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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Suits for Shelters Launch Party hosts Ryan and Maleiah Rogers

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


About The Mary Kay FoundationSM

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

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


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


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


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


About Community Partners of Dallas:    

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


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Majors Barbara and John Rich, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Commanders, with Margot Perot (center)

The Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army announced that $710,000 was raised at the 2018 Fashion Show & Luncheon, presented by businesswoman and philanthropist Anne Davidson and held May 9 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.


Event Chair Lisa Singleton, along with honorary chair Michal Powell, were joined by nearly 600 attendees for the 27th annual fundraiser, proceeds from which will fundimportant programs and services provided by The Salvation Army throughout the Metroplex.  This year, a significant amount of funds raised at the event will be earmarked for programs that serve children and youth who are affected by poverty and find themselves in one of the organization’s youth programs. 


Upon arrival, guests mingled as they shopped the sale of the season in the Chic Boutique, filled with gently used or new fashions and accessories from some of Dallas finest retailers including Forty Five Ten, Betty Reiter, Tootsies, Neiman Marcus and more, as well as gently worn or never-worn clothing donated by some of DFW’s best dressed, with brands such as Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Escada, DVF, and Carolina Herrera – all at a fraction of their value.  The silent auction was also the place to be with guests bidding on coveted items such as Sue Gragg Precious Jewels earrings and handbags donated by Bag Snob’s Tina Craig, including a hot pink mini Chanel and a red rock stud Valentino bag.


Attendees then proceeded into the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall for the much-anticipated program and fashion show.  Lisa Singleton welcomed everyone and thanked the many Auxiliary and committee members who worked tirelessly on the event, racking up more than 2,500 volunteer hours.  She recognized honorary chair Michal Powell, presenting sponsor Anne Davidson and the Gene and Jerry Jones family for their support of the luncheon and ongoing support of The Salvation Army.  


She also announced a very special guest in the audience, former First Lady Laura Bush who has been a longstanding supporter of The Salvation Army.  And lastly she recognized Colonels Sharon and Ronnie Raymer, The Salvation Army Divisional Leaders for the state of Texas who where in attendance.


Major Barbara Rich, DFW Metroplex Commander, followed by leading the audience in prayer.  She then shared the impact of the work The Salvation Army does in the community, including its many children’s and youth programs.  


Betsy Willis, Women’s Auxiliary President, took the stage to present the2018 Margot Perot Service Award to Jan Pickens.  Named after Auxiliary co-founder Margot Perot, the award is presented to an Auxiliary volunteer who has gone above and beyond in service and support to The Salvation Army.  Pickens has served as an auxiliary member for over 20 years and a Salvation Army board member for 18 years.  Additionally she has chaired the Doing the Most Goodfall luncheon for four years, as well as the Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon, in addition to serving on the luncheon advisory committee for more than 14 years.


After heartfelt gratitude by Pickens, Margot Perot took a few minutes to honor her dear friend and long-time Salvation Army supporter Ruth Altshuler, who passed away earlier this year.  With photos from her many years of service highlighted onscreen, Perot shared touching memories of Altshuler’s more than 40-year commitment to The Salvation Army and the Dallas community through her volunteerism, leadership and financial generosity.  


Singleton then returned to introduce Dallas’ Tina Craig, digital innovator and founder of one of the first fashion blogs, BagSnob, as well as brand ambassador, consultant, designer, and stylist, collaborating with the most venerable brands including Cartier, Valentino, Dior, Estée Lauder, Victoria Beckham, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and many others.  Tina shared her expert eye with the audience citing the top trends for spring, which included pants for all occasions, art-inspired graphic prints, pastels, head to toe matching, itty bitty mini bags, great fanny packs and classics like top handle totes, before introducing the Fashion Show portion of the program. 


