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.

Kristina Bownman, Jane Rozelle, Ron Corning And MySweetCharity Have A Conversation On How Nonprofits Can Work With The Media

This morning PRSA Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and MySweetCharity partnered up to hold a workshop for nonprofits in getting their message out there.

One segment dealing with the media was a “conversation” including photographer Kristina Bowman, PaperCity‘s Jane Rozelle, WFAA’s Ron Corning and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean.

If you were there, you know there was a lot of information shared, as well a great deal of laughter. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to get to all of the questions. Perhaps there will be another one of these “conversations” in the future.

If you couldn’t make it and you have some time, here’s a recording of the session. (Please forgive the late start of the recording. All you’ll miss is the introduction describing how brilliant Kristina and Jane are.) 150828_001

A special thanks goes to Dean Foods for stepping and hosting the event at CityPlace for a sold-out crowd of incredible people, who make a difference for good in North Texas.


Register Now For Free Marketing And Public Relations Workshop For Nonprofits Featuring PRSA Dallas And Media Representatives



With the fundraising season up ahead, the nonprofits are gearing up to meet their financial goals. In order to get the funds, they need to get the word out. Unfortunately, not all can afford a fancy schmancy New York PR firm to promote their cause via branding, media and marketing.

So Queenie got together with her buddies at PRSA Dallas and Communities Foundation of Texas. They all agreed that it would be great if they partnered up “to give back by lending their time and expertise to deserving local causes.”

Since renting an RV and doing a roadshow presentation for area nonprofits didn’t seem very sensible, they decided to create Workshop for Nonprofits to Support Giving Season. It will be a half-day workshop on the morning of Friday, August 28, addressing “branding and messaging, media relations, digital marketing and social media skills with tips from the experts — including the media themselves.”

But then the next question was where to hold the workshop. That’s when Dean Foods stepped up to be the event sponsor and offered the place. That offer meant the event would be free for the nonprofit representatives. Yup, you saw that. The workshop is free for area nonprofits and PRSA members, but more about that later.

Here’s a rundown of topics and panelists:

  • Branding and Messaging: Carolyn Covey Morris (QMobius) and Vin Hoey (Strategic4sight)
  •  How to Effectively Communicate Your Message to the MediaRon Corning (WFAA-TV), Kristina Bowman (photographer), Jeanne Prejean (MySweetCharity) and Jane Rozelle (PaperCity Dallas)
  •  Building a Digital Community: Steve Lee (SMU), Mike Orren (Speakeasy) and Erin  Stevenson (Chili’s Grill & Bar)
  •  Nonprofit one-on-ones with PRSA Dallas mentors. Please note that to participate in this session, you must sign up during your online registration.

As mentioned before, the whole kit and caboodle will be free for any bona-fide nonprofit! Only problem is that you’ve got to sign up ASAP because space is gonna be as tight as a small-size Spanx shorts on Kim Kardashian.

This first-ever event is a great opportunity for the nonprofits to get the inside poop. Regarding the media segment, the panelists will address the ins-and-outs of how to work more smoothly with the press, so they don’t snarl every time you try to work with them. Yes, even Queenie will behave herself…sorta.

Dallas Contemporary And The Joule Team Up For Teen Street Art Camp

Leave it to those folks at the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule Hotel. They always seem to be breaking through ho-hum barriers and creating “WOW!” situations.

While the summer temps have sent many into heat hibernation, the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule are holding the Teen Street Art Camp from July 6-10.

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

In addition to spending “a week experimenting with various materials while learning about the importance of street art in contemporary visual culture,” students will have the opportunity to “learn from Arturo Donjuan and his fellow artists from The Sour Grapes.”

And 10 students will be able to participate thanks to underwriting by The Joule Hotel. And here you thought The Joule was just a lavish bed-and-breakfast.

Participating organizations include Rainbow Days, Education Is Freedom and Trinity River Mission.

* Photo credit: Kevin Todora

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Applicant Orientation Date Change

There’s been a slight change of plans for prospective Crystal Charity Ball recipients. Originally the CCB team scheduled the CCB Charity Selection Applicant Orientation to take place on Thursday, September 18, at Communities Foundation of Texas.

Then calendars were compared and big, old, scary “Oops!” showed up. September 18 is North Texas Giving Day and CFT is busier than Uber drivers on Texas-OU weekend.

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

With just a little tweaking, a new date for the CCB orientation was picked. The new date is Tuesday, September 30.

While applications will be available online starting Monday, September 1, they must be mailed or hand-delivered by the Wednesday, October 29, deadline. No emailed applications will be accepted.

So, transfer the orientation meeting from September 18 to September 30. Everything else stays absolutely the same.

*Graphic provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

Communities Foundation Of Texas Announces Schedule For Grant Application Workshops

Let’s see a show of hands for anybody interested in getting a grant. Whoa! Too many to count. Okay, you can put your hands down. Communities Foundation of Texas is rocking and rolling in the days ahead to provide info on how to apply for grants for the following three key initiatives. Here is the official release from CFT:

Communities Foundation of Texas logo

Communities Foundation of Texas logo*

2014 Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Process for inclusion in CFT’s Giving Guide
  • February 21: Application Workshop
  • April 1: LOI Application Deadline

CFT is pleased to announce the application deadline for our 2014 Letter of Inquiry (LOI)/Giving Guide process is Tuesday, April 1st, at 5:00 p.m. Please note the earlier deadline this year. CFT has made important changes to the process based on feedback received: 1) organizations have the opportunity to tell us about up to three current funding needs, 2) no cap on the amount that can be requested, and 3) streamlined and shortened the application forms and provided additional information on the criteria we look for when reviewing grant requests. A DonorBridge profile is not required for LOI submission. A nonprofit’s North Texas Giving Day profile is the new profile that will be used. Click here to view the updated guidelines and application forms are available on the CFT website.

As in years past, CFT staff will be hosting workshops to walk nonprofits through the LOI process and answer any questions. This workshop will be especially helpful to those applying for the first time. The 2014 workshops will be held at CFT on Friday, February 21, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. These optional workshops are informational only:  attendance will not have an impact on a nonprofit’s application. Organizations are not required to attend in order to participate in the LOI process. To register for one of the February 21st sessions, please click here and select either the morning or afternoon session. Due to limited seating capacity, registration is limited to one representative per organization. For questions about the LOI process or the February 21st workshop, please contact the CFT Philanthropy Department (214.750.4222).

Working Poor RFP Opportunity
  • February 26: Working Poor RFP Workshop

In 2014, CFT will be opening up a new area of funding in support of its focus on the working poor. On Wednesday, February 26th at 9:30 a.m., CFT will hold an informational workshop for applicants interested in piloting a new framework for neighborhood service delivery designed to help low income families increase their earnings and income, reduce their financial transaction costs, and generate new wealth for themselves and their communities. These monies will be available to those nonprofits interested in providing a broad range of employment services, income supports, and financial and asset building services, whether as a single agency or in tight collaboration with others. This is a specific model that participating agencies will be asked to pilot. The model for Integrated Service Delivery was developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and prototyped in communities across the U.S.

If selected as a grant recipient, agencies will be assisted via a multi-year grant to grow their agency into a family-friendly venue that provides bundled services leading to increased economic well-being. Grant recipients will be provided with significant program guidance, training and technical assistance to support their agency’s adoption of the integrated service delivery model. If a nonprofit is interested in learning more, please join us on February 26. To register, please click here. Contact the CFT Philanthropy Department (214.750.4222) with any questions.

2014/2015 D3 Institute Class Application
  • April 11: D3 Application Deadline

CFT will be holding a third Data Driven Decision-Making (D3) Institute for 2014/2015. The D3 Institute is designed to provide organizations that offer programs and services for low-income working families the power to accelerate their development of enduring solutions to the social and economic problems facing this population. The Institute is a unique opportunity for organizations to:

  • develop a shared understanding of the current issues and areas of need for the working poor based on currently available data
  • implement and/or expand use of data as part of program development and in strategic decision-making
  • expand network of resources and support, including sharing best practices through participation in a learning community

The institute will provide learning opportunities for personnel at all levels of the organization, including leadership and program staff. All training and coaching fees will be paid for by CFT on behalf of the participating agencies. Participants also will receive a general operating grant award of $10,000 minimum per organization, based on attendance, in appreciation of the time and effort dedicated to participation. To apply for the D3 Institute, organizations are asked to submit a letter of interest to Communities Foundation of Texas, and must be received at the CFT’s office or by e-mail to [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014. For more information on the D3 Institute or for details on how to apply, please click here. Questions or inquiries can be sent to [email protected], or by calling 214.750.4222.

* Graphic provided by Communities Foundation of Texas