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Seven Fabulous Broadway Stars featured at Curtain Call 2010 presented by Park Place Motorcars Dallas Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Apr 29, 2010, 09:54 am



The Music and Magic of Seven

Curtain Call 2010 presented by Park Place Motorcars Dallas
benefiting Dallas Summer Musicals

            In 1940 a tradition began for the city of Dallas. At that time no one could have predicted the long history that was birthed by bringing the "Best of Broadway" to the citizens of Dallas. Under the watchful eye of only three managing directors, Charles Meeker, Tom Hughes and Michael Jenkins, Dallas Summer Musicals has secured a storied past over the last seven decades. The organization will take a bow on May 1st at the annual Curtain Call Gala, as loyal patrons gather to celebrate the milestone anniversary in a star studded celebration honoring its 70-year history.
        When the curtain goes up on this year's gala, the night will not only focus on the DSM children's outreach programs, but it will focus on the seven decades of entertainment that has graced the stage here in Dallas. Six talented singers and one Tony™ winning ventriloquist will create a magical evening on May 1, 2010. Each has a connection to the Dallas Summer Musicals, from performing on the stage locally, to performing in a show produced on Broadway by DSM.
        Patrons attending are in for a treat, from the razzle-dazzle of Mitzi Gaynor, Ben Vereen's soulful singing, Tom Wopat is a "duke of hazard" on stage as well as TV, heartthrob David Cassidy, she will "never grow up" Cathy Rigby, and the sweetheart of Broadway Sutton Foster will fill our ears with the music of Broadway. Jay Johnson will share his talent as a ventriloquist from his show Broadway show The Two and Only. The performance won Jay and Dallas Summer Musicals their first Tony in 2007. Spice up the mix by securing the direction of New York's talented Jeff Calhoun, with set design by Ray Klausen and you have a once in a lifetime show that is perfect for a 70th anniversary.
        There is a quote by Maurice Chevalier that Michael Jenkins had printed in the invitation for this year's gala because it is the core of why Dallas Summer Musicals exists.
        "It is raining outside, people will be late, I want you to keep the house lights up and seat patrons as they arrive. I would not want to miss the opportunity to perform for them, for you see, I am nothing without the is the audience that is most important."
It was an early lesson from a great entertainer, shared Mr. Jenkins. "The lesson...there really is no show without the audience. That is the bottom line of what we do, bringing the Best of Broadway for the audience to enjoy. We would love for Dallas to join us in this special celebration on May 1st."
For information on Curtain Call contact Meredith Ford,
Special Events & Outreach Manager at DSM, 214-413-3959, email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at

Sponsors:      Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Comerica Bank. Season sponsors are American Airlines and WFAA Channel 8. Park Place Motorcars Dallas is Official Automotive Sponsor. Curtain Call 2010 is presented by Park Place Motorcars. Curtain Call 2010 media sponsors are KLUV 98.7 FM, Modern Luxury

The evening begins at 6:00 with cocktails; 7:00 dinner; 8:00 show and afterwards, dance to the sounds of Dallas Unlimited and enjoy dessert and cocktails.

Smart car donated for 2010 raffle as part of the Park Place Motorcars Dallas sponsorship. Details here:

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Walgreens to receive awards at A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Mar 8, 2010, 09:42 am

Announcements at Sponsor Party Reveal Walgreens to Receive Awards Honoring Partnership with Special Care & Career Services’ Work Readiness Program
Awards to be presented at A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters
hosted by Alliance Data on Monday, March 8th


(February 23, 2010) The sponsor party for A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters hosted by Alliance Data benefiting Special Care & Career Services (SCCS) was graciously hosted by Gail and Dan Cook in their Highland Park home recently.
          Cathy Packard, CEO, SCCS and event co-chairs, Elizabeth and Eric Gambrell, welcomed the crowd, including Ebby Halliday, Honorary Chair and
Sharon Herrin, President, Board of Trustees, SCCS.
          Packard announced
Walgreens corporate local and national have been chosen to receive two awards from Special Care Career Services (SCCS) in 2010 for their outstanding support in advancing the opportunities for people with disabilities to find employment that will provide them real opportunities to be self-sufficient.
"We are so excited to announce the Milton P. Levy Jr. Award recipient is Randy Lewis, Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Logistics for Walgreens corporate and the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award will go to Walgreens’ leadership team at the Distribution Center in Waxahachie,” she said. “Randy is an example of one man making a difference for many by implementing Walgreens' corporate-wide initiative to hire 100 people with developmental disabilities at their distribution centers.  In working with Scott Tisdall and his team at Walgreens Distribution Center in Waxahachie on this initiative, they have shown us that the spirit of this initiative is corporate-wide. The Work Readiness program includes groundbreaking training that includes occupational therapists to improve ability for hires with disabilities to perform in a 40 hour/week job.  And now, they are expanding to retail training from warehouse jobs.

          It was exciting to hear Randy speak about Walgreens’ commitment to Special Care & Career Services’ programs.
      “So far out of the 10,000 who work in our distribution centers across the U.S., 750 have disabilities (vs goal of 1,000 by end of 2010). We’ll set a goal of 3,000 by 2015. All earn the same pay, perform same jobs, are held to same standards and work side-by-side with those without disabilities – a completely inclusive workplace. In our Waxahachie center almost 10% of our 700 employees have disabilities.
         “We’ve just initiated a pilot in the Dallas-Fort Worth market to train and hire people with disabilities in our stores, too. This is only in the initial stages but we selected the DFW area because of the Texas can-do attitude amongst our 200 area stores. Once we get it right in DFW, we’ll move it out to our remaining 7,000 stores across the country. A big idea and big goal for sure. But that’s what Texas has always thrived on
         Also representing Walgreens were executives from the corporate offices, Scott Lemon, Inbound/Outbound Manager and Scott Tisdall, Area Director, both from the Walgreens Waxahachie distribution center.  Dana Beckman, Alyson Evans, Karen Wald and Shelley Whiddon were there representing Alliance Data, host sponsor of A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters. KLUV 98.7 FM is presenting sponsor.
Since 2002 Special Care & Career Services has named an individual as the Milton P. Levy, Jr. Award recipient. This award is presented to someone who has shown leadership in the community in support of SCCS’s mission to build independence for children and adults with disabilities.
SCCS created the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award in 2008 to recognize Alliance Data’s years of outstanding multi-dimensional support, for their generous financial support as well as their long-time commitment to SCCS through volunteer hours and employment of our Supported Employment clients.
          Both awards will be presented at A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters hosted by Alliance Data on Monday, March 8, 2010.

About A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters and SCCS:
          This is the
9th annual fundraising event benefiting Special Care & Career Services.  In addition to raising community awareness about the agency, the event will raise proceeds to assist Special Care & Career Services in continuing its 46‑year mission to build independence for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

          Over the past eight years A Special Evening has raised more than $1.8 million and allowed us to continually expand our programs. Our programs are setting new growth records every year and we continue to gain state and national recognition for our innovative programming and training. The proceeds from A Special Evening directly benefit Special Care & Career Service’s Supported Employment Services (SES) and Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs.  SES helps capable people with cognitive disabilities (such as Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Autism, and others) train for, find and keep good jobs.  Our ECI program provides teams of specialists to work with babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays to give them a greater chance for success in school.  A new program, Child Care ChampionsTM was launched in Fall 2009.  This is a collaborative program designed to fill a gap in childcare training.  This program will improve 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, please visit the website at


Alliance Data:           Alliance Data (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of transaction services, credit services and marketing services, managing over 105 million consumer relationships for some of North America's most recognizable companies. Alliance Data creates and manages customized solutions that change consumer behavior and that enable its clients to build stronger, mutually beneficial relationships with their customers.    

                   The company is an active corporate citizen through its "Neighbor of Choice" Program and is committed to initiatives that support education, health and welfare and civic enrichment.  For more information about the company, visit its web site,                          


Walgreens ( is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63 billion. The company operates 7,105 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Consecrates New Buildings Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Fri, Mar 5, 2010, 08:22 am

Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Consecrates New Buildings


Both Consecration Services took place at the expanded new campus adjacent to the Sanctuary at Northwest Highway and Inwood Road


            For many years Lovers Lane United Methodist Church has dreamed of an expanded campus where all God’s children are welcomed and loved into relationship with Jesus Christ.

          Lovers Lane UMC stands poised and on the brink of a new era with Tom Shipp Chapel offering an intimate setting for weddings, funerals, worship services and Sunday School Classes.  DANA0201SW.jpg

(Photo by Dana Driensky of the ribbon cutting: Tom Shipp Chapel.)

          Aldersgate Hall and Watson Hall provide a new welcoming area for receptions, dinners, meeting space and most importantly, a gathering place for fellowship and warm hospitality. Also included in the consecration are Heritage Hall, coNEXTion Point and Twenty-One: Twenty-Five Book Store.

          Both consecration ceremonies took place at the expanded new campus adjacent to the sanctuary at Northwest Highway and Inwood Roads in Dallas.  After the consecrations, there were worship services at 11:00 am and a reception in Watson Hall at noon.

          Lovers Lane United Methodist Church wishes to recognize with grateful appreciation the following donors who have made the vision become a reality: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Arata, Mrs. Andy Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Bjorck, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Box, Mr. Tom Box, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Brown, Mrs. Kathryn Christian, Mrs. Robert H. Dedman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Dedman, Jr., Mr. Jonathan Dietz, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Folsom, Hunter Folsom, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Folsom,   Mr. and Mrs. Robert Frank, Gail Taylor Fiume, Mr. and Mrs. Don Jarma, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Harding, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lack, Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Lucas, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller,  Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Nail, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Olmstead,  Mr. and Mrs. Arch Owen, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Walker and Mrs. John Watson.

                The public is welcome to join us and connect with a vibrant church committed to inviting everyone into a ministry of "Loving People into a Relationship with Jesus Christ." At Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, there is a variety of exciting ministries and significant outreach programs making a positive impact on our membership and people throughout the metroplex.  Most of all, members project a loving spirit that welcomes everyone into the fellowship of this caring congregation.

          For more Information, please contact Kris Stokes, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor at 214.706.9511.

          Lovers Lane United Methodist Church is located at 9200 Inwood Road at Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75220. Visit the website at




 Mary Watson, Nancy Dedman (The grand hall, Aldersgate Hall includes this premier space, Watson Hall, named in tribute to Mary and John Watson, dear friends of the benefactor, Mrs. Nancy Dedman and the Robert H. Dedman Foundation.)
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Fly Away with The Bridge benefits The Bridge Breast Network Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Feb 18, 2010, 08:21 am

Join in the party on Saturday, February 27 at the fabulous Marc Events for Fly Away With The Bridge

the annual event to benefit The Bridge Breast Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by linking low income uninsured individuals to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer, and will be an evening of entertainment, dancing, silent and live auctions, services auction, food and beverages.

Date of Event:  Saturday, February 27, 2010; 7:30-11:00PM

Location of Event:  Marc Events, 1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas.

Chairs: Board Member Suzanne Bock Grishman and her husband, Michael Grishman

Co-Chairs: Board Members Anita Schoenfeld and Linda Yater.

Honorary Chair: Yvonne Crum 











(Photo taken at the Host Committee Announcement party at Banks Fine Art sponsored in part by Wendy Krispin Caterer. Pictured from left are: Anita Schoenfeld, co-chair, Fly Away With The Bridge; Dale Hruby, President, Board of Directors, The Bridge; Maloree Banks, hostess, owner of Banks Fine Art; Michael Grishman and Suzanne Bock Grishman, Event co-chairs, Fly Away With The Bridge.)

Ticket prices start at $100.00 for General Admission with sponsorships available.

Host Committee: Lee Bailey, Barbara Brice, Laurence and Sher Briggs, Heidi Dillon, Paula and Mark Driedger, Karen Castleman Harris and Alan Harris, Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman, Linda Armstrong Kelly and Ed Kelly, Rodger Kobes, M.D., Carolyn C. Lupton, Carter and Jill Malouf, Donald and Dian Malouf, Lynn and Allan McBee, Honorable Pauline Medrano, Debi and Mike Moses, Ruth Buzzi and Kent Perkins, Dan Pritchett, Jill and Tracy Rowlett, Carol Seay, Pat Smith, Dee and Charles Wyly, Dr. Mason and Sherri Yeary.

Media Sponsor: Modern Luxury Dallas.

History and Mission: The Bridge Breast Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by linking low income uninsured individuals to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer. 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 78,000 North Texas women and connected more than 10,000 with medical treatment. The Bridge was founded in 1992 to serve as the link between uninsured and under insured 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 a woman’s fight against breast cancer. Cancer doesn’t care whether a woman is Asian or Caucasian, 16 or 60, insured or not. The care shouldn’t discriminate either.

 For every dollar donated, Bridge clients receive nearly 10 times that amount in medical care.  Over 235 physicians in the metro-plex have graciously volunteered their professional services and 49 medical facilities have greatly reduced their fees to make such a large discount possible. Your tax-deductible donation goes toward lifesaving evaluations and treatment, such as biopsies, medication, and chemotherapy.  

For more information about the FLY AWAY WITH THE BRIDGE EVENT contact Gretchen G. Kelly, Event Coordinator at    This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   call

(214) 821-3820 · Fax (214) 821-0869 ·

Sponsors and Host Committee as of February 17, 2010




Kendall Law Group, LLP

Modern Luxury Dallas



Moncrief Cancer Resources



Ben E. Keith Company

Dallas Light and Sound





Art Russell Photography


Digital 3


LPY Consulting, LLC

Marc Events

The Richards Group

Anita Schoenfeld



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Spirit of Uganda to perform in Dallas Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Feb 10, 2010, 11:20 am

The House of Blues will feature the sights and sounds of East Africa on Sunday, February 28 at noon when Empower African Children’s Spirit of Uganda takes the stage. This company of young dancers and musicians will headline the Empower Me event, benefitting Empower African Children (EAC), a Dallas-based non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa through holistic care and a globally competitive education. 

       Hailed by The New York Times for “invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy,” Spirit of Uganda’s 22 musicians and dancers range in age from 9 to 20. Co-chairs Donna Malouf and Natalie Noble invite the Dallas community to share in this cultural experience, meet the performers, learn about EAC’s programs and participate in a live and silent auction.  

       The Dallas appearance is part of Spirit of Uganda’s North American tour, which begins in January in California. The troupe makes 11 stops across the country and will perform at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad as part of the Winter Olympics. Donna and Natalie, with EAC founder and CEO, Alexis Hefley, encourage supporters to be a part of Empower Me and grow with the organization. “We invite everyone – friends, family, classroom students, musicians and advocates – to help sustain the spirit and joy of these performers and share the message of hope for their future. We are sure they will capture the hearts of the community just as they have ours,” Natalie Noble said.

       EAC seeks to ensure that the next generation of African citizens will fully participate and assume leadership roles in their communities.  Alexis Hefley, whose work with Ugandan children has earned her international acclaim, has implemented educational programs for the students in both Uganda and the U.S. Currently, EAC is building a progressive secondary school in Uganda for 400 students with magnet programs in the performing arts, technology and healthcare. 

       The Empower Me benefit and performance is open to the public by advance reservation. Individual tickets are $100 for balcony seats. Supporters are welcome to provide sponsorships and underwriting. Benefits include VIP seating, lunch buffet, program recognition and more. Sponsor tables at $5,000 include an Underwriters’ Party on Friday, February 26 with the Spirit of Uganda performers. For detailed ticket and event information, and to learn more about EAC and Spirit of Uganda, visit             

Link to more information and the media kit from here.


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