Calvert Collins-Bratton And Vince Bratton Announced Plans For Children At Risk North Texas Chapter’s “A Night In Barcelona” Fundraiser

Dick Collins sat in his den checking his cellphone with his longtime friend Dale Robinowitz, as the entry of his Bluffview mansion filled to capacity with guests on Thursday, June 22. Just proved that everyone hadn’t evacuated the North Texas heat.

Vince Bratton, Calvert Collins Bratton and Stratton Horres

But then, what would you expect when Dick’s blonde daughter Calvert Collins-Bratton and her husband Vince Bratton put out the shout for the Children at Risk North Texas Chapter‘s kick-off party for A Night in Barcelona, which is slated for Saturday, September 23, at Hotel ZaZa?

Standing on the winding stairway, Children at Risk North Texas Managing Director Dr. Charlotte Carlisle welcomed the crowd, including Calvert’s mom Susan Collins, Children at Risk North Texas Chairman of the Board Stratton Horres and his wife Debbie Horres, Maddy Kulkarni, Lee Papert, Angela Nash, Ron Taylor and Timmy Newsome.

Angela Nash and Lee Papert

Timmy Newsome

Children at Risk COO Dr. Katie McConnell told of her days working in the public school system when she encountered children like Umberto, who was facing challenges each day while his mom worked three jobs. It was organizations like Children at Risk that offered programs to assist Umberto.

Charlotte Carlisle

Katie McConnell

Charlotte then told about two major problems that Children at Risk deal with:

  1. Food deserts where there are areas in which children don’t have access to food beyond junk food
  2. Human trafficking — “85-90% of reported child-sex trafficking cases occur to children, who were born in the United States”

After Charlotte handed the program over to Calvert, who described the evening’s festivities, including a raffle for a five-night stay at 5-star Monument Hotel In Barcelona with air fare for two, flamenco dancers, a sangria bar and tapas and a live auction that will include a package to the NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles. VIP ticketholders will attend a pre-party poolside before joining the rest of the guests in the Uptown Ballroom.

A Night In Barcelona

After that buildup, who could resist “a night in Barcelona”?

Among the sponsors that have already signed up are

  • Las Ramblas ($15,000) — Istation
  • Arc de Triomf ($5,000) — Energy Transfer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Methodist Dallas, Wilson Elser, Debbie and Stratton Horres, Shara McClure and Deborah and David Roylance
  • Museum Picasso ($2,500) — UMB, Steve Love, Kate and Eric Sudol and Jan and Ron Taylor

KDFW4’s Calvert Collins Named Methodist Health System Public Relations Manager

Reporter Calvert Collins will be cleaning out her desk at KDFW4 Friday, July 17. She’s leaving the “glitz and glamour” of the night time beat of news coverage for the healthcare industry biz. Seems she was made an offer by Methodist Health System to be its public relations manager and just couldn’t say, “No.”

Calvert Collins-Bratton (File photo)

Calvert Collins-Bratton (File photo)

In addition to getting “an offer I couldn’t refuse,” she’ll also have hours that are more conducive to being a wife and a mom to year-and-a-half-year-old baby Vivienne.

According to Methodist Health System Assistant VP of External Relations Stacy Covitz, Calvert “has more than 10 years reporting and newsgathering in Dallas, Las Vegas and Omaha. I know that she’s going to excel at securing media coverage and working with our team to help everyone work with reporters and news desks. Calvert also will be a great addition to our Shine team. While at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, before settling into the broadcast path, she also studied print/magazine and worked on award-winning publications. She is skilled at writing for broadcast and print and used to writing creative yet accurate copy under fast deadlines.”

A native Dallasite, Calvert’s start date according to Uncle Barky is Monday, July 27.