MySweetWishList: Family Compass

Whitney Strauss (File photo)

According to Family Compass Board of Directors President-Elect Whitney Strauss,

“On behalf of the Family Compass Board, staff and families we serve, our primary wish is a world free of child abuse and neglect where are children are able to feel happy and safe. For this holiday season, our wish is to be able to give the mothers in our programs basic necessities for their babies such as diapers and sippy cups that they have difficulty affording. We also want to encourage mothers to read and play with their babies so also ask for baby books with sight words and baby toys. We have a wish list on Amazon for these items.

“Thank you for making the holidays truly special for our mothers and their children!”

-By Whitney Strauss, Family Compass board of directors president-elect

2015 Crystal Charity Ball Committee Distributed Record-Breaking $6.5M To 11 Dallas Children’s Non-Profits

There are hundreds of children…no, make that thousands of children…who went to sleep on Tuesday, April 12, never having heard of a gal from Andrews, Texas, by the name of Michal Powell or an organization called Crystal Charity Ball.

That’s just peachy keen for the 2015 CCB Chair Michal and her gall-gal committee of 99. For a little over a year, they made calls, hand delivered contracts and championed the cases for Dallas children to net a record-breaking $6.5M.

Some of that money would go to healthcare, ranging from sexual abuse to hearing and sight challenges. Other funds would assist homeless and hungry kids and those working through the challenges of autism.

Pat McEvoy, Tucker Enthoven, Vinnie Reuben, Gregg Ballew, Michal Powell, Leslie Diers, Susan Farris and Mary Clare Finney

Pat McEvoy, Tucker Enthoven, Vinnie Reuben, Gregg Ballew, Michal Powell, Leslie Diers, Susan Farris and Mary Clare Finney

But on this evening, it was Christmas with Michal and her team including Underwriting chair Tucker Enthoven presenting the real-thing checks to the 11 recipients thanks to host Westwood Trust Senior VP Gregg Ballew. Among the crowd of more-than-smiley recipients and guests were Dave Woodyard, Ola Fojtasek, Robyn Flatt, Cara French, Sandra Session-Robertson, Bob Sweeney, Elizabeth Gambrell, Tom Turnage, Pam Busbee, Ona Foster, Daffan Nettle, Dr. Tom Campbell, Beth Thoele, Michael Craven, Margaret Hancock, Kimberly Williams, Anne Reeder, Doug Adkins, Tricia George, Tom Black, Mary Martha Pickens, Jan McAuley, Fredye Factor, Pat McEvoy, Vinnie Reuben, Leslie Diers, Mary Clare Finney, Susan Farris, Barbara Stuart and 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter.

Here is a breakdown of how the checks were distributed:

  • Catholic Charities of Dallas — $575,000 for the School Readiness Program
  • Dallas Children’s Theater — $564,400 for Sensory-Friendly Performances and Classes
  • Dallas Life — $546,919 for the Kids Life Program
  • Dallas Services — $646,064 for the Vision for Children Program
  • Family Compass — $600,000 for the Healthy Families Program
  • Foundation for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders — $630,000 for The Pediatric Hearing Aid Project
  • H.I.S. BridgeBuilders — $539,450 for the Crossover Athletics Program
  • Interfaith Housing Coalition — $500,000 for the Childcare and Youth Services Center
  • Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers —$500,000 for Ewing’s Sarcoma Pediatric Cancer Research Program
  • North Texas Food Bank — $750,000 for the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation — $459,124 for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Wanna bet what the first thing the 11 recipients did the next morning? Deliver the checks to their banks, of course. The second thing was to put that money to work.

Family Compass’ 2016 “A Legendary Evening” Is Postponed Until 2017

On the heels of the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society’s change of plans announcement, another one was pointed out. No, it has nothing to do with PCHPS. It’s the Family Compass’ annual A Legendary Evening that was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 9, is going to take the year off.

According to Family Compass Board Member Whitney Strauss, “We are working on big plans to make it spectacular!”

But not to worry. There are plenty of other things going on that night like the WaterTower Celebrate Gala, the Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments, No Tie Dinner and Dessert, A Little Night Music and the Mosaic’s 19th Annual Heart and Soul Gala.

After Months Of Searching, Family Compass Names Ona Foster As CEO Of Organization

It was back in April last year that Jessica Trudeau turned in her resignation as Family Compass executive director to join the Salesmanship Club’s Momentous Institute as director of Development and Strategic Partnerships. What a mouthful of a title!

With Jessica’s departure, Family Compass Clinical Director Tina Robertson served as the organization’s interim executive director. But then Tina moved over to the Momentous Institute, too.

Now word has arrived that Ona Foster has been named to the top spot that is now CEO.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and criminal justice from Colorado State University and a Master of Science degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington, Ona was formerly with the Vera Institute, FLP Family Center, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and Genesis Women’s Shelter.

While the news is just now making the rounds, Ona has been in place since January.

MySweetWishList: Family Compass

According to Family Compass Development Chair Whitney Strauss,

Family Compass*

Family Compass*

“I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors and as the Development Chair.  The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect. This is accomplished through two home mentoring programs and community based and educational programs for families that have elevated risk for child abuse and reside in the most economically disadvantaged communities throughout Dallas and Collin County. All of our programs are evidence based, voluntary and free of charge.

“Our wish is simple. Our wish is for all children to have a life free from abuse and neglect and be able to experience the joy of childhood. We wish this for the holiday season – and for all seasons – because every child has the fundamental right to a healthy family and environment, the opportunity to succeed in school and the capacity to experience life without violence.”

-By Whitney Strauss, Family Compass development chair

* Graphic courtesy of Family Compass

Round Robin March 25: Nexus Spring Luncheon And A Legendary Evening Kick-Off Parties And Les Femmes’ Woman Of The Year Announcement

Whoever decided to move the usual Thursday overload to Wednesday…well, they got their way on Wednesday, March 25. The Family Place Partners were holding a membership social at Bistro 31. The Dallas Arboretum Corporate types were dining amid the flowery beauty of the Arboretum’s Dallas Blooms.

Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon Kick-Off Reception

Erin Cluley and Liz Pasquinelli

Erin Cluley and Liz Pasquinelli

The usual slam by guests didn’t happen at Erin Cluley Gallery for the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon Kick-Off Reception. The reason was the up-in-the-air start time. Some, like Chair Liz Pasquinelli, were under the impression that the party started at 6. While others among the 75 got word that it started at 6:30. Not to worry. Sharon Van Meter’s staff got the white table-clothed buffet table decked out with delish food in no time. So much so that some guests hit the tables before checking out the artwork displayed on the walls.

Cocktail buffet

Cocktail buffet

All came to a halt when plans were announced for the April 23 Nexus Recovery Center fundraising luncheon at Belo Mansion with New York Times Best-Selling Author Koren Zailckas as the keynote speaker.

A Legendary Evening Kick-Off Reception

Neena Newberry

Neena Newberry

Tina Robertson

Tina Robertson

Just across the Trinity, the Mod Gallery was filled with all types like Family Compass Clinic Director Tina Robertson, Carrine and John Reilly, Terry Crane, Neena Newberry, Adam Kroviak and Martha Tiller for the kick-off of A Legendary Evening. Course it helped when the party was taking place in the kitchen where food was overly available.

Loads of food

Loads of food

Jessica Trudeau

Jessica Trudeau

As Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau schmoozed with some of the 60 guests, it was revealed that the Family Compass fundraiser dinner will be held in the Hilton Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom on Saturday, April 25, thanks to Co-Chairs Kristy Faus and Shakeya McDow and former State Senator Florence Shapiro as honorary chair. WFAA’s Colleen Coyle will serve as mistress of ceremonies with Chef Blythe Beck, Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust and retired WFAA-ers Gloria Campos and Troy Dungan as just some of the legendary table hosts.

Regarding the awards, Ernst & Young will receive the Spirit of Community Restoration Award and Kim Garrett will be presented the Spirit of Compassion Award.

Les Femmes Du Monde Women Of The Year Announcement

As the clouds started moving in, so did the record-breaking crowd for the Les Femmes du Monde Woman of the Year announcement party. What was the draw for the 100 guests? Well, the announcement, of course. But having the party at Gina and Scott Ginsburg’s mansion certainly didn’t discourage a soul.

Venise Stuart, Alyce Heinrich and Virginia Cook

Venise Stuart, Alyce Heinrich and Virginia Cook

In addition to the big announcement that Realtor Virginia Cook would be the Woman of the Year, it was official that recent Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Presentation Chair Venise Stuart had stepped up to chair the Wednesday, October 14th dinner at the Dallas Country Club.

As the living room filled with guests, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth chief Jim Falk was amazed at the turnout and the past couple of years under Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich. “Les Femmes is having a revival,” Jim said.

Scott Ginsburg

Scott Ginsburg

Gina Ginsburg

Gina Ginsburg

In the two-story library, meantime, host Scott was taking time to prepare for a project and Gina, in sparking yellow, was seated on the couch across the way accepting compliments.

Jan Ward and Regina Bruce

Jan Ward and Regina Bruce

Just outside the dining room, 2014 Women of the Year Chair Regina Bruce was introducing Jan Ward as the upcoming Les Femmes du Monde president.

