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Monday, November 29, 2021

Dallas Cowboys and Luke Combs Dedicate Live Thanksgiving Halftime Show To Ensure 'Hope Marches On' for Those in Need

Together The Salvation Army, Dallas Cowboys, and Luke Combs help ensure hope marches on for those in need this holiday season and beyond

The Salvation Army's 131st annual Red Kettle Campaign launches the season of giving today and is calling on a generous public to help ensure hope marches on for millions of Americans continuing to combat the impacts of pandemic poverty. The holiday fundraising campaign kicked off at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day with a special nationally televised halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys game against the Las Vegas Raiders on CBS.

Award-winning country musician Luke Combs dazzled audiences across the nation with a live performance at a halftime show that will include the iconic Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

The Red Kettle Campaign, the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind, is especially needed now to meet the increasing needs of millions of Americans continuing to battle the impacts of pandemic poverty. The Salvation Army has not stopped working to provide help and hope — no matter the cost — since the pandemic began. This year, The Salvation Army estimates it will need $175 million — almost 50% more than raised in red kettles in 2020 — to help keep Americans in their homes this holiday season and beyond.

Across the nation, volunteers, donors, communities, and corporations have stepped up in remarkable ways:

  • On Dec. 3, The Salvation Army's national commander is challenging bell ringers across the country to raise $1 million in just four hours. An interactive map with participating red kettle teams will be available at for those who wish to donate in person or virtually in support of the goal.
  • Throughout the season, supporters can still donate to thousands of red kettles stationed outside storefronts at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's; Boscov's; Big Lots; Dillard's; Food Lion; Hobby Lobby/Mardel; JCPenney; Kroger Family of Stores; Macerich Properties; Macy's/Bloomingdale's; RPCS, Inc.; Walgreens; Walmart; and Sam's Club.
  • Walmart will again offer customers at the option to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar in support of The Salvation Army. Walmart is also supporting The Salvation Army Angel Tree with in-store trees at Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs and online at
The Salvation Army needs everyone's help now more than ever. Contact your local Salvation Army to sign up to volunteer at a red kettle or distribute Angel Tree gifts to children in need.
You can also give any amount by texting "KETTLES" to 51555.
Every donation stays in the community to help make sure that hope marches on for those in need. To give help or get help, please visit

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

March of Dimes Dallas is gearing up for their Signature Chefs Auction on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at Venue Forty50 (4050 Belt Line Road Addison) with a chef’s lineup sure to whet your appetite. 

The 2021 Signature Chefs Auction featured chefs include:

Lead Chef: Luke Rogers, Cathedral Bistro

Nick Dean, Furlough Kitchen, Haywire, The Heritage Table

Armando Perez, Private Chef

Daniel Rosales, Rosaniel Desserts

Ray Skradzinski, Republic Texas Tavern

Michael Conrad Tavarez, Picadera

Chris Vogeli, III Forks

 Guests will enjoy signature bites by each chef, beer by Texas Ale Project, signature cocktails provided by Silver Star Spirits, live and silent auction, Heads or Tails contest and entertainment by the Jordan Kahn Band.

To learn more about the Signature Chef’s Auction go to

Thursday, November 11, 2021

The Trains at NorthPark Opens November 13

Honorary Chairs Candice & Tony Romo are helping Ronald McDonald House of Dallas kick off the Holiday season

On November 13, the holiday season officially begins when the Trains at NorthPark hit the tracks, bringing joy and wonder to thousands of families who visit the exhibit. Since inception, the Trains at NorthPark has raised over $14 million for Ronald McDonald House Dallas (RMHD) and helped provide a home away from home for 40,000 families with sick and injured children. In its 40th Anniversary year, RMHD is inviting everyone to participate in the celebration by purchasing tickets at, or even purchasing a one-of-a-kind railcar now available for sale.

Running until January 2, 2022, the Trains at NorthPark is the largest miniature train exhibit in Texas with more than 750 railcars featuring the organizations, families and individuals who make this beloved event possible. Purchasing a railcar before December 7 will guarantee it being on the tracks before the end of the season. Covid protocols following CDC guidelines will be in place during the six-week run.

The Trains at NorthPark will open at 10am on Saturday, November 13, on the 2nd level of NorthPark mall between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. With 1,600 feet of tracks rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical journey across the United States, the Trains travel from the Fall foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with stops along the way in New York, Arizona and Colorado.

Tickets for The Trains at NorthPark are $5 for children ages 2-12 and seniors over 65. Adults are $10, while children under two years of age are admitted for free. 

For event information, visit

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Volunteer Opportunity: Saving Wildlife Weekend at Kiest Park

Your Dallas Zoo's Wild Earth Action Team is on a mission to Create a Better World for Animals; join us as we work to restore habitat for Texas wildlife right here in Oak Cliff!

What we'll be doing:
Cleaning up litter around the park

Where we'll be:
Kiest Park
3081 S. Hampton Rd
*We will meet at the Kiest Park Loop Trail entrance closest to the Kiest Park Recreation Center. A map will be emailed to all registered participants the week before the event*

We encourage all participants to register for this event so you can stay up to date on any changes (e.g., cancellation due to extreme weather, etc.), however registration is not required in order to participate.

Because of the physical nature of this activity, it’s most appropriate for those over the age of 6. We recommend wearing long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes and encourage all participants over the age of 2 to join us in wearing a face covering during the event to further minimize the spread of COVID-19. Making a difference can be messy, so keep the mud in mind!

