MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: The Spirit Of Generations Award Luncheon

Preston Hollow Elementary School third graders

Red Raider and Masked Rider

Texas Tech cheerleader

Some guests at the Hyatt Regency probably thought that Halloween was being celebrated early on Tuesday, October 31, with Hillcrest 2027 graduates, Texas Tech Masked Rider and Red Raider walking through the lobby area. Actually the future Panther grads and Tech mascots were on hand for The Senior Source’s annual Spirit of Generations Luncheon honoring Diane and John Scovell.

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

While the post is being finalized, check out the notables in attendance at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

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 [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 You can also find The Senior Source on Facebook at or Twitter using the handle @theseniorsource. 

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

Joel Allison Addressed The Future Of Healthcare At The Senior Source’s 18th Annual Charles C. Sprague Sage Society Dinner

The Senior Source‘s Charles C. Sprague Sage Society was established in 1999 with the late Charles Sprague leading the charge to help raise funds and awareness about the growing needs of the elderly. To help achieve these goals, the annual Sprague dinner has been annually held for the past 17 years. This year’s dinner was highlighted by former Baylor Scott and White Health President/CEO Joel Allison as the keynote speaker. It was just back in 2015 that Joel was the recipient of The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Award. Here is a report from the field about the dinner:

On Tuesday, April 25, a crowd of 130 philanthropists committed to improving the quality of life for older adults in North Texas gathered at the Dallas Country Club for The Charles C. Sprague Sage Society’s 18th Annual Dinner and Program, hosted by Dallas non-profit organization The Senior Source. Headlining this year’s event was Joel Allison, immediate past president and CEO of Baylor Scott and White Health, speaking on a topic that’s been dominating headlines: “Health Care in America: Where Do We Go from Here.” Among Mr. Allison’s many astute observations were that much of the debate lately is focused on insurance and billing rather than health care itself, and that the doctor/patient relationship should be considered above all other relationships.

Scott and Susan Wilson, Joel Allison, Cortney Nicolato and John Taylor III*

“Joel was the perfect expert to speak about the future of health care in America,” said Scott Wilson, who co-chaired the event with his wife, Susan. “Our Sage Society members really enjoyed his perspective, his industry-wide knowledge of such a layered and complex subject, and his uncanny ability to make it understandable for those not in the health care field.”

In addition to co-chairing the event together, the Wilsons also celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary at the event. “The centerpieces on your table are for sale after the presentation, one will be in my home on the sofa table behind my couch where I will be sleeping tonight,” remarked Scott about the timing.

Leonard Riggs and Alayne Sprague*

Diane Allison*

Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Dee Collins Torbert, Carol Huckin and Pam Busbee*

Cathy and Larry Helm*

Sara and Gary Ahr*

While the subject of health care was top of mind at the event, the crowd at the The Charles C. Sprague Sage Society’s 18th Annual Dinner and Program was also very committed to The Senior Source. Guests in attendance included The Senior Source President/CEO Cortney NicolatoSusie and Jim Riley, Cher and David Jacobs, Pam Busbee, Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Carol Huckin, Dee Collins Torbert, Sara and Gary Ahr, Gail and Warren Randell, Sharon and Mike McCullough, Jane and Pat Jennevein, John Taylor III, Leonard Riggs and Alayne Sprague. Keynote speaker Joel Allison was joined by his wife, Diane Allison. Atmos Energy, the presenting underwriter, and KPMG LLP, as partner underwriter, made it possible for 100 percent of the members’ contributions to directly benefit the agency’s services.

Mike and Sharon McCullough and Gail and Warren Randell*

Jim and Susie Riley and Cher and David Jacobs*

The Sage Society is a special associates program that educates members on aging issues and supports the programs of The Senior Source. It was founded in 1999 under the leadership of the late Dr. Charles Sprague, then Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Medical Foundation. Membership to the Society entitles participants to attend entertaining and educational presentations at a dinner held each spring, while supporting the Society’s two major goals: building financial support for services that improve the quality of life for older adults and educating community leaders on the challenges of the aging population.

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.  As a United Way service provider, The Senior Source offers 10 comprehensive programs for those 50 years of age and older. For more information, contact The Senior Source at (214) 823-5700 or visit You can also find The Senior Source on Facebook at or Twitter using the handle @theseniorsource. 

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Time Is Running Out for Laura Grace Caregiver Award Nominations

The Senior Source*

The clock is ticking for The Senior Source‘s 2nd Annual Laura Grace Caregiver Award nominations. The deadline for nominations of people “who care for, or has cared for, an aging loved one and has gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care” is Friday, March 31. Yipes!


Here are the requirements for nominations:

  • The recipient must be able to attend the event on Thursday, April 13, at The Kessler Theater. (Two complimentary tickets will be provided.)
  • Neither paid, professional caregivers nor individuals who self-nominate are eligible for the award.
  • Nominee must reside within the greater Dallas area.

The award recipient will be notified on Friday, April 7, of their being selected.

The award will be presented during Jub Jam, benefiting The Senior Source and presented by Sportsradio 1310 “The Ticket.”

Submit your nomination(s) here. As for Jub Jam, it’s sold out. But you know the drill. For a nice check, sponsorship just might be yours.

*  Graphic courtesy of The Senior Source

College Sweethearts And Philanthropists Jan And Fred Hegi Got A Big Thank You As Well As George Dunham From The Senior Source

Molly Bogen

The Senior Source’s annual Spirit of Generations Luncheon entered a new era on Monday, November 14, at the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom. It would be the first under the leadership of TSS President/CEO Cortney Nicolato, who had succeeded longtime TSS President/CEO Molly Bogen, who retired this past year after 40 years.

A new development was the VIP reception preceding the main event that evidently was not that important as media and official photographers weren’t put on call.

Luckily, honorees Jan and Fred Hegi provided enough of the warmth factor to shout-out the importance of the organization for the AARP-ers. Why, just having the Hegi clan there was enough to make it a true family affair: Amy and Peter Hegi and Libby and Brian Hegi with all their kids (Lila, Hunter, Mary Allison, Anna and Katherine).

Lila Hegi, Hunter Hegi, Amy Hegi, Mary Allison Hegi, Libby Hegi, Anna Hegi and Katherine Hegi

After Board Chair Kathy Helm welcomed the group including Luncheon Chair Marilyn Weber, Ruth Altshuler, Margaret and Lester Keliher, Lydia Novakov, Sarah Losinger, Connie Yates, Marsha and Craig Innes, Kelly Compton and Carolyn Miller, a touching video showcased Miss Julie, who had benefited from the The Senior Source. She told how Warren had been the champion for her having a life-changing home despite his battling pancreatic cancer. As the guests watched Miss Julie at her sewing machine tell lovingly of her gratitude for The Senior Source and Warren, it was noted that the video was in memory of Warren.

Margaret and Lester Keliher

David and Carolyn Miller

Following lunch, Cortney announced the creation of the Molly Bogen Services Award, named after her predecessor. 

George Dunham, Molly Bogen and Cortney Nicolato

The first Molly Award was presented to KTCK “The Ticket’”s George Dunham, who, despite being a jock-type guy, showed all the compassion of a loving son. Following his father’s death, he visited with Molly to see how he could help; that resulted in raising more than $200K. He addressed two of his sons who were in the audience that he hoped that they would remember their grandparents. Having lost both of his parents, George announced that he would share the award with his sister.

Then it was on to the salute to the Hegis. With Jan and Fred in easy chairs on stage, they settled down for a Jimmy Fallon “Thank you” presentation. Only this one featured Hegi longtime “friends.” With the honorees watching, the signers lined up verbalizing what they were signing.

Fred and Jan Hegi

First up were Hegi sons Brian and Peter, who recalled life with the perfect parents who had met the first week of entering SMU. One of the highlights was the boys’ recalling how they would show up at neighbors’ homes on Friday nights asking to spend the night, so they wouldn’t have to wake up to Saturday-morning chores.

Brian Hegi, Fred Hegi, Peter Hegi and Jan Hegi

Others lining up providing thanks were Mike and Marla Boone, Brad Cheves, Sherry Wilson, Highland Park Police Lt. Lance Koppa as well as other Hegi friends who got into the act.

David Miller and Fred and Jan Hegi

Even a member of the audience got into the tributes, admitting that the Hegis probably didn’t recognize him but, years ago, when he was going door-to-door selling knives, Fred talked with him for 20 minutes and Jan invited him to their annual homecoming party that weekend. Despite not attending SMU and even living out of state, he brought his wife and five kids every year, declaring it was the “greatest thing ever.” Did somebody say, “Ringer”?

After the ribbing and kidding was done, Former TSS Chair/Spirit of Generations Awardee David Miller presented the couple with the Spirit of Generations Award for their contributions in “thoughts, words and deeds to all generations of the greater Dallas community  past, present and future…who have helped build the foundation that supports our community and the bridges that connect ages.”

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.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Senior Source’s Spirit Of Generations Luncheon

According to The Senior Source’s 2016 Spirit of Generations Luncheon Chair Marilyn Weber,

Marilyn and Ben Weber*

Marilyn and Ben Weber*

“The Senior Source will present the 2016 Spirit of Generations Award to Jan and Fred Hegi during the Spirit of Generations Luncheon, which will be held on Monday, November 14, at 12 p.m. in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole. The Spirit of Generations Award is given annually to an individual or group of individuals who have helped build the foundation that supports our community and the bridges that connect the ages. Awardees have a universal appeal and ageless spirit that transcend the generations.

Jan and Fred Hegi (File photo)

Jan and Fred Hegi (File photo)

“The Hegis are well known for their unwavering support of a variety of human-service focused causes both individually and as a couple. They’ve been married for 48 years and have two sons and daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.

“Anyone who has attended a Spirit of Generations Luncheon will remember the event’s unique, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek approach to recognizing its honorees and entertaining the crowd of more than 1000 guests. Previous send-ups have featured a Clydesdale horse, a senior stand-up comedian, an Elvis impersonator, a spoof style show and many other funny and memorable moments. A few surprises are already in the works for the 2016 event.

“Monies raised at the event help The Senior Source to operate a variety of programs and services that assist more than 30,000 older adults annually by providing community engagement, support, independence, advocacy, financial security and protection.

“Individual patron tickets begin at $150 per person and can be purchased online. Sponsorships are still available. For more information, please contact Stephanie Russell at 214.823.5700 or [email protected].”

* Photo credit: Lisa Stewart

JUST IN: Aware Dallas’ Celebrate The Moments Plans And Beneficiaries Announced

Venise Stuart (File photo)

Venise Stuart (File photo)

After packing the younger elves off for summer camp and checking elder-type elves in for surgical enhancements, MySweetCharity headquarters continues being hit with all types of news. Forget all those rumors that things were calming down for the summer.

Aware Dallas President Venise Stuart just sent word that plans are already in place for the fundraising Aware Affair gala, “Celebrate the Moments,” on Saturday, April 8, at the Hilton Anatole. Co-chairing the evening of auctions, three-course dinning and dancing to Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra tunes will be Angela Fontana and Andrew Szuwalski and Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan.

Proceeds from the annual soiree will benefit the following programs dealing with Alzheimer’s:

  • Center for BrainHealth: Support for research aimed at slowing the rate of cognitive decline in patients with Early Mild Cognitive Impairment;
  • Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc.: Support for an expansion in the Art Therapy Program for residents who live with various stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias;
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church: Support for the Casa de Vida program offering affordable respite care for caregivers of individuals diagnosed with beginning-to-middle stage dementia being cared for at home;
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation: Support for the Grace Caring Fund which provides a safety net for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents experiencing financial hardship ensuring that they can continue living at Grace;
  • The Senior Source: Support for Senior Companions (volunteers) to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach: Support for Musical Therapy Concerts for Seniors in Priority Facilities;
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Support for the Clinical Neurology Fellowship Program.

JUST IN: Cortney Nicolato Named President/CEO Of The Senior Source

Back in 1976 the Tall Ships and fireworks celebrated the country’s bicentennial, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon and a gal by the name of Molly Bogen joined The Senior Source. Some might have wondered what a 20-something knew about the older crowd and their needs. They were soon to learn that Molly not only recognized the problems facing the Greatest Generation, but she also rolled up her sleeves and tackled them … the problems, that is.

Molly Bogen (File photo)

Molly Bogen (File photo)

After “40 years at the helm of the 55-year-old organization,” Molly officially retired yesterday.

And, like any great leader, Molly wasn’t about to walk away from her 40-year-old baby unless the right person was in place to take over. That person is Cortney Nicolato, who assumes the role of The Senior Source president/CEO today.

Cortney Nicolato*

Cortney Nicolato*

According to The Senior Source Chairman of the Board Gregg Ballew, “The Senior Source has a long and proven history of maintaining the highest of professional standards while adapting to meet the needs of an ever-expanding adult population. We believe Cortney’s background and experience in the business and nonprofit sectors make her a natural fit to lead the organization’s life-changing work.”

Cortney’s resume reflects Gregg’s statement with her 16 years of professional experience in marketing and business strategy. Before joining The Senior Source, she was most recently the senior advisor and director of New Business Initiatives at the National Center of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. She has also written about patient engagement and health technology trends.

A DFW resident, Cortney said, “I am so thrilled to be joining The Senior Source. The programs that The Senior Source offers seniors impact lives significantly each and every day. I am proud to lead such an amazing party of our community.”

As the baby boomers swamp the resources and services in the years ahead, The Senior Source will become even more important.

And if history repeats itself, Cortney’s retirement party will be in 2056.

For a full rundown of Cortney’s resume, follow the jump!

* Photo provided by The Senior Source

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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.

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.

Elder Financial Safety Center To Host A Free Symposium On “Financial Frauds And Scams: The Crime Of The 21st Century”

Thank heaven, child abuse has countless organization and individuals fighting to end the terror in young lives. But at the other end of the spectrum are the abuses and crimes committed against seniors. On fixed incomes and wary of all types of “con jobs,” they don’t know where to turn or whom to trust. More and more don’t even have family to rely on.

That’s where Elder Financial Safety Center steps in. As a result of The Senior Source, the Dallas County Probate Court and the Dallas Attorney Office, the Center will hold a free symposium on Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lovers Lance United Methodist Church.

The subject will be “Financial Frauds and Scams: The Crime of the 21st Century.”

Addressing the subject will be Dallas Morning NewsDave “The Watchdog” Lieber and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Tami Lucero.

According to Elder Financial Safety Center Director Julie Krawczyk, ““Financial exploitation, frauds and scams inflict devastating consequences on their victims and are a pressing concern for older adults and their families in our community. This symposium brings together a wide range of experts in one place to provide resources and tools and to answer questions. Attendees will also learn how to access the prevention, protection and prosecution services of the Center from representatives of each collaborating partner.”

Since some seniors may not admit their own vulnerability, their children and caretakers just might want to sign up for the seminar.

RSVP’s can be made by calling 214.823.5700, but the deadline is Tuesday, August 18. Start dialing.

MySweetWishList: The Senior Source

According to The Senior Source’s President/CEO Molly Bogen,

Molly Bogen*

Molly Bogen*

“The Senior Source works to provide life-changing services for older adults in the greater Dallas area at all income levels from the most active to the very frail.

Our wish is that you could see for yourself what “life-changing” looks like to those we serve. For example…

  • “To the project manager who finds herself at age 52 out of work for the first time in her career and struggling to navigate a dramatically new job-search environment, it is having her confidence restored through assistance from our employment professionals with conducting an effective job search, updating her resume and LinkedIn profile, and learning new interviewing tips.
  • “To the 84-year-old caring for both a terminally ill wife and a severely disabled daughter with no one to help ease the burden, it is receiving respite services from a Senior Companion so that he can run errands, go to the grocery store and medical appointments and get some much-needed rest.
  • “To the retired couple hit hard by the recession who is having a hard time making ends meet, it is being connected to community resources by our eldercare specialists that can help with desperately needed home repairs, questions about Medicare and Medicaid and mounting utility bills.
The Senior Source*

The Senior Source*

“As this year comes to an end and we reflect on our many blessings, we hope you will help us ensure that the older adults in our community who have given us so much are able to spend their final years with the peace of mind and quality of life they so rightly deserve.

“To learn more about why The Senior Source is the best thing about aging in Dallas, and how you can offer your support, visit or call 214.823.5700, ext. 6156.”

-Molly Bogen, The Senior Source President/CEO

* Photo and graphic provided by The Senior Source

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.

The Senior Source’s Spirit Of Generations Luncheon Patron Party Brought Together Event Vets To Honor Kay Bailey Hutchison

Holiday lights were already starting to pop up replacing Halloween ghouls on Monday, November 17. Lucky for The Senior Source‘s “Spirit of Generations Luncheon” patrons, the Park Cities carriage rides hadn’t commenced. After all it was narrow enough along Belclaire that cars barely squeezed down the street for the patron party at Kathy and Larry Helms’ home. Was it just a year ago that Kathy co-chaired the luncheon with Carolyn Miller?

Lydia Novakov, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sarah Losinger and Debbie Oates

Lydia Novakov, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sarah Losinger and Debbie Oates

It was definitely a turn-out affair with Luncheon Co-Chairs Sarah Losinger and Lydia Novakov, Honoree Kay Bailey Hutchison, Underwriter Chair Debbie Oates and a hundred others including Christie Carter and Suzy and Tom Rhodes, past luncheon chairs (Nancy Carter, Barbara Stuart and Suzy Gekeiere) and past Spirit of the Generations recipients Linus Wright (2002), Caroline Rose Hunt (2005), Isabell Haggar (2006) and George Schrader (2013).

Nancy Carter

Nancy Carter

Suzy Gekiere

Suzy Gekiere

Quick piece of Spirit of Generations trivia: Lydia also chaired the luncheon in 1995.

As Kay B.H. chatted with Ray Francis near the fireplace, Emilynn Wilson said she was not fessing up to plans for the 2015 Equest Luncheon until the 2014 check presentation was a done deal.

Molly Bogen

Molly Bogen

The Senior Source Executive Molly Bogen was preparing to wear two hats. Sure, she was greeting patrons of the Monday, November 24th fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole.

But she was also preparing to be honored with the “Carmen Miller Michael Legacy Senior Communities Award” at The Yes Event less than 48 hours away at the Winspear.

During the evening, Debbie revealed that a $50,000-challenge had been made that had to be met by the luncheon.

What do you want to bet that challenge was met?

Help The Senior Source Meet The $50,000 Challenge In Time For The 24th Spirit Of Generations Luncheon

Debbie Oates (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

The holiday season brings out the best in most folks. One person in particular has already hit the big time with The Senior Source. According to The Senior Source Chair of the Board Debbie Oates, “an anonymous donor has offered to match all gifts, dollar for dollar, towards the luncheon up to $50,000!”

Translation: You can donate a gift in honor of an “experienced” person and it will have double the impact. And if you don’t know someone who remembers when TV was in black and white, then go find somebody. They’re everywhere and many depend upon the services provided by The Senior Source!

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

And the timing is so perfect! It’s just a week before the Monday, November 24th Spirit of Generations Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole honoring former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and being co-chaired by Sarah Losinger and Lydia Novakov.

The luncheon is always remarkable, and the ideal way to start off Thanksgiving week. And think how lovely it would be to announce at the luncheon that the challenge had been met.

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”

* 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 or call 214.823.5700, ext. 6120.”

Photos provided by The Senior Source

The Senior Source Is Rolling Up And Down Saturday On The Windstorm

Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? Of course you didn’t, because you’re way too young to know about those types of things. You may want to rethink that. Older Americans are having more fun nowadays than most of young whippersnappers. Words like “curfew,” “timeout,” ”grounded” and “zits” have no meaning in their lives.

They also can enjoy most of the thrills that the younger generations experience. Let’s be honest. Most elders are so way past doing wheelies on their Harley …

But this Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. a core group of the “experienced Americans” (aka The Senior Source) will celebrate the end of May by “taking over The Windstorm Roller Coaster at Summer Adventures in Fair Park” for “Get Ready To Roll. . . It’s NOT all Downhill.” For $50, “thrill seekers age 50 and older” can ride the roller coaster and take part in Fair Park’s Summer Adventures the rest of the day. For the non-roller-coaster-riders it’s just $25. Proceeds from the event will go to The Senior Source.

Some of those scheduled to be rolling are 86-year-old Linus Wright, 73-year-old Larry Gekiere, 60-year-old Susan Wilson and 58-year-old Jan Mason.

Ticket registration ends Friday, so get rolling.

Pitch Your Nonprofit: The Senior Source

According to The Senior Source‘s Director of Communications Betty Houser,

The Senior Source

“The holidays are a time when we all think of children. At the other end of the spectrum are the older adults who raised us and made our holidays bright. Now, they are often isolated and lonely. It is our turn to help them.

“By investing in The Senior Source, you will partner with us to help over 30,000 older adults and their family members by:

“Assisting them with . . .

  • “Counseling and problem solving
  • “Managing personal and financial affairs to protect them from abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • “Nursing home and assisted living issues
  • “In-home companion services
  • “Job search techniques and networking opportunities

“Connecting them with . . .

  • “Community members who work together to advocate for older adults
  • “Troubled, disabled or hospitalized children who need special attention
  • “Volunteer activities that allow them to use their life skills

“As this year comes to an end and we reflect on our many blessings, help us ensure that the older adults in our community who have given us so much spend their final years with the peace of mind and quality of life they so rightly deserve.”

-Betty Houser

Graphic provided by The Senior Source


T. Boone Pickens Proves To Be Ripe Material For The Senior Source’s 2012 Spirit of Generations Luncheon

Nancy Carter

You can always bet that Thanksgiving will take place on the fourth Thursday in November and that The Senior Source‘s “Spirit of Generations” luncheon will be full of fun and surprises. This year was no different for the 950 guests at the Hilton Anatole, thanks to Luncheon Chair Nancy Carter and The Senior Source team.

Folks like Joel Allison, Marianne Staubach, Emilynn Wilson, Pat McEvoy and Joyce and Linus Wright gathered in the Plum Room for the VIP reception. Veteran luncheoner Claire Emanuelson nudged her gal-pal Pam Perella and asked, “There are so many men here. What’s up?”

Perhaps it had to do with the day’s honoree being  T. Boone Pickens, who had excused himself just minutes earlier from the reception. Seems he needed to change into an orange tie. Not UT burnt orange, but OSU Pantone 166 orange. But he never made it back to the reception. He got hijacked into conversation by everyone walking by.

At 11:45, as 84-year-old Boone moseyed on over to the Grand Ballroom, his right-hand man Jay Rosser was asked if Boone was going to talk for a half hour or so. Jay’s comeback: Boone would keep it short and sweet if the program seemed to be running long. Seems that at a recent lunch that was getting a bit long in the tooth, Boone talked for less than two minutes.

Within 15 minutes the elevated head table was seated and being introduced by The Senior Source Chairman of the Board Anne Mostenbocker. Since it was a extensive group. . . but not nearly as never-ending as the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council luncheon’s two-tier head table . . .  Anne asked that everyone hold their applause until the end. Unfortunately, Nancy Carter’s fan club was in full turnout mode and could not keep from ripping loose with cheers.

Ebby Halliday

Jay R. was talking with Randall Graham, 101-year-old Ebby Halliday‘s right-hand man. When asked if the two of them are negotiating a marriage between Boone and “cougar” Ebby, they laughed and one of them replied that both seniors were available.

After the invocation, Nancy Carter warned the audience that it was her “duty to squeeze the last dollar out of you. . . We accept anything of monetary value.”

There was reason for this plea, as Baylor Health Care System President/CEO Joel Allison reminded guests that with the baby boomers becoming seniors, they were showing more interest in The Senior Source.  Perhaps that’s because they’re starting to look like a tsunami of potential clients?  

Anne returned to the podium admitting that Nancy wasn’t the last one to make a pitch for money. She advised luncheoners that the envelopes on the table were there for a purpose and hoped that they might be put to use.

At 12:14 p.m., as lunch was served, “Booneisms” began appearing on the room’s mammoth screens. What is a Booneism? Here are some samples:

  • Booneism #1 — “Don’t rush the monkey and you’ll see a better show.”
  • Booneism #2 — “Chief executives who own few shares of their companies have no more feeling for the shareholders than they do baboons in Africa.”
  • Booneism #5 — “Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure that they are not the same eight hours.”
  • Booneism #8 — “I have always believe that it’s important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure.”
  • Booneism #10 — “Keep things informal. Talking is the natural way to do business. . . talk generates ideas.”
  • Booneism #12 — When you blow away the foam, you get down to the real stuff.”
  • Booneism #13 — “When you are young, fitness is a sport. As you grow older, it’s a necessity.”
  • Booneism #14 — “Fight your way out of the corners. I play pretty good off the wall.”
  • Booneism #18 — “I may have been born at night, but not last night.”
  • Booneism #20 — “We’re flexible, quick on our feet and able to get the job done.”
  • Booneism #22 — “You win with a team, and I’m a good team builder.”
  • Booneism #24 — “If you are going to run with the big dogs, you have to get out from under the porch.”
  • Booneism #29 — “A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan any day.”
  • Booneism #44 — “It may smell like manure to you, but it smells like money to me.”
  • Booneism # 48 — “There are three reasons we can’t do it. First, we don’t have the money, and the other two reasons don’t make a damn.”

Little T. Boone Pickens*

Along with the Booneisms were photos of Boone ranging from his childhood to current boardrooms. One shot in particular was rather amazing. It was of Boone appearing to hit a racquetball directly at the camera. Wow! What a shot! Was the photographer hit? Nope. It was “trick photography.” Seems the ball was taped to the racquet.

At 12:25 p.m., coffee was being served at the head table. Minutes later Senior Source Executive Director Molly Bogen introduced a video about the Senior Source.

Front row — Alan White, John Yeaman, Jerry Jones, Larry Reece, Roger Staubach

At 12:47 p.m. The Ticket’s George Dunham took charge of the program with Dave Tanner at the keyboard. Seems they’d decided the surprise this year would be readings about Boone by local “talent” and friends of Boone including Ebby (“The Role Model”), Roger Staubach (“The Sports Icon”), Larry Reece (“The OSU Connection”), Jerry Jones (“The Other Cowboy”), John Yeaman (“The Longtime Compadre”) and Alan White (“The Lucky Banker”). As his “friends” read and teased the man of the hour about everything from his multi-marriages to his multimillions, Pickens’ smirk never diminished.

Forrest Hoglund, Anne Mostenbocker and T. Boone Pickens

Finally, in an attempt at a bit of seriousness, Forrest Hoglund presented the Spirit of Generations Award to Boone with Anne. But even this part of the day couldn’t go without a couple of laughs, as Forrest described Boone at The Senior Source’s “Dream Idol,” having given away $1 billion to charities. According to Forrest, Boone claimed, “Giving away the money is almost as much fun as making it.”

At 1:06 p.m. Boone graciously and sincerely accepted the accolades, awards and ribbing. His words lasted just barely two minutes. You see, he had to get back to business to raise more money to give away.

* Photo from The Senior Source