Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Jolie Humphrey Used Connections To Create A Commemorative Silk Scarf For Annual Fundraiser
It pays to have talent in your gene pool. And 2021 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Jolie Humphrey tapped that element in her family to support the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum’s fundraiser on Thursday, April 15. Her mom is well-known artist Barbara Elam, whose work has been “included in over 250 national exhibits and a few international exhibits,” as well as being displayed in museums and university collections including Harvard’s The Fogg Museum, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her talent has not been limited to creating art, but she has also served as Professor Emeritus of Art at Rockford College and DePauw University and as a past Bunting Institute Fellow of Radcliffe College at Harvard University, where she was an artist in residence.
Jolie managed to have her mom design 2021 Mad Hatter’s signature “Out of Africa Into The Garden” artwork.
The colorful design was such a hit that Jolie arranged for Barbara to expand the original artwork to include magnificent savannahs, rain forests and coastal areas with bold colorful blooms, exotic plants and rare species native to the continent for a commemorative 40” by 40” silk scarf with hand-rolled hem to benefit the Auxiliary’s project of A Woman’s Garden and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
The limited edition scarves are going for $185 here and will be ready for distribution on Thursday, April 8, just in time for the Mad Hatter’s Tea afternoon get-together.
As if the pandemic hadn’t challenged the North Texas Food Bank to the max, three weeks ago Mother Nature’s Winter Storm Uri only presented a whole new set of problems. Grocery store shelves were bare and thanks to the electrical outages refrigerators had run out of juice to keep food safe.
Most organizations would have been punch-drunk by all these developments. But NTFB had two things going for it besides determination and a proven track record. They had resources to get additional food for those in need and a surprise check.
Just in the nick of time, the Samsung team came through with $250K for NTFB.
According to Samsung Electronics North American President/CEO, K.S. Choi, “People are in need, and Samsung wants to help. We remain committed to the communities where we live, work and support our customers. Working together with our partners, we will support these communities as quickly as possible.”
This check alone will provide more than 750,000 meals to area residents in need.
In response to the donation NTFB President/CEO Trisha Cunningham said, “We are so appreciative for the support of companies like Samsung. Our mission is to bridge the hunger gap in North Texas and provide children, adults and seniors a hunger-free future. Corporate partners are a critical component of our efforts and we could not meet the growing demand for our services without their trust, collaboration and generosity. This recent storm was devastating and this gift from Samsung will be put to good use immediately to help our neighbors.”
2021 Crystal Charity Ball Is In Fundraising Mode With New Committee And Advisory Board Members Plus Beneficiary Videos
Despite COVID-19 and Winter Storm Uri, 2021 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Leslie Diers isn’t letting anything hold her back from raising the $5,391,091 for the 2021 CCB beneficiaries (Baylor Scott And White Dallas Foundation, Cafe Momentum, Dallas CASA, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dallas Symphony Association Inc., Network of Community Ministries, Phoenix House of Texas Inc. and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas).
She just announced three new members to the CCB Advisory Board including Kelly Compton, Curt Farmer and Chuck Thoele, who will serve three-year terms.
As for the traditional CCB bus tour of the eight beneficiaries, it just wasn’t going to happen due to COVID-19 restrictions. Not to worry. Leslie just had videos sponsored by Briggs Freeman|Sotheby’s Layne Pitzer and Joan Eleazer of each of the nonprofits that are available to one and all to see by simply going to the CCB website for links to the videos.
Another change from the past was the breakfast for the new members. Instead of a small get-together of the six newbies (Kristi Francis, Melinda Knowles, Lisa Shirley, Candace Swango, Charmaine Tang and Kay Weeks) along with committee chairs, Leslie arranged to have a kick-off breakfast at Royal Oaks Country Club. There, vets and the new members not only got to know each other, but also learned from the committee chairs (Underwriting Chair Cheryl Joyner, Children’s Book Chair Kim Quinn, Silent Auction Chair Susan Glassmoyer and Special Gifts Chair Anne McPherson) about the various undertakings that would take place during the year to raise the much-needed funds.
A carryover from last year’s CCB will be the inclusion of pets in the Children’s Book.
While the Texas governor is reopening the state and local officials are wary, the North Texas nonprofits are still juggling dates for the good of their organizations, supporters, staffs and vendors. Here is the latest group of changes for fundraising calendars:
- Auxiliary of Nexus‘ Spring Luncheon scheduled for Friday, May 21
- The Dallas Opera‘s First Night scheduled for Friday, March 5, rescheduled for a date to be determined
- The Stewpot Alliance‘s virtual Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale scheduled for Thursday, February 25, is rescheduled for Thursday, March 4
Stay tuned. The changing landscape of dates is ongoing with many looking to a fall return.
Once again the Hamon Charitable Foundation has proved that the legacy of the late philanthropists Nancy and Jake Hamon lives on. It was just announced that the Foundation has donated $1M to support Parkland Health and Hospital System’s Extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy (eMCAP).
Launched last October, eMCAP “addresses and reframes the focus of maternal and fetal care not only at delivery but throughout the first year postpartum, focusing on a geographic area of Dallas County that has significant needs and, in some cases, has become a healthcare desert.”
According to Parkland Chief of Obstetrics/Chief Maternal Medical Director Dr. David B. Nelson, “Our approach involves both care coordination beginning at the hospital and discharge following delivery. Rather than asking patients to come to us, we are going to them. A team of care coordinators, nurse navigators and community health workers are providing a bridge of access to care for the full year following delivery.”
This need was only heightened by the Texas Health and Human Service’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force 2018 report, which said that “62% of maternal mortality cases across the state from 2012 to 2015 occurred between six weeks and one year after delivery.”
As Hamon Charitable Foundation President Kelly Roach explained, “We are pleased to continue the Foundation’s alignment with Parkland, and we recognize the immediate need for the maternal services the eMCAP program provides.”
To put a face on those mothers in need of such help, there is Taelor, who a few months after giving birth to an adorable little girl, suffered crippling back pains that were so severe she needed medical attention. Unfortunately, Medicaid coverage had already run out. On a very limited budget, the young mother had to pay out of pocket for doctor appointments. While Taelor’s condition fortunately didn’t have complications, it would have been much less of a financial burden had eMCAP been in place.
As of January 26, the program had enrolled 304 families, completed 238 virtual maternal home visits and 221 virtual infant home visits. For the future, Parkland’s goal is “to continue enrolling 100 new families each month,” resulting in 1,200 each year.
In appreciation of the Foundation’s donation, Parkland Foundation President/CEO Michael A. Horne said, “We are grateful to the Hamon Charitable Foundation for their generous support of Parkland, our patients and our mission to create a healthy community. This generous donation will help promote greater health equity in Dallas County, providing women the healthcare services they need after childbirth to address complications before they become fatal.”
* Photo courtesy of Parkland Foundation
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