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Charles Esten

Allen Nye and Matt Henry, Co-Chairs, Oncor | Karen Hughes, President and CEO, Vogel Alcove

Over the last 27 years, Vogel Alcove’s Annual Arts Performance Event has become a can’t-miss occasion in the community, and the lineup of world-class, live entertainment has been a hallmark of the event. Past notable performers have included The Pointer Sisters, Idina Menzel, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Loggins and Earth, Wind & Fire.

         

This year, chairs Allen Nye, Chief Executive Officer at Oncor and Matt Henry, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Oncor, are excited to welcome stars from the hit television show Nashville, Charles Esten and Jonathan Jackson.
         

Together Esten and Jackson have sold-out shows all over the U.S. and U.K. They will be joined by a surprise special guest and will perform music from the series as well as their own original material. Nashville airs in 225 territories worldwide and has been nominated for several music awards.  Since its debut, the show has inspired 22 soundtracks, which have collectively sold more than one million album units and over 5 million single-track downloads to date. And just recently, this country music drama is being adapted as a Broadway musical produced by Scott Delman’s Blue Spruce Productions.

           

The 28th Annual Arts Performance Event: An Evening in Music City with Stars of Nashville benefiting Vogel Alcove happens on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception where guests mingle and enjoy a special art exhibit curated especially for this event. The opening of the doors to the Dallas ballroom will reveal a landscape of alluring decorations in vibrant colors and inviting designs. A three-course dinner will be served as a meal of elegantly-crafted cuisine. Back by popular demand, all sponsorships include entry into the after party performance by DJ Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys.
         

Sponsors and Underwriters as of March 13, 2019 include  Premier Sponsor: McKool Smith. Presenting Sponsors: Susan and Laurence Hirsch/The Hirsch Family Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Amy and Mark Kovac, Kerri & Rick Lacher/Houlihan Lokey, Oliver Wyman/Partners & Employees, Omni Dallas Hotel, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP. Advocate Sponsors: Jim Chadwick/Holland & Knight LLP, Foley Gardere, Rita Sue and Alan Gold, MoneyGram International, Perkins Coie LLP, Jackie and Travis Pittman, Ricki and Andy Rabin, Lisa and Bob Segert.
         

Sponsorships and underwriting are available beginning at $1,500 up to $10,000. A single sponsorship ticket is $750. Attire is Cowboy Chic. Visit the website for tickets and updates: https://vogelalcove.org/artsevent   For sponsorships and underwriting, contact Sharon Russell, srussell@vogelalcove.org  or call 214-368-8686.
         

Proceeds from this event benefit Vogel Alcove, 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.
         

Karen R. Hughes is President & CEO of Vogel Alcove and John C. Wander is chair of the Board of Directors.

 

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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U.S. Representative Colin Allred has signed on as honorary chair and Dallas’ own Jack Stone, who has appeared on both the Bachelorette in Rachel Lindsay’s season and Bachelor in Paradise, has signed on as emcee for the 13th Annual FashionCITED benefiting Legal Hospice of Texas happening on Saturday, April 13, 2018 at Sixty Five Hundred, 6500 Cedar Springs Road.
         

Chaired by Francisco Flores and Cathy Garcia, this fabulous and fun event is themed A Style Event – Seasons of Love and features a locally produced fashion show highlighting up and coming Dallas clothiers and designers. Held every spring, FashionCITED is one of Dallas’ premier fashion events.
         

Designers confirmed as of February 22nd are Francisco Flores, Cathy Garcia Preslar, Keyla Garrido, Kara Lackey, Bladi Duran, MisaVita, Kyle Hermesch, Jake Rosenhoover, Haggar, Yomono, Huseman Design, Black Tux, Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandari, SOLODKY and ENRO.

         

FashionCITED was launched in summer 2006 by Francisco Flores in efforts to give back to Legal Hospice of Texas for “giving him his life back.” Each year this event has continued to grow with the support of local designers and the community.
         

Sponsors include Fish & Richards, Kimberly Gonzalez, The Apparel Group, Haggar, Dallas Light & Sounds and Lead Concepts.
         

Francisco Flores and his husband, Jeff Cook leaned on Legal Hospice when Jeff stopped receiving his retirement and benefits from his former employer. With the help of Legal Hospice, the former employer was required to make all back payments for lost pay and Jeff maintains his retirement pay through today. Legal Hospice of Texas is honored to be associated with Francisco Flores in launching FashionCITED and thanks him for his untiring efforts in making it a reality.
         

Since 1989, Legal Hospice of Texas has been providing timely and compassionate legal services, at no cost, to low income individuals with terminal illnesses or HIV disease.
         

Sponsorships and underwriting are available starting at $1,500. Individual tickets are $70. All underwriting opportunities and tickets are available through and can be purchased online at http://legalhospice.org/events or call the Foundation office at 214-351-2393.                     

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3615 Cornell

Tickets are now on sale for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) Historic Home Tour on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Chaired by Suzie Curnes, the tour features these four architecturally and historically significant homes:

3615 Cornell: Homeowners are Ted and Camillia Shoemaker. Architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek partnered to create the extraordinary design for Highland Park Village. One of their earliest forays into residential projects was in 1924 at 3615 Cornell. This fieldstone Tudor style cottage is a charming example of their talent to interpret genres with authenticity. The large gable, ganged windows, and dormer combined with the front flower box, all contribute to an English countryside feeling. Unique cross hatch masonry details above the front windows, rare fieldstone chimneys, winding footpath, and trailing ivy complete the picture.

3910 Gillon: Homeowners are Sydney and Elizabeth Hurley. By 1918 noted Dallas architect, Hal Thomson, had finished work on this rare jewel in the Tudor crown of Dallas residences. Two front facing gables combine with arched eyebrow entry and visor roof details to provide intriguing layered elevations on the facade. Positioned on a magnificent lot, the Hurley home is a prime example of quintessential Tudor style design elements: random colored slate tiles, alternating window shapes, unique masonry details, and cast stone accents including quoins framing the front door. Gargoyles and a pair of 17th century bronze lion statues acquired in Savannah invite you into this remarkable home.

3524 Saint Johns: Homeowners are Jack and Kate LaGere. Built in 1928, the LaGeres are only the fourth family to occupy this eclectic Tudor home situated on the corner of St. Johns and Byron. Kate Sandstad LaGere, an Armstrong Elementary School alumna, considered the proximity to school and playgrounds an ideal location for her children. Kate’s husband appreciated the possibilities this project presented for implementing their vision to redesign and preserve a classic. After a year of “back to the studs” renovation, their home’s facelift was completed in 2015. Scott Slagle was the architect and Avrea Wagner collaborated with Kate on interior design decisions.         

3657 Stratford: Homeowners are Jim and Susan Murray. Available records indicate the oldest home on the 2019 PCHPS tour was completed in 1916. The Murray residence is a representative example of the Greek Revival architectural style. White two story pilasters frame the home flanking both the front door and the corners. Additionally, the banks of windows across the front facade are all accentuated with millwork. The banks of windows above the front door and in the dormer complete the classical, symmetrical treatment. Neoclassical touches appear in the parallel glass side panels and transom which surround the front door under the inviting front porch. 

 The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Home Tour tickets are $20 each purchased in advance and $25 when purchased at the door of any home. Advance tickets are available online at www.pchps.org. All tickets purchased online will be mailed. They are also available at these Tom Thumb stores: Snider Plaza, Preston Center, Greenville/Lovers Lane, Inwood/University, Lincoln Center.  For more information, call the PCHPS office (214) 528-0021 or checks for the Historic Home Tour Tickets can be mailed to 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100, Box 286, Dallas, TX  75205. Home Tour Ticket Sponsor is Tom Thumb.

 The purpose of the annual Historic Home Tour is to show case architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities and illustrate how these homes have been restored or remodeled and updated to serve the lifestyle needs of families today.        

Gigi Potter Salley and Roy Salley are honorary chairs. Luncheon co-chairs are Shelby Fuqua and Julia Fuqua.  Polly and Dan McKeithen are chairing the Classic and Antique Car Show. Venise Stuart is president of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. 

Wednesday, April 10: Distinguished Speaker Luncheon:      Keynote speaker Candace Evans is a journalist, publisher and social media entrepreneur. Widely read by almost everyone in the industry locally and nationwide, North Texas consumers devour her daily insights on the popular local website that began as a blog, CandysDirt.com. The site and its social media channels cultivate Dallas/Fort Worth real estate daily.          

Candy is frequently called as a real estate expert by Dallas and national media and is now also the North Texas editor to Forbes.com. Her site’s content is syndicated to CultureMap Dallas and The Katy Trail Weekly. She also covers real estate for Modern Luxury Dallas and occasionally, D Magazine, where she broke the news on countless celebrity homes, notorious real estate agents, and where former president George W. Bush and Laura bought their Dallas home in 2008. Candy launched her real estate news platforms in 2010, the signature CandysDirt.com and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market.
          

Tickets are on sale now and start at $150 each. Patron single seating starts at $300 each and include a Patron Party invitation. Other levels include more benefits. Sponsorships and table underwriting are available beginning at $1,500 up to $10,000. Check the website for updates: www.pchps.org or email info@pchps.org  for sponsorship forms. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to 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 and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history.

Saturday, April 27: The Classic and Antique Car Show presented by URBAN/ Allie Beth Allman and Associates is free and open to the public. A ticket is not necessary. Operation Kindness will host an educational booth. Friends of the University Park Public Library will host a book sale. Event registration for car owners is 8:30 a.m. Fee for car owners is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Show opens at 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Food and drinks are available. There is hard surface parking for show vehicles. Show vehicles in multiple classes. Trophies will be awarded in different categories TBD. There is a Club Participation Award.  Media sponsor is ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth 103.3FM. The show takes place at Burleson Park, 3000 University Boulevard, 75205.  Rain date is Saturday, May 4. Check the website for details: www.pchps.org 

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s annual Historic Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, and the Classic and Antique Car Show celebrate historic preservation and are designed to generate awareness of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.

The Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Luncheon are the Society’s only fundraisers each year. The proceeds are allocated to help further the PCHPS mission to promote, protect and preserve the historic, architectural, cultural andaesthetic legacy of the Park Cities.
          

PCHPS landmarks architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park Cities, some of which are on the Historic Home Tour.

Membership in the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is open to the public. Members of the Society enjoy historic and preservation oriented educational programs.

For further information, visit the website at www.pchps.org or contact info@pchps.org or call (214) 528-0021.

 Overview: PCHPS mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the 2019 Luncheon will be used to 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 and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history. Membership in PCHPS is open to the public. For more information visit www.pchps.org

 

 

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Tom Blute, Interabang; Misty Smathers, Kick-Off chair; Chris Ozley, Luncheon chair; Carole Steele, Women’s Auxiliary president.

The Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center Kicked-Off Their Spring Luncheon at Interabang Books Announcing Bestselling Novelist and Essayist Anne Lamott Will Share Her Experiences  at the April 30, 2019 Luncheon


Carolyn and Rick Waghorne, Honorary Chairs | Chris Ozley, Luncheon Chair

 

The Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center kicked-off their Spring Luncheon at Interabang Books where it was announced that bestselling novelist and essayist Anne Lamott will share her experiences at the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center’s Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
       

Anne Lamott is the author of seven novels, several bestselling books of nonfiction, and several collections of autobiographical essays on faith. Her new book Almost Everything: Notes on Hope was published October 2018.
       

Carole Steele welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone for dropping in and especially thanked Interabang Books for hosting the evening’s event and Misty Smathers for organizing everything. She said the Spring Luncheon is always very special, that the auxiliary does something different every year, and we learn something from each speaker.
       

Chris Ozley, luncheon chair, said Nexus Recovery Center provides dignity and respect to the clients and that it is a place where miracles happen. She said that Anne Lamott has walked the walk and tells the truth with compassion and forgiveness, all to a rousing round of applause. She also recognized honorary chairs Carolyn and Rick Waghorne, who were in the audience, giving them heartfelt gratitude for their encouragement and support.

       

Everyone is invited to attend this informative and inspiring luncheon which will also feature a book signing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the luncheon beginning at 11:30. 

         

Sponsorships and underwriting are available beginning at $3,000 for a table of 10. Individual tickets are $200 each. $1,000 includes two individual tickets and a client invitation. Find out more and secure your spots now at http://www.nexusrecovery.org/spring-luncheon
         

Membership in the Women’s Auxiliary is open to the public and everyone is invited to join the Women’s Auxiliary in its mission to support and promote the interests of Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. This mission is accomplished using the following methods: By building a strong and active membership; by stimulating public awareness; by helping in the financial support of Nexus’ services and projects. 

       

Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas has a long history of providing individualized treatment for women and teen girls who suffer from addiction. Last year, 1,969 women and teen girls and 341 children were served. This integrated program has a continuum of care that includes prevention and intervention, detoxification, residential recovery treatment, early childhood and high school education onsite, afterschool and summer programs for school aged children, life and parenting skills training, outpatient care, and alumni programs. Rebecca Crowell is executive director of Nexus.
       

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

           

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

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.

                                                                              

Statistics: In 2018, Nexus served 1,969 women and teen girls 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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Venise Stuart, President, PCHPS; Shelby Fuqua, Luncheon Co-Chair.

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Presents Three Spring Events

* Candace “Candy” Evans is the Featured Speaker at the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

* Historic Home Tour Features Four Architecturally and Historically Significant Homes: Saturday, April 13, 2019

* Classic and Antique Car Show: Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) is delighted to announce the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Brook Hollow Golf Club featuring keynote speaker Candace “Candy” Evans.  The luncheon kicks-off the spring events of the PCHPS Luncheon, Historic Home Tour on Saturday, 

April 13, 2019 and the Classic & Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
         

Gigi Potter Salley and Roy Salley are honorary chairs. Luncheon co-chairs are Shelby Fuqua and Julia Fuqua. Historical Home Tour chair is Suzie Curnes. Polly and Dan McKeithen are chairing the Classic and Antique Car Show. Venise Stuart is president of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. 
         

Distinguished Speaker Luncheon:      Keynote speaker Candace Evans is a journalist, publisher and social media entrepreneur. Widely read by almost everyone in the industry locally and nationwide, North Texas consumers devour her daily insights on the popular local website that began as a blog, CandysDirt.com. The site and its social media channels cultivate Dallas/Fort Worth real estate daily.

         

Candy is frequently called as a real estate expert by Dallas and national media and is now also the North Texas editor to Forbes.com. Her site’s content is syndicated to CultureMap Dallas and The Katy Trail Weekly. She also covers real estate for Modern Luxury Dallas and occasionally, D Magazine, where she broke the news on countless celebrity homes, notorious real estate agents, and where former president George W. Bush and Laura bought their Dallas home in 2008. Candy launched her real estate news platforms in 2010, the signature CandysDirt.com and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market.
         

