Sold-Out Alert!: It’s Their Time

When Leslie Crozier takes on a task, she does it with gusto, to say the least. After observing the devastation of a family member’s Alzheimer’s, she established a nonprofit —It’s Their Time — “dedicated exclusively to advancing research for Alzheimer’s.”

Leslie Crozier and Roger Rosenberg (File photo)

To fund Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Research and DNA Vaccine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, she’s put together a cocktail celebration this Tuesday at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek with WFAA meteorologist Pete Delkus as co-host and Hollywood F.A.M.E. Star Award Winner Aubree-Anne performing.

At one point, Leslie reported, “Remind me not to start a brand new amazing charity… and throw a kick-off at the Mansion… 120 days later! I might have been just a little ambitious in my goal!!!”

But, she need not worry. With determination and loads of friends and supporters, the event is sold out.

To ramp up the fundraising, she’s also arranged for eight live auction items including dinner with Dr. Rosenberg, concert tickets to Lady Gaga’s concert and an incredible Fourth of July stay in Vail that will have paddles rising.   

Aware Affair Had Guests From Near And Far, Oldtimers and Newcomers Raising Funds To Combat Alzheimer’s

Bob and Myrna Schlegel

While the Yellow Rose Gala was under way across Stemmons Freeway for Multiple Sclerosis, and the No Tie Dinner and Dessert was raising funds for AIDs Services of Dallas at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Aware’s “Aware Affair” was filling the Atrium lobby of the Anatole with about 300 guests on Saturday, April 8.

Sandi and Jim Treliving and Amy and Greg Osler

As Aware vets like Kay and Jim Hammond checked out the silent auction items, honorees Myrna and Bob Schlegel were thrilled to have fellow Canadians Sandi and Jim Treliving on hand. Jim, who owns the Boston Pizza company, has also been a regular for 12 years on the CBC-TV show “Dragon’s Den,” which is the Canadian counterpart of ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank.”

Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan, Ron Corning, Venise Stuart, Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski

Aware President Venise Stuart, decked out in a Patti Flowers ensemble, hardly made it past the check-in as she greeted guests like Dolores and Larry Barzune, Dee Holley, Debra Nelson, Harriet Kelly Gibbe, Misty Keown, Jolie and Bart Humphrey, Honorary Co-Chairs Amy and Greg Osler, Chairs Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan and Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski, the Center for BrainHealth’s Sandi Chapman, and Kimber Hartmann with husband Michael Hartmann.

Kimber and Michael Hartmann

Dolores and Larry Barzune

Justin Hinton, Shane Allen and Ron Corning

Master of Ceremonies WFAA’s Ron Corning arrived with graying Eye Opener’s Shane Allen and Asheville, North Carolina, TV reporter Justin Hinton. Ron reported having had a full day, as only a few hours earlier he’d been emceeing the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival in Ennis.

Debbie Oates, Christie Carter and Sandi Chapman

Pam and Dan Busbee

In another part of the lobby, honorees Pam and Dan Busbee greeted guests with Christie Carter, Debbie Oates, Gregory Dunbar and Terry Van Willson, as they entered the Stemmons Ballroom for dinner, a live auction and dancing to the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra.

Thanks to funds raised from the dinner as well as the live and silent auctions, checks will be handed over to the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas, Juliette Fowler Communities, NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, The Senior Source, Texas Winds Musical Outreach, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

For more photos, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Aware Affair

Bob and Myrna Schlegel

All of North Texas was partying to raise funds on Saturday, April 8. The Yellow Rose Gala was underway at The Renaissance and the No Tie Dinner and Dessert was raising the roof over at Frontiers of Flight Museum.

The Aware Affair at the Hilton Anatole even had a Canadian Shark Tanker thanks to Co-Honorees Myrna and Bob Schlegel.

Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan, Ron Corning, Venise Stuart, Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski

And emcee WFAA’s Ron Corning brought along North Carolinian TV newscaster Justin Hinton. Of course, Co-Chairs Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan and Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski also had loads of locals on the scene.

While the post is being finalized, check out some of the folks, who were raising funds to battle Alzheimer’s, at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Aware Dallas President Venise Stewart Had A Very Busy Day On Wednesday, March 29

Venise Stuart had a very busy Wednesday, March 29. There had been her being featured in the Tradition Senior Living’s “Inspiring Lives” in the Dallas Morning News that morning. She claimed that she was amazed by the spotlight, but credited Linda Faulkner Johnston for easing her into it.

Venise Stuart

Then she was at the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society Luncheon with James Farmer as the keynote speaker.

And that evening as president of Aware, she was attending the Aware Affair Patron Party at Aware Affair Co-Chairs Penny Reid’s and Thomas Nolan’s Highland Park home that night.

The Saturday, April 8th fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom would honor Pam and Dan Busbee, Myrna and Bob Schlegel and the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund.

Unfortunately, on this evening Pam was away in California. No problem. The party came off without a hitch.

Leslie Ann Crozier Kicks Off “Countdown To The Cure . . . Committed Exclusively To Alzheimer’s Research” With A SRO Crowd

The valets had been warned to expect about 30 cars on Thursday January 26, at The Plaza on Turtle Creek. That number had been hit before The Conservancy doors opened at 6 p.m. What drew the crowd of 75 including Barbara and Stan Levenson, Kay Hammond, Gary Garcia and Lee Bailey was the shout out by Leslie Ann Crozier.

Lee Bailey, Gary Garcia, Leslie Ann Crozier and Roger Rosenberg

The Hot On! Homes Co-CEO was spearheading “Countdown To The Cure . . . Committed Exclusively To Alzheimer’s Research” to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research at UT Southwestern. She had created the fundraiser because of her mother’s developing Alzheimer’s three years ago.

To bring the reality of the disease to the forefront, Leslie Ann had Alzheimer’s Disease Center Director at UT Southwestern Dr. Roger Rosenberg on hand to get guests involved on the host committee of the “1st Annual ‘It’s Their Time’ Celebration Gala” on Tuesday, May 23, at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

MySweet2017Goals: Venise Stuart

According to AWARE Dallas President Venise Stuart,

Venise Stuart (File photo)

“’Americans whisper the word “Alzheimer’s” because their government whispers the word “Alzheimer’s.” And although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it’s still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs.’ – Seth Rogen

“I love this quote – it says so much – we need to yell at the top of our lungs – we have to get the funding and the research done, so we can overcome this horrible and extremely sad disease.

“Our goal is to do just that and we can do it with your help. Become part of the solution and join AWARE in our fight against Alzheimer’s. Since 1989 we have raised over $12,000,000 towards this cause. Membership is open to the public. Our fundraiser, AWARE Affair – Celebrate the Moments, is Saturday, April 8. We’d love to have you join us! Learn more at AWAREDallas.org.”

Golf Analyst David Feherty Was A Keynote Hit At 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast Blending Addiction Struggles With Irish Humor

One behind-the-scenes story speaks volumes about the irreverent, freewheeling nature of the sold-out 32nd annual CARE Breakfast, which was held Wednesday, November 9, at the Belo Mansion and “starred” keynote speaker David Feherty, the hilarious NBC Sports pro golf reporter—and recovering addict.

It seems, we were told, that David learned about the kidney replacement surgery undergone a while back by Norm Bagwell, husband of CARE Dallas mainstay Robin Bagwell. Once Norm received his new kidney from Robin, David was told, his golf handicap plummeted from 14 to 5. Whereupon the morning’s keynoter cracked that if Norm “had only had his spleen taken out, he could have been a scratch golfer!”

Robin Bagwell, David Feherty and Norm Bagwell*

The golf theme—Irish-born Feherty, after all, is a former pro on both the European and PGA tours—was prominent during the breakfast, a big fundraiser for CARE Dallas and its work to educate the community about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. The table centerpieces, for example, were clever decorations consisting of green felt, two golf balls, and a spray of red tees.

Following the “serenity” prayer delivered by the Rev. Paul Rasmussen, CARE’s new executive director, Susan Morgan, explained that CARE Dallas is a “safe and confidential place for families to learn about resources that are available to fight addiction.” In 2017, she added, the nonprofit plans to start up several new support groups.

Scott and Jan Osborn*

Then Robin, who’s been involved with CARE for 16 years, presented the group’s Margaret Sharpe Community Service Award to her pal Jan Osborn, an eight-year veteran of the group and the board chair for three years. Said Robin: “My greatest accomplishment was bringing Jan Osborn on to the board.” When Jan proceeded to deliver the world’s shortest acceptance speech—basically just saying thanks—Terry Bentley Hill took the stage and quipped, “If this was the Academy Awards, the orchestra hadn’t even pulled up the violins yet.” With that she introduced the keynoter, Feherty, calling him a “combination of Oprah and Johnny Carson.”

Terry Bentley Hill*

It was an apt description, if a little too G-rated.

At the lectern, Feherty set the tone right off the bat: “The first thing I thought this morning when I woke up was, ‘Hey, shit. I need a drink!’” After some jokes about the weak urinary stream of a 58-year-old man—that’s him—he quickly turned serious. “There’s no such thing as ‘recovery,’” he said. “Any addict knows that. I don’t need to be sober the rest of my life. I just need to be sober today.”

But then, soon enough, he was back to cracking wise: “The doctor asked me, ‘Have you ever thought about getting help?’ And I said, ‘No, I can drink it all by myself!’ ”

With that Feherty took off on the “dark sense of humor” found in his native Northern Ireland: “I don’t know if my father was an alcoholic, but he made a solid attempt at being one.” He introduced his 86-year-old mother, Vi Feherty—she was sitting in the audience—and said she’s been married for 63 years to Feherty’s 91-year-old father, Bill Feherty, who’s suffering now** from Alzheimer’s. The disease has its upside, Feherty said, explaining that Billy “broke out of his assisted living home, but couldn’t remember why he broke out. So he broke back in.” When Billy would come home late years ago after drinking at the club, Feherty recalled, his dad would ask Vi, “Is my dinner still warm?” And she would reply, “Yes. It’s in the dog.”

David Feherty*

Then came a series of random—and hilarious—stories and quips:

  • “A cop says to a drunk, ‘Sir, can you step out of the car?’ ‘No, I’m too drunk. You get in.’ ”
  • “The only reason I’m here today is because [Jan] Osborn has pictures of me with a goat.”
  • “I love Texas. It’s like America—except better.”

Concluding his entertaining talk, Feherty waxed serious again about his struggles with addiction. After his “career and marriage ended on the same day,” he recalled, he began taking 20 to 30 pills, plus two bottles of whiskey, daily. … “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great drunks and with some bad drunks,” Feherty said. “I was a spectacular drunk!

“I was sober the best part of 10 years, until 10 months ago,” he went on. “Like most alcoholics, I can’t believe it came back to bite me. I ended up in the Mayo Clinic rehab center in Rochester [Minnesota]. There are more friggin’ bars in that town! It was probably the worst 11 days of my life.” Turns out, Feherty had been suffering from a neurological disease in which “the frontal lobe of the brain doesn’t work properly,” he said. “It’s called the Comic’s Disease—Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters had it. … But, I’ve been sober for a few months now—again.” (At that, the crowd applauded enthusiastically.)

He ended on a poignant note: “I can drink it all by myself,” Feherty said. “But I can’t be sober without your help.”

Many in the crowd, it seemed, could relate.

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee 
** Editor's note: Billy Feherty died two weeks later on Thanksgiving morning

Myrna And Bob Schlegel, Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund And Pam And Dan Busbee To Be Honored At Celebrate The Moments

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Aware really knows how to show the love. Just last month it was announced that Myrna and Bob Schlegel had re-energized the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund to support those specializing in gerontology nursing.

Now, Aware President Venise Stuart and 2017 Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments Co-Chairs Angela Fontana and Andrew Szuwalski and Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan have revealed that the Saturday, April 8th fundraiser will honor Myrna and Bob and the Scholarship Fund at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, April 8.

But there’s more news. In addition to the Schlegels and the Fund, community leaders Pam and Dan Busbee will also be honored.

Pam Busbee (File photo)

Dan Busbee (File photo)

Greg and Amy Osler (File photo)

Serving as honorary co-chairs for the evening of cocktails, silent and live auction, three-course dinner and dancing to Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra will be Amy and Greg Osler, who amazed last year’s gathering with their story about Amy’s being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 51.

This year’s beneficiaries will include the Center for BrainHealth, Juliette Fowler Homes Inc., NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, The Senior Source, Texas Winds Musical Outreach and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Rita Wilson Showed Spunk, Humor And Courage About Her Breast Cancer At The 17th Annual Celebrating Women Luncheon

North Texas treasure Lindalyn Adams was under the weather on Thursday, October 20. Of all days to be ill, this one was the wrong one. It was also the day when her brainchild fundraiser, the 2016 Celebrating Women Luncheon, was scheduled to take place at the Anatole. While it would be the first in its 17-year history for Lindalyn to miss, the show went on to raise funds for Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s efforts to battle breast cancer.

Despite her absence, Baylor Health Care System President Robin Robinson and Baylor Scott And White Health CEO/Luncheon Honorary Co-Chair Joel Allison lauded her from the podium giving her full credit for the $26M that the annual luncheon has provided.

Lynn McBee, Caren Kline and Ros Dawson

Lynn McBee, Caren Kline and Ros Dawson

Virginia Chandler Dykes

Virginia Chandler Dykes

Gail Fischer

Gail Fischer

Julie Turner

Julie Turner

Angie Kadesky, Tucker Enthoven and Nancy Carter

Angie Kadesky, Tucker Enthoven and Nancy Carter

Rita Wilson and Nancy Rogers

Rita Wilson and Nancy Rogers

The program for this year’s VIP reception in the Wedgwood Room was a tadbit different than past years. Robin decided all the speech making at previous pre-luncheon gatherings was unnecessary. So he killed the speeches and just let the crowd (Margo Goodwin, Julie Turner, Anne Nixon, Barbara Stuart, Sara Martineau, Randi Halsell, Angie Kadesky, Tucker Enthoven, Nancy Carter, D’Andra Simmons, Becky Bright, Caren Kline, Ros Dawson, Lynn McBee, Fredye Factor, Sarah Losinger, Gail Fischer, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Debbie Oates) have coffee, juice, pastries and chit chat. Great decision!

Kate Swail and Robin Robinson

Kate Swail and Robin Robinson

One topic was who the gal was in the hot pink embroidered caftan. It turned out to be Robin’s daughter Kate Swail.

Just outside the Wedgwood Room, a unique twosome posed for a photo — Gretchen Minyard Williams of the Minyard Food Store family and Connie Yates of Celebrating Women presenting sponsor Tom Thumbs. The two had a chuckle when Connie recalled upon arriving on the Dallas scene, folks would mistake her for Gretchen.

Connie Yates and Gretchen Minyard Williams

Connie Yates and Gretchen Minyard Williams

Joel and Diane Allison

Joel and Diane Allison

Honorary Co-Chair/Joel’s better half Diane Allison told how the couple had bought a condo in Waco and were looking forward to it. Only problem? Their Dallas digs sold faster than they had planned, so Diane was hustling to get things ready to move out. 

The only hitch was a very slow-mo, greet-and-meet photo session with keynote speaker/multi-talented Rita Wilson. While Rita was delightful, VIP guests were lined up three deep waiting for their photos.  

BTW, you would have loved Rita. Everyone did. Like you, she was gracious and fun. One couldn’t help but suspect she’s on everybody’s Christmas card list.

When the doors to the Chantilly Ballroom opened, you would have been amazed how filled the place was with Toni Brinker, Lana Andrews, Gene Jones, Lee Ann White, Al Hill Jr. with daughters Heather Washburne and Elisa Summers, Nancy Rogers and Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner.

While Event Chair Aileen Pratt visited tables, husband Jack Pratt revealed the secret of youth. With a smile, the spry 90-year-young Pratt attributed it to having young children, Aileen and three points that he had learned from Dr. Kenneth Cooper:

  1. Go to sleep each night at the same time
  2. Sleep for eight hours
  3. Eat healthy.

Once the program got underway, the speakers (Aileen, Underwriting Chair Gloria Eulich Martindale, Robin and Joel) kept their words short and on point — genetic research is the future in the fight against breast cancer. Their words were supported by a video featuring experts like genetic counselor Ann Bunnell and breast cancer survivor Tracie Johnson

Aileen Pratt

Aileen Pratt

Gloria Eulich Martindale

Gloria Eulich Martindale

It was touching to see Joel on stage for his final appearance as CEO of Baylor Scott and White.

Another change in the luncheon’s program was the usual speech from the podium was replaced by a conversation between Rita and Robin. It was as if it was a chat in a living room as the two settled back in white easy chairs. It was the first time that Rita had discussed her having breast cancer in front of group, but her hopes was that one person might get a second opinion and save their life after hearing her story. 

