Billie Leigh Rippey And Her Tiffany Circle Ranked #1 In The American Red Cross World

Photo provided by the American Red Cross

It’s extremely pleasing when Dallas folks score a numero uno place nationally. And that’s exactly what the Dallas-Area Chapter Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross did when they attended the annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Honorary Chair Billie Leigh Rippey (pictured in red with, from the left, Cathy Keating, Anne Compton and Tricia Besing) and her entourage brought home top honors.

(In case you’re brand new to the world of giving, the Tiffany Circl is a society of female leaders and philanthropists who annually invest $10,000 in their local American Red Cross chapters.)

With 300 Tiffany Circle women in attendance, the Dallas 10 brought home “two prestigious awards that honored them for having hte most Tiffany Circle Members in the nation, as well as the most commitments to the Bonnie McEvleen-Hunter Lifetime membership (a gift of $100,000 that spans over 10 years).

Just in case you’re wondering, the 52 members of the Dallas Tiffany Circle have raised more than $1,001,612 for the Red Cross to use in the local community.

Who are the 52? Of course, you want names, so here goes: [Read more…]

2010 The Art Of Film To Debut With Soon-To-Be-Announced Film Legend

Friday, November 19, 2010: The Dallas Film Society will debut “The Art of the Film” celebrating “the incredible work of one filmmaker” at the newly-renovated Hall of State. Plans for the evening call for 400 patrons to enjoy a conversation with the honoree in The Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall and  then a seated dinner in the Great Hall.

The next day, guests will be able to attend three to four films centered on the honoree’s career.

Who is the honoree? Be patient. We’re hot on the trail.

In the meantime, we have the names of those behind the scenes coming up with all the goodies — Event Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee, DFS President/CEO Tanya Foster and DFS Chair of Board Michael Caine.

MSC SweetDeal: Question #2

Gee, you are really good. The questions are honest and make perfect sense. Here’s another question from a pr guru about SweetDeal:

Question…a bidder and/or winning bidder….do they automatically get editorial coverage or is it as with the rules of journalism?

Alas, Mr. MSC Accountant would love the idea of guaranteeing coverage to the highest bidder, but, no. The winning bidders are not guaranteed coverage. But you should know that we’ll have our running shoes on and will be covering as many events as possible.Our record so far is four events in one night. Still reeling from that one.

Also, we only cover events/activities to which we are invited. The art of party crashing is simply not MSC’s style. It also goes without saying that our coverage is as objective as possible. If we get something wrong, we expect the MSC community to comment. In other words, we are responsible for covering and you are responsible for keeping us on our toes.

Keep the questions and the bids coming.

MSC SweetDeal: Question #1

Goodness! We’re already getting bids and questions in about our SweetDeal.  First question of the day comes from a major fundraising angel:

May I bid and pay for a charity, i.e. buy the ad for them if I am the lucky bidder!?

Absolutely. It would be great for companies and individuals with extra change to turn the space over to their favorite nonprofit, especially if that group has an event to promote.


MySweetCharity News: Have We Got A SweetDeal For You!!!

September is revving up to be a killer month, with everything from the Crystal Charity Fashion Show and the TACA Custom Auction Gala to the Tim McGraw concert at Cowboys Stadium. So, we’ve decided to try a little experiment, and could use your help.

As you know, MySweetCharity was created as a conversation for folks interested in North Texas philanthropy — both giving and receiving.

MySweetCharity’s Mr. Accountant suggested that we try to cover our costs. When we said we could take a tin cup to the corner of Preston and Northwest Highway, he reminded us that begging on the streets is illegal.

We sent out feelers like big-time blogs do to test the waters, but we thought that was pretty traditional and you’ve never liked the typical “what the other kids do” approach.

So we took our lead from the nonprofits themselves — an auction. Yup, each month we’re going to auction off four advertising spaces on MySweetCharity. Stop laughing, oh traditional blog CEOs. The auction allows everyone from poor nonprofits to wealthy corporations a chance to place their ads on MySweetCharity.

The four spaces are:

  • Banner (730 by 90 pixels)
  • Skyscraper (160 by 600 pixels)
  • Badge #1 (270 by 270 pixels)
  • Badge # 2 (270 by 270 pixels)

Here are the details: [Read more…]

Nasher Sculpture Center’s Jane Offenbach Is Off To Nashville

Sorry to end the week on a sad note, but the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Director of External Affairs Jane Offenbach has turned in her resignation to head to Nashville. No, Jane’s not going to be a C/W singer, or at least we don’t think so. She is going to be heading up the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum.

A Little Wine, A Little Music, A Lot Of Fun

Thursday night the East Dallas Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board is going western at Times Ten Cellars for its Third Annual Wine and Dine. That means you have permission to wear blue jeans and settle back with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a couple of drinks, a raffle ticket for a wine tasting for 10 people at TTC and complimentary parking.

Besides all of the above, there will be silent and live auctions and music by local entertainers.

One of the real highlights of the evening will be a presentation by EDB&GC senior Alex Jackson, who has a pretty amazing story to tell.

Individual tickets are $40 and couple tickets are $75. While that may not be cause to get married, it’s good enough to get a friend to go. Tickets are available online and space is limited.

Responsible for the evening are Wine and Dine Chair Nina Reinert, Mark Fuqua, Kenyatta Morrison, Chrystin Pleasants, Mary Kate Smither and Tessa Todd.

Event sponsors include Time Ten Cellars and La Popular Tamale House.

Crystal Charity Fashion Show/Luncheon is Gearing up with Paris and Pampering Prizes

It seemed like just yesterday that the ultimate ladies-who-lunch gathered for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon with designer Michael Kors and his collection (pictured) at DT Neimans.

But it’s nearly time again to dress to the nines for the 2010 CCB event (September 10) with designer Albert Kriemler of Akris showing his finest. You haven’t gotten your tickets? Oops! You know it’s nearly sold out. As if that was a surprise.

But the NM folks have arranged for more than fashion and food. They’ve gathered up some delicious raffle prizes that range from Paris to the ultimate in pampering.

Interested? We just knew you would be, so here goes: [Read more…]

Share-A-Date: A Night At The Turtle Creek Lounge

Friday, February 25, 2011 from 7 to 11 p.m.: “A Night At The Turtle Creek Karaoke Lounge” at Edison’s with Hunter Sullivan and DJ Lucy Wrubel benefiting the Turtle Creek Recovery Center.

Chair-people: Maggie Cooke Kipp and Nancy Gopez

Honorary Chairs: Katherine Perot Reeves and Eric Reeves

Description: “This fun-filled, musical evening begins with a VIP Reception followed by a delicious buffet dinner and Karaoke entertainment! Local celebrities will warm up the microphones on the main stage! Next take the main stage or have your friends sing to popular songs of all genres and decades. For shyer types, there will be a side stage in the next room. End the fun with dancing to DJ’d tunes.”

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Never Slows Down

Those folks at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital are as busy as air-conditioner repairmen. Here you thought they just healed children free-of-charge and made wonderful popcorn. Nope, they have a revolving door of activities for the kids and to help to raise funds.

Last Friday they had Santa pop in for a visit. Instead of his sleigh, he arrived in a red Dodge Viper with Mrs. Claus driving up in a silver Dodge Viper thanks to Padgett Printing.

Provided by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

This Thursday is no different. The TSRHC staff is busy at work preparing for the second annual “Summer Colors Art Show and Auction” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at TSRHC with local artists Jenny Grumbles and Jill Scovell (art pictured) hosting a silent art auction.

Sorry, but the Clauses won’t be attending. They had to head back to the North Pole to settle an elf sit-in. Seems the little people want longer hot chocolate breaks.

But you can join the fun Thursday at TSRHC. Tickets in advance are $25 and $35 at the door.