JUST IN: Mosaic Family Services’ Champion Of Human Rights Award To Be Presented To Brittany Merrill Underwood At 8th Annual Gala

Mosaic Family Services 8th Annual Gala Co-Chairs Ashley Anderson Smith and Nusia Sookarow have just announced that Akola Founder/CEO Brittany Merrill Underwood will receive the Champion of Human Rights Award on Friday, October 6, at sixty five hundred.

Brittany Merrill Underwood*

Steve Kemble (File photo)

According to Ashley, “Brittany Underwood and Akola have transformed the lives of thousands of women and children around the world. We are thrilled to honor her as a Champion of Human Rights. We hope the community will join us in ‘Raising the Stakes’ as we raise vital funds to support Mosaic Family Services and our mission of providing a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses.”

Past recipients of the award include Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, Libby Spears, Abi Ferrin, Judge Roberto Canas Jr., Jan Langbein, Paige Flink, Luis C. deBaca and Lauren Embrey.

Along with Steve Kemble serving as emcee, Susan Posnick will be the honorary chair for the “Night in Monte Carlo”-themed fundraiser that will include cocktails, dinner by cn catering, a silent auction, a raffle, a casino and music by DJ LC.

Mosaic Family Services “is a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking. The multicultural staff at Mosaic supports, educates, and empowers more than 25,000 people each year through direct services and outreach. Refugees and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence receive shelter, legal representation, counseling, access to health care, and support services in more than 30 languages. Every year, Mosaic House provides emergency housing to hundreds of women and children fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking.  They are the only shelter in North Texas providing comprehensive services to multicultural survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.”

The goal is to hit $200,000, so purchase a ticket here!

* Photo provided by Mosaic Family Services

Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates Receives Mosaic Family Services’ 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award

Accidents happen and the MySweetCharity elves with Queenie at the helm experienced one yesterday. Instead of posting coverage of the Mosaic Family Services 7th Annual Gala honoring Dallas City Counilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, they reposted the September 20th patron party. Well, duh!

So, here is the report from the field about the Thursday, October 20, fundraiser at The Empire Room. Our apologies to all for MSC’s dying brain cells.

Elizabeth Weathersby and Melissa Green*

Elizabeth Weathersby and Melissa Green*

Co-chairs Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby, along with honorary chair Lana Byrne welcomed over 330 attendees to Mosaic Family Services 7th Annual Gala on Thursday, October 20, from 7–11 p.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District.

Partygoers including Joe Byrne, Camilo Munar, Yujin Heo, Jo Mattison, Bert Smith, Ashley Anderson Smith, Jenny and Matt Ozee, Sue de Mille Minyard and Jim Minyard, Noosia and Scot Sookarow, Vicky and Doug Lattner, Beth Conner, Hannah and Adam Forbes, Sylvia Gutierrez, Le Ta and the Gates clan (JohnGates, Jordan Gates and Jessica and Will Whitsitt) arrived and mingled as they enjoyed cocktails and light bites courtesy of Stock & Barrel. Guests perused the silent auction, curated by auction chair Nusia Sookarow, and enjoyed the casino tables, while DJ Lamont Carlis provided the music.

John Gates and Jennifer Staubach Gates, Jordan Gates, Jessica and Will Whitsitt*

John Gates and Jennifer Staubach Gates, Jordan Gates, Jessica and Will Whitsitt*

As guests were seated for dinner, master of ceremonies Steve Kemble took the stage to welcome everyone. Stock & Barrel’s wood grilled romaine salad with Bartlett pear, Danish blue cheese, garlic croutons and toasted pecan vinaigrette was served family style as co-chairs Elizabeth Weathersby and Melissa Green thanked attendees for their support of the clients served by Mosaic Family Services.

Kemble then introduced Dallas Police Department’s Interim Chief David Pughes for the presentation of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award to councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates. Chief Pughes shared his admiration for Gates and the tremendous work she has done on behalf of Dallas’ City Council as the Domestic Violence Taskforce Chair, helping to bridge communication between the Dallas Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, judges and community partners in an effort to end domestic violence in Dallas.

Interim Chief Pughes was followed by Gates’ mother, one of Dallas’ beloved philanthropist and community volunteers, Marianne Staubach. Staubach shared personal stories of Jennifer’s persuasiveness, persistence and compassion for others, which started as a young girl, laying the foundation for the successful woman she is today – wife, mom to two daughters, grandmother to two grandsons, passionate volunteer, registered nurse, Dallas City Councilmember and much more.

Jennifer Staubach Gates, David Pughes and Marianne Staubach*

Jennifer Staubach Gates, David Pughes and Marianne Staubach*

Pughes and Staubach then jointly presented Gates with the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award. The Champion of Human Rights Award is presented each year to individuals and/or groups who strive to ensure the protection of the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. Councilmember Gates has shown remarkable dedication to making a difference in the lives of Dallas residents, particularly survivors of domestic violence. Her extraordinary work with the Domestic Violence Task Force and Public Safety Committee continues to bring awareness to human rights abuses and empowers the clients we serve.
 

Past award recipients include director and filmmaker Libby Spears; fashion designer Abi Ferrin; Judge Roberto Canas, Jr., presiding judge of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 10; Genesis Women’s Shelter Executive Director Jan Langbein and The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink; Ambassador-At-Large Luis CdeBaca; and local philanthropist/women’s and human rights activist Lauren Embrey.

Kimberly*

Kimberly*

Kimberly, a survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking, followed with her personal story. After becoming pregnant by her trafficker, she knew that she wanted a better life for herself and her son. Through Mosaic Family Services, she was able to find counseling, find a place to live, help gaining employment and life-skills guidance. With her son seated nearby, Kimberly was given a standing ovation for her courage to share her story and in celebration of her success.

Stock & Barrel’s family-style dinner continued with harissa honey glazed chicken with Thai basil and mint and kalbi style grilled short rib steaks with watercress salad and crispy shallots, served with goat cheese dumplings with Brussel sprouts petals, grilled corn, green curry and coconut.  Dessert of warm toffee croissant bread pudding with butter caramel cream and salted English toffee followed.

After dinner partygoers hit the dance floor, tried their luck at the casino tables or placed last minute bids in the silent auction. As the evening came to a close, patrons received a take-home treat of a mini-bundt cake donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes, a gift certificate to Stock & Barrel and a gift card from SoulCycle for one free class.

* Photo credits: Bob Manzano and Wesley Holmes

7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala Patrons Shop, Sip And Celebrate At Abi Ferrin And Kendra Scott

With the kickoff of fall fundraising, the 7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala patrons partied at more than just one spot in West Village on Tuesday, September 20. Both Abi Ferrin and Kendra Scott provided a shop-and-sip-around at their digs. Here’s a report from the field:

Mosaic Family Services honored sponsors, committee members and supporters of the 7th Annual Gala at a cocktail reception on Tuesday, September 20, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Abi Ferrin and Kendra Scott in West Village.

Steve Kemble, Abi Ferrin and Chad Collom*

Steve Kemble, Abi Ferrin and Chad Collom*

More than 75 partygoers arrived at Abi Ferrin in West Village and sipped cool drinks while shopping Abi’s eponymous collection. DJ Lamont Carlis kept the vibe going, as guests enjoyed savory fare donated by Cru, including artisan cheese and charcuterie with house made fig jam and fresh Turkish honeycomb, mini meatballs with tomato sugo and shaved Manchego, smoked salmon rillettes and arancini with roasted pepper tomato sauce.

With the nearby Kendra Scott boutique sharing the hosting duties for the evening, patrons mingled in both stores, while they shopped knowing a percentage of proceeds would benefit Mosaic Family Services.

Ashley Anderson and Jo Mattison*

Ashley Anderson and Jo Mattison*

Shannon Mukundan and Nusia Sookarow*

Shannon Mukundan and Nusia Sookarow*

Tam Tran, Tina Witkoff, Marta Knutson and Leanne Moye*

Tam Tran, Tina Witkoff, Marta Knutson and Leanne Moye*

As the evening came to an end, posh patrons like Ashley Anderson, Jo Mattison, Mirjana Omeragic, McKenzie Hoopfer, Catherine Langlois, Tam Tran, Marta Knutson, Leanne Moye, Shannon Mukundan, Nusia Sookarow, Kristin Paul, Meagan McLauchlin and Tina Ingram were treated to homemade cake balls by Tina Witkoff and a gift bag of Mary Kay’s Satin Hands signature products.

Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lana Byrne*

Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lana Byrne*

The upcoming 7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 7 – 11 p.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District. Chaired by Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby with honorary chair Lana Byrne, the gala will include cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, master of ceremonies Steve Kemble, silent auction curated by Auction Chair Nusia Sookarow, raffle, casino, and music by DJ Lamont Carlis. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award to Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available; tickets are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit classy.org/mosaicgala or contact Le Ta, 214.821.5393 x263 or let@mosaicservices.org.

* Photo credit: Bob Manzano

Mary Kay Foundation’s 2016 Suits For Shelters Fashion Celebration Was Definitely In The Pink At Tootsies

As so many have realized recently, domestic violence doesn’t take a second off. Whether it’s in the low-income community or the highfalutin neighborhoods, anger and physical abuse are not limited to one ZIP code.

But on Wednesday, July 20, the Suits for Shelters program celebrated the hope for many suffering from domestic violence. It was the annual fashion show at Tootsies benefiting the Mary Kay Foundation‘s effort to collect clothes for victims trying to find new lives of independence. And pink was definitely the color the day!

It was a great turnout of frontliners in the battle against abuse. The Family Place’s VP of Development Melissa Sherrill was standing in for The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink , who was MIA. It seems that after 25 years of working at The Family Place, Paige was on a sabbatical that had coincided with the Suits for Shelters get-together.

On the other hand, Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jan Langbein in her most adorable explosion of pink sundress said that she was already on the search for the Genesis Luncheon 2017 speaker. OK, so she admitted that to outdo 2016 speaker Tyler Perry was going take some doing, but Jan enjoys a good challenge, don’t you know.

Jan Langbein

Jan Langbein

Maleiah and Ryan Rogers

Maleiah and Ryan Rogers

But the true-blue standouts of the evening were Maleiah and Ryan Rogers. Gee, were these two made by Mattel? They greeted one and all with graciousness and dang! They looked so fabulous. Ryan’s grandmother, the late Mary Kay Ash, would have been so proud to have seen her mission to help those overcoming domestic violence being carried on by Maleiah and Ryan.

Mary Kay Foundation that is the driving force of the event also had Mary Kay Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility VP Crayton Webb, who had missed last year’s event due to a trip to China. Now, the father of three sons and a brand new daughter was looking over the crowd for his wife Nikki Webb, who was on her way.

It’s hard to imagine a more dedicated advocate in the battle against domestic violence than HeROs President Crayton, but the March birth of a daughter has made his mission even more personal.

Crayton Webb

Crayton Webb

Cynthia Izaguirre and Alexa Conomos

Cynthia Izaguirre and Alexa Conomos

Melissa Cameron

Melissa Cameron

Nancy Gopez and Kris Jonhson

Nancy Gopez and Kris Jonhson

All too soon the capacity crowd including Nancy Gopez, Kris Johnson, Melissa Cameron and Michaela Dyer, moved upstairs for the fashion show. After the welcomes by Emcee WFAA’s Cynthia “Izzy” Izaguirre, Ryan, Crayton and Tootsies Store Director Nerissa von Helpenstill, the fashions were on parade worn by WFAA’s Alexa Conomos and Charlotte Huffman, The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show’s Kellie Rasberry, Attitudes and Attire’s Evelyn Earl, Battered Women’s Foundation’s Roze Kluttz, Brighter Tomorrows’ Tina Strand, Denton County Friends of the Family’s Alicia Froidl, Dress for Success’ Karis Renee, Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Tamika Jackson, Hope’s Door’s Megan Rutherford, Mosaic Family Services’ McKenzie Hoopfer, New Beginning Center’s Rhonda Aicklen, Safe Haven of Tarrant County’s Dakota Hart, The Salvation Army’s Vicki Wheaton, The Family Place’s Ericka Johnson and Mary Kay’s Marci Burns, Morgan Calhoun and Lisa Petty.

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Suits for Shelter fashion show

Suits for Shelters fashion show

Then the raffle took place with the highlight being the announcement of the winner of the $5,000 donation in the name of the winner to a domestic violence group.  Provided by Maleiah and Ryan, this item is the most-sought-after of the raffle packages for the nonprofit representatives. The moment Esmerelda Rodriquez’s name was called was electric. Irving-based Brighter Tomorrows’ CEO Diana Franzetti was truly beside herself. It seemed pretty obvious which organization Brighter Tomorrows’ Board Member Esmerelda was going to pick.

On a sidenote: Tootsies’ Sales Manager Dustin Holcomb admitted that the entire Tootsies’ family was still adjusting to life without Tootsies’ founder Mickey Rosmarin. Still Dustin assured that the Dallas operation was not only carrying on, it was going to celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall.

JUST IN: Jennifer Staubach Gates To Receive Mosaic Family Services’ Champion Of Human Rights Award

Jennifer Staubach Gates*

Jennifer Staubach Gates*

A Staubach is going to be honored at the Mosaic Family Services7th Annual Gala. No, it’s not Rog or Marianne. It’s their oldest daughter/Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, who has carried on the Staubach legacy of community involvement and leadership. Come Thursday, October 20, at The Empire Room, Jennifer will be presented the Champion of Human Rights Award at a dinner co-chaired by Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby with Lana Byrne serving as honorary chair.

The honor is annually given to “individuals and/or groups who strive to ensure the protection of the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.”

Jennifer’s efforts with the Domestic Violence Task Force and Public safety Committee have been just a part of her “dedication to making a difference in the lives of Dallas residents, particularly survivors of domestic violence.”

According to Melissa, “Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates has been at the forefront of leading efforts in Dallas to raise awareness about family violence. As she continues her work combating this all too prevalent issue, we are pleased to honor her as a Champion of Human Rights. Our work would not be possible without her.”

Melissa Green*

Melissa Green*

Elizabeth Weathersby*

Elizabeth Weathersby*

Lana Byrne*

Lana Byrne*

Jennifer will join a heady group of past recipients including director/filmmaker Libby Spears, fashion designer Abi Ferrin, Judge Robert Canas Jr., Genesis Women’s Shelter Executive Director Jan Langbein, The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink, Ambassador-At-Large Luis CdeBaca and philanthropist Lauren Embrey.

Tickets are $150 and sponsorships start at $500 for the evening of cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, silent auction, raffle, casino games and live entertainment.

* Photos provided by Mosaic Family Services

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Mosaic Family Services’ 6th Annual Gala

According to Mosaic Family Services’ 6th Annual Gala Co-Chair Melissa Green,

Mosaic Family Services 6th Annual Gala*

Mosaic Family Services’ 6th Annual Gala*

“A close friend’s stepdaughter was sex trafficked in Florida and California. As she would share with me the efforts to find her, it seemed unbelievable to me that this was happening here and to someone that I knew. They did find her, thankfully. I was introduced to Mosaic Family Services through an event and signed up to volunteer. Human trafficking is horrific and I wanted to do something to make a difference. Mosaic provides comprehensive services to all survivors of human rights abuses, including refugees and survivors of HT and DV. I believe that freedom is a basic, fundamental human right and all individuals should be entitled to it. This is exactly what Mosaic strives to do for their clients. After volunteering on last year’s Gala Committee, I joined Mosaic’s Board of Directors and am thrilled to co-chair our fun and exciting event this year!

“Mosaic’s 6th Annual Gala will be held at 3015 at Trinity Groves on Friday, October 16, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. to celebrate the strength and resiliency of victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. We are thrilled to honor Libby Spears, the director of ‘Playground: The Child Sex Trade in America’ and will also hear a powerful survivor testimony. DJ Andy Austin will rock this event and guests will experience a wonderful 3-course meal by Stock & Barrel. We will have a casino, silent auction, raffle, photo booth and open bar to make this a night you do not want to miss!”

“It is an honor and privilege to chair Mosaic’s 6th Annual Gala and to help provide hope for victims whose voices have been taken away. We can’t wait to see everyone there!”

“Tickets are $150 each and sponsorships range from $1,500 – $12,500. Tickets must be purchased in advance at mosaicservices.org/events or by calling 214.821.5393 x263. Be sure to get your tickets soon as space is limited and will quickly sell out!” This event will sell out! Please, join us and buy your tickets now!

“Mosaic Family Services is a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking. We are dedicated to serving survivors from around the world and within our community. We create access to opportunities for our clients, empowering them toward independence. We are the only shelter in North Texas providing comprehensive services to multicultural survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.”

* Graphic provided by Mosaic Family Services

Al Biernat Spearheads Mosaic Family Services With Fashion For Freedom Luncheon, Abi Ferrin And Juliette Longuet

As mentioned before, Dallas has a heck of a lot of Mosaics in operation. If you were to ask restaurateur Al Biernat, he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that the least known is Mosaic Family Services. But after learning the disturbing reality of MFS’s work in dealing with human rights abuses like human trafficking and domestic violence, he was going to change that spot on the MFS’s meter.

Abi Ferrin

Abi Ferrin

Whew! Boy, did Al call in some favors and friends to do that! Along with Mosaic’s sweetheart philanthropist Jan Rees-Jones, her designing buddy Abi Ferrin and NYC-based designer Juliette Longuet plus Mayor Mike Rawlings, Al had the big guns plus Nancy C. Rogers and sponsors like Tim Headington to spearhead the effort on Wednesday, May 7.

Jenny Bania and Al Biernat

Jeny Bania and Al Biernat

After all, Al had the perfect spot — his place-to-be, namesake restaurant. Despite a reputation for never, ever shutting down for fundraisers, he made an exception and his Al’s Pals (Brad Fuller and Audra Perdue) were there to make sure everything was “Al-right”!

The results?

A sold-out event with in seconds of Fashion for Freedom announcement.

Only problem? Women everywhere ordering lunch at the same time. Results? Al’s kitchen got slammed all at once with more than 170 orders for three courses including a first course (Al’s Salad, Summer Salad or Caesar Salad), second course (Beef Tenderloin or Bay of Fundy Salmon) and Dessert and Moet Nectar Rose.

But it wasn’t a big problem because the chatter level was higher than the dome in the restaurant.

Kristen Johnson

Kristen Johnson

Among those chit-chatting were Paige Lane, Johnson types (Kris and Kristen), Lisa Ogle, Cara French, Debra Nelson, Jill Tananbaum, Sunie Solmon, Leisa Street, Terra Perez, Headington headies (Matthew Simon and Jeny Bania) and MFS Executive Director Walter Nguyen.

Mike Rawlings and Jan Rees-Jones

Mike Rawlings and Jan Rees-Jones

Even Mayor Mike, who had been juggling the City Council Discussion over the Southwest vs. Virgin America debate arrived on the scene. Just getting him into the dining room was a major accomplishment, since everyone wanted their picture taken with him.

Needless to say, he couldn’t stay for the vittles, but he wanted to once again make it known where he stands when it comes to the abuse of women in any form.

Fashion For Freedom fashion show

Fashion For Freedom fashion show

Following lunch, a trunk show of Abi’s and Juliette’s collections took place in the center of the dining room. While the “mod” lighting was jazzy, some of the outfits appeared to have “Ferrin” emblazoned on them.

Juliette Longuet (second from the right)

Juliette Longuet (second from the right)

Espa gift bags

Espa gift bags

But no complaints thanks to a beautiful crowd, glasses of champagne and killer gift bags courtesy of the Joule’s Espa. One of the items was a 90-minute gift card for services at the luxurious spa.

Fashion For Freedom Luncheon To Take Over Al Biernat’s With Abi Ferrin And Juliette Longuet For Mosaic Family Services

Fashion For Freedom Luncheon*

Fashion For Freedom Luncheon*

You’re more likely to win the Powerball lottery than to have a fundraiser at Al Biernat’s. But the Mosaic Family Services has managed to achieve just that — Al Biernat’s! On Wednesday, May 7, the gathering place for celebrities and those-who-make-things-happen will be the scene of the First Annual Fashion for Freedom Luncheon.

But don’t go a-thinking that it’s going to be a ladies-with-white-gloves-type event. Oh, please! Those haven’t been around since the S&S Tearoom left Highland Park Village. This lunch is going to be fun with food and fashion.

In addition to a choice of three of one of three salads, key lime and coconut cream pies and champagne, the event will kick off with a Mosaic Martini reception.

Abi Ferrin*

Abi Ferrin*

Juliette Longuet*

Juliette Longuet*

Following lunch, there won’t be one fashion show. Nope! There will be two featuring Abi Ferrin and New York City-based Juliette Longuet plus a pop-up store, “where guests can purchase their favorite items from the runway.”

And to add a flair of gentlemanly charm, the Freedom luncheon will have both restaurateur Al and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on hand.

Just in case Mosaic Family Services is new on your radar, it ‘s been around for 20 years offering “free shelter, legal representations, counseling and support services to survivors of human rights abuses.”

Seating will be limited to 150, so hop to it and make your reservation. You probably were going to lunch at Al’s anyhow, so why not have it benefit Mosaic?

* Materials provided by Mosaic Family Services