JUST IN: 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Beneficiaries Announced

Last week was full of news and this week is looking like a repeat performance. This first one is worth more than $6M for the good of Dallas County children!

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson and her committee finished the daunting selection of the 2018 CCB beneficiaries. After weeks of vetting, interviewing and presentations led  by Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker, the eight nonprofits that will be the recipients of a hold-your-breath $6,501,105 will be:

  • After-School All-Stars North Texas — $592,140
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts — $766,190
  • Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas — $600,591
  • Buckner Children And Family Services Inc. — $1,125,435
  • Friends of the Dallas Public Library — $752,454
  • Mosaic Family Services — $666,612
  • Nexus Recovery Center —$747,681
  • Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Inc. — $1,250,000

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

Any organization that has gone through the selection process knows that being chosen as a CCB recipient is a two-fold blessing. Sure, there is the money, but as the late North Texas Food Bank’s Executive Director Jan Pruitt said, “The validation by CCB was priceless.”

The fundraising for the 2018 beneficiaries is underway with 2018 Underwriting Chair Angie Kadesky very available at 214.526.5868, Ext. 14, for underwriting and sponsorship opportunities to reach the mammoth goal.

Congratulations to the eight beneficiaries. 

Friends Of The Dallas Public Library Will Have Thousands Of Books, DVDs, CDs And Audiobooks At Its Winter Book Sale

Despite the current love of reading digitally, there are still hold outs. They’re the folks who love their fingers turning a page and the feel of paper.


In the years and decades ahead, there is a fear that bound books will be charming memories of a bygone era. For those valuing the beauty of binding, the Friends of the Dallas Library are offering a grand opportunity.

Starting Saturday, January 27, the FODL will be holding its two-day Winter Book Sale at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. In addition to books, there will be DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.

You don’t need to have a library card and who knows? You just might discover a new BFF for your book shelves. Plus, if winter weather wipes out electricity in your hood, you’ll have your new paper pal to keep you company.

BTW, if you become a FODPL, you’ll be able to attend a sneak preview on Friday, January 26.  Memberships start at a measly $25.

Sales will  support future library efforts including GED and ELL (English Language Learning) classes, preschool story times, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, the 2018 Dallas Book Festival, our Homeless Engagement Initiative and more.

Sold-Out Alert: An Evening With Billy Collins

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has a problem. It seems everything the poet/author of “The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems” does sells out. For instance, his “An Evening with Billy Collins” for the Friends of the Dallas Public Library on Thursday, November 14, at The Room on Main is a done deal.

Billy Collins*

Billy Collins*

In addition to having Billy, the evening is also going to honor long-time community leaders Norma and Don Stone with proceeds of the evening providing “direct support to the Dallas Public Library system including its 29 locations and two Bookmobiles by allowing the Friends to provide new technology, training and a range of special programs like English as a second-language (ESL) and GED classes and this past year’s Big Read.”

As if that wasn’t heady enough, a look at the New York Times’ fiction best-seller list will reveal that Billy’s book of poetry is right there in the top 10 level. Makes you want to buy a copy just to see what all the excitement is about (sorry about ending that sentence with a preposition). Well, you won’t be able to on Amazon. It’s sold out. But that’s sorta typical of Billy’s works. His last “three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry.”

Luckily, Tri-Chairs Karen Blumenthal, Gay Donnell and Julia Simon have arranged for you to participate even if you can’t attend. They’ve put together raffle packages including such names as Neiman Marcus, Dallas Mavericks, Betty Reiter, travel, Dallas Theater Center and a five-course dinner at Suze Restaurant for four and a five-course tasting dinner for eight with paired wine at Seasons 52 plus gift cards. Raffle tickets are just $20 per or $100 for six. Bargain time!

But take heart. Even if you can’t attend the dinner or raffle, you can still support the library by becoming a Friend of the DPL. Or, since you’ve been trying to find a truly unique Christmas gift for that hard-to-please type, why not get them a membership?

BTW, if you haven’t visited a Dallas library lately, especially the downtown mother ship, you’ve missed the treasure troves of Dallas chock filled with history and information plus staffs that can handle any question.

* Graphic courtesy of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library

Friends Of The Dallas Library Fundraiser Is Going To Be “Wild” With Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

When you think of a fundraising library dinner, you probably think a sedate gathering with everyone talking in whispers about such raucous topics as the pros and cons of book bindings, the thrill of mastering the Dewy Decimal System or the largest fine for an overdue book.

Oh, that’s so past tense thinking!

For instance, the upcoming dinner on Wednesday, October 24, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas benefiting the Friends of the Dallas Public Library is not for the ho-hum crowd. Why? The speaker is Cheryl Strayed, author of best-seller “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.”

Oh, great! A travel book. Think again. It’s a journey of the mind as well as by trekking and the discovery of answers for a young woman who had lost her mother and marriage all in one year. BTW, Cheryl’s life before those losses wasn’t exactly like living in the Park Cities.

But Cheryl’s talents are not limited to writing best sellers and impressing good old Oprah. She has also become known as “the ultimate advice columnist for the Internet age” for her Dear Sugar column.

For her appearance in Dallas, she’ll be interviewed a la a chat with D columnist Sarah Hepola, who isn’t too shabby either. You can bet that neither of these gals is known for being shy and retiring, so the fundraiser should be impressive.

Funds raised from the event will be the “primary means of raising support for the Dallas Public Library system and enables it to provide much-needed funds for library materials (books, DVDs, CDs, periodicals, etc.), for technology such as the new self-check machines in the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and several branches and for family programs, lectures, workshops and other essential services for Dallas residents.”  Whew!

Photo provided by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library