Insider Tips For Saturday’s 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball’s “Shooting For The Stars”

If there are some gals MIA today, they’re over at Gilley’s Dallas. No, they’re not line-dancing and bar leaning. They’re in T-shirts, old jeans and sneakers ripping open boxes, schlepping carts around, setting up tables and getting ready for Saturday night’s 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball. After all, that’s what CBB committee members do the day before the American Cancer Society mega-fundraiser.

Cindy Stager and Amy Turner

While some might think such a gaggle of females would be high drama and round-the-clock temper tantrums, they missed the mark big-time with this bunch. One gal said that everything is so organized that they just might finish earlier than planned. Why, they even had time to have lunch with some of the past CBB chairs like Mary Humphreys Parker, Cindy Stager, Amy Turner, Tia Wynne, Andrea Weber, Olivia Kearney, Kristi Hoyl and Kristin “KJ” Sanger.

Kristi Bare, Sunie Solomon, Anne Stodghill, Wendy Messmann and Karen James

When 2017 CBB Co-Chairs Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill were asked their secret, they attributed it to their troops like Andrea Nayfa, Nancy Gopez, Kristi Bare, Katy Bock, Wendy Messmann, Karen James, Meaghan O’Leary and others who have been working with color-coded seating charts, spreadsheets and professionalism.

Nancy Gopez. Meghan O’Leary, Andrea Nayfa and Katy Bock

They’ve even arranged for a back-up plan to accommodate Mother Nature’s mood in case she boo-hoos on the festivities. Pat Green will be on the Winston and Strawn LLP Live Auction stage in Gilley’s proper, and Brooks and Dunn will be  on the Andrews Distribution Main Stage in the humongous tent with concrete floor. Even the never-ending grazing will be indoors!

But just in case you want to be in the ultimate know, here are some insider tips to avoid those “Gee, I wished I’d known” or “Wow! I forgot all about that!” moment.

Must Have

  • More important than your cellphone will be your tickets, wristbands and hang-tags, if you’re driving. No guest will be allowed on the premises without them.
  • Also, please don’t forget your favor bag ticket. It’s not required for entrance, but you’ll hate yourself when you aren’t able to get the Hirzel Capital Favor Bag with all the swag as you leave.

Parking is a bit different this year, so be prepared. According to traffic czarina Nancy Gopez, here is the breakdown:

  • Blue hangtags — Arrive and depart in the Gilley’s driveway for valet parking.
  • Gold hangtags — Arrive at the valet parking at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Lot D. Lot opens at 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will take guests to the Event Center at Gilley’s Dallas. The last shuttle bus will depart Event Center at 2 a.m.
  • White Hangtag — Self-park at Eddie Deen’s starting at 6:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will take guests to the Event Center at Gilley’s Dallas. The last shuttle bus will depart Event Center at 2 a.m.
  • Limousines — Arrive and pick up at Event Center.
  • Uber, Lyft, Wynne Transportation and other private driving services — Drop off at Gilley’s driveway and pick up at Event Center

Hint: Sunie strongly recommended Ubering.

Auctions

Rhinestone longhorn head

  • The CBB Silent Auction and Big Board are available online. So, if you didn’t get your ticket in time or are at home with the sniffles, you can still bid and, hopefully, win a goody like the rhinestone longhorn head. Here’s the link to the online viewing and bidding.
  • Live Auction items will only be available at the Ball. However, if you’re out of town and really want one of the items, check with the CBB office now to make arrangements for proxy bidding.

FYI

  • No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to enter Gilley’s Dallas for the event.
  • No filming is allowed at the event.
  • Give the stilettos the night off and pull on those boots.

Check back with MySweetCharity during the day Saturday for any updates or news.

MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Returns Monday With A Little Help From “Friends”

MySweetCharity

Monday the annual MySweetCharity Opportunity series gets started. For newcomers, this series is the perfect “opportunity” for non-profits to tell about upcoming fundraising activities.

Some “friends of the North Texas non-profits” decided they could support MySweetCharity’s efforts to draw attention to the series by sponsoring the seven-week run. Who are these “friends”? You’ll never know. They wanted to do it sorta anonymously. You’ll see what we mean Monday.

BTW, the “friends” also signed on board with the understanding that all they wanted to do was drive more people to reading the posts. They have absolutely no involvement in the selection of the posts nor what is written.

