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Olivia Briggs

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) presented Highland Park High School graduating senior Olivia Briggs with a $1,500 scholarship gifted through the HP Education Foundation Tartan Fund/Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Endowment this year. The scholarship is given annually to a student or students interested in architecture or history which reflects PCHPS’s passion for the significance of historic preservation.
          
As a student of HPHS, Olivia was a 4-year cheerleader serving on Varsity her junior and senior years and earning NCA All-American her senior year.  She is a 3-year Varsity member of the Track and Field team earning Field Athlete of the Year for 2 consecutive years.  She serves as President of the Dwell with Dignity club, Vice President of Hi-Lites and Vice President of 65 Roses.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society.
           
For the past 3 summers, Olivia has interned at Emily Summers Design Associates.  She has also had the opportunity to shadow designers at Perkins and Will and to attend Savannah School of Art and Design in classes focused on both interior design and architecture. Olivia plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture to study Interior Design.  She is the daughter of Laura and Travis Briggs.

           
Over the past years, PCHPS has expanded its commitment to education in the Park Cities. In 2011, the society’s board voted to allocate funds from the Historic Home Tour, the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, and the Classic & Antique Car show to fund endowed scholarships with the Highland Park Education Foundation for deserving HPHS graduating seniors.           
           
PCHPS and its supporters reached the initial goal of $100,000 for the scholarship fund in 2014. A $50,000 contribution in 2017 increased the Endowment with the Foundation to $250,000.  Plans are now underway to steadily increase the scholarship and partner with the school district to emphasize the importance of education and comprehension of the rich heritage of our unique community.

Membership in the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is open to the public. Community support is vital to preserving community awareness regarding the importance of protecting and promoting visual history along with architectural and cultural legacies of the Park Cities.

PCHPS membership benefits and activities include:

Three educational meetings during the year, landmarking events honoring significant homes for architectural, historical or restoration merit, PCHPS annual spring Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Fifth Annual Classic & Antique Car Show, July 4th Parade and booth.

The fundraising events that allow PCHPS to give back to the community are the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Home Tour, and the Classic & Antique Car Show. 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 to join and for more information at www.pchps.org

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Kim Hext, Fashion Show & Luncheon chair; Greg Hext.

The September 15, 2020 event has been canceled

 Every year, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary looks forward to gathering in fellowship with its Auxiliary members and Salvation Army supporters for the annual Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon.  It is a special event with a rich history that serves as the Auxiliary’s largest fundraiser.  It is with great sadness that the difficult decision has been made to cancel the annual event scheduled on September 15, 2020.          

Lisa Singleton, 2020-2021 Auxiliary President, said, “This was not a decision made lightly, but it is the right thing to do for the safety and well-being of our donors, supporters, members and for the people served by The Salvation Army.”          

At the forefront of any decision made is how to maximize the funds the Auxiliary can grant to its beneficiaries. Ultimately, current gathering and social distancing guidelines significantly impact not only how many can attend the Fashion Show & Luncheon, but also shopping in the Chic Boutique and After Sale, which are large components of this fundraising event.         

The work of The Salvation Army continues as they remain on the front lines of this global pandemic serving this community’s most vulnerable. The need is greater now more than ever, especially for those disproportionately impacted by this pandemic.  It is with a grateful heart that The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary thanks supporters who have already contributed to the 2020 Fashion Show & Luncheon who are making their contributions a fully tax-deductible gift to support the great work of The Salvation Army of North Texas.        

The good news is that plans are in place for next year! Kim Hext has graciously agreed to stay on as Chair of the event, where Carol Seay will be honored with the Margot Perot Service Award. Ellen McStay will also continue her role as Honorary Chair.  Margaret Hancock is 2019/20 Women’s Auxiliary President. Major Bethany Hawks is Area Commander for The Salvation Army of North Texas.

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Fashion Show & Luncheon, to be held Tuesday, April 6 at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center.           

Kim said, “We are grateful for the support of everyone who has donated their gently loved couture clothing and accessories. Those donations originally tagged for this year’s event will be carefully placed in storage and make their appearance at the 2021 Chic Boutique, Fashion Show and After Sale. Donations of gently worn couture fashions and accessories are welcome! Please contact The Salvation Army in advance so drop-off can be arranged.”  Call 214-637-8121 or email  dfw.auxiliary@uss.salvationarmy.org

Everyone looks forward to getting together to celebrate “doing the most good” for our community.

For more information and updates, visit the website at  www.bidpal.net/sawadfw

 About The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary:    The Dallas Women's Auxiliary is the local expression of a world-wide movement that seeks spiritual redemption and social rehabilitation of those it serves.  It functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group and have many projects and programs that can satisfy an eagerness to volunteer.

 All members are volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to serve others. There are many committees that can help you find your passion including mass mail, back to school, angel tree, kettles, Santa sacks or serving victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

 Feed your passion and volunteer at one of the many activities throughout the year. We focus on children and families when we fill backpacks with school supplies, stuff small gifts  in our Christmas Santa Sacks, or provide a meal to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We support our Veterans and distribute lap blankets to those living in the VA Residential Center. We support sobriety and provide birthday cakes to families celebrating monthly milestones in recovery. We embark on the Spirit of Christmas and volunteer at the NorthPark Angel Tree, help with gift distribution at The Salvation Army Christmas and Disaster Center or ring a bell at an iconic Christmas kettle.  For those who love fashion, you can sort and inventory donated couture clothing and accessories for the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon or volunteer at the Fashion Show After Sale.  All of these projects make a difference while having fun and fellowship with others who value your time and support.

 The ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary have a good time, work hard, and believe in the branding of "Doing the Most Good."     dfw.auxiliary@uss.salvationarmy.org 

(Photos from previous events by Dana Driensky. Courtesy photo of  Major Bethany Hawks.)

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Karen Hughes, President and CEO, Delivering to Families

Vogel Alcove’s Phase II: Open Texas is evolving as the governor revises restrictions on the state.

As the governor revises restrictions on the state, Vogel Alcove continues to evolve its services. Phase I, The Essential Services Phase was a tremendous success! See details below.

Phase II: Open Texas continues to evolve. As President and CEO Karen Hughes details in the video here,  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYwiq213n8c&feature=youtu.be) this phase includes: 

  • Childcare Program Open for All Working Parents 
  • Summer Camp Begins (K - 6th Grade Children, Great Outdoor Adventure)
  • Continued Practice of Health and Safety protocols as directed by the CDC and Health Department
  • Continued Virtual Case Management
  • Resource Bags
  • Continued Mental Health and Developmental Health Therapies for Children
  • Telehealth Mental Health Therapy for Parents

    How You Can Become Involved:

    Though volunteers are not currently permitted in the building due to health concerns, there are opportunities in the backyard and garden, summer camp, and Vogel Alcove is open to any creative ideas!  Other opportunities include making Bye-Bye Bags at home  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL-z9QY77fg) and Volunteer Virtual Story Time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzZD5koxkYk)   

    Or visit the Volunteers page on the Vogel Alcove website and fill in the volunteer form here:  https://vogelalcove.org/get-involved/   Email volunteers@vogelalcove.org for more information.

Phase I: The Essential Services Phase was a tremendous success!
From March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020, Vogel Alcove shifted with each twist and turn of this pandemic and the challenges its effects presented the school.

The school for children of essential workers opened and Vogel Alcove staff implemented three brand new programs: Vogel Eats, Vogel Bags and Virtual Casework.  For eight weeks Vogel Alcove’s staff, volunteers, and generous donors committed to doing whatever necessary to continue to serve children and families impacted by homelessness. 

They prepared, packaged, and delivered 15,742 meals to 73 families and over 200 resource bags containing necessities such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothes, and even educational toys for the kids at home. Vogel Alcove could not have done any of this without the commitment of its staff and supporters.

Services and Operations During Phase I Included:

  • Childcare program open for children of essential workers
  • New HR/CDC/DHS guidelines implemented
  • Vogel Eats program delivered 15,742 meals to 73 families
  • 200 Vogel Bags delivered to families including needed supplies: clothing, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Virtual case management with all families two times per week
  • Gap Camp opens for school-age children/support for E-Learning
  • Virtual Volunteer Story Time
  • Furniture drive for Vogel Alcove families that have secured housing

Because of Vogel Alcove’s Supporters

None of this would have been possible without the support of some of Vogel Alcove’s biggest allies. Mark Cuban, Santander, and so many others provided generous monetary support toward the Restoring Families campaign. 

Even during one of the toughest storms restaurants have ever weathered, they still found ways to support the community. Ellen’s Southern Kitchen graciously provided breakfast and lunch for the entire Vogel Alcove staff each Wednesday and Friday. They also provided 6-8 members of their service staff each day to drive meals and resources all over Dallas, part of the Vogel Eats and Vogel Bags programs. Redbird Capital and Little Caesars Pizza donated over 400 hundred pizzas giving families food for the weekend. Country Burger and New York Subs treated Vogel Alcove’s staff to lunch as well. Union Coffee held a special drive for the items that were urgently needed.

The safety and hygienic needs of the organization’s staff and families were tended to as well. Hill & Wilkinson provided resources for the Vogel Bags program and hand sanitizer for the school. Temple Emanu-El sent resources like anti-bacterial wipes. Dallas Heritage Village sewed and donated cotton masks to send home to client families.

Southwest Airlines and Pepsico donated pallets of snack food for the families. 

Countless individuals and those from the Alcuin School, Bank of America, Allstate Insurance, Mix Master Mike, and Houlihan Lokey sent their virtual story time videos via email. Check out some of the story time videos on the Youtube page here (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5RlsFLfTgGWxgPEbdRQQviMBZWdeA9wp ).

In addition, all of this could not have been done without those who spent time with their families and co-workers building “Bye-Bye Bags” such as United Healthcare, Celanese, Chat-N-Chew, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and all of the individuals who built them from home with their children.

Four Vogel Alcove families were able to move out of the shelter system and into housing during this phase. So many individuals answered the call by donating beds, mattresses, tables, chairs, sofas, and more to help shower these families with furnishings for their homes. Wildcat Management provided a warehouse to store this furniture as logistics were coordinated. 

 Thank You

So many have shown kindness and love during this time. Everyone at Vogel Alcove is so grateful to all of the donors, staff, and families. Without their support, all might have been lost.

For information and more details, visit the website at www.vogelalcove.org and the blog at https://vogelalcove.org/news/

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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Heather Ormand, CEO, Nexus Recovery Center

After a four-month intensive search, Nexus is pleased to announce the selection of Heather Emmanuel Ormand as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Heather follows Nexus Recovery Center’s previous long-term CEO of 30 years, Becca Crowell, who is retiring in July 2020. Nexus selected Heather after an extensive regional search led by a team of current Board Members. Nexus Recovery Center’s Board Chair coordinated the search.
        
Under Becca’s dedicated leadership, the organization grew from offering one adult women’s substance abuse program to adding new programs to help pregnant and parenting adult women and adolescent girls along with support and care for their accompanying children. Nexus is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women and adolescent girls in the late stages of pregnancy and allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment.
        
Becca also successfully completed two capital campaigns, developed The Auxiliary of Nexus, founded two fundraising events; The Auxiliary of Nexus Luncheon and A Night for Nexus, opened an outpatient program, formed new relationships, and strengthened existing relationships with partners and supporters and much, much more. Nexus anticipates that Heather will leverage these achievements to help the organization expand its services to even more women and adolescent girls seeking treatment.
        
“We are very excited to have Heather taking on the role of the CEO of Nexus Recovery Center,” says Karen Rogers, Board President. “Heather brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, sensitivity, and proven leadership to the challenges of working with people in the social services sector. Both the Board and Staff are impressed with her extensive knowledge of Dallas County, her experience working in social services, and her strong management skills. We expect Heather to not only continue Nexus’ excellent programs, but to work with partners and funders to help expand Nexus Recovery Center’s programs to help more people in need of substance abuse treatment, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Heather Ormand comes to Nexus from the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC), where she most recently served as the Chief Operations Officer. Heather joined DCAC in 2013 and oversaw finance, information services, human resources, education, and the Crimes Against Children Conference.
        
She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Texas and prior to joining DCAC she had over 12 years of experience in public accounting. She was a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and specialized in providing assurance and business advisory services for Fortune 500 companies. Her clients were primarily SEC-registered pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, as well as several non-public hedge funds and private equity partnerships. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double concentration in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Richmond.         

Heather has a passion for community service and improving the lives of children. The mission of Nexus has personal meaning to Heather as she has been in recovery for nearly a decade. She has actively volunteered in the Dallas Community with organizations such as The Family Place, Austin Street Center, and DCAC before joining the organization.

 Heather has been married to her husband, Jason, for nearly five years and lives in Rockwall. They have one daughter, Hannah (3) and one son, Levi (1).  Heather said, "I am so grateful and excited to jump into the work at Nexus. There is a sentence in the Big Book of AA that seems especially relevant today. 'Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life.' This is definitely beyond my wildest dreams – let’s do this!"

 Heather Ormand will start her role of CEO on June 22, 2020. Becca Crowell will retire in July 2020, providing sufficient time to complete an orderly handover.

 Based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that offers specialized substance abuse treatment services for adult women and adolescent girls, ages 13-17, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to break the cycle of addiction. Founded in 1971, the mission of Nexus is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for women and their families affected by addition.

        
Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of female addicts. Nexus has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006 and is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women and adolescent girls in the late stages of pregnancy and allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. We are able to provide all these services with the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors. Together we break the cycle of addiction, changing family’s lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.

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Becca Crowell

Becca began her work at Nexus in 1990 as a Program Director. Her responsibility was to design and open a Women and Children’s Program, which did not exist at the time. That same year, the facility relocated from a center in downtown Dallas to an 11-acre campus on La Prada Drive in east Dallas (where they still are today) to provide a wider array of services. After a few months, the board asked her to serve as the Interim CEO and in 1991 they hired her as the permanent CEO. 
        
The new space enabled Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment, a goal near to Becca’s heart.  Nexus opened a program for adolescent girls and expanded the adult women program to 40 beds that same year. Recognizing there were no treatment providers who would accept pregnant or newly parenting women and adolescent girls, Nexus began filling this gap in 1994 and is one of the few providers to this vulnerable group in Texas. In 1996 the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus was formed, which is now The Auxiliary of Nexus.         

Becca said, “The most important thing for me at Nexus was to deliver quality programs; programs just as good as those offered at expensive, private treatment centers. In particular, I wanted low-income clients to have the opportunity to receive the care they needed to break the cycle of addiction, regardless of their ability to pay.”
        
To meet the needs of the children accompanying their mothers into treatment, the Crystal Charity Child Development Center was built in 1999 to house a nursery, pre-school classrooms, after school activity rooms, and a gross motor skills therapy room. In 2010 a portable building for research was added to further addiction science and assure that it was grounded in reality. Today the building houses their Recovery Support Services team. Pregnant and Parenting Intervention services were also added that year. In 2011 Nexus began providing onside medical detox. In 2012 the Carolyn Jones Waghorne Youth Hall was opened, expanding the adolescent program to 30 beds. In 2017 Nexus began offering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to meet the demands of the opiod epidemic. In 2018 speech, occupational, and physical therapy became available to Nexus children with funds provided by the Crystal Charity Ball, and due to a request from the Department of State Health Services Negus began providing medication-assisted treatment to pregnant women.
        
Nexus was selected as a community-based treatment setting for the Clinical Trials Network, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and was one of the settings for UT Southwestern Medical School’s grant-funded community-based drug trials.
        
Nexus achieved Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation certification in 1995 and maintained it until 2006 when they became accredited by the Joint Commission (and continues to be) which is common for private centers, but rare in the nonprofit sector due to the high standards required to earn and maintain. In 2004 Nexus received a Woman of Influence Award for “outstanding influence in community service.” In 2013 the Caron Foundation gave Nexus its Community Leadership Award. That same year the Association of Substance Abuse Providers awarded The Auxiliary of Nexus (formerly known as the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus) a Lone Star Award. In 2014 United Way of Metropolitan Dallas gave Nexus their “Heartbeat Award.”
        
In a nutshell, during Becca’s tenure, Nexus went from having an adult women-only program to having a full continuum of care for adult women, pregnant and parenting women with children, adolescent girls and their accompanying children in the Child Development Center. What an accomplishment!         

Becca will miss her favorite moments at Nexus when former clients come back to tell her how their lives have changed since coming to Nexus and sharing their before and after photos.         

In retirement Becca looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren, swimming, studying Spanish and traveling.

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. 

Based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that offers specialized substance abuse treatment services for adult women and adolescent girls, ages 13-17, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to break the cycle of addiction. Founded in 1971, the mission of Nexus is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. Nexus has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006 and is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women and adolescent girls in the late stages of pregnancy and allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. For more information, call (214) 321-0156 or visit www.nexusrecovery.org

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Darren Woodson, honorary chair and featured speaker at the June 25th virtual event

Rainbow Days Virtual Auction Opens June 16!

