Cattle Baron’s Ball Newbies Debuted With Cowgirl Chapeaus And Smiles

Remember those days when pledge ship was a recipe of “What have I gotten myself into” with “Gee, I made it!” Those memories may have kicked into play for the newest Cattle Baron’s Ball members on Tuesday, November 7, at the ZaZa Art House and Social Gallery.

While oldtimers like past CBB Chairs Sunie Solomon and Andrea Weber and loyal committee types like Dawn Greiner, Callan Harrison and Katie Layton were right at home, the new girls on the fundraising organization looked a bit wary. There were rows of chairs with cowboy hats set up by CBB New Member Liaison Marjon Henderson. What was expected of them?

Frosh member Kristen Gibbins didn’t hold back. “She got me into this,” said Kristen as she pointed to longtime pal Andrea Nayfa.

Jonika Nix and Katy Bock

Kristen Gibbins and Andrea Nayfa

But once 2018 Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Jonika Nix called the newbies together, the 15 newest members (Jennifer Burns, Alexine Cryer, Catherine Flagg, Kristen Gibbins, Suzi LeBeau, Kelley Ledford, Rachel Osburn, Melissa Pastora, Lauren Phillips, Jill Ritchey, Brittany Smalley, Tara Versfelt, Mackenzie Wallace and Claudia Williams) sans Lisa Hewitt discovered they weren’t going to play “Truth or Dare.” Instead it was a couple of photos — one without the hats and one with — and a brief orientation by 2018 leaders.

From the left: (standing) Jill Ritchey, Alexine Cryer, Melissa Pastora, Claudia Williams, Brittany Smalley, Mackenzie Wallace, Kelley Ledford, Kristen Gibbins, Suzi LeBeau and Lauren Phillips; (seated) Rachel Osburn, Tara Versfelt, Jonika Nix, Katy Bock, Catherine Flagg and Jennifer Burns

From the left: (standing) Jill Ritchey, Alexine Cryer, Melissa Pastora, Claudia Williams, Brittany Smalley, Mackenzie Wallace, Kelley Ledford, Kristen Gibbins, Suzi LeBeau and Lauren Phillips; (seated) Rachel Osburn, Tara Versfelt, Jonika Nix, Katy Bock, Catherine Flagg and Jennifer Burns

Then it was back to socializing and the march to raise funds for cancer research and treatments.

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process Plans Announced

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

In between applications of sunscreen and ripping open Amazon Prime Day purchases, think ahead to 2018. Believe it or not, it’s just around the calendar corner.

Need a for instance? The 2018 Crystal Charity Ball selection process. 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson has provided the rundown of dates for nonprofits to participate:

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 — Applications for the 2018 grants will be available online. Why the early warning? That gives Dallas County children’s charity brain trusts enough time to decide if they want to take the first step in vying for funding and the stamp of approval by the 65-year-old organization. To qualify for consideration, the charity 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 years
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. — For newcomers and returnees, there will be “a brief prospective application orientation at Communities Foundation of Texas.” No, it’s “not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged.”
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at noon — Hard-copy applications must be in the Crystal Charity Ball office, 3838 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite L 150, by noon. Remember, that’s noon for hard-copy applications and no excuses.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 — The selection of 2018 beneficiaries will be made.

If you’re weighing whether or not to try out, check with past recipients. Since 1952, more than 100 children’s charities have received more than $137M.

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!

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process

According to 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Chairman Lisa Longino and 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chairman Pam Perella,

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

“Charity selection planning process begins in a few days!

“Crystal Charity has raised more than $130 million for 100+ children’s charities since 1952, thanks to a thorough and fair grant application process. We have the honor of initiating this process in the coming weeks and are encouraging interested non profits to learn how to apply.

“Applications will be accepted, beginning Monday, September 1, for next year’s Crystal Charity Ball grants. Representatives from Dallas County children’s charities are encouraged mark their calendars so they can attend a brief prospective application orientation at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at the Communities Foundation of Texas offices at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged as this is the first step in a charity’s potential selection as a Crystal Charity beneficiary.

“Applications for prospective recipients will be available on line, beginning September 1 at or by calling The Crystal Charity Ball office at 214.526.5868, ext. 18.  All applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the ball office. (Applications are not accepted via email).  The deadline is Monday, October 31, at 4:00 p.m.

“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.

“Crystal Charity has funded many different children’s charities over the years including those that provide educational opportunities, health care, social services, childcare, pastoral counseling, special camps for special kids, hunger prevention and medical research, to name a few.

“Many past recipients refer to becoming a Crystal Charity beneficiary as ‘earning the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ as the designation means that an organization has been thoroughly researched and meets the important criteria set by members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee.

“The 2017 beneficiaries will be selected in February of 2017 at organization’s general membership meeting. The fund-raising campaign will the next month.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers Newbies Got Their Wheels Spinning For The Benefit Of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Kiddos

While the suited TACA Silver Cup crowd was filling the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, February 19, an interesting project was underway in another part of the hotel involving Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. No awards were handed out. No music was played. No programs were distributed. But what took place provided a double whammy involving more than 100 PricewaterhouseCoopers newbies and benefited nearly 70 children that the PwC-ers may never know. And, no, nary a calculator was put in use. Here’s a report from the field:

On Friday, February 19, 120 new PricewaterhouseCoopers employees gathered at the Hilton Anatole for their orientation to the culture of PwC. As part of their final team building exercise, the PwC team revealed that they would be building 68 new bikes to donate to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

As they divided into two teams, the new hires quickly began to piece the bikes together, each of them varying in size and color. In addition to the bikes, PwC also donated new helmets, as well as front and rear lights. They also took the extra time to hand write special notes of encouragement that were attached to each bike. All bikes were then quality controlled by Future Wheels staff.

Future Wheels LLC President David Thornton said, “It was an honor to be able to assist PwC and the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center team in delivering bicycles to so many kids in the Dallas area. The new hire bike building program PwC has developed over the past 7 years has changed the lives of thousands of kids. Dallas is fortunate to have DCAC as a safety net for so many.”

DCAC staff were able to share with the new PwC hires the impact that these bikes would have on the lives of some of the most severely abused children in Dallas County. Inspired, the new employees listened as DCAC staff told the story of a client who was afraid to go outside as the offender lived across the street. Through her therapy at DCAC, the little girl mentioned that she was ready to go outside again, and would love to have a bike to ride. Hopeful for her client, the therapist asked DCAC’s Family Assistance team for a bike for her client. The team was able to find a bright pink bike complete with pink streamers and a Frozen-themed helmet. Overwhelmed with excitement and the chance to overcome her fears, the little girl rode her bike right out the front doors of DCAC and into the sunshine.

Leading the orientation, PwC Principal Advisory Karla Stricker Anderson said, “The work being done by the team at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is truly inspirational.  Knowing we were building bikes for the kids at DCAC served as a great motivator to our PwC team of 120 new hires. We are excited to be able to share this special gift with these deserving children.”

DCAC would like to extend a special thank you to PwC and all of the new hires for their generosity – the bikes will have a lasting impact on the lives of these children.

Dallas CASA Has Two Opportunities For Your Consideration

Dallas CASA is busy, busy, busy on two projects. First, there’s the free one. It’s a volunteer opportunity. Dallas CASA was selected as a pilot market to see if it is possible to “recruit a volunteer for every foster child who needs one in Dallas and throughout Texas.” The campaign is called “Every child has a chance — it’s you.”

Kathleen LaValle*

Kathleen LaValle*

According to Dallas CASA Executive Director Kathleen LaValle, “CASA volunteers serve as voices for children in court, and other settings, to give them a chance at finding permanent and stable homes. The effect CASA volunteers have on children’s lives during an uncertain time is significant. With more than 4,600 children in Dallas in need of volunteers to advocate for their safety and future, there is a great opportunity for ordinary citizens to have a positive impact on a children’s lives. We desperately need more volunteers to serve our most vulnerable children.”

Whoa! Does that mean they’re looking at attorneys and folks with legal smarts only? Nope. S/he can be “an everyday citizen who is screened and trained, and then appointed by a judge to represent a child’s best interest in court. When a child enters the system because his or her home is no longer safe, these committed volunteers guide foster children through the overburdened and complex child welfare system to ultimately reach a safe and permanent home.”

The next training class is Tuesday, March 29, but the deadline for applications is Monday, March 14. So, check out the schedule of information sessions to get on board.

Caroline Rose Hunt (File photo)

Caroline Rose Hunt (File photo)

For the second project, Dallas CASA is touting its annual Cherish the Children Luncheon that will take place on Tuesday, April 5, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Benefiting the Dallas CASA Children’s Council, the fundraiser will honored Caroline Rose Hunt.

Event chair Erin Pope has arranged to have the featured speaker be novelist Laura McBride, whose best-selling “We Are Called to Rise” is about “a family, community and the power of second chances. Of the book, Redbook magazine said ‘Your heart will break…then soar.’”

One of the event’s highlights is the auctioning of handmade children’s chairs and furniture. This year’s designers include Allison Curry of Allison Curry Interiors, Creative Room Arrangements, Kay Dalton, Casey Green of Fossil, Gaston Made, Jill Tate and Janine Townes of Go Light the World, Chelsea Green, Blake McElroy, Nancy Newbern of Rare Assets Inc., Cachet Petty, Amy Bailey of Phelan’s, Tori Pendergrass of Pigment School of the Arts, interior designer Teresa Rowe and Shannon Rae Interiors.

This year’s sponsors include:

  • CASA Angel — The Al G. Hill Jr. Family
  • CASA Protector — Kristy Hoglund Robinson/The Hoglund Foundation/Karen Carney
  • CASA Keeper — Caroline Rose Hunt, The Rosewood Corporation and Linda and Rob Swartz
  • CASA Patron — Emy Lou Baldridge
  • CASA Friend — Bank of Texas, Fran and Mark S. Berg, The Dallas Foundation – Jenny Reynolds, Suzanne and John Gibson, Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas Alumnae Chapter, Hannah and Greg May, Suzanna and Jay Rubottom, Pam Stegenga, Lyn and Guy Thomas and Myrna Vance
* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

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.