Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wilkinson Center Can Do Luncheon Sponsor Party {Society Pics}

The Can Do Luncheon Sponsor Party was held this week at the home of Rich and Tucker Enthoven.
Anne Conner, Nancy Bierman, Laura Ailshire, Maria Powers
Event Photographer: Lisa Means
Can Do Luncheon Chair Sara Albert welcomed luncheon sponsors and guests to celebrate their philanthropy and the CAN DO Spirit!
Kay Weir, Chela Moros, Nicole Flores, Bobby White
The Corey Paul Band provided live entertainment, and food was donated by Café Madrid.
Chela Moros, Laura Ailshire, Baylea Wood
The fourth annual luncheon will take place at Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, May 10th.
The 2016 recipients of the Can Do! Awards will be: North Texas Food Bank and Chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Poverty, Regina Montoya, as well as two Wilkinson Center clients, Marilu Rodriguez and Christina Parks.
Corey Paul Band

Monday, April 18, 2016

Alyssa Milano, Sterling McDavid, Pier 1 Imports Honored at 2nd Annual UNICEF Children First Gala in Dallas, TX

On Friday evening, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted the 2nd annual Childrens First: An Evening with UNICEF gala at Sixty Five Hundred in Dallas, Texas, which raised funds to support UNICEF’s mission to save and improve children’s lives.   

A view of the dining room at the Children First. An Evening With UNICEF on April 15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF)
The event honored actress Alyssa Milano with the Spirit of Compassion Award for her work in support of children throughout 13 years as a UNICEF Ambassador.  Pier 1 Imports also received the UNICEF Children First Award, accepted by President and CEO Alex W. Smith, for their 31-year commitment to raising funds and awareness for the organization, while Sterling McDavid, UNICEF Next Generation National Development Committee Chair, was presented with the inaugural NextGen Champion for Children Award, for her dedication to helping children globally.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF Co-Chair/Southwest Regional Board Vice Chair Joyce Goss, UNICEF Co-Chair Jessica Nowitzki, UNICEF Ambassador and recipient of the 'Spirit of Compassion' award Alyssa Milano and U.S. Fund for UNICEF Southwest Regional Board Chair Selwyn Rayzor at the CHILDREN FIRST. AN EVENING WITH UNICEF in Dallas, TX
Alyssa Milano said, "I’m truly grateful to be part of this special family making a difference for our world’s children.  I say family, because to me, that’s what UNICEF is: a global family. Becoming a mother has only intensified the pride I feel for this organization.  No parent should ever have to go through the pain and suffering of losing their child to preventable causes.  I hope that my dedication to UNICEF one day inspires my own children to take action and live a life that focuses on giving.”  
UNICEF Ambassador and recipient of the 'Spirit of Compassion' award Alyssa Milano speaks at the CHILDREN FIRST. AN EVENING WITH UNICEF in Dallas, TX.
Over the course of the evening, guests enjoyed a performance by country singer Sara Evans, a seated dinner and a live auction presented by Louis Murad. More than 330 guests attended the gala hosted by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers raising over $730,000 in support of UNICEF’s work.
Singer-songwriter Sara Evans (R) performs at the CHILDREN FIRST. AN EVENING WITH UNICEF in Dallas, TX.
 Notable attendees included actress Naomie Harris, event Co-Chairs Joyce Goss and Jessica Nowitzki with Dallas Chair, Let us Learn’s Serena Simmons Connelly as well as leadership committee members Catie Enrico, Sheryl Maas, Selwyn Rayzor, Leigh Rinearson, Gowri Sharma and D’Andra Simmons.
Actress Naomie Harris, Nasiba Adilova and Federica Fanari at the CHILDREN FIRST. AN EVENING WITH UNICEF in Dallas, TX
Auction packages featured a dinner with Dirk Nowitzki and friends, a “Madam Secretary” Experience with UNICEF Ambassador Téa Leoni, Manhattan in Style: New York Fashion Week, and a trip to the field to see UNICEF's work for children in action.

The School in a Box kit contains supplies and materials for a teacher and up to 40 students. The purpose of the kit is to ensure the continuation of children's education by the first 72 hours of an emergency.

Children's Hope Dinner to feature Scott Hamilton, honor Paige Rippey Locke

Best known as Olympic Gold Medalist, ice skating commentator and cancer survivor, Scott Hamilton will share another significant aspect of his life -- family and adoption -- at the 3rd Annual Children’s Hope Dinner benefiting Orphan Outreach, set for Thursday, April 21.
Supporting the organization’s work to provide for vulnerable children and orphans in some of the world’s most impoverished areas, Hamilton will reveal his touching personal story of being adopted as a baby and how he and his wife recently adopted two children from Haiti. The event will also honor Paige Rippey Locke with this year’s Children’s Hope Award for her compassionate work with orphans.

Just a few years ago, Hamilton and his wife, Tracie, adopted two children from Haiti – Evelyne and Jean Paul -- joining their two biological children Maxx and Aidan. Our hearts and family are full, thanks to the blessing of adoption,” said Hamilton. I am thrilled to be able to share my story at the upcoming Children’s Hope Dinner, and to support Orphan Outreach’s mission to serve orphans in critical need around the world.”

The Children’s Hope Dinner supports Orphan Outreach’s programs, which provide vulnerable children with basic survival needs and education. The Dinner was founded by Dallas philanthropist Jimmy Westcott, after a heart-wrenching mission trip to visit Russian orphanages. Westcott felt led to help raise awareness and urgently needed funds in support of the organization’s mission to serve some of the world’s most neglected children.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
7:00 PM
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
For people who care about orphans this year’s event is a must-attend as we celebrate our honoree Paige Rippey Locke and hear Scott Hamilton share his inspirational story,” said Michael Douris, Orphan Outreach president. This event supports our work to provide for children’s critical needs -- allowing them to attend school, receive a daily meal and, ultimately, lead full, hopeful lives.”
The dinner will be emceed by former FOX 4 reporter Becky Oliver. Sandra and Elmer Doty will serve as honorary event chairs and Angie Brackbill and Margo Isbell will serve as event chairs.
Tables & individual tickets ($200):

Sunday, April 17, 2016

World of Children Award 2016 Alumni Honors

Earlier this week, World of Children Award, an organization dedicated to setting the gold standard in child advocacy, hosted its annual 2016 Alumni Honors event emceed by Brooke Burke-Charvet at the Montage Beverly Hills. The event commemorated past honorees who have continued their extraordinary efforts to change the lives of vulnerable children around the world.
2016 Alumni Honorees Denisse Pichardo, Dr. Ashok Banskota and Ryan Heljac, with Emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet
Credit: Joe Scarnici / Getty Images for World of Children Award
 This year’s World of Children 2016 Alumni Honorees and real life heroes included: Dr. Ashok Banskota (2011 Health Award), founding chairman of the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) in Nepal which focuses on treating underprivileged children with orthopedic disabilities; Ryan Hreljac (2003 Youth Award) founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation, which brings clean water and sanitation to vulnerable youth and their families; and Denisse Pichardo (2011 Humanitarian Award) of Caminante Proyecto Educativo, who focuses on rescuing and sheltering youth victims of the sex tourism industry in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
David Charvet and Brooke Burke-Charvet, with children Shaya and Rain

It was a family affair for emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet as she was joined by her husband actor David Charvet and children Rain Charvet, and Shaya Charvet. During the event, Brooke was in awe of all of the incredible work the honorees have accomplished, her children have been so inspired by the work World of Children does, that daughter Rain also wanted to take part and served as one of the evening’s presenters helping her mom hand out the awards.
Brooke Burke-Charvet on stage at World of Children Award event
Each 2016 Alumni Honoree received a specially designed James Banks Design medal and a cash grant of $30,000+ to continue their outstanding work with children.
Brooke Burke-Charvet and Rain Charvet wearing the handcrafted James Bank bracelets
During the event, attendees purchased the featured handcrafted Lapis Beaded Bracelets from the “Unlock the Future” jewelry collection made exclusively for World of Children Award by Adam Shulman and Heidi Nahser Fink of James Banks Design. Each bracelet purchase helps to “Unlock the Future” for a child being served by a World of Children Award Honoree program. The collection is available exclusively at World of Children Award events and on through the World of Children Award website
Yemin Orde Youth Choir
The Yemin Orde Youth Choir, a group of at-risk immigrant teens from the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, performed at the event part of their 2016 U.S. Tour. Choir members range in age from 15 to 18 years old and are from Ethiopia, France, Ukraine, Israel, and Brazil.
Brooke Burke-Charvet, Rain Charvet, and the Carlthorp School Chorus
Attendees included emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet (CEO of ModernMom, Host of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes) in a Cushnie et Ochs dress, Gucci heels and jewelry by Jacquie Aiche along with husband David Charvet and their daughter Rain Charvet and son Shaya Charvet, Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz (Co-Founders & Co-Chairs, World of Children Award), Jae Goodman (Chief Creative Officer and Co-Head, CAA Marketing), Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer) in Viktor & Rolf top, Alaia pants, Gucci heels and Love Bomb bracelet, Adam Croasdell (Once Upon a Time), the Yemin Orde Youth Choir, the Carlthorp School Chorus, and more.
Due to generous support and success of the fundraising efforts the 2016 Alumni Honors event raised more than $300,000 for vulnerable children. The funds raised at Alumni Honors will be directed to the programs run by the three 2016 Alumni Honorees through grants for their organizations.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Children First: An Evening with UNICEF Honoring Alyssa Milano, Pier 1 Imports, and Sterling McDavid

