Start Your Engines: Partners Card 2010 Dates Announced

We’re hardly through Restaurant Week, and The Family Place has announced the dates for the Partners Card 2010 presented by Bank of Texas! Start saving your pennies and keeping your credit cards in hibernation until . . . Friday. Oct. 29. That’s when it all starts. But, alas, it ends on Sunday, Nov. 7. Ah, 10 days of 20% off. Every tried and true shopper’s fantasy.

But during that precious time, you’ll not only get 20% off on purchases at 750 very special merchants and companies, you’ll also be supporting The Family Place’s great works thanks to Event Chairs Maggie Cooke Kipp, Molly Nolan and Gina Roidopoulos.

You can either purchase your Partners Card at Tom Thumbs or community volunteers for a mere $60, or you can always go online.

Share-The-Date: Junior League of Dallas’ “Casino in Casablanca”

Friday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. — The Junior League of Dallas‘ 14th annual Auction & Casino Party is scheduled for The Hall of State at Fair Park. This year’s theme is “Casino in Casablanca.” Shades of Humphrey, Ingrid and Claude!

In recent years, the event has averaged between 800 and 900 guests, but this year bets are being placed that records may be broken because D’Andra Simmons (pictured) is ball chair. It’s one of the JLD’s largest fundraising events. Better get your tickets now because that last four years have been sold out!

JUST IN: Children’s Medical Center’s Development VP Phyllis Cole Resigns

Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ VP of Development Phyllis Cole notified her staff yesterday that she’s turned in her resignation to focus on her three munchkins. She’ll be staying at Children’s for the next few weeks to “wrap up dangling projects.”

Children’s loss is the gain for three very lucky kids.

Expanding Worlds Is Moving Over To The Fairmont With A Simply Remarkable Trio

What a year it has been for Cathy Packard (pictured)! Not only did she handhold Special Care & Career Services through the transition to its new name of LaunchAbility, she also oversaw the Pointer Sisters concert at the Meyerson and last year’s Expanding Worlds luncheon/conversation with Linda Custard, Tincy Miller and Elaine Agather plus the late, great Paul Bass.

Talk about a great conversation that was over way too soon!

But she hasn’t let any grass grow under her feet. It was just announced that Expanding Worlds 2010 will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Fairmont with a conversation with three boldest of bold face names.

Photo provided by LaunchAbility

Like who? Follow the jump, kids, to see whom Luncheon Co-Chairs Geoffrey Miller and George Kelly (pictured right with Geoffrey) have arranged to have on stage! . . .

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MSC SweetDeals: Done Deal

SweetDeals auction is closed. Thanks for all the participation. Sorry that everyone couldn’t win, but try again starting September 1.

Share-The-Date: Yellow & Black Tie Gala

Photo provided by Yellow & Black Tie Gala

Saturday, November 6, 2010: 2010 Yellow & Black Tie Gala presented by Fujitsu at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. This year’s theme is “Harvest of Hope” with Gala Honorary Chairs Richardson Mayor Gary and Pat Slagel. Last year’s Gala Chair Lee Nagel (pictured right with Gary and Pat) is a strong woman and returning to head up this year’s event, that benefits Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation.

Raffle highlight is a Super Bowl package including two tickets to the 2011 Super Bowl, a suite at the Renaissance in Richardson, and luxury transportation to and from the game. Raffle tickets are going for $100 a pop and only 1,000 will be sold.

Share-The-Date: The Crescent Fall Celebration 2010

Wednesday, October 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. — Food, art auctions, live entertainment, fashion shows and mini-spa experiences.

Benefiting: AT&T Performing Arts Education Initiatives

MSC SweetDeal: Review Of Bids

As promised, here are the auction bids as they stand today for the MySweetCharity ads:

  • Banner — $500
  • Skyscraper — $250
  • Badge #1 — $40
  • Badge #2 — $20

The great news is that the bids are across the board and offer opportunities for even the littlest of nonprofits to participate. If you wish to bid on one of the spots, just send your bid to [email protected] If you’re outbid, we’ll notify you so you can consider upping your bid. Remember, the bidding ends Friday, August 20, at 6 p.m. CST

Must admit that we’re trying the ad auction as an experiment and have been very pleased with the results. Not just with the bids but also to learn that some individuals are hoping to get an ad space for one of their charities. In turn some of the charities want to use the space to promote events or thank underwriters and supporters.

Business note: Mr. MSC Accountant reminds us that a 8.25% tax will be included in the total invoice.

If you want to see what the ad placement will look like, just follow the jump. . . [Read more…]

Ross Perot Donates $20 Million For Cancer Research

While the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is seeking $50 million for the funding of the project, they should have looked closer to home. It seems that Dallas’ own Ross Perot (pictured) just committed $20 Million to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance personalized cancer therapy.

These monies will be divided between two newly-developed groups — Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy and a Center for Targeted Therapy.

“We are grateful to Ross Perot for his generous support in these extremely important areas of cancer research. With the completion of the mapping of the human genome, progress toward individualized cancer treatment has escalated, and now is a very exciting time to support the work being done in these areas,” said Dr. John Mendelsohn, president of MD Anderson. “These funds will enable our clinicians and researchers to advance the translation of science into new and improved cancer treatments. Ultimately, our goal is to make personalized cancer therapy the gold standard in oncology care.”

Attaway, Ross!

DSO President/CEO Douglas Adams Resigns

Dallas Symphony Orchestra President/CEO Douglas Adams (pictured) turned in his resignation today. When asked about his reason, Doug admitted that having a commuter marriage with his wife Pamela in Denver had finally taken its toll. It seems that his Denver home’s being a victim of the real estate recession had forced the two-city lifestyle.

Doug will stay on for a month before permanently moving back to Denver to “improve my golf swing.”

News Forthcoming About A High Profile Resignation

We’ll keep you posted. Just remember that we warned  you that it was coming.

Promising Youth Alliance Has Heavy Hitters Leading The Charge For After-School Programs

Promising Youth Alliance may be new to you, but the names leading it are way familiar. For instance, Denny Carreker, John Rodgers, Charles English, Charles Pierson, Clyde Rush and Dr. Tim Bray. Yes, you have the head honchos of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Phoenix House of Texas plus some very savvy educators and highest-profile business people.

They’re all coming together to provide much-needed, after-school programming. Having completed a pilot program at Sam Tasby Middle School in Vickery Meadow, they’re expanding to an elementary school in the Oak Lawn area and a charter school in West Dallas. As results continue to be positive, the plan can be expanded to other schools and cities.

Its creation resulted from McKinsey & Company‘s Dallas office “assessing successful after-school programs around the country and analyzed the particular needs of Dallas’ youth. Currently, 84% of DISD students are economically disadvantaged, and more than 100,000 students in the community are unsupervised after school every day. Research shows that after-school care can significantly improve the lives of young people and reduce crime and other social problems.”

And McKinsey did this research purely pro bono.

According to PYA Chair Carreker, “The research findings were disturbing. Thousands of our young people, the future of our community, are not being ‘saved by the bell’ but left to their own devices, despite many great programs in Dallas. In PYA great programs are integrated to address the whole child. That is what makes PYA unique: we are a collaboration of the best that delivers superior programming when and where the child needs it.”

Ah, another case of the nonprofit sector getting together with the business community to use creativity to save money and still achieve success.

JUST IN: Meadows Foundation To Provide Grant for Dallas Park Foundation

Our friend Bruce Tomaso at The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Meadows Foundation is preparing to announce a grant of $73,000 for the Dallas Park Foundation. According to the announcement,

“The grant will allow the Dallas Park Foundation to bring in a director of development this fall to pursue grants and donations for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation needs including playgrounds, trails and park upgrades in all city neighborhoods.”

That’s great news and greater thinking on the part of the Meadows Foundation. Instead of just giving money to keep pools open for a brief time, they’re helping the city have someone on board who can get more longterm funding.

Times may be tough, but the creative organizations are rising to the cause with results. Keep up the creativity!


Attention, Nonprofits: Wait Til You Hear This One!

The Real Estate Council and the Center for Nonprofit Management got together and realized how tough the nonprofits have it . . . especially now. They’ve come up with a solution that does not require money, longterm commitments or your first born thanks to Chase underwriting the program and TREC’s Eliza Solender‘s donating her time to develop it.

It’s a five-part series on the “most important real estate issues facing nonprofit agencies and how to address these needs.” Designed for nonprofit executive directors, senior staff and board members, the series takes place once a month from September to January 2011.

TREC VP of community services Beth Lambert Saul says, “Real estate is typically the second-largest budget item for a nonprofit and a high priority for decision makers.  TREC, along with member Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall, has created a curriculum to help educate those in charge of real estate decisions.”

Even after the course is complete, mentor volunteers from TREC will be “assigned to each nonprofit to provide ongoing support and problem solving as needed.”

Here’s the catch:  Space is limited to 25 agencies and the deadline for applications is August 27.

Would someone please thank TREC, the CNM and Chase for (a) being very creative and (b) putting together a brilliant program?


Share-The-Date: Attitudes & Attire Luncheon and Fashion Show

Wednesday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m. — Annual Attitudes & Attire Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Dallas Trade Mart with a special tribute to the late Kim Dawson and Sylvan Landau.

JUST IN: Silver Hogue To Join AT&T Performing Arts Center

Park Cities/Preston Hollow/Oak Cliff People reporter Silver Hogue is leaving the journalism world to be external affairs coordinator for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Her last day at the People Newspapers is August 17.

Share-The-Date: Wags & Waves

Saturday, September 18  (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) — Wags & Waves at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark (Firewheel @ Garland). Human and canines companions are encouraged to attend and participate in the Clever Canine and Canine Couture contest. Proceeds benefit the Metroplex Animal Coalition and the coordinating member groups (Animal Guardians of America, Cat Matchers, Feral Friends, Legacy Box Rescue, Metroplex Mutts and Paws in the City).

Black Tie Dinner Hosts Party To Announce Plans for November 6th Gala

With only a matter of days, the 2010 Black Tie Dinner organizers pulled together a party at Park Place Motorcars Dallas to announce the headliners for its mega-November 6th event at the Sheraton Dallas. The reason for the expediency? They had just finalized negotiations with “the talent.” Why the ink was hardly dry on the contracts!

Provided by Black Tie Dinner committee

With more than 350 guests sipping Grey Goose Vodka cocktails and champagne, it was announced that Wisconsin’s Second District Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (pictured) will be the keynote speaker. She is the “first out lesbian and the first openly-gay, non-incumbent elected to Congress.”

The author of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, Congresswoman Baldwin helped lead the successful effort to enact the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act.

“Congresswoman Baldwin is a true friend inside the Beltway,” said Ron Guillard, co-chair of the dinner. “She is using her influence to move us closer to equal rights for GLBT Americans. She has been an advocate and a role model for many who face obstacles in achieving their dreams.”

Photo provided by Black Tie Dinner committe

Also announced was the recipient of this year’s Black Tie Dinner Media Award. It will go to country/western singer/songwriter Chely Wright (pictured), whose book Like Me was just released in May.

Black Tie Dinner Co-Chair Nan Arnold (pictured) praised Wright for her courage saying, “The reaction from her fans and others has been overwhelmingly positive. Chely’s decision to live openly as a lesbian is creating an opportunity for the voices of acceptance and equality to be heard.”

Presenting Chely with the award will be Mitchell Gold Company Chairman/Founder Mitchell Gold, who is also founder of Faith in American, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “educating people about how religion-based bigotry is used to justify discrimination against gay people.”

Begun in 1982, Black Tie Dinner has raised almost $14 million for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender supportive organizations.

The announcement party was underwritten by Merrill Lynch — The Meyer Group with the helpof Park Place Motorcars Dallas, Central Market, Grey Goose Vodka, Ben E. Keith Beverage Co., Moet Chandon, Beau Bumpas Photography and DJ MicahB.


Share-The-Date: A Tribute to Legends

October 18, 2010: The Second Annual Tribute To Legends Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by Primos, Lacerte Capital and The Old American Golf Club benefiting UT Southwestern’s Heart, Lung and Vascular Programs and Assist the Officer Foundation

C.A.R.E. Breakfast Lands John Larroquette

Remember last November when Lee Anne White had Chuck Negron in for the Dallas C.A.R.E. (Chemical Awareness Research Education) breakfast and busted all past fund raising records for the group? Don’t know about you, but Lee Anne really raised the bar on the playing field for this year’s organizers.

Well, it seems that the 2010 C.A.R.E. chairs Jan Osborn, Phyllis Riggins, Libby Rischer-Osborn and Susan Hutchison are rising to the occasion.

They’ve landed John Larroquette for the featured speaker. Yahoo!

Just like last year, the breakfast will be held at Belo Mansion on Monday, Nov. 15. Call 214.526.8986 for ticket info.

Laura Leppert Named Honorary Chair of The Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes in Dallas

While her husband was handling thousands this morning at the Mayor’s Back to School Fair, Dallas First Lady Laura Leppert (pictured) was announced as the Honorary Chair of The Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes (September 25 @ Victory Park in Dallas and Granite Park in Plano), that “raises money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.”

“We are honored to have Laura lend her name and support to one of our most important causes,” said Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Greater Dallas Chapter Executive Director Mary Hollock.   “Educating children and raising money are at the very heart of our mission.”

According to  spokesperson Terry Van Willson, the decision to accept the position was a personal one for Laura —

“The Lepperts have been affected by diabetes in their family and close family friends in recent months and Laura wanted to make this her cause.”

“We have seen first-hand the importance of education and funding to pursue a cure,” said Laura.  “I encourage schools, children and adults, to become involved in the Walk.  This is a fun way to make a real difference in the lives of diabetics while helping schools obtain additional resources.”

Diabetes is not just a life-changing disease where you may have to take insulin and prick your finger. It’s a life-threatening disease and needs to be wiped out. You go, Laura!


Billie Leigh Rippey And Her Tiffany Circle Ranked #1 In The American Red Cross World

Photo provided by the American Red Cross

It’s extremely pleasing when Dallas folks score a numero uno place nationally. And that’s exactly what the Dallas-Area Chapter Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross did when they attended the annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Honorary Chair Billie Leigh Rippey (pictured in red with, from the left, Cathy Keating, Anne Compton and Tricia Besing) and her entourage brought home top honors.

(In case you’re brand new to the world of giving, the Tiffany Circl is a society of female leaders and philanthropists who annually invest $10,000 in their local American Red Cross chapters.)

With 300 Tiffany Circle women in attendance, the Dallas 10 brought home “two prestigious awards that honored them for having hte most Tiffany Circle Members in the nation, as well as the most commitments to the Bonnie McEvleen-Hunter Lifetime membership (a gift of $100,000 that spans over 10 years).

Just in case you’re wondering, the 52 members of the Dallas Tiffany Circle have raised more than $1,001,612 for the Red Cross to use in the local community.

Who are the 52? Of course, you want names, so here goes: [Read more…]

2010 The Art Of Film To Debut With Soon-To-Be-Announced Film Legend

Friday, November 19, 2010: The Dallas Film Society will debut “The Art of the Film” celebrating “the incredible work of one filmmaker” at the newly-renovated Hall of State. Plans for the evening call for 400 patrons to enjoy a conversation with the honoree in The Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall and  then a seated dinner in the Great Hall.

The next day, guests will be able to attend three to four films centered on the honoree’s career.

Who is the honoree? Be patient. We’re hot on the trail.

In the meantime, we have the names of those behind the scenes coming up with all the goodies — Event Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee, DFS President/CEO Tanya Foster and DFS Chair of Board Michael Caine.

MSC SweetDeal: Question #2

Gee, you are really good. The questions are honest and make perfect sense. Here’s another question from a pr guru about SweetDeal:

Question…a bidder and/or winning bidder….do they automatically get editorial coverage or is it as with the rules of journalism?

Alas, Mr. MSC Accountant would love the idea of guaranteeing coverage to the highest bidder, but, no. The winning bidders are not guaranteed coverage. But you should know that we’ll have our running shoes on and will be covering as many events as possible.Our record so far is four events in one night. Still reeling from that one.

Also, we only cover events/activities to which we are invited. The art of party crashing is simply not MSC’s style. It also goes without saying that our coverage is as objective as possible. If we get something wrong, we expect the MSC community to comment. In other words, we are responsible for covering and you are responsible for keeping us on our toes.

Keep the questions and the bids coming.