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The Gingerbread Stroll, presented by Allie Beth Allman & Associates, will celebrate eight years this holiday season with its annual exhibition and silent auction of gingerbread houses created by some of Dallas’ top pastry chefs.  


On display in Highland Park Village, November 16 through November 30, 2018, attendees can stroll between select retailers to view and bid on beautifully decorated gingerbread houses, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Community Partners of Dallas. 


“We are so excited to celebrate the eighth year of the Gingerbread Stroll, and are immensely grateful for the ongoing support of Highland Park Village, our many retail partners, and of course the talented chefs who create our magical gingerbread houses,” remarked founder Christine McKenny.  “And we are so delighted to designate stroll proceeds for the next two years to Community Partners of Dallas and the children they serve.”


Added Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas, “The Gingerbread Stroll has become a holiday highlight for so many and we are honored that Community Partners of Dallas has been selected as the beneficiary for 2018 and 2019.  The funds raised from this event will help support our new facility which opens in 2019, and specifically one of our night response visitation rooms, which provides a warm and loving place for children taken into protective care by Child Protective Services as they await their transition to their safe placement.”


Featured hotels, pastry chefs and artists for this year’s stroll include: pastry chef Leigh Gibson at A Sweet Life; BIRD Bakery team from BIRD Bakery; pastry chef Winter Lockwood-Frank of Charlie’s Burgers and Street Tacos; artist Christine Van Pelt and head chocolatier Rocio Estrada and team from Chocolate Secrets; and chocolatier Sirenia Sanchez and director Carolyn Hudec and team from Chocolate Secrets; pastry chefs Shirley Chavez and Hilda Muirhead from Hilton Anatole; resident gingerbread house expert Julie Price at Hotel Crescent Court; pastry chef Saju Meppidayil and executive chef Hermann Hiemeyer of Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion; Le Gourmet Baking Team; pastry chef Kristina Kent of Omni Dallas Hotel; Gingerbread House Master Creations by Kristen Schweiger & Team; pastry chef Sam Cade of Cade’s Cakes; and pastry chef Arielle Sutcliffe of Pastry Works. 


Highland Park retailers that will showcase the elaborate gingerbread houses are: Beretta Gallery, BIRD Bakery, Bistro 31, Draper James, ETRO, goop, JAMES PERSE, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Leggiadro, MARKET Highland Park, Robert Talbott, Roller Rabbit, Royal Blue Grocery, THE TOT, Trina Turk and VERONICA BEARD.


Dallas residential real estate agent Christine McKenny founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011, with the hopes of bringing the community together to raise funds for local children’s charities. Each year, a different charity is selected as the beneficiary of 100 percent of the proceeds.  Since its inception, the Stroll has raised more than $91,000.


This year’s Gingerbread Stroll is made possible by the following sponsors:  Amy Koellner; Providence Lane Window Coverings; BABY B'AIR Flight Vest; Balekian Hayes, PLLC; Candy's Dirt; Mary Dinkins, The Dinkins Team, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.; Dr. Gary E. Alhaldef, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry; Highland Park Village; HUB International Personal Insurance; Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Jim Mueller, Verner Brumley Mueller Parker; Republic Title, Park Cities; Retail Plazas, Inc./The Olyan Family; TATUM BROWN Custom Homes; Trammell Crow Company; Woolery Associates, Interior Design; and Bread Winners.



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Obelisk Awards luncheon co-chairs Hunter and Victoria McGrath

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) hosted an evening reception on Wednesday, October 17 celebrating the 2018 Obelisk Awardshonorees, nominators and host committee members. 


Obelisk Awards luncheon co-chairs Victoria and Hunter McGrath were joined by nearly 70 attendees at the Thompson & Knight offices in One Arts Plaza. Upon arrival patrons mingled and enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music by guitarist Sam Swank.  On view was this year’s Obelisk award, which was designed and created by noted glass artist Polly Gessell, and will be presented to each recipient at the Obelisk Awards luncheon on November 16.


Mid-way through the evening Rick del Monte, Board Chairman of BCA, welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their support of the 30thannual Obelisk Awards, which are bestowed upon companies and leaders in business and the arts for their invaluable contributions supporting arts and culture in North Texas.  She also recognized honorary chairs Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, as well as co-chairs Victoria and Hunter McGrath for their support of this year’s milestone event.


The co-chairs then followed by adding their gratitude to all and then announcing this year’s award recipients as well as the individuals and organizations that had nominated them, including: 


  • Business Champion for the Arts Award

Recipient:Craig Hall

Nominated by: Dallas Arts District


  • Arts Education Award 

Recipient: Cigna

Nominated by:  Chamberlain Performing Arts


  • Arts Partnership Award/LargeBusiness(more than 500 employees locally) 


Nominated by:  Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas


  • Arts Partnership Award/SmallBusiness(fewer than 50 employees locally)

Recipient: Selig Polyscope Company

Nominated by: Dallas Video Fest


  • New Initiatives Award 

Recipient:The Shops at Willow Bend

Nominated by: North Texas Performing Arts


  • Juror’s Award

Recipients: Anne and Steve Stodghill

Nominated by: Dallas Film Society


  • The Outstanding Leadership Arts Alumnus Award 

Recipient: Angie Parra

Nominated by: Junior Players


  • Distinguished Cultural Organization Award

Recipient:Thanks-Giving Foundation

Nominated by:Almas Muscatwalla



  • Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award

Recipient: Teresa Coleman Wash

Nominated by: Bishop Arts Theatre Center  


The McGraths closed by reminding everyone about the upcoming Obelisk Awards luncheon on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Belo Mansion, which includes a reception, seated lunch and recognition of the 2018 award recipients.   


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Bill Addy, David Martin, Jubilee board chair, Ben Leal, Jubilee CEO

Jubilee Park & Community Center hosted a special reception for donors and supporters at the home of Kathy and Harlan Crow on September 19.  Jubilee Park CEO Ben Leal was joined by more than 100 guests as they mingled while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Crow family’s library.

At the appointed time, David Martin, board chair for Jubilee, and Bill Addy, a co-chair for Jubilee’s 20th Anniversary Gala last year,  gathered the crowd and thanked Kathy and Harlan Crow for their support of Jubilee and for opening their home for the evening’s festivities.

Following, CEO Leal,announced key findings from Jubilee’s revolutionary Specialized Student Support (S3) Program, which is designed to increase accessibility of its award-winning summer and afterschool programs for children with learning differences.  The S3 Program was the focus of Jubilee’s 20th Anniversary, which raised a net amount of more than $1.5 million dollars.

Leal said, “So many children in Southeast Dallas struggled with special learning needs and just weren’t getting the help they deserved, and with your help, Jubilee stepped up to fill this gap.”

He shared that the pilot cohort of seven students included a significant disparity in diagnoses and resources depending on a child’s school, and a significant opportunity for impact by focusing on dyslexia interventions.  Parent empowerment trainings were so helpful that they have been expanded to all parents in Jubilee’s programs, which directly serves 400 children.

He also revealed that core components of Jubilee’s new strategic plan, including values, revised areas of impact, and upcoming programs for the next five years, which will include coalition-building among surrounding neighborhoods, expanded programs for senior citizens, a home repair program, workforce certificates, and the first full cohort of the S3 Program.

Leal then referenced signage throughout the space, which reviewed results, detailed next steps, and thanked lead sponsors of Jubilee’s work, including Lydia and Bill Addy, Crow Holdings, Winnie and Davis Hamlin, ISN Software Corporation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Moody Foundation, New Breeze Foundation, Park Place Dealerships, the Perot Foundation, Stemmons Foundation, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

In closing he said, “We have lots more to share about the five-year plan, including maximizing the use of our campus, bridging the gap between middle school and higher education, and acting as a conduit for resources into the greater Southeast Dallas area.  For tonight, we hope you’ll feel informed and engaged with Jubilee as we enter this next decade of service.”

Reception attendees included: Maria and David Martin, chair, Jubilee Park & Community Center board of directors; Cesar Reyna and Ben Leal, CEO, Jubilee Park & Community Center; Bill Addy, 20th Anniversary Gala co-chair; Marilyn Augur; Tom McConnell; Delilah and Sam Boyd; Kathy Crow; Winnie and Davis Hamlin; Bea and Walt Humann; Paul Polanco and Roberto De la Cruz; Amanpreet and Matthew Randazzo; Jeff and Darrel Rice; Annadele Ross; Nancy Shutt; and Nancy and Jim Skochdopole.

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ESTEEM co-chairs Charley Garrett, Abra Garrett, Kathy Fielder, and Isabella Fielder

Event chairs Kathy Fisher, with daughter Isabella, and Abra Garrett, with daughter Charley, were joined by more than 200 attendees for the 9th annual ESTEEM Fashion Show on Thursday, September 6, 2018, which benefited The Elisa Project (TEP).

Hosted by Tootsies at The Plaza at Preston Center, partygoers arrived and mingled while enjoying signature cocktails courtesy of Kruto Vodka and light bites donated by Doug Boster Catering while perusing the latest fall fashions. Raffle tickets were also available for sale for the chance to win fabulous prizes from Amanda Sterett Jewelry, Veranda Club & Spa at the Hilton Anatole, KF Designs – Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder, Mathew Trent Jewelry, Verona Privé Maison and Robin Jackson Photography.

At the appointed time, attendees gathered upstairs for the evening’s highlight, the ESTEEM fashion show.  As guests took their seats, founder, event producer and TEP board member Rhonda Sargent Chambers welcomed all and thanked them for their support of the ninth annual event that celebrates body image and self-esteem. By helping to increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, Esteem encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy.

Chambers then recognized co-chairs Kathy Fielder and Abra Garrett and their daughters, for their hard work in ensuring this year’s success.  The co-chairs came to the stage to add their gratitude to all, including event sponsors: TOOTSIES, Eating Recovery Center, KRUTO Vodka, Blushington, Doug Boster Catering, Lawson Even Rentals, Center for Discovery, The Renfrew Center and Children’s Health.

TOOTSIES store director Nerisa von Helpenstill and sales manager Dustin Holcomb then took the podium to share some of fall’s latest trends, followed by a runway show presentation featuring models in the season’s must-have looks, with make-up from Blushington at The Shops at Highland Park.

DJ Blake Ward kept the vibe going after the show as partygoers continued to mingle and shop.  As the evening came to a close, each patron received a swag bag, which included a complimentary faux lash application at Blushington, a sprinkle cookie from Society Bakery, a TOOTSIES gift card and more.

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Co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles with honorary chair Stephan Pyles and NTFB CEO Trisha Cunningham

Record-setting rain couldn’t keep supporters away from the 5th annual HARVEST on Friday, September 21 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  Co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles, with honorary chair Stephan Pyles, welcomed more than 450 attendees, in their “Garden Glamour and Galoshes” attire.  More than $191,000 net revenue was raised benefiting the North Texas Food Bank, which will serve over 570,000 individuals.

The evening began with a VIP reception for top sponsors in the Alex Camp House.  Patrons arrived and sipped wine courtesy of Rose Gold Rosé and Coquerel Wines, beer graciously donated by Ben E. Keith Beverages, and a specialty cocktail, the Blackberry Ginger Smash, featuring Casamigos Tequila. and noshed at exclusive food stations from Chef Pyles’ restaurants: Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles, which featured wild boar tamales with Dallas Mozzarella Co. goat cheese, BBQ masa and smoked peach manchamantel sauce and Flora Street Café’s melon-rhubarb gazpacho with chipotle brioche crumble and yuzu-yogurt sorbet.  

VIP attendees also got first view of the silent auction and chance to bid on fabulous packages such as a Cartagena Package with four-nights in Historic Cartagena, including accommodations, sightseeing, 150,000 American Airlines Miles and a $500 Visa gift card; and the JLT Beverages, LP Luxury Flagship Level Suite at a Dallas Stars Home Game for up to 12.

