The Senior Source Honored 2017 Spirit Of Generations Awardees Diane And John Scovell With Some Tricks And Treats

Hyatt Regency Dallas guests probably thought that Halloween was getting an early start on Tuesday, October 31. Passing them by were a blonde in black attire topped off with a black cowboy hat and red cape, a person in oversized cowboy costume, cheerleaders and munchkins in red T-shirts reading 2027 Panthers.

Actually, all these characters were on site as part of The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Luncheon honoring longtime Texas Tech loyalists Diane and John Scovell, as well as present the 2017 Molly H. Bogen Service Award to Lori Daniels.

Fred and Jan Hegi

Bob White

Carolyn Miller

As the Landmark Circle filled to capacity for the VIP reception with Gail and Gerald Turner, 2016 Spirit Awardees Jan and Fred Hegi, 2011 Spirit Awardee Carolyn Miller, 2010 Spirit Awardees Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Caren Kline, Kristen and Jim Hinton, Tucker Enthoven with her mom Julie Ford, John and Betty Crawford, Debbie Oates, Brent Christopher, Robin Robinson and Margo Goodwin, The Senior Source President/CEO Cortney Nicolato and Bank of Texas Dallas Market Executive Bob White welcomed the crowd.

Diane Scovell

One or two of the group admitted that they had headed to the Anatole, where the event had been held in the past. But since John had built the Hyatt along with the world-renowned tower, it was only right to honor him in his hotel.

One guest was huffing as she arrived after parking her car in the satellite parking lot. She admitted that the lunch was just the second time that she had been to the Hyatt and climbing the hill in high heels for John was a labor of love. The next time she was gonna valet.

Alan White and John Scovell

Mary Montgomery and Kristi Hoyl

At 11:30 the Landmark Ballroom was filling with longtime friends of the Scovells like Texas Tech buddy Alan White was tableside with Pat SchenkelKristi Hoyl and Mary Montgomery spied each other across the way. They were both in similar dresses… Alan Walne was still sporting a sling due to surgery…Former Senior Source President/CEO Molly Bogen arrived to hugs from Lindalyn Adams …’nother former Senior Sourcer Betty Houser reported that after a year off for “temporary retirement,” she was considering a return to the nonprofit sector… and Pat McCallum, Barbara Stuart, County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, District Attorney Faith Johnson and Brad Cheves.

Pete Schenkel, Brad Cheves and Alan Walne

Betty Houser and Stephanie Russell

Just past noon Senior Source Board Chair John Taylor III got things started by introducing Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Rev. Matthew Ruffiner, who gave the invocation, and Luncheon Chair Carol Lupton Huckin and Diamond Underwriter Baylor Scott And White Health CEO Jim Hinton addressed the crowd as lunch was served.

In presenting the Bogen Service Award with Molly to Lori, Cortney told how Lori had served in various capacities to help the elderly. Lori even created an underwear donation drive called “The Reverse Panty Raid” and a gift drive for the holidays. That first year, “ten seniors were adopted.” Last year 200 personalized gifts were delivered to clients.

Lori Daniels, Cortney Nicolato and Molly Bogen

Lori recalled how she had joined The Senior Source after seeing a notice in The Dallas Morning News for a volunteer opportunity. That was 20 years ago. Since that time, she has involved friends, family and especially her husband, Jim Daniels.

A video was shown detailing the countless programs that The Senior Source provides. Just last year they accommodated 33,000 “older adults.”

As the lights came up, a couple of white rocking chairs were now on the left side of the stage in front of a row of faux hedges with twinkling lights. In the back of the ballroom, cheerleaders and other characters waited.

Red Raider and Masked Rider

Following the video, Cortney asked that guests visit a senior and text donations. She then explained that while the fundraiser often took place around Thanksgiving, this year “We’re just trying to mess with you today and do it on Halloween.”

As Cortney left the stage and Diane and John took their places in the rocking chairs. A voice over the PA revealed how it was a Scovell tradition at Halloween that trick or treaters must do a trick before getting a treat. In keeping with that idea, it was announced that Stage Fright Events had been hired to screen the masses who seek their 15 minutes of fame “on the Scovells’ front porch.

John and Diane Scovell

The skit provided laughs as one of the screeners proved not to be the sharpest tack in the box saying that

  • John had met Diane when she was a traveling rodeo clown. No, Diane had been a rodeo queen in Brady. And they met in college — Texas Tech, of course.
  • John’s dad, Field Scovell, had been “Mr. Spandex Bowl.” No, Field had been Mr. Cotton Bowl.
  • John had built the Eiffel Tower. No, he had built Reunion Tower.
  • In college, Diane and John were named Mr. and Miss Texas A and …. No, they were named Mr. and Miss Texas Tech.

