MySweetCharity Opportunity: Spirit Of Generations Award Luncheon

According to The Senior Source’s 2017 Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon Chair
Carol Huckin,

Carol Huckin*

We have some big changes happening at this year’s Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon. First of all, we will be gathering at a different venue when we present this year’s award to Diane and John Scovell, whose civic engagement, entrepreneurial vision and outstanding leadership have helped transform the Dallas landscape. For those who may not know, John is the Co-Founder/Chairman of Woodbine Development Corporation. His first project, and the one that remains his pride and joy, was the Hyatt Regency with its landmark Reunion Tower. As such, the event will be held there. The luncheon will also be held earlier than in years’ past, so mark your calendars now for Tuesday, October 31, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency.

The Scovells’ contributions—in real estate, education, the nonprofit sector and more—have had a huge impact on our community and they will continue to benefit generations to come. We are thrilled to be honoring them.”

Diane and John Scovell**

But, don’t worry. Amidst these changes, some things will certainly stay the same, like the luncheon’s trademark humor and brevity.

The Spirit luncheon is The Senior Source’s biggest event of the year—bringing together 1,000 supporters to celebrate the honorees’ universal appeal and ageless spirit that transcend the generations. Monies raised at the event are critical to The Senior Source’s operation of programs and services which are provided to more than 30,000 older adults annually through community engagement, support, independence, advocacy, financial security and protection.

Individual patron tickets begin at $150, and tables start at $1500. For more information, please call 214. 823.5700 ext. 6120 or spir[email protected].”

About The Senior Source
Since 1961, The Senior Source has served greater Dallas as the go-to nonprofit for aging services.  The agency offers personalized assistance, protection, and connection support to all older adults in greater Dallas for these individuals to “Thrive.” A United Way service provider, The Senior Source offers comprehensive programs for those 50 years of age and older. For more information, contact The Senior Source at 214.823.5700 or visit www.theseniorsource.org. You can also find The Senior Source on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theseniorsource or Twitter using the handle @theseniorsource. 

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman 
** Photo provided by The Senior Source

JUST IN: The Senior Source’s 2015 Spirit Of Generations Awardee Revealed

The season of activity is so underway! There isn’t even time for a quickie at the MySweetCharity latte bar. Doesn’t matter because the week is starting off with news that makes smiles light up on faces.

The Senior Source just sent word about its annual Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon. It’s slated for Monday, November 23, at the Hilton Anatole.

Chair Elizabeth Gambrell has arranged for Boone Powell Jr. to serve as corporate underwriting chair and Elaine and David Nelson to handle individual underwriting.

Now for what you’re really wondering. Who will receive the Spirit of Generations Award? None other than Baylor Scott & White CEO Joel Allison.

Joel Allison (File photo)

Joel Allison (File photo)

According to Elizabeth, “Joel Allison’s passion for helping others has fueled a prominent career that has touched countless individuals and influenced the future of an entire industry. We are delighted to honor him with this award for his contributions in the health care arena and their continued impact on our community.”

You probably already know that “Since October of 2013, Mr. Allison as served as CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, a fully integrated health care system.  His career in the health care field began more than 40 years ago at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene where he rose to the position of chief operating officer. After several CEO stints in Missouri and again in Texas, he joined Baylor Health Care System in 1993 and served as Baylor’s senior executive vice president and chief operating officer.  He was promoted to president and CEO in 2000 – the position he held until his appointment as head of the newly formed Baylor Scott & White Health in 2013. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Healthcare Leadership Council and the United Surgical Partners, International Board.  In addition, he is involved in many other state and local organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, Baylor University Board of Regents and Dallas Citizens Council. He is also a past chairman of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board and the Dallas Regional Chamber Board.”

What you may not know is that Joel was graduated from Baylor University with a degree in journalism and religion, received his master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

This fundraising event is definitely one of the highlights of the Fall luncheon schedule. 2014 Spirit of Generations Awardee Kay Bailey Hutchinson is probably still recovering from “Cousin Lavelle’s” shenanigans last year.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Spirit Of Generations Award Luncheon

According to the 21st Annual Spirit Of Generations Award Luncheon Co-Chairs Sarah Losinger and Lydia Novakov,

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

“What better time to show our gratitude to a true Texas star, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, than Thanksgiving week.The Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon, scheduled for Monday, November 24, at the Hilton Anatole, provides the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to Senator Hutchison for her many years of public service on behalf of the State of Texas, as well as Dallas.

