Monday, May 23, 2016

DMA Art Ball 2016 Was a Beautiful Canvas of Color

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) hosted Art Ball 2016: Art + Architecture with more than 400 guests on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Dallas Museum of Art. Ann and David Sutherland served as this year’s Art Ball Co-chairs.
Steve Summers, Angie Carlson, Mark Esposito and Emily Summers
Guests arrived to a red architectural display of the Dallas skyline and an oversized blueprint of the DMA that served as a step and repeat, which touted Entertainment Sponsors Nancy and Richard Rogers; Silent Auction Sponsors Jennifer and John Eagle; Red Carpet Sponsor Neiman Marcus; Patron Party Sponsors Forty Five Ten and The Joule Hotel; After Party Sponsor Stanley Korshak; Security Sponsor Sidley Austin LLP; Auction Sponsor Christie’s; Dinner Sponsors Peggy and Carl Sewell; Invitation Sponsor Dallas Art Fair; Travel Sponsor Durham Family Foundation; Financial Services Sponsor J.P. Morgan; and Goldman, Sachs & Co. as the Catalogue and Program Sponsor.
During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on mixology cocktails from Luxury Cocktail Sponsor Belvedere Vodka and Hennessy Cognac while they bid on an eclectic mix of experiences, art and gorgeous decorative items curated by Silent Auction Chair, Gonzalo Bueno. Top bidding was on Nicolas Alquin’s Diapason sculpture, featuring old oak with burned patina and lime, and a Presidential Live Oak, grown at the prestigious ranch of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in Crawford, Texas.
Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Donna Brittingham and Douglas Carney
At 7:45 p.m., a 30-foot tall curtain dramatically opened revealing another Todd Events masterpiece of contemporary reds, greens, and yellows. Sprays of yellow florals, moss drenched chandeliers, and oversized head tables in the shape of a plus sign tied the room into a sensory wonderland.
Ana Laspetkovski and David Weinreb
The Dallas String Quartet provided lively and electric dinner entertainment while patrons feasted on a multi-course dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering, which included lobster, duck and fish courses. The live auction, assembled by interior architectural designer Trisha Wilson and sponsored by Christie’s, proved spectacular with items including a Dallas sports package, Napa Valley Wine country getaway and an African Safari at the Izingwe Lodge, a private South African lodge home on the 82,000-acre Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, located in the Waterburg mountain region.
Cathy Hodges and Kurt Anderson
Following dinner, After Party Co-chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn welcomed guests to the Hamon Atrium and Eagle Family Plaza for Folly at the Art Ball, sponsored by Stanley Korshak and presented by the DMA Junior Associates. DJ Lucy Wrubel and Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra provided music while guests danced and mingled, and tickets were available for entrance into a raffle for the not-yet-released in the United States, Jaguar F-Pace Prestige SUV, courtesy of Automotive Raffle Sponsor Park Place Jaguar.
Candice and Tony Romo
Guests included: Co-chairs Ann and David Sutherland, Dallas Museum of Art Interim Director Walter Elcock, Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Museum of Art President Catherine Marcus Rose, Will Rose, Brian Bolke, Nancy Rogers, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Elaine and Neils Agather, Andy Beal, Olya Sinitsyna, Deedie Rose, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Margaret McDermott, Jennifer and John Eagle, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Lance Bass, Candice and Tony Romo, and After Party Co-chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn.

Proceeds from Art Ball directly affect the DMA’s commitment to providing free access to its collection and to a wide range of exhibitions and educational and public programs.
Dallas String Quartet

Friday, May 20, 2016

Bryan's House Heroes Invite You to This Shopping Event

Job Opportunity: Email Marketing Manager

Email Marketing Manager
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Job Description
Do you have a knack for getting the right emails into the right inboxes at the right times? Do you live to see those open and click-through rates climb higher and higher? We’re seeking an expert email marketer to join our team. You’ll be expected to develop and track email campaigns to increase the involvement of individual/corporate donor/volunteer constituents.

Key Responsibilities
Responsible for creating email marketing campaigns to promote the mission of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas:  to change lives forever in North Dallas. Determines target audience, devises campaigns, coordinates scheduling with social media campaigns and launches email campaigns to positively impact the areas of education, financial stability and health in North Dallas.
  • Create email marketing campaigns to promote products or services.
  • Ensure marketing message is conveyed clearly and delivered properly to prospects.
  • Ensure messages are sent in proper form and branding.
  • Proofread emails for clarity, grammar, and spelling.
  • Develop a personalization strategy.
  • Include specific branded graphics, incentives, and detailed descriptions.
  • Review messages for brevity.
  • Send messages to those who have opted in for messages.
  • Ensure messages are mobile-device friendly
  • Track and analyze direct and interactive marketing campaigns.
  • Use statistical analysis and reports to create campaigns.
  • Provide management periodic reporting of email metrics of campaigns to support ROI
  • Manage various email campaigns, including the template designs, calls-to-action, and content used in our email sends.
  • Segment lists based on behaviors like past email engagement and website interactions (content downloads, site page visits, etc.).
  • Measure results and optimize the lead nurturing workflows for these segments to convert leads into customers.
  • Work to minimize list decay and unsubscribes while increasing the productivity of our email sends.
  • Develop documentation and road maps for processes, A/B tests, and promotions that succeed through email.
  • Stay current with changing technology trends and approaches in e-commerce and email
  • Other assigned tasks
Job Requirements
Education:  BA/BS or equivalent working experience.
Experience:  3 + years experience with email marketing, lead nurturing, marketing automation, and web analytics.

  • Experience with Constant Contact, MailChimp desired. Highly desired is Marketing Cloud (ExactTarget).
  • Excellent understanding of email marketing concepts and metrics such as Sender Score, deliverability, and sender reputation.
  • Proficiency in email marketing and marketing automation technology.
  • Highly analytical and able to derive meaning from data through A/B testing and email optimization.
  • Excellent writer and communicator (in both the written and verbal form).
  • Comfortable coding in HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • Develop templates that are responsive to accept device-independent sizing requirements.
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical issues related to HTML templates, list segmentation and other aspects of email execution, as required.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction, while also functioning and contributing as part of a team.
How to Apply
The best way to apply for a position with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is to send your cover letter and resume by e-mail to or by mail to:
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
ATTN: Human Resources
1800 N. Lamar
Dallas, TX 75202

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bring the Family to the Toyota Texas Fest This Weekend

Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL will take place this weekend -- May 20-22, 2016, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco -- benefitting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Bring the family for Outdoor Adventures Area, Kids Zone, Outdoor Consumer Expo, live country music, and the Central Market Lone Star Food Fest hosted by Dean Fearing.  The goal is to raise awareness for both TPWD’s conservation efforts and help raise funding for youth and urban outreach programs
General Admission: One Day Pass $10    Three Day Pass $20
Food Fest: One Day Pass $25   Three Day Pass $50 (includes upgraded seating for concerts)
Lunker Club: One Day Pass $250 (Catered Buffett, Open Bar, Climate Controlled Suite)
The 10th Annual TTBC: Toyota Texas Bass Classic will be held in conjunction to the festival at Lake Ray Roberts, were the top professional anglers will compete.
Visit for more information.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It was a Groovy Night at the 1960s-themed 4th Annual History with a Twist

Blue and white VW Beetles, a yellow Thunderbird, and a pink Cadillac flanked the entrance of Dallas Heritage Village’s History with a Twist, providing a perfect picture spot for the almost 400 guests decked out in rose-colored glasses, Sgt. Pepper jackets, flared and flowered pants, tie dye, headbands, beads, boots, peace signs, wigs, and Jackie Kennedy-appropriate attire.
seated: Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village; Kelly Dybala, past chair of the board, Dallas Heritage Village, and partner with Sidley Austin, LLP,presenting sponsor; driving:Don Baynham, chair of History with a Twist; standing:Marilyn and Ben Weber, honorary chairs, History with a Twist; Trey Pugh, chair of the board, Dallas Heritage Village
Twist’s usual 1920’s theme jumped ahead 40 years to the 1960s in honor of the Village’s 50th anniversary.  Presented by Sidley Austin, LLP, the 4th annual fundraiser was held on Main Street at Dallas Heritage Village.   Tables lined Main Street all the way to the vintage photo wagon set up to capture fun memories at the end of the street, and guests enjoyed Blue Mesa Catering and festive cocktails created by Brian McCullough of The Standard Pour. 
Carlos Cardova, Teddy Lewis - in photo wagon
Honorary Chairs Marilyn and Ben Weber arrived in brightly colored Sgt. Pepper coats and Event Chair Don Baynham in an Air Force uniform ready to strike a pose for photos in front of the pink Cadillac.
Attendees also included Allison and Harry Hunsicker, Adam Medrano, Jesse Moreno, Tracey and Trey Pugh, Kelly and Paul Dybala, Susan and Linc Eldredge, Suzann Farren, Angela Fontana, Andy Szuwalski, Kathleen and Bill Johnson, Kourtny and John Garrett, Kay and Louis Moore, Ann and Paul Phy, Ruchie and Atul Srivastava, Pat and Richard Trimble, Lynn Vogt, Sally Blanton and Don Petty, Shannon Sutlief and Ann Pinson.
Caitlin Hebert, Steve Hebert
Sponsors include: $10,000: Sidley Austin; $6,500: Marilyn and Ben Weber; $6,000: Phoenix 1 Restoration; $5,000: Jolene Masur; $3,500 Sally and Forrest Hoglund.
“It was a fun night to benefit Dallas Heritage Village,” said Don Baynham, event chair.  “We are very grateful for our Vogel Alcove neighbors who offered us a rain plan venue, but we were fortunate that the rains stopped, and we could twist the night away on the bricks of the Village’s historic Main Street.”

