Amanda Shufeldt may have been born in Little Rock and graduated from Vanderbilt, but as soon as she could, she landed in Dallas. The reason was to earn her JD/MBA from SMU’s Dedman School of Law. It was while juggling torts, contracts and moot court classes that she met her Stanford graduate/future husband Charlie Shufeldt. They’re a perfect example of why it’s a real plus to have folks settle down in North Texas.
Charlie not only served as president of the Friends of The Katy Trail’s board of directors, where he spearheaded a $8M “Campaign To Complete The Katy Trail,” he also heads up Elk Range Royalties.
Amanda has co-chaired the Art Ball and been a member of the Dallas Museum of Art Board of Trustees, Children’s Health Foundation Board of Directors, The Cary Council of UT Southwestern Steering Committee, The Crystal Charity Ball and Cattle Baron’s Ball.
Even with all these activities, their priority is their three daughters (Alexa Shufeldt, Charlotte Shufeldt and Margaret Shufeldt, whose artwork for the Community Partners of Dallas’ Change Is Good was featured on the front of T-shirts).
Despite having healthy kids, Amanda and Charlie are all too aware of the challenges faced by parents with children diagnosed with cancer. For this reason, Amanda has taken on the role of chairing Children’s Cancer Fund’s 2022 “Color Out Cancer” Gala on Friday, April 22, at the Hilton Anatole with youngsters battling and overcoming cancer on the runway escorted by celebrities.
As Amanda put it, “These kids have the boldest courage in overcoming cancer.”
In her role as gala chair, she has recently been named one of NorthPark Center’s 2022 Ambassadors representing Children’s Cancer Fund.
But there’s a two-degree-of-separation between Amanda and the annual fundraiser. Before getting hitched, Amanda’s maiden name was Dillard. You know, like in the department store that provides the clothes for the children on the runway. Not only do the kids get to pick out their outfits, they get to keep them thanks to Dillard’s.
This year’s gala featuring celebrity escorts and Honorary Gala Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach is especially important since last year’s event was canceled due to COVID.
According to CCF Executive Director Jennifer Arthur, “Our CCF models have waited two years to have their moment in the spotlight, and with the help of Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Amanda Dillard Shufeldt, we are going to give them the biggest, brightest night of their life [sic].”
If you love celebrities, just admire the kids and their parents battling a vicious disease or simply want a marvelous evening of seeing and being seen, lock down your place here.
* Graphic courtesy of Children's Cancer Fund
With the first three months of 2022 looking a bit lean on in-person fundraising, April is busting out all over.
For those in need of a boost of wellness and inspiration, Texas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum and Award Celebration (LFAC) is just the answer.
Taking place at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Tuesday, April 26, and presented by AT&T, the two-hour-long forums will take place from 4 to 5:50 p.m. with the 2022 Maura Women Helping Women awardees (Patricia Rodriguez Christian, Arlene J. Ford, Thana Hickman Simmons, Pat Jasso and Lynn McBee) and Young Leader awardees Stacy Johnson and Sherri Kermanshachi) “discussing their leadership journey and the particular issue for women where they’ve devoted their passion and interest.”
According to LFAC Co-Chair Bonnie Clinton, “Our award recipients are amazing and inspiring, and we look forward to hearing their stories and celebrating them for their dedication to lifting up women and girls across Texas and beyond.”
Following the forums, there will be a 45-minute reception followed by the awards dinner featuring keynote speaker Radha Agrawal, who is CEO/Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, “a dance and wellness movement that holds events in dozens of cities with a worldwide community of half a million people. In her spare time she has also been a “globe-trotting speaker, DJ, inventor and investor” and written “Belong,” sharing her thoughts on meaningful communities and relationships.
According to LFAC Co-Chair Ana I. Hernandez, “Our event theme is ‘You Belong.’ We are thrilled to welcome Radha Agrawal, who will inspire us to create and belong to a more meaningful community.”
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JUST IN: 2022 Cattle Baron’s Ball “Lassoed” Old Dominion And Chris Young To Be On Fundraiser’s Stages
2022 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Nancy Gopez and Kris Johnson are “lassoing a cure for cancer” with some great news for the American Cancer Society of North Texas fundraiser.
Not only will the event on Saturday, September 17, be returning to Southfork, Texas Oncology is also coming back as presenting sponsor for the party-hearty night of grazing around, bidding and music.
And speaking of music, it’s gonna be gangbusters with multi-platinum entertainer Chris “Losing Sleep” Young on the outdoor VIP and Live Auction Stage, setting up the excitement for the live auction of luxury packages. Chris is no stranger to North Texas, having been the house singer for Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington before hitting the big time and winning “Nashville Star” in 2006, landing a contract with RCA and having a string of No. 1 hits and industry accolades, including most recently the CMT Music Award for emotional “Performance of the Year.”
And as if that isn’t enough, CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi will be on the Main Stage under a tent.
Old Dominion recently took home awards for “Song of The Year” for their hit single “One Man Band,” and “Group of the Year” at the 2020 ACM Awards. These wins mark the band’s fourth and fifth ACM Awards, and third consecutive win in the “Group of The Year” category. Collectively, the band led nominations for the 2020 show with a total of eight. At the 2020 CMT Awards, the band took home their first win for “Group Video of The Year.” The group also notched two nominations for the 2020 CMAs including “Vocal Group” and “Album of the Year” for their self-titled 2019 studio album, nominations for “Top Country Duo/Group” and “Top Country Song” for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, as well as a “Favorite Duo/Group – Country” nod for the 2020 American Music Awards.
Over the course of their career, the band has also been notably named ACM “New Group of the Year,” ACCA “Breakthrough Group of the Year,” AIMP “Songwriter Artist of the Year” and Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” In 2017, front man Matthew Ramsey was ASCAP’s “Artist of the Year.” The band has also received nominations for the CMT Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and iHeart Radio Awards.
This year, the band received their first two Grammy nominations for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” and “Best Country Song” for their hit single “Some People Do,” which is featured on their self-titled third studio album. Most recently, the band scored 2021 ACM nominations for “Group of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for “Some People Do.”
It’s hard to imagine, but since that first CBB in 1974, the committee of 100 has raised more than $89M “for leading, cutting-edge cancer research in North Texas and has grown to be the largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.”
* Graphic/photo provided by Cattle Baron's Ball ** Photo credit: Jeff Johnson
The Dallas Foundation Board of Governors Chair Dr. Michael Sorrell has announced that four “impact-focused North Texans” have joined the Board.
The four including Robert (Bobby) Bisor, Susan Cordova, Jaimee Eddington and Kevin Murphy will join the current board members Lydia B. Addy, Steffen Fuchs, Chris Luna, S. Todd Maclin, Clint V. McDonnough, Mark Okada, Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, Trevor R. Rees-Jones, Catherine M. Rose, Amber Scanlan and Jeremy Smith.
According to The Dallas Foundation President/CEO Matthew Randazzo, “The Dallas Foundation’s robust Board of Governors is essential to cultivating the success and impact of our organization as we work to help individuals and families across Greater Dallas reach their full potential. We are excited to welcome these four new dynamic leaders, whose collective experience and strategic perspectives will help propel our vision and work toward a brighter and more equitable Dallas.”
The announcement is especially interesting with Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Susan Cordova’s name being bandied about as the successor to Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, who has just been reported as stepping down at the end of the year.
2022 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Susan Farris has just revealed the six newest members of the fundraising organization for Dallas County children’s non-profits.
In the class of 2022 are Bonner Allen, Shannon Graham, Diana Hamilton, Sheilon King, Lisa Loy Laughlin and Victoria Snee.
The half-dozen newbies will be put to work almost immediately becoming part of the committee of 100 volunteers to raise funds .
BTW, the beneficiaries are scheduled to be finalized and revealed in early February. Stay tuned.
* Photo provided by Crystal Charity Ball
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