MySweetCharity Opportunity: State Of Mind

According to Second Thought Theatre‘s State of Mind Co-Chairs Jennifer Swift and Nick Even,

Nick Even (File photo)

Jennifer Swift (File photo)

In case you’ve not been yet, Second Thought Theatre is a risk-taking local company performing at Bryant Hall, an intimate black-box theater on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus on Turtle Creek. Second Thought’s current production of the new play “The Necessities” by SMU’s (and Yale’s) Blake Hackler, directed by Joel Ferrell runs until Saturday, July 29. 

To fund its expanded four-production season for 2018, Second Thought will host its annual “State of Mind” fundraiser on Friday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Sammons Center for the Arts.

The evening will feature a performance by Dallas performance musical theater powerhouse Patty Breckenridge, described by D Magazine as “utterly entertaining.” She was heralded by The Dallas Morning News for her “brilliant” portrayal of Diana in “Next to Normal” (Uptown Players).  She was seen in the world premiere of “Fortress of Solitude” at Dallas Theatre Center and WaterTower Theatre’s world premiere of “Creep, delivering a performance described by the Morning News as a “feisty force of nature.” Ms. Breckenridge will be joined at the State of Mind gala by actor, TV host and producer Rob McCollum, serving as Master of Ceremonies.

A kickoff party for State of Mind underwriters and patrons will be held on Thursday, October 12, at the Turtle Creek home of Lila and Emmett Murphy.

Second Thought Theatre empowers top local theater artists to take risks and showcases writers who tackle difficult questions. Its performers have been regularly cited on the annual “Best of” lists by D Magazine, Dallas Observer and the Dallas/Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Second Thought’s 2017 season included two area premieres and one world premiere and its 2018 season of four plays – to be announced in the next month – promises to be equally memorable.

For more information on Second Thought Theatre, visit To purchase tickets for the State of Mind gala or to be added to the invitation mailing list, call 972.450.6232.


MySweetCharity Opportunity: 8th Annual Steaks On The Lake

According to  8th Annual Steaks on the Lake Co-Chairs Polly and Mike Campbell, Susan and Evan Griffiths and Bev and Alan Vuckovich,

Polly Anderson, Bev Vuckovich and Susan Griffiths*

Imagine a crisp fall evening, a delicious steak dinner, live music by Downtown Fever, a wine and whiskey pull and an exciting auction. All landing on Friday, November 17, at the impressive Frontiers of Flight Museum. Imagine having this much fun while supporting Grant Halliburton Foundation as it works to promote better mental health for kids, teens and young adults.

We are honored to be serving as co-chairs of this wonderful event while raising money for a cause that has directly touched each of our families. We have experienced firsthand that helpless feeling of learning that your child is struggling with a mental illness. 

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of Grant Halliburton, a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before taking his own life at the age of 19. The foundation that bears his name exists to help prevent similar tragedies. Its mission is to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and help prevent suicide.  

According to The Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds and the third leading cause of death among 10- to 14-year-olds.  Through Steaks on the Lake, and with your help, we hope to raise awareness and erase the stigma of adolescent mental illness.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Grant Halliburton Foundation at 972.744.9790. Tickets available in September.  To learn more, visit

* Photo provided by Grant Halliburton


MySweetCharity Opportunity: Each Moment Matters

David and Laurie Peacock*

According to 2017 Each Moment Matters Luncheon Co-Chairs Laurie and David Peacock,

When Laurie and I were asked to chair the 2017 Each Moment Matters Luncheon we had no idea how impacted we would be by the work that Faith Presbyterian Hospice does in the Dallas community. We have heard so many stories from people who wish they had done things differently when their parent or spouse passed away on hospice.  Faith Presbyterian Hospice is the hospice that changes the end-of-life experience for both patients and families. We are honored to be a part of this signature event which supports customized services and excellent hospice care, both at home and at the recently opened inpatient hospice center, the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Marlee Matlin*

We invite you to join us at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, September 29, with Academy Award winning actress and activist, Marlee Matlin as our guest speaker. With an extensive list of Hollywood career achievements including the movie “Children of a Lesser God,” for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress, Marlee is an advocate for children and those struggling against domestic abuse and addiction, as well as other humanitarian causes. Having lost her hearing at 18 months of age, Marlee never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams.

In its eighth year, the Each Moment Matters Luncheon will once again honor 25 community leaders through the Each Moment Matters Award. The event raises awareness of hospice care and how to navigate tough end-of-life decisions. Funds raised at the luncheon ensure that Faith Presbyterian Hospice can continue to provide services to those needing care regardless of their ability to pay.

Each Moment Matters*

Thanks to the following underwriters, the cost of this year’s event is fully covered allowing sponsorships and donations to go 100% to the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund and the patients it serves: Cathy and William Davis, The Don W. Hodges Family, The Billie and Gillis Thomas Foundation, Business Jet Center, Messick Peacock and Associates, Knightvest Management LLC, Marcia and Noe Hinojosa and Margie and Ray Francis.

Table sponsorships start at $1,750 and individual tickets are available for $200.  To purchase a sponsorship or to find out more, please visit

The 2017 Each Moment Matters Honorees: Arcilia C. Acosta, Stefanie and Steven Ailey, Yasmin Zarolia Bhatia, Thomas CampbellLisa Harper Clark MD, Joy Cruse, Mrs. David Curtis, Alison Doherty, Jane Benedict  Echols, Lisa Englander, Terry N. Ford, Tricia M. George, John Killian, Sandy Massie, Trish Matthews, D.Min., Carlin McDonald Morris, Scott Murray, “Smokey” John Reaves, George R. Schrader, Susan E. Stephens, Andy Kaye Walsh, Stephanie Ward, Pierre Michaela “Mickie” Watson and Janita Hemphill Wells.

* Graphic and photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum


MySweetCharity Opportunity: A Tasteful Place Gala

According to Dallas Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place Gala Co-Chairs Barbara Bigham and Robin Carreker,

Barbara Bigham (File photo)

Robin Carreker (File photo)

We are thrilled to serve as chairs of the opening of A Tasteful Place, the Dallas Arboretum’s newest garden focused solely on all things food. Called “A Gala Garden Party,” we’re organizing one of the most exquisite events to open A Tasteful Place. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 15, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We’ll enjoy cocktails, garden tours, a delectable dinner, dessert and some fun surprises that you’ll just have to wait to experience that evening! Our fabulous honorary chairs are the lovely Diane and Hal Brierley.

Of course, attire is “garden gorgeous.” If you’re interested in joining us, tickets start at $500, and you can contact Sarah Warnecke,, or leave a message at 214.515.6524.

A Tasteful Place*

About A Tasteful Place: Majestically placed overlooking White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, A Tasteful Place is a verdant 3.5-acre garden woven in a beautiful tapestry of ornamentally displayed fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers with a lagoon. Located at the Dallas Arboretum, A Tasteful Place is the first of its kind in the Metroplex and will fill a much-needed void in the community. The garden was developed as a living, learning, growing experience that will help guide us toward understanding how to prepare foods and eat more healthily. Plus, it’s just a fabulous place to have a party!

* Graphic provided by the Dallas Arboretum

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


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 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.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Billiard Ball

According to 2016 Billiard Ball Co-Chairs Laura and Dennis Moon,

“Since 1965, Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) has served as the voice and lead advocate for Dallas area youth.  In 2015, as we celebrated our 50th year anniversary, BGCD grew from 14 Club sites to 31 sites, and from providing services to 6,000 youth, to supporting over 7,500.  To celebrate the journey toward fifty more years, we invite you to join us at The Billiard Ball: Solids and Stripes Soiree on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton Anatole.

2016 Billiard Ball*

2016 Billiard Ball*

“Funds raised by The Billiard Ball will support the development of BGCD’s unique and vital programming, as well as the rapid growth of Club sites located near families and youth that benefit from our services the most.  To help ensure a fabulous evening, we are asking for your support. A fantastic party has been planned featuring a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live auction, dancing to the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra and of course, billiards.

Helen and Clint Murchison III*

Helen and Clint W. Murchison III*

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful event as this year’s chairmen.  Also, it gives us great pleasure to announce Helen and Clint W. Murchison III as our 2016 Lifetime Achievement Honorees. They have been longtime Boys And Girls Clubs advocates and we are pleased that they continue to help with our mission.

“Joining us in this great cause are Host Committee members Lee Bailey, Donna Bajaj, Lee Baldwin, Ann Hoose, Eric Johnson, Sharon Jones, Maggie Kipp, April and Russ Lambert, Julian Leaver, Barb and Gerald Louviere, Greg Nieberding, Susan and John Piot, Sandy Schwan, Carol Seay, Holly and Jim Trester, Rachel and Chris Trowbridge, Day and George Watson, Kameron and Court Westcott and Katherine Wynne.

“Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas provides after-school, outcome-driven programs for almost 2,200 Dallas youth daily. We need your help as we continue to serve these youth.

“If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Carey at 214.821.2950, Ext. 713 or at Also, please visit for additional information.”

* Graphic and photo provided by Boys And Girls Club of Greater Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Senior Source’s Spirit Of Generations Luncheon

According to The Senior Source’s 2016 Spirit of Generations Luncheon Chair Marilyn Weber,

Marilyn and Ben Weber*

Marilyn and Ben Weber*

“The Senior Source will present the 2016 Spirit of Generations Award to Jan and Fred Hegi during the Spirit of Generations Luncheon, which will be held on Monday, November 14, at 12 p.m. in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole. The Spirit of Generations Award is given annually to an individual or group of individuals who have helped build the foundation that supports our community and the bridges that connect the ages. Awardees have a universal appeal and ageless spirit that transcend the generations.

Jan and Fred Hegi (File photo)

Jan and Fred Hegi (File photo)

“The Hegis are well known for their unwavering support of a variety of human-service focused causes both individually and as a couple. They’ve been married for 48 years and have two sons and daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.

“Anyone who has attended a Spirit of Generations Luncheon will remember the event’s unique, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek approach to recognizing its honorees and entertaining the crowd of more than 1000 guests. Previous send-ups have featured a Clydesdale horse, a senior stand-up comedian, an Elvis impersonator, a spoof style show and many other funny and memorable moments. A few surprises are already in the works for the 2016 event.

“Monies raised at the event help The Senior Source to operate a variety of programs and services that assist more than 30,000 older adults annually by providing community engagement, support, independence, advocacy, financial security and protection.

“Individual patron tickets begin at $150 per person and can be purchased online. Sponsorships are still available. For more information, please contact Stephanie Russell at 214.823.5700 or”

* Photo credit: Lisa Stewart

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Passport To Spark!

According to Passport to Spark! Honorary Chair and Emcee Scott Murray,

Scott Murray (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

“Finally there is a fundraiser where you get to be a kid while you’re raising money to support creative programming for Kids. This second-annual event is an incredibly fun way for members of the community to support the Spark! mission of igniting creativity in children. The event acts first as a fundraiser and second as a way to raise awareness of how their programs are igniting the spark of creativity inherent in all children.

“Passport to Spark! presented by Gummer Capital Partners will be held on Saturday, November 5, from 7–10 p.m. at Spark! (1409 S. Lamar Street, Suite 004 Dallas) Guests will enjoy an incredible silent auction, live entertainment, themed food, hands-on activities and free play on the 6,000-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture. The silent auction will feature unique items made by Spark! artists as well as quality travel items, sports packages, gift cards for lodging, dining, sporting event, cultural events and more.

Climb Crawl Slide sculpture*

Climb Crawl Slide sculpture*

“Spark! opened its doors in June 2015 and has already served 5,000 children, 53% of whom come from low-income  households. Spark! instructors teach the creative process through a variety of unique activities such as pottery, animation, cartooning, music and more. They’re doing so because research shows that kids who identify as creative have better problem solving skills, higher test scores and an increase in self-esteem.

“Individual tickets for this travel-themed event are $50 and sponsorship packages start at $1,000. Current sponsors include Marsha Clark & Associates. Contact for more information. Tickets available at”

* Photo provided by Spark!

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Synthesia

According The Warren Center’s Art And Music Gala Co-Chair Ben Smithee,

Ben Smithee*

Ben Smithee*

“As a member of The Friends of The Warren Center we are excited to be bringing a new event to the Dallas charity scene — The Art & Music Gala, Synthesia. The event will include five renowned musicians who will compose an original composition inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Synesthesia’ – a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Each composition will then be delivered to five world-class artists to create five one of a kind works of art – purely inspired by the compositions. The result is a night of celebration and performance where each original composition and its inspired work of art will be unveiled and performed live at the Gala. Each completely unique piece of art and original manuscript/recording of the compositions that inspired will be auctioned off live.

“This has always been a vision of mine to incorporate art and music into a one of a kind event by offering guests a unique experience. We will be announcing our headliner (think Dave Matthews Band), artists and musicians throughout the fall at our pre-Art & Music events.



“As a resource for the Dallas area since 1968, The Warren Center has provided over 15,000 families with needed tools, including individualized therapy for their child’s developmental delay, critical information and resources on developmental milestones, and guidance as parents become advocates for their child’s future. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auction, creative gallery experiences with local artists, jewelry makers, fashion designers, musicians, children’s art area and more.

“The Art & Music Gala, Synthesia, will be held on Friday, February 24, from 6:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. at the Southside on Lamar Ballroom (1409 S. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215). Table Sponsorships begin at $2,500 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500.  For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901.

“We hope the city of Dallas will embrace this brand new event and help us support our artists, musicians and The Warren Center’s mission.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Housing Crisis Center’s 2016 Patriot Party

According to Housing Crisis Center’s 2016 Patriot Party Chair John Baer,

Get ready for A Veteran’s Day To Remember.  That is the theme of this year’s Housing Crisis Center’s annual Patriot Party on Friday, November 11, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Proceeds from the event assist with our mission to prevent homelessness and to stabilize those at risk in decent, affordable and permanent housing.

2016 Patriot Party*

2016 Patriot Party*

Joining us in this exciting a project are community leaders Lynn and Allan McBee who are serving as Honorary Chairmen. This duo, along with our board of directors and host committee are working diligently to recruit sponsors, underwriters and individual ticket purchasers to make this year’s event a huge success. The evening’s festivities include cocktails, live and silent auctions, live music and dancing in the Mansion’s recently renovated Ballroom and adjoining Pavilion.

As we embark on this important fund-raising effort, it is worth noting that HCC’s three permanent housing programs serve mainly veterans and their families. The Patriot Party is one of the ways we honor and support those who have served. Veterans in our program suffer disabilities, but with our help, they are able to live independently.

We don’t stop with making sure they have a safe place to live, we also give them the tools they need to find jobs, manage their finances and to tackle the issues that cause them to become homeless. We invite you to join our efforts to ensure that our veterans have a brighter future.

Housing Crisis Center has been preventing homelessness for almost 40 years. More than 10,000 households rely on our assistance each year. Originally founded as the Dallas Tenants Association in 1978 under the leadership of Dorothy Masterson, the organization was established to provide free legal support to low income tenants. Our mission and reach have expanded and the demand for our services in Dallas is greater than ever.

For sponsorship or ticket information, visit

* Graphic provided by Housing Crisis Center

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Children’s Theater’s “The Who? Party”

According to Dallas Children’s Theater’s The Who? Party Co-Chair Karen Travis,

Karen Travis*

Karen Travis*

“Autumn is, hopefully, just around the corner and I’m brimming over with excitement not only for cool, crisp temperatures, but also for an annual event that has a special place in my heart, one that really makes a difference for children, Dallas Children’s Theater’s annual Family Party. As president-elect of this incredible organization, I’m honored to be chairing the party with Stephanie Nelson, fellow board member. It is a fitting closure for me as I embark upon a new chapter of service – board president beginning in January 2017.

“DCT’s ’16 – ’17 season starts with a splash, ‘Seussical, The Musical,’ the timeless favorite which has been absent from Dallas theaters with a cast of equity actors for quite a while. On Saturday, September 17, ‘The Who? Party’ guests, following a matinee of the show, will thrill to a fun-ladened afternoon featuring an on stage, interactive song and dance session led by a professional actor; a Seussical chairs contest with prizes for the most agile, and backstage access to learn about the secret sauce that goes into creating the colorful set designs and costumes. These activities will be followed by a scrumptious, Seussical-themed banquet, topped off with a farewell dance party in our spacious lobby.

“Funds raised via the event will ensure the legacy of an essential DCT program, The Student Matinee Performance Series. Because of this important initiative, over 40,000 children annually, primarily from Title 1 schools (free and reduced lunch eligible), are provided the opportunity to attend performances at a very reduced cost — children that otherwise would not be able to come to the theater to see the magic of the live performance.

“In my mind, there is nothing quite as fulfilling as seeing wide-eyed youngsters, ecstatic with anticipation, skip through hallways festooned with scores of brightly colored Truffula trees, hundreds of Hortonian clovers, and bouquets of Mayzie approved feathers. After seeing literature come to life on our stage, students always depart with a rewarding glow.  I’m honored that Dallas Children’s Theater has embraced my penchant for decorations of this sort, and they even let me put my darling husband, Ken Travis, to work for the cause as well. 🙂

Ken and Karen Travis*

Ken and Karen Travis*

“Everyone at Dallas Children’s Theater truly believes in the words of the sweet sage, Horton… ‘a person’s a person, no matter how small.’ These words perfectly reflect our mission — all children truly do deserve to experience the magic of live theater!

“While after three years, I’m proud to say the party is always sold out, right now, sponsorships and tickets are still available for this wonderful and worthwhile event. So, anyone interested should not wait another minute to sign up.  To learn more, go to our Who? Party web page or call DCT at 214-978-0110. Your presence and your contributions help us keep feeding the minds and souls of young people with boundless creativity.”

* Photos provided by Karen Travis

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 15th Annual Boots And Bandanas Benefit Dinner And Auction

According to 15th Annual Boots and Bandanas Chair Meg Frainey,

It’s that time again ladies and gents! Grab your Stetson, polish your boots and scoot on down to Camp Summit’s 15th Annual Boots and Bandanas Benefit Dinner and Auction presented by The Teague Family!  The event will be held on Thursday, November 3, at Eddie Deen’s Ranch in downtown Dallas and you won’t want to miss it!  With true Texas BBQ and entertainment ranging from live and silent auctions, to wine pulls and live Texas music from Shoot Low Sheriff, it’s sure to be our best year yet!

Linda Teague, Kenny and Melissa Wolfe*

Linda Teague, Kenny and Melissa Wolfe*

Since 1947, Camp Summit has been providing barrier-free camping experiences to children, adults and seniors with disabilities.  The support of our sponsors, donors and volunteers ensures that our remarkable campers will always have a camp to call their own.

We have several sponsorship opportunities available, so you can grab a ticket, reserve a table, or even sponsor our saloon!  Register online to secure your tickets today! Visit the Boots and Bandanas website for more information and to complete your online registration.

If you would like to donate an item to our auction, please contact Jeanie Lawson.  Small and large items are welcome!  If you are interested in volunteering for the event or becoming involved with the event committee, please contact Andria Scully.

Proceeds from the Boots and Bandanas Dinner and Live Auction will enable Camp Summit to further our mission of providing barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities.

We hope to see you there!

* Photo provided by Camp Summit

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 31st Annual Luncheon

According to Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 31st Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor,

Selwyn Rayzor and Joyce Goss*

Selwyn Rayzor and Joyce Goss*

“The past few weeks have been tragic and eye-opening for our community. In these challenging times, a positive has been the people throughout Dallas who have come together to work towards unification. And we have seen our shared spaces become memorials, from the Dallas Police Department to the skyline featuring the Omni Dallas and Reunion Tower.

“Art has a powerful way of illuminating what matters to us, as individuals and as a community.

“We believe that we should all share our hopes, fears and stories, so that the people around us can not only make our community better, but help us to lead better lives.

Candy Chang*

Candy Chang*

“The interweaving of art and community building, and the unique role of women in building community, will be celebrated at Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 31st Annual Luncheon, presented by U.S. Trust. We are proud to be Co-Chairs of this event, with the support of our Honorary Chair Kaleta Doolin. Together, we celebrate the opportunity to present our keynote speaker, Candy Chang, an artist and activist that uses the activation of public spaces around the world to connect, reflect and nurture the health of our communities.

“Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Annual Luncheon raises funds to support the Foundation’s work in research, grantmaking and advocacy on the issues facing women and girls. They have been doing this for over 30 years, granting more than $32 million dollars to date, with nearly half of that being granted just since 2012. When we look across North Texas, it is evident that its greatest problems – poverty, access to healthcare, affordable housing and childcare – disproportionately affect women and their children.

“We hope you will join us on Friday, October 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole, Chantilly Ballroom. Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $3,500 to $25,000; individual tickets are available at $500 to $1,000.

“This annual event has a long history of being a sell-out, and it is our goal to do that once again, and at the same time inspire our community to come together to catalyze even greater change for women and girls in North Texas and beyond.

Thank you so much to our current sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor — U.S. Trust
  • Artivism Sponsor — Kaleta Doolin
  • Speaker Sponsors — Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt and Jones Day
  • Crystal Sponsor ($25,000) — Texas Instruments
  • Diamond Sponsor ($15,000) — EY, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Emerald Sponsors ($10,000) — FC Dallas (Dan Hunt)/Model Behaviors (Toni Munoz-Hunt), FedEX Office, Haynes and Boone LLP, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Texas Health Resources Foundation
  • Sapphire Sponsor ($7,500) — Patricia W. Fagadau
  • Gold Sponsors ($5,000) — Bank of Texas, BB&T Wealth, Nancy Carlson, Civitas Capital Group, Serena Connelly, Lisa Cooley, Sheila E. Gallagher/Kay M. Winzenried, Hart Group, Inc., Helen LaKelly Hunt and The Sister Fund, Highland Park Village, The Horchow Family, Trish Houck and Lyssa Jenkens, Janie S. McGarr, Service King, Tabani Family Foundation, Roslyn Dawson Thompson and Rex Thompson and Trinity Industries, Inc.
  • Media Sponsor — D CEO Magazine

Sponsorships are available at or by calling 214.525.5311.

* Photos provided by Dallas Women's Foundation

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Mission Olé

According to Mission Olé Event Co-Chairs Lesley Chambless, Ann Kellogg Schooler and Margaret Spellings,

Ann Schooler (File photo)

Ann Kellogg Schooler (File photo)

Margaret Spellings (File photo)

Margaret Spellings (File photo)

Lesley Chambless (File photo)

Lesley Chambless (File photo)

Trinity River Mission invites you to support our children at its 17th Annual Mission Olé fundraiser to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016. This year’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-inspired celebration will be held at Chicken Scratch and The Foundry, just west of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge in the trendy Trinity Groves area. The party will feature food from both Chicken Scratch and Smoke with signature margaritas and cocktails. Look forward to a magical evening hosted under a magnificent tent with sparkling lights, outdoor fire pits, mariachis, ballet folklórico dancers and much more.

Mission Ole*

Mission Ole*

“All we need is you to be a part of this unique fundraiser that benefits the children of Trinity River Mission (TRM). TRM is a highly respected and recognized volunteer-based community learning center in West Dallas serving over 550 disadvantaged children and teens, and their families. Importantly, all the children are served a nutritious afterschool meal, as it is very hard to learn when one is hungry. TRM’s programs help students learn to read, improve math skills, complete their homework, and gain life skills. As TRM’s children grow, they receive mentoring and financial support for college and their eventual productive careers.

“TRM addresses head-on a critical need in its West Dallas neighborhood. Did you know that in West Dallas only 35% of high school freshman graduate in four years, only 1.6% of high school seniors are deemed college-ready, and only 2.2% graduate from college? By coming to TRM, children learn how to succeed in school and beyond. TRM has a proven track record with incredible results.

“TRM has a waiting list of over 500 children! Clearly, there is a critical need for the services that TRM offers. Additional funds will help TRM expand its programs, continue to enhance quality, and reach even more children. Currently, it costs $1,800 to support one student’s total academic and personal enrichment through TRM programs for a year.

“Mission Olé is TRM’s largest fundraiser. By donating to Mission Olé, you become our partner in helping children in West Dallas become successful, contributing members of our community.  Visit”

* Graphic provided by 2016 Mission Olé

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Celebrating Women Luncheon

Gloria Eulich Martindale and Aileen Pratt (File photo)

Gloria Eulich Martindale and Aileen Pratt (File photo)

According to 2016 Celebrating Women Chair Aileen Pratt and 2106 Celebrating Women Underwriting Chair Gloria Eulich Martindale,

“We are honored to serve as chairs of the 17th annual Celebrating Women Luncheon, on Thursday, October 20, at the Hilton Anatole. Year after year, Celebrating Women brings together more than 1,200 supporters to increase awareness and generate funding for breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.

“It’s an important cause that hits so close to home for so many women and families in our community. Celebrating Women provides an opportunity for us to join together in support of those who have fought, are fighting, or will fight this dreaded disease.

Rita Wilson*

Rita Wilson*

“Each year, we learn something new Baylor Scott and White Health – North Texas is doing, thanks to funds raised through Celebrating Women, to advance the fight. This year, we will highlight Baylor’s efforts in breast cancer genetic testing, counseling and education, and hear personal stories from patients whose lives have been directly affected. After all, it’s those stories that help us connect to our mission.

“Another story we will hear is from our featured speaker, Rita Wilson. Rita is a multi-talented actress, producer, singer and songwriter, and wife of actor, Tom Hanks. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015, she has shared her inspiring story with the world.

“Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available; individual tickets start at $250 and table prices start at $2,500. For more information, call 214.820.4500 or visit the 2016 Celebrating Women website.

“We hope you’ll join us. Together we can find a cure for this disease that affects so many women and families in our community.”

* Photo provided by 2016 Celebrating Women

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Carson’s Crusaders Foundation’s “Brighten The Night”

According to Carson’s Crusaders Foundation Executive Director Desiree Simmons,

Brighten the Night*

Brighten the Night*

“The fifth annual ‘Brighten the Night,’ Wine Tasting and Live Auction event on Thursday, September 15, helps fund events for North Texas families who are living with a child diagnosed with cancer.  According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, ‘Each year in the United States approximately 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer.’ In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“For every child diagnosed with cancer there are parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members also dealing with this life-threatening diagnosis. It’s not uncommon for family members and caregivers to become ill themselves as a result of stress associated with caring for a child with cancer. Siblings of children with cancer often feel pushed aside, helpless, fearful and even guilty because they are healthy. Cancer is a family disease.

Carson's Crusaders*

Carson’s Crusaders*

The Carson’s Crusaders Foundation was formed to honor Carson Richardson, George Richardson’s grandson who died from Stage IV Hepatoblastoma, one of the rarest forms of pediatric cancer, in 2010 at the age of seven, and to help other families battling solid tumor cancers.

“The funds from ‘Brighten the Night,’ provide families with gasoline cards to help with treatment related travel expenses, educational programs and sibling events like the May 6th and 7thSiblings Superstars,’ weekend at Great Wolf Lodge for 50 families served by Carson’s Crusaders.

“’Brighten the Night’ is described as “a night of glamour and elegance that will transport you back to Old Hollywood. For one night only, don your best attire and jewels, walk the red carpet, be photographed by the paparazzi, taste some remarkable wines, eat some wonderful food, and enjoy the opportunity to bid on some amazing items up for auction while supporting families fighting pediatric solid tumor cancer.”

“The event will be held at Noah’s Event Venue in Fairview from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm. Sponsors are still needed for this event. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found at the Carson’s Crusaders website. Carson’s Crusaders

* Photos provided by Carson's Crusaders Foundation

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Meal For The Minds

According to Metrocare Services Chief Executive Officer Dr. John W. Burruss,

John W. Burruss*

John W. Burruss*

“Metrocare strives to erase the stigma of mental health challenges, provide services to those in need, and educate our community on how to help themselves or a loved one. This year, Metrocare will provide services to over 52,000 adults and children throughout Dallas County. 

“One of the ways that Metrocare educates the community on mental health challenges, is through our fundraising efforts and annual luncheon – ‘Meal for the Minds.’ Metrocare is excited to share that the ‘2016 Meal for the Minds’ luncheon event is being presented by Cohen Veterans Network.  In 2015, Cohen Veterans Network selected Metrocare to be part of its national network of high-quality mental health clinics, working to ensure that every veteran and their family members are able to obtain free and effective mental health care.

“Transitioning from military to civilian life is challenging for many veterans and their families. ‘Going from a war zone in service time to civilian life – these are very different things. Metrocare is committed to helping adults and children who are transitioning to life in North Texas after life in the military.’

“Through the generosity of Steven A. Cohen and the Cohen Veterans Network, we are able to serve veterans and their families at no cost. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare opened in May 2016.

“As part of Metrocare’s partnership with Cohen Veterans Network, this year’s keynote speaker at Meal for the Minds is Medal of Honor Recipient and Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2014, Ryan Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan in 2008. Pitts’ courage, steadfast commitment to his defense unit, and ability to fight while seriously wounded prevented the enemy from capturing fallen American soldiers.

“The ‘2016 Meal for the Minds’ luncheon will be held Thursday, September 29, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The silent auction begins at 11:00 a.m. and the lunch program begins at 11:45 a.m.  Individual tickets for the luncheon are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. For tickets or sponsor information, please visit our website at For questions, contact Tameka Y. Cass at 214.743.1220 or email

“We hope you can join us!”

* Photo provided by Metrocare

Change Of Plans: MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Ramps Up



Well, dang! You did it again. Way more MySweetCharity Opportunities arrived than planned. So in the final days of the annual August series, we’re going to ramp up the posts telling you about programs that provide opportunities within your hood.

Some you know but have a new development; some will be a total and delightful surprise. But all will provide you with the opportunity to make North Texas an even better place. And all would appreciate your consideration.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Partners Card

According to Partners Card Co-Chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley and Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley,

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

“Shop Like a Hero by saving money and a life during Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas. With the purchase of a $70 card, cardholders will receive a 20-percent discount at some of their favorite stores and restaurants while supporting The Family Place, Dallas’ longest-serving family violence agency. The annual 10-day shopping extravaganza is set for Thursday, October 28, through Sunday, November 6, and 100% of the proceeds from card sales directly benefit The Family Place and its programs.

“With more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano, Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Flower Mound, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville, Partners Card is one of the most highly anticipated shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex.

“The money raised through the Partners Card program is crucial to providing support for the women, men and children who are victims of family violence. Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and in its history, has helped raise more than $16 million.

“Partners Cards go on sale in September. New this year, individuals can download the Partners Card app from the App Store or Google Play to purchase the card and view available stores to shop. You can also purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, through direct mail or by visiting For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email

“Our goal this year is to sell 16,000 cards. We hope you will help us reach this goal and Shop Like a Hero during the 24th Annual Partners Card fundraiser!”

* Photo provided by The Family Place

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Kara Axley and Auxiliary President Di Johnston,

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

“Equest has enhanced the lives of children and adults using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted therapies for thirty five years. The annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon, Riding High, will be Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club and will continue the 35th anniversary celebration by raising much-needed funds for Equest’s unique therapy programs.

“Today, Equest is the leader in equine assisted therapy and serves hundreds of riders annually. These riders include those with cerebral palsy and autism as well as orthopedic ailments. Additionally, Equest serves our country’s brave veterans through our ‘Horses for Heroes’ program.

“When Equest Women’s Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth started the organization thirty years ago, Equest was known as Freedom Ride and many people were unfamiliar with the cause and how to become supporters. A lot has changed in the past three decades as Equest has received national recognition for its work and the Women’s Auxiliary is a thriving organization comprised of hundreds of dedicated women who work tirelessly to provide invaluable funding.

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Riding High will be a fun-filled day of fashion, great food and a glimpse into the workings of Equest programming. Fashion icon Jan Strimple will produce the fashion show with some of Highland Park Village’s most noted international retailers showing their collections.  Highland Park Village is the presenting sponsor of the luncheon and we are most grateful to the Al Hill Jr. family for their generosity.

“In addition to the fashion show, we will honor beloved community leader Lindalyn Adams with the 2016 Equest Community Service Award for many contributions and advocacy for Equest over three decades. We are also pleased to have longtime Equest supporters Lezlie and Bill Noble serve as Honorary Luncheon Chairs.

“We hope you will join us for this worthy and life changing cause. Please visit for more information.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Grove To Grove

According to Grove to Grove Co-Chairs Karen Carney and Patty Langdale,

Karen Carney and Patty Langdale*

Karen Carney and Patty Langdale*

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep is excited to host its inaugural fall fundraiser, Grove to Grove, which will take place Friday, September 23, at 3015 Trinity Groves and support the school’s mission of bridging the educational gap between North and South Dallas. The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour and welcome message from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, then continue with live entertainment, a seated dinner and silent auction.

“Funds raised at Grove to Grove will directly support students from underserved communities and provide them with a rigorous college prep education combined with valuable professional work experience, enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service.

“Grove to Grove is about fostering a relationship between our school’s community, the Pleasant Grove community, and members of the Dallas business community, but it is also about sharing the infectious message of hope the school is instilling in students. Innovative programs like Cristo Rey Dallas’ Corporate Work Study Program are shaping the future leaders of our city. The model allows students to spend one day a week working at some of the country’s largest and most respected corporations. Through the program, partners like AT&T, Ernst & Young, Hunt Oil Group and KPMG cover 60 percent of students’ tuition costs and provide them with entry-level positions that teach workplace skills and prepare them for a lifetime of leadership.

“We want the entire city to see the positive influence Cristo Rey Dallas is having on its surrounding community and the immeasurable impact it is having on students’ futures through the Corporate Work Study Program. The funds raised at Grove to Grove will allow us to continue the incredible and important work of transforming education and opportunity in our city.

“For more information on Grove to Grove or event sponsorship opportunities, which begin at $1,600, please visit”

* Photo provided by Cristo Rey Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Jewish Community Center’s Senior Bus Fund

According to Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J) Senior Bus Fund Chair Sandy Kuntz,

Sandy Kuntz*

Sandy Kuntz*

“Among its many offerings, The J has a vibrant and much needed Senior Adult Department. Our current senior membership is more than 700 strong.

“This past year the J has been challenged with transportation services due to an aging van in need of replacement. With two late model vans on the road providing nearly 5,000 trips each year, we need reliable vehicles to serve our cherished seniors. The cost is $65,000 for each 2-14 passenger, handicap-accessible van. Without transportation, these important seniors have no opportunity for a Kosher, nutritious lunch and programming designed specifically for them.

“The J’s Senior Adult Department serves the needs of this special population as the only senior subsidized Kosher meal site in the city of Dallas. The J also offers a rich array of programs entitled Golden Awakenings, a total wellness-focused series. This program incorporates fun fitness activities such as line dancing and chair yoga, mental stimulating activities such as language classes and speakers offering engaging topics, and uplifting activities such as meditation and Readers’ Theatre.

“As an active member of the senior community, I have seen firsthand how many people rely on the The J’s bus service to stay connected to the community. To date, we’ve raised just over $50,400 toward the project. Please ‘get on the bus’ and help us purchase a new vehicle for our transportation service. Your support would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be made online or by contacting Cece Burt at 214.239.7136 or”

About The J
The J is the heart of the Jewish community. It provides social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and services to all age groups from toddlers to senior adults. Within its walls, the Jewish community gathers together to meet, play, learn, celebrate and remember what connects each of us as Jews. Everyone, regardless of age or religious affiliation, is welcome. The J is located at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Rd. in Dallas. For more information, visit or call 214.739.2737.

* Photo provided by The J

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process

According to 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Chairman Lisa Longino and 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chairman Pam Perella,

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

“Charity selection planning process begins in a few days!

“Crystal Charity has raised more than $130 million for 100+ children’s charities since 1952, thanks to a thorough and fair grant application process. We have the honor of initiating this process in the coming weeks and are encouraging interested non profits to learn how to apply.

“Applications will be accepted, beginning Monday, September 1, for next year’s Crystal Charity Ball grants. Representatives from Dallas County children’s charities are encouraged mark their calendars so they can attend a brief prospective application orientation at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at the Communities Foundation of Texas offices at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged as this is the first step in a charity’s potential selection as a Crystal Charity beneficiary.

“Applications for prospective recipients will be available on line, beginning September 1 at or by calling The Crystal Charity Ball office at 214.526.5868, ext. 18.  All applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the ball office. (Applications are not accepted via email).  The deadline is Monday, October 31, at 4:00 p.m.

“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.

“Crystal Charity has funded many different children’s charities over the years including those that provide educational opportunities, health care, social services, childcare, pastoral counseling, special camps for special kids, hunger prevention and medical research, to name a few.

“Many past recipients refer to becoming a Crystal Charity beneficiary as ‘earning the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ as the designation means that an organization has been thoroughly researched and meets the important criteria set by members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee.

“The 2017 beneficiaries will be selected in February of 2017 at organization’s general membership meeting. The fund-raising campaign will the next month.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Fantasy Football Draft Night

According to The Warren Center 23rd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night Chairman Mike Austin,

Mike Austin*

Mike Austin*

“We are excited to raise money for The Warren Center. It has provided over 15,000 families with needed tools, including individualized therapy for their child’s developmental delay, critical information and resources on developmental milestones, and guidance as parents become advocates for their child’s future.

“Former Dallas Cowboys Randy White will serve as our celebrity host and help our guests draft their own Fantasy Football team. This year’s draft night will host a cocktail reception, dinner buffet, live and silent auction, live surprises, Heads or Tails game and opportunity to win Dallas Cowboys 2017-2018 season tickets.

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

“We hope you will grab your football loving family and friends, and join us for this special night.”

“The 23rd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night will be held on Friday, August 26, from 6:00pm-10:30pm at the Hotel Intercontinental Dallas (15201 Dallas Parkway Dallas, TX 75001). Table sponsorships begin at $3,000 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500.  For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901.

* Photos provided by The Warren Center