American Heart Association and W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Team Up To Save Lives

The American Heart Association and the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas are joining forces on a two-year project that will allow the AHA “to enhance the heart attached emergency response system in Dallas County.” This $3.5 million grant “has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Dallas and to serve as a model for the rest of the state and country.”

Thank you notes should be in the mail today!

Dean Foods Employees And Foundation Made A Big Difference For The North Texas Food Bank

Since September was “Hunger Action Month,” the employees at Dean Foods made it a priority to “help collect and put food in the hands of those who need it most.” Their work paid off sorting and packing more than 83,000 meals and donating 3,740 pound of food that translates into 13,000 meals.

To enhance this roll-up-the-sleeves attitude, the Dean Foods Foundation has just announced its pledge of $300,000 over a three-year period to North Texas Food Bank programs to feed and educate at-risk children and youth.

This pledge is the largest in NTFB history.

“Dean Foods is dedicated to providing wholesome dairy products every day to families and children across the country,” said Chris Sliva, president of the Morningstar Division of Dean Foods and a NTFB Board member.  “Giving North Texas children access to healthy nutrition and educating them on positive lifelong eating habits are critical services that are an ongoing passion for our employees and a natural fit for the Dean Foods Foundation’s support.”


‘nother AT&T PAC Exec Type Departs

On the heels of Mike Granberry‘s Sunday story in The Dallas Morning News about the “challenges” facing the AT&T PAC after its first year, word has just arrived that another PAC exec type if packing her stuff.  VP of External Affairs Jill Magnuson has turned in her resignation.

But she’s just going down the block to handle the external affairs for the Nasher Sculpture Center.


Jill Cumnock Named Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO

Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

When Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO Barbara McDermott announced her retirement, it set wheels in motion to find her replacement. Today it was announced that Jill Cumnock (pictured), who has most recently served as executive director of Frisco Family Services Center, will take over Barbara’s duties.

“While we are sad to lose Barbara to retirement after so many years of outstanding leadership, we are extremely pleased to have somebody of Jill’s background and experience ready to leverage the strengths of the organization and continue our mission of serving as a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families,” said Mike McWilliams, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas board chair. “Jill has an impressive record from her time with FFSC, and we look forward to welcoming her to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.”

One of the first things on Jill’s agenda will be learning the in’s and out’s of running a mega-miniauture train operation. Choo-choo!

Best of retirement for Barbara!

AWARE’s March Luncheon To Honor Juanita And Henry S. Miller Jr.

Plans for the annual AWARE luncheon were announced Thursday night at the Crescent Club. While last year’s lunch was a mega-event honoring Dandy Don Meredith, the March 31, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole has all the earmarks of upping the ante.

AWARE President Carmaleta Whiteley introduced Luncheon Chair Deborah Packer who revealed that the theme will be “A Dallas Love Story — A Tribute to Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr.

“When our committee met to determine this year’s theme a common subject came up — The Caregiver. When you think of a caregiver, you think of someone taking care of someone who is ill. But a care giver can be many things. A caregiver may care for  a loved one, may care for a child, may care for a hobby, may care for  a passion such as the arts; dance, theatre, opera and symphony, they  may care for a friend, they might even care for a community.

“We asked ourselves if there was someone who possessed all of this? Not only did we discover one person, but a couple! One who cared  with passion, compassion and love for each other, their family, the arts, and the development of their community of Dallas. They did this for over 60 years!!

“We are pleased to announce our theme for this year….A Dallas Love Story: A Tribute to Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr.”

Representing the family, Miller daughter Patsy Donosky (pictured right with, from the left Carmaleta Whiteley and John Gilchrist) the told the group of her parents’ great love for each that was reflected in their holding hands and having a glass of champagne each evening together. Joining Patsy were Tincy and Vance Miller.

If just half of the Miller clan attends the lunch, the place is going to be sold out with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Perfect Weather Cancels Need For Cattle Baron’s Rain Plan

It’s official. The Cattle Baron’s Ball with Alan Jackson and Jack Ingram will take place as planned with no rain plan needed.

The Mud Ball of 2009 will not be replayed.

If problems develop, MySweetCharity will be posting live both on MSC and at MyTweetCharity on Twitter. Feel free to let us know if you spot any problems or advantages in getting to Southfork.

Cattle Baron’s Weather And Live Traffic Reports

The Cattle Baron’s Ball committee is not leaving anything up to chance this year. They have back-up plans for the back-up plans for Saturday’s gala at Southfork.

If a rain plan is to be activated, MySweetCharity will post the news Friday at noon.

Reality check — There is not a weather predictor this side of the Pacific that hints of rain for Saturday, so don’t get your hopes up for a rain plan being put into action.

HOWEVER, if there is a snag in traffic, MySweetCharity and the lovely and charming folks at Jack Boles are coordinating arrangements to let you know.

Shout Out To Scott Pelley: You’re So Yesterday

Loved Scott Pelley when he and his wife Jane Boone were working in Dallas way back when. It’s been years since Scott headed up to the northeast and started working for “60 Minutes.”

This past Sunday he did an interview with philanthropist Melinda Gates, who is married to Bill Gates and graduated from Ursuline Academy. At one point in the interview, this exchange took place:

Pelley: “Now, I’m from Texas, too, so I can say this. You don’t wear your wealth like a Dallas gal.”

Gates: “Mmm hmm.”

Pelley: “You don’t seem to be a big consumer of jewelry and cosmetics.”

Scott, you’ve been gone way to long, sweetie.  The driving force for philanthropy in Dallas, Houston and Texas for that matter is made up of women who have their priorities nicely arranged. No one has ever, ever, ever thought of people like Margaret McDermott, Caroline Rose Hunt, Mary McDermott, Diane Brierley, Lynn McBee or Marguerite Hoffman (to name just a few) as being “big consumers of jewelry and cosmetics.”

Perhaps you need to visit Dallas and update your “Dallas gal” impression.

JUST IN: TACA Silver Cup 2011 Recipients Announced

Sarah Perot

The 2011 TACA Silver Cup Recipients were just announced! They’re Sarah Perot and John Eagle!

Put March 4 at the Anatole on your schedule for the Silver Cup lunch. Great fun for the art of it.

John Eagle

Announcement of 2011 TACA Silver Cup Recipients Pending

Am off to cover the announcement of the 2011 TACA Silver Cup recipients.

Share-A-Date: Victory Night At The Stadium

Saturday, December 11 @ the private club in Cowboys Stadium– “Victory Night at the Stadium”will feature cocktails, fun, food, tours, music and a live auction for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets.

Co-chaired by Ynette Hogue and Susan Levy, The Legacy at Preston Hollow — Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged will be the beneficiary of the event.

“Victory Night proceeds will directly benefit our residents by helping us meet our challenge allocation from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, ” said Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.

For further information, call 972.468.6161.

Dawlin’ Rawlins Gilliland Returns To KERA Air This Afternoon

As you’re stuck in traffic this afternoon, switch the radio dial to KERA (90.1 FM) to hear native son and ever-charming Rawlins Gilliland, (pictured with, from the left, Mona and Honey) will be on “All Things Considered” from 4 to 7 p.m.

According to Rawlins,

“I will be on air live doing my ‘Begging for Bucks Fiscal Aerobics’ stint for the Fall Membership/Pledge Drive now in its third week.”

If you’ve heard Rawlins “beg” before, you know that it’s like nothing you’ve heard before. It’ll make your ride home much more fun and interesting.

And if you have some spare change, make a donation to KERA.

Linda McMahon Named President Of The Real Estate Council

Good news: The Real Estate Council‘s President Michelle Corson‘s husband Larry just accepted the CEO position for Crescent Resources. Yahoo!

Bad news: The new position is forcing him to relocate to Charlotte, N.C. And can you believe it — Michelle is moving there with him.  Alas, even Michelle (pictured) can’t handle presidential duties from that far away.

Good news: After a thorough search conducted by TREC Chairman Jim Berry of Deloitte, TREC Chairman-elect Mark Gibson of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P., former TREC Chairs Tony Dona of Thackeray Partners, Michele Wheeler of Jackson-Shaw and Will Mundinger of Goldman Sachs, Michelle’s replacement was name — Neighborhood Strategies LLC Founder Linda McMahon.

Photo provided by The Real Estate Council

“Linda McMahon (pictured) has an impressive real estate background and is a great fit for us,” said Berry . “She knows this community and has worked with a wide array of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She brings essential knowledge of our industry and experience within our organization having served as chair of The Real Estate Council Foundation.”

Congratulations to Larry, Michelle, Linda and TREC!

Robert Miller Hits the 59-Year Mark At The Dallas Morning News

You might want to drop a note to Robert “Bob” Miller. Today is his 59th anniversary with The Dallas Morning News.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #9

While you’re getting dressed for the TACA Custom Auction Gala, we have one last item for you to consider. Let’s say you want to stay put in Dallas and have a simple dinner for two. But you’re not thinking Luby’s. No, you still want something a little unusual that doesn’t require high-maintenance dressing and arranging for guests.

TACA’s worker bees have such a deal that it’s the real closer to the evening’s auction. This package will provide for 30 couples to purchase it —

Item 9.  Back to the Garden – The urban garden at FM1410 – Sunday October 24th. (Value: This package will be sold in pairs of tickets.)

On Fitzhugh, there is a magical place called FM 1410, where Tom Spicer offers fabulous produce and yummies for locals. Yes, it is a East Dallas store front, but it also has a wondrous garden that is occasionally available for private dinner.

Tom is opening his urban garden on Sunday, October 24, for a very, very private supper for 30 couples. Depending upon the best produce available on this day, your dinner will be prepared by guest chefs and in support of the Gulf Coast region. While most of the ingredients will be local, some will be grown just inches away from your chair. Of course, all will be accompanied with regional wine pairings.

To set the tables just right for the occasion, Neiman Marcus Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager for Gift Galleries and Epicure Bill Makin will create the table settings.

And to make the evening last, Mackenzie-Childs will donate a five-piece setting for each guest to take home. You might recall that Mackenzie-Childs not only produce the “world-renowned Majolica Tableware, but they also brought Sarah Ferguson to town earlier this year to support the Art Ball.

Remember: This item will be sold in “pairs of tickets.”

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala Is Sold Out

If you put off getting a place at tonight’s TACA Custom Auction Gala at the Mansion, you’d better locate a tony scalper because the event is sold out.

The Trains At NorthPark Are Going Through A Refreshening

After 12 years folks normally “refresh” their homes with a new coat of paint, an overhaul of the kitchen or entirely new furnishings. So, it’s no surprise that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas have had The Trains at NorthPark redesigned.

According to Trains co-chair Christine “Sleep Experts” Cook, “There will be some favorite America landmarks as in years past, but there will be some surprises as well, so we invite everyone to visit and to tell their family and friends.”

The redesign  of the 1,600 square feet of track, more than 800-square feet of train layouts area and hundreds of buildings was executed by Dallas-based TrainWorx by T.W. Design.

Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Christine and her co-chair Amy Davis (pictured left with Christine Cook) also reported,

“We are thrilled to announce that JoAnne and Eddy Moore are our Honorary Trains chairs this season. We are also excited that Bank of Texas has returned to be the Presenting Sponsor, thanks to Bank of Texas Chairman and CEO Norm Bagwell. Their support, along with the community’s, is so important because we recently opened a new House, and these dollars help many families.”

Attracting 80,000 people each year, the holiday favorite will choo-choo from November 20, 2010 to January 2, 2011, between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

JUST IN: Stephen Sondheim’s Appearance Is Off For Today Due To Illness

Stephen Sondheim has canceled his appearance today at the two Nasher Salon Series events at Booker T. Washington and at the Nasher Sculpter Center due to illness.

Nasher spokesperson Kristen Gibbins reports,

“Ticket holders may choose to hold on to their tickets for guaranteed seating at a future Salon date with Mr. Sondheim yet to be determined or have the option to receive an immediate refund by calling Click N’ Print tickets at 888.695.0888.  We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.”

Will keep you posted on the rescheduled date.

Pat And Emmitt Smith Add To Their Family

Provided by Treasure You

Couple-of-the-year Pat and Emmitt Smith (pictured) just added another cutie to their brood. Elijah Alexander James Smith was born last night at 7:45 p.m. Weighing 6 lbs., 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches, he is a very lucky little fellow with parents like Perfect Pat and Superman Emmitt.

Sidenote: While Emmitt has been in the spotlight recently with professional football’s Hall of Fame and everything under the sun, Pat has been equally starring in her role at Treasure You and her numerous charitable projects. In the meantime, she has also been raising the rest of the Smith kiddos, looking fabulous and supporting her husband. Makes you realize how smart Emmitt is to have a wife like Pat.

Rawlins Gilliland To Provide Comic Relief On KERA

One of MySweetCharity’s favorite bon vivants/ wordsmiths is going to be on the radio-waves Wednesday. Rawlins Gilliland (pictured left with, from the left, Mona and Honey) will be on  KERA-FM (90.1) from 9 to 11 a.m. during “The Diane Rehm Show.”

What will he be doing? According to Rawlins,

“I will attempt to deliver some comic relief to what promises to be an exhausting Pledge Drive. Any amount, however small, called into the station or done online will really make me smile. I am not used to smiling on air live at 9 a.m.”

Share-A-Date: National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Friday, November 12 @ Hyatt Regency Dallas: The 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon will honor the following:

  • Outstanding Philanthropists — The Hallam Family
  • Outstanding Foundation — The Sammons Dallas Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation — AT&T, Inc.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser — Cecile Bonte
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive — David Krause
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Leah Prager

MSC SweetDeal: Question #5

MySweetCharity was recently asked if a person or persons could bid on an ad space to thank a group or to congratulate an organization/person for a job well done.

The answer is “Heck, yes!” We love being the online Hallmark card.

If you need details on the auction process, just go here.

The auction for October ads ends this Saturday at 6 p.m.  So, just send your questions and bids to [email protected]

BTW, there are some bargains still available much to the chagrin of Mr. MSC Accountant.

Share-The-Date: St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 @ the Hilton Anatole: The “Save the Date” cards are in the mail for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year should be a killer with Holly Pellham Davis as a Co-Chair and clothes by Stanley Korshak.

Let’s just hope that it’s another mega-success for LLS without the follow-up snowstorm.

MySweetCharity Rules About Fake Commenters

MySweetCharity loves a good conversation. Who doesn’t? But exchanges need to be honest and logged in under a consistent name with a “real email address.” We’ve noticed that other blogs have suffered from one person commenting under several “noms de plume.” Guess they’re either hoping to make it appear

  • that traffic is running high on their blogs or
  • that several people are participating in the conversation.

Alas, the MySweetCharity community is open and friendly. For this reason, fictitious email addresses (like “[email protected]” or “[email protected]”) will not be approved. Let’s stay honest and keep the conversation going.