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Honorary chairs Robert Hyer Thomas and Gail Thomas, PhD

2016 Awards for Excellence in Community Service co-chairs Veletta Forsythe Lill and Mary Suhm, along with honorary chairs Gail Thomas, PhD and Robert Hyer Thomas, welcomed over 65 sponsors, award recipients and Dallas Historical Society board members to a cocktail reception held in their honor on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Hosted by Libby and David Hunt, Sharon and Mike McCullough and Patricia Meadows, attendees arrived and mingled as they enjoyed cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.  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 all in attendance for their support of the 35th Awards for Excellence in Community Service.

Co-chairs Lill and Suhm followed, adding their gratitude to this year’s sponsors, before recognizing the 2016 Awards for Excellence recipients, many of whom were in attendance:  Arts Leadership – Keith Cerny; Business – Leonard M. Riggs, Jr. M.D.; Creative Arts – Eliseo Garcia; Education – Pat Mattingly; History – Hugh Aynesworth; Humanities – Molly Bogen; Medical Research – Dr. Eric Olson; Philanthropy – Linda Perryman Evans; Sports Leadership – Michael Johnson; Volunteer Community Leadership – Philip C. Henderson;  Volunteer Community Leadership – Frederick “Shad” Rowe and Jubilee History Maker – Margot Perot.  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.  

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 2016 Sponsors, which include: 

Platinum History Maker ($10,000) – Diane and Hal Brierley; Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation; Al Hill Family; Lyda Hill Foundation; Stephanie and Hunter Hunt; Holly and Tom Mayer; Eugene McDermott Foundation; Leonard M. Riggs, Jr.; 

Gold Historian ($5,000) – Baylor Scott & White Health; Linda and William Custard; Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation; The David B. Miller Family Foundation; Perot Foundation; Shad Rowe; Peggy and Carl Sewell; Ruth C. and Charles S. Sharp Foundation; Mike and Mary Terry;

Silver Historian ($2,500) – Children’s Health; Chris Molsen Clark; Amy and John A. Cole; The Richard Eiseman Families; Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger; Cathy and Bill Helmbrecht; Liza and Will Lee; Locke Lord LLP; The Meadows Foundation; John Neill; Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC; Penn Davis McFarland, Inc.; Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; Willing Ryan; Kit and Kemp Sawers; Margaret and Glenn Solomon; South Texas Money Management, Ltd; Southern Methodist University; Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical Center; Marianne and Roger Staubach; Thompson & Knight Foundation; and Gail and Robert Hyer Thomas.

The 35th Awards for Excellence (AFE) in Community Service luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Dallas, located at 1717 N. Akard Street.  Tickets begin at $125; sponsorships begin at $1,000 and are available by visiting or contact Nora Lenhart, 214-421-4500x101 or .


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Nancy Kerrigan, two-time Olympic medalist and featured speaker at 2016 Life Lessons Luncheon

The Elisa Project announces two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan as the featured speaker for the Life Lessons Luncheon on Friday, March 3, 2017 at The Belo Mansion.

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Melissa Rountree will serve as event co-chairs with Toni Munoz-Hunt as honorary chair.  Celebrating its twelfth year, the Life Lessons Luncheon raises important funds for The Elisa Project’s mission of fighting against deadly eating disorders, and to continue our mission throughout Texas promoting the importance of healthy living, positive body image and self-esteem in all youth; through education, case management resources and advocacy efforts.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Nancy Kerrigan join us as the keynote speaker for the Life Lessons Luncheon,” remarked Rhonda Sargent Chambers, event co-chair.  “While many of us have admired Nancy for her Olympic skating career, we look forward to her sharing her journey as an athlete, mother, and now executive producer of an upcoming documentary which addresses the connection between athletes and eating disorders, something Nancy has experienced personally as well.”

Nancy Kerrigan has been one of America’s most recognizable sports icons for over 20 years.  Her rise to competing at a national level began when she placed 3rd at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, qualifying for the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships, where she won the bronze medal.

In 1992, she received a bronze medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics and the silver medal at the 1992 World Championships, later on becoming the United States Champion. Nancy also went on to win the silver medal at the 1993 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

In addition to her work on the ice, the two time Olympic medalist has regularly appeared on television and movies as an actor (Boy Meets World, Blades of Glory, Saturday Night Live) or commentator (Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Lifetime Network, Fox Sports), and is well known for being instrumental in the creation of Halloween on Ice.

