Center For Vital Longevity’s 2nd Annual Jean And Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture Focused On The Oldest Old

Thursday, April 30 was slam-bang theater for the nonprofits. With summer nearing, it was pretty obvious that many were trying to squeeze in as much activity as possible before the town was abandoned for vacationing. The Center for Vital Longevity was holding the 2nd Annual Jean & Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Claudia Kawas, who spoke on the “Lessons from the Oldest Old: The 90+ Study.” If you watch “60 Minutes,” you might recall seeing her on the show.

Those folks at the Center are pretty sharp cookies. They taped the talk. If you’re interested in the determining factors associated with living to 90 and beyond, then you just might want to turn up the sound and settle back for a view of the video.

Calling All Burglars

We know how you troll websites and blogs looking for snippets about richly types being away from home. You know those little items about “Susu Soso” heading to the Hamptons to get away from Dallas heat. Or, “Hortensia Healthnut” is hiking up in the mountains in her spiffy shorts with the kids. Or, “Geoffrey Gurgle” is going to attend a Far Niente wine tasting in Napa that he won in charity auction.

These little travel notes are ripe for your hitting their homes while they’re away.

Good for you to be so industrious.

Just wanted you to know that you don’t need to waste your time mining MySweetCharity for such tidbits to help your wanton ways.

Ever since MSC launched, the policy has been that we only post news about trips and away-junkets after the folks return. You’ll need to look for another accessory to your shenanigans.

Thrift Studio Has Marked Everything At Half-Price For the Final Days Including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Donations

Yipes and holy yipes! The Dwell with Dignity‘s Thrift Studio has only days… or, rather, hours left until it’s a woof of history.

Thrift Studio (File photo)

Thrift Studio (File photo)

According to the organizers, “EVERYTHING (they capitalized it) at Thrift Studio is 50% OFF (they colorized that and capitalized “OFF”).

There’s additional news that hasn’t been colorized or capitalized. It’s that those very cool chaps with great taste, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, have donated 60 items to the mix.

If you decide to ho-hum and not be tempted, you’re gonna have to hold your breath until 2016 for the next Thrift Studio.

It’s the last five days, so get going!

Morgan Fairchild To Be Honorary Chair For Paws In The City’s “Top Hat & Tails”

Back in the 1960’s Patsy Ann McClenny was typical of most Dallas gals. She wanted to be part of Ron Chapman’s Sump‘n Else’s “The Little Group” that included Joanie Prather, Delpha Teague, Colleen Anderegg and Kathy Forney. But despite repeated auditions, she just didn’t make the cut.

Now, most teenagers would have sulked, gone into therapy about rejection and/or gained a ton of weight. But not Patsy Ann. She simply made a couple of changes—like her name to Morgan Fairchild and her location to New York City.

Morgan Fairchild*

Morgan Fairchild*

It worked. Six weeks after arriving in the Big Apple, she ended up landing the role of murderess Jennifer Pace Phillips on the CBS soap “Search for Tomorrow.”

Next she headed to the West Coast where she appeared on the most popular TV series around — “Dallas,” “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” “Murder, She Wrote” and loads of others.

Instead of working with “The Little Group,” Morgan ended up working with everyone from Bette Davis, Robin Williams, Roddy McDowell, Jane Wyman, Willie Nelson and countless others.

But she hasn’t been a one-note song. Nope. In addition to being a successful businesswoman, she’s heavily involved with numerous causes including animals. She really raised a stink when when she led efforts to save an abandoned “pet” baby Bobcat who now, thanks to Ms. Fairchild, is safely living in a wild cat sanctuary and is known as “Morgan.”

That, plus the fact that she’s still a hometown gal, is the reason she’s been announced to be the honorary chair for the May 30thTop Hats & Tails” fundraiser for Paws in the City at the Westin Galleria Hotel.

In addition to Morgan being on hand, Bonnie Hill will receive the prestigious St. Francis of Assisi Award for “her pioneering work as the founder of the Spay Neuter Network.”

The evening’s emcee will be the ever-young, retired WFAA sportscaster George Riba.

Entertainment? It will be an Elvis Tribute Show featuring Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Kraig Parker and his Royal Tribute Band.

Why does one think that selfies will be in high gear on Saturday, May 30th at the Westin?

* Photo provided by Paws in the City

Callier Cares Saluted An Attorney And A Doctor Plus A Mom Helped By Callier Center For Communication Disorders And “Hope”

Being a parent doesn’t offer much if one looks at it as a career choice. The hours are a nightmare — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for a lifetime. There are no raises, vacations or promotions. Working conditions are rugged. Rarely do you have time to yourself. You are likely to graduate from baby spit-ups to staying up all night waiting for your “child” to make it home safely from a date.

Still the longterm benefits are worth it all — grandchildren, hugs and the smiles that grow with the years. The good news is that over the years, the kids do “grow up” and act…well, like grown-ups.

But there are parents who may not look forward to such self-sufficiency and rewards since their children have autism and, depending upon the degree, may be dependent upon their parents all their lives.

Rhoni Golden

Rhoni Golden

That situation became very apparent at Brook Hollow on Thursday, April 30, as Callier Cares Luncheon speaker Rhoni Golden told of the life journey that she, her husband and three children have taken with 9-year-old son Gray, who was severely autistic. As a former physical therapist, Rhoni and her husband aggressively sought help in dealing with Gray’s situation. She told of countless attempts to discover, diagnose and make the best choices for Gray.

Time and again, their efforts were fruitless and frustrating.

One of their chief concerns was their ability to communicate with Gray in any form. It was Callier Center for Communication Disorders that helped the Golden family work through it. After experiencing healthcare providers and organizations that seemed to just go through the motions, she realized that they needed professionals who had both a passion to assist and a track record of success. She found that combination at Callier, so much so that she ended up joining the board and becoming an advocate.

Another turning point in the Golden family was the arrival of Hope, an autism service dog. Literally tethered together with Hope, Gray was able to “join the family on community outings so that everyone enjoyed themselves.”

In conclusion, Rhoni admitted that her family was not a happily-ever-after story. But with the pride of a warrior, she told that her family had dinner at a restaurant without a problem recently. In their world that was better than a straight A report card.

Sharon McCullough and Marilyn Augur

Sharon McCullough and Marilyn Augur

Libby Hunt

Libby Hunt

For those in the audience like Honorary Chair Marilyn Augur, Event Chair Tiffany Divis, Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Linda Custard, Sara Martineau, Tucean and David Webb, Leslie Diers, Christie Carter, Mary Clare Finney, Heather Furniss, Nancy Hunt and daughter Libby Allred, Elizabeth Fischer and mom Gail Fischer, Patricia Meadows, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Michal Powell, Wanda Farr and Bert Moore, Rhoni was a hero.

Another hero was attorney Mike McCullough, who graciously accepted the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award. Having been involved with Callier since its inception in 1963, Mike thanked the Altshulers for their countless contributions to the community, the Callier team, his firm and his family.

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

Another hero was Dr. Laurence Leonard of Purdue University, who received the 2015 Callier Prize for his work with children and was called a “leading scholar and prolific scientist in the study of children with specific language impairment, a language disorder that delays the mastery of language skills in children who have no hearing loss or significant delays in other developmental areas.”

For more photos, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Janet And Tony Dorsett To Chair Upcoming Hope’s Door Two-Day Fundraiser

Tony and Janet Dorsett (File photo)

Tony and Janet Dorsett (File photo)

Not everybody is heading out of town Memorial Day. Matter of fact, some very cool people are staying put. For instance, Janet and Tony Dorsett are honorary co-chairing a two-day fundraiser for Hope’s DoorChampions for Hope.

First Event chair Cary Clayborn has arranged for the Champions for Hope Dinner at III Forks on Sunday, May 31. Yum! There will also be a silent auction and cocktails, of course.

Glenn Beck (File photo)

Glenn Beck (File photo)

But it won’t an all-nighter. No way. The reason? The next morning, as in Monday, June 1, there’s Champions for Hope Part II. It’s the golf tournament at Las Colinas Country Club with a 4-person scramble format, lunch, cart with green fees, player gifts and another dinner.

If Hope’s Door is familiar, there’s good reason. Last year Glenn Beck chaired “An Evening of Hope” to help support Hope’s Door “helping families affected by domestic violence.” They’ve been assisting women, children and men “being abused by someone” they love since 1986 and, unfortunately, the need for Hope’s Door has grown over the years.

 

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Callier Cares Luncheon

Lunches are more interesting when someone quietly emerges as a hero. There are the obvious ones who are well known for their professional contributions that go way over the norm — folks like attorney Mike McCullough and medical types like Dr. Laurence Leonard.

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

And then there others, who despite being dealt a not-so-wonderful hand of cards manage to rise above the fray. Such a person was discovered at the Callier Cares Luncheon on Thursday, April 30, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Story is being completed, but check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery to peruse the peeps who were there.

Have Lunch With Emmitt Smith And Newy Scruggs To Celebrate Community Council Of Greater Dallas’ 75th Anniversary

Emmitt Smith (File photo)

Emmitt Smith (File photo)

Another date to mark on your calendar just arrived. It’s lunch with a couple of cuties — Dallas Cowboy legend Emmitt Smith and NBC 5 sports guru Newy Scruggs on Monday, November 2. Was that an earthquake or were Emmitt and Newy shuddering over being considered cute?

The twosome will headline the 75h anniversary luncheon of Community Council of Greater Dallas at the Westin Galleria Hotel’s Dallas Ballroom.

Kristi Sherrill-Hoyl (File photo)

Kristi Sherrill-Hoyl (File photo)

According to Luncheon Chair Kristi Sherrill-Hoyl, “We are committed to celebrating the many accomplishments of the Council and to moving forward toward its vision to enhance the quality of life in Greater Dallas, enabling each individual to achieve his or her full potential.”

Will the fellows be talking sports? Probably. But if you know Emmitt, he is a Renaissance Man with a talent for business, philanthropy, community involvement and dancing.

BTW, Kristi has already organized quite an impressive host committee including Lindalyn Adams, Joel Allison, Jon Bennett, Jan Hart Black, Debbie D. Branson, Thomas Campbell, Gloria Campos, John Carlo M.D. and M.S., Christie Carter, Key Coker, Levi Davis, Debbie Dennis, Diana C. Dutton, Laura Estrada, Ruben E. Esquivel, Lois G. Finkelman, Veletta Forsythe-Lill, Adlene N. Harrison, Brenda Jackson, Margaret Jordan, Sharon S. King, Hon. Ron Kirk, Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Bob Lowe, Ann Margolin, Sara T. Martineau, Lynn McBee, Ken Menges, Regina Montoya, Alice Murray, Lisa Ogle, Connie O’Neill, Lori Palmer, Caren Prothro, Ann Stuart Ph. D., Michael J. Sorrell Esq., Michelle Thomas, Florencia Velasco-Fortner, Max Wells, Barbara Lord Watkins, Myron H. Watkins M.D., Katherine Wynne and Trea Yip.

So join Emmitt, Newy, Kristi and a boat load of impressive types to support CCGD in its leadership in assisting people to achieve a quality life and to access the services they need. It’s hard to believe that CCGD has been helping area folks since 1940, when “Gone With The Wind” won eight Oscars, Frank Sinatra debuted in Indianapolis with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, France fell to the Nazi invasion, and the population of the city of Dallas was a whopping 294,734.

If you have any questions, just give Jack Bunning a call at 214.871.5065, Ext. 28. He has all the info.

Salvation Army DFW’s Doing Most Good Luncheon In Fort Worth Featured Golf Pro Lee Trevino And Texas Country Singer Pat Green

Sometimes folks on this side of Six Flags Over Texas don’t realize that the Salvation Army DFW provides support for Fort Worth as well. In addition to providing much-needed services, it also rallies financial support by holding events. On Tuesday, April 28, one such event took place with a PGA champ and a “green” American Texas Country artist. Here’s a report from the field:

Betsy Price and Lee Trevino*

Betsy Price and Lee Trevino*

Six-time PGA Champion Lee Trevino has proven he is still the most entertaining personality in the world of professional golf. Trevino spoke at the Salvation Army’s 2015 Doing The Most Good Luncheon held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. He aced the keynote speech with funny stories from his life and years on the PGA tour.

The event included a video of former professional football player John Corker, who told the story of how he lost his career to drugs but found his life again thanks to the Salvation Army’s Drug & Addiction Program. Corker is now a Salvation Army Fort Worth advisory council member.

Pat Green and Nancy Woodson*

Pat Green and Nancy Woodson*

Corker’s video included a golf challenge to Trevino who happily accepted it.  Trevino called Corker to the stage at the end of his keynote speech and presented the 6’6” former linebacker with a new club. Then, Trevino jokingly told Corker it wasn’t right for him and that they’d have to take it back to wherever they got it.

Country music hit maker, Pat Green, who has released a string of top 10 hits and sold more than two million albums, sang America the Beautiful and led the entire room in a second verse sung a cappella.

Lee Trevino and Bobby Patton*

Lee Trevino and Bobby Patton*

Bobby Patton, honorary co-chair of the event, is part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a driving force behind this year’s Crowne Plaza Invitation at the Colonial. Patton introduced Trevino as “a poor kid who taught himself how to play a rich man’s game and became a champion.” Patton also drew a chuckle when he told the crowd, “Though he (Trevino) does not believe in luck on the golf course, he has been struck by lightning. But says he’s learned to let God play through.”

Brian Estridge, WBAP morning news anchor and voice of the TCU Horned Frogs, emceed the event.

* Photos provided by the Salvation Army

“Dancing With The Stars’ ” Cheryl Burke Shared Three Life Lessons At Jonathan’s Place’s A Chance To Soar Lunch

Jonathan’s Place CEO Allicia Frye had been at “Good Morning Texas” with A Chance to Soar’s keynote speaker/”Dancing With The Stars” vet Cheryl Burke earlier Tuesday, April 28. Alllicia admitted that she had been scared to death, but it went off without a hitch. Now at 10:30 a.m., Allicia was at the VIP champagne reception at Brook Hollow and glowing over the fact that more than 400 were expected. That was an increase from last year’s 380 for the Jonathan’s Place fundraiser.

Stacey Walker, Cheryl Burke and Allicia Frye

Stacey Walker, Cheryl Burke and Allicia Frye

By 10:45 there was no sign of Cheryl, but the VIP-ers didn’t seem to mind. In the ballroom there was a blue cast along with kites suspended from the ceiling.

Outside it was drizzling and the temperature was downright chilly considering that it was the end of April. Still the ladies wore their most colorful silk and cotton dressed above the knee with stilettos. A couple of gals posed for a cellphone shot.

Promptly at 11 Cheryl arrived, was directed to the far end of the room and handed a drink. She hardly had time to take a sip before people were wanting to have a photo taken with her. Despite wearing Louboutins that seemed to have 3-inch heels, she appeared tiny. Some guests were keeping their distance as she was introduced to all the Jonathan’s Place staffers. The smile never dimmed. Cellphones were pulled out.

April Willingham

April Willingham

After 10 minutes she was herded to the opposite side of the room where the crowd was thick. No sooner did she arrive than she disappeared in the mass, making photo opps difficult at best.

In the meantime Luncheon Co-Chairs April Willingham and Jennifer Steubing were making sure all was going smoothly at the check-in tables and the ballroom.

By 11:45 a second round of chimes calling guests to the ballroom for lunch were heard. While the gals appeared to know the protocol, the men in the crowd moved slowly to take their places. One VIP guest was seen leaving the reception with a flute filled with champagne in one hand and a bottle in the other. Barbara Brice was on her first outing since her right foot landed in a cast.

With every seat occupied, guests like Jonathan’s Place Board Chair Stacey Walker, Susan Campbell, Pamela Graham, Lynn Dealey, Tiffany Divis, Jill Rowlett and Karla McKenzie started lunching at noon and Hockadaisies sold raffle tickets.

Pam Busbee, Lynn Dealey, Tiffany Divis and Jill Rowlett

Pam Busbee, Lynn Dealey, Tiffany Divis and Jill Rowlett

The program kicked off at 12:15 with the presentation of awards:

  • Award of Compassion to Eliot D. Raffkind
  • Award of Service to AMLI Residential
  • Award of Excellence to Capital for Kids

At 12:31 Cheryl was introduced and kicked off her talk by recalling the time that a person told her, “You look so much prettier in person.”

Then she briefly recalled how she got started with “Dancing With The Stars,” the sudden fame and her ongoing friendship with former dance partner Emmitt Smith and his family.

After the niceties were done, the award-winning dancer and survivor of child abuse explained how just as dancing requires a plan, so does life. She had used three lessons in both dance and life:

Lesson #1 — Be willing to take chances. In 2005 her life changed due to “DWTS.” She really didn’t think the show would take. At that time she was a struggling dancer living in Harlem with her dance partner, who became abusive. It was the move to Los Angeles for the show that changed the situation. Her first “DWTS” partner Drew Lachey helped her handle the glitz and attention. He made her dance to a song that she didn’t know, but they ended up winning the competition.

Lesson #2 — Really find your passion. Having studied ballet at four, it was her mother and stepfather who introduced her to ballroom at 11. She ended up loving the rhinestones and false eyelashes. Dancing provided to therapeutic for the little girl, whose parents had separated when she was just two. It gave her a purpose. Over the years, her DWTS partners have included actors Drew Carey and Ian Ziering, politician Tom DeLay, singer Wayne Newton, reality TV stars Rob Kardashian and Jack Osbourne and, of course Emmitt, who presented her with a life-changing question: “What’s next for you, Cheryl?”

Lesson #3 — Overcome adversity. At the age of six, she told how she had been abused by her male nanny. She didn’t know what he was doing. Eventually she told her parents and testified in court at the age of 8 against the man. Throughout her life, she has confronted adversity with resounding results. For instance “DWTS” created problems that she eventually addressed realizing that she needed to meet her own needs instead of trying to please everyone else. In her personal life she finally got together with her father despite being estranged for years. She reported that she now talks with him daily.

In concluding her remarks at 12:45, she summed it up by saying, “You can either get better or bitter.”

If you missed this year’s luncheon, mark Tuesday, April 26 on your calendar now. That’s when you’ll get “a chance to soar.”

JUST IN: Night At The Museum 2015 Plans Announced Plus Summer Doings

Perot Museum resident

Perot Museum resident

Must be Monday because the news keeps rocking on in.

The Perot Museum dinosaurs may be holding still, but the staff isn’t. They’ve just reported plans for the annual Night at the Museum 2015 . This year’s fundraiser will take place on Saturday, November 14 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The theme will be “Illuminate.”

Illuminate? How’s that? It’s in connection with the museum’s fall traveling exhibition that will “be formally announced in coming months.” So, act surprised when the announcement is made.

Heading up the evening of “dinner, dancing and sparkly feats” will be Co-Chairs Carrie and Steven Becker and Merry and Chad Vose. Honorary Co-Chairs will be Deedie and Rusty Rose.

Tickets are already available!

And while we’re on the subject of the Perot, this upcoming Memorial Weekend is going to “kick off the Museum’s special summer offering  complimentary general admission for veterans, active and retired. U.S. military personnel and first responders, plus $3 off general admission for members of their immediate families (up to six family members).”  There are other summer specials at the Museum, so you’ll need to check it out.

JUST IN: Jeffrey Woodward Named Dallas Theater Center Managing Director

Kevin Moriarty and Heather Kitchen

Kevin Moriarty and Heather Kitchen

Dallas Theater Center Managing Director Heather Kitchen was making her farewell rounds among the Centerstage crowd on Saturday, May 9, at the Wyly. Sure, she announced her retirement back in September, but shoot who thought the day would really come when she would hand over the managing director duties over to someone else?

Well, the announcement was made today that Jeffrey Woodward will assume just such duties in July. He brings with him some impressive credentials including managing director at Syracuse Stage since 2008 and 17 years at McCarter Theatre to name a few.

Jeffrey Woodward*

Jeffrey Woodward*

According to DTC Board Chair Rebecca Fletcher, “We are thrilled to have Jeff join the team at Dallas Theater Center. During the months-long search for a new managing director, we reviewed many candidates with impressive qualifications. Jeff stood out because of his experience helping theaters cultivate their donor bases and developing long-term financial frameworks to support artistic growth. We have no doubt that Jeff’s leadership will be of value for many years to come.”

DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty added, “Jeff will bring to Dallas Theater Center his vast experience as a theater administrator, his deep love for the art form, and his impressive leadership skills, which will make him an incredible asset at this exciting moment of growth and transformation for DTC and North Texas. I am eager to begin working with him this summer to build on the work Heather has done and to continue elevating DTC’s work in our local community and within the national theater field.”

Jeff said, ““I am very excited about moving to Dallas and joining Dallas Theater Center. The theater is in the midst of an amazing transformation. Kevin Moriarty and the staff have done an extraordinary job in elevating the artistic scope and quality of the productions while expanding the theater’s commitment to the community. The board of trustees, a large and diverse group of funders, and the audience have strongly embraced and supported this expansion of activity. The city is also in the midst of a transformation and I am thrilled that the arts are being seen as a key part of Dallas’ present and future.”

As for Heather, she’s delighted since she describes Jeff “as a colleague for almost 20 years.” And, no, Heather is not leaving the love of the boards totally. She’ll be sharing her talents with SMU.

* Photo provided by Dallas Theater Center

Cattle Baron’s Ball Members And Carolina Herrera Fashions Got Together For Lunch

Cattle Baron's Ball new members luncheon at Carolina Herrera salon

Cattle Baron’s Ball new members luncheon at Carolina Herrera salon

The Cattle Baron’s Ball gals arrived at the Herrera salon in Highland Park Village on Monday, April 27. They had expected a chat and checkout of fashions. Instead they discovered that Herrera’s Melinda Rathke had arranged a showing of the fashions and luncheon.

Oh, leave it to Herrera! Always so much more than one expects.

Tia Wynne and Mary Martha Pickens

Tia Wynne and Mary Martha Pickens

As the CBB hierarchy giggled, these ladies were ogling the string bikinis as well as the full-length ball gowns. CBB co-chair Mary Martha Pickens had been at a Crystal Charity Ball luncheon at Herrera when the “string bikini” was mentioned to blushes and giggles. She immediately realized that the CBB-ers were the prime audience for such two-piecers.

Hey, when you have the long legs like the CBB-ers, it’s a natural fit.

New members (Lisa Bhattacharya, Annika Cail, Adriane Crosland, Christine Danuser, Lora Farris, Elizabeth Fischer, Abby Gregory, Jamie Jo Hayes, Merrick Huckin, Karen James, Natalie Fogiel Moon, Meghann O’Leary, Bina Palnitkar Patel, Laura Reeder, Lisa Hadow Shirley, Lauren Snyder and Nikki Webb) were introduced and past chairs (Skye Brewer, Tanya Foster, Mary Gill, Kristi Hoyl, Olivia Kearney and Jill Tananbaum) were applauded, too.

Carolina Herrera fashions

Carolina Herrera fashions

Carolina Herrera fashions

Carolina Herrera fashions

Carolina Herrera fashions

Carolina Herrera fashions

Carolina Herrera fashions

Carolina Herrera fashions

But all was not chatting, giggling and clapping. The real purpose of the CBB mission occurred when Melinda admitted that when talks about the event had taken place, Melinda had never had cancer touch her family. Then less than six weeks ago, Melinda’s sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer.

This disease is a very democratic one. It doesn’t discriminate one iota regarding of race, creed, color or wealth. It needs to be history for once and all.

For more photos or CBB-ers and Herrera fashions, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Policy Announcement: Only Nets To Be Accepted

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

Queenie arrived with an entourage this morning all huffy. Not the entourage. They’re nice elves, unicorns and angelfish. Queenie looked at the Elder Elf and handed him a freshly laid egg.

The old elf thanked her and asked her, “How am I to interpret this item, O Mighty One Who Makes My Eyes Water?”

With her painfully perfect posture, the old gal said, “When we receive gushing information about funds raised for nonprofits, it is like the egg.”

With wrinkled brow, EE pushed the issue: “And why is fundraising information like an egg, Oh One Who Makes Me Wonder Why I Showed Up For Work?”

With a weary tone in her voice, she replied, “I gave you an egg. You don’t know what it contains until the egg is cracked and the results are shown. A baby duck. A baby crocodile. So, it goes with the flood of releases boasting how much has been raised. But after the expenses are tallied, the question is how much actually went to the beneficiary?”

Leaning over to EE, Queenie whispered, “I happen to know of a group or two that have claimed to have raised incredible amounts for charities, but after the expenses were counted. . . well, honey, I can tell you that a garage sale would have been more beneficial.”

Pulling out his quill pen, the aged elf, who has been in the same position before countless times, prepared to write the latest entry in the MySweetCharity book of rules.

Queenie harrumphed herself, sat on her double-cushioned throne and waved her scepter — “From this point on, we shall only post news about the net amount that will be handed over to the charity/nonprofit.”