Tickets are on sale now and start at $150 each. Patron single seating starts at $300 each and include a Patron Party invitation. Other levels include more benefits. Sponsorships and table underwriting are available beginning at $1,500 up to $10,000. Check the website for updates: www.pchps.org or email info@pchps.org  for sponsorship forms. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to 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 and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history.

         

Historic Home Tour:         Four architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities are featured in the Home Tour:
         

3615 Cornell: Homeowners are Ted and Camillia Shoemaker. Architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek partnered to create the extraordinary design for Highland Park Village. One of their earliest forays into residential projects was in 1924 at 3615 Cornell. This fieldstone Tudor style cottage is a charming example of their talent to interpret genres with authenticity. The large gable, ganged windows, and dormer combined with the front flower box, all contribute to an English countryside feeling. Unique cross hatch masonry details above the front windows, rare fieldstone chimneys, winding footpath, and trailing ivy complete the picture.
         

3910 Gillon: Homeowners are Sydney and Elizabeth Hurley. By 1918 noted Dallas architect, Hal Thomson, had finished work on this rare jewel in the Tudor crown of Dallas residences. Two front facing gables combine with arched eyebrow entry and visor roof details to provide intriguing layered elevations on the facade. Positioned on a magnificent lot, the Hurley home is a prime example of quintessential Tudor style design elements: random colored slate tiles, alternating window shapes, unique masonry details, and cast stone accents including quoins framing the front door. Gargoyles and a pair of 17th century bronze lion statues acquired in Savannah invite you into this remarkable home.
         

3524 Saint Johns: Homeowners are Jack and Kate LaGere. Built in 1928, the LaGeres are only the fourth family to occupy this eclectic Tudor home situated on the corner of St. Johns and Byron. Kate Sandstad LaGere, an Armstrong Elementary School alumna, considered the proximity to school and playgrounds an ideal location for her children. Kate’s husband appreciated the possibilities this project presented for implementing their vision to redesign and preserve a classic. After a year of “back to the studs” renovation, their home’s facelift was completed in 2015. Scott Slagle was the architect and Avrea Wagner collaborated with Kate on interior design decisions.
           

3657 Stratford: Homeowners are Jim and Susan Murray. Available records indicate the oldest home on the 2019 PCHPS tour was completed in 1916. The Murray residence is a representative example of the Greek Revival architectural style. White two story pilasters frame the home flanking both the front door and the corners. Additionally, the banks of windows across the front facade are all accentuated with millwork. The banks of windows above the front door and in the dormer complete the classical, symmetrical treatment. Neoclassical touches appear in the parallel glass side panels and transom which surround the front door under the inviting front porch. 
         

The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Home Tour tickets are $20 each purchased in advance and $25 when purchased at the door of any home. Advance tickets will be available online at www.pchps.org. All tickets purchased online will be mailed. They will also available at these Tom Thumb stores in mid-March 2019: Snider Plaza, Preston Center, Greenville/Lovers Lane, Inwood/University, Lincoln Center.  For more information, call the PCHPS office (214) 528-0021 or checks for the Historic Home Tour tickets can be mailed to 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100, Box 286, Dallas, TX 75205-2789.  Home Tour ticket sponsor is Tom Thumb.
         

The Classic and Antique Car Show presented by URBAN/ Allie Beth Allman and Associates is free and open to the public. A ticket is not necessary. Operation Kindness will host an educational booth. Friends of the University Park Public Library will host a book sale. Event registration for car owners is 8:30 a.m. Fee for car owners is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Show opens at 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Food and drinks are available. There is hard surface parking for show vehicles. Show vehicles in multiple classes. Trophies will be awarded in different categories TBD. There is a Club Participation Award.  Media sponsor is ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth 103.3FM. The show takes place at Burleson Park, 3000 University Boulevard, 75205.  Rain date is Saturday, May 4. Check the website for details: www.pchps.org 
         

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s annual Historic Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, and the Classic and Antique Car Show celebrate historic preservation and are designed to generate awareness of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.
         

The purpose of the annual Historic Home Tour is to show case architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities and illustrate how these homes have been restored or remodeled and updated to serve the lifestyle needs of families today.
         

The Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Luncheon are the Society’s only fundraisers each year. The proceeds are allocated to help further the PCHPS mission to promote, protect and preserve the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic legacy of the Park Cities.
         

PCHPS landmarks architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park Cities, some of which are on the Historic Home Tour.

         

Membership in the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is open to the public. Members of the Society enjoy historic and preservation oriented educational programs.

         

Presenting magazine sponsor is D Home. The Park Cities News/The Waters Family is a media sponsor. For further information, visit the website at www.pchps.org or contact info@pchps.org or call (214) 528-0021.

 

Overview: PCHPS mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the 2019 Luncheon will be used to 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 and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history. Membership in PCHPS is open to the public. For more information visit www.pchps.org

 

Social Photos by Rob Wythe/Gittings. Home photos by Danny Piassick.

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Hat design by Kokin.

Mad Hatter’s Tea The Golden Age of Hollywood Celebrates its 31st Year benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden

Kristina Bush Whitcomb, Honorary Chair| Sharla Bush and Terry Irby, Chairs
Linda Spina, President, The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum

Renowned New York hat designer, Kokin, will be at L. Bartlett at 6823 Snider Plaza in Dallas on Friday, March 8th from 10;00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  and at Sharla's in McKinney on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

This is the perfect time to take a look at the Hat Categories for this year's Mad Hatter's Tea below and begin styling your chapeau!

Mad Hatter’s Tea The Golden Age of Hollywood celebrates its 31st year benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Dallas Arboretum.
         

Sharla Bush and Terry Irby areco-chairs and Kristina Bush Whitcomb is honorary chair. Linda Spina is president of the Women’s Council. All financial support for A Woman's Garden comes from fundraising efforts of the Women's Council, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. A Woman's Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the universal spirit of women. 
         

Mad Hatter’s Tea attracts over 500 guests from all over the nation who plan their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – many in wild and wonderful over-the-top hats - but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.
         

Hat awards will be judged in the following hat categories to recognize excellence in grand Mad Hatter's Hat achievements as voted on by the hat judges and party attendees.  The chairs encourage everyone to be inspired by their favorite movie from "The Golden Age of Hollywood" 1917-1960s. Think Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Singing in the Rain, African Queen, How to Marry a Millionaire, Psycho, Casablanca, My Fair Lady, North by Northwest, An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, It's A Wonderful Life, Some Like It Hot, Love in the Afternoon, The Birds, Lawrence of Arabia, Roman Holiday, and so on.

Best Picture:  The Most "True to Theme.” The best of "The Golden Age of Hollywood."

Best Actress in a Leading Role:  People's Choice, as voted on by the attendees.

Best Art Direction:  The Best Botanical using Fresh Florals.

Best Short Film:  Most Beautiful Fascinator.

Best Foreign Language Film:  Most Dramatic.

Best Director:  Best Themed Group of Hats. (Men may be included.)

Best Costume Design:  Most Elegant.

Best Visual Effects:  Most Creative. (Men may participate in this category.)

Winners are announced at the fashion show and strut the runway.
         

The morning begins with a champagne reception followed by a professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation sponsored by TOOTSIES and produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, followed by a seated luncheon under elegantly draped tents.     
         

Individual patron tickets begin at $350 and are available for purchase via the website at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org  A limited quantity of regular admission tickets at $250 each will be available in Spring 2019. Underwriting opportunities and naming sponsorships are available. Check the website for updates. Underwriters and sponsors should contact Sharla Bush, co-chair at 469-450-4680 or sharlabush@yahoo.com.
         

Beneficiary:  Founded in 1982, the Women's Council supports the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman's Garden. A Woman's Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.  All financial support for A Woman's Garden comes from the fundraising efforts of the Women's Council.    

About TOOTSIES: Housed in a vast 20,000 square foot space in the Plaza at Preston Center, TOOTSIES is a modern full line specialty store offering the very best dresses, denim, ready to wear, shoes, handbags and jewelry.  TOOTSIES is a one stop shop known for exceptional service and on site personal styling in addition to their curated collection of designers including A.L.C.  Aquazurra, Brandon Maxwell, Cinq a' Sept, Self Portrait, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. 

For photos from past Mad Hatter’s Tea parties and more information, visit the website at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org

Updates:      For updates and photos, visit the Mad Hatter’s Tea Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MadHattersTeaLuncheon      

Party Pics photos by Dana Driensky.

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Suzanne Asaff Blankenship

We don’t like to talk about aging,our own or our parents’. And yet, as parents  age and children become parents  to their parents,  every family reaches the point at which decisions about independence and care must be made. When families arrive at this point without ever having talked together  about  one another’s  wishes and concerns, these decisions become difficult.
Join us at this half-day workshop which is designed to bring together those in the second half of life with those facing their parents’ aging and future care needs.

On Saturday, March 2, the event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75254 and includes a keynote address from author and speaker Suzanne Asaff Blankenship.

Additionally, workshops will be offered in two sessions on the following topics: Caregiver Bootcamp; Legal & Financial Planning; Challenging Conversations: How to Discuss and Plan for End of Life; and Medicine Matters: Caring for the Aging Body. The cost of the event is $15 and includes lunch. This event is co-sponsored by 2nd Half and iParentX ministries. 

Are you a member of the “sandwich generation”? If so, you may have wondered –

• What resources are available for my aging parents?

• How do I have a conversation about  giving up the car keys or the house?

• What if I can’t face the idea that my parents will die?

• (If you have children of your own) how do I balance my parents’ needs with my children’s and still have time for myself?

• How do I help my parents  understand what it’s like to be caught in the middle?

 

Are you an older adult? If so, you may have wondered – What resources are available for me as I age and my needs change?

• Do I need a living will?

• When do I need power of attorney and who should I appoint?

• How do I have a conversation with my children about  my end of life wishes?

• How do I help my children understand what it’s like to get old?

This workshop  is open to adults of any generation: Those who are themselves aging and beginning to think about  their final decades and those who have aging family members for whom they may be called upon to act and advocate. The program will equip participants of all ages with the courage, compassion, and awareness  to generate meaningful  and caring conversations about how and when important decisions will be made and implemented.

Important note: The website and flyer below list an online registration, which is not active. There is plenty of room! To register, call Rev. Rebecca Tankersley at 972.233.1898 x 242.

Visit the website here: http://www.transfiguration.net/event/common-ground/ and read the flyer here: 

http://www.transfiguration.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Common-Ground-Facing-Aging-Together-Half-Day-Flyer_FINAL.pdf

 Keynote Speaker:

Suzanne Asaff Blankenship has two decades of experience managing  her mother’s care as well as sharing the care for her in-laws. After years of sharing stories and receiving requests for advice, Suzanne found she wasn’t alone in her eldercare journey,  or in her search for solutions. With her unique approach of organized preparation sprinkled  with her tongue-in-cheek humor,  Suzanne guides others skillfully through the challenging experience of eldercare.

Suzanne has spent her 20-year corporate career in marketing and customer  service, leading and training  teams at The Coca-Cola  Company, Bueno Foods, and Ogilvy & Mather as well as her own consulting  firm, Parkin & Blankenship.

Determined to improve the experience for her elderly parent  and in-laws, Suzanne developed tools, identified resources, and put together  organized  plans as each different eldercare scenario developed. The author of How  to Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles, she shares those tools with her audience to help guide them more easily in their own journey. From Texas originally, Suzanne now calls Colorado home. She believes in advocacy, the importance of family, and the need for balance in life. Humor is her favorite resource.

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3910 Gillon. Photo by Danny Piassick.

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

 SATURDAY, February 23, 2019

                                 

10:00 a.m.     4001 Lovers Lane Circle – Dr. Susan & Kent Roberts   10:30 a.m.     

3901 Lovers Lane – Donna and Herb Weitzman

11:00 a.m.     3910 Gillon – Elizabeth and Sydney Hurley

11:30 a.m.     4417 Lorraine – Cordelia and Tom Boone *

 

            Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s mission, the central purpose and mission of the Society, is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities, “Shaping the Future of Our Past.”  PCHPS vision, the desired future vision for the Society, is to inspire passionate community support for the preservation of historic homes, buildings, parks, landmarks and traditions of the Park Cities.     

            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 happening on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the Historic Home Tour on Saturday, April 13, 2019 and the Classic and Antique Car Show, participate in the annual July 4th parade and more. Visit the website at pchps.org for more information.

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Preston Hext, Claudia Lode; Kim and Greg Hext, Zoo To Do chairs

ZOO TO DO 2018: Safari Soirée presented by Eugene McDermott Foundation and Ruth O’Donnell Mutch Surpasses its $1 Million Goal 

 

Torrential rain did not dampen spirits or fundraising at Zoo To Do 2018: Safari Soirée as patrons, sponsors and guests showed their support in Marsalis Hall at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, raising more than $1.25 million for the fourth consecutive year! [The Zoo was successful in raising more money to support its animals and programs this year, continuing to exceed its fundraising goals and increasing the amount raised each year.] This represents the second-highest grossing Zoo To Do in its 27-year history.

About 48 hours before the event, which is traditionally held outside on the grounds of the Dallas Zoo, chairs Kim and Greg Hext had to make the call on whether to move the event indoors and Mother Nature proved they absolutely made the best call to move inside. Rain poured all day and most of the evening.
         

Huge kudos to the Hyatt Regency Dallas for stepping up in support of the Dallas Zoo and the Zoo To Do event in every way. Heartfelt thanks also go to the event’s designers, zoo staff and volunteers who created an ambience full of greenery, bringing in live Dallas Zoo Ambassadors, including Winspear the cheetah, bigger-than-life transparent statues of animals lit up, lush and fanciful table centerpieces, and total support from all of the participating restaurants, chefs and staff.
           

This event’s smashing success was the result of the hard work of underwriting committee Diane Brierley, Lane Britain, Mike Gruber and Michael Meadows; host committee chairs Barbara and Don Daseke; live auction chairs Hal Brierley, Don Glendenning and John Levy; host committee members; and support from honorary event chair Ruth O’Donnell Mutch, patrons, underwriters, and sponsors.

Arriving guests were greeted by valets sponsored by Highland Park Village and upon arrival at check-in were interactive animal demonstrations, which brought home the real reason everyone supports the Dallas Zoo.

Guests were treated to cocktails courtesy of bar sponsors Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer as they roamed through the raffle prizes chaired by Robyn Chauvin; Silent Auction chaired by Rozalyn Colombo and Nancy Gopez; and Big Board Auction chaired by Cindy Gummer. A special treat for patrons at certain levels was the VIP Lounge experience.

         

Honorary Chef Chair Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, along with Chef Wrangler Brett Krafft from the Hilton Lincoln Centre cruised the strolling dinner with guests among the 27 restaurant stations representing the finest restaurants in Dallas. At each station, executive chefs served delicious gourmet treats of appetizers, entrée specialties and desserts.
         

Two very special additions were made to this year’s Zoo To Do: Chef’s Appreciation luncheon for participating chefs and their families, chaired by Ellen Winspear, was held at the Dallas Zoo over the summer, and the fabulously fun

Zoo To Do 2: The After Party, chaired by Travis Andres, which was attended by more than 100 guests.

         

The show began as Live Auction emcee Jenny Anchondo, former news anchor, reporter and media host, welcomed everyone and introduced  Gregg Hudson, president and CEO of the Dallas Zoo, who recognized Kevin Hanrahan, chairman of the board and thanked everyone for their support and attending the evening’s event. He brought the chairs on stage who also expressed their heartfelt thanks to everyone for their generosity benefiting the Dallas Zoo, support of this event and encouraged high bidding on the live auction items, next up.

The spirited Live Auction featured rare Zoo experiences, travel and some favorites: Overnight camping “Glamping” at the Dallas Zoo; Dinner and Conversation with “Jungle Jack” Hanna at the Dallas Zoo; Breakfast with the Dallas Zoo Elephants; and an All-Star Chef Dinner Party donated by Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, Dan Landsberg; Parigi, Janice Provost; Suze, Gilbert Garza; Salum, Abraham Salum; Sachet and Gemma, Stephen Rogers. Official Zoo To Do Airline was American Airlines and Photo Opportunity Sponsor was Bank of America.

Following the auction, the Zoo To Do 2 after-party crowd joined in the celebration and everyone danced the night away with live music from Emerald City All-Stars.

         

Participating restaurants were: 7-Eleven Inc., Kelly Buckley; Abacus, Chef Christopher Patrick; Asador, Chef Mark Guatelara; Botolino Gelato, Chef Carlo Gattini; Café Momentum, Chef Patton Robertson; CBD Provisions at the Joule Hotel, Chef Nick Walker; Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House, Chef Lan Nickens; Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza, Chef Dan Landsberg, Honorary Chef; El Bolero Mexicana Cocina, Chef Jose Salmeron; Empire Baking Company, Chef Meaders Ozarow; Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Chef Jacob Williamson; Gemma/Sachet, Chef Stephen Rogers; Hypnotic Donuts, Chef Jessica Brown; Imoto, Chef Kent Rathbun; Lovers Seafood and Market, Tracy Rathbun; Mozzarella Company, Chef Paula Lambert; Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co., Karen Nicholson; Neiman Marcus The Zodiac, Chef David Crow; Nothing Bundt Cakes - Dallas-Highland Park, TX, Tara Cooper; Parigi, Chef Janice Provost; Pink Magnolia, Chef Blythe Beck; Salum, Chef Abraham Salum; Sevy's Grill, Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson; Shinsei, Chef Carlos Capistran; Suze, Chef Gilbert C. Garza; and Two Sister’s Catering, Chef Jake Derrough.

         

Many thanks to media sponsors PaperCity Magazine, Park Cities News/The Waters Family, Downtown Business News and MySweetCharity.com.
         

Zoo To Do is a major source of funding for the Dallas Zoo.  With the proceeds from the event, the Zoo is able to continue providing outstanding education, entertainment and wildlife conservation.

         

For more information, visit the website at http://www.dallaszootodo.com

 

About the Dallas Zoo: The Dallas Zoo, recently named one of the nation’s Top 10 Zoos by USA TODAY, is the largest zoological experience in Texas. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Zoo features a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7500. DART is the official transportation provider of the Dallas Zoo, and its Red Line stops at the Zoo’s main entrance.

 

Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky and Cathy Burkey.

 

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Jeff and Rose Gault, Luncheon Chairs.

Army Scholarship Foundation Help Our Heroes Luncheon
featured speaker Lieutenant General James H. Dickinson, Commanding General, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command

TheArmy Scholarship Foundation Help Our Heroes Luncheon at Brook Hollow Golf Club featured Lieutenant General James H. Dickinson, Commanding General, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command as the featured speaker.       
         

North Dallas residents Rose and Jeff Gault, chaired the event. They are now retired and continue to serve their country as volunteer chairs of this luncheon each fall. Rose retired as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Air Force and Jeff retired as a Colonel in the US Army.
         

Mark Davis, morning host at 660 AM and emcee, welcomed the crowd and gave a brief history of the Army Scholarship Foundation, which was incorporated in 2001 as a 501c3 nonprofit, saying that because of this audience’s support, children and spouses of Army families receive the gift of a scholarship, which truly makes a difference in their lives. All stood as Donald Jones of the Dallas Opera sang the national anthem, which was followed by the invocation by Reverend Jamie Malakoff.

