New Sweet Idea: “Share-A-Date”

While the queen bees are out of town in cooler climates (The Hamptons, La Jolla, Carmel, Colorado, etc.), the worker bees are hard at work getting ready for the return of the queens. Resulting from all this hard work is news of upcoming dates for agendas.

If you don’t mind, we’ll be posting “Share-A-Date” with you when we get a buzz about some upcoming event.

The first one that popped into our “Share A Date” folder is

May 13-14, 2011 — Second Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Tournament at TPC Craig Ranch benefiting the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

Let us know if you have any dates that you want shared. Remember to keep it simple and sweet — date, event, location, beneficiary.

Dallas CityDesign Studio Receives $100,000 Award From The National Endowment For The Arts

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ new Mayors’ Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary (MICD25), the Dallas CityDesign Studio was awarded $100,000.

A total of $3 million was given through the MICD25 to cities that focus on supporting creative spaces that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform sites into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with arts at their core.

Created through a donation by Deedie and Rusty Rose in 2009, Dallas CityDesign has focused on connecting the the city of Dallas back to the Trinity River through various programs.

“The format of the Dallas CityDesign Studio, the programs it is implementing and the award of the $100,000 grant from this preeminent organization are an affirmation of the important work the studio is planning that will affect design in all areas of the City,” said Deedie.

Not to brag or anything, but it appears that Dallas was the only Texas city to receive this first-time award created by NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.Want proof? Check the list of recipients: [Read more…]

Pat and Emmitt Smith Are Going To Have A Very Busy Fall

This fall is going to be a busy one for Dallas’ #1 couples Pat and Emmitt Smith. As if Emmitt’s being inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and being in the spotlight at the North Texas Super Bowl XLV’s final concert, Pat is due to have a baby. Whew!

Now comes word that the twosome will receive the Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award at the annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Hilton Anatole.

Past honorees have included former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom (2005), Nancy Ann Hunt (2006), Troy Aikman (2007), Laura Bush (2008) and the late Norman Brinker (2009). Nice group to hang with.

BTW, each event has netted more than $1 million for Methodist Health System’s programs and services.

Friends of The Park Group May Well Be In Your Future

It’s always great to be on the cutting edge. There are people and organizations that do nothing but search for that newest, hottest trend, organization or cause. On the horizon of hot stuff is Friends of The Park Group. It hasn’t even started and the consensus of the MySweetCharity staff is that this will be one of the hotties, like DMA’s Junior Associates and the Lee Park Junior Associates Conservancy. Translation: new way to have fun helping the community. Yahoo!

Okay, we know you’re probably thinking that The Park is nothing but a major traffic hassle right now. Get over it. The Park will eventually be a marvelous addition to Dallas’ much-needed green scene.

The membership campaign starts in September, so put it on your calendars and we’ll follow up with the how’s, when’s and how much.

The Steering Committee is headed up by Glenn Singleton and Missy Wyszynski (let’s applaud the first person who can say that one correctly) and includes Josh Ellis, Melinda Jones, Gianni R. LaBarba, Katherine Mathes, Robert Mead, David Owen and Steve White.

Peter Doroshenko Selected To Be Dallas Contemporary Executive Director

Dallas Contemporary announced that Peter Doroshenko (pictured), recently the president and artistic director of the Pinchuk Art Centra in Kiev, has been selected to be its new executive director replacing Joan Davidow. Of course, you’re wondering about Peter’s credentials. After all, his name is not all that familiar locally. Here’s the info provided by DC:

In addition to the Pinchuk Art Centre, Mr. Doroshenko has held Directorship positions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst-SMAK, Ghent; and the Institute of Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. From 1991-1995 he was the curator of Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Most recently, [Read more…]

Cece Cox Named Executive Director Of Resource Center Dallas

Cece Cox (pictured), associate executive director for the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community services, has been named the Resource Center Dallas’s new executive director starting Saturday.

As associate executive director for GLBT community services for the Center since 2007, Cox was directly responsible for creating and maintaining programs at one of the largest GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community centers in the United States.

Cox led the Center’s diversity training program, providing curriculum and training for education, business and public sector clients. Last fall, Cox spearheaded a team to provide diversity training for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission — the first state agency in Texas to institute GLBT diversity training for all of its employees. This spring, she was also instrumental in working with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to expand its nondiscrimination policies to include gender identity. [Read more…]

This May Be Painful

Provided by Metroplex Animal Coalition

The Metroplex Animal Coalition is launching a campaign that’s hitting below the belt. . . literally. It’s “Real Men Neuter.” Told you!

