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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:

          For more information on Mad Hatter’s Tea and how you can attend, visit the website here:

          For more information about David Lee Holland Fine Jewelers, visit the website here:


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:

          “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:
          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 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



Media Contact:
Sharon Adams,
Adams Communications Public Relations
Direct: 972-773-9289

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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

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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 Prospective advertisers are invited to contact Charity Dallas at For more information, visit or call 214-215-8558.


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 or contact Tracy Jordan at 214.413.3951 or
          Facebook page is constantly updated at

 National program website here:


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

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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    


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


Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts Partners With  iSchool High of Flower Mound in a New Pathway for Performing Arts

MPowered and Dimensions Dance are both associated with the new program. 

          (Flower Mound and Dallas, TX)  Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts in association with MPowered and Dimensions Dance has joined with iSchool High of Flower Mound, a tuition-free college preparatory high school, to offer a new pathway in Performing Arts beginning this fall semester on August 25th.

          Enroll now!  Classes include Musical Theatre; Dance (Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Contemporary); Voice, Choir, Jazz Band, Group Piano, Digital Music Creation, Music Theory; Acting, Improvisation, Shows, and Touring Troupes.
          Tours for iSchool High of Flower Mound are held each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Call ahead at 972.899.2521. Limited enrollment space is available. Anyone of high school age can apply via the website at iSchool High is located at 500 Parker Square in Flower Mound, TX 75028, and is accredited by the Texas Education Agency.

          In addition, special after-school, tuition-based programs in the Performing Arts are open to the entire community for ages 10 and up beginning September 15th. The upcoming student show is BUGSY MALONE, JR. For details on this special offering, visit the Academy’s website at or call 214.969.7469.


About DSM Academy Of Performing Arts:  The DSM Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1999 and operates as an affiliate of Dallas Summer Musicals in several locations in the Dallas area. Dallas Summer Musicals is a company that produces and presents Broadway, off-Broadway, West End and touring theatrical productions. The DSM Academy is comprised of students ranging in age from 6 to 20. The Academy is proud of its diverse and ethnic student population. The DSM Academy has granted over 250 need-based scholarships. The Academy helps to prepare the amateur and the professional for involvement in the performing arts. The purpose of this page is to connect people who have a common interest in the performing arts of any type.
Mission: Recognizing the positive influence of the arts on the human experience, DSM Academy of Performing Arts strives not only to increase appreciation of the performing arts, but to teach those arts professionally.

About iSchool High of Flower Mound:
iSchool High of Flower Mound is an Early College Opportunity Public Charter School. The process by which students achieve credits is unique at iSchool. Instead of the entire class following along as the teacher lectures, the students work independently through their KnowledgeUnits® and complete an exam for each Unit. Each course is composed of ten individualized Units of instruction with an accompanying exam which must be passed to earn credit for the course. The credit that is earned at our school is comparable to a credit earned at any other public school. Dual-credit courses are offered through North Central Texas College as an option to receive a college credit while attending our school. Students are expected to maintain a momentum that will ensure they graduate on time and are encouraged to accelerate and graduate early. We set our expectations high, and we offer a system that will assist in meeting these expectations.


iSchool High is a ResponsiveEd School: Our mission: To provide hope for students through an innovative, character-based, personalized learning environment where they are academically successful and develop into lifelong learners.
Today: During the past decade, we have continued to grow and serve more students. With more than 65 campuses, ResponsiveEd is the largest charter school district in the state of Texas. Our campuses are located primarily in metropolitan areas and include Premier High Schools, Vista Academies, iSchool High, Quest Middle Schools, and Founders Classical Academy.
Future: With a vision for the future, ResponsiveEd will continue to respond to the needs of our communities. We will continue to be innovative in our thinking, progressive in our practice, and passionate in our belief that every student has the ability to learn. Utilizing the best technology has to offer, the creativity our educators possess, and the resources provided to us, we will press on with the important task at hand—to educate Texas students and provide opportunity and hope.

Photos courtesy Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts



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Jane Winnett, Olive Coe, Alyce Heinrich, president Photos by Dana Driensky

The ladies of Les Femmes du Mondekicked off summer with a new once-a-month series, Soup and Salad, which will spotlight a speaker at each gathering. The speaker at the event at Olive Coe's home in University Park featured Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council Dallas-Fort Worth speaking on Evolution, Revolution and Commotion in North Africa. The next Soup and Salad gatherings will be on dates to-be-determined in June, July and August.

Alyce Heinrich, president, joined Jane Winnett and Olive as they served wine and hors d’oeuvres, an absolutely delicious tomato basil soup topped with parsley; baby spinach and mixed greens salad with walnuts, strawberries, mandarin oranges, feta cheese; homemade breads and rolls, varied selections from a gourmet cheese tray, sweet cakes topped with crème fraiche and raspberries and blueberries on the side. A sweet break from a hot summer day!

Les Femmes du Monde is a nonprofit organization of women helping youth in health and education. Through two fundraisers this year, the organization provides funds for the support of the Child Life Program of the Children’s Medical Center Healthcare Organization and the International Education Program (IEP) of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.    Since its inception in 1961, Les Femmes du Monde has donated more than $2 million to the World Affairs Council and over $700,000 to Children’s Medical Center.

Beginning with the Women of the Year luncheon on October 16th, supporters of Les Femmes will celebrate women who have helped make this organization and many nonprofits in town successful, embracing education for members and youth, while at the same time, helping others in our community.

On Sunday, November 8th, the black-tie gala at Prestonwood Country Club will include a silent auction, casino, cocktails, dancing, a seated dinner and floor show.

All events are open to members and their guests. Membership in Les Femmes du Monde is open to the public. Visit the website for details:



Mrs. Eugene McDermott Announced as Honorary Chair of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society 2014 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series and Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction Presented by Pritchett IV and D HOME


Harlan Crow will speak on “Architectural Features and Historical Collections in the Harlan Crow Library” at the luncheon on Wednesday, April 2


The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) is honored to announce Mrs. Eugene McDermott as the honorary chair of the 2014 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series and Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction presented by Pritchett IV and D Home.
“Mrs. McDermott’s joining our luncheon as honorary chair is truly an honor,” said Al McClendon, president, PCHPS. “Her appearance and literally pulling the switch at the lighting of the Highland Park pecan tree at Armstrong Parkway during the last holiday season reminded us of her dedication to our community. At that same time, PCHPS unveiled a landmarking plaque celebrating Highland Park’s Centennial and commemorating the Cole Family Farm, where the tree stands. Now Mrs. McDermott joins us in this 2014 Home Tour kick-off raising awareness of the unique attributes of the Park Cities, which we seek to preserve and protect."

Lucia Hrncir, luncheon chair, agreed with McClendon, saying, “This is PCHPS’ third annual Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon and Mrs. McDermott’s involvement and support as honorary chair, along with Harlan Crow as the featured speaker, is a celebration of the history of our community. We are all looking forward to an exciting event.”

Harlan Crow is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crow Holdings, a private family business holding company.  The company owns and manages real estate investments throughout the United States and overseas.  Mr. Crow serves on several boards, including those of AEI, Supreme Court Historical Society, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and as a member of the American Antiquarian Society.  He serves the Dallas area as Honorary Consul of Denmark.  He and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Jack, Rob and Sarah.

Former honorary chairs were Lindalyn Adams in 2012 and Ray and Heather Washburne in 2013.  Former speakers were Ray Washburne in 2012 and Dealey Decherd Herndon in 2013. 

Slated for Wednesday, April 2nd at the Dallas Country Club, the luncheon features Crow’s presentation entitled “Architectural Features and Historical Collections in the Harlan Crow Library” and will include a slide show. Scott Murray is emcee.

Proceeds from the luncheon will fund scholarships at Highland Park High School for graduating seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of our heritage.  The purpose of the scholarships is to promote interest in education in fields of study related to historical preservation of the Park Cities Communities.

Underwriting and sponsorships are available. Tickets are $125, $250, $500, $1,000 each with different benefits in seating, private reception with the speaker, according to the level of purchase.  For details visit the website at, email or call (214) 528-0021.

Also, remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12 for the12th Annual Historic Home Tour Architects of Distinction from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open to the public, tickets will be available at Park Cities Tom Thumb stores beginning March 29th.

What: Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) annual Historic Home Tour is themed “Architects of Distinction” and is presented by Pritchett IV and D HOME. The home tour and luncheon 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.

Details: The 2014 Historic Home Tour will feature architecturally and historically significant homes 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 and updated to serve the lifestyle needs of families today. 

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

 •  The Society landmarks architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park

Cities, some of which are on the Historical Home Tour. 

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

Overview: PCHPS mission is to protect, preserve and promote the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic legacy of the Park Cities. A portion of the proceeds of the 2014 Home Tour Weekend 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 landmarking ceremonies. The proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series will go toward the PCHPS scholarship program for Highland Park High School.

 Crow Library Exterior by Dan Piassick


Photo of Crow Library exterior by Dan Piassick




Friends Friends of  Wednesday’s Child Luncheon Celebrates 30 Years of Transforming Students’ Lives in Foster Care by Improving Their Educational Path

Libby & David Hunt / The Nancy & Herbert Hunt Family Foundation are presenting sponsors for the luncheon featuring Darlene Ellison, M.S. as keynote speaker

               (January 25, 2014 - Dallas, TX)  Join us as Friends of Wednesday’s Child celebrates its 30th anniversary with a luncheon on Wednesday, April 9th at Union Station in Dallas featuring Darlene M.  Ellison, M.S., as the featured speaker. Author of The Predator Next Door, Darlene has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, a special television segment of Dateline NBC, an interview with D Magazine and more. Libby and David Hunt/The Nancy and Herbert Hunt Family Foundation is presenting the luncheon, chaired by Cachet Weinberg. Libby is honorary chair.

                 Transforming  the  lives  of  students  in  foster care  by  improving  their  educational  path, Friends of Wednesday’s Child builds a road to hope and ensures kids in foster  care  have  the opportunities   they  equally  deserve  to  reach  their  full potential by supporting their educational needs.  Foster children in North Texas are 50% more likely to drop out of high school or not graduate on time compared to their peers.      Without educational success, foster children are ill-­‐equipped to support themselves.

                Cachet says, “We are raising money to transform foster children’s lives by providing them access to academic and essential supports to be successful in school and in life,  everything from education expenses and enrichment activities ranging from after-school tutoring, college scholarships, dance lessons and so much more.” 

     Support of the Friends of Wednesday’s Child Luncheon helps ensure that foster children graduate high school on time and have a plan for their future.  

                Sharon McGowan, executive director, FWC, says, “We’d love for the public to join us in celebrating this milestone year. A gift truly makes a long-term  difference  for the 5,600 foster  children  in North Texas that we serve.”

                Libby and David Hunt agree, saying, “We have chosen to be involved with Friends of Wednesday’s Child since Libby served on the Crystal Charity Ball charity selection committee and CCB chose them as a beneficiary years ago. This agency so beautifully exemplifies how effective even a small staff can be with dedicated hearts and a professional level of effectiveness.  FWC exists to meet the educational needs of foster children when state funding and other resources are unavailable.”

            Luncheon tickets begin at $175. A $300 ticket includes the VIP champagne reception. Underwriting and sponsorships begin at $1,500. For questions or more information, visit the website at contact Sharon McGowan at or call 972-­‐231-­‐1433, ext. 202.

About Friends of Wednesday’s Child:

Friends of Wednesday’s Child mission is to transform the lives of foster children through education.  The fact is the drop-out rate for children living in foster care is more than three times that of other students.  Part of that is because, on average, these children move eight times before they are 18 making it hard to get academic traction.  By supporting foster children as they pursue their education, we can help.  We know that when kids stay in school and graduate they’re off to a better start in life.  Your support for such things as tutoring, enrichment programs, extracurricular activities, and academic scholarships makes it possible.  The Ryan Foundation is the Sustaining Sponsor for Friends of Wednesday’s Child. 


Organization website:

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(Photo of Bill and Cachet Weinberg)                                                         




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(Photo of Libby and David Hunt)