Going For The Goal(s): John Crawford

John Crawford (File photo)

Downtown Dallas President/CEO John Crawford reports:

“2012 was a banner year for Downtown and DDI. My goal is that 2013 and the next 9 years allows us to achieve even better results than we achieved  the last 10 years in revitalizing Downtown Dallas as we created vision into reality—Hold her Newt, she’s a raring!! No one can ever say again that there is nothing to do Downtown. If you don’t come down, have fun and enjoy all  that Downtown now offers, it’s your own fault. As Goes Downtown, So Goes Dallas—the best is yet to come. Happy New Year!”

-John Crawford

Going For The Goal(s): Yvonne Crum

Yvonne Crum (File photo)

Fresh Faces of Fashion Founder Yvonne Crum reports:

“This year I plan to work more on my friendships by calling and actually visiting with them by phone or in person. I have a habit of being the ’email queen’ and sometimes don’t talk to people I care a lot about for weeks/months. Good friends are the best and what makes us who we are, it’s as simple as that!”

-Yvonne Crum

JUST IN: Expect A Group Of “Rascals” To Headline Cattle Baron’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Am in between assignments tonight, but wanted you to be the first to know. The headliner entertainment for the 40th anniversary Cattle Baron’s Ball was just revealed seconds ago.

CBB Co-chairs Mary Gill and Brooke Shelby have arranged to have the incredible C&W trio Rascal Flatts on the Main Stage for the October 5th gala at Southfork. . . or the Dallas Convention Center, if rain is in the forecast.

Since the Main Stage is sponsored by Andrews Distributing, it made perfect sense to make the announcement there.

Ah, but more about the reveal party later. . . promise.

JUST IN: New Crystal Charity Members Announced

Caren Kline (File photo)

Crystal Charity Ball 2013 Chair Caren Kline just this minute revealed the newest members of the CCB committee. Drum roll, please. They are:

Katherine Coker (File photo)

Katherine Coker, Cara French, Elizabeth Gambrell, Sara Lee Gardner,Tracey Kozmetsky,

Cara French (File photo)

 Michelle Lockhart, Beth Thoele and Piper Wyatt.

Now, before you go off to lunch and think, “Oh, those lucky new recruits. They get to attend the 10 Best Dressed Fashion Show and Lunch and the December gala,” rethink that thought.

These ladies, along with the other CCB committee members, have responsibilities that would send most CEO’s to their cardiologists. In addition to being responsible for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars individually, they will also be assigned various duties like vetting the countless children’s organizations seeking grants, soliciting incredible auction items and schlepping the decorations and set-ups for the December ball.

Since 1952, the committee of 100 has had various members, who have helped raise more than $110 million to benefit Dallas County children. The CCB faces may have changed over the years, but their determination and success have remained constant.

We congratulate the new members on joining the CCB and the CCB oldtimers on their selection of the new kids on the block.

100-Day Countdown For The Bush Center Is Underway

If you didn’t catch the Bush Library and Museum Director Alan Lowe at the Highland Park Cafeteria Sunday evening, you might not know that things are really rocking and rolling at the George E. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

The Robert A.M. Stern-designed center will be a treasure trove housing the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library and the George W. Bush Institute.

Regardless of your politics, this center will be simply remarkable. Within the walls will be “80 terabytes of digital information and more than 200 million e-mails, the largest electronic records collection of any presidential library. In addition, it will store more than 43,000 artifacts from the Bush presidency, including personal mementos, items associated with defining moments from the President’s two terms in office, and gifts from foreign heads-of-state. The museum exhibits will focus on key decision points of the Bush presidency, using interactive, digital and visual displays to provide visitors a sense of the issues facing the President and the principles that guided him through critical situations.”

Today the George W. Bush Foundation President Mark Langdale announced, “We are 100 days from dedicating this important civic institution. It will preserve for history the important decisions made by President Bush during his presidency and will embody and carry on the values of President and Mrs. Bush.”

Translation: The invitation-only dedication will take place Thursday, April 25. The center will open to the public the following Wednesday, May 1.

Following last year’s opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Klyde Warren Park and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the center will be a nice continuation of Dallas’s locking down its position as the place to be today and in the years ahead.

Start Enjoying St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show Early At Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar On January 22

If you’re fishing for an excuse to eat out, the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show team have come with a doozy! No, we’re talking about the luncheon itself. That’s still on for February 12 at the Meyerson and will start with a champagne reception at 9:45 a.m. Well, what else would one expect when Myrna and Bob Schlegel are the honorary chairs and Korshak is presenting Monique Lhuillier creations on the runway?

Ah, but back to the “excuse to eat out” mentioned earlier. Seems the luncheon co-chair trio (Angela Choquette, Maggie Kipp and Paige Slates) have arranged for Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar at HP Village to donate 10% of the dinner sales on Tuesday, January 22, to the St. V-Day Luncheon. Of course, that percentage is before taxes and doesn’t include alcohol.

BTW, Chef Tre Wilcox‘s last day at the Marquee is Friday, January 25, so you’ll still be able to have a Tre dinner, while fighting leukemia and lymphoma.

WFAA’s Jason Wheeler Needs To Be Shot

Last night on WFAA the new kid-on-the-block anchor Jason Wheeler confessed he still hadn’t gotten his flu shot. Thought medical reporter Janet St. James was going to collapse on the floor. Did you see how big her eyes got?

This year’s flu is as deadly as the summer’s West Nile Virus, but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the threat.

First, if you just think you’re coming down with the flu or even a cold, stay home. Love ya, but don’t need you around to share.

Second, get in bed, drink lots of liquids (we’re not talking alcohol and you know that), sleep and have a humidifier going full “steam ahead.” (First pun of the day.) One friend even suggested sleeping with a moist heating pad on the chest.

Third, love ya, but let’s cut down on the kisses. . . even the air kisses and the hugs and even handshakes. Like the late Larry Hagman, just use a simple knuckle knock or  elbow nudge.

Fourth, wash your hands and follow it up with a nice hand lotion. You don’t want to ruin your nice silky skin!

Fifth, if you’re really starting to feel it’s going beyond normal “yucks,” call your doctor and be “patient.” (Sorry, there goes another pun.) There are a lot of folks calling, but do call.

Finally, if you haven’t gotten your flu shot, stop reading, get in your car and drive to Tom Thumb, Walgreens, your doctor’s office or anywhere that’s providing shots.

Let’s hope that tonight Jason reports that he was a big boy, rolled up his sleeve and got “needled.” (Final pun)


1. Jason got shot this evening and admitted it didn’t hurt at all. He didn’t even feel it.

2. It was the first time he had gotten a flu shot.

Dallas Institute Brings Ambassador Andrew Young To Commemorate A Great Appreciation For A King

Today it’s hard to imagine a world where equality was a mysterious relationship. Today, we take it for granted that such things as “colored” (oh, how we hated writing that one) was written above water fountains and restrooms. Why if you check out the Majestic Theater, there are still a scant few remnants of how “people of color” took rickety stairs to the highest balconies to attend movies.

While Dallas was lucky to have missed the major bullets of the racial changes taking place last century, it still couldn’t avoid the reality of a changing world.

The Dallas Institute is providing an evening in which that very subject will be discussed as part of the 8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.

For the first time, the event will be held at the new City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.

Andrew Young

Keynote speaker will be Ambassador Andrew Young, who not only lived and experienced the painful growing pains of the Civil Rights Movement, he was “a personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

Also on stage will be Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes and TCU’s Dr. Keri Day.

According to Dr. Larry Allums, executive director of The Dallas Institute, “In looking at the Civil Rights Movement, we realized what an impact the African American Church had on the lives of those involved. To fully understand the emotion and sentiment behind the movement, one must look at the spiritual influence of that time. I am thrilled that Ambassador Andrew Young will be speaking at the Symposium. His friendship with Dr. King as well as his involvement as a Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and his service as the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will lend insight to this monumental time in history.”

Here is how the evening will commence:

  • 7 p.m. — Welcome by Rev. Dr. Holmes followed by Ambassador Young’s address.
  • 8:45 pm. — Discussion panel with Rev. Dr. Holmes and Dr. Day

Admission for this historic evening is a simple $20 with teachers and students only being required to pay $10.

For way too many, this subject seems as relevant as the Civil War. But for the greats within our society, it was a true civil war waged with pain, loss and grandeur. Our advances today are the result of that effort.

The event is being presented by ALON USA and Baylor Health Care System.

Photo provided by The Dallas Institute

Molly Caldwell Crosby Is Dallas’ Own “Downton Abbey”

Don’t you just love Downton Abbey? What? You haven’t a clue what it’s about, but everyone else seems to know it chapter and verse. Welcome to the real world!

It’s intriguing. It’s smart. It’s classy. It’s just like you.

But let’s move on from mirror adoration.

In keeping with the Downton trend, the Dallas Woman’s Forum is having “best-selling author Molly Caldwell Crosby” discuss “her newest book: “The Great Pearl Heist” on Saturday, January 26 at 4 p.m., complete with champagne at The Alexander Mansion on Ross Avenue.

Of course, you want to know what it’s about. We’re with you, so according to organizers:

“Set in 1913 London, Paris and Antwerp (just one year after the fictional Downton Abbey begins), ‘The Great Pearl Heist’ tells the true story of dapper jewel thief  Joseph Grizzard and Scotland Yard Inspector Alfred Ward. Grizzard steals  the ‘Mona Lisa of Pearls,’ a set of 61 matched, pale pink pearls more valuable than the Hope Diamond, as they are in transit from Paris to their new owner, a Hatton Garden broker in London. Ward, at the height of his career, leads the investigation to solve the crime by utilizing the latest crime-fighting techniques —  fingerprinting, forensics and disguises.”

Why, oh why  does this remind old-timers of Dallas’ Jack of Diamonds? There is no truth to the rumor that beloved Queenie used to sip champagne with him at the original Cipango Club way back when.

If you like champagne, mystery and Downton Abbey cleverness for a mere $30, head to this spot for further info.

Ree Drummond Knows How To Show Appreciation For The Food Allergy Center At Children’s Medical Center

Rachael Dedman, Ree Drummond, Alicia Wood and Dr. Drew Bird (File photo)

Ree “The Pioneer Woman” Drummond, who was the keynote speaker in November at the first Celebrity Chef Luncheon, really knows how to share the love.

Seems that she was so taken with the group and the cause — the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Medical Center — she “donated her speaker’s fee back to the hospital.”

Nice. Very nice, indeed.

Call To Action For MySweetCharity Elves

“Harrumph!” was the greeting that Queenie e-blasted the MySweetCharity elves this morning. It seems that the promised January-month off was just that  — “Off!”

Since returning from her whirlwind tour of friends’ castles, Queenie discovered a tsunami of events were taking place within days and she was nary with assistance. Shoot! The old gal didn’t even know how to work the Keurig.

Immediately, she demanded all elves return to headquarters.

It wasn’t pretty. The elves that had been playing in the Caribbean were the worst. It seems that elves do not tan like “normal folk.” When they’re out in the sun, their skin looks more like a Graham Cracker.

Then there were the elves who had taken off with Santa Claus’s staff. They had been ho-ho-ing so much their toes had uncurled and couldn’t fit in their shoes.

Luckily, the elves that had fed the church mice were fine as fiddles and ready to take on any task.

Queenie, on the other hand, suffered the vapors. Luckily, her doctor was on hand and prescribed double doses of smores, dark chocolate caramels and a foot massage daily.

OMG! If you thought 2012 was something, wait til you see 2013.

JUST IN: George W. To Be The Keynote Speaker For The Genesis Luncheon

As mentioned yesterday, the opening of the Bush Center at SMU will take place some time this spring. But we can guarantee that it will not take place on Thursday, May 2.

The reason?

George W. Bush (File photo)

Genesis Luncheon Co-chairs Susan Wells and Angela Nash have arranged for former Texas Rangers owner and U.S. President George W. Bush to serve as the keynote speaker on that day at the Hilton Anatole.

As if that weren’t enough to support the lunch’s theme of “Texas Legends. American Heroes,” Susan and Angela have also slated present Texas Rangers owner Nolan Ryan to serve as honorary chair.

Heading up the host committee are Holly and Stubbs Davis, Dallas’ version of Ken and Barbie.

Strong suggestion: This one is always a quick sell-out, so you just know tickets are going to be moving faster than a roadrunner in West Texas. You might want to email Bianca Jackson at [email protected] or give her a call at 214.389.7703 about sponsorships opportunities.

As if you didn’t know, the luncheon raises funds for the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Communities Foundation Of Texas Announces Distribution of $66M In 2012 And The Addition Of Two New Trustees

Communities Foundation of Texas is kicking off the week with lots of great news.

First, let’s talk about money. . . lots of money. CFT revealed that during 2012 it distributed $66 M to the community. How about a breakdown of how the money was spread out?

  • Education: 33%
  • Health and Scientific Research: 15%
  • Religious Activities: 11%
  • Housing and Human Services: 10%
  • Community Improvement: 10%
  • Arts and Culture: 9%
  • Youth: 7%
  • Other: 5%

That brings the grand total of $1.2 billion that CFT has provided the area since its founding in 1953.

Ken Hersh

Another newsflash is the announcement of the newest members of the board of trustees — business man and philanthropist Ken Hersh and CFT President/CEO Brent Christopher, who serve as an ex-officio trustee.

Ken just recently made headlines when The Carlyle Group acquired 47.5% interest in his NGP Energy Capital Management.

Brent Christopher

Brent has been with CFT for eight years during which time the organization “has grown 20% in asset size and crossed the $1 Billion mark in cumulative grantmaking.”

Ken and Brent will be joining other CFT trustees including vice chairman Frank Risch, James E. Bass, Becky Bright, Jeanne T. Cox, Judith W. Gibbs, Jack M. Kinnebrew, Bobby B. Lyle, John McStay, Harold Montgomery, Carlos Gonzalez Pena, Hon. Florence Shapiro, Karen Shuford and Tederma L. Ussery II. Ex-officio non-voting members of the board are former chair Ruth Altshuler and chairman emeritus Jody Grant.

Photos provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

George W. Bush Center’s Rumored September 11th Opening Is Oh-So Wrong

President George W. and Laura Bush and Don Evans at 2010 Bush Center groundbreaking (File photo)

Like the Mayan tale of the world ending on December 21, 2012, and the myth that Elvis is alive, outlandish rumors seem to take on lives of their own. The newest one making the rounds is the George W. Bush Center’s opening being moved to Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Oh-so wrong, folks. According to the Center’s Director of Communications Hannah Abney, the opening is “still scheduled for Spring 2013!”

Evidently, some bored mischievous types thought it would be fun to give birth via the Internet to the September 11 rumor.

And here you just thought things were going to settle down after the recent big-deal openings (the Klyde Warren Park and Perot Museum). When arrangements are finalized, we’ll keep you posted. . . but you already knew that.

JUST IN: Duchess Is A Done Deal!

Arthur Benjamin and friends (File photo)

American Dog Rescue Founder Arthur Benjamin has once again stepped up to help an animal in need. When he learned of Duchess’s situation, he moved right on in and provided the final dollars needed to take her to the $2,500 goal for her surgery.

The Dallas Animal Services’s staff was stunned by the generosity of Arthur and others like Fredye Factor. Queenie just smiled because she knew the MSC community wouldn’t let the day go by without success.

OK, let’s talk about such an amount of money being spent on a “mutt.”

Confession time: 13 years ago the MSC team saved a small black kitten that had just been run over on Abrams. Nearly every bone in her body was broken and the ER doubted she would survive the night. But thanks to advanced technology, caring specialists and her will to live, she made it. The bill added up to $1,500. Quite a sum then. But let’s get our calculators out. There are about 4745 days in 13 years. If you divide $1,500 by 4745, you realize that it only cost 31 cents a day to have 13 years of purring and devotion. BTW, her name is Amazing Gracie Allen.

Our thanks to the DAS staff, Arthur, Fredye and everyone who made the first week of 2013 end on a very happy note.

A Passing: Ann Thompson Maguire

We must regretfully start the New Year with the announcement that Ann Thompson Maguire died Thursday.

In addition to a 52-year marriage to husband Cary Maguire producing three remarkable children (Cary “Camm” McIlwaine Maguire Jr., Melinda Maguire Down and Blainey Maguire Hess), Ann was a well-known philanthropist, former Crystal Charity Ball chair and champion fundraiser.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church followed by a reception at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Memorial contributions in Ann’s name may be made at the Maguire Center for Ethics at SMU.

Our most sincere condolences go to her family for their loss and to the numerous people who benefited from her efforts.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debs, Dads And Honor Guard Tune Up Bows And Dance Step For February Ball

Debutante presentations just don’t magically happen? No! The planning and preparing that goes into a major presentation ball is right up there with a military invasion. How about a for-instance of just one of the wee behind-the-scenes activities that takes place?

While some folks were on the slopes or being gorgeous at La Plage in St. Barth’s, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League débutantes, dads and honor guard were gathered Saturday before New Year’s in the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall at the Meyerson to practice bows and dancing for the February 2nd presentation ball.

But on this occasion they weren’t in black tie, tails and ball gown. One member of the honor guard wore walking shorts despite the frigid weather outside. One dad wore a natty houndstooth jacket and black loafers that were as shiny as a Steinway baby grand. The attire du jour for the gals was leggings, low-level makeup, ponytails and flats that were quickly replaced by heels when rehearsals commenced.

While the rehearsal was to start at 2, it didn’t really kick off until 2:15. This delay gave the group time to gather. Seems the nearby underground parking lot at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe was blocked off due to refreshening, forcing some debs, dads and guards to seek spaces across North Pearl.

Marielle LeMasters, Roger Gault and Jan Strimple

Statuesque Deb Gen. Jan Strimple was easy to spot on the Meyerson stage with her signature red hair and black leather leggings. On the nearby elevated risers were musicians in casual attire (jeans, shirts, sneakers and instruments). A young woman handed out instructions to arrivals. DSOL deb vet Channy Ronchetti, who is a shorter version of Jan only with Dallas blonde hair in a ponytail that was longer than a swan’s neck, sat on a side riser with other gals. Known for executing the legendary deep bow to perfection, she’ll demonstrate it for the new debs on the block.

Channy Ronchetti

At 2:15 Gala Chair Kay Weeks welcomed the group seated in the center orchestra section and officially introduced Jan and Kay’s husband, Peter, who would be announcing for the day.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League deb bow practice

Jan explained that the deb presentation was an 800-year-old tradition that started in England. For the first part of the two-hour practice, half the group would be in the Concert Hall to practice the staging of their presentation, while the others would head to the lobby to go over dance steps with professional instructors. The two groups would switch places for the second half.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs and dads rehearsing dance steps

And how did they do? You’ll just have to wait to see. So, get your tickets.

Chip In For Duchess


Evidently our friends at Dallas Animal Services have fallen madly in love with little Duchess. If you caught her on CBS the other night, you know she’s pretty darn adorable.

Unfortunately, the pup has a problem requiring surgery that is not in the budget. No, it’s not for a tummy tuck or tail reduction.

According to the DAS-ers,

“Duchess is a little black and tan shepherd mix. She’s about 8-10 weeks old and will probably weigh between 40-60 lbs. when she is full grown. She spent the holidays with one of our Animal Services Officers who got some great photos. . .

“Little Duchess was brought to us by a Good Samaritan who found her alone and scared. She’s a wonderful, playful, lovable, and adorable puppy and we want very much to save her, but we need your help to do it. She has what appears to be an ectopic ureter – in other words, her ureter is in the wrong place. There’s an advance surgery center here in town who can help her, but even with the discount, it will still cost around $2,500 and our medical funds are already depleted. Can you help us save her?”

The DAS has created a Chip In account to raise funds for her, but they’re running out of time. If you could skip a latte today, why not donate it to a little royal?

Changes Afoot For The Spirit Of Contact Luncheon

17th Annual Spirit of CONTACT Luncheon

The Spirit of CONTACT Luncheon was originally planned on a different date and at a different place, but luncheon Co-chairs Kimberly Lay and Megan Steinbach have made a couple of changes.

First, the date is going to be Thursday, March 21.

The new location is the Hyatt Regency’s Landmark Ballroom.

And they’ve arranged for former First Lady Laura Bush to be the keynote speaker.

Now, don’t go a-fretting about other changes. Dr. Kenneth Cooper will still be receiving the 2013 Spirit of CONTACT Award and SMU’s First Couple Gail and Gerald Turner will be honorary co-chairs.

For more info, either check the luncheon website or call Maria Espinosa at 972.233.0866, Ext 320.

Graphic courtesy of Spirit of CONTACT Luncheon

Elizabeth Showers To Receive The Elisa Project’s Star Of Hope

Elizabeth Showers

The Elisa Project‘s Interim Executive Director Anne Besser knows how to start the year off on the right foot — with good news. She just reported that “Elizabeth Showers will be the 2013 recipient of the Star of Hope Award.”

The presentation will take place at the January 22nd “Life Lessons Luncheon at the Omni Dallas. That’s the luncheon where the keynote speaker will be author/former first daughter of California Katherine Schwarzenegger.

According to Anne, “We are thrilled to honor Elizabeth with the Star of Hope award especially since she and her family have been supportive to The Elisa Project and our cause for many years.  She is a Dallas jewelry designer who strives to empower all women to feel beautiful, inside and out.”

It was Elizabeth whose personal journey resulted in the “Hope Star, an 8-point image found on virtually every item in the Elizabeth Showers portfolio. . . [representing] Elizabeth’s personal hope for health and well-being, but it is her message to remind every woman to feel beautiful.”

That message is exactly what The Elisa Project is all about. Since its establishment in 1999, the organization has been “dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through awareness, education, support and advocacy.”

Well-being is beautiful.

Photo provided by The Elisa Project

New MySweetCharity Series: Going For The Goal(s)

One New Year’s Eve the late Stanley Marcus, who was turning 90, announced that during the year ahead he had two goals. One was to learn Spanish, and the other was to become more proficient with his computer.

So to kick off 2013, some of the MySweetCharity community have provided their goals for the upcoming years.

And don’t get your hopes up. We won’t be checking back to see if the goals are reached.

If you have a goal or two you’re willing to share, send it along to [email protected]

Some Very Good People Left Us in 2012

Before closing the books on 2012, let’s embrace the memory of those whom we lost this past year. They were remarkable people who served as role models on so many different levels. We are all better for having them in our lives. . . even if it was all too briefly.

  • Eddie Barker
  • Norma Beasley
  • Betty Sue Blaylock
  • Alex Burton
  • Ken Fairchild
  • Jeannette Franklin
  • Harding Grant
  • Joe Haggar Jr.
  • Larry Hagman
  • Marvin Hamlisch
  • Adelyn “Adgie” Hoffman
  • John “Jack” McCormack
  • Michael McBee
  • Paul Neinast
  • Burl Osborne
  • Helen Parmley
  • Nancy Penson
  • Charles Pistor
  • Billie D. Thomas
  • Jim Walsh
  • Dr. Elgin Ware Jr.
  • Jeff West
  • Zig Ziglar

May they live on in the years ahead in the actions and thoughts of those whom they inspired.

Pitch Your Nonprofit: The Warren Center

Kay Hopper

According to The Warren Center CEO Kay Hopper,

“You can help a child with a disability reach their full potential. This is the goal and mission of The Warren Center, for children with developmental differences.  We start early, as soon as a parent or a doctor has any concerns about a child’s development or diagnosis, providing therapy to the child in the child’s home, daycare, or the center, and working with the family to help them help their child be the best they can be.

“Your support enables families to identify their child’s strengths and needs, helps them access therapy services, medical services, and educational services that will help their child, and gives them lifetime skills that will carry them through the ups and downs of having a child with special needs.

“In our 45 years of service to the community, over 16,000 children and families have benefitted from the therapy and support that has made each child’s life better. Over 90% of families who have received services, report they have learned what to do to help their child, know how to access services for their child, and feel better about their child and their life in general than when they started.

“Programming is where your support is invested – over $.90 of every $1.00 invested goes directly to providing services to children and families. Your investment truly changes lives of children with disabilities, and their families.

“For more information, visit our website at www.thewarrencenter.org.”

-Kay Hopper

Photo provided by The Warren Center

Pitch Your Nonprofit: Camp Summit

According to Camp Summit CEO Carla R. Weiland,

“A week at Camp Summit is about more than horseback riding or nature walks, it’s about being in a place where campers with disabilities experience acceptance and freedom of the outdoors. Individuals with disabilities often face isolated lives where opportunities for inclusive socialization and enjoyment of nature don’t exist.  But when they come to Camp Summit, they are in a place that focuses on Abilities rather than their disAbilities.

“We provides residential year-round camping for children and adults that are age and disability-appropriate for nearly 2,000 campers annually. Campers may have intellectual disabilities, developmental delays and/or physical challenges, but they all have a place at camp. They enjoy a wide variety of traditional camp activities in our barrier-free environment including a specially-designed swimming pool, adapted tree-house and ropes course. We are dedicated in our goal to accept campers without regard to the severity of their disability or income level. In 2012, we provided over $800,000 in financial assistance to 90% of our campers, including a record 210 camperships so no one was turned away.

“As always, it’s the smiles and joy of our incredible campers that makes Camp Summit so special.  Our campers often have many barriers and hurdles in life so having a camp that’s uniquely ‘theirs,’ where there are no barriers, gives them the chance to just be themselves.  As one of our first time campers said this year- ‘It’s a joy to do something for the first time…I will always remember my time here.'”

-Carla R. Weiland