Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Magical Origami Butterflies Take Flight at Galleria Dallas

Spring is on the wing at Galleria Dallas after the artistic team at Paper for Water installed nearly 4,000 origami butterflies over the shopping center’s iconic ice skating rink to celebrate the spring season and bring attention to the water crisis across the globe.  The art installation, From Fold to Flight, will remain ‘flying’ above the ice through Saturday, June 30.

Paper for Water was founded by sisters Katherine and Isabelle Adams when they were only five and eight years old. The organization started when the girls made origami pieces which they created in exchange for donations with hopes of raising $500 to build a well in Ethiopia. Six years later, the organization has raised over $1.3 million to fund 150 water projects in 14 countries.  All 4,000 origami butterflies featured in Fold to Flight will be hand folded by Paper for Water volunteers.

“The barrel vaulted ceiling above the Galleria Ice Skating Center is the perfect gallery to host the beautiful origami created by the volunteer artists at Paper for Water,” explains Martha Hinojosa, Galleria Dallas director of marketing. “We are honored to host this beautiful installation and to bring attention to the global water crisis mission served by these amazing young women.”

From Fold to Flight is designed to bring attention and awareness to the mission of Paper for Water.  Due to unsafe water and poor sanitation conditions in much of the developing world, millions of people live with the fact that the water they drink to survive may kill them. Diarrhea, which is an inconvenience in developed countries, can be deadly, especially to young children. There are 2.5 billion cases of diarrhea every year in children under the age of five, and deaths from diarrhea amount to 760,000 a year. It’s the second leading cause of child deaths in the world, taking the lives of more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. By supporting Paper for Water, donors help bring clean water to the global poor worldwide through the construction of water wells in impoverished communities. Paper for Water raises money to drill wells for some of the world's 783 million people who lack access to clean water.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Chef Stephan Pyles and Celebrity Chef Friends Raise $160,000 At 10th Anniversary No Kid Hungry Dinner in Dallas

On the evening of Sunday, April 22, 2018, celebrity chefs from across the country united to end childhood hunger in America. Attendees arrived with an appetite at Stephan Pyles Flora Street Café at HALL Arts, ready to rally together and raise funds to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. The sold-out event featured eight of the nation's top chefs along with approximately 100 guests. Together they raised $160,000, which will be used to connect kids with the meals they deserve in Dallas, Texas, and beyond.
John and Pam Beckert, Chef Stephan Pyles, Holly and Doug Brooks

The cocktail reception began at 6:00 p.m. as chefs greeted event goers who enjoyed cocktails while mingling and bidding on silent auction items until programming began at 7:00 p.m. Chefs were joined by Emcee and Auctioneer Billy Harris, who has participated in the event for ten consecutive years.

Hosted by Chef Stephan Pyles, the roster of notable chefs included: Chefs Peter Barlow, Flora Street Café; Mike Matis, Stampede 66; Dean Fearing, Fearings; Matt Lambert, The Musket Room; Tracy Miller, Local; Michael Ginor & Lenny Messina, Hudson Valley Foie Gras; and Mark Kiffin, The Compound Restaurant.

During the evening, Chef Pyles was recognized for his contribution to No Kid Hungry as a founding board member. He was a recipient of the No Kid Hungry Hero Award as a thank you to his contribution to the organization. Pyles has raised over $1 million in the past decade for No Kid Hungry.

The featured speaker for the evening was Debbie Shore, Co-Founder of Share Our Strength.  Notable guests included John and Pam BeckertBrent BeckertJan and Dan MontgomeryPhyllis and Ellis ShamoonJoan and David Sandfield JacksonTim Lavender and Lisa Moore.  
Sponsors of the No Kid Hungry Dallas Dinner included: School Meals Hero Sandra and Elmer Doty; Summer Meals Supporter John and Pam Beckert; After School Snack Stars Nick and Melissa Lewis & Dirk and Kathryn Copple, Giles Davidson and Dan Waldmann & Deby and Keith Pitts, Haynes & Boone, Joan Sandfield Jackson, Dan and Jennifer Montgomery, Mike and Carol Riddle, New Era Companies, Juniper Capital Management, and Phyllis and Ellis Shamoon; and Healthy Meals Advocates Kay and Brent Franks, Wally and Joni Doolin, John and Janet Holland, and Laura and Reid Willman.

Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Junior League of Collin County Excellence in Volunteer Service Awards

On April 26 the Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) held its 2018 Excellence in Volunteer Service Awards ceremony, recognizing the outstanding volunteer efforts of individuals and organizations within the Collin County community.
JLCC President Sheri Steele and Tonya Winchester, Collin County Volunteer of the Year
The event was opened by Junior League of Collin County President Sheri Steele and Excellence in Volunteer Service Awards Chair Dione Beilgard. City of Melissa Mayor Reed Greer led the audience in prayer, and City of Frisco Deputy Mayor Pro Tem John Keating led the Pledge of Allegiance, with additional remarks by City of Plano Mayor Pro Tem Rick Grady.
Dr. Cheryl "Action" Jackson was Keynote Speaker.
This year’s keynote speaker was Cheryl “Action” Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry. Nonprofits and corporations in Collin County were called to nominate individuals and organizations, based on volunteer efforts in 2017. All nominations were reviewed, and winners were selected by the JLCC Community Advisory Board.
JLCC President Sheri Steele with Jewish Family Services leaders
2018 Excellence in Volunteer Service Award winners

Collin County Volunteer of the Year: Tonya WinchesterNominated by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
This award celebrates an individual whose extraordinary hands-on volunteer service contributes to strengthening Collin County.

Excellence in Leadership Award: Officer Art Parker, Plano Police
This award recognizes an adult volunteer who engages in unpaid charitable activities, demonstrates personal commitment to long-term volunteer services, and makes a significant impact in addressing the needs of Collin County. This individual exemplifies leadership and volunteerism while contributing to the mission of the organization in which he/she volunteers.

Youth Volunteer of the Year: Sydney DeWolf
Nominated by National Charity League Plano Area Chapter
This award acknowledges a young individual (up to 12th grade) making a difference in Collin County through volunteer and leadership activities or an organization dedicated to making a significant impact to better our youth’s lives.

Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Jewish Family Services
This award celebrates a Collin County nonprofit organization whose leaders and volunteers do extraordinary work to strengthen Collin County through the organization’s dedicated support. Examples include community, educational, military and public service organizations.

Youth Organization of the Year: Team Willow Bend, North Texas Performing Arts
This award recognizes a nonprofit organization, comprised primarily of Collin County youth volunteers, which provides services to improve the community. This award celebrates the development and implementation of a community service project targeting the needs of Collin County.

Collin County Business Leadership Award: USAA
This award recognizes a business that has consistently supported the nonprofit community and has created strong partnerships through employee involvement and time devoted to giving back. This is a company who is committed to making their community a priority for their organization.

Emerging Community Impact Award: Grace to Change
This award celebrates a Collin County organization founded or relocated to the area less than 5 years ago and has made large strides and driven positive change in a short period of time displaying huge potential to be a long-term asset to the community.

Spirit of Collaboration: Steve Perry (individual winner); Frisco Association of the Arts (group winner)

This year’s Excellence In Volunteer Service Awards sponsors included David and Chris Downs, SimplyConnect, Susie Cakes, Fiore 7, Pittman Designs, Community Impact, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Goldenlight Creative, Legacy West, Market Street and Tom Thumb.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Children's Cancer Fund Gala is a sell out this Friday!

The Children’s Cancer Fund Gala “Sweet 30th Anniversary” celebrates 30 years of sweet smiles, sweet styles, and sweet stories of survival in a SOLD OUT candy-themed wonderland THIS Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas (new location this year) beginning at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and VIP reception and 7 p.m. for the dinner and program.
Candice Romo, Nory Mae, Hollie Siglin (at Sugarfina event at NorthPark)
Co-Chairs Candice Romo and Hollie Siglin join longtime Honorary Co-Chairs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman to kick off the evening.  The event is expected to raise more than $1 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children's Health and UT Southwestern. Staubach, who has been involved all 30 years, and Aikman, now in his 21st year, join other celebrities and sponsors as runway escorts for 22 featured pediatric cancer patients, ages 5 – 15, who model fashions by Dillard’s for the annual fashion show, produced by RSC Productions.
Isabella Day tosses the football with honorary chair Troy Aikman (at photo shoot)
The evening features the Ray Johnston Band and concludes with dancing and music provided by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra and special Guest DJ Tony Romo, CBS NFL Commentator and former Dallas Cowboy.
Mason McGaughey meets Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Coach Jason Garrett (at photo shoot)
The gala, which is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser for pediatric cancer, is sponsored by CBS 11 and features Karen Borta as mistress of ceremonies. Since 1982, Children’s Cancer Fund has donated over $8 million to the childhood cancer cause.
2018 CCF Models
Children’s Cancer Fund brings together local celebrities, dignitaries, philanthropists, sponsors, and media personalities to serve as runway escorts for these young patients modeling in the fashion show. In addition to Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, escorts include Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders and Rowdy, the Cowboys mascot, as well as Juanika & Monta Ellis (of the Indiana Pacers, NBA); Kiss FM Crew (Kellie Rasberry, Big Al, JC and Jenna); Miss Texas Margana Wood; Medieval Red Knight; Pink Heals Firefighters; Batman; Dallas SWAT; Dallas Fire Station #19; Belle of Beauty and the Beast; and Children’s Cancer Fund alum Russell McKeown.

