JUST IN: New Crystal Charity Ball Advisory Board Members Announced

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson just announced the newest members of the CCB Advisory Board. Drum roll, please. Charlotte Jones Anderson, Richard Eiseman, Sarah Losinger and Nancy Perot will serve a three-year term on the Board.

Charlotte Jones Anderson (File photo)

Richard Eiseman (File photo)

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Nancy Perot (File photo)

The recent death of Lifetime Advisory Board Member Ruth Altshuler leaves Annette Simmons as the only CCB Lifetime Advisory Board Member.

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball Names Annette Simmons As Lifetime Advisory Board Member, Rob Bowlby And Francie Moody-Dahlberg To Board

As the Crystal Charity Ball 100 are going through the final stages of selecting the 2017 beneficiaries, 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella has just revealed that for only the second time in the 65-year-old organization’s history has a Lifetime Advisory Board Member been named — Annette Simmons.

Annette Simmons (File photo)

Ruth Altshuler (File photo)

The only other person receiving this designation is Ruth Altshuler.

Rob Bowlby (File photo)

Francie Moody-Dahlberg (File photo)

Pam also announced that BT&T North Texas President Rob Bowlby and Moody Foundation Executive Director Francie Moody-Dahlberg will be joining the CCB advisory board that presently consists of Elaine Agather, Barry Andrews, Ralph Babb, Keith Cargill, Jason Downing, James Dunn, Kent Eastman, Lauren Embrey, Linda Perryman Evans, Paul Fields, Jacqueline Fojtasek, Paul Harris, Fred Hegi, Sally Hoglund, Richard Holt, Norma Hunt, Gene Jones, Jerry Meyer, David Miller, Caren Prothro, David Rosenberg, Carl Sewell, Randall Stephenson, Lisa Troutt, Jim Turner, Courtney Wang, Alan White and Sharon Worrell.

BTW, the beneficiaries will be selected on Thursday, February 2, with fundraising efforts officially commencing on Thursday, February 23. Mark Saturday, December 2, for the annual black-tie fundraiser for local children’s charities.

The Trinity Trust Friends And Fans Gather To Toast Annette Simmons’ $50M Gift For Trinity River Park Launch

It’s not every day that a city gets a $50M gift. But then every city doesn’t have Annette Simmons! To celebrate the announcement of Annette’s gift to commemorate her late husband Harold Simmons and to get things hustling for the creation of the Trinity River Park, city officials and longtime Trinity Trust staffers and friends gathered on Wednesday, November 9, to toast the news at Saint Rocco’s New York Italian. Here’s a report from the field:

On November 9, The Trinity Trust gathered its supporters to celebrate Annette Simmons’ $50 million historic gift to the Trinity River Park with a “Toast to the Trinity.” Taking place on the rooftop of Saint Rocco’s New York Italian restaurant overlooking the Dallas skyline and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, this location was also where Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the gift in honor of Annette’s late husband, Harold Simmons, just the previous week.

Trinity River Park illustrations*

The gift will launch development and construction of the first phase of Trinity River Park that encompasses more than 285 acres of land near downtown Dallas. With approval from the City Council, the park will be named the Harold Simmons Park, which will stretch from the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge to the Margaret McDermott Bridge or about 200 of the 285 acres.

The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats and guests sipped wine and beer and noshed on Italian appetizers and watched the sun set. As the sun went down, the remarks began. The Trinity Trust President Gail Thomas said, “This is such as moment. As we crossed the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, I remember Jane Jacobs saying that as the sun is setting and shines on the glass buildings, the reflection puts her in her high heart. This gift has been a dream come true. Thank you to the Simmons family for believing in this project.”

Craig Holcomb and Monica Alonzo*

Joe Crafton and Amy Simmons Crafton*

Deputy Mayor Monica Alonzo, whose district includes the park area, welcomed everyone to her district and shared in the excitement of the news.

Representing the family, Amy Simmons Crafton said, “This park is something my dad would have been proud to do. Someday, this will be an incredible park. We’re proud to be associated with the park. We’re ready to hike and bike in it.”

Nancy Cain Marcus and Nelda Cain Pickens*

Garrett Boone and Lucy Hale*

Electra Harelson, Tori Mannes, Stewart Thomas and Gail Thomas*

Those in attendance included Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, Dallas Assistant City Manager Mark McDaniel and his wife Cindy; The Trinity Trust Board Members Garrett Boone and Nancy Cain Marcus; Nelda Cain Pickens, Lynlee and Dave Forehand; new Trinity River Audubon Center Director Lucy Hale; Trinity Commons Foundation’s Craig Holcomb; Gail Thomas’ three children: Stewart Thomas, Tori Mannes and Electra Harelson, their spouses and some of their children.

* Photo credit: Jerry McClure

JUST IN: Annette Simmons Donates $50M For The Creation Of The 155-Acre Harold Simmons Park

Harold and Annette Simmons (File photo)

Harold and Annette Simmons (File photo)

The late Harold Simmons was a philanthropist who loved Dallas and the outdoors. It is with this in mind that his widow, Annette Simmons, made a $50M donation to create the Harold Simmons Park along the Trinity River.

The 155-acre park will extend from the Margaret McDermott Bridge to the Ronald Kirk Bridge.

According to the POA, the initial $10M will be expended by the (Trinity) Trust “for the purposes of planning, designing, promoting and construction the Park.” If all things go as planned, the remaining $40M will be used for governance, management and operations of the park.

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo Is Star Attraction At Just Say Yes’s 6th Annual Celebration

The pool house at Lisa and Kenny Troutt’s sprawling Preston Hollow manse was buzzing with excitement Tuesday, April 12, for the Just Say Yes group’s 6th Annual Celebration, officially titled “Missing Puzzle Piece.” The reason: Candice and Tony Romo were down at one end posing graciously for photos, and all the VIP guests wanted to get close to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback and his wife.

Candice’s mother, it turns out, had been instrumental in introducing Just Say Yes founder and president Dan Bailey to potential donors at a coffee some 15 years ago. And tonight, the 350 attendees—including Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse, Ed Franklin, Lee Ann and Alan White, and Tiffany and Paul Divis—would listen to Romo being interviewed by Bailey at the dinner fundraiser. Just Say Yes (Youth Equipped to Succeed) empowers youth to attain their dreams and goals—and say no to destructive choices—by educating them through student-assembly speakers and classroom curriculum.

While honorary chairs Gena and Chuck Norris weren’t able to make it, Cassandra and Avery Johnson flew in from California for the evening. Avery, the former Dallas Mavs coach who now coaches men’s basketball at the University of Alabama, presented the Avery Johnson Youth Impact Award to Lisa and Kenny. During brief remarks, Avery joked that his son Avery Jr.—a basketball player who will be transferring from Texas A&M to Alabama—is “obsessed with Tony Romo.”

Avery’s son would have been in good company at this event. During a wide-ranging conversation with Dan, Tony:

  • Said that his broken clavicle is mending nicely, and that “I think I’m gonna make it through the season, so we should be fine.”
  • Disclosed that his parents were his most influential role models growing up. He was reared in modest circumstances as a “little bit of an outcast,” Tony said.
  • Advised today’s high school students to resist peer pressure from the “cool” kids: “It doesn’t matter. Don’t let them affect you day-to-day. Don’t let them control you. Just give it to God and live your life.”
  • Criticized the often-negative effects of social media. “This social media world is so not real life,” Tony said. “I would say, a.) don’t read it. But b.), if you do, be unemotionally attached. People don’t really care about you that much. Life will go on. Just do your job and everything will be fine.”

“Missing Puzzle Piece” also featured a dinner by Chamberlain’s and an auction and raffle, with Louis Murad calling the shots. The fundraising aspect was important, Bailey explained, because Just Say Yes is aiming to triple its annual budget in three years, from $900,000 currently to $2.7 million. With the larger amount, he said, Just Say Yes would be able to reach 250,000 students a year.

JUST IN: 2016 Wings Luncheon Individual Ticket Sales Nearing An End With Good Reason(s)

Amal Clooney*

Amal Clooney*

Procrastination is definitely going to cause problems for those who wait much longer for tickets to the New Friends New Life2016 Wings Luncheon” on Thursday, April 14, at the Hilton Anatole.
Seems tickets and sponsorships are flying so fast that NFNL Executive Director Katie Pedigo has let it be known that individual tickets will a done deal this Friday.

The reasons for the speedway ticket sales:

  1. Support of NFNL
  2. Chair Jeanne Johnson Phillips
  3. Honorary Co-Chairs Ruth AltshulerLaura Bush, Caren Prothro and Annette Simmons
  4. Speaker Amal Clooney

Pretty darn good reasons, huh? So wait no longer to get your ticket.

* Photo courtesy of New Friends 
New Life

Annette Simmons And Amy Simmons To Be Honorary Co-Chairs For CitySquare’s 20th Anniversary With Aretha Franklin On Stage

Word has just arrived that the CitySquare group has added two more legendary ladies to its cast of notables for the Saturday, September 6th fundraiser, “A Night To Remember.”

Amy Simmons and Annette Simmons (File photo)

Amy Simmons and Annette Simmons (File photo)

In addition to Aretha Franklin on stage at the Winspear Opera House, Annette Simmons and her daughter Amy Simmons will be the honorary chairs for CitySquare’s 25th anniversary.

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier (File photo)

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier (File photo)

Just goes to show how the hard work of Cindy and Scott Collier and Kara and Ross Miller are helping Larry James and his troops are fighting “poverty through service, advocacy and friendship with programs that feed the hungry, heal the sick, house the homeless and renew hope in the heart of the city.”

This occasion will be a triple “brava” experience. What a night to be remembered it will be!