Community Partners Of Dallas’ Change Is Good Was A Multi-Generational Funfest With Sugary Treats, Bungee Cording And Loads Of Coins

As usual, the Community Partners of Dallas were prepared for young and old to feel right at home for its annual Change Is Good fundraiser at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Just in case the Dallas Cowboys game ran into a typical overtime situation, they had TV screens in place for fans. As for the kids, there was everything from sugary treats to sky-high bungee cord flying. But the youngsters were also vying for who could haul in the most ca-ching. Here is a report from the field:

From the left: (front row – Enzo Lange, Asher Lange and Jameson Lange; (back row) Ted and Becky Lange, Reese Lange; Paul and Sandra Keck, Larry and Mary Lange and Paige McDaniel*

Change is Good Chair Family Becky and Ted Lange with munchkins Reese, Jameson, Asher and Enzo, and Honorary Co-Grandparents Sandra and Paul Keck and Mary and Larry Lange were joined by more than 625 partygoers on Sunday, October 1, at the 11th Annual Change is Good, where kids collected change to change the lives of abused and neglected kids. 

Benefiting Community Partners of Dallas, participating children and teens began collecting change over the summer by emptying their own piggy banks, going door to door, setting up lemonade stands and other fundraisers or starting their own online campaign. Through their efforts 87,640 coins were collected equaling $18,574. 

From the left: (back row) Larry and Rathna Gray; (front row) Caroline Gray, Cate Gray and Brooke* Gray

Cameron Martin, Harper Martin and Kendall Martin”

Emmy Linebarger *

All collections were turned in at the Sunday, October 1st event in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes. This year’s grand prize, a GoPro HERO4 Black 4K Waterproof Action Camera Kit, was awarded to first place winners Brooke, Cate and Caroline Gray, who collected a total of $2,788.22.  Triplets Cameron, Harper and Kendall Martin were in second place with $1,062.16, of which $680 was raised online, the most of all collections. Solo entry Emmy Linebarger came in third place with a remarkable $778.57 collected. The Gray group also received an award for most quarters collected with 9,768 quarters.

Bungee cording*

Held at Brook Hollow Golf Club, the event featured activities for all ages, including bungee jumping, inflatable obstacle courses and slide, prince/princess station, paper airplane zone, GameTruck, Rad Hatter, balloon artist, face painting, bounce houses, and a DJ dance party with CPD’s favorite DJ Bill Cody.

Hula hoops*

President and CEO Paige McDaniel took a few minutes to thank the many sponsors, who had supported the event, as well as all the kids who collected change throughout the summer. She then announced the many prize-drawing winners, and recognized the change collection winners as well as the artists who had the winning designs for this year’s commemorative t-shirt: Jaxon McKinney (front artwork) and Leila Davis (back artwork).  All child attendees received a t-shirt as their parting gift.

Jaxon McKinney and Leila Davis*

Proceeds from Change is Good benefit the abused and neglected children served by Community Partners of Dallas.  This year’s event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors:

  • Change Champion ($5,000) – Shawn Cleveland and Winston and Strawn; Mary and Larry Lange; Becky and Ted Lange and Reese, Jameson, Asher and Enzo and Greg Nieberding/Digital 3 Printing;
  • Change for the Better ($2,500) – Lena and Derek Alley; Marybeth and Kevin Conlon and Luke Conlon and Quinn Conlon; Grant Thornton LLP; Nicola Hobeiche and Todd Hewes; Barry, Sandy, Ryan and Kennedy Moore; Al G. Hill Jr; Sandra Reese-Keck; Katherine and Eric Reeves and The Tafel Family;
  • Changing Lives ($1,250) – The Barber Family; The Kennington Families; The Clay Smith Family; Adam, Taryn, Walker, Ayla and Rilyn Spence;
  • Jar Sponsor – Park Place Porsche;
  • Media sponsors – Dallas Child and MySweetCharity.

For more information about Change is Good, visit communitypartnersdallas.org.

About Community Partners of Dallas

Since 1989, Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.  Community Partners of Dallas provides items such as winter coats, diapers and formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food and more, to send the abused children in our community the message that someone does care.  Please visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org for more information.

* Photo credit: Tara Cosgrove

Community Partners Of Dallas’ Change Is Good Kick-Off Was A Family Affair With T-Shirt Designing, Green Balloons And Coins Galore

Change can be good. And when it comes to the Community Partners of Dallas, change is for good literally. Each year CPD holds one of the most absolutely fun events for munchkins. Not only do they play games, get face painted and have the times of their life, they also have the opportunity to turn in the change that they have collected to support CPD’s efforts. But to get things rolling, this year’s Co-Chairs Becky and Ted Lange their kiddos Reese, Jameson, Asher and Enzo got this kicked off on Saturday, August 26. Here’s a report from the field:

Community Partners of Dallas kicked off the 11th Annual Change is Good on Saturday, August 26, at CPD headquarters with a celebration and day of volunteering for event sponsors and members of the event’s host committee.

From the left: (back row) Sandra Keck Libby Lange, Enzo Lange, Mary and Larry Lange, Ted Lange, Asher Lange, Becky Lange, Reese Lange, Paige McDaniel; (front row) Jameson Lange*

Chair family Becky and Ted Lange with Reese, Jameson, Asher and Enzo, welcomed more than 65 attendees like Nikki and Crayton Webb with their brood (Cabot Webb, Nelson Webb, Mitchell Webb and Lucy Webb), Tameka Cass with youngster Jaxon Cass and Kristin Mitchell with Molly Mitchell and Teige Mitchell for a day of fun. As families arrived, the kids in attendance were encouraged to create their own design for the annual t-shirt, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Sunday, October 1, event.  

From the left: Cabot Webb, Lucy Webb, Crayton Webb, Nelson Webb, Mitchell Webb and Nikki Webb*

Tameka Cass and Jaxon Cass*

Kristin Mitchell, Molly Mitchell and Teige Mitchell*

Midway through the event, President/CEO Paige McDaniel welcomed everyone and thanked event sponsors, then gave special recognition to the Change is Good chair family, the Langes as well as honorary grandparents Sandra and Paul Keck and Mary and Larry Lange. She also thanked all the kids for collecting all their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and bills over the summer to help change the lives for other kids!

Attendees were then separated by age to help CPD put together hygiene kits and back to school supplies for the abused and neglected children they serve. 

The 11th annual Change is Good will be held on Sunday, October 1, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club. The fun-filled day will feature activities for all ages, including bungee jumping, prince/princess station, paper airplane zone, GameTruck, Rad Hatter, balloon artist, face painting, bounce houses, and a DJ dance party. Participating children and teens will turn in the change they collected over the summer in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes.

Tickets are $75 per adult and $35 per child and are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for more information visit communitypartnersdallas.org or contact [email protected].

* Photo provided by Community Partners of Dallas

Even Rainy Weather Couldn’t Take The Bounce Out Of Community Partners Of Dallas’ 10th Annual Change Is Good

North Texas is the Super Bowl for meteorologists and event planners. With all of Mama Nature’s children (northers rolling down from the Rockies, Arctic chills coming down the Midwest corridor, moist winds from the Gulf Coast and Canadian blowhards), the North Texas region is a mix master of weather.

That’s why Sunday, September 25, put the area activities to the test as wet weather, threats of thunder and promises of cooler weather hit.

The Plano Balloon Festival smartly cancelled early, but the Community Partners of Dallas had the Change Is Good prepared for whatever. And whatever was put to the test.

Mason Park and Beth and Larence Park

Mason Park and Beth and Larence Park

As the doors opened for the 10th Annual Change is Good at Brook Hollow, the weather looked promising for the event to be outdoor/indoor. Still the bungee cord jump stayed still, while the outdoor bounce house and inflated obstacle course had short ones lined up. Toddler Mason Park decided to take a pass on the obstacle course and stayed in the arms of his grandparents/Honorary Co-Chairs Beth and Larence Park.

Inflatable obstacle course

Inflatable obstacle course

Inside the smell of popcorn filled the Verandah, while palm readers got handy and Rad Hatter created millinery masterpieces.

DJ Bill Cody

DJ Bill Cody

Rad Hatter

Rad Hatter

Fortune teller

Fortune teller

In the ballroom, DJ Bill Cody had both kiddos and adults dancing underneath a netted gathering of balloons. At one side of the room was a balloon creation of “10”.

In addition to the “10,” there were families who have been sponsors since its beginning including Shonn and Clarence Brown, Jessica and Jeff Burrow, Sally and George Dutter, Elizabeth and Eric Gambrell, Heather and Malcolm Hicks, Christie and Chris Linebarger, Francie and Steve Mancillas, Emily and Todd Massey, Christina and Tim Norris, Katherine Reeves and Jody and Grant Swartzwelder.

Alas, Elizabeth Gambrell feared that this one just might be her swan song for Change Is Good. Her older two kids had outgrown the event and her baby girl Sarah Rose Gambrell was starting to look like one of the oldies despite the painted face.

Sarah Rose Gambrell and Elizabeth Gambrell

Sarah Rose Gambrell and Elizabeth Gambrell

Jack Landon and Chris Landon

Jack Landon and Chris Landon

On the other hand, those with toddlers found it easier to get around with child in arm like Lindsay and Chris Landon with one-year-old Jack Landon.

Across the room was the near-to-the-ceiling bounce house. At one point there was a group gasp as the house seemed to be tilting on its side. But the kids who were old hands at bounce houses shifted to the other side and all was right.

Still as usual the ultimate popular, line ‘em up was the face painting in the ballroom. Okay, so some fellas like William Spence weren’t so keen about the cosmetic fru-fru. But others like Co-Chair Caroline Ballotta looked right at home with her painted face and Rad Hatter. Brother William Ballotta was one of the little ones who initially was a bit overwhelmed by all the commotion.

Ray Ballotta, William Ballotta, Caroline Ballotta and Lindsay Ballotta

Ray Ballotta, William Ballotta, Caroline Ballotta and Lindsay Ballotta

An hour into the festivities, the feared rain that had hit the rest of the area found Brook Hollow. And despite the overload of kids, parents and grandparents, nobody really seemed to mind. Thought one single-child parent admitted that she was grateful just to have one kidlet.

Energized by the sugary delights of Book Hollow, the kids were in overdrive. In the ballroom where debutante parties had properly taken place and the ever-so-civilized Sweetheart Ball had raised funds, the too-young-to-have-drivers-license set scampered, danced and partied.

Lisa Catravas, Aiden Catravas and Jimmie Catravas

Lisa Catravas, Aiden Catravas and Jimmie Catravas

Shelly Slater, Hutcheson Huffstutter, Hawkins Huffstutter and Clay Huffstutter

Shelly Slater, Hutcheson Huffstutter, Hawkins Huffstutter and Clay Huffstutter

Snapshots: Aiden Catravas with a white streak in his brown hair broke from the herd and dined on carrots and veggies… While juggling her two sons Hawkins Huffstutter and Hutcheson Huffstuffer with husband Clay Huffstutter, Shelly Slater reported that she was still doing parttime work for WFAA as well as advising nonprofits and organizations. But, no, rumors that she was doing PR were so very wrong… Poor Spider Man. Upon seeing the comic superhero, two tykes burst into tears. Hey, it’s rough to be a rejected comic strip hero.

Despite the super-duper sugar high, the party wound down and just as the end came, the net holding the green and white balloons was let loose with balloons falling on the waiting guests.

BTW, the final count for the kids’ collection of change? How about a whopping 87,582 coins adding up to $19,617.55! That means that in its 10 years, 922,526 coins have been turned in resulting in $147,830 for Community Partners of Dallas. What is done with money? It goes to buying supplies, toys and clothes for children who are removed from neglectful and harmful situations.

But Change Is Good does even more than support the Community Partners of Dallas mission. It also is an opportunity for youngsters to learn about fundraising. This year’s efforts resulted in awards being given out including:

  • Most online — Harper Hinds and Haven Hinds ($1,195)
  • Most quarters — Brooke Gray, Cate Gray and Caroline Gray (1,383 quarters)
  • Most change collected —
    • 1st place — Harper Hinds and Haven Hinds ($1,598.01)
    • 2nd place — Brooke Gray, Cate Gray and Caroline Gray ($1,033.63)
    • 3rd place — Sydney Bonfield and Lola Bonfield ($953.25)

For more photos, head over to MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Change Is Good

Those folks at Community Partners of Dallas don’t let pending rain warnings dampen their plans. That was the case for their 10th Annual Change Is Good at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Sunday, September 25. While other events might suffer due to drizzle, these kids and their seemed to thrive.

Inflatable obstacle course

Inflatable obstacle course

The outdoor inflatable obstacle course was even more slippery-slidy; bounce house went in-house; the face painters had ’em lined up; the sugary delights filled tables; and, of course, there was a drop of green and white balloons.

Ray Ballotta, William Ballotta, Caroline Ballotta and Lindsay Ballotta

Ray Ballotta, William Ballotta, Caroline Ballotta and Lindsay Ballotta

Kennedy Moore, Sandy Moore, Ryan Moore and Barry Moore

Kennedy Moore, Sandy Moore, Ryan Moore and Barry Moore

While the post is being prepared, check out some pretty cute folks at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

10th Annual Change Is Good Kick-Off Party Turned Work Into A Birthday Celebration with Green Cupcakes, Crayons And Checks

One local nonprofit group that subscribes to the Tom Sawyer philosophy of making work seem like fun is Community Partners of Dallas. To launch its 10th anniversary of Change is Good along with prepping supplies for young clients, they held a kick-off party on the afternoon of Saturday, August 20, at CPD headquarters complete with green birthday cupcakes, loads of crayons and checks. Here’s a report from the field:

Ray Ballotta, Caroline Ballotta, Lindsay Ballotta and Williams Ballotta*

Ray Ballotta, Caroline Ballotta, Lindsay Ballotta and Williams Ballotta*

Community Partners of Dallas kicked off the 10th Annual Change is Good on Saturday, August 20, with a celebration and day of volunteering for event sponsors and members of the event’s host committee.

Chair family Lindsay and Ray Ballotta with kids Caroline and William, welcomed nearly 100 attendees for a day of fun. As families arrived, they were encouraged to create their own design for the annual t-shirt, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Sunday, September 25th event.  With “10th birthday” as the theme, participants of all ages showed their artistic talents with their original designs.

Barry and Sandy Moore, Ryan Moore and Kennedy Moore*

Barry and Sandy Moore, Ryan Moore and Kennedy Moore*

Grayson Porwell, Valerie Prowell and Noelle Prowell*

Grayson Porwell, Valerie Prowell and Noelle Prowell*

Gracie Kong, Sarah Kong and Owen Kong*

Gracie Kong, Sarah Kong and Owen Kong*

Paige McDaniel, Henry Horvat and George Horvat*

Paige McDaniel, Henry Horvat and George Horvat*

Midway through the event, President and CEO Paige McDaniel welcomed everyone and thanked event sponsors, then gave special recognition to the Change is Good chair family, the Ballottas, as well as honorary chairs Beth and Larence Park. She also thanked all the kids for working so hard over the summer as they collected change to help change the lives for other kids – whether they emptied their own piggy banks or raised money online or through other activities. As a surprise, George Horvat (age 10) and his brother Henry Horvat (age 8) made a special presentation to Paige…a check for $300, which they raised from hosting a summer day camp, which benefited CPD.  Paige wrapped up by leading the kids in singing “Happy Birthday” to Change is Good, as well as Calum Taylor who was celebrating his 14th birthday on Saturday!

Birthday cupcakes*

Birthday cupcakes*

Attendees were then separated by age to help CPD put together hygiene kits and back to school supplies for the abused and neglected children they serve.

The 10th annual Change is Good will be held on Sunday, September 25, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club. The fun-filled day will feature activities for all ages, including bungee jumping, obstacle courses, a prince/princess station, a paper airplane zone, a GameTruck, the Rad Hatter, balloon artists, face painting, bounce houses, a DJ dance party and an array of fun birthday activities to celebrate Change is Good turning 10. Participating children and teens will turn in the change they collected over the summer in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes. This year’s prize for most change raised is a 3D printer!

Sponsorships begin at $550 and are on sale now; tickets are $75 per adult and $35 per child.  For more information visit communitypartnersdallas.org.

* Photo provided by Community Partners of Dallas

10th Annual Change Is Good Is Going To Have Piggy Banks Busting For Community Partners Of Dallas

One of the favorite, extremely family-friendly events is Community Partners of DallasChange Is Good, where kids can be kids and so can their parents. Every year organizers have to coordinate the fundraiser at Brook Hollow with the Dallas Cowboys’ schedule. For those years when The Boys play an afternoon game, TVs are set up throughout the club with dads keeping one eye on the screens and the other on their munchkins, who will be having their faces painted, bungee jumping, playing giant Jenga and Twister, playing in the bounce house and getting major sugar highs on all the goodies.

Bounce house (File photo)

Bounce house (File photo)

Caroline Ballotta, Lindsay and Ray Ballotta and William Ballotta*

Caroline Ballotta, Lindsay and Ray Ballotta and William Ballotta*

This year there will be no need for the split-eyed pops. The 10th annual Change Is Good will take place on Sunday, September 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. and the Cowboys won’t be facing the Bears until 7:30 p.m. Whew!

As for the co-chairs, those duties will be handled by Lindsay and Ray Ballotta and their kids Caroline Ballotta and William Ballotta.

One of the greatest aspects of the event is the opportunity it provides youngsters to learn about fundraising. Young guests are not only encouraged but can compete by “collecting change over the summer by emptying their own piggy banks, going door-to-door, setting up lemonade stands or starting their own online campaigns.” At the event the change is turned in to earn chances to win prizes.

Tickets will go on sale starting Friday, August 26, but sponsorship starting at $550 are available now!

* Photo provided by 
Community Partners of Dallas

 

Community Partners Of Dallas’ “Change Is Good” Was Great With Coins, Food, Games And Braids

Evidently the Community Partners of Dallas folks have been very good. Sunday, September 20, while the Dallas Cowboys were losing Tony Romo, the clouds were like umbrellas over Brook Hollow for the CPD’s Change Is Good. Thanks to crossed fingers and good thoughts, Change Is Good Co-Chairs Heather and Kevin Bonfield with their kids Sydney and Lola and Christa and Ketric Sanford with their kids Jackson, Cason and Landry had lucked out with wonderful weather for the event.

And to add to the indoor/outdoor activities, there was the most pleasant breeze keeping things just right. While some dads like Crayton Webb opted for walking shorts and a Brooks Brother polo shirt, others went the blue jean route. Speaking of Crayton, he was supposed to have been in Russia for Mary Kay. But the trip was cancelled, so he could help wife Nikki Webb with the boys. He promises to be in town for CNM Connect’s A Night of Light on Thursday, November 12, at Sixty Five Hundred, which he and Nikki are co-chairing.

Lara Tafel, Joanna Clark and Roger Briggs

Lara Tafel, Joanna Clark and Roger Briggs

Mom Lara Tafel, her daughter Mimi Tafel and her brother Roger Briggs were early arrivals. CPD is one of Lara’s favorites. Want proof? The Tafels have been the presenting sponsors for the Chick Lit Luncheon since 2009. Lara explained that she especially admired “Change Is Good” because it was an opportunity for wee ones to take those first steps in supporting nonprofits.

Bounce house

Bounce house

(If this is your first time at Change is Good, youngsters collect change and haul it to the Brook Hollow event to support kids rescued from neglectful and potentially dangerous situations. As the coins are gathered, the kids and parents celebrate with games, loads of food, music provided by DJ Bill Cody and outdoor activities.)

Cathy Barber

Cathy Barber

At one table overlooking the bounce house, the bungee jumping and the Brook Hollow golf course, Honorary Chair Cathy “Boo” Barber was chatting with CPD Executive Director Paige McDaniel. Cathy is renowned for her efforts and friends who create Easter baskets each year for the CPD kids.

Sophia Carrizales unbraided

Sophia Carrizales unbraided

Sophia Carrizales braided

Sophia Carrizales braided

Just a couple of tables away were three generations — grandma Lee Bailey, mama Leigh Bailey and kids Sophia Carrizales and Trey Carrizales. While Lee babysat Trey, Leigh and Sophia disappeared into the clubhouse. Eventually, mom and daughter reappeared. Sophia’s head of curls had been perfectly braided thanks to La Bichette. They were doing land office business. Leigh made sure that she got their card.

Community Partners Of Dallas Kicks Off “Change Is Good” With Adorable Kids And Colorful Crayons

With the first week of school under the belt, many headed to shopping centers to re-spruce up wardrobes. On the other hand, a crowd of kids and their parents were at Community Partners of Dallas for the kick-off of the annual “Change Is Good.” Talk about too adorable munchkins with personality!

Blaire Taylor, Erin Taylor, Mimi Tafel and Lara Tafel

Blaire Taylor, Erin Taylor, Mimi Tafel and Lara Tafel

While the itty-bitty ones like Patrick Lawson and Jacob Feather were putting crayons, pencils and paper to use in the backroom, others were in another room packing boxes with all types of supplies with moms like Lara Tafel and Erin Taylor supervising their daughters Mimi Tafel and Blaire Taylor plus a load others.

With the charm of Tom Sawyer, CPD CEO Paige McDaniel managed to make the work seem more like play.

Paige McDaniel surrounded by Change Is Good supporters

Paige McDaniel surrounded by Change Is Good supporters

CPD Director of Development Joanna Clarke looked a bit like a squeeze toy as kids gave bear hugs before leaving. Some of the little ones think Brook Hollow is actually Joanna’s home filled with a jump house, face painters, DJ’s, lots of sugary goodies and partying all the time.

Lola Bonfield

Lola Bonfield

Sydney Bonfield

Sydney Bonfield

While Change Is Good Co-Chair parents Heather and Kevin Bonfield looked on, daughter Lola Bonfield with water bottle firmly in place announced that she was looking forward to the Sunday, September 20 event. Not only was it “Change Is Good” day, it’s also sister Sydney Bonfield’s birthday.

Ketric and Christa Sanford, Cason Sanford, Jackson Sanford and Landry Cason

Ketric and Christa Sanford, Cason Sanford, Jackson Sanford and Landry Sanford

At a table Co-Chair parents Christa and Ketric Sanford were observing their threesome (Jackson Sanford, Cason Sanford and Landry Sanford) hard at work on their drawings.

Sam Farr

Sam Farr

Across the way, baby Sam Farr was mastering the art of crawling. Only problem? Everyone kept wanting to hold him. At this rate, he may never learn to walk.

As for the Dallas Cowboys fans, there will be TV screens plus adult beverage at Brook Hollow for the Cowboys – Philadelphia Eagles game in Philly.

In the meantime, kids will be collecting change to haul to the event. If you’ve got loose change, find a kiddo. Their collection would grow with it to help provide supplies and necessities for little ones, who rescued from serious situations.

Warning: If you don’t want a good time watching the littlest generation fundraising with giggles, smiles and coins, then you definitely shouldn’t be near Brook Hollow on Sunday, September 20, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Change Is Good Kick-Off

Sometimes you just need a fix of cute faces. Well, there were a heck a lot of ’em at Community Partners of Dallas’ “Change Is Good” kick-off party on Saturday, August 29.

Paige McDaniel and "friends"

Paige McDaniel and “friends”

While the kids put crayons to use and packed supplies for children who have been taken into protective custody, their parents looked proud knowing that they were watching their munchkins take early steps into helping nonprofits.

Sydney Bonfield

Sydney Bonfield

Jacob Feather

Jacob Feather

The post of the KO is being prepped. Get a smile from the smiles on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Change Is Good

According to Change Is Good Co-Chairs Heather Bonfield and Christa Sanford,

The Bonfields - Lola, Kevin, Sydney and Heather*

The Bonfields – Lola, Kevin, Sydney and Heather*

The Sanfords - Jackson, Ketric, Landry, Christa and Cason*

The Sanfords – Jackson, Ketric, Landry, Christa and Cason*

“Change jars have been delivered to over 329 children around Dallas to start collecting pennies, nickels, quarters and bills for the 9th annual Change is Good benefiting Community Partners of Dallas (CPD).

“Change is Good is a great way to get your whole family involved in giving back by encouraging your kids to collect change in order to change the lives of abused and neglected children in Dallas county. Last year, families collected more than 92,807 coins for a total of $16,866 and we know we can collect even more this year!

“CPD has made collecting change easier than ever. Set up your Piggy Bank website and start raising change online; it’s an easy and simple way to get family across the country involved in your change raising efforts. Just download these simple instructions and start raising change today.

“The collection will culminate with a fun-filled, family-friendly event on Sunday, September 20, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  Children and teens in attendance can turn in their collected change in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes.

Hat decorating (File photo)

Hat decorating (File photo)

“We have wonderful activities planned for all ages, including bounce houses, face painting, Flip books, balloon artist, prince/princess station, paper airplane zone, giant jenga, DJ Bill Cody, a game truck and more. All kids will receive a commemorative t-shirt featuring a winning design selected prior to the event.

“Make plans to join us now, as we anticipate another sold-out year. Sponsorships are on sale now beginning at $550; tickets are $75 per adult; $30 per child and will be available on Thursday, August 27.  For more information, visit communitypartnersdallas.org.”

* Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas

Community Partners Of Dallas’ “Change Is Good” Was Plenty Good For Kids Of All Ages

Bruised clouds hovered in the distance Sunday, September 28. And that’s where they stayed as parents, grand(est)parents and kids partied at Brook Hollow Golf Club for Community Partners of Dallas’ annual “Change Is Good.”

Welcome at Brook Hollow Golf Club

Welcome at Brook Hollow Golf Club

More than 600 filled the nearly 100-year-old club, turning it into a wonderland of games, food, face painting, hat making and rollicking.

Sydney Bonfield and Lola Bonfield

Sydney Bonfield and Lola Bonfield

As kids lined up to decorate hats and cookies, parents queued up at the bar as a DJ played music, palms were read and faces were whimsically transformed. Inside even the most sophisticated types, like sisters 6-year-old Sydney Bonfield and 3-year-old Lola Bonfield, couldn’t help but pose between the giant “B” and “G” in the ballroom.

Outside Honorary Co-Chair Lauryn Gayle White was presiding over two generations of Whites including son Allen with wife Christina and their children Caroline and Alexander.

Nolan Methvin

Nolan Methvin

Fire department #47 parked its full-blown truck with a perfect view of the pool and golf course. The firemen even let kids like 3-year-old Nolan Methvin try on some of their equipment.

Just a few feet away, 8-year-old Sophia Sowler and Popek 9-year-old-brothers Baye and Reese competed in shooting baskets.

Over to the side, the Euro Bungee was in full operation with a lineup that would have made someone think they were giving iPhone 6’s away.

Lee Munniger held 15-month old Julia Munniger near the outdoor popcorn stand, while inside Dawn Spalding was introducing her “boys” son Dylan Spalding and Chilean exchange student Alonso Caviedes Aguirre to Juliette Coulter.

And the dads were very much present and hands on. As dad Thomas Roop was taking a photo of 2-year-old (and three months) James on a popcorn break, Patrick Walker was taking a time out with his seven-year-old daughter Meredith Walker, who was stylishly wearing a pink boa and leg cast as a result of a soccer accident.

Euro bungee

Euro bungee

Community Partners of Dallas’ Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke had their timing down perfectly. The fun all ended just in time for the families to scoot home to watch the Dallas Cowboys play New Orleans.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Change Is Good

Before the Dallas Cowboys were rather unsaintly toward the New Orleans football team on Sunday, September 29, Community Partners of Dallas hosted its annual Change Is Good at Brook Hollow. With change pouring in, kids turned the club into a posh playground with sweets galore, face painting and bungee jumping.

Sophia Sowler, Baye Popek and Reese Popek

Sophia Sowler, Baye Popek and Reese Popek

While some parents sought refuge at tables inside, others like Honorary Co-Chair Lauryn Gayle White sampled the popcorn and joined two generations of Whites outside.

Allen White, Caroline White, Christina White, Alexander White and Lauryn Gayle White

Allen White, Caroline White, Christina White, Alexander White and Lauryn Gayle White

For a quick look at the festivities, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Community Partners Of Dallas Kicks Off Change Is Good Preparations With Kids, Crayons And Announcements

Despite the rumors to the contrary, Community Partners of Dallas “backroom” is not Santa’s satellite workshop. However, on Saturday, August 23, it had all the appearances of being just that as Change for Good committee members including parent/children clans gathered to kick off arrangements for the Sunday, September 28th, event in which a lot of coins are hauled in to support CPD’s efforts to help children rescued by Dallas County Child Protective Services. Here is a field report on the kickoff:

Kim Quinn, Christina White and Jennifer Dix*

Kim Quinn, Christina White and Jennifer Dix*

“Change is Good chair families Jennifer and Richard with children Nate Dix and Gracie Dix; Kim and Terry Quinn with children Parker Quinn, David Quinn and Braden Quinn; and Christina and Allen White with children Alexander White and Caroline White were joined by 94 host committee family members for the Change is Good kick-off on Saturday, August 23.

“Held at the Community Partners of Dallas warehouse, the day began with the kids working on artwork for the annual Change is Good T-shirt. From the many creative submissions, one design will be chosen for the front of this year’s T-shirt, which is given as a party favor at the September 28 th event.

Andrea Fuquay, Brooks Fuquay and Kate Fuquay*

Andrea Fuquay, Brooks Fuquay and Kate Fuquay*

“After refreshments, Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas, thanked those in attendance and especially thanked the children for giving back to kids in need. To the group’s excitement, she announced that a generous CPD donor had just that morning donated two tickets to the One Direction concert the next evening.For any willing to head to Texas Stadium the night before school started there would be a drawing! Winning mom, Tessa Mosteller, was beyond thrilled that she and her daughter could attend!

“Then parents and kids alike rolled up their sleeves to help with CPD’s annual back to school drive. From bundling pencils to counting erasers, everyone pitched in to ensure the abused and neglected children served by CPD start school with a new set of supplies.

Gabrielle Hewes and Coco Hewes*

Gabrielle Hewes and Coco Hewes*

“While the kick-off has just taken place, 330 host committee kids have been hard at work over the summer in support of Change is Good by collecting pennies, nickels, quarters and bills in their change jars. The collection will culminate with a fun-filled, family-friendly event on Sunday, September 28, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

“Children and teens in attendance can turn in their collected change in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes and the first 300 kids who turn in change will receive 2 movie tickets from LOOK Cinemas.

Sawyer Mosteller and Tate Hill*

Sawyer Mosteller and Tate Hill*

“The celebration of CPD’s 25thanniversary continues at Change is Good—this year’s anniversary has created a particular excitement about quarters! That said, the child who brings the most quarters to Change is Good will receive a special prize of 25 gift cards to destinations around Dallas! In addition, kids will receive a CPD birthday bonus chance ticket for each $25 they bring increasing their odds of winning one of the fun prizes!

“Activities for all ages will include a GameTruck, Lab at Lakewood, balloon artist, face painting, an inflatable obstacle course, PicFlips, bounce houses, cookie decorating, the Rad Hatter, a DJ dance party and the ever popular bungee-trampoline.

“Community Partners of Dallas anticipates another sold-out year. Sponsorships begin at $550; tickets are $75 per adult; $35 per child and are on sale now through communitypartnersdallas.org.”

* Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas

The Sun Came Out For “Change” And “Burgers”

Greg Haynes Johnson and Joanna Clarke didn’t know each other Friday (September 27) night when they met at an over-the-top birthday party for Simona Beal at the Ritz-Carlton. There was a seven-foot tall pink birthday cake that would have thrilled the late Mary Kay Ash. (More about that later.) Ritz Chief Chef Dean Fearing popped in to check on the happiness factor of the birthday girl and her loads of friends (John Phifer Marrs, Laura Tafel, Lynn McBee, Clint Bradley, Nancys Carlson and Gopez, Mary Gill, Debra Nelson, Christine Handy, etc.).

Simona Beal's birthday party

Simona Beal’s birthday party

Somebody mentioned Sunday’s weather forecast and Joanna and Greg bonded like veneers on a starlet’s smile. DIFFA Dallas Chair Emeritus Greg’s Burgers + Burgundy and Community Partners of Dallas Development VP Joanna’s Change Is Good were both indoor/outdoor events. One was for AIDs and the other for children of neglect. At that point, despite being for totally different causes, they both joined emotionally in hoping that Mother Nature would grant peace and dry for that one day.

Whatever wish they made, prayer they said or anti-rain dance they performed worked. Sunday afternoon turned out to be one of the most spectacular days of 2013. The temperatures just flirted with the 80’s and the clouds were scant and lingering. So, how did things work out? Check it out!

Rays of sunshine

Rays of sunshine

Change Is Good

Indoor bounce house

Indoor bounce house

The ever-proper Brook Hollow, where the board of governors has established “House Rule #29 (The audible ringing or the making and/or receiving of cellular telephones calls is strictly prohibited inside all Brook Hollow Golf Club buildings and outdoor covered dining venues, except the Men’s and Ladies’ Locker Rooms)”, became a glorified Chuck E. Cheese + Six Flags Over Texas on steroids.

Tree climbing

Tree climbing

Bungee

Bungee

Fathers who would normally be taking private jets to San Diego for the Cowboys game were tethered to their munchkins or chasing after them as the kiddos chatted with their comic heroes (Superman, Batman and Spiderman) climbed trees, bungee somersaulted or just hoola-hooped.

Super Hero Lineup

Super Hero Lineup

As if the youngsters weren’t going wild about the indoor and outdoor bounce houses, the sugar factor was fueling the energy level. Tables were filled to capacity with all types of treats. Naturally, parents had to test-taste each one.

Sugary treats

Sugary treats

A crop of hardworking super moms (Juliette Coulter, Dawn Spalding, Wendy Krispin, Ashley Terrell) let their partners in child-rearing take charge of the munchkins while they took a brief break on the outdoor patio with grown-up beverages.  Now, don’t go thinking they were ignoring their kiddos. Heck, moms have an incredible seventh sense that not only detects every move of their child but can reel in their kiddo instantaneously.

In the ballroom, Co-Chair Kate Rose and TJ Marquez scurried around looking for one of their twin sons. No problem! They found him among the crowd of 550 children and adults who were moving around faster than an accountant on April 15. Must admit that Kate Rose in her light purple T-shirt and scrubbed look appeared a wee bit more casual compared to her killer formal look at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala the night before.

Kay Lynn Brumbaugh, Heather Hicks, Juliette Coulter and Ashley Terrell

Kay Lynn Brumbaugh, Heather Hicks, Juliette Coulter and Ashley Terrell

As the younger moms enjoyed the kids playing and being painted up, Honorary Grandmother Jeanne Marie Clossey with grandchild in arms walked the grounds enjoying the wonderment of grands being together.

Burgers + Burgundy

Karen Seanor

Karen Seanor

Just up the road at Karen and Bill Seanor’s estate, it was another gathering of kids. Only this group was of voting age and some even flirting with AARP. Okay, so they weren’t that old, but they were that savvy. It was the DIFFA crowd that seems to carry the party feel the same way that junior highers bear backpacks. Looking at the blue skies, Karen smiled, “We were blessed by God” with the beautiful day.

The street in front of the Seanor manicured landscape property was so filled with cars, that some of the hundreds of B+B guests just parked their cars blocks away and hiked to the front entrance. But even after schlepping from their parking spot, they found another healthy walk was ahead from the front gate to the outdoor party.

Like the Sirens calling Ulysses’ sailors, Hunter Sullivan sang on stage as area chefs cooked up the fattest, juiciest burgers since mustard was slabbed on a bun.

Once again the weather couldn’t have been more perfect as the Seanor backyard was an event planner’s dream of perfection. So, Karen admitted that 24 hours before, apprehension had ruled the roost, but it had all worked out beyond perfection as she munched on one of the gourmet burgers.

Greg Haynes Johnson, Leslie Concors and Matthew Minick

Greg Haynes Johnson, Leslie Concors and Matthew Minick

Simona Beal and her gal pals were sampling the burgers and comparing notes about her Friday night funfest. Remember that 7’ tall pink birthday cake mentioned earlier? Simona had decided to keep it intact at her home for her kids to enjoy the view and the sniff of sugar. When someone suggested that the pink extravaganza might be perfect for Mary Kay’s 50th anniversary, Simona loved the idea and asked how to make that happen.

Lee Bailey ducked out early before she could check with hostess Karen. Seems Lee was feeling under the weather and didn’t want to share. Good for her!

Burgers smoking on the grills

Burgers smoking on the grills

As chefs like John Tesar and Brad Phillips and organizations like Spoons and Nick and Sam’s created funnels of smoke preparing burgers, DIFFA sweetheart/”Dallas”’ Sue Ellen Linda Gray appeared thanks to her Equinox bud Debra Nelson. Dang it. Why doesn’t Linda age?

Debra Nelson, Joseph Minton and Linda Gray

Debra Nelson, Joseph Minton and Linda Gray

When Hunter learned that it was Debra’s birthday, he got her up on stage and sang “Happy Birthday.”

Best Burger?

Best Burger?

Best Burger?

Best Burger?

Best Burger?

Best Burger?

The only issue was when guests loyally defended their choice of best burger. Of course, that just meant a second helping was required to make sure.

As guests who had valet parked waited for their cars, Myrna Schlegel walked by. Was she on her way to the party? Nope. After a trip to Italy  — Capri, Tuscany and Rome — she had just attended the christening of her two new grandchildren and hosted a major lunch. Suffering from jet lag and hosting duties, she had to get out of the house for a neighborhood stroll.

After all, it was a beautiful day. Just ask Joanna and Greg.

Just In: Despite Possible Rain, “Change Is Good” Is Good To Go For Sunday

It’s the weekend, so naturally Ma Nature is going to let the rain fall. The Community Partners of Dallas team has just sent word that Change Is Good will have no problems with the wet stuff. Their Sunday afternoon fundraiser for kids and parents will have plenty of games, music, food and “stuff” inside Brook Hollow.

Ah, come on! You didn’t really think a little damp stuff would slow down CIS Co-Chairs Kate Rose and T.J. Marquez plus their kids Olivia, James and Nicholas, or Honorary Grandmother Jeanne Marie Clossey. No way! So plan on partying Sunday.

Change Is Good Kick-Off Party Had Future Philanthropists Drawing, Feasting On Chocolate And Tearing Up Over Cookies Lost

The combination of adorable munchkins, pizza, crayons and paper on a Saturday can only spell overdrive activity, laughter and a couple of tears. Tears? More about that later.

