Just In: Gina Ginsburg To Be Honorary Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair

Gina Ginsburg*

Gina Ginsburg*

Sure, Halloween is just around the corner and up ahead are Thanksgiving and the whole holiday hoop-la. But folks are already thinking about spring. Really! In fact Mad Hatter’s Chair Lisa Loy Laughlin just announced that Gina Ginsburg will be honorary chair for the April 10th event at the Dallas Arboretum.

(Giggle point: Just think, Gina will be honorary chairing the reception in the Ginsburg Plaza.)

Other factoids that you might want to know:

  • The 2014 theme will be “Serenade to Style”.
  • Jan Strimple has signed on to orchestrate the fashion show in Rosine Hall.
  • Champagne reception will start at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monies raised will benefit “A Woman’s Garden.”
  • Judges and categories will be announced in the weeks ahead.

    Serenade To Style logo*

    Serenade To Style logo*

Tickets aren’t on sale quite yet, but sponsorships are alive and well for the inquiry. Remember this event has limited seating, so when tickets do go on sale, hustle and get them. In the meantime, start working on those hats.

* Photo provided by the Mad Hatters Tea

Just In: Despite Possible Rain, “Change Is Good” Is Good To Go For Sunday

It’s the weekend, so naturally Ma Nature is going to let the rain fall. The Community Partners of Dallas team has just sent word that Change Is Good will have no problems with the wet stuff. Their Sunday afternoon fundraiser for kids and parents will have plenty of games, music, food and “stuff” inside Brook Hollow.

Ah, come on! You didn’t really think a little damp stuff would slow down CIS Co-Chairs Kate Rose and T.J. Marquez plus their kids Olivia, James and Nicholas, or Honorary Grandmother Jeanne Marie Clossey. No way! So plan on partying Sunday.

Just In: The Bush Ladies To Be Honorary Tri-Chairs Of The 2014 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

Laura Bush (File photo)

Laura Bush (File photo)

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Gina Jones just revealed the Bush gals (former First Lady Laura and her twin daughters Barbara and Jenna) will be the honorary tri-chairs for the Monday, May 5, fashion extravaganza.

All of your favorites — Chic Boutique, Jan Strimple-produced fashion show, luncheon — will return to Brook Hollow.

Fashion loving Doris Jacobs has been named underwriting chair.

Warning: This event is going to be a sellout. Best to get your ticket now.

JUST IN: Bill Noble To Be Equest Men’s Auxiliary’s First President

Bill Noble*

Bill Noble*

Jewelry guru Bill Noble has just been named president of the newly created Equest Men’s Auxiliary. The men’s organization was a natural. After years of the Equest Women’s Auxiliary making major contributions to the equine therapy program, it made sense to have the fellows join in the fun.

If you’re a follower of Equest, then you know that Lezlie Noble was a true standout this past year at the Equest Luncheon and Fashion show, when she and her posse arrived in dressage attire.

Lezlie Noble (center) (File photo)

Lezlie Noble (center) (File photo)

But the “Noble” involvement wasn’t just this past year. They’ve been big supporters due to their love of horses and appreciation for how equine therapy can benefits participants.

According to Bill, “Lezlie and I have been supporters of Equest for many years as the work this organization does is so important to our community.  Lezlie has been volunteering weekly and, as a family, we are committed and passionate about Equest.”

The twosome were recently seen at the official dedication of the Texas Horse Park.

One of the first projects that Bill will oversee will be the Inaugural Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic at Las Colinas Country Club honoring the Equest Hooves for Heroes Program. Originally planned for Sunday, September 8, and Monday, September 9, it was moved to Sunday, November 3, and Monday, November4, “to align with the November celebration of Veteran’s Day. This event specifically honors veterans.” All the headliners will be there  — Admiral Patrick Walsh as speaker and Honorary Chairs Congressmen Pete Sessions and Sam Johnson.

Oh, just in case you’re wondering, ladies are invited to play in the golf classic, too.

 

JUST IN: Francie Moody-Dahlberg To Be 2013 Equest Auxiliary Luncheon Honorary Chair

Equest Auxiliary Luncheon Chair Tiffany Divis just revealed that Francie Moody-Dahlberg will be the honorary chair for the October 8th Equest fundraiser at Brook Hollow.

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

The theme this year? “Horse Power!”

As announced earlier, past Equest Auxiliary Luncheon Chair Nancy Carter will be the honoree.

This will be a Jan Strimple production with fashions provided by Highland Park Village.

All these components may explain why this event will be a definite sell-out.

JUST IN: Suicide & Crisis Center Of North Texas Announces New Fundraiser — “Fashion Stars For A Cause”

Word just arrived that the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas is launching a brand new fundraising event. Finals details will be forthcoming in the days ahead, but save the date of March 21, 2014, for “Fashion Stars For A Cause.”

Fresh Faces of Fashion 2013 (File photo)

Fresh Faces of Fashion 2013 (File photo)

According to the release, “The event replaces Fresh Faces of Fashion which benefited Suicide & Crisis Center for many years. The new event concept will incorporate many of the successful components of the previous project including the recognition of young community leaders and an emphasis on raising awareness.”

Suicide & Crisis Center Executive Director Margie Wright “emphasized that Yvonne Crum, founder of Fresh Faces of Fashion, will continue her role with Fashion Stars For A Cause.”

Margie said, “Our main interest and focus is on the cause, and we want to make sure that we never forget that message. And, we are confident that Yvonne is perfect to lead the way.”

For more information about Fashion Stars For A Cause and sponsorship opportunities, contact Yvonne.

JUST IN: Kim Martinez Named The Elisa Project Executive Director

Kim Martinez

Kim Martinez

After months of serving as interim executive director of The Elisa Project, Anne Besser can get back to her less hectic, normal life. Word has just come in that Kim Martinez has been named executive director without “interim” anywhere near the title.

According to Elisa Project Board Member Dorothy Allyn, who spearheaded the search, “With her 12+ years of experience as an executive director of other non-profits, she [Kim] truly understands the scope and commitment required to lead our organization. She is passionate about ‘making a difference in the lives of those in need’ and helping those affected by eating disorders.”  

Anne is not cutting ties with the organization that addresses eating disorders. She will return to her prior position as a board member.

Photo provided by The Elisa Project

JUST IN: 21st Partners Card Kick-off Is Postponed

If you were planning on attending the 21st Partners Card Kick-off party tonight, you can scrap that plan.This message was just received:

“Due to inclement weather the 21st Annual Partners Card Kick-off Benefiting The Family Place event tonight will be postponed to Wednesday, June 5.”

So, why not take the night off?

JUST IN: Dr. Kern Wildenthal To Head Children’s Medical Center Foundation With Cyndi Bassel As Senior VP

Kern Wildenthal (File photo)

Kern Wildenthal (File photo)

Dr. Kern Wildenthal has just been named the president of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation and executive vice president of Children’s Medical Center. He will assume his responsibilities on Tuesday, May 28.

According to Children’s Medical Center President/CEO Christopher J. Durovich, “Dr. Kern Wildenthal shares our vision for making Children’s one of the top five pediatric healthcare systems in the nation. Our progress involves new initiatives that require additional sources of funding. To have a leader of the caliber and the demonstrated commitment to health care in our community like Kern offers the opportunity to deepen our collaboration with UT Southwestern to create leading edge clinical, scientific and educational programs. We are proud he joins us at this exciting and critical time in our history as we celebrate our 100th year of service and lay the foundation for our next century of honoring the sacred trust placed in us by patients and families.”

Another new exec joining the Children’s Medical Center crew is another UT Southwestern vet, Cyndi Bassel, who has been named senior vice president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation and vice president of Children’s Medical Center. She will officially come on board in July.

For more details about the developments, follow the jump. Settle back for a long read because these two cannot be summed up in just a couple of graphs. It’s sorta doubtful you’ll be reading all this information elsewhere because it requires a lot of space. [Read more…]

JUST IN: 2014 “Art Ball” Date Set

Gina Betts

Gina Betts

With folks still recovering from April’s big-tented Art Ball, plans are already falling into place for the 2014 Dallas Museum of Art fundraiser. The 2014 Art Ball Chair Gina Betts has just confirmed the date will be Saturday, May 3.

Expect big things. Remember, it was Gina who broke Cattle Baron’s Ball records when she chaired the 2007 fundraiser and others like the Habitat for Humanity in 2011 and the recent Wings Luncheon benefiting New Friends New Life.

More deets will follow as General Gina reveals them. Stay tuned!

JUST IN: Arthritis Foundation South Central Region Adds New VP’s

The South Central Region of the Arthritis Foundation has just added two new vice presidents to their team.

Karla Baldelli

Karla Baldelli

Former American Heart Association National director of Philanthropic Giving Society Karla Baldelli has been named the Arthritis Foundation SCR’s Senior Vice President of Development. Her position is new “for the region with a primary focus to significantly expand revenue development efforts and increase overall results.”

