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Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Speaker is...

We're thrilled to announce this year's Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon celebrity speaker, Christina Ricci!

Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon
Friday, September 23, 2021
11:30 a.m.
The Dallas Omni Hotel

Golden Globe®, SAG®, and Emmy® nominee Christina Ricci is one of Hollywood's most respected actors.

As a child actor, Ricci won over audiences and critics alike with her winning portrayal in movies such as "The Addams Family," "Now and Then," and "Casper."

Ricci’s career continued to take off as she came into adulthood, starring not only in movies such as "The Ice Storm" and "The Opposite of Sex," but capturing the attention of television audiences as well with original series such as "Z:The Beginning of Everything," "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles," and, more recently, "Yellowjackets."

As a guest star on various hit shows such "Grey’s Anatomy," "The Good Wife," and "Ally McBeal," combined with her broadway appearance in "Time Stands Still," Ricci can literally do it all and has been a trailblazer in Hollywood through her on-camera presence while advocating to end family violence. 

We are honored she has chosen to support The Family Place's mission to empower survivors and provide resources to individuals and families in need.
You can look forward to seeing Ricci in Tim Burton’s upcoming show “Wednesday,” which will release on Netflix later this year.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Dallas CASA's Parade of Playhouses


Parade of Playhouses
July 15 - 31
Presented By Crest Cadillac / Crest INFINITI / Crest Volvo
Parade Host – NorthPark Center
Grand Marshall – KDC

The 27th annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses opens at NorthPark Center on Friday, July 15.  Raffle tickets are available online now!

You can help a child victim of abuse or neglect have a safe and permanent home by purchasing raffle tickets for $5 each or 5 for $20 for your chance to win a custom-designed playhouse.


If you are unable to accept a playhouse, please consider making a donation to Dallas CASA in lieu of purchasing raffle tickets.


Winners will be notified by phone.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Folds of Honor Kicks-Off The 2022 Gala with a Patriotic Celebration

Folds of Honor North Texas kicked-off its 2022 gala with a celebration hosted by Monica and Joe Eastin in their lovely Preston Hollow home. It was an evening of vibrant and lively conversation in support of Folds of Honor and its mission to provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Monica Eastin and Joe Eastin, hosts

Guests were welcomed by a festive red, white and blue party table full of take-home favors, balloons and more, which set the scene for a fun event and echoed the patriotic theme throughout the home. Servers enticed everyone with hearty Tex-Mex hors d’oeuvres as cocktails were served in the outside verandah, open to the fresh breezes of spring as live music serenaded in the background.
Ty and Sarah Duncan, Charlotte and Mark Colby

Sarah Duncan, Regional Development Officer, Folds of Honor, welcomed guests and introduced the guest of honor and speaker, Michael Lammy. Michael gave an inspired and emotional presentation, speaking about his personal journey from being stationed in Guam as a member of the United States Navy where he met his wife and began a family. After a horrific accident, he was unable to continue his service. He turned to Folds of Honor to assist in securing an education for his children. Not only did Folds of Honor provide full scholarships for his wife and two daughters to complete college, his third daughter starts Texas Tech in the fall, thanks to a Folds of Honor scholarship, as well. He said that the gift of education is one that never ends and without the help from FOH, his family would not have been able to afford the education they now treasure. It has truly made a difference in their lives now and certainly in the future.

Meredith Land, Xan Moore

After a rousing round of standing applause, Sarah shared her story as the daughter of a fallen hero and scholarship recipient. She said that after losing her father, Captain Dennis Michael White, Folds of Honor stepped in with a scholarship, which allowed her to attend Auburn. She graduated in 2011. She said that opportunity has made her who she is today. Both stories brought to life the meaning of the nonprofit’s mission and how the crucial funding for Folds of Honor scholarships directly benefits the families of disabled and deceased military members.  

Cameron LeSeane, Chase Cappo, Jordan Smith

The annual gala will take place on Saturday, November 12th on the field of AT&T Stadium. The evening will bring together military families, veterans, scholarship recipients, and members of the North Texas community in an event of celebration that includes dinner, an auction, live entertainment by Emerald City, and fellowship. The money raised is used to provide educational scholarships to the nation’s most deserving families, the ones that sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

Ralph Stow, Linda Armstrong, Scott Kildebeck, Brittany Kildebeck

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Last Chance to Join the Chick Lit Host Committee!


The deadline to join the Chick Lit Luncheon Host Committee is TONIGHT - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - at 5 p.m.! 

Click here to join the fun:

 Chick Lit Luncheon Host Committee (

The luncheon will be held Friday, September 30th at the Hilton Anatole.

As a host committee member, you will promote the event to friends and family and attend the event. 

The Host Committee will be the first to receive the speaker reveal! 

Thank you for your support! 

Chick Lit Luncheon Leadership Team

Luncheon Chairs
Errika Flood-Moultrie
Renita Joyce Smith

Underwriting Chairs
Bonner Allen
Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Kheana Pollard
Kim Stephens-Olusanya

Raffle Chair
Elizabeth Ward Creel

Friday, June 17, 2022

Eric Nadel’s 10th Anniversary Birthday Benefit Raised $100,000 for Grant Halliburton Foundation

Celebrating its 10th anniversary concert, the Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit, presented by Bell Nunnally, LLC, raised more than $100,000 for Grant Halliburton Foundation. Held on June 2 at the Kessler Theater, the event featured a VIP party for sponsors, live and silent auctions and music acts. New this year, guests enjoyed Texas Rangers-themed snack vendors, like one might see at a baseball game, handing out baseball-themed treats including sunflowers seeds, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew bubble gum, Baby Ruth candy bars and roasted peanuts. 

Chris Woodard, Texas Rangers Manager, and Eric Nadel, Voice of the Texas Rangers

Eric Nadel welcomed everyone to his 70th birthday party. He introduced Daphne Willis, one of the co-founders of the Birthday Benefit and a Kessler Theater favorite, who opened and is best known for her song Somebody’s Someone.

Kevin Hall, Grant Halliburton Foundation president, spoke about the Foundation. “Thank you to National Baseball Hall of Famer Eric Nadel for selecting us as the beneficiary of your birthday party for the second year. The proceeds support the Foundation’s mental health and suicide prevention education programs for North Texas children, teens and young adults. We also want to thank Bell Nunnally for being the presenting sponsor, 105.3 The Fan as the media sponsor and all our other sponsors.”

Grant Halliburton Foundation staff

Hall introduced the Thrive program, which addresses mental, social and emotional health. Thrive is used mostly schools, and the audience watched a video showing its life-saving and impactful work. 

After the video, there was a live auction with experiences with Nadel, other baseball greats, trips and experiences.

Cas Haley

Finally, the talented headliner Cas Haley, performed. A native of Paris, Texas, Haley was a former runner-up on America’s Got Talent. Music is a family affair for him, who collaborates on songwriting with his wife Cassy, a recent cancer survivor. He tours with his son, Eben, on bass and his daughter, Nolah, on fiddle.

Vanita Halliburton, Amy McCloskey, and Alan Halliburton

VIPs spotted in attendance included Eric Nadel, Voice of the Texas Rangers; Daphne Willis (opener and co-founder of event); Cas Haley (headliner); Bell Nunnally, LLC team; Chris Woodard, Texas Rangers Manager; Brad Sham, Voice of the Dallas Cowboys; Jared Sandler, Host for the Texas Rangers Radio Network; Mike Bacsik, The Fan Radio Host, Chef John Kleifgen with Nick & Sam’s; Vanita Halliburton, Amy McCloskey and Alan Halliburton, Grant Halliburton Foundation co-founders. 

Friday, June 10, 2022

Dallas Cherish the Children Luncheon was a Sold-Out Success

Before a sold-out crowd of 400 at the Omni Dallas Hotel for Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children luncheon, Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall and WFAA-TV anchor Cynthia Izaguirre shared their professional commitments and personal connections to children in foster care.

Cynt Marshall, Cynthia Izaguirre (on stage)

The room was still as Cynthia shared about her son Henry, adopted out of foster care in 2018. When Cynt shared her stories of each of her four children and their journeys in foster care, you could hear a pin drop.

“My son knows he grew in my heart long before we met him,” Izaguirre said with tears in her eyes. “My heart was in adoption and so was my husband’s. We knew we could do more.”

Hannah May, Beth Cholerton, Nicki Stafford, Kathleen M. LaValle, Cynthia Izaguirre, Cynt Marshall 

The Dallas CASA Children’s Council Cherish the Children luncheon honored Izaguirre with the Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award for her years of service to Wednesday’s Child, a WFAA-TV program that features children in foster care looking for permanent homes.

“Wednesday’s Child is often a ‘last chance’ for children in foster care,” Izaguirre said. “But we don’t give up on these children. We’ve featured a child up to five times to find them a permanent home. We want to get as many children out of the foster care system as possible.”

Kenneth Marshall, Cassandra D. Smith, Cheryl Jackson

Marshall and Izaguirre encouraged the audience to do whatever they could to support children who are in the protective care of the state, whether it be adoption, advocacy, awareness or simply showing up for a child in need.

“I know firsthand what it means to show up for a child because I had people in my life who did, including three teachers and a principal,” said Marshall, whose childhood in the projects in California was marred by domestic violence and fear. “I represent a life saved because someone showed up.”

Kelcey Hamilton, Megan Sterquell

Luncheon co-chairs Beth Cholerton and Hannah May welcomed the crowd back to in-person events to a round of applause.

Dallas CASA board members in attendance included Corey Anthony, Christie Carter, Margaret Cervin, Janice Davis, Greg May, Retta Miller, Kristy Hoglund Robinson, Virginia Schaefer, Nicki Stafford, Megan Sterquell and Linda Swartz.

Mingling among of crowd including special friends of Dallas CASA like Priscilla Anthony, Fran Berg, Pam Busbee, Jana Brosin, Barbara Cervin, Sally Hoglund and Betty Regard, guests perused a silent auction that included items like Texas Rangers tickets, a Dr. Delphinium master class, jewelry, spa days and special child-sized furniture.

Dallas CASA’s volunteers work closely with the judicial system to ensure safety for children, and judicial members in attendance included judges Kim Cooks, Delia Gonzales, Rhonda Hunter, Andrea Lane, Jean Lee, Derrick Morrison, Regina Moore, Cheryl Lee Shannon and Drew Ten Eyck. Representing Dallas County Commissioners Court were Judge Clay Jenkins and commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Heroes for Children Accepting Applications for 2022-23 Dallas Young Leaders

Do you know any Young Leaders in the Dallas area that would be interested in giving back to the community and while earning volunteer hours? 

Heroes for Children launched the 2022-23 Dallas Young Leaders applications. They are offering students the opportunity to participate in the Young Leaders Core Program or Young Leaders Ambassador Program.

Students will earn volunteer hours, have an opportunity to give back to kids in their community and have some fun!

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 in to their community and become servant- oriented leaders.

Download Dallas Young Leader Packet for more information & forms:

Applications are being accepted now through Friday, July 1.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Dallas Zoo Safari Nights - Summer 2022 Schedule

Rock out after hours at the Dallas Zoo as Safari Nights returns for the first time since 2019!

Concerts start at 7 PM at The Grove

June 11 - Midnight Soul (party music from '60s to today)
June 18 - The Elton Johns
June 25 - The Coppertones (rock & soul)
July 2 - Escape (Journey tribute)

You can bring:

Blankets, lawn chairs, coolers with drinks and snacks
No alcohol, glass bottles, or disposable straws

Available for purchase:

Food truck fare, snacks and sweet treats, soft drinks, cold craft beer, and wine

Upgrade your night with Adirondack chair rental or private cabana.

More information and tickets here: