The Scripps Society Celebrated The Moody Foundation’s Announcement Of A $12M Gift To CRI With Dinner And A Very Special Singer

While Kathy and Harlan Crow were in Washington, D.C., they left “the key under the mat” for The Scripps Society’s annual dinner on Tuesday, October 24.

For newcomers, The Scripps Society was named after Debbie and Ric Scripps, who “have embodied the Children’s Medical Center mission.” It’s made up of people who have provided one million dollars or more for the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern, better known as CRI.

Sean Morrison, Christopher Durovich, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Kevin Dahlberg and Brent Christopher

But on this occasion, Children’s Medical Center Foundation President Brent Christopher and Children’s Health CEO Christopher Durovich had a breathtaking surprise for the group whose funds had generously supported pediatric healthcare.

Following dinner in the Crow Library, it was announced that The Moody Foundation had gifted a whopping $12M for CRI.

Jamie Williams and Ralph DeBerardinis

Despite having coordinated the arrangement of the gift, Foundation Human Resources Director/Regional Grant Director for North Texas Jamie Williams admitted that it had been quite an undertaking, but well worth it. Thanks to the gift, CRI will be able to “attract the world’s top scientists to Dallas to work alongside other researchers at CRI and will fuel their research for the next decade.”

As for Moody Foundation Chair/Executive Director Francie Moody-Dahlberg and husband Kevin Dahlberg, they were amazed at the magnificence of the library. It was their first time to visit.

In the crowd were CRI’s Dr. Sean Morrison, Dr. Ralph DeBerardinis, Dr. Hao Zhu,Christina Durovich, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Sherry Vittrup and CRI’s Dr. Sean Morrison, Dr. Ralph DeBerardinis, and Dr. Hao Zhu.

Hao Zhu, Russell Vittrup and Sherry Vittrup

Another highlight of  the evening was Children’s patient Russell Vittrup‘s singing some “Old Blue Eyes” favorites. Having been diagnosed with leukemia his first  year in college, Russell’s story, like his singing, is mesmerizing.

Thanks to The Moody Foundation and the members of The Scripps Society, medical research is creating life-saving treatments and diagnoses for others like Russell.

JUST IN: The Moody Foundation Awards Children’s Health With $12M To Attract The World’s Top Scientists And Researchers To CRI

At their annual dinner, the Children’s Medical Center Foundation million-dollar donors/members of The Scripps Society had a delicious surprise that had jaws literally dropping at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s home Tuesday night. And while this crowd is renowned for their generosity, they were more than delighted with the news about an uber gift of generosity. The reason was courtesy of The Moody Foundation.

With Francie Moody-Dahlberg and husband Kevin Dahlberg smiling, it was announced that the Foundation had presented a $12 million gift to Children’s Health. The monies will “establish a prestigious faculty scholar program designed to attract the world’s top scientists to Dallas work alongside other researchers at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI).”

Sean Morrison, Christopher Durovich, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Kevin Dahlberg and Brent Christopher

According to CRI Director Dr. Sean Morrison, “We are deeply honored by this generous gift from the Moody Foundation that will accelerate our ability to make discoveries that improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease in children.”

Jamie Williams and Ralph DeBerardinis

The immediate plan calls for $5M to “create a new Robert L. Moody Sr. Faculty Scholar endowment to support the research of a leading scientist at CRI.” The first Scholar will be Dr. Ralph DeBerardinis, who is director of CRI’s Genetic and Metabolic Program and professor in CRI. Thanks to his laboratory, new strategies have been provided for treating cancer by exploiting metabolic differences between cancer cells and normal cells.”

The Foundation will continue its support of CRI’s world-class medical research “for at least 10 years with a distribution of $700,000 or more every year.”

As Francie put it, “With this gift, we hope to increase the impact of the Children’s Research Institute and attract the most brilliant scientists and researchers from around the globe to North Texas.”

This latest gift brings the total of The Moody Foundation’s support of CRI to $17.35M, “placing it among the top 10 largest cumulative donors for Children’s Health in the system’s 104-year history.”

Children’s Health President/CEO Christopher Durovich summed it up: “Given the established track records of these scientists for finding the pathways to medical breakthroughs, the Moody investment will benefit countless generations yet to come, especially in our relentless pursuit of the discovery of tomorrow’s treatments.”

Once again philanthropy is the reason that North Texas is recognized as a world leader in healthcare research and treatments.  

According to Children’s Medical Center Foundation Brent Christopher, “This is an extraordinary gift. We’ve had a long-standing relationship with the Moody Foundation, and we’re inspired by this powerful collaboration with one of Texas’ most revered philanthropic families.

 “Permanent, private philanthropic support like this is an invaluable tool for these researchers. It is a unique, reliable resource for proven scientists who are at the top of their game and will launch them into their next phase of life-changing discoveries.”

Ironically, on the first night of the World Series, Brent summed it up, “CRI scientists knock it out each month.” 

Nicely played for the team of  The Moody Foundation, Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) for generations to come.      

2017 Junior Cattle Barons Ball Celebrants Created Pillow Artwork Before Attending Disney On Ice At American Airlines Center

As the princesses and princes lined up at American Airlines Center for the Disney on Ice performance on Sunday, March 19, there was a VIP gathering already underway at AAC’s Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club for the ultimate royals. They were the kids from Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center who had locked horns with the ultimate dragon — cancer.

But they weren’t just there to see the show and get on a sugar high with jelly beans, M&Ms and malt balls as part of the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball. They were put to work, but it was fun work.  Immediately upon arrival, they picked up the pillow cases provided by Luke’s Fastbreak and were directed to tables to decorate ‘em.

Finished pillow case

Hello? Pillow cases? Instead of past years, when the kiddos got their faces temporarily painted, they got to decorate the pillows for keeps. After all, who wants to sleep on a ho-hum pillow? It was a brilliant addition to the annual pre-show extravaganza at the center. The children and their siblings didn’t hesitate to start decorating. Why, shoot! Some of them were dreamy works with art/heart that couldn’t help but create sweet dreams.

Caroline Corrigan, Rosemary LeBlanc and Sarah Munir

Anne Stodghill and Dash Stodghill

Behind the tables were junior hostesses Caroline Corrigan, Rosemary LeBlanc and Sarah Munir. Despite her tan line, Rosemary reported that she had stayed home for spring break.

CBB Co-Chair Anne Stodghill accompanied by her tousle-hair son Dash Stodghill told how their stay in New Mexico had been spent counting out-of-town license plants for Dash’s third-grade project.

The Williams clan: (from the left) Whitney, Jamie and Craig, Graham, Georgia, Andrew, Derrin, Lanier, Mary and Kate

Merrick Huckin, Debbie Munir, Catherine Jaynes, Juliana LeBlanc and Mary C. Corrigan

Just as the doors opened for the afternoon fun on ice, Moody Foundation Human Resources  Director Jamie Williams arrived with her Williams family (Whitney, Craig, Graham, Georgia, Andrew, Derrin, Lanier, Mary and Kate) in tow. It was thanks to The Moody Foundation that the event took place and also thanks to coordination by CBB-ers Merrick Huckin, Debbie Munir, Catherine Jaynes, Juliana LeBlanc and Mary C. Corrigan.

The Family Place’s Legacy Campaign Is Within A Whisker Of Achieving Its $16.5M Goal And Needs Help To Close The Books

Paige Flink (File photo)

Was it really back on October 2015 that The Family Place’s Paige Flink announce The Family Place Legacy Campaign — Building For the Future — to build a 40,000-square foot Central Dallas Counseling Center? Her goal for the capital campaign was a whopping $13M. To get things rolling, The Moody Foundation kicked in $5M that resulted in the facility being named “Ann Moody Place.”

While the physical process of groundbreaking and building has been underway, so has the effort because the goal increased to $16.5M with good reason. According to Paige, the center is going to provide such services and offerings to “help us meet the burgeoning demand for our services. Every year there are approximately 15,000 incidents of family violence reported to the Dallas Police Department. The Family Place, which is the largest family violence shelter in our community and one of the largest service providers in Texas, shelters over 1,000 victims a year at our Safe Campus with 108 beds plus cribs. Our existing shelter is regularly full. The new facility will allow us to shelter an additional 45 women and children each night. It will also house our expanded Central Dallas counseling services for victims and their children, and a medical and dental clinic for clients.”

Ann Moody Place rendering*

To accommodate those needs, Paige and her crew recognized from experience some of the reasons people in need don’t seek help. For instance, “studies show that up to 65% of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave.”

Pets won’t be left behind

To ease those concerns, Ann Moody Place will have five dog kennels, five cat towers, a cuddle room where clients can visit their animals plus a dog run. Thanks to a partnership with the SPCA of Texas, a vet-tech will make sure all animals are vaccinated and care for.

But as the Monday, May 1st move-in date approaches, $220,000 is still needed to complete the fundraising. As a greater incentive to donate ASAP, Highland Capital Management has provided a $1M-challenge. For every dollar raised by Tuesday, April 4, Highland will provide 50 cents.

So, perhaps your budget can’t quite muster up a hundred thousand or two. Not to worry. There are other opportunities like

  • $500 for a 6” by 12” engraved brick
  • $1,000 for a donor to have his/her/their name(s) etched in a beautiful display in the breezeway connecting the two new buildings.
  • $7,500 for each of the two remaining outdoor seating areas in the healing garden

And wouldn’t you know that the dog kennels have all been underwritten, but the poor cats are playing second fiddle and are in need of $10,000-naming rights for each of the two remaining cat towers.

Of course, Paige has other underwriting opportunities. Why she just might arrange to have your name tattooed on her shoulder for the right price.  

* Graphic courtesy of The Family Place

2016 Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball Partied With Painted Faces And Hula Hoops Before Heading To The Circus

On Sunday, August 7, the Cattle Baron’s Ball Baronesses and their kids held the annual Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball honoring the munchkin cancer warriors from Children’s Health and Medical City Children’s Hospital at a party at American Airlines Center’s Old Number 7 before the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

There were kid-friendly swag bags and loads of food, but the real action was divided.

From the left: (adults) Craig Williams, Whitney and Todd Williams, Derrin and Mary Williams, Jamie Williams; (children) Graham Williams, Georgia Williams, Kate Williams, Andrew Williams, Lanier Williams and Phillip Williams

From the left: (adults) Craig Williams, Whitney and Todd Williams, Derrin and Mary Williams, Jamie Williams; (children) Graham Williams, Georgia Williams, Kate Williams, Andrew Williams, Lanier Williams and Phillip Williams

Thanks to presenting sponsor The Moody Foundation, Jr. CBB Co-Chairs Mary C. Corrigan and Lisa Ogle were able to arrange for a couple of activities that were ideal for the pre-show party.

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

Kamila Cortes

Kamila Cortes

First was the face decorating. The lineup for face painting was never-ending with four facial artists creating masterpieces. In this situation having a lack of hair was doggone adorable. Fashionista Cassidy Barrett accessorized beautifully with a pink lace headband. Kamila Cortes opted for the pierced ear look and instead of having her face painted, she had a nifty purple cat created on her left arm. When one youngster was asked if he had always been that cute, his reply was: “Yes!”

Across the way, an old-time toy became a real pacesetter — hula hoops! Who would have thought in this day and age of 3D games that the 1950’s hoop would thrill. Needless to say, the adults looked on thinking, “Someone is going to sleep soundly tonight.”

Bella Anderson

Bella Anderson

Maidie Corrigan

Maidie Corrigan

Mary and Lisa provided an additional surprise. Thanks to Luke Lange, each of the young cancer patients received a Luke’s FastBreaks T-shirt. Because Luke has been where these kids have been, these T-shirts are designed to have the cool factor as well as snaps on the side that allow for cancer treatments.

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for tens of thousands of cute faces, both natural and painted!

National Philanthropy Day Once Again Runs On Schedule With Amazing Stories of Philanthropy And A Surprised Scott Murray

National Philanthropy Day is the one day of the year when the professional fundraisers come together to celebrate the very act of fundraising itself. In North Texas where nonprofits flourish because of these folks, the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon is an all smiles occasion.And this year it fell on Friday the 13th of November. Here is a report from the field:

Scott Murray, Nancy Strauss Halbreich, James Falk, Kendall Deitch, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ross Moody, Cecilia and Garrett Boone and Michelle Thomas*

Scott Murray, Nancy Strauss Halbreich, James Falk, Kendall Deitch, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ross Moody, Cecilia and Garrett Boone and Michelle Thomas*

The Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, held Friday, November 13, at the Hyatt downtown, celebrated seven of Dallas’ finest, working tirelessly to make our community a better place. This year’s awards honored Cecilia and Garrett Boone as Outstanding Philanthropists; Nancy Strauss Halbreich as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; James N. Falk, CFRE, as Outstanding Fundraising Executive; The Moody Foundation as Outstanding Foundation; JPMorgan Chase & Co. as Outstanding Corporation; Kendall Deitch as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy; as Scott Murray, the event’s emcee since 2001, with the Special Recognition Award.

Ross Moody, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg

Ross Moody, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg

Event Chair Sarah Elliott thanked the “lovely and humble Nancy Dedman” for agreeing to be this event’s first honorary chair. A past recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropist Award, “Nancy is the epitome of this city’s generous spirit.” Elliott then announced today to the crowd of 523 that the luncheon had raised $85,000 toward AFP’s continuing education programs that support ethical fundraising and responsible gift stewardship.

Paul Dunne, of the AFP International Board of Directors, made a few remarks about the history of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, followed by recognition of key sponsors by the 2015 AFP Greater Dallas Chapter Board President Diana Marquis, Janet and Wyatt Davis of Clarkson Davis, Susan Swan Smith of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Karen Waller of Dini Spheris and Dr. Joe May of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation.

In honor of the anniversary, this year’s event welcomed a diamond level sponsor: Jeanie Wyatt, president & CEO of South Texas Money Management, who was presented with AFP’s special 30th anniversary diamond award on stage.

For lunch, guests enjoyed a port wine poached bosc pear filled with parsnip blue cheese mousse, bibb lettuce, endives, and sugar frosted pecans with tangerine coconut dressing; a dual entrée of pumpkin spiced beef short ribs and chicken piccata in egg crust over corn masa pudding, brussel sprouts, and honey glazed carrots; and for dessert, mascarpone cheesecake and peppery berry salad.

Nancy Dedman and Nancy Halbreich

Nancy Dedman and Nancy Halbreich

KERA, the event’s presenting sponsor, filmed videos again this year of the award recipients speaking prior to receiving their awards. One of the most memorable was Nancy Halbreich’s, which she began by saying “this award is about others who are here today.” She went on to say she began working on Parkland eight years ago – back when she was “blonde and voluptuous,” to the chuckles of the crowd. She added that most good things are collaborative and that she was a part of great team, calling out Don Glendenning’s name. She said that she had never worked as hard on anything as she did on the Parkland campaign and explained why she did – recounting the stories of three patients whose lives were changed from the care they received at Parkland. One moving story was about a young girl whose home caught on fire from a candle. Knowing how hard her mother worked to have the home, instead of leaving, she tried to put the fire out and was seriously burned in the process. Halbreich closed by recounting her philosophy that “if even one life has breathed easier because you lived, then you have been a success.”

Kendall Deitch and Richard and Janese Deitch

Kendall Deitch and Richard and Janese Deitch

The Youth in Philanthropy Award, always a highlight of the event, honored Kendall Deitch, 18, a senior at Highland Park High School, who began a program called Big Sister’s Closet in which she and other friends donate their gently used clothing to fifth grade girls at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School. One day each spring, about 25 fifth graders come to the library after school and are greeted by racks of clothes and about 25 older girls. “For these girls, many direct immigrants from Africa and Central America, the shopping is fun, but the true joy of the experience comes from hanging out with the older girls for a stereotypical American teenager afternoon – shopping laughing, dancing, and snacking.” Big Sister’s Closet turns a potentially stressful problem into a fun afternoon, allowing the girls to enjoy themselves while meeting their need for clothes. Deitch already has a freshman ready to take on the leadership of this program after she graduates. She closed her remarks with this thought, “I represent the fact that an average person can make a difference in another person’s life.”

Scott Murray and Kendall Deitch*

Scott Murray and Kendall Deitch*

Scott Murray, a longtime fan of the Youth in Philanthropy Award, stopped Deitch before she exited the stage with a few questions including what she’d do if she could change one thing. Her answer was to make others, especially young people who may be living in sheltered environments, more aware of the many problems in the world so they could take the initiative to impact change and make life better for others in need.

Carole and Scott Murray

Carole and Scott Murray

The program concluded with the special recognition award presented to Scott Murray. Judy Wright, the 2016 AFP Dallas Board President, relieved him of his duties at the podium. She spoke of how during his years in broadcasting, “Scott is known for his long-term involvement in the Dallas nonprofit sector, participating in thousands of events over the last 35 years and helping to raise millions of dollars for many charitable causes.” She then introduced a surprise for Scott as his son Doug Murray walked out onto the stage to present the 2015 Special Recognition Award to his father.

Attendees included past Outstanding Philanthropists Ruth Altshuler, Nancy Dedman (who was also this year’s honorary chair), Mary Terry, and Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers Caren Prothro, Janie McGarr, and Carol Seay. Also in the crowd were Louise Eiseman, Don Glendenning, Jan Rees-Jones, Elaine Agather, and Florence Shapiro.

Scott Murray’s closing statement – one he uses to conclude each of his broadcast shows – seemed an appropriate parting thought: “Always remember to live your life as a go-getter, but never forget to share your life as a go-giver.”

* Photos provided by Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of 
Fundraising Professionals

20th Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Kicked Off Legacy Campaign With A Nice Gift From The Moody Foundation

The Family Place’s 20th Anniversary Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 1, was filled with awards, announcements and even hints about “The Empire.”

As 800+ guests like Jonathan Martin, Anne Dyer, Di Johnston, Lauren Gayle White, Kern Wildenthal, Stephanie and Travis Hollman with Carol Seay gathered in the Imperial Ballroom, the program had a slow start-out-of-the-gate. While locals were seated and chatted in overdrive, emcee Clarice Tinsley had to delay getting the program underway because keynote speaker Marisa Tomei hadn’t arrived in the ballroom.

Carol Seay and Clarice Tinsley

Carol Seay and Clarice Tinsley

Di Johnston and Lauren Gayle White

Di Johnston and Lauren Gayle White

The petite Academy Award winner had spent time posing for photos with top underwriters and sponsors. In between the photo session in the Carpenter Ballroom on the ground level and joining the hundreds in the third-level ballroom, Marisa swapped her comfy flats for highest heels.

Michaela Dyer, Marisa Tomei and Layne Pitzer

Michaela Dyer, Marisa Tomei and Layne Pitzer

Luncheon Co-Chairs Michaela Dyer and Layne Pitzer welcomed and thanked key folks like Honorary Chair Debbie Taylor and awards were presented to the following:

Nancy Nasher

Nancy Nasher

  • Nancy Nasher — Texas Trailblazer
  • Bob Miller — Real Life Hero
  • United Way — Advocacy Award
Bob Miller, Lisa Miller and Shirley Miller

Bob Miller, Lisa Miller and Shirley Miller

Unfortunately or fortunately, scholarship winners Erin Baptiste and Julissa Figueroa were not able to attend. They were at college studying.

After lunch (zucchini and saffron vichyssoise with grilled gulf shrimp, crispy chicken breast on a bed of sautéed kale with herb pistou, tricolor marble potatoes, haricot vert and roasted pearl onions and red grape tomatoes) the chat took place between Marisa and Clarice. Unfortunately, the audio in the ballroom made hearing the conversation a bit of a challenge for some in the room. In addition to talking about her stage and film projects, Marisa told of her experience in directing “Half the Sky” about a young girl working through the oppression that women face in Ethiopia.

But there was no doubt that Clarice is a fan of “Empire,” which Marisa has recently joined. Despite her best efforts, Clarice couldn’t pry plot developments out of Marisa. But she did hint that her character’s name — Mimi Whiteman — should provide food for thought and she did love Mimi’s clothes being chic.

IMG_8755 Paige FlinkBut the big news of the day was The Family Place’s launching a $13M capital campaign — The Family Place Legacy Campaign – Building Hope for the Future — for a 40,000-square-foot Central Dallas Counseling Center. The new facility “will allow The Family Place to house expanded victim counseling services and its administrative offices in a location easily accessible by bus and rail. This includes providing space for domestic violence victims and their children to receive therapeutic counseling and case management, as well as the Dignity at Work job training program that assists in financial empowerment, the Be Project youth bullying and violence prevention education program and an on-site children development center.”

With a big old smile, The Family Place’s Paige Flink then revealed The Moody Foundation was kicking in $5M to get things going. As a thank you, The Family Place will name the facility “Ann Moody Place,” after Moody Foundation Executive Director/Trustee Francie Moody-Dahlberg’s mother.

One message that got across was the importance of purple for Family Violence Month. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing purple nail polish as the color of the month on gals like the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and even fellas. In a month that has traditionally been pink for breast cancer awareness, the two colors have come together for health and wellbeing.

Moody Foundation Kicks In $6M For Perot Museum Of Nature And Science to Pass Its $185M Goal

This morning the Perot Museum of Nature and Science officials are holding a press conference to make a major announcement. Ah, but the Dallas Morning NewsDavid Flick has already made the announcement (subscrip. required) — the Moody Foundation has donated $6M to push the museum fundraisers over their $185M goal.

Congrats to the Perot Museum. They really have something to celebrate tonight at their Dinner in the Wild.