Chi Omegas Gave More Than A Hoot To Area Nonprofits and Scholarship Funds

Just as the Crystal Charity Ball gals were doling out the dough a couple of weeks ago for its beneficiaries, so the Chi Omega Alumnae were recently handy with checks. The funds came from their 2016 Chi Omega Christmas Market that was held last fall at Fair Park.

2016 Market Co-Chairs Amy McAleavey and Mandy Escobedo admitted that their goal of providing $258,000 for the 2016 beneficiaries was a daunting one. But evidently it wasn’t as challenging as they thought, as they provided $320,000 to the following beneficiaries:

Mandy Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

  • ChildCareGroup,
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support,
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas®,
  • New Friends New Life,
  • Promise House,
  • Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas,
  • Trinity River Mission,
  • VMLC (Vickery Meadow Learning Center) and
  • the Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas Chi O Christmas Market Endowed Scholarship fund and collegiate scholarships.

According to Amy, “The total amount raised at the 2016 Market is a 24% increase from our set goal and allows us to fully fund our wonderful beneficiaries.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s Market with Alex Bjornnes serving as chair. The 2017 event will be the 40th anniversary of the Market and will return to Centennial Hall in Fair Park from Wednesday, November 15 thru Saturday, November 18.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

Chi Omega Alumnae Dole Out Chi Omega Christmas Market’s $330,000 To Area Nonprofits And Scholars

Amy Mitchell and Betsy Keith*

Amy Mitchell and Betsy Keith*

While November seems ages ago, the Dallas Chi Omega Alumnae have been adding up the dollars earned through their annual Chi Omega Christmas Market. When the total was finalized, the checks were handed out at Chi O alumna Amy Mitchell’s fabulous home on Turtle Creek on Tuesday, February 16. Here’s a report from the field:

More than 100 Dallas-area Chi Omega Alumnae and beneficiary representatives gathered at the home of Amy and Malone Mitchell for a check presentation of funds raised from the 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market, which was held November 18-21, 2015, in Centennial Hall in Fair Park. The 38th annual market drew a record crowd of 10,500 shoppers.

Amanda Escobedo, Sue Bailey and Amy McAleavey*

Amanda Escobedo, Sue Bailey and Amy McAleavey*

Co-Chairs Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey announced that the total amount to be distributed from the market was $330,000, providing critical funds for local beneficiaries including Association for Independent Living, Attitudes & Attire, AVANCE- Dallas Inc., Camp Summit, Dallas Services Low Vision Clinic, DME Exchange of Dallas, Hope Cottage, Jonathan’s Place, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship and Chi Omega Educational Corporation.

Beneficiary Committee Chair Jenny Kaiser and Beneficiary Liaison Barb McCluer presented checks to representatives from these local beneficiaries, as well as collegiate scholarship recipients and their families.

Danna Hamann, LeAnn AuBuchon, Jane Porter and Kelly Waterman*

Danna Hamann, LeAnn AuBuchon, Jane Porter and Kelly Waterman*

Guests included Chi O Alumnae President Sue Bailey, ManeGait’s Danna Hamann, LeAnn Aubuchon and Kelly Waterman, AVANCE-Dallas’ Will Hornberger, Anne Thomas and Mack Campbell, Betsy Keith, Julie and Mikes Karnes, Carolyn Peck, Suzanne Caruso, Bitsy Carter, Kelly Hosch, Nancy Leonard, Cindy Robinson, Gayle Chapman, Jenny Kaiser, Denise JerniganBarb McCluer, Arlene Manthey, Leah Keeter, Christine Platt, Kathy Martin and Laura Rohrman.

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee

A Gentle Reminder: 2016 Chi Omega Market Deadline

The applications for the 2016 Chi Omega Christmas Market beneficiaries are due Tuesday…like tomorrow!

Here are the criteria to qualify for consideration:

  • Applicants must not have received Chi Omega Christmas Market funds from the previous two markets (2014 or 2015) with the exception of Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, the national philanthropy of Chi Omega.
  • Organization must include Dallas County in their service area.
  • Organization must be operating under a 501(c)3 determination.
  • Projects and programs must address needs in the areas of health, education, civic, arts or welfare.

After review, the Chi O’s will notify the applicants “of their status by mail after Monday, November 23, 2015.”

Hustle, hustle!

Chi Omega Christmas Market Plans Revealed For Interested 2016 Beneficiaries And 2015 Fundraiser

Any nonprofit wanting money, think Christmas now. The Dallas-area Chi Omega Alumnae want you! They have issued a shout-out for those wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for the 2016 Chi Omega Christmas Market.

Chi Omega Christmas Market (File photo)

Chi Omega Christmas Market (File photo)

But better get hustling because applications are due Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Here’s the criteria to qualify for consideration:

  • Applicants must not have received Chi Omega Christmas Market funds from the previous two markets (2014 or 2015) with the exception of Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, the national philanthropy of Chi Omega.
  • Organization must include Dallas County in their service area.
  • Organization must be operating under a 501(c)3 determination.
  • Projects and programs must address needs in the areas of health, education, civic, arts or welfare.

After review, the Chi O’s will notify the applicants “of their status by mail after Monday, November 23, 2015.”

Remember this application process is for the 2016 market, not for 2015. That’s already a done deal with the 2015 beneficiaries being Association for Independent Living, Attitudes & Attire, AVANCE-Dallas Inc., Camp Summit, Dallas Services Low Vision Clinic, DME Exchange of Dallas, Hope Cottage, Jonathan’s Place, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas®, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship and Chi Omega Educational Corporation and Collegiate Scholarships. The goal is to distribute $210,000 among the 11 nonprofits.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the upcoming Christmas Market — Chi Omega Candy Christmas — Co-Chairs Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey have arranged for it to return to Fair Park’s Centennial Hall from Wednesday, November 18, to Saturday, November 21. Tickets for the Wednesday preview party and Thursday’s “First Call Shopping” will get the holder re-admittance for the rest of the market’s run.

Calling All Beneficiary Applicants For 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market

Just when you have just gotten used to writing 2014, there are those already planning for 2015! Among those far-ahead-thinking types are the hooting ladies of Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas. While one group is organizing the 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market for November 19-22 at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, 2015 Chi O Christmas Market Beneficiary Committee Chair Barb McCluer and her team are accepting beneficiary applications for the 2015 fundraiser.

In order to qualify, the “following criteria” is required:

  • Applicants must not have received Chi Omega Christmas Market funds from the previous two markets (2013 or 2014) with the exception of Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, the national philanthropy of Chi Omega.
  • Organization must include Dallas County in their service area.
  • Organization must be operating under a 501 (c) 3 determination.
  • Projects and programs must address needs in the areas of Health, Education, Civic, Arts or Welfare.

The online applications are due Friday, July 25.

2012 Chi Omega Market Brought In More Than $305,000 For Area Nonprofits And Scholarships

The Dallas-area Chi Omega Alumnae had reason to whoop it up at Blue Mesa Grill Wednesday. Their 2012 Chi Omega Christmas Market not only had 10,000 shoppers at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall from November 14-17, it raised $305,300. Nice way to celebrate the sorority’s past 35 years of giving.

Jan Langbein, Claire Gran, Catherine Coffee, Kelly Little and Denise Jernigan

Jan Langbein, Claire Grant, Catherine Coffee, Kelly Little and Denise Jernigan

Market Chairs Kelly Little and Denise Jernigan presented checks to Contact Crisis Line, Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Genesis Women’s Shelter, MakeAWish Foundation® of North Texas, Night OWLS, Parkland Foundation, Readers2Leaders, Taylor’s Gift Foundation, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Chi Omega Collegiate Scholarships.

ShIrley Lockett, Stephanie Brigger and Suzanne Caruso

Shirley Lockett, Stephanie Brigger and Suzanne Caruso

In the crowd were Jan Staats, Louis and Jay Beth Moore, Carol Toler, Debby Kondrach, Diane Brooks, Grace Anne Woodruff, Jessica Krampe, Heather Trumpfheller, Emily Thorsen, K’Lea Lisenby, Grant Eidson, Claire Grant, Catherine Coffee, Scotty Landry, Erin Michel, Tara and Todd Storch, Debby Jett Allbright and Bill Allbright, Amy Timmerman, Genesis Women’s Shelter Executive Director Jan Langbein, Suzanne Caruso, Shirley Lockett, 2012-2013 Chi Omega Dallas Alumnae

Beth Arnold and Jana Beth Eidson

Beth Arnold and Jana Beth Eidson

President Jana Beth Eidson, Christi Ferrell, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Vice President of Development Stephanie Brigger and Beth Arnold, who will be co-chairing the 2013 Market.

According to Kelly, “We are thrilled with the success of the 2012 Chi Omega Christmas Market. Our wonderful beneficiaries are so deserving of the funds the Market is able to provide, and we would like to thank all of the volunteers, merchants and of course, our shoppers, who made this year a great success.”

Follow the jump to check out, who sponsored the Chi O’s to this goal:

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MySweetCharity Opportunity: Chi Omega Christmas Market

Denise Jernigan and Kelly Little

According to Chi Omega Christmas Market Co-chair Kelly Little:

“This November, we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Chi Omega Christmas Market, an annual holiday shopping event produced by the Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas, which supports local charitable organizations and collegiate scholarships. In its 35-year history, the Chi Omega Christmas Market has raised $6.3 million for nearly 100 different non-profit organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“To continue this spirited tradition, the Chi Omega Christmas Market has pledged $205,500 to the following 2012 beneficiaries: CONTACT Crisis Line, Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas, Night OWLS, Parkland Foundation, Readers2Leaders, Taylor’s Gift Foundation, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Chi Omega Collegiate Scholarships.

“I am deeply honored and proud to be co-chairing the 35th anniversary of the Chi Omega Christmas Market with Denise Jernigan. This cherished tradition represents all that Chi Omega stands for with a commitment to supporting the community around us by helping wonderful organizations in need and helping young women flourish in their collegiate endeavors. Denise and I look forward to making 2012’s Market a record-breaking success.

“The Chi Omega Christmas Market will be held November 14-17, 2012 in Centennial Hall at Fair Park. The Market will feature more than 165-handpicked vendors from around the country filling hundreds of coveted merchant booths, transforming Centennial Hall into a luxury gift marketplace. Shoppers will discover a wide variety of hard-to-find items, including jewelry, home décor, women’s fashion, toys, holiday décor, food and drinks, items for entertaining, linens and original art.

“The Chi Omega Christmas Market will kick off with the Preview Party Wednesday, November 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. where guests will have an exclusive preview of this year’s Market. Shoppers also will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and a raffle with fantastic prizes. Preview Party tickets are $75 and offer readmission for the duration of the Market during general admission hours.

“First Call shopping is set for Thursday, November 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Call tickets, good for general admission re-admittance throughout the Market, are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door for $25.

“General admission will run Thursday, November 15, from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $12 at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Tom Thumb stores and online at www.chiomegaxmas.org.”

Photo by Kristina Bowman

Chi Omegas Distribute $269,721.41 Raised From Christmas Market 2010 To Eight Groups

Jennifer Stone, Kendra Allen and Amy Timmerman

Remember Christmas? It was way back in December, but the gifts just keep coming. The latest goody to arrived at deBoulle Tuesday when the the Chi Omegas distributed $269,721.41 to eight area groups. With Co-chairs Jennifer Stone, Amy Timmerman and Kendra Allen at the helm, those hardworking gals put together a stellar 33rd Chi Omega Christmas Market resulting in the whopping sum.

Especially pleased with the results were the following beneficiaries:

  • American Red Cross-Dallas Chapter
  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Foundation for the Education of Young Women
  • Heart House Dallas
  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
  • Pastoral Counseling and Education Center and
  • Chi Omega Christmas Market Scholarships.

Colleen Nay, Jenny Kaiser and Katherine Coffey

“The Chi Omega Christmas Market is such a wonderful vehicle to support our local charities and organizations,” said Jenny Kaiser, 2011 Beneficiary Chair. “The Market has been so successful in improving the quality of life in our community, and we are so pleased to continue that success tonight.”

If you just landed at DFW International and haven’t a clue about the Christmas Market, sit back and learn. More than 10,500 shoppers were a part of the 2010 market that included “a unique holiday shopping experience showcasing gifts for every age including jewelry, home décor, women’s fashion, toys, holiday décor, food and drinks, items for entertaining, linens and original art.”

Since it started 33 years ago, the market has provided $5.7 million through grants to local charities and collegiate scholarships.

Chi Omega Christmas Market 2011 Theme

Chi Omega Christmas Market 2011 Theme

The 2011 market Co-chairs Amy Timmerman and Sarah Staats are already plotting with a theme “Mod and Merry.”

Go, Chi O’s!

 

Photo credit: Sally Larroca