MySweetCharity Opportunity: Change Is Good

Olivia, Nicholas, Kate Rose and James Marquez

Olivia, Nicholas, Kate Rose and James Marquez

According to “Change is Good” Co-Chair Kate Rose Marquez,

“My husband T.J., and I, along with our three children Olivia, James and Nicholas have been busy this summer collecting pennies, nickels, quarters and bills – and hope you are too – for the seventh annual ‘Change is Good benefiting Community Partners of Dallas.

“Change is Good is the one event where we as a family can work together to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child.  For months, we gather change from our friends and family, as well as empty our own piggy banks, for our coin jars. The kids have even had a lemonade stand this year! Taking the filled jars and turning them in at the event to see how much was collected is exciting. Last year over 66,000 coins were collected – so we hope everyone will join us to collect even more!

“The event truly is a family affair, geared towards kids of all ages. Activities include face painting, bounce houses, cookie decorating, flipbooks, video games and entertainment by a DJ. All the kids who attend will get to take home a t-shirt featuring the winning design from artwork submitted through a children’s design contest at the sponsor kick-off party, and of course there is delicious food and refreshing drinks for all ages.

“But most importantly the money raised through tickets and sponsorships, as well as the collected change, supports Community Partners of Dallas, which ensures safety and restores dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.

“Sponsorships are currently available and tickets will go on sale in September. For more information, visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org.”

Photo provided by Kate Rose Marquez

MySweetCharity Opportunity: North Texas Giving Day

Brent Christopher*

Brent Christopher*

According to Communities Foundation of Texas President/CEO Brent Christopher,

“For North Texas nonprofits and the causes they support, the holidays come three months early. North Texas Giving Day, which is set this year for September 19, generated $14.4 million last year and shattered national giving day records. In all of its four years, the event has infused more than $34 million into the North Texas community. I can’t think of a better example of North Texans coming together in force to support the work of their favorite nonprofits.

“While the spirit of giving day remains the same, several new exciting things are in store for this year:

  • “5 a.m. to 6 a.m., “Get Up & Give Pajama Party” at Communities Foundation of Texas at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, at the intersection of I-75 (breakfast treats supplied, first-come, first-served)
  • “7 a.m. to Midnight, Communities Foundation of Texas Donation Station at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX at the intersection of I-75
  • “11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Communities Foundation of Texas Donation Station includes complimentary showcase performances by several nonprofits. Donors may purchase lunch from local food trucks. A schedule of performers and confirmed food trucks will be updated here.
  • “8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., “Giving Day Home Stretch” party with a complimentary champagne toast and showcase performances to usher in late-night donations and also to celebrate CFT’s 60th anniversary. Event details will be updated here.
  • “Up from last year, $1.5 million in challenge funds and prizes are available, including SURPRISE GRANTS, where $15,000 prizes will be drawn and awarded randomly throughout the day.
North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day

“Giving Day’s success could not be possible without the generosity of North Texans that donate and of the donors that make bonus and prize money possible. Bonus funds and prizes have been contributed by Bank of America, Katherine C. Carmody Trust Fund, Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation of North Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Hunt Consolidated’s Hunt Cares Campaign, Meadows Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundation, Sid Richardson Foundation, Harold Simmons Foundation and an anonymous donor. Thank you to WFAA, The Dallas Morning News, CBS Radio and MySweetCharity for being our media sponsors. Plus, thanks to our expert team at Center for Nonprofit Management for the ongoing commitment to presenting this event.

“Whether online at http://www.DonorBridgeTX.org or in-person at Communities Foundation of Texas Donation Stations, please join me Thursday, September 19 in giving to the nonprofits that make North Texas a great place to live!”

* Graphics provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

New Date Set For Peace, Hope And A Rabble Of Butterflies

Remember when Dallas was facing all types of scary weather a few weeks ago? And how outdoor and some indoor events were being canceled? Whew! Aren’t you glad those days are over?

Enough of the questions.

Peace, Hope and Butterflies

Peace, Hope and Butterflies

The news is that the Miracle Players Foundation had to postpone its Peace, Hope and Butterflies 2013 but the new date is up ahead — Saturday, August 24, at Flag Pole Hill. It’ll be a perfect last hurrah of summer with Dallas bands, a petting zoo, obstacle course, pirate ship, arts and crafts, a giant slide, local art vendors, food trucks and the “release of 500 butterflies by Dallas area childhood cancer warriors.”

Now, you might think what’s so special about releasing 500 butterflies. But have you ever tried to raise one butterfly? It’s not that hard, but it takes time. And then there’s the challenge of having all their itty bitty alarm clocks going off at the same time for the specific launch. But once they spread those wings and see sunlight, they create a spectacular artwork in the sky.

The day will start at 11 a.m. and end around 3 with the butterfly extravaganza.

With tickets for children 13 and younger going for $10 and adults at $15, 100% of the proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Medical Center’s childhood cancer research.

Oh, did you know that you can even sponsor a butterfly? Yup, for only $15. Sorry, but you can’t take it home. It’s got to take flight with the rest of the rabble.

Photo courtesy of Miracle Foundation Players

Dirk Nowitzki’s 2013 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game Is Going To Be Hot With Fans And Antics

How about a baseball game with a once-in-a-lifetime team of All-Stars? No, we’re not talking about Major League Baseball. It’s Dirk Nowitzki’s 2013 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game this Saturday.

Dirk Nowitzki's Celebriy All-Stars Baseball Game

Dirk Nowitzki’s Celebriy All-Stars Baseball Game

Sure, it’s gonna be warm, but the timing couldn’t be better because come July, Dirk is gonna be busy, baby, waiting for his first offspring — a girl — to be born. As Dirk told Hit Radio FFH, “I am pleased that our (his and wife Jessica Olson’s) daughter is coming in this summer to the world — that is free of play time, so I can get up at night to take care of them. It’s good timing.”

But back to Saturday’s game at Dr Pepper Ballpark. If you’ve never been to Dr Pepper Ballpark, you’ve missed the fun of being in a stadium where there isn’t a bad seat.

The two teams will be made up of

BLUE SOX

  • Managers: David Justice, Joe Trahan, Kevin Healy, Barry Pechenik and Jason Terry
  • Pitchers: Mike Bacsik, Will Skelton and Matt Hinds
  • Players: Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Cuban, Vince Carter, Brandon Carr, Michael Finley, Brian Cardinal, Geoff Stults, Ben Grieve, Jeff Staubach, Kirby Schlegel, David Kelton, James Laferney, Charlie McKinney, John Trabold, Barrett Kingsriter, Danny Bollinger and Marshall McKinney

WHITE SOX

  • Managers: Goose Gossage, Donnie Nelson, Brian Nadurak and Jae Crowder
  • Pitchers: CJ Blue and Cameron Brewer
  • Players: Dez Bryant, Terrell Owens, Eddie Najera, JJ Barea, Drew Pearson, Devin Harris, Roy Williams, Michael Turner, Chandler Parsons, Reese Baez, Jason Schwartz, Rob Wechsler, JB Yowell, Tye Williams, Brian Dick and Jeff Carper

Being presented by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, the game will take place at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco with the gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Before the “Heroes” take to the field, the Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game will get underway at 4:45 p.m. These teams will include both celebrities and amateurs players.

Even the national anthem will be memorable with Britney Holmes performing.

If this is your first time at this game, you’d better be prepared for between inning antics and activities. At the conclusion of the game, Baylor will also sponsor 10 minutes of fireworks.

Tickets are a bargain big time. They range from $8 to $17 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or at the ballpark with the proceeds going to the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

Folks, this is about as G-rated as you’re going to get and it’s a one-night only event, so why not gather all the kids in your life and support the two foundations? Don’t forget to slab on some sunscreen and take along a pair of shades and a hat. We don’t want to sunburn that cute nose.

Graphic courtesy of Dirk Nowitzki's 2013 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game

Moore Park Gateway Dedicated With Dignitaries, Benefactors, Ribbon Cutting And “Fever”

Between the heat and the humidity, it’s a race nowadays to see which can make you more miserable in the late afternoon. Gee, one would think it was Houston around here. But such conditions didn’t hold back well-wishers, supporters, neighbors, city leaders and Trinity troopers from attending the Moore Park Gateway dedication on Thursday, June 13.

To counter the conditions, three things were responsible:

  • The dedication itself.
  • The shade provided by the Gateway’s Pavilion.
  • Specially made for the occasion hand fans.
Moore Park Gateway fans with fans

Moore Park Gateway fans with fans

The crowd was so large that not all fit within the open pavilion. Wise was the gent who brought along his own umbrella.

Umbrella cover

Umbrella cover

And what about the fear of West Nile-bearing mosquitoes? As one guest said as they put their fan into turbo driver, “It’s too hot for those little critters to be out.”

Delia Jasso and Mike Rawlings

Delia Jasso and Mike Rawlings

But it wasn’t too hot for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who was a true minority in suit and tie. Despite not putting one of the fans into use, Big Mike never showed one drop of “sweat.” Talk about Mr. Cool.

Another cool group were those in the environmentally green polo shirts including Trinity Trust Board Chair Mary McDermott Cook, board member Lynn McBee, President/Executive Director Dr. Gail Thomas and Hoblitzelle Foundation President Paul Harris.

As soon as the mayor arrived, the program was underway with fans silently pumping away like Spindletop in 1901. A trio from the Townview Magnet Center sang the national anthem a cappella beautifully.

Townview Magnet School trio

Townview Magnet School trio

Mary welcomed all and immediately went off script, “We either do things that are really hot, or really cold,” recalling the Trinity Trust’s dedication of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in March 2012 when guests faced chilly winds to party.

Mary McDermott Cook and Paul Harris

Mary McDermott Cook and Paul Harris

Acknowledging both old council members and new ones in the audience, she said, “Thank you all for being here, in case one of us passes out.”

Then she directed the attention of all to Paul, telling the history behind the Gateway project. Seems it was eight years ago that Gail asked the Hoblitzelle Foundation for money to provide the pavilion and amphitheater as a link to the Trinity River.

Paul thanked the mayor and the rest for their support and then added that this grant was “one of the two biggest grants” the Foundation has made.

Just back from South America, Mayor Mike also handed out thanks to the various team members and city council members but admitted that it wouldn’t have happened without the Hoblitzelle Foundation.

(Editor’s note: If the Hoblitzelle Foundation is new to you, then you might want to read about the late Karl Hoblitzelle, who was one of 13 children, never attended college, came to Dallas in 1903 and built an amazing empire over the next 64 years. His wife Esther, who died in 1943, was a popular music comedy star in the 1920’s, who was known for such songs as “Sahara, We’ll Soon Be Dry Like You,” “I Ain’t That Kind Of A Baby” and “As Long As I Have You And You Have Me”. Despite their deaths decades ago, the Hoblitzelles’ legacy has continued to be the source for countless accomplishments in Dallas.)

Vonciel Jones Hill

Vonciel Jones Hill

Following the mayor was City Councilperson Vonciel Jones Hill, who provided a real stem-winder of a talk saying that more needs “to be done, but we need to celebrate the ‘first doors’ when we get one, and this is a major door!”

Like the mayor, she hit upon the theme that the river which “has divided us will unite us! You were meant to be here. Enjoy your time!”

Dallas Park Board President Max Wells admitted that Vonciel was indeed a hard act to follow, but continued the handing out of thanks to the persons responsible. He turned the mic over to City Councilperson Delia Jasso, who said, “I’ve ventured over here many times.”

Preparing to cut the ribbon

Preparing to cut the ribbon

They looked around for City Councilperson Dwaine Caraway, but he was nowhere to be seen. However, City Councilperson Linda Koop pitched in for some final words before the dignitaries took the crosswalk to the grove for the ribbon-cutting. Despite the heat and the sun in the eyes, the photos went off on cue. Then someone noticed that Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm was MIA from the lineup, so photos were retaken and the ribbon cut with the mayor leading the countdown. He’s good at that and should be. He’s done enough of them and knows that every ribbon-cutting is another success story for the city.

Post ribbon cutting

Post ribbon-cutting

As he headed to another appointment, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s children’s troupe performed to “Fever.” Unlike the song title and the afternoon temperature, the young dancers were very cool.

Black Dance Theatre's children's troupe

Black Dance Theatre’s children’s troupe

Everything Was Indeed Coming Up (Caroline) Rose (Hunt) For Dallas Children’s Theater’s Celebration

Katheryn Sands, Robyn Flatt and Courtenay Sands

Katheryn Sands, Robyn Flatt and Courtenay Sands

The Dallas Children’s Theater is truly a magnet for families of all generations. It’s been that way since it was founded by Robyn Baker Flatt and Dennis Vincent in 1984. When it was only four years old, Laurie Sands Harrison learned they were looking for a new “home.” They had been using Withers Elementary School to “respond to the growing need for professional family theater.” It was at that time that Laurie’s mom, Caroline Rose Hunt, was no longer in need of the marketing center across the way from the Crescent Court complex. Instead of letting the space go empty, Caroline agreed that the DCT could move in as long as they promised to “keep it busy.” Fast-forward 12 years: Dallas real estate was booming and the marketing center was part of the explosion. Caroline had bad news and good news. The DCT needed to “get crackin’ ” and find a new home. But the good news was almost too good to be true. She would help with the financing of the new facility at Skillman and Northwest Highway. Yes, it used to be a bowling alley, but it was perfect in so many other ways — location, room to grow, parking, etc. It just needed a little readjusting.

This history was shared by DCT Associate Artistic Director Artie Olaisen with the 280 guests at the 2013 Rosewood Awards, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” on Friday, May 17, at the DCT.

Laura Sands and Rosemary Sands

Laura Sands and Rosemary Sands

And speaking of family, Caroline’s was all around: daughter Laurie, who initiated the relationship back in the 1980’s and was honorary chair; grandkids Courtenay Sands and Katheryn Sands plus Rosemary Sands along with mom Laura Sands who was co-chairing the event with Mickie Bragalone, Carole Jordan and Craig Sutton. In addition to Caroline’s Individual Benefactor Award for her being “remarkable and visionary. . . an iconic spirit and imaginative powerhouse,” the following were also honored:

Mickie Bragalone

Mickie Bragalone

  • the late David Millet of Millet the Printer, who was posthumously awarded the Corporate/Foundation Award, was a lover of the arts and a great promoter of DCT. He invested in DCT and helped with promotional materials over the years, “even when payment at the moment was iffy.”
  • Vinson & Elkins attorney Jim Markus received the Special Recognition Award for coordinating the firm’s 43 lawyers to provide more than 400 hours of pro bono work for DCT.
  • former county judge Margaret Keliher also received the Special Recognition Award for her years of serving on the DCT board. In addition to sharing her award with her husband Lester, she “credited her parents for insisting that she and her siblings be exposed to live theater.”

And since this was a theatrical program, a simple handover of the award wouldn’t do. As each was announced, a special tune or reading was performed.

Of course, you want to know what the selections were, so here they are:

  • David Millet — Gary Floyd sang “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from “Oklahoma!”
  • Margaret Keliher — Laura Lites sang “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked”
  • Jim Markus — Emily Ford and Jonathan Bragg sang a medley from “West Side Story” and
  • Caroline Rose Hunt — Sally Fiorello did a reading from Caroline’s book, “Primrose Past: the 1848 Journal of Young Lady Primrose.”
Charlene Howell and Margaret Keliher

Charlene Howell and Margaret Keliher

Mark Lank and Marlene and John Sughrue

Mark Lank and Marlene and John Sughrue

The evening started out in front of the theater under a tent. The organizers weren’t leaving chance to Mother Nature. Margaret Keliher was sporting a white corsage from her husband Lester, who admitted that his mother would have killed him if he hadn’t. . .  Charlene Howell said she broke her left wrist crossing the street in front of the London Ritz-Carlton on April 18. Since spending five hours in the hospital that amounted to a $6,900 bill, she’s had Carrell Clinic’s Dr. Bo Frederick surgically putting her wrist back together again. . . Kate Rose Marquez explained one of the reasons for accepting the chairmanship of the Community Partners of Dallas’ “Change is Good” was CPD Executive Director Paige McDaniel: “If Paige calls me at midnight and tells me to meet her at the Greyhound bus station, I’ll do it.” . .  Among the other guests were Marlene and John Sughrue, Mark Lank, David Millet’s daughter Dana Millet, Lynn Dealey, Daniel Holguin, Sara and David Martineau and Olive Anne and George McLaughlin.

