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Monday, November 21, 2022

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deck The Halls - A Family Holiday Concert

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League presents Deck the Halls, a family Holiday concert at the Meyerson on Saturday December 3, 2022

Families are encouraged to bring children and grandchildren to one of the League's most beloved events. The morning begins at 10:00 a.m. with cookie decorating and family activities prior to the 1-hour long family concert. The ticket includes a VIP Symphony experience with muffins, mimosas and crafts for the kids. 

Claire Catrino is the event chair. Cynthia Beaird is the DSOL President. 

$150/Person. Limited to 50 tickets. 

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Proceeds from the event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association’s Education and Outreach programs including Young Strings and Young Musicians which provide free instruments and free music lessons to children in the Dallas Community.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Holiday Spirit Walk on Knox


Join the Dallas CASA Young Professionals for a Holiday Spirit Walk on Knox Street.

Start the walk at any of the participating retailers to check in and receive a festive sweet treat. Then visit Anthropologie, Marine Layer, Stag Provisions and Velvet to enjoy a special holiday beverage while you shop. Each store is donating a portion of sales during the event to Dallas CASA! Fill your Holiday Spirit Walk punch card to enter a drawing for a Knox Street gift basket.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Julia Ormond to Headline New Friends New Life Luncheon

New Friends New Life (NFNL) announces Julia Ormond, a British Emmy® award-winning stage, film, and television actress who has been fighting human trafficking since the 1990s, will headline its annual luncheon on Friday, November 4 at 11:30 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd. 

Julia Ormond, Keynote Speaker

Among her best-known film work, Ormond has starred in Legends of the Fall, Sabrina, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Che. On the small screen, Ormond received an Emmy® Award in 2010 for her role in the HBO movie Temple Grandin, and in 2012 she was nominated for a second Emmy® for her recurring role on Mad Men. She can most recently be seen in her series regular role in The Walking Dead; World Beyond, and in the still-to-be-released Reminisce.

Offscreen, Ormond is a longtime activist against human trafficking, promoting international awareness in her role as the first and former United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador Against Trafficking and Slavery. Julia Ormond is the founder of the non-profit ASSET Campaign which is the source of the global legislation the Transparency in Supply Chains Law that requires major businesses to publicly disclose their policies to prevent human trafficking and forced labor in product supply chains. As an advocate, Ormond has traveled the world assessing solutions and challenges, and she has appeared as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. For this advocacy work she received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and the Women for Women International’s Peace Award.

Katherine Wynne, Co-Chair
Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, Co-Chair
Melissa Sherrill Martin, Co-Chair

Luncheon Co-Chairs Katherine Wynne, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl and Melissa Sherrill Martin are longtime community leaders and volunteers with numerous nonprofits. Wynne is a former marketing, public relations and investment executive who spent ten years in various capacities for U.S. Trust, now Bank of America Private Bank. She is a member of New Friends New Life’s Board of Directors. Hoyl serves as chief philanthropy and community affairs officer at Baylor Scott & White Health, and her sister Melissa Sherrill Martin served as vice president of development for over 14 years at The Family Place. 

Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Honorary Co-Chair
Ambassador Ron Kirk, Honorary Co-Chair

Honorary Co-Chairs and Dallas power couple Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk are known for the impact they have had on the Dallas community and beyond. Ellis-Kirk has over 20 years of experience in the executive search industry with deep knowledge in governance. Before founding Ellis Kirk Group, she led board and CEO assignments at two large global search firms and a boutique search firm. Ambassador Ron Kirk is senior of counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington D.C. offices. The former mayor of Dallas and Texas Secretary of State also served as United States Trade Representative and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. 

Bianca Davis, CEO, New Friends New Life

“As we at New Friends New Life continue to connect the dots and educate the community about the crime of human trafficking, we couldn’t be more delighted to introduce Julia Ormond to our donors and supporters at this year’s luncheon,” said Bianca Davis, CEO, New Friends New Life. “Her role as an activist against trafficking around the world, and her experience assessing solutions and challenges, will provide attendees with further insight about how we can all dismantle, disrupt, and disarm this industry that is victimizing 25 million people around the world, including 313,000 people right here in Texas.”

