Could-We-Use-The-Help-And-How: North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank

“The North Texas Food Bank is embarking on a new strategic plan, ReThink Hunger, which will dramatically increase the number of warehouse volunteers necessary to provide healthy, nutritious meals to North Texas. This fall, a second warehouse location will be added, ramping up our need for volunteer assistance.

“Our warehouse volunteer experience includes sorting, boxing and bagging food for distribution to our 307 member agencies. Volunteers are asked to participate in tasks ranging from sorting incoming donations and unsalable items to an assembly line putting together packages for our children and senior food programs.

“To learn about these and other volunteer opportunities with the NTFB, please check out the volunteer portion of our website at Make sure to submit an inquiry to the programs that interest you!”

Sophia Sindalovsky, Volunteer Coordinator

Crystal Charity Ball Applications Are GoingTo Be Online For The First Time

Hot news from Crystal Charity Ball! For the first time ever, the 59-year-old mega-fund raiser will be making applications available online for the 2012 grants. No, don’t go to the website. It’s way too early. Thanks to 2012 CCB chair Aileen Pratt and Charity Selection Chair Vinnie Reuben, the following timeline has been provided for children’s charities to begin the process of applying for CCB’s funds.

  • Thursday, September 1 — Applications will be available online at or by calling the CCB office (214.526.5868, Ext. 18).
  • Wednesday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m. — Orientation meeting for prospective applicants will be held at Communities Foundation of Texas (5500 Caruth Haven Lane). No, you absolutely don’t have to attend, but you’re encouraged to. Heck, why not? Afterwards, you could always cross the road for a bite to eat at In-N-Out Burger.
  • Monday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. — Absolute, no-second-chances deadline for applications. They can be hand delivered or snail mailed, but the applications cannot be emailed. Sorry.
  • Thursday, February 2 — 2012 beneficiaries will be selected.

But before you start getting all in a tizzy about applying, make sure that you fulfill CCB’s requirements. The applying agency must:

  • serve children in Dallas County
  • have had a 501 (c) 3 designation for at least three years
  • have had an office in Dallas County for three years
  • have provided services in Dallas County for at least three years

“We are so grateful to our longtime partners, Communities Foundation of Texas and The Meadows Foundation, for their continued assistance in the detailed charity selection process,” said Aileen.  “Their collective resources and unsurpassed knowledge of non-profit organizations have been vital to our success.”

BTW, if you wonder what happens between the October 31 deadline and the February 2 announcement besides the December 3 ball, the CCB members scrutinize the applicants more diligently than the highest-ranking IRS agents and CSI lead team combined.

JUST IN: Tutu Chic Announces 2011 Chairs

Just received the names of the chairs for the 2011 Tutu Chic Luncheon and Ballet Fashion Show from Jeanne Cassidy. Total change of leadership for the Texas Ballet fund raiser! It will be Paige Slates, Alicia Wood, Daffan Nettle and Kristi Hoyl. Wow! If anyone can do a follow up act to Elaine Agather, Olivia Kearney, Gina Betts and Tanya Foster, this foursome can.

The champagne is chilling and the ballerinas are warming up. Block out Thursday, December 1, to party and to recover for Crystal Charity Ball the following Saturday.

SOLD OUT ALERT: Kevin Bacon’s Evening Talk At The Nasher Salon, But Groveling Could Still Work

 Good news and bad news about Kevin Bacon‘s appearances for the Nasher Salon Series.

First the bad news: If you had hoped to buy a ticket for his evening talk on Thursday, September 8, you’re too late. Sold out in 24 hours! There is a waiting list, but you know how chancy that can be. Still, you might want to give it a try by groveling [email protected]

Now the good news: There are still a few scant tickets left for his afternoon get together with the Booker T. Washington students. If you’ve ever been to one of these BTW sessions, you know what a treat it is for the kids and the VVIP (Visiting Very Important Person). Strongly suggest you stopping everything and get your tickets.

MySweetCharity’s “Could-We-Use-The-Help-And-How!”


Summer is really putting everyone to the test with August as the final exam. The light at the end of the tunnel is fall. Not only does it promise cooler weather, it means the return of those who have escaped the Dallas heat.