Lynn Dealey, Dana Millet and Daniel Holguin

Lynn Dealey, Dana Millet and Daniel Holguin

David and Sara Martineau and Olive Anne and George McLaughlin

David and Sara Martineau and Olive Anne and George McLaughlin

As for supper, it was strictly grown-up fare including Mediterranean Salad “Martini”; peppercorn-crusted beef sirloin, lemon caper glazed breast of chicken, creamy risotto, grilled asparagus; and miniature desserts and coffee stations.

Here’s a little trivia that you may not know: The collection of more than 1,000 Kathy Burks Theater of Puppetry Arts puppets are stored at DCT.

Kate Rose Marquez To Chair Community Partners Of Dallas’ “Change Is Good”

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

The great thing about this time of year is news is breaking all over the place. The latest is that Kate Rose Marquez is going to chair the “Change is Good” fundraiser for Community Partners of Dallas. It will turn Brook Hollow Golf Club into a splendiforous version of Six Flags and Chuck E. Cheese on Sunday, September 29.

Bungee jumping (File photo)

Bungee jumping (File photo)

So, consider a great summer project for the munchkins  — collect change. The more change, the more fun at Brook Hollow.

Kid To Do’s Party Safari At The Dallas Zoo Will Be Perfect For Young Party Animals On June 1

Thank heaven the Dallas Zoo folks realized that as much fun as Zoo To Do is, kids would love their own version. Thus gave birth to last year’s Kid To Do. It was such a hit that they decided on doing it again calling it “Party Safari” in the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, the Giants of the Savanna and Cat Green from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. But there’s a new addition — Jamie, the zoo’s two-year-old giraffe. She’ll serve as “safari guide” for the event that will include “kid-friendly fare” from 16 area restaurants (eatZi’s Market and Bakery, la Madeleine, El Fenix, Urban Crust, Shinsei, MAX’s Wine Dive, Which Wich, Church’s, Service Systems Associates, Stephan Pyles Caters, Dread Head Chef, Start Restaurant, Cook Hall, Uncle Julio’s, Pecan Hall and Dallas Affaires Cakes Co.) headed up by Honorary Restaurant Chairs Tracy and Kent Rathbun with their kids Max and Garrett.

And because the activities will be kiddo-oriented, silent and live auctions will be replaced by bounce houses, a live DJ, face painting, art, crafts, a private bird show in the Wildlife Amphitheater and some “unique animal encounters.”

Rosie (File photo)

Rosie (File photo)

Of course, Jamie won’t be the only animal partying with the kids. Some, like Rosie, just might be available for photo opps, while others, like Patrick, will be safely beyond reach.

Patrick (File photo)

Patrick (File photo)

Event Chairs Julie and Rob Little and their munchkins Elise, Gracie and Anna have not only arranged to have Kellie Rasberry and her daughter Emma as honorary chairs, they’ve signed up the following sponsors:

  • Founding sponsor ($50,000): M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation
  • Presenting sponsor ($30,000): Highland Capital Management
  • Supporting sponsor ($15,000): Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP
  • Leaping Lions ($10,000): AMS Pictures and Union Bank Foundation
  • Generous Giraffes ($5,000): Mary Anne and Richard Cree, Al G. Hill Jr. Family and NexBank
  • Eager Elephants ($2,500): Bank of America, Jennifer, John and Alexandra Eagle, Amanda and Chris George, Carol and Don Glendenning/Locke Lord LLP, Herb’s Paint and Body Shops, Jackson Walker LLP, Carol and John I. Levy and Tenet Healthcare Corporation
  • Zany Zebras ($1,000): Allyn Media/The Pascal Family, Nancy and John Benefield, Diane and Hal Brierley, Kathy and Harlan Crow, Gina and Scott Ginsburg, The Moody‐Dahlberg Family, Maria and Kip Plankinton, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Ruibal’s Plants of Texas, Straight Line Automotive Group, Turner Construction, Emily and Daniel Vafa and Whitlock Family
  • Charming Cheetahs ($500): Tracy and Clay Aaron, Bonner and Thomas Allen, The Aron Family, BBVA Compass, The Berkley Family, Dr. and Mrs. Farhad E. Boltchi, Paige and Greg Bordelon, Cynthia and Jeff Bowen, The Brewer Family, Jennifer Cather, In Memory of Sheila Chapman, David Corrigan Family, Erin Nealy Cox and Trey Cox – Amelia, Cate and Vivian, Mandy Dake and Chris Rowley, Suzanne and Drew Durgin, Susan and Terry Eckert, Kathryn and Lance Etcheverry, Amanda and Mark Francis, Kathy and Kevin Hanrahan, Valerie and Todd Istre, The Laws Family, Anne and David Mann, Rhonda, Fraser, Nolan and Emmy Marcus, Amy and Jamie Mentgen, The Meyer Family, ORIX Foundation, Carrie and Steven Parsons, Julie and Steve Rado, Tonya and Todd Ramsey – Tru, Maggie and Berkeley, Heather Randall, Rogers‐O’Brien Construction, The Sachs Family, Keith Schumann and Matthew Simon, Nicole and Justin Small, Jennifer and Dan Spears, Christine and Steve Standbridge – Isabel, Ian and Elise, The Utay Family, Geoff, Leslie, William and Elizabeth Wayne, The Wharton Family and Christina, Allen, Alexander, and Caroline White.
  • Media Sponsors: Dallas Child and MommyMixer

Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon & Fashion Show Splashed With Success For Its 25th Anniversary

The 1,000 guests at the Hilton Anatole only thought they were attending the Children’s Cancer Fund’s 25th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show on May 3. Instead they found themselves in a glamorous undersea grotto. But more about that in a second.

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman

While the guests checked out the silent auction in the lobby outside of the Chantilly Ballroom, there were two other areas that were jamming with activity. In the Peacock Room, the VIP’s were lining up to have their photos taken with Honorary Co-chairs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. As they waited for the next group to “grip and grin” for a photo, the two former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks seemed like two brothers who never tire of catching up. Nearby was Daryl Johnston, who was also the center of photo attention.

Daryl Johnston

Daryl Johnston

Over to the side was Honorary Co-chair Marianne Staubach, who shied away from the photo opps and just visited with guests. She and Roger had just returned from taking 14 of their 15 grandkids to Disney World. When asked how they managed all those youngsters, she laughed that some of their parents came along to ramrod the troops. Marianne then added that the oldest grandchild, who’s 28, even came along.

Chenee Cayco and Lord Jeff Henderson

Chenee Cayco and Lord Jeff Henderson

Across the hall in the Wedgewood Room, things were not quite as orderly and proper. Heck, no. Clowns were making balloon animals, Red Knight Jeff Henderson was charming little princesses like Chenee Cayco, beachballs were being tossed around by Margaret Strand, Hailee Russell Alpin was having her makeup and hair done and Danae “Miss Texas” Couch was being photographed with teenage boys and future Miss Texases. What was Miss Texas doing here? According to Danae, “I believe it’s important to encourage children with diseases to keep fighting.”

Kami Nelson and Rudy Gatlin

Kami Nelson and Rudy Gatlin

Over at a table Rudy Gatlin was talking with CCF Show Alum Kami Nelson about their upcoming performance in the show.  “She’s a very special person,” Rudy said. That was the consensus of all of the “celebrities” about the children filling the room. It was their day to be in the spotlight instead of in treatment for cancer. They were the heroes of heroes. In addition to walking the runway with the well-knowns to the applause of the 1,000 guest, they were also wearing their new duds thanks to Dillard’s. Each year the retailer has let the kid models pick out their outfits and take them home.

Natasha Green

Natasha Green

In the hallway, UPS’ Lindsay Cordova and Michael Wheeler were giving a quick driving lesson to Natasha Green in a mini-UPS truck.

While all of these activities were going on, event producer Rhonda Chambers Sargent was in the ballroom going over last-minute walk-throughs and having “The Voice” runner-up Terry McDermott rehearse his song.

Elizabeth Farr and Jennifer DeLaughter

Elizabeth Farr and Jennifer DeLaughter

In the meantime, Event Co-chairs Jennifer DeLaughter and Elizabeth Farr were looking at the ballroom that had been transformed into a Tiffany palace that Ariel would have loved. With walls totally covered with mammoth drapings and blue and pink lighting, the tables and chairs were equally spectacular with blue and beige satin fabric.  The stage was bubbling with blue, yellow and green balloons with additional undersea balloon critters.

To provide an absolutely flawless view of the every iota of the show and the artwork by the child artists, seven huge screens were ready to let everyone in the room not miss one thing.

Now, here’s a nice little factoid about how the people and nonprofits work together to raise funds. First, all those miles of fabric that sent the look of the room over the top had been donated by Prashe Décor.

And those mammoth screens, well, it seems that just two days later the Texas Rangers were to have their annual fundraiser, “Triple Play Game Show Spectacular,” in the ballroom. They had already arranged to have the screens and riggings for their event and offered them to CCF for the luncheon. Nice play. . . very nice play.

Mike Crum, Ian Lemus and Clarie Tinsley

Mike Crum, Ian Lemus and Clarie Tinsley

When the doors opened, the luncheon and show were quickly underway. Unlike last year in which the lengthy show was broken into two segments, this one moved quickly and efficiently without losing one bit of compassion. Veteran emcees Clarice Tinsley and Steve Eagar handled their duties seamlessly. Scott Murray and Matt Blevins moved the live auction quickly.

"Sea Smiles" by Christopher H. Martin and the CCF kids

“Sea Smiles” by Christopher H. Martin and the CCF kids

The two highlights included the auctioning of “Sea Smiles, a whimsical painting by Christopher H. Martin and the CCF kids, and the “Call for Cash” in which Children’s Medical Center’s Dr. Shannon Cohn and her patient Rina Cantrell and her mom Angela Cantrell were introduced to the crowd. Wearing white rose wrist corsages from Rina’s grandmother, the two looked more like old buds as opposed to doctor-patient. All in white, three-year-old Rina twirled and swirled along the runway. She was just like any other little girl. Only Rina, like the other CCF children, was one with a mission — to beat cancer. Thanks to the 1,000 guests and the event organizers, funds were raised to help Rina and the others accomplish their goal.

Dr. Shannon Cohn and Rina Cantrell

Dr. Shannon Cohn and Rina Cantrell

Don’t Just Show Your Love. . . “Share The Love” This Friday For Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas

Black seems to go with everything and it’s so slimming. Add a splash of red and it’s perfect for any occasion. That’s exactly what the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas team thought, too. So, they came up with T-shirts that have both black and red and a lot of love for this year’s “Share the Love” on Friday, May 17.

Danna Flemons, Diane Fullingim and Carrie Arnot

Danna Flemons, Diane Fullingim and Carrie Arnot

Just think how fashionable you’ll be on Friday. For once, a T-shirt that will be appropriate anywhere to show your support of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. . . at least for that Friday.

For $15 you not only get a shirt, you also help pay for a night’s stay by a family with a child being treated in Dallas/Fort Worth. And if you order more, you only have to pay $10 for each additional shirt. Hmm, causes a mind to wonder: What if you bought shirts for your whole office, book club or your own kids?

But you’d better hustle, because time and T-shirts are going fast.

Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon & Fashion Show

_MG_9683The Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon & Fashion Show is the one occasion when the highest-profiled celebs are totally upstaged and don’t mind one iota. It’s because the center of attention is on the munchkin heroes partying and parading on the runway.

You might want to check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery to see some of the most adorable cancer warriors around and their adult pals.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: The Great Create

Due to popular demand, more photos from the Nasher Sculpture Center’s “Great Create” were posted on the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery._MG_7950

 

 

 

Prepare yourself for lots of colors, munchkins frolicking and inspirational artists.

The Great Create Was Indeed A Great Success

Sunday, April 28 was the first time that the Nasher Sculpture Center had closed its doors for a special event for entire day. Initial reports indicates that it won’t be the last. . . at least for this once-a-year event.

Future artists

Future artists

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Decades ago, some of the ladies who today are respected leaders of the community and symbols of always doing the right thing, learned to love Neiman Marcus thanks to the forward-thinking Stanley Marcus.

He realized that building relationships started about two seconds after the umbilical cord was cut. To do the bonding as quickly as possible, he and the Godmother of NM Cuisine Helen Corbitt made the downtown Zodiac Room the place to celebrate munchkin birthdays. Little girls would don their prettiest party dresses and even white gloves to sip chicken broth from demitasses, dine on Little Hens and desserts like the Little Princess (porcelain torsos with skirts of cake, ice cream and meringue) and Flower Pot (little baked Alaskas). One woman recalled her mother teaching her the phone number for the flagship before the family phone number.

Perhaps it was this cradle relationship building that inspired the Nasher folks to invent the Great Create for 500 kids and grownups, adding their own twist. Instead of couture dresses, they hoped to ease children into getting friendly with the various arts. How did they do it? No, there was no sitting in chairs listening to some art critic drone on. No, there was no tour of sculptures with a gray-haired doyenne talking way over their heads.

But how did the Nasher team transport an educational opportunity into more fun than an amusement park? They had some strictly amazing and patient artists show the kids how art takes place; then they got them to create it themselves. Don’t tell anyone, but the artists became kids themselves.

Sculpting Pete

Sculpting Pete

Sculptor Brad Oldham and wife Christy Coltrin had the kids help shape, add texture and sign their names to a bigger-than-life-size sculpture of their pooch, Pete. Unfortunately, due to the “No Pets” rule at the Nasher, Pete had to stay home. After the event the sculpture’s progress will be posted on Brad’s blog and eventually tuned into a bronze sculpture.

Diana Al-Hadid designing a dress

Diana Al-Hadid designing a dress

Artist Diana Al-Hadid was making all types of clothes for kids, like the skirt for one wee gal by stapling paper plates together.

Other artists included Kyle Hobratschk (printmaking), Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger (streaming), Jason Meadows (mail art), John Holt Smith (spin-art oculi), Annette Lawrence (texture plates), Allison V. Smith (digital photography), Ry Rocklen (scale museum) and Lizzy Wetzel (felt flowers).

Nasher Director of External Affairs Jill Magnuson said, “I really think there are some future artists here. I think this type of event can have an impact on the lives of children.”

Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson, Max Anderson and Jeremy Strick

Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson, Max Anderson and Jeremy Strick

Even the parents like Tom Hoitsma, Kimberly and Justin Whitman with son J.R., and Rob Sumner got caught up in the fun of the afternoon. Recently divorced arts couple Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson and Max Anderson were there supporting the event and their kids.

The Nasher garden with its water features, sculptures and tree-shaded lawn was magical, with characters decked out in layers of multi-colored ribbons of paper, walls of wire netting just asking to be decorated with the paper and the stations of interactive art projects.

There seemed to be only two speeds — stopping in your tracks to learn how art takes place or doing cartwheels on the lawn.

Brady Wood, Stella Wrubel, Honor, Megan and Wheeler Wood and Lucy and Steve Wrubel

Brady Wood, Stella Wrubel, Honor, Megan and Wheeler Wood and Lucy and Steve Wrubel

As for the musical entertainment, it was a pint-sized Beatles group, Run for Your Life, that blew all ages away. In addition to looking too cute for words, they knew how to handle instruments like the best of them. Perhaps they were trying to impress Co-chair/DJ Lucy Wrubel who, along with husband Steve and daughter Stella and Co-chairs Megan and Brady Wood with their kiddos Honor and Wheeler, were entertainment themselves. No need. The co-chairs were the ones who suggested the band.

Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

According to Lucy, the day was so successful, they’re already in talks for next year. Well, yeah! The funds raised go to the Nasher’s education programs. Their goal this year was $50K but, before the doors even opened, they had hit the $80K mark.

They’re already talking about having an encore performance next year. If you don’t have a kiddo, find one. This is an event that is a must for kids of all ages.