Thursday, July 5, 2018

Paper Source Kids Art Camp - July and August!


Paper Source, curator of creative inspiration for over three decades, is hosting their own exclusive Kids Art Camp across all 127 stores nationwide.

Participants will create five unique projects using various crafting techniques and tools during their week-long camps in July and August.

Sign your junior campers up (ages 6+) for Summer fun!  Check out the schedule here:



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Texas Discovery Gardens Launches Lone Star Nature Art Competition

Artists of all ages and skill-set are encouraged to enter Texas related art in categories including: painting, sculpture, wood carving, photography, printmaking and drawing. Anyone with a passion for art and nature can enter.

Judges, chosen by Texas Discovery Gardens, include experts from Collectors Covey and Discovery Gallery Curator Brenda McKinney, who will select winners and runners-up in each category.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries will receive a cash prize. One $1,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the Best of Show out of all the categories. Entry fee is $25.

Participants can submit entries through August 15, 2018. Winners will be announced on or before August 31st, 2018. The winning submissions will be displayed at Texas Discovery Gardens throughout the State Fair of Texas September 28th through October 21st.

For more information including entry, submission, exhibition, etc., visit https://txdg.org/lone-star-art/.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

30th Annual Children's Cancer Fund Gala Raised More Than $1.2 Million

Over 1,200 guests, including 85 pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families, celebrities, sponsors, and supporters, filled the first floor of the Hyatt Regency Dallas, transformed into a colorful, candy-themed wonderland, on Friday, April 27, for the most successful Children’s Cancer Fund Gala on record. The sold-out 30th annual fundraising gala raised more than $1.2 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Health and UT Southwestern – surpassing fundraising goals for the second year in a row.
Gala Co-Chairs Candice Romo and Hollie Siglin with Becky Lewis, president, Children's Cancer Fund Board of Directors
Longtime Honorary Co-Chair Roger Staubach, who has been involved all 30 years, began the event with a special announcement. “This is the first year in this event’s 30-year history that Children’s Cancer Fund has not lost a child who has participated in this event,” said Roger Staubach. “For the first year, an in-memoriam video will not be shown at the gala. It chokes me up just to say that. Pediatric cancer research is making a difference.” 
Connor Benjamin, 7, of  Richardson, is escorted by Dallas Fire Station #19 

Staubach’s Co-Chair Troy Aikman followed Staubach to the podium sharing his passion for Children’s Cancer Fund as well as the impact of the nonprofit’s fundraising.

“Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Children’s Cancer Fund has donated more than $8 million to support pediatric cancer research in the Dallas area,” said Troy Aikman. “This is something you can be a part of – curing childhood cancer and helping make treatment safer, more effective, and less painful.  When Roger invited me to this event 21 years ago, I was blown away. As long as they keep inviting me back, I will be here. A lot of money is being raised for pediatric cancer.”

Zachary Goldminz, 11, of Plano, is escorted by Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Byron Jones. The two 'floss' on the runway.
Gala Co-Chair Hollie Siglin then shared her personal story of her dad collapsing and being hospitalized the morning of the gala. He was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma a few weeks after Siglin agreed to co-chair the event.
“I almost did not come tonight, but this cause is important so I left my dad’s side to be here and tell you why we need raise money to cure cancer,” said Hollie Siglin.
Justin Whitman, Kim Schlegel Whitman, JR Whitman, Candice Romo, Tony Romo
Siglin’s best friend and Co-Chair Candice Romo took the mic and told the audience that thinking about these children and what they and their families are going through makes her angry. 
“I have three boys of my own, and I can’t imagine having to go through all of this,” added Romo. “We must take a stand against this awful disease and invest in cutting edge research to cure kids’ cancer. So tonight, get out your wallets, go big, and make it rain! We are here to cure children’s cancer!”
Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Roger Staubach

In addition to Staubach and Aikman, the 30th Annual Fashion Show presented an all-star lineup of celebrities including Dallas Cowboys Starting Quarterback Dak Prescott, who returned to the runway this year along with Cowboys Cornerback Byron Jones.
Loryn Ninesling, 14, of Leonard, is escorted by KISS FM Crew Big Al Mack, Kellie Rasberry, and Jenna Owen


Twenty-two children ages 5 to 15, matched with celebrity escorts, lit up the runway in their fashions provided by Dillard’s for a star-studded fashion show, coordinated by RSC Show Productions.

Backstage was a flurry of activity of kids, clowns, magicians, and fun and autographs with celebrities along with primping for the show with makeup, nails, and hairstyles by longtime Children’s Cancer Fund supporters Salon Pompeo.
Kadron Patterson, 10, of Dallas, is escorted by Batman 

Additional celebrity escorts included Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; Former Dallas Maverick and current Indiana Pacer Monta Ellis, his wife Juanika, and their daughter Myla Ellis; Medieval Times Red Knight; KISS FM Crew; Miss Texas Margana Wood; Scott Murray; John Basham, CCF Alum whose family is one of the founding families of CCF and who walked in the very first fashion show; Garry Brown, producer of “Marvels Agents of Shield” and Melissa Brown, actress and stunt artist; Dallas SWAT Team; Dallas Fire Station #19; Belle of Beauty and the Beast; Batman; ESPN Commentator Victoria Arlen, para-Olympic swimmer; Mike Crum, skateboarding legend; CCF Alum Russell McKeown; Pink Heals Firefighters; Candice and Tony Romo; Ryan Hollingshead, FC Dallas Soccer Player; Amy Vanderoef, social media influencer and TV host.
Josiah Torres, 8, of Dallas, is escorted by Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott 

DJ Tony Romo entertained the crowd after the fashion show.



Monday, June 18, 2018

Texas Discovery Gardens to honor Allie Beth and Pierce Allman at 35th Flora Award Gala


Allie Beth and Pierce Allman will be honored with the 2018 Flora Award for their years of service to the Dallas Community on October 25th, the jade anniversary of this prestigious Dallas occasion. Since its inception in 1982, The Flora Award has been presented in support of Texas Discovery Gardens, a 501(c)(3). The honor serves to recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, natural resource education, protection of the environment and quality of life.

“If there is a worthy cause in Dallas, chances are the Allmans have supported it in a meaningful and generous way,” said Dick Davis, Executive Director of Texas Discovery Gardens. “While the Allmans don’t seek recognition, those of us in the nonprofit world seek every public opportunity to show our gratitude. That they would allow us to honor them for their decades of philanthropic efforts is gratifying beyond words. Yet, we plan to find just the right words at the 2018 Flora Award Gala.”

Among the many causes the Allmans have supported: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, DFW World Affairs, Dallas Museum of Art, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas Symphony and the MD Anderson Cancer Center Dallas.
Allie Beth and Pierce Allman
For the Flora Award’s jade anniversary, all past living Flora honorees will be asked to attend for special recognition at the black tie-dinner. Past Flora honorees include Peggy and Carl Sewell, Senator Kay Baily Hutchison, Dee and Charles Wyly, Lady Bird Johnson, Laura and President George Bush, Gloria Vanderbilt and Margaret and Trammell Crow.

Honorary Chairs for the 2018 Flora Award are Janet Smith, Bettye Slaven and Marilyn Waisanen, with Laura Chancellor Black and Kelly Cantu Dees serving as co-chairs. Laura and Kelly will also co-chair the Flora Award Patron Party on September 20thto celebrate the supporters of the jade anniversary.

2018 Flora Award Co-Chairs, Laura Chancellor Black and Kelly Cantu Dees

Tickets for the 2018 Flora Award Gala and general donations in Allie Beth and Pierce Allman’s honor may be purchased at TexasDiscoveryGardens.org/flora. Ticket prices start at $300 and tables at $3500.  For information, call Haley Estrada at 214-428-7476, ext. 230 or hestrada@texasdiscoverygardens.org





Friday, June 15, 2018

My Possibilities' Annual Community Ball

My Possibilities’ Annual Community Ball,

a Green Diamond Gala, presented by Alliance Data

Saturday, June 16, 2018
6:00-10:00 PM
Embassy Suites - Frisco

Join My Possibilities as they bring their HIPsters and community together to dance the night away with music provided by Manhattan Sound!

My Possibilities believes strongly in the concept of inclusion and equal opportunity for our HIPsters. Most of our HIPsters have never had the opportunity to attend a formal dance, making the Community Ball a unique event for each of them. Furthermore, it’s a chance for all to come together and experience the talents of their HIPsters!
As a My Possibilities family, the commnity is invited to experience this special occasion. The Community Ball is for everyone to attend! HIPsters, family, friends, and supporters.
Purchase tickets

What began as the vision of three mothers looking for a better future for their children has turned into the first-of-its-kind continuing education program for adults with cognitive disabilities in Collin County.

My Possibilities is a 501(c)(3) for cause organization serving adults with disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, Prader-Willi, head injuries and more. My Possibilities is the first full-day, full-year educational program of its kind in Collin County.

HIPster. noun. Hugely Important People. The people who attend My Possibilities are more than a label. They are people with an important role to play in society.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hilary Swank Inspires Attendees at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support Annual Luncheon

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support held its 25th Annual Luncheon on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Hilton Anatole, featuring Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank as keynote speaker. More than 1,500 people came together to take a stand on behalf of women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and to let the community know that there is help and there is hope.

Interviewed by WFAA health and wellness reported Sonia Azad, Hilary Swank spoke with authenticity and passion about the pervasiveness of domestic violence. “It could be any of us, but no woman expects it to be her,” she remarked. Swank shared that, on a fundamental level, all people want to love and be loved. “Having someone you can trust is so important,” she said. “It’s why Genesis is changing lives. These women have the faith and the courage to break the pattern of violence and to say ‘no more.’”


Co-Chairs Jane & Michael Hurst, Keynote Speaker Hilary Swank, and Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support


Adding clothing designer to her stellar list of accomplishments, Swank started her clothing line, Mission Statement, to merge high-performance with high-fashion for the perfect balance of movement. She encouraged all women to live their own personal mission statements. "I made it a personal mission to make sure that nobody felt like they didn't belong,” Swank said. “We all belong. We are given an opportunity to learn and grow and find like-minded people to share the journey."

Luncheon Co-Chairs Jane and Michael Hurst welcomed the near-capacity crowd with stirring opening remarks. “Over 180,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported in Texas every year,” Michael Hurst shared. “Today, we stand with nearly 1,600 men and women in this room who have decided that we will be a woman’s first step away from abuse,” he concluded.




Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson, Senior Pastor of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, then gave the invocation using her signature, extended “amen” shout.

While attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch of mandarin orange and strawberry salad, crispy stuffed chicken with orzo, and dark chocolate mousse cake or berry tart, Jane and Michael spoke about how they became involved with Genesis because they want to raise their teenage son and daughter to know what healthy relationships look like. “As a mom of teenagers, like I’m sure every other mom would be, I am deeply concerned with the statistics facing boys and girls when it comes to domestic violence. It is for our children’s safety that we stand here today committed to being a woman’s first step away from abuse,” Jane stated.

Jane and Michael also recognized the 2018 Jane Doe Award recipient, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas for their work providing high-quality civil legal representation to low-income families, including clients of Genesis who have little to no access to resources due to financial abuse.

Genesis HeROs Board President, Crayton Webb, implored gentle men in the room to say that, when it comes to ending violence against women, “count us in.” He recognized the 2018 HeRO Award recipient, the Honorable Roberto Cañas, who presides over Dallas County Criminal Court #10 – one of only six U.S. Department of Justice Domestic Violence Mentor Courts in the country. Cañas was also honored for his efforts to save lives by enforcing a gun surrender program that keeps guns out of the hands of abusers.

Genesis CEO Jan Langbein spoke about the graduate-level course on the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault this country has received from countless women who have come forward to say #MeToo over the past year. “These movements have given silenced victims both a voice and encouragement, allowing solidarity with millions of others who have experienced the same. Where there was once isolation by design, there is now a national community of support through social media, giving women the courage to come out of the dark and into the light,” she remarked.

Luncheon guests arrived into the sunshine yellow springtime of the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom filled with arrangements of yellow tulips and white peonies from The Garden Gate florist. Yellow tissue paper peeked out of gift bags for every guest, thanks to beauty sponsor Mary Kay Inc. Dramatic panels featuring the Genesis logo in lemon yellow stood behind white flowery trees that flanked the stage, and bobbing white balloons signified volunteers circulating the room selling raffle tickets for four tempting packages.
Hilary Swank chats with Sonia Azad of WFAA

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dirk Nowitzki's 2018 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game is THIS Friday!



Going, going, gone! While there may not be many homeruns hit, tickets are disappearing fast for one of summer’s most sought-after pastimes. Dirk Nowitzki’s 2018 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, presented by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco, is set for Friday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (7300 RoughRiders Trl).

Scheduled to appear are Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliott, Sean Lee and more; Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Jr., Harrison Barnes, Mark Cuban and more; former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker Demarcus Ware; Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker; and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller to name a few. NOTE: Roster subject to change. More players to be announced soon.

This year marks the 17th annual event and Dirk’s 7th 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 p.m.

Britney Holmes of Frisco will sing the National Anthem. Known as the “National Anthem Queen,” Holmes auditioned for American Idol’s 16th season. After initially being told "no" by the celebrity judges (Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry), Katy Perry brought Britney back for a second chance to audition during the 2017 American Music Awards. After fans voted her back into the competition, Lionel Richie officially announced Britney as the first contestant to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood. Britney advanced into American Idol's top 50 and is now working on her debut fall release.

At 6:30 p.m., the seven-inning 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 on-the-field stunts, interactive activities and other family-fun entertainment. Following the game, a 10-minute fireworks finale sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco will round out the evening.

Here is the line-up for this year’s game (PLAYERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
§  Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks MVP and 2011 NBA champion)
§  Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys quarterback)
§  Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys running back)
§  Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner and star of Shark Tank)
§  Sean Lee (Dallas Cowboys linebacker)
§  Von Miller (Denver Broncos linebacker)
§  Herschel Walker (Heisman Trophy winner and former Dallas Cowboys running back)
§  Demarcus Ware (former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker)
§  Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks forward) – team manager
§  Dennis Smith, Jr. (Dallas Mavericks point guard)
§  Dan Bailey (Dallas Cowboys kicker)
§  Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys wide receiver)
§  Chidobe Awuzie (Dallas Cowboys cornerback)
§  Anthony Brown (Dallas Cowboys cornerback)
§  Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks head coach) – team manager
§  La’el Collins (Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman)
§  Kyle Collinsworth (Dallas Mavericks guard)
§  Yogi Ferrell (Dallas Mavericks guard)
§  Dorian Finney-Smith (Dallas Mavericks forward)
§  Kavon Frazier (Dallas Cowboys safety)
§  Devin Harris (former Dallas Mavericks guard)
§  Jeff Heath (Dallas Cowboys safety)
§  Byron Jones (Dallas Cowboys defensive back)
§  Chris Jones (Dallas Cowboys punter)
§  Jalen Jones (Dallas Mavericks forward)
§  Jourdan Lewis (Dallas Cowboys cornerback)
§  Wesley Matthews (Dallas Mavericks guard)
§  Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks center)
§  Maximilian Kleber (Dallas Mavericks forward)
§  Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks center)
§  Geoff Stults (movie and TV actor of movies Only the Brave and 12 Strong)
§  Ben Grieve (former MLB outfielder)
§  Vernon Wells (former MLB centerfielder)

Tickets are $9, $18, $23 and $35 at TicketReturn (972-334-1993 or ticketreturn.com) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8. Tickets also will be available at the door (if the event is not sold out). Parking for the general public will be available at Lots A, B, E and F for $10.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco
is the sponsor of the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game and the fireworks finale. Sewell Automotive Companies is the official automotive sponsor. Other sponsors are The Joule Hotel; Morgan Stanley; Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP; AXS TV; Headington Companies; Dallas Mavericks; and The Richards Group. Media partners are Fox 4 and My27, 105.3 The Fan, 98.7 KLUV, ALT 103.7, 100.3 Jack-FM, and NewsRadio 1080 KRLD.

For more information, go to dnfoundation.org. For the latest updates, follow @HeroesCelebrity on Twitter and Heroes Foundation on Facebook.

Click HERE for tickets before they're sold out!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Perot Museum's Ultimate Dinosaurs traveling exhibition makes Texas debut June 23

A dino-mite invasion makes its Texas’ debut June 23 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The traveling exhibition, Ultimate Dinosaurs, puts guests eye to eye with an incredible array of prehistoric dominators that thrived only in the southern hemisphere. With crazy claws and crocodile-like faces that would have intimidated a T. rex, these unique dinosaurs were funky and fierce!

Presented locally by Highland Capital Management, Ultimate Dinosaurs features full-sized skeletons, plus life-sized video projections of the creatures, interactive games, augmented-reality viewers and more.

Presented in English and French (with a Spanish audio guide available), the exhibition runs June 23, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019, and requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Member preview days are June 21-22.

Ultimate Dinosaurs is presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota and is supported locally by Hilton hotels of Dallas-Fort Worth and the “Explore Like a Local” program. More information at www.perotmuseum.org 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Victory Cup Polo Match and Hot Air Balloon Festival - This Weekend!



The Victory Cup, ‘America’s Polo Match’, is teaming up with The Best Of Texas to host The Victory Cup Polo Match & Hot Air Balloon Festival on June 2nd at Prestonwood Polo Club, just north of D-FW.


Bring the whole family, come casual or get dressed up for drinks, food, live music and polo and dust off the floppy hats, pastel dresses and seersucker suits. General Admission and VIP passes are both available, and there is something for everyone!


With the help of awesome partners and sponsors, the Victory Cup is expecting a great turn out.  Major partners and sponsors include vineyard vines, Jack Daniels, Patron, Enchanted Rock Vodka, Chateau E’sclans Whispering Angel Wine, Lake & Country Living, Frisco Life Magazine and Mizzen + Main.


A true entertainment experience, the Victory Cup has not only lined up exciting rival polo

matches, but polo-goers will also enjoy dozens of local chefs, restaurants, a children’s

playground and an informal fashion contest. Not to be missed, enjoy dinner with the players, as the Victory Cup boasts one of the largest and certainly most unique farm-to-table dinner experiences in the nation.


In addition, Hot air balloon pilots will join in on the fun on Saturday morning (around 7AM) to host a hot air balloon launch as well as Saturday evening (around 5PM) for hot air balloon tethered rides and a hot air balloon glow. The hot air balloons are weather contingent and will only inflate if the weather permits. Hot air balloon rides will be sold at the event for $30 per.  Rides will be first come first serve, so check the schedule and social media for updates.

Enjoy a gorgeous day of green grass, majestic horses, fun people, great vendors, beautiful hot air balloons and heart pounding polo at this local family-friendly and pet-friendly festival.

Prestonwood Polo Club
501 Martingale Trail
Oak Point, TX 75068

For tickets or more information please visit: www.victorycup.org/dallas