Along with the return of the escapees and the cooler temps, activities and the need for help will ramp up. Not just financial, but nonprofits need hands-on-involvement by the most valuable resource on earth — volunteers.

With all of this in mind, MySweetCharity is posing the question to the nonprofits:

“If you were suddenly given 25 volunteers, how would you use them?”

We’ll post the answers in the days ahead. Perhaps a volunteer or two might be intrigued to sign up and lend a hand.

Share-A-Date: The Salvation Army’s “Doing The Most Good”

Scott O'Grady

November, 11, 2011 (aka “11-11-11”): The Salvation Army is known for doing not just good things but great things. Still the organization is too humble to call its “Doing the Most Good” luncheon at the Hilton Anatole “Doing the Most Great.”

Regardless, the luncheon presented by AT&T is going to have Scott O’Grady as the keynote speaker. You recall he was the Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia and scrambled through the countryside for six days in 1995.

Betcha luncheon chairman Mark Schortman will make sure the meal at the Anatole will be a heck of a lot better than Scott’s fare in Bosnia, when he lived on leaves, grass and ants.

BTW, did you know that Scott has written a children’s book? Or, since his Air Force gig, he’s settled in Dallas? Well, now you do!

Photo credit: The Dallas-Fort Worth Salvation Army


Nancy Hamon — A Texas Legend Leaves The Scene

Stubbs Davis and Nancy Hamon

Nancy Hamon was one of those people about whom tall Texas tales were told. In her case, the tales were slight compared to the woman herself.

For many young people, she was the more-than-gracious silver-haired lady who provided funding for some of Dallas’ institutions (the Dallas Zoo, Presbyterian Hospital, SMU, the Winspear Opera House, etc.).

For others she was known for giving over-the-top parties including one for her friends on board a yacht in the Mediterranean. Her Turtle Creek penthouse always had a well-stocked bar and an icy martini glass ready for a guest.

But for those people who remember the days when the Rosewood Mansion was just a private home across the street from Dallas’ ultra-exclusive Cipango Club where Sharon Simon, Lupe Murchison and other Lone Star legends of the 40’s and 50’s danced and drank the night away, she was the boldfacer, who made the Texas oil boom even boomier.

Having lost both her husband and son prematurely, Nancy let it be known that she was bound and determined to give her money away while she was still alive. And she did that with a Texas-sized smile, a twinkle in her eye and unbridled generosity from which so many have benefited.

With her death today, the party and the legend have moved upstairs.


Shh, Can You Keep A Secret? Kevin Bacon?

Kevin Bacon

Monday, August 1, tickets officially go on sale for the public to attend actor/musician Kevin Bacon‘s evening talk at the September 8th Nasher Salon Series. In addition to appearing in 71 films (“Animal House,” “Diner,” “Footloose,” “Tremors,” “A Few Good Men,” “Murder in the First,” “Frost/Nixon,” etc.) and playing with his brother Michael in The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and his wife Kyra “The Closer” Sedgwick were some of the folks who were victimized by Bernard Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme.

Did you know that in 2007 Kevin, who had gained fame for being the subject of the board game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game,” started the nonprofit According to Kevin,

“you can support your favorite charities by donating or creating fundraising badges — as well as check out the favorite causes of other people, including celebrities.  You can also pay it forward with Good Cards® – gift cards for charity that can be redeemed as a donation to more than 1 million charities.”

BTW, it’s times like this when being a Nasher patron member really pays off. Not only do you get a discount, you get a head start on picking up one of the 200 tickets. Patrons can purchase their tickets starting Friday.

P.S. — If you want to start the day off on a high note, hit the link for “Footloose” and turn up the sound. Even in this heat, you’ll feel cool. Betcha you can’t help but want to dance.

Photo provided by the Nasher Sculpture Center.

4th Annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Changes Venues But The Sizzling Competition Remains Heated

The infamous Blondes vs. Brunettes powderpuff football game on Saturday, August 6, has been moved from SMU’s Ford Stadium. No, not way over to Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium. It’s just been moved a few yards north to Westcott Field. BvB den mother Erin Finegold said she’s not certain why the change of location had to take place, but she absolutely has no problem with it. Westcott was where the BvB used to be played and it’s like returning home.

Jenn Thompson

BTW, the competition between the two groups is really heating up. Blondes quarterback Jenn Thompson has thrown three winning games for her natural and unnatural blonde teammates.

On the other hand, the Brunettes are hungry for victory this year and have supposedly brought on board a new quarterback and a professional trainer to really get them into shape.

The showdown benefits the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Share-A-Date: The Real Estate Council’s Giving Gala

Thursday, October 6: In October Clint Black is going to be a very familiar face around town. Yup, he’ll be performing at the ultra-exclusive VIP Barons party at Cattle Baron’s Ball on Saturday, October 15. But just 9 days before on Thursday, October 6, he’ll be the main attraction in the Hilton Anatole’s Sculpture Garden for The Real Estate Council‘s Giving Gala presented by Deloitte.

Needless to say, it’s a western theme with plenty of food, fun and refreshments. After all, it’s real estate people. They know how to party even during the worst of economic times.The folks responsible for this one are chair Willie Hornberger (Jackson Walker LLP), vice chair Mitch Paradise (Corgan), underwriting chair Tanya Little (Hart Advisors Group), table sales chair Ryan Thornton (Thackeray Partners), logistics chair James Adams (Corgan), playhouse chair Nick Jarke (Beck) and publicity chair Kim Hogan (HOK).

In addition to enjoying cute Clint, guests will be able to bid on wonderful playhouses that are showstoppers themselves.

Tickets start at $360.50 to raise funds for The Real Estate Council Foundation’s good works in four key grant areas–housing, education, job creation and the environment.

Share-A-Date: Caron Cares Conference’s “A Day Of Discovery And Recovery”

Friday, September 9, 2011: Caron Treatment Centers is holding “A Day of Discovery and Recovery,” its first health conference and luncheon for parents, professionals and those concerned about addiction and recovery. To start the event off at the Fairmont, Constance Curry and Kristina Wandzilak will be the keynote speakers for the breakfast. This mother/daughter team wrote “The Lost Years,” a true story about an all-American girl and her family as they take the journey through addiction and recovery.

At  the luncheon co-chairs Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn have arranged to have author/speaker Brad Lamm give the keynote talk. Brad, who is founder and president of Intervention Specialists, is a contributing member of “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is also the creator and producer of “Addicted to Food” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

In addition to the breakfast and luncheon topics, participants will be able to attend two other talks from the following topics during the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. conference:

  • The Warning Signs of Alcoholism and Addiction: What caring adults need to know about the new frontier of genetic research and substance abuse
  • Insatiable Hunger: Eating disorders and substance abuse
  • Pain Medications: The next epidemic
  • The Modern Family: Focusing on love in a stressful world
  • Subtle Abuse: Reclaiming your values and worth
  • The Laws and Addiction: What you need to know about liability and ordinances in your own backyard

Perhaps you don’t have such circumstances in your life, but it’s always wise to be safe and prepared just in case your life changes.

More News From The Arts District — Dallas Symphony Orchestra Cuts Four Positions

In another cost-cutting measure in the Arts District today, Dallas Morning News‘s Scott Cantrell is reporting that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra cut four positions — “an executive assistant, an IT suppost [sic] specialist, a direct mail/telefund manager and a store sales associate.”

The Dallas Opera Cancels Katya Kabanová

Sometimes you have to make cuts in your current plans for longterm successes. While it’s painful. . . make that extremely painful, it’s still the wise thing to do in the long run. This situation arose today with the announcement by The Dallas Opera that Katya Kabanová had been cut from the upcoming season.

The full release on the cancellation follows the jump. [Read more…]

Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson To Receive Black Tie Dinner’s Media Award

Thursday night it was announced that Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be the media award recipient at the Black Tie Dinner this year.

Last Call: MySweetCharity’s August Ad Auction Closes Monday


It’s that time of the month when the MySweetCharity ad auction ends. If you would like to have an ad on MySweetCharity in August, you’ll need to get your bid in by Monday, July 25, at 6 p.m. (CST).

It’s simple, easy and fun. You simply place your bid by emailing it to [email protected] If you’re outbid, you’ll be notified at once and allowed the opportunity to up the ante.

If your bid wins, you’ll be notified immediately. Then you’ll just need to send the JPEG graphic to MySweetCharity by  July 31 for posting in August.

The following spots are up for grabs in August:

  • BANNER AD — Banner ad across the top of MySweetCharity
  • BADGE AD #1 — Top badge ad on the right side
  • TOWER AD #1 — Top tower ad on the right side
  • BADGE AD #2 — Lower badge ad on the right side
  • BADGE AD #3 — Bottom badge ad on the right side
  • TOWER AD #2 — Lower tower ad on the right side

Because of the response to July’s “Last-Thank-You-Note,” the MSC elves have been working on another series for August.

As always, thank you for being part of the MSC neighborhood. It’s a much better place because of you.

Share-A-Date: Dallas Area Habitat For Humanity

Thursday, November 3: For 25 years, the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity has been building homes for better neighborhoods. Through partnerships with skilled professionals and volunteers, low-income families are able to afford high quality, energy efficient homes.

No, we’re not talking 25 houses over the years. Think along the lines of more than 850 homes.

To celebrate their efforts, they’re putting their tools down for an evening at the Fairmont to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Event chairs Gina and Ken Betts and Paula and Bay Miltenberger are joined by honorary chairs Suzanne and David Holl to “to celebrate 25 years of transforming neighborhoods and serving families.”

United Way Extends Help To Those Agencies That Were Cut

If you recall that the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas had to cut many organizations from their 2011-2012 funding. Monday night the UWMD Board of Directors voted unanimously “that agencies that received funding in 2010-2011, but not chosen for funding this year would be listed in the United Way campaign materials this fall.”

According to Hope Cottage’s Leslie Clay,

“We see this as a positive and I am sure any of the cut agencies will, too.  Having your agency listed in the campaign materials is a good thing.  #1 in my mind it shows that even though you are not receiving any money, the United Way still considers your agency worthwhile.  #2 the only agencies that will be asked to send speakers out to the companies will be those agencies they are choosing to fund.  At least this way, people will still see your name, even if they don’t hear you speak on behalf of United Way.”

Shhh! Don’t Tell — Chase Is Donating $1.4 Million To Perot Museum Of Nature & Science And Big Thought This A.M.

This morning Chase will cheerfully donate $1 million to the “under-construction” Perot Museum of Nature & Science and $400,000 to fund Big Thought’s Thriving Minds.

It’s a secret until the press conference at 10 a.m., but since our buddy Bob Miller broke the news this morning (Paywall) , we figured why not share.

The press conference is taking place at the Museum of Nature & Science in the Science Building at Fair Park, so act surprised when the announcement is made.

Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Jonathan Palant’s Resignation Accepted By Board Of Directors

The Turtle Creek Chorale is going through some changes. Last May two things happened. First Executive Director Stephen Tosha announced that he would be leaving TCC for a position at Morgan Stanley at the end of July. Also in May, TCC Artistic Director Jonathan Palant became minister of music at Kessler United Methodist Church but stayed on with the TCC.

According to Dallas Voice, the organization’s board of directors accepted Jonathan’s resignation last night.  

Four years ago Jonathan replaced Dr. Tim Seelig, who had held the position for 20 years.

Share-A-Date: Partners Card 2011

Paige Flink

Friday, October 28 – Sunday, November 6: The very idea of shopping in cooler times is riveting. Add Partners Card to it and it’s enough to make you want to buy your Partners Card now.

But you can’t. At least you can’t for now. The $60-cards that provide 20% discounts at hundreds of stores don’t go on sale until mid-September. Yes, you just know MySweetCharity will alert you to the exact date as soon as it’s official.

Did you know that last year the Partners Card program sold 15,000 cards raising a record-breaking $1 million for Paige Flink‘s Family Place? And, remember, 100% of the proceeds go directly to The Family Place.

Florence Ostende Named Dallas Contemporary’s Adjunct Curator

Parisian-based Florence Ostende has been named Adjunct Curator of the Dallas Contemporary. She assumes her duties on August 1 with the responsibility of “enhancing the institution’s mission of presenting regional, national and international projects by artists. In her new position as Adjunct Curator, Florence Ostende will further expand an ongoing exchange between artists and contemporary culture.”

In addition to being founding co-editor of “Catalogue,” she’s involved in research for the Louis Vuitton Foundation contemporary art collection in Paris and working on the exhibition L’Institut des Archives Sauvages in Nice.

Share-A-Date: 2011 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award

Trevor Rees-Jones

Wednesday, October 5: Years ago the world associated the name “Trevor Rees-Jones” with the bodyguard involved in Princess Diana’s fatal car accident. However, the name conjured up an entirely different face and type for North Texas locals. Their Trevor was a nice, young Highland Park fella who worked hard and had earned degrees from Dartmouth and SMU Law School. After a stint at practicing oil and gas reorganizing law at Thompson & Knight, he left law and plunged into the oil fields himself in 1984.

Now fast-forward. Dallas’ Trevor discovered a gusher of a success in the Barnett Shale and set about sharing his wealth with numerous nonprofits especially those involving children and health.

With all of this in mind, the Methodist Health System Foundation will present the 2011 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award to Trevor at a dinner in the Hilton Anatole Hotel. 

(For the new kids in the hood, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulates the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.)

Methodist Health System Foundation President and CEO April Box Chamberlain said, “Trevor is a committed and dynamic leader who has enthusiastically used the fruits of his business success to improve in tangible ways the quality of life and life circumstances for those less fortunate, especially abused and neglected children.  Along with support from his wife Jan, Trevor is the embodiment of community leadership and we are proud to honor him with this award.” 

Chairing the event will be fellow Highland Park graduate Jim Francis, who has arranged for his good buds Laura and George W. Bush to serve at honorary chairs.

If you recall last year’s dinner honoring Pat and Emmitt Smith had a surprise presenter — Mark Cuban. Those Methodist Health System Foundation folks know how to honor VIPs.

Share-A-Date: The Yes Event

Laurie Ann Goldman

Thursday, November 10:  SPANX has saved many derrières since its establishment 10 years ago. Originally an undergarment to slim off those oops! bulges, it expanded to apparel and swimsuits. You probably remember it being one of Oprah’s favorites. What does SPANX have to do with the Legacy Senior Communities Women’s Auxiliary‘s The Yes Event? They managed to have SPANX CEO Laurie Ann Goldman as the featured speaker for the Yes luncheon at the Westin Galleria benefiting the Legacy at Preston Hollow.

Don’t tell anyone but in addition to hearing about SPANX’s story, Laurie Ann will also be giving $50 gift cards for SPANX to all attendees.

Photo provided by The Legacy Senior Communities Women's Auxiliary.

Share-A-Date: 4th Annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas

Brunettes 2010

Saturday, August 6: The NFL lockout continues, but that’s not to say that football training isn’t taking place. There are players who are grunting, running and getting bruised in preparation for the big game of the summer. No, no, no. We’re not talking about newlywed Tony and the Cowboys. It’s the v-e-r-y dedicated Blondes and Brunettes prepping for the 4th Annual Blondes vs. Brunettes powder puff football game.

Before you go thinking that the gals reapply lipstick and check their acrylics in between plays, you obviously have not seen past match ups. The females and their coaches take the game seriously. They’ve been holding workouts and studying strategy. The Brunettes are hungry for a win this year after last three years of losing to the natural and unnatural blondes.

Because of the incredible success of the past four years, BvB guru Erin Finegold has moved the game from Highlander Stadium to SMU’s Ford Stadium with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Whoa! Is Cowboys Stadium in their future?

Don’t know about that, but do know that this Saturday, the two teams are holding BvB Rockin Auction at Amanda Dunbar Studio to add to the coffers of the Alzheimer’s Association of Great Dallas. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. there will be silent and live auctions and lots of blondes and brunettes.

Bargain alert: If you make a $25 or more donation, you get in the game and after-party at Bryan Street Tavern.

One more thang: Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses for the game unless you like pain and suffering.