A Gentle Reminder: 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon Weekend Will Have Runners On Area Roads Both Saturday And Sunday

BMW Dallas Marathon*

Back in 1971 the very first Dallas White Rock Marathon was held on March 6. Over the years the name and date changed. In 2012 “White Rock” disappeared from the name and it became Dallas Marathon. Over the years some things stayed the same like Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children being the beneficiary and thousands of participants including world-class runners.

2017 Coors Light 5K and 10K*

This weekend the annual runathon has been expanded. For starters, it’s going to be a two-day run including

If you’re not planning on being part of those running or volunteering, you might want to check the road closures that will be in place. They range from Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge through downtown Dallas on Saturday to Sunday mega-run starting at City Hall and heading around White Rock via Turtle Creek and back to City Hall.

* Graphics courtesy of BMW Dallas Marathon

Go Ahead, Stay Toasty And Donate Without Guilt Saturday Morning

Mother Nature had been threatening for days to be part of the triple-doozy walks/runs benefiting breast cancer and diabetes throughout the area Saturday morning. Honestly, there are just times when you don’t want the old gal to be there. But sure enough, she announced that she was indeed showing up with her cold-shoulder temps. Yipes! Just as a preamble, she sent sleet to the northern parts of the territory on Friday afternoon. What a party pooper!

So, Saturday morning when you’re snuggled under that down-filled duvet and thinking about whether or not to have a triple-dollop of whipped cream on your hot chocolate, consider thousands of folks who are facing a very brisk morning to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure Dallas County, National Cancer Society’s Making Strides of North Texas and Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s 2017 Healthy Harvest Fun Walk/5K Run and Expo.

If you just don’t have the strength to put on those adorable pink Valentino “Rock Stud sneakers” and scamper about the area, consider making a donation. It would warm the hearts of those facing the season’s first frosty chill.

Hint: If you were thinking about shopping at NorthPark, stall that dream off until afternoon when all the walker and runners are home soaking their tootsies.

Three-Way Collision Of Walking/Running Fundraisers Slated For October 28 With Two Benefiting Breast Cancer Research

There’s gonna be a heck of lot of walking in North Texas on Saturday, October 28. That morning there will three separate walks/run raising funds for nonprofits.

At 8 a.m. Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s 2017 Healthy Harvest Fun Walk/5K Run and Expo will be taking place at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center to raise money to “support programs and initiatives for those who suffer from diabetes and other chronic diseases.”

The other two events seem to be a bit of fundraising head-on collision. They’re both taking place to raise funds to battle breast cancer. At NorthPark the annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure Dallas County will start at 8 a.m., while across town the National Cancer Society’s Making Strides of North Texas will walk take place at Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge with a start time of 8:15 a.m.

Let’s hope the weather holds out all these walking, running and fundraising.

Double Sold-Out Alert!: Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s Celebrating Women Luncheon And Annual Grand Rounds Golf Tournament

Kicking off October is a trifecta of good news items about healthcare and fund raising. First, deaths resulting from breast cancer have dropped by almost 40% in the U.S.

Second, Celebrating Women’s Chair Tucker Enthoven and her Underwriting Chair Ola Fojtasek just sent word that the Thursday, October 26, fundraiser for Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s new research and treatment options for women fighting breast cancer is sold out.

Leonard and Peggy Riggs

Thanks to the popularity of the annual luncheon, Tucker’s committee of 160, Honorary Co-Chairs Peggy and Dr. Leonard Riggs Jr., and having Jamie Lee Curtis as keynote speaker, 1,300 have signed up to lunch and listen at the Hilton Anatole. Thanks to this type of funding, the drop in death rates will continue. The more funding, the faster that drop will take place.

BTW, the Baylor Foundation team also reports that their 16th Annual Grand Rounds Golf Tournament that’s being held at the Dallas Country Club on Monday, October 23 is also sold out!

If you were one of the early birds and got your spot reserved, congrats. If not, you can always resort to begging with check in hand. And if that doesn’t work, why not sign up for the 2017 Health Harvest Fun Walk/5K Run and Expo on Saturday, October 28?

Children’s Medical Center Foundation Is Prepared For Weather Questions About Saturday Morning’s Red Balloon Run And Ride

Wouldn’t you just know that the weather-guessers have been as fickle as Scarlett O’Hara filling out her dance card. Some are saying that tomorrow morning is going to be wet, windy and wild. Others are swearing that it will hit tonight and Saturday morning will be as dry and crisp as a nice bottle of Pinot Blanc.

Red Balloon Run And Ride*

Luckily, the Children’s Medical Center Foundation’s Red Balloon Run And Ride organizers are on top of developments. Yes, they’re in negotiations with Mother Nature, but they’re also prepared to communicate any changes.

