JUST IN: The Moody Foundation Awards Children’s Health With $12M To Attract The World’s Top Scientists And Researchers To CRI

At their annual dinner, the Children’s Medical Center Foundation million-dollar donors/members of The Scripps Society had a delicious surprise that had jaws literally dropping at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s home Tuesday night. And while this crowd is renowned for their generosity, they were more than delighted with the news about an uber gift of generosity. The reason was courtesy of The Moody Foundation.

With Francie Moody-Dahlberg and husband Kevin Dahlberg smiling, it was announced that the Foundation had presented a $12 million gift to Children’s Health. The monies will “establish a prestigious faculty scholar program designed to attract the world’s top scientists to Dallas work alongside other researchers at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI).”

Sean Morrison, Christopher Durovich, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Kevin Dahlberg and Brent Christopher

According to CRI Director Dr. Sean Morrison, “We are deeply honored by this generous gift from the Moody Foundation that will accelerate our ability to make discoveries that improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease in children.”

Jamie Williams and Ralph DeBerardinis

The immediate plan calls for $5M to “create a new Robert L. Moody Sr. Faculty Scholar endowment to support the research of a leading scientist at CRI.” The first Scholar will be Dr. Ralph DeBerardinis, who is director of CRI’s Genetic and Metabolic Program and professor in CRI. Thanks to his laboratory, new strategies have been provided for treating cancer by exploiting metabolic differences between cancer cells and normal cells.”

The Foundation will continue its support of CRI’s world-class medical research “for at least 10 years with a distribution of $700,000 or more every year.”

As Francie put it, “With this gift, we hope to increase the impact of the Children’s Research Institute and attract the most brilliant scientists and researchers from around the globe to North Texas.”

This latest gift brings the total of The Moody Foundation’s support of CRI to $17.35M, “placing it among the top 10 largest cumulative donors for Children’s Health in the system’s 104-year history.”

Children’s Health President/CEO Christopher Durovich summed it up: “Given the established track records of these scientists for finding the pathways to medical breakthroughs, the Moody investment will benefit countless generations yet to come, especially in our relentless pursuit of the discovery of tomorrow’s treatments.”

Once again philanthropy is the reason that North Texas is recognized as a world leader in healthcare research and treatments.  

According to Children’s Medical Center Foundation Brent Christopher, “This is an extraordinary gift. We’ve had a long-standing relationship with the Moody Foundation, and we’re inspired by this powerful collaboration with one of Texas’ most revered philanthropic families.

 “Permanent, private philanthropic support like this is an invaluable tool for these researchers. It is a unique, reliable resource for proven scientists who are at the top of their game and will launch them into their next phase of life-changing discoveries.”

Ironically, on the first night of the World Series, Brent summed it up, “CRI scientists knock it out each month.” 

Nicely played for the team of  The Moody Foundation, Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) for generations to come.      

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2nd Annual Art Of Music Gala

According to 2nd Annual Art of Music Gala Co-Chairs David Call and Jordan Roberts,

David Call and Jordan Roberts*

We are excited and grateful to serve as co-chairs for the 2nd Annual Art of Music Gala on Saturday, February 10, at Southside on Lamar Ballroom, benefiting The Warren Center, for children with developmental differences.

Last year’s event was a huge success and we were able to raise over $60,000. With the funds raised we provided scholarships for children with special needs to receive much needed therapy services. Headlining the inaugural event was three-time Grammy winner and saxophonist Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band.

The 2018 Art of Music Gala will be bigger and better than ever. It will include renowned musicians who will compose an original music inspired by this year’s theme of “Wonderland.”

Each composition will then be delivered to a world-class artists who will create an original piece of art inspired by the compositions. The result is a night of celebration and performance where each original composition and its inspired work of art will be unveiled and performed live at the Gala.

Guests will also enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auction and creative gallery experiences with local artists.

Melody and Rick Rogers*

This year’s title sponsors are Melody and Rick Rogers

We are inspired by the drive these children have to succeed. We encourage you to join us in helping a child reach their full potential.

Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available.

Table Sponsorships begin at $2,500 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500. For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901 or email Tara or visit the website at www.theartofmusicgala.com.

