Gentle Reminder: Crystal Charity Ball 2018 Charity Selections Are Now Available Online

Any Dallas County children’s nonprofit dreaming of qualifying for the Crystal Charity Ball grants should check out the CBB website. The applications for the 2018 grants are available online now.

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

According to 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson and Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker, the timeline for this year’s grant process is

  • Wednesday, September 20, at 9 a.m. — Orientation meeting for prospective applicants. Attendance is not mandatory, but strong encouraged.
  • Tuesday, October 17, noon — Applications “must be mailed or hand-delivered to the CCB office. No email applications will be accepted.
  • Thursday, February 1 — 2018 beneficiaries will be selected.

To qualify for a grant, the organizations must

  • serve children in Dallas County
  • have had a 501 (c) 3 designation for at least three years
  • have provided services in Dallas County for at least three year

Since 1952, CCB has provided more than $137M to more than 100 children’s charities, so why not take the opportunity to land one of the grants?

2017 CancerBlows Committee Tackles Everything From Coordinating World-Class Musicians’ Scheduling To Busing Kids In

Putting on a one-day-only event is tough. Managing all the logistics is like juggling cactus. But a multi-day venture ramps all those headaches to migraine status. So, the CancerBlows team has been orchestrating all the arrangements of bringing in world-class trumpet players for its May 8th-May 10th fundraising activities for The Ryan Anthony Foundation.

But it’s all underway, thanks to CancerBlows Co-Founders Niki and Ryan Anthony and Co-Chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock and Anne and Steve Stodghill and the legion of volunteers, committee members and sponsors raising funds to battle multiple myeloma.

How about an example? On Tuesday, May 9, there will be a series of free Education Events including

  • Chamber Music Master Class — CancerBlows artists affiliated with chamber music groups such as Canadian Brass, Boston brass, Rhythm and Brass and more work with collegiate brass quintets.
  • Panel Discussion with CancerBlows Artists — Public Q&A session with CancerBlows artists. Topics include warm-up techniques, making a living as a freelancer and professionalism in the workplace.
  • CancerBlows Jazz Master Class — CancerBlows artists work with pre-selected high school and collegiate trumpet players with emphasis on jazz.
  • Cancer Blows Classical Master Class — Cancer Blows artists work with pre-selected high school and collegiate trumpet players with a classical emphasis.
  • CancerBlows Big Band/Jazz Artist rehearsal — Select local high school and college students are invited to watch the first half of the CancerBlows Big Band and Jazz Artist rehearsal.
  • Lessons With the Legends* — Select CancerBlows Legends will make lesson times available to individuals.

Ryan Anthony

Niki Anthony

Tim Andersen

David Cowling

That all sounds like it covers all the bases, but then how do you transport the students to the events? That was one of the  questions addressed at a meeting of volunteers on Monday, February 27, at Jones Day including Niki, Ryan, David Cowling, Todd Ranta and Tim Andersen.

The answer seemed simple — just use school buses. Not so fast. It was to take place on a school day, and the school buses’ priority was busing students home. And you just thought carpool was a challenge! But not to worry. The team handled the challenge, so the kids wouldn’t miss out.

BTW, if you want to be part of the committee putting this mega-fundraiser together to fight multiple myeloma, you’ll be hanging out with Jenna Alexander, Larry Alexander, Diane and Joel Allison, Niki and Ryan Anthony, Deidre and Chris Bacala, Jamie Jo Boulogne, Laura and Bob Beard, Diane and Hal Brierley, Christen Casenave, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Rozalyn and Robert Colombo, Phyllis and CJ Comu, Megan and Michael Considine, John Conn, Lisa and Clay Cooley, Amy Youngquist and David Cowling, Serena and Tom Connelly, Roberta Corbett, Barbara and Don Daseke, Pam and Mark Denesuk, Cary and Mark Deuber, Heidi and Bill Dillon, Dean Dimmitt, Noelle and David Dunavan, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Ashley Berges and Greg Fasullo, Lora Farris, Michelle and Kevin Finamore, Holly Forsythe, Emily and Darryl Freeling, Don Gaiser, Hadley and Travis Galt, Shay and Brian Geyer, Sally and Mark Helm, Julie and Ken Hersh, Stephanie and Travis Hollman, Peggy and Tim Horner, Kristi and Ron Hoyl, Colleen O’Conner and Joe Hubach, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Linda and Steve Ivy, Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman, Wendy and Michael Jenkins, Kathie and Randy King, Maggie Kipp, Jeri and David Kleiman, Richard Stanley and Matthew Kline, Allan Knight and Cearan Henley, Tracy and Ben Lange, Julian Leaver, Susan and Dean McSherry, Alison and Mike Malone, Rhonda and Fraser Marcus, Amy and Jonathan Martin, Sarah Catherine Norris, Delia Parman and Robert Kyle, Leah and Jim Pasant, Cyndi Phelps, Terri and Brad Phillips, Mary Martha and John Pickens, Brian Ratner, Stacey and John Relton, Melody and Rick Rogers, Carla Ferrer and Joe Russo, Susan Post Sanford, Lisa Simmons, Lisa and Marvin Singleton, Linda and Thomas Smith, Hamilton A. Sneed, Cindy Stager, Tara and Harvey Stotland, Aneeta and Sandy Sule, Elisa and Stephen Summers, Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley, Ellen and Larry Talley, Jill Tananbaum, Rachel and Christopher Trowbridge, Ashley Tatum and New Walker, Nikki and Crayton Webb, Kameron and Court Westcott and Piper and Mike Wyatt.

