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6th Annual Harvest chairs Marvin and Lisa Singleton

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) announces Lisa and Marvin Singleton as chairs of the 6thAnnual HARVEST.


The annual fundraiser benefiting the North Texas Food Bank will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019, from 7 – 10 p.m., at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s A Tasteful Place gardens and pavilion. Attendees will raise much-needed funds to help provide the 92 million meals that are needed annually to fill the need for food assistance in North Texas – all while enjoying delicious food donated and prepared by some of Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants. DJ Lucy Wrubel will return for another year to entertain and delight the crowd with her signature sounds. 


Sponsors at the Silver level and up will enjoy early entry to begin sampling the more than 20 chef stations, in addition to access to a VIP area featuring specialty cocktails, exclusive chef stations and more.  


“We are thrilled to have Lisa and Marvin Singleton serving as chairs for the sixth annual Harvest,”said Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. “This event is critical to our efforts to raise awareness and funds in support of our mission to provide healthy food for hungry North Texans – especially children and seniors. To date Harvest has helped us raise more than $1 million, providing more than 3 million meals for our neighbors in need. With Lisa and Marvin at the helm and the enchanting backdrop of the Arboretum, I know we will move the needle even further for those that are counting on us.”


“It’s a staggering statistic that 1 out of every 4 children in our community lives in a food insecure household,” said Lisa Singleton. “While the NTFB meets food assistance needs across many audiences, this vulnerable population is served through three signature NTFB programs that help identify those in need and provide access to the meals necessary to help them succeed and thrive. Together, these three programs – Food 4 Kids, Kids Café and the School Pantry – serve over 550,000 chronically hungry children annually and distribute another 500,000 pounds of food through school pantries. Marvin and I believe no child should go hungry, and it is our goal to raise more than $300,000 through Harvest this year to help NTFB in their mission of closing the hunger gap.” 


Harvest sponsorships begin at $500 and individuals tickets are $200 each and are available now,  Or for more information, contact Sarah Elias,214.431.4683 or 



The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit hunger-relief organization, serving 13 counties. The Food Bank’s administrative headquarters is located in the Dallas Farmers Market, and its new distribution and volunteer center – the Perot Family Campus – opened in Collin County in September 2018. Each day, NTFB provides access to more than 190,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and more than 200 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2018, NTFB provided access to 72 million nutritious meals. While the NTFB is making steady progress toward closing the hunger gap, much work remains to be done to reach the organization's 10- year goal of providing 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025. To donate, volunteer or advocate, visit

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Room to Grow 2019 co-presenter Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, NorthPark’s Fashion and Lifestyle Ambassador

Dec My Room announces the third annual Room to Grow Luncheon and Fashion Presentation on Wednesday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Neiman Marcus Courtyard in NorthPark Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit Dec My Room, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children who are being admitted into a hospital for a prolonged amount of time. 


Chaired by Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez, with NorthPark chair Kristen Gibbins, Room to Grow will include a reception, luxury raffle items, a seated luncheon, and a presentation by both Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, NorthPark’s Fashion and Lifestyle Ambassador, and Meredith Land, NBC-5 evening anchor.  The presentation will showcase the trending colors of spring fashion from Neiman Marcus NorthPark, followed by bubbles and sweets on Level Two of Neiman Marcus. Nine-year-old Bennett Williams, son of Kirsa and Keith Williams, will receive the 2019 Celebrate Flight Award.  


“Thank you to NorthPark Center and Neiman Marcus for supporting the Room to Grow Luncheon and Fashion Presentation again this year, which benefits Dec My Room and the children we serve.  We know it will be a fabulous day of fashion and fundraising in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Neiman Marcus Courtyard,” remarked Karen Michlewicz, Dallas executive director. “We are also honored to present Bennett with the Celebrate Flight Award. Through the funds raised from the luncheon, we will be able to create healing spaces for more children who have extended stays in the hospital like Bennett.”


Founded 12 years ago in Houston, with the Dallas chapter celebrating its 4thanniversary, Dec My Room helps “to create 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 a patient’s 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. 


Sponsorships for the Room to Grow Luncheon and Fashion Presentationbegin at $500, with individual tickets $175 each. To purchase sponsorships or tickets, visit



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Gloria Campos, North Star Luncheon featured speaker

Family Compass announces its North Star Luncheon, an annual fundraiser to raise awareness on how to stop child abuse before it occurs, on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Dallas Country Club.  