JUST IN: Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau Heading To Salesmanship Club Of Dallas’ Momentous Institute

Word’s just arrived that Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau will be heading over to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ Momentous Institute to be Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships.

Jessica is replacing Kristen Howell, who became Chief Programs Officer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center in January.

Family Compass Clinical Director Tina Robertson, who subbed in for Jessica at the Crystal Charity Ball bus tour, will serve as Interim Executive Director.

Jessica’s departure is scheduled for April 28 (aka the Tuesday following Family Compass’ April 25th “A Legendary Evening” fundraiser).

BTW, Family Compass was just named one of Crystal Charity Ball’s 2015 beneficiaries.

Crystal Charity Ball Bus Tour Covered The Map Doing Site Visits Of 2015 Beneficiaries

Does anybody know where Bonton is? Not to worry. Check later.

The beneficiaries for the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball had been announced. It was to be a blockbuster of a year with 11 recipients and a goal of $6,310,957. 2015 CCB Chair Michal Powell and her team including Underwriting Chair Tucker Enthoven recognized the overwhelming task and Michal was throwing her all into accomplishing the funding.

Michal Powell

Michal Powell

2015 Crystal Charity Ball bus tour

2015 Crystal Charity Ball bus tour

But before they reached out to donors, the CCB gals checked off Tuesday, February 17, as the day to get to know the beneficiaries up close and personally. Bus Tour Chair Margaret Hancock had put together the world tour of the beneficiaries. It was quite an undertaking and came off flawlessly

As the early morning chill filled the bus in the Turtle Creek Village parking lot, CCB members piled into the bus that would tour the beneficiaries with facilities. Some sent representatives to explain their programs. That was the case for the first two.

Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center
Ellen Dearman

Ellen Dearman

Mary Crowley’s Development Vice President Ellen Dearman and Chief Operating Officer Shannon Cagnina hopped on board and with microphone in hand explained that thanks to CCB funding, the Mary Crowley team would be able to advance drugs for children battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, “a deadly pediatric bone and soft tissue cancer with an overall survival of only 30%.” Because the market is so small, “pharmaceutical companies do not lead with a pediatric drug, so that’s why private philanthropy plays such a key role.” The plan calls for Mary Crowley to “leverage the work they’ve been doing in adults for the over 20 years to move into the pediatric population.” In addition to the drug’s advancement, they’re undertaking “targeted therapy” that targets the driver gene in Ewing Sarcoma and “knocks it down” and stops the growth of the cancer. Shannon explained that past treatments like chemotherapy have been a shotgun approach in ridding the body of cancer, with tough side effects. The targeted therapy is more like a rifle, reducing the side effects. She also reported that traditionally treatments and therapies have been initially used on adults first, while children had to wait until it was proven effective. But the young patients and their families don’t have the luxury of time. Ellen concluded by saying, “I just can’t tell you the difference you’re going to make.”

Family Compass
Tina Robertson

Tina Robertson

Next on the bus was Family Compass Clinical Director Tina Robertson. She was subbing in for Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau, who was in Fort Worth for an interview. Tina told how the CCB funding would support Healthy Family Visiting, a home counseling program for teen parents and their children in low-income areas with the goal of preventing child abuse. The home visitor works with the clients for five years because change doesn’t happen overnight and the families need a support system. The curricula may include helping a mom bond with her baby and assisting in pre- and post-natal care. The better and earlier bonding of mother and baby results in fewer cases of abuse.

As Tina said, “Prevention is preservation. When we prevent child abuse, we are preserving their innocence.” To back her comments, she provided the following statistics:

  • One in five Americans was sexually molested as a child.
  • One in four was physically abused to the point where there were marks left on their bodies.
  • One in eight Americans witnessed family violence in their home.
  • One in 10 Americans is currently taking anti-depressants. Most of that is related to childhood trauma and abuse.

She added that those numbers are based on reported information and reflect “disturbing mental health and public health outcomes.” Tina proudly concluded by announcing that as a result of this prevention strategies in the homes, “last year 98% of our families did not sustain a referral to Family Protective Services… and 99% of the children were developmentally on track.”

Texas Health Resources/SANE Program
Renee Donald

Renee Donald

As soon as Tina stepped off the bus, the driver put the bus in motion toward Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital and its SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) program. While the powers-that-be at Presby had wanted the ladies to arrive at the main entrance, the ladies stayed with the original plan of entering via the Emergency Room entrance, just as a teenage rape victim might. As the CCB-ers walked up the hill from the road to the ER entrance, Texas Health Resources Foundation President Jay McAuley and his staff rushed from the main entrance to the ER. Luckily, the ER was calm at this time, so the CCB-ers’ arrival didn’t interfere with the staff’s business as usual.

After the ladies were separated into groups, they were toured through the facilities and stops that a teenager experiences. SANE Supervisor Renee Donald explained that the waiting room often is a place where family and “friends” wait while the victim is examined both verbally and physically. What really surprised the group was that it’s not unusual for the person who committed the rape to bring the victim in.

The visit was cut short. A 14-year-old was being brought in.

Dallas Children’s Theater
Robyn Flatt

Robyn Flatt

The next stop may have seemed a far cry from SANE, but it simply touched on another aspect of youngsters with unique needs. It was the Dallas Children’s Theater. DTC Co-Founder/Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt explained their Sensory Friendly Initiative, a program providing 21 performances especially designed to accommodate children facing challenges like autism. The money will also be used to provide classes in which the children can take part.

With CCB-ers sitting in a small theater, Robyn and Senior Director of Communications and Philanthropy Sandra Session-Robertson explained that so often families of such children avoid theatrical productions. Such things as sound and lighting can affect these children differently, resulting in reactions that can be disruptive or distracting to others in the audience. Through the funding by CCB, performances would be designed to allow these children and their families to enjoy theatrical productions and allow for possible interaction by the children in the audience. The CCB-ers then toured the DCT backstage operations and visited with schoolchildren, who were attending a performance in The Baker Theater.

Callier Center for Communication Disorder
Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin

The next group to visit with was Dr. Tom Campbell and Dr. Jeff Martin of Callier. They came on board the bus in the Dallas Children’s Theater parking lot to explain how the CCB funding would provide hearing aids for children in need.

Due to changes at the state level, funds that would have been used to help low-income children with hearing challenges had been all but eliminated. The CCB monies will pick up the costs of providing help for these children. The result will be to provide help for 120 families per year for the next three years. That help will include children who are provided hearing aids by the school district. Since the aids are owned by the district, the children aren’t able to use them out of school. This funding would provide for children to have aids outside of school. The program will also allow the children to go through a comprehensive evaluation and to be fitted with their own aids.

On the way to the next stop, Pam Perella introduced the new members — Anne Besser, Bunny Cotten, Laura Downing, Susann Glassmoyer, Cheryl Joyner, Brooke Shelby and Stacey Walker.

Interfaith Housing Coalition
Interfaith Housing Coalition

Interfaith Housing Coalition

The bus was then heading to the InterFaith Housing Coalition, which helps families transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Once again the CCB-ers broke into groups and were shown the plans for the new facilities that will include the Child Care and Youth Services Building that will house and expand the present services for children in a three-story, 20,000-square-foot building. The first floor will provide child care for existing families in the program as well as other low-income families in the surrounding East Dallas community. The new building will allow 200-500 children to be served yearly.

They saw where the children in the program have Tuesday and Thursday night meals together with real plates and silverware, while their parents are attending classes on such subject as budget training. Then the ladies visited apartments where families live while preparing for the transition into permanent homes. Everything in the apartments is new and is especially created for that specific family. Children find toys and stuffed animals waiting for them on their beds. When the families make the move to their new homes, they take everything in the apartment with them.

To help care for their children while their parents are getting their lives in order, the CCB funding will support the organization’s childcare and youth services center, including the Children’s and Teens’ Multi-purpose Room, the Library and Resource Room, the Counseling and Play Therapy Room, the Teen Lounge, the Art Therapy Room, Children’s Dining Room and furnishing for the rooms.

Dallas Services
Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming

After a group picture, the CCB-ers were back on the bus and joined by Dr. Stephanie Fleming, who rode along to the next stop and told of Dallas Services. She started off by recalling how the night before she had told her sons that she was going to be on a bus and tell some ladies about the glasses. The boys were so excited and asked if the ladies got snacks and if there was a bathroom on the bus.

Once the laughter died down, Stephanie, who is the clinic director for Dallas Services’ Low Vision Clinic, explained the problem of low-income children with vision problems handling classes and interaction with others. With a handful of glasses, she told how thanks to the funding they will be able to provide 4,500 school children ranging from pre-K to high school for the next three years. In addition to providing the specs, the clinic also works with families encouraging them to have their children tested.

As the bus rolled on, Stephanie walked up and down the aisle letting the CCB-er’s check out the frames.

Thanks to ordering large numbers of glasses, Dallas Services is able to get bulk discount rates.

Just as the bus pulled up to the next stop, Stephanie concluded her talk. When asked how she was going to get back to Dallas Services, she laughed. Evidently, she’d had a car following the bus that would take her back to work.

