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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 classy.org/mosaicgala or contact Le Ta, 214.821.5393 x263 or let@mosaicservices.org.

 

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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 farecompare.com, 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, www.lonestartwostep.org, 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 www.lonestartwostep.org.

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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 communitypartnersdallas.org. 

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Honorary chairs

The Board of Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society announced the 2016 Awards for Excellence (AFE) in Community Service.  This honor is 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. The recipients will be honored at the 35th AFE luncheon on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Dallas. 

Former award recipients Gail and Robert Hyer Thomas will serve as 2016 honorary co-chairs.  With distinguished professional and volunteer careers in the humanities, urban planning, education and the law, Gail and Bob Thomas have long represented the best of civic participation in Dallas. Mary Suhm and Veletta Forsythe Lill are the 2016 event co-chairs, with Louise Caldwell as advisor/coordinator.

“The Dallas Historical Society is honored to recognize this class of notable award recipients.  Their service to the community in their varied fields has contributed greatly to the history of this city,” said William C. Helmbrecht III, chairman, Dallas Historical Society Board of Directors.

 

2016 Awards for Excellence recipients:

Arts Leadership – Keith Cerny

This award is given to that individual who has enriched the cultural life of Dallas as planner, organizer, fundraiser, collector or art historian. 

Business – Leonard M. Riggs, Jr. M.D.

This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the business climate of the community.

Creative Arts – Eliseo Garcia

This award is given to that individual whose prominence as a practitioner of the fine arts as artisan, architect, writer, composer, producer or performer has enriched the cultural environment of Dallas.

Education – Pat Mattingly

This award is given to that individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of education as a teacher, administrator or benefactor.  

History – Hugh Aynesworth

This award is given to that individual who has researched and chronicled aspects of the history of Dallas and Texas as a historian, journalist, researcher, folklorist or author.

Humanities – Molly Bogen

This award is given to that individual whose active sense of civic duty has provided leadership in achieving specific community goals.

Medical Research – Dr. Eric Olson

This award is given to that individual who has made an outstanding contribution through prominence or public service in medicine, scientific research, the behavioral sciences or public health.

Philanthropy – Linda Perryman Evans

This award is given to that individual whose vision and personal generosity has greatly benefited this city.

Sports Leadership – Michael Johnson

This award is given to that individual who has brought distinction or achievement to team or individual sports as an athlete, coach, journalist, promoter or sports advocate.

Volunteer Community Leadership – Philip C. Henderson

This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community. 

Volunteer Community Leadership – Frederick “Shad” Rowe

This award is given to that individual whose generous gift of self has enriched the community.

Jubilee History Maker – Margot Perot

Created in 1991 and given in recognition of Jubilee Dallas!, this award recognizes an individual whose achievements extend to more than one of the award categories.  

 

Tickets for the 35th annual Awards for Excellence Luncheon begin at $125, with table sales/underwriting levels beginning at $1000. For more information or to purchase a ticket or sponsorship, visit http://www.dallashistory.org/support/awards-for-excellence/ or contact Nora Lenhart, 214-421-4500x101 or Nora@dallashistory.org

 

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 dallashistory.org.

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Think Pink Launch Party Hosts Ryan Rogers, chief investment officer for Mary Kay Inc., and Maleiah Rogers

Mary Kay Inc., The Mary Kay FoundationSM and Tootsies celebrated the 8th annual Suits for Shelters with a “Think Pink Launch Party” on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

 

Hosts Maleiah and Ryan Rogers were joined by 200 partygoers wearing the evening’s signature color, pink.  As guests arrived at Tootsies with their new and gently used women’s professional attire, shoes and accessories for local domestic violence shelters. Tootsies generously rewarded each donor with a $25 gift card as a “thank you.”

 

As attendees perused the store’s fashions and accessories, including jewelry by guest designer Claudia Labao, they sipped pink champagne and enjoyed light bites from Ford’s Kitchen Catering, including bacon wrapped stuffed dates, artichoke spinach goat cheese empanadas, watermelon feta appetizer and charcuterie boards. 

 

New this year, Mystery Boxes, featuring prizes themed around food, fashion, fitness and fun, were available for purchase for $100, $200 and $300 with all proceeds benefiting The Mary Kay FoundationSM.  The Suits for Shelter raffle was also back, with three prizes:  light bites for your next event up to 25 guests donated by Ford’s Kitchen Catering; a Tootsies VIP Experience with a styling session for the winner and 4 guests complete with $900 in gift cards; and a $5,000 contribution in the winner’s name to the domestic violence shelter of their choice, donated by Maleiah and Ryan Rogers.

 

 

 

At the appointed time, partygoers proceeded to Tootsies’ second floor for the “Think Pink” style show.  Ryan Rogers, Chief Investment Officer for Mary Kay Inc., welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance and for supporting the eighth annual Suits for Shelters.   He also recognized Suits for Shelters ongoing partners, Tootsies, media partner WFAA-TV and sponsor Tolleson Wealth Management.

 

Rogers also imparted some of the history behind The Mary Kay FoundationSM‘s mission and their ongoing efforts to prevent domestic violence.  He shared that a key component of ending the cycle of abuse, is helping a survivor along their recovery secure employment and financial independence.  The generous donations of professional clothing and accessories during the Suits for Shelters drive truly impact the lives of domestic violence survivors served by the Foundation’s beneficiaries.

 

Rogers then reminded guests that raffle tickets were still on sale with winners announced immediately following the upcoming fashion show. Kirsten Gappelberg, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Mary Kay, Inc. followed with additional announcements and a reminder to all to bring their donations to Tootsies through August 6.

 

Tootsies store director Nerissa von Helpenstill took the podium to extend her gratitude to Mary Kay and The Mary Kay FoundationSM before introducing the evening’s emcee, WFAA-TV’s Cynthia Izaguirre.  The fashion show then began with fabulous summer looks modeled by Alexa Conomos – WFAA-TV; Charlotte Huffman – WFAA-TV; Kellie Rasberry – The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show; Evelyn Earl - Attitudes and Attire; Roze Kluttz – Battered Women’s Foundation; Tina Strand – Brighter Tomorrows; Alicia Froidl – Denton County Friends of the Family; Karis Renee – Dress for Success; Tamika Jackson – Genesis Women’s Shelter; Megan Rutherford – Hope’s Door; Marci Burns – Mary Kay; Morgan Calhoun – Mary Kay; Lisa Petty – Mary Kay; McKenzie Hoopfer – Mosaic Family Services; Rhonda Aicklen – New Beginning Center; Dakota Hart – Safe Haven of Tarrant County; Vicki Wheaton – Salvation Army and Ericka Johnson – The Family Place.

 

Gappelberg returned to the podium to announce the winners of the raffle prizes, including the grand prize winner, Esmeralda Rodriguez, who selected the non-profit organization Brighter Tomorrows, where she serves on the board, as the beneficiary of a $5,000 donation in her name.  

 

As guests departed they were gifted an organza bag filled with full-size Mary Kay After Sun Replenishing Gel, SPF 50 Sunscreen and SPF15 Lip Protector Sunscreen.

 

Since 2009 the Suits for Shelters program has donated more than 15,000 professional items to local domestic violence shelters. Through August 6th, any Tootsies shopper who brings in a donation will receive a $25 gift certificate.  Tootsies is located in Plaza at Preston Center at 8300 Preston Road, Suite 200, Dallas, Texas 75225; store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. The Mary Kay FoundationSM has awarded nearly $41 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $25 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).  

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René van Rems, featured speaker, Art in Bloom 2017

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) League has announced that René van Rems, renowned European floral designer, will be the featured speaker for the DMA League’s Art in Bloom: Seasons of Love. Sarah Jo Hardin will serve as Art in Bloom chair, alongside Art in Bloom honorary chairman, Jill Goldberg.  Art in Bloom, an annual floral symposium and luncheon hosted by the DMA League, will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Museum at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds support the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

“We are delighted to have René van Rems as our featured symposium speaker for the 2017 Art in Bloom,” remarked Hardin, event chairman.  “His award-winning floral designs and extensive experience leading workshops around the world, promise to educate and inspire attendees.” 

As a world-renowned ambassador of the floral industry, Dutch-born designer and educator René van Rems was formally educated in the entire spectrum of Floriculture/Horticulture.  He has led design shows, workshops, and seminars throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on the styling of fresh-cut flowers.  René’s work has been featured in numerous national publications, and he has authored three books.  In 2009, René was recognized with the American Institute of Floral Designers’ (AIFD) Award of Distinguished Service to the floral industry.

Table sponsorships for Art in Bloom are available now beginning at $2,000.  Individual tickets are $200 each and will go on sale closer to the event. For more information about Art in Bloom: Seasons of Love, contact Edwina Gonzalez at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214-922-1800, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at www.dma.org.

 About René van Rems

René van Rems is a world-renowned ambassador of the floral industry.  Originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Rene has called San Diego, California, home for over twenty years.   He is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), The National Speakers Association, and the Professional Floral Commentators International (PFCI). 

René was formally educated in the entire spectrum of Floriculture/Horticulture through his studies at Rijksmiddelbare Tuinbouwschool at Aalsmeer (Floral Institute).  He has led design shows, workshops, and seminars throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on the styling of fresh-cut flowers. 

A frequent speaker at leading art museums including the Minneapolis Art Institute and San Francisco’s de Young Museum, René has also been featured in a number national publications like California Florists, Sunset Magazine, Flowers & Magazine, Floral Management, Florist Magazine and Flower News.  René’s design work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens as well as the Florists’ Review publication of 101 Wedding Bouquets.

René and his work have been covered on television (HGTV), particularly for his European influence on trends in American floral design.  In 1995, the American Horticultural Society awarded him with the Francis Jones Poetker Award, and in 2001, Van Rems was the recipient of the Los Angeles Flower Market’s first annual Rene van Rems Award for excellence in design education.  In 2009, René was recognized with the American Institute of Floral Designers’ (AIFD) Award of Distinguished Service to the floral industry.

 

About the Dallas Museum of Art League

Founded in 1938, the League is celebrating 77 years of contributions through volunteer work for the Museum, art acquisitions and the support of key endowment funds. 

The League has participated in the acquisition of approximately 100 works of art for the Museum.  In addition, the Dallas Museum of Art League has supported special exhibitions, education, exhibition endowments, Late Nights and Thursday Night Live and contributes to the Endowment Fund.

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 DMA.org.

 

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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Kaylynn When, state vice president of Texas FFA, Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) and Corinne Karp, corporate relations director with Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath

Community Partners of Dallas announces its 23rd annual Back to School Drive, benefiting abused and neglected children in Dallas County. Now through August 19, CPD along with individuals, organizations and businesses throughout Dallas will collect new school supplies and will prepare nearly 3000 children to start school with school supplies and uniforms.

This year’s drive got off to an exciting start with a donation over 1,400 backpacks filled with school supplies, donated by attendees at the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention.   On Wednesday, July 13, Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, and Kaylynn When, state vice president of Texas FFA, presented the unprecedented number of backpacks to Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) and Corinne Karp, corporate relations director for CPD.

“This is the largest single donation of filled backpacks in our agency’s history, and we are so grateful to the members of Texas FFA for their generosity,” remarked McDaniel.  “Now we hope the Dallas community will join in to help us reach of our goal of providing backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies and new school uniforms to 3000 children this year, ensuring that the abused and neglected children we serve have everything they need to thrive in their new classrooms,” said McDaniel.  

In addition to supplies, such as 3-ring binders, colored pencils, glue bottles, markers, and construction paper, CPD especially needs backpacks, calculators, pink erasers, manila paper, compasses, Kleenexes and pencil pouches. Donations can be dropped off at CPD’s Central Location, 1215 Skiles Street in the Wilson Historic District in Dallas through August 19.

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

 

 

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ESTEEM co-chairs Morgan Moore and Melissa Rountree

Please join co-chairs Melissa Rountree and her daughter Morgan Moore, with honorary chair Lynn McBee, to the 7th annual ESTEEM Fashion Show benefiting The Elisa Project (TEP) on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Tootsies, 8300 Preston Center Plaza in Dallas.  Tickets are on sale starting today, www.theelisaproject.org.

ESTEEM is a celebration of body image and self-esteem.  In its 7th year, ESTEEM founder and show coordinator, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, along with fashion sponsor Tootsies, will highlight all of the 2016 fall trends, while local celebrities and notables will join girls, women and men of all ages and sizes to embrace healthy, balanced lifestyles and self-acceptance.  By helping to increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, ESTEEM encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy.  Proceeds support The Elisa Project (TEP) and the important programs dedicated to fighting eating disorder illnesses through awareness, education, support and advocacy.

“It’s a thrill to host ESTEEM with my daughter Morgan, benefiting The Elisa Project.  The event provides an opportunity to appreciate that beauty, health and strength come in all sizes and ages.  We hope to spread a message that being generous and loving, can improve inner confidence and respect for oneself,” remarked Ms. Rountree.

Honorary chair Lynn McBee, long-standing community volunteer and CEO of the Young Women’s Prepatory Network, added, “Maintaining a healthy body image is a challenge in today's world.  We are constantly surrounded by images and ads of those the media deems to have ‘perfect’ bodies. By helping increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, we can encourage people to love, honor and respect their bodies while striving to be healthy.” 

ESTEEM will begin at 10:00 a.m. with raffle ticket sales, featuring prizes such as designer Elizabeth Showers jewelry, a gift card from Tootsies and more. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.  At 10:30, partygoers will enjoy a “Mimosas & Munchies” reception before taking their seats for the celebrity fashion show.

WFAA-TV’s Gloria Campos will serve as emcee as local celebrities and notables walk the runway in fall fashions from Tootsies.  Chosen for their support of The Elisa Project and for serving as mentors by giving back to the community and to those with eating disorders, this year’s models include: jewelry designer Amanda Sterett Albritton with daughters Anna and Olivia; Emmy-award winning journalist and WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater; organic lifestyle and healthy living expert Holly Pellham Davis with daughter Landry; Designing Texas host and producer Jocelyn White; award-winning broadcast journalist Scott Murray; philanthropist Janet Dorsett, wife of Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett; fashion stylist and blogger Dawn Mellon; sportscaster and TV host Gina Miller; lifestyle management consultant Jackson; community volunteer Yvonne Crum with granddaughter Samantha; model and hair stylist Gary Walden; Dawn Neufeld, reigning Mrs. Frisco, model and on-air host, with daughter Bryn; style expert and blogger Hilary Kennedy; model Pam Skaggs Frank and daughter Bridget; and Sawyer Collection founders Kim Bannister and Sawyer Bannister.

Tickets are $75 each for VIP seating or $20 each for student/standing. Tickets will go on sale on July 1, 2016.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theelisaproject.org or dial 214.369.5222.

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Lindsay and Ray Ballotta with Caroline and William

Save the date of Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for the 10th Annual Change is Good, where kids collect change to change the lives of abused and neglected kids.  Lindsay and Ray Ballotta with children Caroline and William will serve as chair family, with Larence and Beth Park as honorary grandparents, for the annual fundraiser benefiting Community Partners of Dallas.

 

Participating children and teens will begin collecting change over the summer by emptying their own piggy banks, going door to door, setting up lemonade stands or starting their own online campaign.   All collections will be turned in at the event in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes.

 

Held at Brook Hollow Golf Club, the fun-filled day will feature activities for all ages, including bungee jumping, prince/princess station, paper airplane zone, giant Jenga and Twister, GameTruck, Rad Hatter, balloon artist, face painting, bounce houses, a DJ dance party and an array of fun birthday activities to celebrate Change is Good turning 10.

 

Sponsorships begin at $550 and are on sale now; tickets are $75 per adult and $30 per child and will be available on August 26.  For more information visit communitypartnersdallas.org.

 

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