According to the Foundation’s Heidi Cannella, “We will provide updates (any delays, cancellations, etc.) from now through tomorrow. Our primary concern is safety.” Those updates will be available at www.childrens.com/runandride.

Red Balloon’s corporate sponsor WFAA will also be providing information about the weather conditions and how they’ll be affecting the annual fundraiser.

* Graphic courtesy of Children's Medical Center Foundation

A Gentle Reminder: Greenville Avenue’s St. Patrick’s Day Run/Walk, Parade And Festival To Take Place This Saturday

2017 Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival map**

While St. Patrick’s Day is still a week away, the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival will take place this Saturday along Greenville Avenue benefiting the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association.

2017 St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville 5K*

But before the parade kicks off at 11 a.m., the 22nd Annual St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville will start at 8 a.m. Organizers are predicting 5,000 participants will run/walk the 5K down “the St. Patrick’s Day parade route, tree-lined Southwestern Blvd., Skillman and University Blvd.,” benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.

Hopefully, all the runners/walkers will be across the finish line before the parade’s floats hit the avenue.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (File photo)

Now, some suggestions:

  • Barriers and other preparations for the run and parade will start showing up Friday afternoon. So, it might be wise to run those errands today and early tomorrow. Be forewarned: Some stores like Office Depot along Greenville might be closed Saturday during the parade.
  • Weather guessers are claiming that Saturday morning may be damp-ish, so if you’re gonna be among the 100,000+ spectators, you might want to bring along a slicker or umbrella.
  • Take DART to the Greenville station because parking is going to be painfully limited.
  • If you decide to linger into the afternoon and night enjoying the adult libations, reconsider driving yourself home. No matter how responsible you may think you are, you’ll be much more so by having Uber or another professional service drive you home.
*Graphic courtesy of Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 
** Graphic courtesy of St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5k

From An Olympian Gold Medalist To An Opera CEO, The Awards Of Excellence Celebrated A Wide Range Of Achievers

One of the favorite award luncheons of the fall season is the Dallas Historical Society‘s Awards for Excellence. Just the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 17, the lovers of Dallas history and those who help make it all come true were at the Fairmont for the handing out of awards and the legendary A.C. Greene champagne toast. Here’s a report from the field:

The Board of Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society, with Honorary Co-Chairs Gail Thomas, PhD and Robert Hyer Thomas and co-chairs Veletta Forsythe Lill and Mary Suhm, welcomed over 650 attendees to the 35th Awards for Excellence (AFE) in Community Service luncheon on Thursday, November 17, at the Fairmont Dallas.

May Suhm, Amy Aldredge and Veletta Forsythe Lill*

As attendees arrived and took their seats, Master of Ceremonies Stewart Thomas welcomed everyone to the 35th annual celebration, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city. He then welcomed Reverend Richie Butler, senior pastor of St Paul United Methodist Church, for the invocation. 

Following the invocation, guests enjoyed a first course of spring pea and ham soup en croute with mint cream, followed by roasted chicken breast with demi glace served with old school stacked potatoes, arugula and carrot cardamom puree. Thomas returned to introduce Co-Chairs Veletta and Mary.

Bob and Gail Thomas*

Ms. Lill and Ms. Suhm expressed their gratitude to attendees, event sponsors and the luncheon committee for their support of this year’s Awards for Excellence, particularly Honorary Co-Chairs Gail Thomas and Robert Hyer Thomas. Applauding the couple’s many contributions to Dallas, including their long-standing support of the Dallas Historical Society, the co-chairs announced that two special books would be donated in the Thomas’ honor to the G.B. Dealey Library and Reading Room at the Hall of State: for Bob, Darwin Payne‘s “One Hundred Years On The Hilltop: The Centennial History of Southern Methodist University” and for Gail:  the late historian A. C. Greene‘s “A Town Called Cedar Springs” for creating the sense of community from the many former historic villages that now comprise Greater Dallas.

Dallas Historical Society Board of Trustees Chair Bill Helmbrecht then took the podium recognizing event co-chairs and honorary chairs as well as Amy Aldredge, the Dallas Historical Society’s recently appointed executive director. Additionally, he thanked Arrangements Chair Shannon Callewart, Master of Ceremonies Stewart Thomas, AFE Coordinator Louise Caldwell, Caro Stalcup and Staff Liaison Nora Lenhart for all the dedicated hours they put in to making the event a success.

He also shared the impact the Dallas Historical Society makes with its holdings of over three million archives and artifacts related to Dallas and Texas history, its exhibits and events, including two upcoming exhibits, “Polly Smith: A Texas Journey” and “Drawing Power: The Editorial Art of John Knott” and its education and public programs which reach approximately 20,000 area school students annually.

As dessert of caramel pecan cheesecake with salted caramel and Texas pecans was served, Stewart returned to recognize the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Community Service recipients.  Each recipient was presented with their award by co-chairs Lill and Suhm.  

Keith Cerny, Holly Mayer and Emmanuel Villaume*

Anita Martinez, Eliseo Garcia and Patricia Meadows*

Richard Stanford and Pat Mattingly*

Hugh Aynesworth and Pierce Allman*

2016 Awards for Excellence recipients:

    • Arts Leadership – Keith Cerny, general director and CEO of the Dallas Opera
    • Business – Leonard M. Riggs Jr. M.D., noted Dallas civic leader who began his career as an emergency physician, became chief of emergency medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, and later founded the precursor of EmCare, Inc.
    • Creative Arts – Eliseo Garcia, international multi-media sculptor
    • Education – Pat Mattingly, long-time educator and former 26-year director of The Lamplighter School
    • History – Hugh Aynesworth, award-winning journalist and writer
    • Humanities – Molly Bogen, retired 40-year director of Senior Source
    • Medical Research – Eric Olson, renowned molecular biologist specializing at UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • Philanthropy – Linda Perryman Evans, president and CEO of the Meadows Foundation
    • Sports Leadership – Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time World Championship gold medalist
    • Volunteer Community Leadership – Philip C. Henderson, architect and urban visionary and first president of the Friends of the Katy Trail
    • Volunteer Community Leadership – Frederick “Shad” Rowe, co-founder of GIBI Investment Symposium and advocate and board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation
    • Jubilee History Maker – Margot Perot, community volunteer and philanthropist

Nancy Shelton and Molly Bogen*

David Dunnagan and Linda Perryman Evans*

Glenn Solomon, Louise Caldwell and Michael Johnson*

Shad Rowe and Willing Ryan*

Carol Montgomery and Margot Perot*

After the awards presentation, champagne was served to all attendees as well as recipients on stage. Stewart returned to the podium, with glass in hand, to conclude with the event’s traditional A.C. Greene toast:  “Would everyone who was born in Dallas, please stand up.  Would everyone who was born in Texas, please stand up. We toast the rest of you – who were smart enough to move here as fast as you could! Here! Here!”

The A.C. Greene toast*

As the event concluded, the Judy Moore Duo played the event’s signature song, “Big D” from the musical, “Most Happy Fella.”

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support the Dallas Historical Society and its dedication to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history through its many programs, including educational outreach and public programs.

* Photo credit: Steve Foxall

MySweet2017Goals: Kevin Hurst

Kevin Hurst (File photo)

According to Neiman Marcus Charitable Giving and Associate Volunteerism Kevin Hurst,

“Personally, I vow to either stop buying more marathon and triathlon gear or put it on and start getting my ROI.

“Professionally, I hope to continue to raise awareness of the need for quality youth arts education and the impact that these programs have on students, not just in DFW, but across the country.”

MySweetWishList: C.C. Young

According to C. C. Young Vice President of Development Sharon Ballew,

Sharon Ballew (File photo)

“My wish this holiday season is that the community will join together and participate in the 2nd Annual Carry the Torch 5K and Fun Run on Friday, March 3, benefiting the C. C. Young Cares program. The program provides flash frozen, heart-healthy meals to seniors in in need throughout the Dallas Metroplex, and every race registration fee helps to fund this mission.

“The race will begin at the beautiful C. C. Young campus overlooking White Rock Lake, at 6:00 p.m. and the route will feature sloping inclines, turns and scenic views. All runners also will receive a swag bag for participating in the race including a race shirt, glow kit and medals for all 5K finishers. Following the run, the after party will feature food trucks, vendors, a DJ and more. Awards will also be given in age group categories and for Overall and Masters Male and Female Finishers.

“To register yourself or a team online, please visit www.CarryTheTorchRun.com.  

“Please join me in supporting seniors in need by pledging to run in C. C. Young’s Carry The Torch 5K and Fun Run this March!”

-By Sharon Ballew, C. C. Young vice president of development

A Gentle Reminder: 2016 Komen Dallas Race For The Cure Starts Setting Up For Saturday’s Fundraiser At NorthPark

Komen Dallas Race for the Cure route map*

Komen Dallas Race for the Cure route map*

If you haven’t made it over to NorthPark for your turquoise jewelry, suede outfit and killer boots for Saturday’s Cattle Baron’s Ball at Gilley’s, you might want to hustle big time. Preparations are starting to get underway at NorthPark for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure that is taking place all around the NorthPark area Saturday morning.

Translation: If your Saturday morning is getting a cinnamon bagel and a cup of java at Panera’s or popping into Barnes and Noble to browse the shelves, you may want to sleep in. Or better yet, you just might want to be part of the thousands raising funds to battle breast cancer. The goal is to provide $1.3M and as of 9:30 a.m., they’re nearly halfway there.

BTW, if you just want to stay at home Saturday morning, why not check out the Cattle Baron’s  auction online? There are literally hundreds of trips, fashions, services and all types of goodies and you won’t even have to get out of your pj’s to bid.

* Graphic courtesy of Komen Dallas Race for the Cure

37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival May Be A Wee Bit Brisk

On this St. Patrick’s Day morning many folks couldn’t tell if it was thunder or the annual leprechaun-Catskill gnomes bowling tournament rumbling them awake. Actually it was both.

Speaking of St. Paddy activities, don’t forget to pull out that green thingamabob that you wear once a year on this day. It will help prevent pinching.

BTW, if you thought you had missed the annual  St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival benefiting the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association Scholarship Fund, you didn’t. Organizers made the tough call and decided to hold the day-long activities (i.e. run, parade, concert and lots of beer tasting) on the following Saturday (March 19) instead of before.

Traffic plan for St. Patrick's Day Event*

Traffic plan for St. Patrick’s Day Event*

The good news is that the city fathers and parade leaders have got everything pretty much locked down including when things happen, what streets are blocked and “police assistance.”

Now, for the not-so-great news. No, it’s not horrible, terrible. But it is Mother Nature giving the event one of her chilly shoulders. Friday when preparations get underway and folks start claiming the best places to watch the parade, there’s an 80% chance of rain with temps ranging from 48-71 degrees. Luckily, there aren’t supposed to be any end-of-the-world tornadoes on the docket.

St. Patrick's Parade and Festival (File photo)

St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival (File photo)

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival (File photo)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (File photo)

Then Saturday the sun is scheduled to make an appearance. Only the temperatures aren’t supposed to reflect the light of day. The weather-guessers are thinking in the chilly-willy, lower 60s. Translation: Skimpy outfits may not see the light of day without a major outbreak of goose pimples. It might be wise to pull out that raccoon coat that was dyed green. Or think about wearing those green thigh-high boots. Or, better yet start thinking which restaurant/bar will be nice and cozy with a pint of ale.

Also, if you have any shopping to do along Greenville, do it by Friday evening.

For more details about the plans and activities scheduled for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, follow the jump:

* Graphic courtesy of the City of Dallas [Read more...]

MySweet2016Goals: Lynn McBee

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Lynn McBee (File photo)

According to Young Women’s Preparatory Network CEO Lynn McBee,

I have three New Year’s goals:

  1. To become more proficient in Spanish as more than half the girls in our network (Young Women’s Preparatory Network) schools speak Spanish. (It’s almost 57%).
  2. To train for an ultra-marathon. Running is where I do my best thinking. I don’t wear headphones and I run by myself, so that’s when I can come solve problems. So 100 miles will give me plenty of time to plan and solve!
  3. If possible, I want to get more sleep.

Neiman Marcus’ Team All Heart Replaced Stilettos With Running Shoes For The Dallas Marathon To Haul In $175,000

Unlike two years ago when the weather forced the Dallas Marathon to cancel, this year’s romp around Dallas was super-duper despite the chill and damp paths on Sunday, December 13. Now, most folks would have thought this type of activity would not fit in with the fashion elite of Neiman Marcus. After all, their idea of a workout is a thorough facial.

Mimi Sterling and Kevin Hurst*

Mimi Sterling and Kevin Hurst*

So very wrong that thinking is! The NM-ers not only were well represented by employees from around the country, but their CEO Karen Katz was part of the team that included Kevin Hurst, Mimi Sterling, Tiffany Taylor and Alice Kolator and Esther Ambrogio in from New Jersey. But leave it to NM not to just do the run, raise funds and leave it at that. Nope. Here’s a report from the field and another reason why NM continues to put the “fun” in fundraising:

Neiman Marcus Team All Heart group seflie*

Neiman Marcus Team All Heart group seflie*

In 2014, we formed the inaugural Team All Heart which brings together associates from across the country to run the Dallas Marathon. Each associates agrees that s/he will raise money for charity; half of which will support the All Heart funds (Disaster Relief and the Associate Financial Hardship) and the charity of their choice. For their efforts, we provide a virtual trainer and cover all travel expenses to Dallas. This year, the team enjoyed Team All Heart logoed running gear from Under Armour (including shoes, shirts, jackets, hats, tights, shorts, and socks).

Alice Kolator, Esther Ambrogio and Karen Katz*

Alice Kolator, Esther Ambrogio and Karen Katz*

In 2014, the runners raised over $33,000.  In 2015, with our CEO Karen Katz on the team, they raised $175,000.  There were a total of 20 runners literally from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between.  The runners arrived on Friday and got settled into their hotel.

On Saturday, after they collected their race packets from the Convention Center, the team, along with members from the Executive Team, gather at the Zodiac restaurant at the Downtown store to enjoy a pre-race pasta (carbo-loading) dinner and get to know each other.

Neiman Marcus pre-race*

Neiman Marcus Team All Heart pre-race*

LaKisha Bivins, Tiffany Taylor and Veva Sterling*

LaKisha Bivins, Tiffany Taylor and Veva Sterling*

Sunday morning, despite the cold and rain, the team congregated at the hotel for one final group photo and the walk to the start line. The race was run, the miles were calculated, personal records were set, power gels and Gatorade were consumed, and a sense of accomplishment was attained.  It was then time to celebrate the accomplishments at the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse in the historic west end. Despite the sore muscles and feet, the team smiled, laughed, and, of course, refueled.

Neiman Marcus post-race*

Neiman Marcus Team All Heart post-race*

We also had the Team All Heart “motivational spectators (cheerleaders) stationed at mile 9.5 which included NM associates and friends and family that traveled to Dallas to support their runner.

Some claimed this was “one and done”, but others are already looking forward to their next race back home and to Dallas 2016.

* Photos provided by Neiman Marcus

Be Forewarned: The Dallas Marathon Approaches

This weekend there’ll be a lot of stuff going on like shopping, partying and decorating. But be forewarned. A couple of thangs may cause some rethinking of plans. Saturday is supposed to have some of the rainy stuff be in the air with thunder bumpers included here and there. So, stash that adorable umbrella in the car.

Ah, but then Sunday morning is the clincher. It’s the annual Dallas Marathon (formerly known as the White Rock Marathon). For runners, it’s the biggy run-fest of the year. For folks trying to make it to morning church services or brunch dates, it’s the biggy headache of the year. So, prevent the migraine by checking which roads will be blocked and make backup plans.

And keep in mind that funds raised from the run go to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and partners with all types of charities.

But then if you just want to snooze away the morning and channel the run, turn on WFAA8 ABC to watch the activities.

A Gentle Reminder: Komen Dallas Race For The Cure

Get your shopping done early Friday at NorthPark. Why? The NP crew will be setting up for the 16,000 expected for Saturday’s Komen Dallas Race For The Cure.

There are gonna be street closures and all types of stuff leading up to Saturday morning when folks walk and run to raise funds for breast cancer research and developments.

So, what’s a little shopping inconvenience when it could mean that dollars resulting in cancer battling are raised?

Ah, shoot! Why not walk and shop? The weather is gonna be this side of perfect and you just might be saving a life…and it may be your own.

And why not make that appointment for your mammogram?

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Homeward Bound Inc.

UPDATE: Due to damage from spring rains, Irving will not be able to have our site ready in four weeks! Mountain Creek Park is north of I-30 on MacArthur to Hunter Ferrell Road east or Loop 12 west on Shady Grove to Nursery south which runs into Hunter Ferrell, or continue on Shady Grove to MacArthur south to Hunter Ferrell then east.

According to Homeward Bound Inc. Community Communication Director Betsy Simnacher,

“The Run for Recovery 5K/10K benefits the nonprofit Homeward Bound. Homeward Bound’s mission is to save families and change lives by treating people with mental illness, and drug and alcohol addiction.

“The Saturday, September 12th run in Irving is being presented by 2nd Chance Ministries of Farmers Branch. The sponsor is Idabel Chiropractic Clinic, and the run website is www.runforrecovery.com. The site is Richardson Park on Campion Trails in Irving.

“Very few of Homeward Bound’s clients can pay for treatment, so the 501(c)(3) nonprofit relies on grants and donations to fund treatment for about 5,000 clients each year. Homeward Bound’s 152-bed Dallas facility is the largest of its kind in North Texas and one of the largest in Texas.

“Clients will be running but will not be able to pay the registration fee, so 2nd Chance Ministries is providing an option on the run website for people to sponsor runners. All donations will go directly to Homeward Bound’s mission to help people achieve recovery. The run is just one of the healthy alternatives Homeward Bound offers to its clients, who are motivated to overcome mental illness and addiction.

“Most will be successful. Typically, clients stay from four to 30 days. Eighty percent will finish treatment. We know that program completion usually indicates a long-term positive result. More than 75 percent checked at a three-month follow-up are still clean and sober.

“We know that people who come to us sincerely want to stop cycling through the emergency room and end the downward spiral of homelessness and poverty. They tell us so in messages that arrive through our website. A typical message reads: ‘I’m so so tired but at the same time so so scared. I’ve tried getting sober before only to get everybody’s hopes up, and I let them down. Very, very tired of hurting people around me, including myself.’

“We also hear from them on the other side, when they complete treatment. ‘This place saved my life. Without the staff, I would probably be dead. I love them all dearly,’ was a recent comment on our Facebook page.

“We hope you will join us in our mission by sponsoring one of our runners, running yourself, or donating through the Run for Recovery website (click on ‘Register Now’ for all these options) or our own website, www.homewardboundinc.org. Thank you.”

WFAA’s Recently Retired Sportscaster George Riba To Serve As Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal

George Riba (File photo)

George Riba (File photo)

For over 40 years George Riba has been a real sweetheart in the Dallas-Fort Worth sports reporting business. He’s covered every aspect of the athlete world and handled each assignment with professionalism.

Some folks don’t recall his having worked at both KTVT and KXAS back in the early 1970’s before joining WFAA in 1977. But he did and each time made friends and a reputation for reporting in an industry that has some real showboaters.

Since the marathon-running sportscaster will be turning 66 in May, he decided to retire this past February. One probable reason was to spend more time with his marathon-running wife, Maggie. The twosome is known for having one of the best marriages in media circles.

Ah, but before he steps out of the spotlight totally, George will be the Grand Marshal at the March 14th Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It will start at 11 a.m. and they’re predicting 125,000 to attend.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association.

BTW, the weather guessers are hinting that Saturday will be very parade-friendly.

UPDATE: Cowtown Marathon Limps Ahead

Why does it seem that the folks in the western part of North Texas always seem to take the brunt of weather hits? It’s cause the wind pushes from the west, so the experts say.

After canceling yesterday’s Cowtown Marathon activities, the wise organizers got together and decided to cancel some of Sunday’s stuff.

Let’s get the bad stuff over with first. The ultra marathon is history.  Now, for the keep-your-fingers-crossed element. The half-marathon is still on.

Yeah, it’s a royal pain to prep for a marathon only to have it ditched at the last momento due to the weather. Still, no lives were lost and there are a load of marathons to come.

JUST IN: Cowtown Marathon Cancels Some Activities And Delays Others

Fort Worth always seems to get the bad weather first. And that’s what happened earlier this morning.

Due to the conditions predicted to only get worse over night, Saturday’s Cowtown Marathon has been canceled and Sunday’s race has been delayed.

Attorneys Serving The Community’s Dena DeNooyer Stroh Makes A Shout-Out For Beneficiary Applications

Attorneys Serving the Community*

Attorneys Serving the Community*

Last year’s Attorneys Serving the Community Chair Dena DeNooyer Stroh just sent great news. She’s now heading up the ASC’s Charity Selection Committee (CSC). That’s not only good news for Dena and ASC, but it’s also a boon for area nonprofits that benefit women, children and families.

You see Dena is reaching out for nonprofits to submit for the ASC’s 2015-2016 beneficiary.

Interested? Sure! It’s simple. Just fill out the Beneficiary Application Form.

According to Dena, “The CSC will review all applications received and determine which organizations should receive site visits by CSC members. The CSC will select three finalists that make a presentation to ASC members at the charity selection meeting (usually in July), which concludes with ASC members selecting the next beneficiary.  The ASC membership tends to select nonprofits that ASC can take to the next level (like a non-profit incubator, in the words of one ASC member).”

Past recipients have included The Nurse-Family Partnership Program of the YWCA, AVANCE-Dallas, Trinity River Mission, Hope’s Door, The Foundation for the Education of Young Women (n/k/a Young Women Preparatory Network and Helping Restore Ability.

Dena added that “Recently, ASC has netted around $200,000 for the selected beneficiary through networking events, ASC’s Heart and Sole 5k and fun run (this year’s on February 14!), a silent auction and the annual luncheon.”

The catch? There’s a “strict application deadline of [Friday] February 13, 2015, by 4:00 p.m.” And you know, attorneys are sticklers for deadlines. So, get hustling.

* Graphic courtesy of Attorneys Serving the Community

MySweetWishList: Arthritis Foundation South Central Region

According to Arthritis Foundation South Central Region Chief Executive Officer Susan Carter,

Susan Carter*

Susan Carter*

“As the holiday season is upon us, we at the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region are mindful of the struggles of arthritis sufferers. Arthritis pain and impairments can make many holiday traditions like preparing festive meals, writing holiday greeting cards, shopping for gifts and neighborhood caroling difficult or even impossible. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States; it hurts to be #1.

“The Arthritis Foundation exists to help people take control of arthritis by accelerating research to find a cure tomorrow while providing life-altering advocacy, help and support for those living with the disease today.

“Our biggest wish is to bring relief and support to the 3.9 million Texans, including 25,000 children, living with arthritis right now include:

  • “Support our annual holiday event the Fort Worth Jingle Bell Run/Walk on December 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Burnett Park. There is still time to participate as an individual, create a family team or donate to someone who has. It is a fun and festive way to raise funds for mission investment and to connect with other families of all ages and abilities, who face arthritis. Learn more and register at www.fwjinglebellrun.org.

    Arthritis Foundation South Central Region*

    Arthritis Foundation South Central Region*

  • “Help underwrite scholarships to send 10 families to the national Arthritis Foundation Juvenile Arthritis Conference taking place July 23-26, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Here kids, teens, young adults and their families come together from across the country to learn more about juvenile arthritis (JA) and other rheumatic diseases and to meet and support each other. Families learn about the latest medical research and treatments, how to deal with challenges at school and home, how to advocate for their child and more. The opportunity to connect with each other to share experiences and advice helps everyone affected by arthritis. Learn more at http://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/juvenile-arthritis-national-conference/

“Our ‘pie in the sky’ wish would be the gift of commercial office space that would allow our dedicated staff and volunteers to further maximize efficiencies in our service of people struggling with arthritis.

“To learn more about the life-changing work our donor angels make possible or to give online, please visit www.arthritis.org/texas. For offline gifts, please mail to: Arthritis Foundation South Central Region, 4300 MacArthur Avenue, Suite 245 – Dallas, Texas 75209.

“Thank you and happy holidays!”

-Susan Carter, Arthritis Foundation South Central Region Chief Executive Officer

* Photo and graphic provided by Arthritis Foundation South Central Region

Dallas Historical Society Has A Touchdown With Texas Sports Legends At The Hall Of State During The Fair

Leave it to the Dallas Historical Society to set a mighty fine exhibition when the State Fair brings throngs of folks to Fair Park. Knowing how folks love sports, they are showcasing a collection of memorabilia that would set fans’ hearts fluttering — Texas Sports Legend. From championship rings and belts, a Heisman Trophy to an Olympic unitard, all types of sports and champs are right there in the Hall of State. Here’s a recap from the Tuesday, September 23rd “sneak preview:

Texas Sports Legends*

Texas Sports Legends*

“On September 23, the Dallas Historical Society’s Fellows received a sneak preview of this exhibit. Fellows are those who donate at least $1,500 to the Society. They receive exclusive invitations for exhibits and events at some of the most historically significant places in the city.

“Those in attendance included Alicia Landry, Tom Landry Jr., Norma Walker and her family, Veletta and John Lill, Margaret and Lester Keliher, Kathleen and Ban Bywaters (known for helping the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas launch its Trains exhibit).

Kathleen and Ban Bywaters*

Kathleen and Ban Bywaters*

“They viewed interesting items in the exhibit such as:

  • Tom Landry‘s Championship Rings
  • Curtis Cokes' championship belt*

    Curtis Cokes’ championship belt*

    Curtis Cokes’ Championship Belt

  • Nastia Liukin‘s World Championship Medals and Olympic Unitard
  • Roger Hornsby‘s Cardinals Uniform
  • Davey O’Brien‘s Heisman Trophy
  • Michael Johnson‘s Track Shoe
Tom  Landry Jr., Margaret Keliher, Lynn and Allan McBee*

Tom Landry Jr., Margaret Keliher, Lynn and Allan McBee*

Lynn and Allan McBee, Dallas Historical Society’s co-chairmen of the board of trustees, said, “Since it was founded in 1937 by some of Dallas’ most prominent leaders, Dallas Historical Society’s Fellows have provided one of the strongest funding sources, public endorsement and valuable special events’ financial resources for the Dallas Historical Society. For those interested in seeing historically significant exhibits, such as the Texas Sports Legends, we encourage you to join the Fellows. We also have a series of programs and events especially for this membership group.”

“Those interested in joining can go online at Dallas Historical Society.

“’Whether they grew up here or became a member of a Texas-based team later in life, there are many legends to be honored who have contributed to Texas athletics,’ said State Fair of Texas President Mitchell Glieber. ‘We know that we cannot honor them all, but we thank the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for loaning us a selection of sports memorabilia for fairgoers to enjoy during this year’s Fair, themed “Deep in the Heart of Texans.”’

“A selection of the inductees from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame who will be highlighted in this exhibit include: auto racing legends – A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford; baseball legends – Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan; basketball legends – Rolando Blackman and Clyde Drexler; boxing legend – George Foreman; football legends – Joe Green, Tom Landry, and Doak Walker; golf legends – Ben Crenshaw and Lee Trevino; hockey legend – Mike Modano; rodeo legend – Don Gay; soccer legends – Mia Hamm and Kyle Rote Jr.; swimming legend – Eddie Reese; tennis legend – Zina Garrison; and track and field legends – Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson.”

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, October 19 (aka the last day of the State Fair).

Photo credit: Steve Foxall

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Back On My Feet

“What if everybody in Dallas… ran?

“What if each morning the 1.2 million residents of Dallas laced up their shoes and went for a jog? The only traffic jams would be on congested sidewalks and instead of caffeine, we would be running on endorphins. How would our city look different?With the support of North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 18, we hope to spread the power of running.

“According to Mizuno’s recently published study from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, our city would see huge and measurable change. Everything from health and wellness to dollars spent and saved. Thirty-two percent of us would experience better sleep. Twenty percent of us would have stronger memories. And each of us would experience a 10% increase in our earning potential. That’s just if we decided to make one healthy choice each morning, to run.

Back On My Feet*

Back On My Feet*

“There’s a group of us who believe in the study’s results because we’ve experienced the positive effects of running. We’re a nonprofit called Back on My Feet. We use this idea of running to improve lives and we’ve applied this concept to a unique and often overlooked social issue in Dallas… homelessness. Yes, we can improve our city and our social services by running. And according to the 2013 Homeless Census, more than 2,972 individuals are experiencing homelessness at any given night in Dallas.

Back On My Feet*

Back On My Feet*

“If we all ran? Almost half of those people would be living in their own homes. Forty-six percent of homelessness could be prevented according to the UNC study. Our group is driven by volunteers who run for those reasons.

“We run Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 5:45 a.m. with four shelters to support those getting back on their feet. We’ve seen incredible results – more than 175 members of the program have obtained employment and 131 members of the program have moved into their own homes.



“We’re changing the realities of homelessness in Dallas by running these streets, supporting people like Gloria (pictured) through employment, and empowering those who have faced hardship.

“And to support our North Texas Giving Day campaign, Back on My Feet staff will be running 18 miles in 18 hours on Sept. 18. Follow our training and our efforts on Facebook with #18in18. Join us in donating or running on North Texas Giving Day, both lead to healthy choices and a better Dallas.”

-By Gina Parker, Back On My Feet Executive Director

* Graphic and photos 
provided by Back On 
My Feet

Family Friendly Trinity River Revel Takes Place All Day Sunday

Sunday is Father’s Day. Why not celebrate at Trinity River Revel? You’ll be part of the official opening of the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, the Trinity Skyline Trail, the West Dallas Gateway Plaza and the Sylvan Avenue Bridge. That’s a lot of openings!

Trinity River Revel door*

Trinity River Revel door*

Trinity River Revel door*

Trinity River Revel door*

But there’s so much more. From a gospel brunch to a campfire party, folks are going to start partying at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K Run. There’s even going to be an auction of doors at the eastern end of the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. The for-real wooden doors are not just any old doors. They’ve been dressed up “reflecting the theme ‘Our Past, Present and Future’” thank to such local artists as Ray Albarez, Mathews Barnes, Milan Bender, Gary Buckner, Iris Candelaria, Viola Delgado, Katrina Doran, Eliseo, Sarah Francis, Art Garcia, Elena Koulich, Brian Larney, David Lyles, Jessie Martinez, Aralyn McGregor, Vicki Meek, Cathey Miller, Mike Moffatt, Kevin Obregon, Caroline Oliver, Maria Teresa G Pedroche, Marcello Pope, Carlyn Ray, Jennifer Sereno, Richard Ross, Sophy Sam, Daniel Skelton and Ronda Van Dyk.

It’s so family-friendly. Most of the “stuff” is free. The food is going to cost you a penny or two, but there won’t be anything that will bust your credit card. Suggestion: bring cash. It always works.

The rolling ribbon cutting of the bridges, trails and plaza will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. How’s that going to happen? According to organizers, “Our ribbon cutting will have ‘spokes’people, but we call them that because the VIPs who will welcome the new additions to the corridor will do so on bicycles.”

BTW, Mother Nature is supposed to be a very, very good girl Sunday, so enjoy her good behavior. Dress light. Slather on the sunscreen. Wear that adorable hat. Don’t forget your sunglasses. And most of all, have fun being part of North Texas history.