Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas Congratulates Regional "Youth of the Year" Winner

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is thrilled to announce, Cecilia Garza as the Boys & Girls Club Southwest Regional Youth of the Year (YOY) winner. This program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.  Garza competed against Boys & Girls Club YOY contestants from Wyoming, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Montana, New Mexico and Kansas, while representing Texas at the regional level.
Previously, Garza won the 2014 Dallas Youth of the Year scholarship sponsored by Coca-Cola and the State of Texas Youth of the Year Award Competition in Austin. Through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD), she also 
received the David Blackwell scholarship sponsored by Michael George for $15,000. She is now advancing in the competition to compete in September against five other regional winners in Washington, D.C. for the National Youth of the Year title, which is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Clubs member can achieve. This gives her opportunity to win up to $61,000 in additional college scholarships.
Garza has been an active member of BGCD for nearly four years participating in a variety
of BGCD rograms such as: SMART Girls, Collegiate STEPS and Career Launch. In keeping with her tenacious spirit of giving back, she established an Interact Club at her school during her senior year -- to teach high school students the importance of giving back, especially in time of need.  
The future looks very promising for Cecilia as she looks forward to attending Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  With a goal of becoming a neurosurgeon, she plans on majoring in biochemistry and then entering medical school. She also dreams of one day using her education to benefit others through organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

7th Annual Healthy Hometown Health Fair

7th Annual Healthy Hometown
& Happy 10th Anniversary for
Centennial Medical Center
Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Centennial Medical Center12505 Lebanon Road
Frisco, TX 75035
Healthy Hometown is an event for the whole family. There will be screenings including Cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and bone density, food and refreshments, chair massages, arts and crafts, face painting and more. Our neighborhood policemen and firefighters will be on hand. School-aged children will receive a free backpack and vendors will fill them with school supplies.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sign Up Your Team Today for The Corporate Sports Challenge

Three hundred representatives of local businesses will converge on Friday, September 19thfor the inaugural Corporate Sports Challenge, a day of friendly competition benefiting Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Greater Dallas.
The event will be held at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, home of FC Dallas.  The Corporate Sports Challenge is a fun-­filled community event that encourages businesses to promote wellness and team building.
Participating companies will register their team(s) of five men and five women to compete with  teams from other organizations in sporting activities such as relay races and tug‐of-war. Team members may include company employees (from hourly workers to the executive suite), as well as their friends and family members. 
 Bronze Sponsor supporters to date include AdvoCare, Centric Capital Partners, Community Trust Bank, Medical City Dallas, Prescott Pailet Benefits, Price Realty Group and Waldman Bros.  Additional Corporate Sports Challenge teams committed to participate are Custom Integrated Systems, Genecov Plastic Surgery Group, FC Dallas, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, K&L Gates, Murex,  Strasburger & Price and Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery.
Babe Laufenberg, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and sports anchor for CBS11 News, will serve as the play-­by-play announcer for the day. The event will open with lunch catered by ZoŃ‘s Kitchen  for each participant at 11:00 a.m., followed by the competitive events scheduled to begin at noon.  The event will end at approximately 5:00 p.m. with an awards ceremony and after party catered by Woodlands American Grill.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the mental health  and social services of JFS that are available to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity   or the ability to pay.

The Warren Center Hosts 21st Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night at Cowboys Stadium

on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Cowboys Stadium.
Event Chairs Michelle & Todd Steudtner invite you to join this fun event featuring:
-Dinner and Drinks
-Silent auction
-Live auction
-Wine Pull
-Live surprises
-Heads or Tails
-Opportunity to meet Celebrity Host, Randy White
Participants will draft their own Fantasy Football team and compete in a league of friends and colleagues (or mixed league set up by the organization) throughout the NFL Season. The Super Bowl Champion of Fantasy Football XXI will receive two season ticket packages to the 2015 Dallas Cowboys season. Winners of each league receive an autographed football signed by former Cowboys player, Randy White.
If you don't understand Fantasy Football, don't worry. A Draft Coordinator will be present at your table throughout the evening to direct the draft, provide information about available NFL players and answer questions
For more information, or to make reservations, please call 972.490.9055
If you would like to know more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or Tara.Null@TheWarrenCenter.org

Sunday, July 20, 2014

School Supplies - Let's help out!

Remember the joy of getting a new set of school supplies? At Community Partners of Dallas, our kids are not approaching the start of school with the same excitement and support. Many will go back to school wishing for a new backpack or new uniforms--
they just want to fit in.

This year we will provide backpacks with age appropriate school supplies and uniforms to more than 2,400 abused and neglected children.
We need your help.
Donate. School supply donations can be delivered to any of The Container Store Metroplex locations through Sunday, August 31st or at Community Partners of Dallas’ Central Location through Friday, August 29th. Backpacks, writing tablets, glue bottles, index cards and pencil cases are some of the items we need most. View a complete list of supplies on our website.
Or, if you  prefer, just make  a donation, and we'll happily do the shopping for you. Because of our bulk purchasing every $1 donated is equal to $4 worth of school supplies and uniforms!
Organize a school supply drive. Hold a drive with any group of friends...your book club, professional association, Sunday School class, soccer team or scout troop...just to name a few! 
Get your company involved. Do you know a company looking for a great summer-fun project? Just collect school supplies and/or monetary donations for a few weeks and deliver them to the CPD Central Location by August 29th. Interested in more information? 
Contact Corinne at (214) 624-7588 or corinne@cpdtx.org.
Thanks so much for helping us 
stop the abuse and start the healing!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Mercury is Cooking for the Hounds

Celebrated Executive Chef Chris Ward hosts an afternoon cooking class Saturday, August 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Mercury benefiting The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT).
Ticket price includes one drink ticket (additional beverages at cash bar), cooking demonstration with Chris Ward and tasting portions of several mouth-watering appetizers, main dishes, desserts and goody bag. Bid in the silent auction for artwork, spa and restaurant gift certificates, dog services, custom jewelry and more.
Cost is $60 for per person. Coveted VIP seats (only seven available) get a ring-side seat at Chef Ward’s cooking bar ($100) and a special gift from GALT.
Serving from a changing menu, Chef Ward uses influences from French and Mediterranean cooking to present award winning new American cuisine. The Mercury evokes both a sophisticated setting and a casual neighborhood atmosphere, offering a unique dining experience.
GALT is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit all-volunteer group dedicated to placing all greyhounds primarily those that competed and trained for racing and sight hounds into loving homes. GALT facilitates the adoption of greyhounds by providing kennel services and foster homes along with their medical needs, including spay and neuter, assisting them in the transition from track-life to home-life, and educating the public about why the greyhound has been a favored companion dog for more than 4,000 years. To learn more about GALT go to www.GALTX.org
Seating is limited.  Purchase tickets online here:

Equest Women's Auxiliary Luncheon Recap

Katherine Coker, Louise Griffeth, Angie Kadesky, Elsa Norwood, Ann Dyer
On June 10, Neiman Marcus downtown hosted the Equest Women's Auxiliary to thank them for their work in supporting Equest’s programs.  Equest provides therapeutic sports riding classes and Hippotherapy to more than 180 clients every week. The organization serves children and adults with all types of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities, and it has become one of the largest nonprofit therapeutic riding centers in the state.
Margaret Hancock and Emily Hargrove
Katherine Coker, president of Equest Women’s Auxiliary, thanked Neiman Marcus for hosting the luncheon at the Zodiac Room and told about the Auxiliary’s role. “The Auxiliary plays a very important role in sustaining the services of Equest, and I recently learned that historically the funds it raises accounts for 20 percent of Equest’s operating budget.” She also recognized Louise Griffeth who had the vision to start the Auxiliary and longtime Equest Auxiliary Board Member Elsa Norwood. 
Kim Miller, Natalie Taylor, Anne Besser
Jeff Byron, Neiman Marcus’ general manager, was honored to host the luncheon because of his personal interest in Equest as a volunteer who guides the riders. Coker added that the Equest Women's Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show, “Year of the Horse,” is October 7 at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Chaired by Angie Kadesky, this luncheon, which raises much needed funds for Equest, is expected to sell out. More information about joining the Auxiliary and attending the luncheon can be found at http://www.equest.org/events/womens-auxiliary

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inaugural NTFB Harvest Kickoff Reception

Co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez welcomed more than seventy-five host committee members and sponsors for a cocktail reception to celebrate Harvest presented by VHA, a new fundraising event benefiting The North Texas Food Bank.
Harvest co-chairs Kristi Bare, Nancy Gopez
 Hosted by Place at Perry’s, partygoers mingled while enjoying wine and a delicious cocktail buffet. Midway through the evening, Bare and Gopez welcomed guests and thanked the many sponsors to date, as well as the event’s honorary co-chairs Janet and Phil Cobb, Ruthie and Jay Pack, and Katherine and Eric Reeves.
Harvest honorary co-chairs Katherine and Eric Reeves
 Bare and Gopez shared details of the upcoming September 19 fundraiser, including the site for the event, the newly renovated Dallas Farmers Market. Guests at Harvest will enjoy cocktails, food stations from some of Dallas’ favorite chefs and restaurants under the leadership of renowned chef Sharon Hague, entertainment by DJ Lucy Wrubel, silent and live auctions, wine auction and more. A highlight of the evening will be the recognition of five “Golden Fork” recipients, an annual award that honors five local philanthropists who have made a significant impact in the pursuit of a hunger-free community.
Kristin Schwope, Lora Farris, Jasmin Holmstrup
Scott and Amy Houdek
At the reception, Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of The North Texas Food Bank, added her thanks to the many supporters of the fundraiser and spoke about the important programs that would benefit from the proceeds of the inaugural Harvest: Food 4 Kids provides backpacks full of nonperishable, kid-friendly food for chronically hungry elementary-age children to take home on Fridays during the school year; School Pantry, puts healthful, shelf-stable food and fresh produce into the hands of children and families once a month through partnerships with public and charter schools; Nourishing Neighbors, a new Food Bank initiative addressing hunger among the 'silver tsunami,' the growing numbers of senior adults who find themselves in need and The Main Program, provides access to 62 million+ healthful meals to 262 Partner Agencies in 13 North Texas counties, including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
Tiffany Divis, Elizabeth Gambrell, Diana Hamilton
Jonas and Nicole Woods
 Harvest kick-off event attendees included: honorary chairs Janet and Phil Cobb and Katherine and Eric Reeves; event co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez; Jan Pruitt, president and CEO, The North Texas Food Bank; Tiffany and Paul Divis; Katy and Lawrence Bock; Claire and Dwight Emanuelson; Jennifer and Ron Robinson; Elizabeth Gambrell; Kris Johnson; Diana Hamilton; Heather and Malcolm Hicks; Carol and Peter York; Reggie and John McFarland; Leslie and Lucian LaBarba; Nicole and Jonas Woods; and Amy and Scott Houdek.
Justin Whitman and our own Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, RSVP Calendar Founder
  Harvest presented by VHA will take place on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the
newly renovated Dallas Farmers Market. Tickets are $200 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For more information, visit ntfb.org/harvest