2017 La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Team Handed Out A Whopping $462,750 To 15 Park Cities Non-Profits

Rebecca Gregory and Nancy Monning

As the sun was slowly switching place with a perfect full moon on Thursday, September 7, the North Texas Food Bank’s Harvest underwriters were gathering at Mud Hen to celebrate the upcoming Friday, September 15 fundraiser. Across town in Highland Park Village’s Mockingbird Room, there were more happy faces. The occasion was the check distribution of 2017 La Fiesta Des Las Seis Banderas checks. Needless to say, when it comes to doling out the dough, the crowd is polished shoulder to shoulder.

Euan Blackman and Anne Besser

The biggest smiles were on the faces of La Fiesta Co-Chairs Rebecca Gregory and Nancy Monning along with Gala Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Michelle Johnson and Las Fiesta Board President Mary Hubbard. There was good reason. The take for the Saturday, June 10 black-tie fundraiser was $462,750. Just who says fundraising dries up in the summer?

On hand to accept checks and provide big old smiles were HPISD Superintendent Tom Trigg and wife Julie Trigg, The Family Place’s Paige Flink and Habitat for Humanity’s Euan Blackman.

Mary Hubbard, Michelle Johnson, Amy Hughes and Paige Flink

Tom Trigg, Kelly Walker and Jim Hitzelberger

The check presentation included:

  • Dallas Heritage Village — $5,000
  • Moody Family YMCA — $3,500
  • CARE (Chemical Awareness Resources and Education) — $12,640
  • Connecting Point of Park Cities — $19,500
  • The Elisa Project — $18,500
  • The Family Place — $10,000
  • Friends of the University Park Public Library — $30,500
  • HP Arts — $60,000
  • HPHS Community Service Council — $8,000
  • HPHS Habitat for Humanity Campus Center — $10,000
  • HPHS Science Festival — $1,600
  • HPHS Counseling Department and Student Council — $3,000
  • Highland Park Literary Festival — $26,000
  • HPHS Student Emergency Fund — $4,000
  • Highland Park Education Foundation — $250,510

More good news included the fact that Anne will cho-chair 2018 La Fiesta with her buddy Elizabeth Gambrell for the fundraiser that return to the Hilton Anatole for a summer sojourn.

33rd Annual Care Dallas Breakfast To Feature Actress/Author Mackenzie Phillips And Breathe Life Healing Center Founder Brad Lamm

Perhaps Mackenzie Phillips was the first one to spot Harrison Ford as a hunk in 1973 when she and Paul Le Mat drag raced with him back in “American Graffiti.” She was just 14 years old and already part of the celeb universe being the daughter of The Mamas and The PapasJohn Phillips. The hit movie had hardly made the rounds before Mackenzie was in the TV comedy “One Day at a Time.”

By the third season of the show, the 19-year-old Mackenzie was already in hot water that included arrests for disorderly conduct, drug and alcohol abuse, two near-fatal overdoses and various stints in rehab. Despite efforts to deal with her addictions, she relapsed time and time again even admitting to using cocaine when she was pregnant with her son Shane Barakan.

While she appeared to have cleaned up her act by 2010, she also made headlines in 2009 with her telling Oprah Winfrey that “she was raped by her father in a hotel room when she was 18 while passed out after a drug binge but continued to use drugs and have consensual sex with him for years.”

Since that time Mackenzie’s life has gained a sense of normalcy. In 2013 she became a Primary Substance Use Counselor and began working in the addiction field as a counselor. Just last year she joined the Breathe Life Healing Center’s staff.

Mackenzie Phillips*

Brad Lamm*

According to Breathe Life Healing Centers Founder Brad Lamm, “We are thrilled to have Mack join the Breathe family. Our clients will no doubt benefit from her expertise in the field and her personal journey to recovery. She has recovered so much – a life rich in value and substance and I cannot wait to collaborate with her. She is a brave warrior who has trudged a long road, and has built a true bridge back to life. Plus, she’s not a glum gal!”

33rd Annual CARE Dallas Breakfast Chair Mary Martin just reported that both Mackenzie and Brad will be the featured guests at the Care Dallas fundraiser at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, at the Dallas Country Club. Honorary Event Co-Chairs are Lindsay and George Billingsley.

In addition to the talk by Mackenzie and Brad, Charles Carneal will receive Margaret Sharpe Award and JDs Chippery will be presented the Community Partner Award.

While individual tickets are not available now, tables and sponsorships are. Check here to get your spot.

* Photo provided by Care Dallas

MySweetWishList: Homeward Bound

According to Homeward Bound Executive Director Douglas Denton,

Douglas Denton*

“Homeward Bound, Inc., a nonprofit Dallas drug, alcohol and mental health treatment center, is asking for support for its share of the costs of a training for and presentation of a free storytelling program at the Bath House Cultural Center on the evening of Friday, January 6. Clients and former clients who have been coached by professional storytellers will be sharing snippets of their life stories for a public performance at the Bath House. This is an exceptional opportunity for our clients to tell their healing stories. We would appreciate financial help with the production and have been awarded a Texas Commission on the Arts grant for this program. We have an ongoing gofundme campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/homeward-bound-storytellers to cover these costs.

From the left: Homeward Bound audience member, Homeward Bound audience member and Peggy and Gene Helmick-Richardson*

“Behind the scenes are Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson of Dallas, the Twice Upon a Time Storytellers. They have been on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Arts Roster since 2003.

“The Helmick-Richardsons believe in Homeward Bound’s cause as well as the therapeutic power of storytelling. Together, they have been presenting their stories to our residential clients for more than 20 years as volunteers. In addition to their usual weekly schedule in our HIV-positive unit, the Helmick-Richardsons have been working with our clients for months, helping them to polish their stories and selecting the tellers for the Bath House program.

“’Our ultimate goal is to not only assist storytelling program participants in crafting their own stories to further their personal healing but to also reach out to others wanting to break the bonds of addiction or to have a deeper understanding of what addiction truly means,’ Peggy explains.

“Note that the audience will be limited to adults only, due to adult subject matter and language. Thank you for your support.”

-By Douglas Denton, Homeward Bound executive director

* Photos provided by Homeward Bound

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

Smokey John Reaves Delivers A Powerful Message At Reconciliation Outreach’s Legacy Of Hope Luncheon

For a second day in a row, one of the Park Cities main arteries was blocked on the verge of creating a traffic heart attack. While the itty, bitty Callier Cares Former Chairs Luncheon had had guests parking on the curb due to the golf tournament, that was nothing.

On Thursday, October 13, a flood of Reconciliation Outreach guests created a mind-blowing back-up on Mockingbird. Whether it was turning right or left onto the club property, it had vehicles backed up.

Some guests just gave up the challenge of making it to the porte-cochere’s valet and just found one of the limited parking spots and huffed it to the club house. Here’s a report from the field:

The Annual Legacy of Hope Luncheon benefiting Reconciliation Outreach was held on Thursday, October 13, at the Dallas Country Club to a sold out audience. Jan Pickens and Alison Farrow were Honorary Chairs with Nena Boyd and Faith Stazzoni serving as Luncheon Chairs.  The luncheon raised $135,400.

Nena Boyd and Faith Stazzoni

Nena Boyd and Faith Stazzoni

Guest Speaker Smokey John Reaves challenged each guest to “be available to do what needs to be done in your community.” To the amazement of the guests at the end of his presentation he asked those in the audience who would make a commitment to stand and publicly pledge to bring honor in their lives by agreeing to be “available to God and to your neighbor.” Everyone stood!

“I have heard many luncheon speakers and Smokey delivered one of the most authentic messages I have heard,” said Lisa Troutt as she left the DCC.

Dorothy Moore presented the Servant’s Heart Award to Eloise and Tom Chapman and the Junior Servant’s Heart Award to Keaton Kinard for their commitment of time and volunteer work at Reconciliation Outreach (RO).

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Nancy Beth Robert recalled, “Almost 30 years ago, Dorothy and I walked the drug infested neighborhood now the campus of Reconciliation Outreach and visualized how it could serve East Dallas and transform lives with your support true hope and change are occurring daily in our neighborhood.”

Founded by Dorothy Moore in 1986, RO stands as a beacon of hope to people in Dallas, providing residential and non-residential programs for people who have life-controlling problems such as abuse, homelessness, and addiction. RO also serves the children of East Dallas through its After School Program and Reconciliation Academy. RO’s mission is to establish and maintain a strong Christian community within the inner city, and to provide a safe and loving environment for healing lives and restoring families and individuals to a productive lifestyle. Funds raised from this event will support both RO’s youth and adult programs.

Offering leadership direction for the Legacy of Hope Luncheon were Luncheon Advisor Katherine Coker and the Advisory Committee consisting of Marilyn Augur, Nell Bush, Amy Simmons Crafton, Leah Fullinwider, Margaret Hancock, Sarah Perot, Carol Seay and Lisa Troutt.

Major donations were given by the following:

  • Legacy Platinum ($20,000) — Amazing Grace.Life
  • Legacy Gold ($15,000) — Faith and Ray Stazzoni
  • Legacy Silver ($10,000) — Marilyn Augur Foundation, Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Morning Star Family Foundation
  • Promise ($5,000) — Anne Compton, Lisa and Clay Cooley, Empower Dreams Inc. and Alison Farrow and Jan Pickens
  • Hope ($3,000) — Martha Lou and Dan Beaird, Nena and Ken Boyd, Eloise and Tom Chapman, Dorothy and Bob Moore and New Covenant Foundation
  • Outreach ($1,500) — Brad Gresham, Michael Held and Stacey McCord
  • Partners ($1,000) — Barbara Croft, Maureen Lupton and Judy and Keith Martin

Author/Sportscaster David Feherty Steps In For Susan Hawk As Keynote Speaker At 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast In November

David Feherty*

David Feherty*

Anyone who has experienced a David Feherty talk knows the former professional golfer/NBC sportscaster/author is a master at storytelling. With a twinkle in his eye and the charm a leprechaun would envy, the bearded Irishman regales folks about people and issues. Whether it’s questioning the return of Tiger Woods to greatness or admitting to his own demons, he doesn’t hold back, but he does it with humor.

In discussing his own struggle with depression and drug/alcohol abuse, he told Golf Digest , “a typical day was 30-40 Vicodin and two and a half bottles of whiskey…real whiskey. Whiskey with an ‘e.’ There was cocaine, there was dope. When I think about it now I’m like, ‘Why am I alive?’”

It’s that self-revelation, plus tales of his shenanigans after winning the Scottish Open in 1986 and the all-too-well-known people who helped him in his recovery, that David will provide at the 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast on Wednesday, November 9, at Belo Mansion.

BTW, David is stepping in for Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk, “who was originally scheduled for the event.” Due to Susan’s seeking help in fighting her own issues with depression, she had to bow out.

* Photo provided by CARE

Susan Morgan Named CARE Executive Director

Jan Osborn’s tenure as CARE interim executive director was brief. 2016 CARE Board Chair Paula White Hayes just sent word that Susan Morgan will take over as CARE’s executive director on Thursday, March 1.

According to Paula, “Susan brings more than two decades of nonprofit leadership and management to CARE, with most of her experience being in the drug/alcohol prevention and intervention arena. Her wealth of knowledge in program design, grant writing and partnership coalition will be invaluable to CARE. During her tenure with the East Texas Council of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Susan grew the agency from $640,000 to $2.1 million and increased its outreach to over 23 counties. She is recognized state wide for her advocacy on behalf of the addiction and recovery community. Her passion for helping families and children affected by addiction is evident the minute you meet her.”

A graduate of Baylor University, she earned her master’s degree in education from Sam Houston State University.

With Pam Murray’s Departure, Jan Osborn To Serve As Interim Executive Director For CARE

For nearly four years Pam Murray has been executive director for CARE with great success. On the heels of the CARE Breakfast at Frontiers of Flight Museum with Charles Haley last fall, she had undertaken the “first ever Youth Rally featuring Chris Herren” in April. But just before Christmas Pam told the CARE board that she had accepted a job offer from EnterHealth.

Sure the board was disappointed to lose her, but it was a great opportunity for Pam and she had helped CARE grow under her direction.

Pam Murray (File photo)

Pam Murray (File photo)

Jan Osborn (File photo)

Jan Osborn (File photo)

But what to do about a new executive director? The board decided to undertake a search to find just the right person. In the meantime, former Board Chair Jan Osborn will serve as interim executive director.

According to 2016 CARE Board Chair Paula Hayes, “CARE has experienced unparalleled growth in our programs and outreach over the past few years. At last count, CARE has served well over 60,000 families. Pam Murray has helped us achieve all of these goals and we are indebted to her for all of her dedication and hard work. We are supportive of Pam as she moves to her new job. At the same time, we are very excited that Jan Osborn will be leading our organization forward as we expand our footprint in the community, bringing education and hope to families struggling with addiction.”

MySweetWishList: Homeward Bound

According to Homeward Bound Executive Director Douglas Denton,

Doug Denton*

Doug Denton*

“We tackle the roots of so many social problems at Homeward Bound that it’s hard to know where to start. We are a mental health, drug and alcohol treatment center that primarily serves people in poverty. Our wish would be to multiply our impact on the community. We could do that with your help.

“For example, homelessness. Some 45 percent of the people we treat are homeless. They often arrive at our door with no shoes and just the clothing on their backs. We also address the problems of broken families and mental illness, which are often linked to substance use. In each case, the men and women we treat are highly motivated to stop using alcohol and drugs. We believe that they deserve the same chance to change their lives that others have. We believe that their courage to change themselves will change the community we all live in, as well.

“We can put a monetary value on what we provide. One day of care for a person in psychiatric crisis is $300. One day of medically supervised detoxification is $180. One day of intensive residential treatment for a pregnant woman is $170. One day of residential substance abuse treatment is $90; for those who are HIV-positive, the cost is $116.

Homeward Bound*

Homeward Bound*

“These rates are a fraction of the daily charges for treatment in hospitals or private treatment centers. A national study found that treatment for drug use disorder at a community-based hospital averages $900 daily. For alcohol use disorder, $1,100 each day.

“A donation to Homeward Bound goes a long way to improve North Texas communities. We hope you’ll consider helping us realize our wish this Christmas season. We see it as a gift for you, too.”

– Douglas Denton, Homeward Bound executive director

* Graphic and photo provided by Homeward Bound

MySweetWishList: CARE

According to CARE Executive Director Pam Murray,

Pam Murray*

Pam Murray*

“CARE has been educating children and parents on the dangers of drug and alcohol use for over 30 years. The average age a child becomes addicted is now around 12. It is important to educate kids before they become closed off to the true information about substance abuse. Evidence shows that teaching kids the truth, while helping them learn to make better decisions and feel better about themselves will have a much stronger impact when a child is faced with the inevitable decision of whether to try an illicit substance.



“In 2013 we took our CARE programs to Collin County and began working with school districts to continue early education and intervention programs. On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, CARE will hold its first ever Youth Rally featuring Chris Herren, former NBA star and sober since August 1, 2008. Chris will share his story of abuse and recovery with hundreds of youth from Collin and Dallas County in hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their lives. Our venue holds 3000 youth and adults and our goal is to fill that to capacity. With the cooperation of school districts, kids from around the city will arrive on buses for the rally to participate in entertainment, giveaways, enjoy vendors and to hear from Chris Herren.

“CARE’s SweetWish for this year is to acquire sponsors who wish to make this event happen. Sponsorships start at $500 and can be in-kind donations that would appeal to a high school audience. Partner with CARE in 2016 to work to end adolescent addiction in our community.”

-Pam Murray, CARE executive director

* Graphic and photo provided 

Charles Haley Tackles Addiction And Recovery At CARE Breakfast

If you want to know what it’s like grappling with drug addiction and mental illness, you really should hear it first-hand from someone who’s been through it—like NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboy Charles Haley, for example. Haley, a notoriously aggressive player who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder only after he retired from the NFL, talked about his struggles during a lively onstage conversation with Scott Murray on Monday, October 5, at the 31st annual CARE (Chemical Awareness Resources and Education) Breakfast.

CARE Breakfast*

CARE Breakfast*

During his football days, “They called me Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I was either bouncing off the walls or talking to everybody,” Haley told the early-morning crowd of more than 500 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. “I didn’t play well with others. I never fit in with nobody. I was always in attack mode. Emmitt [Smith] said, ‘You don’t let anybody be your friend.’”

After struggling unsuccessfully to deal with his daughter’s leukemia—and abandoning his wife, to boot—Haley said he “started doing cocaine and drinking a lot.” Eventually, though, he decided to enter a treatment center for alcohol, drugs, and bipolar disorder and started seeing a psychiatrist. “When the pain gets overwhelming—that’s when change happens,” Haley said.

Then he turned to the topic of teenage drug use. “Most kids do drugs because they want to fit in,” Haley said. “They feel lost and abandoned. They have hopelessness. [But to get well], they have to set goals for themselves.”

One big factor in his own recovery, Haley said, was his Christian religion. “The reason why I didn’t kill myself was because of my faith,” he said. “God put me in the Hall of Fame when I was ready.” (That happened just this year, in August.)

Emmitt and Pat Smith, Charles Haley and Natalie and Mike McGuire*

Emmitt and Pat Smith, Charles Haley and Natalie and Mike McGuire*

The only player with five Super Bowl rings (three with the Cowboys, two with the San Francisco 49ers) to his credit, the ex-linebacker and defensive end attracted a rapt crowd at Frontiers of Flight including Pat and Emmitt Smith, Michael Hinojosa, Lee Ann White, and Natalie and Mike McGuire, who served as honorary chairs.

During preliminary remarks, CARE Executive Director Pam Murray announced Becky McCamey as this year’s recipient of the group’s Margaret Sharpe Community Service Award. Murray also announced that the event had raised $215,000, just shy of its $235,000 goal.

* Photo provided by CARE

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Homeward Bound Inc.

“Odds are that you have a family member or know someone who drinks too much, takes too many pain pills or has crossed the line to street drugs.

“As many as two-thirds of American families are affected by alcohol or drug addiction, according to a 2004 report. Once that addiction is treated, all kinds of good things happen: Debts get paid off. People get jobs. They stay out of emergency rooms and the criminal justice system. They spend more time with their families. The benefits, compiled in 2014 by the nonprofit Faces & Voices of Recovery, go on and on.

Homeward Bound*

Homeward Bound*

“We could talk about numbers ($343 billion in this nation every year) – or we could talk about human costs. Either way, the price is almost unbearable. We see the pain and stigma of addiction every day as people line up for treatment at our front door. Thankfully, we are also surrounded by people who have taken advantage of second chances. They are working hard, making good choices, keeping us proud. They remind us daily of the importance of what we do.

Photos of people in recovery*

Photos of people in recovery*

“We are Homeward Bound, a nonprofit that treats people recovering from mental illness and substance abuse. Our 152 beds in Dallas make us the largest center in North Texas serving those who cannot pay for treatment, probably don’t have insurance and may be homeless. We are one of the largest companies of this kind in Texas.

“We make mental health and sobriety possible for 5,000 people every year. We do it with grants and donations. With your help, we can do more for more people. We participated in North Texas Giving Day last year, and this year on September 17 we hope to equal or exceed the thousands we received from the generous people who understand how vital our services are to individuals and to the community. Bookmark our giving page and give 6 a.m. to midnight that day to extend your donation with bonus funds and prizes.”

-By Douglas Denton, Homeward Bound Inc. executive director

* Photos courtesy of Homeward Bound

MySweetCharity Opportunity: CARE Breakfast

According to the CARE Annual Breakfast Honorary Co-Chairs Natalie and Mike McGuire,

Mike and Natalie McGuire (File photo)

Mike and Natalie McGuire (File photo)

“The annual CARE Breakfast is crucial to supporting the mission of CARE and its programs that serve those within our community suffering from drug and alcohol dependencies.

“We are thrilled to have former Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers defensive end and linebacker, Charles Lewis Haley, as the featured speaker at the breakfast. During the breakfast, Scott Murray will interview Haley, who has battled bipolar disorder and drug abuse. Today, Haley is now in recovery and has started a fund, ‘Tackle Tomorrow,’ to educate children who struggle with reading and writing during non-school hours.

“CARE (Chemical Awareness, Resources & Education) was established in 1984 as a response to the increasing problems related to drugs and alcohol. CARE is a valuable community organization that funds education classes for families struggling with substance abuse and provides speakers for students, parents and educators throughout the greater Dallas area. Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast while supporting CARE and the crucial assistance they provide for individuals and families who struggle with the challenging repercussions of substance abuse.

“CARE Executive Director Pam Murray adds: ‘We are honored to have Charles share his powerful story and bring awareness to the work CARE is doing in Dallas and Collin County to help those struggling with addiction. His story and passion for helping children is truly inspirational.’

“The breakfast will be held Monday, October 5, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Individual tickets for the breakfast are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities begin at $600. For tickets or sponsor information, please contact the CARE office at 214.526.8986 or email [email protected]. Space is limited and reservations are required.

“We hope you will grab your sports-loving family and friends, and join us for this special morning!”

JUST IN: NorthPark Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary Today With The Announcement Of NorthPark50: Fifty Years Of Giving

Just before noon today, NorthPark Center‘s Nancy Nasher addressed more than 225 people representing 50 nonprofits, friends and media from a stage set up in NorthPark’s NorthCourt. She told how at that moment 50 years ago, she and her sisters were part of the festivities when her parents, the late Patsy and Ray Nasher, officially opened NorthPark.

Nancy recalled how she wore a dress that her mother had designed for her.

David Haemisegger

David Haemisegger

With husband/business partner David Haemisegger sitting on the front row smiling, Nancy announced that in celebration of NP’s 50th anniversary, they had created NorthPark50: Fifty Years of Giving.

Fifty Years of Giving*

Fifty Years of Giving*

The 50-day program will allow “specific gifts to be announced in the days and weeks ahead in order to shine light on their individual missions and inspire others to embrace a spirit of philanthropy. The announcement of the gifts will be made through social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #NorthPark50.”

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher with the 50 nonprofits

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher with the 50 nonprofits

The lucky 50 nonprofits are AT&T Performing Arts Center, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Bookmarks – A Dallas Public Library, Business Council for the Arts, Cancer Blows, CARE (Chemical Awareness Resources and Education), Catch Up & Read, Children’s Cranifocial Association, Children’s Health, Community Homes for Adults Inc. (CHAI), Creative Arts Center of Dallas, Crow Collection of Asian Art, The Crystal Charity Ball, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Dallas Ballet Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas CASA, Dallas Center for Architecture, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater enter, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, The Family Place, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, Heroes on the Water, Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, Junior League of Dallas, KERA, Nasher Sculpture Center, North Texas Food Bank, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (Sam’s Day), Parkinson Voice Project, Preservation Dallas, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Salesmanship Club of Dallas, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command, Share Housing Center Inc, SPCA of Texas, Susan G. Komen Dallas County, TACA, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Two x Two for AIDs and Art, University of North Texas – Texas Fashion Collection, Uplift Education and Vogel Alcove.

Once again, the NorthPark family has found a new way to give back to the community’s nonprofits. Happy anniversary, NorthPark.

PS — You might to also send a happy birthday wish to Nancy Thursday.

* Graphic provided by NorthPark