Despite the 2020 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show’s being canceled, the event’s raffle continued on because many contribution tickets had been purchased. Why, Raffle Chair Kim Hext‘s committee sold a record-breaking $60,000 worth of tickets. And it’s not surprising since the three items were treasures from NorthPark Center and Neiman Marcus NorthPark.
Following the drawing this past Friday, Kim and 2020 CCB Chair Tucker Enthoven announced the following very happy winners:
- Barbara Stuart — “The Gold Standard” ($10,000 in NorthPark Gold)
- Jill Tananbaum — “A Season of Shoes” (Four pairs of shoes each not exceeding $995 at Neiman Marcus NorthPark)
- Dawne Tribolet — “A Season Of Sunnies” (Four pairs of sunglasses each not exceeding $550 at Neiman Marcus NorthPark)
While news about raffle ticket sales and winners may seem unimportant to some, it’s very important this year for CCB’s mega fundraising efforts. If you need proof, check with the 2020 CCB beneficiaries (Ability Connection, Catch Up and Read, Center for Vision Health, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Foundation for Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Healing Hands Ministries, Mommies in Need Inc. and North Texas Food Bank) that are depending on CCB to provide $7,870,000.
Dallas CASA Magically Transforms Annual Champion Of Children Award Dinner Into 40th Anniversary Celebration
It was just a year ago that the Dallas CASA crew was preparing for its 40th anniversary of providing advocates for children in the protective care of the state. There were all types of ideas being investigated on how to make it a memory-maker of a year with in-person activities. Then all those plans tumbled when COVID-19 arrived this spring.
But Dallas CASA President/CEO Kathleen LaValle and her team weren’t going to let the coronavirus cloud their big year. Working with NorthPark Center, they managed to have an adjusted Parade of Playhouses this summer.
Now they’ve magically transformed their annual Champion of Children Award Dinner into Dallas CASA 40th Anniversary Celebration for Sunday, November 15. Yes, it’s a virtual event from 6 to 7 p.m., but it’s going to be fun and fascinating. SyFy’s Wizard Wars’ magician Justin Flom will surprise, delight and mystify guest by “performing magic with ordinary objects.” If you’re not already a SyFy fan, Justin most recently received rave reviews for his performance at the annual Dallas Mavericks Foundation 2020 Mavs Ball.
And it’s no surprise that he’s got that magic touch. He was born into a family of magicians in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Event sponsors and guests who purchase individual tickets by Thursday, October 15, will receive a deck of playing cards via mail “that will be incorporated into the entertainment.”
In addition to a performance by Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings, another highlight of the evening will be Dallas CASA Classic Golf Tournament’s co-chair corporations (Goldman Sachs, Pioneer Natural Resources and AT&T) receiving the Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award.
Thanks to the 20-year-old tournament, $20.6M has been raised for Dallas CASA. And this amount has been vital for Dallas CASA’s mission. In 1998 the organization helped 407 children; in 2019 that number was 3,644.
Another vital ingredient to Dallas CASA’s success has been the dedication and growth of its volunteers, who “complete 30 hours of training plus courtroom observations before being appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of children who’ve experience abuse or neglect.”
According to Kathleen, “Dallas CASA would not be what it is today without these three companies and so many others in our community who have supported us in many ways during the past 40 years. Dallas is known as a generous and community-minded city, and Dallas CASA feels that spirit every day. Our volunteers, donors and supporters have been there for us year after year, and have shown the children we serve that they care. We’re able to tell child victims of abuse and neglect that we see them, we hear them and we want the best possible outcomes for their futures.”
Tickets are available here. Pioneer Natural Resources has already locked down the 40th Anniversary Champion sponsorship.
* Graphic/photo provided by Dallas CASA
Whether it’s a CPAP machine mask, an Armani clay mask or a COVID-19 accessory du jour, rip it off Monday morning! Now, open your windows/doors and take that adorable naked nose for a literal breather.
What is that? It’s the amazingly fresh, chilled air provided by our Colorado cuzzins and Jackson Hole-sters.
After Sunday’s humid, warm air that Houstonians are all too used to, North Texas has been blessed by Mother Nature breezing graciously through the neighborhood with a friendly cold shoulder.
And while it may be so tempting to break out those cashmere sweaters, thigh-high boots and horse-drawn carriages, don’t. The week ahead is going to be 70s-friendly, so there is no need to wrap the pipes … yet.
On the other hand, check out your fav outdoor venues like the Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Zoo, and Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary to lock down your pandemic reservations. And, if your budget is tighter than a wishful socialite’s face-lift, just stroll around one of the area parks.
BTW, if your home environment thermometer is high-techish, you might want to let the digital goddess know that tomorrow’s morning wake-up temp might want to be adjusted.
The changes of plans continue to keep the “datekeepers” busy adjusting and re-adjusting their calendars. The good news is that on today’s Update is not only are no cancellations, there are a couple organizations are looking to 2021 for in-person activities.
The almost-as-good news is that some groups are adjusting to the new world of virtual eventing. If you haven’t tried this monitor-watching attendance, you might want to give it a try. Not only does the ticket price very user-friendly, they tend to run a lot shorter and don’t require masks.
- Greater Dallas Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 35 Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Friday, November 13
- Business Council For The Arts’ 2020 Obelisk Awards on Tuesday, November 17
Friday the 13th may bode bad luck for some, but for the Greater Dallas Association of Fundraising Professionals it’s going to be a celebration this November. That’s when Board President Shawn Wills and Luncheon Co-Chairs Tanya Downing and Ben Vann have arranged for a virtual celebration for its 35th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.
This year’s honorees include the following:
- Outstanding Philanthropists — Mary and Carl Ice nominated by The Salvation Army North Texas Command
- Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser — Natalie Dossett nominated by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
- Outstanding Fundraising Executive — Stephanie Brigger, CFRE, nominated by Deborah Montonen, CFRE and Luanne Samuel, CFRE
- Outstanding Foundation — The David M. Crowley Foundation nominated by the North Texas Food Bank
- Outstanding Corporation — Toyota of North America nominated by the Women’s Business Council — Southwest
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