Genesis Women’s Shelter’s HeROs Continue The Conversation Of “Not In My Home And Not In Yours Either” For The Next Generation

The problem of domestic violence is not a current problem. It’s a multi-generational tragedy. Like a hand-me-down, the abuse within the home is shared through the ages. Tackling the break in the generational cycle of violence has been the mission of the Genesis Women’s Shelter‘s HeROs (He Respects Others). To take their message to more in the North Texas community, Jennifer and Travis Armayor and The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated hosted “An Evening With Gentle Men” on Thursday, November 9, at Harlan Crow‘s breathtaking library. Here’s a report from the field:

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and its men’s group, Genesis HeROs (He Respects Others), hosted the second annual “An Evening with Gentle Men,” presented by Jennifer and Travis Armayor and The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Crow Library. Along with Event Co-Chairs Jennifer and Travis Armayor and more than 40 host committee members, the room was filled with 230 men and women who share zero tolerance for domestic violence.

Jesse Barnett, Chris Petrawski and Zach Townsend*

Guests like Jesse Barnett, Chris Petrawski and Zach Townsend stepped into the elegant, historical library of Harlan Crow, surrounded by historical treasures dating back centuries. Antique cigar boxes overflowing with succulents were arranged by Dallas Petal Pusher, making the perfect centerpiece arrangements. Guests were treated to beer-tasting sponsored by Four Corners Brewing Company and complimentary shoe-shining. Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond scotch whisky were also available for tasting, courtesy of Mary Bowman Campbell. Attendees explored the three-story library, lingering in front of historical gems from figures like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill. Pianist Scott Willis played in the grand library, providing live entertainment sponsored by Crossmark.

An Evening with Gentle Men at the Crow Library*

The informal program began with a welcome by Genesis Women’s Shelter Senior Director of Fund and Community Development Bianca Jackson. Guests gathered in the main library, while attendees on the second story peered over the balcony to hear her remarks. Shortly thereafter, HeROs Board President Crayton Webb shared how men must be known as more than simply a part of the problem – in order to effect real change and make a difference in the fight against domestic violence, men must become a part of the solution by taking a stand. “Not in my home, and not in yours either.” Jennifer and Travis then closed with comments about having the tough, important conversations with the next generation – it is not enough that girls are taught how to protect themselves and stay alert, boys should be taught to respect and value women.

Bianca Jackson*

The rest of the evening was open for guests to mingle and network, and take in all the wonders of the library. Thanks to Ormsby Catering, attendees enjoyed heavy appetizers like Ahi Tuna sashimi, sweet corn empanadas, pulled pork and blue corn tamale tartlets, and individual beef bourguignon pot pies paired with a mushroom and port wine sauce. Nearly 20 men joined the HeROs organization during the event. Favor bags included men’s shaving cream and lotion thanks to gift sponsor Mary Kay, along with information on how to become involved with Genesis HeROs.

* Photo provided by Genesis Women's Shelter and Support

The Family Place Opened Texas’ First Shelter For Male Victims Of Domestic Abuse

There’s a misconception that domestic abuse only victimizes women and children in a household. Not true. The thinking is that real men just don’t get abused. That’s not true. It’s often not reported because of the humiliation that a male victim has “not stood up for himself.”

The Family Place*

For more than 15 years, The Family Place has been working with such men on a limited basis, due to financial resources. They’ve had to resort to using hotels and apartments, and that has been costly and not the most satisfactory solution. Just last year they “provided shelter for 32 men and nonresidential services for 50 men.”

That’s why The Family Place team rolled up their sleeves and committed to creating a true facility for men and their children to seek protective shelter for healing and undertaking a better life. Their goal was to provide 21 beds and private rooms for men with children.

Construction got underway in 2016 and the house was opened this month. However, there was no grand opening due to the fact that its location must remain undisclosed.

These clients will have access to counseling, emergency relief services, case management, childcare, healthcare, legal aid, transitional housing and rental assistance.

Funding for the shelter was achieved through grants.

* Graphic courtesy of The Family Place

The Dallas Foundation Adds Four New Members To Its Board Of Governors

And the news/announcements just keeping rolling in.  The Dallas Foundation has added four new members to its board of governors. They are

James Huffines, Todd Maclin, Stephen Mansfield and Clint McDonnough*

 

  • James Huffines is “the chief operating officer of subsidiaries at Hilltop Holdings, where he oversees the activities of PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending, HilltopSecurities and National Lloyds and serves on the board of directors for the same. In addition to his 35 years of experience in banking, Huffines has long been a champion of causes ranging from education to arts and humanities to civic leadership. He serves on the Dallas Regional Chamber board of advisors, executive committee for the Dallas Citizens Council, and board of directors for University of Texas Development and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation. He was previously a chairman of the University of Texas System board of regents, executive vice president for the Austin Symphony Orchestra board of directors, and a board member for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and March of Dimes.”
  • Todd Maclin “held a variety of leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase for almost 37 years, rising to the rank of vice chairman and a member of the JPMC Operating Committee before his retirement in 2016. Maclin is very involved in civic pursuits and serves on numerous advisory boards and councils including the University of Texas, McCombs Graduate School of Business, UT Southwestern Health System, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Southwestern Medical Foundation. Maclin and wife Diana are co-chairs of St. Philip’s School & Community Center’s ‘We Believe’ capital campaign.”
  • Stephen Mansfield “has been president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas since 2006. Under his leadership, Methodist Health System has tripled in size to become one of the region’s fastest-growing health systems and gained recognition by the Dallas Business JournalModern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review as a best place to work. Mansfield recently received the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award from Texas Woman’s University for leadership excellence and was the 2015 recipient of the Texas Association of Business Distinguished Business Leader Award. In 2009, Mansfield was selected as ‘Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser’ by the March of Dimes.”
  • Clint McDonnough “served as managing partner of the Dallas office at Ernst & Young LLP until his retirement in June 2015. In addition to leading day-to-day practice, he represented Ernst & Young at numerous community events dedicated to supporting education and mentoring. McDonnough serves as a director of Dallas Regional Chamber and chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council. He holds positions on the boards of the Dallas Education Foundation and Methodist Health System, the development board for the University of Texas at Dallas, the Dallas County Community College District Foundation board, Early Matters Dallas board, and the Chief Executive Officer Advisory Council for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.”

According to The Dallas Foundation President/CEO Mary Jalonick, “Each of the newly elected governors has shown an unparalleled dedication to improving Dallas for good. We’re thrilled to welcome these venerated leaders to our board of governors, and we’re confident that The Dallas Foundation will continue to thrive from their expertise and experience in the community.”

* Photos provided by The Dallas Foundation

Genesis HeROs’ Gentlemen’s Night Had Cigar Rollings, Whiskey Tastings And Membership Sign-Ups At The Crow Library

The rain gods, “Drip” and “Sprinkle,” decided to hedge their appearance in North Texas on Wednesday, November 2. Perhaps it was because of the seventh World Series game, or the CMAs. Whatever.

Nearly 200 gents and their fav gals held forth at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library, complete with shoes shines and cigar rolling on the covered side terrace and whiskey tastings in Harlan’s better-than-real-life Oval Office.  

Harlan Crow's Oval Office

Harlan Crow’s Oval Office

In the main room, a huge drop screen was on the stage where there is usually a piano. Instead guests could see live play-by-play of the Fall Classic.

And what was the uproarious occasion demanding stogies, drops screens, shoe shines and all those guy-like activities? Why, it was the inaugural Gentlemen’s Night created by Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Genesis HeROs program. “We wanted to do something that was fun for the guys,” said Jan Langbein, the Genesis Women’s Shelter CEO.

Chris and Nancy Mulder

Chris and Nancy Mulder

Morgan Meyer

Morgan Meyer

And what a gathering of eagles it was, including Texas State Rep. Morgan Meyer, Judge Nancy and Chris Mulder, Lisa and Marvin Singleton, Kristen Howell, Daniel Roby and Amber and Josh Ragsdale, the W.H. Adamson High School football coach who was the recipient of the 2015 HeRO Award for “taking a public stand against domestic violence by serving as a role model, mentor and change agent for W.H. Adamson High School football players and the greater Dallas community.”

Josh and Amber Ragsdale and Daniel Roby

Josh and Amber Ragsdale and Daniel Roby

For some, it was a return to one of country’s most outstanding private collections; for others, it was a first time at a wonderland of historic treasures. As one young woman pointed out Lincoln’s itty-bitty desk in Congress, Carolyn Miller in the adjacent alcove was focused on Lincoln’s death mask.

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller

Crayton Webb and Jan Langbein

Crayton Webb and Jan Langbein

Dang, but it almost got embarrassing as CEO Jan and HeROs President Crayton Webb exchanged platitudes on stage with each other. Said Jan, of Crayton’s heartfelt speaking style: “I don’t know whether to vote for him, or to pass the collection plate. Ladies and gentlemen, the Rev. Crayton Webb!”

Crayton said, “I’m here to say, the good guys have got to do their part” against domestic abuse. He encouraged the multitude of men to join up and take a pledge to “create safe homes and a safe community for domestic violence survivors” and to commit to zero tolerance for domestic abuse in the community. Already on board are Jason Adams, Travis Armayor, Chris Ayres, Elias Bahar, David Camp, Chief (Ret.) Lowell Cannaday, David Carlock, Kendall Castello, Randy Golden, Taly Hafffar, Holt Haynsworth, Clint Hennen, Bill Howell, Heath Hyde, Chris Kolczun, Andrew Marcus, Tony McGuire, Prentis Murphy, Scott Murray, David Novak, Bryon Sanders, Lt. (Ret.) Miguel Sarmiento, Jim Savage and Rev. R. Casey Shobe.

Memberships range from the active members ($100 annually) to lifetime members (one-time payment of $1,000). Concluded Crayton: “We need your help.”

Crystal Charity Ball Men Folk Were Honored With A Gentlemen’s Night Out At The Rathbuns Thanks to BB&T

Like a Tennessee Williams scenario, Tuesday, October 18, was warm and steamy. Luckily, the Crystal Charity Ball types were well aware of the condition and left the cashmeres and leathers at home for the Gentlemen’s Night Out.

It was to thank the CCB husbands for playing second fiddle, while their wives called on foundations and CEOs to provide $5.6M for children charities.

Kent Rathbun and Claire Emanuelson

Kent Rathbun and Claire Emanuelson

Key Coker and Debbie Oates

Key Coker and Debbie Oates

Presented by BB&T Bank, the event took place at Tracy and Kent Rathbun’s home. Because of the limited parking, most guests parked at the Junior League of Dallas and were bused over to the Rathbuns. Others had friends or Uber deliver them to the front door. Nicky Oates dropped off wife Debbie Oates and Marie Dean depended upon a walker for her mending left foot.

Bryan and Leslie Diers and Dwight Emanuelson

Bryan and Leslie Diers and Dwight Emanuelson

Dwight Emanuelson was back in town from a couple of weeks on the East Coast. In addition to company gatherings, Dwight headed to Hilton Head to help his dad with post-Hurricane Matthew damages. After a couple of days and hand blisters, dad’s home was soon back to normal. The remaining problems for the seaside house was the damage to the dunes that separated his dad’s pool from the ocean.

Troy Schiermeyer, Christie Carter and Sarah and Rob Bowlby

Troy Schiermeyer, Christie Carter and Sarah and Rob Bowlby

Since the Rathbun home is a true-blue indoor/outdoor party palace, the ladies were all gussied up in silk and lace attire especially as presenting sponsor rep BB&T’s newly minted North Texas Region President Rob Bowlby addressed the group about BB&T’s capability. As if moving the Bowlby family to Dallas from Florida wasn’t taxing enough, Rob’s wife, Sarah Bowlby, had just given birth six weeks before. But there she was, looking great.

Rob admitted that he was indeed impressed with the philanthropic efforts of North Texas. Why, just the previous Saturday he had seen Kent on stage raising funds for cancer research. Now, Kent was hosting another fundraiser.

Children’s Medical Center Foundation Provides Stories About The Family Hero

Children's notice

Children’s notice*

At a time when heroes seem to be needed more than ever,  this upcoming Father’s Day couldn’t come at a better time.

Okay, let’s be very honest. Not all fathers represent the ideal paternal figure. Too often headlines report cases of abuse and neglect by men, who should be on the frontline for the children in their care.

That is why this Sunday is so important to give credit and a pat-on-the-back for the men who nurture and serve as positive role models for kids. Sure, at times these fellas seem to be preoccupied with work and they may spend a bit too much time on the golf course or the couch. But when it comes to their kids, their priorities are right in order.

There are many great stories about these guys. The folks over at Children’s Health have firsthand knowledge of them, having witnessed and worked with those dad-type heroes. As the countdown to Father’s Day is underway, Children’s Medical Center Foundation has provided stories about some of these men, who have been through gut-wrenching times with their kids.

Just look over to the right side of the MySweetCharity page and check the Children’s notice like the one pictured here. A different story will be provided there every other day until Sunday.

BTW, the stories, like the best things in life, are absolutely free for the reading.

* Graphic provided by Children's Medical 
Center Foundation

Memorial Day Is A Day Of Thanks For The Ultimate Gift

Memorial Day flags

Memorial Day flags

Today is Memorial Day, a holiday where presents are not exchanged. However, it is a day when thanks are shown for those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Before heading to the movie theaters for first-runs, hitting sunny patios with misters for icy drinks or taking off for summer vacations, consider that these luxuries were made possible by thousands of men and women over the decades.

North Texas Leaders Lost In 2015 Will Live On Through Their Accomplishments And Acts Of Kindness

As the hours of 2015 wind down, it’s only right to recall just a few of the North Texans who passed away this past year. Some were native-born and others “got here as soon as they could.” While their lives came to an end, their countless kindnesses, accomplishments, philanthropy and contributions to the community and world will live on as inspirations for others to continue on.

Whether it was their memorable smiles, their contagious personalities, their wisdom or just their special aura, there was just something about them that blessed their families, friends and even strangers.

Some of those whom we have lost include:

Ebby Halliday (File photo)

Ebby Halliday (File photo)

Jac Alder and Ken Villalovos (File photo)

Jac Alder and Ken Villalovos (File photo)

Ronnie Berg (File photo)

Ronnie Berg (File photo)

Louise Cowan (File photo)

Louise Cowan (File photo)

  • Ebby Halliday Acers
  • Jac Alder
  • Ronnie Berg
  • Louise Cowan
Alfred Gilman (File photo)

Alfred Gilman (File photo)

Mardi Jones (File photo)

Mardi Jones (File photo)

Tom Spicer (File photo)

Tom Spicer (File photo)

  • Alfred “Al” Gilman
  • Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer
  • Mardi Jones
  • Richard Rainwater
  • Mary Ann Smith
  • Tom Spicer
Dale Wigley (File photo)

Dale Wigley (File photo)

Joel Williams Jr. and Jeb Bush (File photo)

Joel Williams Jr. and Jeb Bush (File photo)

Margot Winspear (File photo)

Margot Winspear (File photo)

Philip Wuntch (File photo)

Philip Wuntch (File photo)

  • Dale Wigley
  • Joel Williams Jr.
  • Margot Winspear
  • Philip Wuntch

Moving ahead into 2016, let’s celebrate these role models and the many others who are now our guardian angels.

Celebrating Women Luncheon Had Surprise Announcements And Joan Lunden Sounding The Alarm About TNBC

Of the 1200 gathered in the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom for the Celebrating Women Luncheon, the overwhelming majority was female. Well, duh! The event benefited Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s efforts to “to increase awareness and generate funding for breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.”

Robin Robinson, Nancy Carter, Joan Lunden, Beth Layton, Vicky Lattner, Joel Allison

Robin Robinson, Nancy Carter, Joan Lunden, Beth Layton, Vicky Lattner, Joel Allison

But before the ballroom filled, a private meet-and-greet with keynote speaker Joan Lunden took place high atop the Anatole in Ser with downtown Dallas serving as a glorious backdrop. Unlike years past when the pre-luncheon took place in the Wedgwood Room, this one had levels and tables for guests like Margo Goodwin, Di Johnston, Emilynn Wilson, Tucean Webb, Caren Kline, Barbara Stuart, Lindalyn Adams, Robyn Conlon, Pam Perella, Lyda Hill, Connie Yates and Isabell Novakov to wait in line for their photo opp with Joan and/or just have a cup of coffee and Danish.

Margo Goodwin, Caren Kline, Barbara Stuart, Robyn Conlon and Pam Perella

Margo Goodwin, Caren Kline, Barbara Stuart, Robyn Conlon and Pam Perella

Celebrating Women dance performance

Celebrating Women dance performance

All too soon, the group moved to the Chantilly Ballroom for the fundraising lunch. Following  a dance performance, Luncheon Chair Nancy Carter with her underwriting Co-Chairs Beth Layton and Vicky Lattner by her side told why she had taken on the responsibility of putting the event together. It was her two friends/breast cancer survivors Sue Porter and Debbie Snell, who co-chaired the luncheon years ago. Upon learning their stories and involvement and treatment at Baylor, Nancy decided that she had to raise funds and awareness.

Heather Washburne, Al Hill Jr and Elisa Summers

Heather Washburne, Al Hill Jr and Elisa Summers

Jim and Mary Lentz, Jim Joyner and Alan Miller

Jim and Mary Lentz, Jim Joyner and Alan Miller

Kenny and Lisa Troutt

Kenny and Lisa Troutt

Despite the perception of breast cancer as a “woman’s disease,” there was a strong and influential contingent of men at the tables, including Toyota’s Jim Lentz with his wife Mary Lentz, Hill family patriarch Al Hill Jr. with daughter Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne, Honorary Co-Chair Kenny Troutt with wife/Honorary Co-Chair Lisa Troutt and NM VP Kevin Hurst, who heard former “Good Morning America’s” Joan Lunden describe the past year of battling breast cancer and not just any old breast cancer. It was the Isis of breast cancers — triple-negative breast cancer (aka TNBC). Not only is it an extremely aggressive cancer, but it is not easily detectable due to breast density and not responsive to the traditional treatments.

Time and time again following the luncheon, even the most savvy women ‘fessed up they had no idea that breast density posed a problem for diagnosing this killer cancer.

Evidently, Joan’s talk was more than heard. It made a profound impact on both the women and the men. That night at a gathering of influencers, Kevin was heard describing the evils of the disease to a woman who hadn’t attended the lunch.

Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson

Another highlight of the luncheon was the announcement of $1.25M by the Andy Horner family and the men and women of Premier Designs to support Hope Lodge on Baylor’s campus. As Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson revealed that gift that arrived the day before, he pointed to a table of women just to the left of the stage. Were they the benefactors? No, they were Premier Designs employees who had conquered breast cancer, and they admitted they were proud and surprised about the announcement.

Robin also remembered a dear friend of the Baylor Foundation  — AT&T’s Cathy Coughlin, who spearheaded the campaign against texting while driving. She also served as the most successful Celebrating Women corporate underwriting chair in 2011. The 57-year-old marketing executive died of pancreatic cancer this past April. In her honor, AT&T made a donation to Celebrating Women.

Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden

BTW, Joan was a knockout. The daughter of a cancer surgeon who died in an airplane crash when Joan was just a youngster, she had picked up the banner and is carrying on inspired by her father and her own journey.

Need proof? Get her book.

Funny aside: When her co-author had her mammogram, she asked the clinician about her breast density. The exasperated staffer said, “Ever since Joan Lunden wrote about breast density, every woman wants to know her breast density.”

Robin Robinson, Debbie Oates, Elizabeth Selkirk, Bruce Selkirk, Ben Selkirk, Christie Carter and Susan McSherry (File photo)

Robin Robinson, Debbie Oates, Elizabeth Selkirk, Bruce Selkirk, Ben Selkirk, Christie Carter and Susan McSherry (File photo)

BTW, it was just two years ago that Bruce Selkirk established the Amy T. Selkirk Fund at Baylor in the name of his late wife Amy Selkirk, who was diagnosed with TNBC. The fund was to support a breast cancer vaccine trail led by Dr. Joyce O’Shaughnessy, the Celebrating Women Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research at Baylor, and Dr. Karolina Palucka, a researcher at Baylor Institute for Immunology Research.” It’s already paying off for Baylor clinical trial patients like Mary Morton and Deanna Bernhagen, who are participating in the current trial. Amy may have been a victim of TNBC, but thanks to her husband the crusade is being carried on inspired by her.

JUST IN: The Family Place To Open Texas’ First Male-Only Shelter

Women and children are not the only victims of domestic abuse. While it may seem unusual, men also find themselves in need of shelter and assistance in establishing a healthy environment for future growth for themselves and their children.

Dealing with this problem on a limited basis, The Family Place team announced today that it will open the first shelter for male victims of domestic violence in January 2016.

In the past The Family Place has provided shelter for men and their children in hotels averaging a cost of $20,000 per month. According to The Family Place, the program had 19 male clients in September and that was double the total of 2014. This increase is “largely due to the successful Dallas Police Department Lethality Assessment Program  and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings‘ efforts to increase awareness.”

According to The Family Place CEO Paige Flink, “A report being released by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tonight shows the incredible demand for shelter space and other services for victims of domestic violence. At The Family Place, we are committed to meeting the need to the best of our ability as long as the financial support from the community is there. We cannot do it without their help.”

While “the majority of the funding for this shelter will come from a new Victims of Crime Act grant, The Family Place must raise additional fund from the community.” Funding for the men’s shelter will be “developed concurrently with The Family Place Legacy Capital Campaign.”

A search is currently underway to find a location that will “best serve this population of victims.”

TACA Custom Auction Package #5 – All-American Guys’ Getaway

TACA just couldn’t create a trip exclusively for ladies without giving the gents a tip of the hat. So for the TACA Custom Auction on Friday, September 25, organizers have come up with an adventure with the breeze in air and salt water all around.

All-American Guys’ Getaway* (Value: $15,000)

All-American Guys' Getaway***

All-American Guys’ Getaway***

Landlubbers beware! This auction package** is not for those seasick types. Rather, it’s a exhilarating opportunity to do what few have experience. The winner will be able to take three of his buds from landlocked Dallas to San Diego roundtrip on American Airlines.

Once there they’ll sail San Diego Bay “aboard one of the fastest and most famous sailboats in the word.” Don’t worry if you know the difference between a boom and an anchor or you’ve never given jibing or tacking a second thought. Experts will crewing, but if you might want to take a try at the wheel.

And when the foursome is not sailing past the others boats in the bay, they’ll be able relax at Excalibur Cigar and Scotch Lounge with some spirits and stogies regaling their sea adventures. They’ll also enjoy some surf and turf at Donovan’s San Diego.

During their three- night stay, they’ll bunk down at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

* Courtesy of American Airlines and Murad Auctions. 
** Trip must be completed within one year. 
*** Photo provided by TACA

Third Annual Red On The Runway Will Make A Splash With Men’s Summer Fashions At Sisu

Fashion shows are not limited to non-fat-bearing females in couture designs. Need proof? How about a runway around a pool featuring “the hottest looks in men’s summer fashions”? That’s exactly what Dallas Red Foundation and Clay Cooley Auto Group will present at the 3rd Annual Red On The Runway on Saturday, July 25, from 9:30 p.m. until midnight.

Benefiting the Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, the fashions (i.e. swimwear, pool wear, underwear, casual clothing and even a collection of semi-formal wear) will be provided by Lux, Edo Popken, ES Collection, Fallen Pearls and Thriii.

And what pool would be the perfect setting for such an event? Why Sisu in Uptown, of course! It’s just across from Capital Grille and is a fav of the well-tanned crowd.

According to Dallas Red Foundation Board President Justin Williams, “We are turning it up this year with our Red On The Runway event by partnering with well-known fashion brands you like to wear and a venue in the heart of Uptown. It’s time to up the ante for fashion events in Dallas and what better way to do that by raising money for Legacy and the work they do in our community.”

It’s that time of year when folks are yearning for something different, and this is just made for it. Have dinner at an Uptown restaurant and then stroll over to Sisu for the partying with music by DJ Jose G and complimentary cocktails provided by Equality Vodka. But don’t forget to make your reservations now.

Father’s Day: It’s Time To #ManUp

With Father’s Day this Sunday, the question looming is what to get the man in your life. Face it. You can only give him so many Hermes ties. And then there’s taking him to brunch and he’s usually stuck with the tab.

How about something new, like a membership to an elite organization of fellows? No, not the Eagle Scouts or U.S. Army Special Forces. Rather, it’s HeROs (He Respects Others), the Genesis Men’s Auxiliary “dedicated to creating safe homes and safe communities with zero tolerance for domestic violence.” At the recent Genesis Annual Luncheon, a video was shown about how HeROs was redefining “manup.”

Already on board, literally, are HeROs Board of Directors President Crayton Webb and fellow board members like Travis Armayor, Christopher Ayers, Jeff Brady, David Camp, Judge Robert Canas, Chief Lowell Cannaday (Ret.), David Carlock, Kendall Castello, Pio del Castillo, Fred Edgar, Bill Gammill, Taly Haffar, Holt Haynsworth, Clint Hennen, Bill Howell, Heath Hyde, Christopher Kolczun, Michaele Lamanna, Douglas Lindsay, Andrew Marcus, Tony McGuire, Sam Merten, Scott Murray, Lt. Miguel Sarmiento and Jim Savage.

Crayton Webb (File photo)

Crayton Webb (File photo)

Jeff Brady (File photo)

Jeff Brady (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

This gift doesn’t even require your going out in the rain or fiddle-faddling with gift wrap. Just click here to get his membership underway, or make a donation in his name. What a great way to tell him that he is indeed a “hero” in your eyes.

Round Robin February 5: Mary Kay Announcement And Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Honor Guard Dinner

The bitter cold would normally slow things down, but not in North Texas. Thanks to causes and pretty-please-invitations, folks turned out on Thursday, February 5.

Mary Kay Announcement

Abi Ferrin

Abi Ferrin

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers

The West Village is simply perfect for strolling and window peaking. On this night, Mi Cocina’s doors were opening non-stop as guests sought comfort thanks to Mole Enchiladas de Pollo and Mama’s Chicken con Hongos. Across the way, Abi Ferrin was hosting a crowd with the Mary Kay gang at her flagship boutique.

Shama Hyder

Shama Hyder

Kirsten Gappelberg and Paige Flink

Kirsten Gappelberg and Paige Flink

Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim

Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim

As more than 50 guests like Paige Flink, Sham Hyder, Kirsten Gappelberg, Cristal Retana and the Mary Kay Asia regional team (Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim) checked out Abi’s so comfortable and flattering outfits, Nancy Rogers arrived on the scene with Michael Flores and Douglas Carney. She hardly hit the door before she hit the racks to see Abi’s newest goodies.

Cristal Retana and Crayton Webb

Cristal Retana and Crayton Webb

But the real purpose of the night was the announcement. As part of its “Domestic Violence Awareness” campaign, the Mary Kay organization had selected Abi as its spokesperson. The idea came to Mary Kay VP Crayton Webb when he met her a year and a half ago at a dinner party and heard her story about physical and emotional abuse.

It turned out that Nancy Rogers had been a fan of Abi’s designs.

As for Abi, she revealed that she’s been using Mary Kay products like Satin Hands and the eye makeup remover — “It’s the best eye makeup remover!” — for years. Plus, “Nancy gave me the lip gloss.”

To promote the campaign, Abi did a PSA video. The week of February 17, a national figure will be revealed who will “speak to the issue of dating violence and healthy relationships.”

DSOL Honor Guard Dinner

Venise Stuart and Tincy Miller

Venise Stuart and Tincy Miller

OK, so the upcoming weekend may have belonged to the 40 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs, but on this night it was “almost strictly” a guy get-together upstairs at the Dallas Country Club. DSOL President Venise Stuart and her cohorts Marena Gault, Sharon Popham, Barbara Averitt, Deborah Brown and The Assembly President Claire McCormick were allowed to be part of the festivities to make sure everything ran seamlessly.

Claire McCormick

Claire McCormick

John Cooper and Greg Moore

John Cooper and Greg Moore

Following the age-old tradition, Tincy Miller hosted a dinner for 120 of the deb and Honor Guard’s dads and granddads like Tom Stanzel, Bart Humphrey, Roger Gault and Greg Moore. In years past, it had been held at Prestonwood Country Club. The move to the Dallas Country Club was made since PCC was being refurbished.

Tincy became the target of the evening with every gent wanting to plant a kiss on her cheek.

Tyler Armstrong

Tyler Armstrong

Just as the front room seemed to hold no more, dinner was announced.

Again, following tradition, the following awards were presented:

  • Lois Watson Award — Tyler Armstrong
  • The Vance C. Miller Award — John Cooper

After the evening concluded, the spotlight would focus on the 40 debs and their formal presentation Saturday night at the Meyerson.