Some folks have wondered where the heck Bobby Haas has gone. Was he in some far-off land hanging out of a plane photographing magnificent creatures for his latest coffee table book? Was he masterminding a mega-gillion dollar deal that would set stocks soaring?
Actually, none of the above. Instead he has been focused in an entirely new direction… literally. Bobby has fallen in love with motorcycles. Instead of driving around in Lamborghinis on the weekend, he has been traveling the highways and by-ways with helmet on head and hands firmly on the handlebars of one of this motorcycles.
Since he bought his first bike in 2011, he’s been collecting cycles with the same enthusiasm and passion that he had for aerial photography the decade before. And while he admits that his time on the road is a “solo activity, so I don’t depend on anyone else to explore my passion,” he’s proud to share his collection of more than 100 bikes with others… at least to view at newly opened Haas Moto Museum and Sculpture Garden on Oak Lawn.
Lucky will be those who are part of the 2018 ReuNight on Thursday, November 8. Event Co-Chairs Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss have arranged for The Family Place fundraiser to be the very first public event at The Haas.
The evening will start off with cocktails in History Hall, where “a diverse array of metallic sculptures that echo the artistry of the cycles that stand nearby.” Guests will then head to The Race Track for a seated dinner with wine pairings followed by live auction luxury packages sponsored by Heritage Auctions.
This event is not going to be one of those with a cast of thousands. Rather, it will be limited to 170 with tickets starting at $1,500.
So rev up your Ducatis and Harleys and head over here for your reservations.
* Graphic courtesy of The Family Place
Summer is just getting started and some parents are already scratching their heads about what to do with their kids. The swimming pool is feeling more like a warm bathtub. Summer camp can only take up so much time. It’s embarrassing when the greeters at the local amusement parks recognize you and your kids by name.
Thank heaven, some nonprofits have come up with some ideas to keep the youngsters occupied that might be new on your radar.
In the days ahead, the MySweetCharity Summer Pitch series will provide ideas for you to check out. It’s a great way to see how local programs are providing positive outlets for young minds.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Renews Its $500,000 Grant To Support The Second Linda And Mitch Hart Institute For Women Conductors
There are a lot of happy faces at The Dallas Opera. The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera has been receiving kudos throughout the operatic world. Established in 2015, it was created to “support the career aspirations and advancement of women conductors and administrators in the field of opera, while addressing the thorny problems resulting from ingrained gender inequality at the top of the profession.”
According to TDO, “In 2015, when the program was launched, only 4% of the total spots for conductors at “Budget One” opera companies in North America (as defined by OPERA America) were assigned to women. Today, that number stands at approximately 9.6%–more than double the previous total. Furthermore, over half of those assignments have been filled by either women faculty or alumnae of the Hart Institute.”
Of the eight women who participated in in the initial program, all “have acquired worldwide artist management.”
One of the original organizations that realized the importance of such an undertaking was The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that provided a $500,000 grant.
Now, it was just been revealed that the next Institute will take place from Sunday, October 28, through Saturday, November 10, “with participants (six institute fellows, plus four additional American observers) selected from a field of qualified applicants from countries around the world.”
TDO will also “coordinate annual spring or summer reunions and an ongoing support network consisting of peer-to-peer discussions, experienced mentoring, regular career consultations on specific media and management issues, and steps to encourage other music organizations to develop solutions that address gender imbalance.”
And once again the Mellon Foundation has come on board with a half million dollar grant.
According to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts and Cultural Heritage Program Office Susan Feder, “We are exceedingly proud of our involvement with the Institute for Women Conductors and I hope that the renewal of this grant will leverage other support to TDO’s twenty-year commitment.”
In turn, The Dallas Opera will undertake a mission to raise $500K “to take advantage of the total matching funds available.”
Newly named TDO General Director/CEO Ian Derrer reported, “The renewal of this generous grant is an extraordinary honor and a tremendous vote of confidence. We are particularly proud of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors’ remarkable success stories in its initial years, as well as the program’s increasing impact for promoting these highly talented women.”
* Graphic courtesy of The Dallas Opera
When the YWCA of Dallas changed its moniker to Wings, it also adjusted its mission — to empower women, fight poverty and impact generations. To recognize those women and men who have exemplified the mission, the Mentors And Allies Awards Luncheon was created. On Wednesday, May 9, the 2018 Mentors And Allies Awards Luncheon took place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas with North Texas powerhouse Elaine Agather as the keynote speaker. And, as usual, Elaine knocked it out of the park, or rather in this case, the ballroom. Here’s a report from the field:
Wings welcomed 400 guests to its Mentors And Allies Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on Wednesday, May 9. Attendees came to honor those who lead the way in positively impacting our community’s women and to hear from power banker, preeminent civic leader and Texas cowgirl Elaine Agather.
Returning for a second year as emcee, NBC 5 Anchor and Reporter Katy Blakey and Luncheon Chair Emily Touchstone introduced Wings’ mission of empowering women and fighting poverty in our community. Lead sponsors included Herb Kelleher, Colleen Barrett, AT&T, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Mary Kay and Sammons Enterprises.
Wings CEO Jennifer Ware introduced the agency’s focus on women helping women. She joined Wings Board President Starlette Johnson to honor Soap Hope CEO Salah Boukadoum and The Admin Awards CEO Sunny Nunan with the 2018 Individual Mentors And Allies Awards.
Ware and Johnson also presented the Corporate Award to Mary Kay CEO
for the organization’s 55-year history of empowering women. Ebby Halliday’s Randall Graham presented the Ebby Halliday Volunteer of the Year Award to DART Human Capital VP Cheryl Orr for her countless hours volunteering in Wings finance and career classes.
A social entrepreneur and impact investor, Boukadoum said, “If we would simply focus on equality for women, all the rest of our goals would become easier. I am not calling for a world run by women. I am calling for a world run by women and men, with equal authority among them.”
Nunan shared how her mother, a career admin, inspired her to launch The Admin Awards to recognize the invaluable contributions of administrative professionals.
But Wings graduate Angelica Rodriguez made guests pull out their tissues when she told her story of becoming pregnant at age 13 and finding support through Wings Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program. The room applauded her for graduating from high school early and becoming a nurse with inspiration from her NFP nurse, Holly.
Agather closed the program with her typical gusto and humor – calling the audience to step up and become mentors for women: “It is the very job of the people in this room to pass on what we have learned to ensure that the next generation of women feel empowered, take ownership, develop confidence and be fearless.”
She expressed four lessons for success from her almost 40-year banking career. “First, we have to own it,” emphasizing while there are still fewer women in leadership positions, women must come up with solutions. “We have come a long way, and it is our job to ensure that we continue to make progress and fix the problems that still exist. We must pass down a work environment that is equal for both men and women.”
Her second tip was about having control. Tying to Wings programming, she urged women to take control their finances. “That means ensuring women have the tools, skills and confidence to manage daily finances, withstand unexpected emergencies and meet long-term goals.”
Agather’s third tip encouraged growth. “It is important to realize that you will make mistakes. It’s how we recover from mistakes that matters. I often advise women to ‘get over it.’ Don’t hide from your mistakes: Fix them, move on and learn how to laugh at yourself.”
Agather got lots of laughs when she talked about handling criticism of her “Pepto-Bismol” Escada suit and being told she talks too much. “Growth happens when you’re confident enough to let others help you grow,” she said.
She closed with the final tip: to pass it on. She talked about the women of the American West, the women who built this country. “Women have been doing it for a long time, and now it is our turn to help the next generation.”
* Photo provided by Wings
JUST IN: 2018 Milestones Luncheon To Have Laura Dern As Keynoter And Salute Jeanne Phillips As Sustainer Of The Year
Thanks to just a couple of drops of rain last night, window wipers and umbrellas were put into action. But that didn’t deter the Junior Leaguers of Dallas like Pam Busbee, Kristi Hoyl, Linda Perryman Evans, Margo Goodwin, Paige McDaniel, Lisa Loy Laughlin and Joanna Clarke from gathering at Regen Fearon’s Preston Hollow home. As if the home that used to belong to Ginny Murchison Linthicum and her late husbands (Clint Murchison Sr. and Ed Linthicum) wasn’t enough of a draw, the occasion was the reveal of the 2018 Milestones Luncheon speaker and 2018-2019 Sustainer of the Year.
Luncheon Co-Chairs Natalie Metzger Lesikar and Nicole Metzger Brewer announced that the Sustainer of the Year would be former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris Jeanne Phillips.
As for the speaker, it will be Laura Dern, who has known dinosaurs thanks to Steven Spielberg and as a Hollywood princess as the daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern and the goddaughter of Shelley Winters.
But Laura has also been known for touching on controversial topics like her appearance on “Ellen” and the recent #M3Too movement. When asked how the latter has impacted the film industry, she said, “While simultaneously culture is changing, I think that Hollywood and that industry is shifting in terms of the questions we’re asking, both in storytelling as well as [how to] protect individuals … from the abuse of power. Many of us are working specifically with our unions, like myself and Screen Actors Guild, to reconsider and create a very different code of conduct that protects young actors in the audition process, a seemingly simple thing, but many stories we heard occurred [during auditions].”
Back to the Milestones Luncheon. It will be held at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, November 16.
* Photo courtesy of Junior League of Dallas
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