Like North Texas volunteers and non-profits, they are pitching in for the good of our community.

What’s that? You’re interested in submitting an “opportunity”? Great! But, of course, there are some suggestions in getting them published. Here are the ground rules:

  • The plan calls for byline articles by chair/co-chairs of upcoming fundraising activities.
  • The subject? Tell why the upcoming event should be at the top of everyone’s calendar and how to get involved.
  • Here are some suggestions on what to include:
    • The name of the organization and link to it
    • Name of author (Non-paid volunteers are preferred over staffers, don’t you know!)
    • The event
    • The date and location
    • Chairs, honorary chairs, etc.
    • Highlight(s) of the event
    • Sponsors
    • Length: Make it as long or as short as you want. Hint: MSC readers usually prefer posts with word counts ranging from 250 to 500 words.)
    • If you want to send photos/graphics/logos, you’ll need to submit them in a JPEG format.

Send them to [email protected] with “MSC Opportunity – <Name of Organization>” in the subject line (Example: “MSC Opportunity – Buggy Whip Revitalization Gala”) that way it won’t get trapped in the infamous MSC filter trap. It’s the black hole of the MSC world.

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process Plans Announced

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

In between applications of sunscreen and ripping open Amazon Prime Day purchases, think ahead to 2018. Believe it or not, it’s just around the calendar corner.

Need a for instance? The 2018 Crystal Charity Ball selection process. 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson has provided the rundown of dates for nonprofits to participate:

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 — Applications for the 2018 grants will be available online. Why the early warning? That gives Dallas County children’s charity brain trusts enough time to decide if they want to take the first step in vying for funding and the stamp of approval by the 65-year-old organization. To qualify for consideration, the charity must
    • Serve children in Dallas County
    • Have had a 501 (c) 3 designation for at least three years
    • Have provided services in Dallas County for at least three years
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. — For newcomers and returnees, there will be “a brief prospective application orientation at Communities Foundation of Texas.” No, it’s “not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged.”
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at noon — Hard-copy applications must be in the Crystal Charity Ball office, 3838 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite L 150, by noon. Remember, that’s noon for hard-copy applications and no excuses.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 — The selection of 2018 beneficiaries will be made.

If you’re weighing whether or not to try out, check with past recipients. Since 1952, more than 100 children’s charities have received more than $137M.

What A Night ReuNight Is Gonna Be

If you were one of the lucky few, who moved fast enough and had the extra bucks to be part of Thursday’s ReuNight benefiting The Family Place, you just might benefit from these tips from Event Co-Chairs Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum and Shelle and Michael Sills and Honorary Chair Mary Clare Finney.

First of all, there’s going to be just the slightest chill in the evening air, so it’s the perfect opportunity to debut your fall/winter evening wear.

As for arriving for the festivities, the valets will be set up at 1608 Elm Street (aka Forty Five Ten Courtyard). That’s where you’ll just hop out of your car and head straight into the brand, spanking new Fort Five Ten for cocktails at 6 p.m.

After an hour of eyeballing the fabulous, new fashion digs and the other well-dressed guests, you’ll stroll next door to the tent for dinner served up by The Joule. You can’t miss it. It’s right in front of The Eye.

On the agenda for the tent will be a Q&A between local Kim Schlegel Whitman and designer/extra-special guest Donna Karan.

And, of course, there will be the live auction. But in keeping with tradition, a ReuNight live auction is extremely limited and very unique. This year’s collection of four includes the following to-die-for items:

  • Art Deco Citrine Cameo Ring*

    Art Deco Citrine Cameo Ring*

    Art Deco Citrine Cameo Ring — This gem has got to be seen to be believed. Psyche is depicted crossing the river Styx within the citrine cameo cuvette. It is framed by a pierced and engraved white gold mounting, bead-set with old European and rose-cut diamonds, seed pearls and millegrain accents. Think of artwork for the hand.

  • One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas*

    One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas*

    One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas — So, what would a live auction be without a trip? But leave it to ReuNight to come up with a doozy. For simply ages, Paradise Island has been renowned for its pristine white beaches, luxurious accommodations, golf course and meals provided by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. No wonder it’s considered a getaway magnet for extreme boldfacers.  The package includes a three-night stay in a Hartford Wing Ocean View Room with daily breakfast in Dune Restaurant, a $200-spa credit and, of course, a chef’s dinner by Jean-Georges. Since it’s still cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew partied there, the trip is available from March 2017 to March 2018. 

  • Urban Zen Downtown Experience

    Urban Zen Downtown Experience*

    Urban Zen Downtown Experience — How simply perfect with Donna Karan just a table away. You and a companion will be able to channel Donna thanks to a $5,000 gift certificate to Urban Zen NYC, Donna’s Eastern-inspired luxury clothing and lifestyle boutique. But there’s still more. There will be “a relaxing and healing session for two with an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist in the Loft. While in NYC, you’ll call “a luxe downtown hotel” home for two nights and have dinner at Tutto Il Giorno in Tribeca.

  • Hermes Kelly Pochette*

    Hermes Kelly Pochette*

    Hermes Kelly Pochette — A cross between a bag and a clutch, this Hermes beaut will be an showstopper thanks to its gorgeous vert anis green lizard. And, naturally, the Hermes palladium hardware is front and center, don’t you know?  

Make sure you catch Heritage Auction’s Alissa Ford’s eye, so she doesn’t miss you hand when you bid.

Afterward, head back to the Forty Five Ten Courtyard for your ride home and a night of sweet dreams.   

* Photos provided by The Family Place

A Gentle Reminder: Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Orientation Is Tuesday, As In Tomorrow

Attention, campers! Any nonprofit benefiting children had better plan on being at Communities Foundation of Texas Tuesday morning. It’s the Crystal Charity Ball’s Selection Orientation Session that starts at 8:30 a.m.

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

According to Grant Selection Chair Lisa Longino, attendance is certainly not mandatory, but this gathering provides insight and tips on how to apply for the 2017 grants.

And while Monday, October 31 (aka Halloween), may seem like many high school football games away, it’s the deadline for submitting applications for the grants.

Prospective agencies must meet three basic requirements:

  • to serve children in Dallas County,
  • have had a 501 (c)(3) tax designation for at least three years and
  • must have provided services in Dallas Country for at least three years.

It was just a couple of years ago that North Texas Food Bank President/CEO Jan Pruitt warned her team that if they wanted to submit an application, it was a daunting experience. Still she added that receiving one was like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. BTW, her team did submit an application for a 2015 grant and received $750,000 for their efforts.

Applications are now available here, but be smart and attend the meeting. Who knows what tidbits will be shared!

Tips For Attending Friday’s Media Panel

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

This wet stuff that has been falling from the skies is called rain. It’s resulted in cooler temperatures, frizzy hair, lower water bills and a wonderful fragrance in the air. Luckily, North Texas has been spared the overwhelming wash that has engulfed Louisiana and Houston.

Now if you signed up for Friday’s Media Panel, here’s a suggestion or two.

  • Get an early start. You know how wet weather tends to ramp up traffic hassles. So, if you want to get to PlainsCapital Bank’s headquarters by 8:45, take into account that Friday is predicted to be rainy. Translation: a ten-minute drive just might take 20 minutes.
  • Due to the gangbuster turnout, parking will be tight. So, if you and an office mate are attending the panel, consider carpooling to save a space.
  • Don’t worry about lugging along your bumbershoot. The garage is seamlessly connected to the building, so you won’t get dripped upon.
  • Please let MySweetCindy know if you are unable to attend, so someone on the wait list can take your place.
  • Don’t forget to bring your questions. Whether you’re the shy type and want to write it down on a piece of paper, or just want to have Ron Corning do his Phil Donahue with you, this opportunity allows for those questions you’ve always had.

See you Friday.

Sneak Peak: 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Plus Hall Of Fame Honoree To Be Announced

Later this morning the announcement of the Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 best dressed will be made. Why wait? Here’s the rollout of the 2016 class of BD-ers: Anita Arnold, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes and Piper Wyatt.

Anita Arnold (File photo)

Anita Arnold (File photo)

Katherine Coke (File photo)

Katherine Coker (File photo)

Janie Condon (File photo)

Janie Condon (File photo)

Tucker Enthoven (File photo)

Tucker Enthoven (File photo)

Heather Esping (File photo)

Heather Esping (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Margaret Hancock (File photo)

Margaret Hancock (File photo)

Pat Harloe (FIle photo)

Pat Harloe (FIle photo)

Julie Hawes (File photo)

Julie Hawes (File photo)

Piper Wyatt (File photo)

Piper Wyatt (File photo)

The 2016 Hall of Fame Honoree will be Betsy Sowell.

