Share-The-Date: Another Shot “Fore” Children

Friday, Oct. 8: The second annual Another Shot “Fore Children” will take place at Coyote Ridge Golf Club in Carrollton benefiting Hope Cottage. The driving (sorry, no pun intended) forces are Hope babies Dr. Scott and Todd deVilleneuve.

Presenting sponsor Surgical Associates of North Texas is joined by GEICO, Lynn and Bob Thompson and Kyle Stevens/Western Security Surplus Insurance Brokers.

Sponsorships start at $30 and individual players cost $125. It’s easy to register.

Share-The-Date: Plaza Style 2010

Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Plaza Style was jammed last year with adorable slaves to fashion and it will no doubt be a repeat jam this year. With admission just $10 in advance and $15 at the door, the party and fashion show with Preston Center merchandise take place in the parking lot at The Plaza at Preston Center. Thank heaven, organizers have the whole thing under a major tent! The show will be orchestrated by the ever fashionable Rhonda Sargent Chambers and will be hosted by KTVT-CH. 11’s Selena Hernandez.

Who does it benefit? Why The Fashionistas, of course.

Sponsors include Moet & Chandon, RSC Show Productions, Phonophreaks, Belvedere Vodka and KTVT-CH. 11.

Dallas’ Top Philanthropists Didn’t Start Out Rich Or In Dallas

There’s an interesting article in this month’s D CEO about self-made individuals who have made philanthropy a top priority. One is the son of Holocaust survivors, two lost a parent when they were just youngsters, one was a Miss American contestant, two are Ivy Leaguers thanks to scholarships, several worked their ways through college and only one is a native Dallasite.

All have reasons for their decisions to provide financial support for our community. Don’t worry the article is not long and preachy. The writer is not that talented. But it’s an opportunity to learn about well-recognized individuals with stories that just might surprise . . . and possibly inspire you.

BTW, one of the philanthropists said, “When I was growing up, my family didn’t even know how to spell ‘philanthropy.’ We just considered it helping our neighbors.”

Share-The-Date: The Real Estate Council’s Giving Gala

Photo provided by TREC

Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. — The Real Estate Council’s annual Giving Gala will take place at the Hilton Anatole with none other than Robert Earl Keen (pictured) handling the entertainment. The western-styled event featuring “cowboy grub, mingling and bidding on three playhouses that TREC members designed and built” is presented by Deloitte.

Other sponsors include: Limelight Sponsor: Schwob Building Company; Spotlight Sponsors: CMC Commercial Realty Group, Comerica, Corgan, Ernst & Young; Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP, Jackson-Shaw, Thackeray Partners.

Trey Morsbach of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP, and TREC Giving Gala Chairman, said, “The Giving Gala will focus on The Real Estate Council Foundation’s initiatives in four key grant areas—education, housing, jobs and the environment.  It’s a fun evening both to celebrate what we have accomplished and to raise funds to support our ongoing community initiatives.”

Happy National Equality Day, Alice!

On this day 90 years ago, the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. Thank you to all the women and men who worked for its passage. Let’s not take for granted the precious gift that all of us have.

BTW, did you know that the late suffragette Alice Duer Miller actually suggested that women should have the vote and men shouldn’t? Thought that would wake you up. In 1915 Alice wrote the following reasons for her thinking:

Why We Don’t Want Men to Vote

  • Because man’s place is in the army.
  • Because no really manly man wants to settle any question otherwise than by fighting about it.
  • Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them.
  • Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms, and drums.
  • Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them unfit for government.

Start Your Engines: Partners Card 2010 Dates Announced

We’re hardly through Restaurant Week, and The Family Place has announced the dates for the Partners Card 2010 presented by Bank of Texas! Start saving your pennies and keeping your credit cards in hibernation until . . . Friday. Oct. 29. That’s when it all starts. But, alas, it ends on Sunday, Nov. 7. Ah, 10 days of 20% off. Every tried and true shopper’s fantasy.

But during that precious time, you’ll not only get 20% off on purchases at 750 very special merchants and companies, you’ll also be supporting The Family Place’s great works thanks to Event Chairs Maggie Cooke Kipp, Molly Nolan and Gina Roidopoulos.

You can either purchase your Partners Card at Tom Thumbs or community volunteers for a mere $60, or you can always go online.

Share-The-Date: Junior League of Dallas’ “Casino in Casablanca”

Friday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. — The Junior League of Dallas‘ 14th annual Auction & Casino Party is scheduled for The Hall of State at Fair Park. This year’s theme is “Casino in Casablanca.” Shades of Humphrey, Ingrid and Claude!

In recent years, the event has averaged between 800 and 900 guests, but this year bets are being placed that records may be broken because D’Andra Simmons (pictured) is ball chair. It’s one of the JLD’s largest fundraising events. Better get your tickets now because that last four years have been sold out!

Providence Christian School Opened Grandly

Photo provided by Providence Christian School

Yesterday was the first day back to school for legions of students. For one group school started last Wednesday and it was a very big day. At Providence Christian School, it was the opening of the school’s 40,000-square foot addition which increased the campus by 60%. The new facility provides for

  • 11 new classrooms for grades 5-8,
  • a science lab
  • two Latin rooms
  • a middle school art room
  • a regulation-sized gym (pictured) complete with locker rooms and coaches offices and
  • a nature studies lab.

To add frosting to this development is another 7,185-square feet will be added in December for a new library and “enrichment wing” for pre-school and kindergarten classes.

What makes this “grand opening” special is that the capital campaign for this growth began back in February 2009 when the financial world was hitting the skids.  But Providence Capital Campaign Chairs Leslie and Nick Merrick along with their campaign steering committee (Jean-Marie and Robert Alpert, Stacy and Tyler Burke, Shelby and Rich Flaten, Shannon and Jeff Graham, Cammie and Brian Heflin, Tavia and Clark Hunt, Elizabeth and Syd Hurley, Julie and John Miller, Laura and Tommy McBride, Cindy and John Sloan, Mauri and Chip Tardy, Susan and Greg Turner, Kelsie and Price Wagner, Heather and Ray Washburne and Kristi and Blake Woodall) didn’t let a little thing like financial meltdown stand in the way of their kids’ education. It also didn’t hurt to have someone like Rob Richardson chairing the real estate committee and handling all those pesky city approvals and construction issues.

So far, the “Fulfilling Our Vision, Building Our Future” capital campaign has raised $11.4 million of its $12 million goal. Along with 85% of the school’s families pitching it, the following foundations have helped make this dream come true: Constantin Foundation; Hawn Foundation, Inc.; Hillcrest Foundation, founded by Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr.; Hoblitzelle Foundation; Mary Potishman Lard Trust; The Ginger Murchison Foundation; The Rosewood Foundation; Stemmons Foundation; The Jack & Sally Turpin Foundation, Inc., and our dear old friend “Anonymous.”


JUST IN: Children’s Medical Center’s Development VP Phyllis Cole Resigns

Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ VP of Development Phyllis Cole notified her staff yesterday that she’s turned in her resignation to focus on her three munchkins. She’ll be staying at Children’s for the next few weeks to “wrap up dangling projects.”

Children’s loss is the gain for three very lucky kids.

Expanding Worlds Is Moving Over To The Fairmont With A Simply Remarkable Trio

What a year it has been for Cathy Packard (pictured)! Not only did she handhold Special Care & Career Services through the transition to its new name of LaunchAbility, she also oversaw the Pointer Sisters concert at the Meyerson and last year’s Expanding Worlds luncheon/conversation with Linda Custard, Tincy Miller and Elaine Agather plus the late, great Paul Bass.

Talk about a great conversation that was over way too soon!

But she hasn’t let any grass grow under her feet. It was just announced that Expanding Worlds 2010 will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Fairmont with a conversation with three boldest of bold face names.

Photo provided by LaunchAbility

Like who? Follow the jump, kids, to see whom Luncheon Co-Chairs Geoffrey Miller and George Kelly (pictured right with Geoffrey) have arranged to have on stage! . . .

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