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Jersey Mike’s Celebrates 14th Annual “Month of Giving”

 Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer is joining forces with 70 Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex for the 14th annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign to support local charities. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants. 

The “Month of Giving” campaign will culminate with Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 27, when DFW Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer. “We are profoundly grateful to Jersey Mike’s, their DFW franchisees, and their customers for their kind generosity, treasured partnership, and continued support toward our mission of eradicating pediatric cancer and providing hope for our young children battling this disease,” said WOKC Founder Cindy Brinker Simmons. “Jersey Mike’s has created an astounding culture of giving that has deeply touched the heroic families we serve.”  

For thirteen years, Jersey Mike’s owners and operators throughout the country have raised over $88 million for more than 200 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks, and more. “We are honored to be associated with Jersey Mike’s and admire their philanthropic mindset. Their commitment to helping us positively impact kids with cancer and their families is an absolute blessing,” said WOKC CEO Kris Cumnock.  

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to visit Jersey Mike’s Subs throughout the month of March, and especially on the Day of Giving when 100 percent of sales – every penny – goes to help a great local cause,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years old.  

Join us in March by making donations through Jersey Mike’s mobile app or onsite. On Wednesday, March 27, encourage everyone you know to visit a local Jersey Mike’s to order lunch or dinner or catering and help make a difference for local kids battling cancer. Come eat great food for a great cause!  

About Jersey Mike’s 

Jersey Mike’s Subs, with nearly 2,500 locations nationwide, serves authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs on in-store freshly baked bread — the same recipe it started with in 1956. Passion for giving in Jersey Mike’s local communities is reflected in its mission statement “Giving…making a difference in someone’s life.” For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( 

About Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer

Founded in 1980, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer offers comfort and hope to kids with cancer through support programs that serve the entire family and funds innovative research that leads to new discoveries in the fight against pediatric cancer. For more information, visit  or follow on Facebook (, Instagram(, and Twitter (

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David Andrews, Christmas Tree Chair; Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Scott Pharr

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.

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Kolby Lanham

2024 Reed and Stanley Graff Texas History Symposium Features Two Dynamic Speakers

Join us on Saturday, February 24th!   Sponsored by the Dallas Historical Society

There is a very special treat in store for Dallas Historical Society (DHS) members and all history enthusiasts on Saturday, February 24th at the 2024 Reed and Stanley Graff Texas History Symposium sponsored by the DHS. The event features two dynamic speakers: Kolby Lanham, Senior Researcher and Historian at the Alamo speaking on Revolutions and the Weapons that Won Them and Thomas Ledesma, Researcher at the Alamo speaking on A Tussle over Tierra Incognita.

This entertaining and informative symposium begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Hall of State in Fair Park. Plus afterwards, go right next door to the interactive massive diorama of the Alamo, Texas Liberty Forever,  ( ) and use the iPads to hear the sounds of the battle, see close-up images and hear brief explanations of the different scenes. The app can also be downloaded to your own cell phone to experience this fabulous diorama.  The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. Light snacks and refreshments are available. CPE credit is available for educators.  What a fun Saturday!
Karl Chiao is the executive director of the Dallas Historical Society and Dr. Roy Washburn is board chair.
The 2024 Reed and Stanley Graff Texas History Symposium is funded by a donation from Dallas native Stan Graff with the goal of preserving the history of Texas by bringing educational and informative speakers to the Dallas Historical Society's Hall of State, and to invite participation by the general public in these free events.       
For more information, the public can contactthe office assistantat   or call 214-421-4500. Or visit the website at

The Dallas Historical Society: Whether someone is new to Dallas or a native Texan, the Dallas Historical Society offers programs and exhibits that educate and inform visitors about their home city and reveal insights and little-known facts that one might be unable to attain from history books alone, especially with the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama by Thomas Feely.

Ongoing events include Brown Bag Lectures, An Evening With programs, and Pour Yourself Into History happy hours. Join in discovering more about Dallas and take part in one or more of these wonderful programs. Visit the website for more information at 

The Dallas Historical Society Celebrated Its Centennial Year In 2022 

The stories of Dallas are shared each day at the Dallas Historical Society through the three million items that comprise our archives and artifact collections. Established in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society collects, preserves, and exhibits the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations. 

Housed at the Hall of State in Fair Park since 1938, DHS presents these collections through education programs, exhibitions, tours, access to research materials and workshops. 

Among the three million historical artifacts at DHS are such treasures as Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the Battle of San Jacinto, the only known original Juneteenth document, James Fannin’s watch, and Santa Anna’s spurs. The DHS collection houses over 10,000 bound volumes and receives more than 1,500 research requests annually. 

Each year, the Dallas Historical Society is visited by over 160,000 people and serves more than 20,000 students through guided tours and educational programming at the Hall of State, as well as outreach programs at schools. Visit the website for more information at

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 Rainbow Days hosted its 27th annual Saturday with Santa Christmas event to spread hope and holiday joy for families experiencing homelessness in the Dallas community. This celebratory event hosted on the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church campus spread holiday magic by giving out over 500 stockings filled with toys, treats and essential tangible items to all family members.

Rainbow Days hosted approximately 300 children and parents?from local homeless shelters, domestic violence centers and extended-stay motels for a day of holiday fun and family bonding. At the 2023 Saturday with Santa event, children and parents enjoyed lunch, carnival games, bouncy houses, arts and crafts, and visits with Santa Claus. 

After the event, Rainbow Days distributed additional stockings and gifts to over 200 more children and parents living at partnering homeless-serving sites. The 2023 Saturday with Santa event benefited over 500 homeless children and parents who reside in local homeless and domestic violence shelters, transitional living sites and extended-stay motels.  

Rainbow Days would like to recognize all of the outstanding individuals and groups who made Saturday with Santa a success this holiday season: 

  • Bank of America
  • Hearts of Servants
  • HEB / Central Market
  • Holy Smokers
  • Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
  • National Charity League
  • PepsiCo / Frito-Lay
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Community
  • The Rees-Jones Foundation
  • Toys for Texans
  • TTG Family Fund
  • Young Men's Service League
  • Amazon Wish List Donors
  • Plus, hundreds of individuals who supported Saturday with Santa through financial gifts, in-kind donations of toys and stockings, and volunteer hours! 

ABOUT RAINBOW DAYS: Rainbow Days is 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, life enrichment programs and tangible items, Rainbow Days makes meaningful connections with more than 15,000 at-risk and homeless children and youth in the Dallas area annually. Rainbow Days expands its impact through international training services, which trains other nonprofit staff, teachers and counselors in its award-winning CBSG® Program.

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Karl Chiao, DHS Executive Director; Santa, Calvert Collins-Bratton and Vince Bratton, Chairs

It was a delightful scene at the Dallas Historical Society’s  (DHS) Cocoa with Santa hosted and sponsored by Helen and John Carona and chaired by Calvert Collins-Bratton and Vince Bratton.
Families of DHS supporters were surrounded by fanciful Christmas decorations throughout and treated to photos with Santa in a festive outdoor gazebo setting, face painting by students from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, cookie decorating with colorful sparkles and toppings and delicious food, spirits and libations crafted and sponsored by Wendy Krispin Caterer.  After private photo ops, Santa even mingled with the crowd for more photos and chatted with the partygoers.
Calvert began by welcoming the crowd and thanked the Caronas as hosts. She recognized Justin Kimball, a descendant of relatives who fought in the Alamo and Dr. Roy Washburn, DHS board chair. She encouraged the children to continue to enjoy the fun and engaging activities and introduced Karl Chiao, executive director, DHS.
Karl also welcomed everyone, thanking the hosts for their gracious generosity in sponsoring this joyful event. He announced the January 2024 launch of an upper level giving society at DHS titled the Directors Inner Circle, and also thanked the Caronas for coming on board as honorary chairs for the society’s inaugural year.
Membership in the Directors Inner Circle includes behind-the-scenes access to the DHS archives, private dinners in prominent homes, including conversations with noted authors and historians in open discussions about their books and more exclusive opportunities.
The Dallas Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history. Offering education programming, lectures, historic city tours, museum exhibitions, and other special events, this organization strives to be the preeminent resource for exploring, and instilling appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas. We endeavor to encourage historical inquiry and maintain the importance and relevance of history today. Our collection of archival material- including historic photographs, diaries, journals, papers, periodicals, maps, and books- is available to researchers. Formed in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is the oldest organization in Dallas County committed to preserving the history of the region and presenting it to the public in innovative and informative ways.
Visit the website at for information on membership and more about the Dallas Historical Society.