Dallas Life
Dallas Life

Dallas Life

The bus then pulled up inside Dallas Life’s gated parking lot for the CCB-ers to tour a 104-year-old former warehouse that is the “largest homeless shelter in North Texas” incorporating around 3,500 volunteers. Of the 500 people nightly living there, around 72 of them are children. It has 50 individual family rooms. Dallas Life is “the only shelter that allows families to stay together on a long-term basis.”

As Rev. Bob Sweeney showed the “Kids’ Wing,” he told how all these rooms will be expanded and open each night with volunteer babysitters from 7 to 9, thanks to the CCB funds. This expansion will include the activity area and restroom facilities. It also allows for the expansion of the children’s programming as well as helping the on-going costs of care of basic children’s services.

In addition he showed them the living quarters that included “designer rooms,” that require clients to sign an agreement including no water on the wood, always picked up, etc. and the “private rooms” that accommodate families with children under 18.

There were also the library with rows of computer stations that had been donated and the Senior Overcomer Lounge, where older residents can retreat from the children’s activities.

In the dining room, Bob pointed out that the men sit in one area, the women in another and the families “down the center.”

Dallas Life maintains a very tight schedule. Dinner starts at 4:30 for seniors and the disabled, then families and women at 5 p.m. and men at 5:30. By 6 p.m. dinner is a done deal. Chapel takes place twice a week at 6 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m. it’s showers for children only. Then from 7 to 9 p.m. the kids in their jammies go the Toy Room, while their parents have time to shower and get ready for the next day.

For the first 30 days of residency, there is no charge. During the first five days, the clients watch a 45-minute video of Bob explaining the rules daily. In many cases, this repetition is essential for those who have had drug and alcohol problems. On the fifth day, they pick whether they want the long-term program or pay-to-stay for short-term residency. Stage Two of the program includes attending classes for two months dealing with anger management, the psychology of addiction, budgeting, etc. At Phase Three clients get a job, no if’s, and’s or but’s. During this three-month period 180 job applications are filled by the individual. Bob added, “We’ve never had anybody filled out all the applications and not get a job.” In addition to getting a mentor, the clients sign up for low-income housing. In Phase Four, the client gets a full-time job.

Recently the neighborhood association sent a NBC newscast link including Dallas Life to Bob, adding they were glad to have the organization in the neighborhood.

Dallas Life

Dallas Life

Dallas Life

Dallas Life

Dallas Life

Dallas Life

Before boarding the bus, the CCB-ers spied the playground and headed straight for the swings. No, they weren’t going to swing, they were going to push the children already in the swings.

H.I.S. Bridgebuilders

The bus now headed to Bonton. Remember, it was mentioned at the beginning of this post. Bonton is an area of South Dallas that has a long history but until recently had little to brag about. That is, unless being described as one of the highest crime and greatest poverty neighborhoods in Dallas is something to be proud of.

As Tour Chair Margaret Hancock warned the committee members, she had visited the area and found it to be “truly eye opening.” On paper, the CCB donation would provide funding for the expansion of the Crossover Athletics program that would involve 96 male youths from 8 to 18 over a three-year period, plus the purchase of a 15-passenger van to help transport teams.

While that didn’t seem like a big deal, it was for this community bounded by Hatcher Street and South Central Expressway. Driving through the streets filled with aging homes, new homes with manicured yards and apartments appeared like an oasis. These new and restored residences are the results of efforts by many including Habitat for Humanity.

Brandon McCain

Brandon McCain

Laure Fechner

Laura Fechner

Michael Craven

Michael Craven

But those improvements are brick and mortar. To help the residents themselves, H.I.S. Bridgebuilders has developed programs that address education, health, economic development and spiritual development. One of those programs was the Crossover Athletics headed by Brandon McCain.

Joining Brandon on board the bus were H.I.S. Bridgebuilders Director of Development Laura Fechner and H.I.S. Bridgebuilders President Michael Craven, who explained the bigger picture of what they were accomplishing. As the bus toured the area, the CCB-ers saw such things as Bonton Farms, where chickens, goats — Laverne and Shirley — and a garden were being developed and maintained. The plan is for it to eventually supplement food for the community because a trip to the nearest grocery store is a 3-hour excursion via public transportation. In addition to the Bonton Farm, there is another community garden in another sector where they’re also raising tilapia.

Despite these improvements and projects, the past continues to linger. As the bus drove through the area, Brandon, Laura and Michael described progress and challenges. A liquor store was still a fixture fueling those dealing with futility. A young man was seen in front of a house teasing a gray pit bull dog with a steel pole. The neighborhood school has been closed down. Young people have been discouraged from going to the nearby lake because that’s where precarious activities take place.

Brandon told the ladies that he and his pregnant wife had moved to Bonton from Carrollton. He pointed out the homes on the street where he lives in which some of his Crossover youths live. The hope is that by involving young men in sports, it will provide them with tools like discipline, goal setting, respect, cooperation and hard work leading them to productive lives and breaking the cycle that has dragged down Bonton.

As the bus dropped off Brandon, Laura and Michael and headed to the next stop, the thought of having nearly 100 young men be part of an athletic program instead of heading to the liquor store or lake proved why the funding was so important.

Catholic Charities

Now the bus wove along the street leading to the Santa Clara Regional Community Center in West Dallas. It was obvious that the Center had gone through updating to provide services for the underserved in the neighborhood and had become a true gathering place for families pursuing opportunities to improve their lives, both personally and professionally.

Santa Rosa basketball court

Santa Rosa basketball court

In addition to the indoor basketball court and outdoor swimming pool for recreational activities, the Center provides programs for children and parents. Its Together We Learn program lets children participate in English-focused early education classes, while parents receive classes in children development, ESL and job readiness. It both prepares children for school success and empowers the parents.

The free after-school program takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a snack and dinner for the children. Providing a STEM-based curriculum, tutoring and recreational activities, the CCB funding allow the program to operate at full capacity for approximately 275 children from birth through 8th grade over a two-year period.

North Texas Food Bank
Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt

For the final stop of the day, it was the North Texas Food Bank in Cockrell Hill, where NTFB Executive Director Jan Pruitt was still adjusting to being a 2015 beneficiary. It wasn’t her first rodeo. She had warned her staff that when they approached her about applying for the grant.  Did they know what they were undertakign? Jan had been through the Crystal Charity Ball application process and knew it was a new definition of “tough.” Later she confided that the CCB 100 were daunting in their vetting of candidates. Jan admitted that most people didn’t realize the depth and focus to detail that the 100 undertook. She admired them, respected them and still was in awe of them. Like others who had been approved for CCB funding in the past, Jan explained that as incredible as receiving the funding was, the validation by this group was priceless regardless of the size of the nonprofit.

Regardless, the NTFB staff fearlessly sought funds for the Food 4 Kids Backpack program.

In addition to providing “170,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 262 partner agencies.”

North Texas Food Bank's Food glorious food

North Texas Food Bank’s Food glorious food

North Texas Food Bank's Food glorious food

North Texas Food Bank’s Food glorious food

North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank

Unfortunately, the “cost of personnel, food purchases, supplies and associated warehouse costs with the ultimate goal of eliminating the 42-school waiting lists for backpacks” is daunting, but it is possible.

With the funds provided by CCB, “approximately 1,468 elementary-aged children and their young siblings will be provided 52,854 backpacks each school year, or the equivalent of 634,248 meals over” a three-year period.

It had been a long day being inundated by much-needed services for area children. But looking at towering shelves filled with boxes of food, the cartons full of peanut butter, cereals and other items that will find their way into the backpacks, it reminded the CCB-ers that there were children depending upon their raising more than $6M.

Dallas-Author Kim Garrett To Receive The Family Compass’ Spirit Of Compassion At A Legendary Evening

Kim Garrett*

Kim Garrett*

It’s been on the books for a while, but the organizers of A Legendary Evening benefiting Family Compass have just announced the recipient of the 2015 Spirit of Compassion Award.

On Saturday, April 25, Dallas-based author Kim Garrett, who wrote Roll With It: Living, Working and Parenting by the Seat of Your Pants, will receive the award that has been presented in the past to Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Kelly Compton, Mary Bowman Campbell, George Ellis, Ike Vanden Eykel, Dodee Frost Crockett, Donna Lane, Don McGaughey, Sarah Losinger, John Criswell, Susan Howard Crane, Gerald Deats, Gail Martin, Mike McCullough, Angie and Bill Barrett, Mike and E.J. Rodgers, Terry Watanabe and Ashleigh Banfield.

According to Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau, “We are honored to present this year’s Spirit of Compassion award to Kim Garrett for her dedication to the children in our community. As the author of her new book, Roll With It, Kim also launched the Electra Zane Project, whose mission is to provide protection, shelter, and healing for at-risk families by raising funds for critical charities and organizations. A percentage of proceeds from her wonderful book will go directly to Family Compass to support our commitment to building healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.”

Another award that will be handed out that night will be the Spirit of Community Restoration Award. And the recipient will be Ernst & Young for its “focus on education ensures that future generations have the abilities required for societies to thrive.”

The seated dinner at the Hilton Anatole is being co-chaired by Kristy Faus and Shakeya McDow, with former State Senator Florence Shapiro as honorary chair.

