2015 Crystal Charity Ball Committee Distributed Record-Breaking $6.5M To 11 Dallas Children’s Non-Profits

There are hundreds of children…no, make that thousands of children…who went to sleep on Tuesday, April 12, never having heard of a gal from Andrews, Texas, by the name of Michal Powell or an organization called Crystal Charity Ball.

That’s just peachy keen for the 2015 CCB Chair Michal and her gall-gal committee of 99. For a little over a year, they made calls, hand delivered contracts and championed the cases for Dallas children to net a record-breaking $6.5M.

Some of that money would go to healthcare, ranging from sexual abuse to hearing and sight challenges. Other funds would assist homeless and hungry kids and those working through the challenges of autism.

Pat McEvoy, Tucker Enthoven, Vinnie Reuben, Gregg Ballew, Michal Powell, Leslie Diers, Susan Farris and Mary Clare Finney

Pat McEvoy, Tucker Enthoven, Vinnie Reuben, Gregg Ballew, Michal Powell, Leslie Diers, Susan Farris and Mary Clare Finney

But on this evening, it was Christmas with Michal and her team including Underwriting chair Tucker Enthoven presenting the real-thing checks to the 11 recipients thanks to host Westwood Trust Senior VP Gregg Ballew. Among the crowd of more-than-smiley recipients and guests were Dave Woodyard, Ola Fojtasek, Robyn Flatt, Cara French, Sandra Session-Robertson, Bob Sweeney, Elizabeth Gambrell, Tom Turnage, Pam Busbee, Ona Foster, Daffan Nettle, Dr. Tom Campbell, Beth Thoele, Michael Craven, Margaret Hancock, Kimberly Williams, Anne Reeder, Doug Adkins, Tricia George, Tom Black, Mary Martha Pickens, Jan McAuley, Fredye Factor, Pat McEvoy, Vinnie Reuben, Leslie Diers, Mary Clare Finney, Susan Farris, Barbara Stuart and 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter.

Here is a breakdown of how the checks were distributed:

  • Catholic Charities of Dallas — $575,000 for the School Readiness Program
  • Dallas Children’s Theater — $564,400 for Sensory-Friendly Performances and Classes
  • Dallas Life — $546,919 for the Kids Life Program
  • Dallas Services — $646,064 for the Vision for Children Program
  • Family Compass — $600,000 for the Healthy Families Program
  • Foundation for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders — $630,000 for The Pediatric Hearing Aid Project
  • H.I.S. BridgeBuilders — $539,450 for the Crossover Athletics Program
  • Interfaith Housing Coalition — $500,000 for the Childcare and Youth Services Center
  • Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers —$500,000 for Ewing’s Sarcoma Pediatric Cancer Research Program
  • North Texas Food Bank — $750,000 for the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation — $459,124 for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Wanna bet what the first thing the 11 recipients did the next morning? Deliver the checks to their banks, of course. The second thing was to put that money to work.

Greer Garson Gala Was “A Royal Affair” For Texas Health Resources Foundation

This report from the field came in about the Greer Garson Gala:

Texas Health Resources Foundation hosted donors and community leaders for a regal evening on April 26 at the Omni Hotel Dallas. With 350 attendees, the 2014 Greer Garson Gala, themed “A Royal Affair,” transported guests across the pond to England for dinner, dancing and royal fun.

“The Greer Garson Gala supports the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Guests showed an abundance of generosity by playing at the charitable casino tables, bidding in the silent and live auctions, and enjoying purchases from the wine pull and royal surprise bags. Through ticket sales, sponsorships and the gala’s fundraising events, the event raised more than $250,000.

William and Mary Ellen Kendall, David Heard and Keri Tonn, Kelly and Chuck Crider*

William and Mary Ellen Kendall, David Heard and Keri Tonn, Kelly and Chuck Crider*

“Attendees viewed a testimonial video featuring chairs Keri Tonn and David Heard, Kelly and Chuck Crider and Mary Ellen and William Kendall. Each of the three families navigated difficult circumstances surrounding pregnancy and childbirth, and shared personal stories from their experiences at the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Dallas. The video is available to view on the Texas Health Resources Foundation Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TexasHealthFoundation.

Jay and Jennifer McAuley*

Jay and Jennifer McAuley*

“’My husband David and I were so honored to be a part of this great tradition,’ said 2014 Greer Garson Gala chair Keri Tonn. ‘We’ve always known it to be true, but it was inspiring to see how generous Dallasites are to their community and to critical needs at Texas Health Dallas. We are grateful for their giving hearts and also for the tireless dedication that the entire volunteer committee put forth over the past year.’

Greer Garson Gala ballroom*

Greer Garson Gala ballroom*

“Dinner was exclusively designed by Omni’s chef Bryce Dahlgren and pastry chef Kristina Kent, and included all-day cabernet braised short rib with a creamy lobster couscous and chocolate molten cake with infused Chantilly crème and warm berry coulis. Hard Nights Day, Dallas’ premier Beatles cover band, kept guests dancing until the evening concluded. A photo booth complete with royal props was also a popular attraction at the gala.

“Texas Health Resources Foundation is proud to recognize the generous sponsors of the 2014 Greer Garson Gala, including:

  • “The Tiffany Yellow Diamond: Bank of Texas; Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt
  • “The Taylor-Burton Diamond: Commerce House, Insight Complete Eye Care – Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Bank, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Mr. and Mrs. William Seanor and Westwood Trust
  • “The Cora Sun-Drop Diamond: Curry Printing. OB On Call and Women’s Healthcare Center, Presbyterian Heart & Vascular Group, Radiology Associates of North Texas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Resources and Walnut Hill OB/GYN
  • “The Star of India: Gardere Wynne Sewell, Locke Lord LLP, Pediatrix Medical Group of Texas Vollero Beach Capital Partners
  • “The Taj Mahal Diamond: Atlas Anesthesia, Kelly and Chuck Crider, DLA Piper LLP (US), KDC Real Estate,LegacyTexas Bank, Nanci and Len Mackenzie and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Tonn
  • “Donors: Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, Dr. and Mrs. Henry Estess, Leslie Johnson, Mrs. Christine G. Langston, Madeline and Brian Robison and Robert White
  • “Media Sponsors: NBC-5 and PaperCity Magazine”
* Photos provided by Texas Health Resources Foundation