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Bill Addy and Lydia Addy, Jubilee Park 20th Anniversary Gala co-chairs

Jubilee Park & Community Center celebrated its 20th anniversary with a sold-out birthday gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas.

Chaired by Lydia and Bill Addy, the black-tie optional evening themed “Celebrate, Love, Dream,” began with a cocktail reception for the 780 guests in attendance.  Partygoers mingled as they enjoyed the signature “Jubilation Libation” cocktail with music by the Emerald City Jazz Trio.  Guests could also be seen viewing “History Hall,” lighted panels displayed around the room featuring highlights from Jubilee’s 20-year history, striking a pose in the MirMir photo booth, or purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win a pair of 18 karat gold 5-drop earrings designed exclusively for Eiseman Jewels by designer Sloane Street.

At the appointed time, the ballroom doors opened to reveal the ballroom with a 20-foot birthday cake in the center of the room, surrounded by dining tables each featuring their own birthday cake as centerpieces.

As guests took their seats, master of ceremonies Tony Briggle welcomed all to the milestone celebration.  He then introduced Jubilee Park Cub Scout Troop #9007 led by DPD Officer Ray Hailey for a presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Jeff Rice, chairman of the Jubilee Park board of directors, followed to extend her welcome to attendees and added her gratitude for their support of Jubilee’s first-ever gala.  She introduced honorary co-chair, Reverend Mark Anschutz, for the invocation who before leading the crowd in prayer, recognized the many individuals in the room who helped launch Jubilee Park & Recreation Center and who continue to support it today. 

As partygoers enjoyed a first course of seasonal mixed greens with queso cotija, saffron-poached pear, and blue cheese vinaigrette, Mayor Mike Rawlings congratulated Jubilee on their special anniversary and applauded them for the important work they are doing in southeast Dallas.  He said, “Jubilee is a shining light for the city and for the rest of the country.”

Dinner of a Cabernet braised short rib with wild mushroom stuffing, roasted broccolini and red beets and baby carrots was served as co-chairs Lydia and Bill Addy took the stage to thank honorary chairs Peggy and Mark Anschutz, the Young Friends of Jubilee chaired by Elizabeth Hoffman and Paige Zapffe and the many individuals and organizations who helped make the evening possible. They gave special recognition to presenting sponsor ISN Software Corporation, as well as lead sponsors Crow Holdings and Park Place Dealerships. 

Emcee Tony Briggle returned and introduced a video, which highlighted the five pillars of Jubilee’s comprehensive community revitalization including education, affordable housing, public health, public safety and economic development.

As partygoers enjoyed “tuxedo” birthday cake with vanilla and fudge layers, Jubilee CEO Ben Leal took the stage and added his gratitude to all for making not only the evening possible but also for helping to provide the funds for a new Specialized Student Support (S3) Program for children with special learning needs.  The S3 program will combine teacher training, adaptive technology, specialized curriculum and parent empowerment to make high-quality education accessible to more families in Southeast Dallas. 

In closing, Leal shared the most exciting news of the night, the gala’s net revenue goal of $1 million to fund 8 years of the new program, had not only been met, but surpassed with a net total of nearly $1.6 million. He then invited all past, present and future leaders of Jubilee to the dance floor for a toast.

The dance floor quickly filled, as everyone raised a glass to Jubilee as they sang a round of Happy Birthday.  As cannons fired confetti into the air, the renowned Emerald City Band took the stage, and the After Party, sponsored by Crow Holdings and hosted by the Young Friends of Jubilee, officially began.

Partygoers of all ages then hit the dance floor or enjoyed the special games set up around the room, including a Putt-Putt challenge, Pin the Tail on the donkey and more.  As the photo booth continued, a magician made his way through the crowd to conjure smiles from the crowd. Late-night ticketholders joined the fun at 9pm—just in time to see some partygoers join the band on stage!  Chicken and waffle bites, Angus beef sliders, French-fry cones, and margherita flatbreads circulated through the throngs of dancers as a quieter ‘cake and coffee’ area was opened for guests to reconnect and re-charge.  As the evening came to a close, guests received a small box of custom cake balls made by Tart Bakery, compliments of valet sponsor Park Place Dealerships. 

The 20th Anniversary Gala was supported generously by the following sponsors: Presenting Sponsors ($300,000+) - ISN Software Corporation; and The Moody Foundation; Lead Sponsors ($100,000+) - Crow Holdings; Park Place Dealerships; and Stemmons Foundation; Signature Sponsors ($50,000+)Winnie and Davis Hamlin; and Mary Stewart and Jim Ramsey, Jr.; Jubilation Sponsors ($25,000+) – Anonymous (2), Maureen and Robert Decherd, Gradus Foundation, Mary Ann and Allen Lassiter; and Maria and David Martin; Revelry Sponsors ($15,000+) - Ben E. Keith Foundation; Anne and Bill Johnson; Melinda and Jim Johnson; Effie and Tom McCullough, Oncor; Katherine and Bob Penn; Margaret and Jaime Spellings; and Jaime and Patrick White; Soirée Sponsors ($10,000+) - Michele and Bob Axley; Delilah and Sam Boyd; Stephanie and Bennie Bray; Louise and Guy Griffeth; Ann and Lee Hobson, Eugenia and Frank-Paul King, Suzanne and Patrick McGee; Jennifer and Jon Mosle; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; Jeff and Darrel Rice; Elizabeth and Barton Showalter; Nancy and Jim Skochdopole; and Abigail and Todd Williams; Hullabaloo Sponsors ($5,000+) – Anonymous, Peggy and Mark Anschutz; Marilyn Augur; Blessing Family Endowment; Istation/Dick Collins; Tiffany and Brad Davis; Livia and George Dunklin, Melissa and Trevor Fetter, Marilyn and Tom Harbison; Megan and Casey McManemin, Maryann and Frank Mihalopolous; Vicki and Brian Miller; Rachel Goldberger and Shawn Orme, Hon. Jeanne Phillips; Gigi and Jerry Poglitsch; Beth and J. Puckett; Deedie Rose; Jeanne and J. C. Snead; Liz and Eric Van den Branden; Evy Kay and Dick Washburne; and Cici and Giffen Weinmann.

About Jubilee Park:

Jubilee Park and Community Center is a catalyst for comprehensive community renewal and enrichment in southeast Dallas, with emphasis on the education of children and adults. Founded in 1997, Jubilee Park and Community Center helps families and other members of the community identify and access resources that help to provide stability and enhance their quality of life through five pillars: education, affordable housing, public health, public safety and economic development.   For more information, visit

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Chrissy Metz, featured speaker for the 2018 Life Lessons Luncheon

The Elisa Project announces Golden Globe-nominated actress Chrissy Metz, star of the critically acclaimed hit NBC series This is Us, as the featured speaker for the 13th annual Life Lessons Luncheon.  

Kim Bannister will chair the annual fundraiser, being held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Brook Hollow Golf Club, including a reception, seated luncheon and a conversation with Metz, moderated by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, editor-at-large, Southern Living, author and lifestyle expert.  Sandra Estes and Elizabeth Hughes will serve as this year’s honorary chairs.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Chrissy Metz as the featured speaker for this year’s Life Lessons Luncheon benefiting The Elisa Project,” remarked Kim Bannister, luncheon chair. “As an organization dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by raising awareness of body image and self-esteem issues and the prevention of life-threatening eating disorders, we know Chrissy will truly captivate attendees as she shares her own inspirational stories of courage and self-acceptance. This year’s luncheon is not to be missed!”

Chrissy Metz stars on the critically acclaimed hit NBC series This Is Us" which has been renewed for two additional seasons.  Chrissy plays Kate, a woman struggling with her weight, eating habits, and body image.  ET named her as one of six "breakout stars you will fall in love with this fall."  People magazine named her to the "One's to Watch."  This is Us also stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, and Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown. This Is Us received nominations from The Critics Choice Awards, AFI, NAACP, and won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama."  Chrissy is best known for her roles in American Horror Story: Freak Show, Loveless in Los Angeles, Solving Charlie, My Name is Earl, and Entourage, to name a few. 

Metz is from Homestead, Florida. The middle child of five siblings, she took the spotlight as the “entertaining diplomat” of the family. She moved to Japan as an infant and lived there for nine years before moving back to the States, speaking Japanese before she spoke English.   After being discovered in Gainesville, Florida at a local talent event that she originally attended as a chaperone for her sister, she packed up and moved to Los Angeles to find her way into entertainment.

The 13th annual Life Lessons Luncheon will be held on February 28, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  The event will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon and a conversation with Ms. Metz moderated by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.  Tables begin at $2,000 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early February if space permits.  For more information, visit


About The Elisa Project

The Elisa Project (TEP) was founded in 1999, by Rick and Leslie McCall, in memory of their daughter Elisa who lost her life to an eating disorder.  TEP is dedicated to fighting eating disorder illnesses through awareness education, support and advocacy.   Eating disorders affect more than 30 million children and adults in the U.S. and are devastating to families and those who suffer.  These disorders present complex mental and physical health issues and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness – up to 20%.  They don’t discriminate, but affect both males and females of all ages, races, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.  When we consider the life-threatening physical and psychological impacts of eating disorders, it’s vital that we continue to expand our prevention and intervention efforts and to improve access to treatment.  If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, call The Elisa Project at 866-837-1999 to access the care and help you deserve.  

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Silver Supper 2017 co-chairmen Peggy Sewell and Rusty Duvall

The Dallas Museum of Art announced that a net profit of $480,000 was raised at the 2017 Silver Supper benefiting the Museum’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund. The 25th annual Silver Supper was chaired by Rusty Duvall and Peggy Sewell, honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Hoblitzelle Foundation.

Upon arrival, more than 250 patrons were welcomed by co-chairs Duvall and Sewell, Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director, Melissa Fetter, chairman of the DMA Board of Trustees, and Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the DMA Board of Trustees. 

As patrons in black-tie attire made their way down the Museum’s concourse, cocktail tables were placed throughout with silver linens and centerpieces of silver mint julep cups with white garden roses and soft green foliage.   The Dallas String Quartet played as partygoers mingled and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

Draped in silver velvet, the Hamon foyer featured two beautiful full-length portraits of Esther and Karl Hoblitzelle as well as the evening’s signature piece, the Covered Cup created by Paul de Lamerie, one of Europe’s finest 18th century silversmiths.  The nearby Atrium, which was set for dinner, was hidden to guests by a custom fretwork screen.

At the appointed time, the screens were opened to reveal both long and round tables dressed in silver silk linens.  The focal point on each table was a selection from the DMA’s permanent silver collection displayed atop plinths covered in tea roses or white delphiniums.    A stage, with pianist Bob Goodwin, was centered in the room and surround by large-scale trees created out of seasonal foliage and branches, which evoked the feel of an outdoor garden.

As guests took their seats, co-chairs Duvall and Sewell welcomed everyone to the 25th anniversary of the Silver Supper and celebration of the Hoblitzelle Foundation’s 75th anniversary.  They announced that in recognition of these two milestone events, the Hoblitzelle Foundation was generously underwriting the entire evening so that all of the funds raised by the event would go directly to the Museum’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund.

They then asked attendees to please join them in recognizing the Hoblitzelle Foundation with applause, for not only the outstanding collection of English and Irish silver that they so generously donated to the Museum in 1987, but also for their ongoing and continued support.

Agustín Arteaga followed and began by extending his gratitude to Rusty Duvall and Peggy Sewell for their “wonderful vision, excellent taste and dedication that created the magical setting.”   He also welcomed everyone in attendance including The Honorable Mike Rawlings and his wife Micki Rawlings, Hoblitzelle Foundation board members, Dallas Museum of Art board members, former Silver Supper chairmen, former attendees and newcomers to the event. 

He shared that the Silver Supper began modestly without a formal host and with eighteen patrons in attendance, raising $7,000.  Since then the event has continued to flourish, and not only spotlights the Museum’s outstanding holdings in the decorative arts, but also has now established itself as one of the Museum’s four signature fundraisers. Under the leadership of Duvall and Sewell, a record amount has been raised for this milestone year. 

