25th Anniversary Partners Card Program Kicks Off At Highland Park Village Despite The Threat Of Stormy Weather

While some hunkered down due to threats of storms on Thursday, May 18, The Family Place folks weren’t gonna let a few drips hold them back from kicking off the 25th anniversary of its Partners Card program. Everybody from former chairs to longtime sponsors were on hand at Highland Park Village for the launch of the 2017 shopping extravaganza that will take place from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5. For more deets, here’s a report from the field:

Jennifer Burns and Brynn Bagot Allday*

Despite anticipated storms, a lively crowd gathered in Highland Park Village Thursday, May 18, to help The Family Place kick off the 25th anniversary of Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas. Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns, Honorary Co-Chairs Joanne and Charles Teichman, The Family Place CEO Paige Flink and The Family Place Vice President of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin welcomed guests as they mingled throughout the event space above the Village Theater. Guests enjoyed sounds by DJ Jennifer Miller, appetizers provided by Lombardi’s Family Concepts, an open bar and a fun photo booth from LeForce Entertainment.

Joanne Teichman, Lynn McBee and Charles Teichman*

Remarks were given by Co-Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns who thanked retailers, shoppers, volunteers and sponsors Avant Garden, Beyond, LeForce Entertainment, Lombardi’s Family Concepts and DJ Jennifer Miller. They also introduced the new Partners Card App where you can buy or gift a card, view participating stores, see upcoming Partners Card events and more. The Family Place Vice President of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin gave a special introduction to the honorary chairs Joanne and Charles Teichman of Ylang 23, who have been longtime supporters of Partners Card.

Ralph Prieto, Eric White and Mike Meredith*

“Bank of Texas is so proud to be partnering again with The Family Place for Partners Card for the ninth year,” said Mike Meredith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Bank of Texas. “The Family Place’s mission to end domestic violence is truly one of the most important causes of our times. It’s a difficult subject that many folks do not want to talk or think about, but it’s a reality for too many, and we’re very appreciative of the work The Family Place does to help so many people.”

Paige Flink and Melissa Sherrill Martin*

The Family Place CEO Paige Flink reminded guests of the reason behind the card and noted that their money aided in a big way by helping The Family Place get the first men into shelters, as well as many women and children. The remarks concluded with attendees coming together in celebration of the cause as “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge played through the speakers.

Partners Card is the signature fundraiser for The Family Place, Texas’ largest and longest-serving family violence agency, and over the past 25 years has become one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex. Cardholders who purchase a $70 card receive a 20% discount at a variety of their favorite stores and restaurants while supporting The Family Place. In 2016, more than 750 retailers and restaurants participated in the program, raising more than $1 million to support The Family Place’s mission to provide life-saving shelter and support to victims experiencing family violence.

David and Sheryl Pidgeon*

This year’s 10-day Partners Card shopping event will be Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5. Cardholders are invited to shop with a purpose and help The Family Place reach its goal of raising $1.2 million.

Guests Included: Mary Catherine Benavides, Melanie Hancock, The Family Place Development Manager Heather Street Baker and The Family Place Development Associate Grace Dewar, Paula McCloud, Dana Clack, Robby Sturgeon, Katherine Wynne, Amy Camp, Sandy Stevens, Brett Dougall, Eleanor Watson, Angela Foster, Rebecca Meadows, Margaret Gall, Mary Gall, Stephen Bodwell, Naz Jannah, Walter Love, Kelly Jekauc, Kelly Perkins, Dominika and David Barnes, Elizabeth Barber, Linda Knox, Traci and Ryan Freling, Myriam and Anton Prodanovic, Sheryl Pidgeon and David Pidgeon, Roderick Bonds and Cameo Raymond and past Partners Card Chairs: Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek, Samantha Wortley, Diane Fullingim, Maggie Cook Kipp, Lynn McBee and Diana Hamilton.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

Partners Card Past Chairs, Sponsors, Retailers And Contributors Celebrated 25 Years Of Supporting The Family Place Fundraiser

For 24 years The Family Place clients have benefited from North Texas’ favorite indoor sport — shopping—thanks to the annual Partners Card. To celebrate its 25th-year anniversary, Sally Hoglund and Brenda West Cockerell had a lunch for near and dear at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, February 28. Here’s a report from the field:

Now in its 25th year, Partners Card kicked off its anniversary year with a celebratory luncheon hosted by Partners Card Co-Founder Sally Hoglund and The Family Place Board Member Brenda West Cockerell at the Dallas Country Club Tuesday, February 28. The ballroom was filled with past Partners Card chairs, sponsors, retailers and many more who contribute their time and talents to make the event a success.

Sally Johnson, Sally Hoglund and Brenda West Cockerell*

The Family Place CEO Paige Flink welcomed guests and shared how far Partners Card has come and noted that in its history, the community has helped raise more than $17 million to support victims of family violence through the Partners Card Program. Partners Card Co-Founders Sally Hoglund and Sally K. Johnson were recognized and received appreciation for believing in the Partners Card concept and establishing the program in Dallas. A video, donated by Beyond, played and featured interviews with “the Sallys” and summarized the success of the Partners Card program throughout the years.

Lynn McBee, Paige Flink and Joanne Teichman*

During lunch, Partners Card 2017 Co-Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns graciously thanked past Partners Card chairs who are serving as committee members this year and announced this year’s “Together We Save” Partners Card will be held Friday, October 27 – Sunday, November 5. Burns offered special thanks to Partners Card retailers, many of whom have participated in the program since its inception.  For the silver anniversary, Allday and Burns shared their goal of making Partners Card 2017 bigger and better than ever with more retailers, sellers, sponsors, new technology and expanded social media campaigns.

Guests enjoyed tortilla soup, Southwest chicken chop salad and chocolate mousse prepared by the Dallas Country Club, snapped photos for social media with Partners Card props, and reminisced about the past 24 years through a montage of photos that played throughout the luncheon. Shopping bag cookies created by Kim Crigger Warren of KimCake4U were gifted to all guests, and the beautiful floral centerpieces from Branching Out Events also were available for purchase.

Ralph Prieto, Mike Meredith and Bob White*

Guests included Presenting Sponsor Bank of Texas team Bob White, Mandy Austin, Mike Meredith, Ralph Prieto, Scott Winton and Vickie Wise; The Family Place Vice President of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin; 2017 Partners Card Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns; Partners Card Development Manager Heather Street Baker; and Past Partners Card Chairs Annika Cail, Gay Donnell, Susan Farris, Diane Fullingim, Suzy Gekiere, Nancy Gopez, JB Hayes, Kathryn Henry, Teffy Jacobs, Maggie Kipp, Kate Rose Marquez, Lynn McBee, Molly Nolan, Jane Rozelle, Kristen Sanger, Kelley Schadt, Nancy Scripps, Jamie Singer, Andrea Weber, Melissa Wickham, Andrea Cheek, Anne Conner, Cynthia Beaird, Dawn Spalding, Debbie Munir, Katy Duvall Olson, Lisa Rubey, Melissa Cameron, Paige Westhoff, Sally Cullum, Sue Bailey, Susan Wilson, Suzanne Crews and Samantha Wortley.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

2016 Partners Card Total Take Of $1,050,000 Revealed Plus Plans For The 2017 Fundraiser For The Family Place

Just a few blocks away from Communities in Schools at Samuel Lynne Galleries, The Family Place crowd was at Bungalow 5 to celebrate the year’s take of the annual Partners Card and to hear plans for the 2017 fundraiser.

As The Family Place’s Paige Flink and Melissa Sherrill in black and white scurried through the 100+ guests, Catherine New made her 2017 debut following breast cancer reconstruction surgery. While she admitted to Anne Conner and her daughter-in-law Ryan Conner that heading back to work at the Hilton Anatole that week had been a bit too much, she was better managing her return to full form for the spring season.

Ryan Conner, Anne Conner and Catherine New

In another part of Bungalow 5, Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley and Susan Farris were asking if there had been any news about new Crystal Charity Ball members. That would come later in the evening. 

Lisa’s escort for the evening, Larry Hackett, told how he had lost 150 pounds due to a gluten-free diet and twice-a-day exercise program.

Lisa Cooley, Larry Hackett and Susan Farris

Joyce Fox arrived with Doris Jacobs on the scene just before the reveal of the final total earned. Doris reported that husband Jack Jacobs was on the mend from surgery.

With 2016 Partners Card Co-Chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley smiling, Paige revealed that $1,050,000 had been provided for the organization thanks to the annual spend-around-town fundraiser.

Paige added, “These funds are critical and will provide over 15,000 nights of shelter and support to the women, men and children who come to The Family Place to escape a violent situation.”

The amount was thanks to presenting sponsor Bank of Texas, 2016 top sellers Sara Robinson and Cass Robinson, who sold 162 Partners Cards; Paula Davis, who sold 155 Partners Cards; and Nancy Scripps, who sold 130 Partners Cards.

It was also revealed that plans for the upcoming 25th anniversary of Partners Card are already locked down. According to Bank of Texas Market President Ryan Suchala, the bank will once again be the presenting sponsor with Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns serving as co-chairs with the help of “other past Partners Card chairs, who are joining together to make the anniversary year the best yet.”

Area Fundraisers Rally To Provide More Shelter And Services For Domestic Abuse Victims

What if someone hollered, “Help!” and no one could respond? Or, if they did, they sadly admitted they couldn’t help? That’s what The Family Place and other shelters have had to admit. “No vacancy!” has been posted, separating those in abusive situations trying to escape.

As of Friday, The Family Place was filled to capacity with 127 clients in the shelter and hotels, of which 83 were children.

Mike Rawlings (File photo)

Mike Rawlings (File photo)

Jennifer Staubach Gates (File photo)

Jennifer Staubach Gates (File photo)

According to the report presented by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Councilperson Jennifer Staubach Gates Friday morning, the following ugly statistics were revealed:

  • 10,154 women, children and men were turned away in the past year from shelters due to lack of space
  • 29,905 calls were received by the Dallas Police Department that were determined to be related to domestic violence
  • 30 fatalities resulted in the past two years due to domestic violence. Sadly, none of the victims reported concerns about their well-being.

The good side of the report is that victims are rising above their abuse and reaching out for help. The very-not-good-side is that their cry for help cannot be satisfied due to lack of capabilities.

The hopeful news is that major entities like Dallas Women’s Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Mary Kay and Verizon have come together to defeat the physical violence living in households. But these organizations, as powerful and influential as they are, can’t shoulder the responsibility alone.

To help these people — both men and women — funding is needed from other resources. In addition to The Family Place’s Partners’ Card underway and the Texas Trailblazer Luncheon, there is the upcoming ReuNight.

This mega-must-attend affair was slated to start with cocktails in the shiny, new Forty Five Ten. Then the stellar guests including designer Donna Karan were to mosey over to The Joule’s Terrace for din-din and the lively auction.

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

That was the plan, but plans do change and this one did a 180-degree turn. Due to the cozy digs at The Terrace and the demands by those on the wait list, Event Co-Chairs Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum and Shelle and Michael Sills plus Honorary Chair Mary Clare Finney arranged to have the dinner/auction moved to the lawn in front of The Eyeball.

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Todd Fiscus (File photo)

Todd Fiscus (File photo)

Paige Flink (File photo)

Paige Flink (File photo)

So the POA is that cocktails will be served in the brand, spanking new Forty Five Ten. Then guests will stroll next door to The Eye Of Dallas to sup in a tented dining room arranged by event planner extraordinaire Todd Fiscus. In addition to dessert, there will be the live auction. And, baby, this auction is going to have an extremely limited number of to-die-for packages. Stay tuned.

Thanks to the move, folks who were on the waiting list are now on the guest list. So, hustle, hustle because there just may room for you and your fav person.