At 7:00 p.m. DJ Lucy Wrubel pumped up the volume as partygoers continued to arrive and progress into the main tent, which had been constructed thanks to a savvy Dallas bride who’s wedding was planned for the following day.

This year’s moveable feast included 23 food stations featuring cuisine from Dallas top chefs and restaurants.  Highlights included: The Meat Shop chef Keith Browning’s miso glazed Wagyu short ribs with butternut squash risotto; signature cajun chicken by Chef Momo Sow of Le Bilboquet;  tuna, watermelon, herbs and fish sauce by chef Alex Astranti of Uchi Dallas & Uchiba’; Parigi chef/owner Janice Provost’s quinoa cakes with aji verdi; prime beef robata, blistered shishito peppers, red miso aioli by chef Jacob Williamson of Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck; Ritz-Carlton Dallas chef Juan Pablo Silva’s Albondiga meatball sliders; jalapeno bone broth by chef/owner Joanne Bondy of Stocks & Bondy; chicken liver parfait with crispy chicken skins and grilled sourdough by Chef Anthony Dispensa of The French Room; and award-winning handmade cheeses by Paula Lambert, Mozarella Co., served with artisan bread by Meader Ozarow’s Empire Baking Company. Dessert was definitely not forgotten with French macarons by chef/owner Tida Pichakron of Haute Sweets Patisserie, John Doumas of Pop Star’s all natural popsicles, specialty tarts by pastry chef Uma Iyer of Tart-a-licious, and chocolate almond butter cups, sweet potato cups, and Meyer lemon cups by Susan O’Brien of Hail Merry Snacks.

Mid-way through the evening, North Texas Food Bank president and CEO Trisha Cunningham gathered the crowd to welcome everyone and thank them for their support of the 5th annual HARVEST, which will help the organization meet the needs of more than 570,000 food insecure individuals across North Texas.  She extended her gratitude to the many sponsors and donors who had made the evening possible, including top sponsors Vulcan Materials Company; NTFB’s Indian American Council; Alice and Bill Barnett; and Megan and Casey McManemin.  She also recognized the amazing duo Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles, event co-chairs, as well as the inimitable Stephan Pyles who served as honorary chair, underwriting chair Jen O’Neal and event founders and advisors Nancy Gopez and Kristi Bare.

The party then continued as posh patrons traded their galoshes for dance shoes, and hit the dance floor..  DJ Wrubel kept the vibe going, including an homage to the HARVEST date, September 21st, with Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”  Revelers seen among the packed dance floor as they celebrated the successful night, included co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles, chef Pyles, NTFB’s Trisha Cunningham., Casey Barber, Alison Pearl, Teffy Jacobs, Noelle Petty, Nikki Webb and Jody Bare.

As the evening came to a close, Cunningham took the microphone one final time to bid the crowd “good night.”

5th annual HARVEST attendees included:  Chef Stephan Pyles, honorary chair; Co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles; Jen O’Neal, underwriting chair; Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank; Janie and David Condon; Mark Knowles; Jack Pratt; Elizabeth and Eric Gambrell; Jennifer Lake and Richard Harper; Amy Turner; Lisa and Marvin Singleton; Nancy Gopez; Nikki and Crayton Webb; Kameron Westcott; Lora Farris; Kindred Roach and Brett Gray; Rachel and John Michell; Natalie Chu; Deb Young and Chris Barrett; Carmen and Trammell Hancock; Doris Jacobs; Alison Pearl; Kathryn and Gentry Beach; Casey Barber; Max Trowbridge; Susan Farris; Kunthear Mam-Douglas and Scott Douglas; JB Hayes; Allison Lent; Terra Najork; Jana and Hadley Paul; Katherine Coker; Heather Randall; Samantha Wortley; Teffy Jacobs; and Jennifer and Chris LeLash.

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On My Own Time Exhibition presented by Business Council for the Arts

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) celebrated its annual On My Own Time exhibition at an opening reception for the artists on October 4, 2018.  On view at NorthPark Center, on level one in the east wing. through October 21, 2018, the exhibition features nearly 200 works created by North Texas business professionals who participate in BCA’s signature On My Own Time program.


Included in the featured works, are the 2018 “Best of Show” winners, who were selected by a panel of distinguished jurors:

  • Brent Harmes, American Airlines, “Cleared Direct Nassau,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Tamara Wascovich, The Art Institute of Dallas, “Sweet Tooth,” Category: Works on paper
  • Emmanuel Aduayi, Axxess, “All For You Too,” Category: Color photography
  • Laura Gorden, Beck Group, “Texas Spring,” Category: Works on paper
  • James Fiedler, Capital One, “Untitled 3,” Category: Black and white photography
  • Lee Graham, Corgan, “Countdown,” Category: Works on paper
  • Breanna Turnley, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, “Gouache Girl,” Category: Works on paper
  • Jim Bird, Exxon Mobil Corporation, “Skateboarders,” Category: Black and white photography
  • Thomas Shaw, Gensler, “Ben & Franklin’s Thanksgiving 2018 – Elements du Chartres,” Category: Works on paper
  • David Tosh, Heritage Auctions, “The Jellybean Chronicles,” Category: Works on paper
  • Jeffery Morrison, Hunt, “15 minute till,” Category: Works on paper
  • Sandra LaVigne, JP Morgan Chase, “Beauty Among Thorns,” Category: Color photography
  • Pritish Savant, NorthPark Center, “The Oculus,” Category: Black and white photography
  • Emily Yan, OMNIPLAN, “Overjoyed,” Category: Works on paper
  • Robert Shaver, Oncor, “Palantir,” Category: Mixed media
  • Emily Teng Yan, Oncor, “Overjoyed, ”Category: Works on paper
  • Frederick Summers, Parkland Health & Hospital Systems, “White pitcher still life,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Tatianna Francesconi, PwC, “Inspired by Cora Harrington Photo,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Alexis Kaleri, SBL Architecture, “Self Portrait,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Danielle Felder, Thompson & Knight LLP, “Puppy Love,” Category: Color photography
  • Elena Nosyreva, UT Southwestern, “Breakfast with Jack,” Category: Color photography


On My Own Time, a trademarked program of Business Council for the Arts, is a regional art competition that showcases the talent and creativity of North Texas business professionals.  Since the program’s inception in 2013, On My Own Timehas showcased the work of thousands of creative employees from companies across North Texas.  Each year, participating companies hold in-house competitions featuring employee art, both visual and literary, created outside working hours.  Winners in each of the visual art subcategories are selected to move on to the regional exhibition, where the best pieces from the participating companies are exhibited at NorthPark Center.


“As Business Council for the Arts celebrates a milestone anniversary this year, we are immensely proud to present our 26thannual On My Own Time exhibition,” remarked Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts.  “As part of our ongoing mission to unite commerce and culture, this program not only highlights the talents of these professionals, but also provides companies the opportunity to engage their employees, encourage creativity, publicly recognize team members and create a platform for a tangible expression of company values.”


For more information about On My Own Time and other BCA programs, visit


About Business Council for the Arts

For 30 years, Business Council for the Arts (BCA), a non-profit organization, has created strong business/arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work and grow in North Texas. Since its inception, Business Council for the Arts has advocated for business support of the arts, developed business leaders for nonprofit boards of directors through its Leadership Arts Institute; fostered employee creativity, engagement and creativity through the arts with On My Own Time, a signature program; guided strategic business support for the arts; and measured the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas. For more information, visit

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The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in Dallas announces that Elizabeth Gambrell, community volunteer, will serve as chair of the 2019 Fashion Show & Luncheon on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 

“Proceeds from the fashion show and luncheon will provide hope to the hungry, homeless, friendless and so many others in crisis in our community,” remarked Elizabeth Gambrell, event chair. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of volunteers to help make positive change in this way and look forward to the event at our new venue.”

The 27th annual event will be held for the first time at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, in the Dallas Arts District. Event highlights will include an opening reception, silent auction, a first view of the runway collection and shopping in the Chic Boutique, where gently worn or never worn designer clothing and accessories donated by some of North Texas’ best dressed and finest retailers are available for sale. Attendees will enjoy a runway fashion show styled and produced by Jan Strimple Productions, featuring donated and new couture clothing which can be bid on following the show. Afterwards, patrons will enjoy a seated lunch and final bidding on silent and runway auction items.

The shopping will continue May 10-11 at the annual WEARhouse Sale, which is open to the public and includes both new and donated items at deep discounts. The sale is held annually at The Salvation Army’s Christmas and Disaster Center located at 9216 Harry Hines in Dallas. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on May 10 and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on May 11. 

Since its inception in 1993, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon has raised over $ 10 million to support services provided at 14 local Salvation Army facilities. 

 The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2019 Fashion Show & Luncheon will be held on May 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, located at 2403 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District. Sponsorships begin at $5,000 and individual tickets are $300; both will be available beginning November 1, 2018; individual tickets will be available closer to the luncheon. For information contact The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, 214.637.8121 or or visit

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The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) League has announced European floral designer Françoise Weeks as the featured speaker for the DMA League’s Art in Bloom 2019. Eleanor Bond will serve as Art in Bloom chairman, alongside Art in Bloom honorary chairman, Beverly Freeman.

The 20th annual Art in Bloom, hosted by the DMA League, will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Museum.   The New Orleans-inspired celebration, Joie des Fleurs, will offer live jazz entertainment, two brunch seatings, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Atrium, as well as two seatings in the Horchow Auditorium for Weeks’ floral demonstration, at 12:00 and 2:30 p.m.   Proceeds support the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and education programs, as well as the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

“We are so delighted to celebrate this milestone year with a presentation by renowned floral designer Françoise Weeks,” remarked Eleanor Bond, 2019 event chair.  “Attendees will be awestruck as she creates a series of detailed floral arrangements and wearable works of floral art in her extraordinarily unique.  By offering two opportunities to enjoy brunch and Francoise’s presentation, we anticipate our most successful event in Art in Bloom’s twenty-year history!”

Françoise Weeks, born in Belgium, has infused her work with a quintessential European reverence for flowers and nature. Combined with creativity and mechanical ingenuity, she has crystalized her singular style of Textural Woodlands and Botanical Haute Couture pieces, garnering a global following.

Weeks’ studio is located in Portland, Oregon. Her innovation and love of teaching have brought her to the Flower School Cohim in China, the Academy of Floral Art in Exeter, England, studios in Australia and Mexico, workshops at Mayesh and Florabundance and to the La Jolla and Memphis garden clubs. Her dynamic work has been published in Nacre, Fusion Flowers, Modern Wedding Flowers, Huffington Post, Flutter and Millieu.

In addition to brunch and Weeks’ presentation, attendees will enjoy the third annual Art in Bloom Floral Exhibition, a unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers.  On view in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries, the floral exhibition will showcase designs inspired by Louisiana and New Orleans, as well as works from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Families visiting the Museum during Art in Bloom can also enjoy “floral-inspired” activities, including an artist demonstration in the Fleischner Courtyard, crafts in the Center for Creative Connections, and more.

Table sponsorships for Art in Bloom are available now beginning at $2,500.  Patron tickets, which include patron party on March 21, brunch, and floral demonstration, are $500 each.  Supporter level tickets are $250 each and include brunch and floral demonstration. Tickets for brunch only or floral presentation only are also available.  For more information about Art in Bloom: Joie des Fleurs, contact Edwina Gonzalez at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214-922-1800, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at

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Suits for Shelters Launch Party hosts Ryan and Maleiah Rogers

Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM celebrated the 10th annual Suits for Shelters collection with a “Think Pink Launch Party” at Tootsies on Thursday, July 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Hosts Maleiah and Ryan Rogers were joined by more than 150 partygoers for the annual event to kick-off a month-long collection of new and gently used women’s professional attire for local domestic violence shelters. 


Upon arrival, attendees, many dressed in pink attire, enjoyed cocktails and light bites while perusing the fashions at Tootsies.  Models wearing the coolest trends in assorted hues of pink posed on pedestals throughout the store.  


Also on display were five of Mary Kay Ash’s most memorable formal gowns that she had worn at Mary Kay Inc.’s annual Seminar.  Attendees were wowed by her petite frame, and the glamorous gowns that featured sequins, glitter and lace. Many of Ash’s gowns can be viewed in the Mary Kay Museum located in the Mary Kay building, while others are pristinely stored to preserve their integrity. 


Always a hit, mystery boxes were available for purchase for $100, $250 and $500, featuring prizes of jewelry, local hot spots, fashion items and more, with all proceeds benefiting The Mary Kay FoundationSM. Raffle tickets were also on sale, with attendees buying their chances to win one of three prizes: a $100 Tootsies gift card and a Mary Kay gift basket; a $500 Tootsies Gift Card and a Mary Kay Gift Basket and the grand prize a $100 Tootsies gift card and a $5,000 contribution in the winner’s name to the domestic violence shelter of their choice, donated by Maleiah and Ryan Rogers.


At the appointed time, partygoers gathered upstairs for brief remarks.  Ryan Rogers, board of director and chief investment officer  for Mary Kay Inc., welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their support of the Mary Kay Foundation and their continued commitment to end domestic violence. He also thanked the Foundation’s community partners and beneficiaries, as well as long-time partners Tolleson Wealth for their sponsorship of the evening, media partner WFAA-TV and Tootsies, the evening’s host.


Rogers shared that the Mary Kay Foundation donates more than 97 cents from every dollar it receives to its programs focused on ending domestic violence and furthering research for cancers affecting women.  He then asked everyone to give generously as well by purchasing a raffle ticket or mystery box, or making a direct donation to the Foundation. In closing he raised his glass to the crowd in appreciation of their generosity and ongoing support.


WFAA-TV’s Cynthia Izaguirre followed with additional thanks and a last-call to purchase raffle tickets. Izaguirre then reminded everyone that donations of professional clothing to local domestic violence shelters would be accepted at Tootsies through August 4.  She added that for many of the recipients of the clothing donations, it means a lot more than a suit; it’s the ability to interview for a job and gain financial independence and the outfit that gives her the look of confidence to break free from abuse.


The much-anticipated raffle winners were then announced with Kris Johnson the lucky grand prize raffle winner.  Johnson chose The Family Place as the designee for the $5,000 donation.


As the celebration came to an end, guests were gifted Mary Kay’s Timewise Miracle Set 3D, including a 4-in-1 Cleanser, Day Cream with SPF 30, Eye Cream and Night Cream, along with a Don’t Look Awaycompact mirror.


Since 2009 the Suits for Sheltersprogram has donated more than 20,000 professional items to local domestic violence shelters. 


About The Mary Kay FoundationSM

The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $44 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $26 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. More than 97% of each donated dollar goes to the missions. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation, log on to www.marykayfoundation.orgor call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

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Community Partners of Dallas will host its 25th annual Back to School Drive, benefiting abused and neglected children in Dallas County. Now through August 31, CPD along with individuals, organizations and businesses throughout Dallas will collect new school supplies and will prepare nearly 3,500 children to start school with age appropriate school supplies and uniforms.


In addition to supplies, such as scissors, colored pencils, glue sticks, markers, and construction paper, CPD especially needs backpacks, pencil sharpeners, block erasers, manila paper and pencil pouches. 


Those interested in supporting the Back to School Drive can do so through in-kind or monetary donations through August 31. All donations can be delivered to Community Partners of Dallas’ Central location, 1215 Skiles Street in the Wilson Historic District or visit for additional supply drop off locations.


For a full list of school supplies needed, visit or contact Corinne Karp at 214-624-7588.


About Community Partners of Dallas:    

Since 1989, Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.  Community Partners of Dallas provides items such as winter coats, diapers and formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food and more, to send the abused children in our community the message that someone does care.  Please visit www.communitypartnersdallas.orgfor more information.