MySweetCharity Opportunity: State Of Mind

According to Second Thought Theatre‘s State of Mind Co-Chairs Jennifer Swift and Nick Even,

Nick Even (File photo)

Jennifer Swift (File photo)

In case you’ve not been yet, Second Thought Theatre is a risk-taking local company performing at Bryant Hall, an intimate black-box theater on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus on Turtle Creek. Second Thought’s current production of the new play “The Necessities” by SMU’s (and Yale’s) Blake Hackler, directed by Joel Ferrell runs until Saturday, July 29. 

To fund its expanded four-production season for 2018, Second Thought will host its annual “State of Mind” fundraiser on Friday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Sammons Center for the Arts.

The evening will feature a performance by Dallas performance musical theater powerhouse Patty Breckenridge, described by D Magazine as “utterly entertaining.” She was heralded by The Dallas Morning News for her “brilliant” portrayal of Diana in “Next to Normal” (Uptown Players).  She was seen in the world premiere of “Fortress of Solitude” at Dallas Theatre Center and WaterTower Theatre’s world premiere of “Creep, delivering a performance described by the Morning News as a “feisty force of nature.” Ms. Breckenridge will be joined at the State of Mind gala by actor, TV host and producer Rob McCollum, serving as Master of Ceremonies.

A kickoff party for State of Mind underwriters and patrons will be held on Thursday, October 12, at the Turtle Creek home of Lila and Emmett Murphy.

Second Thought Theatre empowers top local theater artists to take risks and showcases writers who tackle difficult questions. Its performers have been regularly cited on the annual “Best of” lists by D Magazine, Dallas Observer and the Dallas/Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Second Thought’s 2017 season included two area premieres and one world premiere and its 2018 season of four plays – to be announced in the next month – promises to be equally memorable.

For more information on Second Thought Theatre, visit To purchase tickets for the State of Mind gala or to be added to the invitation mailing list, call 972.450.6232.


MySweetCharity Opportunity: Each Moment Matters

David and Laurie Peacock*

According to 2017 Each Moment Matters Luncheon Co-Chairs Laurie and David Peacock,

When Laurie and I were asked to chair the 2017 Each Moment Matters Luncheon we had no idea how impacted we would be by the work that Faith Presbyterian Hospice does in the Dallas community. We have heard so many stories from people who wish they had done things differently when their parent or spouse passed away on hospice.  Faith Presbyterian Hospice is the hospice that changes the end-of-life experience for both patients and families. We are honored to be a part of this signature event which supports customized services and excellent hospice care, both at home and at the recently opened inpatient hospice center, the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Marlee Matlin*

We invite you to join us at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, September 29, with Academy Award winning actress and activist, Marlee Matlin as our guest speaker. With an extensive list of Hollywood career achievements including the movie “Children of a Lesser God,” for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress, Marlee is an advocate for children and those struggling against domestic abuse and addiction, as well as other humanitarian causes. Having lost her hearing at 18 months of age, Marlee never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams.

In its eighth year, the Each Moment Matters Luncheon will once again honor 25 community leaders through the Each Moment Matters Award. The event raises awareness of hospice care and how to navigate tough end-of-life decisions. Funds raised at the luncheon ensure that Faith Presbyterian Hospice can continue to provide services to those needing care regardless of their ability to pay.

Each Moment Matters*

Thanks to the following underwriters, the cost of this year’s event is fully covered allowing sponsorships and donations to go 100% to the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund and the patients it serves: Cathy and William Davis, The Don W. Hodges Family, The Billie and Gillis Thomas Foundation, Business Jet Center, Messick Peacock and Associates, Knightvest Management LLC, Marcia and Noe Hinojosa and Margie and Ray Francis.

Table sponsorships start at $1,750 and individual tickets are available for $200.  To purchase a sponsorship or to find out more, please visit

The 2017 Each Moment Matters Honorees: Arcilia C. Acosta, Stefanie and Steven Ailey, Yasmin Zarolia Bhatia, Thomas CampbellLisa Harper Clark MD, Joy Cruse, Mrs. David Curtis, Alison Doherty, Jane Benedict  Echols, Lisa Englander, Terry N. Ford, Tricia M. George, John Killian, Sandy Massie, Trish Matthews, D.Min., Carlin McDonald Morris, Scott Murray, “Smokey” John Reaves, George R. Schrader, Susan E. Stephens, Andy Kaye Walsh, Stephanie Ward, Pierre Michaela “Mickie” Watson and Janita Hemphill Wells.

* Graphic and photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum


MySweetCharity Opportunity: A Tasteful Place Gala

According to Dallas Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place Gala Co-Chairs Barbara Bigham and Robin Carreker,

Barbara Bigham (File photo)

Robin Carreker (File photo)

We are thrilled to serve as chairs of the opening of A Tasteful Place, the Dallas Arboretum’s newest garden focused solely on all things food. Called “A Gala Garden Party,” we’re organizing one of the most exquisite events to open A Tasteful Place. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 15, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We’ll enjoy cocktails, garden tours, a delectable dinner, dessert and some fun surprises that you’ll just have to wait to experience that evening! Our fabulous honorary chairs are the lovely Diane and Hal Brierley.

Of course, attire is “garden gorgeous.” If you’re interested in joining us, tickets start at $500, and you can contact Sarah Warnecke,, or leave a message at 214.515.6524.

A Tasteful Place*

About A Tasteful Place: Majestically placed overlooking White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, A Tasteful Place is a verdant 3.5-acre garden woven in a beautiful tapestry of ornamentally displayed fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers with a lagoon. Located at the Dallas Arboretum, A Tasteful Place is the first of its kind in the Metroplex and will fill a much-needed void in the community. The garden was developed as a living, learning, growing experience that will help guide us toward understanding how to prepare foods and eat more healthily. Plus, it’s just a fabulous place to have a party!

* Graphic provided by the Dallas Arboretum

MySweetCharity Opportunity Series Returns Monday With A Little Help From “Friends”


Monday the annual MySweetCharity Opportunity series gets started. For newcomers, this series is the perfect “opportunity” for non-profits to tell about upcoming fundraising activities.

Some “friends of the North Texas non-profits” decided they could support MySweetCharity’s efforts to draw attention to the series by sponsoring the seven-week run. Who are these “friends”? You’ll never know. They wanted to do it sorta anonymously. You’ll see what we mean Monday.

BTW, the “friends” also signed on board with the understanding that all they wanted to do was drive more people to reading the posts. They have absolutely no involvement in the selection of the posts nor what is written.

Like North Texas volunteers and non-profits, they are pitching in for the good of our community.

What’s that? You’re interested in submitting an “opportunity”? Great! But, of course, there are some suggestions in getting them published. Here are the ground rules:

  • The plan calls for byline articles by chair/co-chairs of upcoming fundraising activities.
  • The subject? Tell why the upcoming event should be at the top of everyone’s calendar and how to get involved.
  • Here are some suggestions on what to include:
    • The name of the organization and link to it
    • Name of author (Non-paid volunteers are preferred over staffers, don’t you know!)
    • The event
    • The date and location
    • Chairs, honorary chairs, etc.
    • Highlight(s) of the event
    • Sponsors
    • Length: Make it as long or as short as you want. Hint: MSC readers usually prefer posts with word counts ranging from 250 to 500 words.)
    • If you want to send photos/graphics/logos, you’ll need to submit them in a JPEG format.

Send them to with “MSC Opportunity – <Name of Organization>” in the subject line (Example: “MSC Opportunity – Buggy Whip Revitalization Gala”) that way it won’t get trapped in the infamous MSC filter trap. It’s the black hole of the MSC world.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Synthesia

According The Warren Center’s Art And Music Gala Co-Chair Ben Smithee,

Ben Smithee*

Ben Smithee*

“As a member of The Friends of The Warren Center we are excited to be bringing a new event to the Dallas charity scene — The Art & Music Gala, Synthesia. The event will include five renowned musicians who will compose an original composition inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Synesthesia’ – a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Each composition will then be delivered to five world-class artists to create five one of a kind works of art – purely inspired by the compositions. The result is a night of celebration and performance where each original composition and its inspired work of art will be unveiled and performed live at the Gala. Each completely unique piece of art and original manuscript/recording of the compositions that inspired will be auctioned off live.

“This has always been a vision of mine to incorporate art and music into a one of a kind event by offering guests a unique experience. We will be announcing our headliner (think Dave Matthews Band), artists and musicians throughout the fall at our pre-Art & Music events.



“As a resource for the Dallas area since 1968, The Warren Center has provided over 15,000 families with needed tools, including individualized therapy for their child’s developmental delay, critical information and resources on developmental milestones, and guidance as parents become advocates for their child’s future. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auction, creative gallery experiences with local artists, jewelry makers, fashion designers, musicians, children’s art area and more.

“The Art & Music Gala, Synthesia, will be held on Friday, February 24, from 6:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. at the Southside on Lamar Ballroom (1409 S. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215). Table Sponsorships begin at $2,500 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500.  For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901.

“We hope the city of Dallas will embrace this brand new event and help us support our artists, musicians and The Warren Center’s mission.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 31st Annual Luncheon

According to Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 31st Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor,

Selwyn Rayzor and Joyce Goss*

Selwyn Rayzor and Joyce Goss*

“The past few weeks have been tragic and eye-opening for our community. In these challenging times, a positive has been the people throughout Dallas who have come together to work towards unification. And we have seen our shared spaces become memorials, from the Dallas Police Department to the skyline featuring the Omni Dallas and Reunion Tower.

“Art has a powerful way of illuminating what matters to us, as individuals and as a community.

“We believe that we should all share our hopes, fears and stories, so that the people around us can not only make our community better, but help us to lead better lives.

Candy Chang*

Candy Chang*

“The interweaving of art and community building, and the unique role of women in building community, will be celebrated at Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 31st Annual Luncheon, presented by U.S. Trust. We are proud to be Co-Chairs of this event, with the support of our Honorary Chair Kaleta Doolin. Together, we celebrate the opportunity to present our keynote speaker, Candy Chang, an artist and activist that uses the activation of public spaces around the world to connect, reflect and nurture the health of our communities.

“Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Annual Luncheon raises funds to support the Foundation’s work in research, grantmaking and advocacy on the issues facing women and girls. They have been doing this for over 30 years, granting more than $32 million dollars to date, with nearly half of that being granted just since 2012. When we look across North Texas, it is evident that its greatest problems – poverty, access to healthcare, affordable housing and childcare – disproportionately affect women and their children.

