JUST IN: NFL Star/America’s Got Talent’s Jon Dorenbos To Keynote DCAC’s 10th Annual Appetite For Advocacy

Jon Dorenbos has scored fame on two entirely different fronts. He’s a two-time NFL Pro Bowler, having just completed his 11th year with the Philadelphia Eagles as a long snapper. And just this past year, his talents in magic placed him third “with his mind-blowing magic performances on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Jon Dorenbos*

But that is today. Back in October 1992, he was a 12-year-old boy who should have been outdoors playing sports. After all, he and his family were the picture-perfect version of “Father Knows Best” living in Woodinville, Washington. Instead he was in a courtroom with his brother, Randy Dorenbos, and sister, Krissy Dorenbos, watching their father, Alan Dorenbos, on trial for the second-degree murder of their mother, Kathy Dorenbos. The reason the former Little League president gave police for beating his wife to death with a grinding tool: He “lost it.”

During the trial the children sat in the courtroom listening to the testimony and testifying.

As a relative told The Seattle Times, “The children have lost a father and mother. This is really very difficult for everyone.”

After their father was sentenced to less than 14 years in prison, Randy stayed in Woodinville to finish high school, while Jon and Krissy “moved in with an aunt and uncle in Garden Grove, California.”

Jon Dorenbos*

For some this tragedy and turning point would have been an opportunity to find escape in drugs and crime, but Jon went down a different road. And that story will be provided for those attending the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s 10th Annual Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Appetite for Advocacy*

Chairing the event will be the father-daughter team of Dick Collins and Genevieve Collins.

Warning: This one is going to be a sellout, so don’t go slo-mo in locking down those tickets.  

* Graphic and photos provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center


MySweet2017Goals: Lynn Davis

Lynn Davis (File photo)

According to Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center President and CEO Lynn M. Davis,

“The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s goals for 2017 are to operate as a data-driven organization utilizing research and insights, to optimize direct impact by ensuring that all children who need services receive them, to ensure all kids who need to receive services are being served through coordination and collaboration with partner agencies, and to advance best practices regionally and nationally though innovation and training.”

Music, Dinner And Art “Ramped Up” Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s “Art For Advocacy” Fundraiser To The Next Level

Amy Hofland Lewis and Tara Lewis*

Everyone agreed: Co-Chairs Amy Lewis Hofland and Tara Lewis really “ramped it up” for the 10th annual Art for Advocacy auction event Saturday, November 5, at the General Datatech Warehouse space on Ambassador Row. The event, as always, benefited the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over the last decade the annual bash has raised about $3 million to provide therapy and other services to abused children in Dallas County.

This year, though, things were upped a notch. The handsome tech space was an expansive contrast to FIG, the venue in previous years. This time around, there was a delicious seated dinner that was catered by Bolsa. And, following a successful art auction by maestro Louis Murad, big-time entertainment by the popular indie singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe capped the evening.

Sofia Sugasti and Nancy Carlson*

Tom and Kathi Lind*

First, though, the nearly 700 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and a close-up gander at all the art on the walls. About 100 local and regional artists were participating in the display, under the direction of Art Selection honcho Joyce Goss. Among those strolling and checking everything out were Honorary Chair Nancy Carlson, Kara and Randall Goss, Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Keith Nix, James Anbouba (“We always bid on a few items,” he said—“in fact, we have no more wall space!), Sofia Sugasti, Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Barry Whistler, Rachel and Hampton Richards, Kathi and Tom Lind, Nick Even and Clark Knippers and Kersten Rettig (still wearing a black boot, months after that mishap in Arkansas).

Holly Johnson, Nancy Cohen Israel and Solomon Israel*

Following a talk by DCAC president and CEO Lynn Davis—he said the nonprofit group helped more than 4,000 children in 2015—auctioneer Murad took the stage, and the artwork began flying into the high bidders’ hands. A photo called “Moth” by Maxine Helfman, for example, was valued at $8,000 but went for $12,000; Megan Adams Brooks’ “Blindspot” painting,” valued at $7,800, sold for $9,000; and Shane Pennington’s copper-wire sculpture called “I Look Up In Wonder” was valued at $14,500, but wound up trading hands for a whopping $25,000.

Sarah Jaffe*

So much excitement had been created, in fact, that one man popped up on stage and announced, “I’m going to match whatever anybody gives tonight, up to $100,000!” A little later, Sarah Jaffe and her band strummed their first notes. Ramped up, indeed.

For a look at some of the sponsors, who made this possible, follow the jump:

* Photo credit: Dane Davis

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MySweetWishList: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

According to Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s President and CEO Lynn M. Davis,

Lynn Davis (File photo)

Lynn Davis (File photo)

“The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) works to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. Since opening its doors in 1991, DCAC has served more than 40,000 children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime. Our average client is a 9 -10 year-old girl who has been sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts.

“I want to tell you a story about a client we recently saw. Isabella* had been holding onto a memory no 10-year-old mind was designed to carry. Isabella’s mother’s new boyfriend had dehumanized her. Years before, Isabella had experienced similar abuse from her own father. Her drug-addicted mother was concerned neither with helping her daughter heal from her past abuse, nor with preventing it from happening again. No grown up had ever protected her.

“But fortunately, Isabella’s grandmother did. She brought her to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where—for the first time in her decade-long life—she was cherished as the innocent child that she was. Isabella’s forensic interviewer gave her a voice. Her therapist taught her that she had value. Her week in CHAMP Camp alongside other child abuse survivors showed her she was not alone and during the holidays, Isabella received brand new clothing, an art kit, board games, books, and a mini karaoke machine!

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center**

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center**

“Every year, DCAC brings justice, hope, and healing to thousands of children just like Isabella. But child abuse doesn’t just affect the “Isabella’s” of the world—it affects teachers, sisters, dads, classmates, custodians, CEOs, doctors, roommates, lawyers, accountants, pastors, friends. And because child abuse touches every member of our community, we need every member of our community to help us illuminate the truth and push back the darkness.

“With the holidays right around the corner, our Family Advocate team is organizing the annual Holiday of Hope campaign to help make this holiday season memorable and bright for the families DCAC serves. DCAC’s 2016 Holiday of Hope goal is to raise over $180,000 and serve 1,200 children.  If you’d like DCAC to do the shopping for you, we suggest a $150 donation per child. You can also choose to “adopt” a child (or more!) and shop for items from their wish list. A third option is to host a toy drive through your friends, personal networks, child’s school, company etc. and drop the unwrapped toys off to our Center by Tuesday, December 12th.  More information can be found online at www.dcac.org/holidayofhope and please email [email protected] with any questions. On behalf of the children we serve, thank you for helping us illuminate the truth.”

-By Lynn Davis, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center president/CEO

* Name has been changed to protect the identity of the child. 
** Graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Sold-Out Alert: Art For Advocacy

2016 Art for Advocacy*

2016 Art for Advocacy*

There ain’t no more tickets available for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art for Advocacy.

If you got your place reserved for the Saturday, November 5th fundraiser at General Datatech Warehouse, go shopping for something artsy to wear. If you procrastinated, plan on jammies, popcorn and Netflixing the night away.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Pamela Love’s “Muses And Manifestations” Plus Nick Fouquet Hats Filled Forty Five Ten For Art For Advocacy Kick-Off Party

The invite for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art For Advocacy kick-off party read that it was taking place at Brian Bolke’s Forty Five Ten on Thursday, September 22. The question was: Was it the original Forty Five Ten digs on McKinney Avenue, or the gee-whiz new multi-level jewel box across from The Joule?

Lucy Wrubel

Lucy Wrubel

Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray

Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray

Faisal Halum and Jason Hardwood

Faisal Halum and Jason Hardwood

Lindsay Jacaman

Lindsay Jacaman

Since the new one doesn’t officially open until November, it was indeed at the original specialty store where Art For Advocacy Honorary Chair Nancy Carlson, Shelle Sills, Judson Hardwood, Tara Lewis, Lindsay Jacaman, Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray had gathered. On this night it had DJ Lucy Wrubel at the music helm and Nick Fouquet chapeau designs. When asked why she hadn’t been spinning for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala the weekend before, Lucy admitted that it was a case of conflict of interest with her class reunion.

Brian Bolke and Pamela Love

Brian Bolke and Pamela Love

Muses And Manifestations

Muses And Manifestations

As fortune tellers like Laura West predicted future developments for guests, “love” was in the air thanks to petite jewelry designer/author Pamela Love, who was looking way too adorable and accepting congrats on her collection and her new book — “Muses and Manifestations.”

Across the room, the place looked like Javier’s cigar room without the smoke. Very cool chaps were donning Nick Fouquet’s Huckleberry Hats, and why not? Nick had his collection on display, being sold, and making the average cool folks look even cooler.

To make the evening even more special, 10% of the proceeds from sales of Pamela Love, Nick Fouquet and Huckleberry Ltd., benefited DCAC.

It will be a big year for Art For Advocacy. Not only is DCAC celebrating its 25-year anniversary, the Saturday, November 5th fundraiser at GDT Warehouse will be #10 for Art For Advocacy.

JUST IN: More Than 4,000 In-Need Dallas Kids Start The 2016-2017 School Year In Great Shape Thanks To CPD And DCAC

Since SMU is now officially back in session, the Bed Bath and Beyond staff has been in recovery mode. Seems the place was busting as parents and their collegiate kids shopped for dorm room necessities. As for the Office Depot team, they’re still under siege as area students and their folks are buying everything from pens to binders.

Community Partners of Dallas' Back-To-School 2016*

Community Partners of Dallas’ Back-To-School 2016*

One group that is taking a deep breath is Community Partners of Dallas (CPD). As part of their 23rd Annual Back-To-School drive, they surpassed their goal of providing more than 3,100 Dallas public school students with uniforms and supply-laden backpacks.

In addition to FFA’s kick-off contribution, The Container Store really gave a helping hand by raising $57,000 for the program. Remember that for each dollar donated, CPD was able to buy $5 worth of supplies and uniforms. Translation: The Container Store’s contribution resulted in supplies and uniforms worth a comfy six figures.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Back To School**

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Back To School**

Thanks to CPD and the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), more than 4,000 in-need kids started the 2016-2017 school year in stellar condition. Both were record breaker campaigns!

Pats on the back for CPD, DCAC and all the individuals and companies that came together for the children.

* Graphic provided by Community Partners of Dallas 
** Graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

4th Annual Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Back-To-School Achieved Its Goal And Then Some

If you’ve been worrying whether the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s 4th Annual Back-to-School campaign would meet its goal of providing 1,000 kids-in-need with uniforms for school, rest easy. Not only was the goal met, it was “over met” with a whopping 1,016 kids not only getting two uniforms but also backpacks thanks to City Electric Supply.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Back To School*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Back To School*

In other words, $25,400 was provided by 243 generous donors to make this happen. While the kids may never know those 243, they also won’t know embarrassment at not having the bare necessities for school.

Here is a “note of reflection” from one of DCAC’s evening childcare workers who experienced the moment of providing:

“I started working at DCAC when we were located on Swiss Avenue and have been at DCAC for nearly 5 years. I have witnessed, been involved in, and have enjoyed many moving moments here at DCAC. Last week, as I watched our clients and families pick up their backpacks, school supplies and uniforms, I was touched by the smiles, joy, thanks and appreciation expressed by the clients and their families. After we closed last Thursday, a little after 8:00 PM, I sat back and reflected over the four days I had witnessed. Once again I saw what we, with support from the community, can do for our children. I am so proud to be a small part of what we do. The children smiled and showed me their backpacks and many parents shook my hand and thanked DCAC. I told them that the thanks goes to the DCAC staff, volunteers, and especially to our donors.”

* Graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Community Partners Of Dallas’ 23rd Annual Back To School Drive Got A Big, Old Surprise Thanks To Texas FFA

The North Texas nonprofits are not letting summer vacations or the heat slow them down. With schools starting up in just a handful of weeks, efforts are in high throttle to help get kids all decked out. While the Dallas Children’s Advocacy’s Back-To-School program is providing 1,000 kids with two school uniforms, those gals over at Community Partners of Dallas are focused on the 23rd Annual Back To School Drive to provide both backpacks and uniforms for nearly 2,500 Dallas County kids.

With the drive just being kicked off last week, the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention gave them a helping hand. On Wednesday, July 13, CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel and CPD Corporate Relations Director Corinne Karp found themselves on stage with Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath and Texas SFFA State VP Kaylyn When.

Kaylynn When, Paige McDaniel, Corrine Karp and Mike Morath*

Kaylynn When, Paige McDaniel, Corrine Karp and Mike Morath*

While Paige and Corinne would have appreciated any number, they were overwhelmed by the donation of more than 1,400 backpacks filled with school supplies donated by the convention attendees as part of their Texas FFA Backpack Initiative.

Texas FAA donations*

Texas FAA donations*

After recovering from the delicious surprise, Paige and the rest of her team got back to work to raise funds for the remaining 1,100 backpacks plus the much-needed uniforms.

FYI: Thanks to being very thrifty and bulk purchasing, CPD is able to obtain $5 worth of school supplies and uniforms for each dollar donated. “With a gift of only $25, you can ensure a child starts the school year off with the right tools for success!”

Oh, you’re wondering what the heck is Texas FFA Association. Besides being the largest youth-led convention with 12,000 members and guests, this organization is focused on developing agricultural youth leadership. During their week in Dallas, they attended leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.” And, of course, the Texas FFA Association is the “nation’s largest state FFA Association” thanks to having more than 115,000 members.

A pat on the back to convention organizers for having participants from around the state help a Dallas nonprofit.

* Photo credit: Joanna Clarke

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Back-To-School Campaign Needs Help In Suiting Up

Now that the summer solstice has taken place (June 30) and days are starting to get shorter and the heat is ramping up, it might be nice to think of fall when leaves turn golden colors and holiday celebrations are hourly.

But along with the cooler temps and festivities comes the reality of schools being back in session. The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is already concerned about that fact. No, they’re not grousing about reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. They’re concerned about “Dallas County’s most severely abused children,” who need new uniforms for the first day of school in the Dallas Independent School District.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Back To School*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Back To School*

With the Fourth Annual Back-To-School campaign underway, more than half of the 1,000 kids have been provided with two uniforms. But there are still 400 youngsters in need of uniforms and the first day of school is just seven weeks away.

Now, are you ready for the shocker? For just a $25 donation, one child will be provided two uniforms. According to the MySweetCharity solar-driven abacus, $10,000 in donations will provide 800 uniforms for 400 kids. Why shoot! Whoa, that’s better than Amazon Prime Day.

Adding to the give-athon is City Electric Supply. According to DCAC’s Jana Parker, City Electric Supply is providing “1,000 backpacks this year filled with school supplies, so the funds we are raising are specific to the school uniforms – ensuring that every child served by DCAC receives a new backpack with supplies along with their two uniforms.”

So, skip that $25 dinner and make a donation. And if you need an incentive, think back to your first day of school and how it felt to wear something new, or how it felt not to wear something special. Your $25 could really make a student’s first day back at the grind a lot better.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Brené Brown Brings The Courage Of Vulnerability To Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Appetite For Advocacy Luncheon

With way more than 1,000…okay, it was nearly 2,000…in attendance, there was no doubt that at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon at the Sheraton Dallas on Tuesday, April 26, something was up. Perhaps it was the speaker/best-selling author Brené Brown? Perhaps it was the occasion of DCAC’s 25th anniversary? Perhaps it was the recent and dramatic incidents of child abuse? It didn’t matter why the place was filled; it was just the fact that people were coming in droves to support DCAC’s efforts to help abused children and “provide them with an opportunity to heal.”

Long before the clock ticked down, the Sheraton parking lot was already filled as a fire truck and an ambulance took care of needs across the street at the main hotel.

Ruth Altshuler and Susan Sharp

Ruth Altshuler and Susan Sharp

Andy Stern and Irving Groves

Andy Stern and Irving Groves

IMG_4391 Isabell Novakov

Katy Blakey, Randall and Kara Goss

Katy Blakey, Randall and Kara Goss

Unlike years past, when the event took place on the Sheraton’s ground level, this year’s sell-out fundraiser was on the hotel’s second floor with folks like Janie McGarr, Isabell Novakov, Susan Sharp, Mary Blake, Randall and Kara Goss, Andy Stern, Irving Groves and Jen and Brad Adams.

As guests spent their time in the lobby, keynote speaker/TED wunderkind Brené Brown tested her mic in the ballroom. No problem. Everything was running right on schedule.

Another “instead of” situation was the meet-and-greet.” In years past, the speaker du jour would pose for photos and get to know the VIP types in a reception prior to the main event. But this year it was a reversal. Brené was gonna meet with them after the luncheon and then hit the airport to head home. Why the need to change things around? Well, Brené had made a promise to her family that she would only stay one night a month away from home. Since Dallas is just a quickie flight away from Brené’s hometown of Houston, she had to make it home in time for dinner. And then there were those weather threats that had been pounding the kiss-cuzzin cities of Dallas and Houston.


Susan Nichol, Ruth Altshuler, Bill Walsh and Irish Burch

Susan Nichol, Ruth Altshuler, Bill Walsh and Irish Burch

The only frowny situation was that, when DCAC grand dame Ruth Altshuler and grand papa Bill Walsh presented the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award and Lt. Bill Walsh Award to Capitals for Kids and Irish Burch, respectively, Brené was still nowhere in sight. As organizers smiled and said that she was being fitted for her mic, there was a chair at the numero uno table going empty.

DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis got things rolling by telling the crowd that despite the recent deaths of Leiliana Wright and Gabe Flores and criticism of the Children’s Protection Services department, it was important to remember, “We are all in this together.”

Lynn Davis, Paula Richmond and Megan Steinbach

Lynn Davis, Paula Richmond and Megan Steinbach

Joining Lynn on stage were Luncheon Co-Chairs Paula Richmond and Megan Steinbach, who said that if everyone at the event donated $100, then each table would provide therapy for a child. They asked that people fill the envelopes at their tables and hold them up to be collected. As the music played, hands raised with envelopes.

Then NBC5 anchor/reporter/emcee Katy Blakey introduced Brené, whose 2010 Tedx Houston Talk went crazy viral. In preparing for the Talk, she’d told her husband, Steve, that she was going to try an experiment at the Talk. She decided to be vulnerable and talk about “The Power of Vulnerability.” She revealed how one variable that both men and women share is to be vulnerable. Brené didn’t realize her Talk was being taped. But when TED curator Chris Anderson called to say they wanted to post it online, she thought perhaps a handful of friends and associates would see it. However, the Talk was so successful that it scored more than 24M views. It was then that Steve and her therapist recommended that she not read the comments online. She read all of them.

As a result, she decided “the only people who don’t experience shame are those who have no capacity for empathy and compassion.” Brené went on to say that she had “engineered her life to be small.” In other words, she had always wanted to stay under the radar, and now she was out there being vulnerable to commenters writing “Less research, more Botox;” “She should shed ten pounds before she talks about worthiness;” “So sorry for her husband and kids;” “It’s people like that that are ruining America;” etc.

In those comments were “everything I head feared all my life…As a trained social worker, I knew how to handle this — peanut butter and eight hours of ‘Downton Abbey’.” At the conclusion of her ‘Downton’ viewing, she got caught up with the era and Googled Theodore Roosevelt, who had been the U.S. president at the time. One of the first items to appear was Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena,” from his “Citizenship in a Republic” speech that he gave in 1910 at the Sorbonne.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

That inspired her to

  • be in the arena. She was making a choice between courage and comfort “because you can’t choose both. There is nothing comfortable about courage.”
  • realize that “vulnerability is not weakness. Vulnerability is actually our most accurate measure of courage — to have the willingness to show up when you cannot control the outcome.”
  • not accept all feedback. “If you’re not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, then I’m not open or interested in your feedback. The personal attacks, the name calling…There are a million cheap seats in the world today filled with people who will never enter the arena and take a chance with their thoughts. They will spend their entire lives hanging back and hurling judgment and criticism. And if you’re taking it and if you’re open to it, it will get in the way with your being brave and your life.”

She then gave an assignment to the audience — “Take a one-inch by one-inch piece of paper and write down the names of the people who really matter. There are the people whose opinions matter…I have seven. I had eight but one fell off…We need feedback. There is no mastery without it…But you’ve got to be careful whom we take it from.”

Brené Brown*

Brené Brown*

Brené then recalled the young man who told her how his parents had sent her TED talk to him and encouraged him to tell the girl he’d been dating that he loved her. When he did, the girl’s response was, “I think you’re awesome…and I think we should date other people.” On the way home, all the young man could think was, “Screw Brené Brown. Screw Brené Brown.” When he got back to his apartment and told his roommates what had happened, one roomie said, “Girls only like you when you’re running in the other direction. If you want them, you’ve got to run away.” The young man said he didn’t want to be that man. He wanted to be brave. His roommates burst out: “Right on!”

But that situation led to another question for Brené: How do you get up after a fall [in the arena of life]? She researched two years for the answers, with her results being “The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution” that she described in her latest book, “Rising Strong.”

She told of how last year she had decided to write and launch a new book, start a company and train 1,000 people. That idea came to her in February with it all taking place by the fall. But by August everything was “falling apart.” She hadn’t slept soundly in weeks, her team was being pushed to the end and she was being overwhelmed. It all came to a head when Steve came home and opened the refrigerator. As she worked at her dining room table with papers and plans, she heard him say, “We don’t have lunch meat.” That comment was met with Brené suggesting he could go to the grocery. The conversation was not going well when she finally said that she knew everything was falling apart, that she was a terrible mother, etc., but she didn’t need him to “announce it so I know you know.”

This exchange resulted in her “story telling.” Brené was at that moment telling herself a story of failure. After calming down and talking it over, she sought his advice: Why had he said they had no lunch meat? Was he judging her? Steve’s answer: “I’m so hungry.”

The upshot was that our brains are wired for stories. If something difficult happens, our brains immediately search for a story to explain what’s happening. “If we give our brain a story, we are chemically rewarded for that story. The problem is that we have rewarded the story regardless of the accuracy of the story. The stories we make up and the one our brains love the most and give us the most reward for are stories of good guys, bad guys, safe people, unsafe people. The brain does not like uncertainty, ambiguity. My brain was saying, ‘Steve is a jerk. The last 30 years have been a lie’.”

Tying it back to DCAC’s work with children living in abusive and neglectful situations, Brené explained that the “greatest casualty of trauma is vulnerability. Because someone didn’t love us, we are unlovable.”

DCAC’s mission is to provide the services for traumatized children to heal and learn that they are loved and can embrace vulnerability.

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

DCAC Guests Enjoy A Private Concert At The Home of Amy And Kelcy Warren

It’s not every day that guests get to visit the palatial home of Amy and Kelcy Warren in Preston Hollow, or enjoy an intimate concert there in the Warrens’ private music room. But that’s just what about 60 people did on Tuesday, April 5, when the Warrens hosted a thank-you event for generous supporters of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves abused children in Dallas County.

Among the guests welcomed by Amy and Kelcy and Lynn Davis, DCAC’s president and CEO, were Barbara and Steve Durham, Imad Anbouba, and Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones. Imad and Trevor work in the same industry as Kelcy, the billionaire founder of pipeline powerhouse Energy Transfer. Imad is on the board of one of Kelcy’s companies, and Trevor—another energy billionaire—shares an office building with Warren. The Warrens and the Rees-Joneses also share membership in DCAC’s Circle of Hope for major givers.

The busy Warrens were just back from a trip to Washington D.C., where Sheila and Jody Grant helped them celebrate Kelcy’s induction into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The evening’s hosts were also getting ready for their annual Cherokee Creek Music Festival on their ranch just outside Cherokee, Texas, northwest of Austin. One of the performers at the festival, David Barnes, was also the featured attraction for the DCAC supporters this evening.

After enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the first floor of the Warrens’ 8,000-square-foot mansion (it formerly belonged to software magnate Larry Lacerte and his wife, Joyce), the guests moved upstairs to the mini concert hall to listen to Barnes, whom Amy and Kelcy had not heard in person before. The Nashville-based, Grammy-nominated rock/country/Christian singer-songwriter has released eight albums, including his most recent, “Carry On, San Vicente.” In 2011 Blake Shelton recorded David’s song “God Gave Me You,” which became Blake’s fifth No. 1 country hit.

SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Appetite For Advocacy Luncheon

And the good news keeps rolling in on this Monday. Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon Co-Chairs Paula Richmond and Megan Steinbach just sent word that the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on Tuesday, April 26, is sold out! What a simply wonderful way for the DCAC to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a sell-out!

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center*

Suggestion: With more than 1,400 in attendance to hear author Brené Brown give an extended talk on Rising Strong, it would be wise to get there early. In other words, the luncheon starts at 11:20, so be an early bird, not a tardy type. And remember parking is going to limited. So, if you’re not taking DART, then carpool, Uber or borrow your kiddos’ bike.

Mercedes Benz mid-size SUV*

Mercedes Benz mid-size SUV*

And speaking of transportation, don’t forget the raffle of the Mercedes-Benz mid-size SUV. There are “a few remaining raffle tickets” left. Go ahead. Feel lucky and buy a ticket.

* Graphics courtesy of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Caren And Pete Kline Welcome Dallas Children Advocacy Center Supporters With A White Mercedes Up For Grabs

Kody Followill had only been with Park Place Mercedes-Benz a few months, but as if he had Ken Schnitzer by his side, he cared for the gleaming white car at the entrance of Caren and Pete Kline’s residence on Wednesday, March 23.

Park Place Mercedes–Benz GLC300W

Park Place Mercedes–Benz GLC300W

With guests arriving, Kody made sure that the flawless white mid-size SUV with steel gray interior and all the 21st century gadgets stayed absolutely perfect. If so much as a leaf dared to land on the vehicle, Kody made sure the stay didn’t last more than a second. His one regret was that he hadn’t brought a cloth to keep polishing the Mercedes. Good thing, he didn’t because Kody would have probably rubbed the finish off.

The reason for Kody and his wheels being parked for guests to check out was this sweetheart of the Mercedes lineup will be the raffle prize at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center luncheon on Tuesday, April 26.

Paula Richmond, Caren Kline and Megan Steinbach

Paula Richmond, Caren Kline and Megan Steinbach

Inside, Caren was greeting one and all after attending the J. Erik Jonsson Luncheon earlier in the day. It was a memorable lunch according to Caren, who recalled honoree Terry Flowers describing his daughters as “pieces of my heart that walk outside my body.”

Pete Kline and Lynn Davis

Pete Kline and Lynn Davis

But on this night the occasion was focused on thanking those who had been so supportive of DCAC and another luncheon — Appetite for Advocacy. In the living room, Pete talked with Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Lynn Davis, who, when asked about the raffle, said he could cut a deal. Instead of the $100 per ticket, Lynn could sell 100 tickets for $1000. Well, yeah!

Event Co-Chairs Paula Richmond and Megan Steinbach have arranged for TED standout Brené Brown to be the speaker at the luncheon that has changed locations, sorta. It’s still at the Sheraton Dallas, but it will be take place on the upper level opposed to the ground floor.

Piece of trivia: Brené will be flying in that morning and heading out after the luncheon. The reason for the quick visit is a promise she made her family. She would only stay one night a month away from home. Now, that’s a lady who has her priorities in place.