Decobia (Cobi) Gray

Decobia (Cobi) Gray

The other new exec is Decobia (“Cobi”) Gray, who will be Regional Vice President of External Relations. Formerly executive director of the strategic fundraising consulting firm CCS, she will “oversee the grants and giving, as well as the marketing and communications functions of the South Central Region.”

According to Arthritis Foundation SCR CEO Susan Carter, “To meet the increasing needs of the people we serve in our region, and to position our organization for growth and sustainability to address those needs, it was imperative that we hire the best and the brightest in mission delivery and fundraising. Karla and Cobi’s extensive background in the non-profit sector and their expertise in fundraising and donor communications will be catalytic in our ability to provide support to those living with arthritis.”

For a full rundown on the new hires, follow the jump. [Read more…]

JUST IN: Southwest Airlines Announces $150,000 Grant To Create Trinity River Conservation Corps

You’ve got to hand it to those folks at Southwest Airlines. They don’t just offer hands-on assistance, they pull out their billfolds, too.It seems the SA volunteers rolled up their sleeves and “cleaned and cleared the Cedar Creek Overlook.” As if this wasn’t enough, they then planted “400 love (or LUV) grass plants and 100 native blooming and non-blooming species provided by the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility.”

But that just wasn’t enough in the SA world. This morning SA Chairman of the Board/President/CEO Gary Kelly, SA Senior VP of Culture and Communication for SA Ginger Hardage and SA VP Communication and Strategic Outreach Linda Rutherford joined The Trinity Trust Foundation leadership including Dr. Gail Thomas and City of Dallas types to announced a three-year grant that would establish the Trinity River Conservation Corps.

According to Gail, “Southwest Airlines is an exemplary company showing its love for Dallas and the Trinity River. We salute Southwest Airlines for its leadership in giving back in a tangible way with hours of volunteer time in the Trinity River Corridor. Many people will have the opportunity to see the river and trails and to experience the beauty we have in Dallas. We are honored to partner with them for the love of the city.”

The Corps is a program “to coordinate and manage multiple annual volunteer events for the conservation and upkeep of the Trinity River Corridor and Great Trinity Forest.

Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm said, “This generous gift demonstrates Southwest Airlines’ commitment to the environment and to the City of Dallas. The creation of the new Trinity Conservation Corps continues Southwest’s outstanding legacy of service by benefiting the Trinity River corridor through beautification.”

And where was the announcement made? With the weather almost as beautiful as yesterday, the group gathered in the Trinity River Corridor along the Santa Fe Trail’s Cedar Creek Overlook.

Nice way to end Earth Day week.

JUST IN: Carmaleta Whiteley To Chair 30th Anniversary Of St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show On February 12, 2014

Hot off of receiving her magic wand at the Mad Hatter’s Tea from Co-chairs Shay Geyer and Maggie Kipp, MHT fairy godmother Carmaleta Whiteley was just announced to chair the 30th St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Crawford Brock and the female leadership of the St. Valentine's Day Fashion Show and Luncheon

Crawford Brock and the female leadership of the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon

The announcement took place at a luncheon of the past St. V-day chairs hosted by Crawford Brock at Stanley Korshak.

The details are already in place:

  • Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
  • Location: Meyerson Symphony Center
  • Korshak fashions on the runway
  • Fashion show producer: Jan Strimple
  • Attire: Something adorably cute

Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but sponsorships are always available, don’t you know.

Photo provided by St. Valentine's Day Luncheon & Fashion Show

JUST IN: Tonight’s New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Talk Postponed

As if SMU doesn’t have enough going on this week, the SMU Dedman School of Law was to have New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson speak as part of the Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture Series. The following message was just received from SMU:

“Due to essential news coverage required by New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson on the recent events in Boston, SMU Dedman School of Law regrets that tonight’s Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture Series event, “Protecting Quality Journalism,” slated for 7 p.m. at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, has been postponed until further notice.

“SMU Dedman School of Law apologizes for any inconvenience and will communicate via e-mail with all registered attendees regarding the date of reschedule and ticket refunds. Please contact [email protected] for additional questions.”

JUST IN: Carter BloodCare Makes A Request

This request just arrived from Carter BloodCare in light of the situation in West:

“Our thoughts are with our Central Texas neighbors, staff and community partners today following the tragedy in West last evening. Since the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, we can confirm that the blood supply needs for area hospitals have been met for today.

“Because of North, Central and East Texas blood donors who give often, our blood supply was strong when the need arose in McLennan County. As a result, Carter BloodCare was able to help supply the local hospitals in need.

“Because blood has a shelf-life, we are asking the community to make an appointment to give blood today, rather going out to donate blood today. This assures that the blood supplies in the future as strong as they are today.

“While blood donors are appreciated at this time, Carter BloodCare would like to remind the community that the need for blood is also great during the upcoming summer months. By giving blood year-round, donors assure that Carter BloodCare can continue to meet the needs of community patients.

“For those wanting to give, please schedule a future appointment at a Donor Center nearest you by visiting http://www.carterbloodcare.org/ or by calling 1-800-366-2834. If your organization is interested in hosting a blood drive, please email [email protected]

But if you’re like most, you still want to help immediately.

First of all, don’t go to West. The experts are there and West is best served with their presence.

Second, give up that extra cup of coffee or that manicure. The Red Cross, Salvation Army and other similar groups could use a donation. Even overcrowded Dallas Animal Services is preparing to receive animals from West.

Third, however you’re planning on helping, get five of your buddies to join you.

Yes, West is a little town, but it’s a big place in the hearts of all today.

JUST IN: Rev. Mark Craig To Receive Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award

The recipient of the 2013 Robert S.  Folsom Leadership Award was just announced. Receiving the prestigious award on Tuesday, September 24, at the Hilton Anatole will be Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Rev. Mark Craig.

Rev. Mark Craig

Rev. Mark Craig

While the September fundraiser for the Methodist Health System  is still a summer away, April is going to be a busy one for Mark, who will be retiring this month from his duties at HPUMC. Despite giving his final sermon as HPUMC pastor on April 21, he will “give the prayer for the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25.”

Talk about six degrees of separation. In addition to HPUMC being Laura and George Bush’s “home church,” Laura received the Folsom Award in in 2008.

If you need a refresher course on all of Mark’s accomplishments, check out this info provided by Methodist Health System:

“Community advocate Mark Craig is retired Senior Minister of Highland Park United Methodist Church, one of the largest and most mission-oriented churches in the nation. He is a passionate leader, an engaging speaker, and an innovative problem solver.  Craig’s ministry career spans over 40 years including establishing Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano in 1980 and serving there as Senior Pastor for 15 years before being appointed Senior Minister at Highland Park in 1995.

“Through the years, Craig has received personal invitations from former President George W. Bush to preach at the gubernatorial inauguration in 1999, the private family service prior to Bush’s first presidential inauguration as well as the sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. before his second presidential inauguration. He served on the St. Mark’s Board of Trustees and is a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees at Southern Methodist University.

“A  long time friend and colleague, SMU President Dr. R. Gerald Turner reflected on Craig’s time at HPUMC, ‘When we both arrived in the summer of 1995, we mutually committed to strengthening the role of Highland Park United Methodist Church as the ‘campus church.’ Through his close work and relationship with the Perkins School of Theology, his making the facilities of the church available to University departments, and his efforts to make church services address the needs and interests of students, faculty, and staff, the church has grown both in number and in importance to the University community.’

“Under the leadership of Mark Craig, the 15,000 congregants of Highland Park United Methodist Church brought his vision to life over the past 18 years most notably in the area of selfless service to the local Dallas community. In 2005, HPUMC was the first institution in Dallas to make a sizable financial commitment to the City of Dallas, ultimately raising over $4 million toward the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Craig also played an integral part in driving the largest home building commitment in the history of Habitat for Humanity including 300 domestic and international home constructions. Rev. Craig played a significant role in the fundraising effort that led to the $4.5 million renovation of historic St. Paul United Methodist Church in the Arts District.  HPUMC’s recent renovation of Munger Place Church has resulted in a vibrant new worship community, a key part of the broader East Dallas revitalization effort. In addition, Rev. Craig has offered leadership in creation of an orphanage in Costa Rica and an expansive special needs program at HPUMC.

“Mark Craig graduated with a Masters of Divinity from the Duke University Divinity School. He and his wife, Dr. Sandra Craig, reside in Dallas and have two grown sons and a daughter whom they adopted in China.”

Proceeds from the 2013 Folsom event will benefit the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Photo provided by Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award

JUST IN: Deans Foods Foundation Makes Largest Corporate Foundation Gift To North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank*

If anyone knows the value of food, it is a company like Dean Foods. In addition to being a major provider of food for purchase, the company has also been a very, very good friend of the North Texas Food Bank.

Today the value of the relationship only increased hugely with the announcement of a three-year commitment by Dean Foods of $300,000 to the NTFB. According to the NTFB folks, “this is the largest corporate foundation gift in NTFB history, and will have an invaluable impact on the food bank’s ability to fight childhood hunger.”

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

“Dean Foods is one of the strongest corporate partners we have,” said Jan Pruitt, NTFB president and CEO. “This is the largest corporate foundation pledge we have ever received, and it matches the gift Dean Foods gave us in 2010.  We are grateful to the company for their continuous support in helping us feed those struggling with hunger – particularly our children, who are often the most vulnerable among us.”

This support isn’t the first time that Dean Foods and Dean Foods Foundation have stepped up to help the NTFB. Since 2004, the Dallas-based company has “given and pledged financial gifts of over $1,080,000” to NTFB, especially those programs benefiting children like the Food 4 Kids and the School Pantry.

The timing is just perfect. Texas artist Jer Giles has just recently finished the Dean Foods Foundation Volunteer Central mural “in the heart of the NTFB’s Cockrell Hill distribution center,” that will soon be unveiled for NTFB and Dean Foods staffers.

“Dean Foods is committed to providing nutritious food and beverages for families across the country and in the communities where we operate. That’s why it’s important for us to support organizations like the North Texas Food Bank,” said Gregg Tanner, CEO of Dean Foods. “And, we are honored to have the Dean Foods name tied to the Food Bank’s volunteer program to serve as a symbol of our commitment and partnership.”

Graphic provided by North Texas Food Bank

JUST IN: Expect A Group Of “Rascals” To Headline Cattle Baron’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Am in between assignments tonight, but wanted you to be the first to know. The headliner entertainment for the 40th anniversary Cattle Baron’s Ball was just revealed seconds ago.

CBB Co-chairs Mary Gill and Brooke Shelby have arranged to have the incredible C&W trio Rascal Flatts on the Main Stage for the October 5th gala at Southfork. . . or the Dallas Convention Center, if rain is in the forecast.

Since the Main Stage is sponsored by Andrews Distributing, it made perfect sense to make the announcement there.

Ah, but more about the reveal party later. . . promise.

JUST IN: George W. To Be The Keynote Speaker For The Genesis Luncheon

As mentioned yesterday, the opening of the Bush Center at SMU will take place some time this spring. But we can guarantee that it will not take place on Thursday, May 2.

The reason?

George W. Bush (File photo)

Genesis Luncheon Co-chairs Susan Wells and Angela Nash have arranged for former Texas Rangers owner and U.S. President George W. Bush to serve as the keynote speaker on that day at the Hilton Anatole.

As if that weren’t enough to support the lunch’s theme of “Texas Legends. American Heroes,” Susan and Angela have also slated present Texas Rangers owner Nolan Ryan to serve as honorary chair.

Heading up the host committee are Holly and Stubbs Davis, Dallas’ version of Ken and Barbie.

Strong suggestion: This one is always a quick sell-out, so you just know tickets are going to be moving faster than a roadrunner in West Texas. You might want to email Bianca Jackson at [email protected] or give her a call at 214.389.7703 about sponsorships opportunities.

As if you didn’t know, the luncheon raises funds for the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

JUST IN: Duchess Is A Done Deal!

Arthur Benjamin and friends (File photo)

American Dog Rescue Founder Arthur Benjamin has once again stepped up to help an animal in need. When he learned of Duchess’s situation, he moved right on in and provided the final dollars needed to take her to the $2,500 goal for her surgery.

The Dallas Animal Services’s staff was stunned by the generosity of Arthur and others like Fredye Factor. Queenie just smiled because she knew the MSC community wouldn’t let the day go by without success.

OK, let’s talk about such an amount of money being spent on a “mutt.”

Confession time: 13 years ago the MSC team saved a small black kitten that had just been run over on Abrams. Nearly every bone in her body was broken and the ER doubted she would survive the night. But thanks to advanced technology, caring specialists and her will to live, she made it. The bill added up to $1,500. Quite a sum then. But let’s get our calculators out. There are about 4745 days in 13 years. If you divide $1,500 by 4745, you realize that it only cost 31 cents a day to have 13 years of purring and devotion. BTW, her name is Amazing Gracie Allen.

Our thanks to the DAS staff, Arthur, Fredye and everyone who made the first week of 2013 end on a very happy note.