* Photo provided by Family Compass

Round Robin April 12: Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball, 2014 Gala, A Legendary Evening And No Tie Dinner And Dessert

Saturday, April 12, resulted in nobody staying at home from early morning to the midnight hours. In addition to the Abby’s Run, the Dallas March for Babies, ManeGait, Joy of Science, the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Home Tour, Serving Hope and the Hispanic Communicators Scholarship dinner, there were these for your consideration.

Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball

Rio and friends

Rio and friends

The morning of Saturday, April 12, started bright and early at Movie Studio Grill on Technology, even though the parking lot was not jammed like those days when “Raiders of the Lost Ark” debuted. After all, it was before 10 a.m. But the vehicles that were in the parking lot carried VEIP’s (Very Extraordinarily Important People). The occasion was the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball with a life-sized Rio greeting two types of youngsters — those who had and were battling cancer, and those whose moms were raising funds to support the fight against cancer.

Cate Ford and Jerry Ford

Cate Ford and Jerry Ford

While some of the kiddos were a bit overwhelmed by Rio at first, others like Jerry Ford were captivated by Princess, an 18-year-old cockatoo.

[Editor’s note: 18 cockatoo years is the same as a human at 18. Princess was still a babe.]

The new feathered friend accommodated all ages by sitting on their heads, spreading her wings and cocking her head just so. Talk about a scene stealer!

There was a bounty of food, and photos were taken against the Moody Foundation sponsor wall. Balloon critters were produced. Photo buttons were immediately available for sporting around. And faces were painted as Disney himself had supervised. Even some of the grown-up kids got their faces “decorated.”

Lisa Ogle

Lisa Ogle

Then it was time to head to the auditorium to watch the “real” Rio’s new movie.

Not once during the morning were the words “chemo,” “treatments” or even cancer mentioned. Perhaps that why the smiles were everywhere.

2014 Gala

John Gay

John Gay

Honorary Co-Chair John Gay’s back was giving him fits. It was also creating a slight problem at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. The former McKinney mayor found motion to be a royal pain in the back, so he found a comfy chair just outside the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom’s lobby, where a mammoth silent auction was taking place. Ah, but his wife of 54 years/former McKinney First Lady Judy knew her husband better. Not only was he happily settled in the most cushy seat around, he was avoiding the temptation of bidding. After all, that Judy is a shrewd buyer. Just check the adorable Mary Frances handbag? Where can it be had? Why, in Cynthia Elliott on the Square in McKinney, of course.

As Judy and John kidded each other, there was a T-shirted passerby of interest. “Wasn’t that Huey Lewis?” More about that later.

But the Gays were hardly missed during the cocktail reception/silent auction among the 1,030 guests. The place was packed.

Silent auction

Silent auction

There was a bonging that seemed to constantly be heard throughout the lobby. The sound was music to the ears of organizers. Seems every time a Neiman Marcus surprise bag was sold, a gong would be struck.

But once the doors to the ballroom opened, they discovered a Rusty Glenn vision of oranges, reds and bright pinks. Goodness, the place looked like it was on fire.

Report from the field on what happened:

“The energy in the Chantilly ballroom was truly electric for the CACCC’s annual 2014 Gala featuring the one and only Huey Lewis and the News!

Gretchen Wirth, Cathy and Steve Ramsey*

Gretchen Wirth, Cathy and Steve Ramsey*

“Prior to dinner, guests were shown a short video explaining the work of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County to help abused and neglected children in Collin County. The evening’s ‘ask’ was done auction style. Guests simply raised their bidder numbers when the auctioneer (Tim Willett) reached the level at which they wished to give. Every guest was recognized for their gift which really brought up the energy level in the room…filled to bursting with more than 1,000 guests! By the end of the evening, it seemed like every guest had on a blinking star denoting their Wings of Hope gift! So exciting to see so many generous supporters recognized for their gifts! Wings of Hope…sponsored by JC Penney and led off with a $10K gift from Masergy…brought in more than $200,000 to support our children.

Cindy Sutley, Huey Lewis and Christa Carrell*

Cindy Sutley, Huey Lewis and Christa Carrell*

“Next up was the live auction…an incredible selection of fabulous excursions, experiences and memorabilia. Gretchen Wirth snagged an autographed Johnny (Manziel) football jersey and football…and a photo with Cathy and Steve Ramsey (Cathy is Johnny’s aunt).

Huey Lewis on stage*

Huey Lewis on stage*

“After a brief meet and greet for VIPs, Huey Lewis and the News took the stage. They performed every hit…including the one everyone was waiting for, “The Power of Love.”

Oh, gee! That fella, who wandered through the reception was Huey!

BTW, the evening garnered in more than fun and “news.” It hit over $200,000 for CACCC.

A Legendary Evening

Maggie Kipp and JB Hayes

Maggie Kipp and JB Hayes

Sometimes awkward situations turn out to be real giggle moments. That’s what happened for Celebrating Women Underwriting Chair Maggie Kipp. She was found wandering through the Chantilly Ballroom’s lobby looking for her buddies. Texting JB Hayes, she confirmed that a connection would be made. “What’s your connection with Collin County?” she was asked. She said JB would explain. Then she asked, “Have you seen Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones?”

No. Why would they be here? They’re the honorees at The Legendary Evening.

Maggie’s response: “I know.”

Then she was told that A Legendary Evening benefiting Family Compass  and being chaired by Kristine Schwope and Heather Walther was being held in the Stemmons Ballroom in Atrium I. Oops!

Faster than Legendary Evening Honorary Co-Chair Marty Turco could fend off a slap shot, Maggie found her way to the Stemmons. At the check-in table, she told the name taker that her name was Maggie Kipp. This time the response was, “Maggie, it’s me — Nancy Gopez.” Maggie and Nancy have only known each other 20 years.

Crayton and Nikki Webb

Crayton and Nikki Webb

Thanks to the grapevine, this story became the giggle du jour of the evening.

But not to worry. Despite the crowded Stemmons Ballroom, Maggie made a beeline to Jan and Trevor. Whew!

Jenny Ebeier, Trevor Rees-Jones III and Jan Rees-Jones

Jenny Ebeier, Trevor Rees-Jones III and Jan Rees-Jones

Speaking of JB, she was bubbling over helping out with a couple of Final Four events (Coaches vs. Cancer and Final Four Coaches Huddle). . . Crayton Webb knew just the right thing to say about Wings’ luncheon speaker, Sally Field: “She reminded me of Nikki (aka his wife)”.  . .  Martha and David Tiller were talking about their upcoming NYC trip to see “All The Way”, about LBJ. Of course, you know that Martha was Lady Bird’s press secretary. . . Too adorable Jenny Ebeier was with her steady of six years, Trevor Rees-Jones III or IV. Who keeps count? They met as freshmen at TCU.

No Tie Dinner

Blair Trammell, Deanna Cahill, Rob Cahill  and Anthony Padilla

Blair Trammell, Deanna Cahill, Rob Cahill and Anthony Padilla

Forget busy. The Frontiers of Flight Museum was so jammed its driveway’s two lanes were locked down for entry level only. After supping at other places, more than 2,000 guests supporting AIDS Services of Dallas No Tie Dinner came together sans ties for dessert. But no wonder. With La Dolce Vita theme and Mark Ridlen handling the tunes, the evening was an example of the very good life.

Two-story viewing structure

Two-story lounge

A mammoth, two-story structure curtained in beaded draping was front and center for some guests to settle back to simply observe the bidding and partying by the likes of Co-Chairs David Nelson and Dennis Kershner, Honorary Chair LeeAnne Locken, Sheila Dolezal Humanitarian Awardee Patricia Deason, 2013 Honorary Chair Steve Kemble, Christopher Wright, Don Neubauer, Les Siter, Benny Black, Susan Hawk and ASD President Don Maison.

Mikael Coursey, Mike Ladadie, Chris McCullough, Dow O'Neal, Mason McCleskey and Matt Wilkerson

Mikael Coursey, Mike Ladadie, Chris McCullough, Dow O’Neal, Mason McCleskey and Matt Wilkerson

Associate producer Matt Wilkerson was over the top about Tomato Republic receiving kudos reviews from the Dallas International Film Festival. The film about a political race in the small town of Jacksonville won the Jury Award.

Checking out the more than 400 biddables ranging from hand-blown vases and jewelry to original art pieces and a two-day Ferrari car rental from Platinum Motorcars were guests like Todd Whitley. With a tip of the hat to Pharrell Williams, who had worn a short-pants outfit to the Academy Awards, Todd claimed his look was basically Calvin Klein. To achieve the Pharrell touch, Todd said, “I had ‘em tailored.” The Gucci shoes didn’t hurt.

To satisfy the post-dinner needs, there were grown-up beverages like “Adult Italian Soda” complimented with Reyka Vodka and yummies like Hillstone’s key lime pie, profiteroles from Cafe Gourmet on the Go, and “glittery cake balls” from Dallas Affaires.

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Round Robin March 27: Dallas Opera Spring Gala, Recess And A Legendary Evening Patron Parties And JLD Scholarship Presentation

The floodgates of Dallas fundraising were wide open on Thursday, March 27. Perhaps it was to make up for the spring break week, where it seemed like the wheels came to barely moving. Or, perhaps it was due to the approaching tsunami of activities on the April calendar starting with the Final Four and Dallas International Film Festival. Whatever the reason, this Thursday evening tested the well-heeled in racing all over town.

Dallas Opera Spring Gala Patron Party

Anne Stodghill

Anne Stodghill

Over at Anne and Steve Stodghill’s mansion, it was a true celebration for the patrons of the Dallas Opera Spring Gala. While waiting for DO General Director/President Keith Cerny to arrive, Gala Co-Chairs Betty and Steve Suellentrop handled the welcome duties and pianist Jason Smith played in the background.

And at one point it appeared like the real action was taking place in the entry hall.

Meg and Jay Hunter Morris

Meg and Jay Hunter Morris

One cute couple, who seemed to glow as they arrived, were Meg and Jay Hunter Morris. As the door opened, the operatic crowd looked thrilled and the Morrises seemed so cool. That is, until the valet tapped Jay on the shoulder and whispered something about keys for the car. Oops, seems the operatic tenor had left the car but taken the keys. Now, most folks would have looked embarrassed at the faux pas, but the Morrises aren’t most folks. With a laugh and apology, Jay handed over the keys and joined the guests.

But then what would you expect from a fella from Paris, Texas? It was in Dallas that Jay, as a youngster, first experienced opera years ago. On Friday, April 5, he was to perform a private recital for the Dallas Opera Spring gala.

Vacheron Constantin timepieces

Vacheron Constantin timepieces

Patsy Donosky and Richard Eiseman

Patsy Donosky and Richard Eiseman

At the party presented by Eiseman Jewels and Vacheron Constantin, it was no surprise to see jeweler Richard Eiseman immediately open the front door as Patsy Donosky arrived and drop to one knee for her. The man knows how to stage a welcome. And speaking of staging, it was pretty nifty to see the precious Vacheron timepieces safely in a couple of cases around the entry hall. And, of course, these little gems had their own “security” standing nearby.

Richard has been very busy as Eiseman prepares to celebrate its 50 anniversary. While the salon is undergoing a massive redesign and expansion to 3,200 square feet, the operation has moved to temporary digs at NorthPark, where Kate Spade had been. How convenient! It’s just next door to “Eiseman’s recently opened dedicated Rolex space.” According to Richard, the renovation is due to be completed by June.

The Stodghill library

The Stodghill library

Across the entry hall, Bank of Texas’ The Private bank Executive VP Bob White was directed to the Stodghill library, where a crowd was gathering to check out the memorabilia including the infamous “bat cave.” One guest noted the small size of the Doc Holiday ulster overcoat. Steve followed that comment with the fact that they had to have a special form created because of the small size — smaller than a woman and larger than a child.

Carol and Don Glendenning

Carol and Don Glendenning

Once Keith arrived, he welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support of the DO especially Bank of Texas, which is the 2014 Spring Gala presenting sponsor at the Winspear on April 4th.

As typical of most parties at Stodghill manor, the party extended beyond the slated closing hour with guests like Carol and Don Glendenning, John Cody, Nick Even, Marnie and Kern Wildenthanl, Betsy Eiseman and Jennifer Cerny receiving a gift bag that included “two beautiful books by Vacheron Constantin, “The Collection 2013-2014” and “Collectors’ Island: passion art excellence, Vol. 1”, as well as a complimentary valet pass for NorthPark Center.”

Women Leader Scholarship Presentation

The presentation by the Junior League of Dallas and Mary Kay Inc. at Emmett J. Conrad High School was laudable. . . in more ways than one. As part of the new JLD Women LEAD (Learn, Excel, Achieve, Dream), an oratory competition was held among eight high school students. The winning four would receive scholarships amounting to a total of $25,000.

Given three to five minutes, each of the young women presented speeches on “How My Female Role Model Overcame Obstacles to Achieve Her Goals and How It Inspires Me.”

The selection of the following winners was based on the “merit of their scholarship applications and speech presentations:

Crayton Webb, Maria Monjaras, Deyanira Zapata-Martinez, Sumayah Al Haddad, Lauren Jackson, Shannon Powell Hart and Laura Johnson

Crayton Webb, Maria Monjaras, Deyanira Zapata-Martinez, Sumayah Al Haddad, Lauren Jackson, Shannon Powell Hart and Laura Johnson*

  • First place ($10,000) — Deyanira Zapata-Martinez, who is deciding between the University of Texas and Texas A&M to continue her education. With a passion for math and science, she plans to major in electrical engineering and neuroscience.
  • Second place ($5,000) — Lauren Jackson plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in nursing. It is her way of helping people and staying directly involved in the community.
  • Third place ($5,000) — Sumayah Al Haddad will attend community college before enrolling in the University of Arlington. She has decided to pursue a career in bio-medical engineering, as she always dreamed of being in the medical field.
  • Fourth place ($5,000) — Maria Monjaras is deciding between the University of Arlington and the University of Dallas and will pursue a degree in business administration. She aspires to be a successful entrepreneur.

According to JLD President Laura Johnson, “We are honored to award our first Women LEAD scholarships in collaboration with Mary Kay. It is our wish to empower these four women and help them achieve their dreams. We look forward to seeing the impact it will have on their lives and their future.”

Recess Patron Party

Amy Turner and Aimee Sheahan

Amy Turner and Aimee Sheahan

Patrons of the April 25th Recess fundraiser for Dallas Afterschool were in for a surprise from Amy Turner. Not only did she open her Park Cities residence for the party, she also arranged for an OMG  Recess prize — a trip to Turtle Island Resort in the Fiji Islands. The gasps that arose in the living room when the announcement was made by Dallas Afterschool CEO Tanya McDonald could be heard around the Park Cities. Ah, so that was why a flat screen near the fireplace had a slideshow of the luxury resort. Someone thought it was just a collection of Amy’s latest trip.

Anne and Terry Conner

Anne and Terry Conner

While the mood in the room rose, so did a sly smile on Amy. Talk about looking like a cat that ate the canary! She knew she had hit a home run.

To get guests like Anne and Terry Conner, Christie Carter and Aimee Sheahan in the mood for fun and games, a magician ambled through the room performing little tricks of the trade.

Recess Co-Chairs Meredith Camp and Christina Norris have arranged to have the adult-sandbox playtime and game-playing event return to the Faye Briggs estate.

Ah, but there was more good news. Well, sorta. The individual tickets have sold out. That’s good news for those who didn’t wait to buy their tickets. That’s not so good if you waited. However, Meredith and Christina have a waitlist already for you. So, don’t wait and sign up on the wait list.

A Legendary Evening Patron Party

This report from the field came in about A Legendary Evening Patron Party:

Kristine Schwope and Heather Walther**

Kristine Schwope and Heather Walther**

“Antèks Home Furnishings in the Dallas Design District was the site for a cocktail reception on Thursday, March 27 honoring patrons of A Legendary Evening, benefiting Family Compass.  Chairs Kristine Schwope and Heather Walther welcomed over fifty guests including honorary co-chair Marty Turco, who stopped by the event before meeting wife and fellow honorary chair, Kelly at their child’s band concert. Before Mr. Turco had to leave, board chair Adam Connatser quieted the group to thank Marty and Kelly for their support again this year of A Legendary Evening and for their commitment to Family Compass and its mission of building healthy families and a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.

Jessica Trudeau and Marty Turco**

Jessica Trudeau and Marty Turco**

“Guests mingled over wine and signature cocktails and a beautiful display of appetizers from Wendy Krispin Caterer while perusing the amazing selection of sophisticated rustic furniture, art and accessories. Anyone who made a purchase received a 10% discount with 10% of sale benefiting Family Compass. This generous offer from Antèks proprietor and designer Jason Lennox, is good through next Saturday, April 5.

“Later in the evening, executive director Jessica Trudeau recognized the chairs, host committee and many sponsors of “A Legendary Evening,” which is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 and recognized Spirit of Compassion award recipients Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, who were not able to attend but were represented by Terese Stevenson from their foundation. The Spirit of Compassion award is given to individuals who view the prevention of child abuse as a community responsibility and whose support exemplifies that belief.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky
** Photo credit: Lisa Stewart

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock! The Clock Is Running Out For The Family Compass Online Auction For The Cowboys vs. Eagles Game

Time is running out. Family Compass’s online auction ends Friday at 5 p.m. (CST).

Diane and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

Diane and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

Oops! What’s up for bid? For the December 29th Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles game, Diane and Daryl Johnston have donated

  • two (2) pre-game sideline passes,
  • two (2) game tickets (Silver Level; Sec. C311, Row 11, Seats 1 and 2) and
  • a parking pass.

In addition the package also includes a jersey and football signed by Daryl.

Of course, there are a couple or three reasonable restrictions, like refraining from wearing other NFL team logos, no videotaping, no requesting of players’ autographs, etc. But shoot! Just take a selfie on the sidelines and post it on your Facebook.

The value is “priceless” with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Family Compass. The starting bid was $5,000.

Email Tiffani Davis with your bids and/or questions.

