While the past year may have spotlighted on heroes who stepped up in the pandemic battle to provide healthcare, food, shelter and comfort, North Texas is no stranger to such selfless types. One group that has gained national recognition and become a pride of joy is Children’s Health. From the highly trained medical experts and researchers, compassionate volunteers, generous donors and advocates, unwavering families to resilient children, their goal is simple. It is to provide a healthy outcome.
Thanks to the funding, from both individuals and organizations, Children’s has been able to take advantage of the latest developments in pediatric health care.
That’s why on Wednesday, April 28, The Red Balloon League’s Cape Day presented by Bank of Texas will celebrate the super heroes who “help children tackle the tough stuff, from critical diseases to everyday illness” at Children’s Health.
While the League already has some pretty outstanding members, it’s encouraging more people to join the team. No, one doesn’t have to take flight from the top of a building nor wipe out an army of robots.
As Children’s Medical Center Foundation President Brent Christoper said, “Superpowers aren’t just for movie screens and comic books. The Red Balloon League brings real life superheroes together—from patients fighting illnesses and injuries, to everyone alongside them in the battles. We need you to grab your cape and join in!”
It actually simple to join the League with a number of options from which to pick:
- Fundraise as a team now through Wednesday, April 28. Not only can you designate when your team’s funds can go, there are resources to get your team up and going.
- Donate a cape. For every $20 donated a cape will be provided for a patient to wear on National Superhero Day. Just think. For $100 five youngsters will be able to proudly show their team spirit on the big day.
- Give Other Gifts. If you want to expand your generosity to include non-cash gifts like stocks, IRA charitable rollover or through your DAF, you’ll also find there are financial benefits making you a team player and your accountant very happy.
- Shop To Support. As a member of the team, you’ll receive The Red Balloon League Membership Card enabling you to shop at partner businesses and restaurants donating a portion of sales back to Children’s Health. And if you’re at Klyde Warren Park on Cape Day, a portion of sales from the Park’s food trucks will benefit Children’s Health. And if you check out the Park’s banners, you just might see League members looking back.
- Use Your Will Power. To make sure that your legacy keeps supporting Children’s, there’s a free online will available for your consideration.
- Become a Sponsor. In addition of Presenting Sponsor Bank of Texas, Bioworld, Park Place Dealerships, Granite and Oxy, have already signed up to support the League. Why not join this powerhouse of leaders in supporting the superheroes.
* Graphic courtesy of Children's Health
Some good news has just arrived to warm the chill in the air. While some naysayers have claimed that virtual events were just wishful projects, other fundraising types were bound and determined to make the fundraisers successful for their non-profits.
One of those homeruns was the St. Philips School and Community Center’s virtual Destiny Award Luncheon on Friday, March 26, featuring keynoter Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson and honoring North Texas’ own radio legend/author/philanthropist Tom Joyner with the Mona and David Munson Humanitarian Award.
Luncheon Co-Chair Lisa Cooley reported that the hopeful goal had been $350,000.
According to Lisa, “For over seven decades, St. Philip’s School and Community Center has been a beacon of light, hope and transformation in South Dallas. This is why we proudly support St. Philip’s — because they change lives. St. Philip’s provides an exception education for children from PreK2 —6th grade and numerous social services to their South Dallas neighbors. Their food pantry, affectionately known as Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry, operates much like a grocery store and serves over 750 households, 1,750 individuals and distributes over 7000,00 pounds of food annually. This has been such a needed blessing this year for those suffering from food insecurity due to the challenges of COVID-19.”
As proof of St. Philip’s track record, 100% of its students graduate with 90% attending college and earning their bachelor’s degree.
Inspired by the St. Philip’s creed**, Lisa, Co-Chair Clay Cooley and committee members like Fredye Factor netted… not just raised but netted… a whopping $477,019 to “ensure the quality and quantity of St. Philip’s dynamic programs continue for another 75 years.”
Lesson-to-be-learned: If you’re working on a virtual or hybrid fundraiser, aim for the moon but shoot for the stars.
* Graphic/photo courtesy of St. Philip's School and Community Center ** Look at me. I am more than what you see. Destiny is mine! If it is to be, it's up to me. Society will condemn, but only I determine my path. My people have suffered and died for my chance to read and do math. Just as sacrifices were made to make my future bright, It is my responsibility to do things that are right. I must start today to pave the way. The community and the world need my contributions. In success, I will not stray. The bias, the rumors, nor the stereotypes will hinder my growth; I claim dignity and prosperity. My God promises both. Look at me! I am sharp, empowered, talented and proud without limit. I will use my education to explore new heights. The sky is the limit, if I just put my mind in it. When I say, "stick it out," I don't mean a hand. I will persevere to play my role in God's omniscient plan. I will live by "put ups, not put downs" for my sister and my brother. I care for you; I respect you. If I don't, why should another? Success is my right - failure my option. I have the voice. The consequences I will accept, for I made the choice. Look at me! Great things lie ahead. Judge me not by what you've been told, But by what's in my head.
You just thought winter was finished impacting North Texas. Tuesday is gonna change your mind when a dry, cold front arrives on the doorstep just after noon.
What is a dry, cold front? It’s dry because the front that’s overnighting in Colorado right now will not be accompanied by any rain.
But don’t be deceived by noontime Tuesday, when the temperature will be 68 degrees. From that point temperatures will drumbeat down with overnight temperatures possibly hitting record temperatures of 40 degrees. And the outlying areas may even flirt with the 30s. Some weather guessers are already injecting the expression “freeze watch” in their forecasts.
So, whether you live in Aubrey or Bryan Place, protect those new buds that were just starting to bloom, invite the pets in for a sleepover and pull out your duvet. Don’t be surprised if you wake up to frost on roofs and cars Wednesday morning.
But don’t get used to it. Sunday is supposed to rise to the 80s.
* Graphic courtesy of The Weather Channel
Retina Foundation And Dallas Regional Chamber Are Hosting A Virtual Fireside Chat With Dr. Anthony Fauci
A year ago very few people knew who Dr. Anthony Fauci was. Within a matter of days, the diminutive Brooklyn-born AARP-er became one of the kingpins in the global war against COVID-19. There’s no doubt that not everyone agreed with the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His family was threatened, requiring security, and he rankled some of the top leaders in the nation.
But like a general facing incredible odds, he kept pushing his pronouncements based on the scientific research that was rapidly developing.
Luckily, his time in the spotlight didn’t dampen his sense of humor. For instance, when asked whom he would like to play him in a movie, he didn’t hesitate — “Brad Pitt.” The following weekend Brad himself portrayed Tony in a “Saturday Night Live” skit.
Despite the non-stop demands of the national and international media for interviews, the Retina Foundation of the Southwest in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber, has arranged to have Fauci participate in “Up Close And Personal with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci: A Fireside Chat to Discuss Science, Collaboration and All Things COVID” on Thursday, June 3.
Joining the chief medical advisor to the president in this virtual conversation about “his distinguished professional history that led him to become the ubiquitous leader on COVID-19” will be Retina Foundation Chief Executive and Medical Officer/Director of the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Dr. Karl Csaky and the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Laboratory Director Dr. Eileen Birch.
According to Karl, “We at the Retina Foundation are honored to have Dr. Anthony Fauci as our guest for this fireside chat. We look forward to what will be a unique conversation with one of the most influential figures in American life and hope you can join us.”
Co-chaired by Sandy and Dr. David Callanan and Dr. Rand Spencer with Honorary Chair Bobby B. Lyle, the event currently has eight sponsorship levels available with various benefits, along with individual tickets.
Funds raised through the event will “support the Retina Foundation’s research and treatment of eye diseases, where 81 cents of every dollar donated goes directly into research and treatment for pediatric eye conditions, inherited eye diseases, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).”
* Photo courtesy of Retina Foundation of the Southwest
The cards didn’t look stacked in favor of Women’s Council of the Arboretum President Kay Weeks and 2021 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Jolie Humphrey. Since last March the pandemic had squashed most in-person events including last year’s Mad Hatter’s fundraiser for the Dallas Arboretum.
With fingers crossed and arms vaccinated, Jolie and Kay decided to create a scaled-down version of the get-together that would provide the stringent restrictions and allow guests to show off their chapeaus fitting the “Out Of Africa – Into The Garden” theme on Thursday, April 15. Instead of 500 guests, it would be 350; instead of a morning champagne see-and-be-seen scene, it would be an afternoon delight in the Ginsburg Family Plaza with the winners of the hat competition being revealed; instead of a seated luncheon on the terrace, it would be an elegant seated tea in Rosine Hall; instead of a high-staged catwalk, it would be a slightly elevated walkway for the models wearing Tootsies fashions in the Hall.
Things were looking up as the event sold out the week before and people seemed to be eager to escape the cabin fever that had swept the country.
But then pesky Mother Nature showed signs of threatening to upstage everything. In the days leading up to the Tea, area weather guessers were predicting rain starting just as the festivities got underway at 1 p.m.
Evidently Kay and Jolie had pulled some strings and the rain avoided the Arboretum during the outdoor reception and everyone was high-and-dry in Rosine Hall for the fashion presentation.
And the reception didn’t disappoint, with the hats following the theme to a “T.”
Veteran head-turners included Kunthear Mam-Douglas arriving with her pals Andrea Reich wearing a hat topped with a lion wearing its own floral headdress and Tricia Sims, who admitted that she had focused on her ankle-length, form-fitting white tiger print dress… Folks didn’t know whether to look at Carmen Hancock‘s towering hat with creatures in African tall grass or her sparkling rifle. It was her hat that proved to be the scene-stealer, with a couple of meerkats watching a choo-choo jugging along the back of the brim transporting an itty-bitty giraffe… Elizabeth Smith Theis admitted that this attempt at heady delight wasn’t her first, but it definitely was a roaring success with a lion popping out of the hat growling. Elizabeth claimed that the toughest part of the creation was finding the lion….Sherwood Wagner once again tested the powers of her glue gun, putting together her gal squad Chapeaux Safari made up of Lisa Evert, Marena Gault, Sharon Popham and Sherwood, of course.
Early on the scene was Kimble Wooten with a cheetah topping her chapeau. Judge Gregg Hudson (aka Dallas Zoo president/CEO) was impressed, saying it was a rare form of cheetah… Yvonne Evan‘s vintage ensemble featured an antique blouse, soft baby blue ankle-length skirt with matching spencer jacket and beige Edwardian belt. Her blue wide-brimmed hat with an arrangement of white flowers trailed an ivory-English netting train designed by Jenny Mathison-Foster… While Julie Doshier‘s leopard print top hat looked like a playground of lions, elephants and hippos, she pointed to her pal Sheryl Wood‘s wide-brimmed grassland with water buffalo, lions, hippos and elephants. Julie pointed out a tiny little green rhino peeking out from the greenery… Mothers and daughters like Karen Dianis and daughter Barbara Dianis and Prashi Shah and mom Deanna Shah showed their matching looks… On the other hand, Jolie and her mom/2021 Mad Hatter’s signature artist Barbara Elam wore floral prints but went in their own directions when it came to their hats.
Of course, with that many gawkers and reasons to gawk, accidents couldn’t help but happen, like the run-in between a rolling walker and a grounded flute of champagne next to a couple of zebra statues. As the bubbly soaked into the stone flooring, a server quickly scooped up the shards of glass. The walker wasn’t cited for the smash.
Speaking of assisted walking, Mari Epperson‘s accessory du jour was a metal crutch as she recovered from hip replacement…. Patricia Cowlishaw was escorted through the crowd by Arboretum Gardens and Visitor Services VP Dave Forehand until he was called away. Not to worry. Patricia had brought along her trusty black walking cane.
Seated on one side of the green carpet as guests strutted their stuff vying for the day’s awards, the judges (Patti Flowers, Gregg Hudson, Giuliano Matarese, Kim Noltemy, Ken Weber, C’Mone Wingo and Nick Wingo) thoroughly enjoyed the roll-out of the entries. Some of the hats followed the theme to a “T” and others just looked like they could easily be worn for Easter Sunday. Guests happily posed with each other and with the life-sized faux gorilla, zebras and rhino.
Sure, there were some over-the-top toppers and others that made Disneyland look downright blah, but the past years of outrageous upstaging seemed to have taken a pass this year. That’s not to say that all the judging was limited to the officials along the carpet. Looking over the crowd in the Plaza, one observer smugly asked her intimates, “Did you see the one in the tacky outfit?” Oh, girls will be girls.
As the minutes ticked by and the clouds held, the program got underway on a platform in the Plaza. The only problem was hearing the announcements. Jolie and Kay were confronted with two unforeseen challenges. First of all, everyone was having such a champagne good time, they didn’t want to stop chatting. Second, the wireless mics were part-time friends. Like batons in a relay race, one after another the mics were exchanged between speakers and production people. A good old-fashioned megaphone would have been more successful.
Luckily, the din of the crowd simmered down as Honorary Chair Carole Ann Brown, who chaired the first Tea in 1989, addressed the guests and encouraged them to continue to grow the fundraiser for the Arboretum.
Tootsies team Nerissa von Helpenphill and Dustin Holcomb, who were providing the fashions that would be presented during the tea, told the guests that despite the main store being in recovery mode from Winter Storm Uri, they were still in action at their temporary digs next to Bachendorfs.
That calm started to rear its head but was stopped dead in its tracks upon hearing the category winners would be announced. As each judge announced the category and the recipient, the Mad Hatters applauded the picks that included:
- Karen Blixen Style: Most Elegant and Romantic — Yvonne Evans
- Sundowner Chic: Cocktail Hour in Africa – Most Fascinating Fascinator — Tatiana Graham
- African Floral Garden: Best Botanical Using Fresh Florals — Jennifer Bell
- Safari Riders: Best Group in Hats — Sherwood’s Chapeau Safari (Sherwood Wagner, Marena Gault, Sharon Popham and Lisa Evert)
- African Queen: Most True to Africa — Jordi Bostock
- Animal Instinct: Most Outlandish! Go Wild! — Elizabeth Smith Theis
- Out of Africa: Most True to Theme — Kimble Wooten
After a group photo of winners and judges that tested the sturdiness of the platform, all adjourned to their assigned tables around the terrace and in the Hall. And as guests departed with their hats, the rains still held back, much to the relief of Jolie and Kay.
If you haven’t already seen them, there are loads more pictures of the Mad Hatters at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.
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