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mosaic Family Services Announces Jennifer Staubach Gates as Award Recipient

Jennifer Staubach Gates
Mosaic Family Services announces Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates as the recipient of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award, which will be presented at the nonprofit’s 7th Annual Gala on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 7 – 11 p.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District.

The Champion of Human Rights Award 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. Councilmember Gates has shown remarkable dedication to making a difference in the lives of Dallas residents, particularly survivors of domestic violence. Her extraordinary work with the Domestic Violence Task Force and Public Safety Committee continues to bring awareness to human rights abuses and empowers the agency’s clients.

“Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates has been at the forefront of leading efforts in Dallas to raise awareness about family violence,” remarked  Melissa Green, event co-chair and Mosaic Family Services board member. “As she continues her work combating this all too prevalent issue, we are pleased to honor her as a Champion of Human Rights. Our work would not be possible without her." 

Chaired by Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby, with honorary chair Lana Byrne, the gala will include cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, silent auction, raffle, casino, live entertainment and more

Tickets are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For tickets, sponsorships or more information, visit

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wilkinson Center Young Friend White Party Kick-Off event {with Society Pics}

On May 4th, The Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center hosted the kick-off event for their upcoming White Party.  About 700 people came out to Happiest Hour to show their support and celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Guests were able to purchase Young Friend memberships, White Party tickets, White Party Sponsorships and tables,  and take part in a raffle to win a VIP table at the White Party.  In addition, guests that purchased any of these items received free margaritas and tacos during the happy hour.  DJ Souljah provided a range of beats throughout the evening keeping guest entertained.
Entertainment was provided by DJ Souljah.  Happiest Hour graciously donated tacos and margaritas.  Event photographer was Lisa Means.
The Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center will host its fifth annual White Party Benefit at 6500 Cedar Springs on Saturday, June 4th.  This is the biggest fundraiser for the Young Friends of Wilkinson Center and it brought in over $100,000 last year with more than 1000 people in attendance.
Presenting sponsor is Park Place Dealerships.  They featured a Porsche 911 at the kick-off party and gave away goodie bags from its trunk to the first 25 guests!
Timothy Doty, Suraj Jagannathan, Timothy Goodwin
Kara Flores, Alex Amsden
Brittani Carter-Durant, Jesse Bermensolo-Cutler
Caitlin Riston, Lauren Champlin, Rachel Mentesana
Young Friend Committee
Back: Alex Flores, OJ DeSouza, Brandon Nugent, Kristen Johnson, Laura Reeder, Hunter Heres, Kay Weir, Barton Duffy,  Megan Blessing, Meredith Diers
Front: Brittani Carter Durant, Laura Ailshire, Vodi Cook, Baylea Wood, Ariba Kamal, Chrystie Trimmell, Krystal Houle
Crystal Reed, Eva Sherenian, Krystal Houle
Jesse Bermnesolo-Cutler, OJ DeSouza, Brandon Nugent

Baylea Wood, Laura Ailshire
Dan Wassem, Carly Shanklin, Kevan Chughtai

Thursday, May 12, 2016

ASAS North Texas Rising Stars Spring Luncheon

Every day, thousands of Dallas youth are left on their own after-school. After-School All-Stars (ASAS) North Texas gives these youth a safe haven during the “danger zone” hours of 4-6pm - the time of day when youth violence, drug use, and other delinquent behaviors are most likely to occur. ASAS provides free, comprehensive after-school programs that are keeping hundreds of Dallas youth safe and helping them succeed in school and in life.
ASAS North Texas invites you to join us for the inaugural
Rising Stars Spring Luncheon
The luncheon will highlight the many talents and stories of the All-Star students. Preceeding the program will be an opportunity for you to meet and listen to two of the All-Star DJs. During the program, you will hear the After-School All-Stars story, see student performances, and listen to a few words from an All-Star.
For more information please contact:
Marissa Castro Mikoy | | 214-570-4855