Star 102.1 Personalities To Broadcast “Miracle Day Radiothon” Friday From Children’s Medical Center Dallas From 6 a.m. To 7 p.m.

Lacey Parker and Renee Parker (File photo)

Friday is going to be a bit warmer, but there’s still going to be a holiday chill in the air. That translates into the taste of hot chocolate at the desk and the aroma of homemade bread baking away. But what would be the ideal sound to go with all these senses of the holidays?

It’s “Miracle Day Radiothon”! Presented by Neighborhood Credit Union, iHeartRadio  Star 102.1’s Leigh Ann, Amanda Flores and Rick O’Bryan will be broadcasting from Children’s Medical Center Dallas. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be patients like Kristin Alcaraz, Shantisa Anderson, Julissa Garcia, Sadie Granberry, Emmy Kaighan, Maddox Kindiger, Katie Kramer, Braden McCollum, Jacob Mowl, Samantha Raack, Makenna Rodolph, Sim Scott, Ace Shelton and Miguel Soto and their families telling memorable stories about their relationship with Children’s.

Tom Thumb’s Connie Yates (File photo)

In addition to reminding listeners of the true meaning of the holidays, the hope is that listeners will reach in their pockets to support program at Children’s Health, in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Donations can be made online or by calling 800.800.7277.

Factoid: Last year the Children’s Health system provided care for more than “278,000 unique patients at its hospitals, specialty centers and pediatric group practices. It is the second-busiest pediatric health system in the nation in terms of admissions and pediatric emergency department visits.”

Joining the effort to provide health care for children will sponsors Albertsons/Tom Thumb, Granite, AT and T, Cisco and The Residences at Rough Creek Lodge.

Thanks To Spirit Halloween, Children’s Ghouls And Goblins Had Their Pick For Halloween Garb

Racks of costumes

Racks of costumes

Despite trailing mobile IVs or being chauffeured in red wagons, the Children’s patients were just typical kids warming up for Halloween in the Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ Butterfly Atrium on Thursday, October 13.

There were racks of brand new costumes just ripe for the pickings. The children were able to shop for the ultimate perfecto costume just in time for trick and treating. They also had a chance to pick up backpacks, play games, have their faces painted and, of course, test out treats.





While some like Andrew hit the tables to apply crayons to paper, others like Payslea got a new look thanks to the face painters.

Even the Children’s therapy dogs got into the spirit of the day giving licks instead of tricks to fellows like Jesus.



It was all made possible by Spirit Halloween’s fundraising arm Spirit of Children. In addition to providing and hosting the party for the kids, the company has provided a total of $670,816 for Children’s Medical Center Foundation. The Spirit of Children was established in 2006 to help “make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long.” Joining the Spirit Halloween volunteers and staffers were members of Child Life, too.

Spirit of Children representatives

Spirit of Children representatives

To be very honest, it was hard to tell who was having more fun — the youngsters or oldsters.

BTW, the voting on the Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ cutest Howl-oween pooch is still going on. Just check out the Children’s ad on the right side of this page before it’s too late.

Round Robin December 1: Tree Lightings, Wine Tastings, Holiday Gatherings And Diamonds Galore

The rule of thumb is that Mondays are usually quiet for hairdressers and fundraisers. It provides the opportunity to rest up and/or catch up. But since December is the month of being special, Monday, December 1, was anything but quiet, especially with temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s.

Late afternoon Children’s Medical Center Dallas lit up a 40’ tree in the Butterfly Atrium for patients, their families and staffers to enjoy. Of course, they just couldn’t have anyone “throw the switch” to the light up the tree. It was a jolly, old fellow in a red and white suit.

That evening activities exploded. The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society was warming up at Patrick Sands’ home-sweet-home on Lakeside. Anne and Steve Stodghill along with Robert Weatherly were hosting wine-world impresario Jean-Charles Boisset of the Boisset Collection for a seated bubbles and tastings in the Stodghill ballroom for the likes of Annika and Dennis Cail, Katina Anderson, Julie Horn, Carmen and Jerry Miller, Lynae Fearing, Bryan Curran, Kristen and Ross Gatlin and loads of others of the legal-drinking age.

Still others were lighting outdoor trees and checking “ice” inside.

Lee Park Tree Lighting

Gay Donnell and Theresa Daniel

Gay Donnell and Theresa Daniel

Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservatory President/CEO Gay Donnell was rather amazed and gratified by the success of the tree lighting at Lee Park. Last year the event had attracted 300, but this year the headcount was rising to the 500 mark despite a last minute change in arrangement. Had the event been held just 24 hours earlier, it would have been a T-shirt and cargo shorts affair.

But with the cold front courtesy of Canada, it turned out to be heavy-duty coats, Hammacher-Schlemmer heated gloves and necks wrapped in cashmere scarves.

Sharon Galer and Ruth Wiederkehr

Sharon Galer and Ruth Wiederkehr

Thanks to Event Chair Sharon Galer, the Lee Park Conservancy membership was in full force in Arlington Hall enjoying all types of refreshments and decorations. On the grounds, the public with munchkins all bundled up were filling the white folding chairs and sipping hot chocolate waiting for the tree on the grounds to be lit.

Crystal Charity Ball Diamond Dipping

Crystal Charity Ball Just up Preston Road, Diamond Doctor  David Blank opened his two-story “jewel box” for the Crystal Charity Ball crowd.

David Blank and Aileen and Jack Pratt

David Blank and Aileen and Jack Pratt

Well, duh! With a theme of “Jewels of the Garden” for the upcoming children’s fundraising gala, David arranged for a showcasing of $100M worth of diamonds. According to David, this was the first time that a $100M event like this had taken place in Texas. In the spirit of the season, David was donating a percentage of the sales to CCB.

Pat Harloe

Pat Harloe

Even those who had avoided the previous temptations of jewelry ecstasy before couldn’t help falling for  the dazzling red ruby ring surrounded by a star-burst cluster of diamonds with matching ruby and diamond necklace on the ground level.

39-carat fancy intense yellow radiant Diamond ring

39-carat fancy intense yellow radiant diamond ring

And then there was an incredible pink diamond ring keeping company with diamonds on the upper level.

They were all in fine company as millions of dollars worth of jewelry filled the cases — a 39-carat fancy intense yellow radiant diamond for $1.8M; a 30-carat fancy yellow pear-shaped diamond for $1.15M; a 32-carat Harry Winston signet earrings for $2.8M and a 3-carat fancy pink pear diamond ring for $900K to mention a few.

Claudia Jacobs

Claudia Jacobs

But not all were displayed under glass. David’s sister Claudia Jacobs’ neck was surrounded in a rainbow of gems… a 68-carat multi-colored diamond necklace going for $775K.

While the ladies hunkered over counters and tried on the goodies, the fellows (Jack Pratt, Don Conlon, Charles McEvoy, Vin Perella, Brian Diers, Tom Swiley and Kevin Kadesky) made note to check with Santa and David.

Speaking of David, he was in a recovery mode. Seems that the Blank household had been stricken by the season’s first wave of “Yucky Flu.” But this evening was too important and David got his doctor’s “OK,” checked into the hotel, and was in the pink for the night.

One chap was checking out the loose diamonds for a future surprise. Can’t reveal. It would spoil the sussie. Don’t ya just love a surprise?

Fundraiser Breaks The Law With County Officials And Legal Eagles In Attendance

Teacup Maltese

A first for MySweetCharity tonight! As much as the entire staff loves watching fundraising for Dallas nonprofits, we had to walk an event tonight. Too bad because it was a stellar occasion with VIP’s (County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, County Commissioner Elba Garcia, KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley and a ton of legal types), 600 gents and ladies and over-the-top hoop-la including Cyndi Lauper doing the entertaining. And to add the cherry on the top of this delicious event, it benefited Children’s Medical Center.

Yorkie puppy

So, why did MSC pull out? No, it wasn’t past our bedtime. An illegal act was on the program. Three adorable puppies (a teacup Maltese, Yorkie and Malti-poo) were to be auctioned off. In the city of Dallas that’s been against the law (Dallas City Ordinance Sec. 7-7.6) since 2008. One of the cute gals displaying a pup said, “Poor little thing is shaking badly.”

One non-pet owner was overheard to say, “Those puppies shouldn’t be here. They’re making me feel uncomfortable.”


It’s happened before and will probably happen again unless animal advocates, nonprofit benefactors and law enforcement do more than issue a letter. One group that recently auctioned off a puppy quipped, “Let ’em send a letter or even fine us. We made more money off the sale of the dog than the fine.”

Suggestion: If an animal is auctioned for a charity, let’s not only have the money returned to the bidder. Let’s fine the nonprofit a similar amount. Otherwise, remove the law that is not enforceable.

In the meantime, MySweetCharity will opt out when it comes to events or news that bodes of a naughty nature.

JUST IN: Children’s Medical Center’s Development VP Phyllis Cole Resigns

Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ VP of Development Phyllis Cole notified her staff yesterday that she’s turned in her resignation to focus on her three munchkins. She’ll be staying at Children’s for the next few weeks to “wrap up dangling projects.”

Children’s loss is the gain for three very lucky kids.