Preston Hollow Elementary School third graders

The first to tryout were future Hillcrest Panthers/third graders from Preston Hollow Elementary, who sang “Skin and Bones.” [Editor’s note: It was pretty darn adorable.]

Next up was the Reunion Tower Ball that texted via the big screen that it and the Scovells go back 39 years. For its trick, the revolving ball displayed a lit pumpkin.

Reunion Tower

Texas Tech cheerleaders

The final tryout on stage was the Texas Tech crew including the cheerleaders shouting “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for seniors  stand up and holler.” With that the Tech fight song played, Masked Rider and Raider Red arrived on stage and the guests stood.

With the Diane and John still rocking, Underwriting Chair John Crawford replaced the Stage Fright team and told how the Scovells had made a dynamic impact on Dallas education, business, health and environment by looking “to the future with a reverence for the past.” In the Scovell world, “Success is a team sport.”

John Crawford, Carol Huckin, John and Diane Scovell and John Taylor

John Taylor and Carol joined John Crawford in presenting the award to the Scovells.

After receiving the award, John Scovell retired to his chair and Diane admitted, “I want to shut the doors and get around to everybody…We’re appreciative and so very uncomfortable. It’s kinda not our style.” She asked everyone who had been involved with any of the Scovell projects for the betterment of Dallas. It seemed like all but a handful stood. At one point she told how their sons had been such troopers even when John coached them in soccer but knew nothing about the sport.

It was now time for John to address the group by defending his soccer skills. “My father told me early on. He said, ‘Son, if you can’t use your hands, it must be a communist sport.’ That was my introduction to soccer.” He then had Diane join him at the podium. Once again he recalled something his father had told him, “He had spent a lot of time at events like this and he said, ‘Son, if you’re to speak and have a nice audience, here’s what you tell them. You stand up to be seen. You speak up to be heard. You sit down to be appreciated.”

And from the audience’s response, the Scovells were truly appreciated.

For more photos of the day’s activities, head on over to MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Despite Mike Boone’s Being MIA, Honorees Jan And Fred Hegi Were Surrounded By Friends At The Senior Source Patron Party

When The Senior Source‘s Spirit of Generations Luncheon honorees Jan and Fred Hegi heard their old SMU pal Mike Boone couldn’t make the luncheon’s patrons party on Thursday, Nov. 10, they were disappointed at first. But when they learned that attorney Mike had committed to helping a group of attorneys to shut down crack houses in South Dallas at that time, Fred said to college pal, “You go and do God’s work.”

Jan and Fred Hegi

Ben Weber and John Taylor III

But it wasn’t as if the Hegis were all by their lonesome or surrounded by strangers in Marilyn and Ben Weber’s Highland Park home. There such pals as John Taylor III, Bob White, Lori Collins, Vince Ackerson, Gay and Bill Solomon, Suzy Gekiere, Monica Egert Smith, Joyce and Linus Wright, Tom Dunning and Ellen and John McStay.

Joyce and Linus Wright and Suzy Gekiere

Amy and Peter Hegi

Jan and Fred especially lit up when son Peter Hegi and daughter-in-law Amy Hegi arrived.

But the gathering was only a warm up for The Senior Source fundraising luncheon on Monday, November 14, at the Hilton Anatole. This event will be the first for The Senior Source President/CEO Cortney Nicolato, who has succeeded the recently retired President/CEO Molly Bogen.

Baylor Scott And White CEO Joel Allison Accepted 2015 Spirit Of Generations With Humility And Compassion Despite A “Blow”

‘Twas the Monday before Thanksgiving and the Anatole was busy, busy, busy. While out-of-towners were hustling out the door to awaiting buses for tours of Dallas, locals were heading to The Senior Source’s 2015 Spirit of Generations Luncheon.

This luncheon tends to be the daytime version of the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner because the honoree never knows what to expect.