The show, produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple and featuring nearly 100 looks of barely worn or never worn generously donated from Dallas's best closets, newly acquired looks from global luxury brands sold in Dallas, and pieces from a variety of Dallas based designers.  For the first time, this year's show featured six original gowns created exclusively for the show from designers Abi Ferrin, Alex Stone, Antonio Wingfield/The Fashion Opera, Bladi Duran, Nardos Design and Patti Flowers.  The runway looks were available for bidding following the show.


Guests then proceeded to the seated luncheon: tomato and sweet red pepper gazpacho, paired with pecan crusted chicken breast, Arcadian harvest greens with sliced fresh oranges, dried apricots, goat chees and a white citrus balsamic dressing followed by dessert of chocolate layered torte.


Since its inception in 1993, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheonhas raised over $10 million to support services provided at 13 local Salvation Army centers.



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Linda Perryman Evans, Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala chair Pilar Henry and honorary chair Peggy Sewell

Gala chair Pilar Henry and honorary chair Peggy Sewell hosted a May 16th reception celebrating this fall’s inaugural Meadows MuseumMasterpiece Gala.


Held at the home of Pilar and Jay Henry, the event brought together more than 40 host committee members and supporters, who mingled over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Midway through the event, SMU President R. Gerald Turner gathered the crowd for brief remarks.  


Turner welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance at the evening’s celebration.  He extended his gratitude to party hosts Pilar and Jay Henry, as well as Gala honorary chairs Peggy and Carl Sewell. He then acknowledged Linda Custard, chair of the Meadows Museum Advisory Council and recently named SMU Board of Trustees trustee emerita,and Linda Perryman Evans, President and CEO of The Meadows Foundation, for their extraordinary support of the Meadows School and the Meadows Museum. He recognized Mike Boone, chair of SMU Board of Trustees; Nancy Dedman, SMU benefactor; Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs; and Sam Holland, the Algur H. Meadows Dean of Meadows School of the Arts. President Turner then invited Mark Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum,to address the group.


Roglán echoed his thanks to all for their support of the Meadows Museum and the first annual Masterpiece Gala, which will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Meadows Museum. He announced that Gala proceeds will help launchan endowment fund for the Museum’s Director of Education position,a critical role for the museum and its education programs.


He also shared that he could not think of a more appropriate backdrop than the work of Spanish artist Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) for the fall Gala, which is titled The Color of Dreamsand will coincide withthe exhibition Dalí: Poetics of the Small, 1929–1936, comprised of nearly two dozen of Dalí’s small-scale paintings from the height of his Surrealist period. Additionally, in conjunction with the Dalí exhibition, the museum will showcase for the first time a complete limited-edition set of lithographs by Dalí titled Aliyah, given to the Meadows Museum by Linda and Bill Custard last year in honor of Meadows Museum Advisory Council member the Honorable Janet Pollman Kafka and her twentieth year as Honorary Consul of Spain in Dallas.   


President Turner concluded with final thanks and encouragement to all to make plans to attend the October 13 fundraiser.


Following remarks, attendees enjoyed music by Eddie Healy before the evening came to a close.


Guests in attendance at the Meadows Museum Masterpiece Galahost committee reception included: Hosts Pilar and Jay Henry, Peggy Sewell, Linda and Bill Custard, Linda Perryman Evans, Gail and Gerald Turner, Nancy Dedman, Brad Cheves, Beth and Sam Holland, Kathleen and MarkRoglán, Dolores and Larry Barzune, Stuart Bumpas, Mary Ann Cree, Laura Hurt, Janet Kafka, Melinda and Mark Knowles, Michelle Lockhart, Lynn and Allan McBee, Stacey McCord, Barbara and Mike McKenzie, Jenny and Richard Mullen, Cyrena Nolan, Adriana and Guillermo Perales, Bliss Smith, Trinka Taylor, and Julie and George Tobolowsky.


The 2018 Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala: The Color of Dreamswill be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Meadows Museum. The black-tie event will include a cocktail reception on the plaza featuring dance performances by SMU students, followed by a seated dinner in the museum’s galleries catered by Cassandra Fine Catering. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive musical performance, live music by Cuvée and dancing.  


Sponsorships for the 2018 Meadows MuseumMasterpiece Galarange from $2,500 to $50,000 and are available now; individual tickets will be available in September. For more information or to purchase a sponsorship, contact,call 214.768.4189 or visit


About the Director of Education Endowment Fund

The Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala seeks to establish an endowment for the museum’s Director of Education position. The endowment will ensure strong leadership of the museum’s education and outreach efforts in perpetuity, establishing a healthy financial base from which to recruit and retain the highest-quality staff and allowing the museum to direct more resources toward its exceptional programming endeavors. The Meadows Museum annually hosts thousands of visitors, teachers, and K-12 and SMU students through symposia, lectures, workshops, gallery talks and guided tours. Additionally, it has received recognition for its accessible programming and resources that welcome audiences of all abilities, with a particular focus on adults with early stage dementia and their care partners, and visitors who are blind or have low vision.


About the Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum is the leading U.S. institution focused on the study and presentation of the art of Spain. In 1962, Dallas businessman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows donated his private collection of Spanish paintings, as well as funds to start a museum, to Southern Methodist University. The museum opened to the public in 1965, marking the first step in fulfilling Meadows’s vision to create “a small Prado for Texas.” Today, the Meadows is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The collection spans from the 10th to the 21st centuries and includes medieval objects, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures, and major paintings by Golden Age and modern masters.

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Grow the Grove co-chairs Nancy Cain Marcus and Nelda Cain Pickens

Cristo Rey Dallas announces Nancy Cain Marcus and Nelda Cain Pickens as co-chairs and Patty and Mark Langdale as honorary chairs of the 3rdannual Grow the Grove fundraiser. Additionally, Liza and Will Lee, Maryann and Frank Mihalopoulos and Joyce and Larry Lacerte will serve as underwriting co-chairs, Alex and Ford Halbardier as entertainment chairs.


“We are so grateful to these extraordinary individuals for serving as our event leadership for the third annual Grow the Grove benefiting Cristo Rey Dallas,” remarked Kelby Woodard, president, Cristo Rey Dallas.  “With their expertise and  strong ties to the Dallas community, we know we are poised for our most successful fundraiser to date.”


This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. at venue sixty five hundred, located at 6500 Cedar Springs Road, and will celebrate the service of the Honorable Mike Rawlings, City of Dallas Mayor.  Planning is just now underway for the event, but the denim to dresses cocktail party will include fabulous auction items and interactive, student-led displays. 


Proceeds fromGrow the Grovewill benefit Cristo Rey Dallas, an innovative high school located in Pleasant Grove that offers students who would otherwise not consider private school a rigorous college prep education paired with a valuable work study program.  


Sponsorships begin at $1,600. For more information, contact Lisa Brunts, lbrunts@cristoreydallas.orgor visit


About Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep

Located in Pleasant Grove, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep provides economically challenged students of all faiths with a college preparatory education enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Through a rigorous curriculum, integrated with a hands-on professional work experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

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Honorary chairs Emily and David Corrigan with Laura Huffman, state director, The Nature Conservancy in Texas

The Nature Conservancy in Texas announces more than $317,000 was raised at  the 2018 Dallas Spring Party, held on Friday, April 13, 2018. 


Held at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, over 300 guests attended the annual fundraiser, which supports conservation initiatives through the state of Texas.  The evening began with a reception on the Ginsburg Plaza. Partygoers mingled as they enjoyed cocktails, including the evening’s signature cocktail, Bee’s Knees, courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and hors d’oeuvres.  A highlight was a surprise visit from a duo of flamingos from the Dallas Zoo, who entertained party guests before dinner.


At the appointed time, attendees progressed into Rosine Hall for the seated dinner. Guests enjoyed a salad course of tomato-cucumber rosette with baby arugula and French tarragon vinaigrette, with Laura Huffman, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas, following with a brief welcome and a thank you to all in attendance, including statewide sponsor of event, Mary Kay Inc..  She also took a moment to recognize this year’s honorary chairs, Emily and David Corrigan, before sharing updates on protection highlights throughout the state of Texas by The Nature Conservancy. 


Dinner continued with an entrée of beef tenderloin with wild mushroom demi and duo of potato galette and spring asparagus followed by a dessert trio of lemon meringue, chocolate mousse with truffle Chantilly and carrot cake petit fours.


Huffman returned to introduce the featured guest speaker, Joel Sartore, a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, National GeographicFellow and regular contributor to National Geographicmagazine. Sartore enthralled attendees with his wit and visual images of some of the most endangered and rarest species on the planet as part of his work on National Geographic’s The Photo Ark:  A World Worth Saving, a 25-year project to save species and habitat. 


Following remarks, patrons returned to the plaza for post-dinner cocktails and hot beignets. 


Dallas Spring Partyattendees included, Laura Huffman, state director, The Nature Conservancy in Texas; honorary chairs Emily and David Corrigan; Lyda Hill; Suzanne and David Holl; Jane and Pat Bolin; Terry and Steve Casey; Mary and Bo Howard; Ruth Mutch; Ann and Matt Schooler; Vera and Bob Thornton; Joyce and Les Coleman, Susan and Joel Williams; Peggy Dear; Suzanne and Enrico Bartolucci; Suzanne and Stuart Guthrie, Betty Regard; Trisha Wilson and Jeb Terry; Laura and Simon Whiting;  and JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt.


For more information about The Nature Conservancy in Texas, visit



About Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, National GeographicFellow and regular contributor to National Geographicmagazine.  Most importantly he is an avid conservationist who began the ambitious National GeographicPhoto Ark project 11 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Since then, he has visited more than 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global diversity. To date Sartore has captured over 7,500 images of wildlife, putting him over half way to reaching his goal of documenting 12,000 unique species.

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of our more than 1 million members, we’ve built a tremendous record of success since our founding in 1951, including the protection of more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide.


Since 1964, The Nature Conservancy in Texas has been committed to protecting our state’s sweeping landscapes, from rugged coastline to winding rivers to rich longleaf pine forests. With an expansive network of scientists, staff and partners, The Nature Conservancy is on the front lines, protecting the lands, waters and coasts that we all depend on. Our ambitions are bold, and our commitment unwavering. By 2020, we seek to have an unprecedented 1 million acres in Texas in conservation. We will protect the freshwater systems that provide drinking water to 25 million Texans. And we will restore healthy fisheries, reefs and shorelines in critical locations in the Gulf of Mexico.



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Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas, featured speaker Katie Holmes, Mersina Stubbs, Chick Lit Luncheon chair

Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) hosted the 12thannual Chick Lit Luncheon presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.  Luncheon chair Mersina Stubbs with honorary chair Nancy Perot welcomed a record-breaking crowd of close to 1,400 to the annual fundraiser featuring actress Katie Holmes, known for her work in films and television and on Broadway.


Attendees arrived for a pre-luncheon reception in the Chantilly Ballroom foyer, while select sponsors were treated to a special VIP reception with Ms. Holmes.  Raffle tickets were available for sale for a chance to win fabulous prizes such as a $2,500 shopping experience at Highland Park Village, a freshwater baroque pearl necklace with pave diamond beads and clasp from Susan Saffron Jewelry Boutique, a $1,000 gift certificate to Central Market, a $1,000 gift certificate to Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, a weekend for two to LA, and more.


