Tuesday, February 21, 2017

5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause - Schedule Announced

The Academy of Country Music announced a return to the organization’s origins with an onslaught of events taking over Las Vegas – including a return and expansion of the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® -- in conjunction with the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
This year, ACM Party for a Cause will consist of industry and fan events located at different venues across Las Vegas including a new host hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and several others from Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Each of the festivities will feature performances by some of the biggest names and hottest new talent in country music including Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Ryan Follese, Lady Antebellum, LOCASH, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, Chris Stapleton, Michael Tyler, Clay Walker, Brett Young and many others. Festivities will also include interactive ACM fan experiences, which will be announced in the coming weeks. All events will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, which works to lift lives through the power of music. 
“Fourteen years ago, when the Academy moved the Awards to Las Vegas, we kicked off a decade of wide-ranging special events for fans including a motorcycle ride through Las Vegas and the surrounding area, a golf tournament at a prestigious club, concerts on Fremont Street, games and a country lifestyle marketplace and loads of live country music performances. This year, we’re going back to our roots with the evolution of ACM Party for a Cause events taking place throughout Las Vegas, all benefiting ACM Lifting Lives and the good work of the many worthy organizations Lifting Lives supports through grants and more,” said Ed Warm, Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives and Co-Chairman of the ACM Events Committee. “It feels good to align all of our auxiliary events surrounding the ACM Awards with a philanthropic purpose the fans have always embraced.”
The 5th ACM Party for a Cause schedule of events can be found here: www.ACMpartyforacause.com
Purchase your tickets now for this incredible event!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Hunt Legacy Continues with Bryan's House Spring Luncheon

"We are delighted to announce that the Honorary Chair for the Bryan's House Spring Everyone Has Special Needs luncheon, awards and fashion show is Haven Sands Heinrichs", said event Chair and immediate past Board President, Dr. Lisa Genecov.  Haven is a trustee for The Moozie Foundation, which was created for the grandchildren of Caroline Rose Hunt in 2014.

"The Moozie Foundation has supported Bryan's House this past year with a grant to establish the Heroes Infant Program - designed to specifically care for medically at-risk infants ages 0-18 months of age, that may have been impacted or expose to HIV/AIDS, or have another chronic daily health-education or therapy need" - stated Executive Director, Abigail Erickson. Haven is the daughter of Ramona Stark Sands and the late John Bunker Sands. Haven lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Travis and children, Stark (age 8) and Tallulah (age 6).

The Spring Luncheon, Award and Fashion Show will take place on May 4, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., at 3510 Trinity Grove, and will be hosted by Gloria Campos. The guest speaker is Mindy Scheier, founder of the "Runway of Dreams" adaptive clothing line for children with special needs. She developed the garments with Tommy Hilfiger, and children served at the agency will model the clothes for luncheon guests, with the help from community leaders. The VIP Kick-Off party will be in April, at the new Forty-Five Ten Lifestyle Store in Downtown Dallas, and is Chaired by Katherine Reeves Perot.

The Board of Bryan’s House will also honor the following people who have been vital to the success of the agency since it was established in 1988:

Health Award: Hon. Judge Clay Jenkins (work with infectious diseases –HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika)

Corporate Award: Bank of America
Philanthropist Award: Martin Woodall, Woodall Foundation
Clinical Award: Mary Mallory, RN, Children’s Medical Center Community Volunteer Award: Nancy Roe, IBM
These people and companies have been advocates, supporters and essential to deliver our mission and serve our great community.

For more details to buy a table or ticket please email aerickson@bryanshouse.org. Space is limited.


Impact Goal in 2017: 1,200 people (600 children) Ages Served: 0-5 (direct care at Pipestone), 6-12 after school care/camps & respite care 0-5, 6-21 (weekend – twice a month) Direct Care at Pipestone: It’s only 1/3 of what we do Where Do We Serve: The other 2/3 of our clients/families served are in 68 zip codes and 8 counties around DFW (offsite). 

Monday, February 6, 2017

That's What Love is 4 Gala and Celebration Dinner with Amy Grant

 Amy Grant, renowned Christian music artist, will be the featured presenter and performer at the 2nd Annual Gala, February 25th, 2017, to be held at the amazing Preston Hollow home of Lisa and Kenny Troutt.

4word continues to be the only national organization serving Christian women in the workplace and is narrowing the gap in resources facing every woman serious about her career, relationships, and faith. 4word’s mission is to connect, lead, and support Christian women in the workplace to achieve their God-given potential.

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In just five short years they have seen incredible growth of the 4word: Digital Community! With 4wordwomen.org at its center, the increased number and growth of 4word: Local Groups and the popular 4word: Mentor Program are changing lives. They are also partnering with churches and corporations through the 4word: Church Connect and 4word: Corporate Connect.  They organization is committed to maintaining this momentum and continue to expand the resources, so new ways of raising funds are needed. The Gala and Celebration Dinner responds to this need.

We very much hope that you will join our efforts and become a valued partner and ally of 4word, by agreeing to be an Event Underwriters. 

Click HERE for more information on this great event.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

What will be your family's legacy? Jubilee Society of Bryan's House Limited Memberships

The Jubilee Society of Bryan's House was formed with Princess Diana of Wales in mind.  She was a humanitarian who acted quietly to serve medically at-risk children with special health needs.

This distinguished group of women (and spouses/partners) will serve children impacted by HIV/AIDS in the “Heroes” program.

Membership is open to all ages and there is also a service-hours component available to members. The society’s founding group of 20 philanthropic and community leaders work with the membership to designate the funds raised by their efforts to the program within Bryan’s House that has the greatest need.

As a member, you will receive a legacy pin and membership that can only be passed down through your family. All funds raised through membership each year will provide focused therapy and direct daily care to infants ages 0-18 months at Bryan's House.

Only 500 memberships are available. Join The Jubilee Society and share something special with your daughter or son for your lifetime.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Free Simulcast of The Dallas Opera's Madame Butterfly at The Star in Frisco

The Dallas Opera, in partnership with The Star in Frisco and with support from founding sponsor, The Dallas Foundation, is extremely proud to announce the company’s first simulcast at The Star in Frisco – and the fifteenth free Dallas Opera simulcast since 2010 – scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The action begins at 6:30pm co-hosted by KLUV Radio’s legendary on-air personality, Jody Dean and TDO’s own Education Program Senior Manager, Kristian Roberts.

Pre-show activities include a special cartoon screening, interviews with the cast and crew, and trivia for Opera Swag.

Get there early at 4:30pm and experience the Family Zone, presented by TDO’s Arc committee in partnership with the Texas Discovery Garden, with fun crafts, learning activities, butterfly photo booth, and more.

Visit http://dallasopera.org/simulcast/ for more information.

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
www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

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.