Thursday, January 5, 2017

Junior League of Collin County Seeks Community Projects - Apply Here

In recognition of the Junior League of Collin County’s 40th anniversary, they have selected March 25, 2017, as a day of celebration. The League will select 40 service projects in Collin County to receive hands-on volunteers and/or in-kind support. Some of the examples of projects that League members and their families can assist with include: restocking food pantries, minor landscaping, minor repair and painting, cleaning out closets or restocking clothing, providing support items for hospital patients, and/or assisting in general with organizational or cleanup projects.

Originally founded by 13 visionary women in 1976 as the Plano Service League, the organization became the Junior League of Plano when it was accepted into the Association of Junior Leagues International in 1984. In 2011, the Junior League of Plano adopted a new name, the Junior League of Collin County, to more accurately reflect the growing countywide membership and expanding community impact. The League has a deep history in the Collin County community, and through the decades, members have remained committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community. Evidence of this impactful work can be seen across our community, as members have engaged in community building since the earliest days of the League. JLCC members engage and commit to making positive change and serving as leaders across the community.

We are encouraging all agencies to apply using the online 40 Celebrating 40 form below. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Superstar Artist Participation Drives Success of ACM Events Resulting in Record $1.5 Million Donation to ACM Lifting Lives®

Superstar country artists played a key role in the success of the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards™, ACM Honors and other ACM events in 2016, resulting in a stellar year for the Academy – including reaching 11.7 million viewers with special country music moments during primetime in September alone -- and the highest-ever annual donation to ACM Lifting Lives - $1.5 million.

In April, the 51st ACM Awards telecast returned to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, which reached 11.2 million viewers on CBS. And for the first time ever this fall, ACM Honors became a televised special reaching more than 4 million viewers. In addition, the ACM-constructed one-of-a-kind musical collaboration featuring Keith Urban with Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town in the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast reached nearly 8 million viewers. Both specials aired on Friday, September 9, 2016, with SU2C preceding ACM Honors on the CBS Television Network, for a combined viewership of 11.7 million. Ticket proceeds from several 2016 ACM events went to the ACM Lifting Lives donation, among other Academy contributions.
To date the Academy has given over $8 million to ACM Lifting Lives, resulting in more than 100 grants, 75 emergency grants to music industry professionals in need, and partnerships with Music Health Alliance, Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, among many, many others.

“The important work ACM Lifting Lives does in improving lives through the power of music is only possible because of the incredible artists and industry friends who donate their time and talent to ACM events, period,” said Tiffany Moon, ACM EVP/Managing Director. “We will continue to make every charitable dollar we spend stretch to reach those who need it most. It’s a process we all feel privileged to be a part of, and we’re grateful to the ACM and Lifting Lives Boards for their support.” 
PHOTO: [Left to right] Academy of Country Music Officers and ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors: Paul Moore (Parliamentarian), Carmen Romano (Treasurer), Duane Clark (Vice President), Tommy Moore (Secretary), Ken Tucker (Chairman), Lori Badgett (Past ACM Lifting Lives Chairman), Ed Warm (ACM LL Chairman), Ben Vaughn (President), and Tiffany Moon (ACM EVP, Managing Director).

About the Academy of Country Music
Founded in Southern California in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) is a fan-focused artist and industry-driven organization, providing the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of ACM LIFTING LIVES, the charitable arm of the Academy which works to improve lives through the power of music. The Academy has a rich history in the entertainment industry, having been founded when Southern California was a hotbed of emerging country music and when Westerns were a staple of television programing and film production. Comprised of more than 4,900 professional members nationwide, the ACM is headquartered in Encino, Calif. For more information, log onto or

About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Chevy Brings Snow to Dallas Kids for Surprise Holiday Celebration

It was a snowy afternoon in Dallas yesterday as Chevrolet surprised hundreds of children at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas by converting their Mesquite, TX Club into a “Pop-Up North Pole.” The event featured real snow, sledding, cookie decorating, winter-themed games, and other festive activities to provide a fun and memorable holiday experience for children.
Chevrolet and Boys & Girls Clubs pulled off the ultimate holiday surprise by transforming the children’s afterschool facility into an unexpected and true Winter Wonderland. Over 200 children from the Dallas area, ranging in age from 6 to18, jumped off the school bus into a snowy playground for the afternoon.
Santa and Mrs. Claus were also there to hear kids’ holiday wish lists, and each child in attendance received a special gift provided by Chevrolet.
“Chevrolet wanted to do something unique this holiday season to give back to the Dallas community,” said Grant Lindsay, Chevrolet Spokesperson, Dallas. “At its core, Chevrolet has the same ‘never give up’ spirit that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas instills in the children they work with, and we were thrilled to give them a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Chevrolet has a rich history in the State of Texas and specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The brand is invested in the Dallas community, by collaborating with local organizations like the Boys & Girls Club.
“We couldn’t be more thankful to Chevrolet for bringing the North Pole to Boys & Girls Clubs in Dallas,” said Cherri Rowe, Area Director of Operations & Traditional Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. “We aim to provide life-changing programs and experiences to the children that are part of our organization, and the opportunity to play in the snow in Texas will leave a lasting impression for years to come.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Make Christmas Bright. What's your #RedKettleReason ?

Raise Funds. Change Lives.
With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are looking forward to spending time with family and friends, enjoying our favorite recipes, and, most importantly, embracing the Christmas spirit of giving. Through the #RedKettleReason fundraiser, you have the opportunity to help those most in need of your generosity this time of year. Here’s how it works:
  1. Choose your community
  2. Choose your cause
  3. Invite friends to help raise funds for your cause
It’s that simple. So join the giving movement today by starting a team, joining a team, or raising funds on your own to support the causes you care about the most.

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.