JUST IN: la Madeleine Employees Come Through For MarkAWay Charities

The giving spirit of the season continues to in high drive. The la Madeleine is making more than just fab almond croissants. Thanks to the la Mad employees, personal contributions and corporate’s matching those funds, MakeAWay Charities just received $15,000.

“MakeAWay Charities understands the holidays are a difficult time for many in the Dallas/Fort Worth area,” said MakeAWay Executive Director Jay Hellwig. “With the help of our friends at la Madeleine, we are better able to answer the needs of hundreds of families.”

This latest contribution brings the la Madeleine employees’ giving effort to $40,000 for MakeAWay.

“This is the second year la Madeleine employees have come together to support MakeAWay Charities,” said la Madeleine COO John Cahill. “Giving back to our neighbors in North Texas is very important to la Madeleine and our employees have demonstrated that commitment wholeheartedly with their generous donations again this year.”

Excuse us, but we’re dashing off to grab a quart of tomato basil soup and Caesar salad for din-din.

JUST IN: Dallas Museum Of Art Just Made History

Maxwell Anderson (File photo)

Dallas Museum of Art head man Maxwell Anderson just announced that starting January 21, there will be no general admission charged. Not only that, but membership will be free, too.

Whoa! This is a first in the nation’s art museum world. Can’t you just hear the slamming of foreheads against walls throughout the country as other museum directors try to figure out how they can follow suit?

There is a “but.” You just knew there would be. When it comes to special exhibitions like January’s The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, there will be charges.

But even then, Maxxie has figured out how to make that palatable. Through the free membership, one can earn points that will add up to reduce the cost of admission to those “special exhibitions.”

According to the report filed by the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Granberry, Max said,

“When somebody from South Dallas walks up to the front desk, and the person behind the counter says, ‘Welcome to the DMA – are you members?’ What are they hearing? It’s like walking into a country club. It freaks you out. It’s exclusionary. I want everybody to feel they belong here, so I want everybody to be a member.”

He paused and added, “We don’t want to be heavy in Highland Park and light in South Dallas.”

This is a chancy but bold move by Max and the DMA board. Yes, they may lose revenue, but they just might gain a whole new following and reduce the stigma that the museum is only for the elite.

Speaking of those “elite” types, this step is only possible thanks to a lot of DMA “partners” (aka philanthropists).

Want to hear the news straight from Max? Here you go!

JUST IN: Katherine Schwarzenegger To Headline 8th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon In January

Jackie Moore and Ellen Cook

The 8th Annual Life Lesson Luncheon Co-chairs Ellen Cooke and Jackie Moore have just announced that Katherine Schwarzenegger will be the featured speaker for the luncheon on Tuesday, January 22, at the Omni Dallas benefiting The Elisa Project.

According to The Elisa project Executive Director Anne Besser, “Katherine believes that every woman can and should ‘Rock what they’ve got.’ She is an author, an activist and the ‘big sister’ every girl wishes she had. In her best-selling book, Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back, Katherine guides young women through their turbulent teens to womanhood while encouraging them to love their bodies, love themselves, and stay healthy.”

Katherine Schwarzenegger

Well, yes, you guessed it. She is the daughter of Maria Shriver and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the 22-year-old is outstanding in her own right. In addition to being the Global Youth Ambassador for the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, she has been awarded Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace Award and is the youngest member of the Girl Scouts of America’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthy Media for Youth.

The Elisa Project was established in 1999 and is dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through awareness, education, support and advocacy. Eating disorders – including anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder – affect up to 24 million children and adults in the U.S.  These disorders are complex mental illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness – up to 20%.  They don’t discriminate, but affect both males and females of all ages, races, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.  When we consider the devastating physical and psychological impact of eating disorders, it’s vital that we continue to expand our prevention and intervention efforts and to improve access to treatment.

Photos provided by The Elisa Project

JUST IN: Guess Who’s Coming To The Art Of Film

Val Kilmer

After weeks of investigating various tabloids, threatening Dallas Film Society members and looking into crystal balls, MySweetCharity has learned that the headliner for the November 16th Art of Film at the Hall of State will be Val Kilmer, former Batman and preparing to star as Mark Twain in “Mark Twain and Mary Eddy Baker.”

Members of the DFS board and staff and Co-chairs Jennifer Houser  and Mersina Stubbs have been tighter than size small spandex dresses about who would follow The Art of Film past speakers (Robert Duvall and John Lithgow).

Returning to interview Val will be film critic Elvis Mitchell.

Expect a sellout and a quick one for this conversation with Val and dinner afterwards.