* Photo provided by The Warren Center

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Michael Faircloth Fashion Design Program At The University Of North Texas

According to Michael Faircloth Fashion Design Program at The University of North TexasMichael Faircloth,

Michael Faircloth designs (File photo)

The fashion design program at the University of North Texas prepares students for a career as a fashion designer, illustrator or for the many production positions in the fashion industry. The program educates students to create designs that are both innovative and current, while being marketable and suitable for manufacture.

Graduates have landed prestigious design positions for companies such as Oscar de la Renta, Dillards, Watters Bridal, Fossil, Ralph Lauren, Theory, Panhandle Slim, Haggar, JC Penney, Nicole Miller, Monique Lhuillier, Zac Posen and Calvin Klein. I am honored to have my name associated with the Fashion Design Program.

I am humbled and overjoyed that my friends and my alma mater desire to recognize my achievements by naming the fashion design program for me. My experience and education while studying fashion design at UNT certainly laid the foundation for my success, and it continues to support my view of fashion as a discipline of art.

Lisa Troutt and Michael Faircloth (File photo)

And, I am enthusiastically encouraging others to contribute to the fund so we continue to support the program and remind students of the success they can achieve with a degree from UNT. 

UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design has received a gift in the amount of $500,000 that will assist in the enrichment and renaming of the already noted fashion design program as the Michael Faircloth Fashion Design Program.

My friend and alumna Lisa Troutt, with a previous career in fashion design, and her husband, Kenny, have given the first major gift that will support the $2.5 million goal to name the program. My hope is that others will follow, at any level, and help with this important educational program. Please visit https://one.unt.edu/faircloth.

Guests Came From Near And Far For The Sweet Sounds At The Sapphire Gala For Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

It takes more than talent to perform at such venues at the Meyerson. It takes money to fine tune that talent. So The Sapphire Gala under the leadership of Venise Stuart did just that for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra on Sunday, May 18. Guests came from as far away as Colorado for the evening of dining, bidding and listening to young musicians at the Meyerson. Here’s a report from the field:

Through the ages, sapphires have been treasured for their sparkle, romance and beauty. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) glittered with brilliance at the Sapphire Anniversary’s Spring Gala and Season Finale celebrating 45 years in the community. It was held on Sunday, May 21, at the Meyerson Symphony Center and is the only fundraising event for the youth orchestra.

Dallas Jazz Institute*

The shimmering Gala included a silent auction and buffet dinner with music featuring performers from the GDYO Jazz Institute. It was followed by a full concert of the top ensemble featuring guest violinist Chee-Yun, and ended with post-concert desserts.

Dolores Barzune, Venise Stuart, Larry Barzune and Larry Stuart*

Venise Stuart was extremely proud and honored to be chairing the Gala.

“The young talent the Metroplex has is amazing,” said Venise. “It takes a true passion and commitment from everyone involved to deliver the amazing experience you will have this evening. The GDYO is a hidden gem in the city and these young musicians soar under the direction of Maestro Rick Giangiulio.”

Cynthia and Brice Beaird*

Honorary Co-Chairs were Cynthia and Brice Beaird, longtime supporters of the Dallas community. Cynthia is a founding Partner/Executive VP with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. Brice is the owner of the Beaird Agency, Inc. and also a singer/songwriter. 

GDYO provides DFW’s most talented young musicians with high quality instruction, challenging repertoire and the opportunity to come together and perform at world class venues like the Meyerson Symphony Center. It was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community to provide music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability. The program includes over 450 talented musicians, ages 8 to 18, performing in two full orchestras, three string orchestras, a wind ensemble, a flute choir, and eight jazz combos, and socializing with a diverse group of highly talented peers from more than 50 communities.

Sherwood Wagner and Marena Gault*

“Many GDYO alums continue to study music at schools like Julliard, Cleveland Conservatory and others,” said GDYO Board Member Sherwood Wagner. “Regardless of the path they choose for their career, the students receive a world class music education/performance experience and a lifelong appreciation for arts.” 

There are a few notable alumni of the orchestra. Cathy Hernandez, the recently appointed Executive Director of GDYO, has come full circle by having been a musician with the orchestra while in high school, and now many years later, she heads the organization. Another familiar alumna from the program is Denise McGovern, who is currently Vice President of Communications at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Cathy Hernandez and Don Nebhan*

Gerald and Dana Sampson*

Attendees included Marena Gault, Delores and Larry Barzune, Dana and Gerald Sampson, Norma and Don Stone, Heather and Jerry Moore, Doug Haloftis, Becky and Brad Todd and Sharon and Maurice Ballew.