It’s a citywide campaign to build awareness of the necessity to spay and neuter critters. Appearing on DART buses for at least a month in English and Spanish, it will encourage people to “fix” their pets — “Spay or Neuter Your Pets. It Save Lives. And it’s the Law.”

If you know someone who wants to do just that, but is a bit short on change, call 972.498.8800 regarding free and low-cost spay/neuter programs.

According to MAC president Elaine Munch,

“I have wanted to do this ad for 10 years since I began leading the MAC organization. It is finally a reality thanks to the generous outpouring of volunteer time, support and funding.”

The two dogs featured in the ads, the Chihuahua and the pit bull, were adopted from Dallas Animal Services and Metroplex Mutts.  The kitten is still available for adoption from the Humane Society of Dallas County (Dog ‘N Kitty City).  “All were unwanted, stray or abandoned at one time,” said Munch.  “Now they are stars!”

Let’s giving a standing O to all the folks who finally made this campaign possible including a grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation, which has also supported MAC’s spay/neuter program.  Donating their time and services to the campaign are Steve Foxall, photography; Molly DeVoss, designer; The Clutts Agency, models, hair and makeup; and Sydney Bradford, model.

If you think it’s cute to have a litter born for the heck of it or that animals share the same enjoyment of sex, then drop by the Dallas Animal Shelter Tuesday morning and watch them euthanize puppies, kittens, dogs and cats. Sorry to be so hateful, but Tuesday mornings are not pleasant knowing that these unnecessary kills are taking place. Spaying and neutering can prevented Tuesday mornings.

Laura Bush Added To 2010’s “A Celebration Of Reading”

Amanda and George P. Bush (pictured) just notified MySweetCharity that their aunt/author (aka Former First Lady) Laura Bush has joined the lineup of authors for A Celebration of Reading at the Meyerson on Monday, Nov. 8.

In addition to Laura, Donovan Campbell, Jeff Kinney, Lelia Meacham and Condoleezza Rice will be sharing the stage for Barbara Bush’s annual event.

Because we know you’re looking for some summer reading, we’ve linked the authors names to websites that include their books.

And remember — proceeds form the event go to the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy, through which The First Lady’s Family Literacy Initiative for Texas grants awards up to  $50,000. The 2010 grant were presented to the Krum Independent School District in Krum, AVANCE in Waco, Austin Learning Academy, Bowie Independence School District, Dallas Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr. Branch) and Crystal City Independent School District.

The second-year sustainability grants were given to Literacy Council of Tyler, Deer Park Independent School District in Pasadena, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg and Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

Guess Who’s Coming To Black Tie Dinner?

Photo provided by Black Tie Dinner

If you’re current on your Broadway stars, then you know how very special this announcement is — two-time Tony nominee  Gavin Creel (pictured) will headline the 2010 Black Tie Dinner with the Turtle Creek Chorale on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Sheraton Dallas.

Gavin earned his Tony nominations for his lead role in the 2002 production of Thoroughly Modern Millie and the 2009 for his performance in the revival of Hair.

But Gavin is more than gorgeous with matching voice. He’s is one of the founders of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LGBT civil liberties. In fact, OUT Magazine‘s listed Gavin as one of the “OUT 100” for his work with Broadway Impact and the National Equality March.

Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Dr. Jonathan Palant said, “We are doubly honored this year to be both a beneficiary of and a performer at Black Tie Dinner. As the Chorale strives to reach its mission “to educate, entertain, unite and uplift,” we are proud to stand strong with Black Tie Dinner once again.

“Personally speaking, it’s been 13 years since Gavin and I completed our undergraduate degrees together at the University of Michigan, and I very much look forward to collaborating with him again!”

On-line Table Captain table sales begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. Sponsor opportunities are available now!

Dancing For Dollars Brings In The Green For Paws In The City

Because these brave and hardworking folks (pictured) danced and judged their hearts out at “Top Hat and Tails,” Paws In The City raised $125,000!

Congratulations to Tara Harper, Tina Foster and a whole litter of people and sponsors who were behind the scenes making it a success, too.

Take a bow-wow!

Maria May Is Sorta Leaving AT&T PAC

Just learned over the weekend that Maria May, who supervised the public relations for the AT&T  PAC’s opening less than a year ago, has given her notice. She’s joining Christine Roger‘s SparkFarm, a pr/marketing operation. Interesting that both gals worked at The Richards Group, but at different times. Then Maria hired Christine to help ramrod the media for the PAC opening.

The smart folks at the PAC are keeping Maria on as a consultant while they search high and low for her replacement.

