MySweet2018Goals: Whitney Strauss

Whitney Strauss (File photo)

According to new AdvoCare Foundation Executive Director Whitney Strauss, MySweet2018Goals are

  1. “Make hundreds, thousands…millions more children healthier by combatting the causes of childhood obesity in Dallas but throughout the US.
  2. “Make my own household healthier by paying attention to food labels, exercising regularly, cooking at home and cutting out sugar
  3. “Take up a dance class because no better way to stay fit then doing something you love
  4. “Travel, read and pursuit a passion
  5. “Hug my boys and read up on how to handle a teenager – because I will have one in my house this year!”

2016 Art Ball Auction Item #5: African Safari

2016 Art Ball Live Auction Chair Trisha Wilson practically considers South Africa a suburb of Dallas. Having discovered the wonders and beauty of the land and its people ages ago, the international designer invested her time, talents and ca-ching there by creating Izingwe Lodge. So, naturally Trisha wanted to include her home-away-from-home for the Dallas Museum of Art fundraiser.

Trisha Wilson*

Trisha Wilson*

2016 Art Ball Auction Item #5: African Safari (Value: Priceless)

Located within the 82,000-acrea Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, the incredible Izingwe Lodge has been created with luxury in mind and exploration all around. Three hours north of Johannesburg, the Reserve is where elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, rhinos, zebras and Cape buffalo are free to live.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

For the winner of this package, the open-air Lodge’s two king villas and one double/double villa will be theirs for six days and five nights plus the Boma, “where guests will dine al fresco before a welcoming fire” in the evening. And while the lodge is surrounded by nature’s beauty, the facilities epitomize the ultimate in pampering blended with African art and artifacts. From exquisite linens on the beds to thatched roofs, Trisha knows how to spoil guests beyond expectations.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

As for the wildlife, she has provided ample opportunities to observe them in their natural habitat.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

In addition to the “Hide, a prime location for viewing animals gathered at the nearby watering hole,” the guests will daily have a morning and late-afternoon game drive around the Reserve with an experience game ranger to point out the various species of animals. Don’t forget to bring your camera because your friends aren’t going to believe the sights you’ve seen.

In between tours of the grounds, the guests can either settle back on a private sala (outdoor lounge area), workout in the gym and lounge by the pool.

Izingwe Lodge*

Izingwe Lodge*

Compliments of Trisha Wilson

Restrictions: No children under 15. Transportation to Izingwe not included. Dates may be arranged through the donor. Strong Travel Services will provide complimentary trip planning.

* Photos provided by Trisha Wilson and the Dallas Museum of Art

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Klyde Warren Park

“One Day, Eighteen Hours, So Many Reasons to ‘Heart’ the Park!

“Misty is one of many yoga enthusiasts who regularly attends yoga classes at Klyde Warren Park. ‘It brings me peace that I can’t seem to find in my hectic day,’ she says. ‘It centers me. At the same time, classes like this show that yoga is for everyone just as much as Klyde Warren Park is for everyone.’

Misty*

Misty*

“Misty and her friends love the fresh air, the urban setting, but most of all, they love the price. Yoga in the park is one of over 1,300 FREE events and programs that the park offers throughout the year. From children’s activities to fitness classes, live music performances to lecture series, there is always something happening at Klyde Warren Park.

“Although the park is built, it costs roughly $3.5 million to run the park each year. North Texas Giving Day is an excellent way for the park to share our story that we continue to need the public’s support to keep the park clean, safe, and active. Gifts received through North Texas Giving day combined with our ‘I Heart the Park’ annual fund campaign allow us to provide free programs and events in the park that are enjoyed by over one million people annually.

Yoga*

Yoga*

“On September 17, during North Texas Giving Day, the park will offer eighteen continuous hours of free programming in an effort to highlight the many ways visitors ‘heart’ the park. The day will begin with a 6AM morning boot camp, and include free activities that highlight all that the park has to offer, such as Imagination Playground, special lunchtime activities, a Music Thursday concert, Karaoke on the Southwest Porch, and a few surprises along the way!

Yoga at Klyde Warren Park*

Yoga at Klyde Warren Park*

“Klyde Warren Park is excited to participate in North Texas Giving Day for a third year. Our goal is to more than double our giving totals from last year. We hope everyone will show how much they ‘heart’ Klyde Warren Park by participating in North Texas Giving Day and joining us for eighteen hours of free continuous programming.

“Misty says she and her friends plan to show their support for the park on North Texas Giving Day by attending Yoga, Music Thursday, and of course, making a donation. ‘We have to do our part,’ she says, ‘to keep the park the hub of free activity in Dallas.’”

-By Tara Green, President

* Photos courtesy of Klyde Warren Park

MySweet2015Goals: Anne Stodghill

According to fundraiser Anne Stodghill,

Anne Stodghill (File photo)

Anne Stodghill (File photo)

“This is a sampling of my 2015 goals.

  • “Say “NO” more often, so saying “YES” means more
  • “Spend more unscheduled time with those I love
  • “Experiment with different exercise programs until I find one I like and can stick with it
  • “Plant a kitchen garden
  • “Set aside time each week to be creative – writing, painting, crafting
  • “Finish my family cookbook
  • “Perfect a recipe for Chicken Marsala and Chicken Fried Steak
  • “Read at least 25 books
  • “Travel to another continent and see another modern wonder of the world
  • “Sort mementos and photos by year and place in archival boxes”

MySweet2015Goals: DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee (File photo)

DeeDee Lee (File photo)

According to mother/daughter/wife/fundraiser DeeDee Lee,

“My goals for the new year are boring but true!

  1. “I am going to start working out, at least 3 days a week.
  2. “I really want to become a better golfer. Practice, practice, practice.
  3. “Become more like my mother!!”