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 For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Claire Kinzy at or 972.716.7002. Additional information is also available online at

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. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Celebrating Women Luncheon with Featured Speaker Jamie Lee Curtis

Celebrating Women is known as the premier breast cancer luncheon for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It brings together 160 dedicated committee members and more than 1,200 supporters each year to increase awareness and generate funding for breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment in North Texas. Together, we can find a cure for this disease that affects so many women and families in our community.
Your contribution to Celebrating Women can help Baylor Health Care System Foundation fund new research and treatment options for women fighting breast cancer. If you are interested in other opportunities to sponsor the 2017 Celebrating Women event, contact Christina Goodman at 214.820.4408 or


Date:Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time:Doors open at 11:30AM
Luncheon begins at 11:45AM
Location:Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas
Featured Speaker:Jamie Lee Curtis
Chairman:Tucker Enthoven
Underwriting Chairman:Ola Fojtasek
Honorary Chairmen:Peggy and Leonard Riggs Jr., M.D.
Read more about how Celebrating Women fights breast cancer through research, expanded technology, capital, community outreach and patient care.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Junior League of Dallas Awards 69 Dallas ISD Teachers & Educators

The Junior League of Dallas (JLD), along with presenting sponsor Texas Instruments (TI), awarded 69 Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) educators with grants of up to $2,000 each through the Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) program.
Mark Ramirez, 2017-2018 GFIT Grant Recipient, Amy Coates and
Andrew Rich
This JLD Signature Project has awarded more than $1.7 million to Dallas ISD educators and is designed to encourage excellence in education by funding special projects addressing: reading and literacy enrichment; diversity; special education; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); or arts and culture enrichment across one or more grade levels. This year, $123,307 was distributed to fund deserving educators’ winning projects.

Dallas ISD Chief of Staff Pamela Lear, 2017-2018 JLD Signature Projects Vice President Taylor Morrison, 2017-2018 GFIT Grant Recipient Octavio Gutierrez and Texas Instruments Director of Sales Communications and Regional Digital Marketing Tracy Steiner
Sponsors include: Texas Instruments (presenting sponsor); MoneyGram Foundation; Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation; Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee; and W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.

2017-2018 GFIT Public Relations Coordinator Ashley Pinchev and 2017-2018 GFIT Assistant Chair Sarah Barnes
Some of the grants selected include: Invent an Alien; Powerful City; Kids Helping Kids; and The Wall Book Study and Comic Book Project.

“Now in its 26th year, this Signature Project encourages excellence in education by providing funding for special projects that otherwise would not be possible within school budgets,” said Eleanor Luna, the 2017-2018 GFIT Chair. “The Grants For Innovative Teaching program is one of the most rewarding projects for the Junior League of Dallas because we get to follow along and see the impact that these projects have on the schools, educators and students.”

America's Next Generation of Holocaust Museums Breaks Ground in Dallas

Led by local Holocaust survivors and the Mayor of Dallas, the Dallas Holocaust Museum broke ground today on a new, iconic 51,000 square-foot museum in downtown Dallas, realizing a 40-year dream that will teach and inspire new generations to advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

Scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, the new state-of-the-art facility will be called the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and will be unique among the nation's 21 Holocaust-related museums with an expanded examination of the Holocaust featuring dozens of video testimonies from Dallas area survivors, along with new, in-depth technology-enriched exhibits on other genocides, human rights issues, and American ideals.  
Construction will commence immediately on the new museum, at 300 N. Houston Street in Dallas' historic West End district, which will quadruple its current size, accommodate more than double the number of current visitors—half of whom will be school students—and feature a Cinemark XD 250-seat theater, two classrooms, a temperature-controlled library and archive, and a special reflection and memorial area for visitors over three floors.
Given the increase in global, national, and local incidents of terrorist attacks, anti-Semitism, hate speech, and hate crimes, the creation of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum has never been more critical or relevant.

"Today is an important day for Dallas as we break ground on the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "The museum shows what Dallas is all about—diversity, equal opportunity, and respect for others."
"The new museum will allow us to serve more students, teachers, and visitors than ever before," said Florence Shapiro, Board Chair.   
OMNIPLAN Architects of Dallas designed the new building; Berenbaum Jacobs Associates, under the stewardship of Michael Berenbaum, the former Project Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, is designing the permanent exhibition; general contractor is Austin Commercial.

About the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights MuseumThe mission of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. More information at

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic - Recap & Photos

Taking to the tennis court for a second year, Dallas’ beloved Dirk Nowitzki called upon his celebrity buddies to join him for the Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic, presented by Morgan Stanley, on Sept. 16, 2017, at the SMU Tennis Center. Held just weeks after Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, Dirk quickly decided to donate all proceeds to families and children affected by the disaster – and Mark Cuban stepped up to match the impressive proceeds of $960,000, helping to raise a total of $1.92 million!
Dirk Nowitzki
Participating in the weekend celebration were Dallas homeboy and multi-talented actor/producer/screenwriter Owen Wilson. Also playing were International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick (a Dirk fan and well-rounded athlete who recently won MVP at Dirk’s Celebrity Baseball event in June), former Dallas Stars legend and Hall of Famer Mike Modano, Mavs NBA champion J.J. Berea, and current and past tennis pros Tommy Haas, Michael Russell, Benjamin Becker, Mark Knowles and Donald Young.
Owen Wilson
The weekend kicked off with Dirk and wife Jessica hosting an invitation-only seated dinner party Friday night for players and major donors at The Joule Hotel. Tiffany Cuban, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Nancy Rogers showed their support, joining other guests that included Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, GM Donnie Nelson, assistant coach Jamahl Moseley, and current and former Mavs players Devin Harris, Harrison Barnes, Dwight Powell and Brian Cardinal. And the two newest additions to the Mavericks team, German Maxi Kleber and first-round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr., also attended.
Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki
The evening closed with the folk-rock-soul mix of singer-songwriter Amos Lee, but not before a raucous auction netted big returns! Items included a “swing for the fences” Texas Rangers package featuring  batting practice for four, a meet-and-greet with All-Star Elvis Andrus and 2015 American League Manager of the Year, Jeff Banister; a Dallas Stars meet-up with star Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin plus tours of the broadcast booth and beer with Stars broadcasters Daryl “Razor” Reaugh and Craig Ludwig; and an NBA decades package that included signed basketballs from Dirk and Los Angeles Laker Champion Kobe Bryant plus courtside seats and a chance to be coach for the day shadowing Coach Carlisle.

Mercedes Owens, Dwight Powell
Also, a photo of Dirk's 30K point shot signed by Dirk, Devin Harris (he passed the ball to Dirk), Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle was a major hit. So caught up in the moment, Rick Carlisle generously let them auction off his own framed photo as well.

Laurence Glasscock, Lara Beth Seager, Jonathon Beck, Ashley Gambino
The showstopper finale garnering the biggest bids was the once-in-a-lifetime POWER DINNER for up to eight lucky people who will dine next spring at The Star’s private Cowboys Club – with Dirk; Dallas Cowboys famed quarterback and CBS football analyst, Tony Romo; Dallas Cowboys All-Pro tight end and multiple team record holder, Jason Witten; Mike Modano; Ivan Pudge Rodriguez, who was recently inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame; and Mavs player Harrison Barnes.

Owen Wilson, Donnie Nelson, Christine Nelson, Thomas Pletzinger, Tobias Tempel

The gorgeous laser-lit design was the brainstorm of creative genius Lara Beth Seager, who not only created the Heroes Celebrity Baseball game concept and its evolution over the past decade but also devised the wildly successful party following Jerry Jones’ Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Her other achievements include several Super Bowl bashes for Vanity Fair, Bud Light ,Facebook, Pepsi, the NFL, and events for Google, Spotify, Under Armour and EA Sports.
Lesley Berry, Devin Harris
After just a few hours of sleep, Dirk and friends headed to the SMU courts where a sold-out crowd watched as Dirk, Roddick, Owen, tennis pros and amateurs battle each other for four hours in the 95-degree Texas heat. Winning the championship were American tennis pro Donald Young and amateur Justin Whitman (Kimberly Schlegal Whitman was on hand to cheer) who defeated Dallas Maverick point guard J.J. Barea and amateur Jim McKinney.
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Charlotte Jones Anderson
In addition to presenting sponsor Morgan Stanley, other sponsors include Nancy C. Rogers and Richard R. Rogers/Mary Kay Inc, The Dallas Mavericks, Headington Companies, Bullion Restaurant, Which Wich, Lombardi Family Concepts and Sewell Automotive. CBS Radio is the media partner. Also, on Sept. 16, BEDGEAR donated 100 percent of its online sales on to the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and $200,000 worth of performance bedding products to The Dallas Mavericks relief efforts.
Jamahl Mosley, Amos Lee, Dirk Nowitzki, Scott Tomlin, Rick Carlisle
To learn more about Dirk’s foundation, go to

2017 Dallas CASA Champion of Children Award Dinner

Dallas CASA and Honorary Chair Christie Carter
cordially invite you to the 
Champion of Children Award Dinner
honoring Junior League of Dallas
 Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and program
9:00 p.m. After Party
 The Fairmont Dallas - Regency Ballroom
Former Dallas CASA youth and current CASA supervisor
Priscilla and Corey Anthony
Laura and John Losinger

 For more information about sponsorships and tickets, visit
Click HERE for more information or contact Michelle Stephenson, or 469.547.9456

Saturday, October 7, 2017

2017 Lakewood Home Festival

2017 Lakewood Home Festival
November 10 - 12

From the beautiful and treasured six Lakewood homes on the tour to the intimate Saturday evening Candlelight Tour to the Royale Soiree Auction Party, LECPTA's 41st annual home tour weekend is gearing up to be a memorable event.

Proceeds from the tour and gala benefit Lakewood Elementary,
J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School.

 Volunteers and corporate partners are needed! The success depends on the dedication and generosity of many volunteers. Neighbors, friends, families, and groups to staff the homes and the auction party. Contact for opportunities to pitch in.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kappa Tablescapes Luncheon

 What:  Kappa Tablescapes  
A unique two-day event benefiting Dallas community non-profit organizations, researched and selected by the Dallas Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Since 1995, we have given back over $2.8 million to over 86 beneficiaries in our community.
 When Monday, October 16 - Sneak Peek
Be the first to see the beautiful designer tables.  A great opportunity to bring family & friends who might not be able to attend Candlelight or the Luncheon.
Monday, October 16 - Private Patron Reception
An exclusive evening for our generous donors at the Diamond Key level and above, to meet and mingle with our Beneficiaries, Sponsors and Guest Speaker.
Monday, October 16 - Tablescapes by Candlelight
A festive evening with cocktails and hors d' oeuvres celebrating our sponsors and beneficiaries while viewing our designers' incredible table creations.

Tuesday, October 17 - Tablescapes Luncheon
Guests view and dine at the wonderfully decorated tables, and hear our guest author speak on topics ranging from decorating and culinary trends to table setting and entertaining style.
 Where: Dallas Country Club, 4155 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205
 Why: The Dallas Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma is committed to strengthening the bonds among our members, between our organization and our neighborhoods, and gives so much back to our community.