The Family Place is seeking nominees for its Real-Life Hero Award, a new honor that will be presented at the 2011 Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon to an individual who creates positive change for women and healthy families within our community.
The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award recognizes a man or woman who works behind the scenes without reward or recognition to contribute to the quality of life of North Texans. This individual embodies a positive spirit, going well above and beyond the call of duty to make our community a better place.
Paige Flink, Executive Director, The Family Place, emphasizes the importance of honoring those who contribute so much.“The Texas Trailblazer Awards represent a chance to give much-deserved credit to those who create significant positive change in the North Texas community,” says Flink.“We’re especially excited this year to present the newly created Real-Life Hero Award, which will recognize an individual who works tirelessly and humbly to help others.”
Slated for Thursday October 6, 2011, the Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.Margot Perot is the Honorary Chair for the event. “Mrs. Perot’s dedication to issues that affect women has helped The Family Place and other organizations make huge strides in improving the quality of life for women and children,” says Flink. Hadley Galt and Honey Rothermel will serve as Co-Chairs.
Luncheon guest speaker is Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide.The book takes readers through Africa and Asia to meet extraordinary women despite their struggles facing abuses like sex trafficking, forced prostitution and gender-based violence. The stories in the book show how a little help and empowerment can transform the lives of women and girls abroad.WuDunn and co-author husband Nicholas Kristof are Pulitzer Prize winners.
To nominate a local unsung hero that you see making a difference in our community for The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award go to and download a Real-Life Hero Award nomination form. Submissions are due by June 15, 2011.If you have questions, call Kelly Cruse at 214.443.7766 or
Other awards as selected by The Family Place to be presented at the luncheon include The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Award, which 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.
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.
The Family Place Youth Service Award and Scholarship recognizes students who are outstanding leaders in their high school communities. They have participated in The Family Place Students Be Project 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.
The Family Place Advocacy Award 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.
Event Details:Hilton Anatole, October 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. Sponsorships start at $1500 and tickets are $125.
About The Family Place: It is the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area reaching out to thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that have kept women and children safe for 33 years providing intervention, emergency shelter and crisis counseling services.
Curtain Call 2011
benefiting Dallas Summer Musicals and their Education and Outreach Programs
All About Tonight, All About the Kids
There are different levels of participation in the May 7th Curtain Call Gala event. For the entire evening's festivities: VIP cocktail hour, Gala dinner, benefit performance featuring Blake Shelton with VIP seating, after dinner dessert and dancing to Dallas Unlimited, open bar. Those tickets begin at $500 each.
But, if you want to attend the "Starlight Mezzanine Party," beginning at 7:30 for $150, see details below.
It's going to be a fabulous night! Join us!
Curtain Call 2011 Chairs Mary and John Gill have opened up the May 7, 2011 Blake Shelton benefit performance to the public with tickets starting at $150.00 each. Beginning at 7:30 PM, join us at the Music Hall at Fair Park in the Starlight Mezzanine (upstairs) for a fraction of the price of a Gala ticket. So get your friends and family to put on their black tie and boots and join!
For $150, patrons will receive:
Separate party upstairs with appetizers and a cash bar;
A balcony ticket to see Blake Shelton;
Admission to the after-party cabaret with all gala guests to enjoy dessert, music and dancing to the tunes of Dallas Unlimited with open beer and wine bar.
These tickets are available now by calling Meredith Ford, 214.413.3959 or email and will be available beginning April 19, 2011 from the web site:
ABOUT BLAKE SHELTON:
Country Music Association’s 2010 Male Vocalist of the Year and Grand Ole Opry inductee in a special performance benefiting the Dallas Summer Musicals’ mission to bring the Best of Broadway to North Texas and to provide for children’s education and outreach programs.
Curtain Call 2011
benefitting Dallas Summer Musicals and their Education and Outreach Programs
Event Name:Curtain Call 2011
Benefitting:Proceeds from Curtain Call support Dallas Summer Musicals' mission to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas and provide for children's education and outreach programs.Sponsors’ support will bring the magic of musical theater to so many children who otherwise would never experience it — magic created through programs such as Seatsfor Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, and Stage Right.
When:Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:00 PM – Gala patrons
Starlight Mezzanine patrons ($150 ticket holders): 7:30 PM upstairs
Where:The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave
Dallas, TX 75210
Honorary Chair:Amy Turner
Chairs:Mary and John Gill
The Evening:Cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, gourmet seated dinner followed by the show (details below); dessert, cocktails and dancing to the sounds of Dallas Unlimited at the Curtain Call Cabaret late night party.
The Show:This year’s featured entertainer will be one of country music’s hottest stars, Blake Shelton.Winner of Country Music Association’s 2010 Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year awards, Blake Shelton will bring Texas-sized charm to Curtain Call 2011.Blake has visited the #1 spot on the country singles chart no fewer than six times, with three of those coming in the last three years.He has been awarded Vocal Event of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and Collaborative Video of the Year (with Trace Adkins) by CMT.In October, Blake received one of the most distinguished honors in country music — induction into the Grand Ole Opry.
Sponsors:Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Comerica Bank. Season sponsors are American Airlines, Dallas Morning News, Metro PCS,WFAA Channel 8, and Texas Instruments. Curtain Call 2011 media sponsors are Modern Luxury Dallas and Park Cities News/The Waters Family.
Tickets:Sponsorships and underwriting available. Individual tickets are also available. Gala individual tickets begin at $500 each and Starlight Mezzanine tickets are $150 each. Before April 19, 2011, contact Meredith Ford, Special Events & Outreach Manager at DSM, 214-413-3959 and email at for the $150 tickets. After April 19, 2011, they will be available on line.All gala underwriting opportunities and benefits are available through the web site at:
Contact:Meredith Ford, Special Events & Outreach Manager at DSM, 214-413-3959 and email at
About Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region. Visit the website at
·DSM Academy of Performing Arts:
The first component of Dallas Summer Musicals’ outreach initiatives, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, extends the legacy of former DSM Managing Director Tom Hughes’ vision, to create the broadest possible avenue for dramatic expression within our community.In 1999, the DSM Academy of Performing Arts was established to provide training for students ages 7 – adult, as well as continuing education for adults in theater arts.Professional instruction helps students integrate the disciplines of singing, dancing, and acting into the unique genre of musical theater.To ensure access and availability, the school offers limited scholarships to promising students with limited financial resources. Instruction includes classes, workshops and performance. When possible, workshops are provided by cast members of productions playing at Dallas Summer Musicals.
·Seats for Kids: Created in 2003 to provide a meaningful theater arts experience to low-income, at-risk and special needs children, Seats for Kids serves approximately 2,000 children each year.Nonprofit youth agencies and Title 1 schools are eligible to participate in the program. DSM provides children, their teachers and chaperones with free tickets as well as a professionally drafted study guide to support attending the performance.In 2010 DSM provided this program to coincide with productions of XANADU and LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.
Kids Club: This free membership program for kids was created to develop tomorrow’s musical theater audience.Through exciting activities, special events, backstage tours and informational exchanges about shows included in the Kids Club membership, children gain an interest, knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts.
Stage Right: In 2005, the Stage Right program to introduce at-risk youth ages 12-15 to arts and cultural events, was created in partnership with the Dallas Police Department.Together, DSM and DPD are “Raising the curtain for education and spotlighting the appreciation of the arts through experience and positive quality lifestyles.” The students entering the program are recommended by Dallas area teachers and counselors and other youth programs including Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and Dallas Recreation Centers as part of their ongoing efforts to keep students from joining gangs, getting involved in drugs and crime, or engaging in other activities that prevent their enjoying success in school. Stage Right, with educational support from the Phoenix House, seeks to raise awareness of the arts, increase appreciation for different lifestyles and also increase self esteem.
Discover Theatre:In 2007 Dallas Summer Musicals added a program specifically for children in grades K-6.The inaugural year included DISNEY’S CINDERELLA KIDS and THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS.Building on its year’s initial success, DSM brought in FRANKLY BEN, FROG AND TOAD and FLAT STANLEY to entertain, educate and empower young people in elementary school. Nearly 6,000 students participated in this program in 2010.
The public can play a part in bringing the Best of Broadway
to the young people in our community!
Charitable contributions are vital to the sustainability of these initiatives at Dallas Summer Musicals.Please assist DSM in its mission to build awareness for the enjoyment and educational values of musical theater as it does so through its ongoing outreach programs.
For more information including sponsorships, booking or program details, please contact the DSM Development Department at 214.413.3959 or
The Oak Cliff Lions Club will present its 2010-2011 Oak Cliff Lions Club Bill Melton Humanitarian Award to Ruben Esquivel, Vice President of Community and Corporate Relations of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 12:00 Noon in the Weiss Auditorium of Methodist Central Hospital.Lion Bill Tucker is Chairman of the Event.
The Award, first presented in 1978, to Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry, is presented each year to recognize and honor the person (or persons) whose activities, contributions and service, best symbolize the ideals of Lionism. The Award is usually given to non-Lions who have demonstrated a dedication to community, profession/occupation, God and mankind that exemplifies the motto of Lions International, “We Serve”.The Award was re-named by the Club Board of Directors in 2010, to reflect the name of the Founding President of the Award.
Esquivel currently serves as Chairman of the State Fair of Texas and Baylor Oral Health Foundation.He is a Past Chairman of the Dallas County Hospital District Board (Parkland Hospital), Dallas County Historical Foundation ( Sixth Floor Museum), The Dallas Foundation, The Dallas Opera, The North Texas Commission, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Commission, as well as Past President of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches, The Community Council of Greater Dallas, DeSoto Independent School District Board, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and The Adult Child Training Center.
He is also the current Vice Chairman of the Stemmons Corridor Business Association and Dallas Symphony Association, as well as Trustee of Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Research and Education Foundation and Dallas Medical Philanthropic Fund.Esquivel is also a Member of the Oak Cliff Lions Club.
Other Past Recipients of the Award include Ebby Halliday, T. Boone Pickens, Roger Staubach, H. Ross Perot, Nancy Brinker, Raymond Nasher, Ruth Altshuler, Robert S. Folsom, Lamar Hunt, Lillian Bradshaw, J. McDonald Williams, Paul Bass, Rodger Meier, Chris V. Semos, Lindalyn B. Adams and Dr. Charles Sprague
The Ebby Halliday 100 Birthday Celebration,
benefitting college scholarships for the Ebby Halliday Fund of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. - presented by AT&T
The gala dinner and concert on March 9th at the Meyerson Symphony Center will honor legendary Dallas entrepreneur and Horatio Alger Association lifetime member, Ebby Halliday on her 100th birthday with a special tribute. Halliday is well-known for her philanthropy, business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit which enabled her to create one of the most successful real estate companies in the nation
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush are Honorary Chairs. Former Horatio Alger recipients Roger Staubach, T. Boone Pickens and H. Ross Perot are co-chairs. Steven Durham and his wife Barbara are the event chairs. Steve is the son of the late Charles W. Durham, a Horatio Alger Member.
(Steve and Barbara Duam, event co-chairs.)
The announcement party and press conference was held recently at the home of Myrna and Bob Schlegel, who is also a Horatio Alger recipient.
(Robert Schlegel, H. Ross Perot, Ebby Halliday, Jody Grant - holding Schlegel's Horatio Alger award.)
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is pleased to announce that Andriana Chuchman will serve as guest soprano and will perform with International tenor Mario Frangoulis and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Albert George Schram.
The March event will also honor Horatio Alger scholars from Texas who have persevered through personal challenges and adversities to achieve the Texas Horatio Alger Scholarship. Prior to the concert, the scholars will share their Horatio Alger stories from the podium so that concert guests can learn more about the Horatio Alger mission at work.
The evening includes a VIP reception and dinner (for sponsors and underwriters); concert at 7:30 and dessert celebration. All guests will receive a beautifully bound commemorative program at the concert, reflecting Ebby’s life and legacy.
Bronwen Weber, the celebrated Executive Chef of Frosted Art, who is frequently featured on the Food Network, is creating the showpiece of the Dessert Celebration. This special themed cake sculpture will not only reflect the evening’s theme, but will be a unique masterpiece worthy of celebrating Ebby’s life and legacy.
Tickets are now on sale. Guests can purchase Concert and Dessert Party tickets at the MeyersonSymphonyCenter through the DSO box office at . Grand Tier Seats range from $150 to $250 and Dress Circle Seats are $500.
For more information and underwriting details, please contact:
Dallas Fan Fares, Inc. or visit: .
PH: 1-800-498-0843, Email:
About the Horatio Alger Association
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans continues to fulfill its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and areencouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Horatio Alger Association offers three annual scholarship programs: the National Scholarship Program, state scholarship programs, and graduate grants. Since 1984, the Association will have awarded more than $87 million in scholarships through 2012 to deserving young people. The association is a Combined Federal Campaign participant; #77062. For more information, please visit .
Fly Away with The Bridge on Saturday, February 26th
benefiting The Bridge Breast Network
The Million Air Dallas Hangar at AddisonAirport with Rock with Excitement!
Suzanne Bock Grishman and Linda Yater, Bridge Breast Network board members and Fly Away with The Bridge event chairs, invite you to join in the fun at Fly Away with The Bridge on Saturday, February 26th at the Million Air Dallas hangar in AddisonAirport.
Honorary Chair, Judge Joe Kendall will join co-chairs Hamilton Sneed and Sherri and Dr. Mason Yeary, along with Dale Hruby, President, Bridge board and Terry Wilson-Gray, Executive Director, The Bridge Breast Network, the event’s beneficiary.
This jet-set evening includes a silent auction, dancing to TrueBone, delicious dinner buffet including gourmet goodies from Gilbert Garza – Suze; Ron Serrats – Bailey’s Prime Plus and Cruz Martinez – Patrizio; a Scotch Lounge sponsored by The Macallan, wines by Barefoot and spirits by Veev.
Highlighting the live auction are a "Legends Football" signed by selected Ring of Honor Members; "Hail Mary" football signed by Drew Pearson and Roger Staubach and Breitling Watch and ride-along in a Breitling plane as it performs acrobatics ().
Fly Away With The Bridgeis the annual event to benefit The Bridge Breast Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by providing access to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low income, uninsured and under-insured individuals.
Ticket start at $125.00 for General Admission and Tables with General Seating at $2,000 with sponsorships available at the following levels:
$250 VIP Tickets
History and Mission: The Bridge Breast Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by providing access to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals.The Bridge serves uninsured and underinsured women and men in 16 counties in the DFW area.
In the past decade, The Bridge has served over 100,000 North Texans and connected more than 10,000 with medical treatment. The Bridge was founded in 1992 to serve as the link between uninsured and underinsured women and men and the life-saving care they so desperately need. Only through the help of volunteers and generous donations from the North Texas community is The Bridge able to carry out this vital mission.Status or circumstance shouldn’t be a factor in the fight against breast cancer. Cancer doesn’t care whether a person is Asian or Caucasian, 16 or 60, insured or not. The care shouldn’tdiscriminate either.
Hundreds of physicians and medical facilities in the Metroplex have volunteered their professional services or drastically reduced their fees to make a large discount possible.Your tax-deductible donation goes toward lifesaving evaluations and treatment, such as biopsies, medication, and chemotherapy.
For more information on The Bridge Breast Network go to
For more information about the FLY AWAY WITH THE BRIDGE EVENT contact Terry Wilson-Gray, Executive Director at or 214-821-3820.