Friday, April 15, 2016
6:30 PM  Cocktails
7:30 PM  Dinner & Program
After Party to Follow
Sixty Five Hundred - 6500 Cedar Springs Road | Dallas
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF will host the second annual Children First: An Evening with UNICEF event, presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers. Celebrating UNICEF’s work in more than 190 countries, the event also serves as a tribute to outstanding humanitarian leaders for their support of the organization’s mission to save and improve children’s lives around the world
Alyssa Milano, the actress best known for her roles in Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed and most recently Mistresses, who currently is the host and a judge on Project Runway All Stars, will be honored with the Spirit of Compassion Award for her tireless work in support of children through more than 10 years as a UNICEF Ambassador.
Pier 1 Imports will be the recipient of the UNICEF Children First Award for their 31-year commitment to raising awareness and funds for the organization. Pier 1 Imports’ President and CEO, Alex W. Smith, will be accepting the award on Pier 1 Imports’ behalf.
Sterling McDavid, the UNICEF Next Generation National Development Committee Chair, will be presented with the inaugural NextGen Champion for Children Award, for her dedication and efforts to raise awareness in her community of issues affecting children globally.
The evening will feature a live performance by country singer Sara Evans. Live auction presented by Louis Murad. The fundraiser will support UNICEF’s life-saving programs worldwide and a portion of the funds raised during the live auction will also benefit UNICEF’s Let Us Learn program, which supports educational projects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, Madagascar and Nepal.
Children First: An Evening with UNICEF will be Co-Chaired by Joyce Goss and Jessica Nowitzki with Dallas Chair, Let Us Learn’s Serena Simmons Connelly. The event’s leadership committee includes Catie Enrico, Sheryl Maas, Selwyn Rayzor, Leigh Rinearson, Gowri Sharma and D’Andra Simmons.
More information on UNICEF and this event: 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Get Ready to Tackle Hunger at Taste of the NFL

Join the team and get ready to tackle hunger! The North Texas Food Bank and the Dallas Cowboys present the 12th Annual Taste of the NFL. Continuing in its legendary tailgate roots, the 2016 Taste of the NFL will be held once again at AT&T Stadium. The event will feature past and present Dallas Cowboys players, Abacus restaurant executive chef and proprietor Kent Rathbun and more than 20 of the area’s hottest chefs.
Support the North Texas Food Bank’s child programs as you enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. It’s a party with a purpose! Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised nearly $2 million for hungry North Texas children.
12th Annual Taste of the NFL
Sun, May 1, 2016
AT&T Stadium
5:00 – 6:00 PM VIP Event
6:00 – 10:00 PM Main Event
Entertainment Country artist and song writer, Jack Ingram

Featured Restaurants
Abacus • Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill • Clark Food & Wine • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse • Frosted Art Bakery & Studio • il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar • La Duni • Legends Hospitality at AT&T Stadium • Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ • NTFB Community Kitchen • The Oceanaire Seafood Room • Off the Bone Barbeque • Salum Restaurant • The Second Floor by Scott Gottlich • Shinsei • The Slow Bone and Maple & Motor • Suze • Texas de Brazil 
Provided by Texas Fine Wine, including Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards,Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars and Spicewood Vineyards. 
Event Contact: Lora Farris, or call 214-330-1396

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Schoolyard Fun at Recess! Benefiting Dallas Afterschool

Friday, April 29, 2016
Sixty Five Hundred
7:00 - 11:00 PM
ATTIRE: Casual Chic
HONORARY CHAIR: Serena Simmons Connelly
Join us for a casual evening of schoolyard fun! With gourmet ‘cafeteria’ food, music, games and more, you can be a kid again at RECESS. You won't want to miss the famous Sandbox for your chance to discover some amazing luxury prizes or the auction stocked with one-of-a-kind field trips and toys. Bring your friends and enjoy this adults-only party!
All proceeds from RECESS! directly support Dallas Afterschool's mission to improve the quality of afterschool and summer programs in our community. Working with 416 staff members at 120 sites throughout Dallas, they inform, train, support and evaluate programs collectively serving 9,000 disadvantaged K-12 grade students.