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Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award recipient

Mosaic Family Services announces Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates as the recipient of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award, which will be presented at the nonprofit’s 7th Annual Gala on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 7 – 11 p.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District.

The Champion of Human Rights Award 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. Councilmember Gates has shown remarkable dedication to making a difference in the lives of Dallas residents, particularly survivors of domestic violence. Her extraordinary work with the Domestic Violence Task Force and Public Safety Committee continues to bring awareness to human rights abuses and empowers the agency's clients.? 

“Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates has been at the forefront of leading efforts in Dallas to raise awareness about family violence,” remarked  Melissa Green, event co-chair and Mosaic Family Services board member. “As she continues her work combating this all too prevalent issue, we are pleased to honor her as a Champion of Human Rights. Our work would not be possible without her."?

Past award recipients include 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.

Chaired by Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby, with honorary chair Lana Byrne, the gala will include cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, silent auction, raffle, casino, live entertainment and more.

Added Green, “This year’s seventh annual gala promises to be our best yet as we raise important funds for Mosaic Family Services. We hope the community will join us to support our mission of providing a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses.”

Tickets are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For tickets, sponsorships or more information, visit

 About Jennifer Staubach Gates

Jennifer Staubach Gates is in her second term as Dallas City Councilmember representing District 13.  From serving as a Girl Scout Troop leader to serving on boards for our leading education and religious institutions, Jennifer has been an active leader in our community for decades. 

In her role as Councilmember, Jennifer serves as the Chair of the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and sits on the Public Safety, Arts and Culture and Libraries, and the Ad Hoc Legislature Committees. She co-chairs the Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Cultural Tourism Committee and sits on the KBH Convention Center Steering Committee.

Jennifer also serves as the Chair for the Domestic Violence Taskforce, and holds regular meetings that help to bridge communication between the Dallas Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, judges, and community partners. This collaboration aims to strengthen the forces that are fighting to end domestic violence in Dallas.

A lifelong Dallasite, Jennifer attended Ursuline Academy, then went on to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, and she is still licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Jennifer has been married to John Gates for more than 30 years. Their youngest daughter, Jordan, is obtaining her master’s degree at New York University, and their older daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Will, live in District 13. The Gates family attends St. Rita Catholic Church in District 13, where Jennifer also serves as a Eucharistic Minister. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys running, reading and traveling, and spending time with her grandsons Gambill and Gates. 

About Mosaic Family Services

Mosaic Family Services is a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking. We are dedicated to serving survivors from around the world and within our community. We create access to opportunities for our clients, empowering them toward independence. We 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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Edith O'Donnell

The Board of Trustees and Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director, are pleased to formally acknowledge Edith O’Donnell, longtime patron of arts and education, for her multiyear $9 million gift made in November 2013. 

Mrs. O’Donnell’s commitment expands access to art and education to all audiences by ensuring free general admission and enabling the Museum to publish its entire collection online.

This multimillion dollar gift is the latest in more than 60 years of unwavering support that began when the Dallas philanthropist became a volunteer in 1952.  Her volunteer leadership, focused support and financial contributions, along with those of her husband and the O’Donnell Foundation, have been ongoing for 62 years, with particular emphasis on audience growth, education and technology.

“I am delighted to publicly thank Edith O’Donnell for the exceptionally generous $9 million gift, and, perhaps more importantly, for over six decades of support of the DMA,” said Anderson.  “Her innovative philanthropy has enabled us to serve as a leading educational resource for more than 60 years.  She recognizes the importance of making our museum accessible to everyone, from childhood through adulthood.  The $9 million contribution removes all barriers to accessing the Museum’s resources by guaranteeing free admission and allowing us to publish our entire collection online—with exceptional images and deep content.  It’s a game changer.  Her lifelong dedication to expanding access to arts education has changed Dallas’s cultural landscape.”

O’Donnell’s $9 million donation has enabled the DMA to become one of world’s most accessible and open museums both on-site and online.  In 2013, the DMA returned to a policy of free general admission.  In fiscal year 2014, it welcomed more than 668,000 visitors, a 37% increase over its 10-year average, the largest in its history.  In addition, the free general admission policy has contributed to record attendance in the Museum’s interactive learning space, the Center for Creative Connections, and the monthly “Late Night” education program.

The digitization of the Museum’s permanent collection is creating one of the most sophisticated online art collections in the world.  It will provide access to the DMA’s entire collection and lead the field in the quality of information available for use by students, teachers and scholars.  The first phase of this initiative launched in August 2014, and the project will be completed by 2016.

Prior to the launch, only 7,000 works of art were published online with images or descriptions.  Of those, approximately 3,000 were illustrated with images.  Today, the Museum’s entire collection of over 22,000 objects is available to the public via, and nearly 11,000 of those objects are illustrated with digital images.  Access to high-quality images and accurate data about each object will significantly enhance research and learning about the DMA’s collection in a way that has not been possible until now.

Mrs. O’Donnell volunteered as a DMA docent for 10 years; has served as a member of the DMA Education Committee for 17 years (and acted as Chair in 1992); has served as a DMA trustee since 1989; and participated on a number of other Museum committees from the late 1970s through the present.

This spring, the DMA will host the 17th annual Young Masters exhibition, which features select works created by Advanced Placement® Art History, Music Theory and Studio Art students participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Fine Arts Incentive Program.   Mrs. O’Donnell created this program in 1994 to support high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level arts courses.  In the 21-year history of the program, more than 16,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Fine Arts programs.

In May, Edith O’Donnell made a $17 million gift to the University of Texas at Dallas to establish the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History.  In October, the Institute of Art History and the Dallas Museum of Art announced a partnership to create the first PhD degree–granting institute in the U.S. hosted by a major art museum. This latest act of benefaction is a remarkable demonstration of Mrs. O’Donnell’s lifetime of strategic philanthropy in support of her firm belief and dedication to arts education for life.

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 22,000 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 welcomes on the average over 650,000 visitors annually and 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. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country, which currently has over 80,000 members.  For more information, visit


The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners 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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La Bichette Blow Dry & Makeup Atelier, voted Best Blowout in Dallasby D Magazine, will host summer sessions for pre-teens and teens beginning June 30 through August 22, 2014. 


Summer school has never been so fun with the pros at La Bichette showing you the art of braiding, how to achieve the perfect curls, or mastering make-up application from school to the big dance.  Summer session classes include:


  • Friendship Braids - Grab your bestie and master the art of braiding with this comprehensive braid class.  Brush up on the basic three-strand braid and then move into French, Dutch, fishtail and waterfall braids along with bohemian style braided updos.  Finish off with a braided runway event where students will get professional makeup application to complement their braided updo and present their style on La Bichette’s red carpet.  Recommended for ages 8 and older; $150 per person; limited to 10 students.. 
    • Session dates:
      • Session 1:  June 30, July 1 & 2* from 3 – 5:30 p.m. each day
      • Session 2:  July 14, 15 & 16*, from 3 – 5:30 p.m. each day

(*Runway party at 5:00 p.m. on last day of session.)


  • Curl Power! Learn how to achieve tousled beachy waves to polished red carpet curls, all with a wand.  This comprehensive class will go over proper sectioning, product and wand technique for each curl type.  Each student will have the opportunity to create each of the looks on her own locks with the guidance of a professional stylist.  Class includes a brand new Cortex 4-in-1 Curling Wand to use during class and to take home at the end of session.  Recommended for ages 10 and older; $250 per person (includes Cortex 4-in-1 Curling Wand, a $250 value).  Sessions limited to 10 students.
    • Session dates:
      • Sessions 1:  June 30, July 1 & 2 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day
      • Session 2:  August 13, 14 & 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day
      • Session 3:  August 20, 21 & 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day


  • Teen Makeup 101 – For the novice or someone interested in updating their look, this class is your guide for everything from skin care to school makeup, as well as dance makeup do’s and don’ts.  We’ll lay the groundwork for healthy skin and build to mastering the smoky eye, contouring like a pro, maintaining your brows and more.  Class includes 4 hours of class time with a professional makeup artist plus GloMinerals roll-up brush bag ($25), 1 ultra brush ($38),  1 angled blush brush ($28), 1 angled eye brush ($25), 1 crease brush ($25) and 1 smudge brush. ($12.50).  Appropriate for ages 13 to 18; $300 per person.  Session limited to 12 students.
  • Session dates:
    • Session 1: August 11 & 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day
    • Session 2: August 18 & 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day

Enrollment for La Bichette’s SummerBeautySchool is open now.  For more information about each class, visit our blog at or contact Tammy Coleman, or 214.520.3500.


About La Bichette Blow Dry & Makeup Atelier

La Bichette Blow Dry & Makeup Atelier is locally owned by mother-daughter duo Marsha Coleman and Tammy Coleman.  It all began when the two redheads began talking about the days when grace, glamour, class and confidence all went hand in hand and the belief that a true modern woman must embody a balance of femininity and feminism.  To be provocative and practical, lively and intelligent, beautiful and bold, you must first know and appreciate yourself. Being gorgeous has everything to do with feeling secure in your own skin.

But let’s face it, looking and feeling extraordinary amidst life’s daily hurdles is no easy task. Taking care of yourself, or as the French say, souci de soi, is of the utmost importance. That’s where La Bichette comes in.  Recognized by the editors of D magazine as the “Best Blowout in Dallas,” La Bichette’s services include blow out services and updos, hair treatments and professional makeup application. 

The salon is firmly against animal testing and does its best to support products that are made in the USA.  The packaging for the salon’s signature hair product line is made from aluminum, an infinitely recyclable material, and is refillable in the atelier.   

La Bichette is located at 6405 Hillcrest Avenue in Dallas (across from the Southern Methodist University campus) and is open Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Sunday reserved for private parties.  Visit for more information or to book an appointment.

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Raffle co-chairs Ann West, Cata Cooper and Valerie Adams with Adele Weber, St. John's Episcopal School Parents Association president

Co-chairs Valerie Adams, Cata Cooper and Ann West welcomed more than 150 parents and friends of St. John’s Episcopal School to the recent Zero to Sixty Raffle kick-off, “Bubbles and Brews,” at the home of Ann and Ken West. 


Partygoers mingled outside while enjoying champagne, beer and a delicious dinner donated by Olivella’s restaurant. The special evening celebrated the school’s 60th anniversary, in addition to this year’s signature Parents Association fundraiser, the Zero to Sixty Raffle.

Tickets for the third annual Raffle are on sale now through April 26 with a grand prize of a $10,000 Visa gift card. In addition to the grand prize, other prizes will be awarded including a second place prize of $2,500 of NorthPark Gold and a third place prize of $1,000 of NorthPark Gold. NorthPark Gold may be redeemed at all participating retailers, restaurants, spas and theatres in NorthParkCenter, one of America’s premier shopping centers. 

Raffle proceeds will be used for student financial assistance, classroom technology, professional development for our teachers, and student enrichment opportunities.

Zero to Sixty Raffle tickets are $100 each or six for $500, and can be purchased by visiting Winning tickets will be drawn at a 60th celebration at The LOT restaurant on April 26, 2014; winners need not be present to win.


About St. John’s Episcopal School

St. John’s Episcopal School is a pre-k through eighth grade co-educational school in East Dallas. Created as an outreach of St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1953, St. John’s is the oldest Episcopal school in Dallas and remains committed to the five tenets of an Episcopal education:

  • Academic excellence
  • Corporate worship (Episcopal/Christian chapel)
  • Religious studies based on basic biblical content
  • Meaningful and integrated community service and service learning projects
  • An inclusive community where the dignity of every human being is respected