Partnerships Are Abounding Among Area Nonprofits

Starting to see a trend among the nonprofits. More and more are partnering up. Such a smart move! Two of the more recent join-ups are

Bobbie Villareal (File photo)

Bobbie Villareal (File photo)

  • Jessica Trudeau (File photo)

    Jessica Trudeau (File photo)

    Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Bobbie Villareal just reported that DARCC has moved its offices in Richardson to East Dallas and will be sharing space with community partner Family Compass. DARCC still has its Jackson Building facility and partnership with Texas Health Dallas, but the new office will allow DARCC to work “toward expanding services to train staff and advocates at other area hospitals to provide a county-wife improvement to sexual assault services.
    Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau is thrilled to have DARCC on board saying, “We are delighted to have you.”
    These two groups will be able to blend their expertise and staff to provide even better services for families and people suffering from abuse.
    The move was made all the better thanks to Move Star, the off-duty Dallas Fire and Rescue moving company that donated its services.

  • Another recent joining up was Resolana’s merging with Volunteers of America Texas, one of the largest social service nonprofits in the state and a leader in community re-entry programs. Resolana is a “Dallas nonprofit serving women in the Dallas County Jail to reduce recidivism.” This blending of the two organizations will allow for collaboration, making the most of community resources. It will also “provide an exciting opportunity for Resolana’s innovative program to benefit more people in North Texas.”

As Aimee Sheehan pointed out, “These kinds of benefits are behind a growing trend of nonprofit mergers nationwide, and there have been a couple already this year in North Texas (including Center for Nonprofit Management/Funding Information Center and Metrocrest Social Services/Senior Adult Services).”

Together we’re stronger, don’t you know. Find a buddy and buddy up.

WFAA’s Dale Hansen Created Unforgettable “Hansen Moments” At “A Legendary Evening” For Family Compass

The legends were alive and well at the Ritz-Carlton Saturday to benefit Family Compass on May 4. Their coming together was as a result of a revamping of the formerly known Celebrity Waiter Dinner. At least, that’s what the original plan was.

Diana Hamilton, Amy Camp, Brynn Bagot Allday, Michelle Meadows and Jessica Slie Trudeau

Diana Hamilton, Amy Camp, Brynn Bagot Allday, Michelle Meadows and Jessica Slie Trudeau

A Legendary Evening Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday, Amy Camp and Michelle Meadows had decided that the celebrity waiter dinner had run its course. Perhaps instead of having celebrities step and fetch utensils, napkins and pull stunts for “tips,” it would be more fun just to have a “legend” sit and chat with guests during dinner.

Diane and Daryl Johnston

Diane and Daryl Johnston

For its kick-off year, the trio had Honorary Chair The Dazzling Johnstons (Diane and Daryl). Joining them were legends Ron Anderson, Hugh Aynesworth, Gloria Campos, Mike Cantrell, Natalie Clarke, Kris Clinton, Todd Conger, Colleen Coyle, Rudy Gatlin, Justin Leonard, Ryan Moats, Melissa Poe, Tracy Rathbun, Mico Rodriquez, David Anthony Temple (aka “Chef DAT”), Martha Tiller, Marty Turco, Spud Webb, Jocelyn White, Bob Wright and James Yarbrough.

Colleen Coyle

Colleen Coyle

Ryan Moats

Ryan Moats

But the original plan quickly took a right turn as Dale Hansen doubled as legendary guest and emcee. Despite the lack of a spotlight, he lit the place up like the Omni Hotel Dallas at night. Just to get the entire group’s attention in the ballroom, he asked everyone to stand for the national anthem. All guests and staff silenced and stood. He then announced there wouldn’t be an anthem, but he did want to get things going.

During the rest of the evening whenever there was a lull or the auctioneer needed support, Dale was the go-to-man.

His first duty was the welcome and introduction of the legends, with some of them getting special attention:

Melissa Poe and Denise Walraed

Melissa Poe and Denise Walraed

  • Melissa Poe — “She’s a reality TV star, which I believe is an oxymoron.”
  • Dr. Ron Anderson — “If he chokes on his dessert or has a heart attack, he wants us to take him to Baylor Hospital.”
  • Gloria Campos, with whom he’s worked for 28/29 years — “I can’t stand the woman.”
  • Kris Clinton — “A black T-shirt? That’s the look we’re going with tonight?”
  • Rudy Gatlin — “I thought he’d died nine years ago, but Rudy Gatlin is here!”
  • Dale on Dale — “I got an email from Jessica (Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Slie Trudeau) saying, ‘Dale, we want you to be the master of ceremonies, because Scott Murray has already turned us down.’”
Kelly Compton

Kelly Compton

And when he wasn’t lifesaving the moment or causing eyebrows to meet browlines, he was the center of attention at the table of the evening’s honoree, Kelly Compton. She had specifically had husband Brock seated next to Dale, because Brock’s been such a trouper in attending so many dinners for her. Brock never stopped smiling the entire evening.

Kristy Robinson

Kristy Robinson

Sally Hoglund

Sally Hoglund

But Dale learned quickly that the very ladylike Kelly was no creampuff. In accepting the Spirit of Compassion Award on stage, she announced to the audience including her folks Sally and Forrest Hoglund (aka to the grandkids, “The Geezers”) and sister Kristy Robinson, “I know it’s (the evening) going to be fun when I see my husband Brock sitting next to Dale Hansen. These are the two men that I go to bed with every night!” The boys were blown away and the room exploded in laughter.

Dale Hansen and Brock Compton

Dale Hansen and Brock Compton

But she didn’t allow the importance of the evening to be overlooked with humor. Kelly told of how the Hoglund Foundation has been working with Family Compass and the SMU psychology department on a program involving in-home services that helps families learn how to be better parents and discipline appropriately.

Dale returned to the stage asking, “Is there anybody who hasn’t been introduced yet? And they put me by SMU people. Hope they forget what happened in 1986.”

Gloria Campos and Dale Hansen

Gloria Campos and Dale Hansen

Following a dinner of artisan greens with tomato Carpaccio, cucumber, shallot vinaigrette and parmesan tuile; mushroom-stuffed chicken breast with mimolette liquid polenta, braised leeks and baby carrots, English peas and morel sauce; and s’mores tart (graham cake with marshmallow vodka, dark chocolate ganache, liquid graham cracker and toasted marshmallow), they played heads and tails for five cases of wine. Gloria Campos asked Dale if she could borrow $20 to play. And, of course, Dale let the room know, “The woman makes $800 million a year, and I gotta pay $20 to get her in the game.”

When heads was called, Honorary Co-chair Daryl complained that the “referee” didn’t catch the coin toss. Said Dale, “The man who couldn’t catch a ball from seven yards is complaining? . . . You are the honorary chair, which doesn’t mean crap.” As the field narrowed, Dale honed in on a guest still standing attired in a tuxedo: “This gentleman has to get the tuxedo back to Al’s in an hour. Otherwise it’s another $38.”

Heads and tails

Heads and tails

Then it was time for the live auction. It started off with great promise, but then an awkward moment arose. To the delight of all, the Masters package was going, going, gone for $16,000. Smiles filled the room. Well, that is except for one table at the back of the room. The chap, who had supposedly made the winning bid, looked like he had just been told a meteor had hit his house. Within seconds, the cheers had been replaced with “Darn it.”

Surprised at the bid

Surprised at the bid

Quickly, the package was back on the bloc as the shell-shocked-bidder tried to explain the misunderstanding to his tablemates and sipped his Coke.

Another auction item that broke the traditional bidding process was the Uncle Julio dinner with Rudy Gatlin. Rudy said, “I’ll sing all the hits, and even throw in some of the misses. Makes you appreciate the hits.” Dale bid $2,500. Rudy added, “We’re all going over to Hansen’s pool to get nekkid.” A guitar signed by Rudy was added plus backstage pass, of which Rudy reported, “Hell, we can’t sell ‘em, might as well give ‘em away.” Dale cracked up. Then Rudy added, “Thank the good lord, I haven’t had a drink in 28 years. Course I couldn’t have done it without the drugs, but . . .” Dale was outbid and the package went for $4,250.

Then an “Ask for Cash” was put out. As Dale told the group, “If you’ll give us $5,000 for Family Compass, Rudy Gatlin will not come to your house!”

By 9:45 the bidding and donating was winding down, as DJ Andre cranked up the music and the co-chairs hit the dance floor. The money had been raised and Elvis. . . uh, Dale, had left the building.

For more photos of the evening, please check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: A Legendary Evening

Leave it to Dale Hansen to top the list of celebrities at A Legendary Evening for Family Compass. If you thought the WFAA’s sportcaster ever came unplugged on air, you should have seen him spontaneously leading the charge with unabashed humor.

Dale Hansen and Brock Compton

Dale Hansen and Brock Compton

The coverage of the evening that honored Kelly Compton is in the works including a quip from the honoree that had Dale, Kelly’s husband Brock and the entire room laughing.

Until then, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

April 10 Round Robin: Equest, C.A.R.E. Luncheon, Family Compass, Crystal Charity Ball And Girls Inc.

Wednesday, April 10, only revved up the action requiring field reports to be sent in from all parts. It started off early with cold, wet weather that only got colder and wetter as the day wore on. But never fear. The fundraisers are hearty types, who don’t let such trivial things as raindrops and chattering teeth hold them back.

Equest

Think January chill and rain. Only change the date to April 10. But the brave fashionables trekked to Highland Park Village to see the latest handiwork of couture designer Carolina Hererra.

Val Kilmer and Carolina Herrera

Val Kilmer and Carolina Herrera

With hands on her stylish hips, she welcomed one and all including Val Kilmer, who was in town prepping for his “Citizen Twain” at the Wyly Theatre (April 8-21). With a natty blue ascot and blue blazer, he looked like a man with a mission. Already he’d been on KLUV’s Jody Dean‘s radio show and visited the gals on D Broadcast. Now, he was braving the elements to see his friends Carolina and Jennifer.

As the umbrella stand toppled over and the gent hauling raincoats to the backroom scurried faster and faster, the Carolina Hererra boutique filled. Someone raised an eyebrow and said, “Don’t think we have enough chairs.” Shoot! It was just going to be a quickie fashion show, not an all-day seminar.

Bernadette Schaeffler, Jennifer Houser, Rebecca Lutz, Tiffany Divis

Bernadette Schaeffler, Jennifer Houser, Rebecca Lutz, Tiffany Divis

In addition to Hererra fashion, the call for attendees has been put out by Equest Fashion Show Chair Tiffany Divis and Underwriting Chair Jennifer Houser.

Ah, but let’s talk about the night before. Val had dined with Jennifer and her husband Doug. They’re old buds. As for Carolina, she had been feted by Heather and Ray Washburne plus din-din at HP Village Mi Cocina, of course.

But despite the night before’s wining and dining, the celebs looked totally fresh. Val was charming and accommodating for each photo request. Carolina was especially gracious, but there does get to be a point when a flash can get old, don’t you know.

As the chill entered each time the front door opened, the guests moved farther and farther to the back of the store.

With chairs back-to-back along the store’s center aisle, the ladies used their purses to reserve their seats.

Carolina Hererra's long flowing gowns

Carolina Hererra’s long flowing gowns

Once the show began, it was revealed that Hererra designs still have a flirty, feminine look and feel.

Many of the evening gowns were highlighted by trains and a bit of extra hems. One poor model managed to catch herself as her shoe stepped on the skirt causing to nearly topple. Yes, she caught herself on her entry, but nearly fell for the same situation as she headed back to the dressing room.

 C.A.R.E. Luncheon

David Sheff and Terry Bentley Hill

David Sheff and Terry Bentley Hill*

Despite the cold and the rain, almost 100 people attended the Heart to Heart Luncheon hosted by Enterhealth benefiting C.A.R.E.! Dr. Harold Urschel spoke and author David Sheff talked about his personal story with his son Nic‘s addiction, and then went on to speak about his research into addiction  — the third leading cause of death in America today. David spoke of health care costs, the struggle to find the right comprehensive treatment, the myths about drug addicts and the notion of waiting until people hit “their rock bottom” being a dangerous one, often with fatal consequences.

Karen Wong, Paula McLeod, Kate Alpert Cavanaugh, Pam Blankenship and Jan Osborn

Karen Wong, Paula McLeod, Kate Alpert Cavanaugh, Pam Blankenship and Jan Osborn*

According to CARE Chairman of the Board Jan Osborn, who had arranged for David’s appearance, “My favorite thing that David said was that ‘addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing.’ He gave an update on Nic who he said is living his dream. He is writing for the AMC original series “The Killings” and his first teenage novel has been pick up by a publisher.

“David did a live interview on KERA  Tuesday. Then he spoke to parents at HPISD. Lastly, he stood outside The Lumen at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night and signed 100 books out of the back of my car.  We were to dang tired to haul them inside sign and haul back out to the car. What a trooper!

“One other cool fact — David’s new book came out on April 2 and was number 10 on the NY Times Bestselling list.”

A Legendary Evening Kick-Off

A little later in the day, about 60 people turned up at Boca Chica for a patron party highlighting the 19th annual gala benefiting Family Compass, “A Legendary Evening.”

Jessica Slie Trudeau, Brynn Bagot, Amy Camp and Michelle Meadows

Jessica Slie Trudeau, Brynn Bagot, Amy Camp and Michelle Meadows

Formerly the Celebrity Waiter Gala, the new fundraiser is scheduled for May 4 at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, with Diane and Daryl Johnston as honorary celebrity chairs, Kelly Compton as the Spirit of Compassion Award Honoree, and Dale Hansen as the emcee. Co-chairs are Brynn Bagot Allday, Amy Camp and Michelle Meadows.

Diane and Daryl Johnston

Diane and Daryl Johnston

At Boca Chica, a newish tequila and tapas bar in the Shops at Park Lane, one of the “legends”—Martha Tiller—showed up sans husband David, who was home recovering from knee-replacement surgery. Daryl J. was waxing optimistic about a big new deal he’s hoping to ink soon for his artificial-turf company. And Shelle Bagot said she’s just been “enjoying life” since stepping down from her post at the downtown Neiman’s, lunching with a different person every day.

Jessica Trudeau, Family Compass executive director, said the group is aiming to net $120,000 from the “Legendary Evening” event. Last year, their Celebrity Waiter Gala netted $110,000.

Crystal Charity Ball Advisory Board/Beneficiaries Reception

Tucker and Rich Enthoven

Tucker and Rich Enthoven

Meantime, the magnificent home of Tucker and Rich Enthoven was the setting for a Crystal Charity Ball party honoring the group’s advisory board and 2013 beneficiaries.

Alicia and Scott Wood

Alicia and Scott Wood

Planned mainly by Alicia Wood and Tricia George, the gathering boasted high-profile guests including Brent Christopher, Fred Hegi, Ralph Babb and Shannan Pratt. Shannan, of sponsor Capital One Bank, said he was pinch-hitting for the bank’s top Texas exec Kent Eastman, who “got stuck in another city.”

Shannan Pratt

Shannan Pratt

As guests enjoyed light bites provided by Party Maker and prepared to hear thank-you remarks by CCB Chair Caren Kline, Rich slipped away to give a quick tour of the Enthovens’ 8-year-old manse. Inspired by Rich’s parents’ home in Palo Alto, Calif., the Southwest-meets-Morocco abode featured a sprawling interior as well as tennis courts and a putting green. We especially appreciated the “laundry hanging on a line” scene embedded in the metal grillwork, a nod to the family’s Kwick Wash Laundries business.

Rich said the place is also in a pretty good neighborhood, with the likes of Mark Cuban, Roger Staubach and T. Boone Pickens all within shouting distance. He hasn’t asked to borrow a cup of sugar from any of them yet.

Girls Inc.

Nancy “Lady Magic” Lieberman, Basketball Hall of Famer, two-time Olympian, broadcaster, motivational speaker, author, and the first female coach of a men’s team under the NBA umbrella, wowed mothers and daughters along with a few good fathers and sons at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science Wednesday when she spoke about “Becoming the Best of the Best:  How Girls Rise Above the Competition” for the benefit of Girls Inc.

Leaving the Women’s Final Four tournament in New Orleans at 4 am to make the trip to Dallas, Lieberman saluted fellow women athlete participants North Texas Olympic shot-put athlete Michelle Carter and the “400 M Diva” and track star Natasha Hastings and then told the audience how she started playing basketball. 

“As a 12 year old Jewish girl in New York, she said, “I would sneak a couple of dollars and slip off on the subway to Harlem to play basketball with the boys there because I had heard they were the best.  You can imagine the expressions on their faces when this little red headed white girl showed up.  AND you can imagine the expression on my Mother’s face when these boys come home with me.”

In a rally of encouragement to the girls in the audience, Nancy reminded them, “We are generation now, but we have a chance to affect generation next” as she spoke in the Perot Museum’s Sports Hall of Fame where she is featured.

In the audience Girls Inc. CEO Lori Palmer,  series chairman Val Lawler, Junior League representatives Laura Weigler and Erin O’Brien, Laura Ryan, Dr. Scherry Johnson, Melissa Stevens, Victoria Hernandez, Carlos Hernandez, Roni Jackson, Madi Jacob, Mary Russell, Courtey Sarian, Celina Lopez-Parra and daughter Alyson Parra.

The third and final lecture of the 2013 series, “Igniting Female Teams to High Performance” presented by Katie Filkins, Ph.D., is being held April 30th at the Communities Foundation of Texas.  

Before leaving, Nancy had young Alyson Parra and Lori Palmer among others spinning a basketball on their index fingers.

Hosted by Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas as part of its 2nd Annual Girls Inc. Lecture Series:  What is a Girl?, the 2013 series is in collaboration with the Junior League of Dallas.

* Photos provided by C.A.R.E.

“A Legendary Evening” Kicks Off New Fundraiser For Family Compass With Luminaries Like Diane And Daryl Johnston

Just as Family Compass refreshed its brand by changing its name (used to be Child Abuse Prevention Center) last year, so they decided to tweak the annual dinner fundraiser. Instead of having a bunch of celebrities donning aprons and rushing around holding forks for ransom to raise funds, the 2013 Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday, Amy Camp and Michelle Meadows have transformed the evening into “A Legendary Evening.”

Diane and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

Diane and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

This legendary evening will take place Saturday, May 4, at the Ritz-Carlton with Honorary Co-chair Couple Diane and Daryl Johnston.

The evening’s emcee will be WFAA’s own, ever-charming Dale Hansen.

But the big names don’t stop there. The POA calls for “legends” to sit down for dinner with patrons to “enjoy engaging dinner conversation.” Among the legends who will be dining and chatting it up with guests: Ron Anderson, Gloria Campos, Mike Cantrell, Natale Clarke, Todd Conger, Rudy Gatlin, Kris Clinton, Justin Leonard, Melissa Poe, Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing, Mico Rodriguez, Martha Tiller, Marty Turco, Bob Wright and James Yarbrough.

But it won’t just be trading stories with the legends and dining. Nope. They’ll also present Kelly Hoglund Compton with the Spirit of Compassion Award.

And, of course, what would a fundraiser be without silent and live auctions, music and cocktails?

Individual tickets start at $250 and sponsorships range from $1,000 to $25,000. Sign up ASAP and you’ll get to attend the patron party this week.

Pitch Your Nonprofit: Family Compass

According to Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Slie Trudeau,

Family Compass

“Family Compass’s mission (formerly Child Abuse Prevention Center) is to build healthy families and a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.  Our programs equip young mothers with knowledge and skills they need to increase protective factors so that their children can grow up healthy, nurtured; free from abuse.  37,368 at-risk children and parents have been served by Family Compass over the last 20 years.

“Anyone who has ever brought a baby home from the hospital for the first time knows the feeling–uncertainty. What do I do if…?  How will I know when…?  Fortunately, most of us have a safety net of friends and family–to guide us through those first emotional, uncertain, sleep-deprived months.  This is not, however, the case for everyone.  Many of our young mothers come from poor, poverty stricken families and have often been the victims of abuse themselves.  While they desire to parent positively, they often lack the skills and/or life experience to do so.

“Because of the overwhelming positive impact of our programs and our desire to never turn away a family, we depend on personal contributions to survive.  You can make the difference in the life of a child with a generous donation of $5, $25, $50, $250, $500, $1,000.  But no matter what amount – you can be sure your gift will transform lives and help families move off our waiting list.”

-Jessica Slie Trudeau

Graphic provided by Family Compass

With All The April 21st Activities, Celebrity Waiter Gala Took Honors With Name Changing And Waiting Antics

Like was mentioned before, Saturday, April 21, was a slam-bang-theater of goings-on’s in Dallas. In addition to Greer Garson and the Great Adventure Hunt, there were private gatherings like the Underwood wedding reception at the Dallas Country Club and more fundraising types.

In fact two of them were taking place at the same time at the Omni Dallas. It was a battle royale of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame vs. the Celebrity Waiter Gala that was supposed to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Well, it did and it didn’t. More about that later.

Alas, poor Peggy Sewell was one of those trying to accommodate two entirely different groups at the same time. After checking in on the JA event, she headed back to her home to host a dinner for the St. Mark’s crowd. Don’t worry about Peggy. She’s a veteran at juggling events.

Kaitlin Ilseng

And speaking of juggling, that’s what was happening at the Celebrity Waiters’ dinner. Waiters of all categories — Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders Kaitlin Ilseng and Ashton Torres;  reality show

Melissa Poe

personalities Drew Ginsburg, Matt Nordgren and Melissa Poe; media types Samantha Davies, Vivian Fullerlove and Starlene Stringer; runway

Rhonda Sargent Chambers

vets Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Kris Clinton and Alonso Martinez; restaurateurs Todd Conger, Wendy Krispin, Janice Provost and Matt Mortimer;

Eric and Sheryl Guth

entertainers Sonia Acevedo, Rusty Johnson, Missy Younts Lorant and Bryan Massey, and all-around characters Angie Barrett, Steve Carbone, Gretchen Darby, Sheryl and Eric Guth, Judith “Mrs. Permian Basin International 2012” Harris, Emily Lites, Joe Pacetti and James Yarbrough were warming up in a side room. Old friends like Bryan and Sonia were catching up, when Sonia revealed that she could do 1-, 2- and 3-minute “planking” for her table guests. Hey, it takes more than schlepping plates to get stellar tips.

Angie admitted that she hadn’t been a celeb waiter since 1998. Then she saw some people at DIFFA and they extended an invitation to her, so that was that. But that’s not to say that Angie has been sitting home waiting for invites. Nope, in addition to losing 15 pounds, she’s been serving on “19 boards” and developing a reality show.

Yup, they were all there comparing notes on how to raise money without starving the guests to death. But wait, there was one person missing. It was the honorary celebrity Melissa Rycroft. Somebody said that she had to bow out at the last minute due to scheduling demands of her docu-series for CMT. Instead of sending flowers, Melissa donated two VIP tickets to the live finale taping of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the live auction.

Paul Neinast

Across the hallway guests were checking out each other and the silent auction items that seemed to be everywhere. It was a very special occasion for the group since they were honoring the people (Kristi and Jody Bare, Sherice and Tim Brown, Mary Bowman Campbell, Dodee Frost Crockett, Linda and Scott Davis, Ida and Gerald Deats, George Ellis, Bruce Esterline/The Meadows Foundation, Ike Vanden Eykel, Teresa and Don Garland, Donna Lane, Sarah Losinger, Margaret and Randy Michero, Paul Neinast, Erin and Scott Olson, Joe Pacetti, Margaret M. Patterson, Julie and Steve Rado, Elisa and Steve Reiter, E.J. and Dr. Mike Rodgers, Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers, April and Sam Spicer and Alice and Bill Wright), who had supported during the organization’s “providing life-altering services to 37,368 children and parents in the most vulnerable communities of Dallas.”

Jessica Slie Trudeau

Just before the doors opened to the ballroom, Executive Director Jessica Slie Trudeau took over the mic from the DJ for an announcement. She explained to the cocktailers that the organization’s old name was “too intimidating to people.” So thanks to The Richards Group, a name change had taken place and it was making its debut at that very moment. What would the new name be? Family Compass, because “the agency strives to guide parents and point them in a direction that will forever take families on a healthy path.”

Family Compass logo

As the news settled in, the ballroom opened up with the new logo on the screen over the stage.  The guests (Tanya Roberts, Frank Mays, Diana Oliver, Alessandro Gorgognoni, Carrie Bevers and the Bares) at Joe Pacetti’s tables arrived to find no chairs. Oh, that could be rectified according to the accommodating Joe for a mere $20 a seat. Money was coughed up and it wasn’t the last time. Joe warned his table that his goal was at $2,000 for the night.

Angie Barrett, Joe Pacetti, Tanya Roberts and Janice Provost

To help that number go down easier, Tanya ordered a bottle of Dom Perignon. A hotel staffer was sent off to fetch it. Moments later the server returned warning the price tag would be $1,000. Would that go to Family Compass? Nope. Tanya smiled and said if she was going spend that kind of money, she would make a donation to the nonprofit.

Joe returned to the table with a new offer. He, Angie and Parigi sweetheart Janice Provost had put together a package deal — dinner created by Janice for eight at Angie’s penthouse with Angie’s wine for $1K. Raising the Pacetti eyebrow, he added, “It you want Angie along with it, it’s seven figures!”

Frank May and Carla Ferrer

As the guests started checking their budgets to see if they could splurge on such an occasion, celeb waiter Carla came over. To describe Carla, one would have to acknowledge that she has “healthy lungs” as the gentlemen at the table found out. She headed over to Frank and shared his chair. Looking at the rest of his tablemates, Frank joked, “I’m feeling a little violated right now. . . My life is an open book!” Without missing a beat, Angie added, “Her shirt is an open shirt.”

Seriously though, Carla’s well-endowed curves are a source of pride. It was 18 years ago that she weighed 330 pounds and lost 135 of them in nine months, earning her a new figure and an appearance on “Oprah.”

Neely, Wendy and Peter Krispin

At the back of the room were two or three tables that stood unfilled. Had there been a slew of no-shows? Nope. Pretty soon the worn-out waiters trudged to the empty tables for their dinners. Well, not all of ’em. It was interesting to note that the foodie types like Janice and Wendy continued to work the tables. And even these two were out-worked by Wendy’s twins, Neely and Peter. They were hitting the tables like IHOP staffers on Sunday morning. But then this isn’t their first rodeo. Team Krispin’s efforts have resulted in critical reviews each year.

Joe opted to leave instead of stay with the herd of waiters. Before the man with the chains about his neck left for the Underwood wedding, he reported that he had exceeded his $2K goal plus $1,800 for the dinner for eight by Janice at Angie’s.

While some stayed to party, others started heading to their cars with barely enough to tip valets. What they discovered were guests (Tom Dunning, David Johnson, Garrett Boone, etc.) from the Junior Achievement dinner waiting for their rides. JA Honoree/SMU’s Dr. Gerald Turner held his award as he watched others hop in their vehicles and depart. After waiting 20 minutes, someone offered him a ride and he said, “I think we’ve got a car — if they haven’t sold it!”

As we said before, April 21 was quite a night.