Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On The {Charity} Scene: Dallas Stars Foundation Casino Night

Park Place Lexus & Jaguar recently hosted the 16th annual Casino Night benefiting Dallas Stars Foundation.  This year’s Mardi Gras themed event welcomed Dallas Stars players, coaches and personalities, along with more than 650 fans sold out the popular event, which was a Casino Night attendance record.
Dallas Stars Captain Jamie Benn; Dallas Stars Chief Operating Officer Jason Farris; Dallas Stars Foundation Executive Director Jessica Dunn; and Park Place Lexus President JordanCase
Fans enjoyed intimate access to their favorite Stars players, as they served as casino dealers to guests, playing Blackjack, Poker, Craps and Roulette. Guests enjoyed live music by Hale Baskin and her Jazz Addiction, Cajun-style cuisine by Cool River Café, an open bar with great drinks and wines by Estancia, a Whiskey Tasting by Jack Daniels, and a Cigar Roller. They also got a chance to take pictures with their favorite players in the photo booth, and a chance to win a beautiful diamond at the Diamond Champagne bar by J. Patrick Diamonds.
Dallas Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff deals blackjack at Casino Night 2015
Attendees participated in a silent auction, which featured autographed memorabilia, including jerseys from current and former Dallas Stars players. Some of the best-selling items were framed jerseys, a George Strait Guitar, Justin Timberlake autographed photo, Wayne Gretzky jersey, Gordie Howe jersey, Team USA framed piece, a week in Hawaii, and custom Dallas Stars poker table.
There was also a live auction with experience packages, such as the opportunity to travel with the Stars on a two game road trip, a trip with the team to Nashville to watch the Stars game and visit the Jack Daniel’s distillery, a round of golf with Antoine Roussel and Vernon Fiddler at Stonebriar Golf Club, and Dave and Busters outing with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
Dallas Stars Forwards Brett Ritchie (L) and Curtis McKenzie with Carolyn Alvey of Murphy
  The annual event, which raises money to support the charitable causes of the Dallas Stars Foundation, was a record breaking one – raising $325,000 for the Dallas Stars Foundation.

The Dallas Stars Foundation focuses on providing support to children in our community so they may lead quality lives and develop into contributing members of society. Through teamwork, interaction, and education, the Dallas Stars Foundation works to bring together all members of the Metroplex and build a bright future for today’s youth.

Tessa Meredith and Kristi Graham (both from McKinney) with former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco

Monday, March 23, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity: St. Andrew UMC Prom Closet March 23-28

St. Andrew United Methodist Church hosts its annual Prom Closet this week, and they're in need of volunteers today through Saturday, March 28th.
Community and church members have graciously donated shoes, wraps, jewelry, handbags, dresses and other accessories for this annual event, now in its 7th year. Girls who cannot afford a prom dress are able to shop this free event.
The impact a beautiful prom dress makes on a teenage girl and her family is immeasurable. Last year, 678 girls received prom dresses and accessories.
Volunteers are need to assist high school girls in their shopping experience -- selecting a dress and finding the perfect shoes, jewelry and a handbag to accessorize. Girls leave the church 'boutique' so thrilled with their complete look for prom.
Visit this link to volunteer for a two-hour (or longer!) shift.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hot Ticket: ACM Lifting Lives "One Night, Two Cities, All Music" Benefit Gala

On this gloomy day, we are day dreaming of the upcoming ACM fun that will soon visit our fabulous city next month.  Here is a hot ticket event that you don't want to miss!  It's an extra special night in that both Dallas and Fort Worth will be a part of the action -- a star-studded event at two locations benefiting one worthy cause.
The Academy of Country Music’s philanthropic arm, ACM Lifting Lives®, with country music luminaries Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will host its first-ever fundraising gala on April 17, 2015, just two days before the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala presented by Mattress Firm will consist of two shows taking place simultaneously at the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo.
The Omni Dallas Hotel gala will feature headliner and ACM Awards nominees Lady Antebellum, and a special performance by Hunter Hayes. Fort Worth Zoo will feature ACM Awards nominees including headliner Keith Urban, and a special performance by Little Big Town. Nancy O’Dell, Emmy®-award winning journalist and co-host of Entertainment Tonight, will join Brooks and Yearwood to co-host the Fort Worth gala.
Garth and Trisha will alternate between both locations throughout the evening to entertain attendees in Dallas and Fort Worth.  A host of celebrities along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives are scheduled to attend. The inaugural gala will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner, live auction and a stellar line-up of performances by country music’s most celebrated artists.
ACM Lifting Lives will be donating funds raised from the gala to several Texas-based organizations including Garth Brooks’ charity, Teammates for Kids and the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth.
The gala is among the highly-anticipated events held during ACM Awards week. The awards ceremony itself, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
For more information on the gala, including ticket inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please contact ACM Lifting Lives at gala@acmcountry.com.
We hope to see you there!

Monday, March 2, 2015

This Week's Hot Tickets: Extraordinary Jazz Concert, Celeb Spelling Bee, Empty Bowls Luncheon

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Wednesday evening, almost 20 legendary trumpet players including Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Loughnane (the band Chicago) and Canadian Brass alumni Ronnie Romm, Ryan Anthony, Jens Lindenmann and Joe Burgstaller will join members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeff Tyzik and Robert Moody and the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band in a once-in-a-lifetime musical event at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

The concert's first half opens with the moving last movement of Resphigi's "Pines of Rome" then culminates in an exciting multi-trumpet "Carnival of Venice" all backed by members of the world-renown Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  The second half features jazz greats including Arturo Sandoval & Doc Severinsen from the Tonight Show. All players will join at the end for a raucous jam version of Tommy Dorsey's "Well, Git It."
Reading Partners 2014 Celebrity Spelling Bee
This fundraising event features prominent local Dallas celebrities, corporate leaders, and community members coming together for a fun night of friendly spelling competition and celebration! All proceeds benefit Reading Partners and our students.

Celebrity Spellers

Kristi Nelson, Host, NBC
David Chard, Judge, Dean of Education, Southern Methodist University
Daryl Johnston, Three-time Super Bowl Champion and Fox Sports Analyst
Amy Havins, Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger
Serita Jakes, The Potter’s House
Mike Morath, Dallas Independent School District Board Trustee
Stephan Pyles, Chef and recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest
Jim Schutze, The Dallas Observer
Wade Smith, NFL Veteran
and YOU!
For the first time ever, we will be raffling off a seat on stage! One member from the audience will join a team on stage during competition. Guests will nominate their friends during the cocktail hour.
16th Annual Empty Bowls
The 16th Annual Empty Bowls event takes place this Friday, March 6th. Guests will enjoy lunch at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. In addition to soup and other bowl friendly fare from 20 of North Texas’ finest restaurants, attendees can select a handcrafted bowl from some of Texas’ finest artists as a memento of the day.
Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Non-Profit Spotlight: Klyde Warren Park

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Klyde Warren Park has become an oasis in the heart of Dallas, providing connectivity between Downtown and Uptown. This unique space is unlike any park in the region.
It costs roughly $3.5 million to run the park each year, which is raised through private donations, corporate sponsorships, event rental revenue, and contributions from a PID (public improvement district). Klyde Warren Park is launching their first public fundraising campaign, "i heart the park," to celebrate how much we all enjoy Klyde Warren Park, as well as support one of the keys to its success — the park’s free programming. They hope to raise $50,000 through online donations, social media awareness, events in the park, and merchandising, in support of free programing.
"i heart the park” will enable everyone who enjoys Klyde Warren Park to support its success. If you’re a dog lover, you "heart" the park! If you’re a music fanatic, you "heart" the park! If you love fitness, you "heart" the park! Share what YOU love about Klyde Warren Park on social media and use the hashtag #iheartthepark, or post your photo to the gallery: http://www.iheartthepark.com/participate.html

Monday, February 16, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity: Feed My Starving Children MobilePack

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Feed My Starving Children MobilePackTM events allow people across the United States to pack life-giving meals. In 2013, more than 208,000 MobilePack volunteers packed over 50 million meals, with 206 events in over 38+ states.
We invite you be a part of the hunger solution. This is an opportunity to learn about hunger related issues, pray for those in need, raise funds to cover the cost of meals and pack meals for the hungry. Through this powerful event, we can impact the lives of thousands of children.
Join a team of volunteers this Friday and Saturday - February 20 and 21 - at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco

Monday, February 9, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity: Financial Aid Workshops

Volunteer to help North Texas students access Financial Aid for College

Throughout February, United Way and The Commit! Partnership are hosting student financial aid workshops assisting North Texas families in accessing funds for college.
Volunteer Financial Aid Form Assistants are needed to navigate North Texas students through financial aid applications. As a Financial Aid Form Volunteer, you will visit with families and help them complete the financial aid forms, as well as provide general guidance on the appropriate next steps to access money for college. A simple 30 minute online webinar is recommended and will be provided to all volunteers.
Sign up as a financial form assistant (training provided) or as a general event volunteer.  Click here to view available dates and times:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hot Ticket: Red Hot Fashion Show, Sugar Ray Leonard

Here are TWO Hot Tickets this week -- fun for a good cause!
The 31st Anniversary Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show
featuring fashions by Highland Park Village
Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Champagne Reception at 10:00 am
Fashion Show by Highland Park Village at 11:00 am
Lunch at 12:00 pm
Fashion Show produced by Jan Strimple
Luncheon Chair: Lisa Singleton
JCPenney will present the third annual "Join the Fight" luncheon benefiting Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County Feb. 12, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Dallas/Frisco Hotel and Convention Center. Featuring boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and WFAA's Pete Delkus as emcee, the luncheon will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from a dynamic speaker on the long-term impact of abuse and to provide support for victims of this violent crime.