Gerry and Dana Sampson moved to Colorado nearly two years ago, but flew back for the event. They were both wearing purple because Gerald is on the National Board of Alzheimer’s Association. Even his shoes were purple.

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the GDYO Scholarship Fund and the GDYO Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO Program, but to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and preforming with their peers. Each year, young musicians in GDYO receive $20,000 in scholarships, and that number doubles in a tour year.

For more information:  www.gdyo.org

* Photo credit: Chuck Clark

JUST IN: Returning Aware President Venise Stuart Reveals The Grant Recipients And Board Members For 2017-2018

Venise Stuart (File photo)

Venise Stuart’s dance card is getting full. Not only is she chairing the 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea for the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, she is once again going to serve as president for Aware .

Venise just revealed the following ten organizations have been named Aware grant recipients for 2017-2018:

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor AT&T Memory Center.
  • Center for BrainHealth – Discovery Group – Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease
  • Dallas Museum of Art – Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.
  • Jewish Family Service – Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers.
  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church – Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Presbyterian Communities & Services Foundation – Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companions – Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center – Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship awardees will be Baylor University’s Nora Drutz-Rogney and TCU’s Lindsay Ross.

Part of the grant funding is achieved from proceeds from the annual Aware Affair. This year’s event — Celebrate the Moments — will take place on Friday the 13th of April with a three-course dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. Wondering where it’s gonna be held? And who’s chairing the event? Good questions! That information is coming in the weeks ahead.

Joining Venise on the 2017-2018 Aware board will be Carol Stabler, secretary; Sue John, treasurer; Stacey Angel, membership; Myrna Schlegel, Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund and Janet Broyles, past president. 

Chi Omegas Gave More Than A Hoot To Area Nonprofits and Scholarship Funds

Just as the Crystal Charity Ball gals were doling out the dough a couple of weeks ago for its beneficiaries, so the Chi Omega Alumnae were recently handy with checks. The funds came from their 2016 Chi Omega Christmas Market that was held last fall at Fair Park.

2016 Market Co-Chairs Amy McAleavey and Mandy Escobedo admitted that their goal of providing $258,000 for the 2016 beneficiaries was a daunting one. But evidently it wasn’t as challenging as they thought, as they provided $320,000 to the following beneficiaries:

Mandy Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

  • ChildCareGroup,
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support,
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas®,
  • New Friends New Life,
  • Promise House,
  • Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas,
  • Trinity River Mission,
  • VMLC (Vickery Meadow Learning Center) and
  • the Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas Chi O Christmas Market Endowed Scholarship fund and collegiate scholarships.

According to Amy, “The total amount raised at the 2016 Market is a 24% increase from our set goal and allows us to fully fund our wonderful beneficiaries.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s Market with Alex Bjornnes serving as chair. The 2017 event will be the 40th anniversary of the Market and will return to Centennial Hall in Fair Park from Wednesday, November 15 thru Saturday, November 18.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

Dr. Stephen Mansfield Accepts 2017 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award For “The People of Methodist”

There could scarcely have been a more appropriate choice for the 15th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award than Dr. Stephen Mansfield, president and CEO of the Dallas-based Methodist Health System. As Mansfield explained to some 400 people gathered for the luncheon at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion Wednesday, March 8, he is, after all, a respiratory therapist by training—and luncheon namesake Virginia Chandler Dykes is an occupational therapist.

Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at Texas Woman’s University in 1954, and, after a career directing the occupational and recreational therapy department at Baylor University Medical Center, launched the annual awards program for TWU 15 years ago. To date, Virginia told the luncheon attendees, the event has raised $650,000 for students in each of TWU’s four colleges.

Bob White, Ralph Hawkins, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Carine Feyton and Stephen Mansfield*

Elizabeth Dodd and Mary Brinegar*

Harry Crumpacker and Mike McCullough*

Addressing an audience that included the likes of Col. Allen West, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Michael Meadows, Gretchen Minyard Williams, Elizabeth Dodd, Mary Brinegar, Harry Crumpacker, Mike McCullough, Mickey Price, Steve Fick, Travis Youngblood, Matt Mitzner, Michael Schaefer and Clint McDonnough, Virginia soon gave way to Bob White of sponsor Bank of Texas—the bank has sponsored the luncheon for 11 years—who said of Mansfield: “Steve’s been quiet and under-the-radar, but he’s made tremendous strides” for Methodist. Bob’s plaudits were echoed by Luncheon Co-Chair Ralph Hawkins, the event chair. During Steve’s roughly 10 years at the helm, Ralph pointed out, Methodist has tripled in size and was recognized as one of the fastest-growing health systems in the country.

Stephen and Marilyn Mansfield*

During his brief remarks, Mansfield said his selection as the 2017 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award recipient was “a great honor for me, and the for the people of Methodist.” He thanked his wife Marilyn Mansfield—”she’s my better 3/4, at least”—as well as Methodist’s 8,000 employees and 1,800 volunteers. “They pay me to be good,” Steve recalled that he jokingly teases the volunteers, “but you people are good for nothing!” He also said he’s “fallen in love” with TWU, where more than half the students are the first in their families to go to college. 

Julie Southward, Kamica King, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Laurie Stelter*

With that, TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten launched into the second half of the annual luncheon: presentation of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship Awards to TWU students. The 2017 scholarships went to: Laurie Stelter, from TWU’s College of Health Sciences; Katheryn Courville, from the College of Nursing, who was unable to attend; Julie Southward, of the College of Professional Education; and Kamica King, of the College of Arts and Sciences. Kamica concluded the luncheon by singing an inspirational song titled, “Live, Love, Dream,” which was featured in a documentary film about homelessness called “Signs of Humanity.”

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Louise Herrington School of Nursing’s Going for Gold Gala Raised Funds For Scholarships With TV Producer Derek Haas Keynoting

In this world of high technology and ever-changing development in the health care world, the mainstay of the medical world is the legion of nurses who daily provide the personal and professional care so needed by patients. Needless to say, their education and training doesn’t come cheap. That is why the 6th Annual Going For Gold Gala’s “Coming Together To Make A Difference” benefiting Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) on Saturday, February 25, at the Fairmont Hotel was so important.

Kristen and Jim Hinton, Shelley Conroy and Greg and Susan Pendleton Jones*

With 600 guests including Baylor Scott And White Health CEO Jim Hinton and his wife Kristen Hinton,  Baylor University Louise Herrington School Dean Dr. Shelley Conroy, Baylor University Executive Vice President Dr. Greg Jones and his wife Susan Pendleton Jones and Louise Herrington Ornelas, it was an occasion to “recognize and honor those who serve our communities — both the nurses who care for our sick and wounded and our selfless public servants in the police and firefighting communities.”

Two of those people were LHSON grad 1997 Jessica Haas and LHSON grad 2006 Annie Young, who work in the Richardson Independent School District as school nurses and saved two lives last fall.

On Monday, November 14, Jessica rescued a mom, Sarah Maupin, who had suffered a heart attack at Wallace Elementary just blocks away from the junior high. In addition to being featured in a report by WFAA (ABC) on Monday, November 14, and a story on KTVT (CBS) on Monday, December 5, Jessica was a guest on the Harry Connick Jr. Show on Wednesday, December 21.

During the week of December 5, a student collapsed on the track at Lake Highlands Junior High and Annie provided AED/CPR rescue.

Mary Ann Hill and Louise Herrington Ornealas*

Ray Vaughn*

In addition to celebrating Jessica and Annie, Gala Chair Mary Ann Hill arranged Baylor alumna/NBC-5 Co-Anchor Bianca Castro to serve as emcee. Adding to the special occasion were Dallas Police Officer Ray Vaughn’s singing “Be The Change,” and LHSON alumna Bailey Harrison Moore, BSN 2015, providing “a compelling testimony.”

Derek Haas and students*

With the help of volunteer Gala Task Force members and LHSON Student Ambassadors, Mary Ann also had silent and live auctions, as well as having Baylor graduate Derek Haas (no relation to Jessica) be the keynote speaker. In addition to co-creating and producing NBC’s hit television series “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med,” his newest show, “Chicago Justice,” was just days away from premiering.

Past Going for the Gold Galas have featured champion athletes and celebrities such as: Noah Galloway, a wounded Operation Iraqi Freedom U.S. Army war veteran hero and finalist on “Dancing with the Stars” along with Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Terrance Williams in 2016; Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) and former Baylor linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary in 2015; America’s gold medal legend Mary Lou Retton in 2014; former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith in 2013 and Baylor’s championship-winning women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, who joined former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in 2012.

LHSON is passionate about preparing exemplary nurses for the 21st century, and the key to doing that is recruiting and retaining outstanding students. Proceeds from the gala provide scholarships as well as funding for the new nursing school building in the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

The evening was made possible thanks to the generosity of Louise Herrington Ornelas, Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr. and the following patrons and sponsors:

  • Golden Gran Gala Hosts — The Ginger Murchison Foundation, Suzanne and Tom Martin and Donna and Scott Miller
  • Gold Benefactor — Marie and John Chiles, Dr. and Mrs. J. Stuart Crutchfield, Shari and Terry Hill, Pam and Mike Jones and Martha and John Minton
  • Gold Patron — Dr. D.M. Edwards
  • Golden Sponsor — Jay and Jenny Allison, Susan Key and Gary E. Baker, Barnabas Foundation Inc./Anita Jones, Ruth and Don Buchholz, Sue and Rex Jennings, Laurie and Mark Nielsen, Alice and Ken Starr and Lois and Dexter Ward
  • Golden Friend — Rita and Carl Bonds, Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Byrd, Joy (Helm) and Steve Cobb, Chris and Michael Felton, Karen and Paul McDonald, Cheryl and Ron Hylse Murff, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Reynolds, Dr. and Mrs. David L. Ring, Dr. Lisa Stepp, Dr. Kathryn and Don Tinius and Terri Heard and Nancy Withrow
  • Sustaining Member — Dr. and Mrs. C. Brad Bowman
  • Video Underwriter — Brenda and Bob Barkley
  • Invitation Underwriter — Marie and John Chiles
  • Special Underwriter — Suzanne and Martin
  • Table Host — Prosperity Bank and Leisa and Jimmy Winters
* Photo credit: Mary and Michael Hammack

MySweet2017Goals: Michael Faircloth

Michael Faircloth (File photo)

According to UNT Distinguished Alumnus/designer Michael Faircloth

“My 2017 goal is to wrap up fund-raising for The Michael Faircloth School of Fashion Design Endowment Fund capital campaign at the University of North Texas. I am honored to have my name associated with this great institution and I am hopeful many students will benefit from this important educational experience.

“With an emphasis on art research, fashion history and trend analysis, UNT’s fashion design students learn to take their ideas from inception, to sketch, to finished garment. They also learn practical skills like patternmaking, draping, fashion sketching, industrial sewing and computer-aided design that lead to rewarding careers.”

2017 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Kick-Off Party Celebrated Dr. Stephen Mansfield’s Selection

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

Even from the curb, it was pretty obvious that 2016 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Awardee Francie Moody-Dahlberg and her husband Kevin Dahlberg know how to showcase fall. Pumpkins galore were perfectly place around the front of their Park Cities home. Even a tree had pumpkins coiling around the trunk and up into the limbs.  It was the perfect welcome for guests of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award kick-off party on Wednesday, November 9.

Michael Meadows, Sharon McCullough and Brent Christopher

Michael Meadows, Sharon McCullough and Brent Christopher

Once past the entry hall the crowd, including Sharon and Mike McCullough, Michael Meadows, Chris Durovich, Jamie Williams and 2012 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Awardees Myrna and Bob Schlegel, gathered in the kitchen and family room. No change that. They filled to overcapacity the kitchen and family room.

The 2017 Virginia Chandler Dyke Leadership Awardee Dr. Stephen Mansfield was surrounded by well-wishers like Brent Christopher and evening host Bank of Texas’ Bob White, while Stephen’s wife Marilyn was across the room also surrounded.

Stephen Mansfield and Bob White

Stephen Mansfield and Bob White

Virginia Chandler Dykes

Virginia Chandler Dykes

Making her way through into the crowd was award namesake Virginia Chandler Dykes.

Missing from the evening was Texas Women’s University Chancellor/President Carine Feyten, whose husband, Chad Wick, was on the mend after undergoing surgery earlier in the day.  

Plans were revealed that Stephen will be honored officially at the 15th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon on Wednesday, March 8, at Belo Mansion benefiting the Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship Fund at TWU. Since its inception, the luncheon has provided more than $550,000 in scholarships.

While A Presidential Debate Got Testy, 2016 Folsom Awardee Gerald Turner Was Celebrated By Jack Ingram, Peruna And Loving Tributes

Mike and Marla Boone

Mike and Marla Boone

Hillary and Donald may have been slugging it out in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 19, but the Anatole Grand Ballroom was in a political vacuum due to the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner benefiting the Methodist Health System Foundation.

Okay, so former Folsom awardee/emcee Mike Boone advised 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Awardee Gerald Turner that as uncomfortable as he was receiving the accolades and teases, he would have been more miserable sitting at home watching TV.

Caren Prothro, Ken Altshuler, Calvert Collins Bratton, Ruth Altshuler and Vince Bratton

Caren Prothro, Ken Altshuler, Calvert Collins Bratton, Ruth Altshuler and Vince Bratton

But before the on-stage fun began to benefit Methodist Health System Foundation, a mega gathering of high profilers was taking place in the ballroom’s reception area spilling all over the Anatole lobby. At times it also appeared to be a suited version of an SMU pep rally, complete with adorable coeds and everyone wanting to pose with Peruna.

Gail Turner, Peruna and Gerald Turner

Gail Turner, Peruna and Gerald Turner

Only things missing were cheerleaders and a marching band. However, such Mustang alumni as Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Jan and Fred Hegi, Ruth Altshuler, Caren Prothro and Bob White, were front and center.

Pete Schenkel, Bob White and Fred Hegi

Pete Schenkel, Bob White and Fred Hegi

Jerry Ford

Jerry Ford

Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt

Kirsten Fitzgerald , Kelli Ford and Cate Ford

Kirsten Fitzgerald , Kelli Ford and Cate Ford

Evening Co-Chairs Kelli and Jerry Ford, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt and Lottye and Bobby Lyle along with Gerald’s wife of 48 years Gail Turner had a great laugh watching honoree Gerald pose with SMU students and Peruna…Sarah Perot with her folks Leah and Jerry Fullinwider, who was celebrating his 88th birthday…. Dr. Dan Meyer reported that he had just recently joined Methodist Health System… Lee Ann White reported that the Whites’ new Preston Hollow house was “great” and their new puppy was due to arrive any day. Her date for the evening was son Michael FowlerBrent Christopher was on a two-night binge of event attending. The next night he was slated to honorary co-chair TexProtects with Mary Jalonick honoring Joe Straus at the Adolphus … Cary Maguire sat by the ballroom doors taking in the sights of the night.

Gene Jones and Annette Simmons

Gene Jones and Annette Simmons

Michael Fowler and Lee Ann White

Michael Fowler and Lee Ann White

Leah and Jerry Fullinwider and Sarah Perot

Leah and Jerry Fullinwider and Sarah Perot

Just in time the doors opened to the ballroom. And while the “get-yourself-in-your-chairs” chimes made the rounds herding guests into the ballroom, the SMU Belle Tones and SMU Southern Gentlemen drew them in singing some of Gerald’s favorite songs a capella.

As soon as guests took their seats, Mike Boone was at the podium welcoming the group and stressing the fact that they would be remiss by not including Gail Turner in the evening’s accolades. Mike went on to say that during Gerald’s 20 years at the helm of SMU, he had transformed the formerly regional university into an institution recognized internationally.

Marilyn and Stephen Mansfield

Marilyn and Stephen Mansfield

Following 2013 Folsom Award recipient Rev. Mark Craig’s invocation, Methodist Health System President/CEO Dr. Stephen Mansfield told that during his ten years with Methodist, it had tripled in size with a half-billion dollar payroll and is now the largest employer in the southern sector of Dallas. He reported that in following the tradition of the Folsom Awardees designating where the evening’s funds would go, Gerald had designated the proceeds ($1.4M) to “benefit the programs offered through the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic, which uses the services of medical residents and fellows to care for uninsured and under-insured patients who are in need of primary care and struggling with chronic diseases.”

Angela Turner Wilson and Clifton Forbis

Angela Turner Wilson and Clifton Forbis

Mike returned to the podium and reported that despite the Turners’ daughter Jessica Turner-Waugh and her husband Jeff Waugh not being able to attend the event due to being in Boston, their other daughter Angela Turner Wilson and her husband Michael Wilson were on hand. An accomplished singer and professor at TCU, Angela and SMU Professor/tenor Clifton Forbis beautifully performed one of Gerald’s favorite hymns, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Following dinner, a video was show featuring CBS sports broadcaster Bill Macatee, who told of Gerald’s love of tennis and his Saturday morning games known as SMIT (“Saturday Morning Invitational Tournament”). Macatee reported that Gerald was known to be “great at the net, has a wicked volley, is also aggressive and super competitive.” Having covered numerous US Opens, Macatee went on to say that he felt “confident in saying that Dr. Turner has all the qualities that you see displayed at the US Open but executed at a slightly slower speed.”

Chris Kleinert, Frank Campbell, Dale Petroskey and Kit Carson

Chris Kleinert, Frank Campbell, Dale Petroskey and Kit Carson

He then introduced members of SMIT to the stage including Chris Kleinert, Frank Campbell, Dale Petroskey and Kit Carson. They told the history of the weekly tournaments and how founder Norm Green would show up around nine, while Gerald was already warming up. The highlight of the foursome’s tributes to their tennis buddy was the announcement that the name of the SMIT trophy had been changed to “Super Mustang Invitational Tournament.”

April Box

April Box

Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box replaced the SMIT players on staged and told of Gerald’s love of music and how a friend had reported being surprised to see Gail and Gerald at a Dire Straights concert. To get the crowd in the mood for a concert, guests were told to put on the wristbands at their places that lit up blue throughout the room.

Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram

As for the concert, the performer was former Mustang Jack Ingram, who regaled the audience with song and tales of his days at SMU. He went there because his brother went there and he thought he would at least have one friend. “It turns out we weren’t such good friends.”  

He told how he originally had planned to have a double major in psychology and business, “but then we had a thing in statistics,” so he downed it to a degree in psychology. “It turns out I used my degree in psychology because the music business is crazy.”

After 15 years of traveling around the country performing, he would listen to Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 on Sundays. “For 14 years in a row, I heard 3,742 George Strait songs.” He finally made it after coming out with “Wherever You Are,” which made the list in the 40th spot and Kingsley’s introducing him as making his debut. Then, 38 weeks later, it made it to the #2 spot. He was arriving in Dallas and sitting in the back of the van (“I realized that the difference between being #41 and #2 was, I wasn’t driving the van anymore.”) listening to the Countdown, hoping that he’d made it to the #1 spot. Luckily, he had played the tune on his own radio show the night before 16 times.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, “It took me 18 years to win the Academy of Country Music’s Best Newcomer Award.”

Jack also recalled how the last time he performed at SMU was on Dallas Hall steps, where he told the crowd that as a student he had done everything that any 19- or 20-year-old person might do on the Dallas Hall steps, except study. Looking at Gerald, Jack smiled, “I hope this doesn’t reflect on my daughter’s admission. Remember you told her that day when she was seven that she could come to SMU.”

That was just a smattering of his talk, which was one of the funniest heard in these parts.

Okay, so Jack used a couple of words one wouldn’t hear in church (one started with an “h,” and the other with a “s”), but, shoot, he managed to use them in such a self-deprecating way that even the most stuffy types laughed. Heck, this was a concert, not choir practice.

April returned to the stage and addressed Gerald about his days at Ole Miss when he had a friend who was a lawyer, who took up writing. It was novelist John Grisham, who traditionally sends a personally autographed copy of his latest book. His latest book, “The Whistler,” was due out on Tuesday, October 25. However, since he was out of the country and couldn’t make it to the dinner, he had sent an early edition to be presented to Gerald.

A 14-minute video was shown. Perhaps the reason for it running a bit long is because so many (Ruth Altshuler, Bill Banowsky, Tom Barry, Robert Bonham, Mike Boone, Linda Custard, Marvin Ellison, Rob Evans, Bob Ferguson, Jerry Ford, Mitch Hart, Ray Hunt, Mark Langdale, Bobby Lyle, Bill Macatee, David Miller, Bob Prange, Caren Prothro, Pete Schenkel, Dennis Stripling and Leslie Wyatt) wanted to praise SMU’s longest serving president.

A couple of tales revealed how the late Texas Instrument’s Jerry Junkins, who was on the SMU board, somehow managed to intercept a private jet [with Gerald] coming from Ole Miss going to Oklahoma for an interview. It landed at the Texas Instruments hangar and SMU delegates were there and talked to Gerald and he promised them that he wouldn’t do anything until he came back. He then went on to his interview and “the rest is history.”

Another tale involved lawn mowing. It seems that Mitch Hart used to mow the family’s lawn. It had a pretty good sized hill and it was before they had power mowers. He figured it would be better if he got a job and paid someone else to mow the lawn. When he left town, his mother hired Gerald. “The way Gerald tells it, he raised his price and mother fired him.”

Gerald Turner

Gerald Turner

A relieved Gerald arrived on stage and in turn paid tribute to everyone involved in the evening. He especially noted his hometown cronies — New Boston Mafia — “Mitch Hart is the Don, Bob Ferguson is the consigliere and I’m the director of education. And I have the hardest job.”

Gerald Turner

Gerald Turner

For a man who would much rather give out awards, he proved to be more than gracious in accepting the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award.

Myrna D. Schlegel/Award Scholarship Fund Gets A Boost In Funding For Nurses Specializing In Gerontology

The Aware crowd broke a plethora of news at its meeting on Thursday, September 15, at Myrna and Bob Schlegel’s estate. But more about that in the days to come. The biggest news was the announcement of the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund.

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Established in 1999 by Aware in honor of Myrna Schlegel, it has grown over the years to more than $255,000. At the meeting it was revealed that the Schlegels were pledging a further contribution of $10,000 to kick-off the rejuvenation of the Schlegel/Award partnership, bringing the fund total to more than $265,000.

Aware President Venise Stuart and Myrna explained that the new fund with The Dallas Foundation would provide funding for nursing students.

A former nurse, Myrna thanked everyone and expressed her enthusiasm for the renewed partnership that will support the growth and scope of the nursing student scholarship award, making possible a difference in the lives of nursing students who have chosen to devote their careers to work in the field of gerontology, especially dealing with dementia.

Selection of the recipients is made through a vetting process that includes members of Aware and representatives of the Schlegel Family.

According to Venise, “Aware Dallas is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund to further both organizations’ service to individuals and families of the North Texas community affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.”

Addison Kaboom Town!, Albertsons And Tom Thumb Partnered Up To Provide $100,000 For Folds Of Honor

While all the hoop-la about the upcoming Folds of Honor Gala on Saturday, November 5 at the Hilton Anatole seems to be taking the spotlight, a very special occasion took place on Tuesday, August 9, at Addison’s Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Here’s a report from the field:

Addison Kaboom Town! partnered with Albertsons and Tom Thumb this summer to raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor, whose mission is to empower military families by providing educational scholarships to children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation.

Todd Meier, Sarah White, Dennis Bassler and Carol Roberts*

Todd Meier, Sarah White, Dennis Bassler and Carol Roberts*

Donations were taken at 106 DFW-area Albertsons and Tom Thumb store locations from Sunday, July 3, until Saturday, July 16. This is the town’s biggest donation with Albertsons and Tom Thumb to date.

Representatives from the Town of Addison, Albertsons and Tom Thumb, Folds of Honor and the media gathered together on Tuesday, August 9, for a check presentation to Sarah White, Folds of Honor brand ambassador and former scholarship recipient.

Sarah lost her dad, Captain Dennis Michael White of the United States Air Force, in 1995. Every day, Sarah and her family remember the sacrifice her dad, among many others, made for our country.

With the help of Folds of Honor, Sarah was able to attend college (Auburn University) and get a degree in marketing. She now lives and works in Dallas. To Sarah, Folds of Honor is more than just a scholarship for education. It had taken a financial burden off her mother, but it also means so much to Sarah to have a support group along her side…people who will not forget about the sacrifice her father made for the country.

Speakers at the check presentation, which took place at Cavanaugh Flight Museum, included Addison Mayor Todd Meier, Community Relations and Partnership Manager for Albertsons Carol Roberts, Albertsons and Tom Thumb Regional President Dennis Bassler and Sarah White. The money raised this year will be donated as scholarships to children of 20 families.

* Photo provided by Folds of Honor