MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dream Builders Dinner

Diane and Mike Gruber (File photo)

Jennifer and Tom Karol (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

According to the Dream Builders Dinner Co-Chairs Diane and Mike Gruber, Jennifer and Tom Karol, and Lynn and Allan McBee,Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity’s first annual Dream Builders Dinner is a not-to-be-missed evening! Come hear how Habitat is doing more than ever to change the landscape of Dallas’ most deserving neighborhoods. Dallas Habitat will also announce its five-year goal of new homes it will build. 

The dinner will be held at the Belo Mansion on Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. and will feature a conversation between Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who lived in a Habitat for Humanity home as a child, and legendary WFAA Sports Anchor Dale Hansen. There will also be live entertainment and a playhouse auction. We are thrilled to have Amanda and Brint Ryan serve as honorary chairs of the event. 

Dale Hansen (File photo)

Amanda and Brint Ryan (File photo)

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is the largest nonprofit homebuilder in Dallas, constructing more than 50 homes per year. Over the last 30 years, Dallas Habitat has built 1,600 homes in more than 25 neighborhoods in the Dallas community. Dallas Habitat transforms families, revitalizes neighborhoods and is working to build a better Dallas through strategically bringing together public and private funding, community leadership and vision and thousands of volunteers to break the cycle of poverty and transform the city of Dallas.

Underwriting levels, event sponsorships, tables and individual tickets for the dinner are available. We look forward to seeing you at the Dream Builders Dinner! For more information, please visit or call 214-678-2378.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: One Childhood One Chance Luncheon

According to Merry Munson Wyatt, Kathryn Munson Beach and Meg Munson McGonigle,

As sisters, we are excited to co-chair the Friday, November 17thOne Childhood One Chance Luncheon,” which brings Dallas an impressive opportunity to join Educational First Steps (EFS) in launching at-risk young lives into promising futures.

This is the fifth year of this shining event presented by an organization we’ve seen making inroads and creating quality early education centers in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods since 1990.

EFS has been a family affair for 27 years. It was founded by our great uncle, David Munson Sr., on his belief that every child, regardless of their economic circumstances or their zip code, deserves and needs a quality education.

We will join our cousins, David Munson Jr., Charles Munson and John Munson, who are serving as honorary co-chairs for the event.

Sonia Manzano*

Held at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the luncheon will feature Sonia Manzano, who inspired, educated and delighted children and families as “Maria” on Sesame Street for over 30 years. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television.

Her latest book, “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx,” is Manzano’s tale of perseverance and courage in overcoming countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television. She will inspire us as a community committed to supporting common sense, real-life solutions for narrowing the disparities among us in early childhood chances.  

Today, EFS partners with 93 daycare centers in at-risk neighborhoods, carrying out a results-driven plan for becoming nationally accredited preschools, at no cost to the centers, teachers or parents. These centers progress from daycares providing little more than babysitting to nationally accredited early education centers that become anchors in their neighborhoods while preparing more of our children for school and life success.

EFS, which started in south Dallas, has grown to serve Tarrant, Denton, Johnson, Collin and Grayson counties, collaborating across 17 school districts. They are continually pushing the boundaries and aggressively scaling programs to place more students in quality learning environments. We are excited to invite you to be part of furthering their work.

We have found this luncheon to be smart, streamlined, elegant and mission-critical in so many ways. Once you’ve been, you’ll find yourself returning each year!  

For information about underwriting opportunities or tickets, contact Judy Schecter at 214.824.7940. Table for ten starts at $2,000, with six levels of increasing opportunities. Corporate and naming opportunities are also available. The event is open to the public, with single tickets priced at $175. More at

* Photo credit: Richard Termine 
** Photo provided by Educational First Steps

Change Of Plans: MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Is Going Into Overdrive


Whoa! With all the MySweetCharity Opportunities being submitted for the annual series, the upcoming months are gonna be gangbusters. Already this year’s crop of opportunities has surpassed last year’s number, thanks to North Texas nonprofits taking full advantage of the series.

Since it will conclude on Thursday, August 31, the series is ramping up the posts to share with you the programs that provide some pretty amazing opportunities.

BTW, the MSC elves are putting in for overtime because the MSC Calendar emailbox is busting with new submissions. Keep ’em coming in. Here’s a link to the submission form.

Remember, busy elves are happy elves.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Senior Source’s Spirit Of Generations Luncheon

According to The Senior Source’s 2016 Spirit of Generations Luncheon Chair Marilyn Weber,

Marilyn and Ben Weber*

Marilyn and Ben Weber*

“The Senior Source will present the 2016 Spirit of Generations Award to Jan and Fred Hegi during the Spirit of Generations Luncheon, which will be held on Monday, November 14, at 12 p.m. in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole. The Spirit of Generations Award is given annually to an individual or group of individuals who have helped build the foundation that supports our community and the bridges that connect the ages. Awardees have a universal appeal and ageless spirit that transcend the generations.

Jan and Fred Hegi (File photo)

Jan and Fred Hegi (File photo)

“The Hegis are well known for their unwavering support of a variety of human-service focused causes both individually and as a couple. They’ve been married for 48 years and have two sons and daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.

“Anyone who has attended a Spirit of Generations Luncheon will remember the event’s unique, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek approach to recognizing its honorees and entertaining the crowd of more than 1000 guests. Previous send-ups have featured a Clydesdale horse, a senior stand-up comedian, an Elvis impersonator, a spoof style show and many other funny and memorable moments. A few surprises are already in the works for the 2016 event.

“Monies raised at the event help The Senior Source to operate a variety of programs and services that assist more than 30,000 older adults annually by providing community engagement, support, independence, advocacy, financial security and protection.

“Individual patron tickets begin at $150 per person and can be purchased online. Sponsorships are still available. For more information, please contact Stephanie Russell at 214.823.5700 or [email protected].”

* Photo credit: Lisa Stewart

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Children’s Theater’s “The Who? Party”

According to Dallas Children’s Theater’s The Who? Party Co-Chair Karen Travis,

Karen Travis*

Karen Travis*

“Autumn is, hopefully, just around the corner and I’m brimming over with excitement not only for cool, crisp temperatures, but also for an annual event that has a special place in my heart, one that really makes a difference for children, Dallas Children’s Theater’s annual Family Party. As president-elect of this incredible organization, I’m honored to be chairing the party with Stephanie Nelson, fellow board member. It is a fitting closure for me as I embark upon a new chapter of service – board president beginning in January 2017.

“DCT’s ’16 – ’17 season starts with a splash, ‘Seussical, The Musical,’ the timeless favorite which has been absent from Dallas theaters with a cast of equity actors for quite a while. On Saturday, September 17, ‘The Who? Party’ guests, following a matinee of the show, will thrill to a fun-ladened afternoon featuring an on stage, interactive song and dance session led by a professional actor; a Seussical chairs contest with prizes for the most agile, and backstage access to learn about the secret sauce that goes into creating the colorful set designs and costumes. These activities will be followed by a scrumptious, Seussical-themed banquet, topped off with a farewell dance party in our spacious lobby.

“Funds raised via the event will ensure the legacy of an essential DCT program, The Student Matinee Performance Series. Because of this important initiative, over 40,000 children annually, primarily from Title 1 schools (free and reduced lunch eligible), are provided the opportunity to attend performances at a very reduced cost — children that otherwise would not be able to come to the theater to see the magic of the live performance.

“In my mind, there is nothing quite as fulfilling as seeing wide-eyed youngsters, ecstatic with anticipation, skip through hallways festooned with scores of brightly colored Truffula trees, hundreds of Hortonian clovers, and bouquets of Mayzie approved feathers. After seeing literature come to life on our stage, students always depart with a rewarding glow.  I’m honored that Dallas Children’s Theater has embraced my penchant for decorations of this sort, and they even let me put my darling husband, Ken Travis, to work for the cause as well. 🙂

Ken and Karen Travis*

Ken and Karen Travis*

“Everyone at Dallas Children’s Theater truly believes in the words of the sweet sage, Horton… ‘a person’s a person, no matter how small.’ These words perfectly reflect our mission — all children truly do deserve to experience the magic of live theater!

“While after three years, I’m proud to say the party is always sold out, right now, sponsorships and tickets are still available for this wonderful and worthwhile event. So, anyone interested should not wait another minute to sign up.  To learn more, go to our Who? Party web page or call DCT at 214-978-0110. Your presence and your contributions help us keep feeding the minds and souls of young people with boundless creativity.”

* Photos provided by Karen Travis

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Carson’s Crusaders Foundation’s “Brighten The Night”

According to Carson’s Crusaders Foundation Executive Director Desiree Simmons,

Brighten the Night*

Brighten the Night*

“The fifth annual ‘Brighten the Night,’ Wine Tasting and Live Auction event on Thursday, September 15, helps fund events for North Texas families who are living with a child diagnosed with cancer.  According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, ‘Each year in the United States approximately 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer.’ In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“For every child diagnosed with cancer there are parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members also dealing with this life-threatening diagnosis. It’s not uncommon for family members and caregivers to become ill themselves as a result of stress associated with caring for a child with cancer. Siblings of children with cancer often feel pushed aside, helpless, fearful and even guilty because they are healthy. Cancer is a family disease.

Carson's Crusaders*

Carson’s Crusaders*

The Carson’s Crusaders Foundation was formed to honor Carson Richardson, George Richardson’s grandson who died from Stage IV Hepatoblastoma, one of the rarest forms of pediatric cancer, in 2010 at the age of seven, and to help other families battling solid tumor cancers.

“The funds from ‘Brighten the Night,’ provide families with gasoline cards to help with treatment related travel expenses, educational programs and sibling events like the May 6th and 7thSiblings Superstars,’ weekend at Great Wolf Lodge for 50 families served by Carson’s Crusaders.

“’Brighten the Night’ is described as “a night of glamour and elegance that will transport you back to Old Hollywood. For one night only, don your best attire and jewels, walk the red carpet, be photographed by the paparazzi, taste some remarkable wines, eat some wonderful food, and enjoy the opportunity to bid on some amazing items up for auction while supporting families fighting pediatric solid tumor cancer.”

“The event will be held at Noah’s Event Venue in Fairview from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm. Sponsors are still needed for this event. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found at the Carson’s Crusaders website. Carson’s Crusaders

* Photos provided by Carson's Crusaders Foundation

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Meal For The Minds

According to Metrocare Services Chief Executive Officer Dr. John W. Burruss,

John W. Burruss*

John W. Burruss*

“Metrocare strives to erase the stigma of mental health challenges, provide services to those in need, and educate our community on how to help themselves or a loved one. This year, Metrocare will provide services to over 52,000 adults and children throughout Dallas County. 

“One of the ways that Metrocare educates the community on mental health challenges, is through our fundraising efforts and annual luncheon – ‘Meal for the Minds.’ Metrocare is excited to share that the ‘2016 Meal for the Minds’ luncheon event is being presented by Cohen Veterans Network.  In 2015, Cohen Veterans Network selected Metrocare to be part of its national network of high-quality mental health clinics, working to ensure that every veteran and their family members are able to obtain free and effective mental health care.

“Transitioning from military to civilian life is challenging for many veterans and their families. ‘Going from a war zone in service time to civilian life – these are very different things. Metrocare is committed to helping adults and children who are transitioning to life in North Texas after life in the military.’

“Through the generosity of Steven A. Cohen and the Cohen Veterans Network, we are able to serve veterans and their families at no cost. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare opened in May 2016.

“As part of Metrocare’s partnership with Cohen Veterans Network, this year’s keynote speaker at Meal for the Minds is Medal of Honor Recipient and Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2014, Ryan Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan in 2008. Pitts’ courage, steadfast commitment to his defense unit, and ability to fight while seriously wounded prevented the enemy from capturing fallen American soldiers.

“The ‘2016 Meal for the Minds’ luncheon will be held Thursday, September 29, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The silent auction begins at 11:00 a.m. and the lunch program begins at 11:45 a.m.  Individual tickets for the luncheon are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. For tickets or sponsor information, please visit our website at For questions, contact Tameka Y. Cass at 214.743.1220 or email [email protected].

“We hope you can join us!”

* Photo provided by Metrocare

Change Of Plans: MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Ramps Up



Well, dang! You did it again. Way more MySweetCharity Opportunities arrived than planned. So in the final days of the annual August series, we’re going to ramp up the posts telling you about programs that provide opportunities within your hood.

Some you know but have a new development; some will be a total and delightful surprise. But all will provide you with the opportunity to make North Texas an even better place. And all would appreciate your consideration.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Jewish Community Center’s Senior Bus Fund

According to Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J) Senior Bus Fund Chair Sandy Kuntz,

Sandy Kuntz*

Sandy Kuntz*

“Among its many offerings, The J has a vibrant and much needed Senior Adult Department. Our current senior membership is more than 700 strong.

“This past year the J has been challenged with transportation services due to an aging van in need of replacement. With two late model vans on the road providing nearly 5,000 trips each year, we need reliable vehicles to serve our cherished seniors. The cost is $65,000 for each 2-14 passenger, handicap-accessible van. Without transportation, these important seniors have no opportunity for a Kosher, nutritious lunch and programming designed specifically for them.

“The J’s Senior Adult Department serves the needs of this special population as the only senior subsidized Kosher meal site in the city of Dallas. The J also offers a rich array of programs entitled Golden Awakenings, a total wellness-focused series. This program incorporates fun fitness activities such as line dancing and chair yoga, mental stimulating activities such as language classes and speakers offering engaging topics, and uplifting activities such as meditation and Readers’ Theatre.

“As an active member of the senior community, I have seen firsthand how many people rely on the The J’s bus service to stay connected to the community. To date, we’ve raised just over $50,400 toward the project. Please ‘get on the bus’ and help us purchase a new vehicle for our transportation service. Your support would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be made online or by contacting Cece Burt at 214.239.7136 or [email protected].”

About The J
The J is the heart of the Jewish community. It provides social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and services to all age groups from toddlers to senior adults. Within its walls, the Jewish community gathers together to meet, play, learn, celebrate and remember what connects each of us as Jews. Everyone, regardless of age or religious affiliation, is welcome. The J is located at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Rd. in Dallas. For more information, visit or call 214.739.2737.

* Photo provided by The J

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process

According to 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Chairman Lisa Longino and 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chairman Pam Perella,

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

“Charity selection planning process begins in a few days!

“Crystal Charity has raised more than $130 million for 100+ children’s charities since 1952, thanks to a thorough and fair grant application process. We have the honor of initiating this process in the coming weeks and are encouraging interested non profits to learn how to apply.

“Applications will be accepted, beginning Monday, September 1, for next year’s Crystal Charity Ball grants. Representatives from Dallas County children’s charities are encouraged mark their calendars so they can attend a brief prospective application orientation at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at the Communities Foundation of Texas offices at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged as this is the first step in a charity’s potential selection as a Crystal Charity beneficiary.

“Applications for prospective recipients will be available on line, beginning September 1 at or by calling The Crystal Charity Ball office at 214.526.5868, ext. 18.  All applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the ball office. (Applications are not accepted via email).  The deadline is Monday, October 31, at 4:00 p.m.

“Prospective agencies must meet three basic requirements: to serve children in Dallas County, have had a 501 (c) (3) tax designation for at least three years and must have provided services in Dallas Country for at least three years.

“Crystal Charity has funded many different children’s charities over the years including those that provide educational opportunities, health care, social services, childcare, pastoral counseling, special camps for special kids, hunger prevention and medical research, to name a few.

“Many past recipients refer to becoming a Crystal Charity beneficiary as ‘earning the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ as the designation means that an organization has been thoroughly researched and meets the important criteria set by members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee.

“The 2017 beneficiaries will be selected in February of 2017 at organization’s general membership meeting. The fund-raising campaign will the next month.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball

According to 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber,

Cara French and Andrea Weber (File photo)

Cara French and Andrea Weber (File photo)

“We are ‘Texas Proud’ at Cattle Baron’s!  This year’s ball promises to be the biggest ever with Toby Keith on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage and Dwight Yoakum on the VIP and Live Auction stage. From humble beginnings 42 years ago when Patti Hunt and Jacque Wynne planned a Texas-style barbeque to raise money for the Park Cities branch of the American Cancer Society to this year’s over-the-top extravaganza at Gilley’s, the Cattle Baron’s brand is legendary.

Toby Keith*

Toby Keith*

“More than $68 million has been raised for cancer research since the beginning making Dallas’ Cattle Baron’s Ball the world’s largest single-event fundraiser for American Cancer Society research. And, this is the year to join our posse to raise millions more to help eradicate cancer. Sponsorships and tickets are still available for the Saturday, October 15th event. In return for your support, you will enjoy cocktails, dinner, gaming, silent and live auctions and pre-concert entertainment.  The evening culminates with a heart-stopping concert by the legendary Toby Keith with seating for all guests.

“Our momentum is building, with the help of some very generous donors, including

  • Lone Star Barons — Andrews Distributing and Kendall
  • Ultimate Baron — Fauxcades
  • Legendary Baron — digital 3 printing, G Texas Catering, Gilley’s Dallas, Inwood National Bank and Park Place dealerships
  • Texas Baron’s — Brierley+Partners/Diane and Hal Brierley, Clay Cooley, Anne Davidson, Grey Goose, Jackson Family Wines, The Moody Foundation, PlainsCapital Bank, Sewell and Weber & Company and
  • Oil Baron’s — Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Favorite Brands LLC, Fischer and Co., Fluor, Brian Loncar, Mary Kay, Metro PCS, David B. Miller Family Foundation, Pender’s World of Chiles and Spices, Perkins Coie and South Walton Florida.

“We encourage you to dust off your boots and visit to read more about Cattle Baron’s and the ways in which you can become of part of this great event. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping the American Cancer Society make great strides in cancer research and patient navigation.”

* Photo provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Returns



The worker bees have been busy bees, while the queen bees have been in far-off places. They’re been arranging for invitations, checking menus with caterers and sending “Save The Date” notices to just about everybody.

It’s all in preparation for the last dash for 2016 fundraising. And to help get the word out about the creative and marvelous opportunities for North Texans to support, the MySweetCharity Opportunity series will kick off tomorrow and will continue through Wednesday, August 31.

And just in case you thought you knew every 501(c) 3 on this side of the hemisphere, be prepared. There are gonna be some pretty remarkable organizations that have been fundraising under even your radar. If one or two or 10 strike your fancy, you know how to get involved —a checkbook and/or a sign-up for volunteering.

If you’re a 501(c) 3 and have such an “opportunity” in the next few months, have a volunteer submit a pitch. If you need some examples, here’s one and another one and another one. But you’d better hurry. Time’s a-wasting.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Stars And Stripes Film Festival

According to Stars And Stripes Film Festival Co-Chair Tanya Foster,

“Pete Foster and I are constantly humbled by the sacrifices that our Veterans have made to secure our Freedom!  We are proud Americans, and to have the opportunity to serve as the Co-Chairs of the second annual Stars & Stripes Film Festival benefiting Sons of the Flag is truly an honor. Sons of the Flag was founded by former Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, who served on SEAL Team 7, and his passion for honoring Veterans is infectious!

Stars and Stripes Film Festival*

Stars and Stripes Film Festival*

“We are also huge film buffs, and after serving as the president & CEO of the Dallas Film Society for two years, I have remained involved with supporting the film industry, particularly here in Dallas.

“The Stars and Stripes Film Festival brings together two of our passions perfectly! The Festival will be held November 12-15 at the Angelika Theater at Mockingbird Station, and we know that all our friends and businesses in Dallas who honor Veterans in the same way we do will want to be Sponsors or purchase passes by going to Individual tickets will be available in late October.  Sponsorships begin at $250 and the sponsorship form can be downloaded here. A huge thank you to Stripe-A-Zone for serving as Presenting Sponsor this year, and to our Honorary Co-Chairs Margaret and Syd Carter! All funds raised directly benefit Veteran, First-Responder and Civilian Burn Survivors supported by Sons of the Flag.

“The 2015 film line-up will be announced at the August 27th kick-off party. The speakers that will be associated with each film will be announced at a later date. Films to be screened this year include:

  • “‘Patton’ – Opening night film and party
  • “‘Last Days in Vietnam’
  • “‘Zero Dark Thirty’
  • “‘The Bridges of Toko-Ri’
  • “‘Windtalkers’
  • “‘Good Job FDNY’
  • “‘We Were Soldiers’
  • “‘Max’
  • “‘Memphis Belle’
  • “‘In Defense of Freedom’: A special documentary film featuring Highland Park High School veterans and their stories
Lee Papert, Tanya Foster and James Faust*

Lee Papert, Tanya Foster and James Faust*

“Pete and I are also thrilled about the seated luncheon event that has been added to the film festival on Friday, November 13, featuring keynote speaker Ret. General Tommy Franks. General Franks was appointed a director on August 26, 2013. General Franks is a retired four-star General. General Franks was promoted to Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command in June, 2000. The world knows General Franks best following the culmination of an almost four-decade military career that saw him lead American and Coalition troops in two strategically unprecedented campaigns in two years as Commander of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  I know that he will be fascinating, and Dallas Country Club will offer a wonderfully intimate setting to hear him speak!  We expect a quick sell-out for the luncheon so don’t delay.

“The Stars and Stripes Film Festival is programmed by James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas Film Society. The Dallas Film Society is a proud partner of Sons of the Flag and is instrumental in the success of the Stars & Stripes Film Festival.

“Come join us and enjoy film, fascinating conversation while helping our military and first responders!”

* Photo provided by Stars And Stripes Film Festival

Monday Is MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Finale

When the MySweetCharity Opportunity series was launched six weeks ago, the brain trust at MSC headquarters believed that about 20 “opportunities” would come in.

Do not have the MSC brain trust pick your Powerball numbers. Boy, did they call the guesstimate wrong. More than double that number was submitted.

Because of that and the fact the series ends on August 31, we’re doubling up Monday for the final opportunities to be posted.

Thanks for the opportunity to let MSC reveal some of the great opportunities in our community.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Bowl-A-Rama

According Bowl-A-Rama Chair Lori Turpin,

Lori Turpin*

Lori Turpin*

Behind Every Door Ministries is thrilled to be hosting its first fundraising event to celebrate its five year anniversary and raise funds to expand its ministry in impoverished Dallas communities.

“The Bowl-A-Rama will be a fun evening of bowling, food, and football watching at Bowl and Barrel on Sunday, September 20th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Live and a Silent Auction will both accompany the bowling tournament and party.

“For the last five years, Behind Every Door has been transforming lives and sharing the love of Christ in both word and deed with residents living in apartment communities in Dallas’ most underserved and impoverished neighborhoods. This ministry changes lives by:

  • “forming relationships that reinforce the dignity of each person “behind every door”
  • “offering programs for adults and children that promote spiritual growth as well as intellectual, emotional, and physical health
  • “partnering with churches, nonprofits, and individuals

“As a result of these efforts, crime has drastically decreased in these communities, more residents have become employed and have overcome addictions, children’s grades have improved, and a healthy sense of community has developed. When you couple these strides with the compounding effect of overcoming the dark consequences of generational poverty, Behind Every Door is creating a lasting impact for years to come.

“With the help of our supporters, Behind Every Door, its staff, and its partners can continue and expand the life-changing work they have been doing for the last five years!

“For information about sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and raffle and online auction items, please visit our event webpage at”

* Photo provided by Behind Every Door

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Treasure Street

According to Treasure Street Co-Chair Leslie Ficke,

Pat Green and Leslie and Brian Ficke*

Pat Green and Leslie and Brian Ficke*

“2015 is a significant year for Treasure Street as it celebrates its 20th year raising funds for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children (TSRHC) on October 15. My husband Brian and I couldn’t be more proud to be co-chairing the event, especially on such a momentous year, and are thrilled to recognize Annette Simmons, the late Harold Simmons, Kammy & Andy Fleck as this year’s honorary chairmen.

“Treasure Street is TSRHC’s annual event that raises funds for its Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic as well as general patient care at the hospital. Something most people don’t know about Treasure Street is that it was started by a patient’s family and their friends. These charitable families and friends decided to auction off their “treasures” to raise money for the hospital, which is where the name Treasure Street originated. In that first year, they were able to raise more than $150,000; the event now raises more than a million dollars, all of which goes back to supporting programs and patients at TSRHC. This year’s event will be held at Old Parkland and the evening will feature a silent auction, raffle, multiple food offerings as well as live entertainment. We are very excited to announce that this year’s entertainment headliner is Pat Green!

“The event is outdoors so attire for the evening is more casual than your typical evening gala. You’ll see everything from jeans to sport coats! For more information on Treasure Street please visit

“We hope you can join us for an amazing evening raising money for an even more amazing cause!”

* Photo provided by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children