Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Junior League of Dallas Past Presidents and Ball Chairs Celebration

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Junior League of Dallas past Presidents and Ball Chairs gathered at the Park Cities home of Linda and Bill Custard to be honored by the 2016-2017 Board of Directors, as well as Junior League President Bonner Allen and Ball Chair Isabell Novakov.
Past Presidents with 2016-2017 President Bonner Allen
 Attendees sipped on wine and champagne courtesy of Favorite Brands, beer from Andrews Distributing, and munched on light bites like tenderloin sandwiches, crudités, fruit and cheeses, as well as a variety of desserts including mini lemon meringue pies and truffles.
Alicia and Scott Wood

In the grand foyer, JLD President Bonner Allen kicked off the evening’s remarks by reminding guests that JLD is celebrating 95 years of dedication and devotion, and how JLD has played a pivotal role in shaping the Dallas community by training women in volunteerism and leadership.

Jeremy Lock, D’Andra Simmons-Lock, Darryl Freling and Emily Eisenhauer-Freling

“For 95 years, the Junior League of Dallas has given civic minded women opportunities to make Dallas and the lives of its citizens better,” Bonner Allen, JLD president said. “The women in this room embody that call to action and deserve to be celebrated for the great contributions they have made in cultivating leaders who collectively address the critical needs of our community.”

Pam Perella, JLD Sustaining Advisor Lynn McBee, Christie Carter and JLD Ball Chair Isabell Novakov
Following, JLD Ball Chair Isabell Novakov had the distinct honor of thanking the gracious hosts for the evening, as well as announcing upcoming signature events which includes: The Milestones Luncheon featuring Venus Williams, the 55th Annual Ball, and a family-friendly 95th Anniversary Celebration, which will take place on JLD’s charter date of May 4. This year’s Milestones Luncheon will take place Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The 55th Junior League of Dallas Ball will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel and will pay tribute to past JLD Ball Chairs who are now serving as Sustaining Advisors.

JLD Vice President of Membership Jodi McShan, President-Elect Jennifer Tobin, Vice President of Signature Projects Beth Lloyd, Vice President of Development Christa Sanford, President Bonner Allen, and Vice President of Finance Melissa Wickham
Guests included: Hosts Linda and Bill Custard, JLD President Bonner Allen, JLD Ball Chair Isabell Novakov, Lydia and Dan Novakov, Honorary Ball Chair Karen and David Shuford, Lynn McBee, Diane Scovell, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Ashley and Marcus Allen, Meredith and David Camp, Susan and Bob Jenevein, Jan and Barry Baldwin, Kathy and John Jackson, Alicia and Scott Wood, Rue and Tuck Henry, Linda and David Quisenberry, Kay Gilbert, Leigh Ann Haugh, Laura Johnson, Elizabeth and Eric Gambrell, Deborah and Craig Sutton, Pam Perella, Heather Bonfield, Angela Nash, and D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock.

"In Grandma's Garden" - Breast Cancer Awareness Reception and Book Signing

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Park Cities residents Muffin Lemak and Susan Palma hosted a cocktail reception to celebrate author and philanthropist Brenda West Cockerell’s children’s book, In Grandma’s Garden, and the recent partnership with Baylor Heath Care System Foundation’s Celebrating Women.

Hostess Susan Palma, Author Brenda West Cockerell and Hostess Muffin Lemak
n honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, friends of the three women gathered in the garden room in the home of Muffin Lemak to mix and mingle amongst the flowers while light bites and delicate desserts by Preston Hollow Catering were passed. Guests marveled at the book’s illustrations as Cockerell explained that 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of In Grandma’s Garden will benefit breast cancer research and support initiatives.

Lindsay Mayer, Cara Carmickle, Joelle Mayer and Amie Raney

 Current beneficiaries include Baylor Heath Care System Foundation’s Celebrating Women for the purpose of breast cancer research, and specifically Dr. Joyce O’Shaughnessy’s revolutionary work. Celebrating Women is Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s annual luncheon to raise funds for Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas’ fight against breast cancer. By working with Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Cockerell hopes to bring change to those struggling with breast cancer by increasing awareness and funding for the breast cancer research of Dr. Joyce O’Shaughnessy, medical oncologist at the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas and Celebrating Women Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research.

Claire Emanuelson and Piper Wyatt

In Grandma’s Garden was written as a tribute to Holly Horton, a fellow educator and Cockerell’s dear friend who passed away from breast cancer in 2009. Together, the friends bonded over memories of blissful days spent in their grandmothers’ gardens and dreamed of creating a children’s book that would elicit the same joy with readers.

Julie Hawes and Christy Berry

 Holly’s battle with breast cancer was one that many women in our community are fighting,” Cockerell said. “I can’t think of a better way to honor Holly than by donating the proceeds of In Grandma’s Garden to fund research in hope of finding a cure for breast cancer.”
Guests included: Brenda Cockerell, Muffin Lemak, Susan Palma, DeeDee Lee, Christy Berry, Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt, Shelle Sills, Kathy Shuford, Barbara Fritts, Neva Hall, Cindy Feld, Ola Fojtasek, Jolie Humphrey, Beth Ewing, and Lisa Anwar, among others.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Shop Like a Hero! Partners Card Starts Today!

Partners Card 2016, presented by Bank of Texas, is the only sale where you truly save.  That is, save lives and support the critical work of The Family Place.

100% of your Partners Card purchase price goes directly to supporting survivors of family violence.

Here's how it works:
  • Purchase a Partners Card for $70
    • Call Partners Card hotline at 214.443.7754 or visit by October 21.
    • Purchase from community seller volunteers, your neighborhood Tom Thumb or one of the card-selling stores listed in bold starting October 21.
    • Download the Partners Card App from the Apple Store or Google Play and purchase your card digitally.
  • The Partners Card entitles the cardholder to a 20% discount at participating retailers for a ten-day period from October 28 - November 6, 2016.  There are more than 750 retailers that participate in the program each year. 
  • The “Card” is on the back of an easy-to-use directory with a detailed listing of all retailers by area, category and alphabetically.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bryan's House Announces Launch of Jubilee Society

Bryan's House has announced the Jubilee Society, a group of leaders dedicated to engage people directly with the children served at Bryan's House.  Haylee Hall is leading this great movement and endeavor with excellence.

Founding Advisors include Jimmy Westcott, Carol Seay, Sarah Losinger, D'Andra Simmons, Nancy Roe, Lisa Genecov, Dotti Reeder, Jane Geisse, Robin Brister, and Kay Wood.

What IS the Jubilee Society?
The society provides (to Bryan’s House), a total of 5000 service hours from 500 members a year, who are leaning-in to serve at-risk families that have children with special medical needs.

Memberships are $50, and only 500 memberships are available. A lapel pin is provided for each member.

10 hours of service working directly with the children for various volunteer projects is required. That means working on adopt-a-family, rocking babies, art projects, hosting events in home to raise awareness, being a peer captain, luncheon volunteer, attending health events to advocate for Bryan’s House – it’s all possible. The member chooses the level of impact they want to make, that works with their schedule.

Jubilee Society Origin, Princess of Wales, was the first royal and woman of substance to kiss and embrace a person in public with HIV/AIDS, back in the 1980’s. It changed the way people saw those with special medical challenges – living with compassion and dignity was a focus. It is with Diana in mind that we named the society, and will bring people together to serve our children (we have infants right now, exposed and impacted by HIV/AIDS), and many more with special therapy and medical needs. We’ve impacted 402 children so far this year and predict over 600 children and 600 caregivers/parents served this year alone.

This is humanitarian work, combined with savvy leadership – it’s a win-win!

Stay tuned for updates and a launch party announcement in the coming months.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mosaic 7th Annual Gala Honoring Dallas Councilmember

100% of proceeds benefit Mosaic's efforts to combat human trafficking & domestic violence. 
For more information about Mosaic, please visit

The Mosaic gala is an annual celebration of the work we’ve accomplished and the people who make that work possible. It’s a chance to gather with our friends and celebrate the resiliency of victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Celebrate with us on October 20th- we’ll provide the cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, an exciting silent auction, a raffle drawing + casino, amazing swag bags, and live entertainment by DJ LC and emcee Steve Kemble!

Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates is the recipient of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award. Join us at our 7th Annual Gala as we honor Councilmember Gates for her remarkable dedication to making a difference in the lives of Dallas residents. Jennifer’s extraordinary work with the Domestic Violence Task Force and Public Safety Committee continues to bring awareness to human rights abuses and empowers the clients we serve. Our work would not be possible without her.

Thursday, October 20th
6:45pm   Registration
7:00pm   Social Hour
8:00pm   Dinner & Program

Cocktail Attire
Complimentary Valet Parking
*Reservations will be held at the door.

Reserve your seat here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Enjoy The Spirit of Taos Right Here in Dallas

Hosted by the Friends of Wilkinson Center, the annual Spirit of Taos event brings a southwest flare with food, music and dancing!

 Guests enjoy a cocktail reception, where everyone has their drink of choice and some passed appetizers. A casual seated dinner follows, with tacos, brisket sliders, yuca fries and Emporium Pies. Guests enjoy live music, dancing and an amazing raffle.