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. 

A Gentle Reminder: 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Grant Application Deadline Nears

The clock is ticking and there are a heck of a lot of nonprofit types who are hard at work to meet the Tuesday, October 17, deadline. That’s when the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball applications are due.  

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson and Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker are making no exception. The forms have to be physically in the CCB offices by high noon… not 12:01 p.m. No email applications will be accepted. FYI: If you decide to mail the application, it won’t matter what the postmark is. If it ain’t in the CCB office by noon, it ain’t gonna make the cut.

It’s well worth the hard work. Since 1953, CCB has provided $131,244,558 for Dallas children’s charities. If you need proof, check with any of the past beneficiaries.

So, stop reading and get back to filling out those dang forms. And if you’ve put it all off until the last minute, the form is available here.

The 2018 beneficiaries will be selected Thursday, February 1.

Gentle Reminder: Crystal Charity Ball 2018 Charity Selections Are Now Available Online

Any Dallas County children’s nonprofit dreaming of qualifying for the Crystal Charity Ball grants should check out the CBB website. The applications for the 2018 grants are available online now.

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

According to 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson and Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker, the timeline for this year’s grant process is

  • Wednesday, September 20, at 9 a.m. — Orientation meeting for prospective applicants. Attendance is not mandatory, but strong encouraged.
  • Tuesday, October 17, noon — Applications “must be mailed or hand-delivered to the CCB office. No email applications will be accepted.
  • Thursday, February 1 — 2018 beneficiaries will be selected.

To qualify for a grant, the organizations must

  • serve children in Dallas County
  • have had a 501 (c) 3 designation for at least three years
  • have provided services in Dallas County for at least three year

Since 1952, CCB has provided more than $137M to more than 100 children’s charities, so why not take the opportunity to land one of the grants?

MySweet2015Goals: Patty Leyendecker

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

According to fundraiser Patty Leyendecker,

“To work hard, and to do something kind for someone every day.”

JUST IN: Sweetheart Patty Leyendecker Named Chief Development Officer Of Young Women’s Preparatory Network

There are those who swear by their Crane stationery that Patty Leyendecker is the sweetest person on earth. There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that she wrote a thank you note to a policeman who gave her a speeding ticket. Ah, come on. Patty has never broken the law in her entire life.

Patty Leyendecker*

Patty Leyendecker*

In addition to sweetheart-ism, she’s added another gold star to her Do-Bee list of good deeds. She has just been named Chief Development Officer for the Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

What’s that? Has she done anything but be extremely nice? Ah, come on. This is Texas. Nice girls are business savvy and bargaining geniuses. Else wise they wouldn’t be so nice.

Of course, you want proof. So, here’s the dossier:

“She previously worked in the financial services industry, running statewide marketing campaigns for Bank One, and had her own consulting firm managing lines of business for financial services companies. She left the for-profit world after a family illness and took on leadership roles in several non-profit organizations, such as the Junior League of Dallas, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Board and Foundation, Visiting Nurse Association, Child Care Group, The Crystal Charity Ball, The Hockaday School and Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

“She recently completed a year-long position as the Underwriting Chairman for The Crystal Charity Ball, leading a team to raise $5.6 million for seven beneficiaries. Leyendecker also serves on the Senior Source board and as a Co-Chair and Founding Member of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Friends of the Comprehensive Cancer Center program. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern California. She and her husband Mark have two adult children, Meredith, a graduate of The Hockaday School and Claremont-McKenna College, and Eric a graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and a senior at Texas Christian University.”

Lynn McBee (File photo)*

Lynn McBee (File photo)*

Another nice girl who turns things around, Lynn McBee, who happens to be Young Women’s Prep CEO, said, “I’ve known Patty for many years, and in every role, she brings her dedication and focus to meet the end goal. We know she will do the same at Young Women’s Prep as we expand our network to help educate even more young women and to prepare them to become tomorrow’s leaders.”

Let’s all be very nice to the Young Women’s Preparatory Network because we just might get invited to the White House one day when one of them is president.

* Photo provided by 
Young Women's 
Preparatory Network