Wednesday, September 30, 2020

AWARE 2020-2021 Grant Recipients Announced

AWARE president Barbara Glass has announced the grant recipients for the 2020-2021 year. Applications were submitted from nonprofit organizations located in Dallas and Collin County that are working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

The final selections have been made and the recipients are:

BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE DALLAS FOUNDATION: Salary support for the Baylor AT&T Memory Center to provide a trained specialist on site at the Center.  At the point of care patients and families are provided with disease education, caregiver training and support groups, elder law and financial planning, and a 24/7 helpline.

 BISHOP ARTS THEATRE CENTERSupport for the Silver Stories Storytelling Circle, a continuing program incorporating stories, music, visual arts, and dance to improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

 CASA DE VIDASupport for the Casa de Vida program at NorthPark Presbyterian Church giving respite relief to caregivers by providing trained volunteer one-on-one care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL SOCIETY: Support for expansion of the Memory Garden nature program that incorporates horticulture, conversations, and crafts to enrich the life of those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ARTSupport for Meaningful Moments, a DMA program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families or caregivers with ways to engage in art, providing a continuing cultural opportunity regardless of the abilities.

ED-U-CARESupport for a symposium designed to educate caregivers about Compassion Fatigue and build resilient professionals and family members caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

FOR LOVE AND ARTSupport to bring the art experience to people with cognitive impairment and limited mobility in long term care facilities to stimulate art enrichment and memories while empowering caregivers to love people in creative and transformative ways.

HIGHLAND PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCHSupport for the Journey Program, a no-fee program designed to allow participants with early stage Alzheimer’s and other dementias to thrive, while giving their caregivers much-needed respite.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICESupport for the Older Adults Program staff to provide in-home mental health counseling, care management, and daily living support to older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, allowing them to remain living in their own home.

JULIETTE FOWLER COMMUNITIESSupport for facility dementia care programs, including the expansion of “I’m Still Here,” a six-month intensive dementia care training program for staff members throughout the Fowler communities.

PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRASupport for Healing Notes, a free music-therapy program targeted toward low-income seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

THE SENIOR SOURCESupport for the Senior Companions program matching trained volunteers with low income individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families needing assistance with meals, errands, and light housekeeping, providing caregivers with respite and/or time to work outside the home.    

THE MEADOWS MUSEUM AT SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITYSupport for the Meadows Museum memory care programs, which provides social and emotional support to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their care givers and partners through engagement with art.

TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCESSupport for the outpatient memory care program to provide cognitive stimulation therapy, a short-term evidence-based intervention for individuals with mild to moderate dementia.

STOMPING GROUND COMEDYSupport for the Improv for Caregivers program, a therapeutic and psycho-educational workshop that uses improvisational comedy techniques to teach caregivers effective communication skills that are specific to the needs of Alzheimer’s patients.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER:  Support for research to develop a formula that estimates how much time a patient might have from initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s to the need for full-time care.

TEXAS WINDS MUSICAL OUTREACHSupport for the Concerts for Seniors program providing interactive concerts in 95 nursing homes and adult day care facilities bringing joy, relief from isolation, and peace to individuals affected by memory loss.

VISITING NURSES ASSOCIATION OF TEXASSupport to evaluate clients of the Meals on Wheels program with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias for need of a higher level of care.

WILSHIRE BAPTIST CHURCHSupport for the Friday Friends Program addressing the need to provide respite for those who care for a dementia relative at home, and who have little or no assistance for relieving them of the constant care and supervision of their loved one, while providing  a stimulating day of art, music and games for the individual with Alzheimer’s.

Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund:  Support for scholarships for nursing students at Baylor University, Texas Woman’s University, and Texas Christian University toward their studies in gerontology, especially in the field of dementia.

         To learn more about AWARE, membership benefits, special events, educational programs and more, visit the website at

         Together with compassion and dedication, we are making a difference. Membership is open to men and women. Join AWARE now and join the fight.

Lilly Pulitzer Launches ‘Paws for a Cause’ Collection

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Lilly Pulitzer is launching the “Paws for a Cause” collection October 1 in its stores and online. The collection benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Lilly Pulitzer once said, "if you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble."

The new collection includes womens' pajamas, robe, top, leggings, skort, scarf, hat, blanket, as well as girls’ leggings and t-shirt, retailing from $38 to $138.

The collection features the original print “Paws for Cause,” hand painted in the Lilly Pulitzer print studio. It features pink ribbons, flowers and colorful cats, as a tribute to breast cancer patients, caregivers, advocates, “thrivers” and loved ones.

As a direct contribution of this partnership, BCRF will receive a $30,000 donation from Lilly Pulitzer to fund 600 hours of research. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Cedars Union art incubator launches Look Club outdoor drawing event

 Grab a mask, your paints or pencils, and a sketchbook! Launching Saturday, October 3, The Cedars Union, a nonprofit art incubator, will launch Look Club, a new four-part program that invites the public to draw observationally, focusing on a chosen subject each week. The subjects – Still Life, Landscape, Figure Drawing, and Architecture – will be led by a local artist who incorporates those subjects or themes in his or her work. The session begins with an artist talk, followed by two-and-a-half open hours of drawing or painting from life, whether chosen by the participant or constructed by The Cedars Union. 

Peter Ligdon

On Saturdays from Oct. 3-24, the general public is invited to bring a chair, blanket, easel or any desired art materials and draw from life. The events run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with artist talks running from approximately from 11:15-11:30 a.m. 

The cost to participate is $5, which includes discounted admission to Dallas Heritage Village, located at 1515 S. Harwood St. in Dallas. In open air and expansive grounds this gathering offers participants the ability to meet safely, with drawing areas being spread out to enable social distancing.

Erika HuddlestonLandscape Recording Static/Dynamic: Waco Creek V BELL’S HILLPARK,2017

The four-part program also pairs classic drawing subjects with local and contemporary artists to underline how these practices live on today.

Look Club is open to all levels but does not offer deliberate instruction.

  • Oct. 3 - Still Life Drawing featuring an artist talk with Francisco Moreno, a Mexican-American artist who lives in Dallas and Mexico City.
  • Oct. 10 - Landscape Drawing with an artist talk by Erika Huddleston, an artist who focuses on the study of nature in urban settings.
  • Oct. 17 - Figure Drawing with an artist talk by Danielle Georgiou, a Dallas-based dancer, choreographer and video artist, plus posing and performance by the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group.
  • Oct. 24 - Architectural Drawing with an artist talk by Peter Ligdon, a Dallas-based artist and university instructor. 

Visit for the latest information about Look Club dates and programs.

Monday, September 28, 2020

2020 Chrysalis Ball -- Exclusive Virtual Event Featuring Lady A


"A Beautiful Day in Our Neighborhood"

Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County

2020 Chrysalis Ball

will be an exclusive virtual event

Saturday, October 17, 2020

at 6:30 pm

featuring a special musical performance by

Lady A

At this exclusive event, you will have the chance to:

• Bid on 4 unique experiences at the Live Auction only available at this event.

• Bid on several packages and experiences at our Silent Auction before the event.

• Then we will end the night with our Sponsor A Child. You will have the opportunity to show your support of these young lives by making an investment in their future.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Junior League of Collin County -- 2020 'Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market

The Junior League of Collin County’s traditional ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market welcomes more than 13,000 shoppers and over 125 merchants for a festive, unique shopping experience each year.

After careful consideration regarding the health and safety of merchants, shoppers, and volunteers, the Junior League of Collin County has made the difficult decision to not host the in-person ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, scheduled for November 12-15, 2020 at Plano Event Center.

The ‘Neath the Wreath Committee is working hard to redesign the event this year for an online experience.

Are you interested in becoming a merchant?

Please visit the merchant page.

Questions about ‘Neath the Wreath?

Please contact ‘Neath the Wreath Chair at


Saturday, September 26, 2020

2020 Virtual Texas Conference for Women

21st annual Texas Conference for Women

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Texas Conference for Women provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of Texas women each year. The one-day Conference offers incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth.

This non-profit, non-partisan event features inspirational keynote speakers, skill-building breakout sessions and ample opportunities to develop new relationships with other women. With sessions ranging from personal finance to health and wellness to career advancement, this unique event offers something for everyone.

Keynote speakers include Elizabeth Acevedo, Melinda Gates, Issa Rae, plus many special guest speakers.

Master of Ceremonies: Celeste Headlee

Visit to learn more about the virtual conference agenda, networking opportunities, speaker bios, and to register.


Friday, September 25, 2020

American Idol Winner Laine Hardy Sept 28 Live Stream Concert Benefiting American Red Cross Disaster Relief

Rising country star and ABC’s American Idol winner, Laine Hardy, is set for a September 28th live stream concert benefiting American Red Cross Disaster Relief. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT with music starting at 7:30 p.m. CT. 

Following the devastating damage that Hurricane Laura brought to the Livingston, Louisiana native’s home state last month and the recent landfall of Hurricane Sally along the Gulf Coast, Laine felt a strong calling to give back in some way.  The show, which is free and open to the public, will encourage fans to help people affected by disasters like storms, wildfires and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief at The gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. For more information on how to help and to tune in on September 28th visit HERE.

The event is already off to a great start, with a generous individual donor offering a 1:1 matching gift up to $10,000 in support of disaster relief work across the country.  Visit HERE on September 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. CT to watch Laine perform his latest song, “Tiny Town,” recent hits “Ground I Grew Up On,” “Let There Be Country,” and more!

Gibson Partners With Luke Combs And Ford To Bring U.S. Veterans Healing Through Music With The “Proud To Honor” Campaign

Gibson guitar players took centerstage in the heart of Nashville at iconic venues throughout the city including the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird CafĂ©, for the 55th ACM Awards® show.

In a nod to healing through the power of music, ACM Award-winner for “Album Of The Year” and “Male Artist Of the Year” Luke Combs, Gibson and Ford have teamed up to support U.S. veterans through Guitars4Vets--which provides veterans with guitars of their own and a forum to learn how to play. In the clip, Luke Combs visits a group of veterans during a Guitars4Vets guitar lesson. Luke delivers a Ford pickup truck filled with customized Gibson G-45 Standard Acoustic guitars wrapped with the Ford “Proud to Honor” logo. The teaser and multiple commercials featuring the G-45 guitars donated by Gibson, debuted during the 2020 ACM Awards on CBS. To learn more about “Proud to Honor,” go to: and donate directly to Guitars4Vets at: Watch the new “Proud To Honor” clip with Luke Combs featuring Gibson guitars HERE.

Luke Combs Gibson J-200 Custom in White. Luke Combs performs on a Gibson G-45 Standard acoustic custom “Proud To Honor” guitar

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Autism Speaks 5K


Saturday, October 3, 2020

Location: Anywhere!

Join the fun by virtually running or walking a 5K on October 3, wherever you are, to show your support for people with autism. Your fundraising efforts will empower the work to promote solutions for the needs of people with autism and their families – including those in urgent need of resources right now – and fuel continued commitment for Autism Speaks to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism.

Every registered participant will be sent a commemorative event shirt and finisher medal to show off your accomplishment and support for a kinder world.

Register here.