Rainbow Days to Host Pot of Gold Virtual Event Featuring Darren Woodson June 25! 

Rainbow Days is excited to host its first-ever virtual fundraising event on Thursday, June 25, 2020. 

In the light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, Rainbow Days unfortunately had to cancel its 23rd annual Pot of Gold Luncheon, which was scheduled to be celebrated in person on April 17, 2020.

However, Rainbow Days’ longstanding Pot of Gold tradition will still be continued in 2020 through the Pot of Gold Virtual Event. This meaningful online experience, which will be streamed through Rainbow Days’ social media at 12 p.m. June 25, will include program testimonials and an inspiring keynote address. There is no charge to attend the virtual event, but donations are encouraged. 

Additionally, Rainbow Days’ beloved silent auction will open online on June 16, giving supporters 11 days to view and bid on items leading up to the Pot of Gold Virtual Event. Then, auction bidding will then close at 12:00 p.m. on June 26. Rainbow Days’ goal is to raise $50,000 for its programs through auction bidding and online donations during the virtual event.  Here's the link: https://rainbowdays.org/pog2020/auction-preview/

 

Rainbow Days is honored to have Darren Woodson, 2020 Pot of Gold Honorary Chair and Keynote Speaker, share his inspiring personal story with the audience at the upcoming virtual event. Darren is a three-time Super Bowl champion, the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time leading tackler and a former NFL analyst for ESPN. Currently, Darren is a partner at esrp, an international commercial real estate company. Darren is passionate about his community and the impact that organizations like Rainbow Days are having in children’s lives; he has previously volunteered as a speaker and mentor at Rainbow Days’ summer camps and events for children.

 

Rainbow Days is also grateful to have Tara and Tom Walsh serve as the 2020 Pot of Gold Chairs. Tara and Tom are strong community advocates, generous volunteers and civic leaders in the Dallas community. Tara and her family have been volunteering with Rainbow Days for five years. She recently received the 2020 Volunteer Promise Award from Rainbow Days in recognition of her service. Tom is a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP and also serves as co-chair of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice. Tara and Tom have two daughters and are active members of Prince of Peace Catholic Community.

 

“Tom and I are incredibly honored to chair the Pot of Gold Virtual Event for Rainbow Days, an organization that makes such a positive impact in the lives of at-risk youth in our community, especially during these challenging times,” Tara shared. “Although we can’t all be together in person this year due to COVID-19, we hope you can join us for this important virtual event to support Rainbow Days so they can continue their mission.”

 

Rainbow Days is also excited to have Victoria Snee serve as the virtual event’s master of ceremonies. Victoria has been a mainstay of the Dallas/Fort Worth media and fashion scene for more than 20 years and currently serves as the chief marketing officer for Highland Park Village. Further, Rainbow Days is grateful for the continued support of Good Life Family Magazine, the 2020 Pot of Gold Media Sponsor.

 

Details can be found on the website at  www.rainbowdays.org.  Click on the Events tab at the top of the page, or the direct link is here: https://rainbowdays.org/pog2020/

 

ABOUT RAINBOW DAYS: The Pot of Gold Virtual Event will benefit Rainbow Days, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1982, Rainbow Days has a mission to help children and youth in adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. Through support groups, camps, mentored events and tangible items, Rainbow Days makes meaningful connections with more than 9,000 at-risk and homeless children and youth in the Dallas area annually. For more information, please visit www.rainbowdays.org or call (214) 887-0726.

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Bart and Jolie Humphrey, President, AWARE.

 

AWARE Affair CELEBRATE THE MOMENTS Online Auction

 

Bid Now! May 15 through May 22

 

 

 

Jolie Humphrey, Highland Park resident and president of AWARE, announces the AWARE Affair 2020 Celebrate the Moments Online Auction registration is open now! Register at the website:  http://www.awareaffairauction.com  The auction begins Friday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. and lasts through Friday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m.
        

Everyone is invited to take part!  There is no registration fee. The auction is open to anyone and everyone who wants to support AWARE. 
        

AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help individuals affected by Alzheimer's in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE. For more information visit www.AWAREDallas.org.
        