Sponsors include: $50,000: Anne Davidson; Texas de Brazil; $25,000: Children’s Health; Tiffany and Mark Cuban; Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation; Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; Marianne and Roger Staubach; $20,000: Anonymous; $10,000: Troy Aikman; Albertsons-Tom Thumb; Andy Beal; Lisa and Clay Cooley; Headington Companies; Jennifer Stroud Foundation; Barbara Lipshy; Sewell Automotive; $5,000: Lindy and Brad Berkley; Kenneth Cooper; Dirk Nowitzki Foundation; Stacey and Kenny Doré; Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP; Hawk+Sloane; The McCullough Foundation; Pacific Union Financial LLC; Holly and Barry Pennett; The Prather Family; and Simple Automotive.
In-Kind Sponsors: American Airlines; Dillard’s; Gro Event Design; Hyatt Regency Dallas; Katy Sky Group; Kendra Scott; National Fantasy Football Convention; NorthPark Center; OBOY! Productions; Outfront Media; Patty Foppen Photography; Primera Companies; Reunion Tower; RSC Show Productions; Rsoul Royal Studios; Sugarfina; and Matthew Trent.

First-ever ACM Lifting Lives® Topgolf Tee-off

Yesterday. the Academy of Country Music® presented the first-ever ACM Lifting Lives® Topgolf Tee-off at Topgolf Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Hotel & Casino as part of the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®.

Hosted by Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, the event benefitted ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.
Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley hosted the fundraising event
 Over 30 country music artists – ranging from the most distinguished recording artists to the hottest emerging talent –  teamed up to compete in the Topgolf tournament. Players included Jimmie Allen, Shelby Blackstone, Lee Brice, Jillian Cardarelli, Luke Combs, Naomi Cooke, Jordan Davis, Devin Dawson, Russell Dickerson, Jennifer Fiedler, Ashley Gorley, Adam Hambrick, Levi Hummon, Chris Janson, Charles Kelley, Chris Lane, Tegan Marie, Terry McBride, Scotty McCreery, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, Raelynn, Brad Rempel, Curtis Rempel, Darius Rucker, Trey Smith, Cole Swindell, Jennifer Wayne and more.
Jake Owen
 Team Triple Tigers including Russell Dickerson and Scotty McCreery took home the trophy. The event also featured intimate fan performances by Levi Hummon, Chris Lane, Tegan Marie, Eric Paslay and Raelynn, as well as a set from Dee Jay Silver.
Luke Combs, Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert

Carly Pearce

Friday, April 20, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Genesis Women's Shelter 25th Annual Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Hilary Swank

We are thrilled to announce this year's Genesis Annual Luncheon speaker, Hilary Swank! With a career spanning more than 20 years as one of Hollywood’s most dynamic and nuanced voices, Hilary Swank is the epitome of what it means to be a consummate professional as an actress and producer. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 11!

Hilary Swank

Hilton Anatole
Friday, May 11, 2018
11:30 a.m.

Luncheon Co-Chairs:
Jane & Michael Hurst

Underwriting Co-Chairs:Jenny & Jeff Staubach

For raffle tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and table info:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Taste of the Cowboys - Another Successful Tailgate Party for a Cause!

The North Texas Food Bank and the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Taste of the Cowboys, presented by Caliber Collision, at The Star in Frisco on Sunday, April 8th.
Taste of the Cowboys featured past and present Cowboys players – including Travis Frederick, Chad Hennings, and Preston Pearson, Bradie James - as well as live entertainment.

Guests enjoyed a night full of delicious food, silent and live auctions, and a wonderful chef demonstration.

All proceeds from the event benefited NTFB’s Child Programs, which help provide food access to the one in four children in North Texas who are food insecure.

We are excited to share that this year's event raised more than $520,000! That equates to more than 1.5 million meals for kids in need. 

Below is a list of all the great restaurants who participated this year:
BIRD Bakery       
Bulla Gastrobar  
Cane Rosso   
Da Mario
Dee Lincoln Prime  
Eclair Bistro-McKinney 
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ  
Howard Wang's       
il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar  
La Duni Baking Studio      
Legends at AT&T Stadium       
Legends at Cowboys Club, The Star in Frisco
Legends at Toyota Stadium, Home of FC Dallas
Lockhart Smokehouse
Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream
Nick & Sam's
Off the Bone Barbeque
Omni Frisco Hotel/Neighborhood Services
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Pink Magnolia
Seasons 52 Plano
Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market
Texas de Brazil
The Capital Grille Plano
The Common Table
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar 

2018 Smiles Charity Concert and Family Festival

Smiles Charity and
host 11th Annual Concert and Family Festival

May 27, 2018
at Adriatica Village in McKinney

featuring headliner Joe Nichols
and The Maylee Thomas Band

Smiles Charity utilizes a unique fundraising concept of bringing an entire community together for a concert and family festival. Generous local and corporate businesses sponsor the annual concert event held over Memorial Day weekend in McKinney, TX. Thousands attend the charity concert donating even more money and raising even more awareness for the designated beneficiary. 100% of the net profits from the annual event are then donated to build the designated home.

Volunteer Opportunities here: