Thursday, August 11, 2016

Inaugural DFW Restaurant Week Food and Wine Festival

The first-ever DFW Restaurant Week Food & Wine Festival presented by will officially kick-off the 19th annual DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers with two-evenings of food and fun. Attendees will enjoy a variety of culinary experiences by top restaurants, domestic and international wines, cocktails and more.  Live entertainment by Big Bad VooDoo Daddy (Friday) and Magic! (Saturday.)
Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13
5pm – 10pm
Main Street Garden - Downtown Dallas
General admission and VIP tickets now on sale at
  • General Admission for Single Night Pass - $15 ($20 DAY OF)
  • General Admission for Two Night Pass - $25 ($30 DAY OF)
  • Wine Tasters Club Single Night Pass - $30      
*Wine tasters Club DAY OF tickets will be available while supplies last
  • VIP Admission for Single Night Pass - $150 ($160 DAY OF)
*Limited VIP Tickets Available
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour - Tickets on Sale at 10am!

Medical City Dallas Hospital unites with its partner Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), as well as iconic vocalist, Martina McBride and Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), to announce a special event.
Through the national movement Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour, Medical City Dallas Hospital presents Martina McBride & Friends in concert at Dallas’ Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie on September 16, 2016. Tickets go on sale to the public this morning - Friday, August 5, 2016 - at 10 a.m. Central Time at, Verizon Theatre Box Office, charge by phone at 888-929-7849 and online at As the leading voice for the movement, Martina McBride will headline the concert, with additional performances by Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope and Hudson Moore.
Band Against Cancer is a national movement to connect those facing cancer with community-based resources and support close to home. The movement is activated through The Sarah Cannon Tour concert series, which is also traveling to Austin, San Antonio, Denver and Nashville this year. The performance at Verizon Theater will feature onsite activations to join the cause and support those fighting cancer, as well as opportunities for cancer patients to share their stories and connect with others fighting in the same journey.
"I am thrilled to be performing for my fans as well as helping everyone throughout the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network with their Band Against Cancer initiative," said Martina McBride. "The Sarah Cannon Tour is supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which is also so important to me because of the impact LLS makes for countless families in our communities across the country."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mayor's Back to School Fair is Friday, Aug. 5, at Fair Park

The 20th Annual Mayor's Back to School Fair will be presented by Walmart and Sam's Club on Friday, August 5, 2016, at Fair Park's Automobile and Centennial Buildings.
The Mayor's Back to School Fair is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, Dallas area schools, public health departments, state agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and hundreds of volunteers.
Together, we help economically disadvantaged children start off the new school year with many of their school-related needs met in a 'one-stop destination.'
  • Friday, July 29, 2016

    Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses ends this Sunday

    Don't miss the 21st annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses
    Win a playhouse by purchasing $5 raffle tickets at NorthPark Center or
    The raffle ends this Sunday, July 31st.  Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at 4pm.
    Here are some of the awesome playhouses on display.
    The Cottage House by Buford Hawthorne with Bob Borson
    Crest CASA Garage by Crest Cadillac/Crest Infiniti with Creative Millworks, LLC and McPeak Innovative Solutions
    Kid Cottage by LRO Residential
    Life on Mars by The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture
    African Safari Adventure by Harman

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    View the National Celebration of Reading Live Online Tonight

    The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy announces that viewers worldwide will be able to watch the National Celebration of Reading, to be held on Thursday, June 9, at the Library of Congress, via a live online video stream.
    The National Celebration of Reading will feature an outstanding lineup of bestselling authors, including former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, David Baldacci, A.J. Jacobs and Jon Meacham, as well as a musical performance by actress and singer Lynda Carter. This event brings awareness to the issue of low literacy and helps to support family literacy programs and innovative policy solutions to help millions of adults and young children in America.
    "We've hosted more than 60 Celebration of Reading events over the years, but this marks our first in our nation's capital," said Liza McFadden, President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation. "This truly is a national celebration, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with our community of literacy supporters throughout America."
    The program will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. To view the National Celebration of Reading live, visit
    7:00 p.m. – Musical Performance by Lynda Carter
    7:13 p.m. – Library of Congress Historian John Cole
    7:21 p.m. – Doro Bush Koch
    7:28 p.m. – Jon Meacham
    7:38 p.m. – A.J. Jacobs
    7:50 p.m. – David Baldacci
    8:14 p.m. – Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager
    About the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: The Barbara Bush Foundation is the nation's leading advocate for family literacy. The Foundation was established by Mrs. Barbara Bush in 1989, and today is a public charity which aspires to achieve a vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy. To learn more about the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy's commitment to promote family literacy in homes across America, please visit or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@BarbaraBushFdn).

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    New Friends New Life Announces Circle of Friends Membership Driv

    New Friends New Life, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides holistic support in the restoration and empowerment of formerly trafficked and commercially exploited teens, women, and their children, announces its annual Circle of Friends membership drive taking place throughout the month of June.
    Circle of Friends memberships directly support programs for the 1,000 teen girls and women New Friends New Life serves annually. These essential resources, including access to education, job training, and financial assistance, help serve as the foundation toward building a life free from degradation and harm.

    “It is a privilege that through my volunteer commitment with New Friends New Life, I can be part of the restoration and empowerment of girls who have been abused and sexually exploited right here in Dallas,” said Elizabeth Gambrell, president of the New Friends New Life Circle of Friends board. “Getting these precious lives on a road to self-sufficiency is critical. The staff at New Friends New Life is uniquely and spiritually qualified to meet these girls right where they need to be met.”

    The Circle of Friends group supports the nonprofit’s mission through volunteerism, community awareness, and fundraising, and provides the Dallas community with the opportunity to join a movement that helps women and teen girls leave sex trafficking, overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, and poverty, and ultimately build better futures.

    “Texas ranks second in the country for the most human trafficking, and there are an estimated 400 trafficked teens on the streets of Dallas each night,” explained New Friends New Life CEO Katie Pedigo. “This is a serious issue in Dallas that requires the community to stand with us to support these teen girls and women. With the help of our Circle of Friends members, our organization continues to make critical strides in ending this human rights epidemic and providing a more hopeful future to the women and girls who have been victims of degradation.”

    For more information or to join Circle of Friends, visit  

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Swing, batter batter! Dirk's 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game

    Dirk’s 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game will be on Friday, June 10 at 7PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the RoughRider box office.
    The Dallas Mavericks’ 7-foot hoops superstar will trade in his basketball garb for cleats and a glove as he makes his annual trip to the baseball diamond.
    Many of Dirk’s Mavs buddies will be there including Chandler Parsons, J.J. Barea, Jeremy Evans, Raymond Felton, Devin Harris**, Wesley Matthews, JaVale McGee, Dwight Powell, Deron Williams** and coach Rick Carlisle**, plus former Dallas Mavericks Brian Cardinal and Jason Terry. Other confirmed players include Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Brice Butler, Barry Church, La’el Collins Tyrone Crawford, Lance Dunbar, Byron Jones, Darren McFadden, Mark Nzeocha, Tyron Smith, Devin Street, Lucky Whitehead, J.J. Wilcox and Terrance Williams; FC Dallas players Walker Zimmerman, Ryan Hollingshead and Chris Seitz; actors Chace Crawford and Geoff Stults; former Texas Rangers Michael Young and David Murphy; and more.

    This is the 15th annual event, and Dirk’s 5th year to host. Money raised will benefit the children’s charities of the
    Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

    Gates to the Dr Pepper Ballpark will open at 5 p.m. The first pitch of the Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game will be thrown at 5:15 p.m. From 3-6:30 p.m. outside the ballpark, the CBS RADIO DFW Fan Fest will feature a bounce house, inflatable football toss, games, giveaways and more.

    Nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and Broadway performer Shayna Steele will perform the National Anthem.
    At 7 p.m., the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game will get underway as the Blue Sox and White Sox all-stars and amateurs vie for the game trophy, bragging rights and the coveted MVP award. Between innings, game goers can enjoy stunts, interactive activities and other family-fun crowd pleasers. In addition, a 10-minute fireworks finale sponsored by BaylorScott&White Medical Center – Frisco will follow the game.
    Get your tickets here before they're sold out!

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Job Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator, Children's Health

    Job Opportunity:
    Volunteer Coordinator

    Position Summary

    This position is responsible for the recruitment, selection, training, placement and ongoing management of volunteers along with managing relationships with areas of volunteer service throughout Children's Health.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Develop strategic relationships with various departments and areas of service throughout the organization to provide placements for volunteer service. This includes developing and maintaining successful volunteer positions, training, and ongoing management efforts.
    • Recruit appropriate individual volunteers and groups throughout the community to fulfill the volunteer needs of the organization.
    • Select and onboard volunteer candidates. This includes facilitating various orientation sessions, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, assessing appropriate roles and ensuring all training is completed.
    • Maintain volunteer records to ensure that they are up to date including annual background checks, annual training, annual performance evaluations, annual health check and ongoing communication efforts with volunteers.
    • Provide ongoing supervisory responsibilities for volunteers; addressing performance issues, recognizing successes and problem solving issues as they arise.
    • Represent Children's Health in interactions with the community at large through work with service groups, corporate donors, local schools/universities, the Women's Auxiliary to Children's Medical Center, non-profit service organizations, donors and many others.
    • Insure that all regulatory and compliance related policies, guidelines and procedures are followed. This includes education of staff in other departments and volunteers on how regulatory standards affect them.
    • Serve as a resource for organizational problem solving.


    • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Social Services, Public Relations or Business, is required.

    For more information, visit the Children's Health website here.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Taste of the NFL Hosts 12th Annual Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate

    The North Texas Food Bank is grateful for your support in making Taste of the NFL a tremendous success! Gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and fun tailgate games were available for the North Texans in attendance.
    Results indicate that there was a nearly 16% increase in revenue over last year’s event, an incredible feat for the North Texas Food Bank and all those who assisted in making this another remarkable event. Over $428,000 was raised, providing 1.28 million meals for those in need.
    The field at AT&T Stadium proved the perfect space for this fun event.
    Chef Kent Rathbun and more than 20 of the area's hottest chefs served gourmet fare in small portions for this tailgate party.
    Texas country artist and song writer Jack Ingram entertained guests.
    The event would not have been possible without the help of these fabulous volunteers!