MySweetCharity Opportunity: Grow The Grove

According to Grow the Grove co-chairs Muffin Lemak and Susan Palma,

Muffin Lemak and Susan Palma*

The fun has already begun for the second annual Grow the Grove event, happening on Friday, November 17, at 7 p.m. as we work alongside our Honorary Co-Chairs Mary and Mike Terry on this special evening benefiting Cristo Rey Dallas.

 Following last year’s sell-out event, Grow the Grove will take place at the venue sixty five hundred, located at 6500 Cedar Springs Road. The denim to dresses event will include a chef-prepared meal, fine wine, a spirited signature cocktail, live auction and more.

 Proceeds from Grow the Grove will benefit Cristo Rey Dallas, an innovative high school located in Pleasant Grove that offers students who would otherwise not consider private school a rigorous college prep education paired with a valuable work study program.  

The important work happening at Cristo Rey Dallas is making a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of dedicated high school students and their families, as well as the Dallas community as whole through the school’s Corporate Work Study Program.

 We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate the great success of Cristo Rey Dallas. Grow to Grove will be a night of great fun that supports an even greater initiative—preparing hardworking students to go to and through college!

DeeDee Lee and Janie Condon (File photo)

Mike and Micki Rawlings (File photo)

Claire Emanuelson and Pam Perella (File photo)

Candace and Jim Krause

Grow the Grove host committee members include: Lydia and Bill Addy, Helaine and Dan Blizzard, Becky and Ken Bruder, Susi and Peter Brundage, Jessica and Jeff Burrow, Karen and Mark Carney, Shelly and Tom Codd, Janie and David Condon, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Ola and Randall Fojtasek, Barbara and Brad Fritts, Susan and Mark Godvin, Jane and Greg Greene, Jean and Erik Hansen, Julie and Ed Hawes, Candace and Jimmy Krause, Leslie and Michael Lanahan, Patty and Mark Langdale, DeeDee and Jimmy Lee, Ann and Chris Mahowald, Kiley McGuire, Karla and Mark McKinley, Susan McSherry, Tricia and Bill Miller, Laura and Scott Moore, Michelle Moussa, Angela Nash, Ruthie and Jay Pack, Pam and Gary Patsley, Pam and Vin Perella, Susan and Jon Piot, Micki and Mike Rawlings, Randa and Doug Roach, Shelle and Michael Sills, Mary and Mike Smith, Mersina Stubbs, Beth and Chuck Thoele, Debbie and John Tolleson, Piper and Mike Wyatt and Ana and Jim Yoder.

Patty and Mark Langdale (File photo)

Chuck and Beth Thoele (File photo)

Mersina Stubbs (File photo)

Angela Nash (File photo)

Susan McSherry (File photo)

Mike and Piper Wyatt (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Sponsorships for Grow the Grove begin at $1,600.  Limited tickets will be available closer to the event at a cost of $320 each for preferred seating or $250 each for general admission. For more information, contact Lisa Brunts[email protected] or visit

Located in Pleasant Grove, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep provides economically challenged students of all faiths with a college preparatory education enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Through a rigorous curriculum, integrated with a hands-on professional work experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron Smith

Robbie Briggs Hosted Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School’s Grove To Grove Kick-Off Party

Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School students may not be known for their football team. That’s because they don’t have one. But they’re definitely making an impact on the Dallas business community. As part of their curriculum, they have the Corporate Work Study Program in which they “work in professional settings five days per month.” Not only are they exposed to a business environment, they also earn the majority of their tuition.

To celebrate and fundraise for the Pleasant Grove school, Grove to Grove at Trinity Grove was kicked off on Wednesday, September 14, before the rains starting falling. Here’s a report from the field:

On Wednesday, September 14, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep donors and friends gathered at The Marquee for a cocktail party hosted by Robbie Briggs and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. The school’s supporters came together to kick off the upcoming Grove to Grove event on Friday, September 23, at 3015 at Trinity Grove and to view colorful Cristo Rey Dallas flags, which were on display throughout the shopping center.

Guests had the opportunity to meet current students who shared their experience attending a college prep high school where students work one day a week at businesses such as Hunt Oil, The Dallas Morning News and CBRE, earning tuition and valuable work experience.

Mike Rawlings, Kelby Woodard, Maria Cintron and Gunnar Rawlings*

Mike Rawlings, Kelby Woodard, Maria Cintron and Gunnar Rawlings*

Attendees included Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Grove to Grove Co-Chairs Karen and Mark Carney and Patty and Mark Langdale, Honorary Co-Chairs Carolyn and Jere Thompson, Cheryl Joyner, Board Member Bill Miller, Amy and Pat Thompson, Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows,

Cristo Rey Dallas Corporate Work Study Executive Director Gunnar Rawlings and Cristo Rey Dallas Director of Development Susan Jenevein.

Cristo Rey Dallas President Kelby Woodard addressed the crowd of roughly 50 guests and thanked them for their support, which has greatly benefited the school’s 246 freshman and sophomore students. Woodard also provided a heartfelt message of thanks to Sister Dawn Achs of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who was in the audience, and shared details on the school’s anticipated Grove to Grove event.

“Grove to Grove is about celebrating Cristo Rey Dallas and our incredible students,” Woodard said. “But it’s also about sharing our school’s work with the rest of Dallas. Our mission is to provide economically challenged students the best possible education and prepare them to be successful in college and equip them for a lifetime of leadership. Through the funds raised at Grove to Grove, we can continue to provide our students with an excellent college preparatory education for years to come.”

* Photo provided by Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School