Share-A-Date: 16th Annual Bishop’s Gala

2014 is just ahead and already dates are being locked down. The Catholic Charities’ 16th Annual Bishop’s Gala just revealed the headline entertainer. Taking the stage at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, February 1, will be Harry Connick Jr.

The New Orleans crooner is a change from past Bishop Gala entertainers. In the last three years, they’ve had Bill Cosby, Martin Short and Steve Martin.

Why not consider it an early Valentine’s date?

Tickets starting at $325 and sponsorships are available online or by calling 214.520.6590.

Share-A-Date: 2013 Art Of Film

The Dallas Film Society just revealed the date for the 2013 Art of Film — Friday, November 8. Once again it will be at the Hall of State in Fair Park. This year’s event will be chaired by Kacy and Carter Tolleson.

According to the Tollesons, “We are honored to be a part of history with this year’s The Art of Film. Our love for film and appreciation of the art makes it a natural partnership. The Dallas Film Society recognizes film arts and its many forms through a variety of channels and monthly programming and we are excited to help organize this prestigious event.”

Now, the question is, “Who will be in the chair across the way guest moderator Elvis Mitchell?”

Paul and Tiffany Divis and Val Kilmer (File photo)

Paul and Tiffany Divis and Val Kilmer (File photo)

You’ll just have to wait for the second reel on that one. But let’s face it. The former movie types who have been part of Art of Film have included Robert Duvall, John Lithgow and Val Kilmer.

This is a good one to take a chance on before the announcement is made. There’s the red carpet, the reception, interview and seated dinner afterwards. In addition to the celeb du jour, you’d be amazed at the high-profile movie lovers who are in the crowd.

Tickets start at $500 and sponsorships range from $5,000 to $30,000. And as always, the greater the check, the greater the perks.

Share-A-Date: The Power Of Prevention Breakfast

Tuesday, October 8: If you are a Dr. Phil fan, then you know Debbie Knauss from her various appearances on his show. If she’s new to you, here’s some info: Debbie is a registered nurse who has specialized in dealing with the “disease of addiction and the importance of family involvement in the addict’s recovery.” Over the years and after working in various facilities providing inpatient, outpatient and extended-care treatment, she has also had first-hand experience the effects of the disease. Her own son’s struggle with drug and alcohol abuse catapulted her from being a normal mom to co-founder/president/CEO of VIP Recovery in Dallas.

Debbie will be the keynote speaker at the The Power of Prevention Breakfast benefiting the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse at Royal Oak Country Club.

Co-chairing the event will be Janine Evans and Lorri Lancashire with Jan Showers as honorary chair.

SHARE-A-DATE: Center For BrainHealth’s Legacy Award Dinner

Let’s be painfully honest. This one should be called the “Gray Matters Dinner.” The Center for BrainHealth’s “Legacy Award Dinner” is one of the favs each year where brainy baby boomers and the next generation come together to better understand the workings of the stuff within your skull.

Lee Roy Jordan, Dr. John Hart Jr. and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

Lee Roy Jordan, Dr. John Hart Jr. and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

This year the Wednesday, October 9th dinner is honoring Jane and Bud Smith at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Jane and Bud have been big supporters of the Center and Dr. John Hart.

The host committee is made up of Nancy and Randy Best, Toni Brinker, Ed Cox, Nancy Dedman, Ginny and John Eulich, Gail and Wallace Hall, Susan and Boots Nowlin and Mary Watson and Wallace Stone.

You don’t have to be a member of Mensa to be smart enough to attend this one, folks.

Share-A-Date: History With A Twist

Saturday, May 18: Many oldtimers know the area as Old City Park. But they also remember when Harvey Gough redefined “grilling.” Nowadays, the former Old City Park is known as Dallas Heritage Village and it’s surrounded by ever-developing downtown Dallas.

Back in 1876 it was Dallas’ first official city park. Over the years other parks were established, and the poor darling took on a Miss Havisham reputation. Following World War II, things were looking pretty bleak for the park. Then it happened. According to sources, “The future of City Park looked dim until a group of women determined to save a historic plantation house [Millermore] from the wrecking ball offered the park a new role in the culture of Dallas. The ladies who rescued Millermore stored the disassembled pieces in a warehouse, and then called Ray Hubbard, president of the park board. He agreed with their idea to reconstruct the house in City Park, where it became the first of 21 buildings transported here to become a village.”

Since then the 20-acre park has become a favorite for schoolchildren, Dallas history lovers and folks who just want to enjoy a charming past in a world of uber motion.

To help raise funds for the maintenance of Dallas Heritage Village, they’re holding “History With A Twist” on Saturday, May 18, at Dallas Heritage Village.

What’s the twist? It’s what the party is all about. Dallas Mixologist Michael Martensen of Cedars Social and soon-to-be opened The Establishment is going to be celebrating classic American cocktails with various stations set up around the park.

Of course, there will “heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment” plus beer and wine, a silent auction, a photo booth, vintage car display and period music by Singapore Singers.

In keeping with the blending of history and cocktails, the attire and feel will be around the Prohibition period. Yes, we know. That was way before your time, but you’ve seen enough movies, so pinstriped suits, spats, flapper dresses and bee-hive lips will be right in place. But please leave the tommy guns at home.

Share-A-Date: 2013 Emerald Eagle Honors

Monday, April 15: Those University of North Texas folks really know how to celebrate their graduates who have “made a profound impact on our culture and society.” About 1,800 are expected at the Meyerson for the “2013 Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape.” Formerly called “The Emerald Ball,” it was started in 2007 and has raised more than $1 million.

Tanya Foster

Tanya Foster (File photo)

Along with Honorary Chairs Margaret and UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson, Ann and Ken Newman (’66), Amanda and Brint Ryan (’88) and Gay (’66) and Jack Wall (’64), this year’s Event Chairs Kelly (’88) and George Durnham (’88), Tanya Foster (’87), Jenny and John Kirtland (’94), Robert Nickell (’68) and Mary Jo and UNT President V. Lane Rawlins have arranged for quite an interesting and diverse group of UNT grads including:

  • Former Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame “Mean” Joe Greene (’69)
  • Rock and roll icon, the late Roy Orbison (’55), who will be represented by his family
  • Mary Suhm

    Mary Suhm (File photo)

    Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm (’74 and ’84).

Serving as co-hosts for the evening will be reality TV star Melissa Rycroft Strickland (’05) and actor/director/history lecturer Peter Weller (’69).

The evening will benefit the UNT Foundation “to make a UNT education possible for more than 2,4000 high-achieving students from low-income families.”

Share-A-Date: Hispanic Communicators DFW’s Scholarship Awards Banquet

Gloria Campos (File photo)

Gloria Campos (File photo)

Saturday, April 20: Years ago there was a very active organization called The Network of Hispanic Communicators. One of the driving forces was Gary Pina, who worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. As Gary put it recently, the group “went dormant in 2008 because our industry was going through some rough times. (I was laid off from the Star-Telegram after 23 years but landed with neighborsgo at The Dallas Morning News.) The group came back slowly in 2010. We elected officers again in 2011, and celebrated our 30th year as a group. . .  We changed our name to Hispanic Communicators DFW.””

To celebrate, they’re holding the Scholarship Award Banquet at the new hot venue, Trinity Groves. PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez will be the keynote speaker and WFAA’s Gloria Campos will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

This fundraiser is a great opportunity for clients and companies to do more than just give lip service in supporting a very vital and important part of our community.

Share-A-Date: Heroes & Handbags

Friday, April 19: One of the surprise hits in the past years has been the Heroes & Handbags luncheon. Maybe it’s because Dallas gals love their purses. Not only is it something to accessorize their look, but it’s also invaluable when storing the necessities of ladylike lifestyles — cellphone, lipstick and credit cards.

Some of the handbags available for purchase are gently experienced types donated by fashionable leaders. Others are brand spanking new and are dying to be clutched.

