Despite Initial Fiscal Confusion, Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am Benefits Aware And Three Other Area Non-Profits With $220,000

There’s been a tad bit of confusion about the funds netted from the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am held in May at Gleneagles Country Club. Aware President Venise Stuart recently reported that the tournament had provided $20,000 for the group. But upon checking with the Jarmon’s Elisa Stephens, she said that the actual amount for Aware had been $40,000. 

Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am*

So, where was the MIA $20,000? No, Venise hadn’t taken a lavish trip. Rather the two groups have conflicting fiscal years. Jarmon had issued two $20,000 checks with each falling in separate fiscal years for Aware.

According to a statement provided by Aware,

“Venise Stuart, president of AWARE announced today that the AWARE organization received two grants totaling $40,000.00 from the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf  Tournament and Auction. The first grant of $20,000.00 received in March will be used toward the funding of the 2016-2017 AWARE grant recipients.  The second $20,000.00 grant received this August will be used in the funding of the 2017-18 grant recipients, listed below. The event will be held on April 13, 2018, at the newly renovated The Statler in downtown Dallas.  ALL grant funds received will be dedicated solely to the funding of AWARE’s grant recipients.”

Whew! If you’re confused, call your accountant and s/he’ll explain.

Regardless, the final rundown of checks distributed by the tournament was:

  • $100,000 to Baylor Memory Care Center
  • $60,000 to C.C. Young building fund for their new Memory Care Center
  • $40,000 to Aware
  • $20,000 to the Aging Mind Foundation 

In other words, $220,000 was provided to four nonprofits to fight Alzheimer’s on behalf of the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am.

* Graphic courtesy of Lee Jarmon Alzheimer's Pro Am

C.C. Young Golf Tournament At Bent Tree Country Club Scored Funding For The Benevolence Fund

While Dallas was getting back to normal after the Red River Rivalry, golfers were hitting the Bent Tree Country Club links on Monday, October 10, to raise funds for the C. C. Young Benevolence Fund. Here’s a report from the field:

On Monday, October 10, C. C. Young hosted its 5th Annual Classic Golf Tournament presented by Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the senior care community’s Benevolence Fund, which serves as a financial safety net and ensures residents always have a place to call home, regardless of their financial position.

Golfers, sponsors and C.C. Young supporters gathered at 10 a.m. for check-in at Bent Tree Country Club and mingled while picking up boxed lunches before the shotgun start, which began promptly at 11 a.m. The Texas-themed day on the course included a photo opportunity at the 14th hole, as well as shots at a hole-in-one on the 5th, 8th, 14th and 17th holes. Prizes included: Golf vacation at French Lick Resort, a set of TaylorMade Rocket Bladez HL Irons 4-AW, a set of Adams Speedline Woods and Irons with bag, and $25,000.

George Linial and Russell Crews*

George Linial and Russell Crews*

Following the day on the course, golfers were welcomed to the awards reception by western-clad cheerleaders and proceeded to bid on silent auction items and enjoy a delicious barbecue buffet.  Participants also tried their hand at a round of blackjack and were entered into a drawing for an Apple Watch and a cash prize.


C. C. Young President and CEO Russell Crews congratulated golfers like Rich Scanlon, George Linial, Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard and talked about C.C. Young’s mission to provide a premier senior living community where each individual can grow in body, mind and spirit, no matter their life’s circumstance or limitations.

Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard*

Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard*

“This tournament is one of our biggest fundraisers throughout the year,” Crews said. “We have made the Top 25 list in Dallas Business Journal’s ‘Top Charity Tournaments’ the past two years thanks to our wonderful sponsors and donors who continue to support us, and because of events like this, we can continue to provide excellent care to seniors in our community.”

Awards were then presented to the winning teams. Ronnie Klein, Chad Dunaway, Mike Oswald and Garrett Perkins of Project Control were announced as the first place winners. Mikel Fears, Matthew Jung, Chase Tucker and Aaron Ellis of Time Warner Cable Business Class came in second place, and third place winners were Rusty Collins, David Hullet, Randy Hunnicut and Alan Magill.

Sponsors of the event included Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, D2 Architecture, Morrison Senior Living, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, Time Warner Cable Business Class, CliftonLarsonAllen, Infinity Pharmacy Solutions LLC, Steve Folsom and Park Cities News and The Waters Family.

* Photo credit: Jennifer Griffin

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Helping Our Heroes

According to Helping Our Heroes Event Co-Chairs Michael Marasco and Travis Wilson,

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

“Helping Our Heroes is a local organization with a vision to help those who serve so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms of living in the greatest country on Earth. We honor heroes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as local police, firemen and first responders.

“We invite you to join us for our Sixth Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament. Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we will gather on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for dinner and a wonderful silent auction. General James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, will also be in attendance as the 2016 Guest of Honor. The following day, golfers will enjoy the day at Brookhaven Country Club where our annual golf tournament will take place, complete with lunch and an award celebration.

“Proceeds from the events will benefit Semper Fi Fund, which offers immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and Folds of Honor, which provides annual educational scholarships to the families of those killed or disabled while in active duty.

Helping Our Heroes**

Helping Our Heroes**

“In 2016, we aim to raise $200,000 for Semper Fi Fund and Folds of Honor. To view ticket packages or to purchase tickets, please visit the Helping Our Heroes website.

“We hope you will join us for dinner and a fun day of golf as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families!”

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee 
** Graphic provided by Helping Our Heroes

Pat And Emmitt Smith Host A “Southern Supper” In Their Driveway For Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Patrons

Who would have guessed that a drop-dead “Southern supper” dinner would be held in a driveway? Even Emmitt Smith admitted that the place had never looked so good. As one former North California resident said, “This is more like Northern California. It seems like May will never be the same.”

Smith driveway dining room

Smith driveway dining room

That was the four-star evening weather on Thursday, May 1, when Pat and Emmitt Smith had more than 100 patrons for the May 10th Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational over for dinner, Smith-style.

The weather was simply perfect for the cocktail party around the pool and on the terrace. It was one of those evenings when it was cool enough that not a mosquito buzzed the premises, but the guests were chatting non-stop.  Doug Murray with galpal Jenny Wise revealed that mom and dad (Carole and Scott Murray) were MIA. Scott has been under the weather like so many for the past week. Among the din, Dee Lincoln‘s legendary laughter could be heard.

Jan Miller and Carol Roberts

Jan Miller and Carol Roberts

Jan Miller and Jeff Rich were hugged the moment they walked in. The next week’s schedule wasn’t going to allow much hugging. Monday they were clearing the ground floor of their home of minutiae in preparation for a predictable book signing. The author? Rob Lowe. No further explanation needed, huh?

On Wednesday they were announcing plans for the 2014 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. The Miller/Rich co-chairs have plans for the 2014 DSO gala on Saturday, September 13. They have very big plans.

Then Thursday it was another event for YPO.

Skylar Smith and Jasmin Lawrence

Skylar Smith and Jasmin Lawrence

But back to the Smith celebration. While Pat was receiving congrats on the upcoming gala and tournament, she was glowing when the topic of daughter Jasmin Lawrence came up. It looks like Jasmin is headed to Durham, North Carolina, to attend Duke.

Then the guests strolled to the driveway for a seated dinner at brown-clothed tables with twinkling lights overhead, Booker T. Washington jazz musicians including Loa Ho, Sam Scwall, Addison Jordan and Jackie Whitmill on stage with Booker T. Washington staffer Bart Marantz nearby and white boards boasting the sponsors.

Watermelon stack salad

Watermelon stack salad

Behind the scenes, Spice of Life’s Jeff Kollinger was staging a dinner Southern-style with food donated by Albertson’s. The first course came to him in the middle of the night. Watermelon, Spanish manchego stack, arugula pesto, olive oil, balsamic glaze, cracked black pepper and micro greens came together for a killer salad. One of the key ingredients? Pecans in the dressing. The next course was serving bowls and platters of boneless double-dipped southern fried chicken, Chef “Charles’s” country gravy, smoked Texas brisket with sweet honey BBQ sauce and family-style sides like mashed potatoes.

Dinner table

Dinner table

Things missing were hominy, grits and biscuits slabbed with butter and honey. But then there wouldn’t have been room for homemade Texas bread pudding in whiskey sauce, fresh seasonal fruit and mini-fried pieces.

Bennett and Marion Glazer

Bennett and Marion Glazer

Among the crowd passing the bowls were Honorary Co-Chairs Bennett and Marion Glazer, Nancy Alvi, David CraigCathy Harbin, Lisa and Steve Lieberman, Cheryl and Lance Crosby, Albertson’s Carol Roberts, American Airline’s Ann Spalding and husband Tony, Jordan Case, Pete Willis, Ronelle and Peter Ianace, Fossil’s Janiece Evans-Page and Stacey Marsh and Stephen Giles sans wife Clarice Tinsley, who was holding down the fort at KDFW-CH. 4.

Janiece Evans-Page, Stacey Marsh and Anne and Tony Spaulding

Janiece Evans-Page, Stacey Marsh and Anne and Tony Spaulding

Pat and Emmitt Smith

Pat and Emmitt Smith

Emmitt with mic in hand said, “Drink up, drink up. Herradura is in the house. Ya’ll seen my billboards?” Pat added, “This is not a night to diet or to cut back! Wear your Spanx.”

Bill Wilshusen Elected President Of Salesmanship Club Of Dallas

William Wilshusen*

William Wilshusen*

It’s hard to imagine there have been 93 presidents of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. And the news is that the 94th president has been announced — Haynes and Boone partner William “Bill” Wilshusen. A member of the Club since 1992, he has held various positions including board chair of the Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas that oversees the Club’s golf franchise. And you do know what that “franchise” is — the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Thanks to the funds raised by this bigger-than-huge tournament, funds are made available to “build and repair social emotional health in kids and families.”

“It’s an honor to be chosen to lead an organization that is focused on helping kids and families achieve their potential,” Bill said. “We know that children growing up with few advantages are capable of making incredible gains, even when the odds are stacked against them. Our education and therapeutic programs build on strengths, creating an early understanding about the importance of persistence and determination.”

Other recently elected Club officers include first vice-president Guy Kerr, Belo Corp.; second vice-president Mike Haggerty, Jackson Walker; secretary Blair Oden, CBRE; and treasurer Bob Myers, Myers Commercial, Inc.

* Photo provided by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Patrick Walsh Has Come Home With Tales To Share At The Inaugural Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic

Patrick M. Walsh

Patrick M. Walsh*

Hometown son Patrick M. Walsh retired from his job on March 1, 2012. You probably wouldn’t have guessed his career pick having been raised in very land-locked Dallas. But after graduating with honors from Jesuit College Preparatory, he headed to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he picked up a Bachelor of Science degree. That wasn’t enough for him, though. Nope. He headed to Tufts University, where he graduated first in his class, earning a Master of Arts degree in law and diplomacy. To top that off he enrolled in the doctorate program, receiving a PhD.

With all that education under his belt, he rose through the ranks of the “U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of four-star admiral and commander of the US Pacific Fleet” from 2009 to 2011. When the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant struck in 2011, he headed up the U.S. military’s humanitarian response. But don’t go thinking he was just a boardroom strategist. During Operation Desert Storm he was a fighter pilot and a “member of the Blue Angels aerial acrobatics team.”

His reputation impressed various U.S. presidents including President Barack Obama, who appointed him “to inspect and investigate the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay.”

Let’s just say that his accomplishments were countless and impressive.

After retiring, he returned to Dallas. But he hasn’t been making a dent in the family couch watching TV with his wife Andy Kaye. In fact, he’s probably rarely home thanks to his various speaking engagements. One of those will be at the Inaugural Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic on Monday, September 9, at Las Colinas Country Club benefiting Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship. No, Pat won’t be talking on the fairway. He’ll be the keynote speaker at the Sunday, September 8th “Pairings Dinner” in the Las Colinas Country Club ballroom.

So, why have a former military man speak at an equine-type event? Because one of Equest’s programs is the Hooves for Heroes program, which helps vets “to improve overall wellness and better position them for a successful civilian transition.”

Hooves for Heroes*

Hooves for Heroes*

In addition to having Congressman Sam Johnson and Congressman Pete Sessions as honorary co-chairs of the tournament festivities, vets will also be honored at this first-time event for the newly established Equest Men’s Auxiliary.

* Photos provided by Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship

JUST IN: Tutu Chic’s Honorary Co-chairs Announced

While Santa’s elves may be taking the summer off, those Munson gals (Merry Munson Wyatt, Kathryn Munson Beach and Meg Munson McGonigle) have been hard at work preparing for December’s Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Dee Wyly (File photo)

Dee Wyly (File photo)

Niven Morgan (File photo)

Niven Morgan (File photo)

Not only have they lined up Stanley Korshak to once again provide the fashions for the December 5th Texas Ballet Theater fundraiser, they’ve landed a unique twosome as honorary co-chairs — Dee Wyly and Niven Morgan.

“We could not be more excited about Dee and Niven as honorary chairs,” said Stanley Korshak’s main man Crawford Brock. ”They are both valued friends of the Dallas arts community and considered family here at Stanley Korshak. We could not be more grateful for their commitment to Texas Ballet Theater.”

What fun this one will be with a bubbly champagne reception followed by the fashion show with TBT dancers instead of models on the stage of the Winspear surrounded by guests and then lunch in the lobby.

And, of course, it’s always fun to hear what Crawford has to say. The gent missed his calling. Somewhere an Oscar wishes the retailer had found his way to the silver screen.

Mark Craig To Receive 2013 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award On September 24

Mark Craig *

Mark Craig *

Despite having just retired as Highland Park United Methodist Church’s senior minister, Mark Craig certainly hasn’t dropped out of sight. His friends and fans just won’t let him disappear.

And with good reason.

For the past 40 years, he has been an integral part of the Dallas community. From his days at Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano back in the 1980’s to his most recent position at HPUMC, he has earned a reputation as “a passionate leader, an engaging speaker and an innovative problem solver.”

According to SMU President Dr. Gerald R. Turner, “When we both arrived in the summer of 1995, we mutually committed to strengthening the role of Highland Park United Methodist Church as the ‘campus church.” Through his close work and relationship with the Perkins School of Theology, his making the facilities of the church available to University departments, and his efforts to make church services address the needs and interests of students, faculty and staff, the church has grown both in number and in importance to the University community.”

Rev. Craig’s reach has extended beyond the church and campus. His association with former President George W. Bush has involved him in everything from private services for the family prior to Bush’s first inauguration to more recently doing the invocation at the dedication of the Bush Center.

There are countless other people and projects that have benefited from his involvement and they’ll be sure to be included when Mark receives the 2013 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award on Tuesday, September 24, at the Hilton Anatole.

According to Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Chamberlain, “Mark’s compassionate leadership and innovative approach have had a far-reaching and real impact on the Dallas community. He embodies the Folsom Leadership Award, and we are honored to celebrate his achievements.”

In following with the tradition of the award, the recipient determines how the event’s proceeds will be applied. In this case, the funds will benefit the new Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Mike and Natalie McGuire and Lana and Barry Andrews (File photo)

Mike and Natalie McGuire and Lana and Barry Andrews (File photo)

In addition to Lana and Barry Andrews and Natalie and Mike McGuire serving as event co-chairs, Brill and Jason Garrett will host a patron party for 2013 Folsom Leadership Circle Sponsors (donors of $10,000 or more).  Sponsorship and underwriting information is available now, but individual tickets don’t go on sale until Monday, July 1.

Jason Garrett, Mark Craig and Brill Garrett*

Jason Garrett, Mark Craig and Brill Garrett*

* Photo provided by Methodist Health System Foundation

Clayton Dabney Lives On Making Memories

1995 was a life-changing year for both Shelby and Scott Dabney and The Ticket’s Craig “Junior ” Miller.

It was on September 6th of that year that the Dabneys’ son Clayton Dabney died at the age of six from cancer. His all-too-brief life had been filled with endless tests, procedures, medical exams and healthcare folks who worked tirelessly with Clayton and his family to win the battle. While most kids scream at the very thought of a flu shot, Clayton put up with pain with nary a complaint. In fact, he inspired other to greatness.

Scott and Shelby Dabney

Following Clayton’s death, his folks, Shelby and Scott Dabney, family and friends established The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids. It wasn’t to grant a last wish or to provide additional healthcare. Rather, while the Dabneys were going through their ordeal, they witnessed other families trying to be with their children every moment right up to the very end. Not only did they realize how vital those days of being together were for the families, they learned how financially and emotionally challenging it was. Thus, the foundation was established to help families be with their terminally ill child.

One of the fundraisers that supports The Clayton Dabney Foundation is “The Dabney — The 16th Annual Fall Golf Outing at The Golf Club of Dallas,” a golf tournament at Las Colinas presented by Looper Reed & McGraw P.C. It takes place this Friday, October 6, and is being chaired by Carter Daniels.

Carter Daniels, Amy and Craig Miller

Last Thursday The Dabneys’ sponsor party “An Evening with Craig ‘Junior’ Miller” took place at Bentley of Dallas. With Rolls Royces and guests filling the showroom, Junior told stories about his ultra-popular, morning-drive-radio show, The Dunham & Miller Show – “The Musers” on The Ticket, 1310 AM. A highlight was his stories about Jerry Jones. You do know that Junior is the “Fake Jerry” voice on the show, don’t you?              

Oh, you’re wondering why 1995 was “life changing” for Junior? The Dunham & Miller Show debuted that fall.

Photo credit: Dana Driensky

If You Swing, You’re Going To Love September

It’s the first of September and the postal service just may make its goal thanks to all the invitations that are flying in. While most folks think of the fall season as luncheons, dinners, fashion shows and other very proper events for fundraising, many find golf courses as the place to support nonprofits. Here are two that are celebrating their third anniversary for the good of children:

Monday, September 19 at Lantana Golf Club — The SBB Management Company 3rd Annual Golf Classic will benefit Children’s Cancer Fund. The format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. As you might recall, Fred Shapiro has been a driving force for the tournament. And you just never know who will be part of your team. For instance, former MLB player Al Oliver is scheduled to be on the course. Immediately following the tournament, a dinner will be held with a silent auction.

It’s a great event that was “conceived a few years ago as a way for SBB to thank its homeowners association clients, involve its vendors and business partners and donate money to a great charity.” The past two tournaments have raised $84,000 for CCF.

Friday, September 30 at Coyote Ridge Golf Club — The 3rd Annual Friends of deVille Golf Tournament presented by Surgical Associates of North Texas along with GEICO and Dr. and Mrs. Allan deVilleneuve will benefit Hope Cottage. Hope Cottage graduates Dr. Scott and Todd deVilleneuve have put this one together.

The talented folks at Hope Cottage have put together ten reasons why you want to play in the 3rd Annual Friends of deVille Golf. Fashionistas will love #7 and #3.

Karaoke Lounge Crowd Putters Up At Danya And Mike Anderson’s 19th Hole With Sam

Golf bag attendants

When the Karaoke Lounge Foundation hosted an evening of pizza, partying and putting at Danya and Mike Anderson‘s, it was a must-attend occasion. If there was ever any doubt, Tuesday night’s event put doubters to shame.

Upon entering the estate in Preston Hollow, guests in natty golf attire were greeted by both valet parkers and attendants who schlepped golf bags around to the back of the mansion.

Just 18 months ago it had been the scene of Danya’s and Mike’s wedding and now it was just a 19th-hole spot to have fun.

Hunter Sullivan

Upon entering the mansion, guests were welcomed with servers bearing drinks. Escorted through the

Kurt Johnson

house, guests then discovered a grownup wonderland with its pool and marvelously subtle water features and a perfectly manicured golf course. OK, so it wasn’t 18 holes but the two holes with water trap were enough to challenge the best duffers including crooner/band leader Hunter Sullivan and CBS VP of Programming for CBS Kurt Johnson.

Outdoor entertainment center

Before practicing on the putting green, most guests enjoyed the entertainment center. Looking more like a charming cottage with open walls, it had a full-service gourmet kitchen complete with a pizza oven.

Mike Anderson

Ah, Tuesday night Mike was too busy on the golf course and marshaling the Anderson pooches to be cooking, so Fireside pies did the honors.


Speaking of pooches, it’s a well-known fact within the Anderson circle that the three labs are great, but Sam rules. Who or what is Sam? He’s a 12+ year-old Chihuahua that Danya discovered 10 years ago. Looking at the little guy in the golf shirt, who greets one and all as a friend, it’s clear he has come a long way. It seems that Danya in her single days approached the SPCA about adopting a “small dog” because she was living in a small apartment. There were none at that point. Well, yes, there was a small dog, but the SPCA folks said that he wasn’t a likely candidate because he had

Danya Anderson

been the victim of abuse. . . tied to a tree. That only intrigued Danya more. It was a love match. Since that day Sam has ruled the roost and his digs have grown from small to major acreage. Even Mike admits that Sam runs the place with Anderson assistant Sara carrying him when he tires.

Maggie Kipp

But 2011 Event Chairs Maggie Kipp and Nancy Gopez didn’t assemble the golfers to raise funds for Sam’s fav organizations. The purpose was to support the Turtle Creek Recovery Center and even Sam would have approved of that one.


Friday Tee Time For Hope Is Going To Be Perfect

The weather is going to be clear for Hope Cottage’s 2nd Annual Friends of deVille Golf Tourney on Friday.

Presented by Surgical Associates of North Texas, it starts at 1:30 p.m. at Coyote Ridge Golf Club in Carrollton.  Other sponsors include:

Lunch sponsor — GEICO

Team sponsors — Kathy ad Bill Dickey and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Putting contest sponsor — Chris Mayberry of Bracewell & Giuliani

Hole sponsors — Kyle Stevens, Western Security Surplus Insurance Brokers Inc., and Lynn and Bob Thompson

In-kind donors — Sigel’s at Fitzhugh and Cole, Coyote Ridge Golf Club, Healthcare Chiropractic, PGA Tour Superstore, Avid Media Ventures, Todd deVilleneuve, Chris Mayberry/Bracewell & Giuliani, Vince Pellman – Rolling Hills Country Club, Barry Ray/Armstrong Office Concepts, Larry Bisno, Floss Dental and Salum’s