink.

Jeff and Olivia Kearney (File photo)

Jeff and Olivia Kearney (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

The host committee is made up local swells including Joyce and Tim Goss, Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Shelle and Michael Sills and former ReuNight chairs Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton.

Get Serious! Robert “Bob” Miller Is Just Taking A Break

Today an amazing era for nonprofit coverage ends. It is our former city editor, who has shone the light on so many nonprofits since 1985. Yes, Dallas Morning News columnist RobertBob” Miller is supposedly retiring. That’s really a joke. He’s simply staying home side, until his adorable, “giddy” bride of 51 years Shirley wearies of him sitting on the couch.

Bob Miller (File photo)

Bob Miller (File photo)

Shirley Miller (File photo)

Shirley Miller (File photo)

Monday night The Dallas Morning News held a farewell party for Bob. Actually it was a celebration of 91-year-old Bob. Before philanthropy was cool, he crafted a column that put the spotlight on nonprofits. According to SMU’s Gerald Turner, the university has benefited from a million dollars of “OMG” awareness from Bob’s column.

It provided an outlet to let readers know of the business community’s support of nonprofits that was valued and well read. His knowledge of Dallas’ history and the people involved was invaluable.

Tomorrow a person will be named who will carry on the DMN Business Section’s tip-of-the-hat to philanthropy. That person will not replace Bob. No one ever could. They will simply be filling in until Shirley kicks Bob out of the house and he returns to his messy desk.

Bob, thank you for setting a standard and example for the rest of us to learn from and try to measure up to. We will never surpass you, but we’ll have quite a ride trying to, and the nonprofits will love our shabby attempts.

See you later, Bob.

The Gummer Gang Announces Plans To Bring The Roaring ’20s To 2015 Zoo To Do

While I-30 was jammed up because of a tipsy truck that blocked two lanes throughout Thursday, June 10’s rush hour, 145 Zoo To Do-ers managed to make it to the Dallas Zoo for the ZTD Kick-Off. This was the second try for the kick-off. The previous one had to be postponed due to May’s stormy weather.

Cathy Burkey, Sean Greene and Greg Hudson

Cathy Burkey, Sean Greene and Greg Hudson

Before the program commenced, Dallas Zoo President/CEO Gregg Hudson reported that May’s torrents of rainfall hadn’t created a problem except for some mud clogging up a system or two. Everything else had not just been fine, it had been great. Gregg attributed it the Giants of the Jurassic, as well the births of Kipenzi the female giraffe and Mateo the male ocelot. When asked about the two male giraffes — Willie and Waylon — born at the Fort Worth Zoo and the possibility of their meeting up with Kipenzi, Gregg wasn’t prepared to play matchmaker.

Kara and Randall Goss

Kara and Randall Goss

John Wayne Film Festival Co-Chairs Kara and Randall Goss told friends about their May 26th trip to Austin, where Gov. Greg Abbott made the late Wayne an honorary Texan and declared May 26th to be John Wayne Day in Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had been instrumental in making it all happen. Seems Dan is a huge Duke fan and has the festival on his schedule to attend.

Diane and Mike Gruber

Diane and Mike Gruber

Michael Meadows

Michael Meadows

But it was Cindy and Chuck Gummer in flapper-style outfits that had people wondering what was up. With Zoo friends like Diane and Mike Gruber, Diane Brierley and Michael Meadows gathered, ZTD Co-Chairs Cindy and Chuck had their family/co-chairs Alisha and Chris Gummer, Cameron and Jay Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer join them as they told how Cindy had been on the zoo’s board for six years. When she decided to take on the Zoo To Do, Chuck notified her, “I’m retired.” In wifely fashion, she told him, “Not yet!” Within two days of organizing and fundraising, they got 20 yes’es.

Alisha and Chris Gummer, Jay and Cameron Gummer, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer

Alisha and Chris Gummer, Jay and Cameron Gummer, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Michelle and Ryan Gummer

Alas, poor Chuck in his black fedora. As he prepared to reveal deets about the October 17th event, eyes were directed at the Giants of Savanna exhibit just behind Chuck. The impalas had upstaged him at that moment by scampering across the Giants of Savanna followed by a couple of lumbering elephants.

Ruben and Alina Esquivel

Ruben and Alina Esquivel

As Ruben Esquivel put it, “That’s Mother Nature.”

After the impalas had disappeared, Chuck and Cindy announced the theme would be “The Roaring 20’s” and they were expecting around 700 for the event. Chuck explained that to have an event success, it takes three “legs of the stool.” One leg is good organization. In this case, they had landed Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings to be co-chairs and Dan Landsberg for the honorary chef presiding over 25 chefs cooking up dishes. After dinner there would be a live auction in the Wilds of Africa plaza for “rare Zoo experiences, travel and more!”

Emerald City’s Party Management will be handling the entertainment “with non-stop music, lights and motion from the moment they hit the stage.”

Mike Andereck

Mike Andereck

Second leg of the stool is having a great party. And the third is fundraising. As part of that last leg, Chuck thanked Mike Andereck, who would be handling the underwriting efforts.

Chuck reminded the group that last year’s fundraiser hit the $1M mark. A last minute entry in the live auction helped them achieve that goal. It was the right to name the boy giraffe born just days before the auction that went for $50,000. The winner of that bidding match in turn allowed the name to be decided by a popular vote.

Chuck then said they were trying to be strategic about such a reoccurrence. Unfortunately, there was not enough time left for a baby lion or tiger to be born, but, “if we only have 30 days to raise it, we might name a newborn gerbil!”

With that Chuck concluded, telling guests, “Enjoy!”

In keeping with the theme announcement, the evening’s food reflected just that — “Roaring 20’s Salmon Canapes”, “Welcome to the Waldorf Salad”, “White Castle Burger, Martini Ailoi”, “Fruit And Please Platter Cheese”, “Tini-Potato Bar”, “Bathrub Gin and Juice Sorbet”.

Kruger

Kruger

Robin Ryan and Fitz

Robin Ryan and Fitz

To showcase the educational programs offered by the zoo, the zoo’s ambassadors were literally on hand. Rosie the Owl was nowhere to be seen, though. In her stead was Kruger, the Eurasian eagle owl, who had replaced Rosie. Seems Rosie was now part of the children’s program. On this night Kruger was showing off his “talons” on Robin Ryan’s very thickly gloved hand. It was the first time for many to see a “robin” handling an owl.

At another point Robin traded Kruger in for a demonstration that had Fitz the trumpeter hornbill flying past the giraffes, elephants, zebras and impalas and landing on her arm. After a couple of leaps for grapes, Fitz was on his way back home.

When asked about the flamingos, who have always been more than accommodating for photo opps if the treats are available, officials said the flamingos had sent their regrets. Seems the deck was way too hot for their flat feet.

Tickets are available now, as well as sponsorships and underwriting opportunties.

JUST IN: Jon Voight To Be “Doing The Most Good” Speaker And Barbara And Jonathan Rich Head Up Salvation Army DFW Metroplex

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

What do you get when you have two Energizer Bunnies working on a project? You get a “WOW!” event. The bunnies in this case are powerhousers Lynn McBee and Debbie Oates. The event is the annual “Doing the Most Good Luncheon” benefiting the Salvation Army DFW Metroplex on Friday, November 20, at the Hilton Anatole.

"Doing The Most Good" Save The Date

“Doing The Most Good” Save The Date*

Now, what could even these two pull that could be more WOW! than past Most Good headliners like Wynnona, Scott O’Grady and Amy Grant?

How about Oscar and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight? What a life story he has — Appearing in Midnight Cowboy, Catch -22, Deliverance, Conrack, Coming Home, The Champ, Mission: Impossible, National Treasure and Ray Donovan; turning down roles of Matt Hooper in Jaws and Oliver Barrett IV in Love Story; and then there’s something about being the father of Angelina Jolie and the pop-in-law of Brad Pitt.

Away from the movie studio, he’s known for not shillyshallying around when it comes to speaking his mind, whether it’s about his relationship with his daughter, his political views, or the ups and downs of his life.

Start thinking November, cool weather, the holidays and having lunch with a 77-year-old Hollywood legend.

Michele and Ward Matthews (File photo)

Michele and Ward Matthews (File photo)

BTW, if you’ve been wondering who would be replacing DFW Metroplex Commanders Michele and Ward Matthews, you need to wonder no longer. Majors Barbara and Jonathan Rich took office last Monday.

They have two kids — Andrew known as “Drew” (25) and Allison (19). In addition to settling in Dallas, the Rich family is preparing for an August wedding when Drew gets married.

* Graphic provided by Doing 
The Most Good Luncheon

TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Awards Announced

The 2015 TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund Awards have been announced. This year’s recipients — Dallas Theater Center and Kitchen Dog Theater — will each receive $50,000.

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

According to Donna Wilhelm, “Our hope with these New Works grants is to provide support for a transformational project, one that will serve as a catalyst for the organization to take the next step in its journey of artistic excellence.”

The Dallas Theater Center will use its grant “for the development and world premiere of a new play, Deferred Action, the second part of a planned trilogy that began with The Dreamers: A Bloodline… Performances are schedule from April 29 to May 15, 2016, in the Wyly Theatre’s Potter Rose Performance Hall.”

Kitchen Dog Theater Company’s grant will be used “for two National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premieres: The Thrush and the Woodpecker and Blackberry Winter…Performances of both plays will take place May 20 to June 25, 2016 at The Green Zone, 161 Riveredge Drive, Dallas.”

It is the fourth year of the funding thanks to the TACA Wilhelm Award Works Fund.

The decision was made by “an impressive jury comprised of national arts practitioners who judged each submission based on level of innovation, impact on the discipline and impact on the originator of the work.” That group included Matt Albert (Artist-in-Residency) of Southern Methodist University, Stephen Brown-Fried (Artistic Associate/Casting Director) of Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Rachel Chavkin (Artistic Director) of The TEAM, Kenneth Foster (Director of Arts Leadership) of Thornton School of Music at USC, Greg Fulkerson (Violin Professor) of Oberlin College, Dean Gladden (Managing Director) of The Alley Theatre, Melanie Rios Glaser (Executive and Artistic Director) of the Wooden Floor, Kimberly Grigsby (Musical director, conductor, arranger and musician), Parisa Khobdeh (Dancer) of Paul Taylor Dance Company,
Cassie Meador (Artistic Director) of Dance Exchange, Roche Schulfer (Executive Director) of The Goodman Theatre, Kara-Lynn Vaeni (Director of Theatre and Opera, and Literary Manager) of New Georges and Paul Walsh (Associate Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama).

“We are excited to announce this year’s beneficiaries, and we look forward to seeing their innovative work come to life in our community and have an impact on a national level,” said TACA’s Carlson President/Executive Director Becky Young. “We applaud and sincerely thank Donna Wilhelm for her family’s investment of support for the creation and development of new work in the Dallas community.”