         

After luncheon, Jeff thanked  sponsors Bell, Hillwood-A Perot Company, 7-11, Christus Health, Glass Doctor, Trinity Industries and media sponsors 660AM, the Answer, 1160 AM KBDT and The Park Cities News/The Waters Family, as well as sponsoring hosts Mr. and Mrs. John R .Murrell. He then recognized Samantha Nance, a former scholarship recipient who now works with Bell and played a video showcasing the testimony of other scholarship recipients who shared their personal stories of how the Army Scholarship Foundation has changed their lives.
         

Lieutenant General Stanley E. Green, US Army, retired, introduced Lieutenant General James H. Dickinson, saying they have known each other a long while and that Lt. Gen. Dickinson is a soldier, statesman and gentleman, having commanded at all levels in peace and war.
         

Lt. Gen. Dickinson said our most precious asset is our soldiers and their families. He said our adversaries are more challenging and more lethal than ever before. Under his command, his troops are increasing readiness all around the world defending 300 million citizens. There are eighteen astronauts in the history of the Army and three active duty astronauts today. It is very exciting what is going on in space, developing satellite communications command for GPS and more. He said the threat is more complicated and more sophisticated than ever. His command includes hypersonic weapons, winged quad copters and unmanned weapons and the Army’s future promises a great modernization effort.  They are ready.

         

In speaking about the Army’s troops and their families, Lt. Gen. Dickinson said the strength of our soldiers relies in knowing their families are taken care of – that children tend to be very resilient as they move around the world, but the need for scholarships is enormous. Most families cannot meet that need on their own and the Army Scholarship Foundation’s work is critical to enabling quality of life, making college education available to children and spouses and filling a void in their lives. That opportunity is now.

         

The luncheon benefits the Army Scholarship Foundation’s mission to provide college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served our nation honorably as soldiers in the United States Army and to provide college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers serving on active duty in the United States Army.
         

The Host Committee includesLieutenant Colonel (USA, Ret) WoodyAlexander, Association of the US Army; Darcy Anderson, Hillwood; Jon Arnett, AT&T; The Honorable Allen Clark; Michele Vonnegut Costello;Otis and Carmaleta Felton; Lt General (USA, Ret) Jay Garner; Roger Gault, the Gault Company; Stan Graf, Graf Chevrolet; Lt General (USA, Ret) Stanley Green; Robert Gunby, RTG Capital; Robert Hastings, Bell; Dierk Hohman, Planet Home Lending; Colonel (USA, Ret) J.P. Hogan, Association of US Army; Colonel (USAF, Ret) Ralph Hodge; Ellen Houlihan, Raytheon; Congressman Sam Johnson, Texas; Ambassador Robert Jordan, SMU; Colonel (USA Ret) Richard Kaniss, Association of US Army; Michael Lunceford, Mary Kay Foundation; Major General (USA, Ret) Mike Marchand; Congressman Kenny Marchant, Texas:Tad McIntosh, HumCap Inc; Andrew Nall, Radiant Financial; Nancy Parkes, Matteson Group-Coldwell Banker; Larry Patterson, Glass Doctor of North Texas; Patrick and Mary Sculley, The Exercise Coach of Dallas; The Honorable Keith Self, Colin County; Congressman Pete Sessions, Texas; Steve Sosland, Texas Tech Health Science Center; Thomas and Joan Stephens, Stephens & Associates; Meredith Walker, East West Institute Board of Councilors; Congressman Allen West, NCPA; The Honorable Alberto Zapanta, USA, Ret, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
         

For more information visit the website at www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org

Photos by Dana Driensky

                              

History: In the year 2000, a handful of U.S. Army veterans joined together to develop plans for establishing a foundation to assist the needy sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans in achieving their dreams of higher education. It was the vision of these Army veterans that the Foundation would grow and be able to benefit an ever increasing number of deserving children of soldiers. 

 

Following the events of 9/11, the Foundation took on a new meaning for its founders and volunteers.  They established a scholarship in memory of a fellow soldier, Captain Jennifer Shafer-Odom who was killed during the war on drugs in Columbia, and additional scholarships were soon established in memory of those fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

 

In 2001, the Internal Revenue Service recognized the Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, making all donations to the Foundation fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.  In order to recognize the sacrifices of the spouses of serving enlisted soldiers, in 2006 the Board opened eligibility for scholarships to such spouses as well. 

 

In 2016, the Army Scholarship Foundation awarded a record 103 scholarships to deserving Army family members in pursuit their educational dreams.  Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded more than 300 scholarships averaging approximately $1,000 each.  Unfortunately, many highly qualified applicants do not receive awards due to lack of funding.

 

The Army Scholarship Foundation continues today as an all-volunteer organization, run by caring individuals seeking to assist Army family members in their educational pursuits as a small way of saying "thank you" for the many sacrifices made by Army families.