Dallas CASA Has New Board Leadership And Members, As Well As Hosting Bronze Eagle Award Presentation To Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Dallas CASA has been busy. This past Thursday afternoon at Dallas CASA, Gov. Greg Abbott was presented the Bronze Eagle Award for his work combating human trafficking at the North Texas Coalition Again Human Trafficking’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Event.

And then to add its news making, its board of directors has a new chairman and five new members. Taking over the reins of the board from Past Chair John Gibson is Exxon Mobil Corporation VP/Treasurer Robert “Bob” Schleckser. Having joined the CASA board and executive committee since 2010, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he has served on the Notre Dame Engineering Advisory Council in addition to being on the Financial Executives International Committee on Corporate Treasury.

Bob Schleckser*

Terry Goods*

Hannah May*

Dallas CASA is also proud to welcome five new board members:

  • Terry Goods is the national director of diversity and inclusion for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. He’s also a member of the Diversity Advisory Board for Visit Dallas and the Plano Chamber’s Diversity Board.
  • Hannah May is the Dallas CASA Children’s Council representative on the board. An entrepreuneur with 20 years of experience, she’s been involved with Dallas CASA and the Children’s Council for many years.
  • Susan Rankin, a former family district court judge in Dallas, has practiced family law for 29 years, using her background in psychology to assist families and children as they navigate family issues in the courts.
  • Virginia Schaefer recently began a new position as a member of the Texas Instruments government relations team. Prior to that, she worked as senior vice president of public policy at the Dallas Regional Chamber.
  • Stephanie Stewart is vice president and chief information officer at Pioneer Natural Resources. She has more than 20 years of experience in information technology in the energy industry.

Susan Rankin*

Virginia Schaefer*

Stephanie Stewart*

In addition to Bob and John, they’ll be joining other board members including Chair-Elect Corey Anthony, VPs Ardo Fuentes, Cynt Marshall, Scott Orr, Janice Davis and David Young; and At-Large Members Mark Berg, Laura Losinger, Jim Lozier, Steve Penrose and Scooter Smith.

* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

Starting March 6, Nasher Prize Celebration Month Sets In Motion The Excitement For The Presentation To Prize-Winner Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates*

The Nasher Sculpture Center folks really know how to set the wheels in motion for the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate presentation to Theaster Gates on Saturday, April 7. During the Nasher Prize Celebration Month, organizers have arranged for all types of free activities in celebration of the American artist including free general admission and family activities during spring break (Tuesday, March 13, thru Sunday, March 18)

  • Tuesday, March 6 at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (7 p.m.) — Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture And History panel discussion including panelists Alfredo Jaar, Jill Magid, Paul Ramirez Jonas and Lauren Woods with moderator Ben Davis.
  • Tuesday, March 13-Sunday, March 18 at Nasher Sculpture Center — Free general admission
  • Friday, March 16 at Nasher Sculpture Center (6 p.m. to midnight) — Midnight At The Nasher 
  • Sunday, March 25 at Nasher Sculpture Center (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)— Student-Centered Festival
  • Thursday, April 5 at Nasher Sculpture Center (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) — Nasher Prize Dialogues: Graduate Symposium   with presentation at 3 p.m. by Matthew Jesse Jackson.
  • Friday, April 6 at Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Arts (10 a.m.) — Nasher Prize Dialogues – Jury Conversation with jurors decribing judging process moderated by DMA Director Agustin Arteaga.
  • Friday, April 6 at Wyly Theatre (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) —Nasher Prize Dialogues: Laureate Town Hall with Theaster Gates discusses his sculptural practice with interlocutors and the general public.

In addition to all the activities, private collectors and Theaster have loaned five of his works for viewing at the Nasher through Monday, April 30.

* Photo provided by Nasher Sculpture Center

“Farewell Founder’s Luncheon” Celebrates Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Supporters And Launches The Ann Williams Legacy Society

Back in 1996 the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Founder’s Luncheon was the brainchild of DBDT Founder Ann Williams to raise money and to honor “civic and business leaders of Dallas who have impacted Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas arts community.” Over the years, dozens and dozens of people and organizations like The Meadows Foundation, Liz Minyard, Juanita Brown, former first lady Laura Bush, Isabell Cottrell, Target, Nancy Hamon, Helen Giddings, Ruth Altshuler, JC Penney, Annette Strauss and Mary Suhm were honored.

Since Ann’s announced retirement in 2014, changes started taking place. In addition to the departure of two artistic directors, it was decided that funding for the organization should go in a different direction. Instead of the luncheon event going quietly into the night, it was decided to hold a send-off event — “Farewell Founder’s Luncheon” — at which time the new fundraising program would be revealed.

While some might have thought the luncheon at the Hilton Anatole on Wednesday, January 17, would be a boo-hoo occasion, it was full of cheers for Ann and her organization that is “the oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas.”

Michelle Thomas

The day kicked off with a VIP Reception in half of the Grand Ballroom for folks like Michelle Thomas, DBDT Executive Director Zenetta Drew, DBDT Executive Board Member Paulette Turner, past honoree Charley Pride and his wife Rozene Pride  and the day’s honorees Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash and Linda Todd. Emcee Clarice Tinsley was juggling duties — reviewing script and accommodating requests for photos with Ann. Due to the day’s chill, guests were checking their coats at the door.

Speaking of coats, those heading to the Imperial Ballroom upstairs for the luncheon were finding the hallway brisk to say the least. It made some of the 650 guests opt to pass up the upstairs coat check.

At the back of the room, tables were set up for selling the DBDT’s 40th anniversary books. At the front of the room was a stage large enough for a performance. Down the center of the room was a 12-foot wide aisle with the head table set for 16 next to the stage.

Devrae Jefferson, Lindzay Duplessis, Kayleigh Eidson, Imani English and Chad Vaught

At 11:50 the VIP Reception was breaking up and the ballroom was starting to fill. Standing near the room’s entrance were five of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Encore members (Devrae Jefferson, Lindzay Duplessis, Kayleigh Eidson, Imani English and Chad Vaught). When asked if they would be performing at the luncheon, they smiled and said, “No.”

Doug Curtis and Ann Williams

Clarice Tinsley and Lucy Billingsley

Zenetta Drew and Gilbert Gerst

Lelious Johnson

Right on schedule the headtable guests including Ann, Clarice, Zenetta, General Co-Chairs the Rev. Lelious Johnson and Kimberley Runnels, Honorary Co-Chairs Lucy Billingsley and Doug Curtis, DBDT Board Chair Gilbert Gest and the day’s honorees and their spouses Samara Kline, Joseph Nash and Frederick Todd were introduced as they entered the ballroom and took their places at the table.

Kicking things off DBDT Board of Directors Rev. Claude O. Maples told everyone to stand including Mary McDermott Cook, Regina Montoya, Marnie Wildenthal and Patricia Meadows. There was a slight hesitation as guests looked around a bit bewildered, but all complied. Then he instructed all to point to Ann saying, “Ann, you go, girl.” With smiles and laughter, the room full of guests joined in to the delight of Ann.

Clarice revealed that the Chilhuly-styled sculptures serving as centerpieces were available for purchase at $200 a pieces.

Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Allegro Performing Ensemble

Following lunch, the Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Allegro Performing Ensemble arrived on the stage and performed “Mandiba.”

Ann Williams and Linda Todd

Ann Williams and Herdercine Nash

Ann Williams and Andy McCarthy

Samara Kline and Kimberly Runnels

It was then time for the final presentation of the Founder’s Awards by Ann to Andy, Linda and Hercerdine followed by Zenetta’s revealing the creation of the Ann Williams Legacy Society that would be supported by benefactors listing DBDT in their will, trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Already on board as Charter Members were Norma and Don Stone, who in 2016 added DBDT to their will. 

Herman Houston III

To conclude the luncheon on just the right note, DBDT Encore member Herman Houston III took the stage dancing to Sam Cooke‘s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

At the conclusion of his performance, Ann Williams received a standing ovation for her vision and dedication.

For more photos of the event, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Farewell Founder’s Luncheon

Ann Williams and Andy McCarthy

Ann Williams and Linda Todd

Ann Williams and Herdercine Nash

Samara Kline and Kimberly Runnels

The “Farewell Founder’s Luncheon” on Wednesday, January 17, at the Hilton Anatole may have closed the chapter for one part of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s fundraising, but it also introduced the next chapter — The Ann Williams Legacy Society.

Dallas Black Dance Academys Allegro Performing Ensemble

And, of course, the event couldn’t just be a sit-down award ceremony. In addition to presenting the final Founder’s Luncheon awards to Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash and Linda Todd, there were also performances by the Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Allegro Performing Ensemble and DBDT Encore member Herman Houston III.

Herman Houston III

While the post is being prepared, check out the guests and dancers at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Jan Rees-Jones To Receive 2018 Partners For Children Award At Community Partners Of Dallas’ 12th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

Chick Lit Chair Mersina Stubbs is adding to her all-star lineup for the Community Partners of Dallas 12th annual fundraising luncheon on Friday, April 13, at Hilton Anatole. In addition to having Katie Holmes on stage, Nancy Perot as honorary chair and Presenting Sponsors Lara and Bob Tafel, she just revealed that the 2018 Partners For Children Award recipient will be Jan Rees-Jones.

Mersina Stubbs (File photo)

Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

According to CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel, “We are truly honored to recognize Jan Rees-Jones with our Partners for Children Award this year. Through her work on behalf of The Rees-Jones Foundation, Jan has helped CPD and more importantly the children we serve, in countless ways. As longtime supporters of our emergency resource center for children entering protective care, the Rainbow Room, and as one of the lead donors in our capital campaign, The Rees-Jones Foundation has been with us for every step of our agency’s growth. There is no one more dedicated and committed to this sector of the social services community; The Rees-Jones Foundation is the leader and strongest voice in support of abused and neglected children in the Metroplex. No one is doing more for child protection.”

Having grown up in Richardson, Jan is well aware of the needs of North Texas and has been a driving force in The Rees-Jones Foundation with a focus on “helping children suffering from abuse and neglect and children and youth facing mental health challenges and other disabilities, providing young people with opportunities for enrichment and character development, and promoting the humane treatment of animals.”

The results have been major funding for the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Health, the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Rees-Jones Center for Child Protection, and the Rees-Jones Behavioral Health Center at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.

A graduate of Texas Tech, she is currently serving as co-chair of the National Advisory Board for the Laura W. Bush Institute for women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center, as well as an honorary member of the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors.

Presented annually to “an individual or an organization that has shown an ongoing commitment to the philanthropic needs of our community and whose years of service meet the needs of abused and neglected children,” past recipients have included The Bitzer and Needleman Families and Peacock Alley, Jill C. Bee, ORIX Foundation, Junior League of Dallas, Lynn McBee, The Container Store, Fidelity Investments, Cheers for Charity, Northwood Woman’s Club, Attorneys Serving the Community and Mersina herself.

Sponsorships and tables are available now, with individual tickets not being available until late March.

No Need To Chill About Thursday’s St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Because NorthPark Has It Covered Literally

Sure the overnight chills sent some sillies into willies about Thursday’s St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. In defense of those hand-wringing types who thought the fashion extravaganza for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas would have them feeling like they were in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, they can cancel their 911 calls to their stylists and therapists.

Honorary Chair Nancy Nasher has all bases covered.

Nancy Nasher (File photo)

Kristen Gibbins 9File photo)

According the NorthPark Center Executive Director of Marketing and Strategy Kristen Gibbins, “We have prepared for whatever Texas weather comes our way. Our tent in CenterPark Garden is outfitted with heaters (as well as air-conditioners), so we are able to keep our guests comfortable, no matter what the forecast. 

“Regarding the floor of the tent, it’s elevated from the grass, so we won’t need to worry about the ladies’ high heels getting caught in the grass or getting muddy.  

“We think it will be a slightly chilly, but beautiful day – but perfectly comfortable inside the tent. We look forward to a great event raising funds and awareness in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Dallas!”

Now that the word has been passed, get those reservations for faux eyelashes in place, tendrils elongated and envied looks confirmed. You’re gonna want to be at your usual best for this one.

So there, Mother Nature.

JUST IN: Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum And Awards Dinner Co-Chairs, Keynote Speaker And Awardees Revealed

Plans for Dallas Women’s Foundation‘s 2018 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leadership Forum And Awards Dinner have just been announced. Co-Chairing the annual dinner on Thursday, April 19, at the Omni Dallas Hotel will be Effie Booker-Dennison and Janice Sharry with AT&T serving as presenting sponsor.

Effie Dennison*

Jan Sharry*

The evening’s keynote speaker will be Nina Tassler, who was president/chair of CBS Entertainment, as well as “the highest profile Latina in network television” and author of “What I Told My Daughter: Lessons Form Leaders On Raising The Next Generation Of Empowered Women.” 

Nina Tassler**

According to DWF President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson, “We are very pleased to welcome Nina Tassler as our keynote speaker. She not only achieved the highest ranks in the entertainment industry, but worked throughout her career to balance the scales for women in corporate leadership and in programming.”

Of course, highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the awards. It’s a pretty heady and diverse group.

This year’s recipients of the Maura Awards will be Arcilia C. Acosta, Jocelyn D. Kidd, Cynthia Mickens Ross and Gail Turner.

Arcilia C. Acosta*

Jocelyn Kidd*

Cynthia Mickens Ross*

Gail Turner*

Presented by Capital One, the Young Leaders Awards will be presented to Vanessa Bouché and Brooke López.

Vanessa Bouche*

Brooke Lopez*

As Ros put it, “It is a great honor for Dallas Women’s Foundation to recognize six extraordinary leaders whose example and service to women and girls are literally awe-inspiring. Our Maura Award recipients have dedicated their lives to creating opportunities and pathways for other women to follow; and our Young Leader Award recipients are demonstrating the impact of the next generation of women leaders in their own fields and beyond.”

For an impressive description of each of the awardees, follow the jump for the low down:

* Photo provided by Dallas Women's Foundation 
** Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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MySweet2018Goals: Mersina Stubbs

According to Chick Lit Luncheon 2018 Chair Mersina Stubbs,

Mersina Stubbs (File photo)

Lara and Robert Tafel (File photo)

“One of my goals for 2018 is to raise important funds for Community Partners of Dallas, and the abused and neglected children we serve, by having record-breaking support for the 12th annual Chick Lit Luncheon presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel!

“I hope the community will join Honorary Chair Nancy Perot and me for this year’s luncheon, which will be held on Friday, April 13, at the Hilton Anatole. We are most excited that Katie Holmes, known for her work in films and television and on Broadway, will be our featured speaker.  

Nancy Perot (File photo)

Katie Holmes*

“The Chick Lit Luncheon will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon and remarks by Ms. Holmes. Tables begin at $2,500 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early April if space permits. For more information, visit communitypartnersdallas.org

“We are expecting a sell-out event, so buy your table now!”

* Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

MySweet2018 Goals: Beth Thoele

Beth Thoele (File photo)

My Goal from Callier Cares Luncheon Chairman Beth Thoele,

“My goal for 2018 is to raise the most money possible for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Callier provides care for children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome communication disorders.

It is particularly moving for me, as luncheon chairman, to exceed all expectations in memory of longtime Callier donor Ruth Altshuler who recently passed away. 

“The Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award will be given to The Meadows Foundation and I am hopeful this will draw even more awareness and support for the luncheon.”

MySweet2018Goals: Jimmy Westcott

According to Children’s Hope Dinner Founder Jimmy Westcott,

“My goal for this year is to help as many children and women as possible served by Orphan Outreach Services by supporting the 5th Annual Children’s Hope Dinner and assisting in the organization’s fund-raising efforts. Raising awareness and funds are both vitally important. The dinner will take place on Thursday, April 19, at the Hilton Anatole with keynote speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, the inspiration behind the Academy Award-winning film ‘The Blind Side.’

“I am honored to champion this important cause that transforms lives and raises awareness for orphans, vulnerable children and women’s issues in several impoverished countries around the world.”

JUST IN: 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart Reveals Categories for Annual Head-Turning Competition At The Dallas Arboretum

Venise Stuart (File photo)

2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart has put her thinking cap on and just revealed the categories for “A Garden By The Sea” on Thursday, April 12, at the Dallas Arboretum.

What’s the big deal? Well, until the categories are announced, hat designers and guests don’t have a clue how to create heady masterpieces in the hopes of winning one of the categories at the Women’s Council ofthe Dallas Arboretum’s 30th annual fundraiser.

So, start your creative juices flowing and pick which of the following categories will be your “headliner:”

Barbara Bigham (File photo)

  • All That Jazz (Best Group of four or more): Men may participate in this one very special category with or without women in the group.
  • To The Nines (People’s Choice): The best of the best as voted by the attendees.
  • Elegance of Earlier Days (Most Sophisticated): Grace, elegance and whimsy.
  • Gilded Age (True to Theme): Everything from the era of the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Gettys.
  • Grace And Folly (Most Creative): Shells and pearls, stepping out.
  • Peacocks On Parade (Best Botanical): Hats adorned with beautiful flowers. According to one source, this one should be flowers, not feathers. That’s probably because 2016’s “What Was She Thinking” winner Barbara Bigham cornered the market on plucked peacocks.

Venise is holding back on naming the judges right now, but stay tuned.

In the meantime, get those glue guns burning and get your seat for the Jan Strimple-produced fashion show featuring Tootsies fashions with Jocelyn White as emcee.

A Woman’s Garden (File photo)

Proceeds from the event “continues to develop and maintain A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the nation built by women and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.”

MySweet2018Goals: Louise Griffeth

According to Texas State History Museum Foundation Trustee Louise Griffeth,

Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

“My goal for the new year is to increase awareness and support of the Texas Independence Day Dinner that will honor three Dallas residents-philanthropist Nancy Ann Hunt, her husband, business icon Ray Hunt and legendary golfer Lee Trevino at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on Tuesday, February 27, with the prestigious History-Making Texan Award.

Lee Trevino (File photo)

Dan and Stacey Branch (File photo)

“Dallasites Stacey and Dan Branch, who is a Trustee of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, are serving as co-chairmen for the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit many education programs and special projects of the Museum. Jan Felts Bullock of Austin is honorary chairman.

“Each year, the museum connects more than 100,000 school children from around Texas to the state’s vital history and culture, encouraging critical thinking and actively engaging them in applying knowledge to contemporary issues.”

Callier Care Chair Beth Thoele Has Perfect Timing To Reach Out For Luncheon Underwriters

Beth Thoele

That red-haired Beth Thoele’s timing is downright amazing. Chairing the annual Callier Cares luncheon on Tuesday, April 17, at the Dallas Country Club, she needed to figure out the perfect time to send out underwriter letters. Before New Year’s and the letter would have been part of the flood of holiday greeting cards. If she sent it out in February, then it might be mistaken for a Valentine.

But she discovered a window of opportunity in January — just after Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Christina Durovich and Barbara Stuart

Emilynn Wilson

To get the letters out, she held a full day of letter signing around her dinner table with the likes of Christina Durovich, Barbara Stuart, Richard Neely, Linda Jenkins, Emilynn Wilson and Dr. Tom Campbell on Thursday, January 11.

And, of course, to keep the pens moving there was plenty of food.   

If you haven’t gotten your letter because your postal carrier is suffering from frostbite, you can reach out to Jennifer Fowler for the details on supporting the Callier Center for Communications Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas fundraiser.

BTW, this year’s luncheon is honoring The Meadows Foundation with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award with Joyce and Larry Lacerte serving as honorary co-chairs. Pamela and Scott Purcel and their son, Ben Purcel, will be the featured speakers. It was a journey that started when Ben was 18 months old and his parents discovered that he was deaf.

Aware Affair Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey And Josey Kennington Held The Launch Party In A Hideaway At The Statler

Leading up to the Aware Affair on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington are setting quite a standard. Just for their launch party on Monday, December 4, they commandeered The Statler’s Bourbon And Banter and recommended that the guests wear appropriate for the heyday of the speakeasy era. And along with Aware President Venise Stuart, they announced tidbits about the Aware fundraiser including the honorees. But more about that later. Here’s a report from the field:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air*

As guests arrived on Monday, December 4, at The Statler for the Launch Party for Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Celebration – they were greeted by two modern American icons:  A 1946 Lincoln and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, all decked out for the soirée in accordance with the dress code Speakeasy Chic Attire. 

An intriguing setting, Bourbon And Banter is accessed by going through a small series of hallways, down some stairs and a few more stairs, passing through a glass door where a code had to be called in from, guess what, a very chic telephone booth. As the heavily paneled wooden door slowly slides open, oohs -and-aahs were heard throughout the crowd. Welcome to the party! 

Jolie and Bart Humphrey*

Craig and Josey Kennington*

“This setting is the perfect choice for our launch party,” said Aware Affair Co-Chair Jolie Humphrey. “Just look at the outfits! Everyone got in the mood.”

Jolie and Aware Affair Co-Chair Josey Kennington were chatting up the 75+ supporters and member of the host committee including Honorary Co-Chairs Kim McDavid, dressed in sequins and sparkles and her husband, David McDavid, Jr., who was dressed to the nines in 1930s-inspired wide pin-striped slacks, white shirt and tie with suspenders and topped with a fedora.  

Kim and David McDavid Jr.*

Barbara Bigham and Venise Stuart*

Addressing the group, Aware President Venise Stuart thanked everyone and gave a brief history of Aware’s history, which began in 1989 when five very involved and powerful Dallas women — Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey and Anita Sampels –founded the organization in support of their good friend who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. These ladies asked their friends to help begin Aware and at least 100 women stepped up to become Charter Members, many of whom were in attendance this evening.  

John Turner, Billie Leigh Rippey and Ramona Jones*

In the almost 30 years since Aware has been in existence, more than $12.5 million have been raised. This money has been given back to the community in the form of support for education, research, and caregiving using a thorough grant review process under the administration of The Dallas Foundation. The process includes financial analysis and on-site visits to applying organizations.

Venise then announced the two honorees.

  • BvB Dallas is a Dallas-based charity organization that hosts a powder-puff football game and other fundraisers as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness. Founded locally by a group of young women driven to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, BvB Dallas is a personal way for young professionals across DFW to raise awareness, funds and support to tackle Alzheimer’s forever. Raising more than $3.5 million and recruiting over 1,000 volunteers for the cause, BvB Dallas has made a huge impact in the Metroplex over the past 10 years.  
  • The Chantilis Family, in honor of their mother, Frances Chantilis. Frances was one of the original charter members of Aware. Frances was a kind, gentle, woman, who gave to everyone in the community. Unfortunately, Frances lost her own battle of Alzheimer’s in 2013.

In Frances’ memory, her children, Sam Chantilis, M.D. and Stephanie Bray and her husband Bennie Bray have continued to support the Aware mission. In 2015 Stephanie and Bennie served as the 2015 Aware Affair co-chairs. 

Jolie and Josey also thanked media sponsors PaperCity Magazine, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family, MySweetCharity and Downtown Business News, along with in-kind sponsors to date: Matthew Shelley Photography, Glass Vodka, Roxor Gin, JR Ewing Bourbon, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Pratiksha Jewelry, which donated a most beautiful set of a diamond necklace and earrings co-designed by Kim McDavid.  Topping off the sweet evening were chocolates from Chocolate Secrets as favors.  

The event will be held on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, the newly-renovated, historic hotel. The original Statler Hilton, an iconic building of mid-twentieth century design, was heralded as the first and finest hotel of the modern era and established Dallas as the business and entertainment center of the Southwest. 

The newly renovated hotel is the perfect setting for Aware’s new event format designed to entice party-goers of all ages: a cocktail reception, dancing to favorite tunes spanning the decades, silent auction with select wonderful finds for everyone, and a spirited live auction with WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee. 

The three-course, seated dinner will showcase gourmet selections by Director of Culinary Events Justo Blanco, formerly executive chef and director of operations at Bolsa Mercado.   

For underwriting and sponsorship opportunities contact Sharon Walker at [email protected] or 214.369.2459, or visit the website at AWAREDallas.org .

2018 AWARE Grant Recipients are: 

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor ATandT 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 and 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 Fund – Recipients are Nora Drutz-Rogney of Baylor University and Lindsay Ross of Texas Christian University.
    The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of Aware. For more information please visit the website at Aware.or
*Photo credit: Matthew Shelley