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Viardo International Piano Competition Heats Up This Weekend! Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Sep 29, 2008, 02:23 PM

Viardo International Piano Competition Heats Up This Weekend!
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
3 - 5 October 2008


Name of event:  Viardo International Piano Competition

Dates:                  October 3-5, 2008

Where/When:      October 3, 4:

                            Semi-final round at Custer Road United Methodist Church – 6601 Custer Road, Plano, Texas 75023.

                                      T- 972.618.3450

                             Free and open to the public.
                             Friday, October 3: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
                             Saturday, October 4: 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon then 1:00 -4:30 PM
                             Link to a map and directions:

                             October 5:  Final round with Plano Symphony Orchestra in Countrywide theatre at Eisemann Center in Richardson. Must buy tickets for this event.
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Ticket price:        
$15 - $25 Buy Tickets here:                                                                              

                             2351 Performance Drive
                             Richardson, Texas 75082

                             Ticket Office 972.744.4650 

Categories:          There is a Junior Category, ages 12-17 and a senior category, ages 18 and up.

Repertoire           Visit the website for the complete listing:

Contact for Sponsorships:      This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 940-230-3539

Competitors:       Bios of the competitors are available via .pdf by request.

Judges:                Vladimir Viardo, Jean Fassina, Liu Shi Kun, Daniel Pollack

                             Marian Rybicki

Viardo Foundation Mission: Establish an international piano competition annually and bring world-class talented pianists to Dallas metropolitan area.

About Vladimir Viardo:           
















He was the first Russian to win the Van Cliburn Competition in 1973. Vladimir Viardo was born in the Caucasus Mountains near the Black Sea. He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Lev Naumov. After having received his doctorate, he became Lev Naumov’s assistant. He won two international competitions: the “Prix du Prince Rainier” at the Maguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris (1971) and the Van Cliburn Competition (1973).

His travel visa was withdrawn by the Russian Soviet authorities. It was not until the new era of “Glasnost” and “Perestroika” that he was again able to play abroad. He has performed at the Lincoln centre, the Kennedy Centre, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Vladimir Viardo is presently Artist in Residence at the University of North Texas. He is founder of the Viardo Foundation which is committed to providing financial assistance to talented students.

He has made many recordings including Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Alemdar Karamanov, Nikolai Medtner, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sergei Rachmaninoff.


Here's a link to an interview in NY 2 years ago:


Here are some images and a more extensive bio.:


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Artrageous! Luncheon sponsored by Stanley Korshak benefiting KidneyTexas Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Sep 10, 2008, 10:57 AM

KidneyTexas 2008 Luncheon and Fashion Show Artrageous!

sponsored by Stanley Korshak

When:   Friday, September 12, 2008

            10:00 a.m. reception and silent auction

            11:30 a.m. Seating for fashion show and luncheon

            Valet parking


Where:           Hilton Anatole Hotel
                   Chantilly Ballroom
                   Dallas, TX


Patty Jo Turner,

Honorary Chair

Carmaleta Whiteley,

Charlotte Kimberlin,


            Honorary Chair’s (Patty Jo Turner) father, Mr. Ed Haggar started the KidneyTexas       association many years ago when his mother had kidney disease.


Luncheon Presenting Sponsors:      Stanley Korshak, Crawford Brock, owner; KTVT Channel 11


Partners:      Kid Biz provides the childrens’ clothes for the fashion show

                   Modern Luxury Dallas – Media partner


Fashion Show:   "Best of Fall at Stanley Korshak and The Shak.” With fashions by Stanley  Korshak and production by Jan Strimple, it promises to be another stellar  event.

Guest Models:        Rozalyn and Robert Colombo, Vinnie Deegan, Rolando Diaz, Lynae and Dean Fearing, Steve Mauldin (Pres. of KTVT - Channel 11), Tincy and  Vance Miller, Terri Provençal, Capera Ryan, Ed Schulenburg (editor of Encore),  Bill Solomon, Jocelyn White.

We also ask kidney donors/recipients to model and we are very proud to have  Harold Simmons and his daughter, Amy Alford in the show this year. Quote  from Harold: “I am pleased to support KidneyTexas and be a part of the luncheon on September 12th. The good work they do is even more meaningful to me now that I have had a kidney transplant.  My new kidney was given to  me by my daughter, Amy.”

       A special section dedicated to Harold Simmons will be in the program.  Supporters have asked to have their names listed – so donations are being taken to be listed on that page. Contact KidneyTexas for more info.

Seating:       The fashion show features individual runway seating, a departure from the  usual tableside-fashion viewing seating. Special underwriting levels insure VIP seating.


Raffle: See attached release.

Awards:         The Stanley Korshak  American Express Outstanding Service Award  KidneyTexas will be presented by Crawford Brock, President and Owner of Stanley Korshak and Linda Marshall, Regional Vice President and General  Manager/Central Region for American Express. 


Luncheon Tickets:  $150 each. See attached Underwriting contract for underwriting levels. 


For more information and tickets: tel. 214.891.0896 and fax. 214.368.3635 or email:                            This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   or visit the website:


2008 beneficiaries:

o        National Kidney Foundation’s Young Adult Camp

o        The Kidney Family Retreat to be held at Camp John Marc

o        Kidney in the Classroom, an educational program for children in the classroom in cooperation with the Dallas Public School

o        Children’s Medical Center to support a Child Life Specialist, educational materials, supplies and funds for clown therapists; and

o        UT Southwestern Medical Center to purchase equipment to monitor oxygenation during surgery for Kidney Cancer.


Mission Statement:
The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.


Debilitating kidney diseases impact approximately 20 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. In Texas, there are over 30,000 people on dialysis and 4,000 on a transplant list. The number of patients on dialysis is anticipated to double this decade.


Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with our generous underwriters to raise over $1.5 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease.

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Yellow and Black Tie Gala - Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation Gala happens November 1 Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Sep 8, 2008, 04:09 PM

Hospital Foundation Celebrates First Sponsors, New Theme for 2008 Gala 

Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation Hosting November 1

Gala to Raise Money for Nonprofit Hospital


The Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation has received a Gold level sponsorship of $10,000 from Ericsson for its annual fundraising gala to be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at the Westin Galleria Dallas. An anonymous donor also has contributed $48,000 to help sponsor the event. The news was celebrated at a kick-off party hosted by Underwriting Co-Chair Karl Chiao and his wife, Catherine, at their University Park home.

Adding to the excitement, organizers have unveiled this year’s new name for the gala, Yellow and Black Tie Gala, to highlight one of the hospital’s major initiatives.

“We wanted yellow to be part of the theme this year to promote cancer awareness and the upcoming opening of the new Richardson Regional Cancer Center,” said gala chair Suzanne Bock of Dallas. The new Cancer Center, an affiliate of UT Southwestern Medical Center, will be opening in October at the hospital’s Bush/Renner Campus to serve the North Texas area.

Bock, a member of the Richardson Regional Foundation board and owner of Interphil LLC, a philanthropic and wealth management consulting firm, is passionate about this cause because she was caregiver to a close friend who passed away from leukemia two years ago.  

“We traveled long distances for specialized treatment, so I know first-hand how difficult it is to leave home when you are faced with this devastating illness,” said Bock. “I’m honored to be involved with Richardson Regional’s efforts to provide advanced cancer care right here at home.”


Proceeds from the Yellow and Black Tie Gala will not only support the new Cancer Center, but also support other medical technology, research and clinical programs at the hospital. Last year’s gala netted more than $163,000 and was attended by more than 500 area civic and business leaders.

Plano residents Ed Kelly and Linda Armstrong Kelly are serving as this year’s honorary chairs. The couple has devoted their volunteer efforts to help fight cancer and improve medical care available locally. They also are honorary co-chairs of the Foundation’s capital campaign, “Cancer Should Not Have the Last Word.”

 (Photo: Karl Chiao, Underwriting co-chair and his wife, Catherine, hosts; Suzanne Bock, Gala Chairman; Robert Witte, Underwriting Co-chair. Photo by Jennifer Baylis)

Mr. Kelly is president of the Foundation Board of Directors. A former IBM executive, he currently serves as Director of Sales for PHNS, a Dallas based company that provides information technology and business office services to hospitals. Ms. Kelly, mother of seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, is an activist, author and motivational speaker. She currently serves on the Richardson Hospital Authority Board. 


The Yellow and Black Tie Gala will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Sponsorships, tables of 10, and individual gala tickets, which cost $150 each, are available by calling the Foundation at (972) 498-7678. All sponsorships receive recognition in the Gala program and other promotional opportunities. For more details, visit


The Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization led by 32 business and civic leaders who donate their time, service and expertise to raise funds and awareness for Richardson Regional Medical Center. Established in 1977, this organization’s fundraising have helped upgrade obstetrical services, establish the Center for Women’s Health, enlarge the Senior Health Center, expand cardiovascular services, and bring the first Novalis®-enhanced linear accelerator in Texas and the seventh in the United States, to the Lance Armstrong Shaped Beam Surgery™ program at the Cancer Center. For more information or to make a donation, call (972) 498-7678 or visit


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Texas Ballet Theater Faces Possible Shutdown Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Aug 19, 2008, 10:03 AM

Read the article by Mallary Jean Tenore in Dallas Morning News/August 14, 2008.
It seems a supporter who has made donations of $1 million a year, has ceased making that donation.

As you know, every penny can help. Link to TBT's web page and make a donation here.


Or, purchase some wonderful original artworks from the recent Fly Ball 2008:

The frescoes and chandeliers featured at the ball are for sale.

Click here to see more and details for purchasing these wonderful works of art.
Scroll down to The Fly Ball.

Also at the above link are listings of (hopefully) upcoming events benefiting Texas Ballet Theater.

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The Family Place Announces Nominees for Two Awards Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Aug 14, 2008, 03:36 PM

Sambuca hosts al fresco party as The Family Place Announces Nominees for The Man of Influence and Texas Trailblazer Awards

Honorees to be presented awards at the August 20th Luncheon

Janine Latus, author of “If I Am Missing or Dead,” a New York Times and London Times best seller is featured speaker

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