Rita Wilson and Robin Robinson

Rita Wilson and Robin Robinson

Ten years earlier, Rita’s doctor told her that she was at high risk for having cancer, but not to worry. Still she went to have yearly mammograms and MRIs. All was fine until one in 2015. She had a needle biopsy with no resounding conclusions. Still Rita wasn’t satisfied and had two lumpectomies to remove tissues. Still there was no proof of cancer. Then she stressed that all should listen, “I just had a gut feeling that that just didn’t feel right.” A breast cancer survivor friend suggested her getting a second opinion and recommended Dr. Ira Bleiweiss.  It just so happened that she was doing a play in NYC and flying home on the weekends for her surgeries. One New York surgeon asked why she was having all these lumpectomies… “Why aren’t you getting a second opinion? The guy we use is Dr. Ira Bleiweiss.” Tissue samples were sent to Ira and after other testing, the results proved that Rita was likely going to have breast cancer. The decision was made to have bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson

Robin asked, “Do you remember that ‘Ah, shoot!’ moment?” To which Rita broke up the seriousness of the situation by saying, “It was really more like ‘Ah, shit!’” It worked. The room was filled with laughter because everyone of the cancer survivors/patients understood Rita’s reaction.

A self-professed doer, Rita added the surgery to her “Must-Do-List.” But four months later when everything was done, it really hit her what she had been through.

Following the surgery, she returned to the play four weeks later and now admits that it was a bit ambitious.

Other highlights of their conversation included:

  • “I love anything that makes me feel happy. I look for project that make people smile.”
  • Life on the road with her band — “I was touring with the band Chicago and the bus broke down right around the Donner Pass. It was about two in the morning. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere.” But they made it to Reno for the performance. Still the bus needed to be replaced and it was in the middle of touring season when availability of buses is limited. They ended giving me Merle Haggard’s bus. He had bought this bus right before he passed away, which I thought was an amazing thing. He was thinking, ‘I’m just gonna keep on going.’ He had a safe in the box. I didn’t have the combo, so I don’t know what was in the safe.”
  • Her parents — “My mom [who died at 93] was a character. She was Greek. My dad, who died when he was 89. They were married 59 years. My mom always said things to me like, ‘You have to be your own best friend;’ ‘I like my own company;’ ‘You know in the beginning when you meet somebody and they say opposites attract? Later it’s opposites attack.’”
  • Her mother’s Alzheimer’s — “It’s (Alzheimer’s) really also a hideous disease. The last full conversation I had with her was really amazing because I went over to her house and I said, ‘Hi, mom, how are you doing?’ And she said, ‘Oh, I’m good.’ I asked if she knew who I was. And she said, ‘My daughter.’ I said, ‘That’s right. Which daughter?’ And she couldn’t answer that. So I said, ‘It’s me, Mom. It’s Rita.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘You’re too good looking to be Rita.’ I took it as a compliment.”
  • Her dad — “He escaped from Bulgaria and worked on a freighter ship to the Philadelphia, where he jumped ship. He worked as a bartender all his life and was supporting his family. His name was Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff but he became Allan Wilson. My Dad’s name was difficult to spell or pronounce, so when he became a naturalized citizen, the judge said, ‘Do you want to change your name to something a little easier?’ He said, ‘Yeah, to Wilson,’ because that was the name of the street we lived on.’
  • Her birth name — “My original name was Margarita Ibrahimoff.” Robin told her that Margarita has special meaning here in Texas.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding — Having attended lots of plays in New York, she felt she had given “short shrift” to productions on the West Coast and decided to see one in LA. “I opened the LA Times and there was a little square for an ad and it was maybe a two-inch square saying Nia Vardalos in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ I thought that title makes me laugh. I’m going to see this. What’s the worst that can happen? I took my mom, my sister and my nieces and I thought, ‘The worst that can happen is we’ll have a bad show, but a great dinner somewhere.’ We went to see the show and it was great.” She told Nia that she thought it would make a great movie. Month or years later, Nia told Rita that they only had enough money to put an ad in the paper one day, one time and that was the day I saw the title.”
  • Her mom’s reaction to the movie — Imitating her mom, Rita said, ‘They are nothing like us!” Rita laughed saying, “Oh, no, they’re nothing like us. My sister lives next to my mom.
  • Meeting Tom Hanks — They met on the show “Bosom Buddies.” About two years later, they were cast in a movie called “Volunteers.” About a year afterward they started dating.
  • Rita Wilson

    Rita Wilson

    “Sleepless in Seattle” — The “That’s A Chick’s Movie” scene where the characters talk about “An Affair To Remember” was largely improvised. After Rita had done her scene recalling the emotional ending of the movie, Tom Hanks and Victor Garber improvised about “The Dirty Dozen.”

  • Her walk-up song — “Grateful”
  • Drug of choice — It used to be chocolate, but “I’ve been trying to give up sugar lately since Tom has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I also cut down on alcohol because my oncologist recommended five glasses or less of any kind of alcohol per week. He did say, ‘You can have it all in one day.’”
  • Bucket list — Not to have a definitive schedule and be more spontaneous.
  • Unknown — “I speak French and a little bit of Greek. I do ski. Don’t come with me if you want to go slow. I water color just for fun. I took lessons for five years and I learned that you can’t get worse at something, if you do it consistently.”
  • Message for those who are facing cancer — “For people who are not there yet, trust your instinct about anything and trust your gut and don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion from your doctor or a second opinion on your pathology. For those who are going through treatment or about to go through treatment, I know it feels like it’s never going to be anything other than what you’re doing and what that life is. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you’re going to be able to see that light sooner than you think. Keep the faith and do things that make you happy while you’re going through it.”

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Lee Jarmon Pro Am Golf Tournament Benefits Baylor AT&T Memory Center

Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson usually shaves off his summer beard at the end of August. But evidently he’s been just too dang busy to apply blade to whiskers.

On Wednesday, September 21, Robin’s smile shown through the facial hair as he received a simply lovely $145,000 check from Steve Folsom and Matt Bryan at the Crescent Club.

David Howe, Elisa Stephens, Matt Bryan, Robin Robinson, Steve Folsom, Kimberly Doyle and Stacy Stephens

David Howe, Elisa Stephens, Matt Bryan, Robin Robinson, Steve Folsom, Kimberly Doyle and Stacy Stephens

The check was the result of the May 16th Lee Jarmon Pro Am Golf Tournament at Gleneagles Country Club that Steve and Matt had co-chaired. On hand for the presentation were Baylor neuropsychologist Dr. Kimberly Doyle, tournament committee member Dave Howe, tournament staffers Elisa Stephens and Stacey Stephens and Baylor Foundation’s Jennifer Huntsberry, Susan McSherry, Angela Randall and Tim Moore.

Jennifer Huntsberry, Angela Randall, Tim Moore and Susan McSherry

Jennifer Huntsberry, Angela Randall, Tim Moore and Susan McSherry

While it was the 28th anniversary of the tournament, it was the first year that the Baylor Foundation had been selected as a third-party beneficiary.

The funds will be used to support the Baylor AT&T Memory Center. And it seemed so fitting, since the tournament was named in honor of the late businessman/auto dealer Lee Jarmon, who “was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the 1980’s.” The battle came to an end with Lee’s death on July 10, 1997 at the age of 81.

Aware Meeting Revealed Plans For Aware Affair Plus A Talk By Dr. Sara Festini On “Staying Busy is Associated with a Sharper Mind”

At the Aware Dallas meeting on Wednesday, September 14, at Myrna and Bo Schlegel’s estate, the setting was ideal for the news of the day. Yes, it’s already been reported about the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund that not only honors Myrna’s years in the nursing profession but also her concern about the need for nurses specializing in gerontology.

Carol Stabler, Venise Stuart, Sara Festini and Stacey Angel*

Carol Stabler, Venise Stuart, Sara Festini and Stacey Angel*

But there was still more news for the assembled guests including Carol Stabler, Stacey Angel, Deborah Packer, Holly Hull Miori, Caroline Rose Hunt, Billie Leigh Rippey, Ramona Jones, Dorothea Meltzer and Sarah Losinger. Aware President Venise Stuart revealed the plans for the annual Aware Affair gala on Saturday, April 8. With a theme of Celebrate The Moments, the cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, three-course dinner and dancing will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole.

Ramona Jones, Dorothea Meltzer and Sarah Losinger*

Ramona Jones, Dorothea Meltzer and Sarah Losinger*

Caroline Rose Hunt and Billie Leigh Rippey*

Caroline Rose Hunt and Billie Leigh Rippey*

Chairing this year’s event will be Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski and Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan.

Deborah Packer, Holly Hull Miori and Angela Fontana*

Deborah Packer, Holly Hull Miori and Angela Fontana*

This year’s beneficiaries are Center for BrainHealth, Juliette Fowler Homes Inc., NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, The Senior Source, Texas Winds Musical Outreach and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

You’ll be able to leave your black-tie clothes in the closet, since it will be a cocktail attire gathering.

