The Family Place Announces Nominees for Two Awards
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Aug 14, 2008, 03:36 PM

Sambuca hosts al fresco party as The Family Place Announces Nominees for The Man of Influence and Texas Trailblazer Awards

Honorees to be presented awards at the August 20th Luncheon

Janine Latus, author of “If I Am Missing or Dead,” a New York Times and London Times best seller is featured speaker

PD9G0141_LoRes.jpgSambuca’s owner, Holly Forsythe, kept the ceiling fans spinning and the buffets full as The Family Place supporters dined al fresco at perhaps one of the most high profile patios in Dallas.

          Carole and Scott Murray, co-chairs, Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon, thanked honorary chairs, Laura and Mayor Tom Leppert, who were enjoying a brief respite out of town and introduced  Paige Flink, executive director, The Family Place.

          Ms. Flink recognized Bank of Texas, who has signed on as luncheon sponsor again this year and announced new awards: New this year, men and students will be honored who have stood up in the face of adversity to champion violence-free relationships among their peers and community. In addition, a company will be recognized who has supported the mission of The Family Place in the community and within their own organization. 

          These awards, along with the Texas Trailblazer Award, will be presented at the Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon on August 20th at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Photo by Daniel Driensky: Carole and Scott Murray, luncheon co-chairs; Holly Forsythe, co-owner, Sambuca, and hostess; Paige Flink, executive director, The Family Place.)

   The Family Place Man of Influence Award recognizes a North Texan who is leading by example to make domestic violence a “community issue” rather than a “women’s issue.” Through his lifestyle, he is setting a standard of compassion, support and commitment that promotes healthy relationships. PD9G0079_LoRes.jpg

          Nominees are:

          Eric Affeldt, CEO, Club Corp;

          Ron J. Anderson, M.D. president and chief executive officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System;

          Rob Cañas, Judge, County Criminal Court No. 10, Dallas County, Texas, the first Latino to hold that office;

          JJ Smith, founder and director of the non-profit Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation, which directs public education efforts to help stop family violence and a self-employed advertising, public relations and political consultant.  




(Photo by Daniel Driensky: Nominees Eric Affeldt, Carol Wise, Dawn Moore, Sheryl Fields Bogen, Judge Robert Cañas, JJ Smith)

Also announced were the honorees of The Family Place Youth Service Award and Scholarship, which recognizes students who are outstanding leaders in their high school communities. They have participated in The Family Place Students Tackling Abusive Relationships Together (START) Program for a minimum of one year, acting as mentors to educate their peers about healthy relationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault.
          Award and scholarship recipients are:
Jacquelyn Alvarado, BryanDevon” Freeman and Mary T. Theobald  

          The Family Place Advocacy Award, which recognizes an organization that has played a vital role in furthering the mission of The Family Place to stop the suffering of women and children victims of family violence in North Texas. By providing generous financial and volunteer support and promoting awareness with employees, associates and peers, the Advocacy Award recipient is a strong voice speaking out for victims of family violence to improve our community’s response to their critical needs.

          We are proud to announce that Pepsi is the recipient of this year’s award.  Pepsi has consistently supported The Family Place for the past 16 years through volunteers, in-kind donations and more than $700,000 in financial contributions.

          The Texas Trailblazer Award recognizes a local woman who has achieved significant success despite the obstacles she has faced along the way. She is a woman who has accomplished a "first" and opened the doors of opportunity for other women. She has made significant contributions either in her community, business or profession. No matter what her accomplishments, however, she is a woman who has blazed a trail for others to follow.
          Nominees are:

          Sheryl Fields Bogen, co-founder, Dallas Furniture Bank, a five year old, thriving, highly needed 501c3 serving the Dallas area through partnership with over 30 social service agencies;

          Dawn Moore, Vice President of The First American Corporation, the holding company for First American Title Insurance Company and Sr. Vice President and Compliance Officer of the Midwest/Southwest Region of First American Title Insurance Company.   In June 2008, Moore reacquired four of the Allegiance offices and is now operating them through her law firm, Dawn Enoch Moore, P.C.       

          Honorable Jeanne Phillips, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and International Relations, Hunt Consolidated, Inc and President of Hunt Global Partnerships, Inc., former United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with rank of Ambassador in Paris, France from 2001 until the summer of 2003;

          Carol Wise, M.D., Director of Molecular Genetics at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, research focuses on identifying genetic causes of pediatric orthopaedic disorders.

          Bios. for all nominees are available by request.

Featured at the luncheon will be guest speaker: Janine Latus, author of “If I Am Missing or Dead,” a New York Times and London Times best seller.

          Tickets are open to the public, by reservation only: $100 for dutch treat and underwriting begins at $1,500 for a table of ten. Visit the website for the nomination form: or contact Emily Santillan at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Event Audience and Goal:

The Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon is generally comprised of corporate sponsors, table hosts, philanthropists, media, and accomplished men and women in the North Texas community. The event will raise funds to support the comprehensive programs of The Family Place and ensure that life-saving services will be available to women victims and their innocent children for years to come.


141:  Carole and Scott Murray, luncheon co-chairs; Holly Forsythe, co-owner, Sambuca, and hostess; Paige Flink, executive director, The Family Place.
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