Contact Niki for information on how to sign up.

* There is a fee for the lesson and available times are very limited.

CancerBlows Behind-The-Scenes Crew Meets At The Meyerson And A Holiday Surprise Delights Niki And Ryan Anthony

All the stars of a performance aren’t on the stage receiving the applause of the audience. Behind the scenes is an army of folks who are as talented as the performers upfront. They are the production crew including recording engineers, producers, lighting, video, camera and stage managers. The talent in front of the curtain depends on the usually faceless group behind-the-scenes to make the performance flawless.

CancerBlows production crew at the Meyerson

Such a group of troopers sat in the Meyerson lobby around tables with a box of Krispy Kremes. Some of the people were part of the Meyerson crew. Others like audio and video recordings manager Erica Brenner based in Cleveland had flown in to discuss the logistics for the Wednesday, May 10, CancerBlows concert.

Ryan Anthony and Erica Brenner

Everything had to be perfect. After all, the world’s leading horn players Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, and former trumpet players from the Canadian Brass would be performing to make money for the Baylor Health Cares System Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

CancerBlows Co-Founder Niki and Ryan Anthony admitted that they had receive a surprise “Gift” over the holidays: “Lee Loughnane from Chicago will be participating again this year! Chicago’s 50th anniversary is this year and they are in the midst of a big tour supporting that and their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame last year.

“He initially said there would be no way he could take the days off. But he called Ryan over the holiday and said he just couldn’t miss it and has made arrangements with the band to be free the 9th and 10th. Ryan is scrambling to adjust the program to accommodate the addition, but we’re very excited to say the least.”

The Focus Is On Health At Baylor Foundation’s Quarterly Board Meeting

The theme for the first Baylor Health Care System Foundation board of directors meeting of the new (2017) fiscal year may have been “Integrative Medicine: Leveraging New Perspectives for a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit.” But it was apparent at the Tuesday, September 20th quarterly board meeting that the Foundation itself is in pretty good health, too.

Sporting a new white beard he called “an August project,” Foundation President Robin Robinson told the luncheon meeting that the organization now had raised more than $581 million for the healthcare system since its founding. The foundation has a new tagline—“Let’s Move Mountains”—Robin disclosed, and the last fiscal year was its best ever in fundraising terms. Thirty-seven million dollars came through the doors, he said, or 128 percent of the goal. The foundation also distributed $43 million to the system during the 2016 fiscal year, Robin said, bringing total disbursements over five years to $175 million.

Board Chair Margo Goodwin had good news for the board members as well. The foundation’s most recent annual Grand Rounds golf tournament was a record-breaker, Margo announced, with 229 golfers helping raise $290,000. Board giving during the last fiscal year enjoyed 100 percent participation, she went on, with 20 percent of the board members ponying up more than $25,000.

Amy Turner, Julie Turner and Margo Goodwin*

Amy Turner, Julie Turner and Margo Goodwin*

Jim Lozier and Jill Smith*

Jim Lozier and Jill Smith*

Margo also talked briefly about the responsibilities of new foundation board members. The “Class of 2017” members are: Kenneth Aboussie Jr., Barry Andrews, Norm Bagwell, Mike Barnett, Hal Brierley, Darlene Cass, Robert Dozier, Graciela Garton M.D., Jim Lozier, Holt Lunsford, Gloria Martindale, Amy Mueller (ex-officio), Michal Powell, Bruce Robson, Ken Schnitzer, Jill Smith, Bob Thomas, Amy Turner and John Yeaman.

Following lunch and a brief report from Joel Allison, the health system’s outgoing CEO—Joel said Baylor had acquired another medical center in Austin, and finalists to succeed him should be disclosed by late October—Dr. Carolyn Matthews delivered a keynote talk about how “chronic illness is burdening” the American health system in general, and what can be done about it.

Robin Robinson, Carolyn Matthews and Joel Allison*

Robin Robinson, Carolyn Matthews and Joel Allison*

Chronic illnesses such as depression, obesity (67 percent of us are overweight or obese), cancer, diabetes (10 percent of us have it), and asthma require repeated treatment, Dr. Matthews explained, and 50 percent of adults will suffer from at least one of them. But the good news, she stressed, is that all of these chronic illnesses are “very modifiable” with exercise, sleep, and a proper diet.

Several habits will help reduce your risk for chronic illness, continued Dr. Matthews, who is Director of Integrative and Functional Medicine at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Those habits include: refraining from smoking; eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day; doing some sort of physical activity (150 minutes per week is recommended, even if it’s just walking); and aiming for seven to eight hours of restful sleep per night.

During a Q&A session near the end of the meeting, someone asked Dr. Matthews why eating right seems to be so difficult for so many. “Because the vast majority of food in the grocery store is not real food,” she replied. “The quality of our food is not as good as it was 50 years ago,” she continued, citing “genetically modified food” among other trends. Ideally everyone would eat organic food if they could afford it, Dr. Matthews concluded, but, at a minimum, the meat you eat should be grass-fed and any fish should be of the small variety, like salmon.

* Photos provided by Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Aware Meeting Revealed Plans For Aware Affair Plus A Talk By Dr. Sara Festini On “Staying Busy is Associated with a Sharper Mind”

At the Aware Dallas meeting on Wednesday, September 14, at Myrna and Bo Schlegel’s estate, the setting was ideal for the news of the day. Yes, it’s already been reported about the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund that not only honors Myrna’s years in the nursing profession but also her concern about the need for nurses specializing in gerontology.

Carol Stabler, Venise Stuart, Sara Festini and Stacey Angel*

Carol Stabler, Venise Stuart, Sara Festini and Stacey Angel*

But there was still more news for the assembled guests including Carol Stabler, Stacey Angel, Deborah Packer, Holly Hull Miori, Caroline Rose Hunt, Billie Leigh Rippey, Ramona Jones, Dorothea Meltzer and Sarah Losinger. Aware President Venise Stuart revealed the plans for the annual Aware Affair gala on Saturday, April 8. With a theme of Celebrate The Moments, the cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, three-course dinner and dancing will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole.

Ramona Jones, Dorothea Meltzer and Sarah Losinger*

Ramona Jones, Dorothea Meltzer and Sarah Losinger*

Caroline Rose Hunt and Billie Leigh Rippey*

Caroline Rose Hunt and Billie Leigh Rippey*

Chairing this year’s event will be Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski and Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan.

Deborah Packer, Holly Hull Miori and Angela Fontana*

Deborah Packer, Holly Hull Miori and Angela Fontana*

This year’s beneficiaries are Center for BrainHealth, Juliette Fowler Homes Inc., NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, The Senior Source, Texas Winds Musical Outreach and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

You’ll be able to leave your black-tie clothes in the closet, since it will be a cocktail attire gathering.

More details will be announced in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned.

In addition to the news about the scholarship and the gala, Aging Mind Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Sara Festini discussed “Staying Busy is Associated with a Sharper Mind.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

A Gentle Reminder: Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Orientation Is Tuesday, As In Tomorrow

Attention, campers! Any nonprofit benefiting children had better plan on being at Communities Foundation of Texas Tuesday morning. It’s the Crystal Charity Ball’s Selection Orientation Session that starts at 8:30 a.m.

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

According to Grant Selection Chair Lisa Longino, attendance is certainly not mandatory, but this gathering provides insight and tips on how to apply for the 2017 grants.

And while Monday, October 31 (aka Halloween), may seem like many high school football games away, it’s the deadline for submitting applications for the grants.

Prospective agencies must meet three basic requirements:

  • to serve children in Dallas County,
  • have had a 501 (c)(3) tax designation for at least three years and
  • must have provided services in Dallas Country for at least three years.

It was just a couple of years ago that North Texas Food Bank President/CEO Jan Pruitt warned her team that if they wanted to submit an application, it was a daunting experience. Still she added that receiving one was like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. BTW, her team did submit an application for a 2015 grant and received $750,000 for their efforts.

Applications are now available here, but be smart and attend the meeting. Who knows what tidbits will be shared!

Children’s Cancer Fund’s Lynn And Jim Stroud Exemplify The Ongoing Commitment In The War Against Pediatric Cancer

It was Friday, February 12, in the Founders Room at the Dallas Country Club, where the Children’s Cancer Fund Advisory Board was meeting to learn about plans for the upcoming “An Evening in Oz” on Friday, April 22, at the Hilton Anatole.

For early arrivals like Lynn and Jim Stroud, the Children’s Cancer Fund was more than meetings and fundraising. It was a passion resulting from the death of their daughter Jennifer Lynn Stroud’s death to cancer. The thought of her daughter still ignited tears in her mom even after all these years.

Brittany Bannon and Jim and Lynn Stroud

Brittany Bannon and Jim and Lynn Stroud

It was back in 1993, that Lynn and Jim and Jennifer’s big brother/7-year-old Will Stroud were slammed when 5-year-old Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia on Christmas Eve.

Jim admitted looking back they were totally blindsided. While most kids dread their annual vaccinations, Jennifer underwent nasty but necessary treatments of chemo and radiation. Still it wasn’t enough. At that time there were only 40+ cases of that type of leukemia in the country.

Despite their ability to personally provide $1M in trying to save their daughter and the best healthcare provided by Children’s and M.D. Anderson, they lost Jennifer 26 months later.

But Lynn and Jim Stroud and even Will didn’t hesitate to continue the battle against children’s cancer. Unlike some families that falter and fall apart under such strain, the Strouds came together to carry on the battle against pediatric cancer. Lynn and Jim created the Jennifer Lynn Stroud Foundation to “promote research for a leukemia cure and offers educational, emotional and spiritual support to families impacted by pediatric cancer.”

Will Stroud

Will Stroud

They also joined the Children’s Cancer Fund. Will, who went into investments with his dad, earned his private pilot’s license and flies pediatric cancer patients between Dallas and Houston’s M.D. Anderson.

Jennifer may have been lost due to cancer, but the battle against cancer gained a trio of warriors in the Stroud clan.

It is that type of long-term commitment that makes the Strouds and the Children’ Cancer Fund forces to be reckoned in the world of pediatric cancer.

Want to meet Lynn, Jim and all-grown-up Will? Chances you’ll run into them at the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala.

Dr. Winfred Parnell Succeeds Debbie Branson As Parkland Health And Hospital System Board Chair

Debbie Branson deserves some time off after serving as Parkland Health And Hospital System Board chair. Heck, the gal served two terms as chair and has been on the board since 2011. And what a time it’s been. Why it even earned The 2016 Linz Award for her.

Debbie Branson (File photo)

Debbie Branson (File photo)

Winfred Parnell*

Winfred Parnell*

This past Friday, February 19, the Board held its annual meeting to vote on who would succeed her as chair. With unanimous approval, they voted for Dr. Winfred Parnell to take over the reins.

In addition to his Ob/Gyn practice, Winfred is also “a member of the medical staff at Medical City Dallas Hospital, where he served in many leadership positions including Department of Surgery Chair, Chief of Staff and on the Board of Trustees.

Other officers elected at the meeting included Michael D. Williams as vice chair and Dr. Paula Dobbs-Wiggins as secretary.

BTW, Debbie’s replacement on the board has not been selected yet.

* Photo provided by Parkland Health And Hospital System Board

2016 Crystal Charity Ball Members Kick Off Fundraising Program At Charity Selection Orientation Meeting

With the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball hardly a month gone, the 2016 charge was already marching. To kick things off, 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter commenced the CCB Charity Selection Orientation meeting at The Meadows Foundation in the 22-acre Wilson Historic District on Thursday, January 7.

Helen Holman, Linda Evans, Christie Carter and Elizabeth Chandler

Helen Holman, Linda Evans, Christie Carter and Elizabeth Chandler

The purpose was to set the pace for the membership to embrace the importance of their mission — provide funding for area children’s nonprofits.

Carole Lou Bruton, Knoxie Edmondson and Leigh Anne Haugh

Carole Lou Bruton, Knoxie Edmondson and Leigh Anne Haugh

As the membership took their assigned sets in the conference room, Charity Selection Chair Helen Holman thanked the various members, like her co-chairs Delilah Boyd, Carole Lou Bruton, Knoxie Edmondson, Leigh Anne Haugh, Sally Johnson, Ann Lardner and Mary Meier.who had already been hard at work processing beneficiary proposals.

Linda Secrest and Sally Johnson

Linda Secrest and Sally Johnson

The Meadows Foundation President/CEO Linda Evans welcomed the group and very briefly told about the Meadows Campus. She also apologized for the black walking cast. Seems it was not just a daytime wear. She was even having to sleep in the contraption for the next month.

Charity Selection Orientation

Charity Selection Orientation

But that fact was just in passing. The day’s purpose was to focus on the issues facing Dallas kids and that was succinctly explained by Amy Desler and Jenny Eyer of Children’s at Risk.

For the next 11 months, the 100 members will vet potential beneficiaries like IRS agents and seek underwriters to benefit those organizations that make the grade.

As 2015 beneficiary North Texas Food Bank’s Executive Director Jan Pruitt explained, as incredible as receiving the funding is, the validation by this group is priceless, regardless of the nonprofit’s size.