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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.


For more information about Dec My Room, visit


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.


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Alison Battiste, LAI 2018 class project co-chair, Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts, and Marian Fielding, LAI 2018 class project co-chair

Business Council for the Arts’ 2018 Leadership Arts Institute class hosted a celebration and fundraising event, Art Heals, on Wednesday, May 1 at Parkland’s WISH Building to support their project of raising funds toward the acquisition of evidence-based art for the newly announced Moody Breast Center at Parkland Hospital.


Co-chairs Allison Batiste and Marian Fielding were joined by more than 125 attendees for the evening, which included cocktails and light bites, a silent auction and entertainment by Orpheus Chamber Singers and Ryan Mulqueen.  A highlight of the evening was a check presentation by the co-chairs, on behalf of the entire Leadership Arts Institute class of 41 individuals, to representatives from the Parkland Foundation.  Through personal donations, sponsorships and proceeds from Art Heals, $35,000 was raised.


Art Heals sponsors included: Diamond ($5,000) - American Airlines; Emerald (($2,500) - Foley Gardere/Foley & Lardner LLP; Haynes & Boone; and Thompson & Knight Foundation; Sapphire ($1,000) – Corgan; Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC; Kastl Law; Beck/Mark Collins; Savanah Hood; Sendero; Vinson & Elkins; Grant Thornton; PwC; and The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation; Ruby ($500) - Alison Battiste; Bell Nunnally; Paul Higgins; Betsy and Rick del Monte; Lynne and Sam Butler; Tolleson Wealth Management; Baker Botts and Gensler.


Each year, BCA’s Leadership Arts Institute class plans and executes a class project through the nine-month program.  The project gives participants an opportunity to practice skills they are learning in class, gain leadership experience through a simulated board, learn something new about the community and create a legacy that will leave their mark on North Texas. Classes are available in Dallas and Collin counties.


The 2018 class set a goal of $25,000 to support the acquisition of evidence-based art, which they learned through their research helps to create a healing environment for patients.  As a class they wanted to provide a lasting legacy that will benefit those served by Parkland for many years to come.  


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Margot Perot; Jan Pickens, 2018 Margot Perot Service Award recipient; presenting sponsor Anne Davidson; honorary chair Michal Powell; and chair Lisa Singleton

The 2018 Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon chair Lisa Singleton, along with Honorary Chair Michal Powell, welcomed more than 50 of the luncheon supporters to a reception held in their honor on Monday, April 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the home of Margaret and Barry Hancock.


Upon arrival, guests mingled as they enjoyed light refreshments.  At the appointed time, Singleton gathered the crowd to thank all in attendance including presenting sponsor Anne Davidson, and the many other sponsors and supporters of this year’s Fashion Show & Luncheon which takes place on Wednesday, May 9. She also recognized two extraordinary women who will be honored this year for their exemplary service and dedication to the work of The Salvation Army:  Michal Powell, 2018 honorary chair, and Jan Pickens, recipient of the 2018 Margot Perot Service Award.  Additionally, she recognized Margot Perot for her vision in founding the Women’s Auxiliary and for her continued support and involvement with the organization. 


She then extended her gratitude to the Auxiliary volunteers, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Fashion Show & Luncheonas well as the WEARhouse Sale, which takes place following the luncheon and also raises important funds for The Salvation Army’s programs.


Major Barbara Rich, DFW Metroplex Commander for The Salvation Army, followed to add her thanks to the many individuals involved in the success of this year’s fundraiser,  which supports the important programs provided by The Salvation Army addressing poverty, homelessness and addiction, as well as offering after school programming and summer day camp programs.  She shared a recent example of their work in the Fort Worth community where they were asked by the Mayor of Fort Worth to help find shelter for 12 homeless families with children.  They were not only able to provide shelter, but also additional resources to ensure the families have food, clothing and more.


In closing Singleton thanked the evening’s hosts, Margaret and Barry Hancock, and reminded everyone of the upcoming Women’s Auxiliary 2018 Fashion Show & Luncheonwhich 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 will continue 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 10:00 until 3:00 p.m. on May 12.

  Since its inception in 1993, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheonhas 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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John and Dyann Skelton, Art in Bloom 2018 chairman, at Art in Bloom Patron Party

The Dallas Museum of Art League, event chairman Dyann Skelton, honorary chairmen Barbara and Steve Durham and Nancy Cates, DMA League president, were joined by a sell-out crowd of over 350 guests at Art in Bloom 2018: Power of Flowerson Monday, March 26, 2018.  Proceeds from the 19thannual fundraiser support the Dallas Museum of Art’s education programs First Tuesdays and Teen Tours, as well as the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.  

The celebration began on Friday, March 23 with an evening reception, sponsored by Beverage Marketing Associates, Duckworth Vodka and Nancy Cates, in honor of Art in Bloompatrons.   Held at the Dallas Museum of Art and chaired by Sarah Jo Hardin, sponsors and host committees arrived and mingled as they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Museum’s concourse, while the John Adams Trio played nearby. Inspired by Broadway musical Pippinand this year’s theme, “Power of Flowers,” décor included colorful paper flowers at the entrance in addition to stunning arrangements by David Kimmel throughout the party space. Some of the flowers came alive in the form of mythical garden figures and dancers, perfect for photos with partygoers. 

As the evening continued, partygoers enjoyed cocktails and artfully displayed savory and sweet bites, such as butter poached shrimp and saffron potato, black pepper lamb loin on pecan cracker, blue cheese and date jam on brioche, roasted duck salad and chive crepe, petite macarons and sea salt chocolate truffle cones with candied almonds.   An evening highlight was meeting Art in Bloomfeatured speaker Michael De Feo, with his wife Lia, prior to Monday’s luncheon and presentation, as well as a first view of Flowers – An Exhibition,a display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. 

On Monday, March 27, Art in Bloombegan at 10:00 a.m. with a reception in the Museum’s concourse.  Guests mingled as they bid on items in the silent auction, which featured exclusive DMA experiences, jewelry, spa packages, fashion items, restaurant gift certificates, and more luxury items.  As a special treat, attendees received complimentary touch ups and makeup tips at the Blush-Ups Makeup Station courtesy of Blushington on Oak Lawn Avenue. Chance tickets were also for sale for two prizes including De Feo’s Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L'Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017), 2017, acrylic on magazine page, 11.75 x 8.625 inches (14 3/4" x 11 5/8" framed), or a unique opportunity to have International Chef Craig James come to the winner’s home and prepare a meal for eight guests. Chef Craig James will provide a quintessentially British menu showcasing his credentials in modern British cooking and his impressive background with English Chefs, wine is also included. 

Guests were then directed to the Horchow Auditorium for De Feo’s presentation. DMA League president Nancy Cates welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their support of this year’s Art in Bloom, including chairman Dyann Skelton.   Ms. Skelton followed to add her gratitude to attendees, event and host committee members, patrons, sponsors and in-kind donors who helped make this year’s event possible.  She also recognized 2018 honorary chairs, Barbara and Steve Durham, for their ongoing support of the Dallas Museum of Art, before introducing featured speaker Michael De Feo through a short video,which visually spoke to what inspires him as an artist, how he got started as “The Flower Guy,” and highlighted some of his current work recently seen at the Rice University Art Gallery. 

De Feo then took the stage to show the audience, through slides, his “flower journey” as an artist during his 25-year career.  Beginning with his 7thgrade shop class and his initial interest in graffiti art, to his first experiments at street art while a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and then his segue to painting flowers on the streets of New York, in cities around the country and the world, earning him his moniker “The Flower Guy.”  He began to experiment with other imagery, patterns and abstractions, painting on maps and blueprints, while continuing to paint flowers on the streets.  In the 2004 he took his passion for street art to create a children’s book, called Alphabet City: Out on the Streets, which expanded awareness about his work nationally and internationally. 

A turning point came several years ago when a friend gifted him a key to all the bus-stop kiosks in New York and he began to replace the magazine ads with his own large-scale floral paintings on paper. Quickly realizing he had a large collection of all the acquired ads, he began to use the ads as his canvas, painting cascades of multi-colored petals onto the printed images.  This work led to collaborations with fashion brands, such as J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Christian Louboutin and more, and earned him profiles in the New York TimesVOGUENew York Magazineand other publications.

After a brief Q & A session with De Feo, attendees progressed to the Atrium for a seated lunch with tables featuring floral centerpieces by David Kimmel Design.  Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, including a first course of duo of chilled cantaloupe melon soup with crisp Parma ham and salad landaise with Champagne dressing, followed by an entree of roast breast of corn-fed chicken, peperonata, saffron-braised potatoes, basil oil, and Texas balsamic reduction.  As dessert of glazed lemon posset with homemade shortbread was served, Skelton came to the podium to introduce auctioneer Wendy Lambert. 

Lambert quickly got the bidding underway for the live auction which included coveted items such as a tour for six of the DMA’s vault with Isabel Stauffer, director of collections management; an exclusive New York experience guided by Stanley Korshak and Christie’s Auction House’s fashion and art experts; a $5,000 gift certificate to William Noble; and an original work of art by featured speaker, Michael De Feo,Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016), 2016, acrylic on two magazine pages, (14 1/4" x 20"}). 

After lunch, De Feo had copies of his children’s book, Alphabet City: Out on the Streets,available for purchase and signing.  As well, attendees enjoyed Flowers – An Exhibition,which featured a unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection on view in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries.  Participating designers were: Avant Garden; David Kimmel Design; Dr. Delphinium; Forestwood Fine Flowers; Metka Floral Designs; Olive Grove Design; Petals, A Florist; Ridgeview Florist and Sage Blooms.  

For more information about the DMA League, contact 214.922.1800, or visit

About Michael De Feo

Michael De Feo is a NYC-based artist best known in the street art movement for his iconic flower image. De Feo has been creating art on the streets for over 25 years in more than 60 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and more. Michael’s work inhabits a space between fine art, street art, and appropriation. His most recent investigations are a re-working of fashion imagery from magazine ads to bus stop shelter advertisements by painting cascades of multicolored petals onto the printed images. De Feo brings new life to his source material in a way that is both subversive and joyful.

Michael's work has been exhibited in numerous international galleries and museums including The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Colette, Paris; and the Museo de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Notable exhibitions include 2005's Two Atmospheres at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT and 2008's Flowers at Manifesta 7 in Trento, Italy; and, in 2016, solo exhibitions at The Garage in Amsterdam, Danziger Gallery in New York and a site-specific installation at Rice Gallery in Houston, TX.

Michael’s work has been profiled in The New York Times, VOGUE, New York Magazine and numerous others. He’s collaborated with fashion brands including Neiman Marcus, Christian Louboutin, MILLY, La Mer and J.Crew for whom he created a line of t-shirts as well as window designs for each of J.Crew’s 280-plus store façades around the world. De Feo’s work has appeared in a variety of film documentaries including To Be Seen, screened at the MoMA, 2006 and Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop, which was a 2010 Academy Award best documentary nominee. De Feo enjoys supporting non-profits such as the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York and Friends of the High Line where he helped celebrate their Chelsea Grasslands by designing posters, park signage and more all visible throughout the High Line park in September 2016. In 2014, Russell Simmons and The Rush Arts Philanthropy Foundation selected De Feo as their featured artist of the year. Michael’s award winning street art book for kids, Alphabet City is in its 5thprinting by Gingko Press. Michael is the recipient of a Clio Award in Fashion & Beauty, a D&AD award for Magazine Design, and two Certificates of Design Excellence from Print Magazine. De Feo lives with his family in Manhattan.


About the Dallas Museum of Art League

Founded in 1938, the League is celebrating 80 years of contributions through volunteer work for the Museum, art acquisitions and the support of key endowment funds.  

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

About the Dallas Museum of Art 

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 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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2018 Obelisk Awards Luncheon co-chairs Hunter McGrath and Victoria McGrath

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) has opened nominations for the 2018 Obelisk Awards, which recognize companies and leaders in business and the arts for their invaluable contributions supporting arts and culture in North Texas. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 2, 2018. 

The award recipients will be honored at the 30th annual Obelisk Awards luncheon, which will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Belo Mansion in Downtown Dallas.  Victoria and Hunter McGrath will serve as the  2018 Obelisk Awards co-chairs, with Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger servings as honorary chairs. 

“When we reflect on Obelisk Award honorees of the last three decades, collectively they provide a rich history of the corporate art patronage that has made Dallas-Fort Worth one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the nation. During our 30th anniversary year, we are proud to continue our tradition of celebrating businesses and individuals who are advancing the arts today,” said Rick Del Monte, chair, Business Council for the Arts board of directors.  

Nominations for the Obelisk Awards may be made by any individuals, organizations, businesses or groups. Award categories include:

  • For Businesses:
    • The New Initiatives Award recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years. Awards are given to one large, medium and small business each.
    • The Arts Partnerships Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years. Awards are given to one large, medium and small business each. A business may only win the Arts Partnership Award once every two years.
    • The Arts Education Award recognizes one outstanding business for its support of arts education programs.
  • For Individual Business Leaders:
    • The Business Champion for the Arts Award recognizes long-term leadership and commitment to arts/culture by a business executive (president, CEO, partner).
    • The Outstanding Leadership Arts Alumnus Award recognizes outstanding board leadership and commitment by a graduate of the Leadership Arts Institute.
  • For Individual Arts/Cultural Leaders:
    • 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.
  • For Nonprofit Arts/Cultural Organizations:
    • The Distinguished Cultural Organization Award is given by Neiman Marcus to recognize one outstanding nonprofit organization for a project or program that has enhanced the community through partnership with a business.

To submit a nomination for the 2018 Obelisk Awards visit  For more information about the Obelisk Awards, view or contact Catherine Thompson, 972-991-8300, extension 601.


About Business Council for the Arts

For 30 years, Business Council for the Arts (BCA), a non-profit organization, has created strong business/arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work and grow in North Texas. Since its inception, Business Council for the Arts has advocated for business support of the arts, developed business leaders for nonprofit boards of directors through its Leadership Arts Institute; fostered employee creativity, engagement and creativity through the arts with On My Own Time, a signature program; guided strategic business support for the arts; and measured the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas. For more information, visit

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The Dallas Museum of Art was host to nearly 1000 guys and dolls dressed to kill in their best Prohibition-era fashions for the second DMA Speakeasy on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

As guests arrived at the sold-out event, on view were period cars provided by Keith Weiss and the Dallas Model A Ford Club, providing the perfect backdrop for photos and selfies. Once inside the Museum’s Hamon Atrium, partygoers were transported to a 1920’s speakeasy courtesy of renowned event designer Todd Fiscus.

Guests mingled and sipped signature cocktails, including The Outlaw featuring Calamity Gin, Old Fashioned with Title 21 rye, a Nue vodka Watermelon Mule and ROXOR Gin’s Rox & Razz, while enjoying the big band sounds of the 18-piece band, the Singpaore Slingers.  Professional dancers from The Rhythm Room showcased their dance moves and provided instruction on the Charleston, the Lindy Hop and fox-trot.   Those not cutting a rug enjoyed the gaming tables, and vamping it up at one of the two photo booths sponsored by CultureMap, and then posting their mugs on social media with the dedicated #DMAspeakeasy.   For movie buffs, the 1974 classic, The Great Gatsby featuring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford, was playing in the Horchow Auditorium.

For something to nosh on, a cocktail buffet featured gourmet sandwiches and wraps such as crispy chicken biscuit with honey mustard, roasted vegetables on a Hoagie roll with sun dried tomato pesto, beef fajita wrap with jalapeno aioli, Monterrey jack cheese, grilled peppers and onions, tomato and goat cheese toast with balsamic glaze and Green Goddess veggie cup with baby carrot, celery, cucumber, broccoli and cherry tomato as well as desserts of lemon squares, mini S’mores brownies and strawberry shortcake on a stick.

The Bootlegger’s Lounge provided a perfect hideaway for VIP’s with craft cocktails, tunes by DJ Blake Ward, dedicated dancers from The Rhythm Room and private gaming tables.  The cocktail buffet included sweet and savory bites such as deviled egg salad toast with smoked salmon and avocado aioli, olive tapenade and goat cheese tart with tarragon pesto, honey roasted turkey and cranberry mayo on a corn bread muffin, oven roasted beef tenderloin on brioche with caramelized onions and house steak sauce, roasted potato and chive crème fraiche with crisp prosciutto, raspberry tarts, candied orange crème brule and chocolate soup and port -raised strawberries with puffed pastry croutons.

To encourage partygoers to enjoy the Museum’s permanent collection, the “Track the Bootleggers” scavenger hunt led guests throughout the Level 4 galleries searching for images that harken back to the 1920’s and early 30’s in the vast collection of American art.   Using a map featuring Prohibition-era facts as clues, participants snapped photos as they tracked down the bootleggers.  Upon completion, they shared their photo forensics to collect a sheriff’s badge.

Mid-way through the evening attendees gathered at the main stage for the announcement of the winners of the costume contest.  Contest judge and celebrity blogger Lily Kramlick-Taylor from Dallasites101 presented “Best Flapper” to Caitlin Hebert; “Best Dapper Dan” to Jeff Brown and “Best Couple” to Jonathan Smith and Kevin Donovan.  Each winner received a bottle of Ruinart champagne.

As the Singapore Slingers played their last song, partygoers gathered once more for the announcement of the winners of six fabulous raffle prizes:

  • The Joule Hotel and Midnight Rambler Package: a one night get-away in deluxe accommodations at The Joule Hotel with complimentary overnight valet parking and a $75 gift card to Commissary and a $100 gift card for food and beverage at the premier craft cocktail bar, the Midnight Rambler. 
  • Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck Dinner Package:  enjoy a lavish five course chef’s tasting menu for two at one of Dallas’ finest restaurants while enjoying a 360° view of Dallas.
  • Celebrate the Repeal with a fully stocked bar:  Party-sized ice bucket filled to the brim with premium labels.
  • Arts & Letters Live VIP Package for March 6th event featuring Peabody and Emmy-award winning journalist and producer Maria Shriver as she shares insight into the wisdom gleaned through her life’s journey in her latest book, I’ve Been Thinking…: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life.
  • Arts & Letters Live VIP package #2 for April 6th event with Lidia Bastianich, best selling cookbook author, beloved television personality, and successful restaurateur.  Includes reserved front section seating for two and a hard-cover signed copy of My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food.
  • Two Tickets to the Turnpike Troubadours at the Verizon Theater on Friday, March 2.

Following, partygoers danced the night away as DJ Derek Lynn provided the vibe until the party came to an end.

For more information about the Dallas Museum of Art, visit

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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2017 Jubilee Health and Prevention Expo

Jubilee Park & Community Center and East Dallas Church of Christ will host its annual Health & Prevention Expo on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Jubilee Park, located at 917 Bank Street in Dallas.  The event is free and open to the Dallas community.

Sponsored by United Way and Healthy Outcomes through Prevention & Early Support (H.O.P.E.S.), the day-long fair will include screenings from the Agape Clinic and Parkland; cooking demonstrations from the YMCA, yoga and Zumba demonstrations, vision screenings by Carter Eye Care, gardening demonstration by Andrew Demler of Fair Park, mental health awareness by Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, and over 30 booths featuring information on fair housing, fire prevention, recycling, insurance, nutrition, and more.

The day will also include food and fun for the entire family with barbeque sliders and apple slices provided by Sonny BBQ, face painting, sports clinics, games, raffle prizes, music by DJ Astronaut and a surprise visit by the Dallas Mavericks ManiAAcs. 

For over twenty years, Jubilee Park & Community Center has been committed to the community’s health and wellness as one of its five pillars. 

Ben Leal, CEO of Jubilee Park, says “The Health & Prevention Expo embodies our role as a catalyst for community enrichment through public health.  We are proud to connect our neighbors with important resources to help improve their lives and strengthen the community.  We are proud of our nutrition programs, exercise and sports programs, and mental health offerings, but we can’t be everything to everyone, nor would we want to be—this is possible through partnerships.  We want to thank our many partners for helping us make this day possible.”

Health & Prevention Expo partners include 311; AAA; Agape Clinic; Baylor; DJ Astronaut; East Dallas Church of Christ; Carter Eye Care; Chiropractic Wellness Clinic; City of Dallas WIC; Dallas County Health & Human Services; DART Bus; Fair Park; Equal Heart; Fair Housing; Dallas Fire Department; Foremost MLK; GNC; Jewish Family Services; Mavericks Maniacs; MLC Insurance Group; Molina; Nurse Family Partnership; Parkland; Refill  Wise; Sonny's BBQ; SPCA of Texas; Texas Recycling ; and the YMCA of Greater Dallas.

For more information about the Health & Prevention Expo, visit 

About Jubilee Park & Community Center

For 21 years,Jubilee Park and Community Center has been 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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CEO Breakfast co-chair David Moran, Hilda Galvan, Ignite Award recipient, CEO Breakfast co-chair Michelle Vopni, and Kelby Woodard, Cristo Rey Dallas

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep honored Hilda Galvan, Jones Day Partner-in-Charge and Dallas Regional Chamber Board Chair, with its inaugural Ignite Award at the first annual CEO Breakfast, on Thursday, February 22 at The Petroleum Club in Downtown Dallas.


As the over 100 attendees arrived, they were each gifted a Cristo Rey Dallas tie, for the gentlemen, or an orange pashmina scarf, for the women.   As guests took their seats, many donning their new accessories, Kelby Woodard, President of Cristo Rey Dallas, welcomed all to the first annual event.


Woodard first thanked event co-chairs David Moran, Jackson Walker Managing Partner and Michelle Vopni, EY Managing Partner, for their leadership for this first annual event.  He also recognized dignitaries in attendance, the Honorable Pauline Medrano, Dallas County Treasurer, and the Honorable Jennifer Bennett of the 265th District Court, as well as the business leaders in the room, many of whom are part of the school’s Corporate Work Study Program, an innovative model of education that gives students a college prep education while earning work experience in a professional setting. 


Ms. Vopni followed and shared her own company’s positive experience as a Work Study partner, before Jasmine Chavez, a member of the Cristo Rey Dallas class of 2019,  took the podium with a special invocation. 


Chavez asked all to bow their heads as she read a powerful reflection written by classmate Daniel Venegas, who passed away during his freshman year.  His writing, entitled “Protect the Dream,” included his hopes and dreams for his own education and for his family.  In it he wrote, “I want to be someone meaningful in life, someone whose impact will be recognized.  I want to change the minds of people who might doubt me and prove that I can protect my dream each and every day.”


Following breakfast, John Stephens, senior executive vice president and CFO of AT&T, introduced Hilda Galvan, this year’s recipient of the Ignite Award, for her support of the three-year old college preparatory school and her commitment to providing opportunity and inspiration for its students.


After sharing Galvan’s many accomplishments, he introduced a video, which included personal and professional accolades from Dale Petrosky, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber, and Tracy Merzi, Publisher of Dallas Business Journal.   A video highlight included a conversation between Galvan and Cristo Rey Dallas student Edward Rojas, where Galvan revealed personal stories about her first job between 7th and 8th grade working at a jewelry-making factory.  And from that experience she recalled that working there with many women who had families “emphasized the importance of getting her education. “


Galvan then came to the stage to accept her award of a gold Cristo Rey Crown and Globe pendant studded with sapphire presented by Stephens.  She thanked Cristo Rey Dallas leadership and its board of directors for the recognition.  She also recognized the Corporate Work Study Program partners and others in the room, who support Cristo Rey Dallas.


She said, “The commitment that each of you has made you to Cristo Rey Dallas and to the students will change their lives forever and will change the lives of their families for generations to come.  You have given them a gift of an education, but you have also given them pride and self-confidence in earning that education.”


She closed by encouraging others to say, “yes” to becoming or continuing to be a job partner with Cristo Rey, “an incredible organization doing incredible things.”


Kelby Woodard then came back to the podium to honor student Emmanuel Moreno with a surprise Grit Award, awarded to a Cristo Rey Dallas student who exemplifies perseverance in the workplace, classroom and beyond.


As Emmanuel came to the stage, Woodard also announced that in addition to the Grit Award, a silver coin designed with the Crown and Globe, Cristo Rey Dallas partnered with employer Lincoln Property Company to underwrite a $5,000 scholarship for him.


In closing, co-chair David Moran came to podium and asked for another round of applause for honorees Hilda Galvan and Emmanuel Moreno, before sharing his firm’s experience as a Work Study partner.  To the other company leadership in the room, he thanked those who are current partners and encouraged those who are not to consider supporting Cristo Rey Dallas as a Corporate Work Study Program partner.


Sponsors for the CEO Breakfast include AT&T; DeGolyer and MacNaughton; Deloitte; EY; William Hornberger/Jackson Walker; Jackson Walker; JLL; Jones Day; Locke Lorde LLP; PwC; Riveron Consulting; Sarah and Loy Shaw; John Stephens; Tenet; and Mike and Mary Terry.

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Nancy Perot, 2018 Chick Lit Luncheon honorary chair, Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas, and Mersina Stubbs, 2018 Chick Lit Luncheon chair

Chick Lit Luncheon chair Mersina Stubbs and honorary chair Nancy Perot were joined by supporters and host committee members on Wednesday, February 28, for a kick-off celebration of the upcoming 12th annual luncheon benefiting Community Partners of Dallas.

Held at Interabang Books, guests arrived and mingled while enjoying wine and light bites as they perused the offerings of the recently opened bookstore.  On view was a selection of favorite books of Katie Holmes, this year’s featured Chick Lit Luncheon speaker. 

Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas, gathered the crowd mid-way through the evening to thank everyone in attendance for their support of this year’s fundraiser, including presenting sponsors Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel, luncheon chair Mersina Stubbs, honorary chair Nancy Perot and underwriting chairs Cate Ford, Callan Harrison, Brooke Hortenstine and Lynn McBee.  

In closing, she encouraged everyone to purchase a table for the soon-to-be sold out luncheon which will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Hilton Anatole.

Pre-party attendees included luncheon chair Mersina Stubbs, honorary chair Nancy Perot, Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas, Candace Winslow, Francie Mancillas, Elizabeth Gambrell, Evelyn and Mark Costolo, Greg Nieberding, Angela Nash, Kate Newman, Melissa Wickham, Juliette Coulter, Laura Braun, Helaine Blizzard, Melissa Anick and Michelle Alden.

As guests departed, they were each gifted a Chick Lit Luncheon 2018 t-shirt. 

The 12th annual Chick Lit Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole. The event will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon, recognition of Partners for Children Award recipient Jan Rees-Jones, and remarks by Katie Holmes. For more information, visit