The Kate

The Kate*

Speaking of clutching and handholding, designer Elaine Turner has designed a custom bag exclusively for the Heroes for Children fundraiser. Larissa Linton reported that “only 150 were available and we have already pre-sold over 50!”

Rachael Dedman and Nancy Dedman (File photo)

Rachael Dedman and Nancy Dedman (File photo)

Now for the best part. Elaine’s creation is called The Kate, “named after Prince William‘s wife, hence the crown!” If you email Larissa ([email protected]), she’ll reserve one for you for $199 with a portion going to HfC. If there are any left by the luncheon, you can take your chance and pick one up then. But that’s a chancy chance, don’t you know.

BTW, if you haven’t attended the event in the past, don’t leave your cellphone at home. It makes the purchasing oh-so-much easier and fun.

Those purse-hugging girls Nancy Dedman and Rachael Dedman are honorary chairs and Kim Bannister is luncheon chair.

*Photo provided by Heroes for Children

Share A Date: 10th Annual Wings Luncheon

Barbara Price Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush

Friday, April 12:  The 10th Annual Wings Luncheon Chair Gina Betts has an all-star lineup for  the New Friends New Life benefit at the Hyatt Regency. Not only has she arranged for the mother/daughter team of Lana Andrews and Natalie McGuire to serve as honorary chairs, she’s locked down a very busy gal to be the featured speaker — Barbara Pierce Bush.

In addition to being a former first daughter, Barbara PB is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, “an organization that mobilizes a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. Since 2009, Global Health Corps has placed 216 fellows from twelve countries to work with non-profit and government health organizations like Partners In Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and the United States.”

Now exactly what does health equity internationally have to do with NFNL’s missions to helped sexually exploited women and their children? Leadership. Barbara’s work with the mobilization of emerging leaders is right in line with NFNL’s goal to developed leadership and service “to win the battle against domestic sexual exploitation of women and girls.” According to NFNL,

  • Statistics reveal that childhood abuse is a precursor to an American girl’s entrance into the sex trade at the average age of 13.
  • The U.S. State Department estimates 100,000 children enter the sex industry every year. No, that’s not a typo. That’s a six-figure number. . . an outrageous one.
  • Over the past 15 years, NFNL has helped thousands of trafficked teen girls, sexually exploited women and their children build new lives and overcome the pain and trauma of their past to achieve stable living environments, emotional healing and spiritual renewal.

If you’re smart, you’ll sign up for a sponsorship. That will entitle you to much more  than the luncheon. . . like a Platinum Dinner.

Photo provided by New Friends New Life

Share-A-Date: 6th Annual Appetite For Advocacy Luncheon

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Wednesday, April 3: By the time the luncheon happens, the folks at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center will have settled into their new digs. Think how proud they’ll be to show it off to the Appetite for Advocacy luncheon speaker — Ashley Judd. Yup! That’s whom Event Chairs Ronnie Berg and Carla Cline have arranged for the sixth annual luncheon benefiting DCAC.

The cocktail reception and raffle start at 11 a.m. and the luncheon kicks off at noon at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. It’s a mighty big room, but it’s always jammed. So you might want to consider buying a couple of tickets ASAP. That way you can give a friend a seat and treat yourself, too.

Share-A-Date: 35th Annual TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon

Nancy Carlson, Roger Nanney and Peggy Sewell (File photo)

Friday, February 22, 2013: The 2013 TACA Silver Cup Award recipients have been announced — Peggy Sewell and Roger Nanney — and the speeches are being crafted for this art-loving luncheon. Once again J.P. Morgan and Neiman Marcus are partnering up to sponsor the 35-year-old event that was created by the late Annette Strauss “to recognize one man and one woman for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Dallas.”

Plan on being at the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom at noon for this “no-doubt” sell-out that benefits Dallas’ performing arts community. Here’s an idea: Why not buy a couple of tickets and give one as a holiday gift?

Share-A-Date: Children’s Cancer Fund’s 25th Annual Luncheon And Fashion Show

AJ Wells and Roger Staubach (File photo)

Friday, May 3, 2013: The Children’s Cancer Fund‘s annual luncheon/fashion show is one of the most joyous runway events in the area. With athletes and celebrities escorting youthful cancer patients and survivors, there are smiles throughout the entire place. It’s literally a catwalk of heroes/heroines escorting each other.

Since its start in 1982, CCF has donated more than “$7M to the childhood cancer cause.”

For its 25th anniversary, the 2013  Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-chairs Jennifer DeLaughter and Elizabeth Farr have arranged for former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach to return as honorary chairs.

Jennifer and Elizabeth are also having the luncheon/fashion show held once again in the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom for the main event.

It’s truly a great event that everyone wishes was unnecessary. So, let’s raise a bunch of dough, celebrate the greats among us and rid the world of a cruel disease.

Share-A-Date: 6th Annual Stiletto Strut

Thursday, April 25: It was just made official Thursday at Dallas Fish Market that the 6th Annual Stiletto Strut not only has a date but co-chairs as well. The “strut” around Neiman Marcus Downtown will once again benefit The Family Place, but this year it will be chaired by Jenifer Strauss Dannahauser, Stacy Girard and Lindsay Jacaman on April 25.

Co-chairs Lindsay Jacaman, Jenifer Strauss Dannhauser and Stacy Girard

As in the past, before the ladies in high, namedropping heels start their stepping around the downtown block, they’ll be getting their whistles wet with champagne and all types of thirst quenchers in the store.

One of the highlights is the raffle that includes the winning of a new pair of NM shoes for six months.

As more deets are revealed, we’ll keep you updated. And there will be more deets.

Photo credit: Shana Anderson

Share-A-Date: Chick Lit Luncheon

Mersina Stubbs (File photo)

Friday, April 5: Okay, so the name of the 2013 Chick Lit Luncheon author isn’t going to be announced until Thursday, November 29. But you do need to know the date and that Lisa Singleton will be chairing the Community Partners of Dallas fundraiser at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Another piece of news is the recipient of the annual Partners for Children Award. It will be Mersina Stubbs.

Mersina is a busy gal. In addition to being honored, she’s also co-chairing Legends 2012 along with husband Phil and Betty and Michael Bullington. This St. Paul Medical Foundation fundraiser is going to feature Burt Bacharach at the House of Blues on  Saturday, October 27.

AND Mersina is also co-chairing the November 16th Art of Film with Jennifer Houser.

Enough, all right, all ready! Perhaps this post should have been titled, “Keeping Up With Mersina.”

Share-A-Date: Savor The Symphony

Savor the Symphony violins (File photo)

Saturday, March 23, 2013: Can’t believe all the 2013 events are starting to roll in. But one of the favorites is the Elan Circle’s Savor the Symphony. Maybe it’s because it’s at the Adolphus. Maybe it’s because it’s a black-tie dinner and cocktail reception. Maybe it’s because it benefits the education and outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Maybe it’s because the silent auction items are elegant, clever and unique.

For instance, the “Art of Music” painted violins were such a hit this past year, a new crop will be up for bids for the 2013 gala.

Share-A-Date: Mission Olé

2011 Mission Olé’s Wendy Krispin outdoor buffet (File photo)

Saturday, October 6, 2012: Mission Olé co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez just revealed that invitations will be hitting mailboxes for the annual Trinity River Mission fundraiser. Along with Honorary Chairs Sandra and Henry Estess, they’ve arranged something old and something new this year.

The new item is the event’s presenting sponsors.

“We have received so much support already from the community, including a new presenting sponsor, Texas Capital Bank,” said Nancy.

As for the something old, don’t go thinking it’s something dusty and worn.

Nope!

The girls have arranged to have the event to return to Laurie Sands Harrison‘s marvelous home.

According to Kristi, ­­“We are also so fortunate that the wonderful Laurie Sands Harrison has graciously agreed to open up her beautiful home and outdoor garden for this special evening.  It is sure to be a can’t-miss event as we raise funds for the important programs of Trinity River Mission.”

Laurie’s estate is simply fabulous for this “casual chic” evening. Heck, it’s pretty darn perfect for any occasion.

But Kristi and Nancy aren’t relying on Laurie to hit a home run. “We hope everyone will make plans to join us; we promise a casual chic evening, silent and live auctions, casino and lots of great drinks and food – all for a wonderful organizations that helps ensure academic success for disadvantaged youth in West Dallas,” said Nancy.

To do this they’ve also drafted the talents of their buddies to help out. Among the draftees are Wendy Krispin, who “will be back with her sumptuous Latin-inspired dinner buffet complete with a made-to-order Gordita station, pal Julian Leaver of Bella Flora Design will put his professional touch to the event décor and  America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru Steve Kemble will serve as master of ceremonies.”

BTW, Steve will be emceeing this Friday’s Celebrity Waiter Luncheon. The question of the week is whether he can outdo his performance last year?

Share-A-Date: 3rd Annual Elisa Project Esteem Fashion Show

Rhonda Sargent Chambers (File photo)

Dallas fashion producer extraordinaire Rhonda Sargent Chambers has been working with fashion, runways and models since she was old enough to wear heels. Through the years, she’s gained a reputation for being extremely fashion savvy and generously supporting nonprofits, especially those dealing with young people.

One cause that Rhonda has seen impact both friends and associates is eating disorders for women and men of all ages.

So, it’s only natural that she would chair the 3rd Annual Elisa Project Esteem Fashion Show on Saturday, September 22, using her fashion production talents and connections.

Leave it to Rhonda to arrange for Saks Fifth Avenue at the Galleria to not only host the event complete with the latest men’s and women’s fall fashions, but to provide tips on how to sail through the coming season.

Because the show is “built around real people with real lifestyles,” Rhonda has also called in “real people” and celebrity types like The Elisa Project Executive Director Anne Besser and her daughter Zoe, philanthropists Yvonne Crum and Jill Rowlett, guy types Steve Kemble and Scott Murray, KISS 106.1’s Kellie Rasberry and daughter Emma and a slew of others to walk the fashions on the runway.

To emcee the event, Rhonda has tapped local fav/fashion lover Debbie Denmon.

Just think. You can attend the show that starts at 10:30 a.m., shop, have lunch at one of the Galleria’s restaurants and shop some more.

Proceeds will benefit the programs of the 13-year-old Elisa Project.

Share-A-Date: Center For Brain Health’s Legacy Award Dinner

Daryl Johnston (File photo)

Tuesday, October 23: Don’t be misled by the initial sound of this events. It’s not “boys only.” Sure, the honorees are former Dallas Cowboys Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Lee Roy Jordan. And then there are the Legacy Award Dinner co-chairs Barry Andrews and Alan White. They’re legendary for their annual “boys-only holiday lunch” at Cowboys Stadium.

Lee Roy Jordan (File photo)

But these four gents and their leading ladies Lana Andrews, Diane Johnston, Biddie Jordan and Lee Anne White) along with a slew of Center for Brain Health supporters will dine at the Dallas Country Club to salute Daryl and Lee Roy for “their leadership and dedication to brain performance in athletes.

Why, oh why, do we think thee will be some Cowboys, both past and present, in the dining room?

Mark this one down for a quick sell-out when tickets do go on sale.

Share-A-Date: Vogel Alcove’s Ambassadors Of Hope Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, October 24: Just ask anyone who has organized a first time fundraiser, it ain’t easy. It’s tough enough for the the established events to compete for attendance and sponsorships. But the new kids on the fundraising block are facing a real challenge.

But then there are always exceptions. And the Ambassadors of Hope Awards Luncheon will no doubt be that. Not only will it have Chris “Pursuit of Happyness” Gardner are the guest speaker, it’s benefiting the Vogel Alcove and they’re old hands at special events.

