Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JLD Milestones Luncheon Announced

The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) has the distinct pleasure of welcoming past Linz Award Recipients Lindalyn Adams, Ruth Sharp Altshuler and Deedie Rose for a special panel discussion during the fifth annual Milestones Luncheon, set for Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
Jenna Bush Hager, contributing correspondent on NBC's Today show and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living Magazine, will moderate.  The Luncheon will also recognize the 2015-2016 JLD Sustainer of the Year, Dr. Kimberly J. Yamanouchi.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Young Friends of the Wilkson Center Throw Fabulous White Party {with society pics}

The Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center hosted its fourth annual White Party Benefit at Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar.
Chela Moros, Kristen Johnson
The event benefited Wilkinson Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.
DF Stefani Burns

Hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar were served throughout the evening, as well as late night food stations. The entrance featured a step-and-repeat for guest photos.
The scene at White Party
Illumination Fireworks provided confetti cannons, cryo machines and fireworks throughout the event and Eclipse Entertainment provided feathered samba dancers and bongo drum players.
Jack Stone, Anna Sophia Van Sweden
There were 32 amazing silent auction items which alone raised more than $8,000.

OJ DeSouza, Blake Willbrand, Jaclyn Garret, Nile Nussbaumer, Caroline Harrison, Natalie Bond, Lindsay Farrell
The Young Friends of The Wilkinson Center are a group of dynamic young millennials who are creating pathways out of poverty for the working poor in Dallas. These young professionals offer hope and inspiration. They are committed to building sustainable resources which empower Wilkinson Center clients to become self-sufficient and improve their lives.  
Dallas Executive Club
Feathered samba dancer at White Party

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Banking Presidents in DFW, with help of Texas Ranger Alum Jose Guzman, establish first-ever annual Softball Slam

The challenge is ON! The first-ever Dallas Bankers Softball Slam to benefit Nexus Recovery Center will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Texas Rangers Youth Ball Park in Arlington from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Bankers are such a competitive bunch, so when Ryan McCuller – Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch - wanted to do something to help teen girls and women living with addiction at Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas, he thought …“if we build it – they will come”.

Only six slots are available for bank teams who will play for bragging rights and spoils including BBQ, brewery tours and a rather elaborate bankers-themed trophy. Bank Presidents are asked to sponsor a team of up to 10 players. One hundred percent of funds raised through sponsorships will be invested in Nexus Recovery Center’s residential addiction recovery programs for women and young girls. The goal is to raise $100,000 in the first year.
Jay Clingman – President, Dallas Region JP Morgan CHASE Bank, accepts the sponsorship challenge from Jose Guzman to raise awareness and funds for Nexus Recovery Center. Guzman has offered to record Public Service Announcements in Spanish, to raise awareness with Latina teen girls that have experienced major trauma from abuse, trafficking, abandonment and undiagnosed mental health challenges, about the treatment available to them from this 44 year old non-profit.
McCuller asked Gerry Mecca, VP of IT and Client Services for Dr Pepper Snapple (who is well known for his love of all things “above the diamond”), to be this year’s Honorary Chair.  Scott Jones, President of Regions Bank serves on the Board of Nexus Recovery Center and is rallying fellow Bankers to engage in some good-natured competition, all for a good cause. Jones is serving as Sponsorship Chair for this first bankers slam. Anyone can come and watch the games – there is free admission.
The Dallas Bankers Softball Slam is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, DR PEPPER SNAPPLE Group, Regions Bank and Lakewood Brewery. Former Texas Ranger Alumni - Jose Guzman has been delivering sponsorship packets to bankers personally this week to advocate for the agency and for the project.
For details about forming a team or sponsoring the event, companies can email Abigail Erickson at aerickson@nexusrecovery.org for a sponsorship packet and delivery details. Contact by phone directly at 214-663-2462.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity: Dallas CASA

“If you sat in court, it would make you cry. But most of these stories have happy endings. That's the reward: a job well-done, a life turned around. There's great value in investing in others; the returns will outlast you. A child will pass on that love, and it will outlive you.”
— a Dallas Attorney
CASA volunteers are a source of hope and support for child victims as they wait for the courts to decide where they may safely live.
Dallas CASA thoroughly trains its volunteers to be the best possible advocates for abused and neglected children. The volunteers complete a 30-hour training program which covers topics such as Dynamics of Child Abuse and Neglect, Advocate Responsibilities, Family Violence, Cultural Competence, Permanency Planning, Accessing Services and Court Proceedings. All classes must be completed for a volunteer to graduate and be sworn in by the court as a CASA volunteer. 
After completing training, Dallas CASA volunteers are teamed with a CASA staff supervisor. On average, our supervisors each have more than 15 years of experience in child welfare or a related field. Supervisors provide support and guidance to volunteers throughout their cases and are always present during court hearings.
June/July 2015 Evening Training ClassApplication deadline is June 10, 2015
June 24
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
June 25
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
June 30
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
July 1
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
July 2
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
July 7
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
July 9
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
July 14
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
July 15
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Swearing In - Friday, July 24 at 11:45 a.m.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pei it Forward - Support Texas Flood Relief Fund this week

In partnership with The Salvation Army, the Dallas Pei Wei locations
will be donating 20% of all proceeds June 22-28 to The Texas
Flood Relief
. Dine at any Dallas location to Pei It Forward.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Man Up with Genesis Women's Shelter

In honor of Father’s Day, Genesis Women's Shelter is sharing what it means to be a positive male role model with #HeROManUp.  What a great video!  We are proud to share it here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Trains at NorthPark Kicks Off at LUBLU

The Trains at NorthPark 2015 co-chairs, April Cook and Jennifer Tobin, kicked off this year’s major holiday fundraiser at Kira Plastinina’s LUBLU boutique in the Plaza at Preston Center on May 13. Guests sipped and shopped Plastinina’s gorgeous, ultra-feminine designs and beautiful fine jewelry from Paolo Costagli with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the House. While shopping, they noshed on R+D Kitchen’s delectable delights and sipped festive beverages. The Trains at NorthPark is the largest fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
April Cook, Jennifer Tobin (Co-Chairs)
 During the remarks, Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, told about a family whose two-year-old daughter was critically injured in a car accident that also injured her five-year-old brother in mid-February. She was not expected to make it, but is now doing well and in daily physical therapy at Children’s Health while her family is being cared for at the House, thanks to the funds raised. “Every dollar raised helps us keep the doors open to help families like these.”
Ashley Sims, Carrie Arnot
 Tobin announced that Bank of Texas was returning for its seventh year as presenting sponsor. She also thanked the committee, the sponsors and the board members and announced the dates for this year’s exhibit: Nov. 21, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016. The location will be on Level Two next to Nordstrom.

Pat Brockette, Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking for Bank of Texas, said, “Bank of Texas is pleased to once again be presenting sponsor of The Trains at NorthPark. The important work that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas does in the community helps these children heal and helps keep the families intact during a difficult time in their lives.”

Serving as Honorary Chairmen for 2015 are Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, M.D. Dr. Rathjen has treated many children whose families stay at the House.
Diane Fullingim, Jennifer Tobin, Stephanie Hardeman
The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes locomotives rolling across multiple tracks on a journey across America marked by memorable landmarks. More than 60,000 visitors enjoy The Trains at NorthPark each season, which is one of Dallas’ most cherished family holiday traditions.
Andrea Cheek, Amy Sallusti
 For those interested in underwriting and supporting The Trains at NorthPark, contact Diane Fullingim, Chief Development Officer at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, at 214.624.5365 or dfullingim@rmhdallas.org.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Internship Opportunity: Nexus Recovery Center

Position Title:
  Intern - Office of Philanthropy & Communications

Organization Name:
  Nexus Recovery Center

No of Openings:

Work Schedule:
  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hours per Week:
  20-40 hours, depending on availability

Compensation Type:

 Mileage and expense reimbursements, free lunch during work hours, use of fitness center on campus. 

Position Start Date:
  June 8, 2015

Position End Date:
  August 15, 2015

  Abigail Erickson

Position Description:
Can you hit the ground running, know about online fundraising, social media, or want to gain valuable skills that will carry you in today’s business world? A great opportunity awaits! The Office of Philanthropy & Communications at Dallas non-profit, Nexus Recovery Center, is seeking three summer interns. You will gain valuable hands-on business skills, knowledge, experience and contacts in this fast-paced, exciting environment. You will have the opportunity to work directly with Fortune 500 leaders who serve on our very own Corporate Council, and on our operating Board. You will host meetings with movers and shakers, work on cool and unique events, and special projects like the Junior Charter Board; 50th Anniversary - Westapher Golf Tournament/Auction; and the Dallas Bankers Softball Slam – all benefitting Nexus. You will shape goals and deliverables by creating new peer-to-peer/student friend-raising plans designed to recruit and retain people ages 21-45. Inspire them to get involved and engage with our existing supporters at Nexus. It will make a huge difference in the lives of our clients and constituents! It's fun AND rewarding.

Preferred (will review on a case-by-case basis for each applicant):
Experience: Service-oriented – previous experience working with a team or fundraising.
Other: Communications, Social Media, Marketing, Non Profit, Business skills.
Social Media: Can use smart phone platforms, databases, Microsoft office suite, other social media savvy sites

Application Instructions:

Please email your one-page resume to Abigail Erickson, Director of Development & PR now at aerickson@nexusrecovery.org.
You will need a smart phone, common sense and be flexible with your time. Don’t forget to do your research about Nexus before you reach out. Thank you.
Nexus Recovery Center is a Dallas non-profit at the forefront of specialized substance abuse services for females. The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence and dignity for low-income women and their families. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.

In FY2014, Nexus served 2,275 women and adolescents girls. Many utilized multiple programs in our continuum of care. In addition, Nexus served 477 children who had accompanied their mothers into treatment; 72 babies were born with healthy birth outcomes while their mothers were in treatment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity: SPARK! Adventures in Creativity

Visit SPARK! This Summer
ProtoSPARK! opens June 1, and they are now taking reservations for groups of 24 to 50 children. The program serves kids in second grade through high school, providing a fully immersive creative environment and hands-on learning that develops their self-definition. To request a visit, please fill out the
group reservation form. SPARK! is strategically located in the sub-basement of the historic South Side on Lamar building near a large population of at-risk children.
The gallery level is complete and dazzling! You can help put the finishing touches on the Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture during the next adult volunteer day on May 30.
In the meantime, check the event calendar for opportunities to leave your creative mark on SPARK!
Voly in the Park
Voly in the Park is an annual event at Klyde Warren Park sponsored by VolunteerNow. Voly takes place on Saturday, June 6, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. SPARK! will join 75 other organizations; hosting a creative exercise for families. We need approximately 20 volunteers for shifts between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Please click here to sign up to volunteer.