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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 (google.com)

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 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: 


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Volunteer Opportunity: UGM Dallas

 

Restoring Lives since 1949.

With your support, they provide homeless people in Dallas with food, safe shelter and a chance to reclaim and rebuild their lives, anchored by the love of Jesus Christ.

UGM Dallas Programs:
Shelter
Education
Medical Care
Child Care & Development
Veterans Program
Transitional Support


Volunteering at one of the UGM Dallas shelters is a practical way to put feet to His love.
Calvert Place - Men's Shelter
Center of Hope - Women & Children's Shelter
Project Vintage Runway Store

Union Gospel Mission Dallas welcomes groups from churches, schools, and businesses throughout the year. All group volunteer projects begin with a tour of the shelter and overview of our mission.


Volunteers help UGM Dallas serve our disabled vets and the homeless men, women and children here in the Dallas community.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Dak Prescott Keynote’s Metrocare 13th Annual Meal for the Minds Luncheon

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Metrocare held their 13th Annual Meal for the Minds Luncheon on Tuesday May 10th at the Hilton Anatole.

During this event over 300 guests gathered as NBC 5’s Laura Harris engaged in a conversation about the importance of mental health resources with Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott. Since the tragic loss of his youngest brother, Prescott has become a champion in the mental health space, going so far as to start his own foundation Faith, Fight, Finish, which prioritizes mental health in an attempt to end the epidemic of suicide. 

“During the COVID pandemic, I lost my brother, Jace, to suicide. Though nothing can ever bring Jace back, I’ve made a promise that his will be ‘a life taken to save millions.’ I’m fiercely determined to champion those who battle mental illness by helping them to always know they are not alone, find their purpose and realize that their lives matter!”

Business leaders, elected officials, and concerned community partners listened as Prescott
shared his personal stories and insight into his struggles with mental health, leaving the
audience captivated by his courage and determination.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Yellow Rose Gala's Back in Bloom was a huge success!

 

The Back in Bloom event was a huge success! 

The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation thanks their committee members, in-kind donors, volunteers, event partners, and bidders, for helping fight for a cure for M.S.




James Wynne, Wesley Way, Fallon Wynne Way, Chairwoman Sheree J. Wilson, Deborah Hartigan Viestenz, Nancy Harte, Katherine Wynne, Todd Wynne, and Katie Wynne. Children from left to right: Woodson Way, Witten Way, Kennedy Wynne, and Toddie Lee Wynne V.  

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Summer at the Arboretum

Summer at the Arboretum, to be held June 1 to August 14, will feature music, food, custom mural art and family fun in the 66-acre Dallas garden. A highlight, carried over from Dallas Blooms, includes a massive pair of 13-foot-tall floral peacocks featuring ornately planted tails measuring more than 36 feet across. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Dallas Arboretum is one of the “21 Top Things to Do in Texas.”


 
From June 4th to 9th, the Dallas Arboretum will feature local mural artists Alli Koch, MOM, Will Heron and Favio Moreno as they create custom Birds in Paradise-inspired works. These artists will be in the Lakeside Exhibit Area painting custom garden-inspired murals on massive outdoor canvases. Visitors are invited to an exclusive “Meet the Artists” night in the garden on July 26, 6 to 8 p.m. ($10 non-members). The topiaries remain through August 7 and the completed murals through August 14. 

The garden will display more than 50,000 new plantings in June with impatiens, lobelias, begonias, salvia, marigolds, zinnias, caladiums, lantana, vinca and pentas. Added to that will be 300 tropical elephant ears and 500 cannas creating the garden’s signature summer look.

Each week will feature free live music, seasonal food demonstrations in A Tasteful Place and fun family activities such as Bubble Picnics and special Movie Mondays, Dallas Zoo animals, Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist and Window to the Wild. There are also live bands performing every weekend. To complement the peacocks, the Dallas Arboretum will conduct bird-centric programming featuring guided hikes, expert talks, live bird demonstrations and petting zoos all summer long. For a complete list with dates, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/summer/

On Family Fun Weekends, presented by Kimberly-Clark, activities include face painting, petting zoo, photos and more. Frozen Fridays also feature cool frozen treats from local shops for purchase.

Holiday weekends include the addition of face painting, petting zoo, party bands and vendor markets. Father’s Day and Juneteenth weekend will see the opening of a curated photographic exhibition by local photographer Don Thomas II, recently featured on WFAA-TV and in D Magazine. 

Guests are welcome to bring their own food or purchase food onsite. Window food service is available at the Terrace CafĂ© presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering and includes a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks, drinks and adult beverages. 

Admission in July is $5 per person ages 2 and up, and August Dollar Days return at $3 per person ages 2 and up. Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (RMCAG) is an additional $3 per person. Entrance is free to RMCAG the weekends of June 18-20 and July 2-4, thanks to a generous donation from the Kelley Family. Parking is $11. Reservations are required and need to be made online at DallasArboretum.org in advance.