Betsy Sowell (File photo)

Betsy Sowell (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

The ladies will be presented in the Brigadoon-like tent adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown on Friday, September 16. Tickets won’t be available until mid-April, but, according to Luncheon Chair Pam Perella, sponsorships are already in high gear. And why not? After all, the featured designer will be petite Carolina Hererra, with the lady in attendance. And then there are the added perks including such things as a seated dinner sponsored by Comerica Bank for the Platinum Circle donors, plus a Fashion Show Platinum Patrons cocktail buffet sponsored by J.P. Morgan on the eve of the show.

JUST IN: 2016 Wings Luncheon Individual Ticket Sales Nearing An End With Good Reason(s)

Amal Clooney*

Amal Clooney*

Procrastination is definitely going to cause problems for those who wait much longer for tickets to the New Friends New Life2016 Wings Luncheon” on Thursday, April 14, at the Hilton Anatole.
Seems tickets and sponsorships are flying so fast that NFNL Executive Director Katie Pedigo has let it be known that individual tickets will a done deal this Friday.

The reasons for the speedway ticket sales:

  1. Support of NFNL
  2. Chair Jeanne Johnson Phillips
  3. Honorary Co-Chairs Ruth AltshulerLaura Bush, Caren Prothro and Annette Simmons
  4. Speaker Amal Clooney

Pretty darn good reasons, huh? So wait no longer to get your ticket.

* Photo courtesy of New Friends 
New Life

JUST IN: Dallas Women’s Foundation To Host A Free Media Panel For Nonprofit PR Folks With “The Four Hoarsemen”

Remember last August when four media folks provided insider tips on how to work with the press? Okay, so it wasn’t one of those prim-and-proper events. It was sorta a cross between Jimmy Kimmel and TMZ. Well, evidently it was such a hit or nobody could believe what was said, an encore performance has been demanded.

Coming to the rescue was the Dallas Women’s Foundation that will be hosting the second “chat” by the four “hoarsemen” (photographer Kristina Bowman, WFAA anchor Ron Corning, MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean and PaperCity’s Dallas Social Editor Jane Rozelle). And this time there will more time for Q&A.

Dallas Women's Foundation*

Dallas Women’s Foundation*

Thanks to the generosity of the Foundation, the entire event will be held at Campbell Centre II and is absolutely free. Yup, you read that right — no charge! But it’s limited to only those who handle media relations for nonprofits.

Now, the downside. You just didn’t think you weren’t gonna get off scot-free? The conversation is going to take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, January 22. Whoa! That’s just days away. Translation: Do not dawdle. It’s a first-come, first-serve. And space is limited, so get your rezzies in pronto. Just sign up here!

Actually, the timing is sorta perfect. After the last question is answered, attendees can head across the pond to NorthPark for lunch or to shop. And it’s taking place just before the insanity of the spring season, leaving little time to laugh at the media.

BTW, if you attended the last one, you should sign up for this one. New tidbits will be revealed and perhaps some behind-the-scenes tales will be leaked. You just never know what’s going to happen when these four get together.

* Graphic provided by Dallas Women's Foundation

A Gentle Reminder: Submit Those 2016 Events For MySweetCharity Calendar

MySweetCharity Submit An Event

MySweetCharity Submit An Event

Before totally closing your books for 2015 for the holidays, think ahead. That 2016 event that has been buzzing in your head needs to be put on the MySweetCharity Calendar.

With March being pretty empty due to spring breaks taking place all through the month, April is starting to look like Central Expressway during rush hour.

And then there’s the fall! Yipes! The Dallas Symphony, North Texas Giving Day, Zoo To Do, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Crystal Charity and others are already staking their claims on dates.

To get your event on the Calendar, just click here, fill out the form and submit. This free service is thanks to the good folks at Baylor Health Care System Foundation and PlainsCapital.

Insider Tip: Cattle Baron’s Ball 2015

So you’ve got your outfit all ready for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. No need for rain gear. The weather is gonna be this side of spectacular thanks to CBB Co-Chairs Mary Martha Pickens and Tia Wynne taking Mother Nature to lunch and having a heart-to-heart with the old gal.

Cattle Baron's Ball 2015*

Cattle Baron’s
Ball 2015*

But it wouldn’t hurt to remember certain things before heading to Gilley’s Dallas. Here goes.

Temperature And Humidity Forecast:

  • 6 p.m. — 77⁰ and 32% humidity
  • 7 p.m. — 74⁰ and 37% humidity
  • 8 p.m. — 71⁰ and 41% humidity
  • 9 p.m. — 69⁰ and 45% humidity
  • 10 p.m. — 68⁰ and 51% humidity
  • 11 p.m. — 66⁰ and 54% humidity
  • Midnight — 65⁰ and 57% humidity
  • 1 a.m. — 64⁰ and 60% humidity

Get the feeling that you won’t be suffering a heatstroke. But you won’t be shivering either. It will be the perfect time to bring out that cute vest or denim jacket. Or sling your fav pashmina over your shoulder? It’s been in hiding for months.

Parking and Arriving:

  • Get there early, but don’t leave early. There’s so much going on.
  • No matter if you’re riding your favorite hoss, driving yourself or being chauffeured to and fro, your parking hangtag is an absolute must. If you didn’t receive a hangtag, contact Cattle Baron’s ASAP at 214.443.9222.
  • Driving yourself
    • If you’re wondering where you should park, check your parking hangtag.
    • Shuttles will be running every five minutes, so you won’t have to wait very long for a lift.
    • If you’re now rethinking the “drive-yourself” idea, consider using CBB supporters Wynne Transportation and Cowboy Cab. That way you’ll look like a big spender, save wear and tear on your car and can party hardy without worrying about the drive home. BTW, Cowboy Cab Depot is less than a block from Gilley’s Dallas.
  •  Limo-ing
    Cattle Baron's limo lineup (File photo)

    Cattle Baron’s limo lineup (File photo)

    • Git out of your vehicle lickety-split quick. This street is going to very, very busy.
    • Get your driver’s phone number to notify him/her when you want to leave. Do not keep them waiting at the curb.
  • Handicapped parking
    • Gary Ferraro (File photo)

      Gary Ferraro (File photo)

      Those with handicapped parking placard/plates should go directly to Gilley’s Dallas, where the Jack Boles valets sponsored by Brierley + Partners will direct you on where to park.

Don’t Leave Home Without Items:

  • Tickets — You’ve gotta have them throughout the night. When you arrive, there will be folks tearing a part of your ticket off. Don’t dump it! Because you’ll need it to get into the concert tent.
  • Do not forget your “Favor Bag” ticket. One per couple. Come 10 p.m. the bags sponsored once again by Inwood National Bank will be available for pickup at the main entrance.
  • Cellphones…as if you’d go anywhere without it!  You’ll have plenty of peeps and things to cellphoto.

Leave At Home:

  • Diets.
  • Attitudes.
  • Tuxedos and ball gowns.
  • Pets.
  • Umbrellas, goulashes, rain gear, snow tires, etc.

What To Do

Tim McGraw*

Tim McGraw*

  • Bid, bid, bid! Not only will you possibly take something home or win a trip, you’ll be providing funds to fight cancer.
  • Eat! There’s gonna be so much food and all types of beverages. Better wear expando-matic jeans. And don’t forget the Midnight Breakfast that will have biscuits with country gravy, spicy-sausage-and-egg tacos and warm-house-made cinnamon rolls.
  • Listen! In addition to hearing the bids coming in at the live auction, you’re gonna hear some incredible music and singing — Aaron Einhouse at the VIP Baron Party, The Ray Johnston Band on the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust Live Auction Stage, Studio 54 Band at the After Party and hunky Tim McGraw on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage.
* Graphics courtesy 
of Cattle Baron's 
Ball 2015

Insider Tips: How To Survive The First Daze Of School

Tomorrow for many is the first day of the school year. Here are some friendly suggestions to make it a little less stressful for you:

  • If you have kids, have them pick out their first-day clothes tonight. It will save panic and delays tomorrow morning.
  • Get an early start on the day. Traffic is going to be heavier than usual.
  • Don’t have Uber take your kids to school… at least, not on the first day.
  • Slow down in school zones.
  • Do not text anytime when driving a vehicle.
  • Do not talk on your cellphone in school zones.
  • If a school bus stops to let students enter or exit, stay put until the bus starts moving.
  • Put off visiting Office Depot. It’s gonna be Six Flags Over School Supplies for the next couple of days. You probably learned that lesson last week when Bed Bath & Beyond and Target were invaded by SMU students and their folks.
  • If you have munchkins, whatever the age, have dinner with them and talk about the day’s activities.
  • Find out the names of your kids’ teachers, write them a note and mail it to them at the school. No, don’t bribe them or brag about your Johnny or Joanie. Instead thank them for being a teacher.
  • If you’re a grandparent, call your grandkids and tell them how their parents were on their first day of school.
  • If you’re a kid, be patient. Adults are funny critters. If your mom starts tearing up when she sees you off to school, understand this is also her first day of your school year.

Ah, remember the good, old school days. Naw, we don’t either.

Register Now For Free Marketing And Public Relations Workshop For Nonprofits Featuring PRSA Dallas And Media Representatives

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

With the fundraising season up ahead, the nonprofits are gearing up to meet their financial goals. In order to get the funds, they need to get the word out. Unfortunately, not all can afford a fancy schmancy New York PR firm to promote their cause via branding, media and marketing.

So Queenie got together with her buddies at PRSA Dallas and Communities Foundation of Texas. They all agreed that it would be great if they partnered up “to give back by lending their time and expertise to deserving local causes.”

Since renting an RV and doing a roadshow presentation for area nonprofits didn’t seem very sensible, they decided to create Workshop for Nonprofits to Support Giving Season. It will be a half-day workshop on the morning of Friday, August 28, addressing “branding and messaging, media relations, digital marketing and social media skills with tips from the experts — including the media themselves.”

But then the next question was where to hold the workshop. That’s when Dean Foods stepped up to be the event sponsor and offered the place. That offer meant the event would be free for the nonprofit representatives. Yup, you saw that. The workshop is free for area nonprofits and PRSA members, but more about that later.

Here’s a rundown of topics and panelists:

  • Branding and Messaging: Carolyn Covey Morris (QMobius) and Vin Hoey (Strategic4sight)
  •  How to Effectively Communicate Your Message to the MediaRon Corning (WFAA-TV), Kristina Bowman (photographer), Jeanne Prejean (MySweetCharity) and Jane Rozelle (PaperCity Dallas)
  •  Building a Digital Community: Steve Lee (SMU), Mike Orren (Speakeasy) and Erin  Stevenson (Chili’s Grill & Bar)
  •  Nonprofit one-on-ones with PRSA Dallas mentors. Please note that to participate in this session, you must sign up during your online registration.

As mentioned before, the whole kit and caboodle will be free for any bona-fide nonprofit! Only problem is that you’ve got to sign up ASAP because space is gonna be as tight as a small-size Spanx shorts on Kim Kardashian.

This first-ever event is a great opportunity for the nonprofits to get the inside poop. Regarding the media segment, the panelists will address the ins-and-outs of how to work more smoothly with the press, so they don’t snarl every time you try to work with them. Yes, even Queenie will behave herself…sorta.

Check MySweetCharity Before Heading Out Thursday For 2015 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon

It’s raining right now, and you may be thinking, “Shoot! What’s a little water? We need the rain to wipe away the drought.” You are so right about needing the rain. But all weather guessers are on the same page about what’s going to happen in the next 18 hours. We should hit the high of 33 degrees at 6 p.m. tonight. From there, the temp goes downhill to 25 degrees.

That’s the problem. All that lovely rain that is coating streets and sidewalks is v-e-r-y likely to freeze and just may be covered with snow when you rise and shine Thursday.

Yes, the sun will come out, but the temperatures aren’t predicted to hit the above-freezing mark until 11 a.m. Thursday.

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning (File photo)

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning (File photo)

Many folks are wondering if these weather woes are going to affect tomorrow’s fundraising activities. The big one is the 2015 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon honoring Catherine Rose and Don Glendenning at the Hilton Anatole.

TACA organizers have just notified MySweetCharity that they will make a decision early Thursday morning on whether it’s on or not.

So, if you’ve got the TACA fundraiser on your calendar, check MSC before heading out the door. We’ll have the word on whether it’s a “go” or “no.”

Until then, you know the drill better than anyone. Keep the pets and plants inside and warm, check on your senior friends, charge up your batteries, keep the pipes wrapped and enjoy some comfort food. You deserve it!

Halloween Tips For Tonight’s Spooking Around

Tonight's little knight

Tonight’s little knight

It’s Halloween and the time for kids of all ages to wear funny outfits and OD on sugar. To keep the silliness safe, here are some reminders:

  • With it getting dark early, driving home with trick or treaters rushing around might be a bit of a challenge. Sure, you’re in a rush to get home, but keep your eyes open.
  • Think about taking a flashlight on your jaunt around the neighborhood with the little ghosts and goblins.
  • Area rescue groups are kyboshing adoptions today of black cats and dogs because they are some people who have warped understanding of the day and the animals. So keep your black critters indoor today.
  • The temperatures are going to be cool tonight, so bundle up your kiddos.
  • If you’re not going to give away candy, turn your front porch lights off.
  • Have a camera on hand to photograph the trick or treaters.
  • Check the candy once you get home and don’t try to eat it all tonight.

Insider Tip: Cattle Baron’s Ball Parking Is Gonna Be “Different”

2014 Cattle Baron's Ball

2014 Cattle Baron’s Ball

As Saturday’s Cattle Baron’s Ball nears, there’s great news and a warning to go with it. The great news is that guests will not have to have a tankful of gas to get there. It’s at Gilley’s on the outskirts of downtown Dallas.

The warning is that parking is going to be very different. Because the event is going to have thousands in attendance and it’s taking place in Dallas, the Dallas Police are running the logistics of parking. Word has it that they’re planning on running a tight operation. No sweet-talking your way in with this team.

Here are suggestions…very strong suggestions on how to arrive for the blowout:

Like we said before, no hangtag=no arrival and no ticket=no admittance.

BTW, if you decide to ride your pony to the event, you might want to put your hangtag on the saddle horn.

Insider Tips: How To Ruin A Scammer’s Day

Despite the heat, pesky critters are still buzzing about. Not just mosquitoes but also the infamous “scam artists.” They can range from charming to threatening. But they all share one common denominator — they want to take advantage of people, especially the elderly.

One of the modern day ways of sending them along their way is to take your cellphone with you to the door and take their picture. For some reason, those without proper credentials seem to make a quick exit.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if one of those nefarious creatures knocks on your door. Please feel free to share with your senior-type friends and neighbors.

Door-to-door scams:

  • Door-to-door scammers are having to be more creative these days, with the new Dallas City Ordinance in place requiring solicitors to purchase a permit. This permit includes the photo ID of the person approaching your door so it should be easy to identify.
  • Fact: The person approaching your home is the person who must have the permit. Don’t allow a solicitor to claim their boss has a permit. All that matters is if the person who approaches you has a permit with their picture on the permit. For example, if there is a company that is sending several people out to call on residents, unsolicited, each of those people MUST have a permit with their picture displayed. We asked a solicitor the other day if he had a permit and he said yes. When asked to show us the permit, he changed his story. As soon as he left the porch we called 911 because he was breaking the law by not having a permit.
  • Ask for those permits and if they cannot produce one, call 911 immediately!!! Support the new city ordinance!! The police wants these calls to enforce the ordinance and also to do background checks to see if the solicitor has outstanding warrants.  Help the police and help our neighborhood. . . make that 911 call!
  • The stranger approaching your home claims to be from one of the city utilities, the phone company, security company and others. The idea is to convince you they are legit so they use legit identification. They often lead off their scam by saying they are not selling anything. Or they are part of some educational program for children, seniors etc.  In some cases they lure you to an area outside your home while another person walks in your house and steals all they can find of value. In other cases they can be casing your house. Do not fall victim to strangers. If you do not know them, do not buy from them. If they claim to be from a legitimate organization, politely decline and then call that legitimate company yourself after they leave and ask about the incident. Almost always, they do not know anything about what you were told because those who called on you are scammers.  Scammers are very clever. Call 911 to report the presence of these people in the neighborhood going door to door.

