Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 Equest Triple Crown Gala: Hats & Horses

Hats & Horses - A Texas Derby Day Soiree!
Saturday, May 3rd
3:00-7:00 PM
Equest at the Texas Horse Park
Attire: Texas Derby style -- Derby hats and boots encouraged!
The Triple Crown Gala features live demonstrations by the Horses and Riders of Equest, cocktails, silent/live auctions, great food and music as well as a live broadcast of the running of THE KENTUCKY DERBY!
Gala Co-Chairs: Shay Geyer and Maggie Kipp
Honorary Chairs: Phyllis Glazer and Val Imm Bashour
Susan Schwartz Founder's Award: Bert Headden
Featuring LIVE broadcast of The Kentucky Derby
and hard hat tours of Equest's new facility at the Texas Horse Park
To purchase tickets to the 2014 Equest Triple Crown Gala, Click here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friends of Wednesday's Child

 On April 9 our friend Pat Holder of Pat Holder and Associates attended the Friends of Wednesday's Child Luncheon and shares her experience here with us!  Enjoy:

The Grand Ballroom at Union Station was the setting for the Friends of Wednesday’s Child 30th Anniversary Luncheon on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  Libby and David Hunt/The Nancy and Herbert Hunt Family Foundation were the Presenting Sponsors.

A Champagne Reception was held in the Frisco Room before the Luncheon in honor of the Friends of Wednesday’s Child Luncheon Underwriting Sponsors.

Libby Hunt, honorary chair and her husband, David Hunt
Cachet Weinberg, Luncheon Chair, welcomed the guests and enthusiastically told of her success after being helped by Wednesday’s Child in her youth.  Libby Hunt, Honorary Chair, commented on her and her family’s desire to promote the work of the organization and to help close the educational gap for children in foster care.
Darlene Ellison, featured speaker

The Keynote Speaker was Darlene Ellison, M.S., author of The Predator Next Door. She has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, a special segment on Dateline NBC, an interview with D Magazine and more. Darlene told the Wednesday’s Child audience of her tragic life experience and her fight for survival, for herself and her children.  Her story was a reminder about how overcoming hardships and challenges can ultimately strengthen a family.
Gloria Campos, emcee; Ke’Onte Cook

The delightful Gloria Campos, recently retired Channel 8 Newscaster and a big supporter of Wednesday’s Child, was the Mistress of Ceremony. Gloria received a Double T Award for Excellence in Public Service by Texas Tech University College of Mass Communications for her weekly “Wednesday’s Child Reports.

Sharon McGowan, Executive Director, Friends of Wednesday’s Child; Linda Crawford
Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Executive Director, Sharon McGowan, spoke about how the organization is transforming the lives of students in foster care by improving their educational path. She said that without educational success, foster children are ill-equipped to support themselves and are 50% more likely to drop out of high school or not graduate on time compared to their peers.

Wednesday’s Child Mission Manager, Alisha Robertson, was presented along with the Board of Directors Chairman, Cindy D. Pagel; Vice-Chairman, Ronald Taylor; Treasurer, Jason “Jay” Towne; Secretary, Delta Emerson; and other members of the Board, including: Celia Barshop, Linda Crawford, Leigh Harris, Clara Kippes, Timmy Newsome, Jennifer Pascal and G. Brint Ryan. Each was thanked for their participation.

After a short film was presented, a delightful luncheon was served, and then Wednesday’s Child Board Member, G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan Innovative Solutions, made closing remarks.  Brint stated that the success of the Friends of Wednesday’s Child is due to the combination of the Partnership and Resources that transform the lives of children.  He expressed appreciation to the philanthropic-minded Dallas community and thanked them for the proceeds from the luncheon, which will benefit many children.
Bill and Cachet Weinberg, luncheon chair

Nancy and Herbert Hunt, presenting sponsors

Tavia Hunt, Lisa Troutt, Heather Washburne

Contributed by Pat Holder of Pat Holder and Assoc.
Photographs by Dana Driensky

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kibble and Cocktails

Kibble and Cocktails
benefitting DFW Rescue Me
Tuesday, April 29th
7-10 PM
3015 at Trinity Groves
Help give a dog a new leash on life!

FightNight XXVI benefitting The Real Estate Council Foundation

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 PM
Hilton Anatole - Chantilly Ballroom

FightNight, benefiting The Real Estate Council Foundation, is the premiere black-tie event in the commercial real estate industry. The evening features professional boxing, exceptional cuisine, casino gaming, and Vegas-style entertainment, along with amazing networking with the who’s who of the industry. Past notable guests include President George W. Bush, Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lenox Lewis and Joe Frazier.

FightNight has grown into one North Texas’ largest philanthropic events, raising more that $22 million over the past 25 years to support The Real Estate Council Foundation and its good works. These funds are paired with the pro bono expertise of The Real Estate Council members to impact projects impacting the foundation’s four target areas: affordable housing, education, economic development and the environment.

Reserve your tickets and table online now
Download the underwriting contract
Purchase your FightNight Raffle Tickets

Bring the Heat to YTAC Chili Cook-Off for a Cure

Join YTAC Dallas for the second annual Chili Cook-off for a Cure on Saturday, April 19th from 2:00-5:00 PM. The event will be held at the Foundry Bar, capitalizing on the hip bar, cool outdoor space that is perfect for cooking up some mean chili from teams comprised of YTAC supporters.
Guests will sample chili from teams comprised of YTAC’s supporters, hear live music from Tanner Louis Band, and sample cold beer and other beverages to help extinguish the heat from the chili. A team of local celebrity judges will award prizes not only for the best tasting chili, but also other categories including team spirit and theme/costume. Guests can also enter a raffle to win one of three luxury prizes.

Council for Life 5K, Fun Run & Walk - Tomorrow 4/19

Please join the 2014 Run for Life, hosted by Council for Life and the Young Leaders for Life. The race will take place on Saturday, April 19th at SMU Ford Stadium. In addition to the race, the organization will hold their first Easter Egg Hunt to celebrate the holiday.
The Run for Life starts and finishes at Gerald Ford Stadium. There are entrances on the north and south side of the field. Strollers welcome. Please, no dogs allowed.
Race Day Schedule
8:00 am Arrival/Packet Pick Up
9:00 am Kid’s Race
9:15 am 5k Run/Walk
10:15 am Awards
10: 30 am Easter Egg Hunt
Parking for the 5K is available at the Meadows Museum Garage on the East side of Highland Park United Methodist Church, in the Binkley Garage or at the Moody Colliseum Garage.

Artistic Impressions of Management at UT Dallas

The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas will host Artistic Impressions of Management, a special event celebrating the relationship between art and business, Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Naveen Jindal School of Management will be transformed into an art gallery for one night to benefit the Jindal School's art fund, which will be used to commission contemporary pieces for the school's new 108,000-square-foot, four-story expansion.
The JSOM's $25 million addition is set to open Fall 2014. The building will include the Career Management Center, interview room, on-site cafe', meeting space and tutoring areas. 

Guests will be able to view several different art exhibits while enjoying live music, food and beverages and a raffle and silent auction. Art on display will include The Construction of a Management School exhibit, winning photos from the Jindal School Business Photo Contest, The Glamour of Flight exhibit, and selected works from well-known local artists including Jim Bowman, Brad Oldham, Jon Flaming and Janet McGreal.

Individual tickets are $75 each. Purchase your tickets here.

Children’s Cancer Fund Rolled Out the Red Carpet at 26th Annual Luncheon

For the pediatric cancer patients and survivors who participated in the 26th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon, this long-anticipated event is so much more than a fundraising luncheon. It is a day of clowns, celebrities, games, magicians, and a fashion show in which they get to wear a new outfit they selected (and get to keep), provided by Dillards, and walk the catwalk with a celebrity or beloved sponsor of the event. It’s a day when they can be a star, and it’s a day far away from the hospital and treatments.  
Honorary Co-Chair Troy Aikman and Bryce Duffy
Longtime Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach joined Luncheon Co-Chairs Tyler Kuelbs and Stacie Wells, along with an outstanding lineup of celebrities, sponsors and media personalities, to take the runway with 39 young cancer patients and numerous pediatric cancer survivors in a special runway fashion show on April 4, sponsored by Dillard’s and produced by RSC Show Productions. KDFW FOX 4 News Anchors and supporters Steve Eagar and Clarice Tinsley served as Master and Mistress of
Ceremonies at the event.  
Carter Fielding and Honorary Co-Chair Roger Staubach
Celebrities who gave of their time to serve as escorts also included Cowboys legend Drew Pearson; current Dallas Cowboys Brandon Carr, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten; Rowdy; Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; Sidney Fullmer from the American Girl Movie “Saige Paints the Sky”; Ainsley Bailey from Disney’s “Shake it Up”; Rudy Gatlin; Ray Johnston; Miss Texas Teen Kellie Stewart, Miss Texas Ivana Hall, Jake Pavelka, and Jason Castro. Favorites include members of the Dallas Fire Department; the Pink Heals Firefighters, a national charity that provides a platform to help fight cancer; and Medieval Times.
Candace Bennett and Kellie Stewart, Miss Texas Teen
With almost 1,000 sponsors, celebrities, families and supporters in attendance, the annual luncheon raises awareness and funds for children’s cancer research at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center while serving as a positive social-psychological experience for children undergoing cancer treatment.
Amy Vanderoef (WFAA), Paige Boutilier, and Shelly Slater (WFAA)
With over $7 million in funds raised, since 1982, for pediatric cancer research, Children’s Cancer Fund continues to fund critical research while improving treatments for hundreds of children throughout the greater North Texas community,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Tyler Kuelbs.“ A significant amount of these funds are raised through CCF’s Annual Luncheon, which brings children living with cancer together for an unforgettable, embracing, and heartwarming experience. This year we hope to raise over $250,000.”
Natasha Green and Miss Texas Ivana Hall
 The finale of the show each year is a special time for all the children, both those currently battling cancer and the survivors, to join together on stage. This year the children joined Amber Carrington, North Texas native and semi-finalist on Season 4 of NBC’s top rated show “The Voice” as she performed Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Breakaway.” A few months after Amber graduated from high school, she lost her mother to breast cancer. Since then, she has been honoring her mother’s life by singing.
Pink Heals Firefighters and Tucker Salyer

Collin Boyd and Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten

Seven Loaves Community Derby Run 5K and 10K

Racing to end the impact of poverty - particularly hunger - in Collin County, The Seven Loaves Community presents Derby Run, a 5K & 10K Run on Saturday, May 3, from 7 to 11 a.m., at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, 75093. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome too!  Event co-chairs are Aimee Heiser and Pamela Sewak. On race day, Seven Loaves Community will be collecting canned tuna, canned chicken and canned fruit for the Food Pantry. A donation bin will be placed at the registration tables.
Seven Loaves Community was established in 2009. The Food Pantry, the first initiative of Seven Loaves Community, serves over 1,800 individuals monthly (half of which are children). It is estimated in 2014 over 750,000 pounds of food will be distributed. The program now includes Joseph’s Coat, a clothing closet, which provides an average of 4,000 garments each month; Project Hope, a mentoring program to support women in crisis; and Plus One, a new initiative providing hygiene products to clients.
“All three organizations are more than service providers - they are lifelines of hope and vital to Collin County,” said Rev. Jennifer Arnold, Executive Director, Seven Loaves Community. “With an estimated 130,000 people in Collin County living below the poverty level, more than half of which are children, the human need in our own local community is significant. The Derby Run helps us to raise vital funds to continue to serve those in need.”
Project Hope, a program of the Seven Loaves Community, was created to eliminate hopelessness for families by providing a grace-filled program of coaching, training, education, opportunity and hope to women in crisis who desire a sustainable quality of life. Participants, who sign a year-long contract, are identified based on referral or from the Food Pantry. The goal of the program is to transform lives by focusing on seven areas: family, faith, education, career, budget, health and counseling. Volunteers from St. Andrew and from the community have donated funds and serve as coaches, sharing their gifts and talents, meeting with the participants weekly. This program also helps by providing a stop gap program to support the needs of women in crisis who aren’t aware or who don’t currently fit the profile of existing social agencies.
Run registration includes the run, boot camp for non-runners, 100 yard dash and more. Registration is available at www.derbyrun.org. The schedule is as follows: 7 a.m. - registration and packet pick up; 7:30 a.m. – race warm up with Vitality Fitness & Nutrition; 7:45 a.m. –Call to Post; 8 a.m. – starting gate opens for the 5K & 10K; 8:30 a.m. – 100 yard dash and other events for all ages; 10 a.m. – awards ceremony.
Advance online registration closes at midnight on Thursday, May 1. Participation in the 5K or 10K will also give you access to the Family Events area. For additional information, call 214-291-8038. For more information visit: www.7loavescommunity.org.