He echoed earlier recognition of the Hoblitzelle Foundation, whose gift of silver in 1987 created the beginning of the Museum’s renowned silver collection and helped to establish a foundation upon which the Museum’s decorative arts and design program has developed.  Over the last twenty-five years, the Foundation has contributed millions to the Museum in support of decorative arts projects, programs and new construction.

In closing, he disclosed that Mrs. Hoblitzelle cherished her silver collection for its beauty, but she also valued it for the pleasure of its use.  The collection of silver she and Karl amassed was used at their famous dinner parties in Dallas in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  He then asked everyone to enjoy dining in a style similar to that of the Hoblitzelle-era as dinner service began.

Guests enjoyed the first course of Maine lobster salad with celery branch watermelon radish, horseradish compressed cucumbers and a remesco vinaigrette, followed by a second course of Black Angus beef tenderloin with a port wine demi, served with truffle oil Duchesse potatoes, baby artichokes, king trumpet mushrooms and asparagus.

Prior to dessert, John Dayton, chairman of the Hoblitzelle Foundation Board of Directors, also thanked all involved in creating a wonderful evening in honor of the Foundation’s 75th anniversary.  He then gave an overview of the long history of giving from the Hoblitzelle Foundation to the DMA.  In closing, he recognized the six retiring Foundation directors who will move to the Honorary Lifetime Director position including, Bill Solomon, Caren Prothro, Don Williams, Kern Wildenthal, Deedie Rose and Linda Custard, and welcomed five new trustees: Karen Shuford, Jerry Thompson, Jr., Daniel Podolsky, Lydia Novakov and Catherine Marcus Rose. 

Hoblitzelle Foundation president Paul Harris followed and shared that as he approached retirement after 32 years with the Foundation, that the board asked him to write a history book of Mr. Hoblizelle and the Foundation.  The book, entitled The Philanthropy of Karl Hoblitzelle and the First 75 Years of the Hoblitzelle Foundation was completed, and everyone in attendance received a copy with a special bookplate as their take-home gift.

As dessert was served, Melissa Fetter, chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, took the podium for a final toast to the Hoblitzelle Foundation for their long-standing support. With all guests glasses champagne flutes filled, she asked all to join her in raising their glasses in honor of the Foundation’s 75th anniversary. 

Among the guests in attendance were: Rusty and Bill Duvall; Peggy and Carl Sewell; Patricia and Paul Harris; Agustín Arteaga; Margaret McDermott; Catherine and Will Rose; Melissa and Trevor Fetter; Gayle and Paul Stoffel; Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.; Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse; Kelli and Allen Questrom; Gay and Bill Solomon; Katie Robbins; Ann and Lee Hobson; Rebecca and Barron Fletcher; Lydia and Dan Novakov; Lindsay and Ray Ballotta; Capera Ryan; Deedie Rose; Kelli and Jerry Ford; Kimberly and Justin Whitman; Bradbury Dyer, III; Lisa and John Runyon; Merry and Chad Vose; Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich; Sheila and Jody Grant; Jennifer and Tom Karol; Ruth and Ken Altshuler; and Lynn and Allan McBee.

Since its inception, the Silver Supper has raised more than $1,600,000 for the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund. The Silver Supper 2017 donors include: Presenting sponsor – Hoblitzelle Foundation; $25,000 – Gene and Jerry Jones; $20,000 - $24,999 - Rusty and Bill Duvall; The Eugene McDermott Foundation; PlainsCapital Bank; Peggy and Carl Sewell and Gayle and Paul Stoffel; $10,000 - $19,999 – Melissa and Trevor Fetter; Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons; Mary and Bo Howard; J. F. Maddox Foundation and W. W. Lynch Foundation; Vicki and Brian Miller; Lesa and John Oudt; Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.; and Vaughn O. Vennerberg II; $5,000 - $9,999 - Kathy and Gene Bishop; Melanie and Tim Byrne; CES-Holdings;  Louise and Guy Griffeth; Jere W. Thompson, Jr.;  Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation; and Elizabeth and Carl Webb; $2,000 - $4,999 - Elaine and Neils Agather; Ruth and Ken Altshuler; Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; Jean and Jim Barrow; Nancy and Clint Carlson; Mary Anne Cree; Mason and Allen Custard; Nancy M. Dedman; Claire Dewar; Bradbury Dyer III; Jennifer and John Eagle; Laura and Walter Elcock; Bess and Ted Enloe; Ewing Automotive Group; 

$2,000 - $4,000 sponsors continued: Jody and Sheila Grant; Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich; Julie and Ed Hawes; Ann and Lee Hobson; Ruth and Stephen Hodge; Patty and James Huffines; Jennifer and Tom Karol; Mary Noel and Bill Lamont; Phyllis Lapham; Barbara Thomas Lemmon; Nancy Cain Marcus; Charlene C. and Tom F. Marsh; Erin D. Mathews; Susan and Bill Montgomery; Dian Moore; Margot and Ross Perot/Perot Foundation; J. Holland Powell Gallagher Benefit Services; Allen and Kelli Questrom; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; Deedie Rose; Catherine and Will Rose; Lisa and John Runyon; Nancy Shutt; Southwestern Medical Foundation; Jo and Andre Staffelbach; and Sharon and Michael Young.


About the Dallas Museum of Art 

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than two million visitors and enrolled more than 100,000 people in DMA Friends,a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum. For more information, visit

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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Kaysie Montgomery and Carol Montgomery, Awards for Excellence luncheon co-chairs

2017 Awards for Excellence in Community Serviceco-chairs Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery, along with honorary chairs JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt, welcomed over 60 sponsors, award recipients and Dallas Historical Society board members to a reception held in their honor on Tuesday, October 24 at the home of Mary McDermott Cook, who was a member of the first class of award recipients in 1981.

Attendees arrived and mingled as they enjoyed cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and a stunning view of downtown Dallas. Midway through the reception, Bill Helmbrecht, chairman of the Dallas Historical Society board of trustees, gathered the crowd for brief remarks.  Helmbrecht welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support of the upcoming 36th Awards for Excellence in Community Service.

Co-chairs Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery followed, adding their gratitude to this year’s sponsors, before recognizing the 2017 Awards for Excellence recipients: Arts Leadership – Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; Creative Arts – Carolyn Brown; Education – B. Hobson Wildenthal, Ph D.; History – Willis Cecil Winters; Humanities – Nicole Ginsburg Small; Health/Science – Steven M. Pounders, MD; Philanthropy – Jorge Baldor; Sports Leadership – Tony Dorsett; Volunteer Community Leadership – Peggy Carr; and Jubilee History Maker – Former Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown.  The Awards for Excellence are bestowed on selected recipients who have demonstrated generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city.   

Veletta Forsythe Lill closed with encouragement for everyone to vote in the upcoming City of Dallas bond election, which includes funds earmarked for Hall of State, the home of the Dallas Historical Society. 

Attendees included:  Host Mary McDermott Cook; Margaret McDermott, co-chairs Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery; honorary chairs JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt; Marni and Kern Wildenthal; honoree Hobson Wildenthal,recipient of Awards for Excellence in Education;  Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer; Michelle and Stewart Thomas; Louise and Josef Caldwell;  Caro Stalcup; Sharon Callewart; honoree and former Dallas police chief David Brown, recipient of Awards for Excellence Jubilee History Maker; Mary Suhm; Veletta Forsythe Lill; Joan and Alan Walne; Agustin Arteaga and Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime; Judy and Jim Gibbs; Pat Mattingly; honoree Steven Ponders, MD, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Health/Science; honoree Tony Dorsett, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Sports Leadership, and his wife Janet; honoree Carolyn Brown, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Creative Arts; honoree Ann Barbier-Mueller, Awards for Excellence in Arts Leadership co-recipient with her husband Gabriel; honoree Peggy Carr, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Volunteer Community Leadership; honoree Jorge Baldor, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Philanthropy; Jennifer and Ray Tollett;  Cheryl and Steve Coke.

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support the Dallas Historical Society and its dedication to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history through its many programs, including educational outreach and public programs to more than 20,000 area school students annually.  The event would not be possible without the generosity of the 2017 Sponsors, which include: 

2017 Awards for Excellence sponsors: 

Platinum History Maker ($10,000) – Diane and Hal Brierley; Al Hill, Jr. Family; Lyda Hill; Stephanie and Hunter Hunt; The Eugene McDermott Foundation; and JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt; Gold 

History Maker ($5,000) - Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; BaylorScott&White Health; The David B. Miller Family Foundation; Margot and H. Ross Perot; Ruth C. and Charles Sharp Foundation; Mike and Mary Terry; TIAA, FSB; and Stacey and Reid Walker Family Trust; 

Silver History Maker ($2,500) - Katherine Blair; Shannon Callewart; Peggy Carr and Catherine Worley; The Eiseman Families; Melissa and Trevor Fetter; The Gravity Company; Cathy and Bill Helmbrecht; Natalie and George T. Lee Jr.; Maryann and Frank Mihalopoulos/Liza and William Lee/Barbara and Randall Rosenblatt; Locke Lord LLP; Shirley & William S. McIntyre Foundation; Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC; Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation; Catherine and Will Rose; Kit and Kemp Sawers; Nicole and Justin Small; Margaret and Glenn Solomon; Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical Center; University of Texas at Dallas  and The Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History; Joan and Alan Walne; and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal. 


About the Dallas Historical Society

The Dallas Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history. Offering free education programming, lectures, historic city tours, museum exhibitions, and other special events, this organization strives to be the preeminent resource for exploring, and instilling appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas. We endeavor to encourage historical inquiry and maintain the importance and relevance of history today. Our collection of archival material- including historic photographs, diaries, journals, papers, periodicals, maps, and books- is available to researchers. Formed in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is the oldest organization in Dallas County committed to preserving the history of the region, and presenting it to the public in innovative and informative ways.  For more information, visit

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Ashley Anderson Smith, Gala co-chair, Brittany Merrill Underwood, Champion of Human Rights honoree, and Nusia Sookarow, Gala co-chair

Co-chairs Ashley Anderson Smith and Nusia Sookarow, with honorary chair Susan Posnick, welcomed more than 350 attendees to the 8th Annual Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights Gala held on Friday, October 6 at venue sixty five hundred.  The event raised nearly $150,000 in support of survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking, who are served by Mosaic.

Upon arrival at the “night in Monte Carlo” themed event, partygoers mingled while enjoying specialty cocktails courtesy of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, including a Mosaic Fizz and an Old Fashioned, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres.  As DJ LC provided the vibe, guests tried their luck at the casino tables and placed their bids in the nearby silent auction, which featured fashion, food, travel and sports packages.

At the appointed time, guests were seated for dinner as master of ceremonies Steve Kemble, America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru, welcomed everyone to the 8th annual fundraiser.  While patrons enjoyed a salad of baby arugula and romaine with shaved fennel, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrots and Bulgarian feta cheese with a honey-sherry vinaigrette, co-chairs Ashley Andersson Smith and Nusia Sookarow took the stage to add their gratitude to all in attendance including the evening’s sponsors. 

Entrees were then served featuring a duo of tomatillo-garlic creamed chicken topped with queso fresco and overnight braised short rib with caramelized onion, paired with roasted garlic herb cauliflower floret, mashed Russet potatoes and grilled asparagus.  As patrons enjoyed their meal, Dr. Walter Nguyen, executive director of Mosaic Family Services, took the stage to recognize Church of the Incarnation for their service project helping to renovate Mosaic House. 

Erica Foland from Neiman Marcus followed to present the 2017 Champion of Human Rights Award, which is presented each year to individuals and/or groups who strive to ensure the protection of the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. This year’s recipient was Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder of the Akola Project for her inspirational work empowering women in disadvantaged communities throughout the globe. Akola trains and employs women in poverty, including survivors of trafficking in Dallas, so they can support themselves and meet the needs of their families.

Ms. Underwood thanked Neiman Marcus, which offers an elevated collection of Akola jewelry, made by 100 women coming out of poverty in Dallas, to its customers nationwide.  She then added her gratitude to Mosaic Family Services for the honor and recognition of the work Akola is doing throughout the globe, including in the Dallas community.

Past Champion of Human Rights award recipients include council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, director and filmmaker Libby Spears; fashion designer Abi Ferrin; Judge Roberto Canas, Jr., presiding judge of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 10; Jan Langbein, Executive Director of Genesis Women’s Shelter, and Paige Flink, Executive Director of The Family Place; Ambassador-At-Large Luis CdeBaca; and local philanthropist and women’s and human rights activist, Lauren Embrey.

As dessert was served, attendees listened to the personal testimony of a young man who is a recent survivor of human trafficking.  After sharing his story, he credited the support of Mosaic, such as providing counseling, helping him find a job, helping him find a place to live and giving him a new hope for his future.

After dinner, auctioneer Jeff Garrett took the stage asking for the highest bidders for items such as  a weekend in Santa Fe, a weekend use of a Tesla and a stay at The Adolphus Hotel and a Dallas sports package featuring tickets to the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game, Dallas Stars tickets for New Year’s Eve and an autographed Emmitt Smith jersey. 

As the auction came to a close DJ LC pumped up the volume as partygoers hit the dance floor.  Upon departure, patrons were gifted an American Airlines tote bag with a cake pop, an American Airlines amenity kit and water bottle.

Sponsors for the 8th Annual Mosaic Family Services Champion for Human Rights Gala include:  $10,000 - Catharine Elizabeth Laney Trust; $5,000 - Stonebriar Veterinary Centre; and Greenberg Traurig, LLP; $2,500 - Bank of Texas; Katie Bloom; Cindi’s New York Deli and Bakery; Shaleen Clay; FLITE to Freedom; Lindi Light; Neiman Marcus; Ashley Anderson Smith and Dr. Bert Smith; Audrey Spangenberg; and Anne and Steve Stodghill. Fred Biagi and Stephen and Monique Hohmann 

About Mosaic Family Services

Mosaic Family Services is a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking. The multicultural staff at Mosaic supports, educates, and empowers more than 30,000 people each year through direct services and outreach. Refugees and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence receive shelter, legal representation, counseling, access to health care, and support services in more than 30 languages. Every year, Mosaic House provides emergency housing to hundreds of women and children fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking.  They are the only shelter in North Texas providing comprehensive services to multicultural survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.  For more information, visit

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Co-chairs Bill and Lydia Addy, Ben Leal, and honor Co-chairs Bill and Lydia Addy, Ben Lead, and honorary chairs Peggy and Mark Anschutz

Jubilee Park & Community Center with 20th Anniversary gala co-chairs Lydia and Bill Addy welcomed more than 100 sponsors, host committee members and supporters at a recent cocktail reception held at the Preston Hollow home of Monica and Joe Eastin.  Partygoers arrived and mingled while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. On view was a trio of Jubilee’s 20th anniversary commemorative bracelets, designed by Dallas jewelry designer Taylor Miller. The handmade bracelets feature natural materials, including wood and chyrsoprase beads, and a custom brass “Jubilee” charm, and are available on the Jubilee Park website, .

Mid-way through the evening, Jubilee Park CEO Ben Leal welcomed attendees and thanked all for their support of the upcoming 20th Anniversary Gala.  Co-chairs Lydia and Bill added their gratitude to the evening’s hosts as well as the many sponsors and host committee members in attendance.  

Lydia then announced this year’s honorary chairs, Peggy and Mark Anschutz, who were in attendance, and recognized them as two of the founding catalysts for Jubilee Park twenty years ago.  She also revealed the gala’s presenting sponsor, ISN Software Corporation, along with generous support from The Moody Foundation.  

Bill announced the gala’s additional lead sponsors including Crow Holdings, Park Place Dealerships, Mary Stewart & Jim Ramsey and Maria & David Martin.  The support of all of the gala’s generous sponsors will enable Jubilee to launch a new Specialized Student Support (S3) Program.

Ben Leal returned to give additional details regarding the new Specialized Student Support (S3) Program for children with special learning needs.  The S3 program will combine teacher training, adaptive technology, specialized curriculum and parent empowerment to make high quality education accessible for more families.  He shared that they know of at least 150 children in Jubliee’s area who are in need of these services, and that they want to use their best practices in education, plus new specialized components, to meet that need.   He also said that the 20th Anniversary gala’s net revenue goal of $1 million will make these critical interventions accessible over the next eight years as the S3 Program becomes part of Jubilee’s ongoing Out of School Time Programs.

In closing the Addy’s encouraged everyone to attend the upcoming gala to their friends and colleagues, including an After Party hosted by the Young Friends Host Committee.


About Jubilee Park:

Jubilee Park and Community Center is a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment to the Jubilee Park Neighborhood, a 62- block area in southeast Dallas. Founded in 1997, Jubilee Park and Community Center helps families and other members of the community identify and access resources that help to provide stability and enhance their quality of life through five pillars: education, affordable housing, public health, public safety and economic development.   For more information, visit

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John Hays, Ann Pailthorp, Beverly Nichols, Symposi John Hays, Ann Pailthorp, Beverly Nichols, event chair, and P. Allen Smith

The Dallas Museum of Art and chair Beverly Nichols, welcomed attendees to the DMA Decorative Arts Symposium on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Guests arrived and enjoyed coffee and light breakfast bites outside the Horchow Auditorium.  On view in a vitrine were two pieces from the Museum’s decorative arts collection which had served as the event’s signature pieces: a Free form shape bowl with Tropicana pattern decoration (Frank Irwin and Helen McIntosh (designers), Metlox Potteries (maker), c. 1955, earthenware, Dallas Museum of Art, 20th-Century Design Fund, 1996.111) and a silk brocade (maker and date unknown, silk, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hart Miller, 1947.21.23).

Once seated inside the auditorium, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director Agustín Arteaga welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending the second annual event which supports the DMA’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund.

Beverly followed to introduce the esteemed line-up of symposium speakers, which included award-winning garden designer, acclaimed author, television host and conservationist P. Allen Smith; John Hays, deputy chairman of Christie’s America and specialist in American Furniture and Decorative Arts; and Ann Pailthorp, Farrow & Ball’s leader of the North American Colour Consultancy Program for British craftsmen in paint and paper.    

Hays took the podium first and under the theme, Commander in Chief: A Few War Stories from John Hays’ Travels, heshared stories of extraordinary pieces he has found across the United States, which were sold at auction by Christie’s. Pailthorp followed with details about Farrow & Ball’s unmatched collection of paint and wallpaper, including details on what makes their colors and finishes distinctive. Smith, who designed the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ new edible garden,  closed sharing a virtual tour of Moss Mountain Farm, his American Greek Rival style-home, which included his stunning organic flower and vegetable garden “rooms,” orchards, farm animals and his heritage poultry breeds. 

The event concluded with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the panel, moderated by Modern Luxury’s Blake Stephenson.  Immediately following, P. Allen Smith’s book, Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, and Farrow & Ball’s How to Decorate, were available for sale and for signatures by Smith and Pailthorp. 

As guests departed, they received a Farrow & Ball favor bag with a coveted fan deck featuring all 132 Farrow & Ball colours and an Autumn & Winter Inspiration guide. 


About P. Allen Smith

P. Allen Smith, author, television host, and conservationist, is one of America’s most recognized garden design experts. Smith and his design firm have designed landscapes around the country, including the soon-to-open edible garden at the Dallas Arboretum. Called A Tasteful Place, the 3.5-acre garden blends edible and ornamentals and boasts an orchard, picnic lawn, patios and walking trails.

Smith attended Hendrix College and did his graduate studies in garden history and design at the University of Manchester in England, where he also studied English gardens that had been visited by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century. 

Smith is a former Board Member of the Royal Oak Foundation and has used his media influence to bolster preservation efforts at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and George Washington's Mount Vernon among other historic properties. He is a Certified Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and is an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America. Smith received the Garden Club of America's Medal of Honor in 2006.

P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home is in its 16th season on PBS. Smith has received numerous awards for Garden Home and his syndicated show Garden Style. In 2015, Smith was inducted into the Taste Hall of Fame for his significant impact in the world of taste and broadcast entertainment. Smith also has published six books with publisher Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House.

Smith uses his Arkansas home, Moss Mountain Farm, which The New York Times hails as “a stunning estate,” as an epicenter for promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and the preservation of heritage poultry breeds. Smith created his farm to serve as a place of inspiration, education and conservation and provides visitors from around the country with tours of his property, which may be booked at  

About John Hays

John Hays was appointed head of Christie's American Furniture and Decorative Arts department in January 1991 and was named senior vice president of the firm in January 1993. He joined the international auction house in 1983.

Since he has been a member of the department, Mr. Hays has played an important role in departmental innovations and record-setting sales. He counts among his most exciting achievements taking part in the sale of the Nicholas Brown Desk and Bookcase, which sold in 1989 for $12.1 million, the top price for any piece of American furniture. Other significant records include the first piece of American furniture to break the million dollar mark, a Philadelphia Chippendale tea table which sold in January 1986; the top price for a piece of 19th-century American furniture, a Lannuier neoclassical pier table which brought $704,000 in 1991, and the Richard Edward's Chippendale pier table which sold in January 1990 for $4.62 million, becoming the second most expensive piece of American furniture and a record for any table.

Mr. Hays, one of Christie's principal auctioneers, directed Christie's first Folk Art department from its creation in 1987 until 1990. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Kenyon College, where he received his bachelor's degree in art history, Mr. Hays worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and completed Christie's year-long Fine Arts Course in London before joining the firm in New York. He frequently lectures and participates in museum and charity events.

About Ann Pailthorp and Farrow & Ball

Ann Pailthorp launched and currently leads the North American Colour Consultancy Program for British craftsmen in paint and paper, Farrow & Ball. With a history of working in colour and design, a passion for the highest quality products, and a master’s degree in Interior Design from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington D.C., Ann brings a wealth of information and experience to her role . As one of Farrow & Ball’s first US employees, Ann has over 12 years of experience working with their palette and product range and is truly passionate about the effects of colour in the designed environment. Ann is also the Vice President of Sales for the South East and Midwest Markets.  

British craftsmen in paint and paper, Farrow & Ball is dedicated to creating unmatched paint and wallpaper using only the finest quality ingredients and high levels of pigment.  Today the unique Farrow & Ball look transforms modern and traditional spaces, large and small, inside and out, and around the world.

About the Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than 3.2 million visitors. For more information, visit

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. 

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Martin Singleton and Lisa Singleton, Fashion Show & Luncheon Chair

Michal Powell announced as Honorary Chair;

Jan Pickens announced as recipient of the 2018 Margot Perot Service Award 

(DALLAS, Texas) – The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2018 Fashion Show & Luncheon chair Lisa Singleton welcomed more than 75 Salvation Army supporters to a kick-off reception hosted by Eiseman Jewels on Wednesday, November 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Partygoers arrived and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they perused Eiseman’s dazzling selection of jewelry and timepieces.  Mid-way through the evening, Singleton gathered the crowd and thanked Richard Eiseman for hosting the evening’s festivities.  Eiseman followed to add his gratitude to all in attendance for their support of The Salvation Army, an organization proudly supported by the Eiseman family as well.

Major Barbara Rich echoed her thanks and shared with attendees some of the important services provided by The Salvation Army, where on any given night 1,300 people stay at a Salvation Army facility here in DFW.  Locally Salvation Army provides shelter for nearly 8,000 homeless men, women and children each year.  Women’s Auxiliary president Betsy Willis added details about the work of the Auxiliary, which includes the spring fashion show and luncheon, the organization’s largest fundraiser.

Singleton then returned for some special announcements which included: Michal Powell will serve as the 2018 fashion show and luncheon honorary chair; Jan Pickens will be the recipient of the 2018 Margot Perot Service Award, and Kim Quinn, Nikki Webb, Candace Winslow and Merry Wyatt will serve as underwriting co-chairs.  The Margot Perot Service Award is awarded to an Auxiliary volunteer who has gone above and beyond in service and support to The Salvation Army.  Past recipients include Gene Jones, Charlotte Anderson, Betty Harlan, Ramona Jones and BJ Ward.

In closing, Singleton recognized presenting sponsor Anne Davidson, and thanked the many individuals who help make the event possible including event stylist and producer Jan Strimple.  

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2018 Fashion Show & Luncheon will be held on May 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, located at 2300 Flora Street 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 continues May 11-12 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 11 and 10 – 3 on May 12. 

Fashion Show & Luncheon sponsorships begin at $5,000 and individual tickets are $300.   For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Tina Trejo at 214-637-8121.

Since its inception in 1993, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon has raised over $ 9.5 million to support services provided at 13 local Salvation Army centers. 

About The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary: 

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary in Dallas is the local expression of a world-wide movement that seeks spiritual redemption and social rehabilitation of those it serves.  It functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group, and have many projects and programs that can satisfy an eagerness to volunteer. 

Volunteer activities abound in the Auxiliary. Every year, they fill backpacks with school supplies and Santa sacks with gifts and essentials at Christmas.  There is plenty of work to do at the Angel Tree and Kettles at NorthPark, and distribute Angel Tree gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas and Disaster Center.  For those who are into fashion, sorting and pricing donated couture clothing for the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon is great fun (as is attending the Fashion Show!) and working at the WEARhouse Sale after the show.

The ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary have a good time, work hard, and live by the vision of "Doing the Most Good."            

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian organization that in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex provides more than 70 different programs and services to help make life better for individuals and families. Services include: substance abuse treatment, homeless shelters, life-skills classes, non-perishable food, Christmas gifts for children, a domestic violence shelter, emergency financial assistance, after-school programs, summer day camps, computer training, senior citizens services, and low-cost youth sports activities.

The Salvation Army’s religious and social service activities serve millions of men, women and children in more than 130 nations around the world. Volunteers, contributors, and other supporters make the services possible in local communities across the country. For more information, go to

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Host Justin Magnuson, Richard D. Eiseman, Jr. and Maximilian Büsser

Richard D. Eiseman, Jr, president and CEO of Eiseman Jewels, and Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends), celebrated the launch of the MB&F timepiece collection in Dallas at a cocktail reception on September 19.

Clients and timepiece collectors mingled, as they took in the stunning views of the Dallas skyline from host Justin Magnuson’s high-rise home.    As the sun set over the city, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while viewing MB&F timepiece and clock collections, known as “machines,” which are now available exclusively at Eiseman.

Mid-way through the evening, partygoers sipped on specialty drinks and gathered near Magnuson’s rooftop garden for a warm welcome by Mr. Eiseman who then introduced Büsser.  Büsser shared his background, including 15 years managing prestigious timepiece brands, and his life-long passion for design, which led him to the founding of MB&F.  In his own words, MB&F is “an artistic and micro-engineering laboratory dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals that he both respects and enjoys working with.” 

Büsser highlighted some of the brand's most sought-after pieces, which Eiseman will offer, including Legacy Machine 1 and Legacy Machine 101, as well as Horological Machines HM 7 Aquapod and HM 8 Can Am.  As well, attendees were the first in the world to view the brand’s newest timepiece, which will be unveiled later in October.

As the evening came to a close, patrons received an MB&F Bluetooth speaker along with an MB&F Co-creation shaped USB drive with some additional information on the brand.

For more information about MB&F, visit

About MB&F

In 2015, MB&F celebrated its 10th anniversary as the world’s first ever horological concept laboratory: 10 years of hyper-creativity; 11 remarkable calibres forming the base of the critically acclaimed Horological Machines and Legacy Machines for which MB&F has become renowned.

After 15 years managing prestigious watch brands, Maximilian Büsser resigned from his Managing Director position at Harry Winston in 2005 to create MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends. MB&F is an artistic and micro-engineering laboratory dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals that Büsser both respects and enjoys working with. 

In 2007, MB&F unveiled its first Horological Machine, HM1. HM1’s sculptured, three-dimensional case and beautifully finished engine (movement) set the standard for the idiosyncratic Horological Machines that have followed: HM2, HM3, HM4, HM5, HM6, HM8 and HMX – all Machines that tell the time, rather than Machines to tell the time.

In 2011, MB&F launched its round-cased Legacy Machine collection. These more classical pieces – classical for MB&F, that is – pay tribute to nineteenth-century watchmaking excellence by reinterpreting complications from the great horological innovators of yesteryear to create contemporary objets d'art. LM1 and LM2 were followed by LM101, the first MB&F Machine to feature a movement developed entirely in-house. The year 2015 saw the launch of Legacy Machine Perpetual featuring a fully integrated perpetual calendar. MB&F generally alternates between launching contemporary, resolutely unconventional Horological Machines and historically inspired Legacy Machines.

As well as Horological and Legacy Machines, MB&F has created space age Music Machines (1,2 and 3) in collaboration with music box specialist Reuge; and with l’Epée 1839, unusual clocks in the form of a space station (Starfleet Machine), a spider (Arachnophobia); and three robot clocks (Melchior, Sherman and Balthazar). In 2016, MB&F and Caran d’Ache created a mechanical rocket-pen called Astrograph.

And there have been distinguished accolades reminding us of the innovative nature of MB&F’s journey so far. To name a few, there have been no less than 4 Grand Prix awards from the famous Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève: in 2016, LM Perpetual won the Grand Prix for Best Calendar Watch; in 2012, Legacy Machine N°1 was awarded the Public Prize (voted for by horology fans) and the Best Men’s Watch Prize (voted for by the professional jury); and in 2010, MB&F won Best Concept and Design Watch for the HM4 Thunderbolt. In 2015 MB&F received a Red Dot: Best of the Best award – the top prize at the international Red Dot Awards – for the HM6 Space Pirate.

About Eiseman Jewels

Highly regarded as the Southwest’s premier jeweler with gracious and expert service, Eiseman is purveyor to a coveted designer collection featuring renowned designers Temple St. Claire, JB Star, Ray Griffiths, Roberto Coin, Sloane Street, Messika, Gucci, and exclusively Seaman Schepps, Katie Decker, Lika Behar and Sutra.  Eiseman offers an extensive selection of bridal diamond jewelry including designs from Michael B, Bez Ambar, Precision Set, Furrer Jacot and Danhov, as well as an extensive collection of GIA-certified diamonds of impressive quality and size.  Eiseman Jewels also boasts an impressive watch collection with brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling, IWC Schaffhausen, Audemars Piguet, Louis Moinet, MB&F, TUDOR and Baume and Mercier in addition to Eiseman Exceptional certified pre-owned timepieces. 

As the original family-owned tenant of NorthPark Center, Eiseman Jewels anchors the most important retail location in the Center and in the southwest.   Located adjacent to Neiman Marcus, customers can contact Eiseman Jewels at (214) 369-6100 during stores hours of Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., closed Sunday or by appointment in your home, office or jet. 

Eiseman Jewels was selected in 2014 as one of Town & Country magazine’s “Best Independent Jewelers,” selected as the finest independent jewelry store in 2010 by National Jeweler magazine and was chosen by editors of D Magazine as “Best Jewelry Store” in Dallas.

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Kevin Hurst, Neiman Marcus

The Business Council for the Arts has announced the 2017 Obelisk Awards honorees.  This annual award is bestowed upon companies and leaders in business and the arts for their invaluable contributions supporting arts and culture in North Texas.

The recipients will be honored at the 29th annual Obelisk Awards luncheon on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Belo Mansion.  Steven Roth, Senior Deputy General counsel of Parkland Health & Hospital System, and his wife Thai-lan Tran are serving as the 2017 Obelisk Awards co-chairs.

The Obelisk Awards luncheon will include a reception, seated lunch and recognition of the 2017 award recipients.  The keynote speaker for the event is Karen Brooks Hopkins, who currently serves as the Nasher Haemisegger Fellow for the National Center for Arts Research and is the former president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Returning as Master of Ceremonies is Mary Anne Alhadeff, President & CEO of North Texas Public Broadcasting, which includes KERA Radio and Television, as well as KXT and affiliated programs. Ryan Anthony, Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, founder of The Ryan Anthony Foundation, and last year’s keynote speaker, will return to the Obelisk stage.

“We are thrilled to announce this year’s Obelisk Awards recipients, all outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses,” remarked co-chair Steve Roth.  “The 2017 honorees are a testament to the strong partnerships between business and the arts in North Texas.  From companies of all sizes, we are seeing the impact they are making in the arts community and also to our local economy.”

Said Katherine Wagner, CEO of Business Council for the Arts: “This year’s Obelisk honorees reflect the significant growth of the arts regionally – a fact underscored in our recent economic impact study, showing that the nonprofit arts and culture sector has now reached an impact of $1.5 billion annually in North Texas.”

The 2017 Obelisk Awards honorees are:

  • The Arts Partnership Award:  Large Business (more than 500 employees locally)


         Nominated by:  Nasher Sculpture Center

         The Arts Partnership Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years.


  • The Arts Partnership Award: Medium Business (between 50 and 500 employees locally)

         Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Richardson

         Nominated by AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson)

         The Arts Partnership Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years.


  • The Arts Partnership Award:  Small Business (fewer than 50 employees locally)

          Angelika Film Center – Dallas

          Nominated by: Video Association of Dallas

          The Arts Partnership Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years.


  • The New Initiatives Award: Large Business (more than 500 employees locally)


          Nominated by: Creative Arts Center

          The New Initiatives Awards recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years.


  • The New Initiatives Award: Medium Business (between 50-500 employees locally)

         West Village

         Nominated by:  Dallas Film Society

         The New Initiatives Awards recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years.


  • The New Initiatives Award:  Small Business (fewer than 50 employees locally)

          C.C. Communications, LLC

          Nominated by:  Esta Raza No Se Raja

          The New Initiatives Awards recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years.


  • The Distinguished Cultural Organization Award:

         The Cliburn

         Nominated by: The Arts Council of Fort Worth/Neiman Marcus

         The Distinguished Cultural Organization Award is given to recognize one outstanding nonprofit organization for a project or program that has enhanced the community    

         through partnership with a business.


  • The Business Champion for the Arts Award:

          Nancy Carlson

          Nominated by: TACA

          The Business Champion for the Arts Award recognizes long-term leadership and commitment to arts/culture by a business executive (president, CEO, partner).


  • The Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award:

         Keith Cerny

         Nominated by: Deutsche Bank Trust Co., NA/ Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. 

         The Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award recognizes an arts leader who has consistently demonstrated vision, impact, innovation, and successful alignment with  

         business and community partners throughout their tenure.


  • The Arts Education Award:

         Neiman Marcus Group

         Nominated by: Big Thought, Dallas Black Dance Theater

         The Arts Education Award recognizes one outstanding business for its support of arts education programs.


  • The Lifetime Achievement Award:

         Ask Me About Art/Gail Sachson

         Nominated by: Carolyn Brown Photography

         The 2017 Juror’s Award recognizing lifetime advancement of the arts


  • The Community Champion Award: 

          Kathy Litinas

          Nominated by: Allen Arts Alliance

          The 2017 Juror’s Award recognizing community arts advancement


Individual tickets for the Obelisk Awards luncheon are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $750.  For more information about the Obelisk Awards, visit or contact Catherine Thompson, 972-991-8300, extension 601.

About Business Council for the Arts

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 as connector and convenor between businesses, municipalities, and arts and cultural organizations. For 29 years, Business Council for the Arts has advocated for business support of the arts, developed business leaders for nonprofit boards of directors; fostered employee creativity, engagement and creativity through the arts; guided strategic business support for the arts; and measured the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas.