Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Friends New Life Launch Party Honors 2017 ProtectHer Award Recipients

New Friends New Life (NFNL), a nonprofit that restores and empowers formerly trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and children, has announced its 2017 ProtectHer Award recipients 
Kelly Cruse, Pat Schenkel, Ashlee Kleinert, Gail Turner
Airline Ambassadors International, United States Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team and Parish Episcopal School will be honored at the May 10 New Friends New Life Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., at the OMNI Dallas Hotel, for their visionary guidance and leadership in protecting the rights of women and girls. 

The luncheon, featuring Joe Ehrmann as headliner, is chaired by Lisa Cooley and Tanya Foster and Honorary Co-Chairs Gail and Dr. R. Gerald Turner.
Tanya Foster, luncheon co-chair; R. Gerald Turner and Gail Turner, honorary luncheon co-chairs; Lisa Cooley, luncheon co-chair
“New Friends New Life is thrilled to honor these international, national, state, and local partners in our advocacy and prevention efforts to eradicate sex trafficking and exploitation,” said Kelly Cruse, executive director, New Friends New Life. “We are thrilled to add an international recipient for the first time this year.  The dedication of each of these recipients to this crime has saved lives. By working together, we will continue to safeguard the rights of women and girls who are at-risk or have already suffered the degradation and trauma of sex trafficking and exploitation.”

Eric and Elizabeth Gambrell
Airline Ambassadors International, the first-time international ProtectHer recipient, holds training sessions in airports around the world teaching airline personnel the key warning signs of trafficking. Once these signs are identified, flight attendants notify pilots, who notify ground crews to have police waiting at the gates upon arrival, saving the lives of children and young women.
India Session, Paula Stein, Irie Session
National ProtectHer honoree U.S. Senator Rob Portman is the founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking and has authored five federal anti-trafficking laws since 2012. Additionally, he works to combat illegal online marketplaces for sex, including an investigation into how sex traffickers use websites like – which is headquartered in Dallas. Congress unanimously passed Senator Portman’s resolution to require to submit documents relevant to his 18-month investigation of online sex trafficking. As a result, the CEO of now faces 2 years in prison.

The 2017 state ProtectHer honoree is Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team (CCST), which in 2016, changed the landscape of Texas’ fight against the horrific crime that is child sex trafficking. CCST began a study of the scope of child sex trafficking in Texas and identified gaps in victims’ services and law enforcement response along with best practice solutions to fill those gaps.  Additionally, CCST expanded existing therapeutic and trauma-informed services for victims of trafficking and trained law enforcement and the child welfare system on identifying and addressing child exploitation.
Chris Kleinert, Michael Studer, Bill Morse, Richard Eiseman
The 2017 local ProtectHer honoree, Parish Episcopal School, piloted the New Friends New Life Men’s Advocacy Group’s manKINDness Project© High School Program, a 60-minute interactive learning experience tailored to teen boys. Through candid conversations about value and respect, the learning objectives for the young men who complete the program are three-fold: learn the power of words and how thoughts influence behaviors and actions; examine ties between respect for women and girls and socialization of sex trafficking and exploitation where nightly in Dallas alone, 400 teen girls are trafficked, and identify solutions in school and community that demonstrate positive, healthy attitudes toward girls and women and themselves.
Shelly Slater, Clay Huffstutter

“These awards recognize people who are effecting change – they are the catalysts making things happen to improve the lives of trafficked and exploited women and girls,” said Chris Kleinert, CEO and President of Hunt Consolidated Investments and Chair of New Friends New Life’s Men's Advocacy Group Board.  “It is our hope these awards will inspire and motivate other people to stand up and join us in this important fight.”
Alan Schonborn, Assoc. Dir., Strategic Development, Child Sex Trafficking Team, Office of the Governor of Texas (representing the state ProtectHer recipient), Lisa Cooley, Wendy Messmann, Chris Kleinert, Kelly Cruse, and Tanya Foster
“All of our ProtectHer Award recipients are playing a key role in helping us move Texas closer to a no-tolerance zone for those who prey upon our children,” Cruse added. “Our women and girls are not for sale.”

Tickets for the 14th Annual luncheon available from $250; sponsorships are also available.  For more information, visit or call (214)965-0935.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Off the Rails Country Music Fest {May 6 & 7} - We have tickets!

Get ready for the hottest annual country music event in town! Returning for its second year to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Off the Rails Country Music Fest welcomes the biggest names in country music for a two-day music festival.

Due to overwhelming demand, the festival released a limited quantity of single-day tickets.

Great news - WE have TWO pair of tickets to give away to one of our loyal readers!  Let us know who YOU are most excited about seeing this year.  Comment here or on our FB page:


VIP packages available including best seats in the house, exclusive access to designated VIP areas with food and beverage options, and much more.

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Two winners will be selected on Friday, April 28, 2017, to win one pair (2) tickets to OTR Country Music Fest.  Winners will be notified shortly after contest ends.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Smiles Charity Welcomes Andy Grammer to Annual Charity Concert -- Plus Raffle Tickets!

Raffle Items:

CrestCars.Com Infiniti QX-30 39 month lease($13K value) 

Griffin Jewelry 1 carat diamond necklace ($4000 value) 

Cabela's $1000 gift certificate 

Luke Bryan & Andy Grammer autographed guitars (donated by Guitar Sanctuary) 

Nest Jewelry ($1000 value) 

Dallas Cowboy Drew Pearson autographed football 

Cooper Spa package 

Traxxas Stampede car 

Traxxas Slash car 

Premier beauty basket

Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win. Support Smiles Charity!

Smiles Charity’s Mission: bringing the community together to change the world one home, one family at a time. Smiles Charity is a 501c(3)non-profit organization founded to benefit charitable organizations that build homes for deserving families.

May 28, 2017

5:00-10:30 PM
Adriatica Village - McKinney, TX

10th Annual Smiles Charity Concert and Family Festival starring Headliner ANDY GRAMMER

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Broadway Nights and Runway Lights - Children's Cancer Fund Annual Gala

This very special 29th annual signature fundraising event will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, beginning with a champagne reception at 6PM.

Join Event Chairmen, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, along with Gala Chair, Pamela Moayedi.

Guests will enjoy silent and live auctions, a fashion show featuring pediatric oncology patients from Children's Medical Center escorted by celebrities, a raffle drawing, dinner and drinks, and dancing to the sounds of DJ Lucy Wrubel after the show!

You can reserve a room at the event venue, the Hilton Anatole, by clicking here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter in Lee Park

Dallas’ beloved Easter tradition Easter in Lee Park, hosted by the Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy and the City of Dallas returns to the park on Sunday, April 16 from 1:00pm - 4:00pmReal Housewife of Dallas’ LeeAnne Locken and Lifestyle Guru Steve Kemble will emcee the festivities.

Bring a picnic basket and blanket for an afternoon of festivities including the famed Lee Park Pooch Parade sponsored by Kroger, live music from The Gypsy Playboys and DJ Jen Miller, an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny and food trucks including Easy Slider and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe.

Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome (no retractable leashes please).  Non-profit animal rescue organizations including the SPCA amongst others will be on-site with adoptable pets.

At 2pm, the Lee Park Pooch Parade meanders down Turtle Creek Boulevard with winners selected by a panel of celebrity judges. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Best Group, Most Creative and Best Easter Inspired Outfit.    Registration for the Pooch Parade is $10.  To sign up in advance, go to

“On behalf of the Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy, we are beyond excited to  again host Easter in Lee Park,” says Will Sale, board member and chair of the 2017 event.  “The crowd at last years’ event proved that Dallas was ecstatic for the return of this beloved tradition.”

Easter in the Park is free and open to the public for all ages.

Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to the continued preservation, conservation, maintenance and further development of the public grounds.  Lee Park is located at 3333 Turtle Creek Boulevard.  For more information and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email or call 214-446-4542.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Buzz Art Event Benefiting Best Buddies

Buzz Art Auction is one of the nation’s most exciting traveling art event series that made it's Dallas debut on March 31st at The Joule Hotel and almost 300 people came out and showed their support for art and Best Buddies.  The brainchild of art entrepreneur, Michael Rosen, created the Buzz Art Auction event and has turned it into a traveling, live, NO RESERVE auction featuring original works from the nation’s top street artists alongside hors d’oeuvres, expert mixology and entertainment. 
Hosts Vodi Cook and Michael Rosen
A percentage of proceeds from the Dallas went to benefit Best Buddies charity, consistent with Buzz Art’s mission to give back with each event.

“Buzz Art was created to give young art collectors the opportunity to purchase the works of many of their favorite artists in a fun and approachable atmosphere. With our no reserve auction format, guests are able to start the bidding as low as $1, and can come away with a great deal on a piece of art while having a great time,” Michael Rosen, Buzz Art Auctions Founder.

Brant Grimes and Jamie Hanscom
From aspiring art collectors to art connoisseurs, Buzz Art Auction gives guests the opportunity to bid on art in a fun and exciting atmosphere that other auctions do not possess. This event featured works from acclaimed artists including Kenny Scharf, Banksy, and Buff Monster, Alex Mijares, Whisbe, Shark Toof, Cranio,Lady Aiko, BumbleBeeLovesYou, Pez, Jon Burgerman and many more.
Catering and venue were provided by The Joule.
For more information visit
Carla Rosenberg and Kristin Smith
Emma Flores, Katie Chilles, Brooke Price, and Madison Cansler
Host Committee Members: Laura Ginsburg Pierson, Mackenzie Brittingham, Caroline Harrison, Brittani Carter-Durant, Chrystie Trimmell, Lacy Ball, Gillian Sarofim, Ryan Oehmke, Tanner Stormborn Ewing, Chela Moros, Patrick Fogiel, Rachel Scoggins, John Scoggins, Chris Kimbrough
Best Buddies Group

40th Annual Tom Landry Open Benefiting DFW FCA

April 17, 2017
Registration Deadline: April 7th
Stonebriar Country Club ~ Frisco, Tx

Tournament Highlights & Schedule

9:00AM   Opening of Registration, Putting Clinic, Silent Auction 
11:00AM   Event Program, Buffet Lunch, Live Auction
 Q&A with Troy Aikman, Rocket Ismail and Trevor Knight

*Lineup subject to change. Check website for updates.
12:30PM  Shotgun Start on both Fazio and Country Club Courses

Million Dollar Hole in One Contest immediately following afternoon round plus dinner, announcement of winning teams and prizes awarded

Florida Scramble Format - first come, first served basis

In case of rainout, other functions will take place as scheduled and sponsorships will be considered a donation.

NEW! Champions Playoff Tournament 
Top 3 foursomes from both Stonebriar courses will ADVANCE to the Champions Playoff Tournament (competing with Top 3 foursomes from Jim Sundberg FCA Golf Classic). This Playoff will take place at the new Trinity Forest Country Club in Dallas where the Byron Nelson PGA tournament will be played in 2018. Winning Team to receive the DFW FCA Champions Grand Prize.
NEW! Church Cup Competition 
Church teams will have an opportunity to compete for the FCA Church Cup Trophy and one will ADVANCE to the Champions Playoff Tournament as well. Please Contact Rick Bowles at if you are church or ministry about special registration rate.

 Silent & Live Auction 
• Golf Outings • Autographed Memorabilia • Travel Packages • Electronics • Spa Gift Certificates • & Much More!

TLO Titleist Room
Open to all registered players! 

ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic Tees Off for a Cause

On Saturday, April 1, Charles Kelley, of multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum and eleven-time ACM Award winner, hosted the ACM Lifting Lives® Golf Classic. Additionally, country music artists Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay and Cole Swindell participated in the tournament. 
Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Charles Kelley, Cole Swindell, Colt Ford, Jacob Davis and Tracy Lawrence
Held for the sixth consecutive year at TPC Las Vegas, the “scramble” style golf tournament raised funds and awareness for the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate relief to those in need within the music industry.
Tracy Lawrence and Cole Swindell
 The ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic took place in conjunction with the highly-anticipated “The Week Vegas Goes Country®,” including the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® taking place March 30 – April 2, 2017 surrounding the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®.

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit