MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2017 Awards For Excellence Luncheon

According to Dallas Historical Society Awards for Excellence Advisor/Coordinator Louise Caldwell,

Josef and Louise Caldwell*

The Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society are honored to celebrate the recipients of the 2017 Awards for Excellence (AFE), which is bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city.

Award recipients will be recognized at the 36th AFE luncheon which will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Fairmont Dallas.  

Former award recipients JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt will serve as 2017 honorary co-chairs with Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery serving as the 2017 event co-chairs. Stewart Thomas will return as this year’s master of ceremonies. 

Tickets for the 36th annual Awards for Excellence Luncheon begin at $125, with table sales/underwriting levels beginning at $1,000 and award sponsorships beginning at $2,500. For more information or to purchase a ticket or sponsorship, visit http://www.dallashistory.org/support/awards-for-excellence/ or contact Nora Lenhart, 214.421.4500 ext. 106 or [email protected]

The Dallas Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history. Offering free education programming, lectures, historic city tours, museum exhibitions, and other special events, this organization strives to be the preeminent resource for exploring, and instilling appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas. We endeavor to encourage historical inquiry and maintain the importance and relevance of history today. Our collection of archival material- including historic photographs, diaries, journals, papers, periodicals, maps, and books- is available to researchers. Formed in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is the oldest organization in Dallas County committed to preserving the history of the region, and presenting it to the public in innovative and informative ways.  For more information, visit dallashistory.org.

* Photo provided by Dallas Historical Society

JUST IN: 2017 Awards Of Excellence Luncheon Honorees Announced

Office Depot is the currently frontline of activity as schools are kicking back into gear. Just as soon as school supplies empty the shelves, retailers will start displaying Halloween paraphernalia. Yes, fall is on its way and along with it, one of the season’s favorite celebration — Awards For Excellence Luncheon.

Louise Caldwell (File photo)

Event Co-Chairs Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery with the help of advisor/coordinator, history-loving Louise Caldwell and Honorary Co-Chairs Joanne and Tony Roosevelt, have just announced this year’s lineup of honorees for the Dallas Historical Society fundraiser on Thursday, November 9, at The Fairmont Dallas.

The 2017 recipients include:

  • Arts Leadership – Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller (This award is given to that individual(s) who has enriched the cultural life of Dallas as planner, organizer, fundraiser, collector or art historian.) 
  • Creative Arts – Carolyn Brown (This award is given to that individual whose prominence as a practitioner of the fine arts as artisan, architect, writer, composer, producer or performer has enriched the cultural environment of Dallas.)
  • Education – Hobson Wildenthal, Ph.D. (This award is given to that individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of education as a teacher, administrator or benefactor.)

Hobson Wildenthal (File photo)

Nicole Ginsburg Small (File photo)

  • History – Willis Cecil Winters (This award is given to that individual who has researched and chronicled aspects of the history of Dallas and Texas as a historian, journalist, researcher, folklorist or author.)
  • Humanities – Nicole Ginsburg Small (This award is given to that individual whose active sense of civic duty has provided leadership in achieving specific community goals.)
  • Health/Science – Steven M. Pounders, MD (This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution through prominence or public service in medicine, scientific research, the behavioral sciences or public health.)
  • Philanthropy – Jorge Baldor (This award is given to that individual whose vision and personal generosity has greatly benefited this city.)
  • Sports Leadership – Tony Dorsett (This award is given to that individual who has brought distinction or achievement to team or individual sports as an athlete, coach, journalist, promoter or sports advocate.)

David Brown (File photo)

Tony Dorsett (File photo)

  • Volunteer Community Leadership – Peggy Carr (This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community.)
  • Jubilee History Maker – David O. Brown, Former Dallas Police Chief (Created in 1991 and given in recognition of “Jubilee Dallas!,” this award recognizes an individual whose achievements extend to more than one of the award categories.)

Starting at $125, tickets for the 36th Annual Awards for Excellence Luncheon are $125, while table sales/underwriting levels begin at $1000. Check with Nora Lenhart, 214.421.4500 ext. 106.

And don’t scoot out of the luncheon early, or you’ll miss the annual A.C. Greene toast.

Dallas Historical Society “Celebrate(s) Texas” With George Tobolowsky’s Collection Of Historic Texas Maps As The Centerpiece

Most folks know George Tobolowsky for his sculptures. But it was his wife Julie Tobolowsky’s complaining about his watching “The Simpsons” about 20 years ago that added an entirely different interest in his life — historic maps.

So the story goes that Julie suggested that reading a book would be better than boob-tube watching. The first book that George picked up was “Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 1513-1900.” Not only was Julie right on, she set her husband into collecting every map that was in that book and a lot more.

Historic maps display

Since artist George recognized the detail and beauty in the maps, he had them framed and displayed on the walls of the Tobolowsky home. Some were even framed in wood made from trees that George had felled.

Knowing this, the Dallas Historical Society held a “Celebrate Texas” party on the evening of Wednesday, March 1, the day before Texas Independence Day.

Alan Olson, Molly Nolan and Julie and George Tobolowsky

While DHS Executive Director Amy Aldredge was unable to attend, DHS Deputy Director  Alan Olson and DHS Development Associate Molly Nolan represented the DHS staff.

From An Olympian Gold Medalist To An Opera CEO, The Awards Of Excellence Celebrated A Wide Range Of Achievers

One of the favorite award luncheons of the fall season is the Dallas Historical Society‘s Awards for Excellence. Just the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 17, the lovers of Dallas history and those who help make it all come true were at the Fairmont for the handing out of awards and the legendary A.C. Greene champagne toast. Here’s a report from the field:

The Board of Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society, with Honorary Co-Chairs Gail Thomas, PhD and Robert Hyer Thomas and co-chairs Veletta Forsythe Lill and Mary Suhm, welcomed over 650 attendees to the 35th Awards for Excellence (AFE) in Community Service luncheon on Thursday, November 17, at the Fairmont Dallas.

May Suhm, Amy Aldredge and Veletta Forsythe Lill*

As attendees arrived and took their seats, Master of Ceremonies Stewart Thomas welcomed everyone to the 35th annual celebration, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city. He then welcomed Reverend Richie Butler, senior pastor of St Paul United Methodist Church, for the invocation. 

Following the invocation, guests enjoyed a first course of spring pea and ham soup en croute with mint cream, followed by roasted chicken breast with demi glace served with old school stacked potatoes, arugula and carrot cardamom puree. Thomas returned to introduce Co-Chairs Veletta and Mary.

Bob and Gail Thomas*

Ms. Lill and Ms. Suhm expressed their gratitude to attendees, event sponsors and the luncheon committee for their support of this year’s Awards for Excellence, particularly Honorary Co-Chairs Gail Thomas and Robert Hyer Thomas. Applauding the couple’s many contributions to Dallas, including their long-standing support of the Dallas Historical Society, the co-chairs announced that two special books would be donated in the Thomas’ honor to the G.B. Dealey Library and Reading Room at the Hall of State: for Bob, Darwin Payne‘s “One Hundred Years On The Hilltop: The Centennial History of Southern Methodist University” and for Gail:  the late historian A. C. Greene‘s “A Town Called Cedar Springs” for creating the sense of community from the many former historic villages that now comprise Greater Dallas.

Dallas Historical Society Board of Trustees Chair Bill Helmbrecht then took the podium recognizing event co-chairs and honorary chairs as well as Amy Aldredge, the Dallas Historical Society’s recently appointed executive director. Additionally, he thanked Arrangements Chair Shannon Callewart, Master of Ceremonies Stewart Thomas, AFE Coordinator Louise Caldwell, Caro Stalcup and Staff Liaison Nora Lenhart for all the dedicated hours they put in to making the event a success.

He also shared the impact the Dallas Historical Society makes with its holdings of over three million archives and artifacts related to Dallas and Texas history, its exhibits and events, including two upcoming exhibits, “Polly Smith: A Texas Journey” and “Drawing Power: The Editorial Art of John Knott” and its education and public programs which reach approximately 20,000 area school students annually.

As dessert of caramel pecan cheesecake with salted caramel and Texas pecans was served, Stewart returned to recognize the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Community Service recipients.  Each recipient was presented with their award by co-chairs Lill and Suhm.  

Keith Cerny, Holly Mayer and Emmanuel Villaume*

Anita Martinez, Eliseo Garcia and Patricia Meadows*

Richard Stanford and Pat Mattingly*

Hugh Aynesworth and Pierce Allman*

2016 Awards for Excellence recipients:

    • Arts Leadership – Keith Cerny, general director and CEO of the Dallas Opera
    • Business – Leonard M. Riggs Jr. M.D., noted Dallas civic leader who began his career as an emergency physician, became chief of emergency medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, and later founded the precursor of EmCare, Inc.
    • Creative Arts – Eliseo Garcia, international multi-media sculptor
    • Education – Pat Mattingly, long-time educator and former 26-year director of The Lamplighter School
    • History – Hugh Aynesworth, award-winning journalist and writer
    • Humanities – Molly Bogen, retired 40-year director of Senior Source
    • Medical Research – Eric Olson, renowned molecular biologist specializing at UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • Philanthropy – Linda Perryman Evans, president and CEO of the Meadows Foundation
    • Sports Leadership – Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time World Championship gold medalist
    • Volunteer Community Leadership – Philip C. Henderson, architect and urban visionary and first president of the Friends of the Katy Trail
    • Volunteer Community Leadership – Frederick “Shad” Rowe, co-founder of GIBI Investment Symposium and advocate and board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation
    • Jubilee History Maker – Margot Perot, community volunteer and philanthropist

Nancy Shelton and Molly Bogen*

David Dunnagan and Linda Perryman Evans*

Glenn Solomon, Louise Caldwell and Michael Johnson*

Shad Rowe and Willing Ryan*

Carol Montgomery and Margot Perot*

After the awards presentation, champagne was served to all attendees as well as recipients on stage. Stewart returned to the podium, with glass in hand, to conclude with the event’s traditional A.C. Greene toast:  “Would everyone who was born in Dallas, please stand up.  Would everyone who was born in Texas, please stand up. We toast the rest of you – who were smart enough to move here as fast as you could! Here! Here!”

The A.C. Greene toast*

As the event concluded, the Judy Moore Duo played the event’s signature song, “Big D” from the musical, “Most Happy Fella.”

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support the Dallas Historical Society and its dedication to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history through its many programs, including educational outreach and public programs.

* Photo credit: Steve Foxall

2016 Excellence Awardees Are Toasted At Dallas Historical Society Patron Party

Libby and Doug Hunt

Libby and Doug Hunt

Drink glasses were raised, and there was much applause Tuesday, October 26, when about 65 guests gathered at Libby and Doug Hunt’s beautiful, classic home to recognize recipients of the Dallas Historical Society’s 2016 Awards for Excellence in Community Service. The awards, scheduled to be presented at a luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday, November 17, are given annually to honor “generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and [the] ability to encourage community-wide participation” in the growth of Dallas.

Gail and Bob Thomas and Louise Caldwell

Gail and Bob Thomas and Louise Caldwell

Veletta Forsythe Lill and Mary Suhm

Veletta Forsythe Lill and Mary Suhm

After attendees at the patron party including new DHS Executive Director Amy Aldredge, Betsy and Richard Eiseman, Margot and Ross Perot and Gail and Bob Thomas—Gail and Bob are the luncheon’s honorary co-chairs—greeted old friends and caught up on all the latest, event co-chairs Mary Suhm and Veletta Forsythe Lill called the packed house to order and graciously introduced the 2016 awardees in attendance.   

Molly Bogen and Amy Aldredge

Molly Bogen and Amy Aldredge

Veletta went first, recognizing Keith Cerny (he would be getting the award for Arts Leadership), Eliseo Garcia (Creative Arts), Molly Bogen (Humanities), Philip C. Henderson (Volunteer Community Leadership) and Margot Perot (Jubilee History Maker).

Then it was Mary’s turn to take the living-room stage. She proceeded to give shout-outs to Pat Mattingly (Education), Shad Roe (Volunteer Community Leadership), Dr. Leonard Riggs (Business) and Hugh Aynesworth (History).

Ross and Margot Perot and Hugh and Paula Aynesworth

Ross and Margot Perot and Hugh and Paula Aynesworth

Others scheduled to receive awards in November were Dr. Eric Olson (Medical Research), Linda Perryman-Evans (Philanthropy) and Michael Jordan (Sports Leadership).

The introductions made, all present raised their glasses high and toasted the honorees. Then everyone went back to catching up.

JUST IN: Dallas Historical Society’s Awards For Excellence Recipients Announced

What a great way to start off the week. The Dallas Historical Society just sent word of the  2016 Awards for Excellence in Community Service recipients. Yipee! They hit it out of the park again with a terrific roll call of peeps that if you didn’t know, you should. The honorees will be:

Molly Bogen (File photo)

Molly Bogen (File photo)

Linda Perryman Evans (File photo)

Linda Perryman Evans (File photo)

Keith Cerny (File photo)

Keith Cerny (File photo)

Hugh Aynesworth File photo)

Hugh Aynesworth File photo)

  • Arts Leadership (This award is given to that individual who has enriched the cultural life of Dallas as planner, organizer, fundraiser, collector or art historian.) – Keith Cerny
  • Business (This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the business climate of the community.) – Leonard M. Riggs Jr. M.D.
  • Creative Arts (This award is given to that individual whose prominence as a practitioner of the fine arts as artisan, architect, writer, composer, producer or performer has enriched the cultural environment of Dallas.) – Eliseo Garcia
  • Education (This award is given to that individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of education as a teacher, administrator or benefactor.) – Pat Mattingly
  • History (This award is given to that individual who has researched and chronicled aspects of the history of Dallas and Texas as a historian, journalist, researcher, folklorist or author.) – Hugh Aynesworth
  • Humanities (This award is given to that individual whose active sense of civic duty has provided leadership in achieving specific community goals.) – Molly Bogen
  • Medical Research (This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution through prominence or public service in medicine, scientific research, the behavioral sciences or public health.) – Dr. Eric Olson
  • Philanthropy (This award is given to that individual whose vision and personal generosity has greatly benefited this city.) – Linda Perryman Evans
  • Sports Leadership (This award is given to that individual who has brought distinction or achievement to team or individual sports as an athlete, coach, journalist, promoter or sports advocate.) – Michael Johnson
  • Volunteer Community Leadership (This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community.) – Philip C. Henderson
  • Volunteer Community Leadership (This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community.) – Frederick “Shad” Rowe
  • Jubilee History Maker (Created in 1991 and given in recognition of “Jubilee Dallas!,” this award recognizes an individual whose achievements extend to more than one of the award categories.) – Margot Perot
Mary Suhm (File photo)

Mary Suhm (File photo)

Veletta Lill (File photo)

Veletta Lill (File photo)

Bob and Gail Thomas (File photo)

Bob and Gail Thomas (File photo)

2016 Awards For Excellence in Community Service Luncheon Co-Chairs Mary Suhm and Veltta Lill are joined by former Awards recipients Gail and Bob Thomas as 2016 honorary co-chairs for the Thursday, November 17, luncheon at the Fairmont Dallas.

According to Dallas Historical Society Chairman of the Board of Directors William C. Helmbrecht III, “The Dallas History Society is honored to recognize this class of notable award recipients. Their service to the community in their varied fields has contributed greatly to the history of the city.”

If you don’t know one of these folks, here’s your opportunity to meet, greet and get to know ‘em.

Amy Aldredge Named Dallas Historical Society Executive Director

After months of interviewing and vetting, the Dallas Historical Society has made a selection for its executive director replacing Shannon Roberts. DHS Chairman of the Board Bill Helmbrecht reports the new executive director is Amy Aldredge.

That names sounds familiar to locals. Perhaps it’s the Aldredge Bookstore or the fact that her grandfather was former Dallas Mayor Sawnie Aldredge.

A graduate of Highland Park High School, Amy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maine and another master’s degree from the University of Edinburg with a focus on history.

Over the years, Amy has been an “active participant in the city of Yarmouth, serving on the Planning Board, the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee and the Community Services Committee.”

Because of her days in Yarmouth, she “authored “Yarmouth Revisited’ in 2013.”

Before accepting the DHS position, she was the executive director of the Yarmouth, Maine Historical Society.”  Thanks to her involvement in Yarmouth, the society was “relocated from the town’s public library to the Yarmouth History Center. The new facility enable the society to expand and include a permanent exhibit gallery, a contemporary art gallery and a program/facility rental space.”

Another change in DHS personal is longtime DHS employee Alan Olson, who “will assume the newly created position of deputy director of the Dallas Historical Society.” Alan has been babysitting the executive director duties while the search has been underway.

Outstanding Non-Profits Have Posted “Help Wanted” Signs

The Dallas non-profits are looking for a few good folks to head up their organizations. In recent weeks the following nonnies have put out the “Help Wanted” signs for leadership of their organizations:

  • Baylor Scott And White Health
  • Dallas Historical Society
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dallas Summer Musicals
  • Family Gateway
  • LaunchAbility
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science

While many are preparing for the summer sojourn, search committees are in overdrive to have new leaders in place, hopefully by the fall fundraising season.

The good thing is that these organization will not make their decisions based on a “OMG, we’ve gotta fill this position ASAP.” Rather they put the priority on finding the right person for the right position even if the clock is ticking.

Can’t wait to report about the new leaders-on-the-block!

Help Wanted: Dallas Historical Society Executive Director

It seems that the Dallas Summer Musicals isn’t the only group at Fair Park going to through a change of leadership. Unbeknownst to many, Shannon Roberts, who was named executive director for the Dallas Historical Society in May 2015, turned in her resignation in March.

Shannon Roberts (File photo)

Shannon Roberts (File photo)

Lynn McBee and Mary Suhm (File photo)

Lynn McBee and Mary Suhm (File photo)

In the interim, former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm has been at the helm.

According to DHS Board Co-Chair Lynn McBee, interviews are being held and a replacement is expected to be announced soon.

Dallas Historical Society’s Awards For Excellence Luncheon Recognizes Some Of The Best Of Dallas

When one thinks of the history types, lots of ho-hums and yawns come to mind like that 9th grade teacher who had never heard of Bono or Lady Gaga.

But the Dallas Historical Society proved that they were replacing any thoughts of cobweb images with cool mover and shakers of today. And managed to do it without losing respect of the area’s past heroes-heroines and accomplishments.

The occasion was the DHS’s 34th Annual Awards for Excellence Luncheon on Thursday, November 19, at the Fairmont. The DHS had Kit Sawers chair the event, who had former Awards For Excellence Awardees Liza and Will Lee come on board as honorary co-chairs.

The VIP’s that had attended the pre-luncheon gathering in the Pyramid Room soon took the escalator up to the Regency Ballroom, where photographs of Dallas’ past were on display.

Bobby Lyle and Lottye Brodsky

Bobby Lyle and Lottye Brodsky

Tom Roush and Nancy Cain Marcus

Tom Roush and Nancy Cain Marcus

Sheila Grant and Caren Prothro

Sheila Grant and Caren Prothro

Margaret Keliher and Jim Coleman

Margaret Keliher and Jim Coleman

Jerry and Kelli Ford and Kelli Ford

Jerry and Kelli Ford and Kelli Ford

One person remarked, “This is a pretty heady group.” Yup, it was with the likes of Perots (Margot and Ross), Fords (Jerry and Kelli and daughter Kelli Ford), Thomases (Gail and Bob with daughter Torie Mannes and son Stewart Thomas), Clendenens (Cindy and Andy), Margaret Keliher with her pop Jim Coleman, Lottye Brodsky, Bobby Lyle, Louise Caldwell, Nancy Cain Marcus, Neiman Marcus execs (Kevin Hurst and Mimi Sterling) and former city officials like Adlene Harrison and Mary Suhm.

Torie Mannes, Bob and Gail Thomas and Stewart Thomas

Torie Mannes, Bob and Gail Thomas and Stewart Thomas

It got even headier when the awards were being handed out.

After Kit welcomed the group, DHS Board of Trustees Co-Chair Lynn McBee thanked “those who worked hard including Kit Sawers, Shannon Callewart, Louise Caldwell, Pat Mattingly and Caro Stalcup for all the dedication in making this event a perennial success.”

She then said, “The Dallas Historical Society holds nearly three million Texas artifacts, making our collection among the largest and best in Texas. At the Hall of State at Fair Park, be sure to see some of the collection including Tim Brown’s Heisman trophy.”

Following lunch, the 2015 awardees took their places on stage and emcee Stewart Thomas introduced each with Kit handing out the awards.

