Grovel Alert: Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast with Santa*

Thanks to Toyota, the Dallas Holiday Parade will commence on at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 2, in downtown Dallas. And what better way to kick off the celebration than to have breakfast with the man of the season — Santa Claus.

The Women’s Auxiliary of Children’s Medical Center Dallas have connections with North Pole types and have arranged for the ho-hoing whiskered fellow at the Adolphus at 8:30 a.m. for the 29th Annual Breakfast with Santa.

In addition to delicious breakfast just before the parade starts in front of the Adolphus, there will be face painting, balloon artists, clowns, magicians, character appearances and so much more. Sorry, but Rudolph won’t make it. Seems he has an early morning workout to prepare for his Christmas Eve romp.

So, before basting that turkey, gobble up some of the last remaining tickets for your kids and grandkids. Tickets are available here!

* Photo provided by Women's Auxiliary of Children's Medical Center Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Museum Of Art Decorative Arts Symposium

According to Dallas Museum of Art Decorative Arts Symposium Event Chair Beverly Nichols

The Dallas Museum of Art will host the second annual Decorative Arts Symposium benefiting the Museum’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund on Thursday, September 21, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Agustin Arteaga (File photo)

P. Allen Smith*

This year’s Symposium will include coffee and breakfast bites, followed by welcoming remarks in the Horchow Auditorium, by Agustín Arteaga, Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Featured Symposium speakers will include award-winning garden designer, acclaimed author, television host and conservationist P. Allen SmithJohn Hays, deputy chairman of Christie’s; and Ann Pailthorp, who leads the North American Colour Consultancy Program for British craftsmen in paint and paper, Farrow and Ball. A book signing with all speakers will immediately follow.

Ann Pailthorp*

John Hays*

I am so excited to be able to bring in speakers from all over the country to the Dallas Museum of Art, which has one of the foremost decorative arts collections in the country. The Symposium will provide a rare opportunity for the Dallas community to meet these experts in their fields of decorative arts, in an intimate setting, as they discuss the decorative arts and how they impact our lives every day.

I hope everyone will make plans to join us! Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at

* Photos provided by Dallas Museum of Art

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Center For BrainHealth

According to Center for BrainHealth Board Chair Debbie Francis and Vice Chair Joel Robuck,

Debbie Francis (File photo)

Joel and Linda Robuck (File photo)*

Our brains were not something that we thought much about until the last couple of decades. However, we now know that it is changeable and there are things that we can do to take charge of it. Here’s your chance to learn how.

We are extremely excited about the grand opening of the Brain Performance Institute on Thursday, October 19. The Center for BrainHealth will open its new, exquisitely designed, Brain Performance Institute building for a full-day public open house from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and a ticketed evening lecture featuring internationally recognized neurologist, scientist and humanitarian Dr. Geoffrey Ling.

The day will be an incredible opportunity to experience and understand the brain in new ways and learn about research-based trainings and assessments at the Brain Performance Institute. You will have a chance to meet the scientists and clinicians behind the research and innovations.

Everyone wants to make keep their brains strong throughout their lives. For that the institute offers and in-depth brain performance assessment as well as clinician-led high performance brain training programs. Specific brain training programs also have been tailored for warriors, corporate executives, athletes and others – looking for a cognitive edge.

Sandra Chapman (File photo)

The programs are unique and the media is taking notice. Our socialization lab for teens was recently featured on “The Today Show.” We were so pleased that the Dallas Morning News followed our mindfulness and high performance brain training program with the Dallas Police Department. Other programs provide support, strategies and information for people recently diagnosed Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their caregivers.

The opening of the Brain Performance Institute represents a lifelong dream come true for Dr. Sandra Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth as well as the many board members who have worked tirelessly to make this day happen – none of which would have been possible without tremendous community support.

Pre-registration is not required for the free classes and trainings throughout the day. The breakfast and lunch lectures are free, but registration is required. The evening event will begin at 6:30 p.m., cost $40 per ticket and include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and inspiring remarks from renowned Johns Hopkins neurologist, Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD. Dr. Ling is a retired US Army Colonel and former US Department of Defense agency director for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Ling championed the development of responsive, brain-controlled, artificial limbs.

For further details about the Brain Performance Institute’s public open house or registration, visit or contact Nina at 972.883.3417 or [email protected].

A Clarification On The Dallas Country Club’s New Event Scheduling Policy

Whoa! Yesterday’s post mentioning the Dallas Country Club adjusting its event-scheduling policy has had some event planners wondering, “What’s up?” Well, the good folks at the Dallas Country Club wanted to clarify the situation.

The Board of Directors set the new policy last week that the Club can host events under 100 guests Tuesday – Friday for breakfast and lunch or any size on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays.  The limitations on size are only during the breakfast and lunch hours Tuesday – Friday. Evening events and events that are already confirmed on the calendar are not affected.

It seems that since the Clubhouse’s reopening in 2012, the member usage has continued to increase as well as the demand for private event space. With the large daytime events and having ample parking for Members increasingly becoming a challenge, the Board set this temporary policy in place until they can find a solution.

33rd Annual Care Dallas Breakfast To Feature Actress/Author Mackenzie Phillips And Breathe Life Healing Center Founder Brad Lamm

Perhaps Mackenzie Phillips was the first one to spot Harrison Ford as a hunk in 1973 when she and Paul Le Mat drag raced with him back in “American Graffiti.” She was just 14 years old and already part of the celeb universe being the daughter of The Mamas and The PapasJohn Phillips. The hit movie had hardly made the rounds before Mackenzie was in the TV comedy “One Day at a Time.”

By the third season of the show, the 19-year-old Mackenzie was already in hot water that included arrests for disorderly conduct, drug and alcohol abuse, two near-fatal overdoses and various stints in rehab. Despite efforts to deal with her addictions, she relapsed time and time again even admitting to using cocaine when she was pregnant with her son Shane Barakan.

While she appeared to have cleaned up her act by 2010, she also made headlines in 2009 with her telling Oprah Winfrey that “she was raped by her father in a hotel room when she was 18 while passed out after a drug binge but continued to use drugs and have consensual sex with him for years.”

Since that time Mackenzie’s life has gained a sense of normalcy. In 2013 she became a Primary Substance Use Counselor and began working in the addiction field as a counselor. Just last year she joined the Breathe Life Healing Center’s staff.

Mackenzie Phillips*

Brad Lamm*

According to Breathe Life Healing Centers Founder Brad Lamm, “We are thrilled to have Mack join the Breathe family. Our clients will no doubt benefit from her expertise in the field and her personal journey to recovery. She has recovered so much – a life rich in value and substance and I cannot wait to collaborate with her. She is a brave warrior who has trudged a long road, and has built a true bridge back to life. Plus, she’s not a glum gal!”

33rd Annual CARE Dallas Breakfast Chair Mary Martin just reported that both Mackenzie and Brad will be the featured guests at the Care Dallas fundraiser at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, at the Dallas Country Club. Honorary Event Co-Chairs are Lindsay and George Billingsley.

In addition to the talk by Mackenzie and Brad, Charles Carneal will receive Margaret Sharpe Award and JDs Chippery will be presented the Community Partner Award.

While individual tickets are not available now, tables and sponsorships are. Check here to get your spot.

* Photo provided by Care Dallas

Female Business Successes Will Share Lessons, Secrets And Pink Tank Opportunities At The Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit

It is truly hard for some to believe that there was once a time when girls were raised to have no greater aspirations than to be wives and moms. Seriously, it made sense. Taking care of the home and the children is a monumental task. But then there were situations when the household income was lacking, either because the man of the house was unable to provide or there was no longer a man of the house around. Women found themselves out in the work force, many without any training or mentoring. One such woman was Mary Kathlyn Wagner. To provide for her three children and herself while her husband was serving in World War II, she found herself selling books door-to-door. When he returned, they divorced and she worked for other companies only find herself being passed over for promotion in favor of less qualified men.

While most women would have thrown in the towel and just accepted what would become known as the glass ceiling, Mary Kathlyn took up the challenge of becoming her own boss in 1963. Despite the death of her second husband and with only $5,000 in the bank, she started Mary Kay. And, as they say, the rest is history.

In addition to creating a cosmetics empire, she was one of those pioneers that, along with the women’s movement, supportive husbands and technology, provided women with the opportunity, if they wanted, to pursue a career and, yes, possibly own businesses.

Despite Mary Kay’s death in 2001, that respect for and support of women in business continues on today in Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation. To provide the tools to be entrepreneurs, Mary Kay Inc. is partnering up with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) for the first annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday, January 27 at the Fairmont Hotel Dallas. From 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., experts and thought leaders with backgrounds in fashion, high technology, consumer-packaged goods and business services” will mentor, guide, teach and share their secrets to success.

Sheryl Adkins-Green*

According to Mary Kay Inc Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins-Green, “For 53 years Mary Kay has been empowering, mentoring and promoting women entrepreneurs. Our founder, Mary Kay Ash herself, was one of the greatest business minds of all time and millions of women around the world have built successful businesses by following her proven leadership and sales techniques. No one person or company has more experience with women’s entrepreneurship than Mary Kay Inc. We believe that the Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit will help inspire current and future female entrepreneurs.”

So, what’s on the Summit schedule?  

Throughout the day there will be mentorship opportunities and “breakout sessions, which have been customized for entrepreneurs of all ages and stages and will include case studies, how to’s and tools to take your company to the next level.”

Some of the breakout session topics and speakers will include:

  • Why Women Make Great Entrepreneurs:  Amber Venz Box of RewardStyle and Valerie Freeman of Imprimis Group
  • 10 Questions You Need To Answer Before You Become An Entrepreneur:  Shama Hyder of Marketing Zen and Yasmeen Tadia of Make Your Life Sweeter
  • How To Build the Best Team For Success: Sheryl Chamberlain of Cap Gemini and Kristi Libby of S.W.C./SoCu and Jill Scigliano of Dallas Entrepreneur Center
  • Customer Development: How To Find And Grow Customers:  Melissa Youngblood of LCC Management Consulting
  • Building Your Brand:  Heather Capps of HCK2, Holly Mason of Mason Baronet and Jessica Nunez of  True Point
  • Fundraising: How To Fund Your Business: Julia Taylor Cheek of Everly, Louise Kee of Golden Seeds, Cynthia Nevels of Integrality and Cristin Thomas of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

As for food for the mind and tummy, there will be a light breakfast followed by the morning’s keynote speaker: internationally renowned motivational speaker/#1 U.S. Ranked Mary Kay Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks.

Gloria Mayfield Banks*

Ingrid Vandervelt*

At the seated luncheon, Empowering A Billion Women by 2020, Founder/Chair Ingrid Vandervelt will be the keynote speaker.

Following the sessions will be the first-ever “Pink Tank” providing the opportunity for pre-selected participants to fast pitch their business ideas to Mary Kay Inc.’s Adkins-Green, Mark Cuban Companies Business Development Director Abe Minkara and CEO/fashion designer Abi Ferrin for seeding from The DEC.

Registration fees are $125 per person in advance and $150 at the door.

Ladies, you’ve come a long way since Mary Kay sold books door-to-door. The future is yours.

* Photos provided by Mary Kay Inc.

Helping Our Heroes Commemorates 9/11 By Celebrating And Raising Funds For Those In The Military And First Responders

While some folks took time to recall 15 years ago on September 11 when two planes destroyed the Twin Towers, one plane flew into the Pentagon and still another plane missed its target thanks to strangers on board, the Helping Our Heroes organization used the occasion to raise funds for those in the military and first responders who have made incredible sacrifices. Here’s a report from the field:

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Helping Our Heroes gathered at Frontiers of Flight Museum to honor heroes in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as local police, firemen and first responders. The dinner and auction benefited Folds of Honor, which provides annual educational scholarships to the families of those killed or disabled while in active duty, and the Semper Fi Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

John Christensen and Gail Leonard*

John Christensen and Gail Leonard*

Barbara and Trip Bomar*

Barbara and Trip Bomar*

Justin Cleveland and Jerald Cleveland*

Justin Cleveland and Jerald Cleveland*

Mike and Lisa Engle*

Mike and Lisa Engle*

Approximately 200 people including Barbara and Trip Bomar, Justin Cleveland, Jerald Cleveland, John Christensen, Gail Leonard and Lisa and Mike Engles arrived to W. T. White’s Junior ROTC standing at attention. During the cocktail reception, guests perused the silent auction tables with items such as an autographed football from Emmitt Smith, Coco’s Bangles and dozens of restaurant and spa packages to name a few.

Brian Aft*

Brian Aft*

Promptly at 7:00 p.m., Event Co-Chair Mike Marasco introduced the Color Guard who presented the colors, and 15-year-old Lindsey Fish sang the National Anthem prior to guests sitting down for dinner. Event Co-Chair Travis Wilson introduced the 2016 Guest of Honor Gen. James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, who spoke about how his office at the Pentagon was destroyed after a plane hit the Pentagon and how America was changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Local hero and this year’s Honorary Chair Cpl. Brian Aft also took the stage to tell his story as a Marine. On April 8, 2011, Aft struck an improvised explosive device while patrolling on duty in Afghanistan. Taking the brunt of the explosion, Aft suffered numerous injuries including the loss his lower extremities.

“The days after 9/11 were the worst of times, but they were also the best of times because people came together and were more appreciative and thankful for their country,” Gen. Amos said. “It is organizations like Helping Our Heroes that are truly making a difference in the lives of veterans and anyone who serves. “I am thankful for the opportunity to be here tonight.”

Following the remarks, Wes Pool of Murad Auctions led an energetic game of Heads and Tails before the live auction began. Guests bid on a variety of packages including a trip for four to Washington D.C., a Sunday night wine and food tasting at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse, and a handmade quilt and signed KA-Bar.

Travis Wilson, James F. Amos and Vanessa Keane**

Travis Wilson, James F. Amos and Vanessa Keane**

On Monday, September 12, 2016, Gen. Amos joined golfers at Brookhaven Country Club for the second day of Helping Our Heroes fundraising efforts. More than 90 people grabbed breakfast tacos courtesy of Torchy’s Tacos before watching the presentation of the colors and singing the National Anthem. Following their morning on the course, the teams gathered for an awards ceremony and cookout lunch with hot dogs and chips provided by Frito Lay. Proceeds from both events benefited Semper Fi Fund and Folds of Honor.

* Photo credit: 
Tamytha Cameron 
** Photo credit: 
Rhi Lee

Author/Sportscaster David Feherty Steps In For Susan Hawk As Keynote Speaker At 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast In November

David Feherty*

David Feherty*

Anyone who has experienced a David Feherty talk knows the former professional golfer/NBC sportscaster/author is a master at storytelling. With a twinkle in his eye and the charm a leprechaun would envy, the bearded Irishman regales folks about people and issues. Whether it’s questioning the return of Tiger Woods to greatness or admitting to his own demons, he doesn’t hold back, but he does it with humor.

In discussing his own struggle with depression and drug/alcohol abuse, he told Golf Digest , “a typical day was 30-40 Vicodin and two and a half bottles of whiskey…real whiskey. Whiskey with an ‘e.’ There was cocaine, there was dope. When I think about it now I’m like, ‘Why am I alive?’”

It’s that self-revelation, plus tales of his shenanigans after winning the Scottish Open in 1986 and the all-too-well-known people who helped him in his recovery, that David will provide at the 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast on Wednesday, November 9, at Belo Mansion.

BTW, David is stepping in for Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk, “who was originally scheduled for the event.” Due to Susan’s seeking help in fighting her own issues with depression, she had to bow out.

* Photo provided by CARE

Laura W. Bush Institute For Women’s Health Brought James Maas, Marjorie Jenkins And Sweet Dreams To Dallas

Ever since Eve and Adam, there’s been no doubt that women and men are different. But over the centuries that difference has in some ways become more apparent and, in others, not so apparent. Need an example? How about medical research? It has been the norm for research on such things as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, mental health and others to be based largely on studies involving men. In more recent years, the understanding has arisen that what applies to men doesn’t necessarily translate for the healthcare for women.

Former First Lady Laura Bush and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center not only got on board with this concept, they created the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health  in 2007 focusing on health-and-gender-based issues. Getting the results out from the Institute’s efforts, Laura and the Center’s experts have been holding meetings and activities throughout Texas. From the start, Dallas women were on board with the program including Lee Ann White, who has served as chairman of the national advisory board. Over the years such issues as heart disease, menopause, pain and alcohol abuse have been discussed, but on Tuesday, May 17, a different topic was presented at the Dallas Country Club — “Women and Sleep: Good Night, Great Day.”

Lisa Troutt and Jan Rees-Jones

Lisa Troutt and Jan Rees-Jones

Rusty Duvall

Rusty Duvall

 Jane Pierce, Randall Halsell, Barbara Stuart, Linda Perryman Evans, Marilyn, Augur, Carol Seay and Linda McFarland

Jane Pierce, Randall Halsell, Barbara Stuart, Linda Perryman Evans, Marilyn, Augur, Carol Seay and Linda McFarland

With a room full of women including Lisa Troutt, Diane Howard, Jan Rees-Jones, Rusty Duvall, Kelli Ford, Jane Pierce, Randi Halsell, Barbara Stuart, Linda Perryman Evans, Marilyn Augur, Carol Seay, Linda McFarland, Elizabeth Webb and Libby Allred, Event Co-Chairs Jeanne Tower Cox, Debbie Francis and Lee Ann had James “Jim” Maas and Dr. Marjorie Jenkins explain not only the importance of sleep in regards to their overall well-being, but how to achieve the optimum rest. Originally scheduled speaker Janet Tornelli-Mitchell was unable to participate due to a family emergency.

Jeanne Tower Cox

Jeanne Tower Cox

Debbie Francis

Debbie Francis


Meredith Land, Lee Ann White and Elizabeth Webb

Meredith Land, Lee Ann White and Elizabeth Webb

First up was Jim, who reported on recent research regarding sleep. After polling the audience, he explained that most people are moderately to severely sleep deprived effecting their work, family and overall life. However, he pointed out that 71% of the North American populace does not need the usually recommended 7.5-9.5 hours of sleep a night. However, he did point out that most people overestimate the amount of sleep they get by 47 more minutes.

Having studied tens of thousands of high school and college kids, he flatly described them as walking zombies. The reason is that in order to be alert, young people need 9.25 hours of sleep each night, but in reality get only 6.1. Jim suggested that as puberty is taking place earlier and earlier in life, so the need for more sleep is taking place among middle school youngsters.

As an example of sleep deprivation affecting even high-level types, he showed a video of former President George W. Bush speaking with a middle-schooler yawning in the stands behind him. To be politically correct, Jim then showed a video of former President Bill Clinton dozing off during a Martin Luther King Jr. service. There were others, like Gordon Brown at the General Assembly and Margaret Thatcher at a cabinet meeting, who were caught showing signs of being weary.

But as Jim explained, it’s not just international leaders who show signs of being tired. He reported that 75% of adults experience problems getting sound sleep some nights every single week. That can mean either getting to sleep, maintaining a full night’s sleep, waking up too early or a combination of all three. Or, as Jim put it, “daytime sleep inertia. Sleep is a necessity. It is not a luxury, as we treat it as being.”

He felt that “the best predictor we have of life span is not exercise and it’s not nutrition, although they’re both very important. The best predictor we have is how well you sleep.”

James "Jim" Maas

James “Jim” Maas

Jim’s thesis is that “if you get adequate sleep, you’ll be in a better mood, more efficient, more effective and you’ll actually have some free time left over.”

Sleep deprivation leads to a significantly higher risk of hypertension, heart attacks and strokes, Type 2 diabetes, depression, influenza, skin and allergy problems, cancer, early onset Alzheimer’s disease and obesity. That last item caused a stir among the audience when Jim suggested that if people would get one more hour of sleep each night, they would lose on average of a pound a week.

And in keeping with the basis of the Institute, there is a difference between men and women regarding sleep deprivation. Women experience more insomnia than men, resulting in high levels of psychological distress, greater hostility/depression/anger and “obviously hormonal changes.”

He reported that blind women have 50% less breast cancer than sighted women. His thinking is that sighted women don’t turn off the light soon enough at night, and that “light exposure suppresses melatonin from being secreted in the brain, which will put you to sleep in the dark.”

It was recently revealed that when you lose sleep, you actually lose neurons. In other words, lack of sleep results in the killing of brain cells.

Prior to 1952, the thinking was that there were two parts of the brain — the awake part and the sleeping part. Then research at the University of Chicago revealed that the sleeping brain is much more complicated than the awake brain. At the point when the brain enters the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle, more than dreams take place.

He then surprised some of the audience by saying that anyone who says they can fall asleep immediately is actually starved for sleep. The well-rested person takes 15 to 20 minutes to fall asleep.

Within the first 20 minutes of sleep, the first stage of the night focuses on body and brain cell restoration. After 90 minutes, the first dreaming period of the night is underway. Everyone dreams every 90 minutes each night with that first dream lasting nine minutes plus or minus 30 seconds. Then one goes back down to the deeper sleep and every 90 minutes the pattern continues. And every REM period is twice as long as the previous. “So if you get eight hours of sleep, you’ll have spent as much as two hours in REM sleep.”

You are sleep deprived if two or more of the following applies to you:

  • a boring lecture or glass of wine makes you sleepy.
  • you fall asleep instantly at night.
  • need an alarm clock to wake up.
  • you sleep extra hours on the weekends.


  • Determine your sleep requirement and achieve it every night.
  • From puberty to 24, you need 9.25 hours of sleep a night. And due to the growth hormone the sleep period exists between 3 and 11 a.m. Thus, kids are in morning classes when they should be sleeping. His suggestion is that either the start time for schools change or technology be used to change their circadian rhythm.
  • He told of a gadget that has been developed in France. Not available to the public until 2017, Dreem will be worn at night and it will accurately record your brain waves and it will put Stage 4 sleep rhythms into your brain. According to Jim, “It’s the first gadget that really works.”
  • Regarding caffeine, he said that any caffeine after 2 p.m. would decrease your sleep by as much as one hour. Jim surprised the group by reporting that people would say they didn’t need caffeinated coffee, they had decaffeinated Dunkin Donuts coffee. Jim reported that in actuality Dunkin Donuts decaf coffee had 26.9 MG of caffeine for an 8-oz. cup opposed to the usual 3 MG of caffeine in normal decaf beverages.
  • Other sleep killers are nicotine and alcohol.

On the other hand, instead of a Coke or coffee, have a “power nap” of 15-20 minutes in the afternoon. It’s a stress reducer, boosts your immunity and helps your memory.

In summary, he recommended

  • Reducing stress.
  • Set priorities in your life.
  • Manage your time well, so you will have time for sleep.
  • Eat well.
  • Make sure your bedroom is cool (65-67 degrees). For people suffering from night sweats, he suggested trying Cool-Jams.
  • Have a quiet bedroom. Jim recommended the Dohm to block out noises over other white-noise machine because its white noise is not a recording. (He stressed that he had no financial involvement with either Cool-Jams or Dohm.)
  • Get a great pillow. A way to test your pillow is to fold it in half. If it doesn’t immediately open by itself, it’s a “dead pillow. Throw it out or put it in the guest room.”
  • Bedrooms are for sex and sleep, not for watching television.
  • Reading electronic gadgets like smart phones and iPads before going to sleep can result in luminosity, thus hindering melatonin. Jim suggests getting low-blue-light glasses. Or, just read a book.
  • Hot baths or stretching can help.
  • Yoga and meditation.
  • If you toss or turn for 10 minutes, get up and do some light housework. It’s better than tossing and turning.
  • Do not read work-related materials.
  • Sleeping pills are not the answer. However, if you’re going to try something, Jim suggested Power Off. It requires no prescription, but is natural and not addictive.

He finished his talk with a story about a little girl who wanted to be a world-class skater, and how he told her to cut down on her workouts. She followed his advice and made headlines.

Marjorie Jenkins

Marjorie Jenkins

Next up was Chief Scientific Officer for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and Director of Medical Initiatives Marjorie Jenkins, who kicked off her talk saying that women multi-task more than men and thus require more sleep.

The reasons why women sleep less include having children, hot flashes during menopause, fibromyalgia and a bed partner’s snoring, restless leg syndrome, etc.

Just as Jim had mentioned, Marjorie reported that sleep deprivation results in various health issues and medical disorders.

She felt that one of the problems facing women is just trying to get to sleep.

Appealing to the vanity of the audience, Marjorie said that research showed that women who have problems sleeping age more quickly and have problems losing weight.

What does work?

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy. For instance, Marjorie counts backward from 100 by sevens.
  • If you’re not sleeping well, tell your doctor. It may be depression, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, a thyroid condition or other health issues.
  • Medical resources — Vitamin E, ginger and other natural substances, Ambien, Prozac, etc., can work, but the resource has to be the correct one. Women experience more side effects from medications.

She stressed the importance of having patients make sure that their doctors hear the issues facing them regarding all health concerns, especially sleep.

James Maas and Marjorie Jenkins

James Maas and Marjorie Jenkins

Then Marjorie was joined by Jim for a panel discussion with Meredith Land emceeing:

  • Is it safe to take Tylenol PM every night? Marjorie — It isn’t something that should be taken long term.
  • Is it possible to get too much sleep? Jim — No.
  • Thoughts on melatonin for children? Marjorie — That or any herbal medication is highly questionable, since their young brains are in the developmental stage.
  • If a child is sleeping 10 hours a night, would an additional hour help? Jim — Possibly.
  • What if you sleep four hours, are up two hours and sleep an additional four hours? Marjorie — You can have restorative sleep and there are some short-acting sleep medications. Ambien was changed for a short-term effect for women — Intermezzo — in 2013 that could be taken at 3 a.m. The question arose, “How much of that is going to remain in the bloodstream if you take it that late at night? They’re going to be driving and doing things in the morning.” They found that women had 40% more active zolpidem in their blood stream in the morning. In reviewing the 800 car events ranging from running over people to accidents with other vehicles, 80% were women.
  • Where do you get that Litebook? Is it beneficial for adults as well as young people? Jim — Yes, it is fine for all. It can be acquired at Amazon.
  • What about women who wake up and cannot get back to sleep? Marjorie — Reset your clock and follow Jim’s suggestion.
  • What can you do about a snoring partner? Marjorie — Get another bedroom. Earplugs. He can try something about the snoring.  Jim — We have an expensive technique for people who are sleeping on their back. You take a tennis ball and put it into a sock. Stitch the sock to the back of his pajama top. When he rolls over on to his back, he’ll roll back over on his side.
  • Is it good to have a ceiling fan on at night? Marjorie — It’s good to have your bedroom cool. I actually have a fan on all the time.

At Breakfast Presented By An ‘Evolving’ Executives In Action, Author Tommy Spaulding Talks About Leading From The Heart

The invitation said the 4th Annual Book And Breakfast event at the Dallas Country Club would feature a talk by Tommy Spaulding, whose latest book is titled “The Heart-Led Leader.” But those who showed up at the Executives In Action gathering on Friday, April 15, soon learned that the morning’s biggest news involved the “evolution” of EIA with the help of an online platform that could help it grow.

Founded in 2008 by Ashlee and Chris Kleinert (in partnership with Entrepreneurs for North Texas and the Center for Nonprofit Management) to match volunteer executives with local nonprofits, EIA, it seems, had reached the limits of its capabilities, having paired execs with more than 270 North Texas nonprofits over the years. Now, though, with a steady increase in grant applications and executive inquiries, EIA needed help taking its services to the next level. It found that help in Catchafire, a New York-based, skills-based online platform that utilizes a technology with a worldwide reach.

As explained at the breakfast by Chris and Rachael Chong, CEO and founder of Catchafire, the two groups discovered each other at a breakfast arranged by Greg McKeown, who spoke at last year’s Book & Breakfast event. “We shared the same vision,” Rachael said, as this year’s breakfast crowd tucked into their scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and pastries. “It was love at first web-site.”

With more than 15,000 nonprofits in Dallas-Fort Worth, a third of them operating on budgets of less than $500,000, Rachael said her goal—and that of the evolving EIA—would be to match 1,000 DFW charities with executives over the next 12 months at the web site called

The rest of the morning’s program was handled by emcee Gary Cogill—he joked that he, Chris, and Tommy had been asked to star in a male version of “Real Housewives of Dallas”—and Spaulding, a world-renowned speaker on leadership issues. While guests including Rand Stagen and Catherine Cuellar listened raptly, Tommy recounted lessons from his new book, which talks about how authentic leaders effect transformational change by living and leading from the heart. The most important component of such leadership is humility, Tommy said, launching into a personal story that demonstrated the importance of that virtue.

After renting a house in upstate New Hampshire, he recounted, he and his wife went to a movie at the town’s small theater one day and, to their great surprise and delight, upon walking in received a standing ovation from the other patrons. “Calm down,” his wife whispered, as Tommy’s head began to swell from the recognition. Later, Spaulding said, he asked an older man who’d been in the audience whether he knew who Spaulding was. “No,” the older man replied. “Then why did you give us a standing ovation?” Tommy asked. The answer: “There were only eight people in the theater when you walked in, and they won’t start the movie until there are 10.”

Life Lessons Keynoter Dr. Jean Kilbourne Rips Connection Between Advertising And Eating Disorders

If you thought eating disorders were a problem for women only, you should have been at the 11th annual Life Lessons Breakfast at the Belo Mansion on Wednesday, February 10. There, a “mixed crowd” of 300 at the Elisa Project fundraiser listened to internationally known keynoter Dr. Jean Kilbourne talk about the image of women in advertising, and her critical studies of food, alcohol, and tobacco ads. But they also heard Brian Cuban, brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, talk about his struggles with eating disorders as he accepted the Elisa Project’s Star of Hope Award.

Cuban, an attorney whose self-published book titled “Shattered Image” was released in 2013, told the early-morning crowd that he had a two-decades-long struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (or BDD) that left him feeling depressed and lonely. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of people suffering from eating disorders are men, Cuban pointed out, a fact he wasn’t aware of until encountering The Elisa Project. Once he did, he added, “I realized I wasn’t alone.”

After receiving the Star award, Cuban, who was the Life Lessons 2016 honorary chair, returned to his front-row table to listen to Kilbourne. There he joined his fiancée Amanda Ellis, Elisa Project director Whitney Roberts-Kutch, Yvonne Crum and the breakfast event’s co-chairs, Catherine and Sean Lowe. Catherine and Sean, of course, are the celebrity couple who got engaged during the 17th season of TV’s “The Bachelor” dating show, and then married a year later.

During her keynote talk, which was augmented with a colorful slide show, Kilbourne criticized the country’s “toxic cultural environment” that “sacrifices health for profit” at the expense of American women. The “flawless beauty” held up in advertising and pop culture is a distorted and impossible standard for most women to attain, she said, making many women feel inferior and inadequate.

As males and females age, Kilbourne went on, “the only thing that counts for men is the size of their bank account.” But for 20 or 30 years, she went on, women have been taught to focus on thin-ness—to literally “become smaller”—and to “hate our bodies and feel disconnected.” The “solution” to this problem as prescribed in advertising, Kilbourne said: binging on “food and liquor and cigarettes” as a way of dealing with stress.

“Food becomes their only friend,” she said, and therefore is linked purposefully in advertising with sex and sexuality. To illustrate the point, Kilbourne showed a print ad for Milky Way candy bars headlined, “What you do in the dark is nobody’s business”—a come-on which she said “encourages binging.”

As one remedy for this huge problem, Kilbourne advised “talking to kids really early” about advertising and what it represents. She also urged warning labels on food, special taxes on dietary products, and more “media literacy” in general.

2916 Crystal Charity Ball Committee Chairs Breakfast At NorthPark’s The Theodore

Who said January was a “take a break” month? Absolutely not! A perfect example was Tuesday, January 12. Sure, oil was not having a happy day, but the nonprofits were still charging ahead to help neighbors and strangers.

Meredith Marceau, Christie Carter and Rachel Roberts

Meredith Marceau, Christie Carter and Rachel Roberts

One of the first activities of the day took place at NorthPark. even before the valets were on the scene at 9 a.m. As NP staffers were pulling in, the Crystal Charity Ball members were heading to The Theodore.

Claire Emanuelson and Jonathan Knecht

Claire Emanuelson and Jonathan Knecht

The turnout was incredible, with The Theodore Manager Jonathan Knecht a little amazed at the numbers filling the place. He managed to have cookies and oysters on the half shell lounging on ice for the gals. Needless to say, the oysters stayed pretty much in place, but the cookies moved pretty quickly.

NorthPark gift bags

NorthPark gift bags

Other items that were being eyed were the rows of NP gift bags with complimentary valet cards.

While each member stood and reported on her role in the 2016 CCB fundraising effort, it was 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter who pointed out that the day was also CCB member Tanya Foster’s birthday.

Knoxie Edmondson, Ann Lardner, Carole Lou Bruton, Delilah Boyd, Sally Johnson Leigh Anne Haugh

Knoxie Edmondson, Ann Lardner, Carole Lou Bruton, Delilah Boyd, Sally Johnson Leigh Anne Haugh

Speaking of Christie, each year the chair selects an internal working theme. This year Christie decided on “Steel Magnolias.” The reason was her late mother, who Christie felt was—much like the committee members—a true-blue “Steel Magnolia.”

Best-Selling Author Tommy Spaulding To Headline Executives In Action’s Book And Breakfast In April

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert (File photo)

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert (File photo)

Executives In Action’s Ashlee and Chris Kleinert may have seemed to have taken a break after their Great Texas Food Truck Rally back in September, but no! They’ve been busily putting together plans for their 4th annual Book And Breakfast event.

It will return to the Dallas Country Club on Friday, April 15. This year’s speaker will be Tommy Spaulding, whose “It’s Not Just Who You Know (Transform Your Life and Your Organization by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships)” became a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today national bestseller. His new book, “The Heart-Led Leader,” was just published last month and is already a New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Business national best seller.

While he has held various leadership positions in the corporate and nonprofit worlds, Spaulding has become regarded as “a world-renowned speaker on leadership.”

Sure, this event is one of those early rise-and-shine situations, but it’s also known for being better than the best cup of coffee and an excellent way to start the day.

BTW, the lessons learned at the Book and Breakfast gatherings can benefit both those in the business world as well as those in the nonprofit sector.

Women’s Auxiliary Of Children’s Medical Center Decked The Halls With Loads Of Wreaths

While the doors of The Trains at NorthPark were opening to the public on Saturday, November 21, the Dallas Chapter of Women’s Auxiliary of Children’s Medical Center folks were like Santa’s elves over at Children’s Medical Center. Actually, the gathering looked more like kids themselves. Plus there were a lot of fellas in the crowd.

Southwest Airlines wreath

Southwest Airlines wreath

Santa in a wreath

Santa in a wreath

They were gathered downstairs in the Butterfly Atrium that was filled with 200 individually decorated wreaths arranged by Co-Chairs Brittany George and Kelly Novel. Each one had been sponsored/produced by “Auxiliary members, families, scout troops and corporate groups” for the patients who were in residence for the holidays.

Kelly Novel, Joanna Clarke, Brittany George

Kelly Novel, Joanna Clarke, Brittany George

Women’s Auxiliary President Joanna Clarke fessed up that some of the hottie wreaths were classics that hibernated in a special spots when not at Children’s.

No sooner had instructions been given, than off like reindeer on Christmas Eve the teams with wreaths in hand were on their way to “deck the halls.”

And they didn’t dawdle. They still had to get things lined up for the  27th Annual Breakfast with Santa preceding the 28th annual Children’s Health Holiday Parade.

BTW, don’t expect to see the Auxiliary team early on New Year’s Eve. According to Joanna, they’ll be serving “a special meal to the families in the critical care units.”

If you’re looking for a group to join that has a great time helping others, consider signing up with the Auxiliary.


Breakfast For The Bridge North Texas Had All “The Signs” To Be The Safety Net For The Homeless And Delivered

Judy Gass and Jennifer Karol

Judy Gass and Jennifer Karol

Even before the official 7:30 a.m. check-in for The Breakfast For The Bridge on Friday, November 20, people like Kimberly and Shannon Wynne, Judy Gass and Jennifer Karol were in the Trinity Ballroom at the Omni. In the reception area outside the ballroom were two large walls with cardboard sheets and colorful markers. Some people got it. Others just walked by. They’d soon get it.

Walls outside the Trinity Ballroom

Walls outside the
Trinity Ballroom

By 7:45, the ballroom was filling. Maybe it was because it was less than a week from Thanksgiving. Maybe it was because it was breakfast. May it was because it was a Friday. May it was because it was the fundraiser for The Bridge. Maybe it was because it was all of that. But there was a genuine sense of conviviality as guests greeted each other like a family reunion. There seemed to be no stranger in the room of 600.

A voice asked everyone to take their seats. There were scheduled to keep and a lot of suits that had place to be afterwards. The Bridge Development Director Teresa Hiser was hopeful that more money would be raised at the breakfast itself.

Tom Dunning, Lynn McBee and Bill Barnett

Tom Dunning, Lynn McBee and Bill Barnett

A few minutes later the voice repeated the requested, as more people arrived. The back of the room heeded the voice’s request. Those near the stage weren’t so responsive. They continued catching up. Gunnar Rawlings represented Dallas’ First Family. Seems First Lady Micki Rawlings was nursing an eye infection. Tom Dunning described Lynn McBee as “the next Ruth Altshuler” to Bill Barnett. As for Lynn, she had a full schedule. Later in the day she would be chairing The Salvation Army’s 2015 Annual Doing The most Good Luncheon.

Just after 8, The Bridge’s Co-Chairs Elect Lynn and Bill got the program underway explaining the The Bridge Chairman of the Board John Castle was unable to make it, so they were subbing in. He recognized last year’s Bridge Builder awardee Jennifer Karol, who has taken on development efforts.

Megan McManemin

Megan McManemin

Rev. Joe Clifford gave the invocation and Event Co-Chair Megan McManemin told how Shannon had gotten them involved five years ago. Seems on a visit to the McManemin’s home, Shannon had noticed a photo of Casey McManemin’s grandfather Mack McManemin in front of his barbershop that had just been a couple of blocks away from where The Bridge is located today. Six months later “Mack’s Barbershop” opened at The Bridge to provide free haircuts for the guests thanks to the McManemins.

But their involvement didn’t stop there. Megan described Shannon’s and Jennifer’s working with the McManemins as the “Bridge Two-Step.” Megan ended up working in the library and eventually moved on to the music therapy program. Today she and Casey were co-chairing The Breakfast.

Kamica King

Kamica King

Speaking about the importance of music therapy, she told how one day at the music therapy session a couple of clients were a little louder and a bit rowdy. But music therapist Kamica King’s use of music pretty soon changed the situation 180 degrees with one of the fellows ask, “Who are you?”

With that Kamica and her guitar came on stage and played while the guests had breakfast. After the last song, Kamica introduced the question, “What is home to you?” The answer came via video from various people saying, “Peace,” “Rest,” “Safe,” “Family”, “Security,” etc.

The Bridge President Jay Dunn introduced public officials, Bridge partners and the 2015 Bridge Builder Larry Sykes with a video featuring Rev. Bruce Buchanan, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Rosemary Robbins and Mary Russ.

Larry Sykes and Teresa Hiser

Larry Sykes and Teresa Hiser

In the video, Larry explained that he changed careers from real estate to The Bridge. In this transition, he discovered the difference between him and The Bridge’s guests is the safety net.

Following the video, Larry accepted the award reporting that since 2008 there have been 1,000 volunteers with The Stewpot providing three meals a day every day. When Larry asked that everyone in the ballroom, who had volunteered at The Bridge stand up, about one-fourth of the 600 guests stood.

Returning to his thoughts about the importance of the safety net for the guests, Larry said that The Bridge is just that for the guests, with 2,100 people having found hosing through The Bridge, homeless jail stays have dropped and serious crime has been reduced by 49% since The Bridge’s opening.

At 8:49 Larry concluded his acceptance speech and introduced a video of Help USA Chair Maria Cuomo-Cole who helped produce an upcoming documentary about Willie.

Following Maria’s introduction, Willie appeared at the podium with mammoth slides appearing on the screen behind him. He read notes from those who had been touched by his 20-year art project in which he bought the signs that the homeless would hold on streets. In the background slides of the signs would appear. Eventually the project undertaken in grad school became a mission resulting in his first homeless sign art show in 2009. He told of the installations of other exhibitions of the signs and the quilts by the homeless that he and his sister had worked on. It was at his 2012 TEDxSMU talk that the project opened up a personal issue for Willie about his relationship with his father. For the first time he “wondered if there was a part of me that was homeless.”

Willie Baronet

Willie Baronet

He then asked the audience to consider three questions:

“What is home?” For many it was a roof over the head, but for others it was a feeling.

“Is there any part of you that is homeless?” He told how he had been told by people that they homeless spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, etc. For Willie it was about safety and a longing for a relationship with his father. During his cross-country trip to collect signs that was filmed for the documentary that will be shown in January 2016, he met countless homeless people and others who help the homeless, driven 7,200 miles, bought 292 signs and produced an exhibition of the signs at NYU that took three days to install.

He told how when he started buying the signs, he had done it with a feeling of discomfort seeing people asking for help. But over the years, that discomfort had been transformed into an understanding and sharing of what is homelessness. He admitted that despite his efforts and encounters the problem demanded a more complex answer than he could muster. But in undertaking his project, he had created ripples that would lead others talk, to create policies and to do the next thing.

Willie Baronet

Willie Baronet

His final question to the audience was, “What will you do next?”

He concluded his talk with a story about “Trey,” who approached him at Tom Thumb one day. He asked Willie if he drove a white Mountaineer. It seems that years ago he had been “a homeless dude at LBJ and Abrams,” who had lived in the woods off of Chimney Hill. But thanks to an encounter with Willie, Josh had gotten a job, an apartment, gone through rehab and was off drugs. Willie said, “Things were really hard but he was doing well. He remembered my face and my car, someone who had helped him.” Trey then explained to Willie, “I want you to understand this. Every time somebody helps, you remember.”

The breakfast could have ended with that, but Co-Chair Casey McManenim came on stage and was one of the best closer in these parts. He told the group to do the right thing, to do the smart thing and to do something. That, according to Casey, is exactly what is happening at The Bridge. The facility is providing a safety net for those who want to transition from the streets to permanent supportive homes.

But today was more than writing a check. Casey admitted that guilt was not a very good fundraising tool, but sometimes shame works. He asked everyone who had visited The Bridge to stand up. “So, those of you who are experiencing shame at this moment know who you are.” Laughter arose from all the guests. He pointed out that the envelope at each seat revealed a match was available for funds raised that would allow expansion including critical medical services and follow up.

He added that the state of Texas was now using The Bridge model for the homeless problem and was providing a two-year match for funds raised. In addition, an anonymous donor was will to match dollar-for-dollar the second year funds raised up to $50,000.

Jean Kilbourne To Be Keynote Speaker At The Elisa Project’s Life Lessons Breakfast

2016 Life Lessons Breakfast Co-Chairs Catherine and Sean Lowe have locked down 2015 National Women’s Hall of Famer Jean Kilbourne as the keynote speaker for The Elisa Project fundraising breakfast.

Jean’s reputation for being “Wow!” has been built on her “groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising.”

According to The Elisa Project Executive Director Kimberly Martinez, “We are so fortunate to have Ms. Kilbourne as our keynote speaker. She’s an expert in how advertising affects both addictions and eating disorders — she is both entertaining and thought-provoking.”

Funds from the Wednesday, February 10th event at Belo Mansion and Pavilion will be used “for advocacy projects, referral and case management services, as well as, community education and prevention programs throughout Texas.”

2016 Children’s Cancer Fund Will Be A Nighttime Soiree And Roger Staubach Wants “To Beat The Hell Out Of This Disease”

The calm before the storm. That was Wednesday, November 4. By evening WFAA’s Pete Delkus still had his jacket on. It would soon to be removed. But before all heck broke loose for another bout with Mother Nature’s rocky personality, lucky fundraisers took a deep breath and filled the day with activities. It started just after 7 a.m. and ended past 9 p.m. Face it — fundraising doesn’t know an eight-hour day.

The launch of the Children’s Cancer Fund Kick-Off breakfast at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s wasn’t supposed to start until 7:45 a.m. But folks were showing up at 7:15 a.m. and the Cooleys were ready.

Lisa had been up at 5 and the crew of caterers and valets were in place at 7 for the near 200 to hear about plans for the 2016 fundraiser.

Jack Barker and Chance Cooley

Jack Barker and Chance Cooley

One of the guests in the crowd was Jesuit student Jack Barker, who was also a former classmate of Chance Cooley. Sure, his mom Giora Barker was co-chairing the 2016 Children’s Cancer Fund event with Lisa, but there was more to his being there and that would be revealed later.

Speaking of Chance, he couldn’t stay for the presentation. Had to head off to school in an ultra-cool car. As he prepared to drive off, Clay advised his son to drive safely.

Another cute fella in the crowd was Luke Lange, who posed with his folks Tracy and Ben Lange and Children’s Cancer Fund Honorary Co-Chair Roger Staubach.

Clay Cooley, Luke Lange and Ben Lange

Clay Cooley, Luke Lange and Ben Lange

With guests having business commitments at 9, the program ran like an atomic clock.

Lisa thanked folks for coming and Roger recalled how 28 years ago, when they held the first Children’s Cancer Fund event, “It was beautiful women in lingerie. Boy, we used to have a great turnout for that luncheon…and they still have a great turnout.”

He admitted that over the years there have been some very sad stories, but there have also been some great stories as a result of the Children’s Cancer Fund’s efforts.

Stephen Skapek

Stephen Skapek

Roger then turned the program over to Dr. Stephen Skapek and Dr. Patrick Leavey, who provided updates on children’s cancer.

Despite the barrage of statistics and facts that have been reeled off in the past, the cold reality of Stephen’s voice when he said, “I’m sick of children dying of cancer.”

To put a face with the situation, Giora and Jack took their places in front of the fireplace in the living room that was packed with people. They told of Jack’s successful battle against cancer and how it was due to the funding of research and treatments. Jack, who was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 12, spent the next three years with Children’s Health healthcare professionals and his family to beat the cancer. In 2010 he was one of the Children’s Cancer Fund’s artisans, who had an army supporting him. Today the 18-year old is on the Jesuit crew team, loves to scuba dive and ski and is his mother’s inspiration. He quickly became an inspiration for the early-morning risers in the room that included Children’s Cancer Fund Board President Karen McClard, Children’s Cancer Fund Executive Director Brittney Bannon, Coley Clark, Scott Murray and Children’s Cancer Fund Co-Founder Fred Shapiro.

Karen McClard, Lisa Cooley, Roger Staubach, Giora Barker and Brittney Bannon

Karen McClard, Lisa Cooley, Roger Staubach, Giora Barker and Brittney Bannon

Patrick Leavey and Fred Shapiro

Patrick Leavey and Fred Shapiro

Unlike years past, The Children’s Cancer Fund Gala fundraiser will be a nighttime affair on Friday, April 22, at the Hilton Anatole. Lisa explained that by having it at night, it would allow more men to attend and there wouldn’t be the problem of having to leave for an afternoon meeting.

In addition to the fashion show and auction, there will be dinner and entertainment by Emerald City. Tickets start at $300 per person.

According to Roger, they’ll be raffling off “a Clay Cooley car — a 1952 Plymouth.” No, that was just Roger joshing about the Plymouth, but he was right about a Cooley care being raffled off.

But Roger was serious when he said, “We need to beat the hell out of this disease.”

True to their promise, the breakfast meeting was a done deal in time for peeps to be off to those 9 o’clock commitments.

Breakfast For The Bridge Will Have “Art Collecting” Willie Baronet Speaking And Larry Sykes’s Receiving Bridge Builder Award

Today’s downpour and chilly winds make it great to stay inside with a warm mug of coffee. If you don’t have to go out, you don’t. If you do, then you can bundle up, get in the car, turn on the seat heater and be on your way.

Not everybody is that lucky. As hard as it is to believe in the prosperous North Texas community, there are thousands of homeless people. In addition to not having a place to stay, they also seem to be hopeless about the situation ever changing.

However, back in 2008 The Bridge North Texas opened to address that very situation. Collaborating with area services like Metrocare Services, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Workforce Solutions, Veterans Affairs, Dallas Police Department, Downtown Dallas Inc., The Stewpot, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, the Status of Texas, Dallas County and the City of Dallas, it tackled the problems of this segment of society.

As Mayor Mike Rawlings (formerly known as the Homeless Czar) put it, The Bridge was to be “a springboard — not a shelter.”

Here people found “meals, shelter, primary and behavioral health care, job placements and housing to around 85% of Dallas County’s homeless population.” In 2014 The Bridge assisted 8,600 clients.

Thanks to its efforts, The Bridge

  • has contributed to the revitalization of downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods by serving as a magnet for the homeless community that otherwise would be roaming the streets.
  • is a great neighbor, as evidenced by the relocation of its entrance to accommodate the Farmers Market stakeholders.
  • saves taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually by keeping the homeless out of the county’s criminal justice and hospital systems.
  • served more than 8,600 individuals experiencing homelessness in 2014.
  • has made more than 2,100 permanent supportive and affordable housing placements since opening!

According to The Bridge records, serious crime in downtown Dallas “has dropped more than 49% since The Bridge opened in 2008.”

But all this success requires ongoing support. That’s why Megan and Casey McManemin are co-chairing this Friday’s 2015 Breakfast For The Bridge at which time Larry Sykes, who has volunteered more than 800 hours at The Bridge, will be presented the Bridge Builder Award. According to Larry, “Our guests are just like us. Many have college educations and good job history, but life got in the way and their support systems weren’t what we had. It is an honor to serve them.”

Another highlight will be keynote speaker Willie Baronet. Now, who is Willie Baronet and why should he be the keynote speaker? Did he used to live on the streets? Nope. In fact, he had a successful design firm that he sold in 2006, got his MFA in 2011 from the University of Texas at Dallas, and has been the Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising at SMU. In 2013 he was named an AIGA Fellow “for making a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within our design community. This is the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon one of its senior-level members.”

So, again why is this guy featured speaker at an event about the homeless? Oh, you’ve just got to get up early Friday and head to the Omni Dallas Hotel to find out. You’ll learn about Willie, have a great breakfast, be on your way by 9:30 and you’ll be helping to provide funds for The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center.

But if you really need sleepy time and can’t make it, then think about donating or volunteering.

Charles Haley Tackles Addiction And Recovery At CARE Breakfast

If you want to know what it’s like grappling with drug addiction and mental illness, you really should hear it first-hand from someone who’s been through it—like NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboy Charles Haley, for example. Haley, a notoriously aggressive player who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder only after he retired from the NFL, talked about his struggles during a lively onstage conversation with Scott Murray on Monday, October 5, at the 31st annual CARE (Chemical Awareness Resources and Education) Breakfast.

CARE Breakfast*

CARE Breakfast*

During his football days, “They called me Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I was either bouncing off the walls or talking to everybody,” Haley told the early-morning crowd of more than 500 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. “I didn’t play well with others. I never fit in with nobody. I was always in attack mode. Emmitt [Smith] said, ‘You don’t let anybody be your friend.’”

After struggling unsuccessfully to deal with his daughter’s leukemia—and abandoning his wife, to boot—Haley said he “started doing cocaine and drinking a lot.” Eventually, though, he decided to enter a treatment center for alcohol, drugs, and bipolar disorder and started seeing a psychiatrist. “When the pain gets overwhelming—that’s when change happens,” Haley said.

Then he turned to the topic of teenage drug use. “Most kids do drugs because they want to fit in,” Haley said. “They feel lost and abandoned. They have hopelessness. [But to get well], they have to set goals for themselves.”

One big factor in his own recovery, Haley said, was his Christian religion. “The reason why I didn’t kill myself was because of my faith,” he said. “God put me in the Hall of Fame when I was ready.” (That happened just this year, in August.)

Emmitt and Pat Smith, Charles Haley and Natalie and Mike McGuire*

Emmitt and Pat Smith, Charles Haley and Natalie and Mike McGuire*

The only player with five Super Bowl rings (three with the Cowboys, two with the San Francisco 49ers) to his credit, the ex-linebacker and defensive end attracted a rapt crowd at Frontiers of Flight including Pat and Emmitt Smith, Michael Hinojosa, Lee Ann White, and Natalie and Mike McGuire, who served as honorary chairs.

During preliminary remarks, CARE Executive Director Pam Murray announced Becky McCamey as this year’s recipient of the group’s Margaret Sharpe Community Service Award. Murray also announced that the event had raised $215,000, just shy of its $235,000 goal.

* Photo provided by CARE

Insider Tip: Cattle Baron’s Ball 2015

So you’ve got your outfit all ready for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. No need for rain gear. The weather is gonna be this side of spectacular thanks to CBB Co-Chairs Mary Martha Pickens and Tia Wynne taking Mother Nature to lunch and having a heart-to-heart with the old gal.

Cattle Baron's Ball 2015*

Cattle Baron’s
Ball 2015*

But it wouldn’t hurt to remember certain things before heading to Gilley’s Dallas. Here goes.

Temperature And Humidity Forecast:

  • 6 p.m. — 77⁰ and 32% humidity
  • 7 p.m. — 74⁰ and 37% humidity
  • 8 p.m. — 71⁰ and 41% humidity
  • 9 p.m. — 69⁰ and 45% humidity
  • 10 p.m. — 68⁰ and 51% humidity
  • 11 p.m. — 66⁰ and 54% humidity
  • Midnight — 65⁰ and 57% humidity
  • 1 a.m. — 64⁰ and 60% humidity

Get the feeling that you won’t be suffering a heatstroke. But you won’t be shivering either. It will be the perfect time to bring out that cute vest or denim jacket. Or sling your fav pashmina over your shoulder? It’s been in hiding for months.

Parking and Arriving:

  • Get there early, but don’t leave early. There’s so much going on.
  • No matter if you’re riding your favorite hoss, driving yourself or being chauffeured to and fro, your parking hangtag is an absolute must. If you didn’t receive a hangtag, contact Cattle Baron’s ASAP at 214.443.9222.
  • Driving yourself
    • If you’re wondering where you should park, check your parking hangtag.
    • Shuttles will be running every five minutes, so you won’t have to wait very long for a lift.
    • If you’re now rethinking the “drive-yourself” idea, consider using CBB supporters Wynne Transportation and Cowboy Cab. That way you’ll look like a big spender, save wear and tear on your car and can party hardy without worrying about the drive home. BTW, Cowboy Cab Depot is less than a block from Gilley’s Dallas.
  •  Limo-ing
    Cattle Baron's limo lineup (File photo)

    Cattle Baron’s limo lineup (File photo)

    • Git out of your vehicle lickety-split quick. This street is going to very, very busy.
    • Get your driver’s phone number to notify him/her when you want to leave. Do not keep them waiting at the curb.
  • Handicapped parking
    • Gary Ferraro (File photo)

      Gary Ferraro (File photo)

      Those with handicapped parking placard/plates should go directly to Gilley’s Dallas, where the Jack Boles valets sponsored by Brierley + Partners will direct you on where to park.

Don’t Leave Home Without Items:

  • Tickets — You’ve gotta have them throughout the night. When you arrive, there will be folks tearing a part of your ticket off. Don’t dump it! Because you’ll need it to get into the concert tent.
  • Do not forget your “Favor Bag” ticket. One per couple. Come 10 p.m. the bags sponsored once again by Inwood National Bank will be available for pickup at the main entrance.
  • Cellphones…as if you’d go anywhere without it!  You’ll have plenty of peeps and things to cellphoto.

Leave At Home:

  • Diets.
  • Attitudes.
  • Tuxedos and ball gowns.
  • Pets.
  • Umbrellas, goulashes, rain gear, snow tires, etc.

What To Do

Tim McGraw*

Tim McGraw*

  • Bid, bid, bid! Not only will you possibly take something home or win a trip, you’ll be providing funds to fight cancer.
  • Eat! There’s gonna be so much food and all types of beverages. Better wear expando-matic jeans. And don’t forget the Midnight Breakfast that will have biscuits with country gravy, spicy-sausage-and-egg tacos and warm-house-made cinnamon rolls.
  • Listen! In addition to hearing the bids coming in at the live auction, you’re gonna hear some incredible music and singing — Aaron Einhouse at the VIP Baron Party, The Ray Johnston Band on the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust Live Auction Stage, Studio 54 Band at the After Party and hunky Tim McGraw on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage.
* Graphics courtesy 
of Cattle Baron's 
Ball 2015

TACA Custom Auction Item #9: Banff Springs Spectacular

When it comes to travel, the 2015 TACA Custom Auction Gala packages are sweethearts. For this package, the winner and a guest will get to experience the world-famous natural beauty of western Canada while enjoying all the perks of staying at “The Castle In the Rockies.”

Banff Springs Spectacular* (Value: $10,000)

Banff Springs Spectacular

Banff Springs Spectacular***

Back in 1886, Canadian Pacific Railroad General Manager William Cornelius Van Horne was a man of magnificent taste and world-class vision. He insisted that “tourism was an intricate ingredient in getting people to ride CPR” into western Canada with its breathtaking mountains and landscape. But to attract visitors, he “envisioned a succession of lavish resort hotels along the railway line through the Rocky and Selkirk Mountains.”

The centerpiece of the collection was Banff Springs Hotel designed by Bruce Price and opened on June 1, 1888, in the heart of Banff National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. But a fire in 1926 destroyed the original structure. Rebuilt in 1928, it was continually updated to accommodate the celebrities and high society types like Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth who sought natural beauty with “modern day” luxury.

It was during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s that the grand lady struggled to maintain her reputation. But the 1970’s saw her return to a place of greatest in the world of hospitality. In addition to being open year round much to the delight of winter sports enthusiasts, she underwent mammoth expansions and renovation. In 1980’s, she not only became the place to be for the 1988 Olympics, nine extra playing holes were added to its Stanley Thompson-designed golf course.

Still the 1990’s held even more wonderment for “The Castle in the Rockies” as a $75M restoration and expansion including a $12M spa and a $4.5M “overhauling” of the golf course took place. The result? She returned to her place as one of the world’s leading hotels. Another development was it became part of the Fairmont collection of luxury hotels in 1999 — Fairmont Banff Springs.

The winner of this package will enjoy with a guest a true Banff Spring experience including three nights with daily breakfasts, a wine tasting with the Fairmont sommelier, an Alpine aromatherapy massage at the hotel’s William Stream Spa and a six-course Chef’s tasting menu at the Western Canada’s only AAA/CAA “Five Diamond” Eden Banff. Oh, and there’s a $500 Fairmont Gift Card for golfing or skiing.

American Airlines is providing two round-trip, first-class tickets for the winner and a companion.

* Package courtesy of American Airlines and Murad Auctions 
** Travel must be completed within one year. 
*** Photo provided by TACA

North Texas Giving Day Booster: The Stewpot

“Imagine pulling out a chair and sitting down at a community table at one of your favorite North Texas restaurants. At the height of the lunch rush, the dining room is buzzing with regulars as well as new faces. But while some at your table are catching up with friends and acquaintances, others are simply enjoying the food in front of them.

“Crispy green salad with plump tomatoes. Bright orange slices. Pasta with creamy sauce. Crunchy seasoned broccolini. Fresh yeast rolls.

The Stewpot*

The Stewpot*

“Imagine now that instead of sitting down to eat at one of those popular farm-to-table restaurants in our community, you are homeless and hungry and sitting down at the The Stewpot’s Second Chance Café, the daily meal service provider inside The Bridge in downtown Dallas. The good news is that the welcome and the fresh food are much the same regardless of your circumstances.

“We all know the value of a nutritious meal that tastes good. It gives you energy. It quenches your thirst and satisfies your hunger. But to many residents of our community who live day to day with homelessness and poverty, a healthy meal made with fresh, organic produce and hearty proteins means much more. Food can mean dignity. Food can mean health. Food can mean hope.

“Thanks to last year’s North Texas Giving Day, The Stewpot was able to rethink and restructure its meal services for some of our city’s neediest residents by creating three-week rotating menus that offer organic fruits and vegetables and many tasty alternatives to processed foods. The generosity of North Texas Giving Day donors ensured that the kitchen staff at the Second Chance Café was given additional training to bring together balanced meals that looked good, tasted good, and served up the compassion The Stewpot has been known for over the last forty years in North Texas.

“The Stewpot is well known for serving second chances. The number of lives touched at The Second Chance Café serves as a daily and weekly reminder of our community’s commitment to reach out to those less fortunate among us. Three meals a day, seven days a week. Our staff and the legions of energetic, faithful volunteers serve seven thousand nutritious meals every week. With every meal, we offer dignity, health, and hope.

“Help us to continue to serve these nutritious meals and donate here on September 17 from 6 a.m. to midnight.”

-By Caryn Carson, The Stewpot’s Vice Chairperson

* Photos courtesy of Lee Hutchins

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Breakfast For The Bridge

According to 2015 Breakfast For The Bridge Co-Chair Megan McManemin,

Casey McManemin, Hayes McManemin, Audrey McManemin and Megan McManemin*

Casey McManemin, Hayes McManemin, Audrey McManemin and Megan McManemin*

“My husband Casey and I have been closely involved for several years with The Bridge, an innovative homeless recovery center in downtown Dallas that provides services to the most impoverished residents of our community. We are honored to serve as co-chairs of the 2015 Breakfast for The Bridge, which will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on November 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

“I volunteer in the library at The Bridge, which was recently renovated as an Eagle Scout project, and assist with a music therapy program called Bridge Beats. Mack’s at The Bridge, which opened in 2012, is dedicated to Casey’s grandfather, who owned a barbershop in East Dallas. It is incredibly humbling to see how a simple haircut can physically and mentally transform a person. What we love most about The Bridge is the kindness and respect given to their clients, which are referred to as “guests.” The staff and volunteers truly care. This humanity fits well into our theme for the breakfast – Humankind.

“We are thrilled to have Dallas’ own Willie Baronet as the keynote speaker. Willie is a noted artist, author, TedXSMU talker and creative soul. He is a Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising at the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. Since 1993, Willie has been buying and collecting signs from the homeless for the purpose of using them in art exhibits and documentaries. These signs and this practice have become a catalyst for conversations about the nature of home, homelessness, compassion and how we see and treat each other as humans. Learn more about Willie here.

“The Bridge Builder award is honoring Larry Sykes. Larry has volunteered more than 800 hours at The Bridge and says, “Our guests are just like us. Many have college educations and good job history, but life got in the way and their support systems weren’t what we had. It is an honor to serve them.” Larry’s empathy for the underserved, compassionate heart and can-do spirit epitomizes The Bridge’s mission.

“Don’t miss the 2015 Breakfast for The Bridge. Come for breakfast and leave inspired. What a great way start your day! Please reach out to Teresa Hiser at 214.670.1137 for information about tickets and sponsorships.”

* Photo provided by Breakfast For The Bridge

MySweetCharity Opportunity: CARE Breakfast

According to the CARE Annual Breakfast Honorary Co-Chairs Natalie and Mike McGuire,

Mike and Natalie McGuire (File photo)

Mike and Natalie McGuire (File photo)

“The annual CARE Breakfast is crucial to supporting the mission of CARE and its programs that serve those within our community suffering from drug and alcohol dependencies.

“We are thrilled to have former Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers defensive end and linebacker, Charles Lewis Haley, as the featured speaker at the breakfast. During the breakfast, Scott Murray will interview Haley, who has battled bipolar disorder and drug abuse. Today, Haley is now in recovery and has started a fund, ‘Tackle Tomorrow,’ to educate children who struggle with reading and writing during non-school hours.

“CARE (Chemical Awareness, Resources & Education) was established in 1984 as a response to the increasing problems related to drugs and alcohol. CARE is a valuable community organization that funds education classes for families struggling with substance abuse and provides speakers for students, parents and educators throughout the greater Dallas area. Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast while supporting CARE and the crucial assistance they provide for individuals and families who struggle with the challenging repercussions of substance abuse.

“CARE Executive Director Pam Murray adds: ‘We are honored to have Charles share his powerful story and bring awareness to the work CARE is doing in Dallas and Collin County to help those struggling with addiction. His story and passion for helping children is truly inspirational.’

“The breakfast will be held Monday, October 5, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Individual tickets for the breakfast are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities begin at $600. For tickets or sponsor information, please contact the CARE office at 214.526.8986 or email [email protected]. Space is limited and reservations are required.

“We hope you will grab your sports-loving family and friends, and join us for this special morning!”