Rainbow Room

Rainbow Room

That was the scene Saturday, August 24, at the Community Partners of Dallas for the kick-off of “Change is Good.” As parents and kids passed by the legendary Rainbow Room, they probably didn’t realize that the clothes hanging from rods around the room still bore their price tags for a reason. It was to provide proof to the young recipients that these were indeed brand new clothes. For some of these youngsters, they’ve never had had anything that’s brand spanking new. These shorts, pajamas, toys and flip-flops are true gifts of wonderment for children rescued from neglectful and abusive conditions. So, when they are rescued from deplorable situations without anything, the kiddos are taken to CPD to stock up on backpacks, shorts, jammies and toys to help them as they make their way through the transition.

Art Wall

Art Wall

But Saturday the children filing through the hallways and filling the big backroom were being initiated into the world of philanthropy. They were there to draw and color possible designs that might eventually become the graphic for the September 29th “Change is Good” T-shirt at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Travis Wakefield

Travis Wakefield

Travis Wakefield, who will probably become a White House resident or a marketing mogul, came dressed as Davy Crockett to complement his entry drawing of the legendary frontiersman.

Sophia Bailey-Carrizales

Sophia Bailey-Carrizales

Lee Bailey and Vinnie Carrizales tried to keep up with daughter Sophia, but the one-year-old was non-stop making the rounds at tables where Jennifer and Richard Dix were hunkered down with their Gracie and Nate and Lisa and Marvin Singleton with son William. Another year-old upcoming fundraising type, Audrey Anne Haugh, opted to be carried around in the arms of her mother, Leigh Anne. Instead of makeup, AA wore a smear of chocolate on her face and a pink bow on top of her towhead.

Nicholas Marquez, Sam Oglesby and James Marquez

Nicholas Marquez, Sam Oglesby and James Marquez

And how did tears work their way into this festive occasion? It seems that while “Change is Good” Co-Chairs Kate Rose and T.J. Marquez were juggling hosting duties as well as their own youngsters (Olivia, Nicholas and James), the twin boys were called over to have their picture taken with their buddy Sam Oglesby. On the way over, the cookie that James had selected from the mountain of cookies fell from his plate. Immediately Vinnie rushed to the table to provide James with a substitute. James’s tears dried up, but still that first cookie had won his heart but fallen from grace. . . or rather, his plate.

More photos are posted on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Change Is Good Kick-Off Party

Leigh Anne Haugh and Audrey Anne Haugh

Leigh Anne Haugh and Audrey Anne Haugh

In between lolling around the pool or prepping for the upcoming fundraising season, you might want to see some of the area’s future fundraisers. They gathered at Community Partners of Dallas for the Change Is Good kick-off party on Saturday, August 24. The write up will follow, but until then enjoy some the festivities at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Change Is Good

Olivia, Nicholas, Kate Rose and James Marquez

Olivia, Nicholas, Kate Rose and James Marquez

According to “Change is Good” Co-Chair Kate Rose Marquez,

“My husband T.J., and I, along with our three children Olivia, James and Nicholas have been busy this summer collecting pennies, nickels, quarters and bills – and hope you are too – for the seventh annual ‘Change is Good benefiting Community Partners of Dallas.

“Change is Good is the one event where we as a family can work together to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child.  For months, we gather change from our friends and family, as well as empty our own piggy banks, for our coin jars. The kids have even had a lemonade stand this year! Taking the filled jars and turning them in at the event to see how much was collected is exciting. Last year over 66,000 coins were collected – so we hope everyone will join us to collect even more!

“The event truly is a family affair, geared towards kids of all ages. Activities include face painting, bounce houses, cookie decorating, flipbooks, video games and entertainment by a DJ. All the kids who attend will get to take home a t-shirt featuring the winning design from artwork submitted through a children’s design contest at the sponsor kick-off party, and of course there is delicious food and refreshing drinks for all ages.

“But most importantly the money raised through tickets and sponsorships, as well as the collected change, supports Community Partners of Dallas, which ensures safety and restores dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.

“Sponsorships are currently available and tickets will go on sale in September. For more information, visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org.”

Photo provided by Kate Rose Marquez

Community Partners Of Dallas Is In Overdrive Undertaking “Change Is Good” and “Back To School” Programs Right Now

Pity the poor soul who thinks Dallas drops in population this time of year and is inhabited only by bodies baking in the sun or folks chomping on popcorn in icy, cold movie theaters. Nope. It’s hustle, bustle time for many in preparation of the upcoming fall and winter fundraising season. You didn’t really think that all those activities just magically take place, did you? Course, you didn’t, you smart thang!

One group that is really moving into overdrive is the Community Partners of Dallas. Sure, CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel and her trusty sidekick VP of Development Joanna Clarke were at Café Express Wednesday night before catching a movie at the Angelika. Heck, girls can’t work all the time. They deserved a break.

But bright and early this morning, they were back at work putting the finishing touches on the “Change is Good” program for kids to collect change, and prepping for the kick off of CPD’s “Back to School 2013” program.

Decorated Change is Good jar

Decorated Change is Good jar

You can help with both programs. For Change is Good, create a project for your family by collecting change. Do the old Suze Orman POA. If something costs $1.15, pay $2 and put the change in a jar that you can decorate. If it costs $10.50, pay $11 and put the change in that jar. By the September 29 celebration when all the kids present their change, your family will blow everyone away. And if you can’t make the Brook Hollow event, you can still contribute the change because it’s for good.

As for Back to School 2013, think back to that first day of the school year when everybody seemed to have new stuff. You know, stuff like the mega box of crayons, new binders, flashy pens, very cool backpacks and brand new clothes. There’s a certain scent in the air of newness.

Unfortunately, there are a heck of a lot of kids who don’t even have the basic supplies. You’ve heard how teachers actually use their own money to help their students to have the tools to participate in class.

CPD provides school supplies and uniforms for more than 2,100 Dallas County children thanks to financial donations, collections of new school supplies and volunteers.

But before you start thinking, “Gee, I can’t afford to donate a new laptop,” rethink. The “school supply wish list” is embarrassingly sweet and simple. It includes 3-ring binders, colored pencils, dividers, folders, glue, glue sticks, markers, notebook paper, scissors, spiral notebooks, writing tables and special needs (backpacks, construction paper, dividers, highlighters, index cards, Kleenex, manila paper, rules and watercolor sets).

And if you’re way too busy to collect, send $$. For “every $1 donated is equal to $4 worth of school supplies and uniforms! With a gift of only $25, you can ensure a child starts the school year off with the right tools for success!”

You can start sending the money in right now, but the collection of donations runs from August 1-31 at all The Container Stores for individuals. For companies, you can deliver the funds and “stuff” to the CPD Central Location at 1215 Skiles Street.

Surprise Sunday Round Robin: Change Is Good, Cattle Baron’s Post Ball Silent Auction And Westapher Auction

Thanks to a pass by the Dallas Cowboys, a rare Sunday Round Robin had fundraising acting downright like a Thursday.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Brook Hollow Golf Club has, for longer than Nolan Ryan has known a baseball, been synonymous with deb balls and holiday feasting by Dallas’ oldest families. It’s where the chic meet for a card game or swing a club. Sunday, it was giving Six Flags Over Texas and Chuck E. Cheese a run for their money.

Bungee jumping

Community Partners of Dallas’ Paige McDaniel, with crown in place, and Joanna Clarke, with a smile bigger than a Cadillac grill, looked around at the stately country club that had turned into a Willy Wonka funland thanks to Co-chair-families Carolyn and Paul Goelzer with munchkins Sophie and ElizabethKimber and Michael Hartmann with munchkins Beau, Brice and Brooks and Angie and Kevin Kadesky with munchkins Elizabeth, Stephen, Alexander, Marie, Keith and Erin for Change is Good.

Ryan Brown, Lily Brown and Betty Wimberly

In order for the kids to participate, they must bring change to exchange for prize-chance tickets and an afternoon of fun. Last year they collected $13K in change, thanks to 103,000 coins brought in by the kids. The weight of the coins was so great, they had to rent a U-Haul to take the money to the bank because the coins weighed down the back of a regular car. And while that’s a nice little sum, the real money is made through sponsorship underwriting.

This year’s gathering of 550 kids and adult kids was overflowing all afternoon. Where usually there were couples sitting on the terrace watching the golfers, there were kids springing up and down courtesy of bungee cord

(Top photo) Leigh Anne Haugh and Audrey Anne Haugh;             (Bottom photo) Edie Nelson and Joel Nelson

jumping. Inside, the only debs were those who would one day make their bows in 14 years. But Sunday they were doing the chicken dance, shaking the bounce house, decorating cookies, posing for photos and having their faces made up. And we’re not talking Neiman Marcus cosmetic counter style.

As for the parents, they were having just as much fun. It was a great excuse to be a kid again or to show off the next generation of the family. Leigh Anne Haugh had her arms full with newest Haugh arrival, Audrey Anne Haugh.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end. At least that’s the lesson that two-and-half-year-old Edie Nelson learned as she cried in the arms of her father, Joel Nelson, as she boarded the family SUV.

CATTLE BARON’S POST-BALL SILENT AUCTION

Lucky were those who discovered the silent auction tent at the Cattle Baron’s Ball on September 28. It was enclosed in a tent with walls and had a wood flooring and, most importantly, real bargains. The majority of guests had headed to the tent with all the food and the tented main stage area.

Ah, but there were some items that just did get snatched up, and those CBB ladies were bound and determined to break all records in getting their numbers up. To help them do that, Pappas Bros. donated an evening of food and adult beverages at Pappas Steakhouse to hold a silent auction with the un-snatched items.

John and Andrea Weber

According to CBB Auction Chair Andrea Weber, Pappas Bros. did the same thing in 2009 after rain put a damper on the ball.

Within the first half hour Sunday, the place was bulging with CBB-ers, friends like Babe Laufenberg and newbie buds. One CBB vet was amazed at the new faces in the crowd, commenting, “I didn’t know if I was at the right party.” It was so crowded that servers nearly couldn’t get around with trays of BBQ quail wrapped in bacon, brie and lobster salad in pastry cups and lamb chops. Then there was that mountain of cheeses against one of the walls getting attention.

WESTAPHER AUCTION PARTY

Faye Briggs, Caroline Rose Hunt, Bob Brackbill and Carmaleta Whiteley

Once again, philanthropist Faye Briggs opened her house for the good of others. Sunday night it was for a dinner and auction for 300 patrons of Monday’s Westapher Golf Charity and Auction benefiting Nexus Recovery Center. At times there were as many people on the terrace as in the

Brad Oldham

living room, where Caroline Rose Hunt and Bob Brackbill sat on the couch catching up with Faye and Carmaleta Whiteley. In the kitchen, where Maggiano’s was serving up food, Ralph Gorman was chatting with artist Brad Oldham, whose owl sculpture was up for bid.

Ralph Gorman

A huge platter of fudge was on the round table in the gathering room. One guest upon sampling the Maggiano’s fudge declared, “This stuff is thicker than my ex-husband.”

Speaking of the auction, the take for the evening at last count was $41,600, thanks to emcee Gina Miller. But wait there was still more auction action a the Monday tournament, where Troy Aikman was scheduled to drop by.

Share-A-Date: Community Partners of Dallas’ “Change For Good” Is Great Summer Project For Munchkins

Sunday, October 7:Change is good” and when it comes to the Community Partners of Dallas (CPDTX), it’s positively great. Not only does it allow kids to help raise funds, it helps kids in need of help. The event taking place at Brook Hollow Golf Club is strictly G-rated including bungee-trampoline, bounce houses, face painting, flip books, a video-game truck, Brook Hollow good and more. Kids bring change that they’ve collected. In return they get chance tickets for prizes.

The timing is also perfect. It takes place on a Sunday afternoon. So you can attend church, grab a bite to eat and head on over from 3 to 6 p.m. And you Cowboy fans don’t have to worry about missing a game. The Boys have the weekend off. According to the CPD team of Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke,

Kim, JR and Justin Whitman

“We are simply thrilled to have Kim, Justin and JR Whitman as our honorary chair family. And we have three amazing chair families this year: Carolyn and Paul Goelzer with daughters, Sophie and Elizabeth; Kimber and Michael Hartmann with sons, Beau, Brice and Brooks; and Angie and Kevin Kadesky with children Elizabeth, Stephen, Alexander, Marie, Keith and Erin.  In addition, more than 120 great families have joined the event Host Committee.”

Carolyn Goelzer with daughters Sophie and Elizabeth

Last year’s take included 103,00 coins totaling more than $15,000. Do you know how much good that CPDTX folks can squeeze out of $15,000?

How did they get their coins? According to organizers,

  • “I had a dog wash in my neighborhood”
  • “In my mom’s car”
  • “Under the sofa cushions”
  • “I knocked on my neighbors’ doors and asked them to help kids who didn’t have all the things that I do”
  • “In my piggy bank”
  • “I had a lemonade stand. Everyone gave me a lot of money when they found out I was doing it to help other kids!”
  • “Our grandmother’s purse”

Look, it’s summertime and the kids have seen all the movies, survived camp and are driving you nuts with “What are we gonna do now?” So, tell your favorite kiddos to start scratching their brains to come up with ideas to collect coins. And if your children are online friendly, CPDTX has arranged “to set up online pages so that they can ask for fundraising support from friend who live too far away to share their change.” Translation: Grandparents, be prepared to be hit up.

Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas