Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nexus Recovery Center and Faye Briggs Kick Off Annual Appeal Campaign at CH Carolina Herrera NorthPark

Faye Briggs
The annual appeal kick off event, chaired by Faye Briggs, will be hosted at CH Carolina Herrera in NorthPark Center on Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Guests of the chic occasion -- including society fixtures, fashion savvy personalities, media and Nexus patrons and leaders -- will savor champagne, wine and heavy hors d' oeuvres. In addition, party goers will have the chance to win a donated CH Carolina Hererra tote (pictured below).
Nexus Executive Director, Becca Crowell, will express her gratitude to Faye Briggs and CH Carolina Hererra for their support. She will also highlight the annual appeal campaign which begins on November 7th. 
Carolina Hererra CH will donate 15% of proceeds from the event to Nexus Recovery Center, as well as any purchases made through November 9th, 2014 with a mention of Nexus Recovery Center.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas 9th Annual Corporate Cup

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) hosted its 9th Annual Corporate Cup golf tournament, presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
The event was held at Dallas National Golf Club, and raised more than $194,459. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, which strives to impact the lives of its members through after-school programming.
Boys & Girls Club "Cool Kids" with Manny Fernandez
The day included an 18-hole traditional golf tournament, and at the conclusion of the tournament, “Cool Kids,” which are Boys & Girls Club members, greeted the players with many thanks for their support and handed them cold water and towels. Following the tournament, golfers enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner while the judges tallied up the winners.
Winning Teams Included:
1st Place: KPMG
2nd Place: VMG Health
3rd Place: Fluor
Individual Winners Included:
Ladies Longest Drive: Nacy Loewe- Kimberly-Clark Team Two
Mens Longest Drive: Garrett Loftin- Kimberly-Clark Team Two
Closest to the Pin: Todd Onderdonk- ExxonMobil
Trent Brookshire, Brent Runion and Wood Brookshire
Scott Murray, chairman and CEO of Murray Media and host of Conversations with Scott Murray and Texas Daily, took the stage as he thanked all of the sponsors that made the tournament possible. President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Charles English then joined him to talk about the upcoming Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Inaugural Great Futures Luncheon, which will introduce Center for a New Generation, an innovative academic and enrichment after-school and summer program founded by Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Murray then led a lively Q&A session with Golf Channel Personality and CBS Sports Analyst David Feherty that kept the crowd laughing as they talked about golf and Feherty’s charity work.
Boys & Girls Club "Cool Kids" with Zach Edwards and Bill Smith
Due to its success, Corporate Cup is able to provide funding to further Boys & Girls Clubs of Dallas’ effective and impactful programs, such as Academic Success and Collegiate STEPS. The Academic Success program reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge that young people learn at school.
President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Charles English and Chairman of the Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Chris Trowbridge

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Young Women's Preparatory Network Announced (formerly FEYW)

To better align its mission with its name, the Foundation for the Education of Young Women announced a new name and a whole new look on Sept. 24 at a festive celebration on the lawn of the group’s East Dallas headquarters that included a gathering of board members, educators, donors and students. 
Gloria Campos, Evelyn Henry Miller, Laura Estrada--all three are Young Women's Preparatory Network board members; Sally Posey (who, along with her late husband, introduced this all-girls concept to Texas; left of sign); Gina Betts, Young Women’s Preparatory Network board chair (in back middle); Lynn McBee, Young Women’s Preparatory Network CEO
The newly-named Young Women’sPreparatory Network (Young Women’s Prep for short) provides private funding and other resources for the network of STEM-focused, all-girls preparatory public schools across Texas. Currently seven schools strong with plans to expand, the single gender campuses, which are primarily attended by disadvantaged and second-generation immigrant students, boast 100% graduation rates and high achievement in college admission exam performance and college scholarship awards.
The party’s agenda included after-school fare from Steel City Pops and Ruthie’s Rolling CafĂ©, as well as student performances by a girl-power cheerleading squad, an orchestra and a Ballet Folklorico troupe from the newest school in the network—the Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold in Grand Prairie. 
Young Women's Leadership Principals Berta Fogerson (Lubbock), Vivian Taylor-Samudio (Dallas), Cheryl Horton (asst. principal, Grand Prairie), Mia Hall (Fort Worth), Delesa O'Dell Thomas (Houston), Jeanne Goka (Austin) (not pictured: San Antonio)
“As we headed into the second decade of operations, we looked back and saw that we’d become so much more than a granting organization for these programs,” explains Lynn McBee, Young Women’s Prep CEO, “and then we realized it was time for a new name and a new look. We’ve got big plans for the future, which means we need a strong brand image that will adequately convey our message to donors and community members.” 
Founded in 2004 as a partnership with the Dallas ISD, the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, now Young Women’s prep, has helped open schools in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Lubbock, Houston, and Grand Prairie in the last decade – and talks are in place to launch a new program in Harlingen, TX.
Young women from two schools along with the leaders Sally Posey (left of sign); Lynn McBee, Young Women’s Preparatory Network CEO; Gina Betts, Young Women’s Preparatory Network board chair (both right of sign)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hearts on the Trinity

The Volunteer Center of North Texas invites you to a night of bites and beverages to support volunteerism benefiting good causes in our community at Hearts on the Trinity.
They're sampling Dallas' best restaurants and breweries for local foodies looking to give back, hosted in Dallas' newest culinary incubator - Trinity Groves.
November 2, 2014
6-8 p.m.
3015 at Trinity Groves

$75 single ticket
$100 for two tickets
Click here for more information.

DIFFA 19th Annual Holiday Wreath Collection

Friday, October 17, 2014

Save Money, Save a Life, as you Shop, Dine, Save During Partners Card 2014

This fall, save money and save a life as you shop the season’s hottest trends at more than 750 retailers in the Dallas Metroplex! One of the most popular annual shopping events, Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas, is back and offers an exciting opportunity to receive a 20 percent discount at your favorite stores while contributing to a worthwhile cause – family violence intervention and prevention. The 10-day shopping extravaganza will be held from October 24 through November 2, 2014 and is an event you will not want to miss.
Partners Card 2014 Co-Chairs Diana Hamilton, Lisa Bhattacharya, and Andrea Cheek

Join this year’s Co-Chairs Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek and Diana Hamilton, alongside Honorary Chair Shelle Sills, for the 2014 Partners Card fundraiser that rewards cardholders with unbelievable savings at some of Dallas’ top stores and restaurants. There’s no better reason to shop and dine with a 20 percent savings at more than 750 participating retailers in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano, Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Coppell, Flower Mound, Denton, Colleyville, Las Colinas, Irving, Mesquite, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville.

Partners Cards are $70 each, and 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefit The Family Place, Dallas’ largest family violence agency.
Individuals may purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant through November 2, 2014. For more information, visit, contact the Partners Card Hotline at (214) 443-7754 or email

View the fabulous list of retailers here:

Chefs and Seeds Dallas Gala at Trinity Groves

Chefs & Seeds Dallas Gala
3015 at Trinity Groves
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Awesome food, cocktails, music
benefiting Seeds of Africa
For tickets and more information, click here

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hollywood Domino Dallas Announces Celeb Co-Hosts for Inaugural Fundraiser

Hollywood Domino Dallas announces actors Kristin Davis, Vanessa Hudgens and Jesse Metcalf as the 2014 Celebrity Co-hosts for the inaugural fundraiser on Saturday, November 8 from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District.
Please join event co-chairs Ayaan Ahmed, Ashley Burghardt, Sally Evans, Priya Bhola Rathod and Reese Threadgill, for this first annual event, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish® North Texas.  Nine-year old Julia Brown of Dallas will serve as a Make-A-Wish® North Texas ambassador for the evening and will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet with co-host Vanessa Hudgens.
With the theme of Casablanca, the old Hollywood-inspired evening will include cocktails, seated dinner, games, auction, and live entertainment.  During the evening, Davis and Hudgens will enjoy a friendly competition of the Hollywood Domino board game, which puts a unique twist on the classic game by creating a movie reel of dominoes based on the film genre. 
Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur, producer and actress Daya Fernandez as a fun competition among her celebrity friends, Hollywood Domino is a star-studded event which calls upon Hollywood’s elite, working hand in hand with corporate partners, to help support non-profit organizations around the world.
Individual tickets and sponsorship packages are on sale now through

BIG Reveal for Unite Forever Gala - United Way Dallas 90th Anniversary

Did you hear about last night's HUGE announcement?
Charlotte Jones Anderson and husband Sky Anderson hosted a private event at their home where local United Way President Jennifer Sampeson, along with Charlotte Jones Anderson and Troy Aikman, unveiled the entertainment for next year's United Way Dallas 90th Anniversary Gala.  Charlotte and Troy are Co-Chairs of the milestone gala, and what other place to host this #UniteDallas gala than AT&T Stadium, Home of the Dallas Cowboys?
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, four-time reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and multiple Grammy nominee Blake Shelton, and winner of 17 Billboard Music Awards, nine ASCAP awards, eight Soul Train Music Awards and eight Grammy Awards Usher, will co-headline the gala concert presented by PepsiCo.
The Unite Forever Gala, presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, will rock AT&T Stadium on Friday, February 6, 2015. Gala packages will be available online by early December.

To celebrate this announcement, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will be giving away a limited number of free seats to the celebration through social media. You can be entered to win by following or liking United Way of Metropolitan Dallas on social media AND sharing the news with friends. The contest will run now through Tuesday, October 29 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be chosen and announced by October 31, 2014.