Join us for an evening of favorites with musical icon Dionne Warwick
Her luminous voice will fill the Meyerson Symphony Center
at A Special Evening with Dionne Warwick hosted by Alliance Data benefiting Special Care & Career Services
Don’t miss the legendary Dionne Warwick perform at the upcoming A Special Evening with Dionne Warwick hosted by Alliance Data. This songstress will bring an entourage of musicians and fill the stage with energy as she sings your favorite tunes. Her luminous voice will be complemented with strings and other beautiful instruments that will make the evening truly magical.
On April 1st, sponsors will join co-chairs Nicole Kapioltas and Angie Hubach, along with honorary chairs Anne and Steve Stodghill, and kick-off the evening with a pre-concert reception. The Meyerson’s lobby will be transformed into an orchestration of sensory and culinary delights – a fresh, fun elegant venue in which you will enjoy tasting savory food offerings, sipping refreshing wine and mingling with friends.
Just before the concert begins, experience a fervor that will surround the live auction of an original work of art, created especially for this event, by artist Deanna Kienast. The live auction will follow the presentation of the Milton P. Levy, Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Award to Jim Hanophy, MS, CRC. This award is given annually to an individual who has exhibited leadership in supporting the mission of building independence for children and adults with disabilities, in the community.
Jim is volunteer Executive Director of Special Needs Assistance Partners, and Program Specialist in charge of the new outcomes-based payment system for supported employment launched this year by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Past recipients include Robert G. Pollock, Nancy Ann Hunt, Robert L. Blumenthal and former Presidents of the Board of Trustees of this evening’s beneficiary, Special Care & Career Services (SCCS).
Co-chairs Nicole Kapioltas and Angie Hubach are honored to be aligned with such a valuable community agency.
“Angie and I became involved with SCCS because we believe in the valuable services that the agency provides to children and young adults with cognitive disabilities and developmental delays,” Nicole said. “The agency has done an amazing job of working with and developing young adults with cognitive disabilities, and transforming them into vibrant, capable individuals that can find and hold good jobs within the community. And, seeing the smile of an individual who realizes his or her true value is beautiful.”
Angie’s interest in the agency and the Special Evening event also stems from her commitment to and passion for working with children and families. As a Child and Family Therapist employed by Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), she serves families with children who have developmental delays. "I know first hand through my work with ECI the world of opportunity and hope that SCCS provides to these individuals and to their families,” Angie said. “We strive for the same goals, to help our clients lead fulfilling, independent lives. There is great joy in seeing these dreams realized."
Dallas-based Alliance Data has come on board again as host sponsor as A Special Evening celebrates its sixth year as the major fundraiser for Special Care & Career Services, a Dallas United Way Agency. Past featured entertainers include: Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, k.d. lang, Tom Jones and the Doobie Brothers.
“Angie and I are truly appreciative of the continued generous support received from our Host Sponsor, Alliance Data,” Nicole said. “We would also like to recognize the efforts of the SCCS Board, SCCS staff, our fabulous event committee and our illustrious honorary chairs, Anne and Steve Stodghill. And, we would be remiss if we didn’t also thank 98.7 KLUV, The Dallas Morning News, Amegy Bank of Texas, AMS Production Group, Just Brakes, La Quinta Corporation, Park Place Motorcars of Dallas, Mr. L. Frank Pitts, Mr. and Mrs. George Ellison Hurt III and Marinelle and Kip Sowden.”
With the generosity of all supporters, SCCS can continue to provide valuable services to its clients and families, and in turn positively impact their lives and the community.
The concert is open to the public. Tickets begin at $50 and are available at
www.ticketweb.com. Or, contact Susan Spradlin, Director of Development (SCCS) for sponsor opportunities at (972) 991-6777 ext. 121,
Dallas-based Alliance Data, host sponsor : 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 website, http://www.AllianceData.com.
Special Care & Career Services:
Special Care & Career Services (SCCS) has always been on the forefront in developing programs that promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of the community – where we live, work, and play.
The SCCS mission is to provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities so that they can lead fulfilling lives in their communities. To that end they provide education, therapy and training to help their clients reach their full potential.
Chartered in 1963, services include Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) for children birth to 3 years old and Supported Employment Services for adults. Both are regarded as model programs by the community.
The ECI program is recognized as a “Best Practices” study site by the Early Childhood Intervention Services Division of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.
Through the Supported Employment Services program, adults with mental retardation, traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disabilities participate in comprehensive employment services to obtain and keep jobs in the local community.
I have to admit I was a bit nervous about the Pinot. The bottle was special to me whether or not it was good, but I wanted it to be good. And it was delightfully confirmed as so by my dining partners - rich, leathery, and blackberryish.
Joined by Jennifer, Ariel, and Emily at the table we enjoyed the mingling of the flavors and the energy of the conversation.
I learned that both Mark and Claudine know how to play the accordion. This was something neither knew about the other until this evening.
I also learned that Jennifer knows how to play the piano, but can only play Christmas carols, that the life of an SMU music student is busier than it needs to be, and that Emily’s family is so embarrassed by their lack of musical talent that one year they considered playing the kazoo at their very musically talented family’s holiday gathering then chickened out.
I had nothing to add to this conversation. The only talent I've shown with music is producing a daughter who is a classically-trained violinist.
Where were you in 1970? Half the people at the table weren’t around in 1970. I will politely decline to say which half were.
Just like the pork tenderloin I had gathered up all the ingredients for, our evening together had the right mix – fantastic food, warm friendship, and fun conversation.
I need more evenings like this.
February 23, 2008, next year’s “Open The Bottle Night”, is already on my calendar.
Garlic and Thyme Roasted Pork Loin with a Brandy Cream Sauce
1 (3 1/2 pound) boneless pork loin 6 large cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup brandy 4 tablespoons fresh thyme 1/4 cup olive oi 1 cup dry white wine
Brandy Cream Sauce 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup dry white wine 2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup brandy 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon cold water
Remove roast from refrigerator 30 minutes before preparing rub for meat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a blender or food processor, combine garlic cloves with salt, pepper, brandy, and thyme. Add olive oil slowly in a thin stream though hole in the top of the blender or feeding tube of processor. Process to thicken slightly. Place pork roast in roasting pan; coat with the garlic and thyme mixture. Bake in oven with meat thermometer inserted, uncovered. Baste with a quarter cup of wine every 15 minutes for one hour. Roast approximately 1 1/2 hours or until internal termperature reaches 160 degrees. Make sauce while pork is cooking.
For sauce, melt butter and sauté onion 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add wine and simmer 15 minutes. Gradually stir in cream. Add brandy, salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring to reduce liquid by 1/3, 5 to 7 minutes. Mix together cold water and cornstarch. Add half of cornstarch mixture to sauce. Continue to simmer until slightly thickened. Use the remainder of thickening mixture if desired. Once meat is removed from the oven, let rest 10 minutes. Slice in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and serve. Pass sauce separately.
Sandra's Cooking Notes: - This ranks high on my all-time favorite recipe list, It's elegant yet simple. You can find the recipe in "Good Friends, Great Tastes." Author Debbie Meyer is a local girl and her book is self-published. My book is filled with liquid-splatters, dog-eared pages, and I've had to tape the cover. You can find it here. - I am going to twist Mark and Claudine's arm for the tiramisu and roasted vegetable salad recipes and post them as well.
Editors: The speakers are available for interviews. Scroll down for the info.
The Arthritis Foundation today announced that it will host a free “Let’s Talk RA” Town Hall meeting at Dallas’ Cityplace Conference Center, located at 2711 North Haskell, on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The open forum will feature John H. Klippel, M.D., national president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation, and Dallas-based rheumatologist Alex Limanni, M.D. of the Arthritis Centers of Texas. David Winter, M.D., affiliated with Baylor University Medial Center and WFAA-TV medical correspondent, will serve as event moderator. People living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and their caregivers are invited to participate in a discussion about the importance of improved physician-patient communication, disease management and making better lifestyle choices. Attendees will have an opportunity to get answers to their questions about communicating with their physician from these local and national medical experts during the Q&A portion of the meeting.
A survey conducted on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation found that nearly 70 percent of people being treated for RA still experience stiffness, fatigue or pain on a daily basis. [i]
In addition, unlike many other diseases, there is no one specific diagnostic test for rheumatoid arthritis, so clearly describing symptoms to a physician is important for proper care. [ii] The Let’s Talk RA campaign, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, is a national education and awareness campaign designed to improve communication between people who live with RA and their rheumatologists. The campaign also includes a free communication guide.
“Rheumatologists need to have a clear understanding of exactly how rheumatoid arthritis is affecting an individual’s daily activities in order to provide the best possible care. The key to this understanding is effective communication,” said John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Klippel also is a rheumatologist. “Let’s Talk RA provides people living with rheumatoid arthritis with tools designed to facilitate effective and specific communication about their condition with their doctors.”
The Let’s Talk RA communication guide was designed by the Arthritis Foundation with input from rheumatologists to help those with RA prepare for each doctor visit. The guide offers practical tips, including what information to take notes on and types of questions to ask the doctor. Tips to facilitate the dialogue on treatment plan options and modifiable lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise also are included. The free communication guide is available from the Arthritis Foundation’s Web site, http://www.arthritis.org or by calling 1-800-568-4045.
About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a, chronic, autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints (or synovium), causing joint damage with chronic pain, stiffness and swelling. [iii] RA causes limited range of motion and decreased function as a result of affected joints losing their shape and alignment. 3
RA affects more than 2 million people in the United States and is more common in women, who account for 70 percent of patients diagnosed with RA. 3
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 46 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation’s number-one cause of disability. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has 46 chapters and 150 community service points located throughout the country.
The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis. Information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-568-4045 or www.arthritis.org .
For more information on the Let’s Talk RA campaign or to schedule an interview with Alex Limanni, M.D., contact Karol Wilson, K. Wilson Communications, at 214-363-8428 or
To schedule an interview with Arthritis Foundation president and CEO John H. Klippel, M.D, please contact Joyce Harvey, 404-786-1616, or
1 Ruderman, p. 15, Fig. 2
[ii] Rindfleish, JA & Muller, D, pg. 5, para 1, pg.6, para 1
As comfort food and cheese goes it doesn't get any better than macaroni and cheese.
I've been on the hunt this past year for the ultimate macaroni and cheese recipe excluding the boxed stuff.
I've tried several recipes on my quest, some with this and that special cheese; one recipe had three special cheeses.
I settled on this recipe even though I wouldn't describe it as the ultimate; it's a simple cheddar cheese recipe, but my girls get happy every time I make it.
And that makes me happy.
It takes no longer to assemble this than it does the boxed stuff and while it bakes you can prepare the rest of your dinner.
Like any other bad habit, please tell me you'll give up your Kraft Macaroni and Cheese addiction (or any other brand of boxed macaroni and cheese). Kraft introduced its macaroni and cheese product at a time when the country was rationing dairy products. How much real cheese do you think is in that packet of orange powder?
My oldest daughter, Ariel, whipped out the meal pictured below - baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, green peas spiced with butter and cayenne (I know it sounds crazy, but it was good!), and garlic bread.
I could use some comfort right about now.
As I write I'm at 36,000 feet somewhere over Utah on my way to San Francisco with a chronic sneezer and the loudest nose blower on the planet stationed in the row behind me. I can't get off this plane fast enough.
Maybe I'll search out some macaroni and cheese while I'm here.
Golden Brown Macaroni and Cheese 6 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter 2 1/2 cups grated mild Cheddar cheese 2 large eggs 1/2 cup milk paprika, for the top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a 6-quart pot, bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain. Return the macaroni to the pot and stir in the butter until melted. Add 2 cups of the cheddar cheese.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the milk. Add the milk mixture to the pot with the macaroni. Stir until combined. Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese on top. Dust with paprika. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and the casserole is warm throughout.
Makes 5 to 6 servings as a side dish.
Sandra's Cooking Notes: - I found this recipe on the Internet somewhere. The author is Mattie Wilson in a book called "Sylvia's Family Sould Food Cookbook." Thanks, Mattie. - Sometimes I use sharp cheddar cheese for a different twist.
Dallas Summer Musicals’ Curtain Call committee is pleased to welcome Michael Bolton, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer, as the featured entertainer for the 2007 Curtain Call gala, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Bolton will perform songs from his new album, “Bolton Swings Sinatra: The Second Time Around.” Having dominated the pop charts through much of the 1990s, Bolton’s newest album, which features a big band sound, is a tribute to Frank Sinatra and includes some of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most beloved hits such as “New York, New York,” “Night and Day,” “My Funny Valentine” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Having sold more than 53 million records, won multiple Grammy trophies for Best Male Vocalist and countless other honors, earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and sold out arenas worldwide, Bolton is considered one of the music industry’s most talented artists.
To purchase tickets for the Curtain Call event or to discuss underwriting opportunities, contact the Dallas Summer Musicals’ Development Office at 214-421-5678, extension 161.
Dallas Summer Musicals gratefully acknowledges Wells Fargo for underwriting the Announcement Party with a special thanks to Central Market and Parking Company of America.
Now celebrating its 67th season, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theater organization in the United States, and the fifth largest non-profit theater company.
DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in live, musical theatre entertainment since 1941.