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Army Scholarship Foundation's Stand Up For Heroes Luncheon Kicks-Off Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Aug 10, 2015, 03:46 pm

AnnouncementReceptionInvitationCover_DallasBlog.jpgThe Stand Up For Heroes luncheon announcement reception benefiting the Army Scholarship Foundation was hosted by Hillwood – A Perot Company in their Victory Park offices recently.
          Luncheon chairs Rose and Jeff Gault, along with party host Darcy Anderson, Vice-Chairman, Hillwood – A Perot Company, welcomed United States Congressman Pete Sessions, Advisory Chair Carmaleta Whiteley Felton and members of the host committee including Patricia and Mark Armstrong, Jon Arnette, The Honorable Allen Clark, Otis Felton, Roger Gault, Stan Graff, Lieutenant General (USA Ret) Stanley Green, Robert Hastings, Bob Pikna, Joe Siniscalchi and Mary and Patrick Scully.

          Host committee members who were not able to attend were John Avila, Shawn Black, Michael Blount, Sanford “Sandy” Brown, Michele Vonnegut Costello, Jeff Forbes, Lieutenant General (USA Ret) Jay Garner, Marena Gault, Jim Hathaway, Mark House, The Honorable Ambassador Robert Jordan, Michael Lunceford, Ross Perot, Jr., Dave Scalera and Thomas and Joan Stephens.

          Jeff introduced Darcy, who spoke about his and Hillwood and Perot Company’s involvement with the Army Scholarship Foundation. Jeff then announced the host committee, and reminded everyone to attend the inaugural luncheon on Tuesday, October 27th at the Brook Hollow Golf Club. Introductory remarks will be provided by Lieutenant General Jay Garner, US Army retired, former Assistant Chief of Staff of the US Army, and Director of the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq. The speaker is General John Abizaid, US Army, Retired, a former Commander U.S. Central Command. Jody Dean, KLUV  98.7 FM Morning Show host will serve as the emcee.
          The Army Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit organization created by United States Army Veterans to serve soldiers and their families.  The Army Scholarship Foundation’s purpose is to help children and spouses of soldiers fulfill their dreams of higher education.

          Congressman Sessions spoke about how important it is for members of the Army to know the Scholarship Foundation is there to help them so their children can grow up with a dream of a higher education.
          The reception valet was sponsored by Gold Crown Valet and featured an array of delicious food sponsored by Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Corner Bakery, The Classic Gourmet, The Festive Kitchen and Picasso’s.
          Luncheon tickets are $150 each with Priority seating at $500 and above. Table hosts, sponsors and underwriters benefits include preferred seating, special program visibility and more.

          For more information, contact Rose Gault, chair, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 703-599-8029 or mail your request to Army Scholarship Foundation, 11700 Preston Road, # 660-301, Dallas, TX  75230.

Jeff Gault, Rose Gault, Luncheon Chairs; Carmaleta Whiteley, Advisory Board Chair; Darcy Anderson, Vice-Chairman, Hillwood Corporation - a Perot Company, host.

Photo by Dana Driensky. 


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November 14: Patriot Party benefiting Housing Crisis Center: Join us! Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 10:28 am


Join us at the Housing Crisis Center's Patriot Party on Friday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
(Advance ticket purchase/reservations required. See details and links below.)

Housing Crisis Center's mission is to prevent homelessness and stabilize those at risk in decent, affordable, and permanent
housing, and to empower them to solve their own housing problems in the future.

One of the most important – and most vulnerable – groups  HCC serves
are homeless, disabled veterans. HCC is the largest non-profit provider of
permanent supportive housing (PSH) for veterans, providing the most
comprehensive, clinical, and supportive housing for veterans in the Metroplex.

PSH serves the chronically homeless and disabled sub-population of homeless
where veterans disproportionately fall due to issues associated with military service.
PSH as a housing program has literally changed the face of homelessness.
In Dallas the number of chronically homeless has decreased by 47% since 2004, in part due
to the services offered by HCC. In 2012, the Christian Science Monitor has noted,
“There has been a paradigm shift from emergency shelters...That system is merely
a band-aid with a big revolving door, not having any meaningful impact in reducing
homelessness.” PSH ends homelessness.
Additionally, supporting a chronically homeless veteran on the streets of Dallas can cost the taxpayer between $60,000 and $100,000 annually. When that same vet is housed through HCC, the cost hovers around $9,000.

HCC hosts an annual Patriot Party, a cocktail party fundraiser (with silent and live
auctions and live music) that raises money to support the housing programs 
offered to veterans.

The 4th Annual Patriot Party will be on Friday, November 14th, 2014 
at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, starting at 7 PM. 
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Mercedes-Benz of Plano hosts Patron Party for An Evening Of Hope Gala benefiting Hope’s Door Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 01:12 pm

Mercedes-Benz of Plano hosts Patron Party for
An Evening Of Hope Gala benefiting Hope’s Door

Hope’s Door is a comprehensive domestic violence agency in Collin County

          (October 24, 2014 – Plano, TX) Mercedes-Benz of Plano hosted a party honoring patrons of the upcoming An Evening of Hope Gala benefiting Hope’s Door, a comprehensive domestic violence agency in Collin County.
          Suzanne Bock Grishman, Director of Development, began remarks by thanking the evening’s host and continued with very special news saying, “We are thrilled to announce Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers have come on board as presenting sponsors for the gala on Saturday, November 8 at the Westin Stonebriar.” She had special thanks for Tania and Glenn Beck as honorary chairs and recognized gala chair, Stephanie Mattison.
          Jessica Bair and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ , will receive the Heroes of Hope Award for their efforts in helping with emergency shelter renovations and ongoing support . Auction sponsor, Rent-A-Center, received a rousing round of applause and a big hurrah resounded in the showroom as the crowd was encouraged to purchase raffle tickets now for the beautiful 2014 CLA Class Mercedes-Benz. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at $100 each, with proceeds benefiting the programs and services of Hope’s Door. The public can buy tickets through the website at  and do not have to be present to win.
          Gala chair Mattison reminded everyone to purchase their gala tickets while underwriting tables were still available and encouraged the crowd to wear their Gatsby-themed attire.   The gala evening begins with a cocktail reception and features an elegant seated dinner, a live and silent auction and entertainment by DFW cover band Limelight. Steve Stolar is the emcee.
Tickets are $175 each, a table of ten is $1,750 and sponsorships beginning at $2,500 are available through the website at or call 972-422-2911.


















Photo of Stephanie Mattison, gala chair; Ashley Simpson, host, Mercedes-Benz of Plano


 Photo: David Panter, Rent-A-Center, Auction Sponsor; Jessica Bair and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ , Heroes of Hope Award honoree


Photos by Chris Waits 

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The Legacy of Harold C. Simmons celebrated at the 14th Annual Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 10:47 am

President and Mrs. George W. Bush are Distinguished Chairs
The luncheon features a conversation with Joe Torre,
a Former All-Star Baseball Player, Four-Time World Series Champion as Manager of the New York Yankees and Incoming Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, interviewed by Dale Hansen, WFAA Channel 8

  The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon chairs Stephanie and Travis Hollman, Carol Seay and Stephanie Seay are thrilled to announce President and Mrs. George W. Bush as Distinguished Chairs of The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon this fall, which pays tribute to the Legacy of Harold C. Simmons as the Texas Trailblazer Award honoree.

The Texas Trailblazer Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community. This year, The Family Place is honored to pay tribute to the Legacy of Harold C. Simmons for his support of The Family Place as well as the many, many organizations, charities, hospitals and countless people who have benefited from his unprecedented generosity.

Slated for Wednesday, September 17th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, the luncheon features a conversation with Joe Torre, a former All-Star baseball player, four-time World Series champion as manager of the New York Yankees and incoming member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Inspired by his experiences of growing up as a witness to domestic violence, Torre and his wife founded Safe at Home Foundation which operates a number of domestic violence resource centers called Margaret’s Place, named after his mother, in the greater New York City area. Dallas’ very own Dale Hansen, WFAA Channel 8 sports newscaster and domestic violence prevention advocate, will conduct the interview.

          Paige Flink, CEO, The Family Place, said, “I think I speak for all of the nonprofits and charities that have been blessed by gifts from Harold C. Simmons when I say thank you for being our angel and beacon of light over so many years, for helping us to provide a good life for others and for understanding the issues of our community and having the heart to help.”       

The Family Place is the largest domestic violence agency in the Metroplex and provides safety, meals, medical care and counseling to families, women, men and children to escape from domestic violence. And, though women and children represent the majority of victims, men are affected as well—as victims, perpetrators, witnesses and as bystanders. The comprehensive services that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety are free. Last year’s event was a complete sell-out, so now is the time to reserve your table or ticket. Sponsorships and underwriting are available.          

For questions, please contact Melissa Sherrill directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

(Photo: Harold C. Simmons)



(Photo: Joe Torre) 


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April 9: Friends of Wednesday's Child 30th Anniversary Luncheon features Darlene Ellison as speaker Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 01:03 pm

Friends of Wednesdays Child Luncheon Kick-Off Hosted by Place at Perry’s

Celebrating 30 Years of Transforming Students’ Lives in Foster Care by Improving Their Educational Path 

Libby & David Hunt / The Nancy & Herbert Hunt Family Foundation are presenting sponsors for the luncheon featuring Darlene Ellison, M.S. as keynote speaker

The kick-off for F
riends of Wednesdays Child was full of excitement as announcements were made for the organization’s 30th anniversary luncheon celebration on Wednesday, April 9th at Union Station in Dallas featuring Darlene M.  Ellison, M.S., as the featured speaker. Author of The Predator Next Door, Darlene has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, a special television segment of Dateline NBC, an interview with D Magazine and more. Libby and David Hunt/The Nancy and Herbert Hunt Family Foundation is presenting the luncheon, chaired by Cachet Weinberg. Libby is honorary chair.   Gloria Campos is emcee.   9273.jpg

 “We’re delighted to welcome everyone and thank Place at Perry’s and manager Matthew Huntsman for their kind generosity in hosting tonight’s event,” Cachet said. “We would also like to recognize Delta Emerson, Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Ryan Foundation, our sustaining sponsor.  We are raising money to transform foster children’s lives by providing them access to academic and essential supports to be successful in school and in life,  everything from education expenses and enrichment activities ranging from after-school tutoring, college scholarships, dance lessons and so much more.” 


 (Photo: David Hunt, Libby Hunt, (Libby & David Hunt / The Nancy & Herbert Hunt Family Foundation are presenting sponsors );  Delta Emerson, Executive Director and Vice Chair, Ryan Foundation, presenting sponsor; Nancy and Herbert Hunt.  
Photos by Denise Shuff)


Transforming  the  lives  of  students  in  foster care  by  improving  their  educational  path, Friends of Wednesday’s Child builds a road to hope and ensures kids in foster  care  have  the opportunities   they  equally  deserve  to  reach  their  full potential by supporting their educational needs.  Foster children in North Texas are 50% more likely to drop out of high school or not graduate on time compared to their peers.      Without educational success, foster children are ill-­equipped to support themselves.  


Support of the Friends of Wednesdays Child Luncheon helps ensure foster children graduate high school on time and have a plan for their future.                

 (Photo: Bill Weinberg, Cachet Weinberg, Luncheon Chair ; Matthew Huntsman, manager, Place at Perry’s and host.)













9194a.jpgSharon McGowan, executive director, FWC, says, “We’d love for the public to join us in celebrating this milestone year. A gift truly makes a long-term  difference  for the 5,600 foster  children  in North Texas that we serve.”                 

(Photo: Darlene Ellison, featured speaker and author; Sharon McGowan, Executive Director, Friends of Wednesday's Child.)



Libby and David Hunt agree, saying, “ We have chosen to be involved with Friends of Wednesday’s Child since Libby served on the Crystal Charity Ball charity selection committee and CCB chose them as a beneficiary years ago. This agency so beautifully exemplifies how effective even a small staff can be with dedicated hearts and a professional level of effectiveness.  FWC exists to meet the educational needs of foster children when state funding and other resources are unavailable.”             

Luncheon tickets begin at $175. A $300 ticket includes the VIP champagne reception. Underwriting and sponsorships begin at $1,500. For questions or more information, visit the website at contact Sharon McGowan at or call 9722311433, ext. 202.  



About Friends of Wednesday’s Child:

Friends of Wednesday’s Child mission is to transform the lives of foster children through education.  The fact is the drop-out rate for children living in foster care is more than three times that of other students.  Part of that is because, on average, these children move eight times before they are 18 making it hard to get academic traction.  By supporting foster children as they pursue their education, we can help.  We know that when kids stay in school and graduate they’re off to a better start in life.  Your support for such things as tutoring, enrichment programs, extracurricular activities, and academic scholarships makes it possible.  The Ryan Foundation is the Sustaining Sponsor for Friends of Wednesday’s Child. 


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