“We hope you will join us on Friday, October 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole, Chantilly Ballroom. Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $3,500 to $25,000; individual tickets are available at $500 to $1,000.

“This annual event has a long history of being a sell-out, and it is our goal to do that once again, and at the same time inspire our community to come together to catalyze even greater change for women and girls in North Texas and beyond.

Thank you so much to our current sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor — U.S. Trust
  • Artivism Sponsor — Kaleta Doolin
  • Speaker Sponsors — Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt and Jones Day
  • Crystal Sponsor ($25,000) — Texas Instruments
  • Diamond Sponsor ($15,000) — EY, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Emerald Sponsors ($10,000) — FC Dallas (Dan Hunt)/Model Behaviors (Toni Munoz-Hunt), FedEX Office, Haynes and Boone LLP, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Texas Health Resources Foundation
  • Sapphire Sponsor ($7,500) — Patricia W. Fagadau
  • Gold Sponsors ($5,000) — Bank of Texas, BB&T Wealth, Nancy Carlson, Civitas Capital Group, Serena Connelly, Lisa Cooley, Sheila E. Gallagher/Kay M. Winzenried, Hart Group, Inc., Helen LaKelly Hunt and The Sister Fund, Highland Park Village, The Horchow Family, Trish Houck and Lyssa Jenkens, Janie S. McGarr, Service King, Tabani Family Foundation, Roslyn Dawson Thompson and Rex Thompson and Trinity Industries, Inc.
  • Media Sponsor — D CEO Magazine

Sponsorships are available at or by calling 214.525.5311.

* Photos provided by Dallas Women's Foundation

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Celebrating Women Luncheon

Gloria Eulich Martindale and Aileen Pratt (File photo)

Gloria Eulich Martindale and Aileen Pratt (File photo)

According to 2016 Celebrating Women Chair Aileen Pratt and 2106 Celebrating Women Underwriting Chair Gloria Eulich Martindale,

“We are honored to serve as chairs of the 17th annual Celebrating Women Luncheon, on Thursday, October 20, at the Hilton Anatole. Year after year, Celebrating Women brings together more than 1,200 supporters to increase awareness and generate funding for breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.

“It’s an important cause that hits so close to home for so many women and families in our community. Celebrating Women provides an opportunity for us to join together in support of those who have fought, are fighting, or will fight this dreaded disease.

Rita Wilson*

Rita Wilson*

“Each year, we learn something new Baylor Scott and White Health – North Texas is doing, thanks to funds raised through Celebrating Women, to advance the fight. This year, we will highlight Baylor’s efforts in breast cancer genetic testing, counseling and education, and hear personal stories from patients whose lives have been directly affected. After all, it’s those stories that help us connect to our mission.

“Another story we will hear is from our featured speaker, Rita Wilson. Rita is a multi-talented actress, producer, singer and songwriter, and wife of actor, Tom Hanks. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015, she has shared her inspiring story with the world.

“Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available; individual tickets start at $250 and table prices start at $2,500. For more information, call 214.820.4500 or visit the 2016 Celebrating Women website.

“We hope you’ll join us. Together we can find a cure for this disease that affects so many women and families in our community.”

* Photo provided by 2016 Celebrating Women

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Partners Card

According to Partners Card Co-Chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley and Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley,

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

Jane Rozelle, Lisa Cooley, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley*

“Shop Like a Hero by saving money and a life during Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas. With the purchase of a $70 card, cardholders will receive a 20-percent discount at some of their favorite stores and restaurants while supporting The Family Place, Dallas’ longest-serving family violence agency. The annual 10-day shopping extravaganza is set for Thursday, October 28, through Sunday, November 6, and 100% of the proceeds from card sales directly benefit The Family Place and its programs.

“With more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano, Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Flower Mound, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville, Partners Card is one of the most highly anticipated shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex.

“The money raised through the Partners Card program is crucial to providing support for the women, men and children who are victims of family violence. Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and in its history, has helped raise more than $16 million.

“Partners Cards go on sale in September. New this year, individuals can download the Partners Card app from the App Store or Google Play to purchase the card and view available stores to shop. You can also purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, through direct mail or by visiting For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email

“Our goal this year is to sell 16,000 cards. We hope you will help us reach this goal and Shop Like a Hero during the 24th Annual Partners Card fundraiser!”

* Photo provided by The Family Place

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Grove To Grove

According to Grove to Grove Co-Chairs Karen Carney and Patty Langdale,

Karen Carney and Patty Langdale*

Karen Carney and Patty Langdale*

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep is excited to host its inaugural fall fundraiser, Grove to Grove, which will take place Friday, September 23, at 3015 Trinity Groves and support the school’s mission of bridging the educational gap between North and South Dallas. The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour and welcome message from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, then continue with live entertainment, a seated dinner and silent auction.

“Funds raised at Grove to Grove will directly support students from underserved communities and provide them with a rigorous college prep education combined with valuable professional work experience, enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service.

“Grove to Grove is about fostering a relationship between our school’s community, the Pleasant Grove community, and members of the Dallas business community, but it is also about sharing the infectious message of hope the school is instilling in students. Innovative programs like Cristo Rey Dallas’ Corporate Work Study Program are shaping the future leaders of our city. The model allows students to spend one day a week working at some of the country’s largest and most respected corporations. Through the program, partners like AT&T, Ernst & Young, Hunt Oil Group and KPMG cover 60 percent of students’ tuition costs and provide them with entry-level positions that teach workplace skills and prepare them for a lifetime of leadership.

“We want the entire city to see the positive influence Cristo Rey Dallas is having on its surrounding community and the immeasurable impact it is having on students’ futures through the Corporate Work Study Program. The funds raised at Grove to Grove will allow us to continue the incredible and important work of transforming education and opportunity in our city.

“For more information on Grove to Grove or event sponsorship opportunities, which begin at $1,600, please visit”

* Photo provided by Cristo Rey Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala

According 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Co-Chairs Marena and Roger Gault,

“As Chairs of this year’s Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala, along with Honorary Chair

Sherwood Wagner and Marena and Roger Gault (File photo)

Sherwood Wagner and Marena and Roger Gault (File photo)

Sherwood Wagner, we invite you to play your part on Friday, September 16 by purchasing a gala table or concert and After-Party tickets. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala kicks off the social season, and this year features world-renowned pianist Lang Lang along with our fantastic Dallas Symphony Orchestra and heralded maestro Jaap van Zweden.

Jaap van Zweden*

Jaap van Zweden*

“As one of the largest fundraisers for the Dallas Symphony, the Gala supports the DSO’s three goals: Creating Music, Enriching Lives and Advancing Dallas.

“The DSO regularly makes beautiful music both at the Meyerson Symphony Center and beyond. Every concert spotlights the superb talent of our musicians and entertains audiences each week. The DSO provides patrons with ways to enjoy music including DSO on the GO, which brings the full orchestra to neighborhoods around the Metroplex. ReMix, a casual, intimate concert series at Dallas City Performance Hall which gets audiences up close and personal with the orchestra. Parks Concerts in partnership with the City of Dallas have entertained neighbors and families for decades. This is all in addition to the classical music and terrific pops programs we all know and love. The DSO is committed to breaking down barriers to classical music so everyone can enjoy all it has to offer.

“But the DSO knows that they are more than a performing organization, and has a responsibility to serve its community. The DSO’s education programs brings classical music and music appreciation into schools, and the Young Strings program provides music instrument instruction to children as young as 6, free of charge. New programs such as the My DSO Concert, specially designed for audience members with developmental disabilities, allow the DSO to share music with more members of our community and make a difference in people’s lives.

“Our city is growing at a rapid pace, attracting new businesses and industries that are enhancing all of North Texas, and a strong cultural scene, and especially a strong orchestra, go hand-in-hand with a thriving city. Educated and skilled workforces continue to move to Dallas due to the quality of life that our cultural offerings provide. The Dallas Symphony’s international reputation are part of what attracts people when relocating their corporations. It makes Dallas an exciting place to live and work.

“We hope you will join us at the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. Table and ticket sales are open, and we’re pacing ahead of schedule, so don’t miss out! With your support, we can make this a record year and provide strong funding and foundation for the DSO to continue its mission to make beautiful music and important strides for future generations.”

* Photo courtesy of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Can Academies Cares For Kids Golf Classic

According to Dallas Can Academies Cares For Kids Golf Classic Host Committee Member Steve Dennis,

“The 2016 Dallas Can Academies Cares for Kids Golf Classic is on track to be our most attended and most successful golf tournament to date. This event comes at a time where the importance of education has been pushed to the forefront of our community’s agenda.

“The Dallas Can Golf Classic has been one of the premier golf tournaments in the Dallas area for many years. The tournament is being held Monday, September 19, at Prestonwood Country Club with a shotgun start at noon. Foursomes are available for $1,000, individual hole and other sponsorships are available.

“As a member of the tournament’s Host Committee, I am thrilled to be able to play a part in raising money for these kids and the schools. This year the schools graduated nearly 1,900 students across the state; 622 of them graduated here in Dallas. It’s crucial that there is a choice for kids who may have dropped out of school for awhile, or simply just fallen behind in their grade level because of life’s circumstances.  A lot of them simply need more individualized attention to learn.  Dallas Can gives our kids here in North Texas that opportunity. We can’t have young people who are ready to return to school or want to catch up with their grade falling out of the system and not being given a high school option that works for them.

“The proceeds from the tournament help students in and out of the classroom like recent June graduate, Nadia Rangel. Nadia graduated with honors and walked across the stage to receive her diploma after many struggles threatened to hold her back. She spent most of her young years in numerous foster homes and dropped out of school when she attended a traditional high school in order to earn money for the family. Nadia is now enrolled at El Centro Community College, where she will participate in their internship program, which allows students to work and gain valuable experience while they receive their education.

“Dallas Can Academies are free, open enrollment dropout recovery high schools that welcome all students ages 14-21 who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the student programs of six Dallas Can Academy campuses.

“Three Dallas Can campuses also have Wee Can Academies; early childhood development centers for children ages six weeks to 12 years. The centers care for some of the students’ children as well as the surrounding community.

“ESPN Radio will broadcast live from Prestonwood Country Club the day of the tournament. Come out and play golf, help some kids and stop by and see me while we broadcast The Dennis and Freido Show on KESN 103.3 live from the tournament.

“If you would like to participate in the golf tournament as a player or a sponsor, please contact Dallas Can Academies Development Director Stephanie Lucero at 214.944.1955.

“To register or purchase sponsorships, visit: For more information about Dallas Can Academies, visit”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Helping Our Heroes

According to Helping Our Heroes Event Co-Chairs Michael Marasco and Travis Wilson,

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

“Helping Our Heroes is a local organization with a vision to help those who serve so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms of living in the greatest country on Earth. We honor heroes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as local police, firemen and first responders.

“We invite you to join us for our Sixth Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament. Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we will gather on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for dinner and a wonderful silent auction. General James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, will also be in attendance as the 2016 Guest of Honor. The following day, golfers will enjoy the day at Brookhaven Country Club where our annual golf tournament will take place, complete with lunch and an award celebration.

“Proceeds from the events will benefit Semper Fi Fund, which offers immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and Folds of Honor, which provides annual educational scholarships to the families of those killed or disabled while in active duty.

Helping Our Heroes**

Helping Our Heroes**

“In 2016, we aim to raise $200,000 for Semper Fi Fund and Folds of Honor. To view ticket packages or to purchase tickets, please visit the Helping Our Heroes website.

“We hope you will join us for dinner and a fun day of golf as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families!”

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee 
** Graphic provided by Helping Our Heroes

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Gala At The ‘Gait

According to ManeGait’s 2016 Gala at the ‘Gait Chair Landon Darling Schneider,

Landon Darling Schneider and Zach Schneider*

Landon Darling Schneider and Zach Schneider*

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship will host its 9th Annual Gala at the ‘Gait, presented by Stereo East Home Theater, on Saturday, October 1. This year’s theme is ‘Soar On Wings Like Eagles’ – Isaiah 40:31. Gala at the ‘Gait blends elegance and Texas-style panache, transforming ManeGait’s equestrian therapy center into a welcoming ballroom. Sporting their finest Western attire, more than 700 guests attend this annual fundraiser, which will feature dishes from a host of local restaurants, an extensive live and silent auction, and, of course, dancing the night away to live music.

“Located on a rolling, 14-acre site in Collin County, ManeGait provides equestrian therapy to adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral disabilities. Certified instructors lead the program together with 350 volunteers per week and 20 skilled therapy horses.

“Gala at the ‘Gait is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser with proceeds from the event supporting 40 percent of its operating budget. These monies allow ManeGait to support riders from all across North Texas, including those in Dallas and Collin County.

“The night’s entertainment begins with guests being greeted upon arrival by ManeGait’s therapy horses. Once inside the arena party space, attendees can sample some of North Texas’ best restaurants in a ‘Taste of’ format with dishes from restaurant partners including: III Forks, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, Mexican Sugar cocina y cantina, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, Patina Green Home & Market, Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen, Velvet Taco, Ida Claire, Sixty Vines, Hutchins BBQ, Cadillac Pizza Pub, Taverna Rossa,  Three Sixty at Gentle Creek Country Club, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Ranch|Las Colinas, Tupps Brewery, Emporium Pies and Whole Foods Market.

“General admission tickets are $200 each. Sponsorships start at $2,500. For information, visit or call LeAnn AuBuchon at 469.422.6780.”

* Photo credit: Lori Wilson Photography

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas CASA Champion Of Children Award Dinner

According to Dallas CASA Champion of Children Award Dinner Co-Chairs Karen Carney and Kristy Hoglund Robinson,

Karen Carney and Kristy Hoglund Robinson*

Karen Carney and Kristy Hoglund Robinson*

“Just before Christmas last year, Child Protective Services received a report about four young teenagers living with their mother, who was dealing drugs out of the house.

“What CPS found when they arrived was worse. There was no food in the pantry, refrigerator or freezer. The utilities to the home had been cut off. One of the teenagers had been using drugs and was suicidal. Two were still trying to go to school. Another had sought refuge with a friend’s family.

“We had just completed training to become Dallas CASA volunteers, and this was the case we were assigned. The months we’ve spent advocating for these children have shown us in person what a critical difference having a volunteer advocate can make for children removed from unsafe homes.

“This fall, we are two of the event co-chairs for Dallas CASA’s Champion of Children Award dinner Thursday, October 27, at The Fairmont Dallas. The dinner honors North Texans who are making a difference in the lives of children like the four teenagers we work with.

Mike and Micki Rawlings (File photo)

Mike and Micki Rawlings (File photo)

“The dinner will feature Honorary Co-Chairs Mike and Micki Rawlings and will honor NorthPark Center with the prestigious Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award for its decades of service to Dallas’ children. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who significantly improve the lives of children in our community, particularly those whose young lives have been marked by abuse, neglect or other adversity.

“The highlight of the night will be our guest speaker, Antwone Fisher, film producer, director, screenwriter and author. Fisher was working as a security guard at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles when he took a free screenwriting course. The story he ended up writing was his own. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone grew up in an abusive foster home, escaping at age 14 only to become homeless on the streets of Cleveland. Ultimately, his life was saved when he joined the United States Navy, proudly serving for 11 years. Even in his darkest times, Antwone clung to a vision that he was worth something. He clung to that vision ‘not because I needed to be famous but because I needed a world that made me feel uninvited to be wrong. I imagined myself free, I imagine myself loved, I imagined myself as somebody.’

“The book, ‘Finding Fish,’ was made into a movie, ‘Antwone Fisher,’ starring Denzel Washington.

Champion Of Children Award Dinner*

Champion Of Children Award Dinner*

“Please join us and our dinner Co-Chairs Christine and Jonathan Bassham, Mark Carney and Jeanne and Joseph Manogue at Dallas CASA’s Champion of Children dinner on October 27 at The Fairmont Dallas. Together, we can make a difference for children like our four CASA youth. All four children are now in loving, safe homes, and we have high hopes for their futures. Like Antwone, we stubbornly cling to a vision for these kids that they can grow up safe, protected and loved.

For more information, visit Champion Of Children Award Dinner.

Presenting sponsor is Crest Cadillac/Crest Infiniti, and platinum sponsors are Angela and Jim Thompson.

* Graphic and photo provided by Dallas CASA

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Goodwill Dallas’ “The Lunch”

Suzanne and Jim Johnston*

Suzanne and Jim Johnston*

According to “The Lunch” Luncheon Co-Chairs Suzanne and Jim Johnston,

“We are honored to serve as chairs of the second annual event, ‘The Lunch,’ on Friday, September 9th, with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Condoleezza Rice benefitting Goodwill Dallas. Goodwill is all about jobs and people, and through jobs, helping each individual reach his or her full potential.

“At last year’s event, we witnessed what can happen when great minds, enthusiastic volunteers and the most generous people in Dallas work together toward a common goal. ‘The Lunch’ has a significant, direct and immediate impact on members of our community who are disadvantaged or have a mental or physical disability.

Condoleezza Rice (File photo)

Condoleezza Rice (File photo)

“In 2015, Goodwill served 3,132 people and placed 1,262 men and women into jobs. Yet, the need for Goodwill’s services outweighs our capacity, and every day fellow citizens continue to struggle to make ends meet. As individuals, we innately crave purpose, a sense of accomplishment and self-respect fostered by acknowledgement for our contributions to life around us. It is heartening to see such shared dedication toward a job creation and to see that passion translated into dollars to help members of our community to become wage-earning, tax-paying citizens gain dignity and self-worth for themselves and their families.

“We personally invite you to join us, again, this year and ask for your support for another successful event to expand Goodwill’s job creation program and services. We are so very grateful to the citizens of Dallas – our donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and to those who support our mission.  Thank you for your continued support. We could not do this without you!

“’The Lunch’ sponsors, to date, are

  • “Presenting Sponsor The David B. Miller Family Foundation,
  • “Legacy Sponsor Michele and Jack M. Lafield and
  • “Champion Sponsors The Hoglund Foundation and Pat and Jane Bolin Donor Advised Fund.

“Sustaining Sponsors are Caren Prothro/Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Kathryn and Stephen Arata, Bank of Texas, Cardinal Mainstream, Suzanne M. and Lance Charriere, Cityplace Company/ForestCity Realty Trust Inc., Dian Graves Owen Foundation, Sharon and Steve Folsom, The Ginger Murchison Foundation, Haynes and Boone LLP, Hegi Family, Larry and Kathy Helm, Al G. Hill Jr., Dr. Richard E. Hoffman, Suzanne and James M. Johnston, Lisbeth Minyard and Paul Lokey, Carol and Patrick McEvoy, Pat Morgan and Charles McEvoy, Harriet Miers, MoneyGram International, Inc., Neiman Marcus, Sarah Perot, PlainsCapital Bank, RGT Wealth Advisors, The Rosewood Company, Lynne and Roy Sheldon, TDIndustries Inc., Tejon Energy, Turner Construction Company.

“Supporting Sponsors are Amegy Bank, Atmos Energy, Kathy and Harlan Crow, Durham Family Foundation, Dianne and Don Patterson, The Kroger Company and Southern Methodist University.”

* Photo provided by Goodwill Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: WaterTower Theatre’s Community Cast Party

According to WaterTower Theatre’s Community Cast Party Co-Chair Stan Graner,

“The ‘Community Cast Party’ at WaterTower Theatre in Addison, scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016 (7 to 11 PM), is our annual ‘friend’-raiser, now in its third big year. Designed to bring the theater community and the audience members who love them to the same party, all proceeds go to WaterTower Theatre’s artistic and education programs.

“Cuisine from many fine local restaurants is highlighted, with serving areas sprinkled liberally throughout our lobby areas. Specialty entertainment is featured in our Studio Theater, redesigned to become a black box lounge area for the evening. Then on our Main Stage, headliner Denise Lee, local singer/actress/entertainer extraordinaire, will dazzle us with her highly acclaimed cabaret show. She may even have a few of her friends performing as well!

WaterTower Theatre's "Community Cast Party"*

WaterTower Theatre’s “Community Cast Party”*

“Restaurants featured in the past include Table 13, The Egg and I Restaurant, Antonio Ristorante, Dough Bro’s Italian Kitchen and Bar, Polka Dot Bakery, Z Taverna, Whole Foods Addison, and many more. Goody Goody Liquor has also been a proud sponsor. We’re putting together a terrific group again for this year’s party, and it’s all included in your ticket price!

“Besides headliner Denise, specialty entertainment will include musical performers Monique Abry, Whitney Coulter, Olivia De Guzman Emile, Alex Heika, Kyle Montgomery and Mark Mullino. Tiffany Riley, Dick Monday and other members of the clowning community will put on a clown cabaret performance, and the improv comedy group The Victims will bring the house down with their infectious humor.

“We’ll end the evening with our famous raffle. Prizes this year include ‘A Trip To New Orleans’ (with airfare) for two; ‘A Night On The Town In Addison’ for four which begins with dinner at Table 13 and ends with a fabulous show at WaterTower Theatre; and a ‘Luxury Staycation At The Joule Hotel’ for two with dinner, brunch, and spa included. Every raffle ticket has a coupon on the back for $15 off dinner at Kenny’s Italian Grill in Addison, a value larger than the cost of the raffle ticket itself!

“Tickets for ‘Community Cast Party’ are $50 each, which includes all food and of course some drink tickets (additional drink tickets may be purchased separately at the event). Raffle tickets for the above great prizes are $10 each, or 3 for $25. All tickets can be purchased by calling the WaterTower Theatre box office at 972.450.6232. ‘Community Cast Party’ will be held at WaterTower Theatre, located at 15650 Addison Road in Addison TX, on September 10 from 7 to 11 PM. Our CCP Co-Chairs Maureen Anderson, Corky Pledger, Debbie Staggs and I say, ‘See you there!’”

* Photo provided by WaterTower Theatre

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Women Of Distinction Luncheon

According to Women Of Distinction Chair Katherine Coker,

Katherine Coker (File photo)

Katherine Coker (File photo)

“As the chair of the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon, I am so honored to be a part of an amazing organization that recognizes outstanding women leaders in our community who are strong trailblazers and great role models for our next generation of young girls.

“Presented by AT&T, the luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 14, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Our keynote speaker, Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, is helping to lead girls into the future through STEM education that will prepare them for the 21st century. She has been recognized in Forbes’ Most Powerful Women Changing the World and the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year.

Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

“Additionally, we are honoring three exceptional women and two dedicated Girl Scouts. Jan Rees-Jones of the Rees-Jones Foundation will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her devotion to the local community. The impact Jan Rees-Jones has had on our community is immeasurable. From providing opportunities to disadvantaged children, helping ensure the safety and care of animals as an honorary member of the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors to serving on the Advisory Council of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, Jan’s work personifies positive change.

Tincy Miller (File photo)

Tincy Miller (File photo)

“We will also honor two community leaders, Michele Bobadilla, a dynamic educator and mentor and Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, a positive influence for providing quality education to children all over Dallas. Michele Bobadilla, has created many opportunities for others to continue their dreams and build a better community. Bobadilla is involved in education initiatives, civic boards and volunteer organizations. With more than 35 years of serving as Board of Director for different boards, she also established the Society of 100 Endowed Scholars’ Fund to continue the “educational legacy” for students pursuing degrees.

“Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, another Woman of Distinction honoree, has made it her mission to provide quality education to students through “better curricula” for children with learning disabilities and ensuring that textbooks maintain their historical and factual accuracy. Miller dedicated 26 years to the State Board of Education, District 12 and acted as Chair of the Board from 2003-2007.

“Funds raised will go directly to impact the lives of girls through four program areas: financial literacy, healthy living, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and outdoor leadership.

“As the the premiere leadership organization for girls and the largest pipeline for female leadership, Girl Scouts is definitely leading the way for future woman leaders of tomorrow.

“If you would like to join us on October 14, please contact Aisha McClendon at 972.349.2480.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Breakfast For The Bridge

According to 2015 Breakfast For The Bridge Co-Chair Megan McManemin,

Casey McManemin, Hayes McManemin, Audrey McManemin and Megan McManemin*

Casey McManemin, Hayes McManemin, Audrey McManemin and Megan McManemin*

“My husband Casey and I have been closely involved for several years with The Bridge, an innovative homeless recovery center in downtown Dallas that provides services to the most impoverished residents of our community. We are honored to serve as co-chairs of the 2015 Breakfast for The Bridge, which will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on November 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

“I volunteer in the library at The Bridge, which was recently renovated as an Eagle Scout project, and assist with a music therapy program called Bridge Beats. Mack’s at The Bridge, which opened in 2012, is dedicated to Casey’s grandfather, who owned a barbershop in East Dallas. It is incredibly humbling to see how a simple haircut can physically and mentally transform a person. What we love most about The Bridge is the kindness and respect given to their clients, which are referred to as “guests.” The staff and volunteers truly care. This humanity fits well into our theme for the breakfast – Humankind.

“We are thrilled to have Dallas’ own Willie Baronet as the keynote speaker. Willie is a noted artist, author, TedXSMU talker and creative soul. He is a Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising at the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. Since 1993, Willie has been buying and collecting signs from the homeless for the purpose of using them in art exhibits and documentaries. These signs and this practice have become a catalyst for conversations about the nature of home, homelessness, compassion and how we see and treat each other as humans. Learn more about Willie here.

“The Bridge Builder award is honoring Larry Sykes. Larry has volunteered more than 800 hours at The Bridge and says, “Our guests are just like us. Many have college educations and good job history, but life got in the way and their support systems weren’t what we had. It is an honor to serve them.” Larry’s empathy for the underserved, compassionate heart and can-do spirit epitomizes The Bridge’s mission.

“Don’t miss the 2015 Breakfast for The Bridge. Come for breakfast and leave inspired. What a great way start your day! Please reach out to Teresa Hiser at 214.670.1137 for information about tickets and sponsorships.”

* Photo provided by Breakfast For The Bridge

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

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2015 Partners Card

According to 2015 Partners Card Co-Chairs Melissa Boler, Debbie Munir and Ashlee Weidner, alongside Honorary Chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers,

Ashlee Weidner, Debbie Munir, Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Melissa Boler*

Ashlee Weidner, Debbie Munir, Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Melissa Boler*

“We invite you to ‘Shop with Heart’ while saving money and a life this fall during Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas! As one of the most highly anticipated shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex, Partners Card offers shoppers the unique opportunity to receive a 20 percent discount at their favorite stores and restaurants while contributing to a worthwhile cause – family violence intervention and prevention. This year, the Partners Card shopping event will begin Friday, October 30, and end Sunday, November 8, 2015.

“The 10-day shopping spectacular rewards cardholders with unbelievable savings at some of Dallas’ most popular stores and restaurants. With the purchase of a $70 Partners Card, shoppers receive 20 percent savings at more than 750 participating retailers in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano, Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Coppell, Flower Mound, Denton, Colleyville, Las Colinas, Irving, Mesquite, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville.

“Over the past 22 years, Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place. However, it represents only a tenth of the overall operating budget needed to provide a safe haven to victims of domestic violence. Our goal this year is to sell 16,500 cards! Behind the sale of each $70 card is a woman and child, who with help from The Family Place, will have a safe place to retreat.

“Individuals may purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, through direct mail or by visiting Partners Cards go on sale September 7, 2015. For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email

“We hope you will purchase a card and shop ‘til you drop during the 23rd Annual Partners Card fundraiser!”

* Photo provided by 2015 Partners Card

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

MySweetCharity Opportunity: TACA Custom Auction Gala

According to TACA Custom Auction Co-Chair Barbara Daseke,

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

“Each year, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) marks the beginning of the fall season with the one-of-a-kind TACA Custom Auction Gala. This time-honored tradition dates back to 1967 and is held each September in support of the performing arts here in Dallas. This year, I enthusiastically invite you to join us in celebration of the important work undertaken at TACA!

“Much has changed since the first Custom Auction Gala. In recent years, TACA has evolved dramatically, now serving as a leading provider of funding and services to the North Texas cultural community. In 2015, $1.5 million in grants – in conjunction with access to innovative programs like the North Texas Cultural Co-op, TACA Perforum, and the newly-launched Amplifier Workshops series – will have a transformative impact on nearly fifty of the most deserving local performing arts organizations. Proceeds raised from the Custom Auction Gala are essential to making these efforts possible.

“My husband [Don Daseke] and I are thrilled to serve as this year’s chairmen. We are excitedly joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Carrie and Andy Teller and Co-Chairs-Elect Dianne and Mark LaRoe. The upcoming Custom Auction Gala will once again take place at beautiful Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. There, guests will be welcomed with signature cocktails, and acclaimed Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon will create an elegant meal unlike any other. Live music will be provided by the talented musicians of Tuesday Nite Jazz.

“The excitement builds when, just after dinner, the Live Custom Auction begins. The Auction has a long tradition of showcasing exotic travel opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and this year will be no exception! The evening concludes with the Official After Party, featuring drinks and dancing!

“Your involvement in the Custom Auction Gala has an indelible mark on TACA and on our arts community. For more information or to reserve your seats or table today, call 214.520.3930 or visit I sincerely hope you will join us on Friday, September 25, for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening!”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market

According to 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market Co-Chairs Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey,

Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

“The 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market marks 38 years of giving to deserving beneficiaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In its history, this unique shopping event has raised more than six million dollars for 100 different nonprofit organizations while kicking off the holiday shopping season in style. We are looking forward to celebrating ‘Chi Omega Candy Christmas’ at the 38th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market in Centennial Hall at Fair Park.

“As the yearly fundraiser of the Dallas-area Chi Omega Alumnae, we hope to have a record-breaking year at the Market once again. The 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market has pledged $210,000 to the following beneficiaries: Association for Independent Living, Attitudes & Attire, AVANCE-Dallas Inc., Camp Summit, Dallas Services Low Vision Clinic, DME Exchange of Dallas, Hope Cottage, Jonathan’s Place, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas®, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship and Chi Omega Educational Corporation and Collegiate Scholarships.

“The Chi Omega Christmas Market will run Wednesday, November 18- Saturday, 21, 2015, kicking off with a preview party on Wednesday, November 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. where guests will have an exclusive preview of this year’s Market. Shoppers also will enjoy entertainment by Hunter Sullivan, cocktails, appetizers and valet parking. Preview Party tickets are $75 and offer readmission during the Market.

“First Call shopping is set for Thursday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Call tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door for $25. First Call tickets also offer readmission throughout the Market.

“General admission will run Thursday, November 19, from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $12 at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Tom Thumb stores and online at

“We hope you will join us for the 38th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market to raise money for these deserving beneficiaries that make holiday shopping worthwhile!”

* Photo provided by 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market