Gregg Ballew, Molly Bogen, Boone Powell Jr, Elizabeth Gambrell, David and Elaine Nelson and Joel Allison

Gregg Ballew, Molly Bogen, Boone Powell Jr, Elizabeth Gambrell, David and Elaine Nelson and Joel Allison

While nearly 900 checked in at the Grand Ballroom, patrons gathered for a private reception with honoree Baylor Scott and White CEO Joel Allison. Despite his being an old hand at hosting such gatherings, Joel seemed a little overwhelmed at the attention given him by the likes of Boone Powell Jr., Becky Bright, Elaine and David Nelson, Bob White, Randi Halsell, Barbara Stuart, Debbie Oates, Suzy Gekiere, Caren and Pete Kline and loads of Baylor types (Robin Robinson, Lindalyn Adams, Jennifer Coleman and husband Brad Stribling and, of course, Joel’s “bride” Diane Allison).

Debbie Oates

Debbie Oates

Jennifer Coleman and Brad Stribling

Jennifer Coleman and Brad Stribling

Sara Lee Gardner

Sara Lee Gardner

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Diane Allison

Diane Allison

On the other hand, The Senior Source President/CEO Molly Bogen was all smiles despite this luncheon being her last to oversee. After 40 years, Molly was retiring. Little did she know that Luncheon Chair Elizabeth Gambrell and The Senior Source team had a surprise up their silk sleeves.

By 11:45 the patrons were headed to the Grand Ballroom.

As the head-table guests took their place promptly at 11:55, Community Partners of Dallas VP Joanna Clarke told that her support of The Senior Source came through her learning about the organization through her Junior League of Dallas days.

At noon sharp The Senior Source Board Chair Gregg Ballew introduced the table, and Baylor Scott & White Health Chief Mission and Ministry Officer Mark Grace gave the invocation.

But before the lunch commenced, Elizabeth thanked her committee and the underwriters. She then added that all but two of the past 21 luncheon chairs were present.

Luncheon (assorted Fall greens, drive cranberries, candied pecans, red and green applies, shaved Parmesan and Balsamic vinaigrette; herb crusted breast of chicken, wild mushroom sauce, webani rice with scallions, braised red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots and asparagus; and pear tart with dried cherries) was served with the talk of the day being Thanksgiving. Sharon Popham was flying with the rest of the family to their place in New Mexico, while husband Roy Popham was driving with all the food and stuff. Sharon was thrilled that there was already snow on the slopes…After orchestrating many past Thanksgiving feasts, Carol Seay was “just showing up.”

Following lunch, Molly introduced a video on the Elder Financial Safety Center shedding light on the ugly side of seniors “being victims” of financial abuse. According to the video, $37B is lost annually by older citizens due to financial abuse and “roughly 37% of seniors are abused financially.” Luckily, thanks to a collaborative effort by The Senior Source, the Dallas Country District Attorney’s Office and Probate Courts, the Center was providing “prevention, protection and prosecution services” for older adults. In the video Molly seemed to almost appeal that this program was her parting wish for the organization that she had grown and grown up with for 40 years.

Gregg returned to the podium encouraging guests to volunteer and support the organization’s efforts.

Then he announced “a little deviation from the agenda here.” To his far right, Molly looked startled. She didn’t know of any “deviation.” And she wasn’t supposed to. Gregg gave a tip of the hat to Molly, saying that like any great leader, she was leaving her organization better than she found it.  But despite her years of working with seniors, she might need some help adjusting to retirement. With that a video was shown featuring Mayor Mike Rawlings, Molly’s son Joseph Bogen (“Hey, Mom, now you can fulfill your lifelong dream of running for public office”), retired WFAA anchor Gloria Campos, retired Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow and The Ticket’s George Dunham (“Clear up those felony warrants you have”). With that Molly was given a standing ovation.

Molly Bogen, Debbie Oates and Joel Allison

Molly Bogen, Debbie Oates and Joel Allison

Before the guests could take their seats, Steve Blow himself appeared on stage in scrubs telling Molly, “This retirement gig is great!”

He told the audience that despite his outfit he hadn’t launched into a second career: “Healthcare has not gone that crazy.” The reason for the scrubs was his doing research on honoree Joel.

Steve Blow

Steve Blow

A video described Joel as the “most earnest man in the world” with such statements as

  • “Compared to him, Boy Scouts seem kind of shifty.”
  • “His groupies include the Pope, the Dali Llama, Oprah.”
  • “In college, he refused to play offensive tackle because it was …offensive.”
  • “Even his competitors list him as their emergency contact.”
  • “He once urged Mr. Rogers to be kinder to the people in his neighborhood.”

Steve admitted that he had undertaken “Operation: Find A Fault” to “dig up some dirt” on Joel. It was unsuccessful, but Steve dug up some “turkeys” like

  • “A Big Sleep” — Working out before 5 a.m. every day at the Tom Landry Center, Joel was given his own key because nobody could get up that early to open the center. He thought it would be a good idea for all the Baylor staff to work out and sent out a memo. The next morning at 4:45 a.m. the place was packed with doctors, nurses and staff. While an invigorated Joel carried on the day’s duties, his teammates looked a little worn out.
  • “Unnecessary Roughness” — His dedication to Baylor University football is renowned. He thought it might be just the thing to “broadcast Baylor games throughout all the medical centers.” However, hearing Joel and the senior leaders hollering, “Rip ’em up. Tear ’em up; “Sic ’em, sic ’em!” was a bit “unsettling.”

Steve told the group that Joel’s favorite comedian was Jeff Foxworthy and how Jeff’s understanding of medical terms didn’t quite sync with the Oxford Dictionary of Medicine. Examples:

  • Benign — “What you be after you be eight.”
  • Morbid —”Dang, a higher bid than mine.”
  • Fibula — “Well, that’s just a little old lie.”
  • Barium — “That’s what doctors do when patients die.”
  • Dilate — “To live long.”
Joel Allison and Margo Goodwin

Joel Allison and Margo Goodwin

Steve then turned the program over to The Senior Source’s Honorary Lifetime Director and Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board Chair Margo Goodwin, who got down to business and told of his dedication, his integrity and his accomplishments.

She recalled when Boone Powell Jr. hired Joel over 40 years ago he recognized Joel’s humility and compassion and “those core traits have stayed with Joel forever.”

Upon receiving his award, Joel displayed the “core traits” that Margo spoke of. He graciously thanked Margo, Steve, Gregg, Elizabeth, Elaine and David Nelson, Boone, his family and described The Senior Source as “the most outstanding organization in this community.”

In typical Joel fashion, he accepted the award “on behalf of the men and women of Baylor Scott and White Health that I have the privilege of serving every day. And it’s because of their dedication, their commitment, their compassion and their passion for delivering health care that I stand here before you.”

Joel Allison, Elizabeth Gambrell and Boone Powell Jr.

Joel Allison, Elizabeth Gambrell and Boone Powell Jr.

He also thanked the volunteers including the Baylor board and publicly saluted Molly.

Joel then turned his remarks to his just joining the “senior ranks” and said, “I’m looking forward to receiving the services” of The Senior Source. According to Joel, 10,000 other baby boomers are joining that status daily.

As an aside, he told the audience that he was going to go to The Senior Source “and have them help me understand the Medicare bill that I’m going to be receiving.”

At The Spirit Of Generation’s Patron Party, Recipient Joel Allison Insisted The Honor Belongs To Others

Despite high cheekbones, perfect posture and an incredible track record, Joel Allison isn’t perfect and on Tuesday, November 10, he continued to fall short. The man can simply not accept a compliment.

Joel Allison

Joel Allison

But on this night he begrudgingly was trying his best to accept the congratulations on being named the recipient of The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Award at the event’s patron party in Barbara Hunt Crow’s marvelous residence. It’s the kind of home that one imagines would be the setting of the perfect Thanksgiving come rain, shine or snow. Barbara laughed and said it was truly lived in thanks to her kids.

Barbara Hunt Crow and Nickey and Debbie Oates

Barbara Hunt Crow and Nickey and Debbie Oates

Baylor grad/Baylor Scott & White CEO Joel sloughed off accolades saying he would be accepting the award on Monday, November 23, at the Hilton Anatole, on behalf of the Baylor Scott & White staffers with wife Diane Allison looking on.

He then told the crowd that underwriting Co-Chair/Old Baylor friends Elaine and David Nelson had told him that they really wished he would retire, so they could stop giving money.

Elaine and David Nelson

Elaine and David Nelson

Then Joel said that the organizers should have given the award to TSS President/CEO Molly Bogen, who will be relinquishing her position after 40 years in January.

Diane Allison, Robin Robinson and Molly Bergen

Diane Allison, Robin Robinson and Molly Bergen

Then TSS Chairman of the Board Gregg Ballew told the group including Luncheon Chair Elizabeth Gambrell, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Emilynn and Claude Wilson, Nancy Carter, Carolyn Miller, Sharon and Mike McCullough and Robin Robinson to enjoy the rest of the evening. While Christie Carter headed to her first Tate Lecture Series, Carolyn Rose Hunt (Barbara’s aunt) was in a sunroom. She pointed to a picture of an adorable youngster with curls and just the hint of a smile. The 92-year-old Carolyn smiled and said it was her brother Herbert Hunt (aka Barbara’s father). She then told how it crushed her mother when her father took young Herbert to the barber to cut off his curls.

Spirit Of Generations Honoree Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Graciously Rose Above “Cousin Lavelle’s” Teasing

As folks were starting to hit the groceries looking for the right items to fill the Thursday Thanksgiving feast, The Senior Source held its 8th annual Spirit of Generations Luncheon on Monday, November 24, at the Anatole.

Lydia and Dan Novakov

Lydia and Dan Novakov

The timing of the annual luncheon is absolutely perfect. With the season’s focus on family and community, the fundraiser celebrates those who have been part of North Texas’ history and have created the foundation for the future.

Sarah and Alan Losinger

Sarah and Alan Losinger

John and Patti Jo Turner and Kay Bailey Hutchison

John and Patti Jo Turner and Kay Bailey Hutchison

As for the event itself, it seemed more like a gathering of the yet-to-be-tapped AARP types. The VIP reception in the Plum Blossom Room was bustling with energy. Co-Chair Lydia Novakov had her clan in attendance including husband Dan Novakov (he’s chairing the Cotton Bowl Classic), cousin Patti Jo Turner and husband John Turner and mom Isabell Haggar with Lydia’s sister, Marian Bryan, who was talking with Co-Chair Sarah Losinger and her husband Alan. The only one missing was the Novakov daughter Isabell, who was in Singapore visiting her old roommate.

Ruth Altshuler, Helen Storey and Nancy Halbreich

Ruth Altshuler, Helen Storey and Nancy Halbreich

Honoree Kay Bailey Hutchison was surrounded like a queen with well-wishers Gail and Gerald Turner, George Schrader, Caren Prothro, Angie Kadesky, Ruth Altshuler, Helen Storey, Nancy Halbreich, Becky Bright, Dee Collins, Sara Martineau, Barbara Stuart, Ros Dawson, Brent Christopher, Cyndi Bassel and a slim-trim Marnie and Kern Wildenthal.

Pam Busbee

Pam Busbee

Eventually the VIP’s ambled over to the Grand Ballroom that was already filling up with Robin Robinson, Courtney Rottman, Sparkey Beckham, David Burgher, Susan McSherry, Tim Moore, Angela Randall, Caren Kline, Pam Perella, Margo Goodwin, Pam Busbee, Pam McCallum and Susan Wells Jenevein. Like watchful parents, The Senior

Debbie Oates

Debbie Oates

Source Chair of the Board Debbie Oates at the head table and husband Nickey Oates at a table in the room kept an eye open for their late-arriving daughter

Kay entered the room to trumpeter Howard Kennedy playing “Eyes of Texas” with Longhorn loyalists raising the UT salute and all rising to their feet. After she took her place at the head table and everyone settled back in their seats, they were asked to stand for Tom Gilchrist’s singing “God Bless America.”

Keeping to their schedule, Debbie welcomed the group, Rev. Anthony Burton gave the invocation, Sarah and Lydia extended their thanks to all who had contributed to the event, and Baylor Scott &White Health Senior VP John McWhorter told of the foster grandparents program at Baylor’s Children’s House.

John McWhorter

John McWhorter

Following luncheon, The Senior Source President/CEO Molly Bogen introduced the agency video that showcased the numerous programs and services provided by “seniors,” like Elder Financial Safety Cennter, Elder Support Program, ElderCare Partners, Guardianship and Money Management Program, Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, Senior Employment Program, AGE (Advocacy Group for Elders), Senior Companion Program, Foster Grandparent Program and RSVP.

It was then time to honor Kay, but before the award could be presented, a woman entered the room looking for Kay. It was Kay’s “cousin Lavelle Bates” who had just arrived via the bus from North Carolina. It was amazing how under the makeup and outfit, she looked more like Peggy Carr.

Bravely Kay sat smiling as fact and fiction played out to a room full of laughter. Following the roasting toasting, Kay graciously accepted her award and in true Kay B.H. fashion. Ever the polished speaker, Kay kept her remarks short. After all, she had learned after years of speech-making that a good speaker keeps their remarks short and sincere.

She immediately extolled the importance and value of The Senior Source. Then she spoke of how she was proud of serving the country as a U.S. Senator and the people she represented. She closed by saying that during this week of Thanksgiving, she was most grateful for being an American.