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Dr. Holly Hull Miori, President, AWARE

AWARE | Dedicated to Fighting Alzheimer’s Since 1989


Dr. Holly Hull Miori, 2022-2023 President of AWARE, is delighted to announce the new board of directors and the 2023 Grant Recipients. The 2022-2023 board members are: Karisti Julia, Immediate Past President; Emily Collins, Treasurer; Carol Stabler, Recording Secretary; Mari Epperson, Membership; Jolie Humphrey, Grant Review; Stacey Angel, Finance; Catherine Dickson Weber, Corresponding Secretary; Veronica Shanklin, Communications/Website; Barbara Mathes, Directory/Yearbook; Karen Koop, Programs-Logistics; Margo Crofford, Programs-Logistics; Gail Plummer, Grant Review-Elect; Dr. Kamilia Smith, Program Chair; Rev. Nicole Bates, Inspirational; Dr. Cindy Marshall, Webinar; Erin Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator; Jack Broyles, First Vice President; Bob Walker, Second Vice President.

AWARE 2022-2023 Grant Recipients are:

Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation:  Salary support for the Baylor AT&T Memory Center to provide a trained care-navigation specialist on site at the Center.  At the point of care, patients and families are provided with disease education, caregiver training and support groups, elder law and financial planning, and a 24/7 helpline.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center:  Support for the PatioLive! Creative Aging Program, a continuing program provided by trained theater artists.  The program incorporates stories, music, visual arts, and dance to improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias living in low income memory care, independent living, and adult day care facilities.

C.C. Young:  Support for staff training on Alzheimer’s and dementia and programs in art and music therapy, service dog visits, exercise and movement programs designed to increase activity and interest for patients in the memory care unit of the retirement community.

Center For Brain Health:  Support for expansion of Alzheimer’s Voices, an online training series communicating brain health strategies, action items to create a plan, and testimonials from families sharing the power of practicing these concepts. Training will be accessible online via the CBH You Tube Channel enabling outreach to a wider, more diverse audience.

Christian Care Communities And Services:  Support for a series of programs providing dementia and Alzheimer's awareness and education to the general public and healthcare workers. The curriculum is designed to increase participants' technical abilities in caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as their empathy and understanding of these diseases.

Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Society:  Support for the expansion of the Memory Garden project held onsite at the Arboretum.  Individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers spend time in the gardens experiencing the tastes, scents, and textures of the herb/fruit and vegetable garden, and chef demonstrations of foods cooked with herbs and vegetables straight from the garden.  To further extend the Memory Garden outreach, the program includes the creation of 12 interactive videos to be shared with offsite Alzheimer programs.

For Love And Art:  Support for an interactive program bringing the art experience to people with cognitive impairment and limited mobility in 77 senior community long-term care facilities. The program is designed to stimulate art enrichment and memories to community residents while empowering caregivers to love people in creative and transformative ways.

Foundation For The Callier Center And Communication Disorders:  Support for the continued development of TheraBeat, an easy-to-use innovative solution for Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment with a non-invasive and cost-effective therapeutic.  TheraBeat is a sound therapy app that integrates beat stimulation with the patient’s own favorite music with goals of boosting memory and language function, known to be disrupted in such patients.

Jewish Family Service:  Support for the Older Adults Program staff  to provide in-home mental health counseling, care management, and daily living support to older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, allowing them to remain living in their own home.

Juliette Fowler Communities:  Support for the salary of a director-level staff member to be responsible for the expansion of the nationally recognized I’M STILL HERE program into additional Fowler community neighborhoods. The program provides training, oversight, and engagement for professionals and families working with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

NorthPark Presbyterian Church:  Support for the Casa de Vida Respite Program giving respite relief to caregivers every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The program provides trained volunteers who give one-on-one care and stimulating activities to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Plano Symphony Orchestra:  Support for Healing Notes, a free music therapy-influenced concert designed and directed PSO Director of Educational Outreach, Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, to be an interactive experience for seniors.  Concerts are performed by professional orchestra members and targeted toward over 400 low-income seniors who are living in 17 memory care facilities and dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

Songs & Smiles:  Support for publication of Joyful Memories, a 24-page printed magazine designed for families to share with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Published and distributed quarterly,  the magazine’scontent is timeless and intergenerational, featuring original and curated pictures, stories, poems, and jokes designed to stimulate conversation and evoke memories.

Stomping Ground Theater and Training Center:  Support for Improv for Caregivers, a fun and interactive program for family and professional caregivers that uses improvisational comedy techniques to teach effective communication skills that are specific to the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Through interactive activities and games, participants gain a new understanding and a roadmap for effectively communicating with loved ones.

Texas Winds Musical Outreach:  Support for the Concerts for Seniors program providing 106 interactive concerts in 89 nursing homes and adult day care facilities bringing joy, relief from isolation, and peace to individuals affected by memory loss, and new communication skills to their caregivers.

The Senior Source:  Support for the Senior Companion Program matching trained volunteers with low income individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families needing in-home assistance with meals, errands, and light housekeeping, providing caregivers with respite and/or time to work outside the home.   

UT Southwestern Medical Center:  Support for a second year of Dr. Christian LoBue’s research trial to further evaluate Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) as an intervention in dementia associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, and to train an advanced doctoral student having clinical skills in Alzheimer’s Disease on how to deliver the stimulation as an intervention.

Wilshire Baptist Church:  Support for the Friday Friends Program addressing the need to provide respite to 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 their loved one.  Trained volunteers provide the Alzheimer’s patient with a stimulating day of art, music, and games for the individual with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund: 
 Scholarship support for nursing students at Baylor University, Texas Woman’s University, and Texas Christian University toward studies in gerontology, especially in the field of dementia.

Membership in AWARE includes benefits such as:

 · 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 disease through meetings, field trips, and speakers.

· Resources – Members work collaboratively sharing information and best practices in the compassionate care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s through online and volunteer resources and membership meetings.

· 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.        

AWARE is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity.  In partnership with the Foundation AWARE conducts an annual grant review process by which grant applicants are carefully and thoughtfully vetted to ensure that grant dollars are awarded to organizations that provide outstanding services to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, and to those research institutions that are at the forefront of medical research in the treatment, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease.         

Together with compassion and dedication we can make a difference. Join AWARE now and join the fight   Instagram: @awaredallas. Facebook: @awaredallas

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Tish Key and Alisa Sell, luncheon chairs.

Join us on Monday, October 17, 2022

 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.” Honorary chairs are The Honorable Tommy Stewart and The Honorable Margo Goodwin.

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

 Contact:     Office Manager, 214-528-0021 or

 More about Ray Washburne, featured speaker: Projects include the completion of Building 100 on Preston Road in early 2019 when the exterior was drastically modified to reflect the rest of Highland Park Village’s architectural style. Aesthetic touches were incorporated into the building originally constructed in 1965, including Spanish tile, wooden balconies, and other façade details.  Along with newly installed fountains at the entrances along Preston Road, an extensive resurfacing project to fully brick the parking lot is underway. That effort includes curbless parking spaces and a charming red brick drive in place of asphalt. 

 Washburne is a native Dallasite, a graduate of Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University and resides in the Highland Park neighborhood. He is the co-founder of Mi Cocina restaurants and has served on many boards and commissions in Dallas and nationally.

Preservation Park Cities Mission:

PPC mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Historic Home Tour and the Classic and Antique Car Show will be used to preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PPC archives at the University Park Library, fund landmarking initiatives, award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history and fund the Distinguished Chair for History at Highland Park High School. Membership in PPC is open to the community. For more information visit

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Cindy Brinker Simmons, Founder, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer; Honorary Chairs Tatiana and Peter Cancro, Founder and CEO, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Title Sponsor; Dalton Stewart, Jersey Mike’s North Texas Area Director and franchisee.

The Gala also Featured a Surprise Check Presentation of $1 Million from Honorary Chair Peter Cancro, Founder and CEO, of Jersey Mike’s Subs, Title Sponsor

The gala featured the debut of Billy Dawson’s new song “Gold Ribbon” composed just for Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer


Jackie Thornton and her daughter, Jenice Dunayer, co-chairs of the Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) 40th Anniversary Celebration Gala, pulled out all the stops for the event - one that was two years in the making.  Originally slated for Fall 2020, the plans were revised because of the COVID-19 pandemic and moved to Spring 2022. That did not deter this dynamic mother/daughter team and their devoted committee, pivoting to make this landmark anniversary year a reinvigoration of dedication and promise to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, its Warriors (children fighting cancer), grant recipients, and supporters.
The Arts District Mansion was transformed into a gallery of magnificent towering arrangements of red roses in golden urns with guests walking the red carpet and entering the reception area through a hallway draped in regal red throughout. The evening began with a VIP reception which included guests such as Honorary Chairs Peter and Tatiana Cancro - Peter is Founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Subs, the event’s Title Sponsor; Cindy Brinker Simmons, Founder of WOKC and also a Patron Presenting Sponsor; John Dankovchik, Interim Executive Director; Lone Star Monarchs, Corporate Presenting Sponsor; and Patron Presenting Sponsors The Benevolence Fund and Karee and Greg Sampson.
WOKC Warriors joined their parents, supporters, sponsors, and underwriters in the VIP reception which featured fun and kid-inspired passed appetizers. When the time came to open the doors for the gala, the Warriors escorted guests down the red-carpeted Warrior Tribute Walkway, which featured photos from the events they had enjoyed throughout the year with WOKC supporters.
The gala celebration began with emcee Karen Borta, CBS11-KTVT award-winning anchor and journalist, welcoming the crowd and a heartfelt welcome from the co-chairs, as they pledged their continuing determined stand in the fight to eradicate children’s cancer. After the invocation from Blake Holmes, Watermark Church Elder and Lead Pastor, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner of a delicious bibb lettuce salad, a main course of salmon with crusted seeds, roasted beef tenderloin, vegetables, and dessert of triple chocolate trifle.
Cindy said, “Peter Cancro has created a culture of giving within Jersey Mike’s that is truly unparalleled. The company’s annual Month of Giving in March is an amazing fundraising campaign that culminates in a nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving, on the last Wednesday of the month when 100% of the day’s sales, not profits, are donated to local partner charities. Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s has contributed $67 million nationwide to over 200 charities.  Incredible!  Additionally, since 2010, WOKC has been the recipient of $1.9 million from Jersey Mike’s Month and Day of Giving. Now, this most glorious donation of $1,000,000 just takes my breath away!  WOKC is so profoundly grateful.  Jersey Mike’s is such a remarkably generous company that just happens to make the best subs in the stratosphere!” 
Dalton Stewart, Jersey Mike’s North Texas area director and franchisee, created the Month of Giving and Day of Giving in 2010 with Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer’s Founder’s Forum member Mary Dowling.  Jersey Mike’s adopted this initiative as the company’s national fundraiser in 2011. In addition to that ongoing generosity to WOKC for over a decade, Jersey Mike’s donated $100,000 as Title Sponsor for the gala. 
Cindy announced the Buddy Bags will now have the Jersey Mike’s Subs logo stitched on each one, together with the WOKC logo. Buddy Bags are expanding to hospitals statewide in 2022 and nationally in 2023. Buddy Bags are rolling suitcases filled with over 30 comfort items including toiletries, electronics, games, and entertainment items given to children with cancer admitted to WOKC partnering hospitals for overnight stays.
Peter remarked that Jersey Mike’s raised $20 million for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and Special Olympics State Programs during the sub sandwich store’s 12th Annual Month of Giving in March, taking a brief sidestep from the annual local community fundraising campaign. Peter, to the surprise of everyone in the room, presented a check for $1 million to WOKC, as a totally stunned Cindy graciously accepted, surrounded by a rousing round of standing applause and cheers.
Eight live auction packages were presented. The signature live auction item was the Grand Slam in the Big Apple package for four, donated by Peter and Tatiana Cancro, with the rare opportunity to watch the 2022 US Open Tennis from elite status seats, including the Men’s Semifinal matches and the coveted Men’s Final. The package also included a round-trip flight in a Gulfstream G550, a four-night stay in one of the luxurious Edwardian Suites at The Plaza Hotel, and multiple popular dining and entertainment experiences while in New York.  The Cancros also generously donated a second live auction item for four featuring a three-night stay in one of the spacious Edwardian Suites at The Plaza Hotel, tickets to the 2022 US Open to watch the Women’s Final, and additional outstanding dining and entertainment experiences during the trip.
A video presentation given by Dr. Daniel Bowers, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical School, described the significant impact of WOKC in helping Children’s Medical Center Dallas propel its pediatric cancer program to national prominence over the last four decades.
To the delight of the guests, multi-talented country music singer-songwriter and WOKC supporter Billy Dawson, accompanied by cellist Caleb Yang, presented a stirring acoustic performance to debut his new song, “Gold Ribbon,” co-written with legendary national country music songwriter Rodney Clawson, especially for the gala. The gold ribbon is the internationally recognized awareness symbol for childhood cancer.
The evening was topped off as everyone filled the dance floor to the tunes of the Jordan Kahn Orchestra.
Platinum Sponsors included Joanne Slicker Mulcahy, Rosemary Haggar Vaughan Foundation, Beth and Stefan Noe.

Gold Sponsors included the Dunayer Family Foundation, Krypton Solutions, The Jerry B. Heftler Family, Morning Star Family Foundation, Mrs. H. Ross Perot, Bill Slicker, Laura Worsham.

Silver Sponsors included Alternative Wealth Partners, Brenda Brinker Bottum, Holly and Doug Brooks Family Foundation, Fran Cashen/Jolie and Bart Humphrey, Children’s Health Foundation, Drs. Proshad and Guy Efune, FBFK, Cindy and Chuck Gummer, Jeanne and George Lewis, Vicki and Brian Miller, Linda Owen and Walt Barnes, Mary and Mike Poss, Ranparr, Inc., Selections Promotional Products, Marianne and Roger Staubach, Paula and Bob Strasser, UT Southwestern Medical Center/Southwestern Medical Foundation, Liz and Eric Van den Branden.

Table Sponsors included BlockMetrix, Mary Dowling and Family, Improve Growth, Music Street Frisco, Soma Partners, Jane and Don Weempe, Connie and Randy Yates. Underwriters included Guest Gifts: Communities Foundation of Texas; Food and Beverage: The Estess Family; Venue: Greg Sampson/Gray Reed; Valet: Tim Schutze/Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Warrior Tribute Walkway: Lynn, Jim, and Will Stroud.

To learn more about Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer and its programs, and how the community can support or volunteer for this vital organization, visit the website at      

About Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC):
Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (WOKC) is a Dallas-based nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by Cindy Brinker Simmons in memory of her mother, the late great tennis champion Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker, who died of cancer at age 34. For four decades, WOKC has been dedicated to  eradicating childhood cancer by funding innovative research, education, and treatment.

 The mission of WOKC is to work relentlessly for the day when cancer is no longer a threat to any child.

Additionally, WOKC has provided hope to children diagnosed with cancer and their families through multiple social engagement programs ..."medicine for the soul" as parents have described. WOKC has funded $7 million in seed money for its novel pediatric cancer research projects, which have yielded $22 million in additional grant money over these past 40 years.

CHILDHOOD CANCER REALITIES: Reported by the National Institutes of Health

* Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children

* 45 children are diagnosed each day with cancer (1 every 30 minutes) in the U.S.

* 1 out of 8 children will not survive

* Approximately two-thirds of those who survive will have long-lasting chronic health conditions as adults


*Photos by Danny Campbell, Priscilla Dasilva and Nichole Meyer.

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Mark Lundholm. Photo by Dan Dion.

It's about time for a good laugh!  Get your tickets now for headliner Mark Lundholm and opener Ty Cardaci benefiting Simply Grace

Join in the fun and celebrate Recovery Month at the Simply Hilarious Comedy Show on Friday, September 23rd  beginning at 7:00 p.m. benefiting Simply Grace, a Dallas-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides a safe, structured environment to assist women recovering from substance abuse, help to rebuild their lives and achieve long term recovery.        

Happening at Gilley’s Dallas – South Side Music Hall, the show features two top entertainers and motivational comedic speakers: Headliner Mark Lundholm and opener Ty Cardaci.         

Laughter is the best medicine! It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemical, and can even reduce pain.        

Mark Lundholm is a hilarious and heartwarming comedian as well as a powerful inspirational speaker. He has performed in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries. From world-renowned musicians, heads of state, fortune 500 companies to rehabilitation centers and convicted felons, Mark has truly entertained on the world's stage.  He's appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime, A&E, CBS, and NBC. Mark wrote and performed his own one-man show off-Broadway in New York City reaching critical acclaim, and in his spare time created the now staple DVD series “Humor in Treatment” and the Recovery Board Game.         

Ty Cardaci is ready to bring his experience, strength and jokes for a fun filled night! He is an award-winning speaker, comedian and storyteller. He shares his experience, strength and hope with humor to audiences across the country. Speech topics of expertise include “The Healing Power of Laughter,” “Mindfulness Meditation,” and “Addiction-Recovery.”   This event will be simply hilarious!      

Must register ahead of time at the link below. There will also be a silent auction and refreshments available. 

Tickets:  $25 each. VIP table is $500.  To register and purchase tickets or a VIP table, go to

Contact:     Jennifer DaSilva, Executive Director: Direct: 214-622-1537

About Simply Grace, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit: Simply Grace exists to provide a safe, structured environment to assist women recovering from substance abuse, help to rebuild their lives and achieve long term recovery. Empowering women to fulfill their purpose. Putting the pieces back together.

Spiritual: Our program’s foundation is based on the 12 Steps.
Gaining and retaining hope by developing an understanding of one’s abilities and acquiring a positive sense of self and social identity.
In recovery, we start to feel feelings again. It’s important to have the tools to deal with our feelings and emotions.
A healthy lifestyle is crucial for overall well-being as well as relieving stress, increasing self-esteem and reducing cravings.

Visit the website to learn more at

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Sara Schultz Snowden, Anne Mackintosh, Sabrina Steward, Sandy Secor, Adrianne Duvall.

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

Saturday, August 13 w 1pm - 3pm


Located at 3966 McKinney Avenue, just north of Blackburn Street, Church of the Incarnation Episcopal will host a Free Back to School Immunization Clinic and free sports physicals. 

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. Electronic versions cannot be accepted.

                    ·         Free Immunizations, including meningitis vaccines

                    ·         Free Participation/Sports Physicals by Dallas County Physicians

                    ·         Free Dental Screenings Texas A&M College of Dentistry


Immunizations are important, Safe, and Effective Vaccines are free to: Children and students 6 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).

Sports physicals are free to: Low income students in middle and high school who are participating in school sponsored athletics and other school sponsored programs that require sports physicals.

VACINATE BEFORE YOU GRADUATE - free meningitis vaccines

Contact: Sabrina Steward, Mission & Outreach Administrator, 214-521-5101, Ext. 2067, about the Health Fair for vaccine information.

Photo from 2021 Health Fair by Sharon Adams, ACPR. 

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TheRightHonorableCountessOfCarnarvon_4LR_ByPatsyAr The Right Honorable Countess Of Carnarvon. Photo by Patsy Arnett

A Noble Celebration Reveal at the Angelika Included Surprise Announcements and a Private Screening of Downtown Abbey: A New Era Sponsored by Women’s Council President Sarah Jo Hardin


The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon to Speak About Her Newest Book Seasons at Highclere at A Writer’s Garden Celebrating A Woman’s Garden’s 25th Anniversary


The Ruby Red Gala Celebrates the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s 40th Anniversary


The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon, author of many books including her latest Seasons at Highclere, otherwise known as the site of the filming of the hit television series Downtown Abbey, will be the featured speaker, appearing in person, at A Writer’s Garden on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden.
Chaired by Dyann Skelton and Therese Rourk with Donna and Herb Weitzman as honorary chairs, the event happens as part of A Noble Celebration, a week of happenings celebrating the 25th Anniversary of A Woman’s Garden and the 40th Anniversary of the Women’s Council.  A Writer’s Garden will include a VIP reception with photo opportunities with Lady Carnarvon, book signing, presentation and luncheon.
The big reveal was made at the Angelika theater as host committee members and Women’s Council supporters gathered for the surprise announcements and a private screening of Downtown Abbey: A New Era, sponsored by Women’s Council president, Sarah Jo Hardin, who also treated each guest to a smartly decorated box full of gourmet goodies to enjoy during the film. Right after the announcements, everyone was delighted to watch a very special pre-recorded video featuring Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle saying how truly excited she is to come to Dallas to celebrate this year’s theme, “Growing Friendships for 40 Years” and “... walk the paths of your beautiful garden,” referring to A Woman’s Garden.
The next big announcement was all about the Ruby Red Gala, chaired by Sharon Ballew with Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. John R. Gilmore as honorary chairs, which celebrates the Women’s Council’s 40th Anniversary on Friday, October 21, 2022 at the Dallas Arboretum with a VIP event, champagne reception, seated dinner with wine pairings and dancing to the absolutely energetic Limelight presented by Emerald City.
Everyone is encouraged to get their tickets and sign up for those sponsorships now, as there are some very special categories with limited one-of-a-kind benefits, including a “Garden Muse” category which includes admission to the VIP reception at each event, name recognition and an inspirational quote on a garden bed plaque in the Poetry Garden within A Woman’s Garden, a private dinner, special gift brought by Lady Carnarvon from Highclere Castle, and more. Sponsors and underwriters at certain levels will also be invited to A Noble Celebration Exclusive: A Writer’s Garden "Meet the Author" Reception and Ruby Red Gala Patron Party.        
For each event, tickets start at $500 and progress to $50,000 for the Presenting Sponsor.  Additional sponsor opportunities range from $5,000 to $25,000.  These include branding opportunities in addition to the benefits of event tickets and special recognitionpreceding and during the event.   Tickets available at


ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL: Celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
Since 1982 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


ABOUT A WOMAN’S GARDEN: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden sits majestically as a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.      

* Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio unless otherwise noted.

* Photo of Lady Carnarvon by Patsy Arnett published with her permission. 

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Roger Gault, Marena Gault, Chairs; Kim Hext, Greg Hext, Honorary Chairs.

Mark your calendars for the Dallas Zoo’s major fundraiser on Saturday, November 5, 2022 

There was nothing subtle about the Zoo To Do 2022 Kickoff Party as the cool breezes gave respite from the previous day’s heat and guests gathered at the award-winning Giants of the Savanna, Simmons Safari Base Camp with elephants wandering in the nearby habitat. There were giraffes to feed, African painted dog sightings, lions lounging and a host of ambassador animals to welcome the crowd. The scene was perfectly set for Zoo To Do 2022 chairs Marena and Roger Gault to announce this year’s theme, Wild and Wonderful.
Gregg Hudson, President and CEO of the Dallas Zoo, welcomed everyone and turned the microphone over to Rhealyn Carter, Vice President of Advancement, who recognized the board and encouraged everyone to go to the website at to learn about how they can participate in the upcoming Zoo To Do fundraiser happening on Saturday, November 5, 2022.
The Dallas Zoo’s largest fundraiser, Zoo To Do will open to approximately 700 guests as they begin the evening near the Giants of the Savanna habitat with cocktails and small bites from a selection of Dallas’ standout restaurants, while enjoying animal encounters and browsing the Big Board and silent auction items. The strolling dinner and dessert then continue in the Wilds of Africa Plaza, featuring additional specialty dishes from outstanding guest chefs. Following dinner, guests can bid on Zoo experiences, travel, and more in the live auction. Partygoers will then dance the night away to music by Manhattan.
Marena and Roger thanked the Zoo family of committee members and donors and reiterated their appreciation for everyone’s support of the Dallas Zoo’s mission of Engaging People & Saving Wildlife. She announced Honorary Chairs Kim and Greg Hext, Robyn and Chris Chauvin are Host Committee Chairs, Sherwood Wagner is VIP Chair, Advisory Committee are Diane Brierley, Cindy Gummer and Kim Hext; Underwriting Committee are Alex Arellano (Chair), Jake Bender, Diane Brierley, Ryan Gummer, Gail Plummer, Steven Roth; Big Board Chair is Cindy Gummer; Silent Auction Committee are Robyn Chauvin (Co-chair), Chuck Steelman (Co-chair), Gabi Herrick, Kyleb Howell, William LeMasters, Niko Padilla, Jack Salisbury, Fabiola Sierra; Raffle Committee are Courtney and Andrew Nall (Chairs), Nick Adamson, Brandi and Rick Ellis, Christina Morris; Wine Guys are father/son teams Greg Hext and Preston Hext along with Michael Meadows and Matthew Meadows; Honorary Chef is Dan Landsberg and Chef Wrangler is Brett Krafft.
Zoo To Do is a major source of funding for the nonprofit Dallas Zoo. Proceeds from the event help support the Zoo’s dedication to providing the best animal care, delivering unique education offerings, and strengthening its wildlife conservation efforts. Sponsorship levels range from $7,500 to $50,000 and underwriting levels range from $7,500 to $100,000. Individual tickets are $750 each and VIP tickets are $1,500 each.
For more information, visit the website at, contact Marissa Porter, Events Coordinator at or call 469-554-7522.

About the Dallas Zoo: The Dallas Zoo is dedicated to Creating a Better World for Animals. Named one of the nation’s Top 10 Zoos by USA Today, it is the largest zoological experience in Texas. The zoo has been accredited continuously by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums since 1985, and features a 106-acre park, more than 2,000 animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and is open seven days a week (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. currently), 364 days a year. For more information, visit or call 469.554.7500.

 *Photos by Danny Campbell. 

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Lisa Laughlin, 2021-2022 President, Women’s Council; Claire Catrino, Chair, Mad Hatter’s Tea

Celebrating its 34th Year benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Dallas welcomed 530 guests, more guests than ever before in its 34-year history and earned a record net of just under $270,000, with more donations coming in every day.

Claire Catrino, Mad Hatter’s Tea chair and Lisa Loy Laughlin, president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden were joined by honorary chair Laurie Sands Harrison, dedicated volunteers, supporters, sponsors and underwriters on a lovely, breezy spring day at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
People from all over the southwest make plans to attend Mad Hatter’s Tea every year and jump on those reservations the minute the opportunity goes online.  It’s the perfect time for friends to have a fun day together surrounded by the beautiful and glorious blooms at the nationally renowned Dallas Arboretum and the event’s beneficiary, A Woman’s Garden.         

Always a fun and entertaining event, the variety of hats and stylish fashions, sophisticated, crazy and just fun were everywhere.

Calvert Collins, emcee, welcomed everyone and introduced Laurie, who said she was honored to have been honorary chair this year and reminded everyone that her mother, the late Caroline Rose Hunt, one of Dallas’ icons, loved the Dallas Arboretum. Her hat showed a very touching tribute.

Claire took the stage and as she so gracefully held onto her hat in the breezes, thanked major sponsors, including Dr. Linda Burk, Robin Carreker, Cortez Resources, D&M Leasing, Laurie Sands Harrison, Penny Reid and The Rosewood Corporation.
Claire also announced something entirely new for this year, the Inaugural Innovators in Design Awards recognizing new and established female artists in the Dallas community: Cindy Avroch, Diana Brosseau, Lori Cusick, Barbara Durham, Kallie Hauschild, Sharon Lee and Addison Sloane, whose fabulous artworks, created just for this event, were open for bidding in the silent auction.
Calvert invited each hat judge to join her on stage and announced the winners:

1. Best Use of Botanical Components: "Bluebonnets."  Judge: Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum CEO. Winners: It’s a Tie: Marena Gault and Elizabeth Smith.

2. Most True to Theme: "Flying Horse." Judge: Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President and CEO, Dallas Symphony Association. She had to leave early, so emcee, Calvert Collins, presented that award. Winner: Prashe Shah

 3. Best Big Over the Top Texas Hat: "Everything is Bigger in Texas!" Judge: Barbara Bigham, Philanthropist. Winner: Dr. Linda Burk

 4. Best Fascinator: "Uptown Girl." Judge: Vanessa Logan, Executive Director, Texas Ballet Theater. Winner: Venise Stuart

 5. Best Group Hats: "Dallas Dynasty." Judge: Amy Hofland, Executive Director, Crow Museum of Asian Art. Winner: “Debbie at Table 50” which is Debbie McKeever and her group.

 6. People’s Choice Award: "Deep in the Hat of Texas." Judge: Chosen by the people. Awarded by Lisa Loy Laughlin, President, Women’s Council, and Claire Catrino, Chair, Mad Hatter’s Tea. Winner: Robert Wilson

7. Best in Show: "Don’t Mess with Dallas." Judge: Tanya Taylor, Featured Celebrity Designer. Winners: It’s a Tie: Sharla Bush and Terry Irby.

After announcements, there was an elegant and lovely luncheon and a European-style fashion show highlighting styles of the spring season featuring designs by Tanya Taylor, renowned fashion designer who jetted-in especially for this event and more, presented by TOOTSIES and produced by Jan Strimple Productions.
Mad Hatter’s Tea benefits the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden, which is the only garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. The Women’s Council’s 40th Anniversary will be celebrated in the Fall of 2022.   
Media sponsors are PaperCity, People Newspapers, My Sweet Charity.
Check the website at for details, photos and news about the Women’s Council.

 (Photos by Danny Campbell, Thomas Garza, Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio)

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL:  Since 1986 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

ABOUT A WOMAN’S GARDEN: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Fall of 2022: A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden sits majestically as a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future. 

ENDOWMENT TRUST HISTORY: In May 1995 the Women’s Council broke ground on Phase I of A Woman’s Garden. On October 4, 1997, Phase I of A Woman’s Garden opened to the public. Just three years later in 2000, the Women’s Council met its obligation to fund the $1.5 million endowment trust to support the ongoing maintenance of Phase I. In August 2021 the Women’s Council met its obligation four years ahead of schedule to complete the funding of the $1.6 million endowment trust to support the ongoing maintenance of A Woman's Garden.

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Featured photo from 2021 Auxiliary Mother’s Day Pop Up Flower Shop: Auxiliary Members: Victoria Scoggins, Bernadette Rodriguez, Lynn Joliet, Lauren Gillette, President; Kimberly Gilbert, Ann Alford

Sold Out! Auxiliary of Nexus Mother’s May Brunch 2022

Celebrating 51 Years of Changing Lives

 Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center president, Lauren Gillette, along with Louise Hallam Collins, event chair, and honorary chairs, Laura Jeffers and Harriet Jeffers, have exciting news. The Inaugural Mother’s May Brunch happening this Saturday at the Dallas Country Club is sold out!

“We’re delighted that the brunch has sold out and thank our many underwriters, sponsors and supporters for continuing their involvement and commitment to the Auxiliary and Nexus Recovery Center,” Lauren said. She encourages those who are unable to attend the brunch to show their support by visiting the website and donating online at

The event will celebrate mothers, grandmothers and all the women in our lives. Proceeds support the mission of Nexus Recovery Center and ensure that mothers with substance use disorder can receive needed services to rebuild their lives and heal alongside their families.

Sponsors include: Bank of Texas, Ben E. Keith Foundation, Valerie Bracchi, Kimber and James Clonts, DuraServ, Shelly Emmanuel, Kristy and Raymond Faus, Harriet Jeffers and Laura Jeffers, Charles R. Lee and Family, Lone Star Monarchs, Billy Murray, Katherine Phillips, Rebecca Royall, Laura G. Sahliyeh, Trudy Steen, Texas Opioid Plaintiff Steering Committee, Carolyn Waghorne, and Kim Wyly & Susan Shannon.

“Nexus Recovery Center is incredibly thankful to our powerful and impactful Auxiliary as they continue to advocate for our clients as they pursue their recovery journey,” said Heather Ormand, CEO of Nexus Recovery Center. “An essential part of the recovery journey is feeling supported and championed by those around you. The Auxiliary plays this key role in the support of so many courageous women in our community.”

Since 1971, Nexus Recovery Center has walked alongside thousands of women and their children on the path to recovery from substance use disorders. Nexus’ mission is to serve as a community of hope and sobriety for all women and their families who strive to live healthy, resilient lives. Nexus treats the whole woman by offering an array of comprehensive services, including specialized substance use disorder treatment services, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to restore health and encourage resilience, regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. Accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006, it is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and also allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. This year, the Dallas-based nonprofit celebrates 51 years of changing lives.        

To learn more about the Auxiliary of Nexus, their special events, membership and how you can become involved, visit

About the Auxiliary of Nexus:

The Auxiliary of Nexus supports women and their children who are on their recovery journey with Nexus Recovery Center. Our membership is a force for good in our community.

The mission of the Auxiliary of Nexus is to support and promote the interests of Nexus Recovery Center. Members of the Auxiliary make our community a better place by putting in countless volunteer hours each year, planning, and implementing special events to raise money for Nexus. The Auxiliary carries out its mission using the following methods:

– By building a strong and active membership
– By stimulating public awareness
– By helping in the financial support of Nexus’ services and projects.

Learn more by visiting the website at

About Nexus Recovery Center:

Founded in 1971 and based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that treats the whole woman by offering an array of comprehensive services, including specialized substance use disorder treatment services, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to restore health and encourage resilience - regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. Accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006, it is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and also allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. Serving solely women on their journey to recovery, Nexus’ mission is to serve as a community of hope and sobriety for all women and their families who strive to live healthy, resilient lives. Nexus achieves its mission through the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners, and donors. Together, Nexus Recovery Center changes families’ lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. For more information, visit .


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Allison Brodnax, Tea Chair; Donna Arp Weitzman, President, KidneyTexas,Inc.; Dr. Carla Russo, Fashion Show and Luncheon Co-Chair; Jeanne Lewis, Honorary Chair. Not shown: George Lewis, also an Honorary Chair. Regina Bruce, Fashion Show and Luncheon Co-Chair.

Celebrating its 23rd Year!

KidneyTexas, Inc. Spring Tea Reveals Honorary Chairs, Theme and More About The Runway Report 2022 Luncheon and Fashion Show On Wings of Hope and Transformation

 Donna Arp Weitzman, president of KidneyTexas, Inc. and Membership Tea chair, Allison Brodnax, hosted the KidneyTexas, Inc. Spring Tea at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, which was full of surprise announcements.

Surrounded by views through the tall glass of the Meyerson's lobby, the vista of downtown Dallas and the beautiful spring weather combined into a delightful vision as members and supporters joined in the lovely setting. Guests were greeted with passed hors d’oeuvres especially curated for an afternoon tea, along with delicious sweets, which graced a presentation full of delicacies.

Donna began announcements by welcoming members and supporters, encouraging everyone to bring friends in to join this dynamic group, including gentlemen! Men may join The Men of KidneyTexas, Inc. via the website at

Dr. Carla Russo, Luncheon and Fashion Show chair with Regina Bruce, congratulated the organization on having raised over $4.3 million since its inception 23 years ago and said she wanted to ramp up participation even more by bringing in new members via the committee and friends.

Literally raising the curtain, she revealed the Luncheon and Fashion Show logo, a beautiful butterfly with wings filled with a colorful collage of design inspired by different fabrics, in salute to the fashion show element of the event. The butterfly’s center is a light green ribbon, which is the color in support of kidney disease research, transplants, treatments and those who suffer from kidney disease.  The theme is On Wings of Hope and Transformation, which is illustrated in the logo by butterflies soaring off into the sky.

After a rousing round of applause, Dr. Carla introduced her dear friend Jeanne Lewis, as honorary chair with her husband, George. She also introduced committee chairs who were in attendance today: Underwriting In-Kind Donations Chair, Carol Welwood. Live and Silent Auction Co-Chair, Elizabeth Smith.  

Slated for Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the event will feature a formal floor level fashion presentation, with fashions from long term partner TOOTSIES, joined this year by Betty ReiterNardos Design, and others to be announced, produced by Jan Strimple Productions, and is always a fabulous event that includes delightful and fun surprises. The event also includes live and silent auctions and is topped off with a delicious luncheon. Scott Murray is returning as emcee.

Beneficiaries are Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, Camp Reynal, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Southwest Transplant Alliance, Texas Health Resources Foundation. Check the website for updates, tickets, underwriting and sponsorships at


Membership in KidneyTexas, Inc. is available through the website and has many benefits including exclusive events at private homes, membership teas, participation in holiday events for children affected by kidney disease and more.

Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with generous underwriters to raise over $4.3 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease. 


Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Luncheon and Fashion Show in an effort to raise money for local designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. The success of this event depends heavily upon the contributions and dedication of our Dallas business and community leaders. The community’s support is crucial to the success of our mission. Learn more at


Mission Statement: The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.

 *Photos by Dana Driensky