Promising Youth Alliance Patrons Party Goes On Despite Area Tornadoes

With tornadoes getting touchy-feely in Dallas Wednesday afternoon, most hosts and hostesses would have thrown in the towel for a kick-off party. But not Connie and Denny Carreker (pictured with sis-in-law Robin). They weren’t going to let a little old funnel hold them back from honoring the patrons and sponsors of the upcoming Promising Youth Alliance launch on Thursday, September 30.

And the guests like Bill Noble, Carolyn Anderson, Linda and Steve Ivy weren’t going to miss an opportunity to enjoy the fabulous Carreker mansion along Turtle Creek. Speaking of the Ivys, they’re just back from their summer home in Colorado Springs. Here you thought they had been off to Pebble Beach for the Concours D’Elegance where Heritage was a sponsor! No, Linda (pictured) who looked typically flawless was using the time to take a deep breath before they head to NYC to open Heritage Auction Galleries office there. Watch out Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

Also on hand was Modern Luxury Dallas‘ “new kid on the block” publisher Christian Poppert (pictured). Having just moved to Dallas from Chicago, he’s making the rounds of Big D society including the KidneyTexas luncheon earlier in the day.

Ah, but back to the purpose of the party. PYA President John Rodgers thanked the blue ribbon crowd of nonprofit reps, sponsors and community leaders who had put together such a program that with a little effort could easily go national in providing after-school programming for kiddos.

Among those launch sponsors receiving thanks were commercehouse, Ernst & Young, First Private Bank, Heritage Auction Galleries, Jet Linx, Modern Luxury Dallas, McKinsey & Company and William Noble Rare Jewels.

It’s obvious from last night’s showing of guests, PYA’s friends are not the fair-weather types.

Dallas’ Top Philanthropists Didn’t Start Out Rich Or In Dallas

There’s an interesting article in this month’s D CEO about self-made individuals who have made philanthropy a top priority. One is the son of Holocaust survivors, two lost a parent when they were just youngsters, one was a Miss American contestant, two are Ivy Leaguers thanks to scholarships, several worked their ways through college and only one is a native Dallasite.

All have reasons for their decisions to provide financial support for our community. Don’t worry the article is not long and preachy. The writer is not that talented. But it’s an opportunity to learn about well-recognized individuals with stories that just might surprise . . . and possibly inspire you.

BTW, one of the philanthropists said, “When I was growing up, my family didn’t even know how to spell ‘philanthropy.’ We just considered it helping our neighbors.”

JUST IN: Children’s Medical Center’s Development VP Phyllis Cole Resigns

Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ VP of Development Phyllis Cole notified her staff yesterday that she’s turned in her resignation to focus on her three munchkins. She’ll be staying at Children’s for the next few weeks to “wrap up dangling projects.”

Children’s loss is the gain for three very lucky kids.

DSO President/CEO Douglas Adams Resigns

Dallas Symphony Orchestra President/CEO Douglas Adams (pictured) turned in his resignation today. When asked about his reason, Doug admitted that having a commuter marriage with his wife Pamela in Denver had finally taken its toll. It seems that his Denver home’s being a victim of the real estate recession had forced the two-city lifestyle.

Doug will stay on for a month before permanently moving back to Denver to “improve my golf swing.”

Cece Cox Named Executive Director Of Resource Center Dallas

Cece Cox (pictured), associate executive director for the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community services, has been named the Resource Center Dallas’s new executive director starting Saturday.

As associate executive director for GLBT community services for the Center since 2007, Cox was directly responsible for creating and maintaining programs at one of the largest GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community centers in the United States.

Cox led the Center’s diversity training program, providing curriculum and training for education, business and public sector clients. Last fall, Cox spearheaded a team to provide diversity training for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission — the first state agency in Texas to institute GLBT diversity training for all of its employees. This spring, she was also instrumental in working with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to expand its nondiscrimination policies to include gender identity. [Read more…]

Entrepreneurs For North Texas Salutes Bill Lively As Social Entrepreneur

Ever since its inception, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship has been presented to business entrepreneurs and politicos (Jim Keyes, Ray Hunt, Craig Hall, T. Boone Pickens, Roger Staubach, Charles (pictured left with Patrick and Natalie Brandt) and Sam Wyly, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry). Thursday night that tradition was broken with the presentation of the ninth annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship award plus navy blue blazer, cuff links and custom pen to Bill Lively at Communities Foundation of Texas. He was recognized as a “social entrepreneur” by the Entrepreneurs for North Texas. You gotta love entrepreneurs. They’re such mavericks and are not limited by traditions or rules.

Just listening to Bill’s acceptance speech made you realize that he belonged with this crowd:

  • “Being an entrepreneur is as my dad said to me when I was in the fifth grade: ‘Just think you can do anything.’ And in Dallas, you probably can.”
  • “In Dallas if you galvanize leaders, you can do anything.”
  • On the Super Bowl: “Everyone will see that Dallas is the greatest place in this country to live.”
  • To young people: “Give back to Dallas. Make Dallas a better place. Find projects that will make a difference.”
  • “We were raised in Oak Cliff. We were poor, but my parents valued two things: us and education. We also learned the importance of teams from my dad, who participated in ‘teams’ at church, at the PTA, etc.”

Among the crowd of can-do’s were

  • Mayor Tom Leppert who said, “If Bill comes near you, you may want to guard your wallet.”
  • Mavericks’ go-to-man Terdema Ussery (pictured right with Mickey and Bill Lively): “You can reach this guy (Bill) 24/7 — especially if you want to give him a check!”

Also recognized for their support of entrepreneurship in Dallas and awarded the EFNT’s North Star Recognition were

  • ES On Demand
  • Ashlee (pictured) and Chris Kleinert.

ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Programs Ceremony Was All Smiles

With moms pushing baby strollers in one direction at the Arboretum entrance this morning, more than 200 nonprofit leaders and interns headed straight to the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall for Exxon Mobil Community Summer Jobs Program.

The program is a lifesaver for many of the nonprofits. Exxon provides the funding for nonprofits to have interns. It’s a win-win scenario. Not only do the nonprofits get eager young people to help out, they students get internships which definitely dress up any resume.

According to Exxon’s Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments Manager Robert Lanyon (pictured) with his oh-so charming British accent, “More than 1,400 young people have participated in the program since its start 20 years ago.” (Don’t plan on seeing Robert at next year’s event. He’s headed this fall to handle public affairs for Exxon in London. Hmm, as one astute observer said, “Everyone in public affairs nowadays is British.”)

One of the highlights of the ceremony was [Read more…]

Keith Cerny, Welcome To The AT&T PAC Hood

Today is Dallas Opera General Director Keith Cerny‘s (pictured) first day on the job. Why not drop him a note or just give him a call to say, “Hello and welcome.”

Remember you pronounce his last name “SUR-nee.” It rhymes with “Ernie.”