MySweetCharity To Launch Mini-Series — “Summer Pitch”

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North Texas is now at “that point in the summer.” The kids have seen all the movies including the losers. The good old swimming hole is starting to look like it could boil lobster. Summer camp is either in the rear view mirror or still a couple of weeks away.

What’s left for the summer of 2017? Lots!

Thanks to North Texas nonprofits, there are still loads of gotta-dos available. Some are obvious and well known; others are off the traditional radar. But they’re all family oriented and the results of North Texan generosity.

In the days ahead, MySweetCharity is going to run a brief series — MSC Summer Pitch — for these organizations to describe their things-to-do for your consideration.

Why not give ‘em a try and don’t forget to take photos.  

Was There Something You Forgot Before Heading Out For The Summer?

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Vacation plans are made. The kids are tapping their fingers waiting for the final bell of the semester. You’ve bought enough sunscreen to cover Big Tex. You’ve made reservations for the pets to go to camp, while you’re away.

But wait! There was that something that you were supposed do. Yup, it was really important when you thought of it. Something about a calendar. That’s it! You wanted to make sure that you got your upcoming nonprofit events on the MySweetCharity Calendar. No problem. Here’s the link to submit any and all nonprofit events. It’s free unless you want to add bells and whistles.

MySweetCharity Submit An Event

As for staying in tune with the North Texas news, people and happenings, don’t worry that pretty gray matter one iota. MySweetCharity will continue to keep you up-to-date on the goings on. Take MSC to the beach, the mountains or wherever you may go. All you need is an internet connection and you’ll have MSC.

BTW, if you subscribe to MSC, then you’ll get your daily fix around 6:02 in the morning as usual.

MySweetWishList: MySweetCharity

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North Texas’ nonprofit old timers and newcomers made their wishes known in the MySweetWishList series for the past weeks.

Hopefully, you had time to check one, two or all of them out. And just maybe you were able to come through for one of them.

At MySweetCharity we have a wish, too. It is that if you couldn’t make one of the nonprofit’s wishes come true immediately, you’ll keep them in mind in the year ahead.

North Texas generosity is legendary for providing nonprofits with the resources to support those in need and to improve the community. While the challenges may seem never to end, there is an incredible number of dedicated people who tirelessly work in the trenches to make North Texas arise to the occasion.

Thank you for your consideration.

Queenie Has Her Own Version Of Voting Requirements

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MySweetCharity

As Queenie arrived with her usual pomp-and-ho-hum, Elder Elf approached her. Gingerly, he asked, “Ma’am, did you know that early voting has gotten underway today?”

With head raised (this time it didn’t hit the ceiling), she nodded just slightly so that her tiara would not go askew.

Daring to broach the issue, Elder queried, “As you probably know, there have been some new requirements about voting. I just wanted to review them with you. Here they are:”

A voter who has not been issued a driver’s license or social security number may register to vote, but such voter must submit proof of identification when presenting himself/herself for voting or with his/her mail-in ballots, if voting by mail. These voters’ names are flagged on the official voter registration list with the annotation of “ID.” The “ID” notation instructs the poll worker to request a proper form of identification from these voters when they present themselves for voting, unless they are a voter with a permanent exemption on the voter registration certificate. The voter must present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of identification:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

Putting on her monocle, Queenie reviewed the list and dismissed it, saying, “I have far better credentials than these.”

Raising his scraggly eyebrows, Elder said, “Please share with us your references, so that we can recommend them to the authorities.”

With nose raised high, Queenie reported that she had had the obstetrician who delivered her provide a notarized statement saying that she was indeed born in the United States with photos of the delivery.

Shaking his head, Elder didn’t have the heart to suggest that might not work. Instead he dared to ask, “May I be so bold to ask for whom you are voting?”

Expressing a slight look of shock (her latest shot of Botox had not settled in yet), Queenie responded, “As my dear Queen Mummy told me when I was a little Queenie-in-training, ‘One must never discuss sex, politics, religion or one’s plastic surgeon.’”

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: 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 www.jccdallas.org or call 214.739.2737.

* Photo provided by The J

An Unexpected Change Proved A MySweetCharity Boon

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MySweetCharity

Change is disrupting. And when it happens unexpectedly, it can really throw a wrench in the familiar routine. That’s what happened this week at MySweetCharity. On Tuesday, the usual “eblast” to subscribers missed the “automatic” 6:03 a.m. delivery. To get the news out, it had to be sent out manually by the MSC elves. But what was delivered was a different format than the usual. And the feedback was immediate and remarkable about “the new look.”

Uh, oh. How to make that “new look” happen again but on time? Well, the MSC elves tried to make it happen on Wednesday and Thursday, but there were hiccups. Today, success.

We apologize for any inconvenience due to the disruption, but Tuesday’s lemon has resulted in today’s lemonade. The elves appreciate your patience and understanding.

April Is Going To Be Gangbusters, So Fasten Your Seat Belts

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MySweetCharity

Having just emerged from her wrinkle-remover chamber, Queenie arrived at MySweetCharity headquarters to find not an elf in sight. This simply couldn’t be. After all, MSC elves have no life outside MSC. Clearing her throat, nothing happened. Hmm, that usually gets results.

She announced, “The last elf to appear will have lunch with me today.” With that, all elves popped up. No one wanted to be the last one.

Beckoning Elder Elf over, Queenie raised her perfectly engineered right eyebrow and asked, “So, what’s up?”

Trembling, Elder stammered trying to speak. Queenie harrumphed, “Enough with the theatrics. Just put a subject and verb together and tell me exactly what’s the problem. Was the croissant delivery late?”

Elder straightened up and said, “It’s April.”

Queenie wasn’t getting it. She replied, “So? It usually follows March.”

Elder explained that due to the area spring breaks taking place throughout March, nonprofits had moved their usual March events to April. Thus, April had become overloaded with fundraising activities.

From the gleeful look on her face, Queenie still didn’t get it. “Oh, just think of all the fun there’ll be had in April. Lunches, cocktail parties, dinners, lectures, patron parties, announcement receptions, check presentations! Loads and loads of opportunities to raise money for nonprofits. I simply can’t wait to see Tim, Hoda, Goldie, Martin, Amal, Tommy, Brene and the rest! I wonder if I’ll have time to get away for Elizabeth’s private birthday party?”

With all that name dropping, Elder realized that a reality check was necessary at this point. “Ma’am, you really need to look at the MySweetCharity Calendar. The Calendar elves are being treated for finger bruising from posting all the events. The other elves are hyperventilating at how all these activities are going to be handled.”

With that Queenie put on her reading glasses and pulled up the April calendar. With eyes bulging out, her head started spinning like a hula hoop. She returned to her wrinkle-remover chamber.

Queenie Proclaims Recent Sneezing And Wheezing May Be Only Temporary

It was so adorable this morning when Queenie arrived in her ceremonial robes and her favorite tiara topping a splashy sombrero. What was the occasion? Cinco de Mayo was still a couple of months away. Elder Elf, who had had his gray roots refreshened for the umpteenth time, approached the old gal asking, “O regal one, who was born with a platinum spoon in her fist, may I ask why you have chosen to accessorize your regal wardrobe with the Mexican influence?’

Looking around at her queendom, Queenie harrumphed, “Isn’t it really rather obvious?” It’s National Guacamole Day.”

Bracing himself for the response, Elder winced saying, “My royal special one, I believe that at last report Friday, September 16th is National Guacamole Day.”

Queenie would have wrinkled her brow, if her Botox had been double strength. Her pursed lips uttered, “Then what’s with all the guacamole in this place?’

Realizing that his sweet Queenie was way above normal frailties, Elder explained, “You see, Ma’am, the entire conclave of elves has been hit with allergies. Due to the unusually warm weather conditions, the trees and flowers are blooming and the elves are sneezing, wheezing and tearing up. And then there are those pesky bugs. ”

(Editor’s note: As everyone in the MSC universe knows, elves’ don’t sneeze, wheeze and tear up like humans. Their tears and other wet excretions are guacamole.)

Now understanding that she had totally misunderstood the situation, Queenie appeared to show possible signs of embarrassment. But embarrassment is not an emotion that her royal DNA had ever experienced. In fact, her great-great grandfather once said that no one associated with the family tree had ever been associated with such words like “ass-u-me” or embarr-ass-ment”.

Regaining her royal composure, she raised her perfectly engineered nose to new heights and announced to all, “Never fear, my darlings. My cantankerous cousin, Mother Nature has not taken off for her spring break. Just the other night over a delicious dinner of hummingbird-spun sugar cane, Lady Diana Fingers and champagne sweets, she whispered in my perfectly sculpted ear that a late February/early March freezer-deezer might make life interesting.”

So, if you, like the elves, are doing non-stop sneezing, having sleepless night and having an allergist on call 24/7, be hopeful. And for heavensakes, don’t stash those winter cozy clothes and toss the hot chocolate packets. Winter ain’t over until the fat Ma Nature sings and swings.

WAIT LIST ALERT!: Media Panel For Nonprofits

Oh, dear! The Dallas Women’s Foundation reports that the media panel conversation is filled to capacity. Luckily that’s why “wait lists” were created. And because the Foundation is so tip-top, they’ll be sending out RSVP confirmations on Monday. If there are cancellations, then the wait list will be waiting no more come Wednesday. On Thursday they’ll provide parking instructions. How organized they are!

Dallas Women's Foundation*

Dallas Women’s Foundation*

In the meantime, photographer Kristina Bowman is doing jumping jacks, WFAA Daybreak co-anchor Ron Corning got a new haircut, PaperCity‘s Jane Rozelle is increasing her sparkle factor and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean is watching reruns of “Designing Women.”

So, if you haven’t signed up, don’t be discouraged. The waiting list waits for you!

* Graphic provided by the Dallas Women's Foundation

Photo Gallery Alert: The 2015 Crystal Charity Ball

Crystal Charity Ball performer

Crystal Charity Ball performer

Stars above! The Crystal Charity Ball was out of this world with its “An Evening of Celestial Radiance” theme at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, December 5. And to match the starry, starry night, the guests’ adornments ranged from glittery starbursts of jewels to gowns that reflected the cosmos.

Michal Powell and Tucker Enthoven

Michal Powell and Tucker Enthoven

Kenny and Lisa Troutt

Kenny and Lisa Troutt

Key and Katherine Coker

Key and Katherine Coker

 

 

 

 

 

And to add to the occasion, all types of acrobats on the ground and in the air were just part of the festivities, with the well-known types raising their eyes to the heavens. The original stars from the Broadway production of Jersey Boys, now performing as the Midtown Men had the dance floor filled.

Manhattan Men

Midtown Men

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons

While the post is being prepped, check out over 65 photos at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. And don’t forget to check the second page of pictures!

JUST IN: Dallas Women’s Foundation To Host A Free Media Panel For Nonprofit PR Folks With “The Four Hoarsemen”

Remember last August when four media folks provided insider tips on how to work with the press? Okay, so it wasn’t one of those prim-and-proper events. It was sorta a cross between Jimmy Kimmel and TMZ. Well, evidently it was such a hit or nobody could believe what was said, an encore performance has been demanded.

Coming to the rescue was the Dallas Women’s Foundation that will be hosting the second “chat” by the four “hoarsemen” (photographer Kristina Bowman, WFAA anchor Ron Corning, MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean and PaperCity’s Dallas Social Editor Jane Rozelle). And this time there will more time for Q&A.

Dallas Women's Foundation*

Dallas Women’s Foundation*

Thanks to the generosity of the Foundation, the entire event will be held at Campbell Centre II and is absolutely free. Yup, you read that right — no charge! But it’s limited to only those who handle media relations for nonprofits.

Now, the downside. You just didn’t think you weren’t gonna get off scot-free? The conversation is going to take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, January 22. Whoa! That’s just days away. Translation: Do not dawdle. It’s a first-come, first-serve. And space is limited, so get your rezzies in pronto. Just sign up here!

Actually, the timing is sorta perfect. After the last question is answered, attendees can head across the pond to NorthPark for lunch or to shop. And it’s taking place just before the insanity of the spring season, leaving little time to laugh at the media.

BTW, if you attended the last one, you should sign up for this one. New tidbits will be revealed and perhaps some behind-the-scenes tales will be leaked. You just never know what’s going to happen when these four get together.

* Graphic provided by Dallas Women's Foundation

MySweetWishList: Road Trip 4 Paws

According to Road Trip 4 Paws Founder Kelly Bond,

Kelly Bond and friend*

Kelly Bond and friend*

“Road Trip 4 Paws is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to transporting dogs and cats to forever homes in other states. We are a 100% volunteer-based organization with a dedicated team of veteran animal rescuers solely focused on finding shelter space in other states for DFW-based animals who would otherwise wait months to be adopted or be euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. Our overall objective is to place adoptable animals in shelters where they won’t be euthanized due to spacing or similar issues.

“The cost of transporting animals to states such as Colorado is extensive, including pre-transport pet vaccinations, van rental, fuel, pet food and supplies.

“Road Trip 4 Paws roundtrip expenses per trip:

Item/Expense

Cost

Vaccinations per animal $   25.00
Health certificate per animal $   20.00
Van rental for round trip $ 500.00
Round trip fuel $ 350.00
Pet food per week $ 115.00
Various supplies for transport $   80.00
TOTAL COST OF ONE ROUNDTRIP TRANSPORT $   1,090.00

 

“Road Trip 4 Paws is a new organization and we hope to grow our efforts to place as many DFW-area homeless cats and dogs in shelters across the country who have room to house these animals, thereby giving them a better chance of finding a forever home.

“Our organization is dedicated to this effort to reduce the number of homeless pets in the DFW Metroplex, many of whom are euthanized due to spacing issues or airborne illness.

“Road Trip 4 Paws is in need of financial support to cover the cost of transport of DFW-based animals to out-of-state shelters where room is available for adoptable dogs and cats.

“Road Trip 4 Paws is always in need of volunteer support, whether it’s transporting animals to shelters in other states, pre-transport preparation, fostering or administrative tasks.

“Our wish this season is to receive funding to cover the cost of transporting as many DFW-based animals as possible to shelters in other states with space, thereby increasing these animals’ chances of finding a forever home.”

-By Kelly Bond, Road Trip 4 Paws founder

* Photo provided by Road Trip 4 Paws

MySweetWishList: Camp John Marc

According to Camp John Marc Associate Executive Director Kevin Randles,

Camp John Marc*

Camp John Marc*

“For the past 25 years, Camp John Marc has served children and teens living with chronic medical and physical challenges and their families.

“Since 1991, campers have participated in many traditions at camp that include cooking chicken fajitas over an open fire, learning new skills through projects such as swim lessons, and being able to say ‘Hello Friend’ to new and long-time friends made at camp.

Camp John Marc*

Camp John Marc*

“One of the greatest traditions at Camp John Marc, known as the Live Oak Path, allows first-time campers to have a brick with their name engraved on it and placed on the path. Campers love to find their bricks, take photos or rubbings of them, and take such pride in showing others ‘their place’ at camp.

“To honor a Camp John Marc camper today with the purchase of a brick that will continue the tradition of first-time campers being able to discover their permanent place at camp along the Live Oak Path, please Click Here and select Live Oak Campaign Gift. Bricks are $35 each. ”

– By Kevin Randles, Camp John Marc associate executive director

* Graphics provided by Camp John Marc

A Gentle Reminder: Submit Those 2016 Events For MySweetCharity Calendar

MySweetCharity Submit An Event

MySweetCharity Submit An Event

Before totally closing your books for 2015 for the holidays, think ahead. That 2016 event that has been buzzing in your head needs to be put on the MySweetCharity Calendar.

With March being pretty empty due to spring breaks taking place all through the month, April is starting to look like Central Expressway during rush hour.

And then there’s the fall! Yipes! The Dallas Symphony, North Texas Giving Day, Zoo To Do, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Crystal Charity and others are already staking their claims on dates.

To get your event on the Calendar, just click here, fill out the form and submit. This free service is thanks to the good folks at Baylor Health Care System Foundation and PlainsCapital.

MySweetCharity Brain Trust Elf – Rusty – Rethinks MySweetWishList Strategy

Whoa, did MySweetCharity get an early Christmas surprise! When the MySweetWishList series was announced, there was talk around the brownie bar that perhaps a dozen wishes would come in. Perfect, the MSC brain trust elf Rusty thought. A wish would be posted three times a week.

Then the wishes started coming in. And they kept coming. For this reason, Rusty changed the wishes’ strategy. Starting tomorrow the MSC wishes will run three times a day.

Think of it as your own online shopping spree for good deeds.

MySweetWishList: Equest

According to Equest Interim CEO Lili Kellogg,

Lili Kellogg*

Lili Kellogg*

“Give the Gift of Hope – Sponsor a Famous Equest Therapy Horse!

“Equest is a special place where lives are transformed through the wonder of a horse and incredibly dedicated people. It is a place where horses bring hope and purpose through equine assisted activities and therapies for children, adults, and veterans with diverse needs. Do you hold a special place in your heart for horses?

Equest*

Equest*

“If so, please consider sponsoring one of our famous Equest Therapy Horses.  For many of our Riders, their Therapy Horse has changed their lives and the bond between them is precious. By sponsoring an Equest horse, you will provide the necessary funds to support the yearly cost of care including feed, shavings, horseshoes, veterinary care, tack, and stall management. You will make it possible for a horse to carry out the Equest mission and provide hope to those who have physical, mental, and psycho-social challenges.

“The actual cost to feed and care for one horse at Equest averages $5,000 a year.  As a Sponsor, you will receive a framed photo of your horse and visiting privileges, and your name(s) will be placed on a special stall sign in the barn. A Horse Sponsorship can be made in someone’s honor or memory, and it makes for an amazing gift.  You can make a donation here or visit www.equest.org to learn more about its mission and how you can help.”

– Lili Kellogg, Equest Interim CEO

* Graphic and photo provided by Equest

MySweetCharity’s Queenie Discovers Wondrous Things On Thanksgiving

Opening the doors to the main brain room of MySweetCharity headquarters, Queenie was filled with lifted nose and closed eyes this morning. For just a moment, she looked like Julie Andrews on top of the mountain. To the amazement of old and new, Queenie was happy.

Elder Elf approached her trying not to break the moment saying, “Your wondrous one, what has pleased you on this day?”

He was a tad bit worried since the elf staffing was on a holiday schedule and she might have noticed a shortage of short ones.

Like Scarlett O’Hara charming the Tarlton twins, she sashayed her way to her throne adjusting her newest tiara. Looking at Elder, she said, “I must confess today didn’t start out as I had planned. A distant, health-conscious cousin invited me to something called ‘The Turkey Trot,’ and you know how passionate I am about animals. Well, it turned out to be masses of people in T-shirts, shorts and running shoes. There wasn’t a gobbler in sight.”

Elder asked, “Did you take part in the run?”

Narrowing her overly-surgically-enhanced eyes Queenie said, “Heavens, no! I found my way back to MySweetCharity headquarters and took a wrong way down a hallway I had never seen. At the end of the passage, I discovered the most amazing site since Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb. There was this room with so many wondrous things. And as if that wasn’t enough, there were the most amazing aromas arising from this room.”

As Queenie went into one of her mind-wandering periods, Elder and the vet elves gave each other the slinky eye.

Elder asked, “What was so amazing about this room?”

Queenie with closed eyes reliving the moment and head tilted to sky above recalled, “There were cabinets in which you could put bowls and they would come out in seconds with the most aromatic scents. When you plunged your spoon into the containers, the results were tantalizing. There was another shelf that produced buttery croissants and succulent delicacies like apple lattice and sweet potato pies that bubbled. Across the room was this huge cupboard. When I opened it, there were all types of frozen custards!”

No one had the heart to tell Queenie that she had discovered the MySweetCharity kitchen with its microwaves, ovens and Sub-Zero.

Have a happy and safe food-fest with friends, families and favorite critters.

Queenie Builds A Doghouse

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

The MySweetCharity morning shift of elves were hard at work when they heard pounding outside the MSC headquarters. Lo and behold, they discovered Queenie building a doghouse next to the MSC compost pile. On their chocolate milk and graham cracker break, they scurried outside to see the new puppy, but there was no dog. And they wondered why Queenie would put a puppy near the stinky heap.

A vote was taken and Ellery Elf was elected to ask Queenie if the pooch was on its way.

Without losing a beat in her pounding of nails, Queenie responded, “What makes you think we would be getting another dog?”

Ellery said it was the doghouse that she was constructing.

Queenie stopped her work and turned to look at Ellery. “Why would we ever put an animal outside and away from us?”

Ellery then asked what the doghouse was for.

Queenie told all the elves to gather around for a story.

It seems that last week a nonprofit put a shout-out to the media to gather for an announcement about the organization’s future plans. Following the press conference, a release was distributed quoting the head of the nonprofit.

Only problem? The statements were made by a man, not the female head of the group. She was out of town.

When the person who issued the release was asked about the misidentification of the speaker, no response came.

In another case, there was a presentation by another major nonprofit. Following the big event that had a number of the area’s leaders presenting others with awards, the PR person distributed the release with the wrong information about those involved. Two media outlets ran the articles based on the release. Luckily, MySweetCharity was not one of them.

“Oh, sweet Queenie, how can this be?” Ellery said, as tears of guacamole started streaming down the faces of the elves. They had never heard of such a thing.

Feeling sorry for the elves for losing their innocence, Queenie explained, “Public relations people are hardworking folks, who try to be the go-between their client and the media. That is not an easy job at all. However, when they knowingly provide totally incorrect information, they are ill serving their clients and damaging their credibility with the media.”

Seeing the elves shaken by such news, Elder Elf asked, “Oh Most Benevolent Queenie, what does this dastardly dilemma have to do with the doghouse?”

As Queenie turned around to hammer the last of the nails in place, she was heard to say, “It’s for those who think misinformation is acceptable.”

Kristina Bownman, Jane Rozelle, Ron Corning And MySweetCharity Have A Conversation On How Nonprofits Can Work With The Media

This morning PRSA Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and MySweetCharity partnered up to hold a workshop for nonprofits in getting their message out there.

One segment dealing with the media was a “conversation” including photographer Kristina Bowman, PaperCity‘s Jane Rozelle, WFAA’s Ron Corning and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean.

If you were there, you know there was a lot of information shared, as well a great deal of laughter. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to get to all of the questions. Perhaps there will be another one of these “conversations” in the future.

If you couldn’t make it and you have some time, here’s a recording of the session. (Please forgive the late start of the recording. All you’ll miss is the introduction describing how brilliant Kristina and Jane are.) 150828_001

A special thanks goes to Dean Foods for stepping and hosting the event at CityPlace for a sold-out crowd of incredible people, who make a difference for good in North Texas.

 

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Klyde Warren Park

“One Day, Eighteen Hours, So Many Reasons to ‘Heart’ the Park!

“Misty is one of many yoga enthusiasts who regularly attends yoga classes at Klyde Warren Park. ‘It brings me peace that I can’t seem to find in my hectic day,’ she says. ‘It centers me. At the same time, classes like this show that yoga is for everyone just as much as Klyde Warren Park is for everyone.’

Misty*

Misty*

“Misty and her friends love the fresh air, the urban setting, but most of all, they love the price. Yoga in the park is one of over 1,300 FREE events and programs that the park offers throughout the year. From children’s activities to fitness classes, live music performances to lecture series, there is always something happening at Klyde Warren Park.

“Although the park is built, it costs roughly $3.5 million to run the park each year. North Texas Giving Day is an excellent way for the park to share our story that we continue to need the public’s support to keep the park clean, safe, and active. Gifts received through North Texas Giving day combined with our ‘I Heart the Park’ annual fund campaign allow us to provide free programs and events in the park that are enjoyed by over one million people annually.

Yoga*

Yoga*

“On September 17, during North Texas Giving Day, the park will offer eighteen continuous hours of free programming in an effort to highlight the many ways visitors ‘heart’ the park. The day will begin with a 6AM morning boot camp, and include free activities that highlight all that the park has to offer, such as Imagination Playground, special lunchtime activities, a Music Thursday concert, Karaoke on the Southwest Porch, and a few surprises along the way!

Yoga at Klyde Warren Park*

Yoga at Klyde Warren Park*

“Klyde Warren Park is excited to participate in North Texas Giving Day for a third year. Our goal is to more than double our giving totals from last year. We hope everyone will show how much they ‘heart’ Klyde Warren Park by participating in North Texas Giving Day and joining us for eighteen hours of free continuous programming.

“Misty says she and her friends plan to show their support for the park on North Texas Giving Day by attending Yoga, Music Thursday, and of course, making a donation. ‘We have to do our part,’ she says, ‘to keep the park the hub of free activity in Dallas.’”

-By Tara Green, President

* Photos courtesy of Klyde Warren Park

Register Now For Free Marketing And Public Relations Workshop For Nonprofits Featuring PRSA Dallas And Media Representatives

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

With the fundraising season up ahead, the nonprofits are gearing up to meet their financial goals. In order to get the funds, they need to get the word out. Unfortunately, not all can afford a fancy schmancy New York PR firm to promote their cause via branding, media and marketing.

So Queenie got together with her buddies at PRSA Dallas and Communities Foundation of Texas. They all agreed that it would be great if they partnered up “to give back by lending their time and expertise to deserving local causes.”

Since renting an RV and doing a roadshow presentation for area nonprofits didn’t seem very sensible, they decided to create Workshop for Nonprofits to Support Giving Season. It will be a half-day workshop on the morning of Friday, August 28, addressing “branding and messaging, media relations, digital marketing and social media skills with tips from the experts — including the media themselves.”

But then the next question was where to hold the workshop. That’s when Dean Foods stepped up to be the event sponsor and offered the place. That offer meant the event would be free for the nonprofit representatives. Yup, you saw that. The workshop is free for area nonprofits and PRSA members, but more about that later.

Here’s a rundown of topics and panelists:

  • Branding and Messaging: Carolyn Covey Morris (QMobius) and Vin Hoey (Strategic4sight)
  •  How to Effectively Communicate Your Message to the MediaRon Corning (WFAA-TV), Kristina Bowman (photographer), Jeanne Prejean (MySweetCharity) and Jane Rozelle (PaperCity Dallas)
  •  Building a Digital Community: Steve Lee (SMU), Mike Orren (Speakeasy) and Erin  Stevenson (Chili’s Grill & Bar)
  •  Nonprofit one-on-ones with PRSA Dallas mentors. Please note that to participate in this session, you must sign up during your online registration.

As mentioned before, the whole kit and caboodle will be free for any bona-fide nonprofit! Only problem is that you’ve got to sign up ASAP because space is gonna be as tight as a small-size Spanx shorts on Kim Kardashian.

This first-ever event is a great opportunity for the nonprofits to get the inside poop. Regarding the media segment, the panelists will address the ins-and-outs of how to work more smoothly with the press, so they don’t snarl every time you try to work with them. Yes, even Queenie will behave herself…sorta.

MySweetCharity Will Be With You On Your Summer Sojourns

Before toddling off to some fabulous place for summer, don’t you worry about keeping up with the Dallas doings. If you subscribe to MySweetCharity, you’ll continue to get your daily updates. The MSC rise-and-shine squad of elves will be hitting the button promptly, so you get your updates to review with your morning java.

If you avoid commitments in any form, even subscriptions, then just continue checking in MySweetCharity whereever you are. As long as you have an Internet connection, MySweetCharity will be at your beck and call.