Auction categories include: Dining & Entertainment; Fashion, Jewelry & Accessories, Fine Jewelry by Pratiksha Jewelry, Home, Garden & Children, Sports Experiences, and Travel Experiences. 
        

For inquiries contact awareaffair@hasevents.com  Phone: 214-454-5683.

 

Here are items to highlight as a preview!

 

 

 

Experience 6 nights and 7 days at Tres Hijas in Santa Fe, NM.

This artistically furnished historic five bedroom 6-acre estate includes a large master suite with king bed and adjoining sitting room. The additional bedrooms include 2 kings, 1 queen and 1 over-sized twin. One of the bedrooms is completely private with an outside entry. 

 

 Relax in the large heated pool & hot tub, curl up with a great book & glass of wine in one of the many outdoor seating areas, take a hybrid bicycle ride into town, walk to local restaurants including El Nido and the famous Tesuque Village Market, or enjoy a game of horse shoes on property!

 

 Your experience includes 1 night with a private chef preparing a gourmet meal for you and your guests, and 2 days of housekeeping.

 

 This historic but large property is unique, tranquil and lush. Your experience in Santa Fe awaits for you and up to 9 of your friends or family!

 

 Value: $17,000.

 

 

 

Autographed Limited Edition Photo of President & Mrs. Ronald Reagan 

 

Autographed Limited Edition Photograph of Pres. & Mrs. Ronald Reagan. Take home the photograph seen around the world from the June 1985 cover of Vanity Fair taken by international photographer Harry Benson CBE. Featuring President & Mrs. Ronald Reagan, this limited edition (6 of 35) framed archival fine art photograph is signed and dated by the photographer. The photo was taken in the White House in 1985.

 

Value: $6,000

 

 

 

Round of Golf for (4) at Dallas National Golf Club 

 

Gift Certificate for a Round of Golf for (4) at Dallas National Golf Club. Package includes guest fees, cart fees and caddie fees.

 

Value: $1,100

 

 

 

Planet Lincoln Legendary Lincoln Date Night Package 

 

Planet Lincoln Legendary Lincoln Date Night Package which includes a Saturday morning-Monday morning Lincoln delivery and pick-up service, night at the HALL Arts Hotel in the Avant Garde Suite and a $250 gift card for dinner for (2).

 

Value: $2,000

 

 

 

2019-2020 Beneficiaries/Grant Recipients:

 

Baylor Healthcare System, Casa de Vida, Center for Brain Health Mosaic of Meaningful Messages, Center for Vital Longevity Optimizing Neuro-Cognitive Functions in Healthy Living, Dallas Museum of Art Meaningful Moments Program, Jewish Family Service Older Adults Program, Juliette Fowler Communities, The Senior Source, Stomping Ground Comedy, Texas Winds Musical Outreach, University of Texas Southwestern Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Wilshire Baptist Church.

 

 

 

  • 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.

  • 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.

 

 

 

AWARE Founders:        Ruth Sharp Altshuler*, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey, Anita Sampels.   * Deceased.

 

AWARE Mission:  AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help all individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE. For more information visit www.AWAREDallas.org.

 

About AWARE: The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE. In partnership with the Foundation, AWARE conducts an annual grant application review process resulting in the selection of the most exemplary nonprofit organizations working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in Dallas and the North Texas region. AWARE provides funding and support to these outstanding groups that offer 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.  Since its founding in 1989, AWARE has donated over $13 million towards this cause.

 

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Karen Hughes, President and CEO, Vogel Alcove

Cancelled due to COVID-19

The 29th Annual Arts Performance Event Benefiting Vogel Alcove Presented by Neiman Marcus

Article by Karen R. Hughes, President and CEO, Vogel Alcove:


Vogel Alcove’s fundraising and donations have been impacted greatly by the cancellation of our largest fundraising event, the Arts Performance Event, held each spring. This year, the event was scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and must be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic is greatly impacting our community’s most vulnerable residents, children and families effected by homelessness.   Vogel Alcove is responding, and we wanted to share how you, your family, or your company can help.  

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.

THE CHALLENGE

All of our families are living in trauma on a “normal” day and now COVID-19 has exponentially increased that trauma.  Approximately 50% of our families are currently homeless and reside in an emergency shelter or transitional living program.  We have successfully helped move the other 50% of our families into housing, but, they are still living in poverty.  The high majority of these families are led by single-moms with no support system, and they have little access to food and critical supplies during shelter-in-place.   We are very concerned with this segment of our families. 

VOGEL ALCOVE’S RESPONSE

We are working hard every day to help our families in need. Through “Vogel Eats” we support families who have moved into housing by cooking meals in our kitchen. Our staff delivers approximately 300 meals (breakfast and lunch) to 41 families each day. Our “Vogel Bags” are also delivered to our families in need. “Vogel Bags” include household supplies, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, sanitation supplies, clothes, activities, and toys for kids.   On Monday April 6th, we re-opened the childcare center for parents who are employed by an essential business so that they can return to work and not lose their job.  We also welcomed our “Summer Camp” early which serves school age children -  Kindergarten through 5th grade.  They now can work on their “eLearning” assignments in our computer lab.  Our Family Service team began providing case management meetings through phone calls and video chats to continue identifying all our family’s needs and how we can quickly assist with solutions.   Through the use of virtual technology, we continue to provide developmental therapy for the children unable to return to Vogel Alcove and we are also providing mental health work to our parents on an ongoing basis.

  

HOW  YOU CAN HELP!

We need your help more than ever.  Vogel Alcove is an essential service and member of the Dallas Homelessness Continuum of Care.    Our major fundraising events and corporate funding have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.  Our biggest concerns are: (1) to continue to retain and pay our very qualified staff throughout this timeframe; (2) ability to pay for our rent and other regular operating expenses; (3) ability to expand programming to meet the very specific COVID-19 needs of our families;   (4) our ability to keep our families safe, healthy, and stable during this time; and (5) our ability to continue to receive cash and in-kind donations.   We are working diligently and very creatively to work through these challenges.  And we will make it through these challenges. 

Please visit the website at www.vogelalcove.org 

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Sophie McGuire, Nicole Musselman

Sophie McGuire, incoming freshman at SMU and voice behind her fashion and lifestyle blog, MuchLoveSophie.com, has once again collaborated with Nicole Musselman, SMU graduate, founder of clothing brand Koch and owner of The Koch House in Dallas.
        

Their goal is to spread joy and kindness to those in need during this difficult time, since under the current Declaration of Local Disaster, all residents over the age of 2 are required to wear face-coverings when visiting essential businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. Essential business employees and riders of public transportation are also required to comply with the order. It calls for fabric coverings, not medical-grade masks or N-95 respirators, for people who are visiting essential businesses, like grocery stores or the bank.
        

Sophie and Nicole ‘s Much Love Koch Masks are the perfect solution! The duo designed non-medical grade face masks using Koch’s fabrics from the Dallas factory. Much Love Koch Masks were delivered to the frontline workers, restaurant employees and more in the Dallas area and many were given away at no cost to those interested in acquiring one for their own safety.
        

The first two releases were sold out in minutes, and due to high demand, more masks are becoming available for sale, with 10% of the proceeds going to the North Texas Food Bank.
        

Sophie and Nicole are spreading happiness one mask at a time! Get yours at
www.shopkoch.com and follow them on Instagram @muchlovesophie and @shop_koch.  Learn more about Sophie at www.muchlovesophie.com

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Margaret Hancock, President, Women's Auxiliary; Major Barbara Rich of The Salvation Army North Texas Area Command; Kim Hext, Chair, Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Major Barbara Rich of The Salvation Army North Texas Area Command announced the Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon has been rescheduled from its original date of May 11, 2020 to September 15, 2020 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, chaired by Kim Hext with Ellen McStay as Honorary Chair.  Margaret Hancock is president of the Women’s Auxiliary. Carol Seay will receive the Margot Perot Service Award.
        

Major Rich said, “As the region’s largest social service provider, The Salvation Army of North Texas is committed to the safety of those we serve and who serve with us. As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 grow, we regret that we feel it is in the best interest of our donors and volunteers, that we postpone our upcoming Fashion Show and Luncheon.
        

“We hope that you will still consider support of the work of The Salvation Army of North Texas, whether by purchasing a table or seats at the rescheduled luncheon or other means. We depend upon the support generated from the luncheon to continue our operations to serve the most vulnerable in our community. In these unprecedented times, we have already seen a significant spike in requests for our assistance and expect that to continue over the coming days, weeks, and months. This includes increased demand for shelter and feeding—plus long-term needs like recovery support, utility assistance, job training, and more.”
        

At the Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Fashion Show & Luncheon, the morning begins with shopping in the Chic Boutique and bidding on silent auction items, some exclusive to this event. Everyone is seated for brief remarks, tributes and a presentation followed by a fabulous runway fashion show featuring new and gently worn couture fashions from some of the most prominent closets in Dallas sponsored by Highland Park Village and produced by Jan Strimple Productions. The bidding ensues! Then luncheon is served in the elegant surroundings of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
         

TOOTSIES is the Chic Boutique partner. Media sponsors are WFAA Channel 8, PaperCity, Downtown Business News and My Sweet Charity.

Photo by Dana Driensky.
        

Individual tickets begin at $300 and have a limited availability. Underwriting begins at $3,000.  Visit the web site at  www.bidpal.net/sawadfw,  call 214-637-8121 or email  dfw.auxiliary@uss.salvationarmy.org

Underwriters & Partners (as of April 3, 2020):

 Crystal : Gene Jones/Charlotte Jones.

Runway Sponsor: Highland Park Village.

Emerald:  Al G. Hill Jr. Family Foundation/Elisa Summers/Heather Washburne, Lisa and Clay Cooley, Elements, Karen Jones/Lori Jones, Morning Star Family Foundation, Margot Perot, Toyota Motors of America.

Sapphire: Betty Reiter, Marion Moore, TOOTSIES.

Ruby:  Cooper Aerobics, Kathy Crow/Amy and Leslie Ware Foundation, Jacqueline Fojtasek, Kathie and Randy King, Carol Seay/Stephanie and Michael Seay,Jan Strimple Productions,Elizabeth B. Wahlquist, Jonell Williams, Toni & Guy.

Pearl:  Anonymous, Lisa Barfield/Barfield Collection, Mel Crews @ Preston Center, Mrs. Gregory Hext, Kathy Nelson, Nancy Perot, Jan Pickens/Alison Farrow,Stanley Korshak, Mr. & Mrs. John T. Walter.

Gold: Anonymous, Deborah H. Budge, Mollie Crow, Judy and Jim Gibbs, Shannon Graham/Linda McMahon, Stephanie & Travis Hollman,  Margaret Hunt/Pat McEvoy,Cele Johnsen,Melissa Lamb/Lisa Rocchio, Sue Linquist/Sandye Mailandt, Sarah Losinger, Methodist Health System Foundation, Parkland Foundation, Michal Powell, Barbara Tune, Toni Turner.

Patrons:  Nancy Bierman, Jean Bolton, Margaret Chambers, Sheree Davis, Vallerie Dontes, Mary Clare Finney, Shelley Gregg, Louise Griffeth, Peggy Hamm, Sandy Nachman, Debbie Oates, Patsy Porter, Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation, Carolyn Rathjen, Katherine Reeves, Jimmy Westcott, Ellen Winspear.

Media Sponsors:   WFAA Channel 8, PaperCity, Downtown Business News, My Sweet Charity.

Chic Boutique Partner: TOOTSIES.

 About The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary:              

The Dallas Women's Auxiliary is the local expression of a world-wide movement that seeks spiritual redemption and social rehabilitation of those it serves.  It functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group, and have many projects and programs that can satisfy an eagerness to volunteer.

 All members are volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to serve others. There are many committees that can help you find your passion including mass mail, back to school, angel tree, kettles, Santa sacks or serving victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

 Feed your passion and volunteer at one of the many activities throughout the year. We focus on children and families when we fill backpacks with school supplies, stuff small gifts  in our Christmas Santa Sacks, or provide a meal to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We support our Veterans and distribute lap blankets to those living in the VA Residential Center. We support sobriety and provide birthday cakes to families celebrating monthly milestones in recovery.

We embark on the Spirit of Christmas and volunteer at the NorthPark Angel Tree, help with gift distribution at The Salvation Army Christmas and Disaster Center or ring a bell at an iconic Christmas kettle. 

For those who love fashion, you can sort and inventory donated couture clothing and accessories for the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon or volunteer at the Fashion Show After Sale.  All of these projects make a difference while having fun and fellowship with others who value your time and support.

 The ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary have a good time, work hard, and believe in the branding of "Doing the Most Good."  dfw.auxiliary@uss.salvationarmy.org