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.

 

The Family Place To Hold Its Third Annual Black History Month Brown Bag Series On Wednesdays In February

The Family Place will hold its Third Annual Black History Month Brown Bag series on Wednesdays in February. With a theme of “The Essence of a Man…Childhood, Youth and Adulthood,” the series calls for guests to “bring your lunch, drinks and dessert are on us!”

Here’s the breakdown of the subjects and locations:

Wednesday, February 4
  • Topic: Men Are Welcome Counseling African American Boys and Men (This workshop will address crucial issues and strategies to consider when counseling African American boys and men.)
  • Location: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas)
Wednesday, February 11
  • Topic: Unnatural Causes: How to Transform Adversity into Action (The panel will discuss the essence of being an African American male and what attributes need to be developed in African American boys and young men to assist them in transforming adversity into positive action.)
  • Location: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas)
Wednesday, February 18
  • Topic: Men Mentoring Men: “Where There is No Vision, There is No Hope” (This workshop will address how to create mentoring programs that promote success.)
  • Location: 4300 MacArthur, Suite 220, Dallas
Wednesday, February 25
  • Topic: Beyond Parenting – Real Life Real Situations (What would you do? Real Life/Real Situations: A discussion of a variety of real list issues/situations that may confront African American young men.)
  • Location: 4300 MacArthur, Suite 200, Dallas

There is no charge for attendance, but pre-registration is an absolute requirement. Check-in will take place from 11 to 11:30 a.m., workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an extended Q&A from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

North Texas Lost Great People in 2014, But Will Continue In The Years To Come Inspired By Their Lives

It was a grand year as North Texas settled into feeling downright comfy with former new kids on the block (Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Perot Museum, Klyde Warren Park, George W. Bush Center). But more than edifices settling in took place. While weddings were celebrated with cheers, marriages that had run their course were regretted with tears. Newcomers like Toyota were more than welcomed to the hood, others like Contact were tearfully bid farewell with a thank you for all they had contributed.

After 2013 when North Texas acknowledged a tragedy of 50 years ago, it was once again thrown into the international spotlight that no one wanted. City, county and private officials were confronted with a damning healthcare challenge called Ebola. Despite confusion and fear, they handled it with determination, compassion and eventual success.

Babies boomed and so did centenarians like Ebby Halliday Acers and Margaret McDermott.

Ebby Halliday (File photo)

Ebby Halliday (File photo)

Margaret McDermott (File photo)

Margaret McDermott (File photo)

Yes, 2014 was a year indeed. Still while one can’t help but wonder what future leaders were born this year, it is with sorrow that we lost too many like:

Mary Jo Vaughn Rauscher (File photo)

Mary Jo Vaughn Rauscher (File photo)

Dr. Cliff Jones (File photo)

Dr. Cliff Jones (File photo)

Margaret Crow (File photo)

Margaret Crow (File photo)

Ted Strauss (File photo)

Ted Strauss (File photo)

 

 

  • Nona Barrett
  • O. Paul Corley
  • Margaret Doggett Crow
  • Frank X. Cuellar Jr.
  • Thomas Eric Duncan
  • Patricia “Patty” Haggar
  • Nancy Holmes
  • Doug Horn
  • Ken Hughes
  • Nelson Bunker Hunt
  • Ray Hutchison
  • Eugene Jericho
  • Dr. Cliff Jones
  • Biddy O’Dwyer
  • Brandy Moore Ratchford
  • Mary Jo Vaughn Rauscher
  • Robert “Bob” Strauss
  • Theodore “Ted” Strauss
  • Scott Tanksley
  • Stark Taylor Jr.

We are a better community for what each of these people taught us through their example and their lives.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Legacy Award Dinner

Lyda Hill and Jake Schick

Lyda Hill and Jake Schick

How right it was that the Center for BrainHealth held its Legacy Award Dinner on Veterans Day. The honoree was Lyda Hill, who has been an integral part of “the Warriors” program at the Center. Surrounded by men and women who have benefited from Lyda’s support, it was a moving evening in the ballroom with some of Dallas’ most generous philanthropists and hardworking nonprofit execs.

Sandi Chapman and the Warriors

Sandi Chapman and the Warriors

While the write-up is being prepared, you might want to settle back and check out the smiles, embraces and “the Warriors” on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Item: Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs

The boys are back and they’re bringing their grills. For 20 years Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, David Holben, Kent Rathbun and Jim Severson have provided one of the ultimate favorite live auction items. Maybe that’s why this package alone has raised more than $1.7M over the years at the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs (Value: Priceless)

Barbecue With Dallas' Finest Gents*

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs*

This year’s feast is not for the doily set. It’s an over-the-top barbecue. The winner gets to pick the spot — their home, their ranch, their lake house, whatever. Then the winner will join “the barbecue boys” in creating the menu and joining in the behind-the-scenes fun. If you’ve ever seen these six in action, you just know there’s a lot of talent and personality. Any one of them would be enough, but six!

While it’s doubtful that hot dogs and burgers will be on the menu, but who knows? When it comes to this group, they just might put a new twist to it.

As for the guest list, that’s up to the winner. They’ll have a devil of a time coming up with the 30 because they’ll suddenly discover they have loads of BFF’s, who love barbecue and spirits.

And for since safety is key to any successful event, the guests will be transported to and from the party thanks to Wynne Transportation.

Here’s a thought: If you’re the winner, have somebody video tape you grilling with the boys because nobody will ever believe barbecuing could be so much fun.

Donated by: Kent Rathbun, Dean Fearing, Jim Severson, David Holben, Kevin Garvin, Richard Chamberlain and Wynne Transportation

Graphic provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

The Stands Were Bowled Over For The 7th Annual BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game And Whopping Big Check To Tackle Alzheimer’s

If yesterday’s story about BvB DallasCatelyn Cappelman resulted in tears, then the recap of the BvB Dallas’ game at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, August 16 will make you wish that you had been there to cheer. Despite the rain earlier in the day, the gals and guys on the field and in the stands weren’t about to let a little water dampen their spirits. Here is a field report:

“The rain didn’t keep the fans away from the 7th Annual BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game and Fundraiser at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night. By the time the Sirois Bros and Ty Walker from 1310 the Ticket took their places on the sidelines, the stands were full of pink and blue signs and spirited fans in matching T-shirts and colored fauxhawks.

Blondes getting charged up for game*

Blondes getting charged up for game*

Brus teammates and natty coaches touching base*

Brus teammates and natty coaches touching base*

Brus checking strategy*

Brus checking strategy*

“Ready for redemption, Team Brunette scored early and rushed the field as a team and took an early lead of 7-0.  In BvB history, The Bru Crew has only one win on the record books and they wanted the fans and Team Blonde to know this was not going to be an easy fight. The Blondes made a promising drive only to throw an interception, and the Brus used it to their advantage making the score 14-0.

2014 BvB Dallas record-breaking check*

2014 BvB Dallas record-breaking check*

“At halftime, the Giant Check was presented by 2014 BvB Chair Greer Fulton and BvB Board of Directors President Jen Bergman to Kimber Hartmann and Audette Rackley from the Center For BrainHealth and Carol Hall,  Dr. Ann Stowe and  Dr. Mark Goldberg from  UT Southwestern Medical Center, this year’s BvB beneficiaries. BvB Dallas is dedicated to Tackling Alzheimer’s disease and these two organizations are leading the way in research to find a cure.

“The check, however, was the big news of the night. The fundraising goal was already lofty– $400,000 — a good $50k over last year’s fundraising total. But, with a new crew of Rookies and MVP fundraisers, BvB Dallas raised over $440,000 in 10 weeks leading up to the Big Game.

Blondes hoist the trophy in victory*

Blondes hoist the trophy in victory*

“In a tough battle, the Blondes won the game (32-27). But, with giant grins on their faces, each player and coach on Team Blonde and Team Brunette left the field to listen to Kyle Park and his band play some Texas Country out on the plaza of the Cotton Bowl presented by Bud Light. Even Kyle’s drummer spontaneously donated $300 to the cause remarking he had never witnessed a group so passionate, dedicated and fun in one place. Once the two stepping was complete, DJ Joe took the stage for an impromptu dance party.

“The following awards were presented:

“MVPs of BvB 2014 (top Fundraisers): BvB MVPs aren’t graded by their talent on the field, but by their fundraising skills off of the field. These men and women have gone over and beyond the call of duty.

  • “Team Blonde (for the first time ever, a Coach!) Shane Hannabury (he raised over $10,000!)
  • “Team Brunette: Captain Rachel Anderson (Over $9,000!)
  • “Team Purple: Helen McDaniel (Over $4,500!)

“Miss Blonde/Brunette/Purple: Voted on by their coaches, The Miss Blonde and Miss Brunette, and now a Miss Team Purple awards are given to the women who show the most enthusiasm at practices and events and promote BvB Dallas on a daily basis.

  • “Miss Blonde: Lindsey Kluempers
  • “Miss Brunette: Rachel Anderson
  • “Miss Team Purple: Maetzi Caminos

“Rookies of the Year: Rookies of the year are voted on by veteran players and coaches. These rookies stood out this summer as leaders and were dedicated from day one. They showed enthusiasm for the cause and were committed to attending events and practices this summer.

  • “Blonde: Kelsey Wasmer and Shane Hannabury
  • “Brunette: Darby Chalko and Simon Leung
  • “BvB Dallas Caregiver Award: Catelyn Cappleman

Editor’s comment: When some of the older folks grumble, “What’s this younger generation coming to?”, they just need to look at the BvB Dallas teams to put their minds to rest. These young women and men give up time and effort to help the older generations in the battle against a debilitating and deadly disease.

* Photos provided by BvB Dallas

Daddy-O’s Joel Allison, Dan Novakov And Mike Rawlings Honored At Father Of The Year Award Luncheon

The spring winds were flirting with a vengeance, giving hairstyles a fit at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Now, normally it wouldn’t be a problem for guests. They would slip between their cars and the valet drop-off and walk just a few yards into the place. But, alas, there was no valet, so guests discovered the back world of parking at the museum.

Luckily, this was a hearty group with an equal number of gals and gents, so they braced follicles and skirts as they made their way around the filled parking to the entrance. It was well worth it.

The 39th Annual Father of the Year Awards Luncheon not only paid tribute to Dallas dads — Joel Allison, Dan Novakov and Mayor Mike Rawlings — it also benefited the honorees’ pet charities. This year those were Faith in Action initiatives at Baylor Health Care System Foundation for Joel, Bishop Dunne Catholic School for Dan and Genesis Women’s Shelter for Mike. Funds also went to the Father of the Year Scholarship recipient Noemi Rosales Santillan and Sylvan Landau Founder’s Scholarship recipient Paige Scott.

Noemi Rosales Santillan and Scott Murray

Noemi Rosales Santillan and Scott Murray

After a VIP reception on the upper level, lunch was underway. Well, sorta.

The first attempt at the video presentation of the beneficiaries looked great but there was no sound. Quick-thinking emcee Scott Murray quickly took control, saying that the video wasn’t quite right and for guests to settle back for lunching on salad, grilled chicken with cilantro cream sauce, glazed carrots and roasted garlic mashers. In the crowd were Robin Robinson, Jan Langbein, Susan Wells Jenevein, Debbie Oates, Louise Griffeth, Linda Secret, Tom Dunning, Cynthia and Brice Beaird and past recipients like Stan Levenson and Crawford Brock.

Jan Langbein, Robin Robinson, Susan Wells Jenevein

Jan Langbein, Robin Robinson, Susan Wells Jenevein

A few minutes later the video made a second try, but this time the video started where it had left off. Doug Murray hit a couple of buttons at the production table and all was right.

In the meantime, the honorees were joined by their families at front row tables. Joel had been prepared for his sons Blake Allison and Brent Allison but daughter/Austinite Celeste Allison surprised him.

Brent Allison, Celeste Allison, Joel Allison and Blake Allison

Brent Allison, Celeste Allison, Joel Allison and Blake Allison

As Dallas’ First Lady Micki Rawlings looked on, honoree Mike posed for photos with daughter Michelle Rawlings and son Gunnar Rawlings.

Michelle Rawlings, Mike Rawlings and Gunnar Rawlings

Michelle Rawlings, Mike Rawlings and Gunnar Rawlings

Over at the Novakov table, Dan was surrounded by three generations including mom-in-law Isabell Haggar, kids Isabell Novakov and Daniel Novakov along with Dan’s wife Lydia Novakov, whom Dan described as the quarterback of Team Novakov. When asked about her dad being named Father of the Year, Isabell N. smiled mischievously and replied, “That makes me the ‘Daughter of the Year.’”

Daniel Novakov, Dan Novakov and Isabell Novakov

Daniel Novakov, Dan Novakov and Isabell Novakov

If you’d like to see just who else has been honored since 1976, an exhibition of the FOTY portraits will be on display through Father’s Day weekend at NorthPark.

Art Ball Auction Item #7: Oxxford Custom Suit

Over the year designers of women’s couture have been celebrated with fashion shows, magazine covers and mentions in chic columns. Names like Galanos and Herrera have been renowned for their designs as well as the beauty of the construction. But in the world of men’s fashion, Oxxford Clothes has been living up to its standard of excellence for nearly 100 years.

Oxxford Custom Suit* (Value $5,000)

Founded in 1916 by brothers Jacob Weinberg and Louis Weinberg, Oxxford Clothes has time and time again been considered “the quintessential American suit maker.” Why, in 2001 Forbes Magazines declared Oxxford to be “the best American suit.” Perhaps it’s because the brothers established and stay committed to their goal of establishing “the standard by which all men’s tailored clothing is judged.”

Oxxford Suit**

Oxxford Suit**

From the start, the Oxxford suit was worn by the likes of Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Walt Disney, Joe DiMaggio and U.S. Presidents. In fact there is a Dallas connection to the Oxxford story. Neiman Marcus was the first to introduce Oxxford to its clients.

In 1985 author Alan Flusser described the points of high-end suits in “Clothes And The Man” —“In most cases, the softer the feel of the suit, the better it is. One might try putting one’s hand on the chest and squeezing the cloth. If it is soft to the touch, chances are it’s not only a fine fabric but of quality manufacture. Perhaps the easiest way to experience the feeling of wearing a hand-made suit is to try on one manufactured by the Chicago clothing firm of Oxxford. While the design is for the older man, it is the finest quality ready-made suit manufactured today.”

But Oxxford has added new cuts that appeal to the younger audience thanks to the artisans who treat each jacket, pair of trousers and garment as if it were a piece of artwork, which it is. For instance, such little touches as the one-piece waistband on the back of the trousers may not be obvious to the uneducated but to men of discriminating taste, it’s just one of the differences in wearing Oxxford. That’s why the Oxxford client is typically at the head of the boardroom table.

* Compliments of Neiman Marcus
** Photo provided by the Dallas Museum of Art’s Art Ball
***Restrictions: Must be redeemed at Neiman Marcus Downtown

Despite Heavy Traffic, Equest Ponied Up To Lounge 31 For The Men’s and Women’s Auxiliaries

Amy Green's Precious

Amy Green’s Precious

It would have been easier to have found a house in Volk estate for less than $25,000 than to have found a parking place in Highland Park Village February 12. But the Equest group was determined—or just handed their wheels off to the valets for the joint reception of the Equest Women’s Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary reception Lounge 31.

Guests like Tiffany and Paul Divis, Cara FrenchAmy Green with Precious tucked in her purse, Maggie Kipp, Linda Sechrest, Lynn McBee and Angie Kadesky still in their St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show outfits, Cara French and Lezlie Noble found the patio was just as jammed with the likes of Robert Weatherly, who passed the word that plans were already underway for the 2014 ReUnite with co-chairs just “being locked down.” Stay tuned.

Katherine Coker

Katherine Coker

But the Equest guests were there to hear about the auxiliaries’ news and plans. What did they hear? Well, Women’s Auxiliary President Katherine Coker graciously thanked Alberto Lombardi for hosting the event and Williams Noble Jewels for supporting their activities. She also pitched the two upcoming fundraisers — the October 7th Equest Fashion Show at Brook Hollow and the May 3rd Tri-Crown Gala at Texas Horse Park that will coincide with the Kentucky Derby.

Men’s Auxiliary President Bill Noble told of the opportunities available for members. Bill suggested that joining the auxiliary now was like investing in Microsoft at the IPO stage. $1K buys a lifetime membership. Alberto and a couple of others signed up. KRLD business brain David Johnson had already signed up. Does David ride? No, but his wife Debbie is a longtime horse lover.

Bill Noble and David Johnson

Bill Noble and David Johnson

Equest Board Chair Emily Hargrove teased the group with news that would officially be announced via social media the next day. But you already knew that. Wink, wink! Then she reported that Al Biernat was selling Equest Therapy Cheesecakes starting on Valentine’s Day with proceeds going to Equest.

Louise Griffeth

Louise Griffeth

Luckily, the speakers kept their words brief, because the crowd was in the chatting mood. Louise Griffeth was providing details about the upcoming Texas-History Making event that will honor Ruth Altshuler and Ross Perot in Austin on Saturday, March 1. Don’t worry about getting your check in. It’s too late. The fundraiser is sold-out. . . Tiffany Divis reported that the postponed Zoo-To-Do theme announcement party would take place on Thursday, March 20, at Lela Rose. Isn’t that a tight fit for such a probably large turnout? Nah! They’re going to erect a tent at the entrance for the guests to mingle with the Zoo Ambassadors.

2013’s Lost Role Models And Leaders Bequeathed Their Inspiration For Future Generations

As the final hours of 2013 tick away, memories of the past year seem abundant. The most touching are the losses of friends and family. They came from all walks of life. Their contributions ranged from volunteering countless hours to providing majors sources of revenue for those in need.

But instead of mourning their death, we should celebrate their lives and the inspiration they gifted others.  Some of those, whom we have lost include:

Randall Copeland (File photo)

Randall Copeland (File photo)

Nash Flores (File photo)

Nash Flores (File photo)

Margaret Folsom (File photo)

Margaret Folsom (File photo)

Vance Miller (File photo)

Vance Miller (File photo)

Glenn Simmons (File photo)

Glenn Simmons (File photo)

Harold Simmons (File photo)

Harold Simmons (File photo)

  • Brent Blanton
  • Lance Brennan
  • Curtis Castleberry
  • Van Cliburn
  • Randall Copeland
  • Elizabeth Criswell
  • Donald Driensky
  • Paul Eggers
  • Frank Elliott
  • Lil England
  • Nash D. Flores III
  • Margaret Folsom
  • Dee Hughes
  • Kidd Kraddick
  • Lawrence Marcus
  • Ann Thompson Maguire
  • Vance Miller
  • Burl Osborne
  • Dennis Parravano
  • Bob Porter
  • Glenn Simmons
  • Harold Simmons
  • Peggy Thompson
  • Elgin Ware
  • Betty Lu Williams

Hyer Elementary School Grads Hold Party To Collect Toys For The Family Place

It’s so nice to hear about kids doing the right thing. This note reveals one such occasion:

Hyer Elementary graduates*

Hyer Elementary graduates*

“48 Highland Park High School senior boys, who attended Hyer Elementary School, will hold a Senior Party for the entire HP Class of 2014 on Sunday, December 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Royal Oaks Country Club. There will be DJ Gus Garza, games along with food and a photo booth by Photomadic. The party entrance fee is an unwrapped toy that will be collected and donated to The Family Place. The boys now attend Highland Park High School as well as TCA, ESD, St. Marks and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.”

* Photo credit: Melissa Macatee

Round Robin November 7 Lunchtime: Spirit Of Generations And HeROs Luncheons

As predicted, the fundraisers thrilled Thursday, November 7. Some claimed it was because of the addition of the JFK 50th anniversary associated events. Others swore it was just “That’s how things are this time of year.” Regardless, the attempt was made to cover as many as possible and here are the results for a couple of lunches held during the day:

Spirit of Generations 2013 Luncheon

George Schrader

George Schrader

Trying to get near the 20th Annual Spirit of Generations honoree/former Dallas City Manager George Schrader was harder than getting nose-to-nose with a former U.S. president. Not because of the security. Rather it was because the man was three-deep in friends at the VIP reception in the Hilton Anatole’s Wedgwood Room. The array of folks in the room looked like a Who’s Who of Dallas Leadership — Ray Hunt, Linus Wright, Adlene Harrison, Gerald Turner, Reuben Esquivel, Debbie Oates, Jan and Fred Hegi, John Scovell, Sharon Popham, Scott Wilson and so many others. While it shouldn’t have been surprising, it seemed a little overwhelming to the city manager who served with four Dallas mayors (Wes Wise, Adlene Harrison, Bob Folsom and Jack Evans).

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Debbie Oates and Sharon Popham

Debbie Oates and Sharon Popham

During his 16 years in the Dallas city manager’s office, Schrader was part of some of the area’s major projects including the opening of D-FW International Airport, the building of Dallas City Hall, the building and opening of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, the creation of Reunion and the recommendation and initial undertaking of the present Arts District.

Once the reception was over, the VIP’s joined the sell-out crowd in the Chantilly Ballroom that included all the former Dallas City Manager who had succeeded George, friends and family from his home state of Kansas, countless former staffers and people who just wanted to honor George.

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller

Against a dynamite backdrop of the skyline of Dallas, Luncheon Co-Chairs Kathy Helm and Carolyn Miller arranged to have Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings pop by to pay his respects to the man who had set so many things in motion for today’s Dallas.

Mayor Mike Rawlings speaking to luncheon guests

Mayor Mike Rawlings speaking to luncheon guests

Typical of the Spirit of Generations luncheon that benefits The Senior Source, laughter was on the agenda. This year it was actor Robin McGee, who pretended to be meeting George at Schrader’s favorite meeting spot — Cindi’s NY Deli — and revealed some nuggets about the former Eagle Scout.

But despite the laughter, the tone changed to a very touching one when George accepted the award. It was obvious that the man who had championed major projects, dealt with business leaders and politicos and earned countless accolades was truly amazed and struck by the turnout and the feelings conveyed. Despite his humility, the accolades were deserved and appreciated.

Genesis HeROs’ Luncheon

Thanks to a non-stop member of the MySweetCharity community, this report was filed:

“When it comes to domestic violence, men can’t just be “good guys” or set good examples in their own homes. They have to play a much larger role, openly pledging their zero tolerance for domestic abuse against all woman.

“That seemed to be the main theme at a luncheon for HeROs, the men’s auxiliary for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, at the Royal Oaks Country Club on Nov. 7. Crayton Webb with Mary Kay Inc. is board chair for HeROs, which stands for He Respects Others. Mary Kay also sponsored the luncheon.

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen*

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen*

“With about 200 HeROs in attendance, keynote speaker Dale Hansen—sports anchor at WFAA-TV—gave a talk that was by turns rousing, inspiring, humorous and emotional. Hansen recalled how his own father had broken his mother’s nose when Dale was 7 years old. “Never had such a big man appeared so small in the eyes of a little boy,” he said. Of the domestic-violence issue as a whole, Hansen said that because men have remained quiet too long, “ending it begins with us. And, it can end with us.”

Kyle Ragsdale, Morgan Meyer and Malcolm Hicks*

Kyle Ragsdale, Morgan Meyer and Malcolm Hicks*

“The HeROS luncheon—whose attendees included attorney Morgan Meyer; Hunt Oil’s Travis Armayor; and Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis parent Shelter Ministries of Dallas—was the Genesis men’s auxiliary’s third summit in the last year. The first occurred a year ago, and the second followed Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Men Against Domestic Violence Rally in March.”

* Photos provided by HeROs