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Mari Epperson, Luncheon Chair; Sandy Secor, President, KidneyTexas, Inc.

Mari Epperson, chair of the 2019 KidneyTexas, Inc. The Runway Report Transforming Lives 2019 Luncheon and Fashion Show, along with Sandy Secor, president of KidneyTexas, Inc. announce the beneficiaries of this year’s event.

They are Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Camp Reynal, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation, Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, Texas Health Resources Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Slated for Tuesday, September 24th at the Brook Hollow Golf Club, the morning begins with a mimosa reception, followed by the runway fashion show featuring fashions from TOOTSIES produced by Jan Strimple, which is always a fabulous event including fun surprises. It is all topped off with a delicious luncheon.

In the preamble to the fashion show, supporters who have donated or received a kidney or who have made a large financial commitment to others living with or impacted by the disease share their personal stories and walk the runway. Other fashions are also sponsored by Pockets and KidBiz.

Underwriting begins at $2,500 and levels up to $50,000. Table Hosts, Sponsors and Underwriters benefits include preferred seating at the luncheon and fashion show, special program visibility and more. A limited number of $250 seats are available. Patron Individual seating tickets are at $500 and $1,000.

Find out more at the website: kidneytexas.org

* Photo by Dana Driensky.

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Church of the Incarnation Hosts Last Free Immunization Clinic and Sports Physicals before School Starts

IMMUNIZATIONS BY CARING FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION CARE VAN™
Saturday, August 17  from  1:00 pm until  3:00 pm

 

Located at 3966 McKinney Avenue, just north of Blackburn Street, Church of the Incarnation Episcopal will host a Free Back to School Immunization  Clinic. The event is free to the public and is an easy way to bring your child’s shots up to date. It is sponsored by Church of the Incarnation with immunizations provided by Texas Care Van. Also participating are the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Foundation, The Dallas Police Central Neighborhood Patrol, Texas A&M College of Dentistry  and North Dallas Shared Ministries.  

FREE Meningitis, HPV and whooping cough vaccines will be included in the vaccines offered. Free student sports physicals will also be given.  First come, first served.

Participants need to bring their immunization records.

  • Free Immunizations
  • Free Participation/Sports Physicals
  • Free Dental Screenings
  • Free Eye Exams

Immunizations are important, Safe, and Effective Vaccines are free to: Children and students 2 months old to 18 years of age, Medicaid eligible, Uninsured: a child with no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Underinsured (a child whose health coverage does not include vaccines).

 

VACCINATE BEFORE YOU GRADUATE - free meningitis vaccines

 

The clinic will feature the immunizations, a Zumba class, free sports physicals and other health information. A bicycle with helmet give away will also take place with a limited number of donations. Bike helmets are provided through the TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads program, the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Foundation and Spokes For Folks. McGruff the Crime Dog will also be there the day of the event.

Visit the website for details: https://incarnation.org/community-health-fair/

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Monica and Joe Eastin, Hosts and Honorary Chairs; Major Dan Rooney, Founder of Folds of Honor; Catherine and Mike Sweet, Honorary Chairs

Folds of Honor North Texas 4th Annual 2019 Gala Kick-Off Party Announced Gala Honorary Chairs Monica and Joe Eastin and Catherine and Mike Sweet

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 9, 2019

Monica and Joe Eastin, along with Catherine and Mike Sweet, were announced as honorary chairs for the Folds of Honor North Texas 4th Annual Gala happening on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. 

The announcements were made at the kick-off party hosted by the Eastins in their lovely home and included a very special heartfelt presentation by Folds of Honor founder, Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and F-16 fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserves, who has served three tours of duty in Iraq.
         

Major Rooney shared his story: As he was returning home from his second tour of duty on a domestic flight, he became painfully aware as the passengers deplaned of the reality families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled. The airline pilot announced they were carrying the remains of a fallen soldier, asking passengers to respectfully remain seated while the casket deboarded. He watched as the family of the deceased walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket. Among them was the young son of the fallen Corporal. Seeing the other side of the war through the eyes of this fallen soldier’s child was life-altering. He decided he had to do something to pay tribute to American service members and their families. He founded Folds of Honor in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. The motto says it best: Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.
         

Since that time Folds of Honor has awarded nearly 20,000 educational scholarships. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the North Texas chapter awarded 106 scholarships totaling $524,400. Mike Beltz is the president of the Board of Directors, North Texas chapter.
         

The annual North Texas Folds of Honor gala brings together military families, veterans, scholarship recipients and members of the North Texas community in an event of celebration which includes dinner, an auction, live entertainment and fellowship. The money raised is used to provide educational scholarships to the nation’s most deserving families, the ones that sacrifice to protect freedoms.
         

Underwriting and sponsorships are available beginning at $3,000. Individual tickets are $250. A table for 10 can be reserved for $2,500.
         

