Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Trains at NorthPark Kicks Off at LUBLU

The Trains at NorthPark 2015 co-chairs, April Cook and Jennifer Tobin, kicked off this year’s major holiday fundraiser at Kira Plastinina’s LUBLU boutique in the Plaza at Preston Center on May 13. Guests sipped and shopped Plastinina’s gorgeous, ultra-feminine designs and beautiful fine jewelry from Paolo Costagli with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the House. While shopping, they noshed on R+D Kitchen’s delectable delights and sipped festive beverages. The Trains at NorthPark is the largest fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
April Cook, Jennifer Tobin (Co-Chairs)
 During the remarks, Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, told about a family whose two-year-old daughter was critically injured in a car accident that also injured her five-year-old brother in mid-February. She was not expected to make it, but is now doing well and in daily physical therapy at Children’s Health while her family is being cared for at the House, thanks to the funds raised. “Every dollar raised helps us keep the doors open to help families like these.”
Ashley Sims, Carrie Arnot
 Tobin announced that Bank of Texas was returning for its seventh year as presenting sponsor. She also thanked the committee, the sponsors and the board members and announced the dates for this year’s exhibit: Nov. 21, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016. The location will be on Level Two next to Nordstrom.

Pat Brockette, Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking for Bank of Texas, said, “Bank of Texas is pleased to once again be presenting sponsor of The Trains at NorthPark. The important work that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas does in the community helps these children heal and helps keep the families intact during a difficult time in their lives.”

Serving as Honorary Chairmen for 2015 are Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, M.D. Dr. Rathjen has treated many children whose families stay at the House.
Diane Fullingim, Jennifer Tobin, Stephanie Hardeman
The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes locomotives rolling across multiple tracks on a journey across America marked by memorable landmarks. More than 60,000 visitors enjoy The Trains at NorthPark each season, which is one of Dallas’ most cherished family holiday traditions.
Andrea Cheek, Amy Sallusti
 For those interested in underwriting and supporting The Trains at NorthPark, contact Diane Fullingim, Chief Development Officer at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, at 214.624.5365 or

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