JUST IN: The Moody Foundation Awards Children’s Health With $12M To Attract The World’s Top Scientists And Researchers To CRI

At their annual dinner, the Children’s Medical Center Foundation million-dollar donors/members of The Scripps Society had a delicious surprise that had jaws literally dropping at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s home Tuesday night. And while this crowd is renowned for their generosity, they were more than delighted with the news about an uber gift of generosity. The reason was courtesy of The Moody Foundation.

With Francie Moody-Dahlberg and husband Kevin Dahlberg smiling, it was announced that the Foundation had presented a $12 million gift to Children’s Health. The monies will “establish a prestigious faculty scholar program designed to attract the world’s top scientists to Dallas work alongside other researchers at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI).”

Sean Morrison, Christopher Durovich, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Kevin Dahlberg and Brent Christopher

According to CRI Director Dr. Sean Morrison, “We are deeply honored by this generous gift from the Moody Foundation that will accelerate our ability to make discoveries that improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease in children.”

Jamie Williams and Ralph DeBerardinis

The immediate plan calls for $5M to “create a new Robert L. Moody Sr. Faculty Scholar endowment to support the research of a leading scientist at CRI.” The first Scholar will be Dr. Ralph DeBerardinis, who is director of CRI’s Genetic and Metabolic Program and professor in CRI. Thanks to his laboratory, new strategies have been provided for treating cancer by exploiting metabolic differences between cancer cells and normal cells.”

The Foundation will continue its support of CRI’s world-class medical research “for at least 10 years with a distribution of $700,000 or more every year.”

As Francie put it, “With this gift, we hope to increase the impact of the Children’s Research Institute and attract the most brilliant scientists and researchers from around the globe to North Texas.”

This latest gift brings the total of The Moody Foundation’s support of CRI to $17.35M, “placing it among the top 10 largest cumulative donors for Children’s Health in the system’s 104-year history.”

Children’s Health President/CEO Christopher Durovich summed it up: “Given the established track records of these scientists for finding the pathways to medical breakthroughs, the Moody investment will benefit countless generations yet to come, especially in our relentless pursuit of the discovery of tomorrow’s treatments.”

Once again philanthropy is the reason that North Texas is recognized as a world leader in healthcare research and treatments.  

According to Children’s Medical Center Foundation Brent Christopher, “This is an extraordinary gift. We’ve had a long-standing relationship with the Moody Foundation, and we’re inspired by this powerful collaboration with one of Texas’ most revered philanthropic families.

 “Permanent, private philanthropic support like this is an invaluable tool for these researchers. It is a unique, reliable resource for proven scientists who are at the top of their game and will launch them into their next phase of life-changing discoveries.”

Ironically, on the first night of the World Series, Brent summed it up, “CRI scientists knock it out each month.” 

Nicely played for the team of  The Moody Foundation, Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) for generations to come.      

Round Robin 10/21: Scripps Society, Junior League Of Dallas Reception, KIPP DFW And LaunchAbility Kick-Offs

The weather play nicely for fundraising on Wednesday, October 21, and the nonprofits were taking full advantage of it all over town.

Scripps Society

Mary McDermott Cook’s Dump Top has become the hot showplace for nonprofits to wine, fundraise and gaze at the Dallas skyline complete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and the soon-to-be-completed Margaret McDermott Bridge.

Why just days before, around 1,100 people toured the multi-level, Bill Booziotis-designed home as part of the Oak Cliff Home Tour.

Scripps Society table

Scripps Society table

Scripps Society table

Scripps Society table

But it had never been the scene of a seated supper for more than a handful of Mary’s pals. That was until the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute’s Scripps Society. This elite group, including Spring Wen, Woo-ping Ge, Bob Chereck, Alan and Randy Engstrom, Christina and Chris Durovich and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, that believes and supports the Children’s programs to the tune of $1M or more were the first to have place cards at dining table in the outdoor terraces, in the living room and the in the dining room, as well as the enclosed terraces.

Bob Chereck, Christina and Chris Durovich and Mary McDermott Cook

Bob Chereck, Christina and Chris Durovich and Mary McDermott Cook

Randy and Alan Engstrom

Randy and Alan Engstrom

Spring Wen and Woo-ping Ge

Spring Wen and Woo-ping Ge

IMG_1045 Jennifer and Andy Scripps

The treetops views alone were spectacular, as was the Cassandra meal that included a first course (baby greens salad, butternut squash ribbons, pomegranate arils, shaved manchego cheese, pumpkin seeds and sage vinaigrette), a second course (pan-roasted loup de mer, petit zucchini, fava bean-artichoke salsa, shaved carrots and com foam) and dessert (raspberry lemon mousse tower, tuile cookie raspberry compote and exotic fruit coulis).

But such privileges come with restrictions. As guests arrived, the ladies were asked to check in their purses. Parting with her handbag, one guests inquired, “What if I need my lipstick?” The Children’s staff was Johnny-on-the-spot assuring her not to worry. They would have her purse delivered pronto.

Junior League Past Leadership Reception

Over at Debbie and Nickey Oates’ handsome home, meantime, about 65 guests gathered for the Junior League of Dallas’ Past Presidents and Past Ball Chairs Reception. Attendees including Christie Carter, Pam Perella, Lydia Novakov, Isabell Novakov, and Paige Nash enjoyed the Wolfgang Puck canapés and caught up before the traditional presidents’ and chairs’ photos were taken. At one point they all gathered in the living room to hear the latest Junior League news, including a report about the upcoming annual Ball.

“Tonight is all about celebrating you,” said Meredith Mosley, the league’s current president. She talked about one of her favorite expressions—“I learned it in the league!”—and told how important it was for all members to attend league events, such as the upcoming Milestones Luncheon on November 12. Soon Mosley gave way to Ashley Allen, who’s chairing the league’s James Bond-themed, 54th annual “To Dallas With Love” Ball at the Hilton Anatole on February 20.

“It reminds me, looking around here tonight, that we have big shoes to fill,” Ashley began. So far, she said, the league has raised more than $700,000 for the annual ball, but “there’s a lot of work left to do” to reach the fundraising goal. “As I told the development committee,” Ashley quipped, “it’s like losing that last five pounds!” She then introduced Debbie Oates, who’s serving as the event’s honorary chair. “Dallas is a lot more competitive now,” Debbie advised the guests. “We need to be on top of our games. Not only do we support the [beneficiary agencies financially,] but we send them our volunteers. No one else does that!”

KIPPster Kick Off

The night was beyond perfection. So, the guests for the “Are You Smarter Than A KIPPster?” kick-off party handed over their cars at Lexington and Lakes. Then they strolled across the bridge over the Turtle Creek Dam past the Teddy Bear statues to the Pumphouse to hear plans for the Thursday, April 28, fundraiserfor KIPP DFW at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

And, of course, The Starlight Singers (aka KIPP Destiny Elementary’s show choir) will return!

According to KIPPster Co-Chairs Barbie Cobb and Sarah Weinberg, the adult know-it-alls will include Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas President/CEO Jennifer Sampson, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Luxury Dallas Kristie Ramirez. Byron Sanders will serve as emcee. And they reported that it will be a tad bit more interactive with the guest participation.

Barbie Cobb and Sarah Weinburg

Barbie Cobb and Sarah Weinburg

Dawne Tribolet

Dawne Tribolet

Lael Brodsky

Lael Brodsky

Jennifer and Tom Karol

Jennifer and Tom Karol

 

The host committee so far includes Lydia and Bill AddyJennifer and Peter AltabefLindsay and George BillingsleyLael and Peter Brodsky, Barbie and Steve CobbMacey and Steve DavisKoshi and Arun DhingraBerkeley and Jason DownieKristine and Mike DozierBetsy and Richard EisemanNatalie and Rick FielderRebecca and Barron FletcherCassidy and Ben HummelLibby and David HuntAmy and Andrew JentJennifer and Tom KarolJen and Kevin LavelleFay and Brian Lidji, Michelle and Bill LockhartJanie and Cappy McGarrPhyllis and Steve McKnightNicole MusselmanSharon Lyle and Mark MutschinkSusan and Steve O’BrienKaren and Richard PollockKate PorterStephanie and John RobertsCatherine and Will RoseAbigail and Andrew SinwellDawne and Pat TriboletCarol and Ben VigAngela and Brian WalshNicole and John Weeldreyer, Sarah and Russell Weinberg and Michelle and Peery Wood.

This event is one of the really, absolutely, truly fun events. It’s also the fundraiser that makes most adults realize they’re not quite as smart as they thought they were.

LaunchAbility Reveal

Over at the Brad Oldham studios off Ross Avenue, about 65 guests gathered to hear LaunchAbility announce the performer at its annual Special Evening With bash April 5 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The answer, it was soon disclosed: Martin Short, the Canadian comedian who’s starred in movies (“Three Amigos”) and on TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Launchability CEO Kathryn Parsons said that the event would be chaired by Hilda and Mike Galvin—they were hand-picked by last year’s chairs Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins, Kathryn revealed—and that guests would “fill the house,” which seats 1,800. Tickets will go on sale in January.

The selection of Short was sort of a natural, Kathryn added, since comic Dana Carvey was such a smash hit at the LaunchAbility fundraiser last year.

The reveal party also gave attendees an excuse to quaff Dynasty Spirits’ Nue Vodka and visit the studio and retail shop of Oldham, who creates the LaunchAbility awards. Brad and his wife Christy Coltrin have been in the 10,000-square-foot space for about a year.