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eBuzzNewsletter features $1 Planet Fitness Sweet Deal and more Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Apr 1, 2009, 01:25 pm

Shameless plug: Our eBuzzNewsletter just hit the emails. Pay it a visit to learn more about: $1 Planet Fitness joining fee only until April 7th; The University Park Preschool Association's Spring Market, April 8th; D magazine's Art Slam - accepting artists' applications until April 5th; AWARE luncheon silent auction fabulous items and the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts $0 student productions this weekend, April 4 and 5.

Happy browsing!


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Co-authors of Same Kind of Different As Me are keynote speakers at 6th Annual WINGS luncheon Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Mar 31, 2009, 12:29 pm

6th Annual WINGS luncheon features Ron Hall and Denver Moore, co-authors of Same Kind of Different as Me benefitting New Friends New Life

Kay H. Neve and Jessie O’Brien, Luncheon Co-Chairs

Mark your calendars for April 6, 2009!


New Friends New Life is honored to announce that Ron Hall and Denver Moore, authors of Same Kind of Different as Me, have agreed to serve as guest speakers at the 6th Annual New Friends New Life WINGS Luncheon.

The dynamic author and international art dealer and his co-laborer will share their story of faith and friendship at this luncheon benefiting New Friends New Life on April 6, 2009, at the Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas.

Ron Hall has dedicated his time to helping the homeless and, through an unlikely friendship he developed with Denver Moore at a Fort Worth shelter, he re-evaluated his past and changed his future in surprising, unexpected ways. 

Denver Moore touches the lives of everyone he meets, embracing the homeless and preaching the word of God.  This heartfelt and often humorous story shares the journey of two men from opposite backgrounds and what they both learned during this incredible journey.

Today, most of these women have conventional jobs, are self-sufficient and have gained additional education.  Fewer than one in five women return to their former lifestyles.

For more information regarding the WINGS luncheon, please contact Mary Westfall at 214-969-0090 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Everyone at New Friends New Life truly appreciates your taking the time to consider this important community project.

Andrea Dyer, Board Chair, New Friends New Life
Gail Turner, Board Vice-Chair, New Friends New Life                            
Candace Cain, Executive Director, New Friends New Life

From the press release about the movie:

After more than 20 inquiries, Hall and Moore signed a contract for the movie rights for a major motion picture with Mark Clayman, who was the Executive Producer of The Pursuit of Happyness.  The movie is in the beginning stages, as they have met with studio writers who are working to adapt Same Kind of Different as Me into a screenplay.  Same Kind of Different as Me is the most inspirational and emotionally gripping story of faith, fortitude and friendship I have ever read.  A powerful example of the healing, restorative power of forgiveness and the transformational life changing power of unconditional love,” says Clayman. For additional information visit

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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison at AWARE luncheon benefitting Alzheimer's Association Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Mar 25, 2009, 05:58 am

AwareLogo_blk.jpg20th Anniversary AWARE Luncheon benefitting the Alzheimer's Association

Featuring United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as keynote speaker

Janet Nylund and Lillie Young co-chair the April 9th event

          Janet Nylund and Lillie Young, co-chairs of the 2009 AWARE luncheon benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association, announce that United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will be the keynote speaker at the Thursday, April 9th luncheon at the Hilton Anatole - Chantilly Ballroom.
          The co-chairs agree: “This year the Alzheimer’s Association is Celebrating 20 Years of Progress and we are thrilled to welcome fellow Texan, Senator Hutchison, as keynote speaker to celebrate this landmark event. As the recipient of the Alliance for Aging Research, Distinguished Public Service Award in 2004 and voted as the Forbes Magazine’s 2005 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, amongst her many awards, Senator Hutchison will bring an empathetic and educated message to luncheon attendees.”

          Joining Senator Hutchison and the co-chairs at the Dallas luncheon will be Harry Johns, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association and Karen Dealy, president, Alzheimer’s Association-Dallas chapter.

          A special feature will be the presentation of the Nancy R. McCune Research Award to Dr. Berislav Zlokovic, M.D., Ph.D.  The award, given annually to a scientist for outstanding advances in the field of Alzheimer’s research, is named for Nancy R. McCune, whose family has commemorated her long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease with the naming of this award in her honor.

          We are also pleased to welcome back Karen Borta and Tracy Rowlett as luncheon emcees, recipients of the AWARE Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008.

          On April 9th, the reception begins at 10:00 a.m., including silent auction bidding. Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Open to the public by reservation only. Pricing begins at $150 per person and underwriting and sponsorships are available.

            For more information about the luncheon contact Bryant Martin, Director of Development & Communications at 214.540.2422 and email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the website at


United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

          In 1993, Texans elected Kay Bailey Hutchison to the United States Senate in a special election, making her the first—and, to date, the only—woman elected to represent the state in the Senate. One year later, she was re-elected to a full six-year term. And in 2000, more than four million Texans voted for her re-election to a second full term—no other Texas candidate has ever captured more votes. In 2006, she was again re-elected by an overwhelming margin. She serves in the Senate leadership, having been elected by her colleagues to be chairman of the Republican Policy Committee in the 110th Congress, making her the

fourth-highest ranking Republican senator.   
          Link to her bio. here:


          A.W.A.R.E. (Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Resources and Education) is a support organization of the Greater Dallas Chapter and shares the same purposes as the Chapter.  Proceeds from the annual luncheon and other projects help fund Alzheimer's education, research, support and guidance for the Alzheimer's families in the Chapter's service area and political advocacy for medical, social and financial needs of families.

          Since its inception in 1987, AWARE has become a powerful fundraising organization promoting Alzheimer's awareness and financial support for its parent organization, the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter, raising over $6.5 million.    

          For more information about AWARE and the Alzheimer’s Association – Dallas Chapter, call 214 214.540.2416  Alzheimer's Association - Dallas Chapter or visit the website at:

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$10 off RAT PACK tickets at certain levels through March 5 Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Sun, Mar 1, 2009, 12:42 pm

RatPackTrio_SW.jpgOur friends at Dallas Summer Musicals have offered readers and friends $10 discount on each ticket at certain levels for RAT PACK at The Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas, running March 3 through 8th.

Here's the info. It's going to be a fabulous show!


$10 off Regular Price Tickets* for RAT PACK:  Live at the Sands

March 3 – 8

The Majestic Theatre

Dallas Summer Musicals presented by Comerica Bank











THE RAT PACK – Live at the Sands is the hottest and coolest party in town. Following four unprecedented years on London's West End, this acclaimed production vividly recreates a legendary evening at the Sands Hotel with the most famous performers of our time: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin.


The Rat Pack legend was born when Frank and Dean spontaneously joined Sammy on stage and, to the surprise and delight of the audience, playfully interrupted his act.  Subsequent nights the three of them were on stage together.  There were hi-jinks and horseplay. They crooned, they quipped and they rolled out the gags right along with their on-stage liquor cart.


It’s Las Vegas, it’s the Sands Hotel, the big band is swingin’, and those gorgeous Burelli Sisters are singin’, and, of course, the three wisecracking hip-cats bring their inimitable magic to the finest music ever recorded:  I’ve Got You Under My Skin; That’s Amore; Mr. Bojangles; The Lady Is A Tramp.  You won’t find anything like it anywhere else.  It’s the Rat Pack – and it’s live!  Ring-a-ding-ding!


*$10 off Regular Price Tickets

Reference password VEGAS (all caps online)

Discount applies to Tues – Thurs evenings (March 3 - 5) performances

in price levels 2 – 5


Offer applies at The Box Office at 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, any Ticketmaster retail location including The Majestic Theatre and Charge-by-Phone 214-631-ARTS


Tickets subject to availability and prior sales; some restrictions may apply.  Performance prices and dates subject to change without notification. Offer expires Sunday, March 5, 2009 at 8pm (CST).  No refunds or exchanges.  Additional service and handling charges apply.  Does not apply to previously purchased tickets.


Ticketmaster link:


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Grant Thornton Announced as Recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award by Special Care Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Feb 18, 2009, 10:50 am

Grant Thornton Announced as Recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award by Special Care & Career Services

Award to be presented at A Special Evening with Bonnie Raitt on March 9th 

Tickets are on sale now. Sponsorships and underwriting available. 
Tickets and Contact info. scroll down. 








           “You’ve heard the saying, ‘Don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do,’ and that’s exactly why Grant Thornton is chosen as the recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award,” said Cathy Packard, executive director, Special Care & Career Services (SCCS).
          For the past 45 years, it has been Special Care & Career Services’
mission to provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities so they can lead fulfilling lives in their communities and businesses play a crucial role in that mission.
           “One of the first corporations to come on board in support of our agency and its annual fundraiser, A Special Evening, was Alliance Data.
It is in their honor the Alliance Data Corporate Champion (ADCC) Award was created, to recognize their 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.”
          It is in this spirit that Special Care & Career Services has named Grant Thornton LLP as the first-ever recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award, in honor of their employment of SCCS client, Elizabeth Harber as well as for its generous multi-faceted support of the agency through financial contributions, volunteerism and advocacy.

Recently, Grant Thornton added yet another level to its support of SCCS.  Valuing the importance of Elizabeth to the company and the importance of SCCS’ continuing support visits to ensure that she remains stable in her job, Grant Thornton  made the decision to pay the fees for Elizabeth’s  ongoing support.  This support includes regular visits by SCCS staff and volunteer Raquel Foster.  SCCS attributes the high job retention rate their clients enjoy to these regular visits.  As proof, 56% of SCCS clients have been on the job more than five years.

          ”We hired Elizabeth because it was the right thing to do.  Special Care worked closely with us to understand Grant Thornton’s hiring need and then matched Elizabeth’s unique skills, interests, and preferences with that need.  It was a perfect fit on both sides and today Elizabeth is a very special member of the Dallas office Grant Thornton family.  At the time of her hire, we could not have anticipated how exciting it would be for all of us to watch Elizabeth blossom in her role the extraordinary impact she would have on staff morale, and the positive recognition we have received in the community,” said Lou Grabowsky, Central Regional Managing Partner of Grant Thornton.   “The small monthly investment we make in her continuing support is well worth it.  And, our positive experience with Elizabeth has paved the way for our firm to hire individuals with special needs in several other offices.”

 About Grant Thornton LLP

The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity. In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at


Special Care & Career Services

Chartered in 1963, Special Care & Career Services’ (SCCS) mission is to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives within our community.
              To this end, they offer two age specific programs regarded as models for innovation by the community:  Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) which provides therapies and services to babies zero to three years old who exhibit any delay or disability and Supported Employment Services (SES) which matches adults with intellectual disabilities (such as Down syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury) to good jobs in the community that fit their abilities and meet the needs of the employer.  


Sponsor Information: Contact         Cathy Packard. phone (972) 991-6777 ext. 112, email             This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , website

Tickets:  Open to the public for the concert only. Tickets start at $50 can be purchased at                                           or call 1.800.595.4TIX (4849)

                                      • Orchestra - $225 & $175
                                      • Orchestra Terrace - $175
                                      • Dress Circle box seat - $150
                                      • Dress Circle - $125 & $100
                                      • Grand Tier box - $75
                                      • Grand Tier - $75 & $50


Sponsors:                Radio: KVIL 103.7 Lite FM  and KJKK 100.3 Jack FM

BonnieRaitt_performanceLowRes.jpgBonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock and pop. After 20 years as a cult favorite, she broke through to the top in the early ‘90s with her Grammy award winning albums, Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, which featured hits such as, "Something To Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me."
                             With nine Grammys under her belt and a long history of social activism, she tours regularly incorporating many benefit concerts into her schedule. In fact, Raitt has been on tour for the better part of the last three years, in support of her latest studio album, Souls Alike, which debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200 in September 2005 and has earned widespread critical acclaim and the Bonnie Raitt and Friends live CD/DVD released in August 2006.


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