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Family event to feature spectacular firework show and kid-friendly activities for all ages

 Returning for its fifth year, Day 1 Dallas has moved to Frisco! This tons-of-fun family fair is designed for children and families to celebrate New Year’s Day together. It features a spectacular firework show set to children’s music, interactive children’s activities, crafts and games, live bands and performances all while benefiting Vogel Alcove, a nonprofit educational and therapeutic center for homeless children and their families in Dallas. Vogel Alcove helps children recover from the trauma and stress of homelessness by providing specialized early childhood and school-age programs, and family support services. Since 1987, Vogel Alcove has served more than 16,000 homeless children and families, all at no cost to them.

        
Day 1 Dallas is expected to attract more than 7,000 revelers to Dr Pepper Ballpark and the Embassy Suites Convention Center. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. and the fireworks launch at 7:00 p.m., where attendees can watch from the field, stands or suites at the ballpark.           

Day 1 Dallas in Frisco 2020 also features a School Spirit Contest where participants can vote for their school and win $1,000 for their PTA. Just text SPIRIT2020 to 51555 to vote.      

Admission is only $5.00 per person, 2+, and all activities during the festival are included in the ticket price. Food and drinks can be purchased on-site through the Embassy Suites and at the Dr Pepper Ballpark concession stands. All event information is listed at www.Day1Dallas.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/vogelalcove.

         90% of the fun activities take place inside and around the convention center and ballpark suites, so families can come out and play whatever the weather brings!
         Day 1 Dallas in Frisco will offer activities that kids of all ages will love, including:

  • Be amazed by our themed firework show set to kids music
  • Hop around on inflatable bounce houses and scale a rock-climbing wall
  • Snap your photo with costumed Star Wars-themed characters
  • Performances by Magician Grant Price, RockTeen Steppers, and the Zumba League
  • Take batting practice on the RoughRider field and test your pitching speed in the official dugout of the Roughriders
  • Build a magical playground in the Cardboard construction area
  • Arts and crafts and Face Painting stations
  • Learn about slithery reptiles from Wildlife on the Go
  • Smash-a-car and Paint-a-car stations
  • Touch-a-truck construction equipment
  • And so much more!

        
This event could not happen without support from these major sponsors, listed as of November 14: Copart, Oncor, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and iHeartMedia. Other sponsors include driversselect – an EchoPark Company, WFAA Channel 8, Rogers-O’Brien Construction, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Ally Financial, Cricket Wireless, Hello Fresh, NTTA-North Texas Tollway Authority, Reliant – an NRG Company, Resort Vacations, Inc., Lisa and Bob Segert, Frisco RoughRiders and Patti Ann’s Flowers. In-kind sponsors include VisitFrisco, Frisco Arts, and Wildlife On The Move.
        

Fast Facts: Day 1 Dallas in Frisco 2020 takes place on January 1, 2020 from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Dr Pepper Ballpark and the Embassy Suites Convention Center. Admission is $5.00 each for those 2+. Tickets include all activities. Parking options both free and paid are available. Food is also available for purchase at both locations.

Day1Dallas.com

 

About Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families. Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. We’re on a mission to help young children, and their families, overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.

 

Fueled by extensive research from the Casey Foundation, Vogel Alcove has embraced a “two-generation” model to break the cycle of poverty for homeless children and their parents. Through a recent strategic initiative, Vogel Alcove has committed to ensuring that our work truly helps homeless families break the cycle of poverty. These new services are offered through the Parent Opportunity Department and include one-on-one counseling from a team of clinical social workers, as well as Job Ready, Career Ready, and Support System programming in the Parent Opportunity Center lab.      

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Mary Lou Fleming, Ann Alford, Holiday Bazaar chair. Photo from 2018.

The Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center Holiday Bazaar Features Specialty Selections from a Wide Variety of Vendors

 Mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 16, 2019

Mark your calendars now for TheAuxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center’s Holiday Bazaar which happens on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3701 Euclid from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Ann Alford is chair.        

