MySweetCharity Opportunity: Pegasus Ball

According to Pegasus Ball Honorary Co-Chair Sharon Folsom,

Steve and Sharon Folsom*

Steve and Sharon Folsom*

On September 19, 2015, my husband Steve and I, along with our entire family – Hunter, Chase and Annabelle – will welcome guests to this year’s Gatsby-themed Pegasus Ball to benefit the Autism Treatment Center. We are excited to serve as the honorary chairmen of this exciting event. We are also excited to announce that Media Sponsor CBS news host Kaley O’Kelley will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the event.

“Five years ago, our son, Chase, enrolled in the Autism Treatment Center’s Educational Program. Steve and I have been very pleased with Chase’s progress and the wonderful staff at ATC. He recently moved into a group home at ATC and couldn’t be happier. We are grateful for the services ATC offers to families in need of their 39 years of experience providing autism specific services.

“The Roundup for Autism has raised funds for ATC since 1988 when Founder Bobby Norris established the event in honor of his daughter, who was also diagnosed with autism. The Roundup is one of Texas’ largest fundraisers for autism and has raised much-needed funds to keep up with the needs of the community.

The Fairmont Hotel is the host hotel of this event. Additional cash sponsors include: Frost Bank, Norris Foundation, Cinch, and Celebrity Cruises.

For more information about the Pegasus Ball, please visit http://www.roundupforautism.org/pegasus.htm. To learn more of ATC’s autism-specific services, including out-patient Medicaid-approved therapies, please visit www.atcoftexas.org.

* Photo provided by Roundup For Autism

Round Robin September 27: Bingo Luncheon, Mission Ole And Pegasus Ball

Following Friday night’s TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction and the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: Dallas, people hardly had time to grab a couple of hours of sleep. Then they had to rise and shine, have a steaming cup of latte and head off to Saturday, September 27’s demands.

DCAC League’s Bingo Luncheon

For those who were suffering from cabin fever due to power outages, there was the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s League 13th Annual Bingo Luncheon at Belo Mansion. Proceed from the event help “fund the Family Advocacy, Forensic Interview, Therapy and Education programs at DCAC, as well as the Clothes Closet.”

Mission Ole

Later in the evening the beautiful peeps heard the call of the Trinity River Mission’s Mission Ole. In contrast to years before, when the event took place in private homes like Laurie Sands Harrison’s, Co-Chairs LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons Lock decided to shift the party venue to One Arts Plaza. Thanks to a spectacular night with stars and strings of lights overhead, it was a perfect time to party out in the driveway.

Pegasus Ball

Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin

Over at the Fairmont, it was Stetsons and bona fide boots for the gents like Barry Corbin and rhinestones and flowing gowns for the gals like Honorary Chair Yvonne Crum and Carolyn Tillery.

Yvonne Crum, Bryant and Carolyn Tillery

Yvonne Crum, Bryant and Carolyn Tillery

The occasion was the Pegasus Ball benefiting the Autism Treatment Center with a record amount of money being raised. The black-tie gala was the final event of the three-day Roundup for Autism that started Thursday in Fort Worth. As Roundup Founder Bobby Norris explained, “Each day, there are more and more families seeking answer, searching for experienced and dedicated therapists to provide early-intervention services and life-long programs that will be there for years to come.”

Founded in 1976, “ATC just purchased its 22nd community-based group home and is currently expanding its Dallas Therapy Clinic. As a parent of an adult daughter with autism and as a board member of ATC, I am proud of our many accomplishments.”

Chocolate Labrador puppy

Chocolate Labrador puppy

But there was an “Oops!” that came to light at the reception. A cute chocolate Labrador puppy was on a leash being walked around the area and being introduced to guests. When contacted, organizers swore that neither the pup nor a quarter horse corralled outside the Regency Ballroom was being auctioned off. However, they did admit that the Lab had been given a “very good home” in exchange for a donation. That was the “Oops!” — that sticky Dallas ordinance that prohibits the use of animals for any form of nonprofit fundraising.

Upon learning of the ordinance, Autism Treatment Center’s Development Director Neil Massey responded, “This has been a good teaching moment for us — to do more due diligence and make sure that what we’re doing isn’t just because we’ve seen others do it, but to make sure we comply with ordinances.” He then added that they would make a donation to a rescue organization.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Pegasus Ball

According to Pegasus Ball Co-Chair Dawn Neufeld,

Ryan and Dawn Neufeld*

Ryan and Dawn Neufeld*

“As parents of a child with autism, Ryan and I are pleased to lend our passion and energy to the Pegasus Ball to benefit the Autism Treatment Center. Ryan and I have been attending this event for several years, even chairing the Ball in 2012. We invite you to join us at the Pegasus Ball on Saturday, September 27, at The Fairmont Dallas for an evening of fun and entertainment – and raising much needed funds for a wonderful cause.

“Autism is the nation’s leading developmental disorder now affecting 1 in 68 children. Funds raised at the event will support ATC’s programs, including: diagnostic, educational services, adult services, therapy, and residential services. For over 38 years, the Autism Treatment Center has provided life-changing services to families seeking their expertise and experience.

Yvonne Crum (File photo)

Yvonne Crum (File photo)

“The Roundup was founded in 1988 by Bobby Norris, a parent with an adult daughter with autism. This wonderful event has raised over $3 million to provide autism-specific programs and services for children and adults in our community.

“This year’s Event Honorary Chair, Yvonne Crum, is one of Dallas’ most recognizable names. Yvonne has spent many years and innumerable hours dedicated to various charitable causes raising awareness of teenage suicide to children’s theater. Anybody who knows Yvonne knows that when she finds a worthy cause to support, her energy and passion are contagious. Ryan and I are grateful for Yvonne’s friendship and support of a cause dear to our hearts.

“The Pegasus Ball will include a Live and Silent Auction, seated dinner, and live entertainment provided by the band Tenacity are sure to please all attendees. We hope to see you there

“Individual tickets for the Pegasus Ball are $225 or $2,250 for a table of ten. Contact Neil Massey at 972.644.2076 x 104 to make your reservations to join us. For more information, please visit www.roundupforautism.org.”

* Photo provided by Round Up For Autism