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!

Helping Our Heroes Announcement and Check Presentation

Helping Our Heroes Foundation kicked off its annual dinner and golf tournament fundraiser on May 9, 2016 at Ocean Prime Dallas.
Helping Our Heroes Auction Chair Matt Lowe, Co-founder and Event Co-chair Travis Wilson and Underwriting Chair Art Seals
Mary McAdams and Diana Hamilton
The night proceeded with the announcement of the 2016 Guest of Honor General James F. Amos, the presidential nominee who assumed duty as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Two checks for $25,000 were also presented to the 2015 beneficiaries: Folds of Honor, which provides annual educational scholarships to the families of those killed or disabled while in active duty, and Semper Fi Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Master Sergeant Christopher Griffo, Helping Our Heroes Event Co-chair Michael Marasco, Folds of Honor Regional Development Officer Sarah White, Mike Engles and Captain Mason Dill

This year’s fundraiser includes a dinner on September 11, 2016, at Frontiers of Flight Museum, which will mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11, followed by a golf tournament at Brookhaven Country Club on September 12, 2016. In the past five years, Helping Our Heroes has donated more than $735,000 to selected beneficiaries.

In 2016, the hope is to raise more than $200,000 to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families through Folds of Honor and Semper Fi Fund. To purchase tickets, please visit

Monday, May 23, 2016

DMA Art Ball 2016 Was a Beautiful Canvas of Color

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) hosted Art Ball 2016: Art + Architecture with more than 400 guests on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Dallas Museum of Art. Ann and David Sutherland served as this year’s Art Ball Co-chairs.
Steve Summers, Angie Carlson, Mark Esposito and Emily Summers
Guests arrived to a red architectural display of the Dallas skyline and an oversized blueprint of the DMA that served as a step and repeat, which touted Entertainment Sponsors Nancy and Richard Rogers; Silent Auction Sponsors Jennifer and John Eagle; Red Carpet Sponsor Neiman Marcus; Patron Party Sponsors Forty Five Ten and The Joule Hotel; After Party Sponsor Stanley Korshak; Security Sponsor Sidley Austin LLP; Auction Sponsor Christie’s; Dinner Sponsors Peggy and Carl Sewell; Invitation Sponsor Dallas Art Fair; Travel Sponsor Durham Family Foundation; Financial Services Sponsor J.P. Morgan; and Goldman, Sachs & Co. as the Catalogue and Program Sponsor.
During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on mixology cocktails from Luxury Cocktail Sponsor Belvedere Vodka and Hennessy Cognac while they bid on an eclectic mix of experiences, art and gorgeous decorative items curated by Silent Auction Chair, Gonzalo Bueno. Top bidding was on Nicolas Alquin’s Diapason sculpture, featuring old oak with burned patina and lime, and a Presidential Live Oak, grown at the prestigious ranch of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in Crawford, Texas.
Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Donna Brittingham and Douglas Carney
At 7:45 p.m., a 30-foot tall curtain dramatically opened revealing another Todd Events masterpiece of contemporary reds, greens, and yellows. Sprays of yellow florals, moss drenched chandeliers, and oversized head tables in the shape of a plus sign tied the room into a sensory wonderland.
Ana Laspetkovski and David Weinreb
The Dallas String Quartet provided lively and electric dinner entertainment while patrons feasted on a multi-course dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering, which included lobster, duck and fish courses. The live auction, assembled by interior architectural designer Trisha Wilson and sponsored by Christie’s, proved spectacular with items including a Dallas sports package, Napa Valley Wine country getaway and an African Safari at the Izingwe Lodge, a private South African lodge home on the 82,000-acre Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, located in the Waterburg mountain region.
Cathy Hodges and Kurt Anderson
Following dinner, After Party Co-chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn welcomed guests to the Hamon Atrium and Eagle Family Plaza for Folly at the Art Ball, sponsored by Stanley Korshak and presented by the DMA Junior Associates. DJ Lucy Wrubel and Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra provided music while guests danced and mingled, and tickets were available for entrance into a raffle for the not-yet-released in the United States, Jaguar F-Pace Prestige SUV, courtesy of Automotive Raffle Sponsor Park Place Jaguar.
Candice and Tony Romo
Guests included: Co-chairs Ann and David Sutherland, Dallas Museum of Art Interim Director Walter Elcock, Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Museum of Art President Catherine Marcus Rose, Will Rose, Brian Bolke, Nancy Rogers, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Elaine and Neils Agather, Andy Beal, Olya Sinitsyna, Deedie Rose, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Margaret McDermott, Jennifer and John Eagle, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Lance Bass, Candice and Tony Romo, and After Party Co-chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn.

Proceeds from Art Ball directly affect the DMA’s commitment to providing free access to its collection and to a wide range of exhibitions and educational and public programs.
Dallas String Quartet