Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund Announces Funds Raised from Telethon Special

Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief today announced that more than $55,000,000 was raised from the one-hour telethon special, which aired on Tuesday, September 12. The much needed funds will go to aid people affected by both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Comic Relief USA, the organization behind Red Nose Day and Idol Gives Back, will manage and distribute all grants made from the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund at Comic Relief USA to the Hand in Hand charitable partners which include: the Rebuild Texas Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Florida, Feeding Texas, Direct Relief, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, United Way of Greater Houston, United Way Irma Recovery Fund and the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief (administered through the Greater Houston Community Foundation).

Online, text and phone donations to the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund will continue to be accepted. Links to donate digitally via credit card or PayPal are available by visiting Supporters have the option to make a $25 donation to the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund by simply texting "GIVE" to 80077 on their US mobile phones. Supporters can also call 1-800-258-6000 to donate by credit card, calls are toll free in the US.

"It has been truly amazing to witness the reactions in our country in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma," said Scooter Braun, founder of SB Projects and an Executive Producer of Hand in Hand. "In the aftermath of tragedy, it's important that we take action and care for our neighbors. There is still so much rebuilding to be done and our hope is to not only continue to raise funds but also inspire others to do what they can to help. "

Hand in Hand was broadcast live on several television, radio and streaming networks garnering an audience of over 40 million across all platforms combined. The one-hour special featured appearances, performances, and messages of support from more than 130 celebrities, musicians, and personalities from 4 different locations.

#WhalesForACause - YOU can help support Pajama Program with this fun activity!

vineyard vines has teamed up with Simon & Schuster to support Pajama Program, providing new books and clean pajamas to transform bedtime for at-risk children, because good nights are good days!

Here's how YOU can help:

Cut out your Whales for a Cause whale & color it in—let your favorite book inspire you!

Step #2  Share it with #WhalesForACause on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter

Step #3  Donate a book! Drop off a NEW children's or young adult book at vineyard vines retail and outlet stores between September 18-24 during the Whales for a Cause Book Drive!

vineyard vines will donate one book to the Pajama Program for every whale you upload with the hashtag through October 21, 2017. Simon & Schuster will match their donation up to 1,000 books. Additionally, Vineyard Vines will donate 200 pair of brand new kids' lounge pants to Pajama Program. Additionally, vineyard vines will donate 200 pair of brand new kids' lounge pants to Pajama Program!

Save the Date: Chi Omega Christmas Market 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TexProtects Awards Gala

TexProtects Awards Gala
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Union Station - Dallas, TX

Honorary Event Chairs: Sally and Forrest Hoglund
Event Chairs: Whitney and Rob Strauss
  • Children’s Champion Awardee: Texas State Representative John M. Zerwas
  • Children’s Hero Awardee: Susan Etheridge, Executive Director, CASA of Collin County and former CPS Program Administrator, in honor of all current and former CPS caseworkers.
Reception: 6:00 pm-7:15pm
Dinner/Awards/Speaker/Auction: 7:15pm-9:30pm
(time subject to change)

TexProtects is autonomous, nonpartisan and is the only membership-driven agency in Texas to take a comprehensive and in-depth approach to child abuse and prevention and apply it to a statewide advocacy and education effort. Our work encompasses both meeting the immediate needs of at-risk children and their families and communities, as well as developing long term solutions.

Monday, September 18, 2017

12th Annual Corporate Cup Golf Tournament Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

The 12th Annual Corporate Cup benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) will, once again, take place at the exclusive Dallas National Golf Club on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. 100% of the proceeds from the tournament will go directly to BGCD, which will provide the opportunity to impact the lives of our members through after-school programing.

The day will include an 18-hole traditional golf tournament, to be followed by a cocktail hour, awards presentation and Q&A session with a special guest (TBD). 

The 2016 Corporate Cup tournament raised more than $300,000, ranking it high on the Dallas Business Journal’s list of North Texas charity golf tournaments in terms of net proceeds from total revenue. Due to the success, Corporate Cup is able to provide funding to further the BGCD’s effective and impactful programs, such as Academic Success and Collegiate STEPS.

Art House Dallas: A Light in the City - featuring Cary Pierce and others

For the last 7 years Art House Dallas has been A Light in the City - a beacon for Artists and Creatives of all kinds to gather, connect and create. 

Please join them on Thursday, October 12 to celebrate this diverse collection of Musicians, Painters, Photographers, Writers and Creatives that make this great city a more beautiful place. 

The evening will feature: 
Charlie Peacock | Grammy-winning Writer & Producer and founder of Art House America in Nashville 
Sara Groves | Three-time Dove award nominee and founder of Art House North in St. Paul, MN 
Cary Pierce | Award winning artist from Jackopierce and Executive Director of Art House Dallas 

Prior to the show, browse our pop-up Art Gallery and enjoy Drinks, Heavy Hors d’ouevres and Dessert catered by Bolsa - all included in your ticket. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 Meal for the Minds Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Emmitt Smith

 Silent Auction opens at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch Program begins at 11:45 a.m.

Complimentary valet

Purchase tickets & sponsorships online now!

Emmitt Smith has spoken publicly on the topic of mental health issues, advocating for the importance of talking openly. Metrocare is honored to have Mr. Smith speak at the October 5th Meal for the Minds luncheon, celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Fifty years ago, the conversations around mental illness were almost nonexistent. Today, people from every walk of life are beginning to talk about the impact of not addressing mental health issues.

 Please join Metrocare Services at their Meal for the Minds luncheon on October 5th to hear Emmitt Smith break the silence, fight the stigma and change minds.

Purchase sponsorships and tickets online now! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, download a sponsor packet. For sponsorship and individual ticket inquiries, please contact Tameka Y. Cass at 214-743-1220 or

September 22, 2017 - sponsor logo placement in the program

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Family Place Launched The Silver Card, A New Level of Giving

Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting The Family Place, introduced a new level of giving and shopping Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Silver Card Launch Party hosted by Bungalow 5. The Family Place announced the special, limited-edition Silver Card to the crowd of more than 150, including past Partners Card chairs, participating retailers, sponsors, card sellers and more. Light bites were provided by Proper Catering & Events and cocktails and wine were donated by Impeccable Rosé Brut, Impatience Rosé and Times Ten Cellars. Additional event sponsors included: BEYOND and Top Tier Event Rentals & Staffing.
Diana Nelson and Candace Emerson
Partners Card 2017 Co-chair Jennifer Burns welcomed guests and expressed how “grateful we are to be amongst such a strong community network that supports The Family Place Partners Card program and one that supports putting an end to family violence. We are so excited to be celebrating 25 years, the silver anniversary of Partners Card, a fundraiser that is both fun and vital to our community.”  Jennifer also recognized Honorary Chairs Joanne and Charles Teichman, as well as all Partners Card sponsors for their continued support.
Gloria Warren, Paula McCloud, and Dana Clack
Brynn Bagot Allday, Partners Card 2017 Co-chair, thanked media sponsors for their ongoing support in helping to spread the word about Partners Card and the mission of The Family Place.  Brynn introduced Mandy Austin, senior vice president and commercial banking manager for Bank of Texas, which has served as presenting sponsor of Partners Card for the past eight years.
Bank of Texas Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Manager - Mandy Austin
The Silver Card will allow cardholders 20 percent off at participating retail locations, and they will also receive a 25 percent discount at more than 85 select Silver Card locations. The Silver Card also grants cardholders two extra days of shopping at participating Silver Card retailers Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26, 2017, in addition to the standard 10-days of Partners Card shopping from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Guests were invited to pre-purchase one of the 100 Silver Cards that will be sold following remarks.
The Family Place CEO Paige Flink and Past Partners Card Chair Nancy Gopez
Guests Included: Partners Card 2017 Honorary Chairs Joanne and Charles Teichman; Partners Card 2017 Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns; Bank of Texas Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking Manager Mandy Austin; The Family Place CEO Paige Flink; The Family Place Vice President of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin and Ross Martin; top Partners Card seller and former board member of The Family Place Cass Robinson; long-time Partners Card retailers including: Kory Helfman and Suzanne Roberts; Past Partners Card Chairs including: Lisa Bhattacharya, Gay Donnell, Nancy Gopez, Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle, Debbie Munir, Kelley Schadt, Ashlee Weidner and Samantha Wortley; Leigh and Taylor Burns, Diane McNulty; Ashley Adleta Biffle; Holly Bond, Gloria Warren, Paula McCloud, Dana Clack, Debbie and Dave Rader, Dustin Martin, Jose Zamudio, Summer John, Susan Loveless, Machelle Davenport, Rebecca Morabito, Kelly Morton and Sam Abusaad.

World of Children Awards Honorees Announced

Five Child Advocates to be Recognized for Heroic Work with Children at
Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 2 in New York City

World of Children®, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, announced its 2017 Honorees – an extraordinary group of real-life heroes who have dramatically improved the lives of children around the world. This year’s recipients have each lead high-impact programs in health, education, protection, humanitarianism, and more. World of Children, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will honor the recipients at the annual World of Children Awards 2017 on Thursday, November 2 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.
 “20 years ago, we knew that some of the bravest and most courageous people around the world were going unnoticed, and this organization was created to change just that,” said World of Children Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz. “Today, we have the privilege of not only sharing these life-changing stories, but supporting the heroic efforts of our Honorees with funds raised by our generous donors.”
2017 Honoree Dr. Ustun Ezer, founder of LOSEV
 The evening will also honor Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour) and Ann O’Malley (World of Children Board Member) with the World of Children Board of Governors’ Award for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates. Lily Aldridge Followill (Internationally renowned model, World of Children Ambassador), Stephanie March (Actress, World of Children Board Member), and Caryl Stern (President of U.S. Fund for UNICEF) will speak at the Awards Ceremony. Alina Cho (Editor at Large, Ballantine Bantam Dell, World of Children Advisory Council Member) will host the event as Master of Ceremonies.
2017 Honoree Teagan Stedman, founder of Shred Kids' Cancer
Recognized as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” Honorees will receive a grant to help their program grow and ultimately impact the lives of even more children.
2017 Honoree Winnie Barron, founder of the Makindu Children's Program
 This year’s Honorees include:
  • 2017 World of Children Education Honoree: Maureen Rover, founder of The Reading Team, is boosting elementary school literacy rates by instilling a lifelong love and enthusiasm for reading in children from New York’s disadvantaged communities. Since its inception, The Reading Team has grown from teaching 70 students in 2000 to over 700 today.
  • 2017 World of Children Health Honoree: Dr. Üstün Ezer, founder of LOSEV, is increasing the survival rate of children with leukemia by pioneering an innovative medical, financial, and educational support system in Turkey. LOSEV provides children with leukemia and chronic blood disorders access to free, life-saving treatment and a strong, holistic support system. Before LOSEV was founded, only 22% of children with leukemia survived. Now, about 92% of children survive.
  • 2017 World of Children Humanitarian Honoree: Winnie Barron, founder of the Makindu Children’s Program, is breaking the cycle of poverty through a community-based approach to the care, education, and empowerment for the most vulnerable children in Makindu – a rural region of eastern Kenya.
  • 2017 World of Children Protection Honoree: Jackie Branfield, founder of Operation Bobbi Bear, is rebuilding the justice system for children in South Africa who have been abused so they can gain access to treatment, recovery, and care. Operation Bobbi Bear acts as a filter between police and children who have been assaulted. Children who report abuse are taken to a safe, comfortable place, rather than an intimidating environment, where they are given a bear on which to draw.
  • 2017 World of Children Youth Honoree: Teagan Stedman, founder of Shred Kids’ Cancer, is developing a new market for pediatric cancer research by fusing the power of music and the unstoppable energy of young people, showing children diagnosed with cancer that other youth are fighting the disease alongside them. At just 18 years old—using the funds raised through Shred Kids’ Cancer—he has created a new drug delivery system for pediatric cancer that is currently in clinical trials.
 The event’s Honorary Chairs include Andy Adler; Lily Aldridge Followill and Caleb Followill; Frances and Francis Fraenkel; Beth and Jim Gold; Maggi and Matthew Goldstein; Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman; Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren; Stephanie March and Dan Benton; Sandy Sholl and Lionel Mendoza. World of Children is led by Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively.