Once again North Texas rose to the occasion and showed the world that nonprofits are a priority in these parts. At 11:10 p.m., the North Texas Giving Day 18-hour fundraising passed its 2018 total of $48M.
By COB at midnight, NTGD Ringleader Susan Swan Smith and her Communities Foundation of Texas team breathed a very heavy sigh of relief when the final count was $50,319,756, plus some loose change for 2,988 organizations thanks to 169,372 donations. The top beneficiaries were North Texas Food Bank ($805,999), Children’s Medical Center Foundation ($700,968), Texas Health Resources Foundation ($614,231), The Salvation Army of North Texas ($567,469) and the Denison Forum ($521,361).
Now it’s 366 days (2020 is a leap year) until your email boxes will be filled once again with invitations to participate in this legendary, record-breaking fundraising effort.
* Graphic/photo provided by North Texas Giving Day
By Glenn Hunter
Many North Texans have toured the famed Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville over the years. Outside of Tennesseans, after all, Texans comprise the biggest group of visitors to the Museum. To directly support its various educational programs, the Museum has presented a special concert series called All for the Hall every year since 2007. Those concerts, which have netted more than $4.3 million so far, have been held in alternating years in New York and Los Angeles — until now, that is. Next April, the Hall of Fame and Museum is bringing All for the Hall to Dallas for the first time, with two nights of events.
On Tuesday April 28, 2020, an “acoustic evening” with a to-be-named Nashville star will be presented during a VIP patron party in Anne and Steve Stodghill‘s Preston Hollow backyard. It will be followed on Wednesday, April 29 with a full-band concert by Brooks and Dunn, members-elect of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, at the Statler Dallas hotel for fewer than 400 guests. All for the Hall Dallas is being co-chaired by Anne and Steve, Katy and Lawrence Bock, Terri and Kurt Johnson, Jonika and Corky Nix and Sunie and Steve Solomon.
All these details were unveiled tonight at a party at the Stodghills’ place. In town to help make the announcement were two officials of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Lisa Purcell, vice president of development, education and community outreach, and Jody Williams, a longtime trustee. This evening’s gathering, which was attended by 100 guests, also featured performances by Jeff Hanna and Matraca Berg, who are husband and wife. Jeff is co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, while Matraca, a songwriter, has had more than 50 of her songs cut. Among them: “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter, which was a CMA Song of the Year.
Last year, nearly 100,000 visitors took part in more than 1,200 hands-on educational programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. One of the Museum’s educational programs that will directly impact North Texas students this coming year is called Words & Music. For All for the Hall Dallas, local students in grades 3-12 will help write an original song with Grammy award-winning songwriter and Dallas native Liz Rose, who co-wrote Little Big Town’s smash hit, “Girl Crush.” Then students, who will work on the original song remotely, will debut it with Liz during the April 29 Brooks and Dunn concert.
Information about tickets for All for the Hall Dallas, including pricing and on-sale dates, will be announced in January. Sponsorships are available by contacting one of the co-chairs.
* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron
Just six hours are left for 2019 North Texas Giving Day numbers to surge. More than 2,900 organizations are collectively holding their nonprofit breaths that the funds will keep coming in.
As of 6 p.m., the NTGD Leaderboard reported that $29.5M had been raised by 124,110 donations. In order to top last year’s record-breaking $48M total, they’ll need to haul in more than $18.5M by midnight.
It looks like it’s gonna be a tight run for the record, so don’t hold back and support your favorite nonprofits and remember that there are a lot of matching funds that still need to meet their challenges!
* Graphic provided by North Texas Giving Day
Hurricanes are fickle fellows. Just when you think you know what they’re going to do, they up and change plans. While the folks south of DFW are getting washed out thanks to Imelda, it appears that the forecast for today is going to be sprinkles here and there. And now the weather teams are downgrading their original guess of 60% chance of showers to 40 t0 50% for tomorrow.
But Harvest Co-Chairs Lisa and Marvin Singleton aren’t taking any chances. Lisa just sent word that the North Texas Food Bank fundraiser at the Dallas Arboretum is still on… only with the slightest change of location, but it won’t affect your GPS one iota. Here’s Lisa’s note:
This Friday’s Harvest, benefiting the North Texas Food Bank, will be a fabulous night, come rain or shine. Thankfully having it at the Dallas Arboretum allows us to have the entire event including the food stations and silent auction at Rosine Hall with its covered terrace. And valets will be at the ready with umbrellas in hand for attendees as they arrive.
For those anxious to get a head start, bidding is now open for the amazing silent auction, featuring items such as a one night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas with breakfast and a Fearings gift card, a twelve-course tasting menu with wine pairings for eight at Fauna, inside Flora Street Café or the ultimate Dallas sports package. Visit ntfb.org/harvest for more.
We look forward to what promises to be a wonderful evening of delicious food, cocktails and tunes by DJ Lucy Wrubel.”
The partying starts at 7 p.m. The stellar grazing will be provided at food stations including City Hall Bistro, Le Bilboquet, Empire Baking Company, Mozzarella Company, Pop Star, Haute Sweets Patisserie, Savor, Tulum, Up On Knox, Rosewood Ranches, Parigi, The Henry, Home Grown Market, San Martin Bakery and The Mansion Restaurant.
Tickets are still available here!
By Glenn Hunter
On the evening of Wednesday, September 4, Methodist Health System Foundation President Jim Johnston was talking with former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at a patron party in the middle of The Library of Kathy and Harlan Crow. The reason Rawlings, Johnston and other guests were gathered in the library: the 61st Dallas mayor had been selected to receive the foundation’s 2019 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award, to be presented at a dinner at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, September 20.
Jim was telling Mike that the upcoming, 15th annual dinner was selling better than any Folsom event except for the one that honored David B. Miller two years ago, “when the price of oil was up!” Mike returned the positive feedback, remarking how critically important the Methodist hospitals have been to the economy of southern Dallas. As mayor, of course, Mike focused on southern-sector economic development with his GrowSouth initiative.
All around the two leaders were co-chairs of the 2019 Folsom Award, which was established in 2005 to honor an individual “whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulate[s] the contributions of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.” Among the attendees were Event Co-chairs Sally and Tom Dunning, Lottye and Bobby Lyle, Carolyn and David B. Miller, Pat and Pete Schenkel, and Gail and R. Gerald Turner. Also present: Angela and Brad Cheves, Jim Francis, Jennifer Staubach Gates, George Shaker, Beth and Chuck Thoele, Jack Lowe Jr., Steve Folsom, Missy and Jim Scoggin Jr., and 2019 Folsom Award Honorary Co-chairs Marilyn and Dr. Stephen L. Mansfield.
Just a few weeks ago, James officially succeeded Stephen as permanent president and CEO of the Methodist Health System.
During formal remarks a little later in the evening, Harlan welcomed everyone and called Mike “a great friend and a great public servant. … I am a lifelong Republican and Mike is a lifelong Democrat, but he is the best mayor we’ve ever had!” Then Jim Johnston spoke, saying the Folsom Award has raised more than $18 million to benefit Methodist’s programs and services over the years, before giving way to this year’s honoree.
“When I left office in June, I just wanted to ride into the sunset, not into the spotlight,” Mike said. “You know, when Royce West and Pete Schenkel come to your office to ask you if you’ll accept this award, it’s just not fair!” Then he added: “What Methodist has done serving the people of southern Dallas for so long is tremendous, and it dovetailed into what we were doing with the GrowSouth initiative so beautifully. Micki and I have both been patients and had a great experience. Methodist is such an important institution in our city, caring for those who can pay and those who can’t.”
As of September 4, sales for the 2019 Folson dinner were “right at $1.4 million,” or just shy of the $1.5 million goal, according to Jim Johnston. Methodist says Rawlings asked that proceeds from the event benefit “a new, specialized floor for patients of The Transplant Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.”
For more pictures of the evening, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.
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