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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.          

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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

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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.  

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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 https://wedchild.org/30th-anniversary-luncheon contact Sharon McGowan at smcgowan@wedchild.org 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. 

 

Organization website:

https://wedchild.org

 

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April 2: Harlan Crow is featured speaker at Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Luncheon Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 11:18 AM

Mrs. Eugene McDermott Announced as Honorary Chair of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society 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 protect."

Lucia 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.” 

Former 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. 

Slated 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.

HarlanCrow.jpg 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.

Proceeds 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.       

Underwriting and sponsorships are available. Tickets are $125, $250, $500, $1,000 each with different benefits in seating, private reception with the speaker, according to the level of purchase.  For details visit the website at www.pchps.org, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (214) 528-0021. 

Also, remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12 for the 12th 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: The 2014 Historic Home Tour will feature architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities.

 

 The purpose of the annual Historic Home Tour is to showcase architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities and illustrate how these homes have been restored or remodeled and updated to serve the lifestyle needs of families today.

 

 The Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon are the Societys only fundraiser each year. The proceeds are allocated for scholarships and to help further our mission to promote, protect and preserve the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic legacy of the Park Cities.

 

 The Society landmarks architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park

Cities, some of which are on the Historical Home Tour.

 

 Members of the Society enjoy historic and preservation oriented educational programs.

 

Overview: PCHPS mission is to protect, preserve and promote the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic legacy of the Park Cities. A portion of the proceeds of the 2014 Home Tour Weekend will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, which was the second home built in Highland Park. It also funds the Society’s landmarking ceremonies. The proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series will go toward the PCHPS scholarship program for Highland Park High School.

 

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show® by Stanley Korshak Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Nov 21, 2013, 12:22 PM

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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:
                       
http://saintvalentinesdayluncheon.org/event/event-tickets.html
                       

                                                                   

For Additional Information: Call Emile Blaine at 972-996-5932, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.saintvalentinesdayluncheon.org or www.facebook.com/SaintValentinesDayLuncheon

 

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.

 

 

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U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions visits Equest in support of "Hooves for Heroes" Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Sun, May 5, 2013, 01:42 PM

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!

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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. 

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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 for Heroes. 

 

 (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 programs.  

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 visit www.equest.org


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Leslie Griffin

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972-412-1099

 

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