Kay Bailey Hutchison*

Kay Bailey Hutchison*

“The Spirit of Generations Award is presented annually by The Senior Source to an individual, or group of individuals, who have contributed significantly in “thoughts, words and deeds” to all generations of the Dallas community ¾ past, present and future. Throughout her career, Kay Bailey Hutchison has shown a relentless dedication to serving the best interests of all generations of Texans. Nowhere is this dedication more evident than here in the city she calls home where we experience the benefits of her advocacy on a daily basis.

“We hope you will join us in November when we salute Senator Hutchison and present her with this much deserved award. By supporting this event, you help make it possible for The Senior Source to address the loneliness and isolation so many older adults face, the fraud and exploitation to which so many fall victim, and the hopelessness far too many elderly individuals have accepted as part of their later years. With your help, we can provide protection, eldercare, advocacy, volunteer opportunities and employment services to the over 25,000 individuals we serve each year.

“Underwriting levels range from $10,000 to $50,000. Tables of 10 are available for $1,500, $3,500 and $5,000 and individual tickets are $150, $350 and $500. For more information, call The Senior Source at 214.823.5700, ext. 6120 or visit www.TheSeniorSource.org.”

* Photo provided by The Senior Source

JUST IN: Former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison To Receive The Senior Source’s Spirit Of Generations Award

Some folks dread Mondays. MySweetCharity loves ‘em because the floodgates of good news open up. Word just arrived from The Senior Source team about the recipient of the 2014 Spirit of Generations Award.

Kay Bailey Hutchison*

Kay Bailey Hutchison*

Spirit of Generations Luncheon Co-Chairs Sarah Losinger and Lydia Novakov have announced that former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will be the recipient at the Monday, November 24, luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

What a great way to kick off the week leading up to Thanksgiving!

Joining Sarah and Lydia in the project are Corporate Underwriting Chair Bob Best, Individual Underwriting Co-Chairs Shirley and Bill McIntyre and The Senior Source Board Chair Debbie Oates.

According to Sarah, “Senator Hutchison’s dedicated work in both public and private arenas, her service to others and her unparalleled leadership characterize the meaning of the Spirit of Generations award.”

The award is “presented annually to an individual, or a group of individuals, who have contributed significantly in ‘thoughts, words and deeds’ to all generations of the Dallas community — past, present and future.”

Lydia said, “We’re extremely proud to recognize this remarkable woman for all she has achieved on behalf of her fellow citizens — and, of course Texans. She is truly a star.”

With tickets starting at $150, the luncheon benefits The Senior Source, “a longtime resource for Dallas’ older adult population that serves over 25,000 individuals each year.”

* Photo provided by The Senior Source

Round Robin November 7 Lunchtime: Spirit Of Generations And HeROs Luncheons

As predicted, the fundraisers thrilled Thursday, November 7. Some claimed it was because of the addition of the JFK 50th anniversary associated events. Others swore it was just “That’s how things are this time of year.” Regardless, the attempt was made to cover as many as possible and here are the results for a couple of lunches held during the day:

Spirit of Generations 2013 Luncheon

George Schrader

George Schrader

Trying to get near the 20th Annual Spirit of Generations honoree/former Dallas City Manager George Schrader was harder than getting nose-to-nose with a former U.S. president. Not because of the security. Rather it was because the man was three-deep in friends at the VIP reception in the Hilton Anatole’s Wedgwood Room. The array of folks in the room looked like a Who’s Who of Dallas Leadership — Ray Hunt, Linus Wright, Adlene Harrison, Gerald Turner, Reuben Esquivel, Debbie Oates, Jan and Fred Hegi, John Scovell, Sharon Popham, Scott Wilson and so many others. While it shouldn’t have been surprising, it seemed a little overwhelming to the city manager who served with four Dallas mayors (Wes Wise, Adlene Harrison, Bob Folsom and Jack Evans).

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Debbie Oates and Sharon Popham

Debbie Oates and Sharon Popham

During his 16 years in the Dallas city manager’s office, Schrader was part of some of the area’s major projects including the opening of D-FW International Airport, the building of Dallas City Hall, the building and opening of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, the creation of Reunion and the recommendation and initial undertaking of the present Arts District.

Once the reception was over, the VIP’s joined the sell-out crowd in the Chantilly Ballroom that included all the former Dallas City Manager who had succeeded George, friends and family from his home state of Kansas, countless former staffers and people who just wanted to honor George.

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller

Against a dynamite backdrop of the skyline of Dallas, Luncheon Co-Chairs Kathy Helm and Carolyn Miller arranged to have Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings pop by to pay his respects to the man who had set so many things in motion for today’s Dallas.

Mayor Mike Rawlings speaking to luncheon guests

Mayor Mike Rawlings speaking to luncheon guests

Typical of the Spirit of Generations luncheon that benefits The Senior Source, laughter was on the agenda. This year it was actor Robin McGee, who pretended to be meeting George at Schrader’s favorite meeting spot — Cindi’s NY Deli — and revealed some nuggets about the former Eagle Scout.

But despite the laughter, the tone changed to a very touching one when George accepted the award. It was obvious that the man who had championed major projects, dealt with business leaders and politicos and earned countless accolades was truly amazed and struck by the turnout and the feelings conveyed. Despite his humility, the accolades were deserved and appreciated.

Genesis HeROs’ Luncheon

Thanks to a non-stop member of the MySweetCharity community, this report was filed:

“When it comes to domestic violence, men can’t just be “good guys” or set good examples in their own homes. They have to play a much larger role, openly pledging their zero tolerance for domestic abuse against all woman.

“That seemed to be the main theme at a luncheon for HeROs, the men’s auxiliary for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, at the Royal Oaks Country Club on Nov. 7. Crayton Webb with Mary Kay Inc. is board chair for HeROs, which stands for He Respects Others. Mary Kay also sponsored the luncheon.

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen*

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen*

“With about 200 HeROs in attendance, keynote speaker Dale Hansen—sports anchor at WFAA-TV—gave a talk that was by turns rousing, inspiring, humorous and emotional. Hansen recalled how his own father had broken his mother’s nose when Dale was 7 years old. “Never had such a big man appeared so small in the eyes of a little boy,” he said. Of the domestic-violence issue as a whole, Hansen said that because men have remained quiet too long, “ending it begins with us. And, it can end with us.”

Kyle Ragsdale, Morgan Meyer and Malcolm Hicks*

Kyle Ragsdale, Morgan Meyer and Malcolm Hicks*

“The HeROS luncheon—whose attendees included attorney Morgan Meyer; Hunt Oil’s Travis Armayor; and Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis parent Shelter Ministries of Dallas—was the Genesis men’s auxiliary’s third summit in the last year. The first occurred a year ago, and the second followed Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Men Against Domestic Violence Rally in March.”

* Photos provided by HeROs

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 20th Annual Spirit Of Generations Award Luncheon

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller*

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller*

According to The Senior Source’s 20th Annual Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon Co-Chairs Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller,

“This fall, as we look back at the tragedy endured by our city 50 years ago, we will also be reminded of the remarkable recovery Dallas has experienced in the ensuing decades.  The 20th annual Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon will pay tribute to a driving force behind many of Dallas’ most important achievements during that time by honoring former city manager and long-time civic leader, George R. Schrader.

George Schrader*

George Schrader*

“The Spirit of Generations Award is presented annually by The Senior Source to an individual, or group of individuals, who have contributed significantly in “thoughts, words and deeds” to all generations of the Dallas community past, present and future.  There are no better of examples of this type of legacy than the ambitious goals George Schrader helped make realities:  Reunion (and its iconic tower), Dallas City Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, DFW International Airport – to name just a few.

“We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 7, at the Hilton Anatole when we celebrate our city by presenting this most deserved award to George.  By supporting this event, you help make it possible for The Senior Source to address the loneliness and isolation so many older adults face, the fraud and exploitation to which so many fall victim, and the hopelessness far too many elderly individuals have accepted as part of their later years. With your help, we can provide protection, eldercare, advocacy, volunteer opportunities and employment services to the over 25,000 individuals we serve each year.

“To purchase tickets and for more information on additional underwriting or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.theseniorsource.org or call 214.823.5700, ext. 6120.”

Photos provided by The Senior Source