Friday, November 5, 2021

Hunger Bugs Me! Book Reading & Launch

The North Texas Food Bank invites you to a reading of their brand new children's book Hunger Bugs Me!

Join Lady Bug and her friends in Jan's Garden for a reading of Hunger Bugs Me!, a charming story about friendship and compassion. They will also have some child-friendly activities including face painting, coloring, a scavenger hunt and more! 

The North Texas Food Bank team is proud to launch this book in an effort to create a conversation about the issue of hunger; making it easy for children to understand this complex problem. After reading Hunger Bugs Me! kids will better understand how they can be a part of the solution.

Tickets are free but you must have one ticket for every child in your party to attend!

Hunger Bugs Me! Story Time | North Texas Food Bank (

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Texas Women’s Foundation’s 36th Annual Luncheon Raised More than $1 Million to Support Women and Girls

 Texas Women’s Foundation’s 36th Annual Luncheon Raised More than $1 Million to Support Women and Girls 

Cleo Wade, Angie Thomas, Laysha Ward

Held online for the second year on September 30th, Texas Women’s Foundation’s 36th Annual Luncheon, presented by the Dallas Mavericks, raised more than $1 million. About 4,000 people watched the program themed “My Voice. My Story. Every Woman’s Power to Build Compassion and Community.”

The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s principal fundraiser in support of its work to advance women’s economic security, leadership, education, health and safety in Texas through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking.

Cynt Marshall, Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Laura Nieto

Hilda Galvan, Texas Women's Foundation Chair, welcomed luncheon co-chairs, Debra Hunter Johnson and Lindsay Billingsley.  

The trio then thanked the major sponsors for their tremendous support:

Presenting Sponsor: The Dallas Mavericks

Speaker Sponsors: Target with ongoing support from the Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation 

Book Club: Perkins Coie

Ripple: Southwest Airlines

Investor: Lindsay Billingsley & Debra Hunter Johnson, Lucy C. Billingsley, CBRE, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Thomson Reuters

Leader: Galleria Dallas, Jones Day, Pepsico, Kimberly-Clark, Reciprocity Consulting Group, Toyota

Advocate: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Dr. Arlene Ford, Katherine Glaze Lyle, NexBank, Gwendolyn A. Parker, Vizient

Roslyn Dawson Thompson (TXWF president and CEO), Debra Hunter Johnson (co-chair), Lindsay Billingsley (co-chair), Hilda Galvin (TXWF chairwoman)

Billingsley introduced the speakers, Angie Thomas and Cleo Wade, who discussed the power of women’s storytelling. 

Next came the appeal to support Texas Women’s Foundation from two luncheon sponsors. Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall and Southwest Airlines’ Laura Nieto spoke in front of the Dallas Galleria community wall that was displayed throughout the month of September. Marshall and Nieto announced a surprise: people who donated at least $500 would receive two tickets to a Mavs game and a Southwest roundtrip airline ticket.

For more information on the event, visit

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Pajamas for Seniors Inaugural Gala - A Night of Hope


Pajamas for Seniors Inaugural Gala A Night of Hope

Friday, November 12, 2021

6:30 PM

The Park City Club

Honorary Chairs: Jeanne and George Lewis

Gala Chairs: Regina Bruce and Dr. Carla Russo

Executive Director, Pajamas for Seniors: Jo Alch, R.N.

Single tickets are available for $125 each. Reserved table of 10 is $1,125. 

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

About Pajamas for Seniors:

PJFS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission: Provide new pairs of pajamas to low-income seniors in area nursing and assisted living homes. and on Facebook

Monday, November 1, 2021

The 40th Anniversary Nutcracker Market - The Redo


"It's not just shopping. It's an experience."

-Houston Chronicle

Cue the music and roll out the red carpet! This November 11-14, Nutcracker Market triumphantly returns to NRG Center to usher in Houston’s holiday season and celebrate in-person and in style for the 40th Anniversary Nutcracker Market – The Redo. While 2020 officially marked the 40th year of Nutcracker Market, the pandemic-induced virtual market prevented festivities fitting of such a milestone. 

Mignon Gill will take on the role of this year’s Market chairman, and the honoree is YOU, the supporter of Nutcracker Market. Whether you are a shopper, Guild member, committee member, staff member, donor, volunteer, merchant, vendor, sponsor, or social media follower, YOU have been an integral part in making this Market a success and we are proud to honor YOU!

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown exponentially over the last four decades, from its humble beginnings as a church bazaar in 1981 to the annual extravaganza it is today - attracting more than 100,000 shoppers and clocking in as the second-largest fundraising event at NRG Park.

Nutcracker Market selectively curates their merchant list each year – blending long-running fan favorites alongside exciting new shops for an experience which is both familiar and fun.  Apparel, accessories, jewelry, gourmet food, home and holiday d├ęcor, toys, kitchen wares, and gifts fill the halls of NRG Center.

This year’s Market already has more than 265 booths on the books, including more than 50 new merchants. 

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is an annual fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and scholarship programs. Eleven percent of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston to support various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy. Since its inception, Nutcracker Market has contributed $ 75.3 million to the Houston Ballet Foundation.

Special Events

Wells Fargo Preview Party
Wednesday, November 10
6:30 - 10:00 PM

Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon
Thursday, November 11
10:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Macy's Fashion Show and Luncheon
Friday, November 12
10:15 AM - 12:30 PM

For more information about tickets, visit