She has been a product endorser (Revlon, Reebok, Seiko, Campbell’s Soup, Old Navy), author (Artistry on Ice) and motivational speaker. The Nancy Kerrigan Foundation has raised significant funds for the vision impaired and she has been recognized for her excellence on and off the ice (US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Mother’s Day Foundation Mother of the Year, New England Sports Hall of Fame).

Currently, Kerrigan announced she will executive produce and appear in a feature-length documentary about the connection between athletes and eating disorders. ??It is a subject close to Kerrigan, who has witnessed the difficulties and pressures faced by athletes in so-called “lean” sports such as figure skating. Kerrigan has spoken about struggles of her own around eating issues during  the 1994 Olympics. ??Why Don’t You Lose 5 Pounds? will document the struggle athletes at all levels of competition face in returning to competition after being diagnosed with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Despite affecting more athletes than concussions, eating disorders get relatively little attention in the popular sports world.  Eating disorders kill more people annually than any other mental illness, and many athletes find themselves at a higher  risk for a problem. ??The film will take a deep look at the power of sports culture and what happens when that  power enables a lethal mental disease. ? 

The Life Lessons Luncheon benefiting The Elisa Project will be held on Friday, March 3,, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Belo Mansion located at 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201.  Sponsorships begin at $1,750 and are on sale now; limited $175 individual tickets will go on sale February 1, 2017.  For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit or Kimberly Martinez at 866.837.1999 or

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 can be 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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Gail Turner, R. Gerald Turner, PhD, 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient

Southern Methodist University (SMU) president, R. Gerald Turner, PhD, was honored on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 with the 12th annual Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award for his academic, civic, educational and business leadership in Dallas.  Recognizing his love for education, music, sports and all-things SMU, the evening brought together family, friends, colleagues, and even the SMU mascot, for an unforgettable celebration.

Established in 2005, the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment to excellence in community leadership emulate the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.  The 2016 event raised $1.4 million proceeds, which were designated by Dr. Turner and his wife Gail, to create a world-class simulation laboratory at Methodist Dallas Medical for the Graduate Medical Education Program. 

As the evening began, nearly 800 attendees arrived at the Hilton Anatole Dallas and mingled over cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres outside the Grand Ballroom.  At the appointed time, the doors opened to sounds of SMU’s renowned a cappella groups, the SMU Belle Tones and the SMU Southern Gentlemen, performing some of Dr. Turner’s favorite songs.  As guests took their seats, master of ceremonies Michael Boone, co-founder of Haynes and Boone and 2012 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient took the stage.  After welcoming attendees, Boone recognized this year’s recipient, Dr. Turner, as well as the “first lady of SMU,” Gerald’s wife, Gail.  He also recognized the 2016 event co-chairs, Kelli and Gerald J. Ford, Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt, and Lottye and Bobby B. Lyle, who were seated nearby.

Reverend Mark Craig, member of the Methodist Health System Foundation board and 2013 Folsom Award recipient, followed with the invocation.  As guests enjoyed their first course, Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of Methodist Health System, added his congratulations to Dr. Turner and thanked all in attendance for their support of the hospital system. 

“Over the last 10 years, I have watched with pride as the Folsom Award has become one of the most prestigious traditions in North Texas,” remarked Mansfield.  “Thank you for your commitment to make Methodist Health System the provider of choice for so many.  When this year ends, Methodist will have served nearly 1 million North Texans.  Your support enables us to continue to fulfill our mission of improving and saving lives through compassionate quality healthcare.  Thank you for making that mission possible.” 

One of Dr. Turner’s daughters, Angela Turner Wilson, gave a special musical tribute as she was joined onstage by Clifton Forbis, associate professor and chair of voice at SMU, with Brian Bentley, adjunct professor in vocal and performance at SMU on piano, with a performance of one of Dr. Turner’s favorite hymns, Great is Thy Faithfulness.  

As dinner was completed, Boone revealed that one of Dr. Turner’s favorite pastimes and sports is tennis.  CBS Sports and Tennis Channel broadcaster, Bill Macatee, joined via video to congratulate Dr. Turner and to introduce his weekly tennis group, self-named the “Smiters,” who play each week in the “Saturday Morning Invitational Tournament (SMIT).” Named by fellow-SMIT founder and former owner of the Dallas Stars, Norm Green, each week a partnership is awarded the SMIT trophy, patterned after the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup. “Smiters” Chris Kleinert, Frank Campbell, Dale Petroskey and SMU’s All-American Kit Carson came on stage and shared stories of Dr. Turner’s success on and off the court.  Ms. Carson closed by announcing that in honor of Dr. Turner and his love of SMU, the weekly event has been renamed the “Super Mustang Invitational Tournament,” after SMU’s mascot.

April Box, CFRE, president and CEO of Methodist Health System Foundation, followed and echoed Dr. Turner’s love of music, sharing he has been known to create mixed CD’s for friends as well as attend live shows, such as Dire Straits.  Box asked patrons to put on the wristbands located at their seats, and turn on the LED lights to create a concert spirit for the next surprise…SMU graduate and Academy of Country Music award-winning singer/songwriter, Jack Ingram.

To much applause, Jack Ingram took the stage with his acoustic guitar.  He recounted memories from his time at SMU, as well as his successes as a professional musician, as he performed three of his hit songs, including his first number one single, Wherever You Are.

Box returned with one more surprise, a personalized early-release of “The Whistler,” written by one of Dr. Turner’s long-time friends since his days at Ole Miss, author John Grisham.  She also took a moment to recognize the evening’s co-chairs, the many sponsors including presenting sponsor The Lupe Murchison Foundation, as well as the Folsom family members who were in attendance, Methodist Health System Foundation board chairman Steve Folsom and his wife Sharon, Bob Folsom’s daughter Diane Frank and her husband Robert, and Bob Folsom’s daughter Debbie Jarma and her husband Don.

Box took a few moments to salute Dr. Turner’s many accomplishments.

“Methodist Health System is proud to celebrate great leaders in Dallas.  When Dr. Turner came to SMU in 1995 he had a vision to build SMU into a world-renowned university.  His vision is today a reality,” said Box.  “Ellen Johnson Sirlef, Africa’s first woman president, is known for saying ‘If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.’  Thank you, Dr. Turner, for having big dreams. As the longest serving president of SMU, you have led an era of unprecedented progress, including a $1 billion major gifts campaign that surpassed its goal three months ahead of schedule.  You have truly impacted our lives.”

Dr. Turner joins a prestigious group of past recipients including Robert S. Folsom (2005), Nancy Ann Hunt (2006), Troy Aikman (2007), Laura Bush (2008), the late Norman Brinker (2009), Pat and Emmitt Smith (2010), Trevor Rees-Jones (2011), Michael M. Boone (2012), Rev. Mark Craig (2013), Bobby B. Lyle (2014), and Jack Lowe, Jr. (2015).

Following, attendees enjoyed a special tribute video featuring past recipients, board members, SMU trustees, and long-time friends, who all shared their admiration for Dr. Turner and his many successes throughout his life.

Dr. Turner humbly accepted the 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award from Ms. Box, before extending his gratitude to the Foundation, friends and colleagues in attendance, SMU and of course his beloved family.

Since its inception, the Folsom Award events have netted more than $15 million to benefit Methodist Health System’s programs and services.  For more information about supporting the 2017 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award and Methodist Health System, contact Angela Nash, vice president, 214.947.4596 or  More information is available at

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Susan Fisk, Sarah Jo Hardin, Art in Bloom 2017 chairman

The Dallas Museum of Art League unveiled details for Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love, at a recent cocktail reception on Wednesday, October 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Hosted by St. John in Highland Park Village, chairman Sarah Jo Hardin and honorary chairman Jill Goldberg were joined by 35 host committee members to celebrate the upcoming annual floral symposium and luncheon, set for Monday, March 27, 2017.  Proceeds from the event support the DMA’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

Attendees mingled over champagne and canapés as they shopped St. John’s fall collection.  Mrs. Hardin gathered the crowd mid-way through the evening to share exciting details about Art in Bloom 2017, which will feature world-renowned Dutch-born floral designer and educator René van Rems as the symposium speaker.    The venue for the announcement party was no coincidence as she also unveiled that St. John will be the 2017 Luxury Fashion sponsor. 

Additionally, the 2017 event will include an inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Level 2 European galleries featuring a unique display of floral arrangements, created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Art in Bloom patrons will be the firstto preview the show, with the exhibition remaining on view for DMA visitors through March 29. 

Ms. Hardin extended her gratitude for the host of the evening, St. John, as well as all sponsors to date, host committee members in attendance and volunteers. Honorary chairman Jill Goldberg followed to add her thanks, especially to Ms. Hardin for her time and commitment as event chairman.

As the evening came to an end, the winner of a $250 St. John gift card was announced…. Emily Maduro!

Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love will include a reception and symposium with Dutch-born floral designer and educator René van Rems, followed by a seated lunch, style show by St. John, silent auction, the inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit and book signing by Mr. van Rems. Sponsorships begin at $2,500, individual tickets are $250, and are on sale now. For more information, contact Edwina Gonzalez at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214-922-1800, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at www.

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Gail Turner and R. Gerald Turner, PhD, recipient of the 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award

April Box, CFRE, president and CEO of Methodist Health System Foundation, along with Parton Party hosts Ashlee and Chris Kleinert and event co-chairs Kelli and Gerald J. Ford, Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt, and Lottye and Bobby B. Lyle, welcomed more than 80 sponsors of the 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award.

Mr. Kleinert gathered the crowd for brief remarks, and on behalf of he and his wife Ashlee, thanked the Leadership Circle donors for their support of the 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner.  He lauded Methodist Health System Foundation for once again selecting a deserving award recipient, R. Gerald Turner, PhD, who has meant so much to the City of Dallas and to Southern Methodist University, as SMU’s longest-serving president. Mr. Kleinert also recognized the “first lady of SMU,” Dr. Turner’s wife, Gail, who was seated nearby.  Lastly he thanked Dr. Turner for allowing the Foundation to recognize him, which in turn shines a spotlight on the important work being done each day by Methodist Health System.

Ms. Box added her gratitude to the evening’s hosts, this year’s event co-chairs, and patrons in attendance for their demonstrated support and respect for Dr. Turner through sponsorships, with special thanks to presenting sponsor, The Lupe Murchison Foundation.  She recognized Sharon and Steve Folsom, and noted how Mr. Folsom has followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by serving as the chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, as well as his sisters and their husbands, Diane and Robert Frank and Debbie and Don Jarma, all in attendance. 

She added that Dr. Turner represents Bob Folsom’s legacy of love and commitment of service to the Dallas community as he joins a very prestigious group of former Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipients, including this year’s co-chairs Nancy Ann Hunt and Bobby Lyle, who were in attendance, as well as Troy Aikman, Mike Boone, First Lady Laura Bush, the late Norman Brinker, Pat and Emmitt Smith, Trevor Rees-Jones, Rev. Mark Craig, and Jack Lowe, Jr.

 As in years past, event proceeds have been designated by the Folsom Award recipient, Dr. Turner and his wife Gail.

“In honor of Dr. Turner’s passion for education, funds from this year’s event will go to the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic and graduate medical education,  shared Ms. Box.  “This is particularly meaningful as Methodist strives each day to serve an ever-increasing number of disadvantaged families in our community through the Golden Cross Clinic. Thank you Gerald and Gail, for stepping forward to help those who cannot help themselves.”

Dr. Turner extended his heartfelt gratitude for the recognition by the Foundation, and added his thanks to his wife Gail, friends and co-chairs Kelli and Jerry, Nancy Ann and Ray and Lottye and Bobby, April and the Foundation staff, as well as all the many sponsors who will enable Methodist Health System to continue serving the community.

In closing Ms. Box reminded patrons of the upcoming event on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Since its inception, the Folsom Award events have netted more than $14 million to benefit Methodist Health System’s programs and services.   The event would not be possible without the generosity of the 2016 sponsors: 

Presenting Sponsor ($250,000) – The Lupe Murchison Foundation

Lead Sponsors ($100,000) – Kelli and Gerald J. Ford and Hilltop Holdings Inc.; and Carolyn and David B. Miller and The David B. Miller Family Foundation

Video Sponsor ($100,000) – Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt

Platinum Sponsor ($50,000) – Linda and Mitch Hart and Lottye and Bobby B. Lyle

Award Dinner Program Sponsor ($25,000) – Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians

Gold Sponsors ($25,000) – The Dedman Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas; Folsom Family; Nita and John R. Ford; Gene and Jerry Jones; Ashlee and Chris Kleinert; and Pat and Pete Schenkel

Support Sponsor ($20,000) – The Beck Group


Leadership Circle Sponsors ($10,000) – Lydia and Bill Addy; Allegiance Title Company/Dawn Moore; Allie Beth and Pierce Allman; Amegy Bank; Aramark Healthcare; AT&T, Inc.; Austin Commercial; Joyce and Selly Belofsky; Ann and Brad Brookshire; CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company; Cienda Partners; John M. Collins/Haynes and Boone, LLP; Comerica Bank; Kelly Compton; William R. and Susan S. Cooper; The Deason Foundation; Paul S. Farrow, Ebby Halliday Realtors; Folsom Properties, Inc.; Kay and Duncan T. Fulton, III; Hegi Family; Hodges Capital Management; J.P. Morgan; Laboratory Physicians Association; Lockton Dunning Benefits; Cathy and Harold MacDowell; Cary M. McGuire; Maryann and Frank Mihalopoulos; Carolyn F. and G. David Neal; Norton Rose Fulbright; NueHealth; Sarah F. Perot; Jane H. and Charles C. Pierce, Jr.; Caren Prothro/Ruth and Ken Altshuler; Elaine and Michael Redden; The Rees-Jones Foundation; Eileen and Ron Ricks; RGT Wealth Advisors; Rogers-O’Brien Construction; Dr. Allen and Elaine Schneider; Peggy and Carl Sewell; Shirley and George Shafer; Gay and William Solomon; TD Bank, N.A.; TDIndustries, Ben Houston and Jack Lowe, Jr., Texas Star Landscapes, LLC; Tolleson Wealth Management; Chancellor Lee Jackson and University of North Texas System; U.S. Anesthesia Partners; Tim Wallace; and Lee Ann and Alan White/PlainsCapital Bank

Bronze Sponsors ($5,000) - Bank of Texas; Colleen Barrett; Kathy and Gene Bishop; Communities Foundation of Texas; Sylvie and Gary Crum; Francis & Totusek, L.L.P.; Leigh K. Hunter, MD; Herb Kelleher; Mairs & Power; Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital/Kindred Healthcare; Erle Nye; Owens & Minor Distribution, Inc.; Perkins + Will; Warren Rutherford; Debbie and Michael Schaefer; Southern Methodist University; UnitedHealthcare; and Terry and Ron Unkefer.

The Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, located at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. The 12th annual event will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner and tribute to the 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient, R. Gerald Turner, PhD, president of Southern Methodist University, philanthropist, and education and community leader. Individual tickets are $1,000, $500 or $250; sponsorships begin at $5,000. For sponsorships and ticket information, visit

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Peggy Sewell, Silver Supper 2017 co-chair, Paul Harris, president and CEO, Hoblitzelle Foundation, and Rusty Duvall, Silver Supper 2017 co-chair with "Covered Cup"

The Dallas Museum of Art and Silver Supper 2017 co-chairs Rusty Duvall and Peggy Sewell welcomed over 70 patrons, sponsors and collectors to the Silver Supper 2017 announcement party on Thursday, September 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Paintings Conservation Gallery and Founders Room.

Guests mingled among current conservation projects on view while enjoying wine and light hors d’oeuvres. At the appointed time, William “Bill” Solomon, chairman, board of directors for the Hoblitzelle Foundation, gathered the crowd for special announcements.

Mr. Solomon briefly shared the history behind Silver Supper, which began after the Hoblitzelle Foundation made a substantial gift of English and Irish Silver to the Museum in 1987.  Esther and Karl Hoblitzelle were legendary collectors of silver during the 1930’s through the 1950’s, much of which they used for entertaining.  An idea evolved to stage a dinner, Silver Supper, in the tradition of the Hoblitzelle parties, to build enthusiasm among patrons for the Decorative Arts program. Solomon then announced that in commemoration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of Silver Supper and the 75th anniversary of the Hoblitzelle Foundation, the 2017 dinnerwould be underwritten by the Foundation to ensure that all the funds raised would go directly to support the Museum’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund.

Paul Harris, president and CEO of the Hoblitzelle Foundation, followed with highlights of the Foundation’s history, which included his father, Lynn Harris.  After serving as Mr. Hoblitzelle’s personal secretary and assistant for more than three decades, the elder Harris served as the Foundation’s president and CEO, to be followed by his son Paul, who has held the position for more than 30 years.  Harris proudly shared that the first gift the Foundation made was to the Dallas Museum of Art, starting what has become a long-standing partnership between the organizations.

Following, event co-chairs Rusty Duvall and Peggy Sewell, thanked Mr. Solomon and Mr. Harris, as well as Hoblitzelle Foundation board members, DMA Trustees and long-time Silver Supper patrons in attendance.

Ms. Sewell also recognized the Hoblitzelle Foundation for their generosity and long standing partnership by sharing that 28 years ago the Dallas Museum of Art became one of America’s most important public silver holdings when the Foundation donated 550 pieces.  The diversity of the English and Irish silver styles and exceptional quality of these pieces rank the DMA silver collection among the finest in the country. This transformative gift also included 47 paintings that contained 17th-century Italian and Dutch masters as well as works by 19th century American artists. 

In honor of the Foundation’s support and their upcoming 75th anniversary, the Covered Cup, one of the Foundations gifts, will be the signature piece for the 2017 event.   Created by Paul de Lamerie, one of Europe’s finest 18th century silversmiths, the Covered Cup will be incorporated in Silver Supper’s marketing and event materials, in addition to being on display at the event.  Ms. Duvall then revealed the date for Silver Supper 2017:  Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Since its inception the Silver Supper has raised more than $1,000,000 for the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund, and in this tradition, the 2017 dinner will continue to celebrate the Museum’s exception international collection of decorative arts and design.  Sponsorships and tickets will be available in January 2017.

Silver Supper 2017 Announcement Party attendees included:  Co-chairs Rusty Duvall and Peggy Sewell, Hoblitzelle board chairman, William T. “Bill” Solomon and Gay Solomon, Hoblitzelle president and CEO Paul Harris, Bill Duvall, Carl Sewell, Catherine Rose, president of DMA Board of Trustees, Caren Prothro, Sharon Young, John Dayton, Beth Ewing, Lisa and John Runyon, Ann Barbier-Mueller, Claire Dewar, Capera Ryan, Carrie Becker, Melinda and Mark Knowles, Sarah Jo and Mark Hardin, Nancy Shutt, Mark Moussa and Juliette Aston, Sheila and Frank Durante, Debra Ryan, Katie Robbins, and Linda and Bill Custard.

For more information regarding Silver Supper 2017, contact Marin Fiske-Rankin, 214.922.1295 or

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Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, recipient of 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award; Lana Byrne, honorary chair

Mosaic Family Services welcomed more than 75 attendees to the 7th Annual Gala Patron Party on Tuesday, September 20 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Abi Ferrin and Kendra Scott in West Village.

Partygoers arrived and enjoyed cocktails and delicious bites donated by CRU, including arancini with roasted pepper tomato sauce, mini meatballs with tomato sugo and shaved Manchego, smoked salmon rillettes and artisan cheese and charcuterie with house made fig jam and fresh Turkish honeycomb.

DJ Lamont Carlis provided a cool vibe as attendees perused fall fashions designed by Abi Ferrin and sparkling accessories at nearby Kendra Scott, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Mosaic Family Services.  Despite the warm temperatures, Abi Ferrin’s outdoor luxury lounge, courtesy of Park Place, was the perfect spot to relax.

The “party for a cause” was in celebration of the upcoming 7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala which will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 7 – 11 p.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District.  Chaired by Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby, with honorary chair Lana Byrne, the gala will include cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, master of ceremonies Steve Kemble, silent auction curated by auction chair Nusia Sookarow, raffle, casino, and music by DJ Lamont Carlis.   A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award to Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates.  Presenting the award to Councilmember Gates will be her role model and mom, Marianne Staubach, and her colleague, Dallas Police Chief David Pughes. 

As the evening came to an end, posh patrons were treated to homemade cake balls by Tina Witkoff and a gift bag of Mary Kay’s Satin Hands signature products.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available; tickets are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit or contact Le Ta, 214.821.5393 x263 or


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Co-chair Morgan Moore, honorary chair Lynn McBee, co-chair Melissa Rountree

Event co-chairs Melissa Rountree and her daughter Morgan, with honorary chair Lynn McBee, were joined by more than 250 attendees for the 7th annual ESTEEM Fashion Show benefiting The Elisa Project (TEP) on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Hosted by Tootsies, partygoers arrived and mingled while enjoying decadent blueberry and cranberry muffins, along with seasonal fruit and mimosas, courtesy of True Foods Kitchen. With 10% of all purchases benefiting TEP, patrons shopped Tootsies’ fabulous fall fashions, as DJ Blake Ward provided the vibe.  Raffle tickets were also available for sale featuring thirteen prizes including, a $100 gift card to Tootsies, six months unlimited classes at Bar Method, Elizabeth Showers Kaleidoscope earrings, workout gear from Level 3 Active, a gold necklace with lemon-green quart and diamonds from Patriksha Jewelry, a champagne and shopping soiree at Abi Ferrin including a $400 gift card, a suite of Amanda Sterett Jewelry, a $250 gift card to any Lombardi Family Concepts restaurant and more.

At the appointed time, patrons gathered upstairs in anticipation of the fashion show.  Co-chairs Melissa and Morgan took the stage and thanked  everyone in attendance for their support of The Elisa Project and this year’s event. Dr. Stephanie Setliff, TEP’s board president, followed by  thanking Melissa and Morgan for their hard work on the event, and recognized ESTEEM honorary chair Lynn McBee and TEP co-founder Leslie McCall, who were seated nearby.   She also shared some details about the work The Elisa Project is doing in the community through advocacy, education and support, which touches the lives of more than 31,000 individuals suffering from eating disorders each year.

Dr. Setliff then introduced returning emcee Gloria Campos.  Gloria added her gratitude to attendees and recognized others in the room including executive director Kim Martinez and TEP staff and board of directors, as well as ESTEEM founder, event coordinator, and board member, Rhonda Sargent Chambers.  She was joined by Tootsies store director Nerissa von Helpenstill, who described the two upcoming fashion scenes, “Borrowed from the Boys” and “She’s a Lady,” which would be modeled by an amazing group of TEP supporters chosen for their commitment to giving back to the community and to those with eating disorders.  All children’s fashions were provided by KidBiz/The Biz. 

2016 models were: jewelry designer Amanda Sterett Albritton with daughters Anna and Olivia; FOX4-TV’s Emmy-award winning news anchor Jenny Anchando; author, community volunteer and co-founder of Sawyer Collection Kim Bannister and daughter Sawyer; sisters Erin Bulcher, Sr. SEO and content manager for, and Nicole Bulcher, former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader; WFAA-TV’s Alexa Conomos and daughter Annick; community volunteer Yvonne Crum with granddaughter Samantha; organic lifestyle and healthy living expert Holly Pellham Davis with daughter Landry; Jazmyn Dorsett, daughter of Dallas Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett and super mom Janet Dorsett;Lauren Foreman, community volunteer and communications manager for Thompson & Knight; Roshawnda Foster, Kim Dawson model, and daughter Logan; Pam Skaggs Frank, veteran Kim Dawson Model and owner of Gloss Luxury Rentals and Gloss Interiors; community volunteer Alissa Ferguson Gearing and daughter Ansley; community volunteer and 26-year Brinker International employee Nancy Gopez; designer and creator of BAHZ jewelry Britt Harless; Tiffany Hendra, wife television host, lifestyle mentor and creator of Sanctuary of Style blog;  founder and creator of Model Behaviors, writer and activist Toni Munoz Hunt and daughter Darlington; lifestyle management consultant Jackson; host of nationally syndicated morning show, Eye Opener, blogger and fashion expert Hilary Kennedy; Whitney Roberts Kutch, TEP board member and founder of Hello Whitney blog; Carlotta Lennox, Kim Dawson model and entrepreneur, and daughter Alle; LeeAnne Locken, author, actor, model, producer, BRAVO-TV’s hit reality-series Real Housewives of Dallas cast member and community volunteer; wife, mother grandmother and co-owner of Lombardi Family Concepts Vivian Lombardi and granddaughter Sarah Taylor; healthcare professional and Bar Method instructor Candice Wynn Mason; Jane McGarry, host of WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas; fashion stylist and blogger Dawn Mellon; sportscaster and TV host Gina Miller; Allison Mitchell, designer and founder of her namesake line of clutches; model and former Miss Texas and Miss USA Courtney Gibbs Mokarow and daughter Everett; Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Scott Murray; Dawn Neufeld, reigning Mrs. Frisco and former cast member of VH1’s Football Wives; model and on-air host, with daughter Bryn; Jamie O’Banion, co-founder and president of luxury skincare line Beauty Bioscience and daughters Aubrey and Ava Grace; licensed clinical social worker Jennifer Passanante and daughters Morgan and Taylor; fashion stylist and spokesperson for Galleria Dallas Holly McCracken Quartaro and daughters Sophia, Sara and Emily; legendary Dallas real estate agent Ralph Randall; ESTEEM co-chairs Melissa Rountree and daughter Morgan; Amy Vanderoef, lifestyle expert and former WFAA-TV Good Morning Texas co-host; model and hair stylist Gary Walden; Kathryn Wahlstrom, medical marketing and media relations expert; and community volunteer Kameron Westcott and daughter Hilton.

As the show came to a close, Gloria announced the lucky winners of the raffle prizes before encouraging all in attendance to continue shopping in support of The Elisa Project.  Co-founder and event producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers had the last word as she thanked the individuals who helped make the event possible, by presenting them with potted orchids. 

Before departing, posh patrons grabbed their swag bags featuring items from Tootsies, VITA COCO, The Hair Bar and SCOUT Guide Dallas.

ESTEEM is a celebration of body image and self-esteem.  In its 7th year, ESTEEM helps increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, ESTEEM encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy.  Proceeds support The Elisa Project (TEP) and the important programs dedicated to fighting eating disorder illnesses through awareness, education, support and advocacy.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of this year’s ESTEEM sponsors, which are:  Fashion Sponsor: Tootsies; DIVA Sponsor: SAP; SUPER MODEL Sponsor: ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders in Denver, CO; In-kind donors – Bob Manzano Photography; Center for Discovery; DJ Blake Ward; Eating Recovery Center; Kid Biz/The Biz; Laureate ED Program; Lawson Event Rentals; RSC Show Productions; Scout Guide Dallas; The Hair Bar; Timberline Knolls; True Food Kitchen; VITA COCO; Elizabeth Showers Jewelry; The Bar Method; Pratiksha Jewelry; Amanda Sterett Jewelry; Abi Ferrin; Veranda Health Club; Lombardi Family Concepts; Level 3 Active; Meredith Boyd/Camp Gladiator; Tootsies; GLAMBoxes; and City+Sky. 

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Ryan Romo, Ben Siegel

Event chair Caroline Oden and Lonestar Charity co-founder Ben Siegel were joined by event committee members at the Bowen House on Thursday, August 4 to celebrate the launch of the third annual Lonestar Charity Two-Step

Guests arrived and mingled over cool drinks and light bites, such as fried brie, bruschetta al pomodoro and tuna tartare.  Midway through the evening, co-founder Siegel welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support of the upcoming fall fundraiser, including event chair Caroline Oden.  

Siegel and Oden then shared details about this year’s Lonestar Charity Two-Step, an annual fundraiser for young adults (18 years and up), which will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at Gilley’s Dallas.  Event highlights will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, photo booth, casino, Steel City Pops, and live performances by singer/songwriter and Dallas native, Chap Bernet, followed by the renowned Emerald City Band. 

All proceeds from the 2016 fundraiser will benefit Vogel Alcove and will be used to continue to provide daily early educational, developmental and therapeutic programming and care for the 200 of Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty; homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old.

Lonestar Charity Two-Step encourages philanthropy in college students but welcomes parents and members of the community. Event tickets are now on sale online,, with Early Bird prices through November 1: 18 years+ -  $75; 21 years+ - $100; family (3 tickets) for 18 years+ - $250; family (3 tickets) for 21 years+  - $275.  Beginning November 2, tickets will increase to  18 years+ - $100; 21 years+ - $125; family (3 tickets) for 18+ -  $275; family for 21+ -  $300.  

Siegel, a student at the University of Georgia and Dallas native, co-founded Lonestar Charity with friends Jack Hartpence, Gaston Dossett and Robert Koch as way for college students to learn more about the non-profits in their community while providing them an opportunity to work together to help raise important funds each year for a chosen charity.  For more information about Lonestar Charity and the upcoming Lonestar Charity Two-Step, visit

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Paige McDaniel with chair family Ray and Lindsay Ballotta with Caroline and William

Community Partners of Dallas kicked off the 10th Annual Change is Good on Saturday, August 20 with a celebration and day of volunteering for event sponsors and members of the event’s host committee.

Chair family Lindsay and Ray Ballotta with kids Caroline and William, welcomed nearly 100 attendees for a day of fun.  As families arrived, they were encouraged to create their own design for the annual t-shirt, which will be unveiled at the upcoming September 25 event.  With “10th birthday” as the theme,  participants of all ages showed their artistic talents with their original designs.

Midway through the event, president and CEO Paige McDaniel welcomed everyone and thanked event sponsors, then gave special recognition to the Change is Good chair family, the Ballottas, as well as honorary chairs Larence and Beth Park.    She also thanked all the kids for working so hard over the summer as they collected change to help change the lives for other kids – whether they emptied their own piggy banks or raised money online or through other activities.  As a surprise, George Horvat (age 10) and his brother Henry Horvat (age 8) made a special presentation to Paige…a check for $300, which they raised from hosting a summer day camp, which benefited CPD.  Paige wrapped up by leading the kids in singing “Happy Birthday” to Change is Good, as well as Calum Taylor who was celebrating his 14th birthday on Saturday! 

Attendees were then separated by age to help CPD put together hygiene kits and back to school supplies for the abused and neglected children they serve. 

The 10th annual Change is Good will be held on Sunday, September 25 from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  The fun-filled day will feature activities for all ages, including bungee jumping, obstacle courses, a prince/princess station, a paper airplane zone, a GameTruck, the Rad Hatter, balloon artists, face painting, bounce houses, a DJ dance party and an array of fun birthday activities to celebrate Change is Good turning 10.  Participating children and teens will turn in the change they collected over the summer in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes. This year’s prize for most change raised is a 3D printer! 

Sponsorships begin at $550 and are on sale now; tickets are $75 per adult and $35 per child and will be available on August 26.  For more information visit