But let’s get back to where the funds are going. According to The Family Place’s CEO Paige Flink, “This is why we are building a new Central Dallas Counseling Center and additional Emergency Shelter space at Ann Moody Place. You can contribute to the Legacy Campaign and help us build for the future so we don’t have to turn anyone away.

“You can buy a Partners Card now through November 6. The $70 for each card purchase goes directly to The Family Place and provides one night of safety for a woman and her child.”

Hopefully, big funding will take place at ReuNight because there are men, women and children depending upon each penny.

The Family Place Kicks Off 2016 Partners Card With North Soiree At IBB Design Fine Furnishings

If the kids are back in school, high school football games are holding Fridays hostage and the holidays are just weeks away, then it’s time for the warmup for The Family Place‘s Partners Card program. Getting the whole thing ramped up was the Partners Card North Seller Soiree on Saturday, September 10. Here’s a report from the field:

Ciara Cooley, Lisa Cooley and Tori Roark*

Ciara Cooley, Lisa Cooley and Tori Roark*

More than one hundred guests of The Family Place, Partners Card 2016 Co-Chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley, and Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley, gathered at the Partners Card North Seller Soirée hosted by Beth Rafferty and Shay Geyer, co-owners of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Saturday, September 10.

In celebration of the annual Partners Card fundraiser, the family-friendly event featured Easy Slider and Trailercakes food trucks, tunes by DJ Jennifer Miller and a photo booth featuring super hero props to celebrate this year’s theme, Shop Like a Hero.  The afternoon honored sponsors and card sellers who continue to support Partners Card and bring hope to victims of domestic violence. Guests also enjoyed shopping at the beautiful IBB Design Fine Furnishings’ Frisco showroom, with 10% of sales donated to The Family Place.

Brian Geyer, Brooklyn Geyer, Jaylie Geyer and Shay Geyer*

Brian Geyer, Brooklyn Geyer, Jaylie Geyer and Shay Geyer*

The Family Place Vice President of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin welcomed guests and reminded everyone to please mark their calendars for the annual shopping event, Partners Card presented by Bank of Texas, set for Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, November 6. Bank of Texas Senior Vice President and Manager of Commercial Banking Mandy Austin also addressed the group and thanked The Family Place for its eight-year partnership. Partners Card Co-Chairs Samantha Wortley and Jane Rozelle announced the new Partners Card app and upcoming events, and IBB Co-owner Shay Geyer revealed the winners of the IBB gift card.

The Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink concluded remarks by encouraging everyone to buy a card and stated that through the success of the program, The Family Place is able to provide for victims of domestic violence, which includes opening a new men’s shelter, counseling center and retail shop in Collin County beginning September 21, 2016.

Mandy Austin, Beth Martin and Rhonda Green*

Mandy Austin, Beth Martin and Rhonda Green*

“It’s incredible to see how Partners Card has grown over the past 23 years and how much support we have from communities across the Dallas Metroplex,” Paige said. “Because of the success of the Partners Card fundraiser and the support from our sponsors, retailers and sellers, we have 30 women, 67 children and five men currently in safe housing.”

Guests included: IBB Director of Marketing and Business Development Meredith Hite, The Family Place Development Manager Heather Street Baker, Katy Bock, Kameron Westcott, Rhonda Green, Patrick McLaughlin and Past Partners Card Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday, Lisa Bhattacharya, Jennifer Burns, Andrea Cheek, Sara Friedman, Nancy Gopez, JB Hayes, Kathryn Henry, Maggie Kipp, Kate Rose Marquez, Debbie Munir, Kristen Sanger and Dawn Spalding.

Cardholders are invited to shop, dine and save with a 20% discount at more than 750 participating retail locations and restaurants throughout the Dallas Metroplex.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

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 www.partnerscard.org. For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email [email protected].

“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

Partners Card 2015 Nets Record Revenue For The Family Place

Some 200 fans of The Family Place gathered at Hotel ZaZa on Thursday, January 28, to learn that the agency’s Partners Card 2015, presented by Bank of Texas, had raised more than $1.15 million during its annual run held earlier last fall. The result meant that the big shopping fundraiser had surpassed the $1 million mark for the fifth straight year.

“This was our best year ever” for net revenue, said Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place. Why does she think it happened? “Because the economy was better, and the sellers did their jobs,” Flink said. “They sold more cards than ever. … The sacrifices of the retailers and their associates is what makes Partners Card work.”

Paige Flink and Eric White*

Paige Flink and Eric White*

Melissa Boler, Ashlee Weidner and Debbie Munir*

Melissa Boler, Ashlee Weidner and Debbie Munir*

An estimated 750 retailers and restaurants participated in the program, which ran from October 30 through November 8, 2015. During that period, shoppers around North Texas received a 20 percent discount with the purchase of a $70 Partners Card. One hundred percent of the purchase price of each card directly benefited The Family Place, Dallas’ largest family violence agency.

Debbie Munir, who co-chaired the 2015 campaign with Melissa Boler and Ashlee Weidner, said the record results were no accident. “We continued to try to expand the program, and we just kept growing and growing,” Munir said. “For example, we’re starting to get additional retailers involved in Southlake.”

Rhonda Sargent Chambers*

Rhonda Sargent Chambers*

Elizabeth Dacus, Samantha Wortley and Jane Rozelle*

Elizabeth Dacus, Samantha Wortley and Jane Rozelle*

The 2015 co-chairs were joined at the ZaZa by Honorary Chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers and the 2016 Partners Card co-chairs: Elizabeth Dacus, Samantha Wortley and Jane Rozelle. Others in the crowd included Angela Nash, Eric White and Lynn McBee.

Since 1978, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided life-saving shelter to more than 22,000 women and children, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. Among other things, funds raised through the Partners Card program help provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, after-school programs for children, and job skills for adults.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

Political Debating Didn’t Hamper The Family Place’s Partners Card South Soirée At NorthPark’s Mulberry

Event planners just thought they were safe scheduling events on Wednesday, September 16th. After all, North Texas Giving Day was the next day, so it appeared that Wednesday would be open to fundraising. Oops! The CNN Republican debate suddenly became the Super Bowl of Politics that night. Oh, dear! Debate-watching parties were popping up around town like pumpkins at Autumn at the Arboretum.

Would anyone show up for an event while the politicos were verbally sparring? Guess what? The philanthropic crowd knew how to schedule their time like a seamstress showing off the forbidden stitch.

Shivangi Pokharel, Cass Robinson and Sara Robinson

Shivangi Pokharel, Cass Robinson and Sara Robinson

While The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary sipped and shopped at the Luxury Garage Sale in Snider Plaza, The Family Place crowd shimmied their way into Mulberry for the Partners Card South Soiree in NorthPark.

Mulberry’s Matthew Minick looked right at home with the guests parading in. Family Place Development VP Melissa Sherrill was just a tad bit blown away by the turnout that included Nancy Gopez, Cass Robinson, Sara Robinson and Mulberry’s New Yawker Johanan Merino, who was just back from the Big Apple with a refreshed haircut and a review of New York’s Fashion Week.

Just as ReuNight Co-Chair Robert Weatherly arrived Family Place CEO Paige Flink reported that tickets were going lickety-split for the November 12th delicious dinner with Chef John Tesar in the kitchen.

Robert Weatherly

Robert Weatherly

Paige Flink and Paula Davis

Paige Flink and Paula Davis

Then she spotted Paula Davis and announced that Paula had been the top card seller. Her secret? She has lots of shop-loving neighbors in Lake Highlands.

Another event on The Family Place’s schedule is the 20th Anniversary Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, October 1, at the Hilton Anatole.  In addition to Co-Chairs Michaela Dyer and Layne Pitzer arranging for awards being presented to Nancy Nasher, Bob Miller and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, they’re having actress Marisa Tomei as the keynote speaker.  BTW, be prepared. Paige is hoping to make an announcement to impress. She ain’t talking about it until then.

IBB Design Fine Furnishings Hosts The 2015 Partners Card North Seller Soirée

Beth Rafferty, Brooklyn Geyer, Jaylie Geyer, Shay and Brian Geyer*

Beth Rafferty, Brooklyn Geyer, Jaylie Geyer, Shay and Brian Geyer*

IBB Design Fine Furnishings proprietress Shay Geyer and her mom Beth Rafferty know how to throw a party and they did just that on Wednesday, September 9, for the Partners Card‘s North Seller Soirée benefiting The Family Place. Here’s a report from the field:

“Approximately 100 guests gathered together for a Seller Soirée at IBB Design Fine Furnishings in celebration of Partners Card 2015.

“The Family Place, along with Co-Chairs Melissa Boler, Debbie Munir and Ashlee Weidner and Honorary Chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers, welcomed card sellers, sponsors, retailers and friends for an evening filled with festive hors d’oeuvres, sips, shopping and door prize drawings.

Debbie Munir, Ashlee Weidner and Melissa Boler*

Debbie Munir, Ashlee Weidner and Melissa Boler*

“Co-Chairs Melissa, Debbie and Ashlee led the remarks, reminding everyone to please mark their calendars and purchase their $70 card for the annual shopping fundraiser, presented by Bank of Texas, set for October 30 through November 8, 2015. Bank of Texas Senior Vice President and Manager of Commercial Banking Mandy Austin also addressed the group and thanked The Family Place for its wonderful, long-lasting partnership.

Clinton Encinias, Paige Flink and John Mazey*

Clinton Encinias, Paige Flink and John Mazey*

“This year will mark Bank of Texas’ seventh year as presenting sponsor of Partners Card. The Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink concluded by thanking all those who have contributed to making Partners Card the largest fundraiser for The Family Place. In addition, she shared The Family Place’s latest fundraising goals, motivated card sellers to go beyond previous accomplishments and invited others to join in promoting and selling cards for one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex.

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Diane Hopson*

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Diane Hopson*

Heather Street Baker and Mandy Austin*

Heather Street Baker and Mandy Austin*

“Guests included: Nancy Scripps, John Mazey, Eric White, Sharon Jett, Brandy Taylor, Michael Munir, Michele and Mickey Munir, Maggie Kipp, Quitman Stephens, Katie Hunzinger, Melissa and Jeff Cameron, Diane Hopson and Kathryn Henry.”

* Photo credit: George Fiala

2014 Partners Card Paid Off To The Tune Of $1.13M For The Family Place

There was a true celebration at the Joule hotel on Wednesday, December 10, when 160 friends and supporters of Partners Card gathered to mark the culmination of the 2014 signature fundraiser for The Family Place and to—what else?—do a little shopping of their own. But more about that later.

The guests who’d gathered by 7 p.m. in the Joule ballroom looked like a cross-section of Dallas’ nonprofit chic set. Among them: Carol Seay, Maggie Kipp, Robert Weatherly, Claire Emanuelson and DeeDee Lee. The latter two were chatting it up with Shelle Sills, the 2014 Partners Card honorary chair, while, nearby, Renee Rouleau was talking up her imminent relocation from Dallas to east Austin. (Her new home there, the celebrity esthetician pointed out proudly, has been featured in Dwell magazine.)

Diana Hamilton and Andrea Cheek*

Diana Hamilton and Andrea Cheek*

Up on the raised stage, Partners Card Co-Chairs Andrea Cheek and Diana Hamilton talked excitedly about the success of the 2014 campaign, whose $70 card offered savings at more than 750 local retailers over 10 days. (The third co-chair, Lisa Bhattacharya, wasn’t able to make it.) Then they introduced Bob White of presenting sponsor Bank of Texas, who offered some excitement of his own.

Bob White and Paige Flink*

Bob White and Paige Flink*

Because BOT is “so proud to have our named associated” with Partners Card, White said, “we made a commitment today to continue to play this role for the next two years. We moved our schedule up a little.”

White noted that the fundraiser is entering its 22nd year, something that Family Place executive director Paige Flink also stressed during her remarks. Paige recalled seeing a similar program in Chicago more than two decades ago, and deciding that something like it could be “big” in Dallas, because “shopping is a sport here!”

Sara and Cass Robinson*

Sara and Cass Robinson*

During the Family Place program’s first year in North Texas, she added, 100 stores participated, helping to rake in $100,000. How times have changed. In 2014, it was announced, the program had raised at least $1,130,000. The year’s top individual sellers included Nancy Scripps, who sold 157 Partners Cards; Paula Davis, who wasn’t far behind with 154 sales; and Sara and Cass Robinson.

But, what would have evening devoted to the celebration of shopping have been without some shopping of its own? To cap the festivities, guests were told they would receive 20 percent off their purchases at the Joule’s Traffic LA, ESPA, Tenoversix and Taschen Library—“but only tonight.” Smart move, as there was still a lot of holiday shopping left to be done.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

Partners Card South Kick-Off Brings Out The Softies Like Alan Stein

Remember when you were in grade school and it was current events day? Wednesday the Partners Card South Kick-Off Party at NorthPark’s Pinto Ranch was such an occasion. And the topic du jour besides the glamorama rhinestone cowboy duds was the Ray Rice alleged battery of this former girlfriend/current wife.

Rhinestone cowboy hat

Rhinestone cowboy hat

As unpleasant as the topic was, it was an on-the-target subject matter for The Family Place crowd.

Luckily, for every Ray Rice, there are men like Alan Stein. Each month the former TFP board member/Pricewaterhouser takes pillows to TFP’s safe campus for the residents.

In recalling his first visit to the campus, Alan admitted that he had been prepared to see women and battered women at that. Instead was taken back by the 40-50 children, who were seeking sanctuary along with their mothers. That’s how domestic abuse impacts far more than the immediate victim. And that’s why TFP is a place for safety and recovery.

Melissa Sherrill, Alan Stein and Diana Hamilton

Melissa Sherrill, Alan Stein and Diana Hamilton

BTW, at last week’s Partners Card North Kick Off at IBB Design, TFP’s Melissa Sherrill admitted a pleasant surprise at the number of guests who showed up — 100+. It seems TFP’s reach is far beyond main Dallas, both for clients and supporters.

Carol Seay, Shelle Sills, Claire Emanuelson and Deb Goldstein

Carol Seay, Shelle Sills, Claire Emanuelson and Deb Goldstein

The same number including Sherry Williams, Yvonne Crum, Nancy Gopez, JB Hayes, Claire Emanuelson, 2014 Partners Card Honorary Chair Shelle Sills and Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Co-Chair Carol Seay, who reported that nearly 1000 tickets had been sold for the September 17 luncheon honoring the legacy of Harold Simmons at the Anatole’s Imperial Ballroom.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2014 Partners Card

According to 2014 Partners Card Co-Chairs Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek and Diana Hamilton,

Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton and Lisa Bhattacharya*

Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton and Lisa Bhattacharya*

“Partners Card is upon us! We are thrilled to announce the most highly anticipated shopping fundraiser of the year, presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting The Family Place, will be held October 24 through November 2, 2014. When you shop, you save money and save lives by supporting Partners Card and The Family Place, Dallas’ largest family violence service provider. With more than 750 wonderful participating retailers and restaurants this year, we guarantee Partners Card will satisfy all of your shopping needs while supporting a good cause!

Shelle Sills (File photo)

Shelle Sills (File photo)

“We also are excited to have local retail expert, Shelle Sills, as our honorary chair this year. For more than 35 years, Shelle has been an integral part of the retail industry in various capacities. She owned and operated The Gazebo, a popular women’s specialty store, for 18 years. In 1999, she joined Neiman Marcus as the vice president and visionary general manager of the historic downtown Dallas store, where she dedicated her time to various groups seeking to revitalize and reinvent downtown Dallas. She currently works as the director of retail and project development with Headington Companies and oversees business development and special projects.

“The 10-day shopping spectacular rewards cardholders with unbelievable savings at some of Dallas’ top 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 21 years, Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place and is one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex. And, although this is the largest fundraiser, 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 15,500 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 www.partnerscard.org. Partners Cards will go on sale September 1, 2014. For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email [email protected].

“We hope you will buy a card and shop during the 22nd Annual Partners Card fundraiser!”

Shelle Sills To Be Honorary Chair Of The Family Place’s 2014 Partners Card

Shelle Sills (File photo)

Shelle Sills (File photo)

Since leaving Neiman Marcus Downtown as VP/GM, Shelle Sills has maintained a relatively low profile. Instead of learning how to play golf, she’s been helping Tim Headington in business development and special projects. And, of course, she’s continued to be the go-to-galpal for fundraising friends on the QT.

But The Family Place Partners Card 2014 Tri-Chairs Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek and Diana Hamilton have gotten Shelle on board for the October 24 – November 2 shop-extravaganza.

Oldtimers will recall Shelle as a young retailing pup when she dazzled fashionistas at The Gazebo.

According to The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink, “Shelle is truly the retail queen of Dallas, and we are thrilled to recognize her as our honorary chair. When we first had the idea of starting a shopping fundraiser in Dallas, Shelle was one of the first retailers we contacted to float the concept. Her valuable insight and recommendations more than 20 years ago helped us launch what is now one of the most highly anticipated shopping events each year. She has truly been a loyal supporter of the program, literally since day one.”

With Shelle, Bank of Texas as presenting sponsor and more than 750 retailers, The Partners Card trio has their eyes on by-passing the $1M mark once again.

Wish lists should be created now for shopping at a discount.

2014 Partners Card Tri-Chairs Announced Plus The Return Of Bank Of Texas As Presenting Sponsor

Hold on to your keyboards! All types of news is pouring at MySweetCharity. We’re being forced to have finger masseuses brought in. Thank goodness, the MSC computers just returned from a refreshening visit at Dr. Jimmie’s, where loads of memory were added.

Where to start?

Partners Card*

Partners Card*

How about the new tri-chairs for The Family Place‘s 2014 Partners Card? Heading up the shopathon from Friday, October 24 through Sunday, November 2 will be Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek and Diana Hamilton.

Adding to the excitement of the announcement is Bank of Texas is stepping up once again as the presenting sponsor.

The team has big stilettos to fill, but this threesome is ready to take on the challenge.

* Logo courtesy of The Family Place

Partners Card Once Again Surpasses The Million $ Mark For The Family Place

Congrats to the Partners Card Co-Chairs Annika Cail, Sara Rastegar Friedman and Katy Wilson Duvall. This year’s effort raised $1,150,884 for The Family Place.

Not only did they bring in the cash, they may have changed the marketing plans for some in the hood.

The announcement was just made at Museum Tower before the cold weather hit.  Only goes to prove that spending does save money and changes lives.

Lululemon’s Window Creates Uproar

Lululemon window*

Lululemon window*

Yipes! All heck is breaking loose on Facebook and over at D’s ShopTalk. It seems Lululemon at NorthPark posted the following message in their window over the weekend

“We do partners yoga, not partners card!”

Shall we start a pool on how long that message stays in the window? If you would like to let your feelings be known, here’s their corporate email address. We’re sure they’d love to hear from you.

On the other hand, if you would like to know what merchants do participate in The Family Place‘s Partners Card program, here is the list!

Suggestion: Lululemon pr team, remove the message and make a nice donation to The Family Place.

UPDATE (12:35 p.m.): Stop the pool. The Family Place’s Paige Flink just reported the following: “Lululemon says they have taken down the sign and that they will be reaching out to The Family Place to teach yoga to our clients. Your efforts were successful.”

If you still want to share your thoughts with Lululemon corporate, you might want to compliment them for their changing directions.

* Photo credit: Paige Flink

 

The Skies Over Dallas Were Filled With 114 Red, White And Purple Balloons Floating Skyward And Representing So Much

Balloons floating above

Balloons floating above

The sky was spectacularly clear today, except for a few wispy clouds and 114 balloons. It’s not too late. If you look outside, you just might see one of the white, red or purple balloons floating by. There were exactly 114 of ‘em.

114 balloons being released

114 balloons being released

Let’s face it. Balloons are synonymous with birthdays, celebrations and happy occasions, but in this case it was a mix of happy and not-so-happy. Sadly, they represented the 114 women who were killed in 2012 due to domestic violence in Texas. But seeing them as a group winging their way into a beautiful blue sky with temperatures in the 70’s made one feel the women’s spirits were free of all the worldly problems they had faced in life.

Paige Flink

Paige Flink

The balloon release was held at The Family Place following a lunch and presentation to various groups who work with TFP. The timing was just right. In addition to October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the occasion was also a part of TFP’s 35th anniversary and orchestrated by TFP’s Paige Flink and her hardworking-always-amazing staff. Greeting guests in the facility’s lobby, the staff had created a large wreath bearing the names of each of the 114.

The wreath of purple

The wreath of purple

Of that statewide number, nine women were from the Dallas area. During a presentation inside the TFP dining room, current residents stood holding purple balloons in the shape of stars and reading the Dallas-area victims’ names, the names of their killers and those they left behind.

The Family Place residents reading the names of Dallas victims of domestic violence

The Family Place residents reading the names of Dallas victims of domestic violence

Then the guests, residents and staff took the balloons outside and released them. It was poignant watching the balloons drift away to be lost forever, like the lives they represented.

Friday starts the Partners Card program that will raise money to fund TFP’s program to help people, both men and women, escape violence and create healthy lives for themselves and their families.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2013 Partners Card

Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman*

Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman*

According to the 2013 Partners Card Co-Chairs Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman,

“It’s almost time for Partners Card again! We are so excited to announce the annual 10-day shopping fundraiser benefiting The Family Place will be held October 25 through November 3, 2013. There are so many wonderful retailers participating this year, we hope you will join us in supporting Partners Card and The Family Place as you are shopping for those fall must haves! As one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex, we wanted to remind everyone this fundraiser is the only sale where you truly save. That is, save lives and support the critical work of The Family Place, one of the longest-serving family violence service providers in the state.

“We are excited to announce some new things this year. With a 2013 Partners Card, Goodson Acura of Dallas will offer 10% off MSRP towards the purchase of all remaining 2013 TSX models. Goodson Acura of Dallas and Audi Dallas will also offer a 20% discount on service and parts. In addition, an Audi Dallas Ride & Drive event benefiting Partners Card will be held Saturday, October 26 from 10 to 5 p.m. at NorthPark Center, and a Goodson Acura Ride & Drive event will be held Sunday, October 27 at The Shops at Legacy from 12 to 5 p.m.  Also new this year, Galleria Dallas will contribute $5 per Partners Card sold through a Galleria Dallas retailer.

Beth Rafferty*

Beth Rafferty*

Shay Geyer*

Shay Geyer*

“We are also excited about this year’s honorary co-chairs, Beth Rafferty and her daughter Shay Geyer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  IBB is an award-winning, all-inclusive design firm and home furnishings store that features everything from classic traditional to more traditional/contemporary looks. Beth, a well-known interior designer and founder of IBB, along with her daughter Shay, a professional interior designer since 2001, are adamant about giving back to the community and have supported The Family Place for many years.

“Over the past 20 years, Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place and is one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex. In 2012, Partners Card celebrated its 20th anniversary with more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants selling 14,600 cards and raising $1,115,854 for The Family Place. In its history, the community has helped raise more than $13 million through the Partners Card program.

“Partners Card is a 10-day shopping spectacular that rewards cardholders with unbelievable savings at some of Dallas’ top 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. One hundred percent of the sale of the $70 Partners Card goes directly to The Family Place and has helped it grow into one of the longest-serving family violence service providers in the state.

“Individuals may purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, direct mail or visit www.partnerscard.org.  Partners Cards will go on sale September 1, 2013.  For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email [email protected].

* Photos provided by Partners Card

Just In: Partners Card 2013 Honorary Co-chairs Announced

More honorary co-chairs are popping up like sunflowers! Partners Card 2013 tri-chairs Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman just sent word on the honorary co-chairs for the spend-athon benefiting The Family Place’s October 25 -November 3.

How smart they were to pick a mom/daughter team who understands and appreciates both shopping and fundraising.

Who is the twosome?

Shay Geyer (File photo)

Shay Geyer (File photo)

Beth Rafferty

Beth Rafferty*

Beverly Drive cover girl Shay Geyer and her mom Beth Rafferty!

These two have time and time again supported a plethora of nonprofits like Dwell with Dignity, The Women’s Council of the Arboretum, Family Gateway and Equest and still found time to run their 40,000-square-foot IBB Design Furnishings.

Photo provided by The Family Place

Rescheduled Partners Card Kick-off Was A Fashionable Kick

Katy Duvall and Sarah Friedman

Katy Duvall and Sarah Friedman

Annika Cail

Annika Cail

2013 Partners Card Co-chairs Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman wisely decided to postpone the kick-off party of the 21st Family Place fundraiser back on May 21. With tornadoes sweeping through Oklahoma like a Roomba and threatening weather in North Texas, they realized that many would be fearful to face potential chancy conditions.

So they held the event at the Westin Galleria on Wednesday, June 5, not knowing what the headcount would be. After all, some had already taken off for vacations.

Surprise! The place was packed. Since the indoor party was adjacent to the hotel’s pool, many changed from their very proper business attire to more casual but not too casual. For instance, some of the gents still wore their suit jackets but doffed the ties. The gals like Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Davis were baring shoulders in cute sundresses. And opened-toed wedges showcased a rainbow of painted toenails with last year’s favorite black being replaced by a soft teal. As one person pointed out, “Toe cleavage abounds this time of year.”

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Davis

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Davis

Cary Deuber decided that her hair needed some instant “oomphing,” so instead of going to a blowout, she gathered her hair in a ponytail on top of her head, applied a “contraption” with faux hair, undid the ponytail and had a glamorama head of curls and swirls.

Renee Rouleau, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer and Cary Deuber

Renee Rouleau, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer and Cary Deuber

Unfortunately, one of those who couldn’t make the event due to previous out-of-town commitments was The Family Place head honcho Paige Flink.

What did she miss? Details about this year’s Partners Card program, which takes place from October 25 to November 3, providing a “20% discount at more than 780 Dallas-area retailers and restaurants.”

Once again the good folks at Bank of Texas will be the presenting sponsor.

As soon as the cards go on sale and it’s revealed which stores will be participating, we’ll let you know.

In the meantime, start making your shopping list of Partner Card opportunities.

JUST IN: 21st Partners Card Kick-off Is Postponed

If you were planning on attending the 21st Partners Card Kick-off party tonight, you can scrap that plan.This message was just received:

“Due to inclement weather the 21st Annual Partners Card Kick-off Benefiting The Family Place event tonight will be postponed to Wednesday, June 5.”

So, why not take the night off?

The Family Place Partners Announce 2013 Leadership

With the new year comes new leadership. The Family Place Partners have announced the leaders of their various fundraising projects for The Family Place.

  • The 2013 Family Place Partners president will be Jennifer Burns with Jennifer Tobin serving as president-elect.
  • Texas Trailblazer Award Luncheon on Thursday, September 26, will be chaired by Barbara Durham and her daughter Julie Rado.
  • Partners Card program will be chaired by Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman.
  • You already know that Jenifer Strauss Dannhauser, Stacy Girard and Lindsay Jacaman are chairing the 2013 Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut on Thursday, April 25.

The Family Place’s Fundraising Ranged From Partners Card At NorthPark To Trailblazer Awards Luncheon At The Omni Dallas

The Family Place‘s Executive Director Paige Flink was a busy gal Tuesday and Wednesday. Well, she’s always busy, but this time she barely had time to change earrings.

Tuesday

Tuesday night she was at NorthPark for the Partners Card Southern Sellers Soirée. The Northern one took place last Thursday at Shay Geyer‘s IBB Design in Frisco. The Soirées “celebrate and honor cards sellers and sponsors like jeweler Jerry Szor that make it possible to continue Partners Card and bring hope to local victims of domestic violence.”

But Tuesday night it was outdoors in NP’s center courtyard and the weather couldn’t have been better. With The Road Crew playing “Rock with You,” “Car Wash” and “Let’s Stay Together,” guests found themselves dancing, dining and drinking. But not Paige. She doesn’t let a little thing like a party stop her campaign to curb domestic violence and abuse. She reminded folks that last year volunteers sold 16,000 of the precious discount cards resulting in $1M, which in turn helps The Family Place grow its programs.

Long-term, Paige has her sights on two goals:

1. Expand education programs for youth. This include bullying prevention and teen-dating violence prevention.

2. Expand economic empowerment of women who come to The Family Place. This includes education, jobs skills, job training and job placement.

Dawn Spalding and Connie Nash

For the PC’s 20th anniversary, Paige and PC Co-chairs Gay Donnell, Kathryn Henry and Dawn Spalding have raised the stakes with the hope of selling 20,000 which would haul in $1.4M. Paige is very good with round numbers.

Robert Weatherly

To sell that number, it takes volunteers like Robert Weatherly, who joined The Family Place board this year. In trying to sell more than 100 cards, he’s already selling them via Facebook, where he has 1,000 friends.

Robert also has another goal in mind. He wants to raise around $70,000 for The Family Place to have a full-time nurse-practitioner on its “Safe Campus” full-time. Currently they only have a nurse part-time, who can only see about 20 patients while there.

Wednesday

Paige Flink and Maggie Cooke Kipp

It seemed like Paige was leaving her house just as the paperboy was delivering the morning paper. She had to hustle to the Omni Dallas for the 2012 Trailblazer Awards Luncheon benefiting The Family Place. 600 were expected and some were greeted by an Omni staffer in the Omni driveway who advised guests as they approached, “If you’re going to valet park, you’re going to have a wait after the lunch.” Hmm, not a good sign.

Ebby Halliday

But once inside the crowd in the reception area outside the Trinity Ballroom grew and grew. One of the highlights was Ebby Halliday all in white seated on a couch, that soon took on the look of a throne as guests lined up to pay homage to the 101-year-old. Have you noticed that both centenarians Ebby and Margaret McDermott, who is a year younger than Ebby, are partial to white? It almost makes them glow.

Lloyd and Amanda Ward and Dr. Loc and Anh Trieu

Ah, but what many didn’t realize was that just a few floors upstairs, an ultra-private reception was taking place with the Trailblazer honorees (Liz Minyard and Kathryn Hall, Lynn Goldstein and Verizon’s David Russell), Event Co-chairs Anh and Dr. Loc Trieu and Amanda and Lloyd Ward), Honorary Co-chairs Diane and Daryl Johnston with their old friend and guest speaker Don McPherson.

Diane and Daryl Johnston

Only one missing was Dr. Kenneth Cooper, who was to receive the Man of Influence Award. He had a good excuse. Had to be in China.

After loads of coffee and photos, the VIP’s moseyed on to the Trinity Ballroom, except for Amanda, who had to scamper back upstairs. Seems she forgot her purse. Hey, it happens.

Before the program began, CBS-11’s Brendan Higgins did a very nice job of emceeing. When Dr. Jackie Roese did not appear to provide the blessing, Brendan did a shout-out for someone to sub in. From the front row, Honorary Co-chair Daryl brought Fr. Stephen Swann to the stage. Just as Fr. Swann concluded the invocation, Jackie arrived. She had been in a car accident. Not to worry. She was safe and apologetic for being late.

At 12:22, Paige (“I don’t know why you’re scripting me?”) reported to the room of people that at that moment there were 87 women and children in the shelter and emphasized how much these “clients” and others depended upon proceeds from the luncheon and donations.

Then it was time to hand out the awards. All went seamlessly.

Craig and Kathryn Hall, Don McPherson and Liz Minyard and Paul Lokey

Verizon’s David Russell accepted The Family Place Advocacy Award saying that Verizon accepted no-longer-needed cellphones to be recycled for victims of domestic violence. “We’re the only ones doing that. We’ll take the other guys’ stuff.” AT&T’s Holly Reed, sitting at a table just a row away, must have loved that. (Editor’s note: AT&T has a similar program, but their phones go to the military serving overseas.)

Real-Life Hero Lynn Goldstein simply said, “I’m not a hero,” despite having been one of the original people to start The Family Place.

Liz and Kathryn accepted their award for their work at the North Texas Food Bank saying, “We were very young when we started the North Texas Food Bank 30 years ago. Our goal was to eliminate hunger. That didn’t work out” due to growing demands on area resources. Naturally, they also plugged Art in the Park, their October 11 fundraiser in Frisco with Emerald City.

At 12:28 Daryl introduced his former college teammate, saying that Don had deserved to have won the Heisman Trophy instead of Tim Brown.

The former NFL player/radio talk show host/social advocate admitted that he couldn’t see the people in the room because the lights were turned down and the spotlight on him was rather blinding. Someone must have heard him, because the house lights brightened.

During the next 18 minutes, Don told the group:

  • “To prevent family violence, you’ve got to work on it every day.”
  • “I don’t think we should wait for bad things to happen to act.”
  • Trayvon Martin was shot [and murdered] and there were marches about it. We don’t march about the women who are murdered every day.”
  • Addressing the men in the audience: “Men, make this your issue. We need to raise the next generation of men not to be abusive.” (Applause)
  • “We raise boys not to be women. Language from an early age (‘You throw like a girl’) tells boys not to show emotions or that he cares.. . . It also says that women are less than.”
  • “I am not going to build up my son by degrading my daughter.”

In the audience, Paige and 600 heard the message. Now, they must spread the word to others.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Partners Card

Kathryn Henry

According to Partners Card Co-chair Kathryn Henry:

“This year, The Family Place is thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Partners Card, a combination of shopping and saving lives that has become a Dallas staple. The program, presented by Bank of Texas, will begin Friday, October 26 through Sunday, November 4, 2012.

“I am thrilled to co-chair the 20th anniversary of Partners Card with Gay Donnell and Dawn Spalding, and to work with Kimberly and Justin Whitman, this year’s honorary chairs. It is such an honor to be a part of this milestone year for Partners Card.

“In 1993, The Family Place launched Partners Card with only 175 participating retailers and raised a modest $90,000. Throughout the years, the program has grown tremendously with more than 750 retailers participating today, including local boutiques, high-end retailers, nationally owned retailers, and local restaurants from across the Metroplex. 100 percent of the sale of each $70 Partners Card goes directly to The Family Place. In its history, Partners Card has raised an incredible $12.1 million for The Family Place, and the program has surpassed the million-dollar mark for the past two years.

“Partners Card is The Family Place’s largest annual fundraiser and has helped The Family Place grow into one of the longest-serving family violence service providers in the state. Funds raised through the Partners Card program provide family violence victims emergency shelter; counseling; medical care; day care and after-school programs for children; job, technical and life skills for adults; and much more.

“The 10-day shopping spectacular allows cardholders unbelievable savings at some of Dallas’ top 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.

“Partners Cards go on sale in mid-September and individuals may purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, direct mail or The Family Place Web site. For more information, visit www.partnerscard.org, contact the Partners Card Hotline at (214) 443-7754 or email [email protected].”

Photos provided by Partners Card