It ain’t easy being a non-profit public relations or marketing person nowadays. And there’s a couple of good reasons for that. First, the number of North Texas nonprofits have increased. Second, the number of media outlets have decreased. And those that are still around seem as hard to get a hold of as your internist’s cell phone number.
And then there’s the problem of bosses/clients, who just don’t understand why their nonprofit isn’t the lead story on CNN, or at least showing up in the Greensheet.
On the other hand, the media is being swamped with emails, snail mails and phone calls about the 2,000+ nonprofits here that need help.
The question is: “How can nonprofits work with the media to get their message across?”
The answer: Attend the media panel discussion for nonprofits on Friday, August 17, where insider tips will be shared.
And, just what media types are going to be on this panel? Nothing but professionals, who know the ins-and-outs of the media like
- Kristina Bowman, ace photographer of the North Texas scene
- Debra Fleck, the go-to-person for everything that counts at the Dallas Morning News
- Christina Geyer, editor extraordinaire of PaperCity Dallas
- Ron Corning, WFAA’s “Daybreak” main man and
- Jeanne Prejean, MySweetCharity’s BSH*
Registration will start at 10 a.m., with the panel getting underway at 10:30 a.m. for one hour. Then you can toddle off to a leisurely lunch and go on back to the office home.
Thanks to the good folks at the Brain Performance Institute, the “chat” will be absolutely free, including the parking, and take place in their fabulously beautiful facility at West Mockingbird Lane and Forest Park Road. You should see this place. It makes Stars Wars seem like the Wright brothers.
Remember, the discussion is open to anyone who deals with area nonprofits and the media. In fact, why not bring along your boss/client, so they can hear the challenges that you face straight from the horse’s mouth?!
Yes, even veteran PR folks are encouraged to attend. They just might be surprised how how things are changing in the media world.
Just register each person in your entourage and you’re in. Send the following info† here:
- Related nonprofit:
- Phone #:
If you haven’t attended a previous “chat,” you’ll want to leave your “this-is-so-boring” expression at home. There is no telling what is gonna be said, or what insider info will be shared. The one thing for sure is that it’s informative and fun.
* BSH = Buck Stops Here ** Photo provided by Center for BrainHealth † This information will only be used in connection with the media panel updates.
Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas CEO Beth Myers has announced the new board members for the “organization delivering life-changing programs and experiences that equip girls to overcome socio-economic barriers” for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The newbies include Raja Doddala, Gretchen Ganc, Neeti Khaitan Gupta and Michelle Peak.
According to Beth, “We are grateful for these outstanding individuals’ commitment to helping girls achieve their potential. Through their leadership and diverse skill sets, we are furthering our mission to help girls become strong, smart and bold.”
They will be joining current second-term board members (Birgit Anderson-Moreno, Carol Carr, Melissa Goodman, Laura McLaughlin, Yvette Ostolaza, Tyson Taylor and Stephanie Zapata-Moore) and third-term board members (Bronwyn Allen, Julie Bleicher, Erin George, Terry Hosey and Ashley Scheer).
Dallas Zoo Dollar Day Is Thursday With Spray Fans, And Misting And Water Bottle Refill Stations Galore
The Dollar-Day special will include:
- $1 admission for ages 3 and older (free for 2 and under)
- $1 face painting on Cat Green
- $1 canned water
- $1 bird food at Travis and Zach’s Birds Landing
- $2 hot dogs, sodas, and chips
- $2 Endangered Species Carousel rides
- $2 T-Rex Express mini-train
- $5 giraffe feedings
- $10 parking (limited); DART is a great idea!
To cool the grounds, “extra misting stations, spray fans and water bottle refill station will operate throughout the zoo.”
Alas, guests will not be allowed to take a dip with the penguins or hippos, so don’t bring your swimsuit. But do consider taking the DART Red Line. It’s way cooler than sitting in traffic.
With the sweltering heat on Wednesday, May 30, it was a little wishful thinking to imagine the chilly temperatures of December. But that was exactly what was on the minds of more than 50 women at Salum. It was the Crystal Charity Ball’s “Midpoint Luncheon,” where the year’s chair reports on how things are going for the annual fundraiser for Dallas children’s nonprofits.
As usual, things were moving right along according to Claire Emanuelson with the September 14th fashion show on the verge of a sell-out* and underwriting contracts coming in.
Before the presentation of the awards got underway, there was the talk over lunch. Former CCB Chair Robyn Conlon and Kim Quinn were both in Carolina Herrera purple-and-white check silk dresses. Robyn explained that she had picked hers out because she was going to a funeral of a dear friend, who loved bright colors… La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Elizabeth Gambrell somehow managed to be at the luncheon despite their back-to-back activities for La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas in just five days. This year’s theme is saluting Spain, so Anne and Elizabeth managed to have the Duchess and Doll luncheon at Meadows Museum and that’s just one of seven activities planned…. When former CCB Chair Christie Carter acknowledged that her necklace had been a gift from her late mother, Alison Malone with a double strand of pearls highlighted with double “C”s laughed, “Chanel didn’t give me mine.” … Melissa Macatee was at her own midpoint having been mother of the bride [McBride Macatee] in April and soon to be mother-of-the-bridegroom [George Macatee V] in June. She confessed that she had gained four pounds following McBride’s wedding due to all the cake eating… Speaking of weight, Salum owner Abraham Salum had lost 40 pounds in four months going from 212 to 172. The secret? A doctor’s diet that restricted him to 500 calories a day and no alcohol. He was also headed to Mexico to check on his father, who had broken his hip, had it repaired and just fallen again that day.
No sooner had lunch been finished than the awards were handed out. Keeping with Claire “Downton Abbey” internal working theme, the awards ranged from books on Meaghan and Harry and Chef Darren McGrady to champagne. Recipients of the awards were the committee members, who risen to the top for the first half of the year. And the winners were:
Off To The Races (First Contract in):
- Underwriters — Mary Martha Pickens
- Silent Auction Special Gifts — Michell Lockhart
- Children’s Book — Fredye Factor
- Foundations — Marie Dean
Tally Ho (Most New Dollars):
- Underwriters — Leslie Diers
- Silent Auction Special Gifts — Margaret Hancock
- Children’s Book — Marybeth Conlon
- Foundations — Bunny Cotten
The Full Monty (Most Contracts In/Most Grants Written):
- Underwriters — Libby Allred
- Silent Auction Special Gifts — Suzy Gekiere
- Children’s Book — Lynn McBee
- Foundations — Susan Farris
Wimbledon Cup (Most Dollars In):
- Underwriters — Meredith Bebee
- Silent Auction Special Gifts — Katherine Coker
- Children’s Book — Suzy Gekiere
- Foundations — Alicia Wood
My Fair Lady (Overachievers):
- Underwriters — Libby Allred/Marybeth Conlon
- Silent Auction Special Gifts — Janie Condon
- Children’s Book — Leigh Anne Haugh
- Foundations — Emilynn Wilson
For more photos, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.
* Update: The Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon is sold out.
“We invite you to join us for a real blockbuster event on October 30 at Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 33rd Annual Luncheon! We are thrilled to feature Ava DuVernay, writer, producer and director whose work includes the award-winning Selma and 13th. Most recently, she directed the children’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time, with a star-studded cast including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. Ava will be joined onstage by Michele Norris, one of the most trusted voices in American journalism, former National Public Radio host and director of TheRaceCard project – who will moderate a lively dialogue. You don’t want to miss this!
“Our honorary co-chairs are Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk, and we’re thankful for their leadership. We are also very excited to announce that our presenting sponsor is Toyota! Our goal is to raise more than $1 million to support the Foundation’s important work to advance women’s economic security and women’s leadership through research, advocacy and grantmaking. Along with Toyota, these generous sponsors have already committed their support:
- Presenting Sponsor — Toyota
- Platinum Sponsor — U.S. Trust Company, Bank of America Private Wealth Mgmt
- Crystal Sponsor — Texas Instruments, Inc.
- Diamond Sponsor — Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- Media Sponsors — D CEO, Dallas Business Journal and MySweetCharity
- Emerald Sponsors — AT&T Inc., Becky Bruder/Debbie Barnes/Faye Lidji/Candace Krause, Frito-Lay Inc., Betty Suellentrop and Shawna D. Wilson
- Gold Sponsors — Julie Bleicher/Gail Griswold/Diana Dutton, Nancy Carlson, Serena Connelly, Ka Cotter, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Marion T. Flores, Jane Hamilton, Sydney S. Hicks, Brenda L. Jackson, Margaret Keliher, Neiman Marcus, Alice and Erle Nye, Peloton Commercial Real Estate, TIAA Financial Services and TIAA Financial Services Women’s Group.
“We encourage you to buy your tables now, and plan to be at the Hilton Anatole on October 30 at 10:30 for the VIP reception, and 11:30 to 1:00 for the Luncheon.
“Dallas Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon sponsorships start at $3,500, and individual tickets start at $350. Those interested should contact Ashley Lindsay at 214.525.5311, email@example.com or visit www.dallaswomensfdn.org/luncheon.”
* Photo provided by Dallas Women's Foundation
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