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Aashik Khakoo, CEO, Wipe Out Kid’s Cancer; Dr. Carla Russo, a founder of Lone Star Monarchs and Warrior Gift Basket chair; John Dankovchik, (Santa Claus) WOKC board chair; Regina Bruce, Lone Star Monarchs and Warrior Gift Basket chair; Cindy Brinker Simmons, Founder, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.

The Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) Warrior Family Holiday Party was hosted and sponsored by longtime supporters AutoNation and BMW of Dallas at the BMW of Dallas dealership on Lemmon Avenue. The Warriors are children battling cancer whose families join them in year-long events through the Warrior Family Program offered by WOKC.          

"AutoNation and BMW of Dallas were delighted and honored to sponsor this wonderful event again this year. Our support of WOKC's mission went hand-in-hand with opening our doors to welcome the Warriors and their families to help celebrate the joy and wonder of the holidays," said Huck Hibberd, BMW of Dallas General Manager.

As families entered the event, they were greeted by Santa Claus who invited them to join in a fun photo for the holidays. They enjoyed dinner from Jersey Mike's Subs, hot chocolate, a drive-in movie on BMW’s rooftop featuring The Polar Express, and more.

The centerpiece of the evening was the exchange of the Warrior Baskets for each child.  A Warrior Basket was a beautifully decorated basket full of multiple items from the Warrior’s individual wish list.  These wishes ranged from clothes to video games, from Air Pods to dolls, and from books to sporting goods.  Several Warriors received bicycles they requested as part of their wish list.  Siblings of every Warrior provided a wish list and received personalized presents as well. Parents also received gift cards. At the holiday party, both donors and purchasers presented the Warriors with their baskets and, in exchange, received a framed picture of the Warrior they supported.         

The Warrior Basket event was chaired by Regina Bruce and Dr. Carla Russo, founders of the Lone Star Monarchs, who said: “Thanks to the generosity and support of friends, family, WOKC board members, Guild members and other generous contributors who championed our efforts to raise critical funds for lifesaving pediatric cancer research this holiday season, the Lone Star Monarchs were able to present a check in the amount of $26,000 to WOKC.  This donation to WOKC represents $1,000 being given in honor of each one of the 26 brave WOKC Warriors.  We applaud and admire these WOKC Warriors for their strength and courage and hope these funds will support cutting-edge research that will help save lives and one day find a cure so that pediatric cancer is no longer a threat to ANY child.  We hope that many others will join us and be inspired and encouraged by our collective efforts on behalf of WOKC to also donate and help make a difference in the lives of these beautiful children NOW!”            

In addition to presenting a check to WOKC, the Lone Star Monarchs donated The Polar Express-themed items to each of the 26 WOKC Warriors and their families to take home and enjoy for the holiday season.  They included personalized wooden round-trip tickets along with silver Christmas bells, personalized hardback copies of The Polar Express accompanied by brass tree ornaments, canisters of popcorn, and Santa baskets of sweet treats and cupcakes.
        

Aashik Khakoo, CEO, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer said, “It was truly heartwarming to be with our Warriors and their families as they smiled and laughed and enjoyed all of the goodies, wonderful gift baskets, and treats throughout the evening. Everyone at WOKC offers our sincere thanks to AutoNation and BMW of Dallas for continuing their support of this event, to the Lone Star Monarchs for chairing, coordinating, and implementing the Warrior Gift Basket campaign, to Lynn McDonough for decorating all of the Warrior Gift Baskets, and to all of the sponsors, underwriters, and volunteers who made this event possible.”

          

Sponsors included “Believe” $5,000+: Regina Bruce and John Pickett/CAPTRUST; Dr. Carla Russo and Joe Russo/BDO USA, LLP. “Santa Claus” $2,000+: Rhonda Johnson and John Pickrell/Microsoft; Cindy and William Simmons.  “Bells of Christmas” $1,000+: Mary Bentley/IBM, Jeanne and George Lewis, Kimberly Elliott/ProStar Events, Karee Sampson, Cindi Tesseneer. “North Pole” $500+: David Andrews, Carlo Barone, Adam Bernal, Maurice Efune, Proshad Efune, M.D., Jacqueline Griffin, Laura Sanders, Libby Sanders Szabo, Ava Joy Solazzo. “Conductor” $250+: Fozi E. Bayoud, Katelyn Boone, Apsaline Douglas and Edward Douglas, Kristi Eakin Hall, Leo Rodriguez, Tiffany Taylor Wines, Tim Schutze, Mary Lynn Vaughan, Laura Worsham. Other Contributors $100+: Anonymous, Jason Spangler.          

Warrior Basket donors included: Sally Santa Anna, Cindy Brinker Simmons, Brisa Renteria, Regina Bruce, Aubrey Connatser, the Kunthear Mam-Douglas and Scott Douglas family, Jenice Dunayer, Marilyn Ellis, Sadie Gray, Tammy Harkins, Gayle Horton, Rhonda Johnson, Shane Lashley, Jeanne Lewis, Ashley McDonough, Lynn McDonough, Phillippa Nierling, Therese Rourk, Dr. Carla Russo, Karee Sampson, Susan Sanford, Tiffany Taylor Wines, Jo Tiller, Doug Wood, and Laura Worsham.
        

Wipe Out Kids' Cancer's mission is to work relentlessly for a day when cancer is no longer a threat to any child. Less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer. Visit the website for more information about WOKC, joining the Guild to volunteer, or attending upcoming events, including the 40th Anniversary Gala on April 30, 2022, at www.wokc.org

About the WOKC Warrior Family Program: The Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer Warrior Family Program is comprised of children from these DFW area hospitals with pediatric oncology units: Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Cook Children’s, and Medical City Children’s Hospital. WOKC understands that cancer affects more than the child with the cancer diagnosis. This unique program focuses on supporting the entire family unit with fun events, parties, and excursions throughout the year.

An added benefit of the Warrior Family Program is that everyone involved can spend time with other families who are facing similar circumstances. Parents have commented that these WOKC family engagement programs are medicine for their soul.

 Photos by Danny Campbell and Lisa Stewart  

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"Miss Kit Kat" with Rainbow Days clients for Holly Jolly Holidays.

Through its 2021 Holly Jolly Holiday project, Rainbow Days spread hope, cheer and holiday joy to hundreds of families experiencing homelessness in the Dallas community. Through a celebratory outdoor event hosted on the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church campus as well as deliveries to partnering service sites in the weeks afterward, over 750 infants, children, teens and parents received stockings, toys, gifts, winter coats and blankets from Rainbow Days this holiday season.

 

On Dec. 11, Rainbow Days hosted 240 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 2021 Holly Jolly Holiday event, children and parents enjoyed lunch, dessert, carnival games, arts and crafts, visits with Santa Claus, a petting zoo and holiday karaoke. Each child received a new coat and blanket as well as toys and gifts their parents personally selected for them. Finally, all members of the family — from infants to parents — received stockings filled with holiday treats, toiletries and other necessities.

 

In the weeks after the event, Rainbow Days also distributed additional stockings and gifts to 528 more children and parents living at partnering homeless-serving sites. As a whole, the 2021 Holly Jolly Holiday project benefited a total of 768 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 wonderful individuals and groups who made Holly Jolly Holiday a success this holiday season:

 

  • Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
  • The Rees-Jones Foundation
  • Lady ADA's of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office
  • Insperity
  • Varonis
  • National Charity League
  • Young Men's Service League
  • Bank of America
  • PepsiCo / Frito-Lay
  • Toys for Tots
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Community
  • Amazon Wish List Donors
  • Plus, hundreds of individuals who supported Holly Jolly Holiday through financial gifts, in-kind donations of toys and stockings, and volunteer hours!

 

ABOUT RAINBOW DAYS: Holly Jolly Holiday is a program of Rainbow Days, a 501(c)(3) Dallas-based nonprofit organization. Founded in 1982, Rainbow Days has a mission to help children and youth in adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. Through support groups, camps, life enrichment programs and critical needs services, Rainbow Days makes meaningful connections with at-risk and homeless children and youth and has positively impacted more than 241,000 kids in the Dallas area to date. For more information, please visit www.RainbowDays.org or call (214) 887-0726.

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BL_Danny Campbell Photography_Pajamas For Seniors- Dr. Carla Russo, Co-Founder, Lone Star Monarchs and Gala Chair; Jo Alch, Executive Director, Pajamas for Seniors; George and Jeanne Lewis, Honorary Chairs; Regina Bruce, Co-Founder Lone Star Monarchs and Gala Chair.

Pajamas for Seniors, a local nonprofit that brings pajamas to low-income area seniors living in nursing homes, hosted their inaugural gala, A Night of Hope, presented by Ardent Healthcare at the Park City Club.
        
Chaired by Regina Bruce and Dr. Carla Russo, with Jeanne and George Lewis as honorary chairs, the evening began with a silent auction and cocktails during the reception. Jennifer Monroe, Mistress of Ceremonies, welcomed the crowd and introduced Pastor Rickey D. Hill, Chaplain, for the invocation. After the first course Caesar salad was served, keynote speaker Stephen L. Mansfield, Ph.D., FACHE, immediate past president & CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas, spoke about caring for seniors with compassion, saying that not only does the gift of these pajamas let them know that others are thinking of them, but also helps them psychologically. It makes them happy and feel valued.
        
As guests enjoyed a delicious main course duet of peppercorn crusted petite beef tenderloin and pan roasted Chilean sea bass with beurre blanc and wilted spinach, a touching and profound video presentation produced by Sarah Strackhouse, CEO, The Strackhouse, touched everyone’s hearts, as they embraced the mission of Pajamas for Seniors.
        
After a most delightful dessert of lavender creme brulée and deep-dish pecan pie, Carla and Regina thanked everyone for their support of the nonprofit. Regina said, “For many low-income seniors living in nursing homes or assisted living, this time of year can be especially challenging. Dr. Carla Russo and I are deeply grateful for the financial and in-kind support of our wonderful gala sponsors, donors and volunteers who provided precious resources to help bring the gift of a new pair of pajamas to thousands of area seniors. Through their generous support of Pajamas for Seniors, they demonstrated true compassion for seniors, while spreading love and giving dignity to each of them. We hope this beautiful example of kindness and generosity will inspire many others in our community to step up and follow their lead with donations of new pajamas to help make the holiday season brighter for many more sweet seniors.”
        
The chairs also made a surprise announcement that they had formed a new nonprofit organization, Lone Star Monarchs, and had secured a donation of $50,000+ of pajamas and other clothes from Jill Donovan, founder of Rustic Cuff, which will be given to Pajamas for Seniors to help further its mission.
        
Jo Alch, R.N. founder and executive director of Pajamas for Seniors, says the organization is raising awareness to the needs of seniors one pajama at a time. “Our senior population is growing and experiencing more loneliness and isolation than ever before. Sixty percent of nursing home residents have no living relatives. They have few if any visitors. As staffing demands increase one-on-one time is difficult. With roughly $2 a day allocated for basic necessities, new pajamas are often a luxury. We have made it our mission to bring this most basic comfort and support to those seniors within our reach.”
        
Underwriters and supporters joining in the event included Mark Sheets, Ardent Healthcare, Presenting Sponsor; Diamond Sponsor Jeanne and George Lewis; Gold Sponsors Cambridge Caregivers/Manchester Care Homes, Lone Star Monarchs, Cindy Brinker Simmons; Silver Sponsors Senior Living Specialists; Bronze Sponsors  CAPTRUST; BDO USA, LLP; Bugle Boy Estate Sales, Jimma Roberts, Sergio & Sheila; also attending the event were Thomas Everett, two-time Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion; John Pickett, Joe Russo, Joe Pacetti, Patricia Deason, Kunthear Mam-Douglas, David Andrews and more. Special thanks also went to Carlo Barone of Greenbar Distillery for creating the PJ-Tini, a signature cocktail for the event.
        
To find out more about Pajamas for Seniors and how you can become involved, visit the website at www.pajamasforseniors.org  

About Lone Star Monarchs:
Mission: 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. Learn more at www.LoneStarMonarchs.org
Facebook @LoneStarMonarchs  Instagram @LoneStarMonarchs

About Pajamas for Seniors:  PJFS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission: Provide new pairs of pajamas to low-income seniors in area nursing and assisted living homes. www.pajamasforseniors.org and on Facebook.  

Photos by Danny Campbell                   

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Nexus Families

Sponsor a Family or Purchase a Holiday Ornament to Benefit the Women and Children of Nexus Recovery Center

Throughout this holiday season, Nexus Recovery Center, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization specializing in substance use disorder treatments for adult women (including mothers and women with children), will serve hundreds of women and their accompanying children who are seeking sobriety on the path to recovery. 
        
Since many of the families who enter the nonprofit are starting from scratch, their mission is to ensure they are supported with the essential items they need, like a warm place to sleep, meals to eat, and clothing to wear as they embark on their recovery journey.  Supporting Nexus’ life-saving services helps the women and children receiving care have a safe and special holiday. Opportunities are now available to sponsor a Nexus family or client today.
        
In addition to supporting a Nexus family or client directly is to purchase a Nexus Holiday Ornament. But time is running by quickly, so act now.  The ornaments are a meaningful gift and special way to spread joy this holiday season. Support Nexus’ work and spread the mission one ornament at a time. Click this link to purchase ornaments in one of three sizes.
* $25 Ornament provides 1 week of diapers for 1 infant accompanying their mother into treatment.
* $50 Ornament provides therapy workbooks and curriculum supplies for 3 women in treatment.
* $75 ornament provides 1 month of hygiene products for 5 women in residential care.
        
Ornaments can be picked up from Nexus campus on Friday, December 17, 2021 between the following times: 9-10 AM, 12-1 PM, 5-6 PM. Please contact us for more information at development@nexusrecovery.org or click here to purchase.
        
Check the website for more information about Nexus Recovery Center and how you can support Holidays at Nexus at www.nexusrecovery.org.    

About Nexus Recovery Center

Founded in 1971 and based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that treats the whole woman by offering an array of comprehensive services, including specialized substance use disorder treatment services, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to restore health and encourage resilience - regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. 

Accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006, it is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and also allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. Serving solely women on their journey to recovery, Nexus’ mission is to create a safe space for its clients and serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for women and their families. Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of women through the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors. Together, Nexus Recovery Center changes families’ lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. For more information, visit www.nexusrecovery.org

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Vicki Howland, Ray Washburne, Margot Washburne, Heather Washburne, S. M. Wright II, Dulaney Howland.

Support the S. M. Wright Foundation with your contribution today!

The Announcement Party for the S.M. Wright Foundation’s 23rd Annual Christmas in the Park was hosted by Heather and Ray Washburne in the Mockingbird Room in Highland Park Village.

Joining the Washburnes was their daughter, Margot, and Vicki and Dulany Howland. Volunteering with Christmas in the Park has been a longtime family tradition for their family. Each year, they help hand out Christmas gifts and many other items to families in need at the Christmas in the Park celebration at the Automobile Building in Fair Park.

Also joining in the Announcement were Host Team members and SM’s family, his brother Calvin Wright and his mother, Debra Wright and many more. Cullum Clark is board chair.

Christmas in the Park has grown from serving fewer than 200 underprivileged children in 1998 to assisting more than 25,000 less fortunate Dallas residents in 2020. Given the current economic climate, continually rising inflation, and increasing income inequality, even more families will line up this year in hopes of receiving services from the S.M. Wright Foundation.

 As Dallas’ largest holiday charity event, Christmas in the Park can meet great needs in our city — but not without corporate and individual sponsors. Together, we can raise enough funds through this year’s event to ensure that sufficient food, clothing, toys, household items and furniture are available to those who need them most. This special event plays host to nearly 1,800 volunteers who share the holiday season with their community.

The event on Saturday, December 18, 2021 is not a gala-type of event where the community can purchase tickets to attend. This event distributes the items above to families in need who have pre-registered and is made possible by donors who fund Christmas for thousands of families in our metro area. The community can help with donations to the S.M. Wright Foundation that go directly towards Christmas in the Park.  Find out more at www.smwrightfoundation.org   or  www.christmasatfairpark.com

Host Team: S.M. Wright ll, Co-Founder; Debra Wright, Co-Founder; Calvin Wright, Co-Founder; Heather and Ray Washburne, Honorary Event Chairs; Nita and Cullum Clark, Foundation Board Chair.
        
Event Co-Chairs: Allie Beth and Pierce Allman; Julie and Darren Blanton; Deni and Kevin Bryant; Jacki and Doug Deason; Ola and Randall Fojtasek; Suzanne and Michael Grishman; Tavia and Clark Hunt; Brooke and Jeff Jackson; Natalie and Mike McGuire; Brenda and Larry North; Chris and Joe Popolo; Michael Watson; Jimmy Westcott; John Willding.

Foundation Board of Directors: Debra Wright, Founder and Chairwoman Emeritus; Cullum Clark, Board Chairman; S.M. Wright II, Co-Founder, President and CEO; Pierce Allman, Vice Chairman; Chris Lalonde, Secretary; Darren Blanton; Ernest Beecherl; Larry North; Calvin Wright; Michael Watson and John Collins, General Counsel.


About The S.M. Wright Foundation:

Mission: The S.M. Wright Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support and stability to inner-city, underprivileged children and less fortunate families through hunger relief, educational support, health promotion, social service assistance and economic empowerment. Our goals are to move families from dependency to self-sufficiency and to restore stability to families and the community.

 About: The S.M. Wright Foundation was founded in 1998 by S.M. Wright II and this year is celebrating its 23rd year. As a visionary, CEO Wright, his family, and trusted friends established the S.M. Wright Foundation as a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing support and stability to inner city, underprivileged children and less fortunate families through hunger relief, educational support, health and social service assistance and economic empowerment. The mission of the S.M. Wright Foundation is to move these families from a position of dependency to self-sufficiency and to restore stability to families and the community.

With an organization once established to serve primarily the South Dallas Community, the S.M. Wright Foundation has seen exponential growth and has seen its clientele begin to come from all areas of the Dallas metropolis. By providing a supporting role of guidance to our clients in areas for race relations, hunger relief, community involvement and events, economic development, social assistance programs benefiting the low-social economic families, and the implementation of several new educational programs the S.M. Wright Foundation is helping build a solid foundation and a sense of pride that allows our clients to successfully transition to that position of self-sufficiency. As a result, five essential programs were developed as pillars of success to facilitate the great transition of our clients.  

The S. M. Wright Foundation helps many families in need, through its community program centers, the South Dallas Community Food Center, its South Dallas Community Resource Center, the Community Furniture Bank, the Dallas Financial Literacy and Tutoring Center, its Beds for Kids Center and the Annual Christmas at Fair Park event.  www.smwrightfoundation.org     and http://www.christmasatfairpark.com/

 

Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio

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Patricia Cowlishaw, Barbara Glass, Nancy Sanders, Executive Director of Belmont Village Senior Living

Buy Your Holiday Poinsettias to benefit AWARE | Dedicated to Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease Since 1989
        

AWARE president Karisti Julia announces a very special opportunity for the community to support AWARE in its fight against Alzheimer’s disease by purchasing holiday poinsettias to benefit AWARE.
        
These high-quality poinsettias may be ordered in pink, red or white. There are two options for purchase: Priced at $25.00 each for the 6” pots and $35.00 each for 10” pots, protected with plastic sleeves. 100% of the proceeds benefit AWARE. Order online now through December 3rd at https://awareevent.kimbia.com/poinsettias  or contact Karen Koop at kckoop@swbell.net
        
AWARE is working in partnership with Belmont Village Senior Living, which is the pick-up point, located at 3535 N. Hall Street, Dallas, 75219. Pick up times are on Thursday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Friday, December 10th from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. If you can’t pick up your order, let AWARE know and delivery can be arranged.

        

What is AWARE? AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help individuals affected by Alzheimer's in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. In other words, the funds raised by AWARE stay in our local community. To learn more about AWARE, membership benefits, special events, educational programs and more, visit the website at www.AWAREDallas.org  Instagram:@awaredallas. Facebook: @awaredallas The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE.

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Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) has just completed their “When I Grow Up” Warrior Portrait Exhibit at NorthPark Center which can be viewed through Sunday, November 21, 2022, on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stores.
        
Chaired by Karee Sampson, WOKC board member and co-chaired by Cindy Brinker Simmons, WOKC founder, the exhibit is a curated collection of portraits and stories of brave young pediatric cancer patients (called Warriors) dressed as what they dream of being when they grow up.
        
Karee said, “The genesis of this project was to encourage the hopes and dreams of these courageous young cancer patients by seeing themselves as they want to be when they grow up.  Curating their costumes and seeing the hope and joy in their innocent faces as they dressed for their future and posed for the camera has been a privilege.  This exhibit symbolizes the hope Wipe Out Kids' Cancer has provided to these inspiring Warriors and their families for over 40 years. We are especially grateful to the team at NorthPark Center for their support and generosity helping us raise awareness about children with cancer and their hope for the future.  NorthPark Center's ongoing dedication and unwavering support of so many worthy charitable endeavors all year in an effort to highlight the philanthropic needs in our community is unrivaled.  We are also thankful to Marc Robins for his donation of photography services.  Each child will have their portrait to hang on their bedroom wall to continually inspire their dreams."         
        
WOKC CEO, Aashik Khakoo said, “WOKC realizes that cancer affects more than just the child who received a cancer diagnosis and provides various programs to support the entire family unit. At Wipe Out Kids' Cancer, we are dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer patients and their families in three ways: our core Buddy Bag and Warrior Family Programs and critical novel research."
        
Every year hundreds of families in the DFW area receive the devastating words, "Your child has cancer." Spanning four decades, WOKC has significantly impacted innovative, cutting-edge novel pediatric cancer research and has achieved excellent outcomes battling pediatric cancer and increasing survival rates.
        
Cindy said, “It has been a joy and privilege for Wipe Out Kids' cancer to serve brave and resilient young heroes and their families over the past four decades. WOKC has achieved excellent results in battling pediatric cancer and increasing survival rates. But there is still more pressing work and critical research needed for discoveries. We thank the community for their support as we boldly continue to conquer this dreadful disease. Onward we go!"

Wipe Out Kids' Cancer's mission is to work relentlessly for a day when cancer is no longer a threat to any child.  Visit the website at www.wokc.org to learn more about how the community can become involved and for more information about the nonprofit.  

Photos by Marc Robins.

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BL_Danny Campbell Photography_Dallas Historic Soci Veletta Lill, Dallas Historical Society, former city council member and executive director of the Dallas Arts District; Karl Chiao, executive director, Dallas Historical Society.

Dallas Historical Society Patron Party Honors the 39th Awards for Excellence Luncheon - Dallas History Makers

Make reservations now for the luncheon on Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Dallas Historical Society hosted a Patron Party honoring the 39th Awards for Excellence Luncheon - Dallas History Makers at the newly renovated Hall of State at Fair Park on October 27th.
        

The luncheon is slated for Thursday, November 18th at the Fairmont Dallas and is a celebration of history makers of today who are making significant contributions to Dallas’ quality of life, providing innovation, guidance and support in categories such as Arts Leadership, Education, Health/Sciences, History, Humanities, Philanthropy and more.
        

The categories and honorees are Arts Leadership/Gayle Halperin; Creative Arts/Jonathan Norton; Education/Catherine LeBlanc; Health Sciences/Agape Clinic; History/Nancy McCoy; Humanities/Alessandra Comini; Philanthropy/Diane Bumpas; Volunteer Leadership/Rene Martinez; The Jubilee History Maker Award/Cece Cox.
        

There is an exciting raffle which includes three items. 1: An overnight stay at the Lodge or Safari Camp at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, up to four guests. Includes dinner at Riverhouse Grill and a private behind the scenes tour of Fossil Rim. (2 Packages Available). 2: A ride in a historic open-cockpit World War II airplane. 3: A full day rental of the newly renovated Hall of State (excluding Saturdays) with a $500 gift certificate from Wendy Krispin Catering (depending on availability). Entries are $20 each or six entries for $100. Information about the honorees, underwriting, tickets and sponsorships are available via the website at www.dallashistory.org
        

At the Patron Party, executive director Karl Chiao, welcomed the crowd saying that the Dallas Historical Society was formed in 1922 and they look forward to celebrating their centennial year in 2022. Their collection consists of over three million items.  The Hall of State was built in 1936 and has been home to DHS since 1938. It has undergone a $14.4 million bond renovation and is ready for rental.
        

Karl thanked Pegasus Bank, luncheon title sponsor for the past three years, Phoenix One for sponsoring the Patron Party and the Awards for Excellence committee, Mary Suhm and Shannon Callewart. He introduced Veletta Lill, DHS board chair, former city council member and executive director of the Dallas Arts District and Roy Washburn, incoming board chair and retired as president of Park Cities Dental Group and on the boards of Dallas Can Academy, Park Cities Rotary Club, YMCA and Vestry for St. Michaels All Angels Episcopal Church.  Veletta and Roy took turns introducing the Awards for Excellence honorees, presenting each one with a copy of the book titled A Texas Journey, The Centennial Photographs of Polly Smith.  
        

As a very special treat, Karl announced the Texas Liberty Forever! Battle of the Alamo diorama which is the largest depiction of its kind and serves as the centerpiece of the upcoming Texas Independence Exhibit at the Hall of State. He invited everyone for a sneak preview of the exhibit which opens in Spring 2022.
        

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.  Learn more at the website www.dallashistory.org

About Texas Liberty Forever! Battle of the Alamo Diorama - Created by Pennsylvania-based artist Thomas Feely, Jr. over 18 years and stretching across more than 336 square feet in size, the Texas Liberty Forever! Battle of the Alamo diorama is the largest depiction of its kind and serves as the centerpiece of the Texas Independence Exhibit at the Hall of State.

The re-creation of the besieged Alamo compound features over 2,000 hand-painted figures poised in battle, just as the combatants were on the morning of March 6, 1836. Painstakingly researched and exquisitely detailed, the diorama showcases every aspect of the legendary battle—from artillery pieces and wagons, to cattle, horses, fortresses, and topography, all represented in 1/54 scale.

The permanent exhibit, which opens in the South Texas room at the Hall of State in Spring 2022, offers a bird’s eye view of history as it was unfolding—Colonel Romero’s charge on the cattle corral, troops spilling over the northeast wall into the courtyard, defenders perched atop the Alamo Chapel, and many more action scenes that bring the battle to life.

Feely, who crafted and painted each figure separately, designed the Texas Liberty Forever! diorama in four pieces which were acquired, crated, and shipped to the Hall of State, through the extensive efforts of the Dallas Historical Society and its many supporters. The exhibit will be part of a larger installation that will offer an interactive, technology-enhanced experience for visitors.

Photos by Danny Campbell

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Marla Boone, Chair; Christine Allison, speaker; Tom Boone

Preservation Sponsor Highland Park Village | Presenting Magazine Sponsor D Home

Preservation Park Cities (PPC) Distinguished Speaker Luncheon was a sold out affair!  The Dallas Country Club was at capacity for this wonderful event featuring Christine Allison, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of D magazine speaking on “Our Forever Home - How We Fell In Love With The Park Cities.”       

Chaired by Marla Boone, the luncheon’s Honorary Chairs were The Honorable Joel and Susan Williams. Season Events Honorary Chairs were Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Preservation Sponsor Highland Park Village and D Home was Presenting Magazine Sponsor.      

Preservation Park Cities president, Tish Key, welcomed everyone and introduced Brad Cheves, Vice President for Development and External Affairs (DEA) at SMU who gave the invocation.  Scott Murray, of Murray Media and emcee, thanked the sell-out crowd for their support and said the Park Cities is a very special community. He reminded everyone of the organization’s recent name change from the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society to Preservation Park Cities and said the mission remains the same: To preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. 

University Park architect and PPC board member Bob Clark gave insight into the history of the Elbert Williams/Rees-Jones House which is featured in the book A House for Texas, authored by Larry Good, published by Preservation Park Cities. Dubbed the most important house in Texas and a masterpiece of Texas modern regional architecture, it was saved from demolition by the Rees-Joneses, who purchased it from the original owner’s family and are also neighbors and believe in its preservation.

As luncheon was served, Christine took the stage with Peter Simek, Arts Editor, D magazine for her presentation. Christine shared the story of her husband, the late Wick Allison, founder of D magazine, who grew up in the Park Cities. They began their family in Dallas, moved to New York and then returned to Dallas and made the Park Cities their forever home. She talked about the importance of the continuity of generations in the community and said preservation is not only about the houses, it is also the people who keep it beautiful. She encouraged everyone to reflect on the history of the Park Cities and become engaged in its future. 

Traditionally, Preservation Park Cities (PPC) features a Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Historic Home Tour and Classic and Antique Car Show each spring. Due to COVID-19, the scheduling was revised. The annual Historic Home Tour happened in April 2021 and was totally virtual. It will be available to view on the website soon. The Classic and Antique Car Show will happen at a date to be determined.        

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

Membership in Preservation Park Cities is open to the community. Community support is vital to preserving community awareness regarding the importance of protecting and promoting visual history along with architectural and cultural legacies of the Park Cities. Find out more by visiting the website at www.preservationparkcities.org      

PPC membership benefits and activities include: Three educational meetings during the year, landmarking events honoring significant homes for architectural, historical or restoration merit, PPC Annual Spring Historic Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Annual Classic & Antique Car Show, July 4th Parade and booth.  Funds raised help preserve and maintain The Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PPC archives at the University Park Library, fund PPC’s landmarking initiatives, award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history and fund the Distinguished Chair for History at Highland Park High School.  For more information, visit www.preservationparkcities.org  , email info@preservationparkcities.org  or call the PPC office (214) 528-0021.              

About Christine Allison:

Christine Allison first worked as D Magazine’s promotion manager in 1976, after a foiled attempt to start a newspaper for the Park Cities. After six years, she left D to create a boutique advertising agency, which served national and local clients. She sold it when she decided to move to New York with Wick Allison, with whom she now has four (remarkable) daughters. 

Christine has written thirteen books. Her range is wide, from John Paul II: A Tribute in Words and Pictures to 365 Days of Gardening, and Tell Me a Story, I’ll Sing You a Song. In addition, she was a contributor to Reader’s Digest for ten years.

The Allisons moved back to Dallas in 1995 to assume ownership of D Magazine, and a few years later decided to acquire Park Cities People. Full circle, if you will.  In 2000, she created D Home, and shepherded the creation of D Weddings and D’s award-winning website, Dmagazine.com. 

She now has assumed the mantle of Editor-in-Chief and CEO of D Magazine Partners, and is responsible for all editorial and operations, as well as D Custom, a nationally-recognized content marketing agency.

Preservation Park Cities Overview: PPC’s mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the Luncheon and Home Tour will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PPC archives at the University Park Library, fund PPC’s landmarking initiatives, award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history and fund the Distinguished Chair for History at Highland Park High School. Membership in PPC is open to the public. For more information visit www.preservationparkcities.org  

* Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio and Danny Campbell. 

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Rush and Angie Waghorne, Chairs, Disco and Dessert

Nexus Recovery Center Celebrates 50 Years With Inaugural Event

The First-Ever Disco & Dessert Celebrates Impact Nexus Has Made over Half a Century

 Nexus Recovery Center, a Dallas-based nonprofit agency specializing in substance use disorder treatments for adult women (including mothers and women with children) hosts an inaugural event, Disco & Dessert, inspired by the decade in which it was founded (1971).    
        
Slated for Friday, November 12, 2021 at The Joule, the evening begins with an invitation only Honorary Reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary 50 For 50 donors and sponsors in a private gathering chaired by Jan Madigan and Carolyn Waghorne at 7:00 p.m. Then at 8:00 p.m., the fabulous and fun Disco & Dessert begins, chaired by longtime supporters Angie and Rush Waghorne, raising funds and awareness while celebrating the milestone. Guests can expect surprises and delights throughout the entire evening, including dancing, delectable desserts, as well as cocktail and mocktail libations. Boogie attire is encouraged for an evening full of funky town tunes and disco fever. 
        
“We are excited to safely host an event at such an iconic Dallas spot and celebrate the impact we’ve made this year, as well as the past 50 years,” said Cameron Hernholm, Nexus Recovery Center Chief Philanthropy Officer. “We’ve never hosted an event like this, so I’m excited to see how our supporters enjoy something light-hearted and fun, while raising funds for our very critical mission.” 
        
The renowned Emerald City Band will keep the energy up the entire night with live music and the electric energy always associated with its performances.      
        
 “We are thrilled to be chairing this exciting new event,” Angie said. “We’ve supported Nexus Recovery Center for years. The mission is important to us, and we want to spread the word in any capacity we can.  All of the staff and volunteers embody the mission in every aspect, and we’re delighted to help in every way possible.”
        
Nexus is committed to hosting a safe, in-person event and following all CDC guidelines. All guests will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status, and temperature checks are required before entering the venue.
        
Sponsorships for Disco & Dessert begin at $1,000 up to $25,000. Individual tickets are $100 each. For more information about Nexus Recovery Center and the Disco & Desert event, or to sponsor the event and purchase tickets, please visit www.nexusrecovery.org.    

About Nexus Recovery Center

Founded in 1971 and based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that treats the whole woman by offering an array of comprehensive services, including specialized substance use disorder treatment services, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to restore health and encourage resilience - regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. 

Accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006, it is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and also allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. Serving solely women on their journey to recovery, Nexus’ mission is to create a safe space for its clients and serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for women and their families. Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of women through the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors. Together, Nexus Recovery Center changes families’ lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. For more information, visit www.nexusrecovery.org.

* Photo by Dana Driensky