Thursday, March 23, 2017

Heroes & Handbags: Through the Looking Glass

12th Annual Heroes & Handbags Brunch & Auction
Friday, March 31, 2017
The Ritz Carlton Dallas
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hosted by 2017 Co-Chairs,  Tracy Rathbun and Stacy Kelly

To purchase tickets or sponsorship online, click here.

For information on Heroes & Handbags, please contact Morgan Funk at or 214-256-5824x3

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic Tees Up For a Cause

The Academy of Country Music® announced that for the first time Charles Kelley, of multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum and eleven-time ACM Award winner, will host the ACM Lifting Lives® Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The “scramble” style golf tournament, being held for the sixth consecutive year at TPC Las Vegas, was initially created to meet the need for a charitable event to connect fans, sponsors and donors with industry insiders and artists. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate relief to those in need within the music industry.
Established by former Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives Board Chair Gayle Holcomb, in honor of her mother, the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund responds quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of music related organizations and individuals. Since its inception in 2007, the Fund has distributed more than $500,000.
“I’ve been able to participate in the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic tournament for the past couple of years, so I’m looking forward to stepping back up onto green again this year,” said Kelley. “Getting together with my buddies to play a round in Vegas is always the perfect way to head into the award show, especially when it’s also for a good cause."
The ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic will take place during the highly-anticipated “The Week Vegas Goes Country®,” including the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® taking place March 30 – April 2, 2017 surrounding the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™.

To learn more about the charity events surrounding this week, visit:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Honorees Announced for 2017 World of Children Hero Awards

World of Children®, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, today announced the full slate of extraordinary individuals to be honored at the 2017 World of Children Hero Awards on Wednesday, April 19 at Montage Beverly Hills.
2017 WOC Hero Awards Presenter Lily Aldridge Followill
 Model and child advocate Lily Aldridge Followill will present the first ever World of Children Crisis Award to CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon, in recognition of her work for Syrian child refugees. Damon is the Founder of INARA, which provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries and are unable to access treatment due to war. Damon’s Award will include funding raised in collaboration with U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
2017 WOC Crisis Award Honoree Arwa Damon
 Three other individuals will be honored for their work with vulnerable children in various parts of the world.  Each individual honored at the event will receive a specially designed James Banks Design medal and a minimum cash grant of $20,000 to continue their outstanding work with children.
o   Dr. Jumana Odeh founded The Palestinian Happy Child Centre in 1994 in Ramallah to provide treatment and care to children with trauma and neurological disorders, as well as learning and developmental disabilities.
o   Dr. Jorge Rojas-Zegers founded COANIQUEM in his native Chile to provide young burn victims throughout Latin America comprehensive rehabilitation treatment free of charge.
o   Meghan Pasricha co-founded Global Youth H.E.L.P Inc. in 2003 to harness the power of youth by developing a global network of passionate youth leaders dedicated to creating positive change through health, education, and leadership programs. 
2017 WOC Hero Awards MC Brooke Burke-Charvet
 Brooke Burke-Charvet, Actress, TV Personality, and CEO of ModernMom, will return for her third year as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and special performance by the Carlthorp School Chorus from Carlthorp School in Santa Monica, CA. 

The latest pieces from the “Unlock the Future” jewelry collection made exclusively for World of Children by Heidi Nahser Fink and Adam Shulman of James Banks Design will be available for purchase at the event with 100% of proceeds going to the organization.
Fashion Designer Rachel Roy, CAA Agent Cade Hudson, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Erica Wertheim Zohar, Producer David Salzman, and Veronica and Brian Grazer will join Lily Aldridge Followill as Honorary Chairs for the event.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Our Own Kimberly Schlegel Whitman to Keynote Dallas Junior Forum's 40th Anniversary Spring Luncheon

Dallas lifestyle expert, author and philanthropist Kimberly Schlegel Whitman will provide the keynote address titled, “Adventures in Philanthropy:  How Trying To Give Back Changed My Life And Career,” at the Dallas Junior Forum 40th Anniversary spring luncheon on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (silent auction at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, Whitman to speak at 1 p.m.), at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas.  Luncheon chair is Mary Cartwright, and WFAA’s Jane McGarry is mistress of ceremonies.
 Kim Whitman represents a new generation of volunteers involved in service to others,” said Mary Cartwright, luncheon chair.  “Her giving spirit matches Dallas Junior Forum's mission to benefit children, families and the elderly in need in the greater Dallas area, and her servant’s heart coupled with her creativity and enthusiasm will, without a doubt, inspire our attendees as we gather to celebrate 40 years of service in North Texas.”

Whitman, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, donates her time to many charitable organizations.  She currently serves on the advisory board of New Friends New Life as well as the board of the North Texas Food Bank, where she is a member of the committee for the newly announced “Stop Hunger Build Hope” $55 million capital campaign and former chair of Food 4 Kids. She has also served on the board of the American Red Cross. Her honors include the American Heart Association's Volunteer of the Year Award, Northwood University's Distinguished Women's Award, Texas Woman's University's Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, The Little Flower Organization of New York's Women Who Make A Difference Award, and the Women That Soar Award. Ms. Whitman has appeared on radio and TV, and in 2011, she became the Editor-At-Large of Southern Living Magazine. She has published seven books which will be available for purchase at the event.

The Dallas Junior Forum (DJF), a non-profit volunteer organization for women in North Texas that employs no paid staff, is one of nine chapters of Junior Forums – Texas based service organizations originating in Houston in 1959.  DJF was founded in 1977 to create greater interest in civic, educational and philanthropic endeavors in the North Texas community through volunteer work focused on children, families and the elderly. 
Organizations served by the Dallas Junior Forum include Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, The Ebby House, Juliette Fowler Communities, Frisco Family Services, Hope’s Door New Beginnings Center, Interfaith Family Services, Network, PediPlace, and the Ronald McDonald House.
“Our volunteers enjoy everything from preparing 8,000 meals each year at Ronald McDonald House to providing companionship to elderly residents of Juliette Fowler Communities,” added Cartwright. “Each year we support Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center as volunteers for the national Crimes Against Children Conference.  We also enjoy setting up apartments for the working-poor residents at Interfaith Family Services while also staffing the in-house clothing boutique for adults seeking employment. At Ebby House, we sponsor and furnish bedrooms for the young women residing there, who were formerly in foster homes, and mentor them in life skills and career planning. There is truly something for everyone looking to make a difference in the lives of others, and we invite anyone looking to give back in the community to join us and consider becoming a member.”

Since it began 40 years ago, DJF has donated hundreds of thousands of volunteer service hours to the charitable agencies it supports. In 2016 alone, members volunteered more than 16,400 hours. Over the years DJF has donated more than $1 million in direct grants and non-grants to worthy non-profit organizations throughout North Texas.

Tickets for the luncheon are $125.  Sponsor levels range from $500 to $10,000 and up. Contact Valerie McMahan at 972-960-6666. Or email at . Visit

“I am so honored to be a part of the 40th anniversary celebration of this amazing group of ladies whose efforts across North Texas have impacted countless lives,” added Whitman.  “These dedicated women are an inspiration and a blessing to everyone they encounter.  It will be exciting to see what they will accomplish in the next 40 years.”

Arts & Letters Live: Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton
Author of It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

Sunday, April 23, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Arts and Letters Live 
Chelsea Clinton’s bestselling book It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! mixes facts, charts, photographs, and stories of the world around us—and shows how anyone can make a difference. Geared to an audience aged ten and up, It’s Your World inspires readers to do their part to make our world a better place. It tells the stories of children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families and their communities, in our country, and across the world—on issues such as poverty, global warming, obesity, gender inequality, and cancer. Clinton breaks it all down with numbers, historical context, and possible solutions, to give each of us the power, whether in government or in school, to make a difference every day.

When she was a child in Arkansas, one of Chelsea Clinton’s favorite books was 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, and as a teenager in Washington, D.C., she led her school’s service club. While at Stanford, Clinton worked as a reading and writing tutor and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital. Today, Chelsea Clinton is Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, where she helps lead the work of the foundation across its various initiatives, with a particular focus on work related to health, women and girls, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MPH from Columbia University, and an MPhil and doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University.

Presented by

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First United Methodist Church of Dallas
1928 Ross Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
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$35 Members
$40 Non-Members
$20 Student/Educator

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause - Schedule Announced

The Academy of Country Music announced a return to the organization’s origins with an onslaught of events taking over Las Vegas – including a return and expansion of the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® -- in conjunction with the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
This year, ACM Party for a Cause will consist of industry and fan events located at different venues across Las Vegas including a new host hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and several others from Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Each of the festivities will feature performances by some of the biggest names and hottest new talent in country music including Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Ryan Follese, Lady Antebellum, LOCASH, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, Chris Stapleton, Michael Tyler, Clay Walker, Brett Young and many others. Festivities will also include interactive ACM fan experiences, which will be announced in the coming weeks. All events will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, which works to lift lives through the power of music. 
“Fourteen years ago, when the Academy moved the Awards to Las Vegas, we kicked off a decade of wide-ranging special events for fans including a motorcycle ride through Las Vegas and the surrounding area, a golf tournament at a prestigious club, concerts on Fremont Street, games and a country lifestyle marketplace and loads of live country music performances. This year, we’re going back to our roots with the evolution of ACM Party for a Cause events taking place throughout Las Vegas, all benefiting ACM Lifting Lives and the good work of the many worthy organizations Lifting Lives supports through grants and more,” said Ed Warm, Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives and Co-Chairman of the ACM Events Committee. “It feels good to align all of our auxiliary events surrounding the ACM Awards with a philanthropic purpose the fans have always embraced.”
The 5th ACM Party for a Cause schedule of events can be found here:
Purchase your tickets now for this incredible event!