MySweet2018Goals: Kimberly Martinez

According to The Elisa Project Executive Director Kimberly Martinez,

Kim Bannister and Kimberly Martinez (File photo)

“One of my goals for 2018 is for the community to join me, alongside 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon Chair Kim Bannister and Honorary Co-Chairs Sandra Estess and Elizabeth Estess Hughes, for the 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon benefiting The Elisa Project.

“This year’s luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at Brook Hollow Golf Club, is not to be missed as we will welcome Golden Globe-nominated actress Chrissy Metz, star of the critically acclaimed hit NBC series ‘This is Us,’ as our featured speaker. The day will include a reception, seated luncheon and a conversation with Metz, moderated by Southern Living Editor-At-Large/author/lifestyle expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.  

Chrissy Metz (File photo)

“The Elisa Project is dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by raising awareness of body image and self-esteem issues and the prevention of life-threatening eating disorders. We know Chrissy will truly captivate attendees as she shares her own inspirational stories of courage and self-acceptance. 

“Chrissy Metz stars on the critically acclaimed hit NBC series ‘This Is Us’ which has been renewed for two additional seasons and just received three nominations for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Support Actress for Metz. Chrissy plays Kate, a woman struggling with her weight, eating habits, and body image. ET named her as one of six ‘breakout stars you will fall in love with this fall.’ People magazine named her to the ‘One’s to Watch.’ We could not be more thrilled to have her in Dallas!

“We expect a sold-out event, so please don’t wait! Only a limited amount of tickets will be available closer to the event. Tables begin at $2,000 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early February if space permits. For more information, visit http://theelisaproject.org/events/life-lessons/.”

JUST IN: Golden Globe’s Nominee “This Is Us” Chrissy Metz To Be Keynote Speaker At The Elisa Project’s Life Lessons Lunch On February 28

The Golden Globe nominees were revealed Monday and Chrissy Metz is once again nominated for her role as Kate Pearson on NBC’s “This Is Us.” But her success and fame didn’t come overnight or easily. Chrissy’s life story is one that screenwriters dream of. Sure, she went through the trials and tribulations that many actresses face like being out of work, surviving thanks to friends and family, watching roles won by others and learning to accept rejection.

Chrissy Metz*

But Chrissy dealing with a literally “bigger” issue — her weight. Admitting that she was born chubby, she was just 11 when she went to Weight Watchers. Her weight jumped up and down the scales at one point losing 50 pounds only to “gain back 100 pounds due to depression and ‘eating my feelings.’”

Then the moment came when all the stars were in alignment and she landed the role of Kate, whose storyline was so akin to Chrissy’s. But even more than the role, Chrissy’s popularity has been due to her being so open about her dealing with her weight issues.

For that reason, The Elisa Project organizers are thrilled that they have just gotten word that Chrissy will be at the 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon on Wednesday, February 28, at Brook Hollow Golf Club for a conversation with Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman (File photo)

Kim Bannister (File photo)

According to Luncheon Chair Kim Bannister, “As an organization dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by raising awareness of body image and self-esteem issues and the prevention of life-threatening eating disorders, we know Chrissy will truly captivate attendees as she shares her own inspirational stories of courage and self-acceptance. This year’s luncheon is not to be missed!”

Honorary co-chairs will be Sandra Estess and Elizabeth Estess Hughes.

Starting at $2,000, tables are available for purchase now. If space permits, individual tickets will go on sale in early February. Suggestion: Gather up pals and get a table locked down now. Don’t depend on those individual spots coming available.

* Photo provided by The Elisa Project

JUST IN: 2017 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Plans And Awardees Announced

The news and announcements aren’t taking any time off this summer.  32nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Chair Meagan Burton just revealed plans and the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awardees for the fundraiser “recognizing those who have made exceptional contributions to our community.”

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Julie Hersh (File photo)

Drum roll, please. This year’s awardees include the following folks and organizations:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist – Sandra and Henry Estess
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Lynn McBee
  • Outstanding Foundation – The Hersh Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation – Neiman Marcus
  • Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy – Micah Pinson
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive – Pagett Gosslee, CFRE
  • Special Recognition Award – Terry Simmons (posthumous)

Benefiting the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter, the luncheon will take place on Friday, November 10, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.