More details will be announced in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned.

In addition to the news about the scholarship and the gala, Aging Mind Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Sara Festini discussed “Staying Busy is Associated with a Sharper Mind.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Myrna D. Schlegel/Award Scholarship Fund Gets A Boost In Funding For Nurses Specializing In Gerontology

The Aware crowd broke a plethora of news at its meeting on Thursday, September 15, at Myrna and Bob Schlegel’s estate. But more about that in the days to come. The biggest news was the announcement of the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund.

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Established in 1999 by Aware in honor of Myrna Schlegel, it has grown over the years to more than $255,000. At the meeting it was revealed that the Schlegels were pledging a further contribution of $10,000 to kick-off the rejuvenation of the Schlegel/Award partnership, bringing the fund total to more than $265,000.

Aware President Venise Stuart and Myrna explained that the new fund with The Dallas Foundation would provide funding for nursing students.

A former nurse, Myrna thanked everyone and expressed her enthusiasm for the renewed partnership that will support the growth and scope of the nursing student scholarship award, making possible a difference in the lives of nursing students who have chosen to devote their careers to work in the field of gerontology, especially dealing with dementia.

Selection of the recipients is made through a vetting process that includes members of Aware and representatives of the Schlegel Family.

According to Venise, “Aware Dallas is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund to further both organizations’ service to individuals and families of the North Texas community affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.”

JUST IN: Aware Dallas’ Celebrate The Moments Plans And Beneficiaries Announced

Venise Stuart (File photo)

Venise Stuart (File photo)

After packing the younger elves off for summer camp and checking elder-type elves in for surgical enhancements, MySweetCharity headquarters continues being hit with all types of news. Forget all those rumors that things were calming down for the summer.

Aware Dallas President Venise Stuart just sent word that plans are already in place for the fundraising Aware Affair gala, “Celebrate the Moments,” on Saturday, April 8, at the Hilton Anatole. Co-chairing the evening of auctions, three-course dinning and dancing to Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra tunes will be Angela Fontana and Andrew Szuwalski and Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan.

Proceeds from the annual soiree will benefit the following programs dealing with Alzheimer’s:

  • Center for BrainHealth: Support for research aimed at slowing the rate of cognitive decline in patients with Early Mild Cognitive Impairment;
  • Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc.: Support for an expansion in the Art Therapy Program for residents who live with various stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias;
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church: Support for the Casa de Vida program offering affordable respite care for caregivers of individuals diagnosed with beginning-to-middle stage dementia being cared for at home;
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation: Support for the Grace Caring Fund which provides a safety net for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents experiencing financial hardship ensuring that they can continue living at Grace;
  • The Senior Source: Support for Senior Companions (volunteers) to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach: Support for Musical Therapy Concerts for Seniors in Priority Facilities;
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Support for the Clinical Neurology Fellowship Program.

Despite Rain And Change Of Location, AWARE Affair Was Celebrating The Moment(s)

As if on cue, the unscheduled rains started falling as the AWARE Affair Celebrating the Moments guests started arriving at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, April 9. The good news was that the valet arrival was at the covered porte-cochere.

But for some folks, it was a little bewildering. The invite had reported that the event was to take place at the Anatole’s Grand Ballroom. Still guests like Ramona Jones, Kay and Jim Hammond, Jennifer and John Eagle, Carol Seay and Kristi and Ron Hoyl were directed to the Atrium, where purple-and-white balloons floated and silent auction items filled tables. Evidently there had been a change of plans after the invites had been issued, and the dinner had been moved to the Stemmons Ballroom.

Kay Hammond and Margaret Guerlein

Kay Hammond and Margaret Guerlein

Ron and Kristi Hoyl

Ron and Kristi Hoyl

Someone commented that the Troy Aikman-United Way event was supposed to be taking place at that very moment at Klyde Warren Park. Luckily, word had it that a back-up plan was in place to move the whole thing indoors.

No problem. Venise Stuart, who had chaired the Les Femmes du Monde in October, was fresh off a day of commandeering the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society’s home tour. Venise was all smiles. Seems that despite a drip-drop during the day, the tour had missed the heavy downpour that was taking place during the AWARE fundraiser.

Larry and Venise Stuart

Larry and Venise Stuart

Don Hammond and Sandi Chapman

Don Hammond and Sandi Chapman

BrainHealth’s Sandi Chapman was thrilled with the turnout. After all, the evening was benefiting BrainHealth in addition to Baylor AT&T Memory Center, Jewish Family Service, Juliette Fowler Communities, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Center for Vital Longevity, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation and Texas Winds Musical Outreach.

2015 Zoo To Do Co-Chairs Cindy and Chuck Gummer were looking forward to the 2016 Zoo To Do. They were betting that the triumvirate of Hal Brierley, Don Glendenning and John Levy would beat their total. When asked if the newly arrived elephants naming might be up for bid, Cindy reported that the naming of the elephant newbies had already taken place. Well, darn.

Chuck and Cindy Gummer

Chuck and Cindy Gummer

Sarah and Alan Losinger and Carol Seay

Sarah and Alan Losinger and Carol Seay

But this evening was not about elephants or the weather. It was to honor Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Sarah and Alan Losinger and Gail and Bill Plummer, as well as Honorary Chair Bob Miller. It also provided the opportunity to hear blonde Amy Osler tell how just a couple of years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 50.

Three One-Of-A-Kind Experiences Will Go On The Aging Mind Foundation Auction Bloc Saturday

Choices, choices, choices! Bid on one or all three. That’s the dilemma facing 2016 Aging Mind Foundation Gala guests this Saturday at The Joule. As if it weren’t enough that the event benefiting the Center for BrainHealth and honoring Shirley and Bob Miller wasn’t enough, Gala Chair Barbara Daseke has put together three OMG live auction packages to get hands waving.

Here’s a rundown of the three:

Sky-high Dining In The Sky Room

Have you eaten in the best restaurants in the world and now are looking for a new, one-of-a-kind cuisine experience? This package will delights your sensory system by tantalizing your tastebuds, amazing your eyes and provide the wittiest of conversations just for your ears.

High atop Museum Tower, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer with the help of architect Bill Booziotis and interior designer Barbara Daseke have created the Sky Room with floor-to-ceilings windows and balcony overlooking Dallas. Dedicated to personal entertaining by Hulshoff and Fischer, it will be made available to the winner of this package and seven of his/her friends.

The menu will be a five-course dinner curated by The Joule’s chef with “special vintage wines” provided by Pogo’s sommelier.

As for food for thought, WFAA’s Ron Corning will be the ringmaster of chat. And, oh, the tales he has to tell!

Gotta To Go To Togo Island*

Togo Island isn’t really an island. It’s actually a peninsula in the bend of the Mississippi River neatly tucked between Mississippi and Louisiana just down the road from Vicksburg

Because of its location and the abundance of vegetation on its 7,207.7 contiguous acres, it is ideal for wildlife to flourish. In addition to the turkey, waterfowl, small game and fish, Togo Island’s White-tailed Deer have become legendary with even the most demanding world-renowned hunters like Will Primos.

Limited to by-invitation-only membership, Lane Mitchell has made available a hunting package for two people to have a three-night stay in the lodge with meals included plus two days of guided duck and deer hunting. While the dates for this outing are to be mutually agreed upon, Lane suggested that the premium hunting time is January 1-15, 2017.

Run For The Roses Weekend*

While the actual Kentucky Derby run only last two minutes, true-blue Churchill Downs partying and celebration is a four-day affair. This Kentucky Derby package is far more than just attending the track the day of the race. It’s strictly VVIP, so if you win this package, you’d better buy some pretty new things to impress the Louisville locals.

If you can make time in your schedule to arrive early on Thursday, May 5, you’ll be able to take a tour of the Slugger Museum or the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Take the night off and rest. You’ll need it for what’s up ahead.

Friday, May 6, you’ll have to make another Solomon’s choice between

  • A private tour of “the most famous and successful thoroughbred horses and farms in the world.” Perhaps one of the equine runners will give you a tip on which Derby entrant to bet on. And while the ponies are munching on oats, you’ll dine at Chef Ouita Michel’s Holly Hill Inn.
  • Attend Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks, where you’ll have an afternoon of horse racing including the run of the two-year-old fillies.

Just think of the stories you’ll be able to share that evening at the barbecue hosted by Carolyn and Yum! CEO Greg Creed and other yummy folks.

When the big day comes on Saturday, May 7, you’ll start off with a brunch in the gardens of Whitehall, Louisville’s historic southern mansion. But don’t dawdle too long because even with your police escort you’ll need to get to Churchill Downs for the people watching and the horses breaking from the gate for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

After collecting your winnings, head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep because the next day it’s time to head home.

This incredible package including hotel, ground transfers to/from the airport, activities and Churchill Downs, food and beverage at all group events including Churchill Downs are provided by Yum! You’ll have to take care of the wagering and personal hotel incidentals.

But perhaps live auctions aren’t your favorite indoor sport. Thank heaven, Barbara has arranged to have a Sue Gragg ring as the galamorama raffle item with chances going for $25 per or five for $100.

* Travel to and from locations is not included in the package.

MySweetWishList: AWARE Dallas Raffle

According to AWARE Auction Chair Kay Hammond,

Kay Hammond*

Kay Hammond*

“I would like our wish to be that everyone join us in the fight against Alzheimer’s, with this wonderful opportunity for parents and/or grandparents of driving-aged teens. We encourage you to buy raffle tickets for stocking stuffers. For the first time we have the prize of a 2016 V6 Ford Mustang Coupe made possible by Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford in Plano. Only 1,500 tickets are available $35 each or $100 for 3 tickets. The winner need not be present to win. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes, title and license fees. Please email [email protected] or call 469.573.1515.

AWARE raffle prize**

AWARE raffle prize**

“AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Its mission is to provide funding and support to nonprofit organizations that are working on the front lines to fight this disease in Dallas and the North Texas region. Through the grant application review process, AWARE selects the most outstanding groups that provide services, programs, education, and resources to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers, and to organizations doing valuable research to find a prevention and cure.

“AWARE is proud to support nonprofit organizations that share its mission and are also dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease. “Together we will make a difference.”
For more information on AWARE Affair Celebrate the Moments, our gala on Saturday, April 9 chaired by Christie and Frank Scardino, email [email protected] or call 469.573.1515. For details about the grants and membership in the AWARE organization, visit the website at www.awaredallas.org. The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE.”

-By Kay Hammond, AWARE auction chair

* Photo credit: Dana 
Drienskey 
**Graphic provided 
by AWARE

MySweetWishList: Friends Of BrainHealth

According to 2016 Friends of BrainHealth Membership Co-Chairs Pam Borders and Kay Hammond,

Pam Border and Kay Hammond*

Pam Borders and Kay Hammond*

“Every person we know—and that you know—is impacted by their brain’s performance. As one of our fellow Center for BrainHealth advisory board members once said, without brain health, you do not have health.

“We first became involved with the Center for BrainHealth because of its work involving healthy aging and its dedication to investigating scientific solutions that may stave off Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We soon learned, however, that the aging brain is only one area of focus for BrainHealth. The Center for BrainHealth is committed to understanding, protecting, healing and enhancing the brain in people of all ages, whether in disease, injury or health.

“As 2016 Friends of BrainHealth Membership Chairs, we are thrilled to support our Friends of BrainHealth Co-Chairs Barbara Durham and Jane Smith, and the Co-Chairs of Junior Friends, an offshoot for the under 40 crowd, Anne MacDonald and Nena Oshman.

“Our wish is to have men and women in our community support Friends and help us fund at least four emerging scientists and their novel research initiatives each year.

2015 Friends of BrainHealth Award recipients (from the left): Hsueth-Sheng Chiang, Jenny Miller, Adam Teed and Matthew Kmieck*

2015 Friends of BrainHealth Award recipients (from the left): Hsueth-Sheng Chiang, Jenny Miller, Adam Teed and Matthew Kmieck*

“Scientists who are awarded the Friends $25,000 seedling grants conduct pilot studies that can serve as the groundwork for future, large-scale research initiatives and help forward the field of brain science.

“We humbly ask you to consider joining Friends of BrainHealth and support the work of future brain health leaders. Please visit http://www.centerforbrainhealth.org/friends_of_brainhealth/ or call Gail Cepak at 972.883.3408.

“There are seven membership levels:

  • Junior Friend ($250 for those under age 40),
  • Companion ($500),
  • Friend ($1,000)
  • Special Friend ($2,500)
  • Esteemed Friend ($5,000)
  • Distinguished Friend ($10,000) and
  • Visionary Friend ($25,000).”

-By Pam Borders and Kay Hammond, 2016 Friends of BrainHealth Membership co-chairs

* Photos provided by Center for BrainHealth

Round Robin November 12: Crystal Charity Underwriters And AWARE Announcement Parties, A Night Of Light And Urban Revival

Thursday, November 12 was a gangbuster of a night for Dallas fundraising. Following an earlier of day of nonprofit loving, it was hard to imagine anyone had recovered long enough to make the evening rounds, but they did just that.

Crystal Charity Ball Underwriters Party

Sarah Perot and Christi Urschel

Sarah Perot and Christi Urschel

The Crystal Charity Ball underwriters gathering at Sharon and Terry Worrell was such a big hit thanks to gal pals/evening Co-Chairs Sarah Perot and Christi Urschel that within the first hour, minions were sent out because they were worried about running low on wine and tonic.

The bar in the Worrells great room

The bar in the Worrells great room

No surprise! The Worrells’ house was a killer. One top-ten gorgeous blonde type told her bestie pal, “You should see the bar!”

Good luck on that. The bar was located just under a balcony in the grandest great room in these parts. But just getting to the great room was an interior decorator’s delight. You had to go past the leisurely winding staircase with its non-aggressive lions and then past the “let me have a book” library to discover the great room.

But the conversation of the night focused on, of all things — pooches.

Comerica’s Ralph Babb was soloing the event. Wife Barbara Babb was grandchild tending and Ralph’s stay was gonna be brief. He had lab work. No, not the medical type. The Labrador type that were at home waiting for Ralph.

Michal Powell and Sharon Worrell

Michal Powell and Sharon Worrell

And then there was hot Terry, who had spotted a lynx in the back grounds. Not good for the Worrells’ Cavalier Spaniels. Terry reported that despite living in the very civilized Volks Estate, the neighborhood was still the stomping grounds for coyotes and now lynxs.

Adorable newlyweds April and Russ Lambert check out the display of gifts for the guests. It was so perfectly arranged by Gregory Dunbar, that it hurt to have one taken.

AWARE Announcement

Janet Broyles and Christie Scardino*

Janet Broyles and Christie Scardino*

Speaking of great rooms, Joyce and Larry Lacerte put theirs in Highland Park to use for the announcement of the 2015-2016 grant recipients. With the Texas Winds Musical Outreach musicians playing, AWARE President Janet Broyles reported the following groups will receive funds thanks to AWARE Affair’s Celebrate the Moments on Saturday, April 9th, at the Hilton Anatole:

  • Baylor AT&T Memory Center: Salary support for a Ph.D. Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Baylor AT&T Memory Center;
  • Center for BrainHealth: Support for researching the efficacy of early intervention in Mild Cognitive Impairment with cognitive training;
  • Center for Vital Longevity: Support for Dr. Denise Park’s online repository of data from the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study;
  • Jewish Family Service: Salary support for a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  • Juliette Fowler Communities: Support for a music therapist to work with JFC memory care residents;
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center: Support for Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research on the development of a vaccine to prevent Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation: Support for the Grace Caring Fund, specifically to help residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias;
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach: Support for music programs for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.
AWARE Affair Celebrate The Moment*

AWARE Affair Celebrate The Moment*

Christie Scardino will be chairing the gala with both silent and live auction and a three-course dinner. The evening’s entertainment will once again be Wayne Foster Entertainment from LA.

In other words, get your dancing shoes in fine shape. They’ll have a real workout that night.

The evening’s honorees will be Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Sarah and Alan Losinger and Gail and Bill Plumber. Honorary chair will be Robert “Bob” Miller.

A Night Of Light

Over at Sixty-Five Hundred, Nikki and Crayton Webb chaired the 2015 A Night Of Light benefiting CNM Connect where the following awards were presented:

  • 2015 Nonprofit of the Year presented by Atmos Energy
    Equest
  • 2015 Nonprofit CEO of the Year presented by Wells Fargo
    Michelle Kinder of Momentous Institute
  • 2015 Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year presented by Deloitte, EY and PwC
    Greg May of Dallas CASA
  • 2015 Nonprofit Communicator of the Year in Honor of Robert Miller presented by Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Morning News
    New Friends New Life
  • 2015 Corporation of the Year presented by Texas Instruments
    Southwest Airlines nominated by VNA

Urban Revival

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Event Co-Chairs Beverly and Al Childs and Kristen and Ladd Sanger welcomed over 150 guests to the third annual Urban Revival benefiting Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 3015 at Trinity Groves.

Al and Beverly Childs and Ladd and Kristen Sanger**

Al and Beverly Childs and Ladd and Kristen Sanger**

Upon arrival, partygoers entered the venue, which had been transformed into a swanky lounge with white banquettes, cocktail seating and bright pops of colorful linens in orange, fuscia and purple – all created by event designer Tom Addis. House elements, such as windows, doors and trusses, were painted white and suspended above the crowd to represent the homes built by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in partnership with hard working Dallas families. Top donors enjoyed their own private Metropolitan lounge, with dedicated bar and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. DJ Andre 7 with Medric G on drums provided a cool vibe while patrons mingled, sipped cocktails and posed for party pics in the photo booth.

Urban lounge**

Urban lounge**

Chef Van Meter’s delicious cuisine took center stage with an artisan cheese display upon guests’ arrival. followed by food stations offering small plates including jalapeno glazed fired chicken on Callie’s hot little biscuit with pimento chees simmered field peas; ancho braised duck on homestead gristmill grits and southern greens; Coca-Cola braised pot roast with gold potato puree with roasted Brussel sprouts and bacon and her crusted pork loin with hominy grill tomato pudding. For dessert, a pink petit dessert station sponsored by Mary Kay featuring pink velvet cakes, French raspberry macarons, pink frosted rice crispy treats, white chocolate pretzels; pink lemonade bars and prink sugar cookies.

Pink desserts**

Pink desserts**

A highlight was this year’s silent auction of five unique designer series Habitat houses, 3D printed in full-color and designed by Kevin Page 3D Gallery.  Each home model was based on Habitat’s most recent home designs.

Bill Hall**

Bill Hall**

Mid-way through the evening Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity CEO Bill Hall took a few minutes to thank everyone for attending the third annual fundraiser and shared the importance of their financial support to the work Dallas Habitat is doing in the community. Co-Chair Al Childs followed and added his thanks to the many sponsors and donors who had made the evening possible. He then encouraged all including Cara and Jim French, Nancy Gopez and Katy and Lawrence Bock to continue to support Dallas Area Habitat’s mission of revitalizing neighborhoods, by purchasing raffle tickets or by bidding in the silent auction.

Cara French, Katy and Lawrence Bock and Nancy Gopez**

Cara French, Katy and Lawrence Bock and Nancy Gopez**

At 9:00 Co-Chair Kristen Sanger announced the four lucky winners of this year’s raffle prizes, which included a Dallas Design package of one-of-a-kind fashion and home accessories package from some of Big D’s talented designers, a Mountain Getaway with a five-day, four-night stay at Casita Eileen, a two bedroom home (sleeps six) nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with airfare, Dinner with Chef Samir, which includes an exclusive dinner for six in your home prepared by the renowned Nick & Sam’s Executive Chef Samir Dhurandhar, and a one-of-a-kind 3D printed 14k gold Habitat house charm representing Habitat’s ongoing commitment to urban renewal.

* Graphic and photo provided by AWARE 
** Photo credit: Rhi Lee

Plans For Aging Minds Foundation Fundraiser Honoring Shirley And Robert “Bob” Miller Announced At Museum Tower Reception

WHO and Lee Bailey

Carol Riddick and Lee Bailey

High atop Museum Tower, Carol Riddick and Lee Bailey met in a fabulous bathroom. OK, so what’s the big deal? The gasl, who had never met, found themselves dressed in similar black leggings, black blouses and gray-and-black shawls. But they soon found that they had more in common than attire. It was the concern of Alzheimer’s and how its effect was stretching far beyond their immediate age group.

Lee fessed up that the misplacing of a credit card had triggered the angst of “What if this is a first sign?”

Carol, on the other hand, was concerned about the next generation and how it would be able to support the tsunami of baby boomers marching lock-step into the AARP part of life.

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

The ladies, who are sharper than a seamstress’s needle, bumped into each other in Laree Hulshoff’s and Ben Fischer’s condo overlooking the AT&T Performing Arts District on Monday, November 9. Underwritten by Neiman Marcus’ Jeff Byron and Kevin Hurst, the occasion was the announcement of the Aging Minds Foundation’s 2016 fundraising dinner that will be held on March 5th at The Joule Hotel.

Barbara Daseke and Ben Fischer

Barbara Daseke and Ben Fischer

Last year’s event that honored Robert “Bob” Wilson provided $209,950 funding for “the Aging Mind Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the benefit of the Center for Vital Longevity at UT Dallas.”

With a crowd in the living room including Ron Corning, Shane Allen, Rachel and John Michell, Kimber Hartmann, Kay and Jim Hammond and Sandi Chapman, Laree introduced the event’s Chair Barbara Daseke. According to Barbara, the 2016 honorees would be retired Dallas Morning News business columnist Robert “Bob” Miller and his wife of 52 years Shirley Miller and the honorary co-chairs would be Lee Ann and Alan White and Lana and Barry Andrews. Funds from the event will benefit the Center for BrainHealth.

After introducing Barbara, Laree chauffeured philanthropist Margaret McDermott’s wheelchair to a nearby spot. It soon became apparent that the wheelchair was starting to have a mind of its own as it edged backward almost “kissing” a standing piece of art. Luckily, Margaret put the brakes on the errant chair.

JUST IN: Aging Minds Foundation To Salute Former Dallas Morning News Columnist Bob Miller And His Child-Bride Shirley Miller

Laree Hulshoff and Barbara Daseke

Laree Hulshoff and Barbara Daseke

Aging Minds Foundation’s Chair Barbara Daseke and her fundraising partner Laree Hulshoff have just revealed that former Dallas Morning News columnist Bob Miller and his bride of 52 years Shirley Miller will be feted at the Aging Minds soiree on Saturday, March 5, at The Joule.

Serving as honorary co-chairs for “A Salute to Shirley and Bob Miller” will be Lee Ann and Alan White and Lana and Barry Andrews and The Joule Hotel will be the presenting sponsor. The event will benefit the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In addition to cocktails and dinner, tenor James Valenti will perform.

According to Barbara, “Research into the aging mind, diagnosing symptoms and managing life-challenging conditions necessitate funding. At the Aging Mind Foundation, it is our goal to use proceeds from this evening to contribute to institutions in North Texas who conduct research and provide treatment, education and advocacy of critical issues unique to the aging mind. Our society is rapidly aging, with increasing numbers of the population in their 7th decade or later. The need to understand how and why the mind ages and how this process can be halted or slowed has never been more urgent.”

Round Robin September 18: Harvest And Center For Vital Longevity Fifth Anniversary Dinner

Scrambling through the 2015 fall season requires juggling event coverage. On Friday, September 18, recruits were put into play to provide coverage of a couple of fundraisers benefiting tummies and gray matter. Here are a couple of reports from the field:

Harvest

Dallas Farmers Market’s Shed 1 was once again the site for Harvest benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Event chair Blake Stephenson, with husband Tom, were joined by honorary chairs Steve and Anne Stodghill and over 400 guests for the second annual event.

As guests arrived, DJ Lucy Wrubel set the vibe as she departed from her signature music mix, choosing instead country music befitting of the open-air venue decorated with warm fall hues complete with “farm” tables, mini pumpkins and votives.

Many partygoers were delighted to see NTFB’s Jan Pruitt at the event after hearing earlier in the week that she was out of town seeking medical treatment at MD Anderson.

With the Shed’s giant fans keeping the space cool, guests headed immediately to sample the small plates featuring fare from some of Dallas’ favorite chefs and restaurants. Some highlights included Princi Italia Chef Kevin Ascolese’s south Texas wild boar tortellini, The Ritz-Carlton Chef Chris Southwick’s ahi tuna tartar with pickled jicama, sunflower seeds and cilantro chutney, Savor Gastropub Chef John Coleman’s chili braised short ribs with fall squash puree, charred apple and smoke pecan gremolata, Parigi owner and chef Janice Provost’s eggplant parmesan. A couple of chefs brought out their soups with Stocks & Bondy’s owner and chef Joanne Bondy serving burgundy beef broth with perigord truffle tartalli and The Porch’s Chef Adam West offering cucumber-buttermilk soup with pickled local vegetables. Sweets were not forgotten with Haute Sweets Patisserie’s gourmet cookie bar and Remedy’s caramelized coconut ice cream with smoked almonds and dark chocolate.

Those not dining could be found in the silent auction bidding on an array of fashion, sports, dining and beauty packages, as well as opportunities to provide meals for NTFB clients.

Around 8:30, a small stage was moved to the center of the room so Stephenson could welcome attendees and thank them for their support of HARVEST. While the open-air shed made the acoustics a bit challenging, long-time NTFB supporter and board member (and last year’s honorary co-chair) Katherine Perot Reeves then took the stage to extend her thanks to Stephenson and the Stodghills for their part in making the evening possible, as well as recognizing the chefs, sponsors and in-kind donors. She also announced that on North Texas Giving Day, which was held the day before, over 2400 donors had contributed to NTFB making 1.44 million meals possible for the clients the agency serves.

Mike Jones then took the stage to get the live auction going with “fund the need” – asking patrons to provide funds for specific programs and needs such as providing nutritious food for students for an entire year through the Food 4 Kids Program at the $500 level or providing twenty seniors with groceries, fresh produce and pet food for one year for $2,500.  Then it was time to bid on the three live auction packages — a Pinehurst Resort Golf Package; five course dinner for ten with wine pairing at the home of renowned chef Kent Rathbun and a one-of-a-kind basketball fan experience with 18 luxury suite tickets for a Mavs or Stars game as well as the opportunity for four adults and two kids to shoot baskets with former Dallas Mavs point guard Derek Harper.

As guests went back for a final round at the food stations, DJ Lucy then switched gears – keeping the party going on the dance floor for a couple more hours.

Upon leaving, everyone received a burlap NTFB goodie bag with a trio of Pendery’s Spices, Paula Lambert’s “Cheese, Glorious Cheese!” cookbook, an NTFB T-shirt and the current issue of Modern Luxury.

HARVEST guests also included Eric Reeves, Jennie and Stuart Reeves, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Barbara Buzzell, Joyce Goss, Lynn and Allan McBee, Nancy Gopez, Michelle and Bill Lockhart, Kristie Ramirez, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Rachel and Chris Trowbridge, Heather and Malcolm Hicks, Heather Randall, Christina and Allen White and Mary Martha and John Pickens.

Center For Vital Longevity Anniversary Dinner

UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity held a five-year anniversary dinner party at the Highland Hotel that included many party-goers who have supported the Center since its inception in 2010. Just five years ago, CVL opened its doors with a kick-off that included Gov. Rick Perry as well as many Center community supporters and University officials.

Joining in the celebration of the Center’s anniversary and its national stature as a leader in the study of the aging mind was Dr. Reisa Sperling, a world-renowned researcher in Alzheimer’s Disease from Harvard University, who is leading a national study on early intervention for still-healthy individuals at high-risk for Alzheimer’s.

Denise Park, Reisa Sperling and Michael Rugg*

Denise Park, Reisa Sperling and Michael Rugg*

To thank her for her work in leading a broad-based research effort toward earlier diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Dr. Michael Rugg presented Dr. Sperling with CVL’s Award for Distinguished Research in the Science of the Aging Mind.

A cast of supporters turned out, too, to recognize the accomplishments of a Center that has quickly achieved impressive marks for scientific achievements.

Nancy Shutt and Bill Booziotis*

Nancy Shutt and Bill Booziotis*

Norm and Chela Abdallah*

Norm and Chela Abdallah*

Members of the CVL Director’s Research Circle who attended the anniversary dinner included Circle Chair Bill Booziotis with Nancy Shutt, as well as Jannah Hodges, Steve and Linda Ivy, Nancy O’Neil and Dr. John Stilwell, Mary Susan Barnhill and Norm and Chela Abdallah. UT Dallas President ad interim Hobson Wildenthal also made remarks.

To name a few of the Center’s achievements: CVL scientists have published over 126 scientific articles in the past five years and the publications of its faculty have received more than 30,000 citations in scientific literature; CVL’s faculty together have won a total of 15 highly competitive grant awards from the National Institutes of Health; and two of its postdoctoral fellows have each received a generous “Path To Independence” award in a single year, when a total of only eight awards nationally were given by the National Institute on Aging in 2014.

“The Center has achieved rapid international visibility based on a series of fantastic hires of prominent scientists – most of who are in the early stages of their career. Every single faculty member has a research program funded by competitive research grants. The fact that all share the common research goal of discovering how healthy aging minds work and discovering interventions to help maintain cognitive vitality for life adds to the Center’s impact,” said the Center’s Founding Director Dr. Denise Park, who came to Dallas from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

A team of dedicated scientists at the Center, with the help of this federal funding, is using advanced brain imaging technology to uncover how the brain can adapt and remodel its function to resist some of the inevitable neural deterioration that comes with age, which for some includes the devastating changes associated with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s in 2014, with a cost to healthcare of $226 billion. By 2050, 13.5 million are predicted to suffer from the disease as the U.S. population increases and reaches older ages.

In the spirit of giving in-the-moment, after the award was presented to Reisa, Dallasites at the Highland stepped up to potentially lower the number of future cases and defray the public health cost, by reaching into their own pockets for donations to CVL. The chairman of the advisory council, Larry Warder, retired CFO for the U.S. Education Dept., and now the COO of the O’Donnell Foundation, kicked things off with a generous gift from him and his wife, Emily.

* Photos provided by Center for Vital Longevity

BvB Dallas Returns To Its Original POA

Since its start back in 2008, BvB Dallas has been a volunteer-driven organization. The inspiration was relatives and friends who had been victims of Alzheimer’s. Although known as “an old person’s disease,” the youthful players, coaches and fans were champions in raising funds for research and treatments to combat it.

Over the past seven years, BvB Dallas handed over more than $1.8M.

To grow the organization, an executive director was hired in February and an aggressive goal of $600K was announced. Despite not making its goal for the first time, a record-breaking check of $475K was presented at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, August 8, at halftime to Baylor AT&T Memory Center and The Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas Dallas.

Realizing that BvB Dallas’ past success in raising funds and awareness had been built on being a totally volunteer-driven effort, the decision was made to return to its volunteer roots.

The executive director was in agreement and resigned. Her last day was Tuesday.

2015 BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game Had Brus Out For Revenge Against Pretty In Pink Blondes For A Record-Breaker Check

A lot of folks thought the brutal August heat and overpowering sunshine would be a real problem for the annual BvB Dallas Powder Puff Football Game on Saturday, August 8, at the Cotton Bowl. But whether it was a stroke of good luck or someone checking the setting sun, Old Sol hid behind the stands at the Cotton Bowl, causing a shade to cover the stadium’s stands and field.

On the other hand, the Fair Park parking lots were spilling over, especially with Rascal Flatts performing in nearby Gexa Energy Pavilion. But that didn’t really matter. Nothing was going to stop the BvB Dallas fans, players, coaches, sponsors and media.

But before the sun set, the pre-game preparations were buzzing. BvB Dallas Founder Erin Finegold with clipboard in one hand and walkie-talkie in the other was seamlessly juggling all questions, issues and people. She even managed to do it all with a non-stop smile, never giving a hint that she wasn’t all that happy. For the first time in the BvB Dallas history, they weren’t going to make their goal. Instead of writing a check for $600,000, she was disappointed that it would be for $475,000. Still, that was a record-breaker of an amount for the teams raising funds for Alzheimer’s research and treatment.

Erin and the other BvB vets had had such high hopes this year. They were returning to the Cotton Bowl. They were stepping back to let an executive director raise efforts to the next level. They had an outstanding group of sponsors, both old and new. Yup, they had come a long way since that first game back in 2008. Since then they had raised more than $1.8M.

Jennifer Bergman and Erin Cesla

Jennifer Bergman and Erin Cesla

Still, the game must go on. It was easy to tell the two teams — Blondes in pink and Brunettes in blue. The BvB Dallas leadership like BvB Dallas President Jennifer Bergman was in black. Sunscreen replaced perfume. Instead of makeup, faces were painted with Blondes or Brus.

Cash Sirois and Mike Sirois

Cash Sirois and Mike Sirois

The media was on hand to sweat through the event, too. Univision’s Pedro Silva did pre-game interviews. The Ticket was well represented Brothers Mike Sirois and Cash Sirois warmed up to do the play-by-play. They made it clear that they had their favs — Mike in his pink cowboy hat and Cash in his blue one. Ty Walker was the special guest and announcer and announced that “Cash will pound one Bud Light for every touchdown Team Brunette scores!”

DJ EJ

DJ EJ

For pre-game entertainment and between quarters, there was Dallas Cowboys DJ EJ and the Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs, who have more costume changes than an Academy Award emcee.

Mary Frances Burleson and Cody Baker

Mary Frances Burleson and Cody Baker

Longtime sponsor Ebby could be seen throughout the stands and on the field. No, not Ebby herself. Instead hand fans with “Ebby” stamped on them fluttered throughout the bleachers. Along the sidelines Ebby’s President Mary Frances Burleson and Marketing Guru Cody Baker arrived in a golf cart. Right at home, Mary Frances in white Puma sneakers, white blouse and slacks and black “shirt” was being diplomatically correct in taking sides. She swapped stories and laughs with others before the game commenced. On the field, the two teams worked out.

Greer Fulton, Jay Finegold and Erin Finegold

Greer Fulton, Jay Finegold and Erin Finegold

Other BvB vets on the sidelines included Erin’s dad Jay Finegold. Father of three girls, he was proud of what his daughter had created in the memory of her grandmother. But then he felt that way about the other original organizers of the fundraisers like 31-year-old Greer Fulton, who was just 23 at the first BvB when she was quarterback along with Erin that first year. And then there was Erin’s sister, Toby Finegold, who at the ripe old age of 14 ran the scoreboard way back then.

Brus' coaches in blue-and-white argyle sock

Brus’ coaches in blue-and-white argyle sock

A difference this year was that the two teams would not be on the same side of the field. The first half the Blondes would be across the field, while the Brus would be on the side where the fans were gathered. At halftime they would switch. Seems that the coaches wanted it that way. However, the Brus coaches in blue-and-white argyle socks were just too cute to complain. Luckily, there were big Coppus fans blasting cool air.

Cotton Bowl scoreboard

Cotton Bowl scoreboard

Not so cute was one of the scoreboards. Evidently, it was having a glitchy day. The right upper part of the screen just took a long coffee break, creating a black hole.

Brus arriving on

Brus arriving on

But once the announcement of teams arriving on the field came, nobody really cared. The Brus were first. They could be heard hollering their arrival as they walked down the tunnel arm-in-arm. There was no doubt that losing was not a part of their game plan as they smashed through their banner.

As they lined up along the goal line, someone suggested that they move to the far left. The Blondes were about to make their entrance.

Blondes arriving on field

Blondes arriving on field

Lindsey Kluempers and Becca Elinor

Lindsey Kluempers and Becca Elinor

With the confidence of having won all of the previous games except one, the Blondes in pink broke their banner with smiles. Co-Captain Becca Elinor held high a flag with a picture of the ultimate blonde babe — Dolly Parton — and Co-Captain Lindsey Kluempers carrying a Go-Pro on a selfie stick to be used for future promotion.

Like any other football game, the teams went through last minute warmups as the crowds in the stands filled. Someone noticed that one of the Brus was “firing bullet passes for the Brus.”

Over the PA system they announced the outstanding fundraisers on each team like MVP Billie Jo Davis, who raised $21,100. Unfortunately, that tricky scoreboard only partially showed their photos.

Then the drama built as over the PA was heard, “Last year the Brus knocked on the door, kicked on the door, this year they will knock down the door!” and “The Blonde beast has once again been awakened. The dynasty. Victors in six of the last seven games!”

Then it was time for the game to commence with the coin toss. Oops, instead of years past when Mary Frances did the toss, she was escorted to the center of the field only arriving just as the coin landed with the Brus happy as can be.

But before the fun began, a moment of silence was held for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and the singing of the national anthem.

The game was then on. Here’s a bit of play-by-play recap:

Sabrina Testut, Kimberly Burton and Lauren Davis

Sabrina Testut, Kimberly Burton and Lauren Davis

Blondes’ first possession is unsuccessful. Brus take over. #4 quarterback is Michelle Rowden. Hits a bullet pass to receiver #81 Vanita Krouch for a first down. But there’s a busted play on fourth down and Blondes take back over. Blonde QB #6 Becca Ellinor completes pass. But they give it up on fourth down, back to Brus. Michelle hits Vanita again for a long gainer. Then they’re just short of goal line. Completed pass to #14 Kristen Kramer for a TD. With extra point good, it’s now 7-0.

Leslie Chandler and Rita Metzinger

Leslie Chandler and Rita Metzinger

Blondes have ball. Drive down field. #39 Katie Tull is QB now. They score TD on completed pass to #57 Natalie Crittenden. Extra point no good, score now 7-6, and first quarter ends.

Mav ManiAACs Osito, Wild Dog, Munchie, Mardi Mar and Black Rhino

Mav ManiAACs Osito, Wild Dog, Munchie, Mardi Mar and Black Rhino

Between quarters, the Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs perform to the delight of the fans in the stands. Somebody noted that the quarters were lasting 20 minutes instead of the traditional 15 minutes.

The second period begins with Brus making a few long catches, including one to #91 Mikki Bailey and they score. Extra point is no good, so it’s 13-6 with 15:57 left in second quarter.

Over the PA is heard, “I speak for Team Blonde when I say, ‘Whatever.’”

Blondes with ball now. But, they soon turn it over to Brus. Says announcer: “It feels like a whole new year, Ty. Very Brunette-ish.”

A long pass is completed to #33 Jody Schueler and the announcer says, “Who are these girls? Do they even live in Texas? Brought in some ringers this year!” Then, #76 Jade Randle is all alone in the end zone and catches a pass. On extra point try, #42 for Blondes Lindsay Kluempers intercepts and runs the ball back 100 yards to give the Blondes 2 points. So, score is now 19-8. Blondes take over with 6:55 to play in quarter.

Can’t do anything. Brus take over. Vanita makes a nice run, then next play QB hands it off to V and she throws long pass to #33 Jody Schueler for a TD. Now 25-8. Blondes take over. #0 Kelsey Wasmer is QB. Makes nice long run. Completes some passes. Runs again. A fellow in stands yells: “Can you do anything but run?!” Brus take back over with seconds left. Half ends, score is 25-8.

At halftime the check presentation of $475K is made to Baylor AT&T Memory Center and The Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas Dallas.

2015 BvB Dallas check presentation

2015 BvB Dallas check presentation

Second half starts. Vanita runs long. Completes a couple of passes, near goal line again. Completes a pass to #76 Jade Randle for TD—score now 31-8. Lots of stroking of chins among the blonde coaches.

Will Braaf

Will Braaf

Football fan Will Braaf in pink headband and tank top with a couple of Buds in hand is not happy. Chris Neidhardt and others are with Will to support Blonde #9 Kristen Schoellhorn. Will yells, “No. 9, it’s all you out there!” and then: “Stop losing!”

Blondes deep in Bru territory now, but can’t do it. Brus take back over. Long pass completed to #91 Mikki Bailey and she does a long run. Quarter ends.

With another outfit change, Mavs Maniacs perform again to the delight of the fans.

The fourth quarter starts. TD pass is made to Jade and it’s now 38-8. Will yells out: “I encourage you now to disappoint me again!” Announcer says: “Come on Team Blonde. We’re only down 30.” Will: “You guys give me your best effort. It’s really working for you. Everyone gets a trophy.”

With mic in hand, Mike Sirois calls Will out to tone it down, but evidently Will doesn’t hear him and keeps up his remarks.

Whitney Bardales, Darby Chalko, Vanita Krouch, Sarah Hall and Elora Torres

Whitney Bardales, Darby Chalko, Vanita Krouch, Sarah Hall and Elora Torres

Vanita is QB now. Brus have it. Then Blondes. Back to Brus. Vanita completes pass to #4 Michelle Rowden, who started at QB for TD. Now 45-8 with 5:30 to go in game.

Blondes take over. Incomplete pass and someone in stands yells, “Hey, catch the f–kin’ ball!” Brus get it back with 2:18 to go. They threaten a TD but Blondes repel them, take over the football with :26 to go. They complete a pass and game is over. Final score: 45-8. Someone says it’s the most points ever scored in this game.

Brus claiming the win and the trophy

Brus claiming the win and the trophy

Following a presentation of the trophy to the Brus and the Blondes graciously accepting defeat, the fans, players, coaches and friends emptied the stadium for a party with Empire 6 on stage. Someone mentioned how the last time the Brus won was also the last time that Vanita had played. She evidently brought them luck.

For more photos and there are a lot of ’em, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2015 BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game

If it’s August, it must be time for the Blondes to mix it up with Brunettes on the football field to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. And BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game sure enough happened on Saturday, August 8, at the Cotton Bowl with three-digit temperatures.

Brus arriving on

Brus arriving on

The Brus in blue were out for revenge. They were sick and tired of the Blondes in pink scoring wins every year but one. On the other hand, the Blondes waved a flag with a photo of Dolly Parton and had a Go-Pro mounted on a selfie as they entered the stadium.

Blondes arriving on field

Blondes arriving on field

Who won? Well, the post is being prepared. But in the meantime there are plenty of picture of players, coaches, fans, media, ManiAACS, sponsors and smiles and frowns over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.