Round Robin October 29: 16th Annual Mission Ole And Stars And Stripes Film Festival Sponsors Party

Thursday, October 29, proved to once again return Thursday to its status as the busiest day of the week. Earlier in the day there were The Dallas Opera’s First Sight luncheon and fashion show at the Winspear and Mosaic’s 5th Annual Partners and Possibilities Luncheon at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center north of town. That was just the warm up for the evening’s activities that included the 2015 David Wiessman Bridge Builder Award Dinner at The Adolphus Hotel co-chaired by Holly Deason and Blaine Nelson and honoring Ron Haddock. Even Fort Worth was buzzing with the NewDay Services for Children and Families at The Cendera Center!

But back in Dallas, there was still fun and fundraising going on.

16th Annual Mission Ole

Greg Nieberding

Greg Nieberding

The Day of the Dead makeup

The Day of the Dead makeup

Mission Ole alter

Mission Ole alter

Despite being within a hair’s breadth of October 31, the Trinity River Mission fundraiser’s 16th Annual Mission Ole could have easily been mistaken for a Halloween dress rehearsal. Evidently Chair Greg Nieberding recognized the growing popularity of “Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)” and deemed it to be the theme for the gathering at 3015 at Trinity Groves.

Gary and Cindy Turner

Gary and Cindy Turner

Against a wall was a presentation of art that was in keeping with “The Day of the Dead” tradition in which “alters” are created as a tribute and celebration of the life of a deceased loved one. The artwork contains such things as the person’s favorite things like food, pets, musical instruments, etc.  On this occasion the alter was filled with artwork honoring Donna Graham, who founded Trinity River Mission.

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

One highlight of the evening was the ballet folklorico performance by Trinity River Mission students. Not only were they adorable in their colorful costumes, they knew how to do a showstopping presentation to the delight of their parents and guests like Cindy and Gary Turner, Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke.

Still another memorable moment was TRM grad Carina Torres, who went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She told of the importance TRM had in her life.  A little later in the evening Carina, who is a founding member of Nicolay Dance Works in Huntsville, returned to perform a solo dance.

The evening was such a hit that they’ve already reserved 3015 at Trinity Groves on Thursday, November 3, for the 17th Annual Mission Ole.

Stars & Stripes Film Festival Patron Party

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

North of the Dallas North Tollway at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s spread, the sponsors of the Stars & Stripes Film Festival were filling the mansion to talk about the upcoming fundraiser for Sons of the Flag. While some guests chose to ride the Cooley Cart from the estate’s entrance to the residence, others decided to walk along the drive past the tennis court and pond and over the bridge to the front door. Shoot! It was such a gorgeous night, why not?

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

With SOTF Founder/President/CEO Ryan Parrott greeting folks like Pam and Vin Perella, Lynn and Allan McBee, Christie Carter and Pam Busbee at the door, Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster were talking with vets and going over details of the November 12-15 festivities at the Angelika plus the lunch on Friday, November 13, at the Dallas Country Club with Gen. Tommy Franks.

Midway through the evening, the Cooley staircase was put to use to tell about the upcoming film festival. From it Ryan told the history of Sons of the Flag and how it really started with his meeting Ret. Capt. Sam Brown, who suffered third-degree burns over 30% of his body.

Ryan and Director of Development Mary Meier even got David Sargent of Stripe-A-Zone to get up on the staircase and tell how important it was for his company to be the presenting sponsor of the festival.

 James Faust

James Faust

BTW, the opening night will not only feature “Zero Dark Thirty,” but Seal Team Member/native Texan Tyler Black will be on hand.

Also on hand was Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust, who helped curate the collection of films. He was also looking forward to the DFS’s The Art of Film on Friday, November 20, at The Space on Oak Lawn with Isabella Rossellini.

Wednesday Belongs To A Very Special Group Of People

If you don’t know a veteran, you’ve got 24 hours to find one. They’re remarkable folks, who served the U.S. in some capacity and Wednesday is Veterans Day. It’s the day when the country takes time to appreciate the sacrifices made by those serving in the military.

The weather forecast calls for the possibility of showers for the Dallas Veterans Day Parade, but what’s a little rain when you realize what these folks have done. This year’s parade “will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In addition to honoring all veterans, this year’s parade will specifically recognize the sacrifices World War II service men and women made to preserve the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.”

Even if you can’t make the parade, there are still opportunities in which you can show your support like the Daughters of World War II luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. It’s going to a very special occasion, since the number of WWII vets is dwindling.

And there’s also the Stars & Stripes Film Festival that kicks off Thursday at the Angelika and continues through Sunday, November 15. There is even a luncheon Friday at the Dallas County Club with Gen. Tommy Franks benefiting Sons of the Flag. According to S&SFF Co-Chair Pete Foster, Navajo code breaker Samuel Holiday is scheduled to be on hand Saturday, at 3 p.m.

Sons Of The Flag Kicks Off “Stars & Stripes Film Festival” At Theater With Popcorn, Plans And Peeps

Friendships and connections, military and otherwise, were much in evidence last Wednesday, August 27, at the host committee kickoff for the inaugural Stars & Stripes Film Festival. Nearly 100 people attended the kickoff event at a Highland Park movie theatre, where plans were unveiled for 14 military-themed films to be shown during the November 6-9 festival at the Angelika Film Center benefiting an organization called Sons of the Flag .

Stars & Stripes Film Festival*

Stars & Stripes Film Festival*

The nonprofit group was started by Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, a former Navy SEAL, in order to support military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors.

While guests like Randall Goss, Paige McDaniel, Steve Stodghill and Harry Hunsicker enjoyed movie snacks like fresh popcorn and Junior Mints, Dallas Film Society’s Lee Papert and James Faust introduced trailers for all 14 flicks.

They ranged from Top Gun and Saving Private Ryan to Platoon, Stripes, and Missing in Action. Joked Faust: “We tried to cover all the [military] bases, but it was really hard to find a Coast Guard film. I’m really sorry to all the guardsmen out there.”

Harlan Crow library IMG_8361One of the films to be shown at the November festival, titled Act of Valor, focuses on the exploits of Parrott’s SEAL teammates. Another connection was Parrott’s friendship with Allan McBee, who’s agreed to co-chair the festival along with his wife, Lynn. Louise and Guy Griffeth, whose son is currently serving with the Special Forces in Afghanistan, will be the honorary chairs. Kathy and Harlan Crow will honor the festival sponsors with an October 23 party in the Crow Library, it was announced.

Perhaps the most poignant connection at Wednesday’s kickoff, though, was the appearance of Ret. Army Capt. Sam Brown, who was in the audience and recognized from the stage. Brown was struck by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2008, suffering burns over 30 percent of his body. Sons of the Flag “was started on behalf of Sam Brown,” Parrott said.

* Graphic provided by Stars & Stripes Film Festival

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Stars & Stripes Film Festival

According to Stars & Stripes Film Festival Co-Chair Lynn McBee,

“My husband Allan McBee and I are thrilled to be chairing the inaugural Stars & Stripes Film Festival, honoring veterans as well as active duty service men and women.  This four day film festival, November 6-9, is the first of its kind for North Texas, and will include four days of iconic films and documentaries, celebrating our nation’s finest!

Guy and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Guy and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Honorary Chairs Louise and Guy Griffeth have a son actively serving in the military overseas, and they are equally thrilled to be a part of this patriotic event, that will appeal to film buffs and Patriots alike. The Stars & Stripes Film Festival will benefit Sons of the Flag, a Dallas nonprofit founded by former Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott.  Sons of the Flag supports military, first-responder and civilian burn survivors.

“Sponsors will be honored by Kathy and Harlan Crow in late October in the Crow Library. For more information about sponsorships or ticket sales, contact Mary Meier, [email protected].”