MySweetCharity Opportunity: Change Is Good

According to Change Is Good Co-Chairs Heather Bonfield and Christa Sanford,

The Bonfields - Lola, Kevin, Sydney and Heather*

The Bonfields – Lola, Kevin, Sydney and Heather*

The Sanfords - Jackson, Ketric, Landry, Christa and Cason*

The Sanfords – Jackson, Ketric, Landry, Christa and Cason*

“Change jars have been delivered to over 329 children around Dallas to start collecting pennies, nickels, quarters and bills for the 9th annual Change is Good benefiting Community Partners of Dallas (CPD).

“Change is Good is a great way to get your whole family involved in giving back by encouraging your kids to collect change in order to change the lives of abused and neglected children in Dallas county. Last year, families collected more than 92,807 coins for a total of $16,866 and we know we can collect even more this year!

“CPD has made collecting change easier than ever. Set up your Piggy Bank website and start raising change online; it’s an easy and simple way to get family across the country involved in your change raising efforts. Just download these simple instructions and start raising change today.

“The collection will culminate with a fun-filled, family-friendly event on Sunday, September 20, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  Children and teens in attendance can turn in their collected change in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes.

Hat decorating (File photo)

Hat decorating (File photo)

“We have wonderful activities planned for all ages, including bounce houses, face painting, Flip books, balloon artist, prince/princess station, paper airplane zone, giant jenga, DJ Bill Cody, a game truck and more. All kids will receive a commemorative t-shirt featuring a winning design selected prior to the event.

“Make plans to join us now, as we anticipate another sold-out year. Sponsorships are on sale now beginning at $550; tickets are $75 per adult; $30 per child and will be available on Thursday, August 27.  For more information, visit communitypartnersdallas.org.”

* Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas

How About Some Cheap Thrills That Even Your Maiden Aunt Maudie Would Approve

If your pocketbook is starting to look anorexic, here some bargain bonanzas that might pique your interest in the days ahead:

  • No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party (File photo)

    No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party (File photo)

    The 2016 No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party Kick-Off Party will be open to the public to reveal the deets for the annual AIDS Services of Dallas fundraiser. It will take place at Scott + Cooner on Thursday, September 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    "The Birth Of A City" (File photo)

    “The Birth Of A City” (File photo)

  • Encore Park is the “outreach project of The Stewpot and the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. It is partnering up with Texas Theatre to launch a free three-part film screening series of a warm-up cartoon and classic films at 508 Amphitheater. The first presentation will be the 1938 cartoon “Cinderella Meets Fella” and the 1938 feature “The Adventures of Robin Hood” on Sunday, September 6. The second screenings will take place on Sunday, September 20 with “Wise Quacking Duck” and “Casablanca.” The final screenings will be “Bunny Hugged” and “Dallas” on Sunday, October 4. While the events are free, you still need to register. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentations kick off at 7 p.m. While you’re there, check out the amazing sculpture wall created by Brad Oldham.
  • Overview of Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden (File photo)

    Overview of Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (File photo)

    The Dallas Arboretum’s $1 general admission fee continues through Monday, August 31. For $2 more you can get in to stroll the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Gardens. There are even special deals on food purchases. Remember to purchase your tickets at the gate to take advantage of the August Dollar Days special that is courtesy of Time Warner. Hustle! Time’s a wasting. But if your August datebook is filled to the max, then you can visit the entire Arboretum over the Labor Day weekend (Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7) including the Children’s garden for $5. And to get a discount on parking, go online. Bargain times!

  • Dallas Zoo elephant (File photo)

    Dallas Zoo elephant (File photo)

    Before the dinosaurs scamper out of the Dallas Zoo, you still have time to check out the Giants of Jurassic Park with the other residents for half the general admission. Adults get in for $7.50 and kiddos for $6. But as the dinos will become history on Monday, August 31, so the half-price deal will end, too. BTW, take DART. It’s cheap and there’s no battling traffic to get to the zoo. Just hop on board the Red Line tram and it will take you to the Dallas Zoo Station.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Fancy Nancy & Friends Party

“A party that’s fun and fancy and benefits more than 40,000 students across the city doesn’t come along often, but when it does, you better raise your pinky and practice your dancing.

Yvonne Crum and Samantha Crum*

Yvonne Crum and Samantha Crum*

Amy Hofland and Artessa Swords*

Amy Hofland and Artessa Swords*

“Last year’s Dream Ball Family Dress Up event (see photo of Yvonne Crum with her granddaughter Samantha and Amy Hofland with Tara Lewis‘s daughter, Artessa as evidence of the fun) raised over $35,000 net in support of sensory-friendly productions. Now that Crystal Charity Ball has so graciously covered that program for the next three years, DCT is focused on another of their very important, but underfunded programs.

Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) invites the whole family to the Fancy Nancy & Friends Party, Saturday September 19, from 6-8 p.m. The fanciful fete (that means “party” in fancy-speak) will be a fun-filled evening following the 4:30 matinée performance of FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL. By purchasing tickets to this event, you are supporting DCT’s Student Matinée Performance Series where Dallas area students enjoy live theater at virtually no cost. DCT believes no child should miss a live professional theater experience due to financial hardship.

Stephanie Nelson and Karen Travis*

Stephanie Nelson and Karen Travis*

“Party Chair Karen Travis says, ‘Dallas Children’s Theater creates family experiences and great memories like no one else. Girls and boys will thoroughly enjoy doing all things “fancy.” In fact, Fancy’s shark-ostumed friend, Lionel, represents the young kings quite well so be sure to bring brothers along, too! And yes, it is so heartwarming to know that our fun also helps DCT continue to offer free and significantly reduced tickets to kids who might not otherwise get to ever see live theater.  Over 60% of students report seeing theater for the first time through this program.  I hope you’ll join me and the other board members working hard to support magical theater experiences for all.”

“Some of Dallas’ fanciest Nancys have signed on as honorary hosts – Nancy Briggs, Nancy Brunson, Nancy Carlson, Nancy Dee Miller and Nancy Nasher.

“Party tickets are $50 per person and include a meet & greet with the cast from FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL, photos on the stage in Fancy Nancy’s school and house, an “underwater movement” experience, special crafts, and a dance. Dinner and libations (for the fancy adults) are also included. Tickets to the 4:30 performance before the party can be purchased separately for prices ranging between $15 and $28.

“Parties this fancy have limited seating, so book yours now by calling the DCT Box Office at 214.740.0051 or online here.

-By Stephanie Nelson, Dallas Children’s Theater Board member

* Photos provided by the Dallas Children's Theater

Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball Cowboyed Up And Booted Cancer For A Three-Ring Party

On Sunday, August 2, the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball commenced in the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club in the American Airlines Center just before the very special guests took their seats for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Joining their CBB parents, youngsters like Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne helped hand out the gift bags and welcomed the honorees, who were cancer patients being treated at Children’s Medical Center and Medical City Children’s Hospital, and their families.

Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne

Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne

One onlooker, who had just become a first-time father three days before looked at the herd of youngsters and their families as they poured in past the metal detector. His daughter was not only healthy, she had a full head of hair. He paused and said, “You can never look at your own child the same way when you see what these parents have been through.”

What they had been through was supporting their munchkins in the battle against cancer. While other kids dreaded flu shots and cried honest tears over an occasional blood test, these Junior CBBs guests of honor had suffered through all types of hellfire in battling the evil disease.

Bryan Blevins, Banjo Blevins, Flick Blevins, Kcee Blevins and Jubilee Blevins

Bryan Blevins, Banjo Blevins, Flick Blevins, Kcee Blevins and Jubilee Blevins

Junior Cattle Baron's sponsors

Junior Cattle Baron’s sponsors

There were those with hairless heads topped off with colorful bandannas and headbands, who were obvious frontliners having gone through chemotherapy and other treatments. There were others like tousle-haired Flick Blevins, who didn’t show the outward signs of the treatments.

But all of their moms and dads like Bryan and Kcee Blevins reflected signs of greater appreciation for their children’s courage and well being. These adults had also gone through so much having to balance normal parenting issues with the invasion of cancer within the family unit. And then there were the sisters and brothers like Jubilee Blevins and Banjo Blevins , who had had to grow up quickly to understand their sibling’s situation and their parents’ challenges.

But on this day, cancer may have been the common denominator but it was not allowed past the front door metal detectors. There were no needles, no pills, no discussion of treatments. Instead there were smiles, a bit of thumb sucking, giggles and relief that kids could be kids thanks to the annual event presenting sponsor The Moody Foundation and other sponsors. It was a day to laugh at silly clowns, stare in awe at aerialists and dream of being just kids thanks to the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Klyde Warren Park

“One Day, Eighteen Hours, So Many Reasons to ‘Heart’ the Park!

“Misty is one of many yoga enthusiasts who regularly attends yoga classes at Klyde Warren Park. ‘It brings me peace that I can’t seem to find in my hectic day,’ she says. ‘It centers me. At the same time, classes like this show that yoga is for everyone just as much as Klyde Warren Park is for everyone.’

Misty*

Misty*

“Misty and her friends love the fresh air, the urban setting, but most of all, they love the price. Yoga in the park is one of over 1,300 FREE events and programs that the park offers throughout the year. From children’s activities to fitness classes, live music performances to lecture series, there is always something happening at Klyde Warren Park.

“Although the park is built, it costs roughly $3.5 million to run the park each year. North Texas Giving Day is an excellent way for the park to share our story that we continue to need the public’s support to keep the park clean, safe, and active. Gifts received through North Texas Giving day combined with our ‘I Heart the Park’ annual fund campaign allow us to provide free programs and events in the park that are enjoyed by over one million people annually.

Yoga*

Yoga*

“On September 17, during North Texas Giving Day, the park will offer eighteen continuous hours of free programming in an effort to highlight the many ways visitors ‘heart’ the park. The day will begin with a 6AM morning boot camp, and include free activities that highlight all that the park has to offer, such as Imagination Playground, special lunchtime activities, a Music Thursday concert, Karaoke on the Southwest Porch, and a few surprises along the way!

Yoga at Klyde Warren Park*

Yoga at Klyde Warren Park*

“Klyde Warren Park is excited to participate in North Texas Giving Day for a third year. Our goal is to more than double our giving totals from last year. We hope everyone will show how much they ‘heart’ Klyde Warren Park by participating in North Texas Giving Day and joining us for eighteen hours of free continuous programming.

“Misty says she and her friends plan to show their support for the park on North Texas Giving Day by attending Yoga, Music Thursday, and of course, making a donation. ‘We have to do our part,’ she says, ‘to keep the park the hub of free activity in Dallas.’”

-By Tara Green, President

* Photos courtesy of Klyde Warren Park

North Texas Giving Day Booster: NorthPark Center

“As we celebrate 50 years of NorthPark Center, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the wonderful community that surrounds us in Dallas. We are proud to be part of a city that is so generous and community oriented.

NorthPark50*

NorthPark50*

“Giving back has been a part of the NorthPark culture since we opened our doors in 1965. To celebrate this milestone, we are launching NorthPark50: Fifty Years of Giving. The initiative aims to honor some of the amazing charities in our community.

“One of the most exciting philanthropic events that takes place in the Metroplex is North Texas Giving Day. It is the one day each year when donations of $25 or more are amplified by bonus funds and prizes. Year after year, we have watched this one-day giving spectacular grow into the largest giving days in the nation. It exemplifies the philanthropic spirit of our city and celebrates the wonderful work our local nonprofits are doing to build a community that cares for people, art, art, culture and more.

Nancy Nasher*

Nancy Nasher*

“That is why we are so pleased that NorthPark will be the official host of the Dallas County North Texas Giving Day Donation Station on September 17, 2015, with thanks to Communities Foundation of Texas which presents North Texas Giving Day and has arranged a line-up of free nonprofit performances and KidsGive activities.

“The activities will take place at NorthPark in NorthCourt, on Level One, between Nordstrom and Macy’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 17, 2015.

“The showcase performances will include performances by Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas Children’s Theater, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Dance Company, Junior Players, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Shakespeare Dallas, The Singing Girls of Texas and Texas Boys Choir from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, and see animals from Dallas Zoo and SPCA of Texas.

“Register now for the 2nd Annual DFWChild KidsGive that will provide kids a chance to donate their loose change and help with nearly a dozen hands-on, philanthropic kid activities like making superhero capes for Union’s Capes 4 Kids and stuffing goodie bags with toiletries for Attitudes and Attire.

“We hope you will join us 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on North Texas Giving Day to celebrate our community’s wonderful nonprofits and rally for another record-breaking giving day!”

-By Nancy Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark

* Graphics and photo provided by NorthPark Center

Children’s Medical Center’s Funnyatrics Partnered Up With Ringling Bros. Team To Give Ills And Pills The Day Off

Children’s Medical Center’s Butterfly Atrium became the big top on Wednesday, July 31. Instead of butterflies fluttering around the Children’s atrium, the place was packed with kids, parents, staffers, face painters, volunteers and a smattering of portable IV’s.

Nevach

Nevach

EMily

Emily

As face artists had both kids and adults lined up for facial portraits, other tables were filled with projects involving sticks and paints. It appeared as if no matter what the age, everyone was enjoying a childhood break.

Some opted for getting front row seats for the performances of the day presented by members of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey troop. No, no animals were part of the entertainment. It was strictly professional humans like towering Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and mini-acrobat Paulo dos Santos.

Children's Funnyatrics with Ringling's troopers

Children’s Funnyatrics with Ringling’s troopers

But before they took centerstage, the Children’s Funnyatrics medical team moseyed throughout the crowd. P. Brain admitted that he felt right at home with the circus crew. Before joining the Children’s team, he had been with Ringling’s.

Clown shoes

Clown shoes

Clown red noses

Clown red noses

Some of the munchkins raised an eyebrow about the docs with the big red noses and weird shoes. Some were mesmerized by the whimsy served up by the medical team with funny faces.

Why, one wee patient still attached to an IV couldn’t help but become a groupie for Paulo as she wandered on to the floor gazing at him in amazement.

A "groupie" seeking out Paulo dos Santos

A “groupie” seeking out Paulo dos Santos

But it wasn’t just an occasion for the kid patients. Their parents seemed both relieved and charmed by the circus festivities that transformed the medical center into a one-ring circus.

Avery and her mom

Avery and her mom

Scotty and Izaia

Scotty and Izaia

As for the clowns, their energy, magic and shenanigans became contagious as they made the ills of the day vanish as red noses were dispensed and smiles bloomed.

On the balcony overlooking the atrium and along the wall downstairs, Children’s staffers and volunteers watched as Children’s clowns joined with the Ringling’s team to do their specialty — create smiles. As one person explained, the international language of clowns is laughter.

For more funny pictures, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Trains At NorthPark

According to The Trains at NorthPark Co-chairs Jennifer Tobin and April Cook,

Jennifer Tobin and April Cook*

Jennifer Tobin and April Cook*

The Trains at NorthPark, which is the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’ largest fundraiser, rolls through Dallas’ premier shopping venue from November 21st through January 3rd. Be sure to put it on your calendar, order a hand-painted railcar or become a sponsor because the funds raised help families stay together.

“All proceeds from this joyful winter wonderland benefit the House, giving families with sick and injured children a place to stay. As the largest fundraiser for the House, this exhibit provides more than a third of the operating budget to keep the lights on and the doors open to families during this difficult time.

“Both of us feel a personal calling in helping the House because we’ve seen what it’s done for many families and for some of our close friends.

“We are pleased to have incredible community and corporate support for The Trains at NorthPark. For example, Norm Bagwell has supported The Trains throughout his career, and as chairman and CEO of Bank of Texas, we are pleased that this institution will again be the presenting sponsor for the seventh year.

Norm Bagwell (File photo)

Norm Bagwell (File photo)

Karl and Carolyn Rathjen (File photo)

Karl and Carolyn Rathjen (File photo)

“Serving as Honorary Chairmen for 2015 are Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, M.D. A Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Advisory Board Member, Dr. Rathjen has treated many children whose families stay at the House.

Trains at NorthPark (File photo)

Trains at NorthPark (File photo)

“Details: The Trains exhibit will be located on Level 2 just outside the entrance of Nordstrom. Children of all ages love to watch the trains zip around the track as they journey across America’s favorite landmarks including Times Square, the New Mexico desert, the Texas State Fair, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Tickets cost $3 for children and $7 for adults, so go many times!

Site of 2015-2016 Trains at NorthPark

Site of 2015-2016 Trains at NorthPark

“Railcars: Hand-painted by local artists, the railcars can be personalized, and the proceeds benefit the House. A bonus: If you purchase your railcar early enough, it will run on the tracks at the exhibit! This year’s Special Edition RMHD railcar is the second in a series of brightly colored express passenger cars and will go quickly.

Sponsored train (File photo)

Sponsored train (File photo)

“Volunteers: Volunteers are an important part of this annual event and a fun opportunity for corporate, civic and church groups. The Trains at NorthPark volunteer website will be up and running in late August.

“For more information on the Trains at NorthPark, visit http://www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com/ or contact Diane Fullingim, Chief Development Officer at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, at 214.624.5365 or [email protected].”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Children’s Medical Center’s Funnyatrics And Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Children's Funnyatrics and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Children’s Funnyatrics and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

On Wednesday, July 29, Children’s Medical Center’s Butterfly Atrium became the Big Top! With the Children’s Funnyatric staff of clown docs hosting troopers from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the place was filled with red noses, smiles and painted faces.

A diapered groupie and Paulos dos Santos

A diapered groupie and Paulo dos Santos

Joe and Funnyatric friend

Joe and Funnyatric friend

While the post is being prepared, check out the children of all ages and the folks who serve up a healthy dose of laughter at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

North Texas’ Clear The Shelters Goes Nationwide Saturday Thanks To NBC And Telemundo

The teachers are starting to get their classrooms all fixed up for the flood of students to hit schools in the days ahead. But they’re not the only ones preparing for an overload of peeps. The area shelters are readying themselves for this Saturday’s Clear The Shelters (aka Empty the Shelters).

Former shelter pooch

Former shelter pooch

Former shelter feline

Former shelter feline

Last year’s event was a real barn-burner, with 38 North Texas Shelters adopting out more than 2,200 pets.

According to DFW Humane Society of Irving Executive Director Sarah Kammerer, “It was the best day I have seen here in 21 years.”

This year’s day-long event has been expanded to include more than 50 shelters throughout North Texas with adoption and spay/neuter fees being waived.

Evidently word got around thanks to NBC and Telemundo and now it’s become a nationwide program including 19 markets across the U.S. and Puerto Rico with 300 shelters matching homeless pets with new homes.

Telemundo 39 President/GM John Trevino reported, “We teamed with NBC 5 last year and more than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted in a single day. It’s wonderful when we can help the community unite around a common, worthwhile goal.”

Post adoption coverage will be provided by NBC News’ TODAY Show Co-Host Natalie Morales hosting a 30-minute special on Saturday, August 22, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC 5. Telemundo 39 will air their post adoption special on August 22 at 10:30 a.m. with Elva Saray and Jessica Carrillo hosting.

This opportunity is a win-win-win one. The overloaded shelters lessen their loads. Deserving pets get homes. The new owners get a new BFF.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Dancing Classrooms North Texas

“I hope this story I am about to share touches your heart as it did mine.

“I had a mom come to me with full emotion and gratitude after yesterday’s Dancing Classrooms North Texas Culminating Event.

Dancing Classrooms North Texas Culminating Event*

Dancing Classrooms North Texas Culminating Event*

She started by saying, ‘my Noah* danced…with all of the ladies with such grace.’

“Little Noah was transferred to a Dancing Classrooms North Texas participating school at the beginning of the residency.

Dancing Classroom North Texas*

Dancing Classrooms North Texas*

“Noah’s mom spoke with heartfelt words explaining, ‘My son came home after class one day and shared, “Mom, I think I like dance, but I don’t like my classmates in my space.”’ Mom went on, ‘My son is autistic, and has a saying, “touch me not.”’  Mom explained in depth that Noah does not allow anyone, including MOM and DAD, in ‘his space.’  And then Mom bursts with excitement, ‘He was dancing with multiple lady partners with a smile…..he was in dance frame!’

“Mom also shared that Noah has come so far since having been a part of the 20 lessons of Dancing Classrooms North Texas through his school’s Physical Education class. She is hopeful to see the continued success in Noah’s life. She opened up to me saying Noah only started speaking in the third grade and his vocabulary was limited to less than 20 words. Since starting Dancing Classrooms, not only has his vocabulary expanded, but his relationships have as well.

“We must remember, the journey is not only for the children to transform, but for ourselves to be transformed along with them.

Dancing Classrooms North Texas*

Dancing Classrooms North Texas*

Dancing Classrooms North Texas is a social and emotional learning program taught through the medium of ballroom dance throughout North Texas’ public, private, and charter schools’ physical education and fine arts classrooms. Now approaching our 3rd year participating in North Texas Giving Day, we have raised over $13,000, which has allowed us to reach nearly 475 more students throughout the Metroplex. Building a child’s academia in school is a standard, building a child’s social, emotional, and physical development is a must. This year North Texas Giving Day is on September 17, join us 6 a.m. to midnight and your donations will be amplified by bonus funds and prizes.”

-By Tacia Torres, Dancing Classrooms North Texas Executive Director

* Photo credit: DCNT

DFW Restaurant Week’s Good Times Deserve Acknowledgments

It’s DFW Restaurant Week benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. If you wine and dine as part of the week’s yummy-fest, why not review it for Nancy NicholsSidedish.

Since the Week tends to flood restaurants, the servers will be in overdrive to make your experience up to your expectations. If one goes beyond the call of duty, snap their photo on your swellphone and send it along to Nancy. She loves the pictures and to give a pat on the back to the heroes in the table-turning industry.

Bona appetite, y’all.

JUST IN: CFT’s North Texas Giving Day’s Dallas Donation Station And KidsGive Are Moving To NorthPark Center’s NorthCourt Level One

Communities Foundation of Texas and NorthPark Center have been neighbors forever. Both of their roots stretch back to the Caruth family and its legendary farm. But unlike other neighbors that borrow a cup of sugar, they’re partnering up for the 7th Annual North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 17.

How?

Stephanie Knight and Priscilla the Piglet (File photo)

Stephanie Knight and Priscilla the Piglet (File photo)

In years past the Dallas Donation Station and KidsGive have been based in the Communities Foundation of Texas lobby and parking lot. Depending upon the weather, that parking lot action was a gamble — too hot, rainy, etc. But this year neighbor NorthPark is providing its NorthCourt’s Level One. You know where that is. It’s right smack between Nordstrom’s and Macy’s.

How simply perfect! Regardless of the weather, the fun will not be hampered one iota. As for what fun, here is a rundown of the free activities that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Performances by Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas Children’s Theater, The Singing Girls of Texas and Texas Boys Choir from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Junior Players, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and Shakespeare Dallas, and check out the animals from Dallas Zoo and SPCA of Texas. For performance times and latest details, go to: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#dallas.

KidsGive sponsored by DFWChild will provide kids a chance to donate their loose change and help with nearly a dozen hands-on, philanthropic kid activities like making superhero capes for Union’s Capes 4 Kids and creating sensory bottles for Journey Learning Center’s students with autism. While it’s free, space is limited to groups doing service projects and registration is required.

To see details for other events including chicken plucking and porcupine juggling (just kidding, but wanted to see if you were really reading), go to the “Events” tab on www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

This year’s bonus funds and prizes have been contributed by Amon G. Carter Foundation, Anonymous donor, Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Bank of America, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), Community Foundation of North Texas, Cooper Institute Give for Good Campaign, The Dallas Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Michelle and Houston Hall Fund at CFT, Hunt Cares Campaign, The Meadows Foundation, The Miles Foundation, The Morris Foundation, Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund of CFT, Neiman Marcus, Rees-Jones Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Rinker Remnants Fund of CFT, Annadele H. Ross Fund of CFT, Harold Simmons Foundation, The Swan Smith Family Fund of CFT, Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation, Trinbrook Fund, and Vector Systems. Media sponsors include The Dallas Morning News, MySweetCharity and WFAA.

Dallas CASA Holds Housewarming Party For Parade Of Playhouse Partners And Pals

Just the day before, NorthPark Center had a brief power outage. But on Sunday, July 12, there was no lack of power or people. The only thing that was lacking was a parking space at 5 p.m. when 100 of the Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses partners and friends officially kicked off the annual fundraiser with a “Housewarming” at Green House Market with Chef Ben Hutchison cooking away.

Christie Carter, Adam Warner and Cindy Warner

Christie Carter, Adam Warner and Cindy Warner

Dallas CASA Board Member/Capital Campaign Vice-Chair Christie Carter admitted that the past year had been an odd mix. The good news was that thanks to educational programs, educators were better prepared to recognize and report cases of child abuse. The results have been a 9% increase in cases reported.

But that increase meant greater funds were needed to provide advocacy for the under-age victims.

When asked about the status of the Dallas CASA capital campaign to raise $37M within two years, Christie reported that they were less than $2M away.

Jim and Angela Thompson

Jim and Angela Thompson

In making remarks to the crowd including Honorary Co-Chairs Angela and Jim Thompson, Event Co-Chairs Fran and Mark Berg, Suzanne Bryan, Julies Slim, Michael Turner, Tyler Murph,  Matthias Stein with kiddos Hermann and Mathilda and Dallas CASA Board Chair Greg May, Dallas CASA Executive Director/President Kathleen LaValle gave special thanks to the Northwood Women’s Club who staff the raffle ticket tables throughout the center.

Matthias Stein

Matthias Stein

Mathilda

Mathilda

Greg May

Greg May

Kathleen LaValle

Kathleen LaValle

Still another organization that was acknowledged was Glazer’s, which tackles the monumental task of delivering the houses unscratched.

She then recognized the builders who had created the 16 playhouses displayed from Dillards to Macy’s to Nordstroms.

Ironically, one of this year’s playhouse builders was OmniPlan, which had also built NorthPark.

One guest reviewed the mini-mansions saying, “I don’t want to belittle others, but I think these playhouses are the best yet. Just outstanding!”

Kathleen also notified guests that if they wanted to vote for their favorite playhouse, they could do it online without purchasing a raffle ticket.

Want more pictures? Then check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.