One of the first holiday bazaars of the season, there will be fine jewelry, gifts, artworks, specialty foods, beautiful clothing and holiday decorations from a wide variety of vendors. Everyone will enjoy fun holiday shopping, good fellowship, tasty treats and a fabulous raffle in support of the Nexus Recovery Center.  Vendors include Designs by Alyson, Aransas 100% Natural Skin Care, Archipelago Design, Binichic, Deborah Gaspar Jewelry, Ergo Candles, Infused Oils & Vinegars, Ken’s Man’s Shop, Stella & Dot, Stone Legends, 2 Shea Boutique, Toni’s Toffee, Becerra’s Tamales, Bynder Leather Goods, Ann Alford Ceramics, Diana Bandoh Pearls, Liana Yarckin Watercolors, Pharao Jewlery, Texas Brisket Biscuit and many more.

      
There is no admission charge, but they do ask for a donation or gift card to help benefit Nexus Recovery Center.

      
Members of the Auxiliary make this community a better place by putting in countless volunteer hours each year, planning and implementing special events to raise money for Nexus.  Janina Solomon is president of the Auxiliary.

        
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to the public. Everyone is invited to join in its mission to support and promote the interests of Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. This mission is accomplished by building a strong and active membership, stimulating public awareness and helping in the financial support of Nexus’ services and projects

        
For more information, visit the web site http://www.nexusrecovery.org/holiday-bazaar
                                                                                                         

Mission Statement: The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts. 

In 2018, Nexus served 1,969 women and teens and 341 children, including 64 Nexus born babies.

In March 2018, Forbes reported that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from injury in the United States and that women are more susceptible to become addicted to drugs as a result of gender-specific issues. The Hartford Courant reported that women face a higher risk for an opioid addiction and women have significant barriers to receiving treatment. Because addiction takes hold of women faster and results in increased negative physical effects, women generally come to treatment for addiction in worse shape than men.  

Drug overdose deaths have outpaced motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides combined, killing Americans at a faster pace than the HIV epidemic did at its peak. The US consumes more opioid pain medication than any other country on Earth, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. These statistics have spurred multiple governmental entities to name this the defining epidemic of our generation.

Women-specific treatment is needed to accommodate gender-specific needs and barriers such as; child care, psychiatric problems, trauma induced by physical or mental abuse and increased inability to pay.

History: Established in 1971, by 1974, Nexus programs included therapy and life skills training and housed 17 women. In 1990 the facility relocated to a 12-acre campus in east Dallas to provide a wider array of services. The new space enabled Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment. In 1991, Nexus expanded the adult women program to 40 beds. In 1993 because no treatment providers would accept pregnant or newly parenting teens Nexus began filling this service gap. In 1999, the Child Development Center was built to meet the needs of accompanying children. In 1997, Nexus opened a secondary site for outpatient services. In 2012 the adolescent program expanded to 30 beds.

 

Joint Commission accredited since 2006, a rare accomplishment in the non-profit sector due to the high standards required to earn and maintain. Nexus is committed to providing top-notch care for low-income women and their children.

* Photos by Dana Driensky.

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“Reliant Gives Vote” returns to support three Dallas-area nonprofits


Vogel Alcove is thrilled to share that they are one of three Dallas finalists in the running to receive a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives Vote!” Supporters and the public can vote at reliant.com/vote  or www.vogelalcove.org/vote from October 7-13 to help Vogel Alcove receive the top donation.

Vogel Alcove is an early childhood education center for homeless children, ages six weeks to 5 years old, in Dallas. They offer educational, therapeutic and developmental programs to help eliminate the effects of toxic stress on a child in order to break the cycle of poverty, all while in a safe and nurturing school setting. They serve up to 200 children daily and provide all of their services for free to our families.

The organization has operated since 1987 in Dallas and has continued to grow. Just recently Vogel Alcove was chosen to take part in this contest and have earmarked the funds received to support the on-site health clinic. The importance of this clinic is key in continued efforts to ensure the children and families they serve are provided with the necessary and holistic care needed to break free from homelessness.

In order for Vogel Alcove to win this contest and receive the much-needed top prize, the public needs to vote! The contest is a simple voting contest and no donations are needed to participate.

Voting begins October 7 at noon and ends October 13 at 11:59 p.m. Visit Reliant.com/vote or  www.vogelalcove.org/vote to vote once per day, per mobile phone number.

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Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Landmarking CeremoniesJoin us as these noteworthy homes are marked.
Addresses and approximate times are:

                              

                   SATURDAY, October 5, 2019

                                 

10:00 a.m.     4421 Lorraine – Adeline & Francois Fournier

10:30 a.m.     3724 Amherst – Betty Taylor Cox

11:00 a.m.     3600 Lovers Lane – Lauris & Jay Massa

11:30 a.m.     3551 University Blvd – Sally & Christopher Pfeiffer

11:45 a.m.     3547 University Blvd. - Sally & Christopher Pfeiffer

12:00 p.m.    3516 University Blvd. – Marla & Mike Boone*


*Sandwiches, chips, cookies, soft drinks

The Mission of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Marla Boone is PCHPS president.             

Membership in PCHPS is open to the public and includes such benefits as educational meetings in private homes, opportunities to become involved in the events each spring, including the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, the Historic Home Tour and the Classic and Antique Car Show, participate in the annual July 4th parade and more.

Funds raised help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s 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.

Visit the website at www.pchps.org  for more information.

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Director of Special Events & Volunteers Heather Bradford, Ann Marie Painter, President & CEO Karen Hughes, Chief Development Officer Greg Brinkley, John Ofenloch, Chief Marketing Officer Sammy Gonzalez.

Vogel Alcove won the Organization of the Year $1M- $10M at D CEO’s 2019 Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards, which were presented in partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas. Over 400 organizations in the Dallas and Fort Worth area submitted nominations for the awards. Vogel Alcove was one of five finalists, along with All Stars Project of Dallas, Café Momentum, Klyde Warren Park, My Possibilities and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

Honoring nonprofit professionals and organizations that continue to make a positive impact on the community, D CEO’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards also recognize the efforts of the corporations that support the local organizations, such as executives lending their leadership expertise to providing support through financial donations, in-kind services and sponsorships.

More than 600 attended the awards ceremony at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.  The awards were presented by Christine Perez, editor of D CEO,  Monica Egert Smith, chief relationship officer of Communities Foundation of Texas and Will Maddox, associate editor of D CEO. Accepting on behalf of Vogel Alcove was Karen Hughes, President and CEO. She talked about the real faces of homelessness, briefly mentioning the programs at Vogel Alcove and thanked everyone at D CEO and the Communities Foundation of Texas for their support.

Vogel Alcove is an early childhood education and Parent Opportunity Center that is working to Break the Cycle of Poverty for homeless children and their families in Dallas. Vogel Alcove provides educational, developmental and therapeutic services to children and families affected by homelessness. Using its “Two-Generational” approach to solving homelessness, services are provided to client families through the early childhood education program and Parent Opportunity Department. All of these services are provided for free, in a safe and nurturing school environment, in which the families can learn and grow together.

For more information, visit the website at www.vogelalcove.org

 

About Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families.

 

Fueled by extensive research from the Casey Foundation, Vogel Alcove features “two-generation” approach to support homeless children and their parents. Through this strategic initiative, Vogel Alcove has committed to ensuring that our work truly helps homeless families break the cycle of poverty. These services are offered through the Parent Opportunity Department and include one-on-one counseling from a team of licensed clinical social workers, as well as Job Ready, Career Ready, and Support System programming in the Parent Opportunity Center lab.

 

Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. We’re on a mission to help young children, and their families, overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.

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Anne Sutherland, Chair, Woman of the Year; Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott; Martha C. Cox, President, Les Femmes du Monde

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 17, 2019 and join Les Femmes du Monde president Martha C. Cox and Anne Sutherland, chair of the Woman of the Year gala dinner as they honor Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott as the Les Femmes du Monde Woman of the Year.
        
The fabulous newly renovated Tower Club is the venue for this exciting event benefiting Les Femmes du Monde and its two beneficiaries, Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
        
At the Announcement Party at HALL Arts Residences, Mrs. Abbott said she is honored to be the Woman of the Year and also to represent the State of Texas, a state like no other. She said that we are each called to serve and should do so in our own special way. Talking about being the granddaughter of immigrants, she was raised in San Antonio and was taught a love of learning and helping others by her parents, who were both educators.  She has been devoted to helping others not only in her professional life, but in her personal life, as well. She currently serves on the board of several educational organizations and numerous philanthropic groups.  
        
Mrs. Abbott also believes strongly in giving back. Her signature initiative as First Lady combines the two things that she is most passionate about – Texas and philanthropy. She calls it Texanthropy, and through it she promotes volunteerism and service to others across Texas. Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a similar initiative – Network of Nurture – to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system.
        
Sponsorships and underwriting are available from the website at www.LesFemmesduMonde.org   Individual tickets begin at $250. A single sponsorship ticket is $500 and includes attendance at the Patron Reception. Spots will sell quickly, so now is the time to put together your tables and secure your seats!
        
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.

        
Les Femmes du Monde makes an incredible impact on the psychosocial needs of the patients and families of Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center 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, 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.

        
As one of thebeneficiaries,the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Fort Worth sponsors The Global Young Leaders Program. Plano Independent School District maintained its grip on the World Affairs Council’s regional PwC Academic WorldQuest crown, with Jasper High School winning the nationals this past spring.
          

 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 15th anniversary in 2019, 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.

Photo by Dana Driensky.

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Cary Deuber and Alesia Coffman Turner, Chairs, A Night for Nexus

Save the date for Friday, October 25, 2019!

 Save the date and join Alesia Coffman Turner and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas’ Cary Deuber as they chair A Night for Nexus benefiting Nexus Recovery Center on Friday, October 25th at The Joule. Themed a Brazilian Carnaval!, the soirée is a masquerade masked ball beginning with cocktails on the rooftop terrace followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing in the colorful Joule Ballroom. Alisha Laventure is emcee. Black-tie optional. 

         As a very special treat, the kick-off will be an exclusive private party at Cary’s home with a sponsorship of the gala at $5,000 or more.

Nexus specializes in substance abuse services for females, offering programs for adult women and teenage girls ages 13 to 17, including those pregnant or accompanied by children. Nexus offers one of the few programs that invite women to bring their children into treatment as they recover from substance abuse issues and beyond. Becca Crowell is president of Nexus Recovery Center.

Join us as supporters of this vital nonprofit organization and have an absolutely fabulous time with friends. Sponsorships and underwriting are available priced from $3,000 to $25,000. Individual tickets begin at $300 with limited availability.

This very special evening would not be possible without our sponsors, including Texas Instruments, PaperCity magazine and M2 The Rock/Michael Molthan as of July 29th

For more information and tickets, visit the web site at https://www.nexusrecovery.org/a-night-for-nexus, email development@nexusrecovery.org  or call 214.321.0156 ext. 2104/2142. 

Social media: https://instagram.com/carydeuber/   and https://twitter.com/CaryDeuber  and https://www.facebook.com/CaryDeuberOfficial/

Mission Statement: The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.

 In 2018, Nexus served 1,969 women and teens and 341 children, including 64 Nexus born babies.

In March 2018, Forbes reported that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from injury in the United States and that women are more susceptible to become addicted to drugs as a result of gender-specific issues. The Hartford Courant reported that women face a higher risk for an opioid addiction and women have significant barriers to receiving treatment. Because addiction takes hold of women faster and results in increased negative physical effects, women generally come to treatment for addiction in worse shape than men.  

Drug overdose deaths have outpaced motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides combined, killing Americans at a faster pace than the HIV epidemic did at its peak. The US consumes more opioid pain medication than any other country on Earth, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. These statistics have spurred multiple governmental entities to name this the defining epidemic of our generation.

Women-specific treatment is needed to accommodate gender-specific needs and barriers such as; child care, psychiatric problems, trauma induced by physical or mental abuse and increased inability to pay.

History: Established in 1971, by 1974, Nexus programs included therapy and life skills training and housed 17 women. In 1990 the facility relocated to a 12-acre campus in east Dallas to provide a wider array of services. The new space enabled Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment. In 1991, Nexus expanded the adult women program to 40 beds. In 1993 because no treatment providers would accept pregnant or newly parenting teens Nexus began filling this service gap. In 1999, the Child Development Center was built to meet the needs of accompanying children. In 1997, Nexus opened a secondary site for outpatient services. In 2012 the adolescent program expanded to 30 beds.

 Joint Commission accredited since 2006, a rare accomplishment in the non-profit sector due to the high standards required to earn and maintain. Nexus is committed to providing top-notch care for low-income women and their children.

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Ambassadors of Hope Awards to be awarded at Design & Dine presented by Tower Club Dallas benefiting Vogel Alcove

 

Karen R. Hughes, President & CEO, Vogel Alcove and John C. Wander, Chair, Board of Directors, announce the recipients of the Ambassadors of Hope Awards, which will be awarded at Design & Dine presented by Tower Club Dallas happening on Tuesday, October 7, 2019. 
         

Design & Dine combines the worlds of art and design, music, food and philanthropy for one epic evening! Open to the public by advance reservation, this fun and entertaining event begins with a VIP reception where the awards will be presented to the honorees.
         

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests will enjoy an incredible evening of delicious food stations with two complimentary drink tickets, awe-inspiring live artist performances and entertainment by the World Piano Man, Martyn Lucas. There will also be a raffle/silent auction with exclusive prizes and a wine pull station.
         

 The Ambassadors of Hope Awards were created to honor the individuals and organizations that support Vogel Alcove’s mission to help children recover from the traumatic effects of homelessness. They include awards named for Vogel Alcove’s founders Thelma Vogel and Doris Budner.  The awards are presented during an invitation-only VIP Reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.
         

The award recipients are: Willie Baronet of WeAreAllHomeless.org is the Doris Budner Honoree for leadership in advancing the Vogel Alcove mission. Oliver Wyman is the Thelma Vogel Honoree for vision and collaborative efforts in advancing services to homeless children and families. Houlihan Lokey is the Corporate Champion Honoree. Fox 4 – KDFW is the Media Partner Honoree. Joyce Morrison is the Volunteer Award Honoree. 2019 Summer Interns are the Kids Helping Kids Honorees. Rick Lacher is the Board Excellence Honoree. Community Beer Company is the Community Partner Honoree.   
          More happenings at Design & Dine include:
          * Live Local Artists: The Design Showcase features engaging experiences from live local artists showcasing their talents on-site. Their creations will also be available for purchase at the end of the evening.
          * Virtual Sports Gaming: Play various games and beat the high score to be entered into a prize drawing! Compete against other attendees in games like a long drive contest in the golf simulator or toss footballs to targets on a virtual field.
          * Sunset Photos and Photo booth: Create a lasting memory and take a picture with one of the best views of the sunset in Dallas or bring all your friends together for a fun party picture in the photo booth.

         

Martyn Lucas: After many sold-out nights across Europe, Martyn Lucas comes to the USA! It is a thrill to have him perform during Design & Dine. Martyn, a former Phantom of the Opera and voted World Piano Man, will perform passionate songs from Phantom, Les Miserable, to the powerful rock classics of Queen and the musical We Will Rock you including Bohemian Rhapsody. He has the ability to change his voice from Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and many more. Let him enchant you with the power and versatility of his voice at this special event.
         

All proceeds from Design & Dine benefit Vogel Alcove, an early childhood education center that is working to Break the Cycle of Poverty for homeless children in families in Dallas. We provide educational, developmental and therapeutic services to children and families affected by homelessness. All of these services are free to our families and are provided in a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow.
           

Tickets are $125 for general admission. Underwriting levels begin at $1,500 up to $10,000 with varying benefits.  $10 garage parking. Visit the website for tickets and updates: https://vogelalcove.org/design  or for tickets, sponsorships, underwriting, contact Greg Brinkley at gbrinkley@vogelalcove.org or call 214-368-8686.

About Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families. Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. We’re on a mission to help young children, and their families, overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.

 

Fueled by extensive research from the Casey Foundation, Vogel Alcove has embraced a “two-generation” model to break the cycle of poverty for homeless children and their parents. Through a recent strategic initiative, Vogel Alcove has committed to ensuring that our work truly helps homeless families break the cycle of poverty. These new services are offered through the Parent Opportunity Department and include one-on-one counseling from a team of clinical social workers, as well as Job Ready, Career Ready, and Support System programming in the Parent Opportunity Center lab.     

Photos by Danny Campbell and Dana Driensky  

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Venise Stuart, President, Women's Council; Nikki Beneke, Chair, A Writer's Garden Symposium and Luncheon

Interior Designer and Author Bunny Williams and Cofounder 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 Cofounder 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. Venise Stuart is Women’s Council President.  
        

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 Emcee. 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.
        

One of Nikki’s favorite quotes is from Audrey Hepburn when she said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Nikki says 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 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 some to a 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 Cofounder and CEO of the Allée Group LLC, which owns Garden & Gun magazine, which launched in spring 2007. After moving to Charleston, 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.

 

* Photos by Dana Driensky.

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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.