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Marija Hoppe, Gift Bag chair; Allison Brodnax, chair, Mad Hatter's Luncheon; Tara Terry, Gift Bag chair.

Special values for underwriters at certain levels guarantee VIP swag
benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden


Allison Brodnax, chair of the 36th Annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon, and Gift Bag chairs Tara Terry and Marija Hoppe, are delighted to announce Eataly as the Official Gift Bag Sponsor, guaranteeing special gifts for everyone who attends.  All luncheon guests will receive a gift bag valued at $50 containing goodies from Eataly. Table hosts and underwriters at the $1,000 level and up will receive gift bags valued at $125.”

“In the three years that Eataly has been here in Dallas at NorthPark Center, we have made sure to give back to the community by participating in some of the most important philanthropic events for the city. We are now thrilled to support the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with the 2024 Mad Hatter’s Luncheon,” said Robert Domian, Director of Store Operations at Eataly Dallas.

Slated for Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the Dallas Arboretum with Barbara Bigham as honorary chair and Karen Sargent as Women’s Council president, this fabulous party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies raised assist with the development, growth and maintenance of A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum. 
Guests travel from all over the United States, planning their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Luncheon, taking the theme as inspiration for their sophisticated, glamorous, and delightfully lavish hats, but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.

The morning will begin with a Welcome Reception, a stroll in the gardens and a Silent Auction while the discerning hat judges take note of the Grecian-influenced interpretations of this year’s theme Gardens of Greece, including these hat categories: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Olympic Games, Greek Mythology, Greek Life (sorority), Best Botanical Using Fresh Flowers and Greek Goddesses (group of 3 or more).  Inside Rosine Hall, Hat Contest winners will be announced, which will be followed by the fashion show and then a delicious three-course luncheon.
Last year, just over 650 people attended the Mad Hatter’s Luncheon in a party spread over Rosine Hall and A Tasteful Place. This year, the cap on attendance is 500, as it will take place only in Rosine Hall. So, do not delay securing tables, underwriting and sponsorships now.
Sponsorships begin at $2,500. Patron Tickets start at $500. Visit  or scan the QR code below to purchase sponsorships or tickets. Individuals who purchase a patron level ticket and up will be invited to a patron party at the Harlan Crow Library. Visit the website for more information    

About the Women’s Council: Celebrating its 42nd Anniversary in 2024.
Since 1982 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 600 members of the Women’s Council make possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About A Woman’s Garden: Celebrating its 27th Anniversary in 2024.
A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden is a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.     

About Mad Hatter’s: Celebrating its 36th Anniversary in 2024.
In 1989, Carole Ann Brown chaired the first Mad Hatter's Tea to bring awareness to the Women's Council and the Dallas Arboretum. The tea was held in the Camp House garden for 100 ladies and raised $10,000. Over the years, Mad Hatter’s has been chaired by many notable Dallas ladies such as Linda Ivy, Barbara Bigham, Connie Carreker, Barbara Daseke and Patti Flowers. Honorary Chairs have included some of the most philanthropic names in Dallas history such as Annette Simmons, Gene Jones, Caroline Rose Hunt, Tincy Miller, Sally Hoglund, Dee Wyly, Margaret Crow, Nancy Rogers, Amy Warren, Patty Dedman Nail, Sherwood Wagner, Laurie Sands Harrison and Kim Hext.

Finally, it would not be a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party without the hats. The creativity at Mad Hatter’s over the years has been impressive. Ladies have been inspired to create millinery creations based on Royal Ascot, Run for the Roses, April in Paris, Steel Magnolias, Under the Tuscan Sun and even Garden by the Sea. We have seen the Golden Age of Hollywood, have come Out of Africa into the Garden, enjoyed a Wonderland of Fashion while having Tea with Alice and Majestic Mad Hatter’s –A Celebration of English Elegance.   

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Madeline Kiseling; Jim Trester, Holly Trester, Honorary Chairs; Ginny Kiseling

Presenting Sponsor Ryan | Honorary Chairs Holly and Jim Trester

The 2023 Folds of Honor North Texas Annual Gala presented by Ryan welcomed over 1,700 supporters as they filled the playing field of the AT&T Stadium. It was an evening of patriotic inspiration fueled by personal testimonies and stirring presentations from veterans, scholarship recipients and singing of the Folds of Honor Anthem.  

The annual gala brings together military families, veterans, scholarship recipients and members of the North Texas community in an event of celebration which includes dinner, a live auction, raffle, live entertainment, fellowship and a custom cowboy hat steaming station in partnership with American Hat Company for donors who funded a full Folds of Honor Scholarship ($5,000). The scholarship donors had the choice of choosing a custom hat by American Hat Company or a pair of cowboy boots in partnership with Petite Paloma.

The money raised provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces and now, the Folds of Honor mission has expanded to incorporate America’s first responders, including police, fire-fighters, EMTs and paramedics.

Entering the playing field, guests walked through the Folds of Honor Memorial sponsored by Higginbotham, which was flanked with flags above and 13 footprints and plaques representing 13 servicemembers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and their families are now benefitting from a scholarship through the Folds of Honor.

VIPs were feted in an early reception in their honor at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders locker room, while Honorary Chairs Holly and Jim Trester and their family greeted guests, sponsors, underwriters and supporters as they browsed the silent auction, bought tickets in support of the raffle and enjoyed cocktails.

Just before dinner, the crowd stood for the singing of the National Anthem by Kia Dawn of Party Machine. Meredith Land, Master of Ceremonies, explained the meaning of the POW/MIA Table, which was a place setting for one so that tonight, as everyone celebrated and honored our nation’s heroes, guests were asked to take the time to reflect on why that small, lone table is there and raise a glass for the ones that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

She recognized scholarship recipients as they stood, as well as veterans and those now serving in active duty as the crowd applauded in collective gratitude for their service. She also thanked sponsors, including Ryan as Commander in Chief sponsor; Trudy and Robert Wright, General Sponsors; The Stephenson Foundation, Patriot Mobile as Colonel Sponsors, and Major Sponsors Lydia and Bill Addy on behalf of the Addy Foundation, Aero, Aethon Energy, The Buster Family and Higginbotham Insurance and Financial Services

Taking the stage, Sarah Duncan, Folds of Honor Senior Director of Impact and also the daughter of a fallen hero and a scholarship recipient, along with Meredith Connally, Folds of Honor Regional Impact Officer; Mary Scott, Folds of Honor Regional Impact Officer and Mike Beltz, North Texas Board Chair, invited the honorary chairs to the stage and presented them with World War II handmade bomber jackets, expressing heartfelt thanks for their hard work and support of Folds of Honor and this very special event.

Folds of Honor founder, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and F-16 fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserves, who has served three tours of duty in Iraq, revealed his inspiring story: As he was returning home from his second tour of duty on a domestic flight, he became painfully aware as the passengers deplaned of the reality families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled. The airline pilot announced they were carrying the remains of a fallen soldier, asking passengers to respectfully remain seated while the casket deboarded. He watched as the family of the deceased walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket. Among them was the young son of the fallen Corporal. Seeing the other side of the war through the eyes of this fallen soldier’s child was life-altering. He decided he had to do something to pay tribute to American service members and their families. He founded Folds of Honor in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces and now, have expanded to incorporate America’s first responders, including police, fire-fighters, EMTs and paramedics. The motto says it best: Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy. This year because of the support of generous patriots and Folds of Honor supporters, the organization was able to expand its mission to honor the sacrifices of families of first responders, as well.

Since that time Folds of Honor has awarded nearly 51,000 educational scholarships totaling roughly $240 million in financial assistance. For the 2023-2024 school year, Folds of Honor has awarded 1,131 scholarships in the state of Texas alone, totaling more than $5,282,825 in financial assistance for our deserving recipient families. The Gala Host Committee are Cindy and Fred Balda, LeeAnn and Josh Campbell, Kristen and Nick Cassavechia, Krystle and Chad Craycraft, Annie and Travis Jones, Richelle and Justin Kerber, Meredith and Daniel Rath, Karen and Rick Schornack, Brittany and Aaron Sizemore and Ashley and Lance Whitworth.

A real treat was when acclaimed country singer James Colton sang the Folds of Honor Anthem, produced by Toby Keith. A spirited live auction followed which featured items including a stay in beautiful mountain homes, a once-in-a-lifetime elk hunt, a Montana excursion, Operation Overlord with Lt. Col. Dan Rooney honoring the 80th Anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy and more.

Honorary speakers Colleen Katzenberger and her son, Everett Katzenberger spoke and shared their heartfelt and moving story beginning with Colleen meeting her late husband, Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy Katzenberger and married when she was only 19. After she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, they expanded their family. Even though SSG Katzenberger was deployed in October 2010, the Army allowed him to return home for the birth of their son, Everett. Only a few months later in 2011, Colleen and Everett lost Jeremy.  In 2016 both Colleen and Everett became Folds of Honor Scholarship Recipients. She graduated with a Master of Education degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri and currently works as a high school teacher. Everett continues to excel in many areas and enjoys science, Boy Scouts and golf. She expressed how grateful she is for the support of Folds of Honor and the blessings that have happened in their lives, much due to the involvement of Folds of Honor.

A call for donations in the Give from the Heart segment raised just over $1,236,131.00, bringing the total amount raised from the gala to $3,192,201.  Then the crowd danced the night away to the tunes of Party Machine, celebrating a truly fabulous gala.

Donation dollars: 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly back to programs. Folds of Honor has a four-star rating on Charity Navigator and a platinum level rating on Guidestar, the highest possible ratings for both organizations.

For more information visit the website at or  contact Sarah Duncan, Folds of Honor Senior Director of Impact, at; Meredith Connally, Folds of Honor Regional Impact Officer at or Mary Scott, Folds of Honor Regional Impact Officer at

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Karisti Julia, event chair; Dr. Paul. K. Chafetz, featured speaker; Karen Koop, president, AWARE

Karen Koop, president of AWARE, welcomed members and their guests to the Membership Meeting at Salum restaurant which featured Paul K. Chafetz, Ph.D. speaking on Handling Difficult Relationships.

Karen called the meeting to order and recognized the board and committee members. Organizational updates were announced, including Carol Stabler, who gave an update on the directory; Emily Collins, Treasurer; Ann McKinley, Membership; Dr. Cindy Marshall, Medical Minute; and Marilyn Morgan and Debbie Rampey, Friday Friends. Stacey Angel gave a heartfelt and moving tribute to the late Kay Hammond, who joined AWARE in 1990, and in passing years, served as luncheon chair and president. She was an integral part of AWARE and will be truly missed.

After the meal’s blessing by Rev. Nicole Bates and a most delicious luncheon, meeting chair Karisti Julia introduced Dr. Chafetz. He gave insight and sometimes humorous anecdotes about dealing with difficult relationships, including older parents who may be going through stages of dementia or anyone who is choosing to be difficult. He encouraged everyone by saying life is stages of transitions and choices. Focus on what is truly necessary. He said boundaries are very important and to avoid confrontation with unreasonable people. He stayed to sign copies of his book, Loving Hard To Love Parents.

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. AWARE is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity.

Together with compassion and dedication we can make a difference. Join AWARE now and join the fight against Alzheimer’s. 

AWARE Dallas 2023-2024 Grant Recipients

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

Bishop Arts Theatre Center:  Support for a program offering senior/elder adults customized theatre workshops and performances to enhance their social, emotional, and physical memory abilities.

Center For BrainHealth at The University Of Texas At Dallas:  Support for the creation of a BrainHealth Help Line to offer guidance to caregivers and those with Alzheimer's who are seeking information and tools to help them move out of a place of distress.

For Love And Art:  Support to increase staff needed to coordinate volunteers, and assist with growth for a program bringing an interactive art experience to people with cognitive impairment and limited mobility living in long-term care facilities.

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

Juliette Fowler Communities:   Support the organization's campus-wide dementia care initiatives including I'm Still Here, Dementia Friendly Dallas, music therapy, and Caregiver support programs.

Plano Symphony Orchestra:   Support for Healing Notes, a free music therapy-influenced concert designed as an interactive musical experience for seniors. The program focuses on low-income individuals living in memory care facilities and dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

Stomping Ground Theater And Training Center:   Support for Improv for Caregivers, a fun and interactive program for family and professional caregivers that uses improvisational comedy techniques to teach effective communication skills that are specific to the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Texas Winds Musical Outreach:   Support for the Concerts for Seniors program providing interactive concerts in 86 nursing homes and adult day care facilities bringing joy, relief from isolation, and peace to individuals affected by memory loss, and providing new communication skills to their caregivers.

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

The University Of Texas At Dallas Center For Vital Longevity:   Support for testing the theory that Alzheimer’s disease is caused in part by a severe decline in the brain's energy system by examining neurometabolites using MRI scanning on one of seven such advanced MRI scanners in the country. Study located in the lab of Dr. K. Kennedy.

The University Of Texas At Dallas Center For Vital Longevity:   Support for acquisition of a mobile Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy ( fNIRS) system with physiological measures to assess brain-physiology in broad range of adults, and to train scientists in its use and allowing a broader range of access to study participants. . Study located in the lab of Dr. Chandramallika Basak.

Westminster Presbyterian Church:   Support to expand the number of days offered by the Caregivers Day Out program and allow more individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias to participate and provide greater respite for their caregivers.

Wilshire Baptist Church:   Support for the Friday Friends Program providing stimulating activities for participants living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and respite for their caregivers. 

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

AWARE is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity.

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 individuals affected by Alzheimer's in Dallas and the greater North Texas area.

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

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

Facebook: @awaredallas

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Christina Dandar, Lindsey Doramus, hostess; Amy Beale, President, Preservation Park Cities

Preservation Park Cities (PPC) New Member Soirée was generously hosted by Lindsey and Ben Doramus in their lovely home. New members over the past couple of years were invited to bring a guest and learn more about Preservation Park Cities, its mission and upcoming events.

Amy Beale, president of Preservation Park Cities, welcomed guests and thanked the Doramuses for opening their home and welcomed Lindsey as a new member of the board.

She gave an overview of events, including the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon chaired by Cory Bowen and Krista Porteous with Allie Beth Allman as honorary chair, Holiday Party at Park House in December, Spring 2024 Home Tour chaired by Meredith Ferrell and Courtney Petit, Car Show chaired by Jason Morski, PPC’s participation in the 2024 University Park Centennial April 6 through 13, 2024 with Alisa Sell as the Preservation Park Cities Centennial Representative heading up the Landmarking Committee that will gift plaques to University Park in honor of the Centennial, and educational meetings.

Reminding everyone about Al McClendon’s efforts gathering video histories and interviews about the Park Cities, Amy said they are available on the YouTube channel @PreservationParkCities including Ray Washburne, president and managing director of Highland Park Village; Larry Good, author of A House for Texas; Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University and more.

Landmarking will be happening as PPC focuses on the Top 100 Homes with write-ups by Joan Clark, which will be part of a coffee table book soon. Larry Good and Craig Melde are the chairs of the Save the Top 100 committee and are instrumental in the research and writing of the fourth book. Amy reminded everyone about the PPC archives in the University Park Library and happening in May 2024, a special event celebration National Historic Preservation month.

Encouraging membership and everyone to bring in more friends to join, Amy invited everyone to become a part of this vital organization. Membership and more details can be found at

Over the past several years, PPC has expanded its commitment to education in the Park Cities. In 2011, the organization's board voted to allocate funds from the Historic Home Tour, the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, and the Classic & Antique Car Show to create an endowment with the Highland Park Education Foundation. PPC and its supporters have built the endowment in excess of $250,000. It provides the annual underwriting for the Distinguished Chair for History at Highland Park High School and scholarships for deserving HPHS graduating seniors interested in architecture or history, reflecting the organization’s passion for the significance of historic preservation.          

The mission of Preservation Park Cities is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Historic Home Tour and the Classic and Antique Car Show are used to fund:

•        Property Landmarking

•        Stewardship of the PPC archives at the UP Library

•        HPISD Architecture/History Student Scholarship Award

•        The Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village

•        The Distinguished Chair for History at HPHS

•        The “Save the Top 100” campaign and publication of a new book


•  The Historic Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon and the Park Cities Car Show are the organization’s only fundraisers each year. The proceeds are allocated to help further our mission to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities.

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

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

•  Members of the organization enjoy historic and preservation oriented educational programs.                                              

Photos by Thomas Garza.

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The six QuestBridge Match Scholars are: Marissa Arana, Sarahi Zuniga, Viviana Mares Solano, Dalia Segura, Lina Canales, and Sandy Arenas Romero

Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) is thrilled to announce that six students from Dallas’ Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School have been named QuestBridge Match Scholars. 

YWPN’s mission is to support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and in life. YWPN formed the first public/private partnership with the Dallas Independent School District in August 2004, opening the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first all-girls public school in Texas.

From YWPN College Success Advisor, Erika Gonzales: 

"Six QuestBridge matches is a phenomenal accomplishment for our school. There are entire districts in our area that received four or five matches, and we have SIX matches at Rangel. This achievement speaks volumes about the dedication of our students, the quality of our academic programs, and our unwavering commitment to ensuring all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, have equal access to higher education."  Some of our students' College matches this year include Brown University, Emory University, University of Chicago, and Boston College. 

QuestBridge is a prestigious program that connects high-achieving, low-income students with full scholarships to the nation's best colleges. These colleges recognize the academic talent and potential of QuestBridge Match Scholars and commit to fully funding their four-year education, removing financial barriers and opening doors to top-tier institutions.

QuestBridge: Out of over 20,800 applicants, QuestBridge selected 6,683 finalists to be considered for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship (Match Scholarship). This year, QuestBridge’s 50 college partners matched with 2,242 Finalists, who are recognized as Match Scholarship Recipients. The Match Scholarship is made up of a generous financial aid package provided by the college that covers the total cost of attendance, including tuition, housing and food, books and supplies, and travel expenses.

Read the press release here:

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School (Rangel)

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School stands as Texas's first all-girls public school, a beacon of educational excellence and empowerment.

Located in South Dallas at Fair Park, Rangel is a testament to YWPN's commitment to empowering young women through education. Our school has consistently ranked among the top in the nation, nurturing bright and resilient young women from diverse backgrounds. US News and World Report ranks the school as the 2nd Best High School in Texas and the 18th Best in the Nation.

Rangel's students are determined young women facing unique challenges yet harboring immense potential. Predominantly students of color, including Hispanic/Latinx and Black students, and the majority hailing from economically disadvantaged homes, our girls demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and resilience. They are pioneers, breaking barriers as first-generation college attendees; many are also first-generation high school graduates with aspirations reaching far beyond societal norms. 

Key demographics for the 2022-2023 school year at Rangel include:

  • 94% students of color (83% Hispanic/Latinx, 7% Black, 2% Asian, 2% Multi-racial)
  • At least 71% from economically disadvantaged homes
  • 74% of Class of 2023 graduates were first-generation high school graduates
  • 82% of Class of 2023 graduates are first-generation college attendees

Notably, our impact is visible in our graduates' success, with results showcasing:

  • 100% high school graduation rate (2009-2023)
  • 100% college acceptance rate (2009-2023)
  • 59% of the Rangel Class of 2023 planned to pursue STEM degrees, surpassing national averages.
  • Over $16.2 million in academic/merit scholarships awarded to the Class of 2023
  • 94% of the Rangel Class of 2023 enrolled in college the semester after high school graduation

About Young Women’s Preparatory Network:
Located in One Arts Plaza, YWPN’s mission is to support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and in life.

Founded in 2002, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network is a nonprofit agency that partners with public school districts across Texas to operate the largest network of 6th – 12th grade all-girls, public, college preparatory schools nationwide. Our schools are located in struggling urban neighborhoods and have proven to be very successful. The schools have won multiple academic achievement awards, including being recognized among the top public schools in Texas and the nation.

YWPN formed the first public/private partnership with the Dallas Independent School District in August 2004, opening the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first all-girls public school in Texas. Because of the success of the first school in Dallas, YWPN’’s educational model is being replicated throughout the state as a catalyst for positive educational change.

Today, YWPN has a Network of schools in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston (Houston ISD and Aldine ISD), Lubbock, Midland, San Antonio, and El Paso (Ysleta ISD), serving more than 4,300 young women this year.