D’Andra Simmons Announces Junior League of Dallas Fundraising Plans With Peter Duchin As A Key Player

D’Andra Simmons (pictured) knows how to get people to attend a party. Just have Peter Duchin, the darling of New York cafe society, not only show up, but play a few tunes on the ivories. And that’s what happened Thursday night at Galerie Zuger for the announcement of JLD’s plans for the upcoming year. What an announcement it was!

Just as the place was in over-fill capacity, the crowd learned that D’Andra  [Read more…]

Think Blind Side When It Comes To Wednesday’s Child Alliance Lunch

More plans for the upcoming fall fundraising season were announced Thursday night at Eddie V’s. Wednesday’s Child Alliance President Suzanne Bock Grishman (pictured) rallied her WCA troops to reveal two very special women will be part of their plans for the annual luncheon on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Ritz Carlton.

First, Suzanne announced that the luncheon speaker is none other than Leigh Anne Tuohy. What’s that? That name sounds familiar, but can’t recall it as being a local? Right! Think The Blindside gal herself. Yup, the Wednesday team managed to land the #1 champion of foster parents to address the luncheon. If you’ve heard Leigh Anne in an interview or in person, you know that she won’t mince words.

As if that wasn’t enough, Suzanne went on to reveal Janelle (pictured) and Larry Friedman will serve as the 2010 luncheon chair.

The steering committee for this one includes Carol Aaron, Andrea Alcorn, Mary Black, Sally Blanton, Yvonne Crum, Lynn Townsend Dealey, Carmen and Don Godwin, Sue Goodnight, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Lynn McBee, Elaine Pearlman, Sandy and Tommy Rouse, Carol Seay, Joanne Tiechman, Debbie Vaughn and Carmaleta Whiteley.


Aetna Provided $338,000 To Area Groups In 2009

Did you know Aetna and the Aetna Foundation in 2009 awarded 27 community grants and sponsorships in North Texas totaling $338,000? While their primary focus was on disease prevention, obesity and health screening, they didn’t leave other needy groups out.

Out of the $24M awarded nationally by the Aetna Foundation, the following North Texas groups received grants from Aetna and its employees:

  • $75,000 to the American Heart Association;
  • $25,000 to the American Diabetes Association Inc.,
  • $25,000 to the Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations,
  • $15,000 to the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA),
  • $10,000 to the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and
  • $5,000 to the Back to School Round-Up.

Also, receiving Aetna grants or sponsorships were [Read more…]

JUST IN: Tim McGraw Announced For XLV Countdown Live from Cowboys Stadium

Tim McGraw (pictured) announced today at that he will perform at the XLV Countdown Live From Cowboys Stadium.

It’s been a secret for months. Such hints as the performer had sold 40 million units and was a multi-Grammy winner were shared, but serious money questioned whether the committee would want another country western performer.

(Tim’s wife, C/W singer Faith Hill, opened the three-part concert series this spring at Bass Hall.)

Also on the program will be Fort Worth’s Van Cliburn and a historic tribute to the Dallas Cowboys’ 50th anniversary and a celebration of the career of newly-minted Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

Unlike the two previous concerts, the Sept. 10th event will have v-e-r-y “family-friendly” seating with most seats selling for $25. Tickets go on sale June 26.

The evening is being presented by Frito-Lay. Pass the chips, please!

Chick Lit Luncheon Brings In A $144,259 Nest Egg

It’s a Friday on a short work week. How great! Let’s make it even better with some pretty fab news from Community Partners of Dallas. It seems the accounting elves have finished tallying up the results from April’s Chick Lit Luncheon with Chicago author Jen Lancaster. Thanks to the event, $144,259 was raised to provide necessities for children in the care of Dallas County Child Protective Services.

“We are extremely thankful to our presenting sponsor, Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel (pictured), as well as all of the other generous donors and volunteers who helped to make this year’s luncheon such a success,” said Paige McDaniel, Community Partners of Dallas President and CEO. “The Chick Lit Luncheon provides necessities for our community’s youngest victims of abuse. With the support from our favorite ‘chicks,’ Dallas children now have the critical resources they need to experience hope and healing.”

In addition to the generous Tafels, the following sponsors also deserve a “well done”: [Read more…]

TREC's FightNight 22 Adds $725,000 To Multi-Million $$ Efforts

The Real Estate Council evidently had a knockout of a FightNight 22 (pictured) on May 6 at the Anatole. They brought in a whopping $725,000 thanks to the 1,000 guests. This night’s take translates into TREC’s having raised more than $19 million since it started FightNight back in 1989.