  • Gigi Antoni and Ginger Sager

    Gigi Antoni and Ginger Sager

    Giselle “Gigi” Antoni gets first award, for Arts Leadership. Says, “I’m just the public face of an army of Dallasites helping you people imagine, create and shape the future…“We all have imagination, the source of all creativity. … the power of imagination.”

  • Kevin Hurst and Richard Eiseman

    Kevin Hurst and Richard Eiseman

    Presented the Business Award, Retailer Richard Eiseman Jr. said, “Business, philanthropy and community service go hand in hand. Investing in Dallas has a great impact.”

  • Architect Bill Booziotis received the award for Creative Arts saying, “Art is the substitute for the natural resources that we don’t have” in Dallas. “Art really is the substance that we have” [instead of mountains, ocean, etc.].
  • Marnie Wildenthal and Kit Sawers

    Marnie Wildenthal and Kit Sawers

    Accepting the award for Education, Marnie Wildenthal squeezed a 2-minute speech into 90 seconds saying that despite how many of DISD 160K students living in poverty, the graduation rate has been going up, from 60% in 2008 to 87% in 2014. While saying this progress was a remarkable achievement, she added that less than 15% of grads are college-ready. The education advocate and Vickery Meadows Learning Center volunteer told the audience, “throwing money at the problem” is needed, because system is under-funded. Good education doesn’t come cheap. In closing, she encouraged people to volunteer even one hour a week with DSID, “and you can help one student succeed.”

  • Coming from a family of healthcare professionals, Dr. Robert Haley was presented with the award for Health Sciences/Medicine. Having helped research Gulf War Syndrome and also West Nile outbreak in Park Cities and North Dallas, Robert shared his success with Ross Perot and Kay Bailey Hutchison, who helped provide “support and funding for his efforts to apply cutting-edge science to Gulf War mystery illness.”
  • Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Jones, who received Humanities Award, recalled his mother’s advice — “Work hard, work smart, and look at life in general as servants.”
  • The Humanities/History Award went to filmmakers Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell, who have done 40 films since 1978. They recalled coming here from Vermont in October when Allen went to work at KERA, “There was no fall foliage and no mountains, but a welcoming and supportive community.”
  • Described as “the original classic Ford,” Gerald “Jerry” Ford receive the award for Philanthropy. He said he has been “focused on giving to institutions that were impactful to me,” and to the underprivileged. He added, “The real unintended benefit is that I have the pleasure of giving, so for all of you, think charitably.”
  • Kit Sawers and Tim Brown

    Kit Sawers and Tim Brown

    Receiving the first award for Sports Leadership, Tim Brown was also the first DISD player to be inducted into NFL Hall of Fame. Tim admitted that this has been an incredible year for him — “I’ve had many firsts in the NFL including the first to receive this award, and I’ll live up to it.”

  • Vikki J. Martin of the Ferguson Road Initiative in Far East Dallas accepted the Volunteer Community Leadership Award, quote an African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
  • Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis Kirk

    Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis Kirk

    The Jubilee History Makers Award went to Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ron Kirk. Ron says, “I’ll say what I said when I ran for mayor: ‘Don’t ask me to make history, ask me to make a difference.’ … I hope that Matrice and I have made a difference.”

Following the tradition established by the late historian A.C. Greene, the champagne toast resulted with all those born in Texas saluting “the rest of you who were smart enough to get here as fast as you could!”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Awards For Excellence Luncheon

Just imagine an event that celebrates a teacher, a philanthropist, a jeweler and a Heisman Trophy winner. Those were just some of the locals, who were on stage at the Dallas Historical Society‘s annual Awards For Excellence Luncheon on Thursday, November 19, at the Fairmont.

Marnie Wildenthal and Kit Sawers

Marnie Wildenthal and Kit Sawers

Jerry and Kelli Ford and Kelli Ford

Jerry and Kelli Ford and Kelli Ford

Kevin Hurst and Richard Eiseman

Kevin Hurst and Richard Eiseman

Kit Sawers and Tim Brown

Kit Sawers and Tim Brown

While the post is being prepped, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for a gander at some of the faces who completed the lunch with the traditional A.C. Greene toast.

Dallas Historical Society’s Awards For Excellence Patrons Learn About Plans For The Upcoming Luncheon

Margaret and Glenn  Solomon opened their wonderful home for the Dallas Historical Society’s Awards For Excellence patron party on Wednesday, October 28.

Andy and Cindy Clendenen

Andy and Cindy Clendenen

While some guests like Lynn and Allan McBee could only make a drop-by because of the dinner at NorthPark Neiman’s, others like Cindy and Andy Clendenen, Kelli and Gerald Ford, and Stephanie and Robert Haley got a chance to wander the backyard and to learn about the Thursday, November 19th Awards for Excellence luncheon at the Fairmont.

Kit Sawers and Shannon Roberts

Kit Sawers and Shannon Roberts

Kit Sawers is chairing the event with Liza and Will Lee serving as honorary co-chairs. This year’s presentation will have an additional category: Sports Leadership. It will be going to Dallas native/Heisman Trophy winner/most recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown. Just last month Mayor Mike Rawlings announced that November 6th would be Tim Brown Day in the city of Dallas. It’s been quite a year for the Woodrow Wilson grad.

Just as impressive are the other recipients of the DHS awards including

Robert and Stephanie Haley

Robert and Stephanie Haley

  • Arts Leadership — Gigi Antoni
  • Business — Richard Eiseman Jr.
  • Creative Arts — Bill Booziotis
  • Education — Marnie Wildenthal
  • Health/Science — Dr. Robert Haley
  • Humanities — The Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Jones
  • Humanities/History — Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell
  • Philanthropy — Gerald Ford
  • Volunteer Community Leadership — Vikki Martin and the Ferguson Road Initiative
  • Jubilee History Makers — Matrice and Ron Kirk

If you haven’t been to this luncheon, you’ve missed meeting and learning about people who have been outstanding in their fields. Plus, you haven’t enjoyed the traditional A.C. Greene toast.

JUST IN: Awards For Excellence Recipients Announced

Kit Sawers*

Kit Sawers (File photo)

Ran into Kit and Kemp Sawers at DFW International on Friday, July 7. There weren’t on their way to the mountains or the breezy beaches. Nope. They were headed to Canton, Ohio, with big smiles on their faces, suitcases packet and Kit wearing a twinkle in her eye.

Hello? What was going on in Canton? It was the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Seems 2015 inductee Charles Haley had invited K&K to attend. They were also going to take in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

But what did all this have to do with Dallas fundraising? Well, Kit fessed up that she would be chairing the Dallas Historical Society’s 2015 Awards for Excellence (AFE).

So, who would be the honorees? Kit wasn’t talking, but AFE Advisor/Coordinator Louise Caldwell has come across with the deets.

The Hockaday School Interim Headmistress Liza Lee and her husband Will Lee will be the honorary co-chairs. As for the honorees, hold on to your buttons. First, let’s get the housekeeping details established. The lunch including the legendary A.C. Greene champagne toast will take place at The Fairmont on Thursday, November 19.

Now, for the 2015 AFE recipients:

  • Richard Eiseman Jr. (File photo)

    Richard Eiseman Jr. (File photo)

    Arts Leadership – Giselle “Gigi” Antoni (This award is given to that individual who has enriched the cultural life of Dallas as a planner, organizer, fundraiser, collector or art historian.)

  • Business – Richard Eiseman Jr. (This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the business climate of the community.)
  • Creative Arts – Bill Booziotis (This award is given to that individual whose prominence as a practitioner of the fine arts as artisan, architect, writer, composer, producer or performer has enriched the cultural environment of Dallas.)
  • Marnie Wildenthal (File photo)

    Marnie Wildenthal (File photo)

    Education – Margaret “Marnie” Wildenthal (This award is given to that individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of education as a teacher, administrator or benefactor.

  • Health/Sciences-Medicine – Robert W. Haley, M.D. (This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution through prominence or public service in medicine, scientific research, the behavioral sciences or public health.)
  • Humanities – The Reverend Dr. Ronald E. Jones (This award is given to that individual whose active sense of civic duty has provided leadership in achieving specific community goals or who has researched and chronicled aspects of the history of Dallas and Texas.)
  • Humanities/History – Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell (This award is given to that individual whose active sense of civic duty has provided leadership in achieving specific community goals or who has researched and chronicled aspects of the history of Dallas and Texas.)
  • Philanthropy – Gerald Ford (This award is given to that individual whose personal generosity has greatly benefited this city.)
  • Volunteer Community Leadership – Vikki J. Martin and the Ferguson Road Initiative (This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community.)
  • Jubilee History Makers – Matrice and Ron Kirk

Ironically, there’s a new category this year — the Sports Leadership Award. Why ironic? Because it will be presented to Haley’s fellow inductee Tim Brown. It was established to recognize an individual who has brought distinction or achievement to team or individual sports as an athlete, coach, journalist, promoter or sports advocate. No wonder Kit had that twinkle in her eye.

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JUST IN: 2015-2016 Dallas Historical Society Leadership Announced Plus New Board Of Trustees Revealed

Before everybody starts heading out early for the Fourth of July three- or four-day weekend, the Dallas Historical Society’s leadership for 2015-2016 has been announced. Seems sorta fitting at this time of year when traditions, parades and fireworks will take place in the days ahead.

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee will be returning as co-chairs and they’ll be joined by the following slate:

  • President/Chair Elect: William Helmbrecht
  • Secretary: Alison Hunsicker
  • Treasurer/Finance Chair: Ken Jackson
  • Nominating Chair: Diane Bumpas
  • Development Chair: Andrew Clendenen
  • Collections Co-Chairs: Shannon Callewart and Karl Chiao
  • Marketing Chair: David Feld
  • Education Chair: Richard Stanford
  • Facilities Chair: Searcy Ferguson
  • Governance Chair: Stephen Coke
  • Members At Large: Ban Bywaters, Dr. Goran Klintmalm, Verna Mitchell and Mary Suhm
Connie Dufner (File photo)

Connie Dufner (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Joining the board will be newbies Connie Dufner, Nancy Gopez, Madelyn Jobst, Dotti Reeder and Glenn Solomon. Sure, you know the new kids-on-the-board, but you just might be surprised by their rundown. Want proof? Here you go:

  • Connie Dufner is a Dallas communications professional who has had the privilege of being on the front lines of Dallas history for more than three decades as a writer and editor. She serves as director of communications for Temple Emanu-El. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, she worked full-time in journalism at The Dallas Morning News and Modern Luxury Dallas. A native of Houston, she and her husband are the parents of two grown children.
  • Nancy Gopez serves as senior accountant at Brinker International, where she has been employed since 1990. She is a board member of the North Texas Food Bank, where she co-chaired the Harvest Event, and is the productions co-chair for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. She has also served as co-chair of the Mission Ole Event for Trinity River Mission and Milestone Luncheon Sustainer co-chair for the Junior League of Dallas. Gopez is a board member of Turtle Creek Manor, Visiting Nurses Association, The Family Place and Community Partners of Dallas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Madeline Jobst is a fifth generation Dallas resident who attended Highland Park High School and then the University of Arkansas and The University of Texas at Austin. She descends from the Cockrell families of Texas including Joseph Elmore Cockrell, prominent attorney and one of the “fathers of SMU” and Alexander and Sarah Horton Cockrell, pioneer business and real estate developers who purchased the John Neely Bryan headwright in 1852 which included the “town of Dallas.” She has been selling real estate in Dallas for 36 years and is currently with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Jobst is a fundraiser for the SPCA and sits on its event advisory board. A past recipient of the SPCA Spencer Humanitarian Award for her dedication to animal welfare, she is also a member of Preservation Dallas and the Junior League of Dallas.
  • Dotti Reeder serves as managing director on the client advisory team at Tolleson Private Wealth Management. As a Dallas native, she takes an active role in the community. In addition to serving at Executive Women of Dallas, she assists in leadership roles the Business Council for the Arts, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Foundation, Child Care Group and Nexus Recovery Center. Reeder attended high school in Highland Park and is a graduate of The University of Texas.
  • Glenn Solomon is involved in commercial real estate development and management, commercial theater development and management, and commercial finance. He is president of Dallas-based Simbol Commercial and has also served as president of Gulf States Theaters. He supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of North Texas, which he served as president from 1994 to 1996. He serves on the boards of the Cotton Bowl and the Dallas National Golf Club and is a past DHS Trustee. During his last term, he helped developed and underwrite Texas Treasures. He and his wife, Margaret, are former co-chairmen of the Fellows as well as the DHS’s Awards for Excellence in 2014.

JUST IN: Shannon Roberts Named Dallas Historical Society Executive Director

After searching the nation to head up the Dallas Historical Society (DHS), the new executive director is a hometown gal — Shannon Roberts.

Shannon Roberts*

Shannon Roberts*

A fourth-generation Dallasite, Episcopal School of Dallas graduate Shannon received her B.A. in communications and journalism from Baylor University. She is currently an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.

But she brings to the position more than smarts. Most recently she has served as executive director of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, “where she successfully restructured museum operations, programming and financial dependencies after a significant financial crisis nearly closed the institution.”

According to Shannon, “I started visiting Santa Fe when I was 19 years old. When the museum was in crisis, I realized that I have experience with other organizations that could help. I was called to save the institution for the sake of my daughter and the other children who visit it. Now that the museum is in great shape, I have moved back to Dallas for another wonderful opportunity.”

Prior to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Shannon was “development director of the Resource Center, executive director of the Dallas Children’s Museum when it merged with the Children’s Museum @ Perot Museum (formerly the Museum of Nature and Science), and development director for Dallas Children’s Theater.

Heading up the search was DHS board members Bill Helmbrecht and Andrew Clendenen joined by DHS Trustee Mary Brinegar and DHS Co-Chair Lynn McBee.

According to Lynn, “We were most impressed with Shannon because of her extensive experience in the non-profit world in various management positions, and her demonstrated skills in fundraising, financial management, community outreach, team building, and in clearly defining the missions of the organizations where she has worked.”

Shannon officially starts Monday, June 1.

* Photo credit: Jennifer Esperanza

Enjoy It While You Can: Fellows Of The Dallas Historical Society Celebrate The Trammell Crow Estate

The home and property at 4500 Preston Road in Dallas, which was acquired by the late Margaret and F. Trammell Crow in 1961, for decades has been known as one of the finest, most historic estates in Dallas. So it naturally made for the perfect setting when the Dallas Historical Society held its black-tie Fellows Dinner there on Thursday, April 23. The Fellows group is the society’s major membership level.

Allan and Lynn McBee and Allie Beth and Pierce Allman*

Allan and Lynn McBee and Allie Beth and Pierce Allman*

Current Fellows co-chairs Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, who are marketing the Crow property through their real estate company, welcomed more than 70 guests to the sprawling, 103-year-old Tudor-style manse. Among them: Tincy Miller, Margot and Ross Perot, Susan and Joel Williams (he’s the Highland Park mayor), Madeline Jobst, Dr. Delva and Johnie King, and Itzel and Nathan Crow (he’s the grandson of Margaret and Trammell).

Joel and Susan Williams and Margaret and Lester Keliher*

Joel and Susan Williams and Margaret and Lester Keliher*

Itzel and Nathan Crow*

Itzel and Nathan Crow*

As guests enjoyed passed canapés including spinach asiago grilled cheese sandwiches and Pernod and dill cured salmon crostini, Pierce was explaining that the property, which sits on 6.6 acres, is one of just five multi-acre sites on Preston between Lakeside and Beverly. Miller, who serves on the State Board of Education, was chatting about her battles in Austin against the Common Core academic standards. And Caro Stalcup—she was the Fellows Dinner co-chair, along with Louise Caldwell—was reminiscing about how her grandmother and grandfather, Caro Buxton Edwards and H. L. Edwards, had had the home at 4500 Preston designed by C.D. Hill, a well-known Dallas architect. (It was Caldwell, by the way, who re-established the Dallas Historical Society Fellows in 1982 with Stanley Marcus.)

Louise Caldwell, Margot and Ross Perot and Caro Stalcup*

Louise Caldwell, Margot and Ross Perot and Caro Stalcup*

With dinner service underway—think baby greens salad, rosemary crusted beef tenderloin, corn pudding, and orange-ginger chocolate cake or Mascarpone ice cream—Lynn and Allan McBee, co-chairs of the society’s board of trustees, welcomed everyone before giving way to Allie Beth and Pierce. The latter made a joke: “Does everyone like the dinner?” he asked. “I’m from Arkansas, where a 7-course meal is a six-pack and a possum.”

Dallas Historical Society Dinner*

Dallas Historical Society Dinner*

Then Pierce turned serious, calling the Crow Estate one of “the most significant properties in Dallas County” and introducing the evening’s featured speakers: Stalcup, her brother John Alexander, and their nephew Stuart Thomas. Caro recounted details of the family’s history, stretching back to H.L. Edwards’ birth in Wales, his immigration to Texas as a young man, and his great success here in the cotton business.

Jennifer and John Alexander*

Jennifer and John Alexander*

Caro’s grandmother was a niece of A.H. Belo, she went on, recalling how, as a child, she often played in the attic and hunted for Easter eggs in the Preston Road mansion. John also remembered the home, 65 years ago: “I could climb up in the magnolias and look in the windows and see what was going on,” he said, drawing laughter. One time on the property, Caro added, her mother put a drop of bourbon in the chicken feed, and the chickens got so “warm and tipsy” they had to be helped up on the roost.

Then all too quickly the evening came to a close, and some realized the irony in celebrating the heritage of the grand old Crow Estate. With a price tag of just under $60 million, the mansion is likely to be torn down by its new owners, who probably will want a more contemporary home in its place.

Photo credit: Steve Foxall

JUST IN: Alan Olson To Serve As Interim Executive Director Of Dallas Historical Society

Word was just received that Alan Olson, who has worked for the past 15 years at the Dallas Historical Society, will serve as its Interim Executive Director. Alan has previously served as Director of Collections and Exhibits.

According to Dallas Historical Society Co-Chair Lynn McBee, “I think you will be impressed with his dedication to the Dallas Historical Society as an employee of almost 15 years, his knowledge of our work as well as his passion for our mission.”

For proof of his love and understanding of history in today’s fast-changing world, check his vitae after the jump!

Remember: Today’s news is tomorrow’s history. [Read more…]

JUST IN: Dallas Historical Society Executive Director Jack Bunning Has Left The Building

Jack Bunning (File photo)

Jack Bunning (File photo)

Word has just been received that Dallas Historical Society Executive Director Jack Bunning has decided to sail his ship in a different direction after six years at the Fair Park historic place-to-be.

Can’t wait to see where Jack will next head up the helm.

In the meantime, a search for his replacement is underway.

Dallas Historical Society’s 2014 Awards For Excellence In Community Service Salutes An All-Star Lineup

The Dallas Historical Society’s 2014 Awards for Excellence in Community Service always seems to bring out people of all ages to celebrate the people, who continue to make Dallas great over the decades.

Rebecca Fletcher, Kevin Moriarty and Bess Enloe

Rebecca Fletcher, Kevin Moriarty and Bess Enloe

This year’s luncheon was no different. Taking place at the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday, November 20, it kicked off with a VIP reception in the private dining room of the Fairmont’s Pyramid Room including Mary Suhm, Ruben Esquivel, Bess Enloe, Caren Prothro, Linda Gibbons, Sara Martineau, Laura Wilson, Rebecca Fletcher, Ruth and Ken Alsthuler and Diane and Stuart Bumpas.

Stuart Bumpas and Margaret and Lester Keliher

Stuart Bumpas and Margaret and Lester Keliher

At 11:30 the patrons joined others like Margaret McDermott, Betty Regard, Margaret and Lester Keliher, Diane and Hal Brierley, Bill Payton, Craig Holcomb, Susan and Addison Wilson, Sue and Phil John, Phil Romano, Clay Jenkins, Harriet Miers, Brent Christopher, and Lindalyn Adams in the Regency Ballroom. By 11:41 people were still standing and talking despite two pleas for them to sit down. But this group likes to catch up big time.

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson

But thanks to the Fairmont’s staff bringing lee and French brie en croute to the tables, the crowd got the message to settle down and emcee Stewart Thomas got things going by acknowledging Luncheon Co-Chairs Margaret and Glenn Solomon and Honorary Co-Chairs Lee Cullum and Laura Wilson. Following the invocation by Rev. Dr. Robert S. Dannals, DHS Co-Chair Allan McBee spoke about the 32nd luncheon, thanks DHS Executive Director Jack Bunning and recognized the trustees by having them stand.

At 12:20, Stewart had all the past recipients stand for recognition and the 2014 awardees take their place in chairs on stage. This year’s class included:

  • Kevin Moriarty for arts leadership sponsored by Diane and Hal Brierley
  • Robert Estrada for Business sponsored by the Al Hill Jr. family

    Judy Kelly and Larry Allums

    Judy Kelly and Larry Allums

  • Judy and Patrick Kelly for creative arts sponsored by Bobby B. Lyle, and Mrs. Robert Gillikin and RWR Investments
  • Mary and Mike Terry for education sponsored by David Miller Family Foundation and Friends of Mary and Mike Terry
  • Claude B. Prestidge, M.D. for health/sciences medicine sponsored by BaylorScott&White and the friends of Claude P. Prestidge, M.D.
  • Bruce Beutler, M.D. and John Deisenhofer, Ph.D. for health/science medical research sponsored by The Lyda Hill Foundation
  • M. Wright Foundation for humanities sponsored by Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation and Allie Beth and Pierce Allman
  • Stuart Bumpas for philanthropy sponsored by Ruth C. and Charles S. Sharp Foundation and Linda and William Custard
  • Judy Rorrie for volunteer community leadership sponsored by Stephanie and Hunter Hunt
  • Natalie Lee for Jubilee History Maker sponsored by the friends of Natalie (Schatzie) Lee
Champagne for the A.C. Greene toast

Champagne for the A.C. Greene toast

Concluding the luncheon at 1:06, Allan followed tradition by leading the group in the A.C. Greene traditional farewell champagne toast that was once again accompanied by laughter.

Round Robin October 29: The Stroud House Unveiling And The Dallas Historical Society’s Awards of Excellence Patron Party

Unless one was a World Series groupie, there were scant excuses for not being out and about on Wednesday, October 29. Yes, Todd “Fun Guy” Fiscus was celebrating his 10th anniversary of mirth making at the Rachofsky House. Smarty pants Todd had refreshed the digs of the past weekend’s Two by Two domed tent for his 10th anniversary celebration. Oodles and oodles of the beautiful peeps were lifting flutes of the bubbly. Gina Ginsberg was in drop dead leggings with husband ScottMatthews Simon was being hugged like a teddy bear as he bid a temporary farewell to Dallas buds (he and his partner Keith Schumann, who was recovering a major heart attack have relocated to Atlanta); Neva Hall was looking spectacular, as were Brooke Hortenstine, Shelle and Michael Sills, Barbara Daseke and Todd’s partner Ceron (they’re doing the Dallas-Houston shuffle).

With lady violinists perched on platforms covered in two-story white, billowing skirts, a butterfly-like dancer arrived on a centerstage surrounded by a gauzy white curtain.

But the nonprofits hadn’t taken the night off. Heck, no. They were in high gear across Dallas.

The Stroud House

Louise Cowan

Louise Cowan

In Uptown, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture had good reason to celebrate and that they did. In addition to having simply spectacular weather, they were officially showing off their newest acquisition — The Stroud House. Why even legendary Dr. Louise Cowan was on the scene with a vigilante staffer clearing the way for her arrival on the brick walk leading to the festivities in the back.

The Stroud House

The Stroud House

The Stroud House is part of the Institute’s campus expansion. Right next door to the Institute’s Prairie-style headquarters, the Stroud House exudes New Orleans elegance with its red brick walls, balconies and non-stop fountain out front.

It’s called The Stroud House because Dr. Joanne Stroud provided the lead gift for the purchase that sold for $2.5M. Others who helped make the acquisition come true included Betty Regard and Margaret McDermott.

Communities Foundation of Texas Brent Christopher couldn’t stay for the official dedication due to a dinner commitment with Educate Texas Executive Director John Fitzpatrick, who was up from Austin.

Kim Hiett Jordan and Anne Reeder

Kim Hiett Jordan and Anne Reeder

On the other hand, Nancy Cain Marcus, Veletta and John Lill, Kim Hiett Jordan and Anne Reeder, who great grandfather had lived in the Dallas Institute headquarters when Dallas was just a small town.

Lynne Sheldon recalled how The Stroud House had previously been a frame store before it had been purchased  by the Institute.

While other similar properties are being felled by wrecking balls, it’s truly amazing to see these stately homes restored and made vital once again.

Awards For Excellence In Community Service Patron Party

The Dallas Historical Society was buzzing with news over at the Hall of State. Here is a report from the field about the patron party and the honorees for the upcoming fundraising luncheon:

“The Dallas Historical Society hosted a patron party for 2014 Awards for Excellence in Community Service recipients, sponsors and distinguished guests. It was a true Texas affair as guests arrived at the Hall of State at Fair Park, one of the most beautiful art deco buildings in the state. Set for Thursday, November 20, at the Fairmont Hotel, the luncheon is the Dallas Historical Society’s largest and most important fundraising event to support its educational and preservation programs.

Lynn and Allan McBee, Dallas Historical Society’s co-chairmen of the board of trustees, welcomed guests in the G.B. Dealey Library West Texas room.

Margaret and Glenn Solomon*

Margaret and Glenn Solomon*

“Lynn remarked, ‘Welcome to the Dallas Historical Society’s patron party. We are in a historic room that has been redesigned as a research library to access the organization’s extensive collection. DHS processes more than 2,000 research requests per year. Speaking of collections, just last week, the granddaughter of Judge Lew Sterrett donated scrapbooks and personal papers of the judge to the collection.’ She described the room. ‘Notice the Tom Lea murals with its cowboy motifs, the Spanish architecture, Dorothy Austin’s sculpture and the magnificent tile depicting Texas life from a studio that still exists in San Antonio.’

“Allan McBee introduced Margaret and Glenn Solomon, co-chairs of the DHS Awards for Excellence in Community Service event. Glenn said, ‘The Awards for Excellence in Community Service are presented on behalf of the Dallas Historical Society to the designated recipients who are deserving of recognition for their generosity of spirit, civic leadership and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city. Thank you to the Honorary Chairs Lee Cullum and Laura Wilson.’

Patrick and Judy Kelly and Kevin Moriarty*

Patrick and Judy Kelly and Kevin Moriarty*

“The distinguished recipients were announced by Margaret Solomon and other DHS Trustees and came to the front to be recognized:

  • Arts Leadership – Kevin Moriarty (Award sponsored by Diane and Hal Brierley)
  • Business – Robert A. Estrada (Award sponsored by Al Hill Jr. family)
  • Creative Arts – Judy and Patrick Kelly (Award sponsored by Bobby B. Lyle, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gillikin, RWR Investments)
  • Education – Mary and Mike Terry (Award sponsored by David Miller Family Foundation and Friends of Mary and Mike Terry)
  • Stuart Bumpas*

    Stuart Bumpas*

    Health/Science Medicine – Claude B. Prestidge, M.D. (Award sponsored by BaylorScott&White and the Friends of Claude B. Prestidge, M.D.)

  • Humanities – S.M. Wright Foundation (Award sponsored by Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation and Allie Beth and Pierce Allman)
  • Philanthropy – Stuart Bumpas (Award sponsored by Ruth C. and Charles S. Sharp Foundation, Inc. and Linda and Bill Custard)
  • Volunteer Community Leadership – Judy Rorrie (Award sponsored by Stephanie and Hunter Hunt)
  • Schatzie Lee and Caro Stalcup*

    Schatzie Lee and Caro Stalcup*

    Jubilee History Makers – Natalie ‘Schatzie’ Lee (Award sponsored by Friends of Natalie ‘Schatzie’ Lee)

“In addition to the prestigious honorees, the McBees and the Solomons, others in attendance included Ruth Altshuler, Bill Graue, Steve Coke, Shannon Callewart and her daughter Lucy Callewart, Patricia Meadows, Deborah Ryan, William Ryan, Laura Estrada and Paul Hermann.

“The McBees thanked everyone for coming and encouraged those to let others know about the November 20th event. Those interested in purchasing tables or tickets can go online.”

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee

Dallas Historical Society Has A Touchdown With Texas Sports Legends At The Hall Of State During The Fair

Leave it to the Dallas Historical Society to set a mighty fine exhibition when the State Fair brings throngs of folks to Fair Park. Knowing how folks love sports, they are showcasing a collection of memorabilia that would set fans’ hearts fluttering — Texas Sports Legend. From championship rings and belts, a Heisman Trophy to an Olympic unitard, all types of sports and champs are right there in the Hall of State. Here’s a recap from the Tuesday, September 23rd “sneak preview:

Texas Sports Legends*

Texas Sports Legends*

“On September 23, the Dallas Historical Society’s Fellows received a sneak preview of this exhibit. Fellows are those who donate at least $1,500 to the Society. They receive exclusive invitations for exhibits and events at some of the most historically significant places in the city.

“Those in attendance included Alicia Landry, Tom Landry Jr., Norma Walker and her family, Veletta and John Lill, Margaret and Lester Keliher, Kathleen and Ban Bywaters (known for helping the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas launch its Trains exhibit).

Kathleen and Ban Bywaters*

Kathleen and Ban Bywaters*

“They viewed interesting items in the exhibit such as:

  • Tom Landry‘s Championship Rings
  • Curtis Cokes' championship belt*

    Curtis Cokes’ championship belt*

    Curtis Cokes’ Championship Belt

  • Nastia Liukin‘s World Championship Medals and Olympic Unitard
  • Roger Hornsby‘s Cardinals Uniform
  • Davey O’Brien‘s Heisman Trophy
  • Michael Johnson‘s Track Shoe
Tom  Landry Jr., Margaret Keliher, Lynn and Allan McBee*

Tom Landry Jr., Margaret Keliher, Lynn and Allan McBee*

Lynn and Allan McBee, Dallas Historical Society’s co-chairmen of the board of trustees, said, “Since it was founded in 1937 by some of Dallas’ most prominent leaders, Dallas Historical Society’s Fellows have provided one of the strongest funding sources, public endorsement and valuable special events’ financial resources for the Dallas Historical Society. For those interested in seeing historically significant exhibits, such as the Texas Sports Legends, we encourage you to join the Fellows. We also have a series of programs and events especially for this membership group.”

“Those interested in joining can go online at Dallas Historical Society.

“’Whether they grew up here or became a member of a Texas-based team later in life, there are many legends to be honored who have contributed to Texas athletics,’ said State Fair of Texas President Mitchell Glieber. ‘We know that we cannot honor them all, but we thank the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for loaning us a selection of sports memorabilia for fairgoers to enjoy during this year’s Fair, themed “Deep in the Heart of Texans.”’

“A selection of the inductees from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame who will be highlighted in this exhibit include: auto racing legends – A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford; baseball legends – Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan; basketball legends – Rolando Blackman and Clyde Drexler; boxing legend – George Foreman; football legends – Joe Green, Tom Landry, and Doak Walker; golf legends – Ben Crenshaw and Lee Trevino; hockey legend – Mike Modano; rodeo legend – Don Gay; soccer legends – Mia Hamm and Kyle Rote Jr.; swimming legend – Eddie Reese; tennis legend – Zina Garrison; and track and field legends – Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson.”

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, October 19 (aka the last day of the State Fair).

Photo credit: Steve Foxall

Dallas Historical Society To Recognize Dallas Community Leaders At 33rd Awards For Excellence Luncheon In November

The week before Thanksgiving a heady group of folks will be lunching at the Fairmont for the Dallas History Society‘s Awards for Excellence. For starters, Margaret and Glenn Solomon are chairing the annual luncheon along with Honorary Co-Chairs/former AFE awardees Lee Cullum and Laura Wilson.

This year’s class of honorees will include:

Judy Kelly (File photo)

Judy Kelly (File photo)

  • Arts Leadership — Kevin Moriarty
  • Creative Arts — Judy and Patrick Kelly
  • Business — Bob Estrada
  • Education — Mary and Mike Terry
  • Health/Sciences Medicine — Claude B. Prestidge
  • Health/Sciences Medical Research — Bruce Beutler and Johann Deisenhofer
  • Humanities — S.M Wright Foundation
  • Philanthropy — Stuart M. Bumpas
  • Volunteer Community Leadership — Judy Rorrie
  • Jubilee History Maker — Natalie (Schatzie) Lee

Following tradition, the November 20th luncheon will conclude with the A.C. Greene champagne toast.

Tickets start at $125.

JUST IN: Dallas Historical Society Leadership And New Trustees Announced

More good news! The 2014-2015 Dallas Historical Society new officers were just revealed, as well as the new members of its board.

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Heading up the board will be Lynn and Allan McBee with Alison Hunsicker serving as secretary and William Helmbrecht as treasurer.

New trustees include Pierce Allman, Wilson Fuqua, Ward Hunt Jr., Ken Jackson, Veletta Lill, Sharon McCullough, Kit Sawyers and Mary Suhm.

Just in case you want to brush up on your “Who Are They” memory bank, a brief description of the new trustees follows the jump. [Read more…]

Dallas Historical Society Announces Event And Honorary Chairs For Awards of Excellence In Community Service Luncheon

The Dallas Historical Society just announced the event chairs and honorary chairs for the 2013 Awards of Excellence in Community Service.

Scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, at the Fairmont, mother/daughter team Peggy and Catherine Carr will chair the luncheon with Minnie and Bill Caruth III serving as honorary chairs.

Margaret Keliher (File photo)

Margaret Keliher (File photo)

“We look forward to celebrating with Dallas our city’s community leaders at this year’s Awards for Excellence event,” said DHS Chair Margaret Keliher. “It is a tribute to the Dallas Historical Society to have such notable contributors to the Dallas community spearheading our annual luncheon.”

The event will “honor individuals in eight categories, including Arts Leadership, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities/History, Philanthropy and Volunteer Leadership. . . whose contributions have positively impacted the quality of life for the citizens of Dallas.”

Depending upon the nominations, the Jubilee History Maker Award may be presented to “an individual, group or organization whose achievements extend into more than one of the award categories.”

Past award recipients have included Ruth Altshuler, Gerald Turner, Trammell Crow, Rev. Gerald Britt, Caroline Rose Hunt, Laura Estrada and Erle Nye.

The DHS will announce the 2013 recipients in June, so stay tuned.