Katie Harris Robbins To Head Up Hoblitzelle Foundation, Holland P. Gary Joins Board Of Trustees

Heading up the prestigious Hoblitzelle Foundation has become a generational responsibility for the late Lynn Harris family. For 30 years, Lynn was philanthropist Karl Hoblitzelle’s secretary and executive assistant. From 1974 to 1986, he was “responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Hoblitzelle Foundation.”

Under Lynn, his son Paul W. Harris served as Executive VP and upon Lynn’s stepping down, Paul took over the role of president/CEO for the next 30 years.

In the meantime, Paul’s daughter, Katie Harris Robbins came on board and was named Executive VP in October 2016, after spending 20 years in the nonprofit finance and accounting. The magna cum laude A&M graduate earned her MBA from SMU and in her spare time has served on the board of the Junior League of Dallas and is currently chairing the Parkland Foundation.

Katie Harris Robbins*

Holland P. Gary*

With Paul’s recent retirement, it was just announced that Katie will take over his duties and title.

In addition to Katie’s new role, is news that  Holland P. Gary  has joined the board of trustees for the Foundation that annually distributes $7M in grants.

JUST IN: 2018 Dallas Symphony Gala Plans Announced Including A Diminutive Songbird With A “Wickedly” Big Voice

Bob and Lisa Segert*

And the news keeps rolling in! Despite the chilly weather, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra staff has been in overdrive. In addition to getting ready for new Dallas Symphony Association President/CEO Kim Noltemy’s officially taking over next week, preparing for Maestro Jaap van Zweden’s final victory tour season and the 4th Annual Soluna, they’ve already finalized plans for the Dallas Symphony Gala.

Longtime DSO subscribers and supporters Lisa and Bob Segert will co-chair the fall season’s first black tie gala on Saturday, September 15, at the Meyerson. They’re old hands when it comes to the gala, since they’ve been on the host committee since 2015, in addition to Bob’s serving on the DSO Board of Governors.

According to Interim President/CEO Michelle Miller Burns, “Lisa and Bob have been part of the DSO family for over 20 years, and we’re delighted that they have accepted our invitation to lead this year’s gala. We are confident that their leadership will result in a night to remember.” 

Kristin Chenoweth (File photo)

But there’s a bit of a change in the POA this year. Instead of having world-famous musician perform with the DSO, it will be a petite songbird with a huge voice, following and collection of awards — Kristin Chenoweth! She may hail from Oklahoma, but she calls Broadway her second home and TV her third home with roles in “Pushing Daisies,” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Wicked,” “West Wing,” “On The Twentieth Century,” etc. In her spare time, she’s written a New York Times Best Seller and released CDs/DVDs of her live concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home.”

If you’ve ever seen Kristin on stage, then you have witnessed a “big bang” experience. As Michelle put it, “Kristin Chenoweth is a consummate performer. Her concerts are always full of energy and spirit. This will be a thrilling start to the 2018/2019 season.”

“Full-Evening Gala” (fashion-show-plate cocktail reception, seated dinner, concert and after-party) tickets are going for $1,250 per person. Check with Tab Boyles for levels of opportunities.

The concert/after-party will be available as a DSO subscription add-on starting Sunday, February 18. Single tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 12.

* Photo provided by Dallas Symphony Orchestra

JUST IN: Nancy And Richard Rogers And Melody And Rick Rogers Join St. V-Day Luncheon At NorthPark As Second Presenting Sponsors

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Roz Colombo and Nancy Gopez and their Advisory Chair Heather Randall impressed a lot of folks with their plans and people for the Leukemia and Lymphoma of North Texas on Thursday, February 8.

Moving it to the CenterPark Garden at NorthPark was a biggy. Of course, it will be a tented affair, so the ladies’ hairdos don’t get mussed up. And knowing the NorthParkies, it will be quite a tent with “wish-we-were-there” onlookers.

As if that wasn’t enough, the trio had NorthPark Center as the presenting sponsor and NorthPark’s First Lady Nancy Nasher as the honorary chair.

Richard and Nancy C. Rogers (File photo)

Melody and Rick Rogers (File photo)

Now, they’ve continued the choo-choo train of news with the announcement that Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers and Melody and Rick Rogers will be the event’s second presenting sponsors.

The luncheon and fashion show featuring NorthPark merchants is less than a month away, so get that table locked down pronto. Insider tip: check with Stacey and she’ll get you a spot.

JUST IN: 12th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon Details Including “Chick Flick” Keynote Speaker Revealed

Perhaps those Chick Lit-ters should be renamed Tricky Chick Lits. For the past couple of years, they’ve moved their annual Community Partners of Dallas fundraising luncheon from the tried-and-true Brook Hollow to the bigger-than-mansion Hilton Anatole Chantilly Ballroom. They’ve also shifted just slightly from authors to author/TV types.

This year they’ve continued that, adding film/video to their featured speaker. Think Chick Flick! But more about that in a second.

Paige McDaniel (File photo)

Lara and Bob Tafel (File photo

CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel has been holding her breath and just exhaled the news that the luncheon will return to the Anatole on Friday, April 13, with Lara and Dr. Robert Tafel serving as presenting sponsors.

Mersina Stubbs and Lynn McBee (File photo)

Cate Ford (File photo)

Callan Harrison (File photo)

Brooke Hortenstine (File photo)

Nancy Perot (File photo)

Chairing this year’s event will be Mersina Stubbs, who has recruited Cate Ford, Callan Harrison, Brooke Hortenstine and Lynn McBee for her underwriting team. For her honorary chair, Mersina has managed to get Nancy Perot. Talk about a dream team!

Now, for the featured speaker. Here are some clues:

  • She was chosen as one of Teen People Magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars under 21” back in 1999.
  • Her dad specializes in divorces.
  • Is a single mom.
  • Has played everything from Jackie Kennedy to Batman’s girlfriend.

If your IMDb search is on overdrive, then you know who it is. And you just know that she ain’t exactly like last year’s keynoter Bethenny Frankel. She likes to stay under the TMZ radar and that’s pretty hard to do. If you’re still in the dark, follow the jump and get your table locked down: [Read more…]

JUST IN: Double Academy Award Winner/Clothing Designer Hilary Swank To Keynote Genesis Women’s Shelter’s 25th Annual Luncheon

DFW International Airport is going to be celebrity filled this spring thanks to the area nonprofits with a dazzling array of speakers. Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support is celebrating its 25th Annual Luncheon with double Academy Award winner/entrepreneur Hilary Swank at the Hilton Anatole on the Friday, May 11.

Hilary Swank*

According to Genesis CEO Jan Langbein, “We are beyond thrilled to announce Hilary Swank as our 2018 luncheon speaker. Her philanthropic dedication to addressing challenging social issues seamlessly aligns with the mission of Genesis Women’s Shelter – to end violence against women.”

Chairing the event that will take place on the Friday before Mother’s Day will be longtime Genesis supporters, Jane and Michael Hurst. Jan described the Hursts, “Jane and Michael are dear friends of Genesis. Through their philanthropic efforts, as well as their professions as lawyers, the Hursts are both well regarded in our community. We’d also like to extend our congratulations to Michael, who was recently inaugurated as the 109th President of the Dallas Bar Association. Jane has served as the Client Advocate Liaison on the board of the Genesis Alliance, and we are honored to have her and Michael at the helm for our 25th luncheon. Through this event, women will know that there is help and there is hope for those who suffer from abuse.”

Hilary Swank (File photo)

While many folks know Hilary from her incredible performances in 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” 2005’s “Million Dollar Baby” and 2014’s “The Homesman,” they may not know of her being a clothing designer. She created Mission Statement in 2016 to “merge high-performance and high-fashion to allow the wearer to find the perfect balance of movement while they are working out, in the office, resting or playing.”

To prove her stuff when it comes to putting an ensemble together, it was back in 2011 when Hilary flew in to be guest of honor for a Super Bowl party hosted by Phil Romano. Unfortunately, her luggage got lost in transit. Not to worry. She simply stopped by an airport shop and hit just the right look for cameras.

But Hilary’s story isn’t all glittering awards, red carpet appearances and heading up companies. There was a point when at the age of 16 she and her mother arrived in Los Angeles with $75 in cash and lived out of their car. In hindsight, Hilary described it as “no big deal, really. I was embarking on a big adventure and I was very excited. My mum was scared as hell, but I loved it!”

Sponsorships for the lunch start at $1,750 and are available now by checking in with Bianca Jackson. As for the individual tickets, they won’t go on sale until April.

* Photo credit: Carlo Furgeri Gilbert for The Wall Street Journal

Aware Affair Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey And Josey Kennington Held The Launch Party In A Hideaway At The Statler

Leading up to the Aware Affair on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington are setting quite a standard. Just for their launch party on Monday, December 4, they commandeered The Statler’s Bourbon And Banter and recommended that the guests wear appropriate for the heyday of the speakeasy era. And along with Aware President Venise Stuart, they announced tidbits about the Aware fundraiser including the honorees. But more about that later. Here’s a report from the field:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air*

As guests arrived on Monday, December 4, at The Statler for the Launch Party for Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Celebration – they were greeted by two modern American icons:  A 1946 Lincoln and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, all decked out for the soirée in accordance with the dress code Speakeasy Chic Attire. 

An intriguing setting, Bourbon And Banter is accessed by going through a small series of hallways, down some stairs and a few more stairs, passing through a glass door where a code had to be called in from, guess what, a very chic telephone booth. As the heavily paneled wooden door slowly slides open, oohs -and-aahs were heard throughout the crowd. Welcome to the party! 

Jolie and Bart Humphrey*

Craig and Josey Kennington*

“This setting is the perfect choice for our launch party,” said Aware Affair Co-Chair Jolie Humphrey. “Just look at the outfits! Everyone got in the mood.”

Jolie and Aware Affair Co-Chair Josey Kennington were chatting up the 75+ supporters and member of the host committee including Honorary Co-Chairs Kim McDavid, dressed in sequins and sparkles and her husband, David McDavid, Jr., who was dressed to the nines in 1930s-inspired wide pin-striped slacks, white shirt and tie with suspenders and topped with a fedora.  

Kim and David McDavid Jr.*

Barbara Bigham and Venise Stuart*

Addressing the group, Aware President Venise Stuart thanked everyone and gave a brief history of Aware’s history, which began in 1989 when five very involved and powerful Dallas women — Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey and Anita Sampels –founded the organization in support of their good friend who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. These ladies asked their friends to help begin Aware and at least 100 women stepped up to become Charter Members, many of whom were in attendance this evening.  

John Turner, Billie Leigh Rippey and Ramona Jones*

In the almost 30 years since Aware has been in existence, more than $12.5 million have been raised. This money has been given back to the community in the form of support for education, research, and caregiving using a thorough grant review process under the administration of The Dallas Foundation. The process includes financial analysis and on-site visits to applying organizations.

Venise then announced the two honorees.

  • BvB Dallas is a Dallas-based charity organization that hosts a powder-puff football game and other fundraisers as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness. Founded locally by a group of young women driven to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, BvB Dallas is a personal way for young professionals across DFW to raise awareness, funds and support to tackle Alzheimer’s forever. Raising more than $3.5 million and recruiting over 1,000 volunteers for the cause, BvB Dallas has made a huge impact in the Metroplex over the past 10 years.  
  • The Chantilis Family, in honor of their mother, Frances Chantilis. Frances was one of the original charter members of Aware. Frances was a kind, gentle, woman, who gave to everyone in the community. Unfortunately, Frances lost her own battle of Alzheimer’s in 2013.

In Frances’ memory, her children, Sam Chantilis, M.D. and Stephanie Bray and her husband Bennie Bray have continued to support the Aware mission. In 2015 Stephanie and Bennie served as the 2015 Aware Affair co-chairs. 

Jolie and Josey also thanked media sponsors PaperCity Magazine, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family, MySweetCharity and Downtown Business News, along with in-kind sponsors to date: Matthew Shelley Photography, Glass Vodka, Roxor Gin, JR Ewing Bourbon, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Pratiksha Jewelry, which donated a most beautiful set of a diamond necklace and earrings co-designed by Kim McDavid.  Topping off the sweet evening were chocolates from Chocolate Secrets as favors.  

The event will be held on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, the newly-renovated, historic hotel. The original Statler Hilton, an iconic building of mid-twentieth century design, was heralded as the first and finest hotel of the modern era and established Dallas as the business and entertainment center of the Southwest. 

The newly renovated hotel is the perfect setting for Aware’s new event format designed to entice party-goers of all ages: a cocktail reception, dancing to favorite tunes spanning the decades, silent auction with select wonderful finds for everyone, and a spirited live auction with WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee. 

The three-course, seated dinner will showcase gourmet selections by Director of Culinary Events Justo Blanco, formerly executive chef and director of operations at Bolsa Mercado.   

For underwriting and sponsorship opportunities contact Sharon Walker at [email protected] or 214.369.2459, or visit the website at AWAREDallas.org .

2018 AWARE Grant Recipients are: 

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor ATandT Memory Center.
  • Center for BrainHealth – Discovery Group – Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease. 
  • Dallas Museum of Art – Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.
  • Jewish Family Service – Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers. 
  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church – Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation – Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companions – Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center – Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund – Recipients are Nora Drutz-Rogney of Baylor University and Lindsay Ross of Texas Christian University.
    The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of Aware. For more information please visit the website at Aware.or
*Photo credit: Matthew Shelley

A Passing: Peter Pauls Stewart

The early ’60s were a turning point in Dallas. While many may immediately think of the death of President John F. Kennedy, there were other developments taking place around that time that made the Dallas leadership examine its mission within the world community. There was Erik Jonsson planting the seeds for an international airport between Dallas and Fort Worth. There was George Underwood Jr. developing Richardson. There was Ray Nasher building NorthPark Center across from a cow pasture. And then there was 55-year-old businessman Peter Pauls Stewart. His vision took place on a fishing trip in 1962. It was perhaps not what most would have expected from a World War II vet who was spearheading the development of North Texas: It was to build a facility for all people to celebrate gratitude and thanksgiving.

Like any great undertaking, his project required time, talent and tenacity.

Following the assassination, the city was thrown into a state of guilt, confusion and grief. The site of the shooting of the president and his alleged assassin cast a pall over downtown Dallas. Perhaps it was this shadow that spurred Stewart to recruit local leaders Joe Neuhoff, Julius Schepps and John Stemmons in creating the Thanks-Giving Foundation in 1964 for Dallas’ interfaith oasis for gratitude — Thanks-Giving Square.

Taking more than 10 years to complete, Stewart’s dream child was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day 1976 with its spiral chapel, walkways and fountains on a triangular park in the center of the Central Business District.

Over the years, the 3.5-acre park was visited by those seeking solace as well as U.S. presidents, the Dalai Lama, Rosa Parks and Pope Benedict XVI, when he was a cardinal.

Since that dedication in 1976, the profile of downtown Dallas has changed. Yesterday’s skyscrapers have been replaced by taller monuments to commerce; decaying buildings have been transformed into luxury residences; the streets have become jammed with vehicles; and parades have rallied for celebrations and protest.

Still, Thanks-Giving Square has been resolute in Stewart’s mission to provide a sanctuary for all people. Following the July 7 shooting of five officers in downtown Dallas, leaders from all walks of life came together at Thanks-Giving Square to heal and grieve.

With the death Wednesday of 97-year-old Stewart, the grief of this loss will be lessened knowing that his legacy will stand strong for future generations to come together at Thanks-Giving Square.

On Tuesday at 11 a.m., services will be held at St. Michael and All Angels.

North Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls Is Moving To New Digs In March

Change is afoot at the North Texas Food Bank. In the past NTFB’s Empty Bowls had shivering souls heading to the Meyerson for the annual soup-athon.

Empty Bowls (File photo)

The NTFB-ers have waved “bye-bye” to the Meyerson and headed down to Ross Street to F.I.G.

Empty Bowls soup (File photo)

 

The date for the 2017 liquid sipping is Friday, March 2 (aka Texas Independence Day).

Won’t be a problem. The winter’s chill has traditionally not ended until St. Patrick’s Day.

So, the ladles will be serving the liquid delights to help those in the North Texas community suffering from hunger.

Why not invite a bud to lunch and help want-to-be-buds? There will be music, silent auctions for bowls and for those with VIP status, they’ll be able to get first grabs of artisan handmade bowls.

And while you’re at it, meet Trisha Cunningham. This lunch-athon is her first as NTFB CEO/president.

Philanthropists Lisa And Kenny Troutt To Serve As Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s 32nd Annual Presentation Ball Honorary Co-Chairs

Lisa and Kenny Troutt (File photo)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Presentation Ball Chair Lori Routh has announced that philanthropists Lisa and Kenny Troutt will serve as the honorary co-chairs for the 32nd annual fundraiser.

In addition to being the parents of three kids (Preston Troutt, Grant Troutt and Savannah Troutt), the couple has been involved with various aspects of North Texas nonprofits including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Council for Life, One Hundred Share, New Friends New Life, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, the Laura W. Bush Women’s Initiative Advisory Council and many others.

Lisa and Kenny will add to the gorgeous factor at the debutante presentation on Saturday, February 17, at the Meyerson.

Family Gateway’s New Board Of Directors And Chairman Announced

Stephen Hipp*

Family Gateway has seven new folks joining its board of directors, as well as a new chairman of the board.

Serving in the leadership role for the organization will be Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group Managing Director Stephen Hipp.

Jennie Holmes Fahrenbruch*

Deanna Reyna Munoz*

Charlie O’Connell*

Exa Whiteman*

The newest members of the board include Justin Bailey, Jennie Holmes Fahrenbruch, Juanita Harris, Paula Miltenberger, Deanna Reyna Munoz, Charles O’Connell and Exa Whiteman.

According to Family Gateway CEO Ellen Magnis, “We are very excited about our new Board Chair and the addition of these seven individuals to our Board of Directors. Their skill sets will bring a variety of new ideas and insights to our agency and its mission to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness.”

They will be joining current directors Alex Sharma, Gary Moor, Gretchen Pollom, Leslie Benners, Ann M. Johnson, Jennifer Austin, Rick Deitch, Ariane Einecker, Shanjula Harris, Kirsten Kerrigan, Mirjam Kirk, Mika Manaster, Steve Martin, Doug Ness, Selwyn Rayzor, Bryon Romine and Paul Wilson.

For details on the new board members, just follow the jump:

* Photo provided by Family Gateway

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A Passing: Rita Crocker Bass Clements

Rita Clements (File photo)

Whenever Rita Crocker Bass Clements took on a task, she surpassed the rule of the day. Whether it was cutting cattle on a ranch, raising four children, chairing North Texas’ most successful fundraising efforts, rising through the political ranks to national recognition or serving as First Lady of Texas, her DNA had the leadership factor.

Born on October 30, 1931, during the Great Depression in Newton, Kansas, she was 11 when her family moved to Texas and she attended The Hockaday School, when school founder Miss Ela Hockaday still ruled the roost at the school located at Greenville and Belmont.

After graduation she attended Wellesley College and met and married recent Yale graduate Dick Bass. During their 22-year marriage, Rita became the mother of four (Bonnie Bass Smith, Barbara Bass Moroney, Jim Bass and Dan Bass), graduated with honors from the University of Texas and moved to Dallas, where she got involved in community activities. It was during this time that the petite brunette’s skills as a leader blossomed, serving as president of the Junior League of Dallas, founding director of the O’Donnell Foundation and, in 1968, chairing the Crystal Charity Ball that took place at the Statler Hilton, where legendary designer Jed Mace decorated the room with “ceiling high, silk trees and snowflake garlands” and the Lester Lanin Band performed for 830 guests.

She also became more than interested in politics. Having volunteered in Dwight Eisenhower’s 1952 campaign for president, her involvement grew to such a point that she became Dallas County Precinct Chairman for the Republican Party, state co-chair for the Barry Goldwater campaign in 1964 and eventually a Republican National Committee member in 1973.

In the meantime, oilman Bill Clements was entering the world of politics. Under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, he served as Deputy Secretary of Defense. This interest in the world of politics brought Rita and Bill together, resulting in their 1975 marriage.

Four years later, when Bill was first elected governor of Texas (he served two non-contiguous terms, from 1979-1983 and 1987-1991), Rita was more than up for the job as First Lady of Texas. In addition to her political acumen, the Crystal Charity Ball Hall of Famer brought her good taste and concern for the state’s well-being to the role by becoming a driving force in the beautification of Texas and restoring the Governor’s Mansion with the help of Jed Mace. As she put it, “Even though it’s open five days a week, it’s nonetheless a home for us and for all Texans.”

For 36 years, Rita and Bill were a team, both personally and politically. But it wasn’t always easy being in the political ring and spotlight. Rita stood by her man through some very daunting times. When he ran for re-election in 1982, he lost to Mark White. But Bill rebounded and made a successful run in 1987, replacing White. It was also in that year that Bill’s role in the SMU football player pay-off that led to the university’s “Death Penalty” came to light. She also saw Bill through the tragic murder of his son, Gill Clements.  

The good times trumped the challenging ones, though. Sure, there were awards, board positions and grandchildren, but Rita and Bill always stayed firm in their giving back to the North Texas community that they called home. In 2009 they gave a whopping $100M to UT Southwestern Medical Center, where the 12-story William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital stands today.

Following Bill’s death in 2011 at the age of 94, Rita’s activities slowed down due to age and being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But when she did make an appearance, she was treated like a rock star.

Rita Clements with JLD past presidents File photo

When the Junior League of Dallas celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2011 at a Brook Hollow luncheon, a group photo was taken of the past JLD presidents. Unfortunately, Rita arrived just seconds after the photo had been taken. There was no hesitation. The consensus was to regroup and put her front row center in the place of honor with Lyda Hill by her side. Later Lyda recalled how Rita had been “her mentor and encouraged her to take a Dale Carnegie course, resulting in Lyda’s reporting, ‘Now, if there are two or more people, I’m ready to speak.’”

Rita’s death Saturday drew to an end a life that felt right at home in a saddle, knocking on the door for votes, presiding over the Governor’s Mansion private and public activities, raising a family, journeying through the mine field of politics, or inspiring a future philanthropist with wisdom and a touch of humor.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 11, at St. Michael And All Angels Church at 11 a.m.

Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas’ Cookie Power Sale-Athon Kicks Off Friday

Girl Scout Cookies*

Put the diets on hold because the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas are kicking off their annual cookie-thon. Starting Friday, January 12, the GSNETX Cookie Sale will have Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Does, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot, Toffee-tastics, Trios and Girl Scouts S’Mores available online thanks to the Digital Cookie mobile app made possible by Dell.

Girl Scout cookie sales*

But if you’re a little hesitant about going online or just want to meet a hardworking scout, you can always rely on the good old cookie booth.

Where is the nearest cookie booth going to be? Just pop in your ZIP code and the info will be there.

Funds raised by the cookies will stay in North Texas and support G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ programs that develop future leaders.

Since the cookie season ends February 25, the diets can get underway Monday, February 26.

* Photo provided by Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas

JUST IN: New Crystal Charity Ball Advisory Board Members Announced

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson just announced the newest members of the CCB Advisory Board. Drum roll, please. Charlotte Jones Anderson, Richard Eiseman, Sarah Losinger and Nancy Perot will serve a three-year term on the Board.

Charlotte Jones Anderson (File photo)

Richard Eiseman (File photo)

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Nancy Perot (File photo)

The recent death of Lifetime Advisory Board Member Ruth Altshuler leaves Annette Simmons as the only CCB Lifetime Advisory Board Member.

Retiring Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan And Carol J. Adams Are Celebrated For 30+ Years Of Dedication To The Dallas Community

It’s hard to imagine The Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan and his wife Carol J. Adams retiring. For more than 30 years, they have been mainstays in the Dallas community, First Presbyterian Church Dallas (FPC) and its congregation and The Stewpot clients. Over the years, they have brought to light the challenges facing the homeless and providing means to help.

Bruce Buchanan and Carol Adams*

But that’s exactly took place amid a three-day celebration honoring the couple and ending Bruce’s 41 years as a Presbyterian minister.

Starting Friday, November 17, the clients and Stewpot staff honored Bruce with their tributes, program and farewell lunch at The Stewpot.

On the following evening,  Toast, Roast and Boast – a night of music, dinner, tears and laughter took place at The Statler with Bruce and Carol celebrating with their friends, family, past and present congregants and so many others from the citywide community.  Thanks to The Statler and the generosity of Fanchon and Howard Hallam and other underwriters, the evening was made possible.

The next day Bruce performed his last service as a Presbyterian minister on Community Ministries Sunday. Due to construction in the FPC sanctuary, the service was held at Scottish Rite Cathedral. Bruce’s and Carol’s sons, Doug Buchanan and Ben Buchanan performed the music for the service with their four-hand piano duo. Doug had been commissioned by FPC to write the anthem for the service in honor of his parents.

Mayor Mike Rawlings presented Bruce with The Dallas Proclamation from the Mayor’s office honoring Bruce’s service to the citizens of Dallas. The service ended with the congregation endorsing Bruce as Associate Minister Emeritus of FPC of Dallas.

With bagpipers playing, the congregation then marched from Scottish Rite Cathedral to Encore Park, where a reception was held with music, chili picnic and more tributes for Bruce and Carol.

The events were spearheaded by Amy Dresler, Margie and Ray Francis, Fred and Jan Hegi and Joan and Elvis Mason, along with The Stewpot and FPC staffs.

* Photo credit: Stephen Shore Photography

JUST IN: Margaret McDermott And Margot Perot Join Nancy Nasher As Vice Chairs Of Dallas Symphony Association Board Of Governors

With the Dallas Symphony Orchestra undergoing some major transitions this year with the arrival of new President/CEO Kim Noltemy, the departure of Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the search for Jaap’s replacement, the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors decided to add some heavyweights to its leadership.

Margaret McDermott (File photo)

Margot Perot (File photo)

Nancy Nasher (File photo)

It was just announced that art-loving philanthropists Margaret McDermott and Margot Perot will join fellow philanthropist/art lover Nancy Nasher as vice-chairs of the DSA.

According to DSO Board Chair Sanjiv Yajnik, “Mrs. McDermott and Mrs. Perot are transformative leaders in Dallas with decades of experience in supporting the Dallas Symphony. I am proud and humbled that they accepted my invitation to join the board. Their passion for artistic excellence and commitment to raising the profile of the DSO around the world is inspiring. With their and Ms. Nasher’s support, we look forward to establishing the DSO as one of the world’s great cultural institutions.”

MySweet2018Goals: Donna Arp Weitzman And Herb Weitzman

Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman (File photo)

According to Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman,

“Herb and I have competing goals: 

“First, he wants to gain weight (how disgusting). I have wanted to lose 7 pounds for now 31 years.   

“Our second goal is to promote more awareness and raise more money for our charitable organizations. We are national fundraising chairs for the MD Anderson Neurodegeneration Initiative. It is a coordinated effort between MD Anderson, MIT and Baylor. They are partnering to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

MySweetWishList: Hope Lodge Dallas

According to Hope Lodge Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Jennifer and Richard Dix,

Richard and Jennifer Dix (File photo)

“When we were asked to chair the Hope Lodge Capital Campaign, the only question we had was ‘Why hasn’t this already been built?’  Did you know that Dallas is ranked #7 in the nation for cancer care?  What a point of pride for our city and an amazing resource, not only for the residents of DFW, but for the thousands of people who travel annually to Dallas for cancer care.  

“Hope Lodge is the missing component for these patients and their families. It is the ultimate resource-providing patients and caregivers a free place to stay during treatment.  Financial burdens are reduced and patients and caregivers can focus on their priority-getting well.

“We fervently believe Dallas needs this vital asset. Our wish is that everyone who has the capacity to support this important campaign will dig deep and give! 

“Hope Lodge will be constructed on a parcel of land southeast of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at the intersection of Elm and Hall.   The use of the land, valued at approximately $4 million, was donated by Baylor Scott And White Health.

“Hope Lodge Dallas will include 50 suites for guests and caregivers, an outdoor garden, common kitchens, dining room, common living area, meditation room, laundry facilities, library with computer access, meeting space and access to transportation to all cancer treatments center in the Dallas area.

“As we became actively engaged in studying Hope Lodges across the nation, one fact we loved emerged:  those served by Hope Lodge always give back, either financially or through volunteer service.  This is a powerful testament to the dramatic impact that the Hope Lodge Dallas will have providing compassion and care for those who enter its doors. 

“Please join us in worthy mission by visiting cancer.org/hopelodgedallas.”

-By Jennifer and Richard Dix, Hope Lodge Capital Campaign co-chairs

MySweetWishList: University Of North Texas Fashion Design Program

According to University of North Texas alumnus/fashion designer Michael Faircloth,

Lisa Troutt and Michael Faircloth (File photo)

“The Fashion Design Program at the University of North Texas prepares students for a career as a fashion designer, illustrator or for the many production positions in the fashion industry. The program educates students to create designs that are both innovative and current, while being marketable and suitable for manufacture.

“I am humbled and overjoyed that my friends and my alma mater desire to recognize my achievements by naming the fashion design program for me. My experience and education while studying fashion design at UNT certainly laid the foundation for my success, and it continues to support my view of fashion as a discipline of art.

“And, I am enthusiastically encouraging others to contribute to the fund so we continue to support the program and remind students of the success they can achieve with a degree from UNT. 

“My friend and alumna Lisa Troutt, with a previous career in fashion design, and her husband, Kenny, have given the first major gift that will support the $2.5 million goal to name the program. My hope is that others will follow, at any level, and help with this important educational program. Please visit https://one.unt.edu/faircloth.”

-By Michael Faircloth, University of North Texas alumnus/fashion designer

MySweetWishList: Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas

Gail Chandler*

According to Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Committee For Community Engagement Co-Chair Gail Chandler,

  1. “Every girl deserves the chance to be successful.
  2. “Everyone benefits when we help girls take an active part in charting their futures.
  3. “The future of our communities and society depends on our ability to break down gender barriers that inhibit girls’ success.

“These are the three reasons I volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.  As a mother and grandmother, I can wish for and support the success of my daughters and granddaughter. As a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas though, I can extend that support to others in our community who deserve success no matter their background, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity or ability.

“Today, there are many opportunities for girls and women to contribute to a better future through the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  However, women remain vastly underrepresented in these fields.  Girl Scouts is reducing the gender gap in STEM fields by bringing millions of girls into the STEM pipeline over the next eight years. In November, Girl Scouts of the USA announced a bold pledge to get 2.5 million girls into the STEM pipeline by 2025. Locally, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is leading the charge through a $14M capital campaign to build a STEM Center of Excellence in southwest Dallas.

“STEM professions are the fastest growing careers in our country – with women in STEM earning 33% more than women in other careers.  Over the next decade, the U.S. will need 1 million more STEM professionals than we are projected to produce. Where will our future chemists, botanists, electrical engineers, programmers and coders come from?  With your support, they will come from Girl Scouts.

“Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non-Girl Scouts to participate in STEM activities (60 percent versus 35 percent), and 77 percent of girls say that because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in technology.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas*

“Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ STEM Center of Excellence is serving as a model for the development of regional STEM Centers across the country.  The STEM Center will afford girls the opportunity to explore these careers, connect with mentors and break down perceptions about the industry.  Programs will run year-round and the facility is expected to serve 4,000 girls in our area.

“We need your help to help girls develop their curiosity, problem-solving and leadership skills. From an all-girls astronomy club to summer camps that teach girls to build and fly drones, to field trips which get girls into nature to explore earth sciences to high school programs where girls are discovering and developing antibiotics, there is truly an opportunity for every girl to discover, explore, build, create and dream.

“My holiday wish is for more STEM opportunities and success for North Texas girls.  You can create those opportunities by giving to the Gears4Girls campaign.  Your gift will be commemorated on an acrylic gear on display on our supporters’ wall at the STEM Center. Gears make the perfect holiday gift to commemorate that special leader, mentor, role model, colleague or family member. 

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas*

“By ‘getting in gear’ this holiday season, we help Girl Scouts help girls break down barriers , find countless opportunities to discover themselves, connect with the world around them, take action in their communities and empower themselves for life. 

“Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 26,000 girls in our community, helping them learn computer coding, get hands-on experiences in the STEM industry, connect with female career mentors, explore nature at our STEM Center of Excellence, build confidence through leadership programs, challenge their fears through outdoor adventures and much more.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas*

“Please help girls throughout our community try STEM and discover skills and interests that will lead to their success and ours. You can learn more and connect as a volunteer or donor at gsnetx.org. ”

-By Gail Chandler, Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Committee For Community Engagement co-chair

* Photos provided by Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas

MySweetWishList: Café Momentum

According to Café Momentum’s 2017 Momentum Society Co-Chair Ashlee Kleinert,

 “The Momentum Society, founded in 2016 by Inaugural Co-Chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund, set out to connect 80 donors to the mission of Café Momentum: to transform young lives by equipping our community’s most at-risk youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential. With a $5,000 gift and a belief in that vision, those first 80 donors paved the way for the Momentum Society to empower each young person who walked through the doors of Café Momentum.

Chris and Ashlee Kleinert, TJ and Mackenzie Kleinert, Tyler Kleinert and Nick Babikian and Connie Kleinert*

“This year, my husband, Chris Kleinert, and I are honored to co-chair the Momentum Society effort alongside our family (Connie, Nick, Tyler, Mackenzie and TJ) with the hope that by year’s end, the Momentum Society can reach 100 donors with a $500,000 commitment to provide transformative experiences to young men and women coming out of juvenile facilities. We invite you to join us in this goal and to consider joining the Momentum Society online or by calling Margaret Windham, chief development officer for Café Momentum, at 214.435.6421.

“On Wednesday, November 22, Café Momentum began its participation in the ‘40 Days of Gratitude – Gift A Future’ campaign. During the 40 hectic days that connect Thanksgiving and New Years, we look forward to sharing messages of gratitude from Café Momentum interns and staff as a daily reminder to take time to appreciate the good in each of our lives and to ask the community to consider ‘Gifting a Future’ to the young men and women working their way through our program.

Cafe Momentum is a non-profit restaurant providing a transformative experience through a
post-release internship program for young men and women coming out of juvenile facilities. The interns rotate through all aspects of the restaurant, focusing on life and social skills, coaching and development. The case management team of Cafe Momentum provides an ecosystem of support around the interns to help them achieve their greatest potential. The restaurant is located at 1510 Pacific Ave. at Akard on Thanks-Giving Square in downtown Dallas and serves dinner Thursday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 214.303.1234 or go to http://cafemomentum.org/. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cafemomentum or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @cafemomentum.

-By Ashlee Kleinert, Café Momentum’s 2017 Momentum Society co-chair

* Photo proved by Café Momentum

2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea’s “A Garden By The Sea” To Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of Women’s Council of The Dallas Arboretum Fundraiser

When Melissa Lewis agreed to be president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, she called Venise Stuart. Melissa would only take the leadership position, if Venise agreed to chair the 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Melissa Lewis

Venise Stuart

After chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb ball, the Aware Affair and Les Femmes Du Monde’s Women of the Year, Venise was the right one to tap for the 30th anniversary of the annual tea that benefits the Council’s A Woman’s Garden.

At Tootsies on Thursday, November 16, Melissa and Venise had about 70 guests in for champagne and to learn about the plans for the spring fashion show.

Before the announcements were made, Venise said that she wanted the annual fashion show and luncheon to be an elegant affair along the lines of the grand days when the ultra-rich sought the cool breezes of Newport in the summer.

When the event was first launched in 1987, it was simply a seated tea with Virginia Nick, Margaret McDermott, Mary Nell Rogers, Barbara Lake and Carol Ann Brown on the terrace of the Camp House with a regatta sailing on White Rock in the background. As one person described it, “Nobody had ever done anything like that. It was like we were in a movie. They had just restored the Camp Estate. It was a simple but elegant affair. It was like Downton Abby. Nobody asked you for anything. It was just a beautiful afternoon.”

Over the years, change was afoot. It was held in different locations, designers like the late Frank Olive attended, fashion shows were added and the hat judgings. In recent years, the tea has settled into a champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza and the fashion show and live auction in Rosine Hall followed by a seated luncheon on the terrace overlooking the grounds.  

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Lynn Dealey and Linda Ivy

Dyann Skelton and Emilynn Wilson

Linda Burk

With the 70 guests including Emilynn Wilson, Linda and Steve Ivy, Dyann Skelton, Jocelyn White, Donna Darling, Claire Cunningham, Kay Weeks, Barbara Bingham and Tea founder Carol Ann Brown, the twosome announced that Linda Burk would be the honorary chair and that Tootsies under the leadership of Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb would be providing the fashions with Jan Strimple producing the show on Thursday, April 12.

A Garden by the Sea by Lynn Dealey

Then they unveiled the graphics designed by Lynn Dealey with the theme “A Garden By The Sea.”

JUST IN: Dr. Kern Wildenthal To Serve As Interim General Director/CEO Of The Dallas Opera Following Keith Cerny’s Resignation

With The Dallas Opera‘s General Director/ CEO Keith Cerny‘s announcing his resignation last Friday, the interim stand-in has just been revealed.

According to The Dallas Opera Board Chair Holly Mayer, “As has been the case in the past, there is a need for an executive presence in the office during this transitional period, while the search committee prepares to begin its task of identifying a permanent replacement.

Holly Mayer (File photo)

Kern Wildenthal (File photo)

“The transition team offered the post of Interim General Director and CEO to former Board Chair Kern Wildenthal, who has accepted. Dr. Wildenthal is well known and respected, not only within The Dallas Opera, but throughout the community.”

Until the full-time position is filled, Kern will “be serving with no compensation.”

A Passing: Nancy Ann Smith Wynne Chandler

The Idlewild Club went dark during World War II. But in 1946, it came alive again with a dozen young debutantes. One of them was Nancy Ann Smith. Five years after “bowing” to Dallas society, she attended a charity ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Returning to Dallas, she realized that Dallas needed a similar fundraiser for Dallas children. In her suitcase was a sketch of a little girl that would become the symbol for her brainchild.

Nancy Ann Smith Wynne Chandler*

Pretty soon she gathered together a posse of gal/pals like Claire Ownby Benners, Mildred Nettle Bickel, Betty Butler, Katherine Callaway, Sally Carney, Phyllis Carter, Sally Otis Cassidy, Jo Cherry, Jo Ann Holland, Margaret Kervin, Ann O’Donnell, Neil Orand, Margaret Otis, Alma Ramsden, Marilyn Ray, Sharon Simons, Ann Thompson and Dale Wigley to be the founding members of her project — Crystal Charity Ball.

Within a year, Nancy and her ladies had become a force to be reckoned with. She got Sharon Simons’ husband, Pollard Simons, to provide office space at his Fine Arts Gallery on Cedar Springs; created an advisory board including Joe Lambert, Nancy Hamon and Margaret Hunt Hill; got a permit from the Better Business Bureau; and put together an ultra-formal ball at the Baker Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, December 6, 1952, for 350 with tickets going for a hefty $25 per person.

Nancy had put together a recipe of panache, glitz and glamour that put the event on the map nationally. Unlike the hoop-la of “Giant’s” portrayal of Texas big events, this one was sleek, elegant, intimate and fun. With celebrity pianist Hoagy Carmichael entertaining and Stanley Marcus and actors Greer Garson and Dan Dailey drawing names for the three door prizes, one of the highlights was the midnight drop of ceiling balloons containing prize-winning numbers and a late-night supper. Another was Dailey’s performing.

Still Nancy’s dad, Howell Smith, wasn’t certain that his little girl’s project would work. The country was still recovering from the war and, after all, start-up ventures were always risky. Why he even offered to cover expenses if a profit wasn’t made.

He needn’t have worried. That very first CCB sold out and provided a whopping $17,730 for The Dallas Polio Chapter. Remember this was back in 1952, when cars were selling for $1,700 and gas went for 20 cents.

From the start, it was a hands-on effort. The CCB office was closed, so the committee could create the decorations and entertainment rehearsals. According to the late Dale Wigley, “In those days we had to work hard for the money… I mean really scrounging! Making $15,000 was a big deal, engaging our efforts all year long. But we certainly did put the ball on the map, didn’t we?”

The next year more than 750 attended with guests arriving from New York, California and Europe for the ball that Nancy would chair once again. This time it resulted in an even larger check for the Children’s Development Center, a training school for children with emotional and mental challenges.

Over the years, CCB grew in size of membership (100) and guests (1,500), activities (10 Best Dressed Fashion Show), beneficiaries, corporate involvement, prestige and reputation. It was no longer a debutante’s dream. It was the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval in fundraising circles, as well as a generous benefactor.  

As for Nancy, the 1950s were also a turning point for her personally. The beautiful blonde married Dr. Buck J. Wynne and had two children, Howell Wynne and Nancy Wynne Saustad. Following his death in 1979, she was married to World War II hero Alfred Chandler in 1981 until his death in 2013. But all the while she watched her little project provide more than $131,244,558 for thousands and thousands of children.

It was announced that Nancy died Friday, December 15, having celebrated her 93rd birthday on December 3. But in the decades to come, her legacy will live on through her “brainchild” helping Dallas children.

Services are pending at this time with Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home.

* Photo provided by Crystal Charity Ball

MySweetWishList: Resource Center

According to Resource Center Grants and Foundation Manager Dave Wehrly,

“The only program of its kind in North Texas, Resource Center’s Youth First program serves middle and high school aged lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 12 to 18, and equips them with the skills and resources they need to lead an authentic life.

Youth First*

“Shortly after Max came out of the closet at the age of 14, his parents became concerned when his grades began to drop and he was often ‘too sick’ to go to school. They suspected that he was being bullied, and turned to Resource Center’s Youth First program. After working with his mental health counselor at Youth First, Max revealed to his parents that he was being bullied at school to the point that he was having thoughts of suicide. Today, through counseling, Max has learned that when he shares what is happening to him at school, his parents can be a source of help and support. Over the past year, Max has been actively involved in many of Youth First’s weekly programs and activities including Healthy Relationship Workshops, Art Club, and Friday Family Dinners.

Resource Center*

“’He is doing better in school and behaving more like the Max we used to know,’ his mother says. ‘I don’t know where he would be today without Youth First. God has put this wonderful program in our lives, and we truly believe it has saved Max’s life.’

“’I really, really love Youth First! I went from literally having zero friends and feeling lonely and depressed, to having lots of friends and being much happier,’ Max says. ‘This was my first summer being a part of Youth First, and the summer art program along with all the field trips and weekly family dinners really opened my eyes to this amazing place. I’ve met so many cool people too! Youth First is a safe place that lets me to be myself and feel accepted. I don’t know where I would go or what I would do without it. Thank you!

Youth First*

“’My wish this holiday is that other teens who are being bullied at school will find their way to Youth First like I did.’

“To donate to Youth First and support LGBTQ youth like Max, contact Cameron Hernholm at [email protected] or go to myresourcecenter.org.

“Mission: Resource Center is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy.”

-By Dave Wehrly, Resource Center Grants and Foundation manager

* Graphic and photo provided by Resource Center