That’s why there’s even more than Chris on hand for the luncheon at the Ritz Carlton. Luncheon Chairs Dawn Budner and Tina Wasserman have arranged for Ebby Halliday to be the honorary chair, songs sung by the Vogel Alcove children and awards presented to the following “members of the community for their service to the homeless children of Vogel Alcove”:

  • Corporate Champion for exemplary support of Vogel Alcove — McKool Smith
  • Doris Budner Award for leadership in advancing the Vogel Alcove mission — Alan Gold
  • Kids Helping Kids for efforts to serve the needs of the children of Vogel Alcove — Ariana Luterman
  • Media Partner for helping further the Vogel Alcove mission through media exposure — WFAA-CH. 8
  • Thelma Vogel Award for vision and collaborative efforts for advancing the services for homeless children and families — Neiman Marcus
  • Volunteer Award for impactful volunteer service to Vogel Alcove in honor of the original board of the Dallas Jewish Coalition for the Homeless

Sorry for the delay in getting this news to you, but the Vogel Alcove is “trying a new database” and it still has some kinks in it. Hey, don’t we all?

Share-A-Date: Northwood University’s Distinguished Women Award Gala 2012

Saturday, October 20: Northwood University  hasn’t announced of the recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Women’s Award. That news will come. But you might want to hold the date and remind yourself to head to Hilton Anatole for the dinner that recognizes “the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector services world-wide.”

The dinner and the entire weekend of celebration of the recipients usually takes place the first weekend in November. But being wise folks, the organizers realized that the timing would sorta result in a train wreck with the tsunami of presidential campaigning hitting that weekend.

Lee Greenwood To Headline Parkinson Voice Project’s “Speak Out America”

Lee Greenwood is known for his singing voice. Does anyone sing “God Bless The USA” like he does? Didn’t think so.

He’ll be joined by The Loud Crowd (member of the Parkinson Voice Project) on Sunday, September 23, when he appears at “Speak Out America!” at the Eisemann Center to perform patriotic songs with audience participation and raise funds for the Parkinson Voice Project.

What was that? What is The Loud Crowd? They’re likely to actually upstage Lee and he probably won’t mind one iota. . .

“Since Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, maintaining one’s voice and swallowing abilities is an ongoing challenge. The LOUD Crowd provides support, encouragement, and continued care from a professional staff. Patients who participate in The LOUD Crowd have been shown to maintain their improved voices for over 5 years. The LOUD Crowd shows off their hard work every year at Speak Out!”

Tickets are now on sale for Sunday performance that starts at 4 p.m. And if you care to sing along, go ahead.

Share-A-Date: Community Partners of Dallas’ “Change For Good” Is Great Summer Project For Munchkins

Sunday, October 7:Change is good” and when it comes to the Community Partners of Dallas (CPDTX), it’s positively great. Not only does it allow kids to help raise funds, it helps kids in need of help. The event taking place at Brook Hollow Golf Club is strictly G-rated including bungee-trampoline, bounce houses, face painting, flip books, a video-game truck, Brook Hollow good and more. Kids bring change that they’ve collected. In return they get chance tickets for prizes.

The timing is also perfect. It takes place on a Sunday afternoon. So you can attend church, grab a bite to eat and head on over from 3 to 6 p.m. And you Cowboy fans don’t have to worry about missing a game. The Boys have the weekend off. According to the CPD team of Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke,

Kim, JR and Justin Whitman

“We are simply thrilled to have Kim, Justin and JR Whitman as our honorary chair family. And we have three amazing chair families this year: Carolyn and Paul Goelzer with daughters, Sophie and Elizabeth; Kimber and Michael Hartmann with sons, Beau, Brice and Brooks; and Angie and Kevin Kadesky with children Elizabeth, Stephen, Alexander, Marie, Keith and Erin.  In addition, more than 120 great families have joined the event Host Committee.”

Carolyn Goelzer with daughters Sophie and Elizabeth

Last year’s take included 103,00 coins totaling more than $15,000. Do you know how much good that CPDTX folks can squeeze out of $15,000?

How did they get their coins? According to organizers,

  • “I had a dog wash in my neighborhood”
  • “In my mom’s car”
  • “Under the sofa cushions”
  • “I knocked on my neighbors’ doors and asked them to help kids who didn’t have all the things that I do”
  • “In my piggy bank”
  • “I had a lemonade stand. Everyone gave me a lot of money when they found out I was doing it to help other kids!”
  • “Our grandmother’s purse”

Look, it’s summertime and the kids have seen all the movies, survived camp and are driving you nuts with “What are we gonna do now?” So, tell your favorite kiddos to start scratching their brains to come up with ideas to collect coins. And if your children are online friendly, CPDTX has arranged “to set up online pages so that they can ask for fundraising support from friend who live too far away to share their change.” Translation: Grandparents, be prepared to be hit up.

Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas

Share-A-Date: 22nd Annual Addison Rotary Open

Monday, September 10: Golf is a truly year-round sport. If you have clubs and a couple of acres of green, then people with white balls will be there. So the Addison Rotary Club is hosting the Addison Rotary Open (you expected the Mr. Peppermint Festival or the Icky Twerp Slam-Bang Gala)?

Addison Rotary Open benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas will benefit from the shotgun start at Glen Eagles Country Club thanks to Randy Lasley. Starting at 12:30 p.m., this four-man team scramble will include holes along the course designated for awards such as luxury automobiles, travel packages and cash. All golfers will receive goodie bags, use of a golf cart, lunch, chances at prizes and admission to the After-Tournament Party.

Following all that tedious hitting the itty-bitty white ball around acres of greenery, players will party at the After-Tournament Party at the Gleneagles Clubhouse with dinner, raffle results, silent and live auctions and the presentation of prizes.

Ah, come on. You just know that come September you’re going to be looking for an excuse to get out of the office and this one not only does that, it also benefits the RMHD.

Graphic provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Head Into The Meadow For Food, Friends And Fundraising

Allen and Plano have become synonymous with growth, development and progress. In addition to serving as headquarters for some of the country’s biggest corporations, they also boast thriving school systems, shopping centers and residential areas. But with all the concrete and steel sprouting up, some folks south of the area may not realize that thanks to Frances Montgomery Williams there are 72 acres that will remain a preserve.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Back in 1981 Frances gave 72 acres of her family’s property to the Connemara Conservancy Foundation. She was “concerned that her family’s land was in jeopardy of succumbing to the almost unstoppable ‘urban sprawl.'” Thanks to her foresight, the property that became known as The Meadow “will forever remain in its natural state as an open window to the environment.”

While the maintenance is shouldered by dedicated volunteers, it still take $$ to support the Connemara Conservancy in its efforts to “help landowners, local governments and forward-thinking developers save important remaining landscapes.” Currently Connemara Conservancy is protecting more than 3,800 acres of open space throughout North Texas.

Into The Meadow

One of the ways to raise that funding is “Into the Meadow.” No, you won’t have to get out your rakes  and gardening tools. It’s “an elegant evening of food, fun and friends under the stars in the Connemara Meadow Preserve. For the third year, Into the Meadow brings together locals chefs and locally farmed food to create an outdoor dining experience.”

This year’s dinner on Saturday, September 22, will be provided by George Brown of George Catering with decor and appetizers by Patina Green.

And, of course, there will an auction, live music (Clay Wilson Band) and dancing. Duh!

According to Connemara Executive Director Sandra Greenway, “We’re very excited about this year’s ‘Into The Meadow.’ From the cocktail reception in the Pecan Grove to the dramatic sunset to the fireflies floating throughout the Meadow during dinner under the stars, it truly is a magical evening. And it goes to support the important work of the Connemara Conservancy.”

If you purchase your ticket before Saturday, September 1, it will only cost $150 per. After that, if there are tickets left, they’ll go for $200 pp.

Sponsors include:

  • Sycamore level — PSAV Presentation Services
  • Pecan levelJulie and Ken Hersh
  • Wildflower levelTina Danze, Ron Hanson, The Levy family, Magenta & Green Design, Pat and Kevin McBride, The Monier family, Jim and Melinda Johnson, Patina Green Home and Market, Barbara and Randy Rosenblatt – Glazer Distributers and the Unterber family.
Photo provided by Connemara Conservancy