Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities and Belk Donate 1,600 Uniforms for Back-to-School

Pat and Emmitt Smith with students at Dade Middle School
 Each year, thousands of North Texas families in need struggle to pay for school uniforms. As more schools require uniforms, some families have difficulty in providing adequate clothing for their children. On Thursday, August 13, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities (PESC) representatives, along with employees of Belk Galleria Dallas provided uniforms for two underserved DISD schools. “Education is the cornerstone to achieve what you want in life,” said Emmitt Smith. “Pat and I are honored that Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities has been able to help students in the North Texas community obtain the uniforms they need, while instilling confidence and enthusiasm to attend school.”
Mills Elementary student with her new uniform
Belk created pop-up shops in the gymnasiums at Roger Q. Mills Elementary School and Billy Earl Dade Middle School to make new uniforms available to all current students. The donation of new, high-quality clothing from PESC and Belk will help to level the playing field for these families as they gear up for back-to-school. “We feel a need to ease the stress and challenges these families endure with affording new uniforms at the start of every school year,” said Pat Smith. “We want to ensure these students start school without worrying about basic necessities, like a uniform.”
Emmitt Smith and Eddie Bernice Johnson at Mills Elementary
This was the second year Belk has supported the initiative, doubling its donations to over 1,600 uniforms this year. To date, Belk has donated more than 2,400 uniforms, a value of more than $94,000, for DISD students. “Our annual uniform donation program was created to help families who struggle to make ends meet in cities across our footprint,” said Jessica Graham, Vice President of Communications and Community Relations at Belk. “We were so happy to collaborate with Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities to bring this initiative back to Dallas.”
Pat Smith with students at Dade Middle School
At Roger Q. Mills Elementary School, PESC was honored to have the Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson attend the ceremony. Her advice to students? "Read. Study. Pray and drink water. That's what will ensure your success." Great advice for all kids of all ages! As an added surprise for Billy Earl Dade Middle School students, Carol Roberts announced that Albertsons would be donating 500,000 Campbell's e-lable points that the school can redeem for athletic and technology equipment. The Campbell's Labels for Education program is a school fund raising program designed with busy families in mind as an alternative to traditional fund raising. By saving and redeeming product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products schools can earn free educational merchandise, such as computers, software, sports equipment, musical instruments, library books and even a minivan.

Friday, August 21, 2015

NTFB Second Annual HARVEST

Join North Texas Food Bank on September 18, 2015 for the second annual HARVEST. For one night only The Shed, at the center of the revitalized Dallas Farmers Market, is transformed into a "moveable feast." Festivities will include food stations from some of Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants, specialty cocktails, entertainment by DJ Lucy Wrubel, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds will benefit the senior and child programs of the North Texas Food Bank.
Event Chair: Blake Stephenson, Modern Luxury DALLAS
Honorary Chairs: Anne and Steve Stodghill
Chef Chair: Sharon Hage
Attire: Casual Chic
For underwriting opportunities, please contact Lora Farris loraf@ntfb.org 

2nd Annual Brew Ha-Ha Benefiting Genesis Women's Shelter

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center to Kick Off Silent Disco Fundraiser this week

The Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center will host its second annual Silent Disco Benefit at Candleroom. The event will benefit The Wilkinson Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. Tickets for Young Friends Members are $35 and $45 for non-members. Each ticket includes two complimentary tickets- one for a complimentary drink and one to be used towards the raffle. Sponsorship and involvement opportunities are available by emailing Vodi Cook at vodi_cook@wilkinsoncenter.org.
The Silent Disco features great cocktails, music, fun and friends at one of the hottest night spots in Dallas. What is a Silent Disco? Each guest receives headphones with three different frequencies; depending on the frequency the guest chooses, the headphones light up in the color that corresponds to a DJ spinning at that moment.  It is called a silent disco because there is no music playing in the background when people take off their headphones. There will be 6 different DJ’s playing.
The kickoff party is this Thursday, August 13th from 6:00-10:00 pm at DEC on Dragon.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JLD Milestones Luncheon Announced

The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) has the distinct pleasure of welcoming past Linz Award Recipients Lindalyn Adams, Ruth Sharp Altshuler and Deedie Rose for a special panel discussion during the fifth annual Milestones Luncheon, set for Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
Jenna Bush Hager, contributing correspondent on NBC's Today show and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living Magazine, will moderate.  The Luncheon will also recognize the 2015-2016 JLD Sustainer of the Year, Dr. Kimberly J. Yamanouchi.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Young Friends of the Wilkson Center Throw Fabulous White Party {with society pics}

The Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center hosted its fourth annual White Party Benefit at Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar.
Chela Moros, Kristen Johnson
The event benefited Wilkinson Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.
DF Stefani Burns

Hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar were served throughout the evening, as well as late night food stations. The entrance featured a step-and-repeat for guest photos.
The scene at White Party
Illumination Fireworks provided confetti cannons, cryo machines and fireworks throughout the event and Eclipse Entertainment provided feathered samba dancers and bongo drum players.
Jack Stone, Anna Sophia Van Sweden
There were 32 amazing silent auction items which alone raised more than $8,000.

OJ DeSouza, Blake Willbrand, Jaclyn Garret, Nile Nussbaumer, Caroline Harrison, Natalie Bond, Lindsay Farrell
The Young Friends of The Wilkinson Center are a group of dynamic young millennials who are creating pathways out of poverty for the working poor in Dallas. These young professionals offer hope and inspiration. They are committed to building sustainable resources which empower Wilkinson Center clients to become self-sufficient and improve their lives.  
Dallas Executive Club
Feathered samba dancer at White Party

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Banking Presidents in DFW, with help of Texas Ranger Alum Jose Guzman, establish first-ever annual Softball Slam

The challenge is ON! The first-ever Dallas Bankers Softball Slam to benefit Nexus Recovery Center will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Texas Rangers Youth Ball Park in Arlington from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Bankers are such a competitive bunch, so when Ryan McCuller – Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch - wanted to do something to help teen girls and women living with addiction at Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas, he thought …“if we build it – they will come”.

Only six slots are available for bank teams who will play for bragging rights and spoils including BBQ, brewery tours and a rather elaborate bankers-themed trophy. Bank Presidents are asked to sponsor a team of up to 10 players. One hundred percent of funds raised through sponsorships will be invested in Nexus Recovery Center’s residential addiction recovery programs for women and young girls. The goal is to raise $100,000 in the first year.
Jay Clingman – President, Dallas Region JP Morgan CHASE Bank, accepts the sponsorship challenge from Jose Guzman to raise awareness and funds for Nexus Recovery Center. Guzman has offered to record Public Service Announcements in Spanish, to raise awareness with Latina teen girls that have experienced major trauma from abuse, trafficking, abandonment and undiagnosed mental health challenges, about the treatment available to them from this 44 year old non-profit.
McCuller asked Gerry Mecca, VP of IT and Client Services for Dr Pepper Snapple (who is well known for his love of all things “above the diamond”), to be this year’s Honorary Chair.  Scott Jones, President of Regions Bank serves on the Board of Nexus Recovery Center and is rallying fellow Bankers to engage in some good-natured competition, all for a good cause. Jones is serving as Sponsorship Chair for this first bankers slam. Anyone can come and watch the games – there is free admission.
The Dallas Bankers Softball Slam is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, DR PEPPER SNAPPLE Group, Regions Bank and Lakewood Brewery. Former Texas Ranger Alumni - Jose Guzman has been delivering sponsorship packets to bankers personally this week to advocate for the agency and for the project.
For details about forming a team or sponsoring the event, companies can email Abigail Erickson at aerickson@nexusrecovery.org for a sponsorship packet and delivery details. Contact by phone directly at 214-663-2462.