Monday, June 21, 2021

2021 Chick Lit Luncheon Speaker Revealed


Don't miss Dallas' fabulous and fun Chick Lit Luncheon 

 featuring Academy Award-winning actress, director and New York Times best-selling author

Goldie Hawn

September 24, 2021

Hilton Anatole Dallas

10:30 a.m. check in and reception | 11:30 a.m. seated luncheon

Honorary Chair
Pat McEvoy

Luncheon Chair
Claire Emanuelson

Underwriting Chairs
Hollee Hirzel
Erin Pope

For tickets and sponsorship information, visit

Thursday, June 10, 2021

4th Annual ManeGait Country Fair

 4th Annual 
ManeGait Country Fair

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

Saturday, June 12th ♦ 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
3160 N. Custer Rd. | McKinney, Texas

Admission is $25 per car (up to 8 guests) at the gate.
All games and activities free of charge.

Modeled after old-fashioned county fairs, ManeGait Country Fair offers fun for the whole family with  carnival games  contests & crafts  inflatables  Nerf battlefield  pony rides & petting zoo  live entertainment  beer & wine garden  food & concessions  and much more!

The fair is held on ManeGait’s spacious 14-acre property in northwest McKinney with a covered carnival in the 20,000 square foot open-air arena. Proceeds from the event fund ManeGait’s therapeutic riding programs serving children and adults with disabilities.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Dallas Arboretum Announces Food and Wine Festival: A Gatsby Garden Soirée on June 10


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s fourth annual Food & Wine Festival features a festive theme and top local chefs on Thursday, June 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the garden with plenty of space to stroll, sip and sample small plates. Themed A Gatsby Garden Soirée, the festival features music, fine wines, craft beer and food stations where top area chefs prepare and serve up delectable delights. Roaring 20’s attire is encouraged. 

General admission is $125 per person ($99 for members), and doors open at 7 p.m. Registration and ticket are on sale now online:

Chef Sharon Van Meter is the chef chair, and Alicia Voltmer is the event chair.

The Thursday evening soirée features mouth-watering small plates from the following:*

·     Beyond the Box - Douglas Brown

·     Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie – Chef Andrea Meyer

·     Bright Box Foods – Chef Chris Patrick

·     Cane Rosso – Chef Daniel Pittman

·     Carte Blanche – Chef Casey La Rue

·     Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge (Hall Arts) – Chef Dan Landsberg

·     Empire Baking Company/The Mozzarella Company –Meaders Ozarow and Chef Paula Lambert

·     Encina – Chef Matt Balke

·     Fearing’s – Chef Mole Matos

·     Garden Café – Chef Mark Wooten

·     Home Grown Market – Chef Lucy Braddock

·     Homewood – Chef Matt McCallister

·     Humble: Simply Good Pies – Chef Sean Jett

·     Jonathon’s Diner – Chef Jonathon Erdeljac

·     José – Chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman

·     Knife Dallas – Chef John Tesar

·     La Duni Baking Studio– Chef Dunia Borga

·     The Meat Shop – Chef Keith Browning

·     Meddlesome Moth – Chef Josh Boneé

·     Monarch – Chef Eric Dreyer

·     Oak’d BBQ – Chef Michael Lane

·     Petra & The Beast – Chef Misti Norris

·     Profound Foods – Joel Orsini

·     Taco y Vino – Chef Jimmy Contreras

·     3015 at Trinity Groves – Chef Sharon Van Meter

·     Trompo – Chef Luis Olivera

·     Two Sisters Catering - Brock Boyd

·     Wolfgang Puck Catering - Chef Andrew Swanson

*Restaurants as of print date. Check the website for any updates. 

In addition, on Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, visitors to the Dallas Arboretum can enjoy a Garden Market experience from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This “farmers market” style event features dozens of local vendors showcasing their products for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the garden. The Garden Market is included with paid admission to the garden.

Food and Wine Festival | Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Friday, June 4, 2021

Apply Now: Heroes for Children Young Leaders -- Incoming grades 9-12

"We want to create a group of young leaders that feel empowered to go out into the community to advocate for Texas children"   - Executive Director, David Handcock

Heroes for Children is setting out to create an environment where Teens and Young Adults have the tools and support they need to go out into their community and become servant-oriented leaders. 

The Heroes for Children Young Leaders (HFCYL) is a leadership board comprised of 30 young leaders eager to advocate for children battling cancer. Incoming 9th - 12th graders will do so by hosting events, fundraising, and serving in their local community.

They are doing this by taking their existing Heroes for Children Teen Board structure and reimagining it to better support the current members of the teen board, the community, and most importantly the families they serve. 

At Heroes for Children, their highest priority is to assist families both financially and in sharing their stories. The Teen Board has been an intricate part of Heroes for Children's journey. There is nothing more impactful than seeing kids go out into their communities armed with stories from their peers with a mission to educate and advocate.

Applications for the Dallas and Houston chapters are now open through June 18th. Find out more information and apply here:

Young Leaders | Heroes (

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Young Partners of The Family Place Sneaker Soiree


Grab your best cocktail attire and favorite sneakers for a night of entertainment, cocktails & snacks, dancing and raffle prizes. Join Young Partners of The Family Place in taking strides to end family violence.
You can still purchase tickets here!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Red Balloon League: Meet Our Heroes, the Wolebens


Meet Our Heroes, the Wolebens

Doug and Kasey sat at a conference table as a team of doctors broke the news: Their then 18-month-old son had a rare disease that was causing him to fall and be unable to get up. 

A few days earlier, Kasey had rushed their son, Will, to the Emergency Room at Children’s Medical Center Plano after one of these falls, knowing in her gut something wasn’t right.  

Doctors told the couple that the rare disease -- called Leigh syndrome, which impacts only a few thousand people in the world -- was progressive, had no cure and many patients didn’t live past the age of 10.  

And ever since then, for the last seven years, Doug and Kasey have been trying to save their son’s life.  

“I don’t think any parent could accept that there’s no cure for your child,” Doug said. “We had to do what we could to try to find an answer.”  

They emailed academic researchers in the United States and internationally. They called drug companies. They drove to different cities in hope of an experimental treatment.  

But every answer was the same: “There’s nothing we can do to help you.”  

Kasey and Doug have watched their now 9-year-old son lose the ability to walk, lose the ability to swallow and eat food and lose the ability to speak. They monitor his various medications and feeding tubes, while also caring for their youngest child, Lauren. And every night, one of them sleeps in a twin bed in Will’s room.  

The family found hope in 2018 when their neurologist told them about the development of a Gene Therapy program starting at UT Southwestern in collaboration with Children’s Health.  

“We had reached out to many top medical institutions, hospitals and researchers throughout the country, but Children’s Health was the one that was willing to say, ‘Yes, we can help you,’” Doug said.  

But the couple would need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to launch the experiments and another $1 million for human trials. 

It wasn’t a cure – only an experiment. They don’t know if it will work. And they don’t know if it will manifest in time to help their son.  

But they had to try.  

“To go from being diagnosed with this ultra-rare disease, where we thought, ‘How unlucky can we be?’” Doug said. “To having this potential miracle breakthrough presented to us right in our own backyard in Dallas, it feels like we hit the lottery.” 

Kasey and Doug are fundraising not only to save their son’s life, but for the lives of other children and families like them navigating a rare disease diagnosis.  

So far, the family – joined by other rare diagnosis families – have raised more than $1 million and hope to have a clinical trial launch soon.  

“We tell Will about this therapy that we’re fundraising for. We tell him that we don’t know what the results are going to be. But he knows there’s hope,” Kasey said.  

“We survive on hope.” 

The Red Balloon League is an unstoppable force.

Find out how YOU can help here:

The Red Balloon League

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Save Sea Turtles with Dallas Zoo at South Padre Island


Dallas Zoo’s Wild Earth Action Team is on a mission to restore sea turtle habitats on South Padre Island, and YOU are invited to join! You will learn about sea turtle conservation and ecology while helping partners at Sea Turtle Inc. restore nesting habitat.
To make the most out of your trip, they recommend staying on the island Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27.
Activities will include:
  • Tour of the Sea Turtle Inc. campus
  • Turtle Talk with the Sea Turtle Inc. team
  • Full day of Sea Turtle Conservation Projects
    • Habitat restoration (all ages)
    • Sea turtle nest sites – barrier protection maintenance (ages 18 and up)
    • Sea turtle rehabilitation facility maintenance (ages 18 and up)
    • If sea turtles hatch, you may attend an early morning sea turtle release into the Gulf. (all ages) *
Your registration fee includes:
  • Activities listed above
  • Morning snacks, lunch, and dinner included on Saturday, June 26th
  • Registration fees help support the Dallas Zoo conservation fund
  • *Turtle releases are not guaranteed. It is recommended to stay on the island Friday evening through Sunday morning for the best chance of attending a release.
  • Transportation and lodging are not included.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Join: NFNL Men's Advocacy Group


The Men’s Advocacy Group (MAG) is an auxiliary of New Friends New Life, created to mobilize men to take action against sex trafficking and exploitation by raising awareness through advocacy, education, and volunteerism. 

Men's Advocacy Group Board 2021-2022

  • Chris Johnson, Chair

  • George Ball, Clinical Psychologist

  • Jeff Blakeley

  • Noel Bouché

  • Tyler Clutts

  • Mark Demler, Project Moses, Co-Founder

  • Scott Dyer

  • Zeke Fortenberry, Attorney for victims, Fortenberry Firm PLLC

  • Michael K. Hurst, Trial Partner, Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann

  • Chris Kleinert, Hunt Investment Holdings, LLC

  • Joshua Mayfield

  • Bill Minick, Workers’ Compensation Innovator

  • Jerry Sanders, PlainsCapital Bank, President, Preston Center

“How do we make a change? That is on us as men[...] because not only do we drive the demand, we also can influence our youth, and that’s where it starts.

— Tyler Clutts, former NFL player, current MAG board member

Learn more here: Men's Advocacy Group — New Friends New Life