Yipes! MySweetCharity has been hit with all types of emails about programs pitting North Texas nonprofits and/or their representatives against each other in the hopes of landing a financial prize by garnering votes.
Since its beginning, MSC has encouraged collaboration among the area nonprofits to help North Texans. It was never planned or suggested that area nonprofits should compete against others for a gold ring. We sorta like to think that all the North Texas nonprofits are winners.
For this reason, MSC just isn’t the right place for nonprofit popularity contests.
So, please excuse our shortcomings, but MSC will continue to promote and applaud the efforts of all North Texas nonprofits as a whole and leave the voting competitions to other outlets.
It’s rare when North Texas weather allows Margie and Ray Francis to open up their charming cottage along Turtle Creek for an outdoor event. According to Ray, it’s either too warm, too wet or too cold. But tonight it was just right for the kick-off of the 2020 Soup’s On! Luncheon festivities, and the Francises’ backyard was this side of perfection with strings of lights overhead, the lush greenery in the background and the multi-leveled terrace allowing guests to make themselves at home.
But the longtime Stewpot Alliance -supporting Francises wanted the evening’s emphasis placed on the plans for the annual fundraiser being co-chaired by blonde sisters-in-law Amy Hegi and Libby Hegi. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of The Stewpot, the luncheon will return to the Omni Dallas Hotel on Thursday, February 20, with the entire Hallam family serving as honorary co-chairs.
The keynote speaker will be Judge Craig Mitchell, founder of the Skid Row Running Club. Featured in “Skid Row Marathon,” Craig created the organization “to provide a running program for the Skid Row Community of Los Angeles and to involve the larger community in supporting its members in overcoming alcohol/drug abuse and achieving positive life goals.”
When asked whether longtime Soup’s On! Luncheon chief chef Brian Luscher would still be involved despite his serving the last dish at his The Grape earlier this month, Brian didn’t hesitate. Of course, he would be corralling a great group of chefs to create soups to warm guests and to raise funds. It’s the very next thing on his “must-do list” as he puts the period on his Grape era.
BTW, just to bring guests up to date, The Stewpot Executive Director Brenda Snitzer reported that, since 2008, The Stewpot has served three meals a day seven days a week at Second Chance Café at The Bridge Homeless Recover Center. Why, just this past year, 8M meals were served clients. But in addition to feeding the homeless, The Stewpot’s services reach far beyond food. It also provides homeless individuals and families with services that most folks take for granted, like just trying to get an ID or even mail.
And as the chill starts creeping into these parts, that soup is gonna taste mighty fine come February. Tickets are available here.
4th Annual Voices For A Cause Sounded The Need For Dallas CASA Volunteers With Rich Girls And Vinyl Countdown
Dallas CASA Young Professionals had fun with 80’s icons like a DeLorean, huge Rubik Cubes and recycled vinyl records at The Rustic on Thursday, September 26, for its annual Voices for A Cause. And what would any fundraiser at The Rustic be without music? But Co-Chairs Bela Cooley, Elise Nichols and Megan Sterquell weren’t going to have just one band on stage. They had both The Vinyl Countdown plus Rich Girls! In addition to raising funds for Dallas CASA, the hope was to encourage people to volunteer as advocates for children in foster care. Here’s a report from the field:
The Dallas CASA Young Professionals filled the patio at The Rustic for their fourth annual benefit concert, Voices for a Cause, September 26. It was a beautiful night with clear skies and more than 350 young pros out enjoying the terrific music. The crowd appreciated cold drinks while feasting on chorizo empanadas, wild boar meatballs and cactus fritters. A DeLorean time machine, giant Rubik Cubes and neon table markers made from old vinyl records help set the 80’s scene. All the fun was to raise funds for Dallas CASA and awareness of the great need for volunteers to advocate for children in foster care.
Early evening brought many families out to enjoy the familiar sounds of opening act, The Vinyl Countdown: A Tribute to Arena Rock. The Rich Girls, a Hall and Oates tribute band, took the stage at dusk and brought the crowd to its feet by playing their namesake song “Rich Girl.” As night fell, dancers filled the floor and everyone sang along to 80’s hits like “Purple Rain”, “I Can’t Go for That” and “Maneater”.
Dallas CASA Young Professionals President Kenneth Wherry was joined by event Co-Chairs Bela Cooley, Elise Nichols and Megan Sterquell to thank the enthusiastic crowd and event underwriters.
Voices for a Cause was presented by The Hiduke Foundation. Other underwriters included Sealy and Company, Thompson and Knight Foundation, Lisa and Dave Kroencke, Mindy and Woody McMinn, Yardi Systems and Whiskey Pearl.
* Photo credit: James Coreas **Photo credit: Rosanne Lewis
Despite October being breast cancer awareness and domestic violence awareness month, the American Heart Association of Dallas has been making plans for its annual Go Red For Women Luncheon. It was just revealed that Aimbridge Hospitality Executive VP/Chief Financial Officer Judy Hendrick will chair the annual mega fundraiser on Friday, February 28, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
And along with Judy’s leadership, the event will benefit from Aimbridge’s sponsorship for a fifth year. Just last year thanks to Judy’s efforts, Aimbridge provided nearly $500,000 for Go Red For Women!
According to Judy, “The Go Red for Women movement has made great strides in raising awareness around women’s heart health, but there’s still more work to be done.”
* Photo credit: Goldenlight Creative
Daymond John Talks Up Family Gateway — And His Pal Mark Cuban — At The Group’s Sixth Annual Luncheon
By Glenn Hunter
Tiffany Cuban was there, while her husband Mark Cuban was said to be unavoidably detained elsewhere. But Mark was in attendance in spirit at least on Tuesday, September 26, when Family Gateway presented its sixth annual Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon at the Omni Dallas hotel. The fundraiser’s featured guest was entrepreneur and branding expert Daymond John, who appears as a panelist with Cuban on ABC’s popular “Shark Tank” show. And Tiffany and Mark were the luncheon’s honorary chairs. “I like to give him crap, but he’s somebody I really love dearly,” Daymond said about the owner of the Dallas Mavericks.
Dressed in blue jeans and a black blazer, black shirt, black tie and black boots, Daymond captivated the roughly 780 attendees from the moment he showed up for a meet-and-greet in a room outside the Omni’s big ballroom. There, guests including Kara and Randall Goss, Tracy Lange, Susan Walton and David Osborne and Paula and Bay Miltenberger with their boys Brady Miltenberger and Bo Miltenberger lined up to be photographed with the founder of FUBU, a pioneering hip-hop apparel company that’s grossed more than $6 billion in retail sales. Also posing for photos with Daymond were Event Co-Chairs Selwyn Rayzor and Juanita Harris.
Inside the ballroom, attendees like Heather Hayes, Tiffany Divis, Christie Carter and Pam Busbee soon sat down for lunch and learned more about Family Gateway, which provides services to children and families affected by homelessness. They found out, for example, that the nonprofit now operates a call center, and will soon open the Simmons Family Gateway Resource Center for all its “non-shelter services.” Last year, data derived from the group’s helpline determined that 2,000 families with children — about 6,000 children, in fact — were literally or imminently homeless. Guests also learned that, since 1990, DMN Charities had given more than $2 million to Family Gateway, making it the organization’s top lifetime donor.
“Thank you, and now enjoy your great chicken!” Selwyn concluded from the stage, and everyone laughed.
After everyone did enjoy their chicken, Family Gateway President and CEO Ellen Magnis took the stage with Daymond and began interviewing him. (Or, more accurately, she began asking the reality-TV star a series of questions she’d written down.) Daymond explained how important it is for young people to have mentors who believe in them. One told him that he could be “whatever I wanted to be,” he recalled, which encouraged him to explore entrepreneurship — selling pencils, for example — at an early age.
He never saw his father after his 10th birthday — his parents divorced then — and his mother worked three jobs. Daymond said his white Jewish stepfather taught him that “love don’t come in colors,” and that “white people are just as screwed up as black people!” It was a lesson he remembered when he started FUBU, he said, vowing to “always be pro-black, but not anti-anybody else.”
Daymond also talked about “the power of goal-setting,” explaining that he reads 10 goals every night before he goes to sleep. While those goals will work on the subconscious mind during the night, he added, “at some point, you have to take action.”
With that, it was time to auction off a coveted experience calling for four people to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Shark Tank in Los Angeles, compliments of Tiffany and Mark. Daymond served as auctioneer, expertly pushing the bidding for the special item to a whopping $30,000. Then Daymond showed his appreciation for the Cubans — and for Family Gateway — by ponying up another $30,000 himself. That meant eight people, not just four, would be making the trip to California.
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