2017 Crystal Charity Ball Theme – “Evening In The Alps” – Announced At Jan And Trevor Rees-Jones’ Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Estate

The Crystal Charity Ball theme announcement party generally attracts 60-75 guests. But on Thursday, May 4, the headcount was just shy of 200.

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

Well, yeah! After years of designing and construction, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones had made their 15,000-square-foot home the site of the 2017 CCB theme announcement, and even the most stay-at-home types weren’t going to miss this one. And it was one that was not to be missed.

Channeling Frank Lloyd Wright into the 21st century, this baby overlooking the Dallas Country Club was brilliant, to say the very least.

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones home

The Rees-Jones’ connecting home offices showcased the couple’s different styles. His wood shelves and drawers with hardbound books had a perfect view of the golf course. Her gloriously sleek and gleaming office, with shelves filled with framed photos of family and friends, was surrounded by the creek and the towering trees. Connecting the two offices was an open doorway and a see-through fireplace.

As guests entered the home, they were greeted by 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella and a couple of snow bunnies lending a feel for what would be announced. Then it was decision time: go outdoors on the terrace, or wander through the house with its mammoth windows and wonderful art collections. (Jan’s is modern, while Trevor’s is western, by the likes of such legends as C.M. Russell and Frederic Remington.)

Janie Condon, Margaret Hancock and Angie Kadesky

Cynthia Beaird and Tiffany Divis

Before the announcement took place, the guests were enjoying hors d’oeuvres by Cassandra and revealing their stories of the day. Janie Condon was preparing to Southwest it to Kentucky to greet her first granddaughter… Cynthia Beaird had had a rough day. Forget her being stuck on the tollway for nearly an hour; she had dropped her purse and broken an ornament on it. Then, arriving at the CCB reception, she was more than an hour late and still was on her way to husband Brice Beaird’s performance… Lisa Singleton was late arriving. She had been way north on the tollway for the 2017 Cattle Baron’s Trailblazer party at another mega-estate belonging to Howard Hughes Corporation CEO David Weinreb.

Crystal Charity Ball theme announcement guests

Bob White and Pam Perella

Quietly, the bunnies disappeared from view and guests were herded onto the terrace. Pam, standing next to a covered easel, thanked Jan and Trevor and the evening’s sponsor Bank of Texas, who was represented by Bob White. Bob, an old hand at these occasions, made his comments brief, thanking the CCB for what they do so well—raise money “in buckets.” While Pam recognized key people in the crowd like event producer Tom Addis, the bunnies were seen just below the terrace inching their way up the steps along with Bernie the St. Bernard, which had arrived earlier in the day from New Jersey. Just in time, they joined Pam on the other side of the easel as it was uncovered and Pam announced the 2017 theme would be “Evening In The Alps.”

Snow bunnies, Bernie the St. Bernard and Pam Perella

However, it should be noted that word evidently had slipped out to some of the CCBers, since a few wore snow-white outfits and others’ ensembles were highlighted by sparkling designs.

It will be interesting to see how the 1,000+ guests interpret the theme on Saturday, December 2, at the Hilton Anatole to benefit area children’s nonprofits.    

For more photos of the party, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Theme Announcement Reception

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

Leave it to the Crystal Charity Ball ladies to land one of the most talked about estates-in-the-making in the Park Cities for the theme announcement of the 2017 children’s nonprofit fundraiser. The home-sweet-home a la Frank Lloyd Wright belonging to Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones drew nearly three times the usual number for such an occasion on Thursday, May 4.

Snow bunnies, Bernie the St. Bernard and Pam Perella

With the night air being spectacular and the terrace overlooking the Dallas Country Club golf course and Turtle Creek, 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella with a couple of snow bunnies and Bernie the stuffed St. Bernard at her side revealed the theme would be “Evening In The Alps.”

While the post is being finalized, check out the photos at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Itty-Bitty Gold Medalist Simone Biles Scored A Perfect Ten For Jonathan’s Place’s “A Chance To Soar” Luncheon Guests Of All Ages

Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki

If Episcopal School of Dallas or The Hockaday School staffers noticed that their lunchrooms were a bit scant of students on Tuesday, April 25, they were right. The lasses were at the Hilton Anatole’s Imperial Ballroom with their parents’ permission.

The occasion was Jonathan’s Place’s “A Chance To Soar Luncheon.” Now, normally it might be considered a grown-up event, but this one had two mega-athletes — Olympian God Medalist/former foster child Simone Biles on stage and Maverick main man Dirk Nowitzki as one of the day’s award recipients.

As mom Tracy Lange surmised, a couple of the moms hosted a table for their girls, and others quickly followed suit filling the ballroom with 700.

Tracy Lange, Livia Lange, Amelia Schoellkopf, Olivia Hohmann, Mary Ellen Schoellkopf, Kate Eastin and Monica Eastin

Sydney Hoyl and Kristi Hoyl

While some might question pulling the young ladies out of school, others reasoned that in addition to seeing world-class role models, the girls had the opportunity to be part of a grownup fundraising experience.

Some of the young luncheoners, like Livia Lange, Amelia Schoellkopf, Olivia Hohmann, Mary Ellen Schoellkopf, Kate Eastin and Caroline Bagley, were dressed to the nines. Too bad they’re too young for 10 best Dressed. Others like Sydney Hoyl opted to stay in their school uniforms.

Simone Biles and Ron Biles

The photo opp for guests and Simone was a bit of a ramble scramble due to Simone’s late arrival. She had been delayed due to an interview in another area of the hotel with KXAS/emcee Meredith Land.

Walking to the front of the room with her father, Ron Biles, Simone’s 4’9” size seemed even more so standing next to 7’0” Dirk. Still her smile was as big as ever despite having taken a flight from Los Angeles following her appearance on “Dancing With The Stars” the night before.

Even before folks like Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Jenny and Trevor Rees-Jones III, Stacey Walker, Jessica Nowitzki, Lydia Novakov, Tracy Rathbun, Monica Eastin and Pam Busbee took their seats, the raffle tickets were sold out.

Pam Busbee

Tracy Rathbun

Stacey Walker and Bryan Dunagan

Following the welcome by Luncheon Co-Chairs Julie Bagley and Rachel Stephens, the invocation by Highland Park Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Bryan Dunagan and a luncheon of pecan crusted chicken breast salad, the following awards were presented:

  • Award of Compassion to Dirk Nowitzki
  • Award of Excellence to Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones
  • Award of Service to Gary Borofsky representing Dillard’s

Jonathon’s Place’s CEO Allicia Graham Frye told the group that last year, 277 children were handled by Jonathan’s Place. She finished her remarks saying, “My wish is that every child that comes across my path would feel loved.”

Allicia Graham Frye and Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

It should be noted that unlike the Chick Lit Luncheon, the audience was silent during the award presentation and Allicia’s remarks.

It was then time for Simone to chat with Meredith Land on stage. The undercurrent in the room seemed to race, as if Santa had just popped down the chimney. For those close to the stage, they got a pretty good look at the twosome. However, the quality of the lighting and video created shadows, making the on-screen presentation challenging.

Simone Biles

Still, Simone did not disappoint with such revelations:

  • “I was just a crazy kid.”
  • She started gymnastics at the age of six and loved it immediately.
  • Her routine was an hour and half of conditioning, going to school and returning to the gym for her real workout. Such a regimen required more than dedication, it demanded sacrifice like, “I’ve never been to a prom. I cried a lot. Sasha (Farber, her ‘DWTS’ partner) was the first guy that she had really danced with and “he was 20 years old.”
  • Regrets — “I shouldn’t say that I do because of all of the accomplishments that I have from it. It’s all worked very well.”
  • Bullying — “Rise above it and use it as a motivation to do anything that you want to do and to always prove them wrong.”
  • Confidence — “I have very down-to-earth parents. I have amazing friends. My brothers, as well, are supporting me. It’s kind of easy to do that. But at times it gets hard because I want to be a normal kid and do other things. At the end of the day it’s my goal that I want.”
  • Olympics — “I actually didn’t really want to go to the Olympics when I was younger. I said I did because every little girl wanted to, so I would say, ‘I want to go to the Olympics.’ At a time in my career I knew I could be the best and it scared me so much that I would sometime sabotage my gymnastics. I knew I had the potential, but I didn’t want all that attention on me. It scared me so much. So I would do things on purpose. But I got out of it…. In February 2016 I had a really big breakdown. I had been at the top for three years and I thought this is my really big year, but what if I get hurt. And I started thinking of all these things, so I was too scared to even tumble. I thought if I land wrong, there goes my Olympic game. I would go to the bar and start bawling. It happened for two weeks. I cried a lot. I would go to practice and my coach would be like, ‘Just go home.’ My Dad told me to call my sports psychologist and I said, ‘No, I just want to cry.’ And my dad called him. He came into my room and handed the phone to me and I usually don’t cry in front of him or really anybody, and I just started bawling my eyes out — ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m not going to make the team. Blah, blah, blah.’ He (the sports psychologist) said, ‘Simone, what was the first thing I said to you when you came into my office?’ We chatted about it.”
  • Sports Psychologist — “For three years your parents, your coaches, your mentors, it’s good to have someone that knows your sport, but it helps that it’s not the same person over and over again.”
  • Whom did she not want to disappoint — “I didn’t want to let down America because they had such big goals for me. They expected me to get five gold medals and I only walked out with four, so I felt like I let them down a little bit.” Afterwards she was asked in an interview about how badly she felt getting a bronze instead of a gold, her response was, “I’m sorry if that was your goal. I’m sorry if you guys had to backspace on your typewriter. I’m pretty happy. This was my first Olympics and I’m 19 years old and I’m walking out of here with five medals. My goal was to make the finals. Whatever happens happens. I came out with four golds and one bronze and pretty proud of myself. I’m sorry if I disappointed you because they already crowned me with five gold medals. I think they (the interviewer) was trying to put it on me, so that’s what hurt a little bit.”
  • On the podium — “You feel like you’re a princess up there. It never feels real. I would always look at my parents. They would be bawling and I would then start tearing up. I’m an ugly crier.”
  • Post Olympics — “I haven’t worked out since the Olympics. It is my year off, so that is why I chose ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ I’m going on a vacations with my family this summer.  One is Hawaii and the other is Belize… I eat ice cream every chance I get.”
  • 2020 — “I’m going to train for the 2020 Olympics.”
  • What makes Texas special — “It’s the people. I’m in L.A. right now and it’s very different. I think it’s the southern-ness.”
  • What she misses — “I miss my bed and my dogs. I cook for my dogs. They’re spoiled little things. They have monogrammed beds. They’re not little. They’re German Shepherds. We have three.”
  • First Date — “It was like low key. I had never been on a date before or had a boyfriend. So, it’s all new. We just went to get frozen yogurt. It was a little scary. I’ve trained all my life to go to the Olympics, not to go on a date.”
  • The future — “I think I want to do something with sports management.”
  • Foster care — “[Being a foster parent] really does change a child’s life. It does give them a home, love. A lot of them age out at the age of 18 and that makes me sad. I was very fortunate for my situation. It really does make difference in the kids’ eyes.”
  • She recalled that before being rescued from her birth mother, there were days when she ate her cereal with white.
  • She felt that she would not win “Dancing With The Stars.”

At the end of the conversation, Simone looked out into the audience with each member holding a card reading “10.”   

She was then off to Jonathan’s Place to visit with children waiting for a foster parent.

JUST IN: Jonathan’s Place Adds Tiffany And Mark, Dirk And Jan And Trevor To “A Chance To Soar Luncheon” Namedropping Lineup

Simone Biles*

Boy, talk about name dropping! As if the Jonathan’s Place’s “A Chance To Soar” luncheon on Tuesday, April 25, at the Hilton Anatole wasn’t gangbusters enough with Olympian Simone Biles as the featured speaker, an impressive array of nationally known locals have been added to the lineup.

According to Jonathan’s Place CEO Allicia Graham Frye, “We are so grateful to Tiffany and Mark Cuban for their continued support of Jonathan’s Place and are very proud to have them serve as honorary chairs for the luncheon this year.”  

In addition to Simone chatting it up with NBC 5’s Meredith Land, the following distinguished Jonathan’s Place supporters will be recognized:

  • Award of Compassion: Dirk Nowitzki (Dirk Nowitzki Foundation)
  • Award of Service: Dillard’s
  • Award of Excellence: Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones (Trevor Rees-Jones Foundation)

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

While sponsorships are still available, folks who purchase tables at $2,500 will also receive tickets to a VIP reception and photo opp with Simone.

At this date the following sponsors have already signed up:

  • Champion Sponsor: Insperity and Mohr Partners
  • Hero Sponsor: Al G. Hill Jr.
  • Guardian Sponsors: Julie and Scott Bagley, Allison and John Carlisle, Tracy and Ben Lange, Macy’s, Larissa and Mitchell Milby, Kay Sim, Rachel and Brad Stephens, Strategic Dealer Services and Stacey and Reid Walker
  • Defender Sponsors: At Home, Dana and Brad Ayres, Barbie and Bill Borlaug, Keri Brookshire and Susan Mattox, Kimberly and Christopher Cocotos, ConnectThree, Serena Simmons Connelly, Suzie and Bunker Curnes, Mary and Ted Fredericks, Icon Partners, Amy Mahoney and Nikki Wolff, Jenny and Jason Lichty, Alexandra Lovitt, Beth Maultsby and Goranson Bain PLLC, Jennifer and Bradley Norris, Josephine C. Olson, Kerry and Don Peterson, Stephanie and Todd Phillips, Marcellene Malouf and Royal Furgeson, Julie and Eliot Raffkind, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Cordelia and David Rendall, Republic National Distribution Co., Randa and Doug Roach, Southern Enterprises LLC, Verner Brumley Mueller Parker PC, April and John Willingham and Linda and Ken Wimberly

Momentous Institute Hosts Award-Giving Dinner With Author Glennon Doyle Melton On The Eve Of The Changing The Odds Conference

The night before the Momentous Institute kicked off the two-day Changing the Odds Conference, a very special dinner was held on Wednesday, October 5, at Sixty Five Hundred. Not only did Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones receive the inaugural  Changing the Odds Leadership Award, but author Glennon Doyle Melton was the keynote speaker. Here’s a report from the field:

Leslie Melson and J.D. McCaslin*

Leslie Melson and J.D. McCaslin*

More than 400 supporters gathered at Sixty Five Hundred on Wednesday, October 5, for Salesmanship Club of Dallas and Momentous Institute’s 5th annual Changing the Odds Dinner. Guests enjoyed a private dinner and address with speaker Glennon Doyle Melton, bestselling author and founder of the wildly popular Momastery.com. Dinner chairs for the event were J.D. McCaslin and Leslie Melson.

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Bill McClung and Guy Kerr*

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Bill McClung and Guy Kerr*

Momentous Institute Chairman Guy Kerr and Salesmanship Club of Dallas Past President  Bill McClung presented Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones with the first-ever Changing the Odds Leadership Award for their significant contributions to the health and well being of children in our community, including those served by Momentous Institute.

Michelle Kinder*

Michelle Kinder*

Momentous Institute Executive Director Michelle Kinder followed by underscoring the urgent need for social emotional health, particularly in light of national events, including the recent Dallas shootings.

“As a city, in the face of the unspeakable – we saw firsthand the difference social emotional health makes — we saw it in Mayor Rawlings and we saw it in Chief Brown. Compassion exemplified,” Kinder said. “Momentous Institute is about showing up in the lives of children so that the next Mayor Rawlings and Chief Brown can emerge. Every person we work with represents a complex story – and a sacred opportunity for kindness, compassion and the expectation of momentous outcomes.”

Glennon Doyle Melton*

Glennon Doyle Melton*

Melton inspired the crowd as she recounted years of love, hurt, addiction, bravery and healing with her trademark authenticity and wit.

Melton is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoirs “Love Warrior,” of which the evening’s guests received a signed copy, and “Carry On, Warrior.” She is also founder of Momastery.com, an online community reaching millions of people each week, as well as the creator and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization that has raised nearly $5 million for women and children in crisis.

The dinner preceded Momentous Institute’s annual Changing the Odds Conference (October 6-7), a two-day conference at Omni Dallas that brings more than 1,600 mental health and education professionals (from 132 cities, 29 states and 7 other countries) together to hear best practices in social emotional health from thought leaders around the world.

* Photos provided by Momentous Institute

DCAC Guests Enjoy A Private Concert At The Home of Amy And Kelcy Warren

It’s not every day that guests get to visit the palatial home of Amy and Kelcy Warren in Preston Hollow, or enjoy an intimate concert there in the Warrens’ private music room. But that’s just what about 60 people did on Tuesday, April 5, when the Warrens hosted a thank-you event for generous supporters of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves abused children in Dallas County.

Among the guests welcomed by Amy and Kelcy and Lynn Davis, DCAC’s president and CEO, were Barbara and Steve Durham, Imad Anbouba, and Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones. Imad and Trevor work in the same industry as Kelcy, the billionaire founder of pipeline powerhouse Energy Transfer. Imad is on the board of one of Kelcy’s companies, and Trevor—another energy billionaire—shares an office building with Warren. The Warrens and the Rees-Joneses also share membership in DCAC’s Circle of Hope for major givers.

The busy Warrens were just back from a trip to Washington D.C., where Sheila and Jody Grant helped them celebrate Kelcy’s induction into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The evening’s hosts were also getting ready for their annual Cherokee Creek Music Festival on their ranch just outside Cherokee, Texas, northwest of Austin. One of the performers at the festival, David Barnes, was also the featured attraction for the DCAC supporters this evening.

After enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the first floor of the Warrens’ 8,000-square-foot mansion (it formerly belonged to software magnate Larry Lacerte and his wife, Joyce), the guests moved upstairs to the mini concert hall to listen to Barnes, whom Amy and Kelcy had not heard in person before. The Nashville-based, Grammy-nominated rock/country/Christian singer-songwriter has released eight albums, including his most recent, “Carry On, San Vicente.” In 2011 Blake Shelton recorded David’s song “God Gave Me You,” which became Blake’s fifth No. 1 country hit.

Entrepreneurs For North Texas Inducts Dartmouth Wildcatter Trevor Rees-Jones Into Ring Of Entrepreneurship

Late-night TV hosts have really missed an opportunity to have an articulate Texan with an Ivy League degree and a down-home way — Trevor Rees-Jones.

Randall Goss

Randall Goss

That was apparent at the Entrepreneur for North TexasAnnual Spirit of Entrepreneurship at Communities Foundation of Texas, when he was inducted in to the Ring of Entrepreneurship. In the lobby and courtyard guests like Frank Risch, Randall Goss, Ellen and John McStay, Eric Bennett and Jo and Andre Staffelbach attended the cocktail reception. Bobby Lyle reminded guests that Trevor had given the largest donation ever to the Circle 10 Council Boy Scouts of America — $25M.

Jo Staffelbach

Jo Staffelbach

On a table in the lobby were opportunities for guests to bid on “Facetime” with such people as Garrett Boone, Jim Keyes, Herb Kelleher and Colleen Barrett, Bobby Lyle and Phil Romano.

Jan Rees-Jones, Trevor Rees-Jones III and Trevor Rees-Jones Jr.

Jan Rees-Jones, Trevor Rees-Jones III and Trevor Rees-Jones Jr.

Jan Rees-Jones was all in white and glowed. She revealed that son Trevor III and his girlfriend, Jenny Ebeier, were engaged and planning a fall wedding.

To dress up the place appropriately for such types, Aston Martins were parked in the courtyard with impressive price tags. Try $313,355 with a disclaimer that the average gas cost would be $3,750 per year.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Trevor, asked about being inducted into the entrepreneurs circle, admitted, “It feels great. The past honorees were men and women of significant talents and entrepreneurial spirit who all contributed in different ways. So it’s a tremendous honor.”

Looking around the room he said how as a 9-year-old his family had lived nearby on Centenary. It was before CFT was built and was part of the Caruth farm. Trevor and his friends would play there by “rolling tunnels” through the tall grass. When asked whether the Caruths let them play there, he said, “I don’t know that they knew! They’d-a had to find us first, and we were little kids who ran real fast!”

After he’d received a number of congratulations from friends in the VIP reception, Trevor quietly left through a door opened to the adjacent assembly hall to review the arrangements for the evening in CFT’s assembly hall.

Brent Christopher

Brent Christopher

The Dartmouth grad with his deep Texas accent was handling the staging with the finesse of a Tony-winning producer. He wanted to make sure that the youngsters asking the questions were comfortable. Yes, he would start off on stage in a chair, but he just might wander the stage.

No, he wouldn’t need a mic. His voice would carry.

On the sidelines, the ever-dapper CFT President/CEO Brent Christopher was looking a bit sheepish. Someone had recommended that he set the evening mood by his attire. After all, the evening’s theme was “Wildcatter Risk, Philanthropic Return.” Was it the turquoise chaps? The white cowboy hat? Well, at least Brent maintain his identity wearing his signature bowtie instead of a bolo tie.

Wildcatter Risk, Philanthropic Return

Wildcatter Risk, Philanthropic Return

At 6:51 p.m. the hall was filled to capacity. The Boy Scouts presented the flags. Brent welcomed the guests. EFNT Board of Advisors’ Patrick Brant subbed in for EFNT Executive Director Pam Gerber, who was under the weather. He and EFNT Program Director Sejal Desai presented Imaginuity Interactive and Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP with the EFNT’s North Star Ward for providing “a sense of direction for others to follow for making North Texas an extraordinary place to live and work.”

Next up was Mayor Mike Rawlings, who introduced Trevor. It went off with only an itty-bitty hitch. He told of Trevor’s going to Dartmouth and his many accomplishments. Then he said that Trevor got to Dallas as soon as he could. Guess no one had told Mike that Trevor was a native son.

Trevor Rees- Jones

Trevor Rees- Jones

That’s when Trevor took his place on the stage and showed his showmanship. Only surprise was he did need the mic, because the crowd was so big that the back row was craning their necks to hear every word.

The questions were posed by young people who each represented a different organization in which Trevor and Jan had been involved. After each question was asked, Trevor thanked them by name.

Brittney Johnson, Mildred White, Juan Martinez, Ahsan Vency and Aubrey Parker

Brittney Johnson, Mildred White, Juan Martinez, Ahsan Vency and Aubrey Parker

  • Brittaney Johnson from Circle of Support Dallas asked what were the attributes of strong character. Trevor’s answer: “There seems to be a lot of people dealing in grey areas these days. But, the difference between right and wrong more often is associated with black and white. It’s either right or wrong.”
  • Mildred White from Project Transformation asked what book or story inspired him in charity. Trevor’s answer: The Bible. “We are a Christian foundation and organization. … We are stewards of our wealth. Use it in ways that glorify our lord.” He then joked, “Hope he also lets us use some for our personal use. I’m also hoping that the ‘eye of the needle and camel’ story is not literally true.”
  • Juan Martinez of Communities in Schools asked who had encouraged him to start the charity? Trevor said he was escaping being a lawyer at the beginning. “I couldn’t stand it. There’d too much in the gray. That was an unnecessary comment! … You need to find something you enjoy doing. [So he got into oil and gas] For 15 years, I lost. Only won enough to keep going.”
  • Ahsan Vency representing Boy Scout Troop 758, asked whether Trevor had been in the Scouts. Trevor said he was a Boy Scout, adding, “I did receive the rank of the Eagle.” He went on to explain that the Scouts have a time-tested model that’s been around a long time. “It helps you develop self-confidence and sense of self-worth.”
  • Aubrey Parker of Chase’s Place, asked what he had wanted to do growing up? Trevor says he loved to spend time outdoors. “I wasn’t much of an indoors guy.” He rode his bicycle everywhere. The early signs of entrepreneurship started when he caught crawdads and tadpoles, put them in a bucket and sold them to neighborhood kids: 1 cent, 3 cents, five cents (if it had four legs). He also caught birds. Cardinals went for 25 cents each. Aubrey then asked what he loved to do? Trevor answered that one by first admitting that it was going to be a “selfish answer: to spend time at our ranch. I just love being in the outdoors. Trace it back right to here: ‘rolling tunnels” at Caruth Farm!”

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Lead The Ribbon Cutting For Dallas CASA’s New Headquarters And Expanded Child Advocacy Services

All eyes were on Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones when the couple arrived for the April 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony at Dallas CASA’s new headquarters building at Swiss Avenue and Texas Street. After all, it was a donation of $1.4 million from Jan and Trevor’s foundation that had helped jump-start the new building, which will enable Dallas CASA to expand its services. Even so, Trevor was characteristically low-key as he waded into the gathering crowd.

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones and Beverly Levy and Greg May*

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones and Beverly Levy and Greg May*

Would he be speaking this morning?, someone asked him. “No talking, no,” Trevor said. “We’re just here to cut the ribbon.” Jan, meantime, said that she’d taken a tour of the 25,000-square-foot building about a week earlier, and found it “a fabulous facility.” CASA, whose volunteers advocate in court for abused and neglected children, deserves such a building, Jan added, because “they do tough work.”

The ribbon-cutting for The Rees-Jones Center for Children’s Justice attracted 350 RSVPs, including a number of longtime CASA supporters. Among them were Billy Hines of NorthPark Center—it’s supported CASA’s “Parade of Playhouses” for years—philanthropist Sarah Losinger, CEO Scott Sheffield of Pioneer Natural Resources, and Dallas County Commissioners Mike Cantrell, Elba Garcia, Dr. Theresa Daniel and County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Addressing the distinguished crowd before the ribbon was snipped, Jenkins said, “I love you guys [at CASA]. The work that you do is just amazing. My friend Ron Kirk told me, ‘Never talk about anybody but your family, because then you’ll have to mention everybody.’ But I’m going to break that rule.” He proceeded to do so by singling out Jan and Trevor, then Beverly Levy, Dallas CASA’s president and executive director. “This is the best CASA in the United States,” Jenkins roared, “and she’s the best executive director!”

CASA ribbon cutting*

CASA ribbon cutting*

Following brief remarks by Beverly and Darrin Lawrence, superintendent for Austin Industries, which put up the new building, CASA board Chair Greg May said the beautiful facility would be “a gathering place for the Dallas child-welfare community for years to come.” With that, a group of 20 or 30 scissors-wielding officials stepped forward to help cut the ribbon and open the new building for business. For what seemed like many long seconds, however, they stood there with blades poised, unsure of what to do. It was then that Trevor took charge, barking out, “One … two … THREE!” as the ribbon fell to the floor.

Looks like the ol’ benefactor did some talking after all.

* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

Trevor Rees-Jones Doesn’t Need A Microphone At Opening Of Spanking New Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

There is one thing that Trevor Rees-Jones doesn’t need — a microphone. That’s especially true when he gets his dander up like Thursday. At the ribbon-cutting of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center‘s spanking new Rees-Jones Child Protection Center, he proved it to a large filled-beyond-capacity auditorium.

DCAC guests

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s ribbon cutting guests

The new facilities are four times as large as the stately mansion at 3611 Swiss Avenue, across from Baylor Medical Center, on the outskirts of downtown Dallas. The old place indeed had charm, but the kid-like

3611 Swiss Avenue

3611 Swiss Avenue

footprints of thousands upon thousands who entered seeking help had long ago outgrown its original plan, aka the brainchild of Ruth Altshuler and Bill Walsh back in 1991.

Ruth Altshuler

Ruth Altshuler

When the twosome plotted, planned and raised the funds to have a haven for children suffering from neglect and abuse, they probably thought the numbers would not be so amazing as heart-rending. Alas, over the past 23 years, the quantity grew as did the stories that accompanied these little ones. The  marvelous thing about munchkins is their resilience and ability to adapt. They didn’t care if the old facility was state-of-the-art, so long as there were state-of-the-heart people inside to care for them.

Still, the numbers demanded expansion. The old building was busting at the seams and there was talk that Baylor would eventually need the property for its own demands.

Mary Blake Meadows

Mary Blake Meadows

According to DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis, Mary Blake Meadows was approached about overseeing a campaign to raise millions of dollars to provide for a new facility. She said she would only do it if husband Chuck agreed to pitch in. They went on holiday and the story goes that Mary refused to return until Chuck agreed. There is no definite answer how long that vacation lasted. The good news is that Mary and Chuck stepped up and took on the challenge.

Chuck Meadows

Chuck Meadows

During the opening ceremony, Chuck reported that such names as Bobby Lyle and Ruth advised them on how to make it happen. There were so many names, both well-known and unknown, that contributed to the effort. But one name that was front and center was Rees-Jones. Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones‘s foundation provided $5M toward the DCAC’s $11M capital campaign.  

Trevor Rees-Jones

Trevor Rees-Jones

When asked to speak, Trevor passed off the mic that had been performing spottily. But his voice carried throughout the hall. Yes, he was eloquent, but, more importantly, he spoke for all of the community, simply drawing the line that the abuse of children would not be tolerated.

When he was finished, Lynn told the group that more was needed to recognize the Rees-Jones’ support. Immediately, all rose and gave the couple a standing ovation.

Then the group was told all too briefly of the initial effort created by Ruth and Bill. Not all the details were shared, because almost everyone knew the well-known story. But Lynn told the twosome that the portraits of the Swiss house that was displayed on an easel would be installed in their homes to thank them for their dedication from start to finish. With that another SO took place.

First Unitarian Church of Dallas Rev. Aaron White gave the blessing. He, like so many, wished and prayed that there was not a need for DCAC, but was grateful that it would be a sanctuary for the most vulnerable in the community.

Paige Flink

Paige Flink

As guests like Janie McGarr, Andy Stern, Mary Black, Caren Prothro, Paige Flink, Ronnie Berg and Carol Seay dispersed for tours of the 56,000-square-foot building, Jan and Trevor posed for pictures both inside and in front of the center with their team.

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones Foundation team

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones Foundation team

As Trevor departed, he said that he had to take off for another charitable effort. Someone asked where he was headed. The answer: his office. He’s got to make more money to give away for children and education.

Roberts S. Folsom Leadership Award Patron Party For Mike Boone Reaches New Heights At The Ritz-Carlton

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones

Jan Rees-Jones teases that she and husband Trevor are like Lisa and Oliver on TV’s “Green Acres.” She’s a city gal and he loves the country life. That explains the twosome having a penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton and a land-line home in other parts of Dallas. But it was the Ritz residence with its two terraces overlooking downtown Dallas and toward Fort Worth, a mind-boggling collection of western art and furnishings that would send any interior decorator swooning, that was the place to be Tuesday night.

Rees-Jones western art

The only thing missing were jokes about lawyers. You know, how many does it take to . . .. That’s because Dallas’ finest legal eagles were filling the Rees-Jones nest in the sky for the Methodist Health System Foundation‘s Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award patron party. The reason for all the barristers and other influential types like Toni Brinker, Gerald Ford, Jim Francis, Sarah and

Mike Boone

Ross Perot Jr. is one of Dallas’ great attorneys — Mike Boone — will be presented the award on Tuesday, October 30, at the Hilton Anatole.

However, despite the splendor of the surroundings and the heady crowd, there was a certain tension in the room about staying close to the timeline. At 8 p.m., the second presidential debate was to take place. Jan laughed at the thought of guests feeling a need to scurry home to watch the debate. “We’ve got lots of TV’s here,” she said, indicating they could just settle back and watch it at the Rees-Jones place.

April Box Chamberlain

Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Chamberlain looked like a homecoming queen when it was revealed that a record-breaking amount ($1.45M) had been raised for Mike’s designated group — Methodist’s neurology operations.

Host Trevor admitted that his relationship with Mike was not due only to their recent professional dealings [“I was very fortunately put in touch with Mike Boone. He doesn’t need a new client, but he has helped me in a way that’s beyond belief. … He must be the first cousin to the Energizer Bunny. … I don’t think he (even) has an assistant”], or their both being honored with the Folsom Award. Rather, Mike was the referee when Trevor played on a fifth-grade YMCA football team. Trevor smiled and said of Mike, “So, he must be really old.”

Fred Hegi

Another one who didn’t pull any punches in talking to the group about the honoree was dinner co-chair Fred Hegi, whose relationship with Mike started at SMU. “Mike and I go back a long time. Met 50 years ago at SMU. I was a green naïve freshman, and Boone was a hazing senior.”

Then, getting serious, Fred said what most already knew — Mike is the go-to guy for many non-profits with legal issues.

Marla Boone

With his wife Marla looking on, Mike then recognized Robert S. Folsom’s son, Steve, and kidded him that his dad had had the “longest eligibility” ever for NCAA football — seven or eight years.

Mike then told the group that Methodist System is so important to this area, especially for the Southern Sector. In touring the new trauma facility and talking to Dr. James Moody, he made the decision to direct the money raised from the evening to the neurological programs.

In keeping with the timeline, the talks were over promptly at 7:30, and the guests hit the elevator to make it home in time for the debate.

October 26 MySweetCharity Round Robin: DCAC, Habitat For Humanity, BeatLeukemia, Arboretum

Last Wednesday the weather was perfect in Dallas, but it was pretty miserable in St. Louis. Thus, the World Series matchup between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals was called due to inclement weather. You could hear the heavy sigh of relief by Wednesday night event planners. It’s tough to rally the troops when you’re up against the World Series.

Groundbreaking of The Rees-Jones Center for Child Protection

DCAC groundbreaking shovels

But earlier in the day, there was a gathering of kids, dogs and very responsible adults — Lynn Davis, Chuck Meadows, Caren Prothro, Joe Norville, John Wiley Price, Bill Morrison and a tent filled with people for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center‘s Rees-Jones Center for Child Protection. One of the last to arrive was the couple of the hour — Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones. Just making their way through the crowd proved to be a challenge, since their $5M contribution to the $11M capital campaign for the new center helped make the building come true.

Jan Rees-Jones

While Trevor checked in with the Rees-Jones Foundation’s Thornton Hardie, Jan headed straight for the pooches that are a part of DCAC’s well-known therapy program. Just the past weekend, Jan had been the main attraction touring the preview of the SPCA’s new Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center Home. The Rees-Jones Foundation had contributed $4M for the new center.

And then there were there were the kids from the Classical Center at Vial Elementary Honor Choir. The rows of youngsters had been among the first to arrive and been there for an hour. But despite their patience and being

Kids and therapy dog

on their best behavior, the youngsters couldn’t help but get excited upon seeing the dogs that are used to help children in the program.

Trevor Rees-Jones

But there were shovels that needed to be put to work, so the ceremony started. At one point, Trevor told the guests that according to the program, he was listed as “benefactor.” To this designation, Trevor said he had been called a lot of things but never a benefactor, so “the benefactress (Jan) and I thank you.”

To close the event, the children’s choir sang a musical farewell and, as if planned, just as the last note was sung, one of the dogs barked twice in approval for a groundbreaking well done.

BeatLeukemia Ball Underwriters Party

Janie Condon

BeatLeukemia Co-chairs/cousins-in-law Janie Condon and Kim Miller were in high spirits at Private Social for the BeatLeukemia Ball‘s Underwriters Party. It was sinking in that their November 12 gala at the Hilton Anatole had all the earmarks of a record-breaking year with more than 700 expected to attend and topping a goal of $250,000.

Leukemia Texas Executive Director Stephen Young reported that in addition to entertainment being provided by The Fab Four (they just played with the London Philharmonic Symphony), there were surprises in store for the gala.

While Honorary Chairs Julie and Jim Turner weren’t on hand for the party, Dee Dee and Jim Lee popped in before heading to a 26th anniversary dinner. . . Speaking of Dee Dee, she, Janie, Kim and a slew of the

Bob White

gal pals were still talking about the Kappa Alpha Theta “Heart-to-Heart” luncheon earlier in the day that featured Joanne King Herring. Turns out the Joanne is a Theta, too. . .  When asked why Bank of Texas sponsors the BeatLeukemia Ball, BOT’s Bob White replied, “We like their cause, primarily.” BOT’s Park Cities Banking Group President of Commercial Banking Cass Robinson added, “We like to support those who did business with us, too.”

Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s 2011-2012 Founders’ Award

Over in Preston Hollow, Lisa Baron Blue opened her mansion and the surrounding gardens for the presentation of the Women’s Council of The Dallas Arboretum Founders Award to Steve Coke.  Established in 1996, the award is presented to individuals “whose dedication and volunteer contributions have made a monumental impact in the growth and prominence of The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.”

In the crowd of 100 were Caroline Rose Hunt, Patricia Cowlishaw, Patricia Deason and Mary Brinegar. Women’s Council President Sharon Ballew presented Steve with the traditional porcelain yellow rose embedded in an acrylic base.

But remember, the World Series almost upstaged the presentation. Not to worry if it had. Sharon and Writer’s Garden Chairman Jocelyn White were prepared. They gave him a blue-and-red gift bag. Jocelyn smiled brightly, as always, saying, “Steve, the Rangers are supposed to be clinching the World Series right now. So, in spite of the rain-out in St. Louis, we thought you might appreciate these.”

Out Steve pulled a limited edition Ranger’s cap and jersey.

Speaking of Jocelyn’s Writer’s Garden, the Thursday, November 10, event’s theme is “Unstoppable Women.” The purpose of the 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  symposium/luncheon is for attendees to be inspired and motivated by “Dallas women who have followed their passions, believed in their dreams, overcome obstacles and achieve success.” The women addressing the topic will be Unstoppable Woman Dina Moor, Paula “Ms. Mozzarella” Lambert and Hedda Dowd of Rise No 1. Honorary co-chairs of the event are Dee Simmons and D’Andra Simmons.

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Underwriters’ Party

View from Clay Mulford's residence

Back in downtown Dallas, about 120 people got an absolutely spectacular view of the sunset from Clay Mulford‘s residence. . . all three levels ranging from the 18th floor to the 21st floor. To prepare for the party, construction was just completed a couple of hours before the Habitat for Humanity party for underwriters started.

David Holl

While youngsters helped sell raffle tickets, the adults like Honorary Chairs Suzanne and David Holl were exploring the third level with its putting course, the library and marvelous art in the home. After making the rounds of the highrise, Paige and John Slates headed to Bistro 31 to celebrate 21 years together.

Clay Mulford

Clay recently got re-involved with Habitat for Humanity by joining the fundraising committee. It’s an all-male group called “Crew Chiefs.”

Kristi Bare, Gina Betts, Nancy Gopez, Paige Slates

Event Co-chairs Gina and Ken Betts and Paula and Bay Miltenberger had lined up George Foreman as the speaker for the 25th Anniversary Celebration, “Unlock the Dream” at the Fairmont the night of Thursday, November 3.

Share-A-Date: 2011 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award

Trevor Rees-Jones

Wednesday, October 5: Years ago the world associated the name “Trevor Rees-Jones” with the bodyguard involved in Princess Diana’s fatal car accident. However, the name conjured up an entirely different face and type for North Texas locals. Their Trevor was a nice, young Highland Park fella who worked hard and had earned degrees from Dartmouth and SMU Law School. After a stint at practicing oil and gas reorganizing law at Thompson & Knight, he left law and plunged into the oil fields himself in 1984.

Now fast-forward. Dallas’ Trevor discovered a gusher of a success in the Barnett Shale and set about sharing his wealth with numerous nonprofits especially those involving children and health.

With all of this in mind, the Methodist Health System Foundation will present the 2011 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award to Trevor at a dinner in the Hilton Anatole Hotel. 

(For the new kids in the hood, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulates the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.)

Methodist Health System Foundation President and CEO April Box Chamberlain said, “Trevor is a committed and dynamic leader who has enthusiastically used the fruits of his business success to improve in tangible ways the quality of life and life circumstances for those less fortunate, especially abused and neglected children.  Along with support from his wife Jan, Trevor is the embodiment of community leadership and we are proud to honor him with this award.” 

Chairing the event will be fellow Highland Park graduate Jim Francis, who has arranged for his good buds Laura and George W. Bush to serve at honorary chairs.

If you recall last year’s dinner honoring Pat and Emmitt Smith had a surprise presenter — Mark Cuban. Those Methodist Health System Foundation folks know how to honor VIPs.