At 11:30 a.m., luncheon-goers progressed to the ballroom for the seated luncheon.  As guests took their seats, chair Mersina Stubbs welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support of this year’s Chick Lit Luncheon.  She also thanked honorary chair Nancy Perot, as well as the many sponsors and donors who helped make the day possible, including presenting sponsor Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel.  Rev. Elizabeth Mosely, senior associate minister of discipleship at Highland Park United Methodist Church, followed with the invocation, before luncheon-goers enjoyed a delicious lunch of tarragon grilled chicken breast with a yogurt and tahini drizzle, served with fresh butter lettuce, quinoa with chickpeas, cucumber, mint, baby heirloom tomatoes, Kalamata olives and crumbled feta with a smoked paprika sherry vinaigrette.


Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas, took the stage to recognize Jan Rees-Jones, the 2018 recipient of the Partners for Children Award, given to individuals or organizations for their commitment to meeting the philanthropic needs of our community.  McDaniel commended Rees-Jones for her work on behalf of The Rees-Jones Foundation, which has helped CPD and the children they serve in countless ways, including the organization’s emergency resource center for children entering protective care, the Rainbow Room, and as one of the lead donors of the agency’s capital campaign.


As guests enjoyed their dessert of a lemon semifreddo, McDaniel remained on stage to cue a moving video highlighting the work that CPD does in partnership with Child Protective Services for abused and neglected children.  She then remained on the stage to elaborate on the agency and to ask attendees to consider making an additional contribution to help fund specific items such as cribs, car seats, coats and emergency duffle bags filled with clothing, hygiene products, a toy and more.


Event chair Mersina Stubbs returned to introduce Christina Geyer, editor in chief of PaperCity Dallas magazine, who would serve as moderator for the much-anticipated conversation with Katie Holmes.   Stubbs followed with introduction of Holmes,whohas appeared in notable films ranging from the action blockbuster Batman Begins, to acclaimed art house pictures such as The Ice Storm and Pieces of April.  In 1997 Holmes was cast as “Joey Potter” on the WB TV series Dawson’s Creek, and the show quickly became the highest-rated series on the WB network throughout its six-season run.  In her Broadway debut, Holmes’ portrayal of Ann in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons garnered glowing reviews and established her as an accomplished actress on both screen and stage.  At the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Holmes unveiled All We Had, the first film she directed and also starred in.  Upcoming films include DoormanOcean’s 8 and The Secret.


Answering a range of questions from Geyer, Holmes shared with the audience a few of her favorite books, her thoughts on the current “Girl Power” movement in Hollywood and throughout the U.S., which women inspire her, and details about the recent reunion of her Dawson’s Creek castmates. She then answered questions from the audience including how she would describe her fashion sense, her favorite go-to outfit on the weekends, in which she shared replied “sweats,” her favorite movie role to date, workout secrets and more. 


As the celebration came to a close, guests received a favor bag with the latest issues of PaperCity and The Park Cities News, Mary Kay eye makeup remover, a $10 gift card from Zoe’s Kitchen, a adorable makeup pouch with complimentary monogramming courtesy of Paper Affair, and a generous Texas travel discount from Hilton.


Attendees at this year’s Chick Lit Luncheon included:  chair Mersina Stubbs; honorary chair Nancy Perot; CPD president and CEO, Paige McDaniel; Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones; Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel, presenting sponsors; Lisa Cooley, Bela Cooley and Ciara Cooley; Tracy Lange; Gina Betts; Sandy Moore; Greg Nieberding; Daffan and Doug Nettle; Stacey Walker; Lynn McBee;  Claire Emanuelson; Tucker Enthoven; Katy Miller; Jacqueline Sewell; Meredith Woodworth; Libby Hunt; Amy Turner; Amy Hegi; Ola Fojtasek; Bradley Agather; Lauryn Gayle White; Muffin Lemak; Jimmy Westcott; Jennifer Swift Houser; Holly Huffines; and Jill Tanabaum.


The Chick Lit Luncheonis made possible through the generosity of sponsors including:

Presenting Sponsor – Dr. Robert andLara Tafel;Batman Begins ($25,000) – Fischer;Interabang Books – Nancy Perot;JW Holmes; Marilyn and Sonny Oates Foundation; and Barry and Sandy Moore; Woman in Gold ($15,000) – Katy and Kyle Miller Foundation; valet sponsor - Sewell Automotive Companies; and Mersina Stubbs;The Romantics ($10,000) – Bullion; Lisa Cooley andTracy Lange; Digital 3 Printing/Greg Nieberding; Mary Kay Inc.; Pam Mattingly; andLucy andJohn W.B. McDaniel;The Giver ($5,000) – Benchmark Bank andMary Anne Dunne; Laura Braun andHelaine Blizzard; Children’s Health; From the Ground Up; Sue Graham; Libby Hunt; Caytie andShane Langford; Midfirst Private Bank; Moussa/Mahowald/Wensiger; Sandy Nachman; Jan Rees-Jones; Stacey Walker; andWinston & Strawn LLP; First Daughter ($3,500) – Leslie Baker, Holly Huffines andBecky Lacour; Ben Abbott & Associates; Tricia Besing; Karen and Mark Carney; EyeMed; Grant Thornton, LLP; Leigh Anne Haugh andHeather Hicks; Haynes and Boone, LLP; Hegi Family Foundation; Chris Kennington andMerry Wyatt; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Kelly andMitch Little andNina andAndrew Bolin; Tracy Matthews andArden Ellis; Pam andVin Perella; Kathleen Ray; Jenny Robertson; Therese Rourk; Sidley Austin LLP; Evan Stone; Karen Tankersley; The Container Store; Amy Turner; Emily Wakefield; andZoe’s Kitchen; Print media sponsors: PaperCity and The Park Cities News; Digital media sponsor - MySweetCharity.


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Luncheon co-chairs Kim Bannister, Jamie Singer and Andrea Weber with Dallas executive director Karen Michlewicz

Co-chairs Kim Bannister, Jamie Singer, and Andrea Weber, with NorthPark Center chairs Andrea Nayfa and Kristen Gibbins, were joined by more than 220 attendees at the second annual Room to Grow Luncheon and Fashion Presentation on Wednesday, April 18 at 11:00 a.m. at NorthPark Center in the Neiman Marcus Courtyard. Proceeds from the event benefited Dec My Room, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children who are hospitalized for a prolonged period of time.


Guests arrived and mingled as they sipped wine and enjoyed signature sweets from Sugarfina.  Partygoers began bidding on an exclusive silent auction item for a 3-night La Petite stay at the award-winning Cal-A-Vie Health Spa, or purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win one of 15 fabulous prizes, including $200 in NorthPark Gold and a gold VIP valet card courtesy of NorthPark Center, a pink Valentino rockstud quilted leather wallet/bag on chain donated by Neiman Marcus, a 3-night San Diego weekend at Monarch Beach Resort & The Pendry, two tickets for Kenny Chesney’s May 19 concert at AT&T Stadium, a four-course dinner for eight in your home created by Janice Provost, chef and owner of Parigi, and more.  


At the appointed time, attendees took their places as the luncheon co-chairs briefly welcomed all and thanked them for their support of the Room to Grow Luncheonbenefiting Dec My Room.   They also recognized this year’s sponsors, host committee members and generous in-kind donors. Patrons then enjoyed lunch of chicken Marbella with stone fruit relish served with tender bibb lettuce, arugula, frisee with hearts of palm and cucumber drizzled with lemon Dijon vinaigrette, and a gazpacho shooter.  


Karen Michlewicz, Dec My Room’s Dallas director, took the podium and welcomed Dec My Room’s founder and CEO, Susan Plank, in from Houston, before adding her gratitude to sponsors, attendees, event co-chairs, NorthPark Center and Neiman Marcus NorthPark.  She also shared the important services that Dec My Room provides in partnership with Children’s Health by helping “to create a healing place” for children who are being admitted into a hospital for a prolonged amount of time.  


Diane McGinnis, LCSW and social worker in the center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Health, then accepted the 2018 Celebrate Flightaward on behalf of all of the social workers that provide such critical support to the patients and their families for the duration of their care. The hospital social workers also introduce the mission of Dec My Room to patient families and as well, have the opportunity to see first-hand how Dec My Room transforms patient’s rooms and subsequently their overall mental approach to their upcoming treatments.  


On behalf of her colleagues, Diane shared a few memorable installations, including one for an 8-year-old girl, whose room was transformed by volunteers into an underwater fantasyland of mermaids. A highlight was the mermaid slip-on sack that the little girl wore until she left the hospital.   Or the magical moment when a volunteer decorated a 17-year-old boy’s room with aviation-themed posters and camo colors, because he dreamed of becoming a pilot in the armed forces.  Diane commented that the patient’s parents often say they haven’t seen their child this happy or excited since their diagnosis, and that they feel so special that strangers make such an extraordinary effort to personalize a room just for them.  


Then it was time to talk fashion as Avril Graham, Harper’s BAZAARExecutive Fashion and Beauty Editor, and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Southern LivingEditor-at-Large and NorthPark Ambassador, took the stage to dish about the upcoming royal wedding, which Avril will be covering, and the season’s “must have” clothing, accessories and makeup from Neiman Marcus.  Models sported the latest trends featuring brights, statement sleeves, floral dresses, stripes, logo bags, rainbow jewelry, the pointed-toe shoe, soft-tint lenses and sparkle and glitter glam lips and lids.


After an announcement of the lucky raffle winners, posh patrons progressed to the second level of Neiman Marcus for desserts and champagne.  As a thank you, each guest was gifted take-home treats from Sugarfina, the newest issue of Harper’s BAZAARand a swag bag filled with goodies from Cos Bar, SoulCycle, Crown Control Jewelry, Outdoor Voices, drybar, MiniLuxe, Sawyer Collection and more.


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About Dec My Room

Founded 11 years ago In Houston and now with an affiliate in Dallas,Dec My Room helps “tocreate a healing place” for children who are being admitted into a hospital for a prolonged amount of time. Dec My Room volunteers personalize the hospital room upon their arrival with items that complement the special likes and interests of the individual patient. These items are for them to enjoy during their stay and take home when they leave. Dec My Room is a unique and innovative charitable program whose efforts help improve the attitudes of patients and their healing process. 


About Avril Graham

Harper’s BAZAARExecutive Fashion and Beauty Editor Avril Graham has been with BAZAARfor many years—setting the must-have trends and styles season after season for millions of fashion and beauty-obsessed BAZAARreaders. Avril is widely considered an authority in all things style, as she has been sitting front row at the world’s most exclusive shows and has attended some of fashion’s most glamorous events during her illustrious career. You may have also seen Avril’s coverage of the royal wedding on some of TV’s most watched shows and networks, including NBC’s The TODAY Showand the E! Network.


About Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman is a TV host, author, blogger, lifestyle expert, and Editor-at-Large of Southern Livingmagazine. She has a talent for making the ordinary extraordinary and has taken her original and clever take on parties and created an entrepreneurial empire.  She is a contributor to NBC’s The TODAYShowand the author of eight books on entertaining including her most recent, Parties Around a Punch Bowl.Sheenjoys leading NorthPark Center’s Luxury Ambassador Program and serving as their fashion and lifestyle expert. Kimberly is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an honors degree in art history and resides in Dallas with her husband, two children and giant schnauzer puppy.


About NorthPark Center

NorthPark Centeris the finest shopping experience and the preeminent shopping center in the Southwest with more than 230 stores and restaurants, including more than 60 market exclusives. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s, NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art, award-winning architecture and extraordinary landscaping, as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15. NorthPark Center surpassed $1.2 billion in sales in 2017 and consistently ranks as one of the top five performing shopping centers in the United States. NorthPark Center is North Texas’ number one tourist destination and is conveniently located five miles from downtown Dallas and 35 miles from Fort Worth.