For more information visit the website at www.foldsofhonorgala.org or contact Sarah Duncan, Regional Development Officer at sduncan@foldsofhonor.org or Meredith Allen, Associate Regional Development Officer at mallen@foldsofhonor.org

Photos by Bob Manzano.

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Bart and Jolie Humphrey, President, AWARE.

AWARE Announces 2019-2020 Grant Recipients
Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease Since 1989

AWARE president Jolie Humphrey has announced the grant recipients for the 2019-2020 year. Applications were submitted from nonprofit organizations located in Dallas and Collin County that are working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  The final selections have been made and the recipients are:

Baylor Healthcare System:    Continued salary support for the Baylor AT&T Memory Center to provide a trained care and support specialist onsite at the Baylor AT&T Memory Center.  By placing this valuable service at the point of care, patients and their families in early diagnosis can receive disease education, caregiver skill training and support groups, elder law and financial planning and a 24/7 helpline freeing up physicians’ time to focus on the medical issues surrounding the disease.

 

Casa de Vida:       Continued support for the Casa de Vida program at NorthPark Presbyterian Church.  At the church this program provides respite relief to families and caregivers by providing trained volunteer one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias with programs involving art, music, games.  Supported by past funding from AWARE Casa de Vida has more than doubled its program capacity with the addition of a second day of respite care  allowing the caregiver more time for rest or to tend to work and/or personal needs.  Also the addition of summer programming will begin this summer.   The program has 58 volunteers (several from AWARE) benefitting 32 families and also provides a support group for caregivers of Casa participants.  They have a waiting list.  Funding from AWARE will also help replicate Casa de Vida in other parts of the Dallas community.

 

Center for Brain Health Mosaic of Meaningful Messages:     Support to produce a series of short video testimonials from 8 to 10 couples who were participants in the Center for Brain Health Discovery Group a CBH program previously funded by AWARE.   They will collect personal insights, experiences and advice from those who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as, friends, family members and the community at large giving a voice to those with the disease and underscoring their value and purpose in the community.  Paired with another series of videos documenting more formal educational content about the impact of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis these videos will be available to the general public via the CBH website and the CBH YouTube channel.  These are estimated to reach approximately 100,000 people by the end of the one-year grant. 

 

Center for Vital Longevity Optimizing Neuro-cognitive Functions in Healthy Living: Support for funding of a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research with Dr. Chandramallika Basak on the differences in neuro-cognitive functions between younger adults and healthy aging adults and how these functions can be enhanced for healthy aging adults through a study of the role of physical fitness and cognitive training as potential neuroprotective factors against cognitive decline in aging adults.  Data will be collected from 85 Dallas area adults to compare brain functions across high and low fit adults and younger adults to provide information about fitness as a protective factor.  Training-related changes in older adults’ brain functions will inform whether altered brain function itself can be a useful biomarker of cognitive plasticity.

 

Dallas Museum of Art Meaningful Moments Program:          Continued support for Meaningful Moments a DMA program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families or caregivers with ways to engage in art providing a continuing cultural opportunity to everyone regardless of their ability.  In its 10th year of successful of programming for visitors with dementia Meaningful Moments will now offer the educational experience both on and off-site for approximately 8 local care residences throughout each month.  These will include Belmont Village, Christian Care Center, The Village at Mapleshade, Tradition Senior Living, Presbyterian Village North, Brookdale at White Rock, Villages of Lake Highlands and MacArthur Hills.

 

For Love and Art:          The mission for Love and Art is to bring the art experience to people with limited mobility to stimulate art appreciation while empowering caregivers to love people in creative and transformative ways.  Digital images obtained through partnerships with the community outreach programs of 26 fine museums worldwide are showcased to groups on big-screen televisions or to individuals bedside using Virtual Museum ArtBooks.  The trained volunteer Art Angels from For Love and Art will offer their presentations in 62 facilities in the Dallas area over the coming year.  AWARE will provide funding for the hire of an administrative assistant to facilitate the scheduling, coordination and back office work in support of Love and Art “Celebrating the Arts” presentations.      

 

Jewish Family Service Older Adults Program:     Continued salary support of the Older Adults Program staff to provide in-home mental health counseling, care management and daily living support services to 50 older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and 20 family members and caregivers allowing them to remain independent and living in their own home.      

 

Juliette Fowler Communities:     Support for Juliette Fowler Communities to spearhead collaboration with other city organizations to secure Dementia Friendly certification for the city of Dallas.  The Dementia Friendly America initiative is a multi-sector, national collaboration of over 35 leading organizations that are catalyzing a movement and set of best practices to foster “dementia friendly” communities across the United States to improve opportunities and outcomes for a growing number of people with dementia, their families and care partners.  A dementia friendly community 1) raises awareness of and develops respect and inclusion for people with dementia, 2) has services and resources embedded in all areas of community life to ensure meaningful access to community and to promote quality of life, 3) supports and educates people with dementia, their families and care partners from diagnosis through disease progression and 4) promotes meaningful engagement in community life.

 

The Senior Source:        Support for the Senior Companions program matching trained volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, errands, light housekeeping providing caregivers with respite and/or time to work outside the home.  Senior Companions supports 89 volunteers providing 81,000 hours of caregiving and caregiver respite serving 131 clients and their families in Dallas.

 

Stomping Ground Comedy:     Support of funds needed to implement Improv for Caregivers, a therapeutic and psycho-educational workshop that is free for up to 30 family caregivers per month in the Dallas community.  Improv for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers is a fun interactive program that uses improvisational comedy techniques to teach effective communication skills that are specific the needs of an Alzheimer’s patient.  Through these interactive games and activities caregiver participants will develop a new understanding and roadmap of how to effectively communicate with their loved ones.  These tools will enable the caregiver to have more ease in their daily interactions which decreases frustration and stress on both the caregiver and the person they are caring for and increases the quality of care they are giving.  The core principles encourage a new outlook of care, respect and dignity to the aging community. 

 

Texas Winds Musical Outreach:       In its 34th year, Texas Winds expects to give 1,866 concerts for 125,000 isolated seniors, hospital patients, hospice clients, veterans and at-risk children.  AWARE’s continuing support for the Texas Winds Concerts for Seniors program will provide concerts by professional musicians in each of 95 nursing homes and adult day care facilities serving individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias responding to their need for human interaction and bringing inspiration, joy, relief from isolation and peace to individuals affected by memory loss. 

 

University of Texas Southwestern Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease:     Support for development of a new diagnostic test to provide earlier and more accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography has been investigated in preliminary studies and shown potential for identifying retinal changes in people having Alzheimer’s and those patients experiencing mild cognitive impairment.   OCT-A will be evaluated as a sensitive marker in Alzheimer’s patients pointing to changes in the brain and retinal microvasculature that may predate the development of clinical symptoms by several years and hopefully identify patients who are developing Alzheimer’s disease even before the neuronal damage in the brain has reached on irreversible stage.  Insights into microvascular changes hold promise to identify new targets for medication interventions.

 

Wilshire Baptist Church:     Support for the Wilshire Baptist Church Friendly Friday Program.  The program is one year old and addresses the need for those who care for a dementia relative at home and who have little or no assistance for relieving them of the constant care and supervision of the loved one.  The program meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month except for July and August and includes singing, crafts, therapy animals, musicians, subject matter experts and more.  One-on-one care is provided to the participants by 27 trained volunteers.  Wilshire Baptist provides generously provides free meeting place and free nutritious hot lunches prepared by the church chef.  Friendly Friday is free to the participants.  The program currently touches the lives of 40 families and has a waiting list.

 

Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund Grant Recipients for 2019-2020 are:

Lauren Benefield, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in genetics and a minor in neuroscience. She is continuing her studies at Baylor University to earn her second bachelor’s degree in nursing science.

 

Melissa George, a graduate of University of Texas at Tyler with a degree in biology and Texas A&M nursing school graduating in 2010. She has been an operating room nurse at Baylor Heart and Vascular Center since 2011. She presently attends Texas Woman’s University studying to become an Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

 

Grace Penaranda has worked as a registered nurse in the Philippines from 1997 to 2006, then working at Baylor Scott & White since 2006 as an RN bedside leader. She will graduate from Texas Woman’s University in May 2020.

 

Alyssa Temple is currently working at an Alzheimer’s daycare facility. She will graduate from Baylor University in May 2020 with a degree in nursing.

 

The grants are partially funded with proceeds from the annual fundraiser, AWARE Affair Celebrate the Moments.  Details on date, chairs and more soon to come!
         

AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease, and its mission is to provide funding and support to nonprofit organizations that are working on the front lines to fight this disease in Dallas and the North Texas region. Through the Dallas Foundation’s Field of Interest grant program, applications to the AWARE fund were received from nonprofit organizations located in Dallas and Collin County that are working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Through the grant application review process, AWARE selects the most outstanding groups that provide services, programs, education, and resources to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers, and to organizations doing valuable research to find a prevention and cure.

         

AWARE is proud to support nonprofit organizations that share its mission and are also dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease. “Together we will make a difference.”
         

AWARE membership is open to the public. AWARE provides its members important opportunities to participate in a variety of ways to become engaged in the all-important fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.

          * Network – Members participate in a network of individuals, many of whom have a personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease through a family member, friend, medical or other professionals in the field.

          * Education – Members learn the latest information about the causes, treatment, and research on Alzheimer’s through meetings, field trips, and speakers.

          * Resources – Members work collaboratively to share information and best practices in the compassionate care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

          * Donations – Members know that grant recipients of the AWARE fund have been professionally vetted by The Dallas Foundation to ensure that money invested in our local community is leveraged for the best possible results in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.
         

For more information on AWARE Affair Celebrate the Moments, the grants and membership in the AWARE organization, visit the website at www.awaredallas.org  The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE.
                                                     

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Mike Wyatt, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Executive Director, Mercury One; Jim McMahan

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26, 2019!

 

Mercury One’s M1Ball 2019 announcements were made at the Kick-Off party hosted by Samuel Lynne Galleries to a crowd of business and community leaders, along with longtime supporters of the nonprofit.
           

One of the gallery’s owners, JD Miller, chatted with guests about current exhibits at the gallery, including works by artists Lea Fisher, Metis Atash and the world-renowned photographer David Yarrow.
           

Mercury One’s executive director Suzanne Bock Grishman welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone for joining in the celebration. She said that Mercury One was founded by Glenn Beck and is a nonprofit humanitarian aid and education organization focused on restoring the human spirit. Initiatives include the Leadership Training Program, which provides students the opportunity to study first-hand our nation’s founding documents and artifacts, assisting veterans, providing aid to those in disaster and crisis and restoring the lives of over 20,000 persecuted Christians and others who have been displaced, held captive and enslaved around the world. In 2018, Mercury One spent almost $750,000 in relief aid to support those affected by the two devastating hurricanes which hit areas of the East Coast, including the Carolinas and the Florida Panhandle. Mercury One could not stand idly by while people in these communities were affected by severe flooding and loss of power.  Suzanne said to expect a total immersion experience called “12 Score & Three Years Ago” happening June 29 through July 7, 2019 at the Mercury Studios, which will be transformed into a temporary museum with an experience that will address slavery and abolition in America and beyond, and show people how to become a modern abolitionist during Black History Month.
           

After introducing Mercury One’s COO, Michael Little and Director of Development, John McCarty, Suzanne urged everyone to mark their calendars now for Saturday, October 26, 2019 for the M1Ball, which will feature a pre-gala VIP reception for sponsors and underwriters at certain levels including a VIP Meet and Greet With Glenn Beck, seated dinner, silent and live auctions, a luxury car raffle and celebrity guests. Individual tickets are $250. Patron Individual tickets are $500 each and include special seating and a pass to the Patron Party. Sponsorship levels begin at $5,000 with levels up to presenting sponsor of $100,000, all with fabulous benefits and invitations to the Patron Party.
             

Find out more at www.mercuryone.org  or email m1ball@mercuryone.org.

About Mercury One: Mercury One is a humanitarian aid and education organization focused on restoring the human spirit. Our initiatives include providing programs to individuals to advance the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for communities to help themselves. We also assist our nation’s veterans, provide aid to those in crisis, and rebuild and restore the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East.

Photos by Rob Wythe/Gittings.

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Glenn Beck, Founder, Mercury One, speaking about the exhibit.

Mercury One & Partners Present a Special Exhibition on Slavery and Freedom through July 7

 

Mercury One hosted a VIP reception spotlighting a preview of its special exhibition, 12 Score & 3 Years Ago: The Unfinished Promise of Unity. This innovative exhibit, which runs through July 7th at Mercury Studios in Irving, Texas, offers an eye-opening exploration of slavery and freedom, and will equip visitors of all ages to become modern abolitionists.

 

At 12 Score & 3 Years Ago, visitors will meet unsung African American heroes and journey into their stories and successes. 12 Score — a follow up to last year’s Rights and Responsibilities museum from Mercury One —also features incredible artifacts like original documents from Abraham Lincoln, as well as priceless portraits, artwork, immersive technology and more. A visit to 12 Score concludes with a moving look at slavery today, as millions remain locked in human trafficking around the world.   

 

At the recent VIP party at Mercury Studios for 12 Score, Mercury One’s executive director, Suzanne Bock Grishman, welcomed guests and introduced COO, Michael Little, who announced exciting, world-class partnerships for 12 Score with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the African American Museum of Dallas, the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the Dallas Historical Society, and the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture.

 

 Mercury One founder Glenn Beck told guests how the exhibit tackles the dilemma of slavery past and present, and probes the founding fathers’ unfinished pledge of freedom in the modern American landscape. Beck, pulling from Lincoln’s opening of the Gettysburg Address, challenged the crowd to take an honest look at democracy: “The question is: as a nation, are we getting better or worse?” said Beck. “We have to learn from our history so we can get better… The day we truly live up to the words of The Declaration of Independence, it’s time for a new mission statement. But that is so hard to do that no man or society has ever come close. We need to strive for that.”

                                                             

For details on 12 Score & 3 Years Ago: The Unfinished Promise of Unity, click here: MercuryOne.org

Learn more about Mercury One by visiting https://mercuryone.org/ or by following us on Facebook.

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Nikki Beneke, Chair, A Writer's Garden; Venise Stuart, President, The Women's Council; Karen and Craig Goodman, Hosts.

Interior Designer and Author Bunny Williams and Co-Founder, President and CEO of Garden & Gun Rebecca Wesson Darwin to speak at A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Carmen Hancock, Honorary Chair | Nikki Beneke, Chair | Venise Stuart, President
Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

           
Nikki Beneke, Chair of the 13th Annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon announced interior designer and author Bunny Williams and co-founder, president and CEO of Garden & Gun Rebecca Wesson Darwin as the featured speakers at the event to be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The event benefits the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.
         

The announcement was made at a celebration party graciously hosted by Karen and Craig Goodman at their home recently.  Venise Stuart, president of the Women’s Council, welcomed the crowd and introduced Nikki, who thanked the hosts for their generous hospitality. She said a special thank you to Scott Murray of Murray Media for bringing in his sound system especially for this event, which was chaired by Regina Bruce and Joni Krieg. Julia Grace and Giana dePaul are underwriting chairs. She also recognized Nancy Bierman, who founded A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon 13 years ago and thanked Fleur Couture for the flower arrangement centerpiece on the dining table.
         

Three very special announcements were also made: Community leader Carmen Hancock has signed on as honorary chair and New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter, journalist and executive editor of Texas Monthly Magazine Skip Hollandsworth will be the Master of Ceremonies. Garden & Gun has come on board as national media sponsor.
         

The two speakers each have new books which will be featured at A Writer’s Garden. Bunny Williams’ newest book “Love Affairs with Houses” was released this past spring. The book presents her new work through 15 houses she has decorated and loved. She tells the story of each “affair,” as she calls them, tracing the style of the spaces, what drew her to the projects and her approach to décor that evolves with the lives of her clients. Bunny says, “The best pieces have the best stories,” and in this story-filled monograph, she shows readers a fresh collection of projects that demonstrates just that.

 Rebecca will be speaking about Garden & Gun’s newest release, “Southern Women” which launches October 15, 2019, just in time for this event. It is a rich collection of some of the South’s most notable women. Through interviews, essays and more, these remarkable chefs, musicians, actors, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers and public servants will offer a dynamic portrait of who the Southern woman is now. The voices of bona fide icons such as Sissy Spacek, Leah Chase, Bunny Williams and Loretta Lynn join those whose stories for too long have been overlooked or underestimated. From the pioneering Texas rancher Minnie Lou Bradley to the Gee’s Bend, Alabama quilter Mary Margaret Pettway – all visionaries who have left their indelible mark not just on Southern culture, but on American itself. By reading these stories of triumph, grit and grace, the ties that bind the sisterhood of Southern woman emerge: an unflinching resilience and resourcefulness, an inherent love of the land, a singular style and wit.
         

There was a very positive reaction to one of Nikki’s favorite quotes from Audrey Hepburn when she said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Nikki went on to say that throughout history, gardens and nature have always been associated with notions of Mother Earth and femininity. A Woman’s Garden, this event’s beneficiary, is the incredible jewel of the Dallas Arboretum and recognized for its own unique history.  A Woman’s Garden was created out of a deep respect for nature and the feminine ideal and provides aesthetically beautiful, meaningful spaces that offer an opportunity for spiritual renewal that is central to its original concept and design.
         

Underwriting, sponsorships are available now beginning at $2,500 up to $25,000. Individual patron tickets begin at $250 up to $1,500. Each level has its own special benefits. Some levels include invitations to an exclusive VIP Reception and and Meet the Authors Patron Party.  Find out more by visiting the website at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org

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About Bunny Williams: 
           

Considered one of the most talented names in design, Bunny is also an accomplished businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. A lover of dogs, gardens, and china, Bunny’s knowledge and expertise is on par with her enjoyment of life. Her eponymous firm — launched in 1988 following a 22-year apprenticeship with the esteemed Parish-Hadley Associates — has wrought its own indelible imprint and legacy.  If you are not familiar with that firm, Sister Parish is the one who was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy to redo the White House. Her designs are found across the United States and abroad.  Bunny’s own houses and her long career have provided ample material and inspiration for seven books to date and she is a sought after speaker and mentor.
         

Bunny grew up in the countryside near Charlottesville, Virginia. Her parents encouraged her passion for the arts and led her to Garland Junior College in Boston, where she studied interior design. Upon moving to New York, Bunny subsequently joined Parish-Hadley. When she left Parish-Hadley, she started her own firm working with three people out of her guest bedroom.  Because of her devotion to gardening, she opened Treillage in 1991 along with her husband, the antiques dealer John Rosselli. Considered both ground breaking and industry changing, Treillage drew A-list designers, editors and tastemakers.
         

Never one to rest on her many awards, accolades and honors, Bunny keeps her eye on what’s next, whether it’s her collaborations with Ballard Designs, Bunny Williams Home or her next book. She is always looking to the future. Come and hear what’s next!

About Rebecca Wesson Darwin:
         

Rebecca Wesson Darwin is co-founder and CEO of the Allée Group LLC, which owns Garden & Gun magazine, which launched in spring 2007. After moving to Chalreston, South Carolina, following a successful career in publishing in New York City, Darwin and the co-founder realized there was a need for a publication that spoke to the soul of the South. 
         

Darwin grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then moved to New York. She established her career at GQ, where she implemented national retail advertising and promotions programs. She later became the first female publisher of the New Yorker, the publisher of Mirabella, and the marketing director of Fortune.
         

Her immersion in the worlds of media, fashion, advertising, and business brings an understanding and grace to the world of Garden & Gun. Darwin resides in historic downtown Charleston with her husband, Cress, the senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston; her two daughters, Lily and SaSa; and her springer spaniel, Phillip, and French bulldog, Penelope.

Announcement Party photos by Dana Driensky. 

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Anne Sutherland, Chair, Woman of the Year Gala; Martha C. Cox, President, Les Femmes du Monde; Lisa Cooley, Hostess; Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Board Secretary.

Lisa Cooley generously hosted the Les Femmes du Monde (LFDM) Spring Tea celebrating the upcoming spring season by filling her Preston Hollow home with glorious flower arrangements in tones of pinks, reds and blue.           

Greeting guests as they arrived were Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Board Secretary and Anne Sutherland, chair of the 2019 Woman of the Year gala dinner and Director of Finance on the LFDM board.
         

Martha C. Cox, Les Femmes du Monde president ushered members to Sharon Knowles, Membership chair as she checked in guests and reminded them this is the beginning of the new year for the organization, which means renewing memberships!  Brenda Truitt is Treasurer and Jan Ward is Advisor-At-Large. Venise Stuart is Parliamentarian.
         

Welcoming everyone to the meeting and during the program, Martha presented Lisa with a lovely hostess gift, thanking her for her gracious hospitality. Quoting an article in D magazine in January 2018, Martha read Lisa’s response to the subject of “The importance of giving back.” Lisa said, “Sometimes the main thing someone needs, is to know someone cares and is on their side. You never know how an act or deed you do for someone else will impact the course of their life. Everyone can do something – and serving others is the greatest gift we can give of ourselves. We can all give back in some way, whether time or resources. It is our responsibility, not obligation, to serve others.”
         

She also introduced Kyra Barnett from The Child Life Program at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center and Kate Daniels representing the Global Young Leaders Program of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the two beneficiaries of LFDM events throughout the year.
         

Some exciting news from Kate: Plano Independent School District maintained its grip on the World Affairs Council’s regional PwC Academic WorldQuest crown, with Jasper High School defeating 81 other North Texas high school teams on Tuesday, February 12.  The Jasper High School team of Adithya Karthik, Pranav Pattatathunaduvil, Michelle Ma, and Renee Li is coached by Khadeeja Miandara. The team’s next step will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Carlos and Malu Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition on April 27, at the United States Institute of Peace. A Plano team has won the national title six out of the past eight years. Finishing in second and third place at the regional competition were Allen High School and Plano West Senior High.

         

And an overview from Kyra: At Children’s Health, Les Femmes makes an incredible impact on the psychosocial needs of the patients and families through the Child Life program. Some of those services include keeping the playrooms open (where the patients get to be kids), providing medical play to help the patients/siblings better understand the procedure they are going to undergo, providing diagnosis specific weekend and weeklong summer camps so that the patients don’t miss out on this critical experience, providing tools like ipads to help explain procedures; wii’s for entertainment, prize closet items and music therapists help the children express their feelings through music. And a big favorite, the therapy dogs.

         

Les Femmes du Monde is a group of women helping youth in health and education. Membership in Les Femmes du Monde is open to the public and includes many benefits, such as invitations to events in private homes, the Woman of the Year gala dinner, New Member reception, Annual Meeting and Luncheon, and the opportunity to meet new friends and learn more about the world we live in. Visit the website for more information at LesFemmesduMonde.org 

 

2019 Beneficiaries

The Child Life Program’s primary goal is to minimize the impact of illness on a child’s normal growth and emotional and cognitive development.  This involves establishing supportive relationships with patients and families and providing them with developmentally-appropriate information that helps them prepare for, understand and cope with their healthcare experiences.  

The Global Young Leaders and Education Programs at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks to educate students and teachers on how international events affect  their lives, their communities, and their country.  The goal is to empower students to become effective, active global citizens and leaders in the community.  Celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2018, this program has impacted more than 1 million students and trained more than 8,000 teachers since its inception in 2004."

Mission Statement:  Since its beginning in 1961, Les Femmes du Monde is celebrating its 59th year of service. The mission is to provide funds for the support of the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Child Life Program and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth International Education Program.

Les Femmes Du Monde: Dedicated To Serving Dallas
Les Femmes du Monde has donated more than $2 million to the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth, and more than $700,000 to Children’s Medical Center.

Past Woman of the Year Honorees (in chronological order): 1986 Doris S. Dixon; 1987 Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler; 1988 Caroline Rose Hunt; 1989 Annette Strauss, Mayor of Dallas; 1990 Vivian Castleberry; 1991 Mary Kay Ash; 1995 Ebby Halliday; 1996 Catherine Crier; 1997 Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator; 1998 Laura Bush, First Lady of Texas; 1999 Juanita Miller; 2000 Nancy Brinker; 2001 Gloria Campos; 2002 Florence Shapiro, Texas State Senator; 2003 Liz Minyard and Gretchen Minyard Williams; 2005 Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; 2006 Billie Leigh Rippey; 2007 Dee Wyly; 2008 Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas; 2009 Yvonne Crum; 2011 Geraldine “Tincy” Miller; 2012 Dr. Gail Thomas, President and CEO, The Trinity Trust Foundation; 2013 Mary Lee Cox; 2014 Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith, Nina Vaca; 2015 Virginia Cook; 2016 Couple of the Year Nancy and W. Herbert Hunt; 2017 Carmaleta Whiteley Felton; 2018 Dr. Sandra “Sandi” Chapman.

* Photos by Dana Driensky.

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Jan Ward, Kathleen Turner

Lisa Cooley generously hosted the Les Femmes du Monde (LFDM) Spring Tea celebrating the upcoming spring season by filling her Preston Hollow home with glorious flower arrangements in tones of pinks, reds and blue.           

Greeting guests as they arrived were Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Board Secretary and Anne Sutherland, chair of the 2019 Woman of the Year gala dinner and Director of Finance on the LFDM board.
         

Martha C. Cox, Les Femmes du Monde president ushered members to Sharon Knowles, Membership chair as she checked in guests and reminded them this is the beginning of the new year for the organization, which means renewing memberships!  Brenda Truitt is Treasurer and Jan Ward is Advisor-At-Large. Venise Stuart is Parliamentarian.
         

Welcoming everyone to the meeting and during the program, Martha presented Lisa with a lovely hostess gift, thanking her for her gracious hospitality. Quoting an article in D magazine in January 2018, Martha read Lisa’s response to the subject of “The importance of giving back.” Lisa said, “Sometimes the main thing someone needs, is to know someone cares and is on their side. You never know how an act or deed you do for someone else will impact the course of their life. Everyone can do something – and serving others is the greatest gift we can give of ourselves. We can all give back in some way, whether time or resources. It is our responsibility, not obligation, to serve others.”
         

She also introduced Kyra Barnett from The Child Life Program at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center and Kate Daniels representing the Global Young Leaders Program of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the two beneficiaries of LFDM events throughout the year.
         

Some exciting news from Kate: Plano Independent School District maintained its grip on the World Affairs Council’s regional PwC Academic WorldQuest crown, with Jasper High School defeating 81 other North Texas high school teams on Tuesday, February 12.  The Jasper High School team of Adithya Karthik, Pranav Pattatathunaduvil, Michelle Ma, and Renee Li is coached by Khadeeja Miandara. The team’s next step will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Carlos and Malu Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition on April 27, at the United States Institute of Peace. A Plano team has won the national title six out of the past eight years. Finishing in second and third place at the regional competition were Allen High School and Plano West Senior High.

         

And an overview from Kyra: At Children’s Health, Les Femmes makes an incredible impact on the psychosocial needs of the patients and families through the Child Life program. Some of those services include keeping the playrooms open (where the patients get to be kids), providing medical play to help the patients/siblings better understand the procedure they are going to undergo, providing diagnosis specific weekend and weeklong summer camps so that the patients don’t miss out on this critical experience, providing tools like ipads to help explain procedures; wii’s for entertainment, prize closet items and music therapists help the children express their feelings through music. And a big favorite, the therapy dogs.

         

Les Femmes du Monde is a group of women helping youth in health and education. Membership in Les Femmes du Monde is open to the public and includes many benefits, such as invitations to events in private homes, the Woman of the Year gala dinner, New Member reception, Annual Meeting and Luncheon, and the opportunity to meet new friends and learn more about the world we live in. Visit the website for more information at LesFemmesduMonde.org 

 

2019 Beneficiaries

The Child Life Program’s primary goal is to minimize the impact of illness on a child’s normal growth and emotional and cognitive development.  This involves establishing supportive relationships with patients and families and providing them with developmentally-appropriate information that helps them prepare for, understand and cope with their healthcare experiences.  

The Global Young Leaders and Education Programs at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks to educate students and teachers on how international events affect  their lives, their communities, and their country.  The goal is to empower students to become effective, active global citizens and leaders in the community.  Celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2018, this program has impacted more than 1 million students and trained more than 8,000 teachers since its inception in 2004."

Mission Statement:  Since its beginning in 1961, Les Femmes du Monde is celebrating its 59th year of service. The mission is to provide funds for the support of the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Child Life Program and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth International Education Program.

Les Femmes Du Monde: Dedicated To Serving Dallas
Les Femmes du Monde has donated more than $2 million to the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth, and more than $700,000 to Children’s Medical Center.

Past Woman of the Year Honorees (in chronological order): 1986 Doris S. Dixon; 1987 Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler; 1988 Caroline Rose Hunt; 1989 Annette Strauss, Mayor of Dallas; 1990 Vivian Castleberry; 1991 Mary Kay Ash; 1995 Ebby Halliday; 1996 Catherine Crier; 1997 Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator; 1998 Laura Bush, First Lady of Texas; 1999 Juanita Miller; 2000 Nancy Brinker; 2001 Gloria Campos; 2002 Florence Shapiro, Texas State Senator; 2003 Liz Minyard and Gretchen Minyard Williams; 2005 Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; 2006 Billie Leigh Rippey; 2007 Dee Wyly; 2008 Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas; 2009 Yvonne Crum; 2011 Geraldine “Tincy” Miller; 2012 Dr. Gail Thomas, President and CEO, The Trinity Trust Foundation; 2013 Mary Lee Cox; 2014 Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith, Nina Vaca; 2015 Virginia Cook; 2016 Couple of the Year Nancy and W. Herbert Hunt; 2017 Carmaleta Whiteley Felton; 2018 Dr. Sandra “Sandi” Chapman.

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Naveen Jindal School of Management Dean Hasan Pirkul, (left) presented Venise Stuart BS’79 with a Distinguished Alumni Award; President Richard C. Benson (right).

Longtime civic leader and Highland Park resident Venise Stuart received a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas at Dallas at a gala dinner held in honor of all award recipients at UTD’s Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Nearly 300 alumni and friends attended the sold-out gala, which was presented by Axxess. The City of Richardson was also a sponsor.
         

After her introduction and as she took the stage, Venise joked with the crowd that at only five feet tall, she sometimes feels she needs a platform to stand on to reach a microphone. Mike Brodie, Executive Board Chair, who was presenting her the award, said, “You don’t need a platform to stand tall,” which was met with supportive chuckles and applause from the audience.

         

“When I graduated from UTD with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Public Administration in 1979, I had no idea where I was going or what I'd be doing,” Venise said. “Being such a new school, with small classes, maybe 1,200 students - having only two buildings - with classes mostly held in the evening, I was able to serve as Vice President of Student Government, and after taking leadership/training courses, I even helped enroll new incoming students to the upper division classes being offered then. Being a new and at that time, a small university, students were able to help in a lot of various ways.”
         

She continued, “Communications was important when I began doing volunteer work, from the day my sisters and I began knocking on doors selling Girl Scout cookies, to fundraising for the Junior League of Dallas, serving as a board member for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, incoming president of the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, leading the AWARE Dallas Board as president for two years and in various other roles for nonprofits in Dallas and Toronto - communications was and still is the key.”
         

Chairing her first charity ball in the 1980s, Venise has since dedicated her efforts and energy to a number of worthy causes and organizations, including the University’s Center for Vital Longevity and the Center for BrainHealth.
         

Venise gave a heartfelt thank you to her husband, Larry, her son and stepchildren, and her sisters.  She also thanked her many, many friends who also believe in the importance of giving back to the community for their continued support.
         

“Giving back to the community is something I feel passionate about,” she said. “It is how I've become known as a civic leader, which surprises me because I didn't try to become a civic leader, it was natural for me. I love to inspire people - to bring out their best. I love to guide people to the right conclusion and not be afraid to grow and think outside the box, to come to a conclusion that is best for all. I am enthusiastic and passionate about what I do. I want to do well and at the same time, inspire the people who support what I'm doing.”
         

Crediting UT Dallas for helping her in many ways to achieve her personal goals in communications, to develop a hard work ethic, to create time management skills and the ability to help others achieve their goals, she thanked her many mentors along the way saying, “UT Dallas was definitely one of the most important influencers in my life.”

Photography credit: Randy Anderson, courtesy The University of Texas at Dallas.