Turtle Creek Association’s Annual Fundraiser Will Offer A Home Tour Of Six Showplaces And An After Party Overlooking Turtle Creek

Boy, has the Turtle Creek Association lined up some incredible residences for its 2017 Home Tour. On Sunday, April 9, from 1 to 5 p.m., ticket holders will be able to check out the in-the-sky residences at 3525, The Claridge and Park Towers and the more down-to-earth homes on Turtle Creek Bend and Rock Creek Drive.

But wait! There’s more. The Association has also arranged for an after-party from 6:30 to 8:30 that evening at Greg Pearl’s and Ashley Akin-Pearl’s fabulous 6,500-square-foot residence nestled on nearly an acre overlooking Turtle Creek.

Greg Pearl’s and Ashley Akin-Pearl’s residence*

Originally the site of the late landscape architects Marie and Arthur Berger’s legendary mid-century home designed by O’Neil Ford in the early 1950s, it was replaced in the early 2000s by this outstanding French Normandy residence designed by Dean Smith and built by contractor/former owner George Pelletier. Hidden atop the hill from the street thanks to much of the Bergers’ originally landscaping, this is a hidden treasure that is rarely seen.

Providing the hors d’oeuvres for the after-party will be Chef Abraham Salum.

The two events are being ticketed separately, so here is the breakdown:

  • Afternoon tour — $60 for non-Turtle Creek Association members and $50 for members. Tickets purchased before Friday, March 31, are $54 for non-members and $45 for members.
  • After Party — A limited number of tickets are available at $125 per person on a first-come, first-serve basis.

According to Turtle Creek Association President/CEO Jennifer Schultz, “This year we are focused on featuring the art along the creek; all homes on the tour have spectacular art collections including regionally and internationally known artists. We deeply appreciate the homeowners who have so graciously opened their homes to our fundraising tour.”

Funds raised from the Home Tour and After Party will help preserve the Turtle Creek area’s 87 acres of greenways and parklands.

* Photo courtesy of Turtle Creek Association

MySweet2016Goals: Jennifer Shultz

According to Turtle Creek Association CEO/President Jennifer Shultz,

Jennifer Schultz*

Jennifer Schultz*

  • “Raise awareness that the Turtle Creek Association exists and what it does for the community.
  • “Make the 15th Annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes on April 10th a success. It’s my first time to participate and it’s our largest fundraising event, so I am glad to have the help of some amazing volunteers!
  • “Work to balance precious family time with my one-year-old and husband along with work.
  • “Enjoy all the little moments. I love hearing my daughter’s infectious belly laughs over the smallest things and her pure joy in new discoveries.”
* Photo provided by Turtle Creek Association

Jon Beasley To Head Up Turtle Creek Association

The Turtle Creek area is one of Dallas’ gems. But this beauty is not totally natural. Mother Nature may lay out the groundwork, so to speak, but it takes a lot hands-on tender loving care and roll-up-the-sleeves fundraising to keep it up.

Jon Beasley

Jon Beasley

A driving force behind this effort is the Turtle Creek Association. The group just announced that Jon Beasley has been named the TCA’s president/CEO.

It won’t take any time at all to get Jon up and running on how the association works. He’s been a member and volunteer for a decade. Jon’s done everything from being a team leader for the Creek Clean-up Crew to recently co-chairing the Pumpkins in the Park. This past year he received the association’s 2012 Chair’s Service Award.

“Jon’s infectious enthusiasm and love of Turtle Creek, combined with his strong financial and marketing background, made him the perfect candidate to lead our organization,” said Don McDermett, board chair of Turtle Creek Association.  “His dedication, skills and passion for preserving and protecting the Turtle Creek Corridor will allow us to enhance our preservation efforts and build a stronger organization through greater membership and community outreach.”

Known as the Turtle Creek Corridor, the area includes “90 acres of greenways and parking”. . . “stretching north-south from Fitzhugh to Maple and east-west from Cole to Oak Lawn, serving as the ‘front yard’ of the Katy Trail and stretching into Uptown.”

Photo provided by the Turtle Creek Association