JUST IN: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo To Be “Just Say Yes” Keynote Speaker

Kenny and Lisa Troutt (File photo)

Kenny and Lisa Troutt (File photo)

So exactly what does Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo do during the off season? Play a little golf? Work out? Post on Facebook? Perhaps, but he’ll definitely be at Lisa and Kenny Troutt’s home as the guest speaker for the Just Say Yes’ “The Missing Puzzle Piece” on Tuesday, April 12.

Due to Tony’s schedule, the annual gathering is going to be a night-time supper instead of a lunch.

Adding to the importance of the evening, 20 of Just Say Yes’ STARS Peer-To-Peer Mentor students will be featured.

But the extra-oomph doesn’t stop there. Chef Richard Chamberlain will be in charge of the evening’s feast in the Troutts’ indoor basketball court.

If you’ve been curious about the organization that “provides speakers, peer-to-peer mentoring, parent programs and teacher trainings to enable at-risk students to break through the barriers in their lives and excel inside and outside of the classroom,” just want to say that you’ve been to the Troutt estate or want to hear Tony, here’s how to be there!

JUST IN: Barbara And Bob Bigham Give $1M For Dallas Arboretum’s Scenic Overlook In The To-Be-Built A Tasteful Place

Bob and Barbara Bigham*

Bob and Barbara Bigham*

With love in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend, Barbara and Bob Bigham are showing their love for the Dallas Arboretum big time. How big? To the tune of $1M! Their just-announced sweetheart gift will benefit the Scenic Overlook in the Arboretum’s newest project — A Tasteful Place.

Located on the southern part of the property and scheduled to break ground in the latter part of the year, the $8M A Tasteful Place will be a fruit, herb and vegetable garden with a glass-enclosed pavilion, where “daily tastings, regular activities, classes and demonstration” can take place.

Located at the base of The Tasteful Place and overlooking White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, the Scenic Overlook will be “surrounded by semi-circular pergolas, flowers, herbs, vegetables and vines.” It will be the perfect spot for “visits, weddings, seated dinner, wine tastings and private events.”

Having undergone cancer surgery in recent years, Barbara “felt strongly about her involvement because of the peace and tranquility offered by walks through the garden.” She hope that “our involvement will encourage others to join us in helping create this one-of-a-kind garden. I am thrilled to support the Dallas Arboretum in becoming the most outstanding garden in the country.”

As for Bob, he summed it up by saying, “Every time we come to the garden, I feel happy. My Valentine this year is our gift to the Arboretum for this important area.”

As a big, old thank-you, the Scenic Overlook will be named for the Bighams.

According to Arboretum President/CEO Mary Brinegar, “Our city is lucky to have a couple as community-oriented as Barbara and Bob Bigham and as generous in time, talent and resources. They truly have given back to others for so many years. It is an honor to name the Scenic Overlook in A Tasteful Place for them. It will be a lasting legacy.”

* Photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum

JUST IN: World-Renowned Designer Carolina Herrera’s Bringing Her Collection To 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon

Hot off the FedEx truck, news comes about the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon’s featured designer, whose resort collection will be on the runway at Neiman Marcus Downtown on Friday, September 16.

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

It’s going to be the divine Carolina Herrera and, yes, the diminutive designer will be here in person.

According to 2016 CCB Fashion Show Chair Pam Perella, “We are thrilled that Carolina Herrera will attend the fashion show and luncheon. Her collection is admired and worn by stylish women all over the world.”

Oh, really, Pam! Herrera is the go-to designer for flourish, femininity and fantastic daytime dresses, vacation attire and glamorama gowns.

The elegant 77-year-young Venezuelan attributes her couture creativity to her grandmother, who “took her to Paris to see the Cristobal Balenciaga haute couture show. As she elegantly puts it: “My eye was accustomed to see beautiful things.” Don’t you just wish every little gal had such a granny?

As for the ladies who will make up the Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas, 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter reported that they will be announced on Wednesday, March 30.

This year’s event will be the 42nd fashion fundraiser that “recognizes women with a sense of style who are also deeply committed to community service.”

Want a ticket to the show? Darn it! They won’t be available until mid-May! Start gathering your pals to buy a table for this one. It’s gonna be a memory maker.

JUST IN: Diane And Hal Brierley Gift A Whopping $5M To The United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas’ Unite Forever Campaign

Hal and Diane Brierley (File photo)

Hal and Diane Brierley (File photo)

Diane and Hal Brierley are probably gonna be clipping grocery store coupons after today. The philanthropic duo, who have supported everything including the arts, healthcare and animals, are $5M lighter in the wallet.

Tomorrow it is going to be announced that the Brierleys have donated $5M to the United Way of Metropolitan DallasUnite Forever Campaign. Yup, that’s right a five followed by six zeroes! In all their years, this gift is the largest donation to a “social service organization” they’ve ever made.

It was one year ago this month that United Way President/CEO Jennifer Sampson and her crew launched the campaign to raise $100M for the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas “to transform the lives and preserve the futures of North Texas.”

Thanks to the Brierleys’ gift, they’ve raised more than $35M toward the goal.

And leave it to the very smart Brierleys to spread the love. Their “commitment includes a $2M gift to endow their annual $100,000 Tocqueville Society gift.” Diane and Hal have been members of the Society for more than two decades, but this present makes them the “newest members of the Tocqueville Legacy Circle that is made up of Tocqueville donors who have funded their annual gift in perpetuity.”

The remaining $3M-gift “is a bequest earmarked in part to support United Way’s Social Innovation Fund.”

According to Jennifer, “The Brierleys have been a driving force behind many important endeavors in the city of Dallas. Their longtime involvement and service at United Way have provided strategic direction, sage wisdom, and vast resources. We are grateful to Diane and Hal for this generous gift, sure to unite this community in creating secure futures for generations to come.”

If you have some time, you might want to read the release that touches on just a smattering of all the contributions in which Diane and Hal have been involved. They may not have been born in Dallas, but Dallas is grateful they found their way here. But be forewarned: you’re gonna be worn out just reading all they do.

BTW, don’t feel too sorry for Diane and Hal. They’re going to be treated to a “free” lunch at Tuesday’s United Way’s “Second Tuesday” Tocqueville Society luncheon. [Read more…]

JUST IN: 2016 Crystal Charity Beneficiaries Announced

There are tears and cheers being experienced through the area this evening. After a marathon meeting of the Crystal Charity Ball membership with presentations by hopeful nonprofits, the 2016 CCB beneficiaries have just been announced to share in a goal of $5,650,258.

Christie Carter and Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Christie Carter and Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

The months of coordinating the monumental process of charity selection was supervised by Helen Holman.

The funds will result from the year-long fundraising efforts of the 100 CCB committee members under the leadership of Ball Chair Christie Carter and Underwriting Chair Claire Emanuelson. The 2016 CCB will take place on Saturday, December 3, at the Hilton Anatole.

JUST IN: Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Women Helping Women And Young Leader Awardees Announced

Word has just been received that the Dallas Women’s Foundation has finalized its plans for its annual Leadership Forum and Awards Dinner, where the 2016 Maura Women Helping Women Award and Young Leader Award are presented.

Presented by AT&T, the dinner will be held on Thursday, April 21, in the Trinity Ballroom at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Event Co-Chairs Margaret Jordan and Debbie Taylor have arranged for New America President/CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter to be the keynote speaker. Anne-Marie has just had her “Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family” published “outlining a new vision of work-life balance, and an action plan for achieving true equality between men and women.”

According to Foundation President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson, “The Leadership Forum recognizes outstanding leaders who blazed the trail for women in their industries and communities. These leaders have faced great challenges in their lives and careers, and yet dedicated themselves to creating more opportunities for women and girls to achieve and succeed. It takes courage and a commitment to advance change for women to get in and stay in the leadership pipeline. We are proud to elevate the striking examples our award winners represent, along with the critical insights Anne-Marie’s Slaughter offers, to illuminate ways to broaden pathways to opportunity and build new work cultures that strengthen women, families and communities.”

And now for the news about the awardees. Receiving the 37th annual Maura Women Helping Women Award will be

  • Diana C. Dutton
  • Rabbi Nancy Kasten
  • Vicki Meek
  • Katie Pedigo
  • Billie Bryant Schultz

Presented by Capital One, The Young Leader Awards are presented to women under the age of 40 who have “achieved success in a field, initiative or sector, and are creating a path of opportunity for other women to follow.” This year’s recipients are:

  • Brittany K. Byrd
  • Lacy L. Durham, Esq.

If you’re wondering what makes these ladies so outstanding, grab a cup of coffee, settle back and follow the jump. [Read more…]

JUST IN: 35th Anniversary Equest Gala Date Change And Honorary Co-Chairs Announced

Word just arrived about some changes about the Equest gala this year. Not to worry. They’re all good changes! The date of the 35th Anniversary Equest Gala was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 30. Oh, please! As if April wasn’t already slammed with activities! Gala Co-Chairs Helena and Doug Wall have moved the event to Saturday, May 7, the day before Mother’s Day! What a great treat for pops and kids to give the matriarchs in their lives.

Chris Hansen (File photo)

Chris Hansen (File photo)

Another development is the naming of the honorary co-chairs. It’s those animal-loving HansensChris and husband Dale.

Dale Hansen (File photo)

Dale Hansen (File photo)

What stays absolutely the same are the location (Texas Horse Park) and the beneficiary (Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship).

JUST IN: Project Runway’s Tim Gunn To Headline 10th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

Those Community Partners of Dallas have been sort quiet of late. There’s a reason. Their annual Chick Lit Luncheon is hitting the 10th anniversary marker and CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel and Development Manager Joanna Clarke have been hunkered down plotting.

They had already paraded red wagons around The Wilson Historic District and had such adorable authors as Julia Reed, Allison Winn Scotch, Jen Lancaster, Emily Giffin, Gigi Levangie and Stacey Ballis at the podium teasing, chuckling and sharing secrets with guests.

But this time it had to be a smidge over the top. So, they just announced the details.

Tim Gunn*

Tim Gunn*

Hold on to your best-dressed dresses. The speaker will be Tim Gunn and the Friday, April 1st event will take place at the Hilton Anatole. Yup, the always-at-Brook-Hollow luncheon is headed to the Anatole due to the expectation that it’s gonna be a bigger-than-huge turnout.

BTW, love Tim. He’s funny, so adorable to look at and knows/loves style right down to his brown suede monk straps. He also has the gift of gab and speaks his mind. Just ask Anna Wintour. Wait! Better not ask Anna or she might make a frowny face.

And please don’t get him started on the Kardashians. No, wait! Do, because he’ll be overly glad to accommodate you!

Seriously, Tim had his personal bouts dealing with the problems of childhood. He even attempted suicide. But Tim’s honesty and recognition of situations facing children are inspiring and amazingly on target.

Luncheon Chair Kristi Hoyl will be joined by Cindy Stager and Jill Tananabaum, who will be underwriting co-chairs. She’s also been on target with the selection of the honorary chair. You guessed it — Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke!

For an added hurrah, Jill C. Bee will be presented with the Partners for Children Award and there will be a special salute to longtime (like nearly forever) presenting sponsors Lara and Dr. Robert Tafel, who will be awarded the special Tenth Anniversary Champions of Hope Award “for their unwavering commitment to Community Partners of Dallas.”

Tables are on sale now and individual tickets will go on sale in March. So, gather up your chickadees and get a table pronto. This baby is gonna go fast. Ah, but you already knew that.

It’s gonna be a great lunch even if the Brook Hollow pecan-crusted chicken ain’t gonna be on the platter.

* Photo credit: Scott McDermott

JUST IN: New TACA Officers And Board Members Revealed

TACA made news last night with its grant presentation. Today TACA’s newest members of the board along with new officers were announced. With Donna Wilhelm staying at the “helm,” along with Gwen Echols in place as vice chairman of programs, the new officers are Treasurer Jim Nugent and Secretary Pete Chilian.

As for the new board members, they ranged from backgrounds in law and banking to education and volunteering. The frosh class of 2016 who will serve three-year terms are:

  • Jacquie Donovan is the Regional Community Relations Manager of Bank of Texas, where she has held numerous positions. Prior to coming to Dallas, Jacquie held marketing and community relations positions at Bank of Texas in Houston and at Bank of Albuquerque. Jacquie previously served as a TACA Grants Panel member and will be the newest member of TACA’s Profile and Brand Management Committee in 2016.
  • Alan Dorantes is Senior Legal Counsel with AT&T. Currently, he is co-chair of the AT&T Legal Department Diversity and Inclusion committee and active in the Legal Department’s educational pipeline initiatives. He serves on the Board of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation. He has had past roles on the Advisory Board of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) and as a member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Diversity Task Force. Alan and his wife, Holly, are co-chairs for this year’s TACA’s Lexus Chance Ticket Campaign.
  • Barbara Durham is an active community volunteer. She served as a member of TACA’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004. Barbara is a member of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Board of Directors, where she currently serves as the underwriting chair for Art in Bloom. Barbara also serves on the Board of Governors for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Human Rights Initiative. Barbara and her husband Steve are members TACA’s Founders Circle.
Barbara Durham (File photo)

Barbara Durham (File photo)

Laree Hulshoff (File photo)

Laree Hulshoff (File photo)

  • Laree Hulshoff is an avid arts patron. Prior to her retirement, Laree was a Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Advisor for Morgan Stanley. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Contemporary and WaterTower Theater. In 2013, she founded the Aging Mind Foundation in Dallas. Laree and Ben Fisher are members of TACA’s Founders Circle.
  • Debbie Lively is a Partner with Thompson & Knight. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, sweepstakes, and privacy law. She serves as Co-Chair of Thompson & Knight’s cross-practice Advertising and Social Media initiative. Debbie has twelve years of classical training in piano and is a patron of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Cliburn Foundation. She has attended performances at every Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1969.
Katherine Wynn (File photo)

Katherine Wynn (File photo)

  • Katherine Wynne is Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust in Dallas. Katherine is extensively involved in the community. Her current and former board positions include the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT), the Dallas Children’s Theater and the Housing Crisis Center. She has served as chairman of the 2009 Cattle Baron’s Ball and member of the Host Committee for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV. Katherine is the mother of two sixth-generation Texans.
  • Zannie Voss is Director and Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU. She is a recognized authority on arts management, entrepreneurship and patronage. She is director of the first-of-its-kind National Center for Arts Research. The center, established by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business, uses the largest database of arts research ever assembled to investigate important issues in arts management and patronage. Zannie leads TACA Perforum each fall, and is rejoining TACA’s Board after six previous years of service.

JUST IN: TACA Just Provided $1.3M To 48 Performing Arts Groups Tonight

Santa may have ruled December, but the fundraisers are the gift givers in January from the past year’s efforts. And once again Bank of Texas is sponsoring the event to give the moola away. Tonight 48 performing art groups of North Texas were head-over-stiletto-heels as TACA presented checks totaling $1.3M at the Wyly. Newbies to receive funding were Vox Humana and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet.

This makes the ninth consecutive year that TACA broke the million-dollar giveaway!

Here is the breakdown of the happy artistic campers who were onstage with smiles:

  • Musical Ensembles
    • Chamber Music International – $5,000
    • Dallas Bach Society – $8,000
    • Dallas Chamber Music Society – $5,000
    • Fine Arts Chamber Players – $29,000
    • Orchestra of New Spain – $15,000
    • Sammons Center for the Arts – $11,000
    • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – $12,000
    • Tuesday Nite Jazz – $10,000
    • Voices of Change – $10,000
  • Symphonic Arts
    • Dallas Chamber Symphony – $13,000
    • Dallas Symphony Orchestra – $100,000
    • Dallas Winds – $35,000
    • Lone Star Wind Orchestra – $13,000
    • Plano Symphony Orchestra – $10,000
  • Operatic Arts
    • The Dallas Opera – $100,000
  • Choral Arts
    • Arts District Chorale – $5,000
    • Orpheus Chamber Singers – $15,000
    • Plano Civic Chorus – $6,000
    • Vox Humana – $5,000
  • Dance
    • Avant Chamber Ballet – $12,500
    • Bruce Wood Dance Project – $15,000
    • Dallas Black Dance Theatre – $85,000
    • Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet – $5,000
    • Texas Ballet Theater – $70,000
    • TITAS – $65,000
  • Theater Arts
    • African American Repertory Theater – $12,500
    • Cara Mía Theatre Company – $15,000
    • Dallas Theater Center – $100,000
    • Echo Theatre – $12,000
    • Kitchen Dog Theater – $35,000
    • Lyric Stage – $30,000
    • Second Thought Theatre – $18,000
    • Shakespeare Dallas – $35,000
    • Teatro Dallas – $10,000
    • Theatre Three – $30,000
    • Undermain Theatre – $25,000
    • Uptown Players – $33,000
    • WaterTower Theatre – $40,000
  • Spoken Word
    • WordSpace – $5,000
  • Youth Arts
    • Big Thought – $15,000
    • Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas – $37,000
    • Dallas Children’s Theater – $75,000
    • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra – $45,000
    • Junior Players – $38,000
    • Lone Star Circus Arts Center – $5,000
  • Collaborative Partners
    • AT&T Performing Arts Center – $5,000
    • Nasher Sculpture Center – $10,000
    • SMU Meadows School of the Arts – $10,000

One of TACA’s fundraising efforts will take place on Friday, February 19, when Rebecca Fletcher and James E. Wiley Jr. are presented the TACA Silver Cup at the Hilton Anatole.

JUST IN: Claire Manigold Named First CFO Of Young Women’s Preparatory Network

It was a little less than a year ago that Claire Manigold “retired” from her job as the controller for Crystal Charity Ball “to spend time with her new grandchild.”

Claire Manigold*

Claire Manigold*

But Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) CEO Lynn McBee came a knocking and lured her out of retirement to become the first CFO for YWPN.

According to Lynn, “I’ve known Claire for years through Crystal Charity Ball, and she is a consummate professional with the skill set we need. She will help us as we expand our network of public schools, so that we can provide the enhancements needed to help even more students.”

In addition to serving as a Division Controller for Trammell Crow Company and a senior accountant for Arthur Andersen & Co., she has “served as president and board member of Educational Opportunities, which provides college scholarships for low-income students from Dallas magnet schools.”

* Photo provided by Young Women's Preparatory Network

JUST IN: New Members Of Crystal Charity Ball Committee Revealed

Christie Carter (File photo)

Christie Carter (File photo)

News is continuing to come in after hours … as if there are any after hours in the North Texas nonprofit world.

This news flash comes from 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Christie Carter with the names of the new members of the 63-year-old fundraiser for children’s nonprofits.

Drum roll!

The frosh class of 2016 are Lisa Cooley, Michaela Dyer, Libby Hegi, Alison Malone, Stacey McCord and Layne Pitzer.

As for the 2016 beneficiaries, they will be decided at a meeting of the committee members on Thursday, February 4.

Since its creation back in 1952, CCB has provided “more than $123M for children, extending needed funds for 140 nonprofit agencies in Dallas County.”

Congratulations to Christie, Crystal Charity, the new six members and the children of Dallas on this news.

JUST IN: 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball Headliner, Theme, Date And Place Revealed

Toby Keith*

Toby Keith*

Well, hot dang! The 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber just did the great reveal at 1130 Dragon Street for the 43rd annual American Cancer Society mega-fundraiser. This year’s theme will be “Texas Proud” and will have the thousands returning to Gilley’s on Saturday, October 15.

As for the headliner on the Main Stage, it will be award-winner Toby Keith. It’s been 11 years since Toby headlined the CBB and he’s been a busy fella since then, having met up with the likes of Bobby Jo and her twin sister Betty Lou and just recently releasing “35 MPH Town.”

In addition to performing for the 2016 CBB, the country/western singer is personally committed to fighting cancer. His Toby Keith Foundation “supports and operates OK Kids Korral, a home for children battling cancer” in Oklahoma City.

The reveal gathering was presented by Clay Cooley Auto Group, but more about the party later.

* Photo provided by 2016 Cattle Baron's Ball

JUST IN: Junior League Of Dallas Spreads The Goodness Factor And The Dollars to 38 Area Agencies

The Junior Leaguers of Dallas were busy queen bees yesterday! They started off the morning making loads of nonprofits happy campers at the JLD headquarters at the “handout” of ca-ching sponsored by Bank of Texas. They doled out $1M worth of grants and the number of JLD volunteers who will share the love with the following 38 “agencies:”

  • Arts & Cultural Enrichment total 281 volunteers and $77,685:

    • Booker T. Washington High School — 21 volunteers and $23,000
    • Dallas Arboretum — 63 volunteers and $12,000
    • Dallas Museum of Art — 53 volunteers and $4,700
    • Dallas Zoological Society — 37 volunteers and $21,985
    • Perot Museum of Nature & Science — 86 volunteers and $16,000
    • S. National Archives & Records Administration — 21 volunteers and $0
  • Education total 75 volunteers and $99,400:
    • Communities in Schools — 13 volunteers and $6,000
    • Dallas Heritage Village — 11 volunteers and $4,000
    • Friends of the Dallas Public Library — 13 volunteers and $15,000
    • Notre Dame School — 11 volunteers and $30,000
    • The Rise School of Dallas — 11 volunteers and $36,000
    • Texas Discovery Gardens — 16 volunteers and $8,400
  • Family Preservation total 177 volunteers and $85,888:
    • Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s Twice Blessed House — 30 volunteers and $12,500
    • Big Thought — 11 volunteers and $4,000
    • Promise House — 24 volunteers and $19,000
    • Ronald McDonald House of Dallas — 71 volunteers and $15,388
    • St. Philip’s School and Community Center — 18 volunteers and $25,000
    • Trinity River Mission — 23 volunteers and $10,000
  • Health total 255 volunteers and $168,160:
    • Cancer Support Community North Texas — 48 volunteers and $22,470
    • Children’s Health — 38 volunteers and $30,765
    • Equest — 45 volunteers and $35,000
    • Methodist Dallas Medical Center — 28 volunteers and $16,000
    • Parkland Health & Hospital System — 16 volunteers and $22,300
    • Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas – The Senior Source — 25 volunteers and $26,245
    • Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation — 15 volunteers and $5,280
    • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children — 40 volunteers and $10,100
  • Poverty Intervention total 129 volunteers and $137,217:
    • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity — 36 volunteers  and $30,000
    • Interfaith Housing Coalition — 17 volunteers and $31,717
    • New Friends New Life — 14 volunteers and $13,000
    • North Dallas Shared Ministries — 14 volunteers and $35,000
    • North Texas Food Bank — 31 volunteers and $17,000
    • Vickery Meadow Learning Center — 17 volunteers and $10,500
  • Violence Intervention 215 volunteers and $166,700:
    • Community Partners of Dallas — 39 volunteers and $30,000
    • Dallas CASA — 35 volunteers and $27,600
    • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center — 48 volunteers and $25,000
    • Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support — 49 volunteers and $30,000
    • Our Friends Place — 20 volunteers and $28,700
    • The Family Place — 24 volunteers and $25,400

But there was still more. They also provided support to Dallas nonprofit efforts “through key initiatives and ‘Signature Projects,'” including the following:

  • Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) — a Signature Project of the JLD designed to encourage and support excellence in teaching by awarding grants of up to $2,000 to Dallas ISD educators for innovative projects that otherwise would not be possible within school budgets, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects,
  • Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) — a nationally recognized health program that reaches more than 650 kids and parents annually with an 8-week curriculum that teaches the basics of nutrition, healthy meal preparation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Women LEAD (Learn. Excel. Achieve. Dream) —Established in 2013 in collaboration with Mary Kay, Women LEAD (Learn. Excel. Achieve. Dream) is the League’s newest scholarship program, which assists female high school students in pursuing their dreams of higher education and creates opportunities for future women leaders.
  • Community Assistance Fund is the distribution of monetary grants in response to emergency short-term funding needs of qualified nonprofit agencies and groups. The Fund offers grants that are limited to $3,500 and may be given at any time during the year.
  • Provisional Projects.

But the JLD-ers weren’t finished with the spreading of goodness. They celebrated the sponsors … ah, but that’s a story for another day.