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?

Families, Friends And Four-Legged Types “Step Up For Hope” Cottage’s Centennial Celebration Kick Off

Starting back in 1918, Emma Wylie Ballard launched what would be Dallas’ oldest non-profit, non-faith based adoption agency — Hope Cottage. And while it may be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Hope Cottage is still known for being for the young and the young-at-heart. That’s why it kicked off its 100-year celebration on Saturday, June 3, with a walk around it new digs in the Wilson Historic District with families, friends and the four-legged types. Here is a report from the field:

Carmyn Neely, John Dickey, Melissa Tamplin Harrison, Scott Sams and Brooks Quinlan*

The damp weather on Saturday, June 3, did not deter stalwart families, fans and supporters from turning out for the 1st Step Up for Hope charity walk kicking off Hope Cottage’s yearlong centennial celebration. Participants began their walk at the agency’s spiffy new home in the Wilson Historic District.  Moms, dads, kids, friends and pets ambled along a scenic path winding through the bucolic streets of the Wilson, past turn of the century homes, lovingly restored and maintained by the Meadows Foundation. KRLD anchors Melissa Tamplin Harrison and Scott Sams, Adoption Ambassadors for Hope Cottage’s centennial year celebration, served as celebrity MC’s.  Both Melissa and Scott are adoptees and Melissa was adopted from Hope Cottage at the age of 16 months. 


Nathan “stepping up for Hope”*

Team BKD was the team raising the most funds with Team Stevens raising the most funds as a family.  Ranger and his sassy bandana won the award for the Best Dressed Pooch at the Pooch Parade.  Sponsors for the event included BKD, LLP (Premier Sponsor), RGT Wealth Advisors (Water Sponsor), Gensler (Pooch Parade Sponsor), Bioworld (T-Shirt Sponsor), Carlotta Rhoades (Breakfast Sponsor) and Jenny L Womack, P.C. (Entertainment Sponsor).

Hope Cottage is Dallas’ oldest nonprofit, non-faith based adoption agency. Since 1918 Hope Cottage has been building and nurturing families through education, counseling and adoption services. Those interested in learning more about upcoming centennial celebration events, should contact Hope Cottage Chief Development Officer Leslie Clay at [email protected] or 469.917.2535. 

* Photo provided by Hope Cottage

As Hope Cottage Warms Up For Its Centennial, CEO Sonyia Hartwell Is Retiring With Chief Program Officer Brooks Quinlan Moving On Up

Hope Cottage is getting ready to kick off its centennial warm-up year at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, with “Step Up For Hope Fundraising Walk” starting at Hope Cottage.  There will be no charge, but if a person raises $100 s/he’ll be rewarded with an event shirt and a goody bag.

All members of the family are invited to participate including the pets. (Cats might be a bit skittish about joining in, so let them stay at home on the couch.)

There will be games plus prizes for individual and teams who raise the most monies, best team costume and best dressed canine (leash required) in the pooch parade.

Sonyia Hartwell (File photo)

Brooks Quinlan (File photo)

Unfortunately, Hope Cottage CEO Sonyia Hartwell will not be a part of all the official festivities. She’s retiring to Arizona on Wednesday, June 28, after working at the adoption agency since 2009. During her tenure, she saw Hope Cottage through many developments, including the moving of its facility at Fitzhugh and McKinney to its brand spanking new sweetheart of a building in the Wilson Historic District.

As for who will be replacing Sonyia, it will be Hope Cottage Chief Program Officer Brooks Quinlan, who also joined Hope Cottage in 2009.

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

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

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?

JUST IN: 2015 Stiletto Strut Is Postponed

If you had the Stiletto Strut marked down on your calendar, get out the white out.  Just received word that Neiman Marcus Downtown and Community Partners of Dallas have decided to postpone it until fall 2016. Here’s the word just received from CPD:

Stiletto Strut (File photo)

Stiletto Strut (File photo)

Hold your heels! Due to multiple circumstances, the 2015 Stiletto Strut, scheduled for October 15, has been postponed. We are so grateful to our chairs, honorary chairs, host committee members and sponsors for their continued support, and we look forward to sharing more information as soon as it is available.

Neiman Marcus and CPD are committed to making the event the best in 2016 so keep your stilettos polished and be ready to strut to support the abused and neglected children of Dallas County!

One can’t help but suspect that you’ll be able to find something to do Thursday, October 15. Besides the new date means you’ll have a new excuse to buy a new pair of heels.

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

Community Partners Of Dallas Is Rolling Out A Parade Of Little Red Wagons To Break The Guinness World Record

Back on September 12, 2003, the St George Lions Club put the town of St. George, Utah, on the map and in the pages of the Guinness World Record. The group set a world record by having 147 children’s wagons parade through the town’s streets setting a record for toy red wagons parading.

Since Community Partners of Dallas has been celebrating its 25th anniversary, CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel and VP of Development Joanna Clarke decided the perfect way to end the anniversary year was to break that record.

Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke (File photo)

Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke (File photo)

But to break a Guinness record is no easy task. One doesn’t just send a video of the event in and let that pass for credentialing. After all the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed, Saturday, January 31, was picked for “A Wagon Holds Promise” parade of little red wagons through Central Square Park in the Wilson Historic District.

But leave it to CPD not to be satisfied with 148 wagons to get into the record books. They’re aiming for 250 wagons commemorating 25 years of service Dallas County’s abused and neglected children.”

Ed Plummer, Caroline Winslow and "Sweet Caroline"*

Ed Plummer, Caroline Winslow and “Sweet Caroline”*

One of those already signed up is teenager Caroline Winslow. In addition to being the daughter of CPD Executive Committee member Candace Winslow, she has a history with red wagons. It seems that in April 2001 when Caroline was just 10 months old, her grandfather Ed Plummer hand-built “Sweet Caroline”, a limited-edition, 1/1 red wagon. Both Caroline and her “Sweet Caroline” will be part of the parade.

Caroline Winslow and "Sweet Caroline"*

Caroline Winslow and “Sweet Caroline”*

If you want to be part of Guinness Record breaking history, it’s so very easy. Here’s the POA:

  • Advance registrations are required. In other to officially break the record, participants must register.
  • Registration is free for those who bring their own wagon.
  • Red wagon rentals” are available for $50 each. Following the parade, the “rentals” will be donated to CPD’s annual toy drive.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a new toy that will be put away for CPD’s 2015 Toy Drive.
  • Bring friends and family to cheer. After all, what’s a parade without parade watchers?
A Wagon Holds Promise parade route*

A Wagon Holds Promise parade route*

The day of the event’s schedule is:

  • 10-10:30 a.m. – Meet at Central Square Park with your red wagon or to pick up your rental.
  • 11 a.m. — The parade starts with an official from Guinness on site to verify the results. The route is a half mile long, so wear comfy shoes and make sure your wagon is up to it.
  • Following the parade, Ruthie’s Rolling Café will have food and drinks to celebrate breaking the record.

So, hitch your wagon to record-breaking event and roll on.

* Photos and graphics 
provided by Community 
Partners of Dallas

Get In The Holiday Mood With A Stroll Through The Dallas Arboretum’s 12 Days Of Christmas

This weekend is looking up. Sure, there will still be a chill in the air, but the wet feeling is going to be zippo. All the conditions mean that it will be a perfect time to put on that fabulous wrap-around scarf and woolly hat and head to the Dallas Arboretum for The 12 Days of Christmas.

The 12 Days Of Christmas

The 12 Days Of Christmas

It’s a bit like the way old days, when families would drive downtown and check out the Neiman’s store windows. Only in this case, you are able to get some exercise strolling the grounds, taking photos and enjoying the countdown to Christmas. Just think how adorable those photos will look on Facebook.

Each of the gazebos is a treat for the eyes no matter what age you are. And to complete the mood, there is a different holiday tune at each stop.

Lords A-Leaping

Lords A-Leaping

Afterwards, overdose on hot chocolate and debate which of the “days” was your fav. Was it the 10 lords a-leaping? Or, perhaps it was the eight maids trying to milk those plump cows? But then the 11 pipers piping in their kilts were awful adorable.

Maids Milking

Maids Milking

And if you have an extra thank you note in your box of stationery, send it to AmegyBank for being the presenting sponsor.

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

Todd Howard To Return As Tour Des Fleurs Chair With Arboretum Staffer Karen Reardon Hanging Up Her Running Shoes

East Dallas resident Todd Howard is making a return run at chairing the Dallas Arboretum’s Tour Des Fleurs on Saturday, September 20. Once again the 10K/20K race will start and end at the Dallas Arboretum and commence around White Rock Lake.

Todd Howard*

Todd Howard*

With nearly 3,000 runners taking place, the translation is that the roads around White Rock will be a bit of a traffic jam for vehicles, so think about putting off a leisurely drive around the lake until later in the day.

However, consider heading to the Arboretum for “the opening of Autumn at the Arboretum.”

Karen Reardon*

Karen Reardon*

BTW, if you’re looking for Dallas Arboretum staffer Karen Reardon to be once again orchestrating the event, you’re gonna be surprised. She’s literally hanging up her race-managing shoes due to doctor’s order. Picking up the baton from Karen will be Dana Murrell.

According to Karen, “Eight years ago, Dallas Arboretum President Mary Brinegar asked me to coordinate the promotion, printing, budgeting, in-kind donations, volunteers, etc. for this new run, which benefits the Arboretum’s programs. I’ve been doing this for so long, but it’s now time for me to pass the baton to Dana because with recent stress fractures in my legs, I must be temporarily off my feet.”

But don’t go waving bye-bye to Karen. She’ll “still continue to work at the Arboretum” as the Hoffman Family Gift Store buyer.

* Photos provided 
by the Dallas 

“Walk To End Alzheimer’s” Team Kick-Off Party Hit A Home Run At Maggiano’s Little Italy With Kellie Rasberry And New Teammates

Dallas’ 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Co-Chairs Tara Arancibia and Gay Waltrip Donnell and Teams Committee Co-Chairs Carolyn Dobson and Pat Pediman held the team kick-off party at NorthPark’s Maggiano’s Little Italy on Tuesday, August 12. Here’s a report from the field:

Carolyn Dobson and Pat Pediman

Carolyn Dobson and Pat Pediman*

“More than 80 people, many new to the walk, attended the kick-off party. Of those, 49 people signed up for the walk across 20 NEW teams. 70% of funds raised from the WTEA come from Teams, so we were thrilled to have so many sign up on the spot! We didn’t really expect the Kick Off Party to be a time to collect donations, however we did accept over $4,500 that night. To learn more or sign up for this year’s Walk, go to alz.org/walk.

“Last year, Dallas/NTX area walks raised over $1,000,000. This year the Dallas Walk is expected to have 4,000 walkers and raise over $1,000,000. We are currently #2 in the country, with 142% revenue growth over last year, so we have extraordinary momentum as we move to our Saturday, October 4th walk date. Senior Care Centers is our lead sponsor. (Philadelphia was the most successful Walk last year—in case you wanted to know!)

Becky Prince, Bob Kidder, Alan Stein, Lynn Prude, Anne P. Stark and Robert Tobey*

Becky Prince, Bob Kidder, Alan Stein, Lynn Prude, Anne P. Stark and Robert Tobey*

“All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will be able to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Tara Arancibia, Julie and Jeff Rushing, Gay Waltrip Donnell and Kellie Rasberry*

Tara Arancibia, Julie and Jeff Rushing, Gay Waltrip Donnell and Kellie Rasberry*

“’Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” Host Kellie Rasberry is our honorary chair and is forming ‘Kellie’s Team’ in honor of ‘Mother Price,’ her sweet and sassy South Carolina grandmother who unfortunately passed away of Alzheimer’s a few years ago.

“Tuesday night’s party had a baseball theme because this weekend the Dallas Alzheimer’s Association is partnering with the Texas Rangers for a Strike Out Alzheimer’s weekend to drive awareness amongst the large crowds at the games.   http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex

* Photo credit: Julius Pickenpack

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.

Who Says Nothing Happens In June?

For those who have already flown the Dallas coop, here’s what you’ve left behind — rising temperatures, humbling humility and very little rain in sight.

Now here’s just a smattering of off-the-beaten-track events that you’ll be missing in the days to come:

  • Friday, June 6 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.), and Saturday, June 7 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — Evidently, “Dallas residents may notice a few disasters occurring around the city this weekend. Dallas County has mobilized state organizations, law agencies and nonprofits to conduct disaster scenarios – such as hurricanes – and initiate relief support. The process is vital to prevent costly indecisions during a real crisis. The Texas State Guard is asking for volunteers from the DFW areas to participate in the mock scenarios as ‘victims’ or to join the unit as volunteer relief supporter.” It’s doubtful that North Texas will ever take a direct hit from a hurricane, but our first- and second-responders are usually the first ones to offer help to those in the bull’s eye zone. So, instead of lying around the pool, why not volunteer to be a “victim”? Contact Col. Robert T. Hastings Jr. at 817.528.2790.
  • Pets On The Hill*

    Pets On The Hill*

    Saturday, June 7 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — In the past, this weekend has usually been the time when animals benefit from “Top Hat & Tails.” But since the dance-athon was held in April, “Pets on the Hill” is filling in at Walnut Hill United Methodist Church. “There will be five pet adoption agencies there along with a pet artist, vet doing ‘Ask the Dr.’ and free nail clipping, AKC chipping for $30, pet blessing by the minister and Oscar the Hot Dog Man. Bed ‘n Biscuit, which is a pet sitter, will attend along with Bow Wow Wow pet dish designs. Bring your pet or adopt one.”

  • Monday, June 9 (4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.) — Before Dallas is invaded by the leading art directors, Dallas Museum of Art’s Maxwell Anderson, who seems to be in every publication except Field & Stream lately, will host a panel discussion, “Reimagining Cities: Art’s Impact On Our Economy & Beyond” at Communities Foundation of Texas. On the panel will be Dallas Theater Center’s Kevin Moriarty, Billingsley Development’s Lucilo Pena and “Arts & Education Advocate” Catherine Rose. Mayor Mike Rawlings, who is very partial to the arts thanks to his artist daughter Michelle, will provide the opening remarks. It’s a free event, but you gotta register.
  • Wine Education Dinner**

    Wine Education Dinner**

    Thursday, June 12 (6:30 p.m.) — Janet and Roland Love are hosting a “Wine Education Dinner”  with proceeds going to Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas. In addition to wine and cheese pairing demonstrations and tastings, Chef Justin Box will whip up a three-course winner with wine pairings, of course. Only problemo? It’s limited to 30 people and 20 folks have already signed up. Tickets will be $150 per couple; $75 for individuals. Contact Liz Grindele about locking down your place.

  • Saturday, June 14 (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) — The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is holding a “One Day University.” The subject will be The Civil War. The instructor will be Rutgers University Professor Louis Masur, who “will being with the issues of the revolutionary era, share an overview of the Civil War, analyze how it changed over time and lead a class discussion on the problems of reconstruction.” Since there is limited seating and a registration fee, you need to sign up here. Dallas Institute members get a discount. Ah, the advantages of membership! BTW, if you thought it was being held at SMU or the University of Dallas, think again. You’ll want to set your GPS for Scottish Rite Library and Museum.
  • Sunday, June 15 (7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) — Sure, it’s Father’s Day, but what about doing something instead of brunch and sticking dad with the tab? Why not take your pop or the main man in your life to Trinity River Revel, the official opening of the Trinity Skyline Trail, the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, the West Dallas Gateway Plaza and Sylvan Avenue Bridge? It’s totally free and you just might see Dallas First Father Mike Rawlings cycling along the new bike path. There will be music, a 5K run, vehicle show, food trucks and a campfire party. Check the schedule for all the activities!
  • Saturday, June 28 (7:30 a.m.) — “The Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council is hosting its premier fundraiser, Race for Their Future 5K & Fun Run at the beautiful Kidd Springs Park. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, this event provides an interactive opportunity for community advocates to come together in support of the social and educational development of our youth. All proceeds will go towards funding collegiate scholarship funds, after-school programs and healthy lifestyle education for Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club members.”

Of course, there are the usual venues like the Perot Museum and Arboretum which have ever-changing activities.

* Graphic provided by Pet On The Hill
** Graphic provided by Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Round Robin April 22: Crystal Charity Ball Theme Reveal And Trinity Trust’s Trails & Ales

The night of Tuesday, April 22, was one of those rare evenings when the outdoor Dallas was simply beyond perfect and Dallasites were taking full advantage of it. For instance, the Community Partners of Dallas celebrating the Dallas County Child Protective Services Caseworkers and their families at the Dallas Arboretum. It was a very special evening for those who are on the frontline of protecting children in neglectful and abusive situations.

Other activities in the area included:

2014 Crystal Charity Ball Theme Announcement Party

The first clue should have been the location of the Crystal Charity Ball theme announcement party — The Joule. As guests exited their cars curbside, they were directed to the glass elevator that took them to the rooftop terrace. Perhaps it was the weather being so spring-like, but the ladies in attendance had their brightest colors on. And those jewels!

Stacy and David Blank, Robyn Conlon and Linda Secrest

Stacy and David Blank, Robyn Conlon and Linda Secrest

CCB Chair Robyn Conlon, Linda Secrest, Patty Leydendecker and Shelle Sills were diamond dolls from the tips of their fingers to their ear lobes.

As soon as they got out of the elevator into the open-air terrace, word was passed, “Have you seen the model in the back?”

Mariah Wilcox

Mariah Wilcox

A couple of guests decided they would wait for “the model” to mosey in their direction. Wasn’t going to happen. The model was as stationary as the big eye across the street. In a scene akin to Dallas Blooms was model Mariah Wilcox lounging in an elevated garden setting with fern eyelash extensions and Mother Nature bustier from the brains of Jan Strimple, Tom Addis and Junior Villanueva. Twinkling among the greenery was around  $3 million worth of jewelry. Yup! As Diamond Doctor David Blank looked like a proud papa, the jewels were spectacular rings in the shape of butterflies and flowers and sweeps of diamonds draped from her ears. In her up-swept brown hair were broaches and around her neck was an OMG diamond necklace.

Diamond Doctor "Jewels in the Garden"

Diamond Doctor “Jewels in the Garden”

Jeweled broaches, earrings and necklace plus fern eyelash extensions

Jeweled broaches, earrings and necklace plus fern eyelash extensions

Midway through the evening Robyn told the gathering, “I wanted to do something that had never been done before, something important to me that involved family, friends, summer in California, and Christmas. The last thing you want from Tom Addis is to have his eyes glaze over, though, so it was back to the drawing board! Then we came up with something every woman loves: flowers and jewelry. The theme is Jewels of the Garden.” The announcement was met with approval as the ladies already were thinking jewel-tone gowns and new gems to go with them.

Earlier, Bank of Texas’ Bob White thanked the group for their tireless work to help the children of Dallas and said how pleased he and his team were to be part of the effort.

Also speaking was new Joule General Manager Justine Fields, who had previously been the hotel’s chef. He joked that if they enjoyed the food being served, they could attribute it to him.

After her announcement, Robyn told the group to get back to partying.

Instead of long, drawn-out speeches, the whole reveal and follow-up lasted less than five minutes. The CCB ladies have to raise more than $5M, so there’s no time to waste.

Trails & Ales

Report from the field about the Trinity Trust’s Trails & Ales.

The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats members held the second event of its Trails & Ales series on a perfect spring evening. More than 150 people and pooches met underneath the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to explore the soon-to-be-completed Trinity Skyline Trail that runs along the Trinity River for 4.6 miles in the Trinity River Corridor. Guests enjoyed beer and wine with sliders from the Butcher’s Son, while they played corn hole and took many photos of themselves along the skyline. Daniel Rodriguez, an acoustic guitar player, played music that set the mood for this outdoor party.

Daniel Rodriquez*

Daniel Rodriquez*

Amber Arseneaux, The Trinity Trust events and center coordinator, led the scenic walk for the group and pointed out the Trinity Skyline Trail connects to the Trinity Overlook Park and the Margaret McDermott Bridge, currently under construction. She told guests, “The Trinity Skyline Trail stretches from Commerce Bridge in West Dallas to the Sylvan Bridge, where it crosses the river and back down to Commerce on the downtown side.”

Amber Arseneaux and Gail Thomas*

Amber Arseneaux and Gail Thomas*

Dr. Gail Thomas, president of The Trinity Trust, said, “The view of downtown Dallas and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge from the base of the Trinity was spectacular, and we want everyone to enjoy the green space we have right here in the heart of the city.”

Tierney Kaufman, Stephen Ellis with his dog Bill*

Tierney Kaufman, Stephen Ellis with his dog Bill*

Tierney Kaufman, The Trinity Trust development and outreach coordinator, said, “For those who enjoyed this event, you will want to join us for our exclusive sneak peek of the Continental Avenue Bridge on May 4. In order to do so, join The Trinity Trust Rat Pack or River Rats, and you will receive an invitation before the general public opening in June.” She thanked the sponsors of the event, Ben E. Keith, Dexter & Company and Pinnacle Financial Group.

Kaufman also mentioned several upcoming Trinity related events, including the opening celebration of the Trinity Skyline Trail on June 15:

May 13: The Trinity Trust salutes Judy Kelly for her third Emmy for Bridging The Trinity For The Love Of The City, a documentary commissioned by The Trinity Trust. The event, which is free, is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Trinity Trust, 1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207. RSVP to [email protected] or 214.740.1616.

May 17: Trinity River Wind Festival – A free family and dog-friendly event that celebrates the beauty and spirit of the wide open spaces along the Trinity River right in the heart of this thriving city. Activities include the spectacular Japanese Kite Makers and other wind driven recreational fun and action at the show kite arena, Frisbee dogs, bounce houses, clowns, music and more. Visit http://TrinityRiverWindFestival.com for information.

June 15: Trinity River Revel – The Continental Avenue Bridge and the West Dallas Gateway will open for pedestrian and bike use. Also opening that day is the Trinity Skyline Trail and the Sylvan Avenue Bridge. Visit http://TrinityRiverRevel.com for the latest details.

* Photo credit: Jerry McClure

JUST IN: Community Partners Of Dallas To Be Neiman Marcus Downtown’s Stiletto Strut Beneficiary Starting Fall 2015

Jennifer Morris and Paige McDaniel

Jennifer Morris and Paige McDaniel

It was just announced at the Chick Lit Luncheon that starting in 2015, Community Partners of Dallas will be the beneficiary of the Stiletto Strut held at and around Neiman Marcus Downtown.

Marjon Zabihi Henderson and Hayley Louden

Marjon Zabihi Henderson and Hayley Louden

CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel revealed the news when she told the 600+ guests that NM had sent CPD a gift. Luncheon Chair Jennifer Morris brought the gift-wrapped box to the podium, where Paige pulled out a pair of Louboutins and made the announcement.

No wonder NM’s Marjon Zabihi Henderson and Hayley Louden were looking so mischievous at the table with luncheon speaker Julia Reed.

Word has it that instead of being a spring walk-around, it will take place in the fall.

As soon as the deets are finalized, we’ll let you know.

More about the lunch later. Just wanted you to know the latest.


Arthritis Foundation South Central Region’s Arthritis Walk Has A Name Change

Those folks at the Arthritis Foundation always seem to know how to party. One of the favorite Dallas events of the year is their Halloween celebration, the Bone Bash. Well, Thursday, January 16, they got together again and broke news about their annual walk. Here’s a report from the field:

Maren Hoffa, Becky Milne, Susan Carter and Kerri Fabert*

Maren Hoffa, Becky Milne, Susan Carter and Kerri Fabert*

“Thursday night the Arthritis Foundation hosted a special reception in honor and appreciation of the organization’s friends and supporters.  The event, held at 3015 at Trinity Groves, recognized volunteers and donors for their past support and dedication last year. Shelley Tims, Director, Community Advancement, Arthritis Foundation South Central Region also announced that one of the organization’s signature community-wide events now has a new name. The Arthritis Walk is now the Walk to Cure Arthritis North Texas which will be held at its new location at Ballpark at Arlington on Saturday, May 3. The new name showcases its commitment to finding a cure and ending the pain of arthritis, the nation’s #1 cause of disability.

Thomas Garzillo, Phillip Brewer and Toni Miller*

Thomas Garzillo, Phillip Brewer and Toni Miller*

“During the reception, Tims explained that the Arthritis Foundation is working to improve the lives of nearly 1 million Dallas-area residents, as well as 3.9 million adults and 25,000 children across Texas who struggle every day with this serious health epidemic. To help reduce the unacceptable pain, disability and other burdens of arthritis and related diseases, the Arthritis Foundation offers information, events, research grants, advocacy activities and other vital programs and services to those in the Dallas  community and throughout the state. Visit: http://www.arthritis.org/texas/

* Photos provided by the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region

Just In: Metro PCS Dallas Marathon Is Canceled

Once again wisdom has prevailed. The announcement has just been made that the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has been canceled.

Like the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade, the Marathon was to benefit a hospital for children. The well being of others trumped the need to hold the event. So, when making your holiday donations, please consider Children’s and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Upcoming Weekend Of Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade And MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Bodes Traffic Uh Oh’s

This weekend has all the promise of a traffic headache during the morning hours. On Saturday there’s the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade in downtown Dallas. Then Sunday the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will create road closures around downtown Dallas and East Dallas including White Rock.

For your convenience, here are maps of the parade route

Children's Medical Center's Holiday Parade route*

Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade route*

and the marathon’s race course.

MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Race Course **

MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Race Course **


If you’re planning on attending either or both of these events, please remember to bundle up. Temperatures will be chilly to say the very least. And you just know frostbite doesn’t go with any of your outfits.

* Graphic courtesy of Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade
** Graphic courtesy of MetroPCS Dallas Marathon