ofWednesday’s Child Luncheon Kick-Off Hosted by Place
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 Friends ofWednesday’s
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 DarleneM.Ellison,M.S.,
as the featured speaker. AuthorofThePredatorNextDoor, 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.
“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
(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)
Transformingthe lives ofstudents infostercare by improvingtheireducationalpath, Friends
of Wednesday’s Childbuildsaroadtohopeandensureskidsinfostercare
have the opportunities
they equallydeserve to
reachtheirfull potential by supporting their educational needs. FosterchildreninNorthTexas are50%morelikelytodropoutofhighschoolornotgraduateontimecomparedtotheirpeers. Withouteducationalsuccess,fosterchildrenareill-equippedto support themselves.
(Photo: Bill Weinberg, Cachet Weinberg, Luncheon Chair ;
Matthew Huntsman, manager, Place at Perry’s and host.)
Sharon McGowan, executive
director, FWC, says, “We’d love for the
public to join us in celebrating this milestone year. A gifttruly
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.”
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.
McDermott Announced as Honorary Chair of the ParkCitiesHistoricand PreservationSociety 2014 Distinguished
Speaker Luncheon Series and Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction
Presented by Pritchett IV and D HOME
Harlan Crow will speak on “Architectural Features and Historical Collections
in the Harlan Crow Library” at the luncheon Join us on Wednesday, April 2 for this fascinating look into Crow's private collection
The Park Cities Historic and Preservation
Society (PCHPS) is honored to announce Mrs. Eugene McDermott as the honorary
chair of the 2014 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series and Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction presented by
Pritchett IV and D Home.
“Mrs. McDermott’s joining our
luncheon as honorary chair is truly an honor,” said Al McClendon, president,
PCHPS. “Her appearance and literally pulling the switch at the lighting of the Highland
Park pecan tree at Armstrong Parkway during the last holiday season reminded us
of her dedication to our community. At that same time, PCHPS unveiled a
landmarking plaque celebrating Highland Park’s Centennial and commemorating the
Cole Family Farm, where the tree stands.Now Mrs.
McDermott joins us in this 2014 Home Tour kick-off raising awareness of the
unique attributes of the Park Cities, which we seek to preserve and
Hrncir, luncheon chair, agreed with McClendon, saying, “This is PCHPS’ third
annual Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon and Mrs. McDermott’s involvement
and support as honorary chair, along with Harlan Crow as the featured speaker,
is a celebration of the history of our community. We are all looking forward to
an exciting event.”
honorary chairs were Lindalyn Adams in 2012 and Ray and Heather Washburne in
2013. Former speakers were Ray Washburne
in 2012 and Dealey Decherd Herndon in 2013.
for Wednesday, April 2nd at the Dallas Country Club, the luncheon
features Crow’s presentation entitled “Architectural Features and Historical
Collections in the Harlan Crow Library” and will include a slide show. Scott
Murray is emcee.
Harlan Crow is the Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Crow Holdings, a private family business holding company.The company owns and manages real estate
investments throughout the United States and overseas.Mr. Crow serves on several boards, including
those of AEI, Supreme Court Historical Society, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation,
and as a member of the American Antiquarian Society.He serves the Dallas area as Honorary Consul
of Denmark.He and his wife, Kathy, have
three children, Jack, Rob and Sarah.
from the luncheon will fund scholarships at Highland Park High School for
graduating seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or
another major related to the preservation of our heritage. The purpose of the scholarships is to promote
interest in education in fields of study related to historical preservation of
the Park Cities Communities.
Also, remember to mark your calendars
for Saturday, April 12
for the12th Annual
Historic Home Tour Architects of
Distinction from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Open to the public, tickets will be available at Park Cities Tom Thumb stores
beginning March 29th.
What:Park Cities Historic and
Preservation Society (PCHPS) annual Historic Home Tour is themed “Architects of
Distinction” and is presented by Pritchett IV and D HOME. The home tour and
luncheon celebrate historic preservation and are designed to generate awareness
of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for
everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.
Details:The2014Historic HomeTourwill feature architecturally and
historically significant homes of the Park Cities.
• TheHistoricHomeTour and Distinguished Speaker Series
proceedsare allocated for scholarships and tohelpfurtherourmissiontopromote,protectandpreserve thehistoric,architectural,culturalandaestheticlegacyoftheParkCities.
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show® by Stanley Korshak is one of the leading fundraising events for the North Texas Chapter and one of the top fundraising galas for the Society nationwide.
Now is the time to put tables together. The fact sheet and contact information is below.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Champagne Reception sponsored by The Bernadette Schaeffler Collection starts at 10:30 a.m.
Fashion Show starts at 11 a.m
Luncheon begins at the conclusion of the fashion show in the Meyerson lobby.
A champagne reception at Stanley Korshak immediately follows the luncheon.
WHERE:Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
WHO:Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, Honorary Chairs. Carmaleta Whiteley, Luncheon Chair.
Now in its 30th year, the 2014 Luncheon is expected to raise more than $400,000, adding to nearly $8 million generated over the past two decades.Funds are raised not only through table and ticket sales but also through a raffle of high-end items retailing anywhere from $500 to $5,000.
ATTENDING:The Luncheon draws an audience of 800 social and civic leaders from Dallas, Fort Worth, and the entire North Texas region.This must-attend event is popular not only in the social community but also with members of the area’s fashion industry, as it is the first runway show of the new season on the calendar each year.
Designers in attendance have included Bill Blass, Christian Louboutin, Mark Badgley & James Mischka, Loree Rodkin, and most recently Rodarte, Brian Reyes and Chadwick Bell.Local “stars” that have walked the runway include Angie Harmon, Janine Turner, and members of the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and the Dallas Stars.Local media celebrities have also participated in our shows, and the Luncheon receives coverage in print and on air.
HOW:Thanks to the generosity of our fashion sponsor, Dallas’ premier specialty store Stanley Korshak and Crawford Brock, along with the fashion show director, Jan Strimple, professional model and experienced producer, the Luncheon is a full runway production comparable to any major fashion event.
Clarice Tinsley, anchor for the Dallas/Fort Worth Fox TV affiliate, has graciously emceed our program year after year, helping us raise awareness of the event and its cause by developing public service announcements aired during primetime.The positive energy generated throughout the community by this event has been key to 29 years of successful fundraising for the North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Recent support from sponsors and foundations includes contributions from Stanley Korshak, Park Place Motorcars Dallas, Inc., The Boone Foundation, The Perrin Foundation, The Perot Foundation, Modern Luxury Dallas, American Airlines, Tiffany & Co., Bernadette Schaeffler Collection, My Sweet Charity, Baker Botts L.L.P., Sewell Automotive Companies, Tom Thumb, Fox 4 News, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Baylor Health Care System.
Current underwriters include Al G. Hill, Jr., Jennifer and Doug Houser, Maura Costello, Julie Harrison, Susan Holman, Lillie Young, Patricia Mast George, Maggie Kipp and Angela Choquette.
WHY:The Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show is always an upbeat, glittering affair enjoyed by everyone in attendance, but we try never to lose sight of our very serious mission.
Two awards are presented at the Luncheon: The Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award and The Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award.
The Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award recognizes a youth with courage, integrity, dignity and dauntless spirit who has battled blood cancer through personal experience or who has volunteered extensively on behalf of others who suffer from blood cancer. We are honored each year to have Mrs. Tom Landry, a beloved figure in Dallas, make this award presentation.The cause is close to her heart, as she lost her husband to blood cancer.This year’s Spirit of Tom Landry award winner is six year old, Margaret Strand.
The Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award recognizes an adult individual or couple with a “heart of gold”, who has been affected by a blood cancer or has helped to raise awareness to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.This year’s Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award winner is Dawn Mellon.
TICKETS:Underwriting begins at $3,000. Individual tickets start at $200. Individual Patron tickets start at $300 and include invitation for 2 to the Patron Party.
Tickets can be purchased here:
For Additional Information:Call Emile Blaine at 972-996-5932, or visit or
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested $875 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship has touched so many lives - making a positive difference emotionally, physically and mentally in the lives of children and adults. We just received the press release and photo below. Enjoy!
Wylie, TX- Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship was honored by an
official visit from United States Congressman Pete Sessions during April at the
Equest facility in Wylie, TX.
Congressman Sessions was on site to learn more about the
“Hooves for Heroes” program, Equest’s equine assisted therapy program for U.S.
Veterans. The Congressman was
personally introduced to Jeff Hensley, Veteran’s Program Counselor, who led the
tour of the facility and explained the important work the “Hooves for Heroes”
program is providing to our local service men and women who have returned from
the combat environment.
Jeff Hensley explains that when his own deployment to Iraq
ended in 2007, “I faced a challenge that was, in many ways, tougher than being
in combat – fitting into a civilian world that no longer felt like home”. He further states that the help he needed
in reintegration came from an equine wellness program that introduced him to
the healing power of horses. Jeff’s
experience was so positive that he decided to go back to school to get his
Master’s degree in Counseling, allowing him to specialize on veteran’s issues
and equine therapy. His education and
experience, fueled by his passion for his fellow veterans, let him to Equest
Therapeutic Horsemanship in 2012 where he teamed with certified therapeutic
riding instructor, Susannah Denney, and the “Hooves for Heroes” program was born.
Hooves for Heroes
participants work with Equest horses, volunteers, certified riding instructors,
and a mental health professional to improve overall wellness and better
position them for a successful civilian transition. Many experience a
reduction in symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Others develop an improved ability to manage anger and connect
emotionally with family members. All benefit from the safe and accepting
environment established by our staff and volunteers, many of whom are veterans
themselves. This program is a unique alternative to traditional therapy
and helps overcome the reluctance many veterans have toward seeking help.
Congressman Sessions mentioned that he was “very supportive
of our nation’s veterans”. He expressed concern about those with
invisible injuries who may not be receiving the treatment they need to
successfully reintegrate. He also said he understood that the VA is not
currently equipped to address the need and mentioned how thankful he was for
organizations like Equest that have stepped in to help with programs like Hooves
(Courtesy photo: Patrick Bricker, Equest Chief Executive Officer; Jeff Hensley, Equest Program
Counselor; Amy Causey, Equest Program Director; Pete Sessions, United States
Congressman; William Earhart, Equest Board Member.)
The Congressman agreed that horses have a special way of
connecting with people and that equine therapy programs often succeed at
helping veterans where traditional therapies fail. Finally, he pledged
his support in helping us build a partnership with the North Texas VA
Healthcare system to achieve our common goal: helping area veterans
successfully transition to civilian life.
Equest currently offers current service members and
honorably-discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forcesthe Hooves for Heroes
program free of charge. All program
charges are offset by generous donations to the 501 C-3 not for profit
organization. In addition to the
veteran’s program, Equest has delivered the benefits of equine therapy to
thousands of North Texas children and adults with disabilities for over 30
years. Equest is the first, and
continues to be one of the largest, therapeutic riding enters in Texas with
more than 150 clients weekly receiving a variety of equine-assisted
According to Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Bricker,
Equest will open a second location at the Texas Horse Park in South Dallas in
2014. Equest will feature all programs
at the new location plus the Hooves for Heroes program. The new location will allow Equest to double
the number of people served, and the proximity to the VA Hospital makes the new
location convenient to the local veterans.
To learn more about Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship, please
From The Family Place: The holiday season is here and our Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-the-Shelter programs are well underway! However, we do still have families and clients on Safe Campus and in our Outreach Programs who have not been adopted. Help us help them by considering to adopt with one of these two programs!
Your generosity to these families is a wonderful gift that will give back to you in many ways. We thank you so much for your help. This program would not succeed without your support!