Sunday, January 25, 2015

Operation Kindness Presents Artists for Animals - a Concert Fusion Experience

Join Operation Kindness for a special evening filled with music, photography and art. Guests are invited to sip wine and savor tasty treats while listening to musical performances by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Methodist University Oboe Studio — paired with an animal photography show by Teresa Berg. Guests will also enjoy a gallery of animal artwork created by students from Booker T. Washington, available for purchase in addition to a silent auction. All proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of an offsite pet adoption trailer for Operation Kindness. For more information about this event, please visit

Friday, January 23, 2015

Council for Life's Lunch Series

DART's 2015 Student Art Contest

This year's theme:

Explore Your World with DART

Show us some of the unique places you've discovered by riding DART — or the destinations you have yet to explore.
Entries Due: Friday, February 27, 2015
Click here for complete rules and information.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Voice of Hope 2015 Annual Dinner: Can You Hear the Voices?

Voice of Hope’s (VOH) 2015 Annual Dinner: Can You Hear the Voices? will be held on January 29 at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue. A reception starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. All proceeds from this fundraising event will help the organization fulfill its mission to educate and build strong character in children and to equip families with resources and skills needed to overcome and break the poverty cycle.
Ed Franklin, president and CEO of Voice of Hope, said, “Since 1982 Voice of Hope has been serving and helping West Dallas families to break the cycle of poverty, give them hope, and transform the community. This fundraiser enables us to continue this important work.”
Following dinner, Ray Nixon, a long-time Voice of Hope supporter, will moderate a panel honoring three inspiring voices of the community:
Voice of Education: Dr. R. Gerald Turner, President of Southern Methodist University
Voice of Faith: Rev. Bryan H. Dunagan, Senior Pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Voice of Service: Clint Bruce, Co-founder of Trident Response Group, Thirty&3 and Carry the Load.
Voice of Faith: Rev. Bryan H. Dunagan, Sr Pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian

Voice of Hope will give two awards to students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership and their lives. Given to a graduate of the Voice of Hope program, the “Voice of Achievement Award” will be presented to Clifton Wilson who credits his experience at the organization for setting him on the path of success. After working his way through college to receive a B.S. from Prairie View A&M University, he worked for Jefferson Properties Incorporated as a market research analyst. Then he joined the Foundation for Community Empowerment where he saw the impact and importance of investing in educational initiatives. Being the beneficiary of life-changing guidance through Voice of Hope, he sought to pay it forward and became a special education teacher in Dallas ISD for four years. He currently teaches in that same capacity at Irving ISD. He’s furthered his education by receiving a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas and has plans to become more involved in improving the education system and getting involved in local politics.
Voice of Education: Dr. R. Gerald Turner, President of SMU
The “Voice of Promise Award,” which honors a current student of the program, will be given to Elizabeth Jacobs, a 6th grade student. She will receive the award because of her example and involvement in the program.
The Honorary Chairs are Ellen and John McStay, and Event Co-chairs are Jane Gibson and Mimi Vanderstraaten. Special thanks to Event Sponsors Lisa and Kenny Troutt and Lincoln Property Company.
Sponsor levels begin at $5,000. Individual tickets, which are $250, are available on a limited basis. Raffle tickets, which are $100 each, are available online or at the event for a chance to win a $7,500 gift certificate to William Noble Rare Jewels. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchases, contact Ruth Hardesty, VOH director of development, at 214-631-7027, ext. 152 or

Wheel to Survive indoor cycling fundraiser

February 22, 2015 9am  - 3PM Jewish Community Center of Dallas
Ovarian cancer is the most deadly gynecological cancer, affecting 1 in 70 women. More than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and more than 15,000 will die from the disease. The lack of reliable early detection or screening puts all women at risk - our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.
Be the Difference Foundation is trying to change those statistics. Medical City Dallas Hospital is proud to be the title sponsor for the organization's big event, Wheel to Survive.
Wheel to Survive is an inspirational indoor cycling fundraiser to benefit programs for women currently battling ovarian cancer and to provide research dollars for a cure. Cyclists of all skill levels are invited to participate!
Sunday, February 22
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
JCC Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road
Learn more about the event, register to ride or donate to a rider by visiting the Wheel to Survive website.
Want to ride as part of a team, but you don't want to start your own? Feel free to join Legs for Eggs! Email Rachel Albin with questions, at 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CPPC Invites You to "Staubachs Connect" this Friday

Connecting Point of Park Cities (CPPC) is pleased to host “Staubachs Connect,” the second Annual Connecting Point of Park Cities Luncheon, this Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.
Marianne and Roger Staubach will be the featured speakers, and will join Luncheon Co-Chairs Hollee and Rick Mills to help raise critical funds for Connecting Point of Park Cities. CPPC is an all‐inclusive day program for adults with disabilities and offers a wide range of educational, vocational, social and recreational services for adults with special needs.
Kicking off at noon, the Staubachs will take the stage for an interview with Scott Murray, chairman and CEO of Murray Media and host of Conversations with Scott Murray and Texas Daily. The luncheon also will feature a silent and live auction with more than 20 signed items by Staubach, including a signed football with his Super Bowl dates, jerseys and other memorabilia. Proceeds raised from the luncheon will enable CPPC to continue to build and expand within the community.
For tickets, please contact Hollee Mills at 214.538.6823 or via email Space is limited and reservations are required.
Reserve your seat today:

Methodist Health System Foundation Announces Angela Nash as VP of Development

Methodist Health System Foundation recently announced the selection of Angela Nash as Vice President of Development.
In this role, Nash will lead key capital campaigns and will work with top North Texas leaders to further the mission of Methodist Health System.  Nash's first day was January 19th.
Angela Nash Joins Methodist Health System Foundation as Vice President of Development
“Angela’s commitment to servant leadership makes her an exceptional fit for Methodist Health System,” says April Box Chamberlain, CFRE, President and CEO of the Methodist Health System Foundation. “Her record of results in the Dallas non-profit community is impressive. She will be an integral part of the Foundation’s future as we continue to ensure Methodist has the resources needed to provide world-class, quality care.”
A graduate of Baylor University, Nash has a strong background in both business and non-profit organizations. In the past decade, Nash served on more than a dozen charitable boards, guiding major growth and strategic initiatives that resulted in more than $7.5 million in total donations.

Allison's Hope Foundation Hits $1 Million

Now in its tenth year, Allison's Hope Foundation reached a monumental goal of raising $1 million for cancer research at Mary Crowley. On November 3rd, 2014, Allison's Hope Foundation presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. Mary Crowley's Strategic Development Director, Pat Brown said, "Today was a celebration for all cancer patients who, through cutting edge research were given another chance for extended survival. Without the focus, determination and generosity of Allison's Hope Foundation over the past 10 years, this would not have been possible for many patients. Allison and her foundation have truly changed lives."
Allison's Hope Foundation is currently auctioning a fully restored 1964 Chrysler Imperial Convertible.  The car was donated by Allen Cassens and all proceeds go to funding cancer research. The bidding ends February 1, 2015! You may place your bid at

The foundation also has an ongoing effort raising money throughout the United States; in partnership with Cassens Transport and Volvo, Allison's Hope Foundation launched the HaulHope effort. An auto transport truck and trailer that is hard to miss as it was painted pink and emblazoned with Allison's Hope Foundation and HaulHope graphics. For this initiative, truck drivers were selected not by seniority, but because they are cancer survivors or have family members battling cancer. A portion of the proceeds the truck generates goes to fund cancer research. To learn more about this effort and to see where the truck has been, visit