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Friday, Dec. 3: The Blind Side's Leigh Anne Tuohy at Friends of Wednesday's Child "Belonging" Lunche Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Nov 30, 2010, 01:40 pm

Join us at the Ritz Carlton at 11:00 (make your reservations ahead of time) on Friday, December 3rd, as we have a fabulous lunch and hear The Blind Side's Leigh Anne Tuohy at the Friends of Wednesday's Child "Belonging" Luncheon.

Here are the details and links:

Thousands of North Texas Foster Children to Benefit from

Friends of Wednesday‘s Child “Belonging” Luncheon

Presented by Friedman & Feiger and Featuring Guest Speaker

The Blind Side’s Leigh Anne Tuohy

Honoring Myrna Schlegel & Lance & Julie Brennan


Presented by Friedman & Feiger Attorneys at Law, the luncheon will feature a “Heart of the Art” Silent Auction, lunch, book signing and speech by Leigh Anne Tuohy, (the mother who was played by Sandra Bullock in the award-winning movie, The Blind Side), a Super Bowl and Naomi jewelry raffle, and a holiday performance by the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas.

Chairmen are Janelle and Larry Friedman. Gloria Campos will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Myrna Schlegel, a long-time supporter of foster children, will be receive the “Gloria” Award. Julie and Lance Brennan, who most embody the spirit of belonging to assure change in the lives of North Texas foster children, will receive the “Belonging” Award.

The “Heart of the Art” Silent Auction features beautiful art works by local artists and celebrities such as Phil Romano, Emmitt Smith, Lynn Dealey, Lisa Boyd, Roz Campisi and Molly DeVoss. Each piece of art features a heart embodied in the piece. The raffle will feature a Super Bowl Game Day Experience and a custom, handcrafted piece of diamond and ruby jewelry valued at $5,000 created especially for Friends of Wednesday’s Child by Naomi.

Tickets: To purchase tickets, please call 469-718-5616. Tickets start at $250 or a table of ten for $2,500.

Why: With the recession, the number of foster children in North Texas has increased dramatically. One out of every 207 children in North Texas is a foster child. Friends of Wednesday’s Child provides hope and healing to North Texas children in foster care so that they can overcome pasts of abuse, abandonment and neglect.



For additional information, please contact: Andrea Alcorn, 214-289-1126


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Saturday, November 13: K9s for Kids benefits Diabetes Friendly Foundation Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Nov 4, 2010, 03:01 pm

Join us on Saturday, November 13 for K9s and Kids benefiting Diabetes Friendly Foundation. 

It is very touching to see these K9s in action in such important and meaningful work.

Here is the press release and contact information:

K9s for KIDS” Benefits Diabetes Friendly Foundation
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 13, 2010














(DALLAS, TX - November 4, 2010) – The Diabetes Friendly Foundation is thrilled to host the inaugural “K9s for Kids” Benefit on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 7:30 pm – 12:00 am at the Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) located at 1807 Ross Avenue in Dallas, Texas.


The Foundation is pleased to announce that Mrs. Laura Leppert, Mrs. Yvonne Crum and Mrs. Jill Rowlett have graciously offered their support as Honorary Chairs. These women are strong advocates of health and Mrs. Leppert has been involved in health education with an emphasis on the diabetes community.   


The evening will feature special performances by Jordyn Shellhart and Eric Paslay, Nashville’s hottest new recording artists. Dallas-based The Special Edition Band will open the evening with live music from 7:30 pm until midnight.  Each of the five side-rooms at FIG will be devoted to a theme, with a special room dedicated to sponsors, in appreciation of their generosity.


In the Diabetes Alert Dog (“DAD”) Room, attendees can meet and see the DADs in action. The evening will include “diabetes friendly” cocktails available in the Wine & Martini Room along with heavy hors d’oeuvres. The Silent Auction begins at 7:30 pm and will end at 10:30 pm; DAD Sponsorships will be available following the Silent Auction.


Attendance at the “K9s for Kids” Benefit is open to the public by advance ticket purchase only. No walk-ins. Ticket prices are $125 and can be purchased on line at or by calling 214-559-7176.


Based in Dallas, the Diabetes Friendly Foundation™ (DFF) was created to increase consumer awareness of diabetes friendly foods and to provide Diabetes Alert Dogs to families with children who have diabetes.   The Foundation’s mission is to provide beneficial health and lifestyle information to consumers to help them live happier and healthier lives. Additional information can be found at






















Diabetes Friendly Contacts:

Tiffany Sunday                                                        


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Matt Delzell   

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Thursday, Oct. 28: World Series Tickets Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Oct 27, 2010, 01:02 pm

Here is the newsletter from Rainbow Days, Inc. with details about tomorrow's event!

2010 Casino Party & 6th Annual Texas Hold ’Em Tournament benefiting Rainbow Days, Inc.

Eric Appel and Matt Ray, Chairs

Breaking News - World Series Game #4 Tickets have just been added to our outstanding prize package!!


You won't want to miss the most fantastic Texas Rangers Game watching party around - the 2010 Casino Night benefiting Rainbow Days!  There will be food, games and television! 


Join us on Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Texas Hold 'Em Tourney starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.) at the Doubletree Campbell Centre up in the Skyline Room with a beautiful view of Dallas.

  • For your viewing pleasure, we will have TWO Plasma Screen TVs televising the World Series game right at 6:30 p.m.
  • For your gaming pleasure, we will have a Texas Hold'em Tournament, Blackjack, Craps & Roulette
  • For your dining pleasure, we will have a delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert and a cash bar
  • And to try your luck, we will have over a dozen outstanding raffle prizes for just $10 a ticket or 3 for $25! 

All this for just $125 a person or $200 per couple.  You won't want to miss out on your chance to win one of these outstanding prizes:


World Series Tickets!  GO RANGERS!
Two tickets to the World Series Game #4 on Sunday Night at the Ballpark in Arlington

Trip for Two to Vegas!
Includes Roundtrip airfare for two to Las Vegas with hotel accommodations at the luxurious Palazzo Resort & Two tickets to the Jersey Boys

Go Mavs & Stars!
Luxury Suite for (18) guests & (5) parking passes for a 2010-2011 Dallas Stars or Dallas Mavericks regular season home game


Mavs Fans- Here's Your Prize

Autographed Basketball signed by The Dallas Mavericks


Local Getaway!

One-Night Stay for 2 at the Maple Manor and Sunday Brunch for Two at Mattito's


Golf Outing Extravaganza

Round of Golf for Four at Prestonwood Country Club &

 Round of Golf for Four at Ridgeview Ranch GolfClub

A Night of Romance at The Four Seasons

Overnight Stay at The Four Seasons Resort with Breakfast & Cotton Kisses Gift Certificate 

Downtown Decadence
One Night Stay at the Mansion Hotel with Breakfast & Theatre Three - Four tickets to a Performance

Galleria Area Getaway
Two Night stay at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
Facial at the Garden Spa and Grande Luxe Gift Certificate

Get Healthy and Fit before the Holidays
Larry North Fitness - Two Month Membership & Two Personal Training Sessions
Cooper Complete - Basket of Vitamins & Supplements 


Hurry, spaces are filling up fast.  To register for your chance to win WORLD SERIES TICKETS and other outstanding prizes at the 2010 Casino Night, just click here or contact Wendi McMullen at 214-887-0726 or via email.


All proceeds benefit the programs and services of Rainbow Days which is helping to make a lasting difference in the lives of 9,500 children and youth in the Dallas community each year. 

Rainbow Days’ mission is to inspire and prepare children to live a life filled with hope and promise.  Now in its sixth year, the Texas Hold ’Em Tournament is one of two major fundraising events that raises funds for the children and programs of Rainbow Days.   

For over 28 years, Rainbow Days has been giving children hope for a promising future by providing them with the skills and support they need to make healthy choices, stay drug-free and believe they have a purpose. To date, Rainbow Days has served over 120,000 children in the Dallas Metroplex and trained more than 34,000 professionals state and nationwide. 

 The event is open to the public and the entry fee is mandatory. For reservations and more information, please contact Wendi McMullen, Director of Special Events, Rainbow Days, Inc., 8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1600 Dallas, TX 75206, 214.887.0726 (phone) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the website at


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T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach in a lively conversation benefiting LaunchAbility Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Sep 9, 2010, 10:38 am

This year marks the fourth year for Expanding Worlds luncheon benefiting LaunchAbility and it’s going to be an exciting event, featuring three Texas icons on one stage:  T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach engaged in a lively conversation about the past, present and future, moderated by Scott Murray of Murray Media.

          Slated for Tuesday, October 26 at 11:30 a.m. at The Fairmont Dallas, George Kelly and Geoffrey Miller, Luncheon Co-Chairs and Cathy Packard, CEO, LaunchAbility, will be joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Ruth and Kenneth Altshuler and Honorary Chair Emeritus, Ebby Halliday.

          This annual fundraising event directly benefits LaunchAbility’s programs that inspire hope, confidence and independence for adults and children with disabilities. For nearly 50 years, LaunchAbility, formerly Special Care & Career Services, has been expanding worlds for children and adults with disabilities by providing services to help them reach their maximum potential.

          Luncheon sponsorships begin at $500. A limited number of individual tickets will be available. For details, contact Deborah Montonen

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          Past events included:
2009 Panel – Elaine Agather, Linda Pitts Custard, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller and moderator, the late Paul M. Bass, Jr.;
*  2008 Panel – Ruth Altshuler, Ebby Halliday, Caroline Rose Hunt and moderator, Scott Murray;

*  2007 Speaker – Mayor Tom Leppert.

 LaunchAbility Programs:



This program expands worlds for children from birth to age three with developmental disabilities and delays such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, impaired vision, and speech delay. Our staff of physical, speech and occupational therapists as well as social workers, early intervention specialists and a dietitian provide therapies and other supports to help improve children’s abilities at the age when they are most able to adapt.



Launched in 1982 as one of the first programs of its kind in Texas, our Supported Employment inspires hope, confidence and independence in adults with developmental disabilities by focusing on expanding their abilities so that they have the best opportunity to achieve independence through employment. 


CHILD CARE CHAMPIONS ™ - Our Newest Program!

This innovative program, a collaborative effort with LaunchAbility, Brookhaven College and Childcare Group, is improving the quality of child care across Dallas County by teaching child care workers how to identify and effectively interact with babies and toddlers with both typical and atypical development.


For more information about LaunchAbility visit or call us 972.991.6777.         


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Roger Staubach













Geoffrey Miller and George Kelly, Luncheon Co-Chairs











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Partner's Card Kicks Off Shopping benefiting The Family Place Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Sep 1, 2010, 03:00 pm
photo656Logo2010.jpgShopping gets a great head start and is made even more special when you know purchasing a Partner's Card benefits an organization doing as much good every day as The Family Place.
Presented by the Bank of Texas, the 2010 Partner's Card is available now. The way it works is, you purchase a Partner's Card for $60. That money goes directly to The Family Place. When you shop at one of the 750 retailers, you receive a 20% discount on your purchase.
Chairs Maggie Cooke Kipp, Molly Nolan and Gina Roidopoulos and their team have made it very easy to purchase your card. Get one either from a committee member, Tom Thumb, participating retailer or from the web site here. The cost is $60 and is good from October 29 through November 7.
Happy Shopping!
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