Underwriting sponsorship opportunities begin at $2,500.  A limited number of individual tickets will be released closer to the date and will begin at $250 each. To reserve your sponsorship or seats, please visit, email or contact Senior Development Director Priya Murphy at 214-217-8652.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

15th Annual Interfaith Golf Classic Raises $126,735 for Interfaith Family Services

A packed field of 116 golfers attended the 15th Annual Interfaith Golf Classic at Royal Oaks Country Club on Monday, Sept. 12. The sold-out event raised $126,735 to benefit the nonprofit organization Interfaith Family Services and its mission to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty.

Ben Eakes, Kimberly Williams, Brian Hegi

Kimberly Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith Family Services, addressed the crowd before golfers headed out to a shotgun start, saying, “The Interfaith Golf Classic is always a fun day, but I want you to know you are also doing some serious good. Your support will help families in crisis who are eager to learn the skills needed so they will never be homeless again.”

Members of the Interfaith Golf Classic Committee also spoke, including Ben Eakes and Brian Hegi. In addition to being the Managing Partners of Crossplane Capital, presenting sponsor for the day’s event, the two are members of the Interfaith Board of Directors.

Their remarks were followed by a moving testimonial from Interfaith graduate Rachael Royal, whose life has come full circle. She is now on the board of directors at Interfaith, which was there for her during a period of homelessness over a decade ago. 

Rachael Royal, Interfaith graduate

She said, “Interfaith Family Services taught me how to take tragedy and turn it into triumph. I learned we are greater than our circumstances. We can choose to allow ourselves to be overtaken by our obstacles – or use them as steppingstones on a path to the greatness that lies within us all. I chose the latter.” 

Dan Lehane, Zach Mayor, Matt Nickel, Matt Simmons, Adam Pierson, Zach Pope

Royal Oaks Golf Pro Dean Larsson then released the players to the course. The day’s golf activities included a round of 18 holes, food and beverage stations throughout the course and the opportunity to win an Infiniti QX50 Luxe SUV and other prizes provided by Sewell in a series of hole-in-one contests. While no players won, all had fun trying.

Winners of the day’s competition were announced at the conclusion of play including:

•       1st Place, Gross Score: Wingstop (Eric Hall, Zach Mayor, Jared Pope and Zach Pope)

•       1st Place, Net Score: SCA Transaction Services (Corey Gebert, Kenny Lamb, Chris Parker, Cody Robertson)

•       2nd Place, Net Score: Benchmark Bank (Art Barnes, Thomas Gresham, Fox Haas, Wilson White)

•       3rd Place, Net Score: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Ryan Cox, Brent Sacha, Trevor Vega and Eric Williams)

•       Longest Drive: Justin Fraley

•       Closest to the Pin, Low Handicap: Corey Gebert, Kevin Wheland

•       Closest to the Pin, High Handicap: Jason Ahman, Bryan Ochocki

Kenny Lamb, Charlie Genette, Ben Eakes, Seth Angel

Friday, October 7, 2022

African American Museum, Dallas' Annual Masquerade Cabaret & Auction Gala Returns This Saturday, October 15th

Benefiting the African American Museum, Dallas, the 34th-annual Masquerade Cabaret & Auction Gala will be held Saturday, Oct.15, 2022, at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. The evening soiree serves as a fundraiser to maintain and expand the Museum and its offerings through programs, workshops, lectures and other educational services that will facilitate awareness and understanding of African American history and culture. The event has helped the Museum offer its award-winning summer camp to thousands of underserved youth in Dallas’ southern sector.

Velena McRae is the event chair, and Mr. and Mrs. Chamoria and Matthew Houston are honorary co-chairs. Dress is cocktail attire.

Velena McRae, Event Chair

Mr. and Mrs. Chamoria and Matthew Houston, Honorary Co-Chairs

“I am honored to have been appointed the Chairman of the African American Museum's Annual Gala, which supports one of Dallas’ treasured gems,” said McRae. “I deeply sense the great obligations of this position and regard it as a duty and privilege to help raise awareness and support a long-standing cultural institution in our community.”

Serving as the Museum's largest annual fundraiser, the Masquerade Cabaret & Auction Gala has helped the Museum offer its Science of Art Summer Camp STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). In addition, proceeds underwrite the African American Heritage Series (lectures, symposia, workshops, and conferences), educational workshops, musical performances such as the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra of Houston concert, and the daily operations of the Museum. Blockbuster exhibitions – such as Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, and the Smithsonian’s Men of Change – are also funded through the gala.

The event begins with a meet-and-greet reception at 7 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment provided by The Reuben Lael Band. The Museum will also present its highest honor – The Heritage Award – to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated®. This award is given occasionally to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the founding and development of the African American Museum, Dallas. 

Individual tickets are $200. Sponsorship packages are also available including Curator ($35,000), Archivist ($30,000), Artist ($25,000), Historian ($20,000), Gold ($15,000), Silver ($10,000), Bronze ($7,500), Medalist ($5,000) and Friend ($2,500). 

For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit Tickets - African American Museum Of Dallas (

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Reservations Now Open for Cookies and Castles Gingerbread Extravaganza

Reservations are now open for Cookies & Castles Frisco 2022

December 3rd and/or to-go on December 4th

Reservations are only available while supplies last, so don't delay and don't forget to buy an apron to keep you clean, a t-shirt to keep you warm, and an ornament to help you remember your experience for years to come!

Group Reservations
Reserving 2+ houses? Upgrade to Patron Houses! Packages include aprons and t-shirts and are available for in-person and to-go. For an even more exclusive experience, you can reserve a private room with a private candy bar and a designated visit from holiday characters!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Second Ever Screening of Emmy Nominated 'Farrah's Story', Hosted by Alana Stewart in Dallas, TX

On September 14th, guests gathered at the Inwood Theatre in Dallas, TX for a screening hosted by Alana Stewart, the President and CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation.  A meet and greet with Stewart proceeded the screening, which filled the Inwood Lounge with excitement and anticipation. The invitation (selectively) sent explained that the screening of the documentary ‘Farrah’s Story', would be powerful, as it shows Fawcett’s intimate journey of battling cancer. Alana’s opening remarks reinforced the power of the 2009 Emmy-nominated documentary that gave hope to millions of viewers around the world.  

It was a shock to the world when Hollywood beauty icon, Farrah Fawcett went public with her cancer diagnosis.  Farrah was diagnosed (on Sept. 22, ’06) with anal cancer, which eventually metastasized to her liver.  She traveled to Germany to seek alternative treatments. After a valiant fight against the disease, she passed away on June 25, 2009. 

John Terlingo, Brent Rogers, Sami Abboud

During her treatment, she asked her close friend, Alana Stewart, to videotape her visits to the doctor so that she could remember everything that was said. As Farrah and Alana continued to document this journey, the idea of ‘Farrah’s Story’ became a reality.  

Lyn Skibell, Andrea Cohen

Much of “Farrah’s Story” includes real-life footage of Farrah visiting doctors and going through treatments, surgery, & recovery.  Alana, at one point, did not want to film Farrah during a violent episode of vomiting but Farrah insisted that she continue claiming "this is what cancer is"… This 1.5-hour piece does not hold back the behind-the-scenes struggle of this beauty icon ‘fighting the fight’ which gives hope to millions in treatment.  

Brittanie Oleniczak, Hilary Kennedy, Lisa Petty

The documentary aired on NBC to nine million viewers and was later nominated for an Emmy award. This event marks the second time it aired with the goal to raise awareness for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s October 20th Tex-Mex Fiesta Benefit, featuring a performance by Sheryl Crow and benefitting the American Cancer Society and Stand Up to Cancer.

Following the screening, Alana Stewart signed personalized copies of her book, "My Journey with Farrah"

Guests included Sami Abboud, Alesia Coffman, Andrea Cohen, Carolina Coulter, Jessica Courvile, Lea Fisher, Delanie Foley, Abra Garrett, Blythe Grates, Hilary Kennedy, Ginny Lombardi, Sue Loncar, Zsofia Mezey, Jonika Nix, Brittanie Oleniczak, Lisa Petty, Brent Rodgers, Devin Savage, Nellie Scuitto, Lyn Skibell, Gavin Smith, Andrew Stevens, Melissa Spencer, John Terlingo and Tia Wynne.

For more information on the October 20th benefit, visit:

Ticket & Table Order Form - Farrah Fawcett Foundation (

Friday, September 23, 2022

Ray Washburne to speak at Preservation Park Cities Distinguished Speaker Luncheon


Preservation Park Cities Distinguished Speaker Luncheon chairs Tish Key and Alisa Sell are thrilled to announce Ray Washburne, president, Highland Park Village, will be the keynote speaker at the Monday, October 17th Distinguished Speaker Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club benefiting Preservation Park Cities.  The title of his presentation will be “Highland Park Village: Then and Now.” 

Ray Washburne, President, Highland Park Village

In 2009 Washburne and his wife, Heather, and Stephen and Elisa Summers purchased the landmark 80-year-old Highland Park Village and have taken significant measures to protect, preserve and enhance its architectural and historical integrity.

         Ray was a featured speaker years ago and totally captivated the sold-out crowd with his historical photographs, personal stories and documents. Now years later, he will bring more details and updates on the continuing evolvement of the oldest shopping center in the United States and Dallas’ premier open-air shopping and dining destination. 

         Highland Park Village is Legacy Sponsor. D Home is Presenting Magazine Sponsor. Burton Rhodes is president, Preservation Park Cities. Host committee are Leslie and Nick Merrick. 

         Individual tickets start at $150. Individual sponsorship tickets begin at $300. Sponsor tables begin at $1,500 up to $10,000. For more information, visit the website at 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Juliette Fowler Communities Announces Plans for 130th Anniversary Celebration Year at Kickoff Event

 Over 70 Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC) board members, residents, volunteers, and supporters gathered at the University Park home of  Katie and Bret Pedigo to kick off the 130th Anniversary Celebration of JFC, an intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages, located on 20 picturesque acres in East Dallas and the fourth oldest nonprofit in Dallas. The event was organized by JFC’s One Heart Society, a membership group that supports the nonprofit’s mission through volunteerism, community awareness and fundraising. 

Trisha Chaffin, Laura Porting
Photos by: Kim Leeson

Nicole Gann, president and CEO of JFC, welcomed guests to this milestone birthday party for Fowler and thanked One Heart Society, whom she referred to as the “hands and feet” of Fowler for their ongoing support as volunteers and donors. Through philanthropic efforts, The One Heart Fund provides $1.1 million in benevolent care and services supporting both older adults and youth programs. Gann recognized the group’s chair,  Natalie Morin, as well as her husband,  Mike Morin, for their commitment to JFC and then began highlighting JFC’s plans for the anniversary year. 

Molly Purcell, Hannah Dickson

“Juliette Fowler Communities has an exciting fall planned in our 130th year with a monumental grand opening happening on our campus in November,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, JFC. “The Peak, a $24 million, 144-unit, affordable housing development with supportive services for the ‘forgotten-middle’ seniors – those who are unable to pay market rate for apartments and do not qualify for low-income housing – will address a looming national crisis for this population, expected to double on a national level by 2029. In a city like Dallas, pricing for housing and rent have been escalating and gentrification is forcing seniors who have lived in areas for 40 or 50 years to move. We know that seniors want to stay in their communities, and we have had 400 interested applicants for our 144 units and have already pre-leased two of the available income levels. This will be the largest building on our campus and the first of its kind living community in the Dallas area!” 

Nick & Andrea Chonich

JFC team members are planning an invitation-only grand opening event in November to thank friends and supporters of JFC and The Peak, including a picnic basket lunch and remarks from special guests as well as tours. In line with the nonprofit’s 130th anniversary, the picnic basket lunch represents a tradition of such gatherings and special occasions in the early days, including the opening of Fowler’s first building in 1892. 

Katie Pedigo, Event Hostess and Public Relations for Ebby House, JFC; Ann McKinley, Chief Advancement Officer, JFC; Nicole Gann, President and CEO, JFC; Natalie Morin, Chair, One Heart Society, JFC

“An additional focus during our 130th year is our continued work in the area of dementia care,” added Gann. “We know that approximately 5.5 million are living in the United States with cognitive impairment, and JFC is helping to foster Dementia Friendly Dallas, a movement for a more compassionate city. Within the vision of Dementia Friendly America, we are stepping into a more engaged community for individuals living with dementia and those who care for them. We are expanding what we do and looking at strategic partnerships that can make an impact for the greater community.” 

Simone Mulroy, Kylie Brown, Hannah House

Gann continued with additional thanks to the One Heart Society by highlighting the group’s help with a variety of supportive services for residents. 

Nicole Gann, President and CEO, JFC, speaks to attendees

“Without question, this is a historic year for Juliette Fowler Communities,” added Gann. “With the opening of The Peak, JFC continues the tradition of its founder, Juliette Peak Fowler – Dallas’s first philanthropist – by seeking innovative solutions for problems in the community. We have also upheld Juliette’s original mission of caring for widows and orphans 130 years ago by adapting it to a modern-day version of caring for seniors through all levels of care as well as children and youth. We care for children through foster and adoption services; youth working to escape or avoid human trafficking or exploitation; and young women at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, or aging out of the foster care system.”

Joe Warner