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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

KidLinks Hosts Symphony of Chefs VIP Patron and Chef Selection Party

Event Chairs, Beanie & Martin Newman

 Before the grand occasion of KidLinks' highly anticipated 14th Annual Symphony of Chefs fundraiser, event chairs Beanie & Martin Newman, graciously hosted sponsors and patrons on Monday, February 5th, within the elegant ambiance of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse. Amidst an array of renowned chefs from our local culinary scene, sponsors eagerly vied for their preferred culinary maestros in the annual chef’s draft. The VIP Patron and Chef Selection soirée witnessed table hosts strategically "drafting" their desired chefs, with priority determined by their early commitment and sponsorship level to the event. It was an evening of culinary prowess and community spirit, setting the stage for what will be an unforgettable symphony of flavors in support of KidLinks' noble cause.

Choi Family Foundation, Elbert & Christie Choi (Sponsor)

Participating chefs in attendance included Honorary Chef Chairs Justin Box, Private Chef, Consultant and Restaurateur and Luke Rogers, Executive Chef & Owner of Beckley 1115. Joining them were fellow chefs Michael Matis and Brandon Williams of Fearing’s Restaurant and Jennie Kelley and Brandon Moore of Fond. Notable supporters in attendance included Lisa & Stuart Sides, Georgia & Marc Lyons, Bonnie Shea, Salvatore Gisellu and Ann & J.W. Brown.

KidLinks Board President & Chair, Stuart Sides; Planning Committee, Tracy Peters; Planning Committee, Lisa Sides; and Adam Brown 

The 14th Annual Symphony of Chefs event will be held on Monday, February 26th at Armstrong Fieldhouse at SMU. The evening will begin with this year’s featured hors d’oeuvre chef, Chef de Cuisine Dino Gonzalez of The Rayleigh Underground preparing delicious canapés during the cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner where 19 of Dallas’ most notable chefs (list here) will prepare a four-course dinner tableside for guests with wine pairings from some of the world’s best vineyards. Following the coursed meal, Jill Bates, Executive Pastry Chef of Sugar and Sage Bakery and this year’s featured pastry chef, will delight with a masterful dessert course as an end note to the evening. The evening will also include a silent auction of experiences, wine pull and live auction and much more. Funds raised from the event support KidLinks efforts to provide healing, hope and happiness for the special needs of children through music and media. Learn more at

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

62nd Art Ball Gala Celebrates MOMENTUM


The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is pleased to announce details for this year’s Art Ball 2024 presented by Neiman Marcus.  Entitled "MOMENTUM,” this year’s fundraiser will celebrate 62 years of remarkable achievements on Saturday, April 13, 2024. This spectacular evening will take place at the DMA and feature an evening of dinner, drinks, a live auction, and an exciting afterparty.

Leading this year’s efforts are co-chairs Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld. Both gentlemen bring their enthusiasm for helping the community and professional expertise to their role as co-chairs of Art Ball 2024. A fifth-generation Texan, Smith is the director of Giving and Volunteering for Texas Instruments and is the executive director of the TI Foundation. von Wupperfeld is currently the public relations manager at Qorvo semiconductor, where he leads the company’s social media and press communications. 

Co-Chairs Paul von Wupperfeld and Andy Smith

Momentum was selected as this year’s theme as it embodies the pulsating force propelling the Dallas Museum of Art forward, infusing the Dallas Arts District with a vibrant sense of energy and progression. Just as an object in motion stays in motion, the Dallas Museum of Art consistently evolves and transforms. Art Ball 2024 aims to honor the Museum's rich history while joyously celebrating the Momentum that drives us onward, ignites artistic creation, and propels us to explore the limitless possibilities the future has in store.

Tickets start at $3,500 and all proceeds of the Art Ball will directly support the DMA’s commitment to presenting diverse exhibitions, providing innovative educational and public programs, and caring for a collection of 25,000 objects—all while offering engaging access to incredible works of art.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the various sponsorship levels, customizable benefits, and opportunities for creative brand visibility, please email

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Take Care of Texas Art Contest


Celebrate a decade of young artists and conservation by entering the Take Care of Texas Kids Art Contest

The contest is open to all Texas students in K-5th grade.

The 2024 contest has a recycling theme. All artwork must depict positive ways to take care of the environment by recycling in addition to containing the phrase “Take Care of Texas” 

See the complete rules here.

One grand prize winner and one runner-up will be awarded in each of the following categories: 
K-1st grade 
2nd-3rd grades 
4th-5th grades 
Grand prize winners will receive laptops. Runners-up will receive iPads.

The teacher who submits the most entries will win an iPad or gift card of equal value. 

Entries are accepted now until March 1, 2024.

Take Care of Texas Kids Art Contest | Take Care of Texas

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

St. Andrew Prom Closet Celebrates 15 Years!

St. Andrew Prom Closet, run by the Women of St. Andrew, is celebrating its 15th year! 

Prom Closet provides donated dresses, sizes 0-30, as well as accessories such as jewelry, shoes, handbags, and wraps to high school girls for prom– all at NO COST. Organizers estimate more than 4,000 dresses will be available when Prom Closet opens Feb. 20.

Each girl must sign up online for an appointment at 

Each girl must be present to shop for her own dress and is allowed to bring ONE guest, age 16 or older. 

A personal shopper volunteer assists each girl throughout the process, and there are 35 shopping slots per each 1.5-hour time frame. 

When & Where?

Feb. 20 – 22

and Feb. 26 – March 2, 2024

Smith Worship Center, St. Andrew Methodist Church, 1401 Mira Vista Blvd., Plano 75093

Prom Closet is open to any high school girl from ANYWHERE. If you live outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can still come! Over the years, Prom Closet has welcomed girls from across Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma as well as exchange students from Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and Thailand.

Each year, approximately 500 volunteers assist with Prom Closet serving in a variety of areas. Prom Closet organizers and volunteers confirm that not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable.

Community and church members, businesses, organizations, and local groups donate dresses, shoes, wraps, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories for this annual event. Some dresses have never been worn.

The room is set up like a boutique. Each girl checks in for her appointment and is greeted by a personal shopper who helps her find dress racks with her size. Once she has selected her dress, she may try it on in one of 20 dressing rooms. Then she visits the boutique to look for jewelry, shoes, a handbag, and a wrap.

For more information, registration, donation and volunteer opportunities, visit:

Thursday, January 25, 2024

2024 CASAblanca casino party


The Dallas CASA Young Professionals will host the annual CASAblanca casino party on Friday, February 2, 2024 at The Hall on Dragon

Guests will enjoy a fabulous evening of casino games, dancing, cocktails, appetizers, prizes and lots of fun. The casino party will include blackjack, craps and poker tables, and a roulette wheel, with winning prize drawings. The Special Edition Band will perform all night while guests hit the dance floor. 

All proceeds will benefit the children served by Dallas CASA.

For information about 2024 CASAblanca sponsorship opportunities contact Libby Card

The Hall on Dragon

8:00-11:00 p.m.

1500 Dragon Street, Dallas

Event Co-Chairs – Brooke Donelson, Hannah Harpole, Amanda Rodriguez

Tickets and more information: CASAblanca – Dallas CASA

Monday, January 8, 2024

32nd Annual Arts Performance Event featuring Barenaked Ladies

Vogel's 32nd Annual Arts Performance Event
Saturday, March 30, 2024
Omni PGA Frisco Resort, Frisco, Texas
Doors Open at 5:30 PM

Join Vogel Alcove in celebration of their 32nd Annual Arts Performance Event featuring an unforgettable performance by the Barenaked Ladies. The night will begin at 5:30pm with an open-bar reception in the Ryder Cup Ballroom Pre-Function Area. Doors to the Ryder Cup Ballroom open at 7:00pm for a curated dinner and program. 

Barenaked Ladies
Credit: Matt Barnes

After dinner, sing and dance the night away starting at 8:30pm with an amazing performance by the Barenaked Ladies. Before the night is over, guests will enjoy an After Glow dance party on the Ryder Cup Ballroom Lawn featuring Dallas’ favorite party band, Emerald City with the evening ending at 11pm. Resort casual is requested. Since 1987, over 18,000 young, homeless children have walked through the doors of Vogel Alcove. The Annual Arts Performance Event is Vogel Alcove’s flagship fundraiser, raising a significant percentage of their operating budget.

Sponsorships and underwriting are available beginning at $1,500. Individual concert only tickets will also be available for $150. Visit the website for sponsorships, tickets and updates.

Sunday, January 7, 2024

14th Annual Symphony of Chefs Benefitting KidLinks

Join 2024 Event Chairs Beanie & Martin Newman for an evening of culinary composition on Monday, February 26 at the 14th Annual Symphony of Chefs held at Armstrong Fieldhouse on the SMU campus. 

Led by Honorary Chef Chairs, Private Chef, Consultant & Restaurateur Justin Box, and Beckley 1115's Executive Chef & Owner Luke Rogers, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception where guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Featured Hors d’oeuvre Chef, Dino Gonzalez Chef du Cuisine of The Rayleigh Underground. 
Justin Box, Beanie and Martin Newman, Luke Rogers

A seated dinner will follow where approximately 26 of Dallas’ most notable chefs (see list below) will prepare a four-course dinner tableside for guests with wine pairings from some of the world’s best vineyards including Kistler Vineyards, HALL Wines, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Cuvaison, LangeTwins and more. Following the coursed meal, featured Pastry Chef Jill Bates of Sugar and Sage Bakery will deliver masterful desserts as an end note to the evening. The evening will also include a wine pull, silent & live auction of experiences and live musical entertainment. Pre-events include a draft-style VIP Patron & Chef Selection Party for sponsors just a few weeks before the main event.

Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks, 501(3)(c) nonprofit efforts to provide healing, hope, and happiness to children with special challenges through music therapy programs, therapeutic music entertainment, and online music media. Sponsorship packages start at $3,000 with all options available online at For more event information and sponsorship details, contact Leigh Treviño at

*Honorary Chef Chairs

Dino Gonzalez, Chef de Cuisine
The Rayleigh Underground


Justin Box, Chef*
Private Chef, Consultant and Restaurateur

Aaron Collins, Chef de Cuisine
Cafe Momentum

Eric Dreyer, Executive Chef
Monarch Restaurant

Anthony Hsia, Executive Chef
Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge

Miriam Jimenez, General Manager & Partner
Miriam Cocina Latina

Henry Johnson, Executive Chef
Bistro 31

John Kleifgen, Executive Chef
Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse

Dan Landsberg, Executive Chef
The Texas Barn at Circle T Ranch

Kevin Martin, Chef de Cuisine

Giuliano Matarese, Chef & Restaurateur
Miss Pasta

Jennie Kelley, Chef/Owner and Brandon Moore, Chef/Owner

Nikky Phinyawatana, Chef & Founder
Asian Mint Restaurant Group &

Janice Provost, Chef & Owner

Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, Executive Chef

Jeramie Robison, Director of Culinary & Executive Chef
Thompson Dallas

Luke Rogers, Executive Chef & Owner*
Beckley 1115

Rodman Shields, Culinary Director
Milkshake Concepts

Jordan Swim, Owner
Vestals Catering

Leo Ramirez, Sous Chef
Dee Lincoln Prime

Jill Bates, Pastry Chef
Sugar and Sage Bakery

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On Luncheon Returns to The Thompson Dallas

The 16th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On Luncheon and Art Show will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Thompson Dallas. Co- chairing the annual fundraising event benefitting The Stewpot are community leaders Leah Jordan and Eric Swindle along with Michelle and Rudy Segura. Vaughn and Tex Gross will act as honorary chairs.

Art Show:  11:00 - 11:30 AM

Luncheon:  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Luis Arispe - Fruit Basket on Grandma's Quilt

Featured speaker is Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His second book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017. And his new and third book is now available, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness.

Father Gregory Boyle
PHOTO CREDIT: John Blaustein

“We are thrilled to be co-hosting Soup’s On with the Seguras and look forward to all joining us on February 5th at The Thompson.  This event has always been special in that every aspect of the luncheon speaks to the mission and purpose of The Stewpot. Father Boyle will be yet another amazing speaker who truly sets an example of how to create a community and lead with love,” says Eric.

“The theme of community can take on many forms, but at its core, it is all about coming together to create an environment where we see each other and feel safe enough to share our wants and needs. The Stewpot does this for their clients on a daily basis and we have the ability to participate in that. Whether coming together at Soup’s On or being in community with our homeless neighbors on an individual basis, we have the opportunity to make a difference,” adds Leah.

Cornelious Brackens, Jr - A Rose is Still a Rose

As always, some of Dallas’ finest chefs – including J. Chastain, Sister, El Carlos Elegante and The Charles;  Kevin Curry, Fit Men Cook; Omar Flores, Muchacho Tex Mex; Danyele McPherson, Purple Collar Kitchen; Janice Provost, Parigi; Anastasia Quiñones Pittman, José; Jeramie Robison, Thompson Dallas; Abraham Salum, Salum and Juan Sierra of the The Stewpot; under the direction of Chef Brian C. Luscher, culinary director of 33 Restaurant Group – will prepare delicious soups for the beloved fundraiser.

Each guest will also take home a commemorative soup bowl featuring artwork from The Stewpot artists as well as have the opportunity to view and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of art crafted by artists in The Stewpot Art Program as well as a book of recipes sponsored by Central Market.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit The Stewpot which now, in its 49th year serves our neighbors who are experiencing and at risk of homelessness by providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, counseling and case management, rapid rehousing, medical and dental services via onsite partners, youth and family stabilization programs, as well as therapeutic and vocational activities.

Single tickets for Soup’s On are $300. Tables and sponsorships are also available. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and tickets, please visit The Thompson Dallas is located at 1401 Elm Street. Complimentary valet parking is available to all guests.

Sponsors to date include Michelin Chefs ($50,000) Vaughn & Tex Gross and Commerce Street Capital, LLC., Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Rudy and Michelle Segura, TurningPoint Foundation (Day of Giving Match), Anonymous (Day Of Giving Match) and Chef de Cuisine ($25,000) M.O.B. Family Foundation and Susan and Bill Montgomery and Deedie Rose.