PlainsCapital To Host A Free Media Panel With The “Four Hoarsemen” For Nonprofits



It ain’t easy being in charge of a nonprofit marketing. That’s especially true when it comes to dealing with the press. Those media types seem downright cranky at times and they are so persnickety. They make all types of demands like

  • the release should have been sent a year in advance,
  • the type should be in a certain font
  • a release should be sent in PDF format
  • a release should not be sent in PDF format
  • a TV crew won’t cover a shoe drive for centipedes
  • the photo has to be in some kind of resolution

Gee! Talk about difficult people.

For this reason, a media panel was held twice this past year for nonprofits to hear the good, the bad and the ugly from four media veterans. Not only were the sessions filled to capacity, but another open forum has been demanded.

And once again, it’s free! Thanks to PlainsCapital, the gathering will take place on Friday, August 19. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. and guests will be out just in time for lunch or to dash off for the weekend.

Returning to face the nonprofits will be the original “four hoarsemen” (photographer Kristina Bowman, WFAA anchor Ron Corning, MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean and PaperCity’s Dallas Social Editor Jane Rozelle).

It’s open to anyone who deals with area nonprofits and the media. Yes, even veteran PR folks who have a nonprofit client are invited to attend.

The only caveat is that it’s first-come, first-registered. So, send in your registration here. You’ll need to provide your name (duh), the nonprofit that you work with and a phone number, just in case the event is cancelled due to snow. Once you register, you will be provided with directions and parking instructions.

And, if you haven’t attended a previous “chat,” you’ll want to leave your “this-is-so-boring” expression at home. There is no telling what is gonna be said or what insider info will be shared. The one thing for sure is that it’s informative and fun.

UPDATE: Companies Are Already Taking Up Topgolf’s Invitation To Donate To Assist The Officer Foundation

It seems that Topgolf scored a hole-in-one with its being one of the first to donate $10,000 to Assist The Officer Foundation (ATO) and inviting other businesses to join in. It was just reported that the invitation was taken up by PlainsCapital, which donated $25,000 to ATO. In addition, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. is donating $10,000.

The airlines also got on board. Not only are they offering to help fly in families affected by the tragedy, American Airlines is donating $50,000 to ATO and Southwest Airlines is kicking in $75,000.

These contributions are truly amazing when you realize that there was probably nothing budgeted for such a situation. Yet these companies and countless others found the funds to help the victims and their families.

It simply amazes one to think the challenges that this area has faced — a Presidential assassination, a Delta Airline crash, a Super (Ice) Bowl, the Ebola Virus, killer storms and now Thursday night. And yet, the people and companies meet the challenges each time by coming together with resilience, compassion and grace.

JUST IN: Lee Ann And Alan White And PlainsCapital Provide $125,000 For Pond At Canine Companions For Independence

It was just months ago that Texas’ only Canine Companions for Independence officially opened on the Baylor, Scott and White Health campus in Irving. Today was graduation day, with 10 teams of dogs and humans officially starting their lives together. It was also a day when 17 new Labrador and Golden Retriever recruits were being turned over by their puppy-raisers to be trained for their careers as service dogs.

However, a surprise reveal took place among all the wagging tails and smiles. It was the beautiful outdoor water feature at the entrance of the brilliantly designed complex. Thanks to a $125,000 donation by Lee Ann and Alan White and PlainsCapital, the natural-looking pond with fountain was made paws-ible.

Freckles, Dawn Thompson and Diane Howard

Freckles, Dawn Thompson and Diane Howard

Just before the graduation and turnover took place, PlainsCapital’s Diane Howard and puppy-raiser Dawn Thompson checked out the pool. New recruit Freckles resisted the temptation to do what comes natural for a Lab.

Lee Ann White To Continue As Laura W. Bush Institute For Women’s Health National Advisory Board Chair And Spreads The Knowledge To Fort Worth

If you’re looking for Lee Ann White at lunchtime today, she ain’t in Dallas. Nope. the PlainsCapital Bank VP is over in Cowtown. Instead of wearing a banker’s visor, she’s over thar in her role as the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health National Advisory Board Chair.

Lee Ann White (File photo)

Lee Ann White (File photo)

Lee Ann only thought she was retiring from the chairmanship this past year. But face it. After scoring a couple of major successes with two Dallas symposiums that “drew attention, created awareness and raised funds for the Institute,” they weren’t about to let her slip through their fingers.

So, the first item on her agenda was to spread the word to the gals in Fort Worth. To do that, she’s holding a symposium today on “Female Focus: Differences Matter” in collaboration with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s River Crest Country Club.

Joining her in chairing the event are Kit Moncrief and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

But don’t go thinking that Dallas will be out in the cold in regards to women’s health. Lee Ann and the Laura W. Bush Institute of Women’s Health staff have scheduled “Women And Sleep: Good Night; Great Day” for Tuesday, May 17, at the Dallas Country Club.

The National Advisory Board is an all-volunteer board comprised of individuals who are interested in women’s health. The members come from varied backgrounds and advise the Executive Director on ways to advance and enhance the Institute’s mission and programs while serving as ambassadors for the Institute.  For information about the symposiums and the Laura W. Bush Institute of Women’s Health, visit or call Renee Price at 214.358.9065.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Trailblazers Found Their Way To Partying Over The Top At Gas Monkey Live

Some might have considered the Cattle Baron’s Trailblazers Party at Gas Monkey Live on Thursday, May 21, as the final bash of the 2015 Spring fundraising season. Others would have just raised their eyebrows skyward in shock. After all, Dallas fundraising never really stops.

But the CBB’s Trailblazers Party is one for the big buckaroos — those who have already signed up for Saturday, October 3, at Gilley’s.

Only hiccup was the fact that first-timers to Gas Monkey Live didn’t realize that Richard Rawlings’ Gas Monkey empire extended to two spots on Technology Boulevard. Text messages were shot out from early arrivals to latecomers: “Don’t stop at the first Gas Monkey. Go to the one next to the theater.”

Annika and Dennis Cail

Annika and Dennis Cail

Neal and Natalie Moon and Rainey and Aron Fogiel

Neal and Natalie Moon and Rainey and Aron Fogiel

Evidently the crowd (Richard Eiseman with daughter Reed Eiseman, Callan Harrison, D’Andra and Jeremy Lock, Carole and Scott Murray, Elizabeth and Alex Laurenzi, Annika and Dennis Cail, Nancy Gopez, Andrea Weber, Natalie and Neal Moon with her folks Rainey and Aron Fogiel, Nikki and Crayton Webb, Christina and Allen White, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Jill Tananbaum, Kristi and Ron Hoyl, Kristi Bare and, of course, CBB Co-Chairs Mary Martha Pickens and Tia Wynne with her mom Sherry Williams) got the message and found the Jack Boles team ready to relieve them of their cars.

 Sherry Williams

Sherry Williams

Jill Tananbaum Bill and Lisa Ogle, Chris LeBlanc, Kristi and Ron Hoyl

Jill Tananbaum, Bill and Lisa Ogle, Chris LeBlanc, Kristi and Ron Hoyl

Instead of one of those shoulder-to-shoulder events where too many people are crammed into a tight party space, the nearly 500 had plenty of room to catch up, eat, drink, bid and dance to Austin-reared singer/songwriter Aaron Einhouse and his band. And they did just that.

Aaron Einhouse (center) and band

Aaron Einhouse (center) and band

Martyn Hammer

Martyn Hammer

Steve Stodghill was getting ready to go to Cuba and then Peru with wife AnneRichard Eiseman was introducing a younger woman to folks. She was his daughter Reed…As guests hunkered close together with the one with the longest arm holding his/her cellphone out for a selfie, they were in for a surprise. CBB member Isabell Novakov had arranged for the ultimate favor courtesy of PlainsCapital that guests would find in their cars — a selfie stick.

As the band took a break, the live auction of trips and dinners got underway with the highlight being the Baja experience. It was auctioned off in memory of the late Richie Humphreys, who had recently lost his battle with cancer. His sister Mary Gill had co-chaired the 2013 CBB. Martyn Hammer picked it up for $9,000.


Laura W. Bush Institute For Women’s Health Symposium Reveals Some Reasons “Y Does X Make A Difference?”

Most of the women who gathered in the Dallas Country Club at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, were old hands when it comes to health issues. Women like Annette Simmons, Kelly Green, Jan Rees-Jones, Lana Andrews, Marianne Staubach, Lynne Shelton, Debbie Francis, Aileen Pratt, Caren Prothro, Sharon McCutchin, Kay Hammond, Jan Osborn and Robin Bagwell have raised incredible amounts of money to help combat everything from breast cancer, mental illness and heart disease to diabetes, to mention a few. They have all experienced the personal trauma of family members who have had daunting health issues.

But on this day these women along with 90 others attended “Y Does X Make A Difference?”, a presentation by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health underwritten by PlainsCapital.

Founded in 2007 at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the Institute focuses on women’s health and sex- and gender-based medicine with three purposes:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Outreach

Since its establishment,  20,000 women who could not afford health care have benefited from the institute.

As the last of the guests were being seated, former First Lady Laura Bush entered the ballroom in white blouse, black slacks, flats and sunglasses. A couple of guests whispered, “What’s with the sunglasses?” to their neighbors. No, Laura was not putting on airs. Rather, the day before she had had cataract surgery, but she wasn’t going to miss this presentation. The issue of women’s health is a priority in her life.

The program got off on a light touch courtesy of Laura Bush Institute Advisory Board Chair Lee Ann White and her husband Alan, Chairman of PlainsCapital.

Lee Ann and Alan White

Lee Ann and Alan White

Lee Ann explained how she got involved in the Institute. “I went to coffee with Debbie Francis and left as president of the Institute.” When she was planning the symposium, Lee Ann realized she need a corporate sponsor. “Then I looked across on the pillow in the bed and there was my husband Alan White, who happened to be CEO of PlainsCapital. I said, ‘Alan, do I have an opportunity for you!’”

Alan, who admitted being a bit intimidated by the room full of women, once again proved that he can hold his own by responding, “Debbie Francis once called me and Barry Andrews to have lunch. And all she wanted was for us to raise $450,000.”

(Later Debbie admitted that after this, it was likely no one would have coffee or lunch with her.)

Before turning the program over to the speakers, Alan expressed his admiration for women like Laura, Debbie and Dr. Marjorie Jenkins. . . “This is pretty amazing.” He ended by saying that when Lee Ann comes home from Institute meetings, “She’s all excited. . . It’s contagious.” Regarding his introduction of the speakers, Alan admitted, “You’d think I’m introducing the speakers because I’m the sponsor. It’s because I sleep with the chair.”

First up was Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President Dr. Tedd Mitchell, who got to the heart of the matter:  In the past, testing had predominantly been done using men. “One hundred years ago it wasn’t considered ethical to use women for medical research. So the focus was always on male subjects. Whatever works in the male is going to work on the female. We know much better about it today.”

He emphasized the difference between “perceptions” vs. “perspectives” in health care.

The former Medical Director for The Cooper Wellness Program suggested, “It’s easy to see how a researcher who has their own bias before a study has started can take data and twist it into something that when it becomes published seems to confirm a stereotype, seems to confirm a perception that is incorrect.”

He continued, “This is why it’s important to understand the difference between a stereotype. . . a stereotype . . . a cultural stereotype that we create . . . that we have created vs. someone’s life perspective.”

He went on to say, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. We’re living in a different world than we did 20, 50 or 100 years ago. A large part of what the Laura Bush Institute is all about is making sure that when health care providers of tomorrow are engaging with their female patients, they’re doing so on the level playing field. . . that they’re not applying. . . I should say they’re not misapplying to them information that is valid for men but not so for women. The opposite is also true.”

Next up was internist Dr. Janet Tornelli-Mitchell, who spoke about menopause and how hormonal therapy has changed since 2010.

Starting off with the basics, Janet explained the three stages of menopause:

  • Perimenopause — This stage is a time when a natural, gradual decline of hormones takes place. It can occur as early as the 40’s or even as late as the 60’s. The norm is in the 40’s and 50’s. Symptoms can start occurring at this time. A woman’s hormone level can be tested as normal, but it doesn’t mean she is not in this stage.
  • Menopause — It’s a transitional time. It is not an illness or a disease. Menopause is defined as the lack of a menstrual cycle for 12 months in a row.
  • Post-menopause — On the 13th month of not having a period, the post-menopausal stage begins.

In the old days when life expectancy was short, the post-menopausal might last 10 or 15 years. Today women may spend half their lives in the post-menopausal stage.

The cause of menopause is due to aging, surgery (i.e. hysterectomy), chemotherapy, radiation, etc.

She stressed time and again that each woman’s transition is different. Thus each woman must work with her doctor to decide on how to handle the developments and symptoms, like “hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, teeth loosening, gums receding, breasts dropping.” As Janet put it, “It sounds terrible, but there are things that can do done.”

Touching on hot flashes and night sweats, she told how the sudden burst of heat can last a few seconds to 10 minutes. “Most women experience hot flashes and night sweats. It can go on for four to 10 years. African and Hispanic women tend to have longer and worse night sweats. Heat, alcohol, smoking and stress can effect night sweats and hot flashes.”

Regarding sexual discomfort, official findings report that 10-40% of women report vaginal symptoms. Janet suggested this number was probably higher because “women are reluctant to report this situation.”

In discussing the 2002 study that sent shock waves throughout the health care world about hormonal therapy, she reported that a December 2013 report by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists had made the following recommendations:

  • Hormonal therapy should not be used for primary care for osteoporosis or heart disease
  • Hormonal therapy is the most effective treatment to handle hot flashes
  • There are alternative methods (i.e. gels, vaginal creams, etc.)
  • In utilizing hormonal therapy, lower doses are recommended.
  • Lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, smoking alcohol are recommended.

As time was running out, she addressed the issue of what types of medications/preparations should be used. She suggested that a patient ask the following questions:

  • Who makes it?
  • Who supervised its manufacturing?
  • Is it the lowest dosage possible?

The final speaker was Professor/Director and Chief Scientific Officer/Associate Dean of Women in Health and Science/Mrs. J. Avery “Janie” Rush Endowed Chair of Excellence in Women’s Health and Oncology Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, who in addition to addressing diet and nutrition, stressed the importance of sleep. Women have more disturbances in sleeping and tend to sleep less leading to depression, eating more, etc.

While many women claim great weight gains due to menopause, Marjorie reported that only five to seven pounds result from this transition. In addition to sleeping less, there is a tendency for women to be less active. Once over the age of 50, a woman needs to move 10,000 steps a day.

She surprised some in the audience by reporting that in the United States, the average person consumes 600 calories of sugar a day resulting in a country of sugar addicts. Even artificial sweeteners add to the problem.

Addressing fad diets and programs, she admonished the group that healthy weight maintenance is the result of a lifestyle, not a diet. That lifestyle requires sleeping more, eating less and exercising more. As she summed it up, “The body achieves what the mind believes.”

Following the three doctors, outgoing Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance talked to the group about the importance of the Institute and the information resulting from it.

For your consideration, here are some factoids that were provided:

  • Women are six times less likely than men to be referred for a needed heart transplant.
  • Until 2008 males were left out national osteoporosis guidelines.
  • Females are more likely to be affected by eating disorders, panic disorder and depression.
  • Women are more likely to die after a heart attack within one year.
  • Men are twice as likely to die from a hip fracture than women.
  • Women are more likely than men to go to a nursing home after a stroke.
  • Males are more likely to suffer from Autism and APHD.
  • Women are less likely to receive approved Alzheimer’s treatments after diagnosis.

Imagine what discoveries will be made in the days and years ahead thanks to more research and distribution of information.

Jubilee Park & Community Center And Trinity River Mission Students To Learn Financial Responsibility Thanks To PlainsCapital

Remember the days when metal shop and home ec were required courses in high school? Back in those ancient times, those were useful classes. But nowadays, youngsters are facing a different world where personal finances need to start way before they hit the pavements of adulthood.

The PlainsCapital folks, who have a history with the Jubilee Park & Community Center (JPCC), recognized that the youngsters in the after-school program just might benefit from a little early development when it comes to understanding and undertaking financial responsibilities.

So, the bankers have partnered up with the after-school programs at JPCC and Trinity River Mission “to teach students about saving, budgeting and making sound financial decisions that will prepare them for college, careers and beyond.”

According to PlainsCapital Bank President/CEO Jerry Schaffner, “PlainsCapital Bank is committed to improving financial literacy in our communities and this program is an excellent way for middle school students to explore topics like saving, budgeting and the importance of making sound financial decisions for their future. All three components of this financial literacy program work together to provide hands-on activities with real-world relevance that will engage students and provide a fun and interactive learning experience.”

Targeting seventh- and eighth-grade students, the three components include:

  1. Personal Financial Literacy Curriculum – PlainsCapital Bank partnered with Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) to develop a targeted personal financial literacy curriculum for middle school students. The program, funded by PlainsCapital Bank, covers topics such as saving, budgeting, credit, taxes, loans, interest and financial responsibility. Employees from PlainsCapital Bank will volunteer their time once a week to teach fun and interactive financial literacy lessons to middle school students in Jubilee Park’s and Trinity River Mission’s after-school program. In 2014, the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards will require kindergarten through eighth-grade classes to incorporate personal financial literacy into their curriculum. Middle school teachers can fulfill Texas Education Agency’s personal financial literacy requirement in their own classroom by sending an email to [email protected] to request the curriculum free-of-charge.
  2. MoneyIsland – PlainsCapital Bank will also provide students with access to MoneyIsland, a web-based, educational computer game that focuses on key financial areas that include, saving and spending, earning and investing and using credit wisely. This tool makes learning about financial matters fun for middle school students as it tracks and encourages their progress. 
  3. PlainsCapital Pays for A’s Program – Seventh- and eighth-grade students from each organization who complete the six-week financial literacy program will be eligible to receive $5 per “A” grade on their fall and spring semester-end report cards. This spring, students will take a field trip to PlainsCapital Bank in Dallas to open a youth savings account and make their first deposit. The PlainsCapital Pays for A’s program applies to the following core classes: English/language arts, history/social studies, math, science and foreign languages.

After the recent economic roller coaster, there are probably some adults who wish they’d had such a program growing up.

PlainsCapital Does A $100K Bang-up Job At The Teen Place In Jubilee Park

Who said Christmas is long gone? Not the folks at Jubilee Park & Community Center. They just received a nice check . . . no, make that a very nice check ($100,000) from the PlainsCapital Corporation family (PlainsCapital Bank, FirstSouthwest and PrimeLending) to totally renovate Jubilee Park’s Teen Place.

The current building is a converted Habitat for Humanity house for “Jubilee Park’s youth and teen after-school programs that provide a safe and nurturing environment for local students.”

But the building just wasn’t right for kids to “study and learn.” It was a house for living, not learning! Thanks to the check, “a full renovation, both inside and out, will make the space more open, inviting and accessible for neighborhood youth.”

Ron Davis, J.J. Gomez, Michael Keith, Mo the Buffalo, Latonia Donaldson, Ben Leal and Ronnie Berg

Ron Davis, J.J. Gomez, Michael Keith, Mo the Buffalo, Latonia Donaldson, Ben Leal and Ronnie Berg

After the check was presented, the first thing that took place was a big old demolition of the building’s outer wall. On hand were all types of VIPs including Pete Villarreal, Latonia Donaldson, Jerry Schaffner, Tom Harbison, Ron Davis, Jay Negerra and PlainsCapital’s mascot Mo the Buffalo.

According to PlainsCapital Bank Dallas Region Chairman George McCleskey, “At PlainsCapital Corporation, we are committed to improving the communities where we live and do business and we are honored to partner with Jubilee Park, an organization that shares this commitment to our local community and youth population. We are proud to sponsor the renovation project, as well as youth financial literacy programs that will provide future generations with the tools they need to make sound financial decisions.”

Any money that is not used for the renovation will be “used to implement financial literacy education programs for middle school student at Jubilee Park, as well as a ‘Pays for A’s’ program that will reward students with $5 for every ‘A’ received on their report card after they complete the financial literacy program.”

For area newbies, Jubilee Park is a 62-block neighborhood near Fair Park in southeast Dallas that has been undergoing revitalization since 1997.

“Jubilee Park is excited to partner with PlainsCapital for the Teen Place renovation,” said Jubilee Park Executive Director Ben Leal. “The original space was a single-family home and did not function well as a space to provide after-school and youth programming. Because of the generosity of PlainsCapital Bank, FirstSouthwest and PrimeLending, the facility will soon become a place where the youth and teens of southeast Dallas can study and learn.”

This six-figure donation will not only renovate a building, it will result in youngsters taking their experiences to classrooms and benefiting for years to come.

Photo provided by PlainsCapital Corporation

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Private Party At Victory Center, Hilary Swank in Preston Hollow, Maxim Party At Fair Park And Passby At Grey Goose

It’s the final day of the media search for VIP encounters before the Super Bowl. After the Prince concert debacle, the media is a bit on edge on who is in town and who isn’t. Rumors are flying that Brad and Angelina are holed up in a Beverly Drive mansion. The thought of trick or treating along Beverly passes quickly. Am hearing that the big blowout events with mega stars are proving to be busts. Stars are showing up late and only staying for a scant few minutes, if they show at all. Makes Friday night’s Audi Forum all the more precious. But tonight’s roster is stellar. The first one is a private party given by PlainsCapital first couple Lee Ann and Alan White where no cameras are allowed. Second one is at Lillie and Phil Romanos’ estate in Preston Hollow hosted by Hilary Swank for The Giving Fund. It was ranked as #1 last Super Bowl by ESPN. The last official event of the evening is Maxim‘s Party Powered by Motorola which is considered the hot party that some media outlet claimed last year as THE party. If there are two seconds to rub together, will hit the Grey Goose Lounge where Jeremy “Entourage” Pivens is holding court. Celebrity hunting season is closing tonight with guaranteed WOW opportunities.

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