Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Halftime Performance Announcement for Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Academy of Country Music's Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign. Donations to the iconic campaign help provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social service programs The Salvation Army provides year-round.

“Watching the Cowboys game is such a tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” said Thomas Rhett. “It's all about being together with family and friends, but this year is going to be a little different for us. I'm pumped that we get to pack up the whole family to go to Dallas for the halftime show...it's going to be blast and helping do it for a good cause makes it even better.”

“Thomas Rhett is not only a chart-topping country artist, but also a musician whose commitment and passion for philanthropy makes him a great fit to join the Fight for Good and kickoff the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army.

The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $147.3 million during the 2016 campaign alone and has raised nearly $2.2 billion since the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997.

“We are thankful for our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, whose organization has continually provided us with incredible awareness during our most critical fundraising season,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We celebrate their ongoing support, and what is sure to be a memorable kickoff performance.”

As the first country artist to top the all-genre Billboard 200 Album's chart this year, Thomas Rhett's star has continued to rise since the release of his debut album “It Goes Like This.” Currently the Academy of Country Music's Male Vocalist of the Year, his albums have also garnered GRAMMY, CMA, CMT, and iHeartRadio Music award nominations, including major wins for his love song “Die a Happy Man.” Thomas Rhett recently released his third album LIFE CHANGES and announced he will be bringing his signature swagger to his LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018.

To watch Thomas Rhett reveal himself as the halftime performer, click here.

In addition to donating to the traditional bell ringers that will be stationed at retail locations throughout the country, supporters can join The Salvation Army’s Fight for Good by starting their own #FightforGood fundraiser on RedKettleReason.org.

Join the Fight for Good
Joining the Fight for Good takes four easy steps:
  1. Click “Join the Fight” or scroll to the bottom of the page and join one of our notable citizen soldiers’ fundraisers.
  2. Specify the community, fundraising goal, and designated cause to support, or simply make a general donation to The Salvation Army.
  3. Encourage friends and family to donate and start their own fundraising pages.
Donations can also be made through the Army's text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555, donors can send any amount to the Red Kettle Campaign.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Young Friends of Wilkinson Center Holiday Party and Toy Drive

Young Friends of Wilkinson Center announce this year’s Holiday Cocktail Party + Toy Drive event will be held on Friday, November 17th at Candleroom in Dallas, from 9:00pm-2:00am.

Admission to the event is $30 plus the donation of an unwrapped toy. Gender-neutral gifts are highly appreciated as they will allow the Wilkinson Center to accommodate more children this year.

The toys will be distributed in December to families in need currently enrolled in Wilkinson Center programs.  Young Friends of Wilkinson Center are a group of dynamic young professionals committed to empowering those in need to become self-sufficient and improve their lives.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

JDRF Fund a Cure Luncheon with Featured Speaker INDYCAR Driver Charlie Kimball

The Dallas Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, will host its fifth annual Fund A Cure Luncheon, November 2, 2017, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club. The luncheon will raise money in support of JDRF’s mission to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

INDYCAR® Driver Charlie Kimball, an open-wheel race car driver with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in the Verizon INDYCAR® series, will be the featured speaker of the 2017 Fund A Cure Luncheon. Kimball, driver of the No. 83 Chevrolet, is the first and only licensed driver with diabetes in the history of INDYCAR® to win a race at the most elite level of the series. He is also the first driver with diabetes to qualify for, compete at, and lead laps at the fame Indianapolis 500™.

To purchase a table or individual tickets for the luncheon, please visithttp://www.jdrf.org/dallas/events/jdrf-fund-a-cure-luncheon/

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Junior League of Dallas Milestones Luncheon

The annual Milestones Luncheon, hosted by the Junior League of Dallas (JLD), will be held Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
The luncheon will feature a conversation with Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, and the JLD will also recognize Sustainer of the Year Linda Perryman Evans.

The annual luncheon is a platform to raise awareness for programs and issues supported by the JLD, as well as recognize the achievements and impact of its volunteers in the Dallas community. Proceeds from the Luncheon, along with general underwriting efforts, allow the JLD to annually grant $1 million dollars to the Dallas community.

Purchase your tickets now: https://www.jld.net/milestones-luncheon/

Monday, October 23, 2017

Save the Date: Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County 2018 Gala

We are delighted to be chairing Gala 2018 - "Deep in the Heart of Collin County", bringing this fabulous event back to our community. This year's theme was selected for several reasons, the most important- this premier event coming back to Collin County, where over 60,000 children and families have been provided essential services at the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County for over 25 years.

We are passionate about the mission of Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County - providing safety, healing, and justice to children victimized by abuse and neglect. Collin County is truly a great place to work and live, but we would be naive to think that child abuse and neglect are not critical issues when just this past year there were 4,383 alleged victims of child abuse in Collin County. With our community continuing to grow, our commitment must grow as well.

We ask you to please stand with us at Gala 2018 - "Deep in the Heart of Collin County" for our community's most vulnerable children.

Event Chairs: Susan Spindler & Carolyn Speese

Entertainment: Jake Owen This year marks Jake Owen's 10th anniversary, a track record that is increasingly becoming a rarity in today's popular music landscape. Since releasing his debut album on RCA Records in 2006, Startin' With Me, he has become one of today's most popular male country singers for his irresistible melodies, smooth vocals and laid-back attitude.

American Love, Owen's most recent album, has spurred an exciting new chapter in his award-winning career that has earned five number-one-hits- "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," "Beachin," "The One That Got Away," "Alone With You," "Anywhere With You." Over the years he has become a beacon of positive vibes through his uplifting lyrics and melodies, optimism, love of the beach, and his youthful spontaneity. "Music truly seems to be the one thing that is the healing factor in a lot of people's lives. I will always be grateful for music, whether I am performing or listening."

View sponsorship levels and reserve your seat at: http://caccollincounty.org/gala

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dolly Parton Announces Hurricane Relief Efforts

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton supported the ongoing relief efforts around the U.S. and its territories by making a contribution to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief to assist with immediate life sustaining needs of those affected. The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Dolly recalled, “After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters. I admire and respect this effort led by our Presidents so it is an honor for me to contribute to their work.”

In addition to the financial contribution to the One America Appeal, Dolly will launch a partnership with
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the nonprofit social enterprise First Book, and Penguin Young Readers to provide 500,000 books to hurricane-affected areas through the First Book National Book Bank.To kick off the campaign, Dolly’s foundation donated 165,000 books and the $90,750 needed to cover the shipping and handling charges to make books available quickly and at no cost to educators affected by the storms. From Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy to last year's floods in Louisiana, First Book has distributed over 5 million books to families affected by disasters, in partnership with children’s book publishers, including a substantial book donation from Penguin Young Readers. Penguin Young Readers also partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and First Book to support their book gifting programs and other outreach efforts, with a special focus on getting books to children in times of natural disasters.

“I know in the immediate aftermath of a disaster books are not the first thing people need or miss. But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books. First Book asked us to join with them to get the right books in the right hands at the right time and we were pleased to do so," said Dolly.

If you would like to learn more or donate to this effort—or if you work with a school or program affected by the storms—please visit

Schools and programs affected by the storms can sign up for free with First Book and will then receive information about how to request books; each book distribution will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Topgolf Donates $75,000 to North Texas Food Bank - Hunger Action Month

As the presenting sponsor of Hunger Action Month, global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® donated $75,000 to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), providing 225,000 nutritious meals to Texans in need. The NTFB is helping feed thousands of Houston residents displaced by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to its donation, Topgolf has been fundraising for the Houston Food Bank and Feeding America, the national network of food banks that comprises both the NTFB and the Houston Food Bank.

"We are grateful to Topgolf for their support of the Feeding America network in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma," said Feeding America Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Operations Nancy Curby. "There are people struggling with hunger in every single county in the United States. However, when a disaster strikes, this need is compounded. We appreciate Topgolf for helping raise awareness of this great need."

The NTFB is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, providing access to more than 190,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 Partner Agencies in a 13-county service area.

To combat increasing food insecurity in North Texas, the NTFB recently launched a 10-year plan to provide access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

"After a devastating hurricane, a box of food or a case of water can make a person's day," said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. "We are proud to work with Feeding America and its affiliates the North Texas Food Bank and Houston Food Bank to provide nutritious meals for communities in need."

Topgolf and Feeding America collaborated on a mini documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. To support Feeding America's fight against hunger, please visit www.feedingamerica.org/topgolf.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Cooper Institute Legacy Award Dinner Honoring Drayton McLane, Jr.

The Cooper Institute®, a nonprofit health organization founded by Dr. Kenneth Cooper and based in Dallas, will host its annual Legacy Award Dinner on November 2nd at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

This year's event will feature an all-star lineup with event chair David Glass, Legacy Award recipient Drayton McLane, Jr., keynote speaker and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett along with moderator, Emmy® Award-winning Kansas City Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre. Longtime media personality Scott Murray will once again serve as master of ceremonies. The annual Legacy Award Dinner will raise funds to support the mission of The Cooper Institute to improve global population health with a particular focus on youth and raising a healthier generation. 

The annual Legacy Award dinner celebrates the critically important mission of The Institute and honors the visionary leaders who have improved the lives and health of men, women and children across the country and around the world. Past Legacy Award recipients include Ray Hunt, Peter O'Donnell, Jr., the late Fred Meyer, Lyda Hill and Roger Staubach.

McLane is well known for his many philanthropic endeavors and community enrichment initiatives, and his dedication to service through works with The Cooper Institute, the Boy Scouts of America, Baylor University, Baylor Scott and White Health and many other worthwhile organizations.

George Brett is considered baseball royalty and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. The 13-Time All-Star had an exciting and storied career that transcended the baseball diamond. Joining Brett is longtime Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre. The Emmy® Award-winning broadcaster is in his 19th season with the Royals and his 23rd season in Major League Baseball. Both Brett and Lefebvre will participate in a dynamic interview session as the keynote presentation on November 2nd in Arlington.

 For more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Johnson, Chief Development Officer, at 214.543.6533 or ajohnson@cooperinst.org. For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Claire Kinzy at ckinzy@cooperinst.org or 972.716.7002. Additional information is also available online at www.cooperinstitute.org/legacyaward.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inaugural Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage Awards - Honorees Announced

This evening, Mary Kay Inc. will honor unsung heroes in the fight against domestic violence at the Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage Awards.  The inaugural program will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, a congressional building for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and will recognize trailblazers from across the country as they share their successes, as well as challenges, in ending this epidemic.

"For decades, Mary Kay has been committed to ending domestic violence.  This awards program recognizes those we stand alongside in this fight by bringing awareness and recognition to their tireless efforts," said Anne Crews, board member of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc.  "During Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, we come together in our nation's capital to honor the passionate individuals and organizations who inspire us to continue to address this crime which impacts one in four women."

The Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage Awards Steering Committee, which is comprised of leaders from Break the Cycle, Futures Without Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, voted to honor the following individuals and/or organizations in five categories:
  • Trailblazer Award – Kathleen Buhle Bidena domestic violence advocate and strong supporter of her former father-in-law, Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act.  She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project whose mission is to provide pro bono legal services to domestic violence victims.
  • Digital Champion - Beverly T. Goodena social activist, speaker and creator of a viral Twitter movement.  #WhyIStayed was named by TIME as one of the Top 10 Hashtags That Started a Conversation.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and NBC's TODAY to name a few.
  • Media Visionary – Melissa Jeltsen – a senior reporter at HuffPost where she covers domestic violence and other issues related to women's health, safety and security.  She has published blunt, impactful articles shedding light on the issue of domestic violence. 
  • Leader in Prevention – Day One – since its launch in 2003, Day One has become a primary voice of expertise in New York City on the issue of dating abuse and domestic violence among youth.  Since its inception, it has educated more than 75,000 youth about how to identify and maintain heathy relationships.
  • People's Choice: Voice of the Year – Charmagne Heltona domestic violence survivor who was three months pregnant the first time her husband beat her, bursting her eardrums.  Today, she is a zealous fundraiser, organizer and public speaker for domestic violence issues. 
"The Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage Awards shines a much-needed light on those working every day to prevent and end domestic violence in our communities," said Katie Ray Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and a member of the Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage Awards Steering Committee. "It is gratifying when corporate leaders like Mary Kay recognize the often unseen efforts of domestic violence advocates while continuing the conversation about this nationwide epidemic." 

Mary Kay's steadfast commitment to help end domestic violence includes prevention, education and crisis intervention programs. In advance of domestic violence awareness month, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ announced $3 million in grants once again committed to ending domestic violence. The company also released its Truth About Abuse survey results revealing a startling new epidemic in the space – digital abuse.  To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ have given $57 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.