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Keith Mankin (Board Chair), LaQuasha Cook, Sandra Amaya, Dalia Fuetes and Maria Castro. Back left to right: Michelle Ramirez, Santa Claus, Marilyn Quinones, Diana Tellez.

Bryan’s House Family Holiday Celebration featured take-home three-to-four-foot-tall custom Christmas trees, a Toy Drive, candy canes and toys and stockings filled with goodies for every child.        

Hosted by Ann and Todd Nelson at Venture X – Braniff Centre, Dallas, the event was chaired by Regina Bruce and Dr. Carla Russo and sponsored by the Lone Star Monarchs.        

Regina said, “This was a wonderful opportunity to share laughter and joy with the kids and families served at Bryan’s House this year.  We all helped bring heartfelt holiday cheer to 100 families.”       

Chaired by David Andrews of TerraMai Reclaimed Wood, the Christmas Tree Project featured 110 Christmas trees decorated in colorful and fanciful themes decorated by 51 donors. Each family took home at least one Christmas tree.  See list below. The Toy Drive was chaired by Adam Bernal, Kirby Phelps and Ronni Nicole Pierce.       

Each family had the opportunity to have their photo with Santa, lunch donated by Jeanne Lewis and Jersey Mike’s, dozens of holiday-decorated cookies and milk, along with all of the special treats mentioned above. The children’s smiles abounded as all in all, it was a lovely, fun and joyful day in the spirit of celebrating the holidays.  

The committee included Rick Adams, Sharon Adams, Anna Berman, Scout Dawson, Kristi Eakin Hall, Jeanne Lewis, Bodii Lim, Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Glenn Morrill, Diane Moten, John Pickett, Shayema Rahim, Elizabeth Smith and Cindi Tesseneer.       

Bryan’s House representatives included Stefani Held, Founder; Dr. Keith Mankin, Board Chair; Sandra Amaya, Maria Castro, LaQuasha Cook, Dalia Fuetes, Marilyn Quinones, Michelle Ramirez, Debra Rodriguez and Diana Tellez

To learn more about Bryan’s House, visit the website for more details at

Christmas Tree Project Donors:  
97W Design, Jennifer Bell, Anna Berman, Debbie Brackenridge, Brookhaven College, Regina Bruce, Coeval Studio, Chad Collum and Steve Kemble, Corgan, Cross Architects, Dallas Eagle, EDG Design, ENTOS Design, Gensler, GFF, Go Studio, GUIDE Architecture, Mark Steven Hayes, HOK, Jacobs, Keaton Interiors, Corey Lark, Lone Star Monarchs, Kunthear Mam-Douglas and Edward Douglas, Melrose Design Haus, Monsieur Holiday and Couture, Diane Moten, Debbie Murray, Lisa Nault, The Nielsen Collection, Perkins and Will, Scott Pharr, Preston Hollow Women’s Club’s Marvelous Mahjong Group, Pretty Lovely Affair, QPC Finish, Shayema Rahim, David Roberts, Cindy Ryan, Elizabeth Smith, Smith Group, Studio 11 Design, Studio B Design Group, TerraMai Reclaimed Wood, Marrisa and Chris Tindell, Brett Turner, US Surfaces, Verona Marble Company, Rachel Williams and Andre Yabin.

About Bryan’s House: The mission of Bryan’s House is to provide children with special needs and their families with trusted case management, educational, therapeutic, and medically-supported care.

About Lone Star Monarchs:  To inspire and nurture the human spirit, as together, we build an effective network of individuals and organizations to support a broad spectrum of charitable organizations in Dallas and throughout Texas. Lone Star Monarchs’ (LSM) purpose is exclusively educational and charitable to connect people and enrich lives.

LSM welcomes all people who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. We promote volunteerism and a spirit of service.

LSM has no paid employees. All contributions and funds raised go to LSM services and grants for our service partners.

 Photos by Thomas Garza and Duke Morse

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