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.