JUST IN: 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Beneficiaries Announced

Last week was full of news and this week is looking like a repeat performance. This first one is worth more than $6M for the good of Dallas County children!

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson and her committee finished the daunting selection of the 2018 CCB beneficiaries. After weeks of vetting, interviewing and presentations led  by Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker, the eight nonprofits that will be the recipients of a hold-your-breath $6,501,105 will be:

  • After-School All-Stars North Texas — $592,140
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts — $766,190
  • Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas — $600,591
  • Buckner Children And Family Services Inc. — $1,125,435
  • Friends of the Dallas Public Library — $752,454
  • Mosaic Family Services — $666,612
  • Nexus Recovery Center —$747,681
  • Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Inc. — $1,250,000

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

Any organization that has gone through the selection process knows that being chosen as a CCB recipient is a two-fold blessing. Sure, there is the money, but as the late North Texas Food Bank’s Executive Director Jan Pruitt said, “The validation by CCB was priceless.”

The fundraising for the 2018 beneficiaries is underway with 2018 Underwriting Chair Angie Kadesky very available at 214.526.5868, Ext. 14, for underwriting and sponsorship opportunities to reach the mammoth goal.

Congratulations to the eight beneficiaries. 

Round Robin March 25: Nexus Spring Luncheon And A Legendary Evening Kick-Off Parties And Les Femmes’ Woman Of The Year Announcement

Whoever decided to move the usual Thursday overload to Wednesday…well, they got their way on Wednesday, March 25. The Family Place Partners were holding a membership social at Bistro 31. The Dallas Arboretum Corporate types were dining amid the flowery beauty of the Arboretum’s Dallas Blooms.

Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon Kick-Off Reception

Erin Cluley and Liz Pasquinelli

Erin Cluley and Liz Pasquinelli

The usual slam by guests didn’t happen at Erin Cluley Gallery for the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon Kick-Off Reception. The reason was the up-in-the-air start time. Some, like Chair Liz Pasquinelli, were under the impression that the party started at 6. While others among the 75 got word that it started at 6:30. Not to worry. Sharon Van Meter’s staff got the white table-clothed buffet table decked out with delish food in no time. So much so that some guests hit the tables before checking out the artwork displayed on the walls.

Cocktail buffet

Cocktail buffet

All came to a halt when plans were announced for the April 23 Nexus Recovery Center fundraising luncheon at Belo Mansion with New York Times Best-Selling Author Koren Zailckas as the keynote speaker.

A Legendary Evening Kick-Off Reception

Neena Newberry

Neena Newberry

Tina Robertson

Tina Robertson

Just across the Trinity, the Mod Gallery was filled with all types like Family Compass Clinic Director Tina Robertson, Carrine and John Reilly, Terry Crane, Neena Newberry, Adam Kroviak and Martha Tiller for the kick-off of A Legendary Evening. Course it helped when the party was taking place in the kitchen where food was overly available.

Loads of food

Loads of food

Jessica Trudeau

Jessica Trudeau

As Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau schmoozed with some of the 60 guests, it was revealed that the Family Compass fundraiser dinner will be held in the Hilton Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom on Saturday, April 25, thanks to Co-Chairs Kristy Faus and Shakeya McDow and former State Senator Florence Shapiro as honorary chair. WFAA’s Colleen Coyle will serve as mistress of ceremonies with Chef Blythe Beck, Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust and retired WFAA-ers Gloria Campos and Troy Dungan as just some of the legendary table hosts.

Regarding the awards, Ernst & Young will receive the Spirit of Community Restoration Award and Kim Garrett will be presented the Spirit of Compassion Award.

Les Femmes Du Monde Women Of The Year Announcement

As the clouds started moving in, so did the record-breaking crowd for the Les Femmes du Monde Woman of the Year announcement party. What was the draw for the 100 guests? Well, the announcement, of course. But having the party at Gina and Scott Ginsburg’s mansion certainly didn’t discourage a soul.

Venise Stuart, Alyce Heinrich and Virginia Cook

Venise Stuart, Alyce Heinrich and Virginia Cook

In addition to the big announcement that Realtor Virginia Cook would be the Woman of the Year, it was official that recent Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Presentation Chair Venise Stuart had stepped up to chair the Wednesday, October 14th dinner at the Dallas Country Club.

As the living room filled with guests, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth chief Jim Falk was amazed at the turnout and the past couple of years under Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich. “Les Femmes is having a revival,” Jim said.

Scott Ginsburg

Scott Ginsburg

Gina Ginsburg

Gina Ginsburg

In the two-story library, meantime, host Scott was taking time to prepare for a project and Gina, in sparking yellow, was seated on the couch across the way accepting compliments.

Jan Ward and Regina Bruce

Jan Ward and Regina Bruce

Just outside the dining room, 2014 Women of the Year Chair Regina Bruce was introducing Jan Ward as the upcoming Les Femmes du Monde president.

Round Robin November 5: Too Many To Mention But Dang It If NorthPark Isn’t Part Of All Of ‘Em

According to six degrees of separation, everyone/everything is just six or fewer steps away from another person in the world. On Wednesday, November 5, NorthPark was less than two steps away from all the fundraising activities in the area.

Nexus Annual Appeal Campaign Kick-Off Party

Billie Leigh Rippey*

Billie Leigh Rippey*

The Nexus Annual Appeal Campaign Kick-Off Party was taking place at CH Carolina Herrera at NorthPark. According to plans, “The annual appeal kick-off event, chaired by Faye Briggs, will be hosted at CH Carolina Herrera in NorthPark Center. Guests of the chic occasion including society fixtures, fashion savvy personalities, media and Nexus patrons and leaders— will savor champagne, wine and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. In addition, partygoers will have the chance to win a donated CH Carolina Herrera tote. Mid event Nexus Executive Director, Becca Crowell, will express her gratitude to Faye Briggs and CH Carolina Herrera for their support. She will also highlight the annual appeal campaign which begins on November 7th with a mail drop of 9,000 appeal letters to supporters, associates, friends and family of Nexus and of Faye Briggs. Furthermore Carolina Herrera CH will announce that 15% of purchases made at the event will be donated to Nexus Recovery Center as well as any purchases made through November 9th, 2014 with a mention of Nexus Recovery Center.”

Everything went according to plan except Faye wasn’t there. A Nexus representative reported, Faye “had two events booked and wasn’t able to be in two places at once unfortunately. She was trying as far as my understanding to make both.

“The event however, despite her absence was a success.”

So, where was Faye? Check the next item.

TACA’s Founders Circle Dinner

Faye Briggs

Faye Briggs

Alas, poor Faye Briggs was in a quandary. She had just recently been named the honorary chair for Nexus Annual Appeal Campaign and they were having their kick-off party at CH Carolina Hererra in NorthPark. But she was also slated to be at Barbara and Don Daseke’s place for a seated dinner honoring the TACA Founders Circle. (The Founders Circle included people who’ve made multi-year commitments of at least $5K per year.) Since cloning was not available, Faye could only attend one and it was the Daseke dinner catered by The Joule Hotel with Chef Jaco Smith orchestrating in the kitchen.

Barbara Daseke and Nelda Cain Pickens

Barbara Daseke and Nelda Cain Pickens

Sure, it may have been dark, rainy and chilly outside, but inside the Daseke’s teak mansion, it was glowing with TACA art lovers. Despite the fact it was less than 24 hours after the area elections, the world “politics” never was heard. For this crowd of 20+ (Linda and Steve Ivy, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Nelda Cain Pickens, Karol Omlor, Addison Mayor Pro Tem Blake Clemens, Caroline Kohl and Holly and Tom Mayer) had art on the brain.

Caroline Kohl

Caroline Kohl

Karol Omlor

Karol Omlor

Linda Ivy

Linda Ivy

As guests gathered in the two-story living room overlooking the wooded grounds, Diane Brierley welcomed the group and TACA President Becky Young reported how TACA had grown over the past 30 years. She added that the Founders Circle’s commitments represented $2.5M to TACA through 2018.

Then it was time for a little art talk. That’s when Dallas composer Margaret Barrett, who is one of the TACA grant recipients, took over. She told about the “Universal Language” performed by The Obscure Dignitaries and inspired by the DMA exhibit “Concentrations 57: Slav and Tartars” taking place on Saturday, November 22. Free to the public, it will be performed in the DMA Horchow Auditorium.

Diane Brierley and Tom and Holly Mayer

Diane Brierley and Tom and Holly Mayer

While Barbara, Becky and Diane were single wives for the night, others enjoyed a fabulous dinner of scallops, lamb chops and killer lemon tart. And the talk of the performing arts continued to be the table topic.

Fall Into Fashion

Over at Neiman Marcus, the United Way was literally “falling into fashion. Here’s a report:

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas hosted a sold-out crowd for its fabulous ‘Fall into Fashion’ runway show and fundraiser on the third level of Neiman Marcus NorthPark.  More than 300 guests (Robin Bray, Debra SoRelle, Allison Shelton, Emily Hatcher, Brenna Pontarelli, Meryl Olsen, Laura Downing, Donna Epps, Lori Mc Williams, Susan Hutcheson, Debbie Stewart, Jessica Lee, Scarlett Landry, Pamela Osborne, Kristy Faus, Jan Strimple, Lauren Hendershot, Caroline Vu, Deborah Arango, Debra von Storch, Donna Sweatman, Ashley Wathen, Stacy Gibson, Margie Elkins, Cecelia Hodges, Arden Ellis, Jamie Sowa and Katie Anderson) sipped on champagne and cranberry cocktails as they enjoyed watching models display the latest fall must-haves.

Cecelia Hodges, Arden Ellis, Susan Hutcheson, Jamie Sowa, Katie Anderson and Debbie Stewart**

Cecelia Hodges, Arden Ellis, Susan Hutcheson, Jamie Sowa, Katie Anderson and Debbie Stewart**

Ginger Allen and Jan Strimple**

Ginger Allen and Jan Strimple**

“United Way supporters, many of them Women of Tocqueville members, mixed and mingled, nibbling on heavy hors d’oeuvres and listening to beats, courtesy of DJ Blake Ward.  Attendees were entered into a drawing to win a Gucci handbag, and all left with swag bags featuring the best in fall beauty.

“CBS 11/KTVT senior reporter Ginger Allen graciously served as the evening’s emcee.  Guests were generous in bringing their gently used career clothes, accessories, and shoes to donate to United Way programs supporting victims of domestic violence.  For more information about United Way programs, please visit www.unitedwaydallas.org.”

Trains At NorthPark Sponsor Party

And while the Ronald McDonald House’s Trains at NorthPark Sponsor Party didn’t take place at the shopping center, it was certainly center of conversation. Here’s a report from the field:

Tia Wynne, Len Critcher and Jamie Singer***

Tia Wynne, Len Critcher and Jamie Singer***

“Before The Trains at NorthPark, Dallas’ favorite holiday miniature trains exhibit, rolls through Dallas for its 27th year, there’s plenty of fundraising, building in the new trains space, and thanking the sponsors for their incredible support. At the November 5th Trains sponsor party, hosted in the home of Len Critcher, there was plenty to celebrate, but apparently the House is nearing capacity.

“The House referenced isn’t Critcher’s that could be in the pages of Traditional Home, but the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the organizer of The Trains at NorthPark—its largest fundraiser.

Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, welcomed about 100 supporters. ‘Thank you for your support. The House is at 93% capacity tonight, and The Trains raises nearly a third of our operating budget. Our Trains co-chairs, Jamie Singer and Tia Wynne, have done a tremendous job of fundraising, and we can’t wait to see all of you at the opening on November 22.’

Courtney Westerburg and Claire Raggio***

Courtney Westerburg and Claire Raggio***

“Jamie Singer, who has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House since she was in high school, thanked Claire Raggio and Courtney Westerburg, last year’s Trains co-chairs who organized the sponsor party. ‘I’m also pleased to announce next year’s Trains co-chairs Jennifer Tobin and April Cook to fill our shoes.’

“Tia Wynne, who has taken her children to the attraction for seven years, added, ‘Thank you for Bank of Texas for helping make the Trains roll as our presenting sponsor for the sixth year.’

“Bank of Texas’ Bob White added, ‘What Ronald McDonald House of Dallas does is important work, and it’s a pleasure for us to be a part of this community.’

“Dr. Jeffrey Fearon and his wife, Regen Fearon, serve as this year’s Honorary Co-chairs. (Regen was just named the Junior League of Dallas’ Sustainer of the Year on November 6 at a luncheon where Laura Bush spoke.)

Bob White, Diane Fullingim, Regen and Jeffrey Fearon and Jill Cumnock***

Bob White, Diane Fullingim, Regen and Jeffrey Fearon and Jill Cumnock***

“He told a personal story from his childhood about how his mother had taken his sister to Boston Children’s when she was very ill, and there wasn’t a Ronald McDonald House for his mother. She stayed in a hotel by herself and apart from the family. Fast forward years later, and he worked at the same hospital.

“Through his practice as a craniofacial surgeon, he sees plenty of patients, many of whom stay at the House. He finally decided as a family that he and Regen needed to take their twins and visit this place. ‘I was taken by the humanity of the people feeding families at the House.’ He was referring to the fact that volunteers serve families three homemade meals a day, the caring staff that supports the families, and the comfortable accommodations each family receives. ‘The amount of stress that the House reduces is enormous.’”

* Photo provided by Nexus Recovery Center 
** Photo provided by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas 
*** Photo credit: Rhi Lee

Dr. Drew Is Making A House Call For Women’s Auxiliary Of Nexus Recovery Center Spring Luncheon

Dr. Drew Pinsky*

Dr. Drew Pinsky*

In addition to being aboard certified internist and addiction medicine specialist, he’s worked with celebs on TV and with ordinary folks on his syndicated radio show. The fact is that he’s so well-known, most folks don’t even know his last name. It’s Pinsky. The chap is better known as simply, Dr. Drew.

And he’s going to be sharing his wealth of knowledge on addiction — An Examination of Addiction — at the Nexus Recovery Center Women’s Auxiliary Spring 2014 Luncheon on Tuesday, April 22, at the Hilton Anatole.

Forrest and Sally Hoglund (File photo)

Forrest and Sally Hoglund (File photo)

In addition to Dr. Drew’s being the keynote speaker, Luncheon Chair Jane Geisse has arranged to have Sally and Forrest Hoglund serve as honorary chairs.

Proceeds from the luncheon will go to “the vital drug and alcohol treatment services at Nexus Recovery Center for adolescent/adult women and children served in their residential program.”

Tickets start at $150 per person and sponsorships range from $500 to $25,000 are available.

* Photo provided by Women's Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center

Kristen Johnston Brings The “F-word” To Nexus Lunch But Strangely It Seemed Appropriate

The 600 guests at the April 22nd Nexus Spring Luncheon at the Anatole were divided into two camps. You either loved it or you were in a state of shock and grateful that Gail Turner was not present. But more about that later.

Jan Osborn, Kristen Johnston and Robin Bagwell

Jan Osborn, Kristen Johnston and Robin Bagwell

It was due to Co-chairs Robin Bagwell‘s and Jan Osborn‘s speaker Kristen Johnston. Like many addicts, she was totally appealing with her tools of humor and hugs. But also like a drug/alcohol addict, she was upsetting and shocking in her life as an addict.

Kristen Johnston

Kristen Johnston

The good news was that she’s been sober for six years and written a book about her abuse — “Guts.” Trust us when we say that this book is not standard reading fare for the Dallas Woman’s Club or a grade school read-a-thon. But it was unfortunately appropriate for the very ugly reality of an addict’s love life with the love of their lives especially opiates.

Nexus Recovery Center graduates

Nexus Recovery Center graduates

Yes, the “F” word peppered the reading. One person counted more than 20 times. But the beneficiaries of the Nexus Recovery Center were not SMU co-eds or Junior Leaguers. They were girls and women who had been raised in homes where the “F-word” was more commonplace than “How are you?”

Was Kristen’s talk upsetting and shocking? Yes, absolutely. Is drug addiction and its contagious sweep through this country upsetting and shocking? Unfortunately, yes.

Perhaps that’s why the talk was uncomfortably appropriate.

Hindsight suggests that Kristen’s reading from her book, “Guts,” was well done, but went on longer than necessary. It might have benefited book sales and her impact if she had cut the reading to half the time and just talked with the members of the audience with the same honesty as she did Sunday with residents of Nexus.

Didn’t matter. The message was still impactful and disturbing. Time and time again, she apologized for the details of her near-death-experience. After all, we’re talking about lunch time and guts exploding.

Kristen Johnston

Kristen Johnston

As for Gail Turner, she is well known for not . . . shall we say, feeling comfortable when bawdy language enters a conversation. And she’s absolutely right. But she would also be on the front line to “damn” the damage that has resulted from drug and alcohol abuse.

And that’s why such people as Micki Rawlings, Ashlee Kleinert, Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Yvonne Crum, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Katie Pedigo, Linda and Steve Ivy, Norm Bagwell, Scott Osborn, Amara Durham, Gina Miller, Betsy Chambers and others stayed put. They realized that as painful as the story of drug/alcohol abuse is, the problem must be addressed and resolved.

Rare Sunday Evening Post About A “Guts”-y Guest

Just returned from the “patron party” for Monday’s Nexus Spring Luncheon. Unlike some patron parties that are held in the most swellegant homes, luncheon Co-chairs Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn arranged to have this one at the Nexus Recovery Center. Yes, major underwriters were on hand to meet and greet luncheon headliner/actress/author of “Guts” Kristen Johnston, but so were the women and children, who live at the center. 

Robin Bagwell, Kristen Johnston and Jan Osborn

Robin Bagwell, Kristen Johnston and Jan Osborn

Was Kristen surprised? Yes. . . and delighted. She admitted she was prepared for a typical sponsors party, but this was a wonderful change. Kristen then added that she was amazed that this unique recovery center provides for moms to bring their children during their stay at the center. To quote Kristen, “Well, duh! That makes so much sense.”

As she toured the facility, Kristen chatted it up with the residents and joked about how people sometimes mistake her for Kirstie Alley.

If you’re attending the luncheon, prepare to laugh and learn. This woman speaks her mind with humor, compassion and “guts”.

PS — BTW, Kristen is as tall as six-foot-tall Jan Strimple and has better hair than Kirstie Alley.

SOLD-OUT ALERT: Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon

Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon

Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon

Monday’s Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole is a done deal for ticket sales. Jan Osborn just admitted, “We are adding tables as we speak. It is going to be a blast.”

The blast will be provided by Kristen “Third Rock From The Sun’s Sally” Johnston.

It’s nice to end the week on a positive note of fundraising. And this is a week that needed a positive note.

 

 

Despite Threatening Weather, Nexus Recovery Center Cuts The Ribbon For New Adolescent Dormitory

Nexus Recovery Center just can’t a break when it comes to weather. When they unveiled the billboard promoting its capital campaign, the wind was so over the top that arrangements had to be re-arranged. Instead of going up to the billboard, the speakers were just raised to below the base of the board. As for the unveiling itself, well, it took on the appearance of a major kite flight. But still the message got across.

Nexus new adolescent dormitory

Nexus’ new adolescent dormitory

Tuesday the Nexus folks were confronted with another Mother Nature temper tantrum as 35-plus mph winds were joined by severe thunderstorm watches. Not exactly a dream situation for the ribbon-cutting for a new, much-needed dormitory. It was decided to move the whole affair indoors.

Nexus residents

Nexus residents

So guests like Nicole Blythe, Jan Osborn, Robin Bagwell, and Linda and Steve Ivy crowded into the entry of the Nexus campus’s entry to register and chat. Eventually they moved to the cafeteria, where seats were quickly filled and it quickly became SRO with young residents wearing purple Nexus T-shirts and khakis.

Becca Crowell

Becca Crowell

As blue and green balloon towers, which would have been toast outdoors, were placed on either side of the standing mic, Nexus Executive Director Becca Crowell and Board

Jan Madigan

Jan Madigan

VP Jan Madigan welcomed and told of the years of dreams that had finally become reality thanks to many people in the room.

Steve Saxon

Steve Saxon

Next Steve Saxon, who had noticed that the balloons were blocking the view of some in the room, relocated the towers and thanked the individuals and organizations that had made the dorm a reality. The last named was “Anonymous,” whom he asked to stand. Looking around the room, no one was seen to stand. Deadpanning, Steve said, “I guess ‘Anonymous’ wants to stay that way.”

Heading to the new adolescent dormitory

Heading to the new adolescent dormitory

Then it was on to the dormitory for the ribbon cutting. Alas, the event was just too popular crowding the lobby of the dormitory, so many had to stand in the glass entry and were forced to read lips as the ribbon was cut.

But the real purpose of the celebration was not to witness the cutting of a ribbon, or even to have a bite of cake. It was to take a big step in expanding the capabilities of an organization helping women struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.  Unfortunately, among this number are young and in some cases pregnant girls. While they don’t have the years of addiction that some of the adults have experienced, they’re at a major crossroads. This dormitory will allow them to be young and undergo the lifelong road to recovery.

Among this group of youngsters, there are some who are pregnant with the additional challenge of recovery and motherhood. As one person put it, “These are children having children. They’re facing incredible challenges and Nexus is providing the knowledge, support and tools to succeed for their sake and that of their children.”

So, the weather Tuesday may have changed the ribbon-cutting plans for Nexus, but who cares? They’ve got more important things to do, like help girls and women get and stay clean.

Going For The Goal(s): Robin Bagwell

Robin Bagwell (File photo)

Robin Bagwell (File photo)

Nexus Women’s Auxiliary Spring Luncheon Co-chair Robin Bagwell reports,

“My goal for 2013 is to be a better driver. I have a terrible track record and my friends are afraid to ride with me.

“I am going to make an effort to slow down and stay off my phone. I know that will make (husband) Norm happy.  

“I would also like to cut back on my Diet Coke intake, but that is going to be harder to do.”

-Robin Bagwell

Nexus Recovery Center’s PR Campaign Gets A Gusty Kick Off With Linda Ivy In Hard Hat Atop A Cherry Picker

OK, so ice challenged the Super Bowl. Rain has tested Cattle Barons time and time again. But today was rain-free and there was absolutely no sign of snow or ice within 500 miles. And yet, Mother Nature once again proved that she rules events in Dallas.

This morning the official kick-off of the Nexus Recovery Center‘s public relations campaign was all arranged. The new look would be unveiled on the billboard at Fitzhugh and Central with Campaign Chair Linda Ivy on a cherry picker doing to honors.

Nexus Recovery Center campaign

Well, that was the plan until the 25 mph winds blew everything eastward-ho. Why the U.S. flag at the adjoining McDonald got so caught up with the gusts of wind that it literally found itself cocooning its  flagpole.

Linda Ivy

But this situation didn’t daunt Linda one little bit. Her red hair seemed to be windblown in just the right ways. Even when it came to being harnessed into a safety rig, she was like an eager kid at Six Flags. It wasn’t until someone handed her the hardhat that there was just the slightest pause. But even that hesitation got blown to smithereens.

To bolster her courage, she had husband Steve checking on the safety factors on his Linda being elevated to such heights. Still he couldn’t resist the temptation as Linda walked by to reach out for her trailing security rope and stop her in her tracks.

The ladies in red with Linda Ivy

For added support the ladies in red (aka the Mansion Divas) showed up for Linda and were favorites of the photographers.

Blowing in the wind

While the crowd grew, the guys trying to install the new signage were a bit challenged to say the least. At times they looked like they were trying to hang a massive bed sheet on a drying line in West Texas.

Linda Ivy, Becca Crowell and Jan Madigan

But this little wind factor was not going to slow things down. No, siree. At 11:29, Linda in high heels and wearing Nexus blue climbed the ladder to the cherry picker basket along with Nexus Executive Director  Becca Crowell and Nexus Board Member Jan Madigan. The contraption lifted them halfway up to the billboard. Using a bullhorn they explained how important the campaign was for Nexus to help those facing recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Much to the relief of those on the ground who were starting to feel a slight wind chill, the words were brief and to the point.

Then the picker eased the trio back on Mother Earth just in time for Linda and her friends in red to head to their monthly lunch at the Mansion.

Surprise Sunday Round Robin: Change Is Good, Cattle Baron’s Post Ball Silent Auction And Westapher Auction

Thanks to a pass by the Dallas Cowboys, a rare Sunday Round Robin had fundraising acting downright like a Thursday.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Brook Hollow Golf Club has, for longer than Nolan Ryan has known a baseball, been synonymous with deb balls and holiday feasting by Dallas’ oldest families. It’s where the chic meet for a card game or swing a club. Sunday, it was giving Six Flags Over Texas and Chuck E. Cheese a run for their money.

Bungee jumping

Community Partners of Dallas’ Paige McDaniel, with crown in place, and Joanna Clarke, with a smile bigger than a Cadillac grill, looked around at the stately country club that had turned into a Willy Wonka funland thanks to Co-chair-families Carolyn and Paul Goelzer with munchkins Sophie and ElizabethKimber and Michael Hartmann with munchkins Beau, Brice and Brooks and Angie and Kevin Kadesky with munchkins Elizabeth, Stephen, Alexander, Marie, Keith and Erin for Change is Good.

Ryan Brown, Lily Brown and Betty Wimberly

In order for the kids to participate, they must bring change to exchange for prize-chance tickets and an afternoon of fun. Last year they collected $13K in change, thanks to 103,000 coins brought in by the kids. The weight of the coins was so great, they had to rent a U-Haul to take the money to the bank because the coins weighed down the back of a regular car. And while that’s a nice little sum, the real money is made through sponsorship underwriting.

This year’s gathering of 550 kids and adult kids was overflowing all afternoon. Where usually there were couples sitting on the terrace watching the golfers, there were kids springing up and down courtesy of bungee cord

(Top photo) Leigh Anne Haugh and Audrey Anne Haugh;             (Bottom photo) Edie Nelson and Joel Nelson

jumping. Inside, the only debs were those who would one day make their bows in 14 years. But Sunday they were doing the chicken dance, shaking the bounce house, decorating cookies, posing for photos and having their faces made up. And we’re not talking Neiman Marcus cosmetic counter style.

As for the parents, they were having just as much fun. It was a great excuse to be a kid again or to show off the next generation of the family. Leigh Anne Haugh had her arms full with newest Haugh arrival, Audrey Anne Haugh.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end. At least that’s the lesson that two-and-half-year-old Edie Nelson learned as she cried in the arms of her father, Joel Nelson, as she boarded the family SUV.

CATTLE BARON’S POST-BALL SILENT AUCTION

Lucky were those who discovered the silent auction tent at the Cattle Baron’s Ball on September 28. It was enclosed in a tent with walls and had a wood flooring and, most importantly, real bargains. The majority of guests had headed to the tent with all the food and the tented main stage area.

Ah, but there were some items that just did get snatched up, and those CBB ladies were bound and determined to break all records in getting their numbers up. To help them do that, Pappas Bros. donated an evening of food and adult beverages at Pappas Steakhouse to hold a silent auction with the un-snatched items.

John and Andrea Weber

According to CBB Auction Chair Andrea Weber, Pappas Bros. did the same thing in 2009 after rain put a damper on the ball.

Within the first half hour Sunday, the place was bulging with CBB-ers, friends like Babe Laufenberg and newbie buds. One CBB vet was amazed at the new faces in the crowd, commenting, “I didn’t know if I was at the right party.” It was so crowded that servers nearly couldn’t get around with trays of BBQ quail wrapped in bacon, brie and lobster salad in pastry cups and lamb chops. Then there was that mountain of cheeses against one of the walls getting attention.

WESTAPHER AUCTION PARTY

Faye Briggs, Caroline Rose Hunt, Bob Brackbill and Carmaleta Whiteley

Once again, philanthropist Faye Briggs opened her house for the good of others. Sunday night it was for a dinner and auction for 300 patrons of Monday’s Westapher Golf Charity and Auction benefiting Nexus Recovery Center. At times there were as many people on the terrace as in the

Brad Oldham

living room, where Caroline Rose Hunt and Bob Brackbill sat on the couch catching up with Faye and Carmaleta Whiteley. In the kitchen, where Maggiano’s was serving up food, Ralph Gorman was chatting with artist Brad Oldham, whose owl sculpture was up for bid.

Ralph Gorman

A huge platter of fudge was on the round table in the gathering room. One guest upon sampling the Maggiano’s fudge declared, “This stuff is thicker than my ex-husband.”

Speaking of the auction, the take for the evening at last count was $41,600, thanks to emcee Gina Miller. But wait there was still more auction action a the Monday tournament, where Troy Aikman was scheduled to drop by.

Linda Ivy To Chair Nexus Recovery Center Annual Appeal

Linda Ivy

Red-haired Linda Ivy knows how to command attention. Whether it’s on the red carpet swirling around in a one-of-a-kind gown and cloak by Nicolas Villalba or just focusing those hazel eyes on a dinner companion, the gal has never been in the same sentence as shy and retiring.

On Saturday, November 3, she’s bringing that zest and zeal to chair the Nexus Recovery Center Annual Appeal for 2012-2013. The goal is to “raise vital funding and awareness about [Nexus] programs and services to serve 1,878 women and 441 children in the coming year.”

Yup, you got it. More than 2,000 fellow Dallasites are going to need help in dealing with addiction including prescriptive drug addiction and alcoholism. To add to the dilemma, these people are from all demographic and socio-economic groups, with growth rapidly seen among 13-17-year-olds and adult women.

According to Nexus Executive Director Becca Crowell, “It’s an epidemic that has been swept under the rug for too long. The stigma attached to the disease of addiction has to change. Just like AIDS or breast cancer was not spoken of in the 1980’s, and finally found a voice in the community, we must find philanthropists, leaders and supporters who are willing to speak out about the rise of addiction to help our community at large, and offer hope to those who need it most.”

The campaign slogan — NEXUS = RECOVERY — says it all. But just in case you need seven reasons to get involved, try these:

  • For 41 years, Nexus has been empowering women to break the cycle of addiction.
  • Nexus is the only provider in Texas that accepts pregnant or newly parenting teens.
  • Nexus is a national leader in welcoming women and their children into residential treatment.
  • Nexus offers licensed child care and educational programs to clients and neighbors.
  • 20 healthy, drug-free babies have been born to moms at Nexus this year.
  • Nexus provides a continuum of care from detoxification to transitional housing.
  • 92% of your donation will go directly to recovery program services.

Suggestion: Don’t wait until November to get on board. Betcha Linda and the Nexus team could find a way for early birds to fly in to help.

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JUST IN: “3rd Rock From The Sun’s” Kristen Johnston To Be Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon Speaker

Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon

It was announced just a couple of minutes ago and we wanted you to be the first to know. Those two make-it-happen partners — Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn — told the Annual Information Meeting of the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center that they’ve lined up their speaker for the Monday, April 22 Nexus fundraising luncheon at the Hilton Anatole — Kristen Johnston.

Sorry about all those long hyphens.

Robin and Jan just returned from New York City, where they locked down Kristen for the luncheon.

OMG!

Yes, of course, you know Kristen from her role as Sally Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” where she earned two Emmy Awards. You may not know that she’s done oh-so much more than Sally. She’s now in TV Land’s new comedy “The Exes” on Wednesday nights, teaching acting at NYU and MCC’s youth outreach program.

But you expect an actress to do that kind of “stuff.” What you may not know is her first book, “GUTS, the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster” (Gallery books at Simon & Schuster), was published this past March and she also “runs the charitable organization SLAM (Sobriety, Learning and Motivation) which is dedicated to creating a public high school designed to providing a top-notch education for at-risk youths while recovering from their life-threatening addictions.”

Another things you might not know is that she posed nude for PETA to protest the horse-drawn carriages in NYC . . . and she was addicted to Vicodin causing her stomach to explode, as she revealed in her book. The book is a fascinating read. Why, even the dedication to the “overworked, underpaid, talented, and occasionally mildly unpleasant staff” of the hospital where she was treated grabs your attention. Before you think about buying the book, why not check out the interview Kristen did for EW.com. Then you’ll really want to get the book . . . right after you buy your ticket to the luncheon.

Let’s face it. Plan on having some “guts” for lunch on April 22.

Graphic provided by Nexus Recovery Center

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 47th Westapher Auction And Golf Tournament Benefiting Nexus Recovery Center

Jan Madigan

The first of our MySweetCharity Opportunities comes from Jan Madigan,co-chair of the 47th Westapher Auction and Golf Tournament benefiting Nexus Recovery Center. According to Jan,

“I am honored to co-chair the 47th Annual Westapher Auction & Golf Tournament this year with Sarah Katherine Francis and Larry Boerder. Nexus Recovery Center has been the beneficiary of this esteemed fundraiser since 2005, yet Nexus has been turning lives around for women and their children for more than 40 years. Our center, which sits on a 12-acre campus in East Dallas, offers a full range of recovery services from detoxification through residential and outpatient treatment – even aftercare and housing services.

“As the adult child of a recovering alcoholic, I have personally experienced the miracle of recovery. My parents have just celebrated 61 years of marriage and our family has enjoyed the joy of serenity. My mission is to save other women and young girls, who are less fortunate than we were, to find  a new life through sobriety. In this way we can create a ripple of change in our community, improving the lives of women by breaking the cycle of addiction.

“Generous people such as those within the Preston Center Rotary Club (PCRC) help keep the clients of Nexus on the right path. The partnership between the PCRC and the Nexus Board of Directors has resulted in 2 days of fundraising that include the auction and golf tournament. It was 46 years ago Father Westapher and some church members played a round of golf to get better acquainted; they passed a hat for charitable donations at the dinner following the round and the Westapher was born. Continuing Father Westapher’s legacy, The Preston Rotary Club, which now presents the tournament,  passes that ‘hat’ to us at Nexus.

Faye Briggs, a dedicated member of the Nexus Women’s Auxiliary, will host the Westapher Auction party at her sprawling Preston Hollow home on Sunday, October 7th. The occasion precedes the Westapher Golf Tournament on the 8th and celebrates the supporters of Nexus. Complimentary food and cocktails are provided for guests as they peruse the lovely estate and bid on coveted live and silent auction items. The tournament is held at the recently renovated Stevens Park Golf Course in Oak Cliff; an awards and cocktails party will commence at the tournaments end. Tickets are available: Dinner & Auction $50; Golf Tournament $250 per player. Contact Nexus at 214.321.0156 X 2102 with donation or participation interests.

“With continued support from our supporters and you Nexus will continue to be at the  forefront of specialized substance abuse services for females. Our hope is to remove all barriers for women suffering by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment if needed, welcoming those who are pregnant, and providing treatment without regard to ability to pay.  Nexus has been the ‘miracle in between’ addiction and recovery for more than 20,000 women, adolescents and children to date and we plan to keep on counting.”