No, the money does not go to buying foreclosed highrises. It will benefit “distressed neighborhoods by enhancing the quality of life and stimulating economic development in the region.”

Sponsors who helped TREC achieve their

  • Super Heavyweight Sponsors — Archon Group, Goldman Sachs and Republic Title
  • Casino Sponsor — Matthews Southwest
  • Prize Fight Sponsors — Architel, Behringer Harvard, Deloitte., Granite, KPMG, Regions and Thackeray Partners
  • Platinum Sponsors were Crow Holdings, Metlife, NorthMarq Capital, LLC and Rosewood Property Company
  • Media Sponsors included Bisnow and The Dallas Morning News.

We're So Proud Of You

Congratulations, Dallas. In the most recent ranking of charitable cities by Charity Navigator, Dallas is #3. Yes, we know, we know. Houston is #2. But when you consider the recessionary environment, you have to be so proud that you’re part of a community that has dug a little deeper than the rest to help others.

Did you know the last time the survey was conducted we weren’t even in the top five a year ago? Go ahead. No one’s looking. Go ahead and smile. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Now let’s see if we can’t nudge Houston out of that #2 spot next year.

Retired Staubach Is Busier Than Ever

Since joining LaSalle Lang Jones Jones Lang LaSalle as Executive Chairman of Americas and moving into his new digs in the Preston Hollow area, Roger Staubach has become the energizer bunny rabbit of community involvement. Besides spearheading such projects as the North Texas Super Bowl, he’s been a very hands-on force for the recent Children’s Cancer Fund fashion show and AWARE luncheon.

Now it’s just been announced that he’ll be serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas honorary chairman with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas President J. Darren Rodgers serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas Chairman. The walk will take place September 11 at Victory benefiting the American Heart Association.

Attention, Nonprofits: Opportunity For $$$ And Services

Let’s all be calm. Yes, The Real Estate Council Foundation (TRECF) has money and services that it wants to give away to nonprofits. It’s all a part of its 2011 Community Initiatives program.

TREC President Michelle Corson said, “Throughout our 20-year history, we have provided numerous philanthropic causes in excess of $75 million dollars of pro bono professional services supported by more than $8 million dollars.  We are seeking projects from agencies that complement our mission and can utilize our members’ professional expertise to increase our positive impact on the community.”

It’s all the more amazing when you realize how tough things have been for those in real estate.

But, as you suspect there is a catch. No, you don’t have to enroll in their Facebook Fan Page nor pick up cans on the side of the road. So, what do you have to do? Follow the jump, read the criteria and please apply, if you can fit the requirements. The deadline for pre-applications is Tuesday, June 1, so hop to it.

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Don't You Think It's About Time To Show A Little Appreciation?

This post is simply to say “Thank you.”

If you haven’t suspected, the MySweetCharity community is limited to only you and a few others. At this point, we are not available to search engines and all those grown-up techie programs. We’re just learning how to crawl on our own before we face the Googles of the world. While we apologize for our simple graphics and slow postings, we are also trying to keep our day job while nurturing MySweetCharity.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on how we can improve MySweetCharity. Since this blog belongs to all who are trying to make a difference for good in our community, please share its existence with others who might want to join our chat.

Thank you for your patience and support. Both are truly appreciated.

White Rock Marathon Moves Start/Finish to Fair Park

If you participate in the annual MetroPCS White Rock Marathon, start thinking Fair Park. According to running diva Debbie Fetterman at the Dallas Morning News, one of the area’s biggest run (est. 20,000 runners) will move its start/finish from Victory Park to Fair Park on Dec. 5.

By doing this change, organizers will have more time to set up and participants will have more parking and easier access to starting areas.

The course will have to be adjusted, but we doubt the Dolly Partons will be MIA.

Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the marathon’s registration opens June 1.

UPDATE: Theo Is Being Rescued

Let’s start the week off on an upbeat note — you can check Theo (pictured) off today’s kill list at the Dallas Animal Shelter!

Jonnie England just notified MySweetCharity that Theo, the last of 55 animals on today’s kill list, is being rescued today by Heart2Heart.

Thanks to individuals and rescue groups, not only were these animals saved from destruction, but the Dallas Animal Shelter staff didn’t have to take on a task that they dread — killing animals.

But you know that there will be a new list posted with a new bunch of critters, so don’t rest on your laurels too long.

Just In: Vogel Alcove's Barbara Landix Is Stepping Down

It was just announced that after 12 years as executive director for Vogel Alcove, Barbara Landix is leaving the position on May 14. An interim executive director will be selected and serve, while the board of directors conducts a national search.