Chi Omegas Gave More Than A Hoot To Area Nonprofits and Scholarship Funds

Just as the Crystal Charity Ball gals were doling out the dough a couple of weeks ago for its beneficiaries, so the Chi Omega Alumnae were recently handy with checks. The funds came from their 2016 Chi Omega Christmas Market that was held last fall at Fair Park.

2016 Market Co-Chairs Amy McAleavey and Mandy Escobedo admitted that their goal of providing $258,000 for the 2016 beneficiaries was a daunting one. But evidently it wasn’t as challenging as they thought, as they provided $320,000 to the following beneficiaries:

Mandy Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

  • ChildCareGroup,
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support,
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas®,
  • New Friends New Life,
  • Promise House,
  • Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas,
  • Trinity River Mission,
  • VMLC (Vickery Meadow Learning Center) and
  • the Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas Chi O Christmas Market Endowed Scholarship fund and collegiate scholarships.

According to Amy, “The total amount raised at the 2016 Market is a 24% increase from our set goal and allows us to fully fund our wonderful beneficiaries.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s Market with Alex Bjornnes serving as chair. The 2017 event will be the 40th anniversary of the Market and will return to Centennial Hall in Fair Park from Wednesday, November 15 thru Saturday, November 18.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

JUST IN: The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington To Be 24th Annual Genesis Luncheon Keynote Speaker

It’s not even 2017 and already the lineup of stellar keynote speakers for the spring is making news. Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support’s CEO Jan Langbein just revealed the plans for its annual 24th annual fundraising luncheon.

Co-chairing the event at the Hilton Anatole will be one of the leading Genesis couples —Nikki and Crayton Webb.

According to Jan, “Crayton is both a professional and personal hero of Genesis, serving as board president of Genesis’s men’s auxiliary group HeROS (He Respects Others), and vice president of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility with Mary Kay Inc., one of our most committed corporate partners. Working with Crayton and Nikki as co-chairs this year is like working with family.”

Crayton and Nikki Webb and little Webbies*

And speaking of family, Nikki is an active nonprofit volunteer and a non-stop supportive wife. She and Crayton are the parents of four pretty adorable kiddos (three boys and a new baby girl, who was born this past March).

Arianna Huffington**

As for the day’s keynote speaker, it’s going to be a lady who definitely has an opinion providing food for thought — Arianna Huffington!

It was back in May 2005 that Greek-born Arianna launched a news/blog site, The Huffington Post, that became part of the internet information revolution. Why, it even won the Pulitzer Price for national reporting in 2012. This past August she started Thrive Global, “a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.”

She is a regular guests on national news programs, and her accomplishments include being named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women.”

Traditionally scheduled around Mother’s Day, this year’s event will take place the day after Mama’s Day (aka Monday, May 15). So, why not treat your favorite mom with gifting her on Sunday with tickets to the Monday lunch? And since individual tickets don’t go on sale until April, how about getting together with some other daughters/sons and becoming a sponsor, so you can lock down that ticket for your mum? You do know sponsorship are available now! Just contact Bianca Jackson at 214.389.7703.

* Photo courtesy of the Nikki and Crayton Webb family 
** Photo provided by Genesis Women's Shelter and Support

The Boots Were Scootin’ At Eddie Dean’s Ranch For Northwood Woman’s Club’s Annual Gala With Jan Langbein In The Spotlight

When it comes to feeling right comfortable for an evening out on the town, it’s a rare man who will complain about putting on cowboy boots and jeans. So, the Northwood Woman’s Club gals had some very happy fellows in tow for their annual “Boot Scootin’ Ball” at Eddie Dean’s Ranch on Saturday, October 29. But the evening was more than swirling around the dance floor, grazing on vittles and bidding on auction items. Co-Chairs Sharon Pope and Laura Williamson arranged to have a Genesis Women’s Shelter CEO Jan Langbein give a brief talk about one of the organizations that the Club supports. Here’s a report from the field:

Sharon Pope and Laura Williamson*

Sharon Pope and Laura Williamson*

Northwood Woman’s Club “filled the boot” for their beneficiaries at their “Boot Scootin’ Ball” held Saturday, October 29, at Eddie Dean’s Ranch in downtown Dallas. A  familiar face in the community, Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, took the stage to motivate and urge the crowd to step up and “fill the boot” for the support of so many people with so many needs.

Cheryl Toman, Linda Myers and Sharyl Weber*

Cheryl Toman, Linda Myers and Sharyl Weber*

Her presence represents the daily needs of abused women and children, the homeless and those seeking shelter and counseling. She urged the crowd that included Club President Sharyl Weber, Sharon and Pete Protzmann, Trish and Bryce Weigand, Cheryl Toman, Linda Myers, Suzanne Caruso, Judy and Rex Weigand, Eleanor Casey, Paul and Lynn Slaney Silguero, Kay and Ron Burgert, Phyllis Farragut, Alice Slaney Davis and Nancy Griffith to find it in their heart to share abundantly in giving for those less fortunate in our community. The funds raised will benefit Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Our Friends Place, Promise House and Shared Housing Center.  

Our Western-themed gala was a record breaking success for our philanthropic grants and our volunteer programs. Live Auction items included luxury trips, popular sporting events, and Broadway show tickets, plus the use of a large Italian villa in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The Silent Auction featured estate jewelry, fashion and accessories, home and garden gifts, restaurant gift certificates, holiday decor and a wine pull Our Charitable Fund underwriting and our event  proceeds exceeded our goal which should allow us to meet our grant requests.

This western party with 325 in attendance was an overwhelming success for our beneficiaries, plus a fun filled evening with a historic western dinner. Dancing to the music of the Breckenridge Boys band was a true “Boot Scootin” evening in downtown Dallas.  

* Photos provided by the Northwood Woman's Club

Carolyn And David Miller Open Their Home For Genesis Luncheon Underwriters With Honeysuckle Wafting In The Backyard

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller

David Miller

David Miller

Blessed by Mother Nature, the Genesis Luncheon underwriters party had the most perfect spot to celebrate on Wednesday, April 20. It was Carolyn and David Miller’s home that many have driven by but few had visited.

Too bad that everyone stayed in the main house because the let-me-settle-backyard was enhanced by the fragrance of the honeysuckle in full bloom.

Carolyn and David Miller's backyard

Carolyn and David Miller’s backyard

Janice Provost and her crew were in the garage cooking up the most delish yummies including itty-bitty sliders served in red gift boxes.

Just before Genesis Executive Director Jan Langbein told the group including Ken Betts, Michael Flores, Ashlee Kleinert, Gail and Gerald Turner, Emilynn and Claude Wilson, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Michael Meadows, Jan Baldwin and Mimi Sterling of things to come, Co-Chair Nancy Rogers arrived to join her Co-Chair Gina Betts.

Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers

Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers

In the dining room, the raffle items were lined up on the dining room table. They looked ripe for the grabbing. Sorry, but the raffle results wouldn’t be announced until the Friday, May 6, luncheon at the Hilton Anatole featuring Tyler Perry.

In addition to Tyler, there’s that challenge that Nancy and her husband Richard Rogers have issued — they’ll match up dollar-for-dollar up to a million dollars in funds raised for the luncheon.

JUST IN: Nancy And Richard Rogers’ Million-Dollar Challenge For Genesis Women’s Shelter And Support Was Matched Today

While most folks would be crying their eyes out if they were a million dollars poorer today, ’tis not the case for Nancy and Richard Rogers. Sure, they’re out $1M, but they aren’t boo-hooing one bit.

The reason is that they challenged folks to raise money for Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support. The challenge was a million-buckaroo match for the Genesis Luncheon that Nancy was co-chairing with her legal eagle buddy Gina Betts today at the Hilton Anatole.

Nancy and Richard Rogers

Nancy and Richard Rogers

Ron Corning and Tyler Perry

Ron Corning and Tyler Perry

Last night at the underwriter party, Nancy was fretting a bit on whether the match was gonna happen.

Word just arrived that thanks to 1,500+ luncheon guests, sponsors, underwriters and friends, the challenge was indeed met. The Rogers are thrilled that they’ll be writing a million-dollar check to support Genesis’ battle against domestic violence.

BTW, Tyler Perry’s talk and conversation with WFAA’s Ron Corning on stage at the luncheon knocked it out of the park. But more about that later.

MySweetWishList: Genesis Young Leaders

According to Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support Senior Director of Fund and Community Development Bianca Jackson,

Bianca Jackson*

Bianca Jackson*

“Our Genesis Young Leaders put on a show-stopping Masquerade party last year to raise funds for the life-changing work Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is doing to end domestic violence in our community. With Masquerade 2015 gearing up to be an even bigger and more fabulous event, our wish this holiday season is for you to purchase a ticket and join us February 28, 2015, at 3015 at Trinity Groves before we sell out!

“Guests will enjoy live music by Cuvee, dinner prepared by Food Network TV Chef Sharon Von Meter, a raffle, casino games, and an exciting live auction. Genesis offers the most comprehensive domestic violence recovery services available at no cost to the women and children who need it most—take this opportunity to get involved and have a great time!

Genesis Women's Shelter and Support*

Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support*

“To purchase tickets and to find out more information, visit

“We hope to see you there!”

– Bianca Jackson, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support Senior Director of Fund and Community Development

* Photo and graphic provided by Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support

JUST IN: Maria Shriver To Be Genesis Women’s Shelter Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Remember May? It’s that marvy month that’s wedged in between winter’s frozen tundra and summer’s scalded earth. Perhaps that’s why Mother’s Day was plopped down in that month. Speaking of Mother’s Day, Genesis Women’s Shelter Executive Director Susan Jenevein just sent word about the keynote speaker.

Oh, boy!

Mark Tuesday, May 5, because you’re gonna want to be one of the 2,000 to see and hear California former first lady/NBC News special anchor/best-selling author/too much to list here Maria Shriver.

Maria Shriver*

Maria Shriver*

Yup, you saw it here. Luncheon Chair Kathy Helm has arranged for Maria, whose brother/Best Buddies Anthony Kennedy Shriver and her daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger have been favs with locals of late, to help raise funds for Genesis’s 30 years of service.

“We think Maria Shriver, a Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, a former First Lady of California, a current NBC News Special Anchor, and a mother of four, is the perfect keynote speaker for our Annual Luncheon. We are excited to welcome Ms. Shriver as we honor 30 years of serving women and children who are victims of domestic violence.”

Suggestion: somebody send a note to Maria’s buddy, former Dallas Times Herald scribe/Armani exec/film producer Al Ruddy’s better half Wanda McDaniel, to return to Dallas for the event. Lots of her old buds would love to catch up.

Jan Langbein To Head Up Shelter Ministries Of Dallas As Susan Wells Becomes Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Exec Director

For more years than White Rock has had water, Jan Langbein has been the go-to energy for Genesis Women’s Shelter. Her platinum hair, high-voltage smile and endless pep have been an incredible source for the protection of women who are suffering from victimization. It’s just too bad that she’s such a shy and withdrawn personality.

If you believe that last statement, you haven’t meet the Energizer Bunny of Genesis.

Jan Langbein and Susan Wells

Jan Langbein and Susan Wells

Well, things took a big old change today. As Mira Sorvino was passionately discussing human trafficking at the Dallas Women’s Foundation luncheon, it was revealed that Jan will become the CEO of Shelter Ministries of Dallas, overseeing both Austin Street Center and Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support. Taking the reins of the Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support executive director duties will be Susan Wells.

Now, don’t go thinking that this could be a sticky situation. It would appear so to a newcomer to the nonprofit sector, but those in the know know that Jan and Susan have been working together off and on over the years for Genesis. Need a for instance? Well, legal eagle Susan served as Genesis’s director of development from 2002 to 2004.

If you would like to read about Jan’s and Susan’s past accomplishments, you’d need  a ginormous Hershey bar because these two have been very busy with a trail of achievements in their wake.

Actually, when you think of it, the development is a perfect storm for all the right reasons for Shelter Ministries, Genesis, Austin Street Center, Jan, Susan and those in such great need within our community.

As for Shelter Ministries of Dallas, Austin Street Center and Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, here is a readout of these amazing organizations.

  • SHELTER MINISTRIES OF DALLAS – For 30 years, Shelter Ministries of Dallas has been providing programs and services free of charge to those in need at no cost to Dallas County taxpayers. Privately funded, Shelter Ministries includes Austin Street Center and Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support whose goals are to shelter the homeless and victims of domestic violence, provide compassionate counseling through a ministry of caring, and enable responsible choices and positive life changes. For more information, visit
  • AUSTIN STREET CENTER – Since 1983, Austin Street Center has provided emergency shelter and related services to the homeless person in a compassionate, faith-based community and provides “whole person” therapeutic programs so the person in need might be better able to make responsible choices, positive changes, and have economic self-sufficiency. For more information, visit
  • GENESIS WOMEN’S SHELTER AND SUPPORT – Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support offers a free, comprehensive continuum of care for women and children who have suffered unspeakable violence in their own homes. Serving North Texas for 28 years, Genesis is dedicated to ending the epidemic of domestic violence in the community by providing safety, shelter, counseling, and case management to the more than 1,000 women and children who seek recovery and strength at Genesis each year. Genesis is also committed to preventing abuse by raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of family violence. For more information, visit