Update: Daisy Mae Has Less Legs To Stand On, But More Love To Support Her

It’s amazing that Daisy Mae, the white Labrador pup, managed to pull herself out of the gangbuster collision on Tuesday, July 11, and survived in a nearby ravine for days without water and comfort. Thanks to Mutts and Mayhem, she was found, rescued and taken to a vet.

Posted by Mutts & Mayhem Animal Rescue on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

But after checking with canine orthopedic specialists and her loving owner Erica Cruz, Daisy’s back left leg had to amputated due to the devastation.

She is now on pain killers, recovering and looking forward to a reunion with her family.

Nigel

According to four-year-old Nigel (a three-legged Pyrenees/poodle), “We tripods really get along quite well. Why there are even websites dedicated to our  ‘tripawd’ situation. In some way we feel so sorry for you humans with only two legs. Daisy is young and has a loving family. In no time she’ll quickly adapt to her new way of getting around.

“By the way, can you fix me up on a date with Daisy when she’s up and about?”

While Daisy and Erica are still recovering from the shock of the accident and their physical damage, their being together will help the mending.

But there’s still the funding for Daisy’s medical treatment.  Mutts and Mayhem is still trying to help ease the financial challenges that Daisy’s facing. It’s simple. Just go to this page and right under the amount of donation, click “Animal(s) you would like to sponsor.” That’s where you write “Daisy Mae.”

If you can help show your appreciation with ca-ching, wonderful. If the money just ain’t available, just send good thoughts.

* Video courtesy of Mutts and Mayhem

The Family Place’s Legacy Campaign Is Within A Whisker Of Achieving Its $16.5M Goal And Needs Help To Close The Books

Paige Flink (File photo)

Was it really back on October 2015 that The Family Place’s Paige Flink announce The Family Place Legacy Campaign — Building For the Future — to build a 40,000-square foot Central Dallas Counseling Center? Her goal for the capital campaign was a whopping $13M. To get things rolling, The Moody Foundation kicked in $5M that resulted in the facility being named “Ann Moody Place.”

While the physical process of groundbreaking and building has been underway, so has the effort because the goal increased to $16.5M with good reason. According to Paige, the center is going to provide such services and offerings to “help us meet the burgeoning demand for our services. Every year there are approximately 15,000 incidents of family violence reported to the Dallas Police Department. The Family Place, which is the largest family violence shelter in our community and one of the largest service providers in Texas, shelters over 1,000 victims a year at our Safe Campus with 108 beds plus cribs. Our existing shelter is regularly full. The new facility will allow us to shelter an additional 45 women and children each night. It will also house our expanded Central Dallas counseling services for victims and their children, and a medical and dental clinic for clients.”

Ann Moody Place rendering*

To accommodate those needs, Paige and her crew recognized from experience some of the reasons people in need don’t seek help. For instance, “studies show that up to 65% of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave.”

Pets won’t be left behind

To ease those concerns, Ann Moody Place will have five dog kennels, five cat towers, a cuddle room where clients can visit their animals plus a dog run. Thanks to a partnership with the SPCA of Texas, a vet-tech will make sure all animals are vaccinated and care for.

But as the Monday, May 1st move-in date approaches, $220,000 is still needed to complete the fundraising. As a greater incentive to donate ASAP, Highland Capital Management has provided a $1M-challenge. For every dollar raised by Tuesday, April 4, Highland will provide 50 cents.

So, perhaps your budget can’t quite muster up a hundred thousand or two. Not to worry. There are other opportunities like

  • $500 for a 6” by 12” engraved brick
  • $1,000 for a donor to have his/her/their name(s) etched in a beautiful display in the breezeway connecting the two new buildings.
  • $7,500 for each of the two remaining outdoor seating areas in the healing garden

And wouldn’t you know that the dog kennels have all been underwritten, but the poor cats are playing second fiddle and are in need of $10,000-naming rights for each of the two remaining cat towers.

Of course, Paige has other underwriting opportunities. Why she just might arrange to have your name tattooed on her shoulder for the right price.  

* Graphic courtesy of The Family Place

Oops Alert!: Three-Way Luncheon Collision Scheduled For Wednesday, March 8

Dallas fundraising is less than two months into the 2017 marathon for local nonprofits and there’s already a major collision in sight. It takes place on Wednesday, March 8. Despite Monday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7, being pretty vacant of noontime goings-on, three groups honed in on that Wednesday for their luncheon moneymakers.

And to make matters worse, two of ‘em are taking place at the same venue. Here’s the rundown:

Lyda Hill (File photo)

Steve Mansfield (File photo)

Now, if you’re swift of feet and have plenty of buying power, you might try to hit all three. On the other hand, it’s too bad that the three couldn’t have been spread through the week, so a Solomon-like choice will have to be made.

UPDATE: Arrangements Announced For Jan Pruitt’s Services

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

The North Texas Food Bank just shared the information about the visitation and funeral service for the late Jan Pruitt.

Visitation will take place on Friday, January 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home

Services will be 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, at First United Methodist Church Dallas.

In addition to parking at Bryan Tower (between Olive and Hardwood on San Jacinto) for a discounted rate, valet will be available behind FUMC on Harwood and San Jacinto.

Suggestion: Early arrival would be wise.

Just 48 Hours Before His Accident, Chef Kent Rathbun Was Heading Up The March Of Dimes Signature Chefs Dinner

The fall temperatures weren’t the only things in the “change mode” on Thursday, November 3, While the Flora Award Gala black-tie set were celebrating adorably cute couple Myrna and Bob Schlegel at Texas Discovery Gardens, the short-skirted, stiletto types were grazing over at the Hilton Anatole for the March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Dinner.

Despite years past of partying at the Omni, the 500+ crowd owned the Chantilly Ballroom with Lady Lucy Wrubel at the musical helm. And it truly was the type of music to diner with and bid on.

Lucy Wrubel

Lucy Wrubel

Alina and Ruben Esquivel

Alina and Ruben Esquivel

Fraser and Rhonda Marcus

Fraser and Rhonda Marcus

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber

As Diane and Hal Brierley, Laura Moon, Andrea Weber and Rhonda and Fraser Marcus sampled around the room that was lined with chefs like Jim Severson, Gilbert Garza, David Hoblen, Janice Provost, John Tesar, Chad Houser, Nicolas Blouin and Elvis cooking up a storm, Chief Chef Kent Rathbun had his arm around longtime cooking pal Aaron Staudenmaier. While Kent was pulled away to talk with another pod of pals, Aaron remembered how sad Kent had been when the kerfuffle with his business partner had taken place. But Aaron quickly added, “But Kent is strong.”

Hal Brierley, John Tesar and Diane Brierley

Hal Brierley, John Tesar and Diane Brierley

David Holben

David Holben

JIm Severson

JIm Severson

Elvis

Elvis

Gilbert Garza

Gilbert Garza

Aaron Staudenmaier and Kent Rathbun

Aaron Staudenmaier and Kent Rathbun

Little did Aaron or Kent know that just 48 hours later, Kent’s strength would be put to the test following a devastating ATV accident in Marfa that resulted in his being air-lifted to Odessa and then Parkland with punctured kidney, fracture vertebrae and 27 ribs.

We are pleased to report that thanks to outstanding medical care, wife Tracy Rathbun’s constant presence and the support of family and friends, Kent made it home in time for Thanksgiving.  

Oops Alert: Family Gateway’s “Gateway To Opportunity” Luncheon Is Tuesday, Not Wednesday

It’s Monday. It’s wet. It’s cool-ish. It has all the elements for an oopsie taking place. And that’s what happened. Normally, most “oopsies” at other media outlets would just be dismissed as, “So who cares?” But this one has organizers a wee bit concerned, so we’re setting the record straight.

Jenna Bush Hager*

Jenna Bush Hager*

Ron Corning (File photo)

Ron Corning (File photo)

It seems that a daily newspaper column on philanthropy reported bright and early this morning that the Family Gateway’s “Gateway To Opportunity” featuring Jenna Bush Hager at the Omni Dallas Hotel was taking place on Wednesday. So, what’s so earth-shattering about that? Jenna will indeed be at the Omni and she’ll have a chat with WFAA’s Ron Corning. And it will benefit Family Gateway for homeless families with children.

The problem is that it’s taking place tomorrow, like Tuesday, instead of Wednesday.

As of 9:30 a.m. today, the website still had the incorrect date, so please think Tuesday. Because if you show up Wednesday, you’re gonna miss out on Jenna, Ron and a whole lot of your friends.

BTW, some tickets are still available here.

* Photo provided by Family Gateway

From The Pop-Up Stands To The Mega-Events, North Texas Giving Day Is Raising Awareness and Millions For Area Nonprofits

By 3 p.m. today the North Texas Giving Day tote board was busting with more than $18.5 M and over 74,000 gifts. Throughout the region all types of activities are also busting loose thanks to Communities Foundation of Texas!

Celia Weitzel and Lindsay Moreau

Celia Weitzel and Lindsay Moreau

Over at Highland Park Village NTGD flags were waving and at Starbucks, Just Say Yes!’s Celia Weitzel and Lindsay Moreau were womaning a table for coffee-lovers to not only learn about their organization, which helps area students, but to, hopefully, get some donations.

As Celia put it, “We’re appreciative of every donation we can raise to help North Texas students.”

Ashley Wilson, Kevin Hurst and Ros Dawson

Ashley Wilson, Kevin Hurst and Ros Dawson

On the other hand over at NorthPark Center, Nancy Nasher and her team were hosting various nonprofits showing their stuff to all types of donors, beneficiaries and shoppers like Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Ros Dawson, Neiman Marcus’ Kevin Hurst, Business Council for the Arts’ Ashley Wilson, Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas’ Linda Kordek-Milton and Amanda Duquette, SPCA’s Victoria Albrecht and Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center’s Ann Slate Gaspari.

Billie the snake

Billie the snake

The showboaters of the day were, of course, the organizations with critters. From the Dallas Zoo’s Billie the snake fascinating Alcuin School students, Equest’s mini-ambassador posing for photos with folks to Chihuahua Rescue and Transport’s slimmed-down Ariel (she’s down to 12 pounds from 25 when she was in an Arlington ditch in 2013) accepting a Theodore gift card at the noontime drawing, the animals scored in popularity.

Diana Hightower, Ariel, Nancy Nasher and Jennifer Clifford

Diana Hightower, Ariel, Nancy Nasher and Jennifer Clifford

But the humans held their own with all types of entertainment. Whether it was Shakespeare Dallas or the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, NorthPark’s North Court was filled with music, drama and singing.

Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico

Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico

For a small group of donors, Communities Foundation of Texas board members and NTGD best buds, a private luncheon was held at Theodore’s patio. And despite it being one of the hottest days weather-wise and fundraising-wise, the outdoor luncheoners like Jane Pierce, Becky Bright, Lydia Novakov, Karen Shuford and Lydia Novakov were all smiles and cool.

Frank and Helen Risch

Frank and Helen Risch

CFT Board Chair Frank Risch was checking the leaderboard updates on his smartphone and very pleased with the results. He easily reeled off all of the past successes and had hopes of once again breaking another record with more than 2,500 nonprofits participating.

When asked about the search for CFT’s new executive director, Frank said the search was going very smoothly but they’re continuing to vet applicants.

JUST IN: St. Paul Medical Foundation Officially Ends Its Run By Supporting UT Southwestern Medical Center Programs

As reported earlier, the St. Paul Medical Foundation is officially becoming part of Dallas’ history, but its mission to provide for the healthcare needs of the community will continue thanks to its leadership. UT Southwestern Medical Center just issued the following release to explain how the Foundation’s assets will benefit UT’s long-range plans:

DALLAS – Sept. 1, 2016 – St. Paul Medical Foundation will donate all of its assets, now more than $13 million, to UT Southwestern Medical Center, and close Sept. 30.

Vin Perella*

Vin Perella*

“It’s been a great run of 52 years,” said Board Chairman Vin Perella, “but our mission and goals echo those of UT Southwestern so closely that good stewardship and economies of scale dictate that this is the time for such a move.”

Endowments designated to specific uses, such as care of the indigent, and heart, lung, vascular, and cerebrovascular programs, will continue to be dedicated specifically for those uses.

A $1 million capital grant will be used to remodel and name the seventh-floor nursing station at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, an area dedicated to the care of stroke patients.

In addition, three special endowments will be established with the gift:

  • A grant of $1 million will establish the Jan and Jim Hinckley/St. Paul Foundation Endowment for Pulmonary Research and Programs;
  • $400,000 will establish the Father Jack Deeves, S.J./St. Paul Foundation Endowment for Chaplain Services to support UT Southwestern’s Chaplain Services program, which has been one of the foundation’s historical key focuses; and
  • The St. Paul Foundation Endowment for Compassionate Medicine in honor of Sally Ridgway will be created for training and enhancement of UTSW’s compassionate medicine programs.

All of the other assets will be gifted to UT Southwestern to be used for the benefit of their patients and programs.

Daniel Podolsky (File photo)

Daniel Podolsky (File photo)

As employees of the Foundation are being offered positions in the UTSW Department of Development, their skills and experience will continue to benefit the Medical Center by furthering excellence in medicine through philanthropy.

“The St. Paul Medical Foundation and its leaders can take great pride in its legacy of good works through supporting the St. Paul Hospital and, in recent years, the efforts of UT Southwestern Medical Center as its successor,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern, who holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration, and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science. “We are humbled by the confidence of the Foundation in entrusting us as stewards of its resources in the future. We are delighted that those who have been committed to the Foundation will remain as deeply engaged with UT Southwestern.”

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Oops Alert!: Local Monthly Publication Suffers Awkward Boo-Boo In Publishing 2016 Crystal Charity Ball “Ten Best Dressed”

Some of the best things end up on the cutting room floor. For instance, Kevin Costner’s speaking role as Alex Marshall in the flashback scenes in “The Big Chill” didn’t make it to the big screen. Johnny Depp’s performance in “Platoon,” Charlie Chaplin in the “Keystone Cops,” and John Lithgow’s super-agent Harry Zell in “L.A. Story” all suffered the same fate.

Whatever the reason, directors lived to regret the elimination of such talented types.

So, folks at a local newspaper are wringing their hands about their recent publishing of Crystal Charity Ball‘s “Ten Best Dressed.” It seems that in their September issue, in which they printed Q&As with the 2016 crop, they had an “oopsie.” They left out one of the 10 and ironically it was the one who dutifully followed instructions, filled out the questionnaire and promptly returned it.

While her absence from the article was in all probability not intentional, it was awkward and unfortunate at best.

Pat Harloe (File photo)

Pat Harloe (File photo)

Oh, you’re wondering: Which one was MIA? None other than one of everybody’s favs, the adorably diminutive Pat Harloe.

Unbeknownst to Pat, the MySweetCharity crew managed to get a copy of her questionnaire and present it here for your consideration:

  • Tell us about your family — “I am married to John (an investment manager), and we have five adult children — ages 30 to 37 — with careers running the gamut:  law, medicine, design, marketing and sales — and all living east coast to west coast and in between –“
  • List three community/charitable/civic activities in which you are currently involved or you currently support (with a sentence or two about the cause) — “(a)  TexProtects — past event chair and current supporter; TexProtects’ mission is to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, education and advocacy. (b)  One Heart Project — current supporter; One Heart Project’s mission is to mentor incarcerated and at-risk youth, ages 13 to 17, in six Texas counties so that they have a positive re-entry into their community (c)  And, of course — my heart — Crystal Charity Ball — active member and life supporter.”
  • What is your current support/involvement in the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball? — “I am working hard in three areas:  Underwriting, Children’s Book, and Silent Auction/Special Gifts (my favorite — love bringing in top hotels and resorts).”
  • What is your educational background? — “Greenbrier College for Women and Southern Methodist University.”
  • What is your current/previous career or work history? — “Always sales and marketing:  up until five years ago, residential and high rise real estate; prior to that, high-end 19th and 20th century art.”
  • Please complete this sentence: My favorite thing about the Crystal Charity Ball is … — “Hands down, the impact we have with at-risk children’s lives.  Sitting through long days of Charity Selection, there are times when there is not a dry eye in the room, and we wish we could fund every candidate put before us.  In the end, it is all about giving every child a shot at a better life …”
  • My favorite fashion icon is — “Coco Chanel — who could not resist a woman who embodied humor, grand gestures and drama all at the same time?”
Carolina Herrera (File photo)

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

And, don’t go worrying about the Friday, September 16th presentation at Neiman Marcus Downtown. Pat will be there along with the other nine BD-ers (Anita Arnold, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Julie Hawes and Piper Wyatt), Hall of Famer Betsy Sowell and legendary designer Carolina Herrera, who will receive the prestigious Neiman Marcus Award.

If you already have your ticket to the ultra-sold-out fundraiser, we’ll see you there. If not, we’ll see you here following the fashion fest!

WAIT LIST ALERT!: August 19th Media Panel For Nonprofits

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

Oops! That post about groveling got a response. Within minutes of the post going up, the August 19th Media Panel was filled to capacity. But…and you just knew there would be a “but”… a waiting list has been put into place. So, if someone can’t make it due to a conflict (example: your boss wants to meet with you about that raise), they’ll be replaced by folks on the waiting list.

And if you think waiting lists never work, rethink that. Thankfully, the past waiting lists have been very successful. Why? Because signed-up guests actually notify of their being unable to attend.

PlainsCapital's Mo the Buffalo

PlainsCapital’s Mo the Buffalo

So, if you’ve signed up, congrats! Remember to get there early (preferably before 8:45 a.m.). There will be friendly people in the PlainsCapital Bank headquarters lobby to direct you to the site of the panel. It’s a very cool room that overlooks Victory. Remember to bring along your questions, whether they’re in your mind to ask or on a piece of paper for the bowl. You’re gonna be in mighty fine company. Yes, the panelists (Kristina Bowman, Ron Corning, Jane Rozelle and Jeanne Prejean) are interesting, but your fellow guests come from all walks of nonprofiting. Please consider making time before and after the panel to meet others in your industry. The collection of professionals is a wealth of experience and knowledge.

And if for any reason you can’t make it, send your regrets here. And while we’ll miss you a ton, we won’t ask for a written excuse from your boss or doctor.

On the other hand, if you haven’t signed up, don’t give up. Register for the wait list and keep those manicured fingers crossed.

BTW, we tried to get PlainsCapital’s Mo the Buffalo to make a personal appearance at the panel, but he has this thing about elevators and thought it best to take a pass.

Update: Dallas Zoo’s Dollar Day

Naturally, you want an update on the Dallas Zoo’s Dollar Day. Early counts claim that more than 20,000 pairs of feet hit the pathways. It may not be a record-breaker, but the numbers are still being counted and then there was that heat/humidity factor.

But the news-of-the-day wasn’t just limited to feet-on-the-ground. According to Dallas Zoo’s Laurie Holloway, “Special thanks to the helicopter teams who pulled up higher when I called today. Low flights spook many of our animals, particularly in the Savanna. Hoofstock, such as giraffes, zebras, etc., are the most susceptible to this, so we ask that you maintain a decent distance over the Zoo habitats.”

Giants of the Savanna (File photo)

Giants of the Savanna (File photo)

Evidently the critters thought that a presidential candidate might be landing.

UPDATE: Companies Are Already Taking Up Topgolf’s Invitation To Donate To Assist The Officer Foundation

It seems that Topgolf scored a hole-in-one with its being one of the first to donate $10,000 to Assist The Officer Foundation (ATO) and inviting other businesses to join in. It was just reported that the invitation was taken up by PlainsCapital, which donated $25,000 to ATO. In addition, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. is donating $10,000.

The airlines also got on board. Not only are they offering to help fly in families affected by the tragedy, American Airlines is donating $50,000 to ATO and Southwest Airlines is kicking in $75,000.

These contributions are truly amazing when you realize that there was probably nothing budgeted for such a situation. Yet these companies and countless others found the funds to help the victims and their families.

It simply amazes one to think the challenges that this area has faced — a Presidential assassination, a Delta Airline crash, a Super (Ice) Bowl, the Ebola Virus, killer storms and now Thursday night. And yet, the people and companies meet the challenges each time by coming together with resilience, compassion and grace.

JUST IN: North Texas Food Bank COO Simon Powell To Fill In While CEO/President Jan Pruitt Takes A Leave Of Absence

There have been a few folks wondering how North Texas Food Bank CEO/President Jan Pruitt was doing. She was MIA at the Crystal Charity Ball check presentation in April, where NTFB Board Chair Tom Black received a check of $750,000. And then there was the Can Do! Luncheon in May when NTFB Board Member Katherine Perot Reeves accepted the Can Do! Award for NTFB.

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

It’s been curious because Jan is one of the most public figures in the North Texas nonprofit sector and hasn’t been seen since last September, when she underwent cancer treatments at MD Anderson.

Word just arrived that the doctors have ordered her to stop multi-tasking. So instead of juggling the needs of the community along with her recovery, she’s taking “a temporary leave of absence to focus fully on her health.”

NTFB’s board of directors have announced that NTFB COO Simon Powell will serve as Interim President and CEO.

According to Jan, “I have full confidence that Simon will lead the North Texas Food Bank very capably until I am able to return. Simon is backed by the best executive team and Board of Directors in my tenure with the Food Bank.  Until I return, the operation is business as usual, with a focus on closing the hunger gap in North Texas and achieving our goal of providing 92 million nutritious meals a year by 2025.”

Adding to Jan’s opinion is Tom Black, who said, “The Board of Directors fully supports Jan’s decision, and we wish her well in her complete recovery. We have full confidence in Simon’s ability to lead the Food Bank. He’s backed by a superb executive team, who’ll ensure the mission to feed our hungry neighbors moves forward in the interim.”

In the meantime, it certainly doesn’t mean that Jan won’t be able to read get well notes. Suggestion: Drop her a line by sending it to Jan Pruitt, c/o North Texas Food Bank, 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Rd., Dallas 75236-2028. And, if you really want to score brownie points, make a donation in Jan’s name to you-know-what.

Karol Wilson’s Life To Be Celebrated This Sunday With Friends, Food And Fond Memories

Teena McMills just sent word that PR pro Karol Wilson’s life will be celebrated on Sunday, June 12, at Activity Hall at Trinity Groves, 3015 Gulden Lane, at 3 p.m.

Karol Wilson (File photo)

Karol Wilson (File photo)

While friends and professional associates are still adjusting to the news of her May 16th death, they are being comforted by sharing memories of their relationship with the award-winning “longtime writer, PR director, philanthropist and self-proclaimed foodie.”

Monica Greene: “The greatest dignity to be found in death is the dignity of the life that preceded it. Karol cultivated a long list of friends, and she did it by always trying to help.”

Diane Brierley: “When Karol and I worked on the Paws Cause calendar together, Karol would come up with the most fantastic pet-related quotes. She was a wealth of knowledge. She truly believed in the ‘Cause.’”

Katy Menges: “Karol was a walking compendium of every charity event and social organization in the city—and who ran it.”

Dean Fearing: “Karol was a charm to work with at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. She was doing my PR and I was always so busy from her actions, I kept telling her to slow down, but she never did. She said you have to do it while the iron is hot. So I kept quiet from then on!”

Dotty Griffith: “Karol was my friend and a respected professional colleague. She was as dedicated to our professional organization for women in the food and hospitality industry as to her many other causes.”

The occasion will be so typical of Karol with Les Dames d’Escoffier hosting the celebratory refreshments, and requests for “donations to one of her favorite organizations, Paws Cause, are being accepted in care of the SPCA of Texas.”

And, yes, Karol’s devoted and much beloved rescue dachshund, Daisy, is being cared for. After all, Karol wouldn’t have parted this world without planning for Daisy’s well-being.

For the loving obituary written by Teena, please follow the jump. [Read more…]

Hoda And Hegi Girls Netted $217,800 For Interfaith Family Services

Amy Hegi, Hoda Kotb and Libby Hegi (File photo)

Amy Hegi, Hoda Kotb and Libby Hegi (File photo)

The Hegi gals (Amy and Libby) are high-fiving about the results from the first Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon that was such a gangbuster in April with Hoda Kotb as the headliner at the Dallas Country Club. The ladies netted a sweet $217,800 for Interfaith Family Services (formerly known as Interfaith Housing Coalition), which “empowers families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty through comprehensive programming that builds stability, self-worth and skills.”

In the middle of a $7M capital campaign, “the Dallas nonprofit organization provides transitional housing, counseling, training, job search support, financial coaching and childcare to help parents and their children create a strong foundation for self-sufficiency.”

‘Victory Dance’ Marks Over-The-Top Successful Fundraising Campaign For Baylor Health Foundation

If the mood was enthusiastic at the Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s A Night of Gratitude at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, April 26, there was a very good reason. The foundation, after all, had just announced the successful completion of its first-ever comprehensive funding campaign, Campaign 2015: Baylor Makes Us All Better.

The campaign, which had an original goal of $250 million, had busted past that mark to hit $270 million. And it was bound to be counting even more cash, with the official closing not scheduled until the end of June.

Joel and Diane Allison and Margo and Bill Goodwin*

Joel and Diane Allison and Margo and Bill Goodwin*

Julie and Jim Turner*

Julie and Jim Turner*

Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons Lock*

Jeremy Lock and D’Andra Simmons Lock*

As the 300 Night of Gratitude guests like Margo and Bill Goodwin, Ellen and Alan Miller, D’Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock, Christie Carter, and Debbie Oates, poured into the DCC, one of them exclaimed: “This is our little victory dance.”

Dallas Country Club ballroom*

Dallas Country Club ballroom*

And the place was decked out to match the celebration. In the reception area was a huge backdrop of multi-squares, some were filled with dazzling small squares, some with the Baylor Health Care System logo and others spelling out “A Night of Gratitude.” That only hinted at what lay within the ballroom that had been transformed with back-lit white curtains covering the walls and lounging areas and tables set up throughout. At one end of the room was a stage with a backdrop and the word “Gratitude” in script.

Shepherd and Hillary Robinson, Kate Robinson Swail and Robin Robinson*

Shepherd and Hillary Robinson, Kate Robinson Swail and Robin Robinson*

What made the campaign so successful? “I’ve got a great team, and a great board to sell for,” said Foundation President Rowland “Robin” Robinson, as he greeted guests not far from Baylor Scott & White Health President/CEO Joel Allison and Foundations Board Chair Jim Turner.

Glenn Callison*

Glenn Callison*

Pam Busbee*

Pam Busbee*

Richard Eiseman*

Richard Eiseman*

But according to Baylor’s Plano medical center Board Chair Glenn Callison, Robinson was being too modest. “I saw what it was like before Robin joined and since he’s been here, and it’s been absolutely phenomenal,” Glenn said. “He’s the best-kept secret in philanthropy.”

Jill Smith and Trisha Wilson*

Jill Smith and Trisha Wilson*

Vin and Pam Perella*

Vin and Pam Perella*

Hunter Sullivan and his band*

Hunter Sullivan and his band*

As guests including newlyweds Hillary and Shepherd Robinson, Kate Robinson Swail, Jill Smith, Trisha Wilson, Pam Busbee, Randi and Ed Halsell, Richard Eiseman Virginia Chandler Dykes, Lydia and Dan Novakov, Marilyn Augur, Pam and VIn Perella, Richard Eiseman, Shelle and Michael Sills and Carolyn and David Miller enjoyed dinner and music by Hunter Sullivan and his band, more than a few decided to turn the Night of Gratitude into a literal “victory dance.” After all, they knew, more than 30,000 donors had ponied up more than 90,000 gifts for the foundation campaign—including a whopping 40 gifts of $1 million or more. The funds will be invested in patient-focused programs, research, medical education, capital and advanced technology for Baylor Scott & White Health-North Texas.

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Rebekah Gregory Tells About “The Best And Worst Day Of My Life” At Dallas Junior Forum

Leave it to the Dallas Junior Forum to have a luncheon that snuck under the radar with a knock-out speaker on Wednesday, April 13, at Belo Mansion. The speaker was Rebekah Gregory, who survived the infamous Boston Marathon bombing. While the news accounts of her life-changing experience have been covered ad nauseam, hearing Rebekah in person was another thing entirely. Here’s a report from the field:

Dallas Junior Forum sponsored its annual Spring Event at Belo Mansion and Pavilion Wednesday, April 13. The theme was “DJF Celebrates Service from the Heart” which embodies the goal of each member as she works with the organization’s seven core agencies throughout the greater Dallas area.

Texas Tea and silent auction*

Texas Tea and silent auction*

Festivities began with a reception and silent auction as guests were served “Tipsy Texas Tea,” a cocktail sponsored specialty from Belo Mansion. Theme colors of black, hot pink, and white adorned the auction tables as patrons had an opportunity to bid on amazing items in the silent auction. A vast array of over 300 auction items included beautifully framed original artwork by Sherri Alexander; a 48” by 34” Limited Edition Silkscreen on canvas entitled “Desert Beauties” by local artist Bonny Leibowitz; beautiful jewelry items; a fabulous Santa Fe Getaway; airline tickets and tickets to exciting entertainment venues; numerous food, spirits, and dining options; and boutique, children’s, gardening, and sports auction areas.

Karen Borta*

Karen Borta*

Raffle tickets were sold for items “All from Deep in the Heart of Texas” in keeping with the Dallas Junior Forum’s motto, “Service from the Heart.” Offerings included a Ruthie’s Rolling Café Party for 50. Ruthie’s is Mobile Cuisine’s 2015 Grilled Cheese Food Truck of the Year. Continuing the celebration with Texas style, a lucky guest won a $1,500 shopping spree at NorthPark Center, one of the retail wonders of the modern world. Another raffle item included a luxurious getaway at San Antonio’s finest luxury hotel, Eilan Hotel and Spa. The winner will relax and rejuvenate with an indulgent spa gift basket including champagne, gift certificates for spa services and fine international dining as well as round-trip airfare from Dallas.

At noon, guests were welcomed by Mistress of Ceremonies Karen Borta of CBS 11 News. At 12:05 p.m., the luncheon was served on tables adorned with white clothes, black and white stripped runners, and black and white polka dotted napkins in heart shaped gold napkin rings. Fresh flowers in myriad shades of pink and white adorned each table.

Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch which began with fried green tomatoes and black eyed pea caviar, with buttermilk ranch drizzle. An Entrée Salad followed with sliced southern fried chicken breast, colorful salad greens, jicama, sweet red bell pepper, carrot, granny smith apple, blueberries and Honey mustard dressing. A Belo Mansion bread basket and butter were included. Delightful desserts were wafer banana pudding or strawberry shortcake trifle along with coffee service.

Lexia Allen and Gay Nassri*

Lexia Allen and Gay Nassri*

At 12:35, Karen introduced Luncheon Chairs. Dallas philanthropist Faye Briggs was honorary chair of the event. Event co-chairs were Lexia Allen and Gay Nassri. Host committee was comprised of Linda Claycomb, Cathy Marquis, Cathy Packard and Steven and Misty Smathers. Committee Chairs were Maritza Acosta, Candy Carby, Kathy Caywood, Helen Curtis, Mary Lou Fleming, Vanessa Hoffman, Ann M. Jones, Nancy Malooly, Valerie McMahan, Diana Melendez, Kristin Parrino, Sandra Prater, Mary Preslar, Penny Sanders, Julie Sheridan and Kay Trapp. Carly Madison is vice president of development.

Mary Cartwright*

Mary Cartwright*

DJF President Mary Cartwright remarked on the mission and agencies served by the organization and the four core areas addressed by volunteers including Nourish to Flourish, Child Stars, Golden Friendships, and At Your Service.

“Dallas Junior Forum extends our sincerest thanks to all our sponsors, donors, contributors and special friends,” Cartwright said. “Your generosity enabled us to directly improve the lives of thousands of individuals across North Texas. It is only through your support we are able to continue to commit financially to the North Texans in need.”

Next, Karen introduced guest speaker Rebekah Gregory, who is a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings three years ago. With tears and with laughter Gregory told the story of “The Best and Worst Day of My Life.” It was the worst day because her world and her body were shattered by a bomb planted three feet behind her by two brothers bent on destroying our American way of life. It was the best day because she survived, and because her five-year-old son Noah was sitting on her feet when the bomb exploded, his life was spared. Gregory sacrificed her left leg for the life of her son. She said she would do it over again in a heartbeat. She said that she and her son have learned to deal with the cards they were dealt by using humor.

Rebekah Gregory*

Rebekah Gregory*

Noah is proud of his mom because none of the other kids have a “robot” mom. Gregory named her prostatic leg “Felicia” after a character in the movie “Friday.”

“I saw a quote on Pentrist right before my amputation, and it just said, ‘I wish I had Felicia’s life; she’s always going somewhere,’” Gregory said. “That was perfect. I’d been completely wheelchair bound for a year-and-a-half, and when I got this new leg, there was no stopping me.

Since her recovery, Gregory has traveled all over the United States and internationally telling her story. Guests at the luncheon laughed and cried with her as she shared her journey over the last three years.

Although Gregory had planned to spend this April at home in Houston, trying to keep life as normal as possible, she changed her mind and came to Dallas to speak at Dallas Junior Forum’s Spring Event.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this today because these ladies are absolutely phenomenal,” she said. “When I read about the work that they do and the hours that they put in – that is leading a meaningful life. Women’s inspiring other women is so important and powerful. Anytime I can be involved in something like this, I’m 100 percent all for it.”

About Dallas Junior Forum

Dallas Junior Forum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1977. Last year DJF members volunteered more than 14,700 hours of work valued at more than $362,500 and awarded more than $103,000 in grant and non-grant funding to nonprofit agencies in the greater Dallas area. DJF is one of nine chapters of Junior Forums, Inc., a Texas-based service organization founded in 1959. For more information, visit www.dallasjuniorforum.org.

* Photos provided by the Dallas Junior Forum

Two Great Fundraisers Were Victims Of A Head-On Collision

An unfortunate situation took place Friday, April 1. It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. It was the taking place of two fundraising luncheons that divided the efforts for those in need. At the Hilton Anatole, Community Partners of DallasChick Lit Luncheon was celebrating its 10the anniversary with 1,100 and Tim Gunn on stage.

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb

Over at the Dallas Country Club, Today Co-Host Hoda Kotb was the featured speaker for more than 350 at the Interfaith Dallas – Family Services‘ (formerly known as Interfaith Housing Coalition) Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon.

Both speakers were beyond remarkable, with guests from each event swearing theirs was the best in ages. But one has to wonder, “What if….?”

What’s that? “What if….what?” It’s, “What if they had been held 24 hours apart?” The guests probably could have squeezed enough money out of their budgets and time to attend both, thereby supporting CPD as well as Interfaith. In turn, they would have been the recipients of two memory-making programs.

Sure, organizers are at the mercy of speakers’ and entertainers’ schedules, but if such a collision of fundraising can be prevented, it really benefits all.

One way to avoid similar situations is to check the MySweetCharity Calendar. If a fundraiser is already on a particular date, then it might be wise to pick another date. Basic MSC Calendar listings are absolutely free to provide the information for one and all. Bells and whistles can be added for a minimal cost.

UPDATE: MySweet2016Goals Being Ramped Up

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the MySweet2016Goals is going to have to ramp up its posting. Seems too many folks are tackling the new year with plans to improve their lives and their community. Each one of the goals has been true, blue food for thought. Some have provided chuckles. Others have provided a goal to add to others’ lists.

Starting tomorrow, goals will be going daily until the end of the month!

If you’ve got a goal to share with others, send ’em.

WaterTower Theatre Wants To Give Due Credit For Addison Theatre Centre Main Stage’s New Custom Seats

It’s always nice to give credit where credit is due. Recently another media outlet published a story that reported new custom seats at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre were made possible “thanks to Barbara and Don Daseke and the town of Addison. The Dasekes gave the lead gift of $75,000.”

Good for them! But it seems something was left out of the report. So WaterTower representatives issued the following right-official statement to set the record straight:

“WaterTower Theatre recently completed a capital campaign to install new theatre seating in the Addison Theatre Centre Main Stage. The campaign raised more than $125,000 to pay for custom seating in the 200-seat theatre located inside the Addison Theatre Centre. Lead donors Barbara and Don Daseke with Janiece and Jimmy Niemann with additional support from The Town of Addison made the installation of new seats possible.”

Why, they even sent along a photo showing the two happy couples, city officials and WaterTower leadership.

Todd Meier, Mary Carpenter, Barbara and Don Daseke, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Derek Blount and Ben Cunningham*

Todd Meier, Mary Carpenter, Barbara and Don Daseke, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Derek Blount and Ben Cunningham*

Just wanted to make sure that pats on the back were distributed to all who made the installation possible. Now, all the patrons will have comfy seats to take in the WaterTower productions.

* Photo credit: Kelsey Leigh Ervi

WAIT LIST ALERT!: Media Panel For Nonprofits

Oh, dear! The Dallas Women’s Foundation reports that the media panel conversation is filled to capacity. Luckily that’s why “wait lists” were created. And because the Foundation is so tip-top, they’ll be sending out RSVP confirmations on Monday. If there are cancellations, then the wait list will be waiting no more come Wednesday. On Thursday they’ll provide parking instructions. How organized they are!

Dallas Women's Foundation*

Dallas Women’s Foundation*

In the meantime, photographer Kristina Bowman is doing jumping jacks, WFAA Daybreak co-anchor Ron Corning got a new haircut, PaperCity‘s Jane Rozelle is increasing her sparkle factor and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean is watching reruns of “Designing Women.”

So, if you haven’t signed up, don’t be discouraged. The waiting list waits for you!

* Graphic provided by the Dallas Women's Foundation

North Texans Discover A Devastated Landscape And Neighbors In Need

Last night Dallas took it on the chin with Rowlett, Garland, DeSoto and Collin County really taking the brunt of the tornadic storms. While the weather guessers and emergency sirens did an excellent job warning people to take cover, such conditions were truly overwhelming. As most in the North Texas area were spared, thousands discovered the brutality and cruelty of nature’s forces.

Today the experts were surmising that Garland alone had an EF4 tornado killing eight people and destroying home after home. In the world of tornadoes, an EF4 is only trumped by an EF5. That means Garland had 200-mile winds that made a deadly cut through the city as it marched from DeSoto northeast toward Farmersville.

As first responders like Texas Taskforce 1 continue their search for the injured and utility crews try to restore some type of normalcy to tattered neighborhoods, families are seeking help at the following shelters:

  • Cornerstone Baptist Church, 8200 Schrade Road, Rowlett  (Ph. 972.475.4403)
  • First United Methodist, 4405 Main St., Rowlett (Ph. 972.475.3667)
  • Rowlett Community Center, 5300 Main St., Rowlett (Ph. 972.412.6170)
  • Stedham Elementary, 6200 Danridge Rd., Rowlett (Ph. 972.463.5887)
  • Red Oak Middle School, 154 Louise Ritter Blvd., Red Oak (Ph. 972.617.0066)
  • Frank D. Moates Elementary School, 1500 Heritage Blvd., Glenn Heights (Ph. 972.230.2881)

Still others are trying to locate their pets that got lost in the evening nightmare. Luckily, lost animals are being turned into area shelters like Rowlett. Dallas Companion Animal Projects is providing info and Plano Media Director Steve Stoler has been using his Facebook page trying to connect lost parents and pets.

Needless to say, insurance companies are in overdrive trying to help victims start the long, arduous process of rebuilding.

After you count your lucky stars that you made it out of the night unscratched, consider

  • donating money to the Red Cross and The Salvation Army
  • checking social media for possible friends who might be in need
  • taking food and money to area animal shelters and the North Texas Pet Food Pantry
  • preparing your household just in case another episode takes place (i.e. storm shelter, microchipping the pets, emergency plan, etc.)
  • contacting your church and favorite nonprofit to see what they are doing to help.

On the other hand, what not to do? Don’t

  • Go to the afflicted area. It’s chaotic enough with victims and professional assistance.
  • Fall for unproven scams seeking financial aid for the victims.

Any nonprofit that is offering services or is in need of assistance to specifically help the Christmas Day After Disaster (CDAD) victims, please send your requests to [email protected] and we’ll try to get the word out. But you need to get the info in by close of work Monday. Please put in the subject line: “CDAD Assistance” and the name of your organization.

Please realize that like any disaster, there are two major stages: immediate recovery and longtime rebuilding. In the days ahead, please don’t forget the second stage. Neighbors will continue to need your support.

As you settle back in your comfortable and familiar digs, think about those so would just like to find a photo.

Oops Alert!: Photos Of NorthPark Pioneers EG Hamilton And Lee Starr Are Making The Rounds With The Wrong ID’s

Event photographers are an important part of the North Texas fundraising scene. As great as it is for them to snap nice-looking photos of folks at all types of activities, they have to get the subjects’ names right, too. In many cases, the organization sponsoring the event arranges to have a “name taker” assist the photographer.

Unfortunately, the stars were not in alignment for the Neiman Marcus-NorthPark black-tie event on Wednesday, October 28. The results? Photos have been distributed by Neiman’s with a couple of major misidentifications that other media outlets are posting/publishing and photo services are offering based on the information provided. Thus, the Internet is starting to show signs of a string of misinformation.

Neiman’s has been alerted to the situation and is “notifying BFA as they provided the ID’s.”

Just in case BFA hasn’t contacted your neighborhood newsletter, the two most outrageous errors involve NorthPark legends who helped the late Patsy and Ray Nasher more than 50 years ago to create a world-famous retail center. Please note the photos below are the correctly ID-ed:

EG Hamilton

EG Hamilton

EG Hamilton, the award-winning architect who designed NorthPark.

Jacqueline Starr, Louise Eiseman and Lee Starr

Jacqueline Starr, Louise Eiseman and Lee Starr

Lee Starr, the president of Titche-Goettinger when the department store was one of four original NorthPark anchors, with his wife Jacqueline Starr and Louise Eiseman.

It may not seem like a really big deal to some. After all, these gents aren’t one of The Kardashians or a presidential wannabe. Besides, all gray-haired 90-somethings look alike, right?  Oh, please!

These two men, who worked with the Nashers and the late Stanley Marcus to create a remarkable undertaking, should be treated with the respect that they deserve.

Round Robin October 14 Part II: Champion Of Children Award And Les Femmes Du Monde Woman Of The Year Dinners

One of the MySweetCharity elves was so weary s/he missed these two events that were supposed to be posted with the October 14th Round Robin. The elf is taking some time off…an hour to be exact to catch up on their sleep needs. In the meantime, check out what Les Femmes Du Monde and Dallas CASA folks were doing the evening of Wednesday, October 14.

Champion of Children Award Dinner

Jerry and Gene Jones and Kathleen and Michael LaValle*

Jerry and Gene Jones and Kathleen and Michael LaValle*

Over at the Fairmont Dallas, the excitement was palpable at the jam-packed reception before Dallas CASA’s big annual fundraising dinner. AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson was making a rare public appearance, shaking hands and mingling with the crowd. Not far away, the Dallas Cowboys’ First Couple Gene and Jerry Jones were doing the same. All around them were guests like Event Co-Chairs Jana and Mike Brosin, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Christie Carter and Caroline Rose Hunt. Also spotted: Cortland Grynwald, lead co-chair of Attorneys Serving the Community, which named Dallas CASA its 2015-2016 beneficiary.

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones*

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones*

Greg May and Randall Stephenson*

Greg May and Randall Stephenson*

Dallas CASA president and executive director Kathleen LaValle was saying the dinner crowd of about 550 would be the fundraiser’s biggest ever. “We’re so excited to honor AT&T,” she said. “Three of their executives are on our board, and we’re honored to be honoring them.” Dallas CASA gave its Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award to the telecom giant at the dinner.

It also heard from Ashley Rhodes-Courter, a best-selling author whose book, Three Little Words, described her nine years in foster care. Rhodes-Courter was interviewed by Gloria Campos, the event’s honorary chair.

Les Femmes Du Monde Woman Of The Year Dinner

Across town at the Dallas Country Club, meanwhile, Realtor Virginia E. Cook was being honored as Les Femmes du Monde’s 2015 Woman of the Year. About 150 guests enjoyed dinner (Panzanella salad, Boursin chicken, Julienned vegetables, chocolate mousse) and a tastefully-done video tribute to Cook starring the likes of Herb Weitzman, Roger Staubach, Tincy Miller and Lee Kleinman.

Emcee Jody Dean kept the program moving along, delivering quips like this one about Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich: “She asks and won’t take no for an answer. It’s like talking to a tornado,” Dean said. “A wonderful, gracious tornado.” Heinrich was ably assisted at the podium by Dinner Chair Venise Stuart, who warned before the video played: “You’re going to need tissues.”

After the SMU Stampede singers serenaded Virginia with tunes like “Blackbird” by the Beatles and “My Girl,” Heinrich took to the dance floor to cut an elaborate rug with her longtime dance instructor. “You’ve heard of ‘War and Peace’?” Alyce’s dance partner asked when the couple finally took a break. “I’m Warren Slaughter.”

* Photo credit: Lara Bierner