Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Artists for Animals Concert - February 13th

Love music, art and animals? We've got the perfect Valentine's Day event for you. Join Erin Hannigan and other members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with artists and musicians from all over Texas, to celebrate our love for animals and raise money for Operation Kindness, the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in north Texas.
Tickets include wine, beer, coffee and some amazing posh desserts -- and, of course, the concert and silent auction. Your Valentine will be so impressed!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chick Lit Luncheon Marks 10th Anniversary with Project Runway's Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn
Photo Credit: Scott McDermott
Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) announces New York Times bestselling author and Emmy-winning co-host and mentor for Lifetime’s Project Runway Tim Gunn as the featured speaker for the tenth annual Chick Lit Luncheon presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel.
Under the leadership of luncheon chair Kristi Hoyl, with honorary chair Brian Bolke, the 2016 Chick Lit Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, with a move to a new venue, the Hilton Anatole, to accommodate what is expected to be record-breaking attendance.  Long-time volunteer and supporter Jill C. Bee will be awarded the Partners for Children award for her ongoing commitment to the philanthropic needs of our community and years of service meeting the needs of abused and neglected children.  A special Tenth Anniversary Champions of Hope award will be given to long-time Chick Lit Luncheon presenting sponsors Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel, for their unwavering commitment to Community Partners of Dallas and the children they serve. 
While the luncheon has traditionally featured best-selling female authors, the ten year anniversary called for someone extraordinary.  Tim Gunn, with his witty and frank observations on everything from style and fashion to the Kardasians, along with his signature catchphrase, “make it work,” is the perfect fit.
“To have the inimitable Tim Gunn as the featured author of our tenth annual luncheon is beyond our wildest dreams.  We know he is going to thoroughly entertain attendees with his insights on fashion, lifestyle design and pop culture, and we cannot think of a speaker more befitting this milestone fundraiser,” added McDaniel.
Tim Gunn is best known as the Emmy-winning co-host and mentor of Lifetime’s Project Runway.  He also served as former Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and Fashion Dean at Fifth & Pacific.  In addition, he served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons School of Design, the indisputable leader in fashion education in America for 29 years, where upon leaving the school Gunn received the title of Honorary Chair of Fashion Design.
The event will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon and remarks by Mr. Gunn. Tables begin at $1,750 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early March.  For more information, visit

Monday, February 1, 2016

Legacy of Love Benefit and Fashion Show - Tickets on sale now!

Thursday, April 7th
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Mercedes-Benz Plano
Honorary Chairs: Diane and Daryl Johnston
Emcees: Pete Delkus and Rikki Ragland
Fashion by Tootsies and CIRCA 2000 Menswear
Featured Jewelry Designer: Claudia Labao
Show Produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Heavy hors d'oeuvres from: Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Sambuca, Food Glorious Food, Eatzi’s, RA Sushi, Fireside Pies and more
Specialty drink by Blue Martini plus wine and beer and champagne
Swag bag for each guest!
Tickets $125 each on sale now at
Last year's event sold out! Get your tickets today.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

This year, living near Firewheel Town Center, North East Mall, University Park Village and Grapevine Mills could help a graduating senior pay for college. Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who lives within fifty miles of Firewheel Town Center, North East Mall, University Park Village and Grapevine Mills.
Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon, Mills, or Premium Outlets malls. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.
Students can apply online by visiting
Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2016 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.
In addition, ten regional awards called “Awards of Excellence” will be given to top candidates, including one award in Dallas. Students will have the opportunity to receive a $10,000 award ($2,500 for up to four years).
The 2016 SYF Community Scholarship recipients will be selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a third-party administrator. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post secondary education will also be given close consideration.  Recipients will be notified in May.
About SYF
SYF is a national non-profit that partners with public school districts to open dropout recovery academies inside Simon shopping malls. The organization now has 27 Simon Youth Academies in 12 states. In the organization’s 17-year history, more than 13,000 students have earned their diploma and more than $13 million in scholarships have been awarded.

ZYN22 Invites You to Share the L-O-V-E

Sunday, February 14
Sign-up for any of the five Valentine’s Day rides at the Dallas or Ft. Worth studio by visiting (book your bike starting February 4)
Pick a heart that represents an organization you love from the list below.
Drop it in the box when you sign-in to trigger $5 from ZYN22 to your non-profit of choice.
Lena Pope Home has provided hope, happiness, and success for children and families in North Texas through counseling and education. Lena Pope Counseling is dedicated to meeting the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of families in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Operation Kindness cares for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes. Operation Kindness is a non-profit organization that advocates for humane values and behavior. All income comes from donations from individuals and businesses, adoptions and fundraising events.
Vogel Alcove provides free, quality child development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Vogel Alcove is the only comprehensive early childhood education program in Dallas that provides free childcare and case management for children and families residing at emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters and housing programs.
Since 1934, Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro has served as the camp for tens of thousands of campers, specifically children who have lost one or both parents. Children come to camp to learn how to manage the grieving process and make friends with other children who are also grieving.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Mahila Inaugural Fundraiser: Open Doors

Mahila's Inaugural Fundraiser


April 7, 2016
VIP Reception 6pm
DEC on dragon
cocktail attire - valet provided
Mahila's inaugural fundraiser will feature delicious food mixed with music by DJ Vo.
Click here to purchase your tickets:
Great strength and the need for change arise when we are faced with challenges. Mahila was formed by a group of five women in Dallas who believe that empowering women is empowering society. Mahila’s mission is to enable women, in India and elsewhere, to advance within their communities. This year's goal includes funding programs that empower women, through financial inclusion, to work their way out of poverty with dignity and respect.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hoot & Holler with Randy Rogers Band

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Gilley's Southside Ballroom
Doors open: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $125
Featuring: Randy Rogers Band
To become a sponsor, e-mail Jessica Ferrell for details.
Reserve your tickets today!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Women's Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center Announces Honorary Chair and Guest Speaker for Spring Luncheon

Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center recently announced plans for their 2016 Spring Luncheon.  The women's group is celebrating 20 years of service, giving and raising awareness for Nexus Recovery Center.
The luncheon will be held on April 21, 2016 at 11:30am at Dallas Country Club.
Sponsorship forms and tickets are available by contacting Event Chair, Carole Steele at
Honorary Chair is Candice Romo - advocate and supporter of Nexus Recovery Center and wife of Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo.
This year's Guest Speaker is Steve Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford.  Ford has successfully negotiated the bumpy road from the White House to a successful 20-year career as an actor in Hollywood.
A teenager when his father assumed the reins of the presidency from Richard Nixon, Ford left the White House at age 18 to pursue his dream of being a cowboy on cattle ranches out West, followed closely by his ten secret service agents. He later went on to a successful acting career, appearing in over 30 movies.
One of Ford's most rewarding roles has been that of student motivational speaker. Taking time off from his Hollywood career, he began traveling across the country to urge students to empower themselves against harmful influences. He walks students through the early habits he formed during his middle school, high school, and college years that led to his alcohol addiction and he shares tools and actionable tasks that led him to regain a life of personal integrity.