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Expanding Worlds luncheon on Tuesday, October 27 benefits Special Care & Career Services Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Oct 6, 2009, 03:00 pm

EWL_09Invitation.jpgFeaturing a Panel Discussion with Elaine Agather, Linda Pitts Custard, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller and Paul M. Bass, Jr., moderator.

Honorary Chair: Caroline Rose Hunt

Event Co-Chairs: Evelyn Costolo and Tiffany Lawson

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Place: InterContinental Dallas Hotel – Newly Renovated Malachite Showroom
15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, Texas 75001

Event Purpose: The 2009 Expanding Worlds Luncheon is the third annual fundraising luncheon 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 help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives within our community.

Sponsor Levels: Presenting - $10,000 and additional sponsorships at $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 & $500. Individual tickets are $150.

SCCS CEO: Cathy Packard, (972) 991-6777 ext. 112, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sponsor Information: Rita Robbins, (972) 991-6777 ext. 111, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

SCCS Contact: Jessica Taper 469.633.0063 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the Agency:
The proceeds of the Expanding Worlds Luncheon directly benefit Special Care & Career Service’s Early Childhood Intervention and Supported Employment Services programs. Your support of our agency and its two progressive, State recognized, programs for children and adults with disabilities, will make it possible to expand our much-needed programs, and extend the range of our outreach.
Our Services

Early Childhood Intervention. This extensive program helps babies and toddlers, birth to age three, who have developmental delays and/or disabilities reach their maximum potential to be successful in school. After an in-depth screening and evaluation process, experts provide speech, physical and occupational therapies and instruction to children and their primary caregivers either in children’s homes or daycare facilities.

Supported Employment Services. This program matches adults with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and traumatic brain injury to good jobs that meet the needs of employers. Our thorough assessment and job matching, on-the-job training and unique continued support, are the reasons our Supported Employment clients experience high job retention rates. Fifty-nine percent of our clients have been on the job for five years or more.

For more information visit, or call 972.991.6777

We were treated to a kick off party at Tootsie's in Preston Center recently. Here are a couple photos by Dana Driensky:

This is Tiffany Lawson, luncheon co-chair; Sharon Herrin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, SCCS; Cathy Packard, CEO, SCCS; Evelyn Costolo, luncheon co-chair.











And the Tootsie's gals having lots of fun. Thank you, ladies, for hosting such a great event!




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AT&T Performing Arts Center Announces Single Tickets on Sale for Act III Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Sep 28, 2009, 07:34 am

Three nights of once-in-a-lifetime performances from October 14 – 17

  The AT&T Performing Arts Center will premiere its signature venues with a series of once-in-a-lifetime performances during Act III, the fundraising component of the Center’s upcoming Grand Opening week.  From October 14 through October 17, Act III will feature star-studded casts of theatre, opera, dance and Broadway, culminating in a black-tie gala extravaganza throughout the Center.

Three-night packages, which include two tickets to Scenes 1, 2 and 3 and Gala begin at $5,000.  Single tickets for each Scene are also available beginning at $150: 

Scene 1:  Theatre - Wednesday, October 14, 8 p.m.

  • Balcony seating and valet parking pass - $150 per ticket.

Scene 1:  Theatre - reprised Friday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

  • Floor seating and valet pass, $500 per ticket
  • Balcony seating and valet pass, $150 per ticket

Scene 2:  Opera/Ballet - Thursday, October 15, 8 p.m.

  • Dress Circle seating and valet pass - $500 per ticket
  • Grand Tier seating and self-parking pass - $150 per ticket

Scene 3:  Broadway + Gala, Saturday, October 17, 8 p.m.

  • Dress Circle seating, Gala admission and valet pass - $1500 per ticket
  • Grand Tier seating, Gala admission, self-parking pass - $500 per ticket

“Act III will truly be an experience of a lifetime with performances created exclusively for the opening of the Center – many never to be seen again.  Whether you come to all three evenings or select just one, we hope you will be a part of this historical event,” said Jeanne Marie Clossey, Act III chair.  

Each night, or “Scene,” of Act III will showcase one or more of the performing arts that will be presented at the AT&T Performing Arts Center:Willis2006SW.jpg

 Scene 1 (October 14, reprised October 16 in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre) will be an intimate staged theatrical experience that celebrates the creative spirits that bring an evening of theatre into being. Scene 1 features Will Power, a pioneer in Hip Hop Theater who has created his own style of theatrical communication, fusing original music, rhymed language and dynamic choreography to produce compelling work. It will also showcase the composer, with multiple Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors). Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/director James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual County Spelling Bee), also introduces his newest project, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, starring Tony Award-winning actress Debra Monk (Steel Pier, Curtains). Scene 1 is produced by Lou Adler and Kevin Duncan and is hosted by Bruce Willis (Wednesday, October 14 event only).

Scene 2 (October 15 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House) will be a showcase of opera and ballet featuring opera legends mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and baritone Thomas Hampson along with international contemporary ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and his company, Morphoses (pictured here) to premiere specially commissioned work all set to music provided by The Dallas Opera orchestra and chorus, under the direction of Graeme Jenkins.

Scene 3 (October 17 in the Winspear Opera House) will be a Broadway musical evening featuring multiple Tony Award-winning actors of stage and screen Patti LuPone (Gypsy, Evita, Sweeney Todd), George Hearn (La Cage Aux Folles, Sunset Boulevard), Kiril Kulish (Billy Elliot) and Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), directed by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, A Catered Affair, Company) and produced by Kevin Duncan.

Immediately following Scene 3, under the extraordinary design direction of Neiman Marcus, the nearly 2,200 guests will have a chance to be entertained into the night at a black-tie gala.  Patrons will indulge in a moveable feast of the finest cuisine from The Ritz-Carlton Dallas throughout the Center’s venues.  Late night entertainment in “Club Alon” in the Wyly Theatre will feature renowned performers Ellis Hall, Eden Espinosa and Mindi Abair.

To purchase tickets contact 214.954.9925 ext. 255, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or

Act III is the culmination of the nine-year campaign to build the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which has raised more than $335 million to date, with 130 gifts of $1 million or more—an unprecedented number for a capital campaign for the arts.  Act I, presented in 2002, launched the campaign’s public fund-raising phase.  In 2006, the Center hosted Act II to celebrate the beginning of construction of the Center.

MorphosesAbout the AT&T Performing Arts Center:

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theatre and dance will open in October 2009, completing the vision of the Dallas Arts District. The Center will provide multi-state-of-the-art facilities woven together by an urban park covering more than ten acres to create a dynamic cultural destination that will be unparalleled in the world. The Center will feature the following:

·         The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed in a modern horseshoe configuration, will seat 2,200 (with capacity up to 2,300), designed by Foster + Partners.

·         The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will serve as a gateway to the Dallas Arts District from the downtown Dallas business center and will seat 600, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas.

·         The completely new Annette Strauss Artist Square will be the Center’s outdoor entertainment venue, designed by Foster + Partners.

·         The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of Dallas’ smaller performing arts organizations, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

·         The Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park will unify the venues within a lush urban oasis and will create a dynamic cultural destination in downtown Dallas, designed by Michel Desvigne.

·         Two underground parking structures that will accommodate more than 850 vehicles.

More information on the AT&T Performing Arts Center is available at

What an exciting time to be in Dallas! Our city is on the international map again with the opening of theAT&T Performing Arts Center, ACT III gala, events coordinated with Nasher Sculpture Center, acres and acres of parks opening this year and through 2010 and the Trinity River Bridge and Park projects. There are many events open to the public celebrating the DCPA. Here's the scoop:

The Grand Opening celebrations will begin on the morning of Monday, October 12, 2009, with a civic dedication. Held in the Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, the 10-acre public park that unifies the venues of the Center, the civic dedication will launch the week of celebratory events. This event will be free and open to the public.

Following the civic dedication and each day throughout the Grand Opening week will be a series of outdoor performances and performance art. Mass Ensemble, a multi-media performance group, will install a large-scale interactive instrument known as the Earth Harp on site, stretching strings from the ground to the roofline of the Center’s neighbor to the east, the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Mass Ensemble will perform on the instrument throughout the week and the public will be invited to participate and play. Grand Opening week will also feature light shows by Luma and gravity-defying acrobatic performances by Anti-Gravity.


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Equest Fashion Show & Luncheon Set For October 6th At Brook Hollow Golf Club Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Sep 24, 2009, 09:48 am

“Horsin’ Around” To Feature Fashions From Highland Park Village Clothiers

Highland Park Village -- Lynn McBee, Chairman of the 2009 Equest Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon, announced plans for “Horsin’ Around” which will be Tuesday, October 6th at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  The annual event benefits Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship programs for physically and mentally challenged children and adults.  The announcement was made at William Noble Boutique in Highland Park Village.

Lynn also announced that longtime Equest supporters and philanthropists Dee Wyly and her daughter, Emily Wyly, will receive the Equest Community Service Award at the luncheon.  Joining Lynn in making the announcement was Equest Auxiliary President Elsa Norwood, committee members and participating merchants from Highland Park Village.

Retailers who are participating in the fashion show include Anne Fontaine, Beretta Gallery, Carolina Herrera, D. Porthault, ESCADA, Scoop New York, Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren and Rugby.   Highland Park Village merchants who are supporting the event include Chanel and Haynsworth Photography.

Underwriting Levels: $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, $ 2,500, $1,500

Tickets/Table of 10:
$150/person and up

For tickets or sponsorship information for “Horsin’Around”, please call 214/707-7065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Visit the website at


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Dine In to Help End Domestic Violence Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Sat, Sep 19, 2009, 01:48 pm

You don't have to go anywhere and you get to choose your own meal:

New Beginning Center, a non-profit agency providing services for victims of domestic violence, recently launched a new fundraiser unlike any other – Dine In to End Domestic Violence™.  In partnership with Central Market, WFAA-TV/Channel 8 and BBVA Compass, the non-event event focuses on selling meals for two prepared by Central Market and delivering them to homes or offices, Tuesday October 6.  Purchasers will have the option of four entrees, which include Beef Stroganoff, Pecan Crusted Chicken, Grilled Salmon and Vegetable Lasagna.  All orders must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, October 2 to guarantee delivery the following Tuesday and are priced at $75 per meal unit.

After seeing a rapid decline in event revenue for live and silent auction types of events, the agency focused on what would generate awareness while still engaging donors.  The concept is to make it really easy for really busy people who might not otherwise wish to attend a large function.

Since 1983, New Beginning Center has provided services and programs for families who are victims of domestic violence in the northeast sector of Dallas County and Rockwall County.  The primary service areas are Lakewood, Vickery Meadow, Casa Linda, Casa View, Lake Highlands, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett and Rockwall.  The mission of the agency is to provide shelter, safety and education for those affected by domestic violence.  The program primarily consists of an Emergency Shelter, Victims Outreach Program, Community Education Department and Transitional Housing. Click on the graph below to go to the website.


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Candice De Long to speak in Dallas and Texas Trailblazer Awards Honorees Announced Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Sep 7, 2009, 12:55 pm

Linda Pitts Custard, Jason Witten and Mary Kay, Inc. Announced as Texas Trailblazer Awards Recipients at a reception in their honor at Craighead Green Gallery

         (September 3, 2009)  The Texas Trailblazer Awards recipients were announced at a reception in their honor at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas’ Design District.
          Ebby Halliday Acers, Honorary Chair, joined luncheon co-chairs Molly Cooke Kipp and Lillie Young as they welcomed the committee and announced Candice De Long, the 15th woman to be accepted into the FBI (now retired) and author of Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the F.B.I, as the featured speaker for the Wednesday, September 23rd luncheon at the Frontier of Flight Museum at Love Field.
          Paige Flink, Executive Director, The Family Place, announced these Texas Trailblazer Awards recipients. All awards will be presented at the luncheon.
Linda Pitts Custard is the recipient of
the 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.

          Jason Witten, # 82 of the Dallas Cowboys, will receive The Family Place Man of Influence Award, which 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 will be given to Katie Chrisman for being an outstanding leader in her high school community. She has participated in The Family Place Students Tackling Abusive Relationships Together (START) Program for a minimum of one year, acting as a mentor to educate her peers about healthy relationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault.
          The Family Place Advocacy Award recipient is Mary Kay, Inc. This 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.
Tickets are open to the public, by reservation only and are $100 each for Dutch treat. Tables begin at $1,500 for a table of ten. For more information, contact Family Place Event Manager: Emily Santillan  (214) 443-7717 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Link to the website for info.

(Lillie Young, Luncheon Co-Chair; Ebby Halliday Acers, Honorary Chair; Paige Flink, Executive Director, The Family Place; Maggie Kipp, Luncheon co-chair. Photo by Daniel Driensky)

Event Audience and Goal:

The Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon is generally comprised of corporate sponsors, table hosts, philanthropists, media, and accomplished men and women in the North Texas community. The event will raise funds to support the comprehensive programs of The Family Place and ensure that life-saving services will be available to women victims and their innocent children for years to come.

Guest Speaker:
      Candice DeLong has been called a real-life "Clarice Starling" and a female "Donnie Brasco." She was on the front lines of some of the F.B.I.'s most gripping and memorable cases, including being chosen as one of three agents to carry out the manhunt for the Unabomer in Lincoln, Montana. She tailed terrorists, went undercover as a gangster's moll, and posed as the madam for a call-girl ring. Now for the first time, she reveals the dangers and rewards of being a woman on the front lines of the world's most powerful law enforcement agency.

          DeLong is also the subject of a riveting Lifetime Original Movie, Killer Instinct: From the Files of Candice DeLong, actress Jean Smart deftly portrayed DeLong.

          DeLong frequently appears on television, commenting on violent crime and personal safety. Her appearances include Meet the Press, 48 Hours, Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC Investigates, NBC, ABC and CBS Evening News, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and Court TV.

More information on Candace here.


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