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The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) is thrilled to announce that Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has come on board as presenting sponsor for the 2015 Annual Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Luncheon. Additionally, Highland Park Village has joined in support as its Preservation Partner and D HOME as media sponsor.

          All three of these major sponsors are longtime supporters of PCHPS. The first luncheon in 2011 featured a major sponsorship with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and highlighted Ray Washburne as the speaker, detailing the Village’s renovations with historic photos in a fascinating slide show.  The Washburnes have also served as honorary chairs. Both Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Highland Park Village were major supporters in 2013 and 2014. D Home has been the media sponsor for many years, as well as other community businesses.

          Joan Clark, PCHPS president said, “Without the support of local individuals and firms, PCHPS could not achieve its goals of preservation awareness and education.  I am extremely grateful for the ongoing, outstanding commitment of our Presenting Sponsor, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.  Additionally, it is a thrill to welcome our new Preservation Partner, Highland Park Village.  We are excited about the history that will be on view with the 2015 Home Tour.  It will be an opportunity for ‘Shaping the Future of Our Past.’ ”

          “The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is committed to preserving the architecture, history and heritage of the Park Cities so it remains a beautiful place to live,” says Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “As a longtime sponsor and supporter, I applaud their efforts toward keeping the community strong and economically sound while looking to the future.”

          Ray Washburne said, ““Our family is deeply committed to the ongoing success and growth of the Park Cities heritage. The mission of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is something we are actively involved in and strive to make a difference. Our community is very important to us and we want to ensure our residents are actively involved in supporting these goals as well.”  
    
          Themed A Century of Classics, the home tour and luncheon will celebrate historic preservation and are designed to generate awareness of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.

          Kendall Jennings is chairing the 2015 Historic Home Tour along with Lucinda Buford chairing the luncheon. PCHPS is proud to have Marla and Mike Boone as honorary chairs for both events.

          Slated for Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Dallas Country Club, the luncheon features Dr. R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University, as the keynote speaker. SMU reached the centennial of its founding in 2011 and 2015 marks the centennial of its opening.

          The Historic Home Tour will take place on Saturday, April 11th, featuring architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park Cities that illustrate how they have been restored, remodeled and updated to serve the lifestyle needs of families today.

          The society’s mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. A portion of the proceeds of the 2015 Home Tour will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, which was the second home built in Highland Park. It also funds the Society’s land marking ceremonies. The proceeds from both the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series and the tour will go toward the PCHPS scholarship program for Highland Park High School graduating seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of the community’s heritage.

Advance Home Tour Tickets for the Saturday, April 11th Historic Home Tour will be available at Tom Thumb stores in the Park Cities area the third week of March for $20. Tickets purchased the day of the tour will be $25. Additionally, you may purchase advance tickets online at the PCHPS website www.pchps.org or checks can be mailed to 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100, Box 286, Dallas, TX 75205-2789 before April 4, 2015.  

Tickets for the April 1st Luncheon may be purchased in March 2015 online at www.pchps.org Individual tickets are $125, $250, $500, $1,000 each with different benefits in seating, private reception with the speaker, according to the level of purchase. 
Sponsorships and table underwriting are also available. Check the website for updates: www.pchps.org or email info@pchps.org for sponsorship forms.

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

        

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The Press Club of Dallas presented the 2014 Newsmaker of the Year Award to Michael A. Jenkins celebrating his international reputation as a theatre visionary. The sold-out Tribute gala “Playbills, Popcorn and the Press” was held Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, and featured performances by Broadway stars Cathy Rigby and Rachel York. 

Tony Pederson, immediate past president of the Press Club, presented Jenkins with a plaque, noting, “The Press Club of Dallas is pleased to honor Michael A. Jenkins as Newsmaker of the Year 2014 for his outstanding and lifelong contributions to the performing arts, his leadership of Dallas Summer Musicals, and his award-winning producing ability.  Michael has brought national acclaim through his dedication to philanthropy and education of young people in the arts, and for serving as an exemplary citizen of the City of Dallas.” 

Press Club of Dallas President Niki McCuistion welcomed everyone to the event, and KLUV Radio's Jody Dean emceed with tributes from Baylor College President Judge Kenneth Starr and others.  Honorary Chairs were Chuck and Cindy Gummer, with Pat Porter chairing the event.  

Underwriters for the event were The Ruth C. and Charles S. Sharp Foundation, Inc., Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, and Cindy and Chuck Gummer, honorary chairs.  

The mission and purpose of the Press Club of Dallas is to initiate, promote, foster and provide for cultural, literary, educational and social activities and undertakings in the field of journalism and related professions. Chartered by the state of Texas in 1951, the Club received its nonprofit 501 (c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service in 2012.

 

Michael’s son, Angus JenkinsMichael’s daughter, Delanie JenkinsBroadway star, Rachel York, a featured performer

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Stephanie Mattison, gala chair; Glenn Beck, an honorary chair and featured speaker; Charles Kallassy, Suzanne Bock Grishman, interim Executive Director and acting Director of Development, Hope’s Door.

An Evening of Hope Gala benefiting Hope’s Door, a comprehensive domestic violence agency, raised more money than ever before, earning just over $400,000 to benefit the agency.
          The Gatsby-themed evening began with a VIP reception in the Cypress Room at the Westin Stonebriar. Dressed in a gold Gatsby-style fringe and sequin gown, Stephanie Mattison, gala chair, was joined by her husband, Tanner and her family, along with Suzanne Bock Grishman, interim executive director and acting director of development at Hope’s Door and her husband, Michael. Matthew Grynwald is the president of the board. Many board members and underwriters chatted with honorary chair Glenn Beck, founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts and best known as the host of The Blaze television and radio shows. His wife, Tania, also an honorary chair, was unable to attend due to a prior family commitment.
          Guests bid in the fabulous silent auction sponsored by Rent-A-Center, bought out the wine pull, gift card pull, enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres and stepped into an eight-foot tall gold frame, snapping photos as remembrances.
          Entertainment by the band Limelight played as emcee Steve Stoler, formerly of WFAA Channel 8 and now the executive director of media relations for the City of Plano, welcomed guests and recognized veterans in the audience, as it was Veteran’s Day weekend.
          After a three-course gourmet dinner ending with a dessert assortment by Nothing Bundt Cakes, Stephanie thanked everyone for supporting Hope’s Door by attending the gala and encouraged the crowd to participate in the fundraising opportunities soon to come. She recognized presenting sponsors Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers and the Becks as honorary chairs, noting that since Tania could not attend, Glenn was joined by their daughter, Mary Cate.
          LaShon Ross, a member of the board, presented Stephanie with an exquisite strand of pearls donated by jeweler Carter Malouf, who is also a member of the host committee with his wife, Jill. She introduced a moving video highlighting the message of Hope’s Door, emphasizing they are here to help heal families affected by domestic violence. She asked the board to stand, thanking them for their devoted service.
          After a spirited game of heads-and-tails, board Secretary Ann Dunham announced    Jessica Bair and The Mary Kay Foundation as recipients of the Heroes of Hope Award for their generous grant in helping with emergency shelter renovations and ongoing support. Jessica received an exquisite Waterford clock donated by Bachendorf’s.
          Jessica said she was honored to receive the award and emphasized that Hope’s Door is crucial to the victims of domestic violence and helps them become survivors.        Suzanne, who joined Hope’s Door this past summer, said the agency is making a difference in people’s lives through education. With the leadership of Grishman, Hope’s Door is poised for growth and ready for support to move it forward to the next stage. She said the morning after Glenn and Tania toured the safe shelter, Glenn shared his experience with his radio audience and sold over 550 raffle tickets for the beautiful 2014 CLA Class Mercedes-Benz donated by Mercedes-Benz of Plano. Only 1,000 tickets were sold at $100 each, with proceeds benefiting the programs and services of Hope’s Door.
          Taking the stage to a standing ovation, Glenn’s very personal and emotionally charged story touched the hearts of everyone in the ballroom. With many in tears as he ended his presentation, he said Hope’s Door gives hope for a future to so many and encouraged everyone to continue their support because they can truly make a difference in people’s lives. Emotions ran high as another standing ovation rang through the room.
          Following the Fund-A-Cause call for donations, the live auction was a rousing success, including three  tours of Beck’s studio and lunch; a wine lover’s experience visiting Jordan Vineyards, Michel-Schlumberger and Lail Vineyards; a VIP family membership at the Frisco Gun Club; Chef John Coleman, owner of Savor Restaurant offered a private chef experience; Trident Response Group will host an interactive training program and topping it all off, the actor Burton Gilliam, who starred in Blazing Saddles, took the stage and helped move the crowd in bidding on a Blazing Saddles movie script signed by Mel Brooks, including lunch with Burton.
          Limelight took the stage and the crowd filled the dance floor until the lights came on. The gala was a huge success, everyone in smiles, taking home sweets from the candy bar.
          Hope’s Door mission is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and to provide education programs that enhance the community's capacity to respond. Learn more by visiting the website at www.hopesdoorinc.org or call 972-422-2911.
                                                              

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Mad Hatter’s Tea April In Paris is Celebrating its 27th Year Anniversary

benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

and A Woman’s Garden

 

          (November 6, 2014)  Stop by the Mad Hatter’s Tea table at the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show at the VIP reception Thursday evening, November 6th or when the show opens to the public on Friday, November 7th through November 10th at Dallas Market Hall.

          David Lee Holland Fine Jewelry, the brainchild of designers David Lee Holland and Yanni Kyriazis, is a New York-based jeweler specializing in earth friendly custom design, premiere natural color gemstones and exceptional natural color diamonds. The jeweler is a sponsor of Mad Hatter’s Tea and is creating a one-of-a-kind piece for the event’s live auction on Thursday, April 9th at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

          You will see some wonderful examples of their creative designs pictured in the brochures available at the table with more information about Mad Hatter’s Tea, chaired by Sharon Popham. Marena Gault is president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

          For more information on the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, go to the website here: http://www.dallasfallshow.com/

          For more information on Mad Hatter’s Tea and how you can attend, visit the website here: http://www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org and scroll down for details.

          For more information about David Lee Holland Fine Jewelers, visit the website here: http://www.davidleeholland.com/

 

Mad Hatter’s Tea April in Paris Celebrating its 27th Year Anniversary

benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

and A Woman’s Garden

 

Event:             Mad Hatter’s Tea April in Paris Celebratingits 27th Year Anniversary

Benefiting:   Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden           

When:            Thursday, April 9, 2015

                   10:30 a.m. Champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza/

                   12:00 noon Program and Fashion Show in Rosine Hall. Judges present the awards. Live Auction.

                   Seated luncheon in the tented Outdoor Plaza.

Where:        Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

                   8525 Garland Road   

                   Dallas, TX  75218

Who:            Sherwood Wagner, Honorary Chair

                   Sharon Popham, Chair, Mad Hatter’s Tea

                   Marena Gault, President, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

What:          Celebrating its 27th year, this fabulous and fun party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies raised grow and maintain A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum. 

                    Over 500 guests, some from as far away as California, plan their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – many in wild and wonderful over-the-top hats - but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.

 

Event:           Event includes champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza, professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, followed by a seated luncheon. Hats are judged in different categories. Winners are announced at the fashion show and strut the runway.

Fashion Show:  Featuring the creations of Betty Reiter, Canary, Nardos Imam, V.O.D. Produced by Jan Strimple.

Live Auction: A custom-designed piece of jewelry from David Lee Holland Fine Jewelry will be auctioned. David Lee Holland Fine Jewelry is the brainchild of designers David Lee Holland and Yanni Kyriazis who create botanically-themed jewelry.


Beneficiary:  Since its inception in 1982, the Women’s Council has supported the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden overall and through the creation, development and on-going funding of the world renowned A Woman’s Garden and now, through funding the garden’s enhancements that will continue to draw visitors to our great city from all over the world. 

Underwriting opportunities and naming sponsorships are available. Contact Rose Gault
703-599-8029 rgault2002@yahoo.com.

Individual ticket levels begin at $250. Contact Evelyn Sandy 214-696-3311 sterlingrabbit@aol.com

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

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

Fashion show sponsors: Betty Reiter, Canary, Nardos Imam, and V.O.D.

Media Sponsors: PaperCity, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.

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Mad Hatter’s Tea April In Paris is Celebrating its 27th Year Anniversary

benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

and A Woman’s Garden

 

          (November 6, 2014)  Stop by the Mad Hatter’s Tea table at the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show at the VIP reception Thursday evening, November 6th or when the show opens to the public on Friday, November 7th through November 10th at Dallas Market Hall.

          David Lee Holland Fine Jewelry, the brainchild of designers David Lee Holland and Yanni Kyriazis, is a New York-based jeweler specializing in earth friendly custom design, premiere natural color gemstones and exceptional natural color diamonds. The jeweler is a sponsor of Mad Hatter’s Tea and is creating a one-of-a-kind piece for the event’s live auction on Thursday, April 9th at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

          You will see some wonderful examples of their creative designs pictured in the brochures available at the table with more information about Mad Hatter’s Tea, chaired by Sharon Popham. Marena Gault is president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

          For more information on the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, go to the website here: http://www.dallasfallshow.com/

          For more information on Mad Hatter’s Tea and how you can attend, visit the website here: http://www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org

          For more information about David Lee Holland Fine Jewelers, visit the website here: http://www.davidleeholland.com/

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Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC Now Headquartered In Dallas
Mindy Berkson, Founder | Leading the Pathway to Parenthood


            Mindy Berkson, founder of Lotus Blossom Consulting (LBC), announces she has moved her headquarters to McKinney Avenue in Uptown/Dallas, TX.

          “Our clients are from all over the world and we work with fertility centers all over the country,” Mindy said. “This move to Dallas puts us in a position of being centrally located and able to work with clients globally in every time zone.  We are thrilled to be here and look forward to continuing relationships with local medical, business, nonprofit and community leaders and organizations.”

          In 2005 Mindy’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to a leap of faith when she founded LBC after her own personal experience through infertility. That personal experience, coupled with her venture capital background, has enabled her to combine her passion, skill and industry experience to offer her clients a true insider’s approach to navigating the infertility journey.

          LBC first and foremost arms consumers/patients with information and education to make the best medical choices regarding infertility and the many options available. Mindy works with individuals taking into consideration clients’ emotional, physical and financial infertility issues by orchestrating nationwide teams of multi-disciplinary unbiased professionals to accomplish a treatment cycle.

          Her goal is to thoroughly comprehend her client’s needs, enabling her to address the individual financial, physical and emotional stressors as these issues pertain to her client’s risk adversity. She said, “Providing uncompromising guidance and support which surpasses my client’s expectations is completely rewarding.”

          “Mindy Berkson stopped time and changed my life,” said LPM, a client of Lotus Blossom Consulting who wishes to be known by her initials. By the time a woman reaches 30 years old, 90 per cent of her eggs have been depleted. That is a powerful message and a reality that many experience, knowing their options for a family may be limited. Hundreds have turned to LBC to help them navigate the maze of infertility, surrogacy, in-vitro fertilization, insurance, legal aspects, international surrogacy and more. Berkson has guided hundreds of intended parents through the stressful demands of the infertility process by providing professional and compassionate assistance in dealing with the barriers involved with third-party reproduction.

Mindy has been featured in numerous international, national, business, health and wellness publications, radio interviews, and key note speakers panels related to the fertility industry. As an infertility expert, she actively participates in an extensive list of media opportunities and speaking engagements both internationally and nationwide to help audiences understand and explore the resources necessary to accomplish the varied complicated issues associated with surrogacy.

 In a July 9,2014 article in the Money magazine blog, Mindy was quoted in a Family Finance article by Donna Rosato entitled Three Ways to Cut the High Cost of Infertility. Her advice began with, “The most effective way to minimize costs is to maximize your chance of success from the first attempt.” The article continued with her advice on choosing a clinic and treatments. Here is the link: http://time.com/money/2951923/three-ways-to-cut-the-high-costs-of-infertility/

          “I am always happy to talk with media about the roadblocks, challenges and strategies of infertility, the cost, legal aspects and the overall process,” Mindy said. “There is so much information out there that can be confusing and overwhelming to someone researching how and where to start.”

          Mindy is a board member of Fertile Action, an organization which helps promote fertility preservation for cancer patients and a member several professional women’s groups across the United States.
         
          She has authored two e-books: Navigating Infertility and Financing Infertility Treatment. These books are complimentary and available on LBC’s website: LotusBlossomConsulting.com.
         
          Mindy is a very well-spoken and insightful interview and will travel to your city for appearances and speaking engagements. She is thoughtful and composed in front of a television camera, on radio and speaking at special gatherings and conventions.
         
Contact her through the website LotusBlossomConsulting.com or call (847) 989-8628. Mailing/office address is: 3131 McKinney Avenue, Suite 600, Dallas, TX  75204.

Mindy Berkson, Infertility Expert and Founder, Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC

 

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Media Contact:
Sharon Adams,
ACPR
Adams Communications Public Relations
Direct: 972-773-9289
e: AdamsComm1@aol.com

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PCHPS board members Bruce Harbour, Kendall Jennings; HP Education Foundation Executive Director, Jan Peterson; PCHPS Officers: President, Joan Clark; Treasurer, Cindy Brewer and Chairman, Al McClendon.

$100,000 Highland Park Education Endowment Established

          Over the past three years, the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) has expanded its commitment to education in the Park Cities.

          In 2011 the Society began allocating a portion of the proceeds from its annual historic home tour weekend for a scholarship to a graduating senior at Highland Park High School. The scholarship is now awarded each year to a senior who plans to study architecture, history, historical preservation or another major related to the preservation of our Park Cities heritage.

          In 2012 PCHPS added a distinguished speaker luncheon to its historic home tour weekend and now also allocates a portion of those proceeds for a scholarship as well.  
              
          In 2013, after a number of very successful home tours and two equally successful distinguished luncheon series, the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society donated $50,000 to the Highland Park Education Foundation as an initial contribution towards a $100,000 endowment to the Foundation.

          The 2014 Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Luncheon Series greatly exceeded expectations and as a result another $50,000 contribution to the Foundation was made this year. PCHPS can now award scholarships each year to Highland Park seniors, infinitum.

          The purpose of the scholarship is to attract young people in the community to pursue specific areas of university study which will enhance their knowledge of the significance of historic preservation. PCHPS’s hope is that upon graduation, these students will return to Dallas to use this knowledge to make a contribution back to the Park Cities community.  

          PCHPS continues its commitment to the community through its mission to preserve, protect and promote the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic attributes and traditions of the Park Cities. 

          Joan Clark is president, PCHPS, and invites the community to join in support of PCHPS and its mission. Membership is open to the public and has many benefits, including three educational meetings, landmarking events honoring significant homes for architectural and/or historical merit, holiday party, PCHPS annual spring Home Tour, occasional special projects in concert with community leaders or schools, July 4th Parade. The fundraising events that allow PCHPS to give back to the community are the Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon. These proceeds fund the endowment that awards the scholarship mentioned above. Additionally, PCHPS supports the Costello home, our community's representative at Dallas Heritage Village.

          For more information and details about the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society, visit the website at www.pchps.org

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Sample cover - Charity Dallas

 

DALLAS (Sept. 29, 2014)—Early 2015 marks the launch of Charity Dallas, a publication that aims to become the standard program at charitable events, devoted to supporting Dallas-area philanthropic organizations.

 At no cost to charities, Charity Dallas will create luxury-quality event programs for up to 48 charitable fundraising events during its first year. In addition, Charity Dallas will underwrite the cost of an event photographer and offer each charity up to 6 pages of advertising space, the proceeds of which go entirely to the charity.

 Marketing Director Carmaleta Whiteley, an experienced fundraiser said, “Our mission is to help charities lower their cost of event fundraising so more funds are returned to their beneficiaries. This arrangement can positively impact an event’s bottom line.”

 Only 23 advertisers will be highlighted in the 48-page publication, which will feature a monthly cover story by Dallas writer and author Sally Blanton, a charity profile, volunteer spotlight and photos from recent events.

 Media and events veteran Philip Wier, editor-in-chief, said, “This is a win-win for everyone. Charities save expenses and get a beautifully printed program that enhances their event, and advertisers get to connect with a highly targeted and loyal market.”

 Charities wishing to explore a partnership with Charity Dallas may contact Carmaleta Whitely at carmaleta@charitydallas.com. Prospective advertisers are invited to contact Charity Dallas at media@charitydallas.com. For more information, visit www.charitydallas.com or call 214-215-8558.

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October 1 Deadline to Register for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards for the 2014-2015 School Year

 

(Dallas, TX )      October 1, 2014 is the deadline to register for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DSM HSMTA) for the 2014-2015 school year. The program is open to public and private high schools all across North Texas.  Since DSM’s First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Denton and Allen to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Mineola and Mabank to the east.

In just three years, this awards program has grown to be the largest program of its kind in the state of Texas and one of the largest programs in the nation. DMS’s program is the only official awards program in North Texas recognized by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

          Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded.  In 2014 DSM awarded over $35,000 in scholarships, including several $5,000 scholarships, to outstanding students.

          Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, DSM, said, “This program encourages participation in the musical arts throughout our community. We are grateful to founding sponsors Leah and Jerry Fullinwider for their support and vision, which literally brought this awards program to life.”

Tracy Jordan, Director of the HSMTA adds, “DSM feels it is important to encourage these talented students to follow their dreams and goals and to draw attention to the excellent work being done in education in musical theater in our area schools.”

          Three judges will visit each school and judge the performers in 15 categories:

Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Performer.
          Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton. Students from each participating school as well as finalists in categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical will be invited to perform at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony show at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 when winners are announced.  The public is invited to join in this exciting celebration.   

Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.
          HSMTA media sponsors are The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.
          Dallas Summer Musicals season sponsors are American Airlines, WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News and Texas Instruments.
          For details or any questions, visit the website at  http://dallassummermusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm or contact Tracy Jordan at 214.413.3951 or tjordan@dallassummermusicals.org
          Facebook page is constantly updated at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA

 National program website here: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

         

About Dallas Summer Musicals: As a nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theater, educate young audiences and create important community programs.  DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theater arts training and scholarships to talented students in need.  Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors.  Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, call (214) 421-5678 or visit the website at www.dallassummermusicals.org

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President and Mrs. George W. Bush are Distinguished Chairs
The luncheon features a conversation with Joe Torre,
a Former All-Star Baseball Player, Four-Time World Series Champion as Manager of the New York Yankees and Incoming Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, interviewed by Dale Hansen, WFAA Channel 8

  The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon chairs Stephanie and Travis Hollman, Carol Seay and Stephanie Seay are thrilled to announce President and Mrs. George W. Bush as Distinguished Chairs of The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon this fall, which pays tribute to the Legacy of Harold C. Simmons as the Texas Trailblazer Award honoree.

The Texas Trailblazer Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community. This year, The Family Place is honored to pay tribute to the Legacy of Harold C. Simmons for his support of The Family Place as well as the many, many organizations, charities, hospitals and countless people who have benefited from his unprecedented generosity.

Slated for Wednesday, September 17th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, the luncheon features a conversation with Joe Torre, a former All-Star baseball player, four-time World Series champion as manager of the New York Yankees and incoming member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Inspired by his experiences of growing up as a witness to domestic violence, Torre and his wife founded Safe at Home Foundation which operates a number of domestic violence resource centers called Margaret’s Place, named after his mother, in the greater New York City area. Dallas’ very own Dale Hansen, WFAA Channel 8 sports newscaster and domestic violence prevention advocate, will conduct the interview.

Paige Flink, CEO, The Family Place, said, “I think I speak for all of the nonprofits and charities that have been blessed by gifts from Harold C. Simmons when I say thank you for being our angel and beacon of light over so many years, for helping us to provide a good life for others and for understanding the issues of our community and having the heart to help.”       

The Family Place is the largest domestic violence agency in the Metroplex and provides safety, meals, medical care and counseling to families, women, men and children to escape from domestic violence. And, though women and children represent the majority of victims, men are affected as well—as victims, perpetrators, witnesses and as bystanders. The comprehensive services that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety are free. Last year’s event was a complete sell-out, so now is the time to reserve your table or ticket. Sponsorships and underwriting are available.          

For questions, please contact Melissa Sherrill directly at texastrailblazers@familyplace.org    

 

Joe Torre  Harold C. Simmons  Luncheon Chairs: Stephanie and Travis Hollman, Carol Seay, Stephanie Seay