Phone scams:

  • You know the drill…you pick up the phone and the first words you hear can be frightening. One starts off saying “The FBI…” and another claims to have information about your credit card. And there are many more attempts to scare you into listening to their message and responding in a number of ways. Then the scam begins.
  • Tell the caller to take you off their call list.
  • Register your phone number with the “Do Not Call Registry“.

Advice:

  • Never give money to a stranger.
  • Never allow anyone inside your home.
  • Always call 911 if someone is claiming to need help. Do not personally help them no matter what. Call the police and let them assist the stranger at your door.
  • Always ask to see a city permit from strangers, with a photograph of the person in front of you.
  • Always call 911 if someone approaches your home without a permit.
  • Always call 911 if someone approaches your home when you have a “No Soliciting” sign displayed. Those signs are available at Home Depot for less than $1.50.
  • Always call 911 if someone approaches your home after dark.

MySweetCharity Reminder: Mid-Summer Survival Tips

Snow covers neighborhoods (File photo)

Snow covers neighborhoods (File photo)

Thought this photo would be a welcome relief from the weekend’s three-figure temps. Sunday Fort Worth checked in at 104 degrees and Dallas was a cool 102. But a cold front is on the way. Thursday is supposed to be 86 degrees. Don’t pull out those cashmere sweaters quite yet, though. Instead, reinforce the POA that you put in place earlier this summer:

  • The skeeters are furiously out there and looking for a place to multiply and a free meal. Empty those containers and old bird baths with standing water. Top off your “look” with a spritz of DEET. It won’t hurt that perfect tan that you’ve been developing.
  • Do not leave your two- or four-legged munchkin in your microwave. . . car. In fact, don’t even take your pets for a ride. Leave ‘em at home. As for your children, you’re multi-tasking like crazy with cellphones, getting to appointments and driving a car. So, it just may happen that you’re so distracted that you just may forget and leave the wee one in the car. You know the drill. Leave your wallet or purse in the backseat. Hopefully, some techie type is working on an app that reminds you that there is someone left behind, when you get out of your car.
  • Save electricity, turn off your computer and read a good book. One that has been getting good reviews is Empty Mansions. No book reports will be required.
  • Get your errands run in the morning. You just know that you sparkle before the afternoon heat hits.
  • Only water your lawns on designated days and never between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The drought demands playing by the water restrictions. And while you’re at it, check your sprinkler heads. The gardener may have knocked one off with his/her weed Wacker and you really don’t want a geyser on your hands.
  • Stay hydrated. Your skin will benefit, your appetite will lessen and you’ll make your doctor happy at your next annual. BTW, schedule that check-up before you get overwhelmed with the upcoming season.
  • Check on the elderly in your life. They’re a hardy and stubborn generation and may not realize the heat is getting to them. A lot of them are on fixed incomes, so they may try to cut corners by cutting electricity.
  • Have the coolant in your car checked. And while the tech is doing that, wander through the showroom. Dealers are starting to make room for the 2015 vehicles, so prices for 2014 models are getting more and more user-friendly. You just know you love that new-car smell.
  • Take a bottle of water in your car. You’ll just never know if you see someone who could use a drink.
  • Remember to breathe. No, just the normal type. Reach those lovely arms of yours up to the sky and fill those lungs with oxygen and then slowly let it out. It’s amazing how this one activity reduces meltdowns. Then reward yourself by kicking off your shoes and stretching your toes upward. ‘nother meltdown killer.
  • And, finally, submit an event for the MySweetCharity Calendar. The MSC Calendar elves are filling dates left and right.

Insider Tip: Cameras Will Be a No-No For Alexander McQueen Presentation At Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon

If you thought you’d bring your best platinum camera phone to record the Alexander McQueen collection at Thursday’s Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon, toss that thought.

Seems the powers-that-be are forbidding any photos to be taken during the fashion show proper, except by the bona fide CCB and Neiman’s photographers.

Even when the 10 Best Dressed and Hall of Famer are presented, photos can only be taken by the guests seated in the tent that has been installed in the NM Downtown’s valet parking lot since last Monday. There will be no herd of photographers to stand at the end of the runway or at the back of the tent even for this presentation.

Just in case you forget, there will be a note on the bottom of your menu advising you that photography is forbidden during the show.

You’ve now been warned. Pass it along.

But wait! On second thought, has anyone ever seen someone at the CCB fashion extravaganza raise their cellphone to snap a shot? Nah.