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Kaysie Montgomery and Carol Montgomery, Awards for Excellence luncheon co-chairs

2017 Awards for Excellence in Community Serviceco-chairs Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery, along with honorary chairs JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt, welcomed over 60 sponsors, award recipients and Dallas Historical Society board members to a reception held in their honor on Tuesday, October 24 at the home of Mary McDermott Cook, who was a member of the first class of award recipients in 1981.

Attendees arrived and mingled as they enjoyed cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and a stunning view of downtown Dallas. Midway through the reception, Bill Helmbrecht, chairman of the Dallas Historical Society board of trustees, gathered the crowd for brief remarks.  Helmbrecht welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support of the upcoming 36th Awards for Excellence in Community Service.

Co-chairs Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery followed, adding their gratitude to this year’s sponsors, before recognizing the 2017 Awards for Excellence recipients: Arts Leadership – Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; Creative Arts – Carolyn Brown; Education – B. Hobson Wildenthal, Ph D.; History – Willis Cecil Winters; Humanities – Nicole Ginsburg Small; Health/Science – Steven M. Pounders, MD; Philanthropy – Jorge Baldor; Sports Leadership – Tony Dorsett; Volunteer Community Leadership – Peggy Carr; and Jubilee History Maker – Former Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown.  The Awards for Excellence are bestowed on selected recipients who have demonstrated generosity of spirit, civic leadership, and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city.   

Veletta Forsythe Lill closed with encouragement for everyone to vote in the upcoming City of Dallas bond election, which includes funds earmarked for Hall of State, the home of the Dallas Historical Society. 

Attendees included:  Host Mary McDermott Cook; Margaret McDermott, co-chairs Carol Montgomery and Kaysie Montgomery; honorary chairs JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt; Marni and Kern Wildenthal; honoree Hobson Wildenthal,recipient of Awards for Excellence in Education;  Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer; Michelle and Stewart Thomas; Louise and Josef Caldwell;  Caro Stalcup; Sharon Callewart; honoree and former Dallas police chief David Brown, recipient of Awards for Excellence Jubilee History Maker; Mary Suhm; Veletta Forsythe Lill; Joan and Alan Walne; Agustin Arteaga and Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime; Judy and Jim Gibbs; Pat Mattingly; honoree Steven Ponders, MD, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Health/Science; honoree Tony Dorsett, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Sports Leadership, and his wife Janet; honoree Carolyn Brown, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Creative Arts; honoree Ann Barbier-Mueller, Awards for Excellence in Arts Leadership co-recipient with her husband Gabriel; honoree Peggy Carr, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Volunteer Community Leadership; honoree Jorge Baldor, recipient of Awards for Excellence in Philanthropy; Jennifer and Ray Tollett;  Cheryl and Steve Coke.

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support the Dallas Historical Society and its dedication to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history through its many programs, including educational outreach and public programs to more than 20,000 area school students annually.  The event would not be possible without the generosity of the 2017 Sponsors, which include: 

2017 Awards for Excellence sponsors: 

Platinum History Maker ($10,000) – Diane and Hal Brierley; Al Hill, Jr. Family; Lyda Hill; Stephanie and Hunter Hunt; The Eugene McDermott Foundation; and JoAnne and Tony Roosevelt; Gold 

History Maker ($5,000) - Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; BaylorScott&White Health; The David B. Miller Family Foundation; Margot and H. Ross Perot; Ruth C. and Charles Sharp Foundation; Mike and Mary Terry; TIAA, FSB; and Stacey and Reid Walker Family Trust; 

Silver History Maker ($2,500) - Katherine Blair; Shannon Callewart; Peggy Carr and Catherine Worley; The Eiseman Families; Melissa and Trevor Fetter; The Gravity Company; Cathy and Bill Helmbrecht; Natalie and George T. Lee Jr.; Maryann and Frank Mihalopoulos/Liza and William Lee/Barbara and Randall Rosenblatt; Locke Lord LLP; Shirley & William S. McIntyre Foundation; Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC; Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation; Catherine and Will Rose; Kit and Kemp Sawers; Nicole and Justin Small; Margaret and Glenn Solomon; Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical Center; University of Texas at Dallas  and The Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History; Joan and Alan Walne; and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal. 


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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Ashley Anderson Smith, Gala co-chair, Brittany Merrill Underwood, Champion of Human Rights honoree, and Nusia Sookarow, Gala co-chair

Co-chairs Ashley Anderson Smith and Nusia Sookarow, with honorary chair Susan Posnick, welcomed more than 350 attendees to the 8th Annual Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights Gala held on Friday, October 6 at venue sixty five hundred.  The event raised nearly $150,000 in support of survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking, who are served by Mosaic.

Upon arrival at the “night in Monte Carlo” themed event, partygoers mingled while enjoying specialty cocktails courtesy of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, including a Mosaic Fizz and an Old Fashioned, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres.  As DJ LC provided the vibe, guests tried their luck at the casino tables and placed their bids in the nearby silent auction, which featured fashion, food, travel and sports packages.

At the appointed time, guests were seated for dinner as master of ceremonies Steve Kemble, America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru, welcomed everyone to the 8th annual fundraiser.  While patrons enjoyed a salad of baby arugula and romaine with shaved fennel, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrots and Bulgarian feta cheese with a honey-sherry vinaigrette, co-chairs Ashley Andersson Smith and Nusia Sookarow took the stage to add their gratitude to all in attendance including the evening’s sponsors. 

Entrees were then served featuring a duo of tomatillo-garlic creamed chicken topped with queso fresco and overnight braised short rib with caramelized onion, paired with roasted garlic herb cauliflower floret, mashed Russet potatoes and grilled asparagus.  As patrons enjoyed their meal, Dr. Walter Nguyen, executive director of Mosaic Family Services, took the stage to recognize Church of the Incarnation for their service project helping to renovate Mosaic House. 

Erica Foland from Neiman Marcus followed to present the 2017 Champion of Human Rights Award, which 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. This year’s recipient was Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder of the Akola Project for her inspirational work empowering women in disadvantaged communities throughout the globe. Akola trains and employs women in poverty, including survivors of trafficking in Dallas, so they can support themselves and meet the needs of their families.

Ms. Underwood thanked Neiman Marcus, which offers an elevated collection of Akola jewelry, made by 100 women coming out of poverty in Dallas, to its customers nationwide.  She then added her gratitude to Mosaic Family Services for the honor and recognition of the work Akola is doing throughout the globe, including in the Dallas community.

Past Champion of Human Rights award recipients include council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, 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.

As dessert was served, attendees listened to the personal testimony of a young man who is a recent survivor of human trafficking.  After sharing his story, he credited the support of Mosaic, such as providing counseling, helping him find a job, helping him find a place to live and giving him a new hope for his future.

After dinner, auctioneer Jeff Garrett took the stage asking for the highest bidders for items such as  a weekend in Santa Fe, a weekend use of a Tesla and a stay at The Adolphus Hotel and a Dallas sports package featuring tickets to the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game, Dallas Stars tickets for New Year’s Eve and an autographed Emmitt Smith jersey. 

As the auction came to a close DJ LC pumped up the volume as partygoers hit the dance floor.  Upon departure, patrons were gifted an American Airlines tote bag with a cake pop, an American Airlines amenity kit and water bottle.

Sponsors for the 8th Annual Mosaic Family Services Champion for Human Rights Gala include:  $10,000 - Catharine Elizabeth Laney Trust; $5,000 - Stonebriar Veterinary Centre; and Greenberg Traurig, LLP; $2,500 - Bank of Texas; Katie Bloom; Cindi’s New York Deli and Bakery; Shaleen Clay; FLITE to Freedom; Lindi Light; Neiman Marcus; Ashley Anderson Smith and Dr. Bert Smith; Audrey Spangenberg; and Anne and Steve Stodghill. Fred Biagi and Stephen and Monique Hohmann 

About Mosaic Family Services

Mosaic Family Services is a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking. The multicultural staff at Mosaic supports, educates, and empowers more than 30,000 people each year through direct services and outreach. Refugees and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence receive shelter, legal representation, counseling, access to health care, and support services in more than 30 languages. Every year, Mosaic House provides emergency housing to hundreds of women and children fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking.  They 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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Co-chairs Bill and Lydia Addy, Ben Leal, and honor Co-chairs Bill and Lydia Addy, Ben Lead, and honorary chairs Peggy and Mark Anschutz

Jubilee Park & Community Center with 20th Anniversary gala co-chairs Lydia and Bill Addy welcomed more than 100 sponsors, host committee members and supporters at a recent cocktail reception held at the Preston Hollow home of Monica and Joe Eastin.  Partygoers arrived and mingled while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. On view was a trio of Jubilee’s 20th anniversary commemorative bracelets, designed by Dallas jewelry designer Taylor Miller. The handmade bracelets feature natural materials, including wood and chyrsoprase beads, and a custom brass “Jubilee” charm, and are available on the Jubilee Park website, .

Mid-way through the evening, Jubilee Park CEO Ben Leal welcomed attendees and thanked all for their support of the upcoming 20th Anniversary Gala.  Co-chairs Lydia and Bill added their gratitude to the evening’s hosts as well as the many sponsors and host committee members in attendance.  

Lydia then announced this year’s honorary chairs, Peggy and Mark Anschutz, who were in attendance, and recognized them as two of the founding catalysts for Jubilee Park twenty years ago.  She also revealed the gala’s presenting sponsor, ISN Software Corporation, along with generous support from The Moody Foundation.  

Bill announced the gala’s additional lead sponsors including Crow Holdings, Park Place Dealerships, Mary Stewart & Jim Ramsey and Maria & David Martin.  The support of all of the gala’s generous sponsors will enable Jubilee to launch a new Specialized Student Support (S3) Program.

Ben Leal returned to give additional details regarding the new Specialized Student Support (S3) Program for children with special learning needs.  The S3 program will combine teacher training, adaptive technology, specialized curriculum and parent empowerment to make high quality education accessible for more families.  He shared that they know of at least 150 children in Jubliee’s area who are in need of these services, and that they want to use their best practices in education, plus new specialized components, to meet that need.   He also said that the 20th Anniversary gala’s net revenue goal of $1 million will make these critical interventions accessible over the next eight years as the S3 Program becomes part of Jubilee’s ongoing Out of School Time Programs.

In closing the Addy’s encouraged everyone to attend the upcoming gala to their friends and colleagues, including an After Party hosted by the Young Friends Host Committee.


About Jubilee Park:

Jubilee Park and Community Center is a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment to the Jubilee Park Neighborhood, a 62- block area in southeast Dallas. Founded in 1997, Jubilee Park and Community Center helps families and other members of the community identify and access resources that help to provide stability and enhance their quality of life through five pillars: education, affordable housing, public health, public safety and economic development.   For more information, visit

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John Hays, Ann Pailthorp, Beverly Nichols, Symposi John Hays, Ann Pailthorp, Beverly Nichols, event chair, and P. Allen Smith

The Dallas Museum of Art and chair Beverly Nichols, welcomed attendees to the DMA Decorative Arts Symposium on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Guests arrived and enjoyed coffee and light breakfast bites outside the Horchow Auditorium.  On view in a vitrine were two pieces from the Museum’s decorative arts collection which had served as the event’s signature pieces: a Free form shape bowl with Tropicana pattern decoration (Frank Irwin and Helen McIntosh (designers), Metlox Potteries (maker), c. 1955, earthenware, Dallas Museum of Art, 20th-Century Design Fund, 1996.111) and a silk brocade (maker and date unknown, silk, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hart Miller, 1947.21.23).

Once seated inside the auditorium, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director Agustín Arteaga welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending the second annual event which supports the DMA’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund.

Beverly followed to introduce the esteemed line-up of symposium speakers, which included award-winning garden designer, acclaimed author, television host and conservationist P. Allen Smith; John Hays, deputy chairman of Christie’s America and specialist in American Furniture and Decorative Arts; and Ann Pailthorp, Farrow & Ball’s leader of the North American Colour Consultancy Program for British craftsmen in paint and paper.    

Hays took the podium first and under the theme, Commander in Chief: A Few War Stories from John Hays’ Travels, heshared stories of extraordinary pieces he has found across the United States, which were sold at auction by Christie’s. Pailthorp followed with details about Farrow & Ball’s unmatched collection of paint and wallpaper, including details on what makes their colors and finishes distinctive. Smith, who designed the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ new edible garden,  closed sharing a virtual tour of Moss Mountain Farm, his American Greek Rival style-home, which included his stunning organic flower and vegetable garden “rooms,” orchards, farm animals and his heritage poultry breeds. 

The event concluded with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the panel, moderated by Modern Luxury’s Blake Stephenson.  Immediately following, P. Allen Smith’s book, Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, and Farrow & Ball’s How to Decorate, were available for sale and for signatures by Smith and Pailthorp. 

As guests departed, they received a Farrow & Ball favor bag with a coveted fan deck featuring all 132 Farrow & Ball colours and an Autumn & Winter Inspiration guide. 


About P. Allen Smith

P. Allen Smith, author, television host, and conservationist, is one of America’s most recognized garden design experts. Smith and his design firm have designed landscapes around the country, including the soon-to-open edible garden at the Dallas Arboretum. Called A Tasteful Place, the 3.5-acre garden blends edible and ornamentals and boasts an orchard, picnic lawn, patios and walking trails.

Smith attended Hendrix College and did his graduate studies in garden history and design at the University of Manchester in England, where he also studied English gardens that had been visited by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century. 

Smith is a former Board Member of the Royal Oak Foundation and has used his media influence to bolster preservation efforts at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and George Washington's Mount Vernon among other historic properties. He is a Certified Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and is an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America. Smith received the Garden Club of America's Medal of Honor in 2006.

P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home is in its 16th season on PBS. Smith has received numerous awards for Garden Home and his syndicated show Garden Style. In 2015, Smith was inducted into the Taste Hall of Fame for his significant impact in the world of taste and broadcast entertainment. Smith also has published six books with publisher Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House.

Smith uses his Arkansas home, Moss Mountain Farm, which The New York Times hails as “a stunning estate,” as an epicenter for promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and the preservation of heritage poultry breeds. Smith created his farm to serve as a place of inspiration, education and conservation and provides visitors from around the country with tours of his property, which may be booked at  

About John Hays

John Hays was appointed head of Christie's American Furniture and Decorative Arts department in January 1991 and was named senior vice president of the firm in January 1993. He joined the international auction house in 1983.

Since he has been a member of the department, Mr. Hays has played an important role in departmental innovations and record-setting sales. He counts among his most exciting achievements taking part in the sale of the Nicholas Brown Desk and Bookcase, which sold in 1989 for $12.1 million, the top price for any piece of American furniture. Other significant records include the first piece of American furniture to break the million dollar mark, a Philadelphia Chippendale tea table which sold in January 1986; the top price for a piece of 19th-century American furniture, a Lannuier neoclassical pier table which brought $704,000 in 1991, and the Richard Edward's Chippendale pier table which sold in January 1990 for $4.62 million, becoming the second most expensive piece of American furniture and a record for any table.

Mr. Hays, one of Christie's principal auctioneers, directed Christie's first Folk Art department from its creation in 1987 until 1990. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Kenyon College, where he received his bachelor's degree in art history, Mr. Hays worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and completed Christie's year-long Fine Arts Course in London before joining the firm in New York. He frequently lectures and participates in museum and charity events.

About Ann Pailthorp and Farrow & Ball

Ann Pailthorp launched and currently leads the North American Colour Consultancy Program for British craftsmen in paint and paper, Farrow & Ball. With a history of working in colour and design, a passion for the highest quality products, and a master’s degree in Interior Design from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington D.C., Ann brings a wealth of information and experience to her role . As one of Farrow & Ball’s first US employees, Ann has over 12 years of experience working with their palette and product range and is truly passionate about the effects of colour in the designed environment. Ann is also the Vice President of Sales for the South East and Midwest Markets.  

British craftsmen in paint and paper, Farrow & Ball is dedicated to creating unmatched paint and wallpaper using only the finest quality ingredients and high levels of pigment.  Today the unique Farrow & Ball look transforms modern and traditional spaces, large and small, inside and out, and around the world.

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 24,000 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 3.2 million visitors. For more information, visit

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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Martin Singleton and Lisa Singleton, Fashion Show & Luncheon Chair

Michal Powell announced as Honorary Chair;

Jan Pickens announced as recipient of the 2018 Margot Perot Service Award 

(DALLAS, Texas) – The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2018 Fashion Show & Luncheon chair Lisa Singleton welcomed more than 75 Salvation Army supporters to a kick-off reception hosted by Eiseman Jewels on Wednesday, November 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Partygoers arrived and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they perused Eiseman’s dazzling selection of jewelry and timepieces.  Mid-way through the evening, Singleton gathered the crowd and thanked Richard Eiseman for hosting the evening’s festivities.  Eiseman followed to add his gratitude to all in attendance for their support of The Salvation Army, an organization proudly supported by the Eiseman family as well.

Major Barbara Rich echoed her thanks and shared with attendees some of the important services provided by The Salvation Army, where on any given night 1,300 people stay at a Salvation Army facility here in DFW.  Locally Salvation Army provides shelter for nearly 8,000 homeless men, women and children each year.  Women’s Auxiliary president Betsy Willis added details about the work of the Auxiliary, which includes the spring fashion show and luncheon, the organization’s largest fundraiser.

Singleton then returned for some special announcements which included: Michal Powell will serve as the 2018 fashion show and luncheon honorary chair; Jan Pickens will be the recipient of the 2018 Margot Perot Service Award, and Kim Quinn, Nikki Webb, Candace Winslow and Merry Wyatt will serve as underwriting co-chairs.  The Margot Perot Service Award is awarded to an Auxiliary volunteer who has gone above and beyond in service and support to The Salvation Army.  Past recipients include Gene Jones, Charlotte Anderson, Betty Harlan, Ramona Jones and BJ Ward.

In closing, Singleton recognized presenting sponsor Anne Davidson, and thanked the many individuals who help make the event possible including event stylist and producer Jan Strimple.  

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2018 Fashion Show & Luncheon will be held on May 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, located at 2300 Flora Street 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 continues May 11-12 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 11 and 10 – 3 on May 12. 

Fashion Show & Luncheon sponsorships begin at $5,000 and individual tickets are $300.   For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Tina Trejo at 214-637-8121.

Since its inception in 1993, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon has raised over $ 9.5 million to support services provided at 13 local Salvation Army centers. 

About The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary: 

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary in Dallas is the local expression of a world-wide movement that seeks spiritual redemption and social rehabilitation of those it serves.  It functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group, and have many projects and programs that can satisfy an eagerness to volunteer. 

Volunteer activities abound in the Auxiliary. Every year, they fill backpacks with school supplies and Santa sacks with gifts and essentials at Christmas.  There is plenty of work to do at the Angel Tree and Kettles at NorthPark, and distribute Angel Tree gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas and Disaster Center.  For those who are into fashion, sorting and pricing donated couture clothing for the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon is great fun (as is attending the Fashion Show!) and working at the WEARhouse Sale after the show.

The ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary have a good time, work hard, and live by the vision of "Doing the Most Good."            

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian organization that in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex provides more than 70 different programs and services to help make life better for individuals and families. Services include: substance abuse treatment, homeless shelters, life-skills classes, non-perishable food, Christmas gifts for children, a domestic violence shelter, emergency financial assistance, after-school programs, summer day camps, computer training, senior citizens services, and low-cost youth sports activities.

The Salvation Army’s religious and social service activities serve millions of men, women and children in more than 130 nations around the world. Volunteers, contributors, and other supporters make the services possible in local communities across the country. For more information, go to

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Host Justin Magnuson, Richard D. Eiseman, Jr. and Maximilian Büsser

Richard D. Eiseman, Jr, president and CEO of Eiseman Jewels, and Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends), celebrated the launch of the MB&F timepiece collection in Dallas at a cocktail reception on September 19.

Clients and timepiece collectors mingled, as they took in the stunning views of the Dallas skyline from host Justin Magnuson’s high-rise home.    As the sun set over the city, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while viewing MB&F timepiece and clock collections, known as “machines,” which are now available exclusively at Eiseman.

Mid-way through the evening, partygoers sipped on specialty drinks and gathered near Magnuson’s rooftop garden for a warm welcome by Mr. Eiseman who then introduced Büsser.  Büsser shared his background, including 15 years managing prestigious timepiece brands, and his life-long passion for design, which led him to the founding of MB&F.  In his own words, MB&F is “an artistic and micro-engineering laboratory dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals that he both respects and enjoys working with.” 

Büsser highlighted some of the brand's most sought-after pieces, which Eiseman will offer, including Legacy Machine 1 and Legacy Machine 101, as well as Horological Machines HM 7 Aquapod and HM 8 Can Am.  As well, attendees were the first in the world to view the brand’s newest timepiece, which will be unveiled later in October.

As the evening came to a close, patrons received an MB&F Bluetooth speaker along with an MB&F Co-creation shaped USB drive with some additional information on the brand.

For more information about MB&F, visit

About MB&F

In 2015, MB&F celebrated its 10th anniversary as the world’s first ever horological concept laboratory: 10 years of hyper-creativity; 11 remarkable calibres forming the base of the critically acclaimed Horological Machines and Legacy Machines for which MB&F has become renowned.

After 15 years managing prestigious watch brands, Maximilian Büsser resigned from his Managing Director position at Harry Winston in 2005 to create MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends. MB&F is an artistic and micro-engineering laboratory dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals that Büsser both respects and enjoys working with. 

In 2007, MB&F unveiled its first Horological Machine, HM1. HM1’s sculptured, three-dimensional case and beautifully finished engine (movement) set the standard for the idiosyncratic Horological Machines that have followed: HM2, HM3, HM4, HM5, HM6, HM8 and HMX – all Machines that tell the time, rather than Machines to tell the time.

In 2011, MB&F launched its round-cased Legacy Machine collection. These more classical pieces – classical for MB&F, that is – pay tribute to nineteenth-century watchmaking excellence by reinterpreting complications from the great horological innovators of yesteryear to create contemporary objets d'art. LM1 and LM2 were followed by LM101, the first MB&F Machine to feature a movement developed entirely in-house. The year 2015 saw the launch of Legacy Machine Perpetual featuring a fully integrated perpetual calendar. MB&F generally alternates between launching contemporary, resolutely unconventional Horological Machines and historically inspired Legacy Machines.

As well as Horological and Legacy Machines, MB&F has created space age Music Machines (1,2 and 3) in collaboration with music box specialist Reuge; and with l’Epée 1839, unusual clocks in the form of a space station (Starfleet Machine), a spider (Arachnophobia); and three robot clocks (Melchior, Sherman and Balthazar). In 2016, MB&F and Caran d’Ache created a mechanical rocket-pen called Astrograph.

And there have been distinguished accolades reminding us of the innovative nature of MB&F’s journey so far. To name a few, there have been no less than 4 Grand Prix awards from the famous Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève: in 2016, LM Perpetual won the Grand Prix for Best Calendar Watch; in 2012, Legacy Machine N°1 was awarded the Public Prize (voted for by horology fans) and the Best Men’s Watch Prize (voted for by the professional jury); and in 2010, MB&F won Best Concept and Design Watch for the HM4 Thunderbolt. In 2015 MB&F received a Red Dot: Best of the Best award – the top prize at the international Red Dot Awards – for the HM6 Space Pirate.

About Eiseman Jewels

Highly regarded as the Southwest’s premier jeweler with gracious and expert service, Eiseman is purveyor to a coveted designer collection featuring renowned designers Temple St. Claire, JB Star, Ray Griffiths, Roberto Coin, Sloane Street, Messika, Gucci, and exclusively Seaman Schepps, Katie Decker, Lika Behar and Sutra.  Eiseman offers an extensive selection of bridal diamond jewelry including designs from Michael B, Bez Ambar, Precision Set, Furrer Jacot and Danhov, as well as an extensive collection of GIA-certified diamonds of impressive quality and size.  Eiseman Jewels also boasts an impressive watch collection with brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling, IWC Schaffhausen, Audemars Piguet, Louis Moinet, MB&F, TUDOR and Baume and Mercier in addition to Eiseman Exceptional certified pre-owned timepieces. 

As the original family-owned tenant of NorthPark Center, Eiseman Jewels anchors the most important retail location in the Center and in the southwest.   Located adjacent to Neiman Marcus, customers can contact Eiseman Jewels at (214) 369-6100 during stores hours of Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., closed Sunday or by appointment in your home, office or jet. 

Eiseman Jewels was selected in 2014 as one of Town & Country magazine’s “Best Independent Jewelers,” selected as the finest independent jewelry store in 2010 by National Jeweler magazine and was chosen by editors of D Magazine as “Best Jewelry Store” in Dallas.

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From left Sandra Keck Libby Lange, Enzo Lange, Mary and Larry Lange, Ted Lange, Asher Lange, Becky Lange, Reese, Paige Lange and Jameson Lange in front.

Community Partners of Dallas kicked off the 11th Annual Change is Good on Saturday, August 26 at CPD Headquarters with a celebration and day of volunteering for event sponsors and members of the event’s host committee.

Chair family Becky and Ted Lange with Reese, Jameson, Asher and Enzo, welcomed more than 65 attendees for a day of fun.  As families arrived, the kids in attendance were encouraged to create their own design for the annual t-shirt, which will be unveiled at the upcoming October 1 event.   

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 Langes as well as honorary grandparents Sandra and Paul Keck and Mary and Larry Lange.    She also thanked all the kids for collecting all their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and bills over the summer to help change the lives for other kids!

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 11th annual Change is Good will be held on Sunday, October 1 from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  The fun-filled day will feature activities for all ages, including bungee jumping, prince/princess station, paper airplane zone, GameTruck, Rad Hatter, balloon artist, face painting, bounce houses, and a DJ dance party.  Participating children and teens will turn in the change they collected over the summer in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes.

Tickets are $75 per adult and $35 per child and are on sale now.  To purchase tickets or for more information visit or contact

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Kevin Hurst, Neiman Marcus

The Business Council for the Arts has announced the 2017 Obelisk Awards honorees.  This annual award is bestowed upon companies and leaders in business and the arts for their invaluable contributions supporting arts and culture in North Texas.

The recipients will be honored at the 29th annual Obelisk Awards luncheon on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Belo Mansion.  Steven Roth, Senior Deputy General counsel of Parkland Health & Hospital System, and his wife Thai-lan Tran are serving as the 2017 Obelisk Awards co-chairs.

The Obelisk Awards luncheon will include a reception, seated lunch and recognition of the 2017 award recipients.  The keynote speaker for the event is Karen Brooks Hopkins, who currently serves as the Nasher Haemisegger Fellow for the National Center for Arts Research and is the former president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Returning as Master of Ceremonies is Mary Anne Alhadeff, President & CEO of North Texas Public Broadcasting, which includes KERA Radio and Television, as well as KXT and affiliated programs. Ryan Anthony, Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, founder of The Ryan Anthony Foundation, and last year’s keynote speaker, will return to the Obelisk stage.

“We are thrilled to announce this year’s Obelisk Awards recipients, all outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses,” remarked co-chair Steve Roth.  “The 2017 honorees are a testament to the strong partnerships between business and the arts in North Texas.  From companies of all sizes, we are seeing the impact they are making in the arts community and also to our local economy.”

Said Katherine Wagner, CEO of Business Council for the Arts: “This year’s Obelisk honorees reflect the significant growth of the arts regionally – a fact underscored in our recent economic impact study, showing that the nonprofit arts and culture sector has now reached an impact of $1.5 billion annually in North Texas.”

The 2017 Obelisk Awards honorees are:

  • The Arts Partnership Award:  Large Business (more than 500 employees locally)


         Nominated by:  Nasher Sculpture Center

         The Arts Partnership Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years.


  • The Arts Partnership Award: Medium Business (between 50 and 500 employees locally)

         Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Richardson

         Nominated by AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson)

         The Arts Partnership Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years.


  • The Arts Partnership Award:  Small Business (fewer than 50 employees locally)

          Angelika Film Center – Dallas

          Nominated by: Video Association of Dallas

          The Arts Partnership Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years.


  • The New Initiatives Award: Large Business (more than 500 employees locally)


          Nominated by: Creative Arts Center

          The New Initiatives Awards recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years.


  • The New Initiatives Award: Medium Business (between 50-500 employees locally)

         West Village

         Nominated by:  Dallas Film Society

         The New Initiatives Awards recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years.


  • The New Initiatives Award:  Small Business (fewer than 50 employees locally)

          C.C. Communications, LLC

          Nominated by:  Esta Raza No Se Raja

          The New Initiatives Awards recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years.


  • The Distinguished Cultural Organization Award:

         The Cliburn

         Nominated by: The Arts Council of Fort Worth/Neiman Marcus

         The Distinguished Cultural Organization Award is given to recognize one outstanding nonprofit organization for a project or program that has enhanced the community    

         through partnership with a business.


  • The Business Champion for the Arts Award:

          Nancy Carlson

          Nominated by: TACA

          The Business Champion for the Arts Award recognizes long-term leadership and commitment to arts/culture by a business executive (president, CEO, partner).


  • The Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award:

         Keith Cerny

         Nominated by: Deutsche Bank Trust Co., NA/ Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. 

         The Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award recognizes an arts leader who has consistently demonstrated vision, impact, innovation, and successful alignment with  

         business and community partners throughout their tenure.


  • The Arts Education Award:

         Neiman Marcus Group

         Nominated by: Big Thought, Dallas Black Dance Theater

         The Arts Education Award recognizes one outstanding business for its support of arts education programs.


  • The Lifetime Achievement Award:

         Ask Me About Art/Gail Sachson

         Nominated by: Carolyn Brown Photography

         The 2017 Juror’s Award recognizing lifetime advancement of the arts


  • The Community Champion Award: 

          Kathy Litinas

          Nominated by: Allen Arts Alliance

          The 2017 Juror’s Award recognizing community arts advancement


Individual tickets for the Obelisk Awards luncheon are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $750.  For more information about the Obelisk Awards, visit or contact Catherine Thompson, 972-991-8300, extension 601.

About Business Council for the Arts

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 as connector and convenor between businesses, municipalities, and arts and cultural organizations. For 29 years, Business Council for the Arts has advocated for business support of the arts, developed business leaders for nonprofit boards of directors; fostered employee creativity, engagement and creativity through the arts; guided strategic business support for the arts; and measured the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas.

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Please join Heavenly Mimi, a non-profit organization that provides financial resources to patients undergoing cancer treatment, for its totally awesome Back to the 80’s fundraiser on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Noah’s Event Venue in Richardson. 

Back to the 80’s will be “to the max” with cocktails, savory bites, silent and live auctions, Totally Rad Restaurant Grab and jewelry pull, along with DJ Derek Anthony providing a tubular vibe.  All dudes and dudettes will want to put on their fresh 80’s attire for the costume contest. 

“Please join me for this second annual fundraiser benefiting Heavenly Mimi,” remarked founder Allison Byrd-Haley.  “Heavenly Mimi was founded in honor of my mother, Marilyn ‘Mimi’ Laporta, who believed in paying it forward by helping anyone she could.  With your support of Back to the 80’s, you will help us provide much needed assistant to individuals in our community who are undergoing cancer treatment.”

Tickets are $35 per person or $65 per couple.  Sponsorships begin at $250.  For more information or to purchase your ticket, visit

About Heavenly Mimi

Heavenly Mimi is dedicated to "Making A Difference" in the lives of cancer patients by researching for a cure and to provide financial assistance with screenings for early detection. We want to help when there is a need with certain expenses that occur along the cancer journey. 

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Heavenly Mimi depends on funding from individual donors, foundations, corporations, and sponsorships at fundraising events. 

For more information visit

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Christopher Row of Row Candles presents check to Tanya Conovaloff, director of outreach for JDRF

Christopher Row, the 12-year old founder, CEO and chief candle-maker of Row Candles, recently presented a check of $805 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  Row raised the generous contribution through the sales of his hand-made soy candles collection, which he founded as a way to give back after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 10. 


“JDRF Greater Dallas was honored to accept a check for over $800 from Christopher Row, a young boy who lives with Type 1 diabetes,” remarked Tanya Conovaloff, director of outreach for JDRF.  “It is amazing to see how much time and work he put into his candle-making business, and that he chose for proceeds to be donated to JDRF to help others also living with type 1 diabetes. Christopher is a shining example of how young people in our community can make a real impact in the lives of others.”


Christopher hand-makes his candles from soy wax, in four scents: Lilac, refreshing and light; Spruce, warm and woody; Lavender, subtle and invigorating; and Citrus, clean and sophisticated.  Each candle is packaged in a tin container with lid, perfect for home, office or travel, and makes a great gift.  A single candle can be purchased for $10.00, and a portion of each purchase is donated to the JDRF.


“Thank you to all those who have purchased my candles and helped me raise money for other kids who have Type I diabetes,” said Christopher.  “My goal for this year is to double my donation for JDRF.”


Row Candles can be purchased online at