Chaired by Susan Wells-Jenevein and Candace Winslow, the North Star Luncheoncoincides with April’s Child Abuse Prevision Month and will feature a personal and reflective conversation with former WFAA lead anchor Gloria Campos as she shares her perspective on the changes she observed in families in Dallas during her 40 years as a journalist, as well as a 20-year producer of WFAA’s Wednesday’s Child.  An event highlight will include the recognition of The Rosewood Foundation, a long-standing supporter of Family Compass’ mission to prevent child abuse and neglect.


“At Family Compass we know how to stop child abuse before it happens. For twenty-seven years we have provided these transformative services to more than 48,000 children and parents in North Texas. The families we serve would say we have been their ‘north star,’ guiding them to a brighter future,” remarked Ona Foster, Executive Director.  “For this year’s luncheon, we are thrilled to have the inimitable Gloria Campos as she provides her insights and inspiration to our guests, and we are truly honored to recognize The Rosewood Foundation for investing in our mission of promoting healthy families.”


The Family Compass North Star Luncheonwill be held on Monday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. at Dallas Country Club, located at 4155 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205. Sponsorships begin at $2,500; individual tickets are $250 each.  For more information or to purchase sponsorships and tickets, visit


About Family Compass

Family Compass is a nonprofit agency that believes that every child has the fundamental right to a healthy family and environment, the opportunity to succeed in school and the capacity to experience life without violence. The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.  This is accomplished through our two home mentoring programs and community based, educational programs for families that have elevated risk for child abuse.  These families often reside in the poorest communities throughout Dallas and Collin counties.  All of our programs are evidence-based, voluntary and free of charge.

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

Cristo Rey Dallas’ Grow the Grove: The Cocktail Party co-chairs Nancy Cain Marcus and Nelda Cain Pickens were joined by nearly 70 sponsors and host committee members for a celebration held in their honor on Wednesday, November 14 at the home of Joyce and Larry Lacerte.

Attendees arrived and mingled as they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Midway through the reception, Kelby Woodard, president of Cristo Rey Dallas, gathered the crowd for brief remarks.

Woodard thanked the generous hosts of the evening Joyce and Larry Lacerte, who also served as Grow the Grove underwriting co-chairs alongside Liza and Will Lee and Maryann and Frank Mihalopoulos.  He also recognized event co-chairs Nancy Cain Marcus and Nelda Cain Pickens, honorary chairs Patty and Mark Langdale, and presenting sponsor Tolleson Wealth Management for ensuring the event’s success.  And last, he recognized Mayor Mike Rawlings, who was honored at Grow the Grove on November 17 for his inspiration, dedication and diligent work for his signature campaign, Grow South, uniting the northern and southern sectors of our city. In closing, he shared some of the highlights of this year at Cristo Rey Dallas, including that 2019 will mark the first year that Cristo Rey Dallas will have a graduating class, with some students already receiving early acceptances by 4-year universities.

Following, Richard Joyner, president of Tolleson Wealth Management, took a few minutes to share why Tolleson is committed to Cristo Rey Dallas, specifically highlighting the college prep school’s Corporate Work Study Program, an innovative model of education that gives students a Catholic, college-preparatory education while earning work experience in a corporate setting.

Cristo Rey Dallas senior Ryan Olson then followed and shared what attending the school has meant to him and his fellow classmates.  In closing he added his gratitude to all who have made Cristo Rey Dallas possible to him and the 484 students who attend the school, including the many sponsors of Grow the Grove.

 The 2019 Grow the Grove: The Cocktail Party sponsors are: 

Presenting Sponsor - Tolleson Wealth Management

Fuel our Students ($20,000) - Anthony Family Foundation

Buy our Books ($10,000) - Joyce and Lawrence Lacerte; Sharon and Tom McNearney; Maryann and Fran Mihalopoulos; Nancy Perot and Rod Jones; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; and Mary and Mike Terry

 Gap and a half ($4,800 +) - Ashford Hospitality Advisors; Lynn and Win Bell; Suzanne Arkoosh Caruso; Shelly and Tom Codd; Irma and Alfredo Duarte; Laura and Jim Einspanier; Maria Carmen and Raul Estrada; Frost Bank; Hall Group; Gray, Reed & McGraw; Beverly Goulet; Alex and Ford Halbardier; Jane and Edwin Jenevein; Cheryl and Richard Joyner; Cecilia and Kip Kernodle; Nancy Cain Marcus; Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows; Laura and Scott Moore; Vicki and David Moran; Anne and Scot O’Brien; Pam and Gary Patsley; Nelda Cain Pickens; Plains Capital Bank; and Pat and Pete Schenkel

Fill the Gap ($3,200+) - Nancy and Robert Dedman Foundation; Judy and John Dryden; Kara and Peter Gehan; Patty and Mark Langdale; Kathleen and Frank Lauinger; Jodi and Brian Neitzel; and Susan and Jon Piot

 Half the Gap ($1,600+)  - Walter Adams; Rosenblatt Family Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation; Betty and Russell Bellamy; Inette and Joshua Brown; Catholic Diocese of Dallas; Sue and Lee Coleman; Lee Cullum; Dal-Tile; Denise and John Dunlap; Eiseman Jewels NorthPark Center; Karen and Steve Fox; Margie and Ray Francis; Sue and Jim Gragg; Greg Greene; Haynes & Boone; Irma and Christopher Henry; Kate and John Kunasek; Liza and Will Lee; Muffin and John Lemak; Rosemarie Marshall and Lee Wilkins; Vicki and Brian Miller; Reena and Jim Morris; Carol and Bruce Orr; Pam and Vin Perella; Katherine and Eric Reeves; School Sisters of Notre Dame; Joanna and David Shuart;  Joan and Tom Stevens; Maria and Bobby Stover; The Hoglund Foundation; The Horchow Family; The J.M. Haggar Jr. Family Foundation; Katie and Bill Weaver Charitable Trust; UT Southwestern; Allison and Jason Waldie; Susannah and Michael Wisenbaker; and Ana and Jim Yoder.

For more information about Cristo Rey Dallas visit


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Doug Byce, Dianne DeVeny, Stefan Peters

DUXIANA®, the global leader in sleep technology, celebrated its grand reopening in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood with an in-store celebration on November 8.


DUXIANA’s new spacious showroom, under the leadership of store manager Dianne DeVeny, is located on the second floor at 3111 Knox Street in Dallas.   As the exclusive retailer for The DUX bed in North America, the showroom beautifully displays the company’s current collection of DUX bed models. The foundation of every DUX bed is an interlocking spring system that is unparalleled in the bedding industry. DUX technology provides the most ergonomically sophisticated bed available on the market. 


In addition, the showroom displays the brand’s extensive collection of fine European linens and sumptuous down products while providing a work area for use by clients and designers alike to finalize all details of the perfect bedroom.


DUXIANA Dallas is located on the second floor 3111 Knox Street, adjacent to the Apple store.  Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am until 6pm and Sunday 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.  For more information, 214.484.7223 or visit

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Awards for Excellence in Community Services luncheon co-chairs Laurie and Phil Evans with patron party host Nancy Cain Marcus

2018 Awards for Excellence in Community Service co-chairs Laurie and Phil Evans welcomed sixty sponsors, award recipients and Dallas Historical Society board members to a reception held in their honor on Thursday, October 17 at the home of Nancy Cain Marcus.


Attendees arrived and mingled as they enjoyed cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Midway through the reception, Mary Suhm, chairman of the Dallas Historical Society board of trustees, gathered the crowd for brief remarks.  Suhm welcomed everyone and thanked all in attendance for their support of the 37thAwards for Excellence in Community Service, including presenting sponsor, Pegasus Bank and its president Joe Goyne, who was in attendance.  She also thanked Nancy Cain Marcus for opening her home for the evening’s festivities.


Co-chairs Laurie and Phil Evans followed, adding their gratitude to this year’s sponsors and supporters, including honorary chairs Marnie and Kern Wildenthal.  They then recognized the honorees of the 2018 Awards for Excellence, which are  bestowed on selected recipients who have demonstrated generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city.  This year’s honorees are:Arts Leadership- Zenetta S. Drew; Business- Katherine Wagner; Creative Arts- Liz Mikel; Education/Administration– Yasmin Bhatia;Education Advocate– The Links, Incorporated (The Dallas Chapter); Health/Science– Jonathan C. Cohen, Ph.D. and Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.; History– Dian Malouf; Humanities– The Dallas Institute’s Cowan Center for Education; Philanthropy– Betty Regard; Sports Leadership– Nancy Lieberman; Volunteer Community Leadership– Regen Horchow Fearon; and Jubilee History Maker– Tom Dunning.


The co-chairs closed by encouraging everyone to attend the Awards for Excellence in Community Service luncheon on November 1.


2018 Awards for Excellence in Community Servicesponsors are:  Presenting Sponsor (25,000)- Pegasus Bank; Platinum History Maker ($10,000)– Diane and Hal Brierley; Peggy Dear; Lyda Hill; Stephanie and Hunter Hunt; The Eugene McDermott Foundation; Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger; and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal/Adele and Hobson Wildenthal; Gold History Maker ($5,000)– BaylorScott&White Health; Sally and Tom Dunning; Mercado 369; The David B. Miller Family Foundation; Oncor Electric Delivery; Margot and Ross Perot; Betty S. Regard; Peggy and Leonard Riggs; Diane and John Scovell/Pat and Pete Schenkel; Mary and Mike Terry; Stacey and Reid Walker Family Trust;  Silver History Maker ($2,500)- Allie Beth Allman & Associates - ABA Management, LLC; Shannon Callewart and Elizabeth Helfrich; Judy and Jamey Clement; The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture; Dallas Women's Foundation; The Eiseman Families; Laurie and Phil Evans; Cathy and William Helmbrecht, III; The Horchow Family; The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.; Mary Jalonick; Veletta and John Lill; Locke Lord LLP; Dian Malouf; Nancy Cain Marcus; The Meadows Foundation;Alice and Erle Nye; Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation;  JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt; Deedie Rose; Kit and Kemp Sawers; Margaret and Glenn Solomon;  Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical; Michelle and Stewart Thomas/Gail and Bob Thomas/Tori and Joe Mannes; and TIAA Bank; and digital media sponsor - MySweetCharity.


Patron party reception attendees included:  Host Nancy Cain Marcus; co-chairs Laurie and Phil Evans; Mary Suhm, chairman, Dallas Historical Society Board of Trustees; Cathy and past board chair Bill Helmbrecht; Jo and Joe Goyne, Pegasus Bank; Awards for Excellence coordinator Louise Caldwell; Awards for Excellence recipient selection coordinator Caro Stalcup; Dallas Historical Society executive director Karl Chiao and Amy Vanderoef; Linda Perryman Evans; honoree Tom Dunning; Kit Sawers; Shannon Callewart; Mona and Bill Graue; honoree Betty Regard; Cheryl and Steve Coke; honoree Dian Malouf; Stewart Thomas; honorees Jonathan C. Cohen, Ph.D. and Helen H. Hobbs, M.D; Gail and Robert Thomas; honoree Yasmin Bhatia; Betsy and Richard Eiseman; honoree Zenetta Drew; honoree Nancy Lieberman; Nathan Crow; Claudia MacMillan, executive director of the Louise and Donald Cowan Center of the Dallas Institute for the Humanities, an award recipient; Carol Montgomery; and honoree Jocelyn Kidd.


For more information about the AFE luncheon or the Dallas Historical Society, visit


About the Dallas Historical Society

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

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The Gingerbread Stroll, presented by Allie Beth Allman & Associates, will celebrate eight years this holiday season with its annual exhibition and silent auction of gingerbread houses created by some of Dallas’ top pastry chefs.  


On display in Highland Park Village, November 16 through November 30, 2018, attendees can stroll between select retailers to view and bid on beautifully decorated gingerbread houses, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Community Partners of Dallas. 


“We are so excited to celebrate the eighth year of the Gingerbread Stroll, and are immensely grateful for the ongoing support of Highland Park Village, our many retail partners, and of course the talented chefs who create our magical gingerbread houses,” remarked founder Christine McKenny.  “And we are so delighted to designate stroll proceeds for the next two years to Community Partners of Dallas and the children they serve.”


Added Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas, “The Gingerbread Stroll has become a holiday highlight for so many and we are honored that Community Partners of Dallas has been selected as the beneficiary for 2018 and 2019.  The funds raised from this event will help support our new facility which opens in 2019, and specifically one of our night response visitation rooms, which provides a warm and loving place for children taken into protective care by Child Protective Services as they await their transition to their safe placement.”


Featured hotels, pastry chefs and artists for this year’s stroll include: pastry chef Leigh Gibson at A Sweet Life; BIRD Bakery team from BIRD Bakery; pastry chef Winter Lockwood-Frank of Charlie’s Burgers and Street Tacos; artist Christine Van Pelt and head chocolatier Rocio Estrada and team from Chocolate Secrets; and chocolatier Sirenia Sanchez and director Carolyn Hudec and team from Chocolate Secrets; pastry chefs Shirley Chavez and Hilda Muirhead from Hilton Anatole; resident gingerbread house expert Julie Price at Hotel Crescent Court; pastry chef Saju Meppidayil and executive chef Hermann Hiemeyer of Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion; Le Gourmet Baking Team; pastry chef Kristina Kent of Omni Dallas Hotel; Gingerbread House Master Creations by Kristen Schweiger & Team; pastry chef Sam Cade of Cade’s Cakes; and pastry chef Arielle Sutcliffe of Pastry Works. 


Highland Park retailers that will showcase the elaborate gingerbread houses are: Beretta Gallery, BIRD Bakery, Bistro 31, Draper James, ETRO, goop, JAMES PERSE, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Leggiadro, MARKET Highland Park, Robert Talbott, Roller Rabbit, Royal Blue Grocery, THE TOT, Trina Turk and VERONICA BEARD.


Dallas residential real estate agent Christine McKenny founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011, with the hopes of bringing the community together to raise funds for local children’s charities. Each year, a different charity is selected as the beneficiary of 100 percent of the proceeds.  Since its inception, the Stroll has raised more than $91,000.


This year’s Gingerbread Stroll is made possible by the following sponsors:  Amy Koellner; Providence Lane Window Coverings; BABY B'AIR Flight Vest; Balekian Hayes, PLLC; Candy's Dirt; Mary Dinkins, The Dinkins Team, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.; Dr. Gary E. Alhaldef, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry; Highland Park Village; HUB International Personal Insurance; Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Jim Mueller, Verner Brumley Mueller Parker; Republic Title, Park Cities; Retail Plazas, Inc./The Olyan Family; TATUM BROWN Custom Homes; Trammell Crow Company; Woolery Associates, Interior Design; and Bread Winners.



For more information about The Gingerbread Stroll, please visit



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Obelisk Awards luncheon co-chairs Hunter and Victoria McGrath

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) hosted an evening reception on Wednesday, October 17 celebrating the 2018 Obelisk Awardshonorees, nominators and host committee members. 


Obelisk Awards luncheon co-chairs Victoria and Hunter McGrath were joined by nearly 70 attendees at the Thompson & Knight offices in One Arts Plaza. Upon arrival patrons mingled and enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music by guitarist Sam Swank.  On view was this year’s Obelisk award, which was designed and created by noted glass artist Polly Gessell, and will be presented to each recipient at the Obelisk Awards luncheon on November 16.


Mid-way through the evening Rick del Monte, Board Chairman of BCA, welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their support of the 30thannual Obelisk Awards, which are bestowed upon companies and leaders in business and the arts for their invaluable contributions supporting arts and culture in North Texas.  She also recognized honorary chairs Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, as well as co-chairs Victoria and Hunter McGrath for their support of this year’s milestone event.


The co-chairs then followed by adding their gratitude to all and then announcing this year’s award recipients as well as the individuals and organizations that had nominated them, including: 


  • Business Champion for the Arts Award

Recipient:Craig Hall

Nominated by: Dallas Arts District


  • Arts Education Award 

Recipient: Cigna

Nominated by:  Chamberlain Performing Arts


  • Arts Partnership Award/LargeBusiness(more than 500 employees locally) 


Nominated by:  Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas


  • Arts Partnership Award/SmallBusiness(fewer than 50 employees locally)

Recipient: Selig Polyscope Company

Nominated by: Dallas Video Fest


  • New Initiatives Award 

Recipient:The Shops at Willow Bend

Nominated by: North Texas Performing Arts


  • Juror’s Award

Recipients: Anne and Steve Stodghill

Nominated by: Dallas Film Society


  • The Outstanding Leadership Arts Alumnus Award 

Recipient: Angie Parra

Nominated by: Junior Players


  • Distinguished Cultural Organization Award

Recipient:Thanks-Giving Foundation

Nominated by:Almas Muscatwalla



  • Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award

Recipient: Teresa Coleman Wash

Nominated by: Bishop Arts Theatre Center  


The McGraths closed by reminding everyone about the upcoming Obelisk Awards luncheon on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Belo Mansion, which includes a reception, seated lunch and recognition of the 2018 award recipients.   


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Bill Addy, David Martin, Jubilee board chair, Ben Leal, Jubilee CEO

Jubilee Park & Community Center hosted a special reception for donors and supporters at the home of Kathy and Harlan Crow on September 19.  Jubilee Park CEO Ben Leal was joined by more than 100 guests as they mingled while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Crow family’s library.

At the appointed time, David Martin, board chair for Jubilee, and Bill Addy, a co-chair for Jubilee’s 20th Anniversary Gala last year,  gathered the crowd and thanked Kathy and Harlan Crow for their support of Jubilee and for opening their home for the evening’s festivities.

Following, CEO Leal,announced key findings from Jubilee’s revolutionary Specialized Student Support (S3) Program, which is designed to increase accessibility of its award-winning summer and afterschool programs for children with learning differences.  The S3 Program was the focus of Jubilee’s 20th Anniversary, which raised a net amount of more than $1.5 million dollars.

Leal said, “So many children in Southeast Dallas struggled with special learning needs and just weren’t getting the help they deserved, and with your help, Jubilee stepped up to fill this gap.”

He shared that the pilot cohort of seven students included a significant disparity in diagnoses and resources depending on a child’s school, and a significant opportunity for impact by focusing on dyslexia interventions.  Parent empowerment trainings were so helpful that they have been expanded to all parents in Jubilee’s programs, which directly serves 400 children.

He also revealed that core components of Jubilee’s new strategic plan, including values, revised areas of impact, and upcoming programs for the next five years, which will include coalition-building among surrounding neighborhoods, expanded programs for senior citizens, a home repair program, workforce certificates, and the first full cohort of the S3 Program.

Leal then referenced signage throughout the space, which reviewed results, detailed next steps, and thanked lead sponsors of Jubilee’s work, including Lydia and Bill Addy, Crow Holdings, Winnie and Davis Hamlin, ISN Software Corporation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Moody Foundation, New Breeze Foundation, Park Place Dealerships, the Perot Foundation, Stemmons Foundation, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

In closing he said, “We have lots more to share about the five-year plan, including maximizing the use of our campus, bridging the gap between middle school and higher education, and acting as a conduit for resources into the greater Southeast Dallas area.  For tonight, we hope you’ll feel informed and engaged with Jubilee as we enter this next decade of service.”

Reception attendees included: Maria and David Martin, chair, Jubilee Park & Community Center board of directors; Cesar Reyna and Ben Leal, CEO, Jubilee Park & Community Center; Bill Addy, 20th Anniversary Gala co-chair; Marilyn Augur; Tom McConnell; Delilah and Sam Boyd; Kathy Crow; Winnie and Davis Hamlin; Bea and Walt Humann; Paul Polanco and Roberto De la Cruz; Amanpreet and Matthew Randazzo; Jeff and Darrel Rice; Annadele Ross; Nancy Shutt; and Nancy and Jim Skochdopole.

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ESTEEM co-chairs Charley Garrett, Abra Garrett, Kathy Fielder, and Isabella Fielder

Event chairs Kathy Fisher, with daughter Isabella, and Abra Garrett, with daughter Charley, were joined by more than 200 attendees for the 9th annual ESTEEM Fashion Show on Thursday, September 6, 2018, which benefited The Elisa Project (TEP).

Hosted by Tootsies at The Plaza at Preston Center, partygoers arrived and mingled while enjoying signature cocktails courtesy of Kruto Vodka and light bites donated by Doug Boster Catering while perusing the latest fall fashions. Raffle tickets were also available for sale for the chance to win fabulous prizes from Amanda Sterett Jewelry, Veranda Club & Spa at the Hilton Anatole, KF Designs – Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder, Mathew Trent Jewelry, Verona Privé Maison and Robin Jackson Photography.

At the appointed time, attendees gathered upstairs for the evening’s highlight, the ESTEEM fashion show.  As guests took their seats, founder, event producer and TEP board member Rhonda Sargent Chambers welcomed all and thanked them for their support of the ninth annual event that celebrates body image and self-esteem. 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.

Chambers then recognized co-chairs Kathy Fielder and Abra Garrett and their daughters, for their hard work in ensuring this year’s success.  The co-chairs came to the stage to add their gratitude to all, including event sponsors: TOOTSIES, Eating Recovery Center, KRUTO Vodka, Blushington, Doug Boster Catering, Lawson Even Rentals, Center for Discovery, The Renfrew Center and Children’s Health.

TOOTSIES store director Nerisa von Helpenstill and sales manager Dustin Holcomb then took the podium to share some of fall’s latest trends, followed by a runway show presentation featuring models in the season’s must-have looks, with make-up from Blushington at The Shops at Highland Park.

DJ Blake Ward kept the vibe going after the show as partygoers continued to mingle and shop.  As the evening came to a close, each patron received a swag bag, which included a complimentary faux lash application at Blushington, a sprinkle cookie from Society Bakery, a TOOTSIES gift card and more.

For more information, visit