Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Never Slows Down

Those folks at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital are as busy as air-conditioner repairmen. Here you thought they just healed children free-of-charge and made wonderful popcorn. Nope, they have a revolving door of activities for the kids and to help to raise funds.

Last Friday they had Santa pop in for a visit. Instead of his sleigh, he arrived in a red Dodge Viper with Mrs. Claus driving up in a silver Dodge Viper thanks to Padgett Printing.

Provided by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

This Thursday is no different. The TSRHC staff is busy at work preparing for the second annual “Summer Colors Art Show and Auction” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at TSRHC with local artists Jenny Grumbles and Jill Scovell (art pictured) hosting a silent art auction.

Sorry, but the Clauses won’t be attending. They had to head back to the North Pole to settle an elf sit-in. Seems the little people want longer hot chocolate breaks.

But you can join the fun Thursday at TSRHC. Tickets in advance are $25 and $35 at the door.

Decorazon Gallery Parties A Fond Farewell To Bishop Arts District With Evening of Summer Fun

So you think all the action is north of downtown Dallas. Expand your life. The Bishops Arts District (pictured) was bustling Saturday night. Besides the usual high-pedestrian traffic that hits the area on the weekend, Decorazon Gallery was a super-duper major stopping place. It was a twofer night for the gallery.

First of all it was the location of “Evening of Summer Fun” with artist painting plates that will be auctioned off at the “Great Gatsby. . . Get Your Flap On!” on Sept. 26 at Union Station benefiting the AIDS Interfaith Network. Tables were set up with 15 artists like Andrea Estrada taking up the brush and expressing themselves on the white plates. It was pretty amazing that they could concentrate and keep steady hands with all the commotion in the gallery.

AIDS Interfaith Network Exec Director Steven Pace estimated that 300 to 400 had already come through the gallery within the first two hours.

It was an especially poignant evening for gallery owners MK Semos (pictured) and Hugo Garcia Urrutia, since it was the farewell party for their Bishops Arts District operation. MK admitted that they are “travelers, gypsies” and after having the gallery for six years, they want to travel and show their art works at art fairs. They’re already scheduled to show their work in Bangkok in February.

The very creative MK wore her “Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush” (pictured) for the occasion. They were built on a pair of Steve Madden boots, with MK adding moss and dried and faux flowers.

Among the inside crowd were attorney Domingo Garcia and wife Dr. Elba Garcia who is running for Dallas County Commissioner. They didn’t stay long because they had three more events to attend. Another brief attendee was County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

The party spilled out on to the sidewalk with Baker & McKenzie attorney Teresa Michaud (pictured) and architect/stay-at-home papa Benoit Michaud with 15-month-old son Leo (pictured left with Benoit) looking cool despite the heat.

Hutchins BBQ Has Got A Deal For You And The Samaritan Inn Today

If you’re up in McKinney today, stop off at Hutchins’ BBQ (pictured) to start the week off right. Besides having some good barbecue, you’ll also be helping The Samaritan Inn.  Owner Tim Hutchins will donate ALL the proceeds from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to The Samaritan Inn.

That’s right. Not a portion of the day’s take — the whole day’s dine-in and take-out sales will go to The Samaritan Inn.



Sunday Night Doesn’t Have To Be The Same Old, Same Old

Let’s face it. This time of year Sunday nights around 6 p.m. translates into reruns of 60 Minutes. You can look like a hero to your family by changing the routine. . . at least tomorrow night. A private showing of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. will be shown at the Studio Movie Grill on Beltline Road. For $10 you get all the pizza you can eat and the show to boot. It stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen and is directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

Proceeds for to Take Me Home Pet Rescue. You’ve heard of this group. They rescued Fiona this past week.

If you can’t make the movie and pizza, you can always make a $10 donation or more.

Ah, come on. You’ve always impressed us as a big spender.

Have Some Summer Fun At The Blue Paint Special

Don’t you just love to see artists in action? Their creativity is absolutely contagious. From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday night at Decorazon Gallery, you can see artists create “unique works of art” from transforming basic white plates into artwork. In September the painted plates will be auctioned off at the “Great Gatsby. . . Get Your Flap On!” benefiting the AIDS Interfaith Network co-chaired by Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Jon Chester and Gilbert Castillo.

Even after the plate artistry ends 9 p.m., the party will continue until midnight to commemorate Decorazon Gallery “as it departs the Bishop Arts District.”

A donation of $5 is all they asked for admission to the festivities. What a Saturday night bargain! And you just know that if Rhonda’s connected with the event, you’re gonna see some gorgeous folks in attendance.

14th Annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair Deadline Approaches

Deadlines seem so threatening and one is coming up. If you know someone whose kiddos are heading back to school and the budget is r-e-a-l-l-y tight, tell them that Saturday, July 31, is the absolute, no-exceptions-made deadline for registration for the 14th Annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair.

No, Mayor Tom Leppert is not going to dress up in a clown outfit and it’s very doubtful there will be carousels. Instead, it’s a “one-stop shop for all education essentials” on Thursday, August 5, at Fair Park.

Only families who qualify may participate. Suggestion? Check the website for the requirements for qualifications.

It’s all made possible thanks to the following folks and companies: [Read more…]

Share-A-Date: 2010 KidneyTexas

Whoa! No sooner had we launched Share-A-Date, then the MySweetCharity hive started buzzing with activity.

Wednesday, September 8 — KidneyTexas Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Stanley Korshak. Benefiting Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Camp Reynal, the luncheon/fashion show is co-chaired by Patty Jo Turner, Carmaleta Whiteley and Reneé Winter. Dr. and Mrs. Goran Klintmalm are honorary chairs.

New Sweet Idea: “Share-A-Date”

While the queen bees are out of town in cooler climates (The Hamptons, La Jolla, Carmel, Colorado, etc.), the worker bees are hard at work getting ready for the return of the queens. Resulting from all this hard work is news of upcoming dates for agendas.

If you don’t mind, we’ll be posting “Share-A-Date” with you when we get a buzz about some upcoming event.

The first one that popped into our “Share A Date” folder is

May 13-14, 2011 — Second Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Tournament at TPC Craig Ranch benefiting the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

Let us know if you have any dates that you want shared. Remember to keep it simple and sweet — date, event, location, beneficiary.

How About Getting Away To The Riviera?

Admit it. We’re sweltering in Dallas. How about driving in a nifty convertible along the French Riviera where there is always a breeze and the water is so blue? So, what do you say tomorrow night?

Whoa, we’re not going through the hassle of battling airlines, going through security and trying to get a room? Instead, Reliant Energy’s ’til Midnight at the Nasher will have To Catch a Thief at 9 as part of its music, movies and moonlight series. If you get there beforehand, you’ll be able to catch a concert by Petty Theft.

Oh, and if you’re worried about rain, don’t.

Pat and Emmitt Smith Are Going To Have A Very Busy Fall

This fall is going to be a busy one for Dallas’ #1 couples Pat and Emmitt Smith. As if Emmitt’s being inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and being in the spotlight at the North Texas Super Bowl XLV’s final concert, Pat is due to have a baby. Whew!

Now comes word that the twosome will receive the Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award at the annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Hilton Anatole.

Past honorees have included former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom (2005), Nancy Ann Hunt (2006), Troy Aikman (2007), Laura Bush (2008) and the late Norman Brinker (2009). Nice group to hang with.

BTW, each event has netted more than $1 million for Methodist Health System’s programs and services.

Taste Of The Nation Cooks Up A Nice $90K

Photo provided by Taste of the Nation

The results of the Taste of the Nation’s Share Our Strength in Dallas are in. Blythe Beck (pictured), Stephan Pyles, Terri Provencal, John Tesar and 14 of the city’s best cook-meisters created gastronomical feasts at the Hotel Palomar that brought in $90,000 for The North Texas Food Bank, The Wilkinson Center and the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Just the night! Each table of 10 had its own chef, who oversaw a four-course dinner with wine pairings.

If you’re wondering who the 14 chefs plus Blythe, Stephan and John were who abandoned their usual stoves for this evening of wine and wonderful food, we’ve got that list. The generous chefs were [Read more…]

Final Sets for USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Classic

For those you who pride themselves on remembering the good old days of the Virginia Slims and World Championship of Tennis, you probably already know about the USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Tennis Classic. If that’s the case, you need to read no farther because you already have stellar seats at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine for Sunday’s final sets.

As for the rest of us with courtly interest, the tournament has been underway since Sunday with the likes of Valerie Tetreault, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Alexandra Stevenson, Alina Jidkova, Christina McHale, Madison Brengle and Lauren Albanese. Benefiting the North Texas Children’s HopeChest and Special Olympics, organizers have also arranged for free tennis clinics in the evening for area youngsters and adults.

Quarterfinals are taking place right now and the semifinals are scheduled for Saturday with the finals on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see amazing tennis and to help some very worthy causes. Need ticket info? Here you go!

BTW, if you’re doing office duty right now, check out Radio Tennis.


Despite the weather forecast, the largest women’s tennis competition in Texas is taking place with the final sets taking place Sunday. Benefiting the

Why Are These Two People Smiling?

The two folks in the picture (Jonnie England, left, and John Shore) are smiling for two entirely different reasons.

Metroplex Animal Coalition Director of Animal Advocacy and Communications (whew) Jonnie is smiling with the hope that she can rustle up some volunteers for “Cars & Stripes Forever,” Saturday’s car and bike wash from noon to six benefiting the Metroplex Animal Coalition. It’s a pretty nifty deal for both volunteers and people who have dirty cars. The volunteers get to sit under tents accepting peoples’ money. The people with the dirty cars not only get their cars washed, they also get to dine on a gourmet buffet and a $20-gift certificate to Stratos. Oh, and they can have their pets paws read by a Paw Psychic. The event is taking place in front of The Lodge and is totally underwritten by animals’ best friend Dawn Mickey.

Understand that MAC Treasurer/Secretary Skip Trimble has been seen around town with a bucket of mud getting cars dirty.

If you have some time on your hands, let Jonnie know that you want to volunteer ASAP.

Now, why is John smiling? Well, not only was he having lunch with Jonnie today at Bolsa, he was bidding farewell to the age of 34. Tomorrow he joins the 35-year old set. Happy birthday, John. Somebody buy him a car wash.

Let’s Sparkle Tonight At Fair Park

If you’re working or not, why not grab a bite to eat somewhere in the Deep Ellum area and watch the fireworks over at Fair Park. Sure, it’s not the Fourth of July, but it’s a great way to kick off the week and besides a lot of fine folks went the extra mile to make the Dallas skies sparkle.

If you want first-class action, then attend the 45-minute patriotic concert performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony in front of the Hall of State at 8:30 p.m. But if you want visual activity in addition to the fireworks, you might want walk along the Esplanade and check out the “dancing waters.” At 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8, the fountains will be choreographed to the Yellow Rose of Texas and Aaron Copeland’s Hoedown.

It’s all free (except for the parking), so thank you notes should be addressed to sponsors Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Gold Metal Recyclers, as well as MetroPCS, Encore Wire Corporaiton, Ben E. Keith and Bud Light, WFAA Channel 8, 98.7 K-LUV, 97.9 The Beat and 94.5 K-Soul.

And don’t forget those wonderful Friends of Fair Park!

Raise A Glass To The Topping Of The First Arch

A champagne celebration was held bright and early Monday in honor of Saturday’s topping of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge’s first arch (pictured). Many of the very VIP crowd were those, who were veterans (Mayor Tom Leppert, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dr. Gail Thomas and Mary McDermott Cook to name a few) of the Saturday morning topping. Looking refreshed and delighted with the celebration of progress of the bridge, they recalled moments both long ago (three Dallas mayors have been involved with the building of the project) and more recently.

Kay told the crowd that indeed she had brought bagels Saturday because from experience she knew food is always welcomed and “these things never start on time.” Reminder to self: Always invite Kay to every event.

All the local media (pictured) was poised to cover the event at Haynes & Boone’s offices in Victory with a great view of the arch.  Just in case you left your spectacles at home or wanted a really up-close look of the construction on the bridge, someone was thoughtful enough to have a whole tray of binoculars by the window.

However, notable MIA’s were U.S. Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson (she was in Washington finishing up business), bridge designer Santiago Calatrava (he was in Europe) and Lyda Hunt Hill (Margaret’s daughter), who was flying in for the occasion. But she missed out on the festivities because her plane was delayed. Instead of holding up things, Dr. Gail Thomas kicked things off promptly at 10 a.m. explaining the absentee Lyda’s whereabouts. From the crowd, someone asked, “Is she going to fly through the arch?” We caught a couple of folks looking toward the arch just in case Lyda had done just that.

Luckily, Margaret’s son Al Hill Jr. was there accepting accolades from all for the Hill family’s leadership in the creation of the first of the Calatrava bridges.

After sincere thanks by Dr. Thomas, Mayor Leppert and Sen. Hutchison were given to everyone including the construction crew, Mary (pictured with ALON USA’s Jeff Morris) proudly led the crowd in a champagne toast with commemorative flutes in honor of a very successful accomplishment.

Laura Bush Added To 2010’s “A Celebration Of Reading”

Amanda and George P. Bush (pictured) just notified MySweetCharity that their aunt/author (aka Former First Lady) Laura Bush has joined the lineup of authors for A Celebration of Reading at the Meyerson on Monday, Nov. 8.

In addition to Laura, Donovan Campbell, Jeff Kinney, Lelia Meacham and Condoleezza Rice will be sharing the stage for Barbara Bush’s annual event.

Because we know you’re looking for some summer reading, we’ve linked the authors names to websites that include their books.

And remember — proceeds form the event go to the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy, through which The First Lady’s Family Literacy Initiative for Texas grants awards up to  $50,000. The 2010 grant were presented to the Krum Independent School District in Krum, AVANCE in Waco, Austin Learning Academy, Bowie Independence School District, Dallas Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr. Branch) and Crystal City Independent School District.

The second-year sustainability grants were given to Literacy Council of Tyler, Deer Park Independent School District in Pasadena, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg and Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

Guess Who’s Coming To Black Tie Dinner?

Photo provided by Black Tie Dinner

If you’re current on your Broadway stars, then you know how very special this announcement is — two-time Tony nominee  Gavin Creel (pictured) will headline the 2010 Black Tie Dinner with the Turtle Creek Chorale on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Sheraton Dallas.

Gavin earned his Tony nominations for his lead role in the 2002 production of Thoroughly Modern Millie and the 2009 for his performance in the revival of Hair.

But Gavin is more than gorgeous with matching voice. He’s is one of the founders of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LGBT civil liberties. In fact, OUT Magazine‘s listed Gavin as one of the “OUT 100” for his work with Broadway Impact and the National Equality March.

Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Dr. Jonathan Palant said, “We are doubly honored this year to be both a beneficiary of and a performer at Black Tie Dinner. As the Chorale strives to reach its mission “to educate, entertain, unite and uplift,” we are proud to stand strong with Black Tie Dinner once again.

“Personally speaking, it’s been 13 years since Gavin and I completed our undergraduate degrees together at the University of Michigan, and I very much look forward to collaborating with him again!”

On-line Table Captain table sales begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. Sponsor opportunities are available now!

Entrepreneurs For North Texas Salutes Bill Lively As Social Entrepreneur

Ever since its inception, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship has been presented to business entrepreneurs and politicos (Jim Keyes, Ray Hunt, Craig Hall, T. Boone Pickens, Roger Staubach, Charles (pictured left with Patrick and Natalie Brandt) and Sam Wyly, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry). Thursday night that tradition was broken with the presentation of the ninth annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship award plus navy blue blazer, cuff links and custom pen to Bill Lively at Communities Foundation of Texas. He was recognized as a “social entrepreneur” by the Entrepreneurs for North Texas. You gotta love entrepreneurs. They’re such mavericks and are not limited by traditions or rules.

Just listening to Bill’s acceptance speech made you realize that he belonged with this crowd:

  • “Being an entrepreneur is as my dad said to me when I was in the fifth grade: ‘Just think you can do anything.’ And in Dallas, you probably can.”
  • “In Dallas if you galvanize leaders, you can do anything.”
  • On the Super Bowl: “Everyone will see that Dallas is the greatest place in this country to live.”
  • To young people: “Give back to Dallas. Make Dallas a better place. Find projects that will make a difference.”
  • “We were raised in Oak Cliff. We were poor, but my parents valued two things: us and education. We also learned the importance of teams from my dad, who participated in ‘teams’ at church, at the PTA, etc.”

Among the crowd of can-do’s were

  • Mayor Tom Leppert who said, “If Bill comes near you, you may want to guard your wallet.”
  • Mavericks’ go-to-man Terdema Ussery (pictured right with Mickey and Bill Lively): “You can reach this guy (Bill) 24/7 — especially if you want to give him a check!”

Also recognized for their support of entrepreneurship in Dallas and awarded the EFNT’s North Star Recognition were

  • ES On Demand
  • Ashlee (pictured) and Chris Kleinert.

Totally Free For The Viewing — Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Toppping

How about going to an amazing event that’s open to the public, absolutely free and you can come in casual attire? Only catch is that you’ve got to be there by 7 tomorrow morning.

No, we’re imploding Texas Stadium again. It’s the placement of the final arch piece in the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. If you want to stay home, you might try the early morning local new coverage on television, or check the construction website.


Jenny, The Party’s At Your Place

If you haven’t had a chance to see the new Giants of the Savanna exhibition with Jenny and her buds at the Dallas Zoo, you have a great opp tomorrow night. Honoring the 2010 Education is Freedom graduates, Mayor Tom Leppert is hosting “Giraffes, Monkeys & Lepperts” from 6 to 9 p.m.

It will be extremely G-rated with music, caricature artists, carousel rides, face painting, crafts, games, photos and the estimated 2,000 EIF graduating seniors. While activities will be free, the concessions will be on sale.

Here’s the best part. Admission is cheaper than a movie. $10 for adults, $5 for students (ages four to 18) and kiddos under 4 are free. Now if you have a family of four, you can get a Herd Pass for $20.

Just In: ELECTRIC Is Sold Out, But Saturday’s Baseball Game Is Still Pitching!

We were just getting ready to announce that the VIP packages for Friday night’s ELECTRIC at the House of Blues were sold out, but general admission was still available.

Forget that! Now everything ELECTRIC is sold out. Oh, shoot! You’re gonna miss the 1,000 Edison lightbulbs, 8,000 feet of cable, 3,000 mirrors, 1,200 candles, 12 electricians and a heck of a lot of good looking people. That’s not saying that the 12 electricians won’t be hunks.

You’re upset we can tell and some of you aren’t quite sure what ELECTRIC is. It’s part of [Read more…]

Dancing For Dollars Brings In The Green For Paws In The City

Because these brave and hardworking folks (pictured) danced and judged their hearts out at “Top Hat and Tails,” Paws In The City raised $125,000!

Congratulations to Tara Harper, Tina Foster and a whole litter of people and sponsors who were behind the scenes making it a success, too.

Take a bow-wow!

Summer Block Party Time In The Arts District

Alliances among the nonprofits not only build awareness, they result in a home run for the community. A perfect example is the partnership of the Crow Collection of Asian Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center resulting in tonight’s Summer Block Party in the Arts District. Besides staying open to the wee hours (6 to midnight), they’re offering all types of entertainment at incredibly, unbelievable prices.

What types of entertainment? Musical entertainment (Emerald City, Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale, Grace Hula and Tahitian Dance), movies (The Wizard of Oz), exhibitions, food, beverages, tours and lots more. You really need to check out their websites.

So put on your walking shorts and plan to mosey around the Arts District tonight. And don’t think of it as a cheap date. Rather, consider it an evening of enlightenment that won’t bust the wallet.



Ratings Soared For Paws In The City’s Dancing With Our Stars

You just thought Dancing with the Stars was over for the season when Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough won the mirrored-ball trophies. Wrong! Paws in the City held its own version and managed to jam all the fun, drama and glamour of the television show’s entire season into one night at the Frontiers of Flight Museum Saturday.

The evening began with a jam-packed reception with silent auction and available pooches for adoption on the sideline. One little, four-legged Lab mix was guest of honor despite a nasty looking back. Her name is Faith (pictured. Editor’s note: The photo is reduced dramatically because it’s pretty grim. If you would like to see it full blown, just click on the photo.) and she is recovering from someone pouring hot grease on her back. You’d never know if from her attitude. Throughout the evening she was a friend to all and the feeling was reciprocated as she made her way through the crowd.

Another critter in the reception was Spencer Nilsson (pictured). No, he’s not a pooch, but he’s typical of the many who are the secret to Paws in the City’s success. Spencer is a PITC volunteer and fosters pets until they find their “forever homes.” Checking the dogs up for adoption at the party, he owned up to having a beagle and presently fostering a Maine Coon. You know volunteers really love their work.

Following the reception, the 650 guests adjourned to the main hall where tables were so tightly in place that it’s a wonder the servers were able to squeeze through.  Ah, the problem of having too many people supporting an event.

It was announced that the Wyly Medical Assistance Fund had issued a challenge — if $20,000 could be raised during the evening, the Fund would match it to provide money for animal medical treatment, boarding and training of animals.

We’ll tell you if they made it later.

But first Event Host Preston Pearson (pictured) took the stage. Now Preston is well-known for being one of the Dallas Cowboy legends. Time and time again, like so many of his fellow players, he has donated time, effort and money to causes throughout this area. But you may not realize that this incredible athlete has a very soft spot for animals. It’s largely because of a gal named “Lucy.” She was a dog that Preston’s son asked him to take care of while he was away. It was a match made in heaven.

“I fell in love with Lucy,” the Super Bowl winner said with pride. Then he told of her her death about four years ago and the inscription on her tombstone, “Lucy, A Friend to All.” It was at this point that Preston started tearing up. Regaining his composure, [Read more…]