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Sharon Ballew, Luncheon Chair

Join us at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek on Tuesday, April 25th

 Driving, walking or biking through Turtle Creek, especially during spring, is one of life’s joys. It lifts the spirit to watch as the azaleas grow into magnificent bloom. Even during the sometimes rain shower, it is gratifying to know these beautiful grounds are supported by a group of dedicated volunteers, underwriters, sponsors and residents and some not, who give every year to make this glorious vision happen not only in spring, but many other seasonal plantings and maintenance year-round. All of this happens without City of Dallas funding.

The Turtle Creek Association invites everyone to join them at the Azalea Luncheon happening on Tuesday, April 25th at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Chaired by Sharon Ballew, with honorary chair Deborah Stanford, the event includes a champagne reception beginning at 11:00 a.m., Fashion Presentation by Betty Reiter, who makes many trips each year to the European and New York fashion shows and brings the scoop and inventory back to her Preston Center boutique, a Turtle Creek exclusive update presented by JD Trueblood, president and CEO of Turtle Creek Association, a gourmet three-course luncheon and complimentary valet parking.
        
Make reservations now, as space is limited. Ticket prices vary. There are a limited number of regular tickets priced at $275. Patron Level tickets begin at $350. Table Sponsorship begins at $5,000. Other sponsorship opportunities are available.     Community involvement and support keeps this crucial effort alive and present all year long. Please consider joining us at the luncheon or making a donation. Visit the website at TurtleCreekAssociation.org and join in the celebration of everything that is Turtle Creek!

About Turtle Creek Association

All net proceeds of the Azalea Luncheon benefit the Turtle Creek Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to be the primary guardian, advocate, and champion that leads in the preservation, enhancement, and protection of Turtle Creek.  

In addition, the Turtle Creek Association provides for seasonal color changes along the creek, irrigation and watering, litter and trash cleanup, maintains 25 landscaped medians, helps to preserve 2600 trees that provide a habitat for wildlife and provide the funds for drinking fountains, trash cans and benches throughout the park.  All of this is accomplished without city funding. www.TurtleCreekAssociation.org 

About Betty Reiter

Betty Reiter is a unique Dallas boutique in The Plaza at Preston Center that sells luxury European sportswear.  Most designers are exclusive, and represent Italy, Germany, Japan, England, France and the USA.

For 20 years this Dallas boutique has catered to women with a sense of style and a flair for clean, European designer fashion. A native of Paris, Betty has fashion in her blood, as her father was a sought-after fashion photographer in the City of Light. That, along with growing up in the most stylish city in the world, helped shape her chic vision.

Exclusive lines such as Krizia, and, most notably, Yeohlee, have that 'je ne sais quoi' that droves of ladies wish to have in their wardrobes.  You can expect beautifully sculptural clothing - exquisite fabrics - urban style clothing - which have a deliberate artful quality to them.

In 1969 Betty moved from Paris to New York and worked for the prestigious Yves St. Laurent for three years.  Betty came to Dallas in 1981 where she immediately joined the Loretta Blum Boutique in Highland Park.  Betty still travels to Paris and Milan several times a year finding the latest trends and fashions.
https://www.bettyreiter.com/index.html  

About Deborah Stanford, Honorary Chair

Deborah has over 35 years of P & L management experience, workforce transformation, operational leadership, governance, and public accounting tax expertise.  She is a former senior partner and business leader with EY.  

In addition to her corporate experience, Deborah has served as Board Chair of the North Texas March of Dimes, VP – Development for the Dallas Children’s Theater,  the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Dallas and has served on the SMU Accounting Advisory board. 

Deborah continues to give back to her community by serving on several nonprofit boards throughout the Dallas Metroplex area.  She has served on the Turtle Creek Association for over 11 years and is currently Chair Elect. 

(Photos provided by the Turtle Creek Association.)

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007a Connie Yates, Pat Schenkel, Cindy Brinker Sim Connie Yates, Pat Schenkel, Cindy Brinker Simmons, Lori Waggoner

Wipe Out Kids' Cancer hosted their annual Guild Kickoff Party at the home of Pat and Pete Schenkel. The Guild provides financial and volunteer support to Wipe Out Kids' Cancer and its mission to bring comfort, hope, and support to kids with cancer and their families, while relentlessly pursuing a cure through research funding.
        
The party began with an inspirational address from WOKC founder Cindy Brinker Simmons, comments by WOKC CEO Kris Cumnock, and an overview of planned events by Guild co-chairs Connie Yates and Lori Waggoner.
        
"It is our privilege to work with such a passionately committed group of women to actively support our heroic children and families,” said Yates. The Guild will be instrumental in spreading the word about Jersey Mike's Subs "Day of Giving" in March. On Wednesday, March 29th, Jersey Mike's locations in DFW will donate 100% of sales to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer. 

After a resounding round of applause, guests were also reminded that membership in the Guild is open to the community and encouraged those who were not already members to join now and bring in their friends to be a part of this dynamic group. The future is certainly bright!
         
To learn more about Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer and how you can become involved, visit the website at www.wokc.org. Facebook  @WipeOutKidsCancer  and Instagram @wokc

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NEWS FLASH!  Remember to visit your local DFW Jersey Mike's Subs location on Wednesday, March 29 when 100% of sales benefit WOKC. 

 

Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer sponsors these programs:

         * The Buddy Bag Program: Every 30-minutes a parent is told, "Your child has cancer." Those are devastating words to hear and at that moment, the entire family's world is turned upside down. Typically, as soon as the diagnosis is given, the parent(s) and child are sent directly to the hospital in order to begin treatment. There is no time to return home to pack a bag, so there you are - in a hospital room with a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and not much else. That changes the moment a Child Life Specialist rolls a WOKC Buddy Bag into the room. The canvas, rolling duffle bag is strategically filled with hygienic, comfort, and entertainment items designed to ease the transition from home to hospital. 

         * The Warrior Family Program involves numerous fun events throughout each year, including professional and semi-professional sporting events, picnics, fishing tournaments, holiday parties, a summer camp in Maine, and more. Because a pediatric cancer diagnosis affects the entire family, WOKC invites the entire family to take part in each activity. Possibly the most impactful aspect of the Warrior events is the ability for parents whose children are undergoing a similar battle to share information and emotional support.

         * The Research Grants Program: Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer focuses on funding novel pediatric cancer innovations that may represent advancements in treatment outcomes, which includes: 

>Earlier detection 

>Prevention of harmful side effects 

>Greater diagnostic accuracy 

>Less invasive treatments 


Our renowned Science and Medical Research committee carefully select innovative research studies that might not initially receive traditional funding, but these innovations are critical and keeping scientists working toward advancements in medicine and treatments is essential to the mission we serve. WOKC has significantly impacted the pediatric cancer space by funding over $8 million in research. This seed money has yielded more than $22 million in additional grant money for further research and discoveries. Since we began in 1980, WOKC has funded a wide range of national cancer research projects in almost every pediatric cancer category, as well as critical programs in support of cancer care for children.       

About Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC):

Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (WOKC) is a Dallas-based nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by Cindy Brinker Simmons in memory of her mother, the late tennis champion Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker, who died of cancer at age 34. WOKC recognizes the suffering associated with any childhood disease and our focus is on the one that claims more children's lives than any other...cancer.

Our three primary initiatives focus on making the pediatric cancer journey better for the entire family, while constantly searching for improved treatments, positive outcomes, and one day, that elusive cure.

The mission of Wipe Out Kids' Cancer is to bring comfort, hope, and support to kids with cancer and their families, while relentlessly pursuing a cure through research funding. 

Additionally, WOKC has provided hope to children diagnosed with cancer and their families through multiple social engagement programs ..."medicine for the soul" as parents have described. WOKC has funded $7 million in seed money for its novel research projects, which have received $22 million in additional grant money over these past 40
years.

 

CHILDHOOD CANCER REALITIES: Reported by the National Institutes of Health

Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the US

*45 children are diagnosed each day with cancer (1 every 30 minutes) in the U.S. 1 out of 8 children will not survive

* Nearly 60% of those who survive will have long-lasting chronic health conditions as adults

* More children die from cancer than AIDS, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, and asthma combined.  

* Less than 4% of the federal cancer research budget is dedicated to childhood cancer.

* Childhood cancer research has led, and continues to lead, to successful treatments for adults

 

 Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio

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Coach Carter.

Rainbow Days to Host 26th Annual Pot of Gold Luncheon Featuring Keynote Speaker Coach Ken Carter

 Rainbow Days will host its 26th annual Pot of Gold Luncheon at the Westin Dallas Galleria on Friday, May 5, 2023.

 The 2023 Pot of Gold Luncheon festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with silent auction bidding, and the luncheon program will begin promptly at noon. This year’s goal is to raise $302,500 for Rainbow Days to continue providing critical services benefiting thousands of at-risk and homeless children and youth across the Dallas area each year. Table sponsorships start at $2,000 and individual tickets for the luncheon are $200 per person, both of which are available to purchase online at Pot of Gold Luncheon 2023 | Rainbow Days or by phone at (214) 217-3833.

Rainbow Days is thrilled to announce the 2023 Pot of Gold Luncheon Keynote Speaker is Coach Ken Carter. Celebrated?author, philanthropist and powerhouse speaker?Coach Ken Carter invigorates audiences with a message of teamwork, accountability, integrity and leadership. Ken is best known for being the inspiration behind the hit movie, Coach Carter, the 2005 movie based on making headlines for suspending his undefeated basketball team due to poor academic performance. Coach Carter promotes the importance of education and mentorship and works to enable disadvantaged youth to reach their full academic and life potential. Coach has been amongst the presence of many greats, such as the President of the United States of America, a well-known TV host and a list of talented stars from films and music.

 Additionally, Rainbow Days is thrilled to have Shannon Murray as our 2023 Pot of Gold Luncheon Emcee. Shannon Murray is an anchor and reporter for the top-rated Good Day on Fox 4 News.

 Rainbow Days is honored to have Caleb and Brittany Bachelor as the 2023 Pot of Gold Luncheon Chairs. In addition to serving as a member of Rainbow Days’ Executive Board of Directors, Caleb is a Senior Manager at Connor Group and a Southlake resident. Brittany is the Director of Finance & Chief Compliance Officer at Sky Island Capital.

 The Pot of Gold Luncheon raises needed support for Rainbow Days programs through sponsorships, individual seats, auction bidding and donations. The annual luncheon is a cheerful and celebratory event that features an inspiring keynote speaker, special performances from the Rainbow Days children and moving program testimonials for an anticipated 500 guests in attendance. The Pot of Gold festivities also includes a silent auction, which will open online on April 26 through May 5, 2023.

ABOUT RAINBOW DAYS: The 26th annual Pot of Gold Luncheon will benefit Rainbow Days, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1982, Rainbow Days has a mission to help children and youth in adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. Through support groups, life enrichment programs and critical needs services, Rainbow Days makes meaningful connections with at-risk and homeless children and youth and has positively impacted more than 250,000 kids in the Dallas area to date. For more information, please visit www.RainbowDays.org or call (214) 887-0726.

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PeterCancroWithWOKC_Warriors_by Danny Campbell Pho Peter Cancro with WOKC Warriors (children fighting cancer) at the 2022 Wipe Out Kids' Cancer 40th Anniversary Gala. Photo by Danny Campbell.

Eat A Sub:  Help Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer

Jersey Mike’s Celebrates 13th Annual “Month of Giving”

 

Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer is joining forces with 70 Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex for the 13th annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign to support local charities. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants.  

The “Month of Giving” campaign will culminate with Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 29, when DFW Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer. “We are profoundly grateful to Jersey Mike’s, their DFW franchisees, and their customers for their kind generosity, treasured partnership, and continued support toward our mission of eradicating pediatric cancer and providing hope for our young children battling this disease,” said WOKC Founder Cindy Brinker Simmons. “Jersey Mike’s has created an astounding culture of giving that has deeply touched the heroic families we serve.”  

For twelve years, Jersey Mike’s owners and operators throughout the country have raised over $67 million for more than 200 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks, and more. “We are honored to be associated with Jersey Mike’s and admire their philanthropic mindset. Their commitment to helping us positively impact kids with cancer and their families is an absolute blessing,” said WOKC CEO Kris Cumnock.  

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

Join us in March by making donations through Jersey Mike’s mobile app or onsite. On Wednesday, March 29, encourage everyone you know to visit a local Jersey Mike’s to order lunch or dinner or catering and help make a difference for local kids battling cancer. Come eat great food for a great cause!  

About Jersey Mike’s 

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

About Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer

Founded in 1980, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer recognizes the suffering associated with any childhood disease. Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children in the U.S. with 45 American kids diagnosed daily.  WOKC’s mission is to bring comfort, hope, and support to kids with cancer and their families while relentlessly pursuing a cure through research funding. For more information, please visit www.wokc.org or follow on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WipeOutKidsCancer/), Instagram(https://www.instagram.com/wokc/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/wipeoutkdscancr).

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Mary Pickens, Michelle Meadows and Susan Jenevein (2022 event).

 Dress In Your Cowboy Chic and Join Us at The Texas Independence Day Celebration Valor and Swagger benefiting the Dallas Historical Society

 

 Get your tickets now for the Saturday, February 25, 2023 Celebration!


The Dallas Historical Society invites everyone to dress in their Cowboy Chic and join in the Texas Independence Day Celebration themed Valor and Swagger on Saturday evening, February 25, 2023 at the beautifully renovated Hall of State.

This is a uniquely Texas event celebrating Texas’ independence showcasing the spirit of Texans and collective pride, be it Texas born or getting here as fast as possible! This Texas-sized celebration will feature live music by the Mojo Brothers Band, regional cuisine and spirits.
        
As a special treat, guests are invited to a private, up-close look at the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo, created by artist Tom Feely. It is the world’s largest diorama depicting the Battle of the Alamo. Topped Hats will be there, donating 20% of sales to DHS. Olivia Bennett will preview her newest collection including Olivia Bennett footwear by Twisted X, donating 25% back to DHS and 50% of artworks sold. Tickets are $187 each and are available via the website at www.dallashistory.org and the direct link is http://www.dallashistory.org/texas-independence-celebration-party-2023/
        
Host committee members are Jeanette and Stan Graff, Susan and Bob Jenevein, Mary and Bill Pickens, Jr., Rogge Dunn Group, PC, Scheef and Stone – Solid Counsel, Sullivan and Cook, LLC., and Lisa and Clay Cooley. Karl Chiao is the executive director of the Dallas Historical Society and Dr. Roy Washburn is board chair.        
        
Proceeds of this event benefit the Dallas Historical Society, an organization devoted to preserving and exhibiting the heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire present and future generations.
        
For more information, contact, Michelle Meadows, Director of Development and Special Projects michellem@dallashistory.org  or call 214-808-9322

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, February 25, 2023: First Annual Texas History Symposium.

    10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Join the DHS in welcoming Dr. Stephen L. Hardin and Dr. Lloyd Uglow as they discuss the Battle of the Alamo and the Runaway Scrape, as part of our Texas Independence Day Celebration. Hall of State Auditorium, Fair Park.
  • Sunday: April 23, 2023: Centennial Community Celebration at Klyde Warren Park presented by Pegasus Bank. This free-to-the-public event will highlight and celebrate our great city, state and local organizations. Live performances by local cultural groups and artists, specially curated exhibit from the DHS Collection, Fun Dallas Pop Ups and Activities, Games and Giveaways, Dallas’ Best Food Trucks.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2023:  Dallas Historical Society’s Annual Dallas History Makers Luncheon (formerly Awards for Excellence Luncheon)

 The Dallas Historical Society: Whether someone is new to Dallas or a native Texan, the Dallas Historical Society offers programs and exhibits that educates and informs visitors about their home city and reveals insights and little-known facts that one might be unable to grasp from history books alone, especially with the museum’s newest permanent exhibit. Ongoing events include brown bag lectures, Evening With programs, and the Deep Vellum series along with the very special exhibit honoring Texas’ independence, the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama by Tom Feely. Join in discovering more about Dallas and take part in one or more of these wonderful programs. Visit the website for more information at www.dallashistory.org 

The Dallas Historical Society: Celebrating Its Centennial Year In 2022

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

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

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

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

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Dyann Skelton, Luncheon Co-Chair; Sarah Jo Hardin, President, Women’s Council; Therese Rourk, Luncheon Co-Chair; Donna Arp Weitzman, Honorary Chair.

The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon Spoke About Her Newest Book Seasons at Highclere at A Writer’s Garden Celebrating A Woman’s Garden’s 25th Anniversary as part of the A Noble Celebration Week of Events

 

The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon, author of many books including her latest Seasons at Highclere, otherwise known as the site of the filming of the hit television series Downtown Abbey, was the featured speaker at A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden.
        
Chaired by Dyann Skelton and Therese Rourk with Donna and Herb Weitzman as honorary chairs, the event was part of A Noble Celebration, a week of happenings celebrating the 25th Anniversary of A Woman’s Garden and the 40th Anniversary of the Women’s Council.  The day began with a VIP reception at A Tasteful Place at the Dallas Arboretum, which included a photo opportunity with Lady Carnarvon, sponsored by Gittings Photography. Guests were treated to mimosas, small bites and a coffee bar sponsored by Patti Mitchell and Kay Weeks, and then strolled the path to Rosine Hall, where the presentation, luncheon and book signing took place.
        
At the Reveal party at the Angelika months ago, sponsored by Sarah Jo Hardin, Women’s Council president, everyone was delighted to watch a very special pre-recorded video featuring Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle saying how truly excited she is to come to Dallas to celebrate this year’s theme, “Growing Friendships for 40 Years” and “... walk the paths of your beautiful garden,” referring to A Woman’s Garden. Her live presentation did not disappoint.
        
Sarah began by thanking the chairs, honorary chairs and especially Lady Carnarvon for traveling to Dallas. Lady Carnarvon said it was her first time in Dallas and she was delighted to be a part of the Women’s Council’s ongoing symposium and luncheon.  She said she was going to take us to a different world via her presentation to experience the four seasons of Highclere with slides and highlights of her new book, Seasons at Highclere.  
        
She began by giving a history of Highclere from its earliest records in 1216 through the changes brought over the years, saying that in 1908, there were 100 gardeners and today there are four. She and her husband are often outside planting. The images were beautiful, reflecting their plantings with the seasons in mind. Spring bulbs blooming. Fields of new grass. Rolling hills. Summer wildflowers. Acres and acres of vistas of leaves changing in the fall. Wintery snow on the trees. Everywhere one will see beautiful views with paths made on purpose not only for humans to enjoy, but the wildlife, as well. Trees are placed to encourage wandering. Flowers planted to encourage insect and bee habitats. She and her husband have seven dogs and enjoy walking them and love to “Beat the Bounds,” which means walk the boundaries.
        
Their life at Highclere also includes a menagerie of animals, including Lady Mary, the pig and others. Animals are named after characters in Downtown Abbey: horses, sheep, lambs. Chickens have the names of characters from Jane Austen books.
        
Lady Carnarvon’s vision for the grounds, gardens, and Highclere itself includes expanding endeavors to include Highclere Castle Gin, which has won 74 gold and platinum awards, developing Chateau Highclere vineyards and a pink sparkling wine. One of the newest additions is the group Friends of Highclere, where members can explore wearing 3D goggles, which makes them feel like they are really there. This year they launched the Lady Carnarvon Rose and Highclere Castle Rose. Much more to come with another new book, The Earl and the Pharoah.  She encouraged everyone to visit her blog at www.ladycarnarvon.com. After her absolutely enchanting presentation, she stayed to sign books personally.
        
After Lady Carnarvon’s presentation, Therese and Dyann thanked donors and sponsors, especially hosts of the Patron Party the evening before, Holly and Philip Huffines, which was chaired by Renee Farren and Bettina Hennessy. They also thanked Nikki Beneke, Auction chair and Dorothea Meltzer, Book Sales Chair.
        
Auctioneer Samantha Sisler from Heritage Auctions hosted a lively and spirited auction, which was followed by the luncheon. A very special treat was the appetizer, Chilled Parsnip and Apple Soup, which was Lady Carnarvon’s recipe, followed by an entrée of Chicken Crepes with Creamy Mushroom Sauce, Parsley Wild Rice Mix, Texas Baby Greens and dessert of Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.
        
Find out more about the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, events and exclusive membership opportunities. Details are available at www.wcdabg.org

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ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL: Celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
Since 1982 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  www.wcdabg.org

 

ABOUT A WOMAN’S GARDEN: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden sits majestically as a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.      
   

*Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio

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Kristina Wrenn, Mad Hatter’s Co-Chair; Kim Hext, Honorary Chair; Sarah Jo Hardin, President, Women’s Council; Anne Stodghill, Mad Hatter’s Co-Chair.

One of the most anticipated events is the announcement of the Mad Hatter’s theme, logo, honorary chair and plans for this fantastic event.  The big reveal was hosted by Anne Stodghill, a Mad Hatter’s co-chair, and her husband, Steve, at their lovely Preston Hollow home. Joining in the reveal was Kristina Wrenn, Mad Hatter’s co-chair and Event Logo and Collateral Designer; Kim Hext, newly announced as honorary chair and Sarah Jo Hardin, president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the beneficiary.
        
As committee members and supporters filled the room, they enjoyed theme specific, British passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks created by Food Glorious Food. Red, white and blue flower arrangements were accented with mini British flags and Anne created a British playlist for the evening.  Anne, Kristina and Sarah Jo stepped up the staircase and welcomed the crowd, which included many former Mad Hatter’s chairs and past presidents. Anne welcomed everyone and gave the OK to raise the curtain on the theme Commemorating the 35th Annual Majestic Mad Hatter’s Luncheon - A Celebration of English Elegance.  Applause filled the room as the logo was revealed: A stunning image of a ruby colored hat flanked with beautiful flowers, topped off with a golden crown and the MMH cypher, for Majestic Mad Hatter’s.
        
Celebrating its 35th year, this fabulous party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies raised assist with the development, growth and maintenance of A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

        
Guests travel from all over the United States, planning their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Luncheon – taking the theme as inspiration for their sophisticated, glamorous, and delightfully lavish hats - but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.
        
Slated for Thursday, April 20, 2023, the morning will begin with a welcome reception, a stroll in the gardens and a silent auction while the hat judges take note of the elegant interpretations of this year’s theme. After being seated for lunch, the hat competition winners will be announced. A real treat will be the remarks by renowned fashion designer, the entertaining Michael Faircloth, as he celebrates the history, humor and hope of the hat.
        
Sponsorships begin at $2,500. Patron Tickets start at $550, and a limited number of event tickets are available for $350. Check the website for details. www.wcdabg.org or Kristina Wrenn, kristina@kristinawrenn.com  or 917-715-0780 for more information.

 

About the Women’s Council: Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2022.
Since 1982 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  www.wcdabg.org

 

About A Woman’s Garden: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2022.
A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden is a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.     

 

About Mad Hatter’s: Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2023.
In 1989, Carole Ann Brown chaired the first Mad Hatter's Tea to bring awareness to the Women's Council and the Dallas Arboretum. The tea was held in the Camp House garden for 100 ladies and raised $10,000. Over the years, Mad Hatter’s has been chaired by many notable Dallas ladies such as Linda Ivy, Barbara Bigham, Connie Carreker, Barbara Daseke and Patti Flowers. Honorary Chairs have included some of the most philanthropic names in Dallas history such as Annette Simmons, Gene Jones, Caroline Rose Hunt, Tincy Miller, Sally Hoglund, Dee Wyly, Margaret Crow, Nancy Rogers, Amy Warren, Patty Dedman Nail, Sherwood Wagner and Laurie Sands Harrison.

 

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


*Photos by Tamytha Cameron.

 

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Karl Chiao, Executive Director, Dallas Historical Society.

The Dallas Historical Society Centennial Champagne Reception and Open House Presented by Pegasus Bank

Join us on Thursday, January 19, 2023

 

Karl Chiao, executive director of the Dallas Historical Society (DHS), is honored to announce Pegasus Bank as presenting sponsor and Louise Phinney Caldwell as honorary chair of the Centennial Champagne Reception and Open House Celebrating 100 Years of Preserving the Great Heritage and Future of Dallas Honoring Dallas History Makers: Past, Present and Future happening on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Doors open and registration begins at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until 6:00 p.m. Remarks and Celebratory Toast at 5:00 p.m.  The event is open to the public with tickets purchased ahead of time and happens at the Hall of State at Fair Park, 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX  75210. 

The reception will feature remarks and a celebratory champagne toast in the Great Hall surrounded by the beautiful architecture and art created for the Texas Centennial in 1936, as well as a specially curated exhibit from the DHS’ collection of more than three million rare artifacts, including the new interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama.
                  
There will also be wine, beer, mixed beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres. Open seating. At the Alamo interactive exhibit, DHS education director and curator will be available to answer questions. A representative from the restoration company will be in attendance to share details about the restoration to those who would like to hear more. There will be “historical figures” mingling for photo opportunities. 

Dr. Roy Washburn is DHS board chair.  Host committee members are Mary Brinegar, Shannon Callewart, Lareatha Clay, Josiah Daniel, Veletta Forsythe Lill, Stacey McCord, Jacob Navarrete, Laura Roosevelt, Mary Suhm, Dr. Roy Washburn, Ashlee Weidner, Debbie Witte, Robert Witte, Laura Woodall.              

Tickets are $100 each. Donations of $100 to Honor a History Maker In Your Life are also available. The honoree will be named in all printed and digital material. Tickets and donations can be made via the website here: http://www.dallashistory.org/programs/special-events/

Contact for more information: Michelle Meadows, Director of Development.  mm@meadows-productions.com or call 214-421-4500

Upcoming Events: April 23, 2023: Klyde Warren Park Family Day Presented by Pegasus Bank: A fun-filled family day held at history making Klyde Warren Park. 

The Dallas Historical Society: Whether someone is new to Dallas or a native Texan, the Dallas Historical Society offers programs and exhibits that educates and informs visitors about their home city and reveals insights and little-known facts that one might be unable to grasp from history books alone, especially with the museum’s newest permanent exhibit. Ongoing events include brown bag lectures, Evening With programs, and the Deep Vellum series along with the very special exhibit honoring Texas’ independence, the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama by Tom Feely. Join in discovering more about Dallas and take part in one or more of these wonderful programs. Visit the website for more information at www.dallashistory.org

The Dallas Historical Society: Celebrating Its Centennial Year In 2022

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

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

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

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

 Photo of Karl Chiao, Executive Director, Dallas Historical Society, by Danny Campbell. 

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Nancy Sanders, Karen Koop, Karisti Julia, Emily Wiskera, Vivian Black from 2021.

AWARE president Dr. Holly Miori 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 red or white. There are two options for purchase: Priced at $20.00 each for the 6” plants and $40.00 each for 10” plants, protected with plastic sleeves. 100% of the proceeds benefit AWARE. Order online now through November 24th at https://www.awaredallas.org/poinsettias/   or contact Karen Koop at kckoop@swbell.net
       
AWARE is working in partnership with two pick-up points: Friday, December 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX  75231 or Thursday, December 8th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at  Belmont Village Senior Living, located at 3535 N. Hall Street, Dallas, 75219.
       
AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help individuals affected by Alzheimer's in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. AWARE is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity.  In partnership with the Foundation AWARE conducts an annual grant review process by which grant applicants are carefully and thoughtfully vetted to ensure that grant dollars are awarded to organizations that provide outstanding services to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, and to those research institutions that are at the forefront of medical research in the treatment, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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

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Hunter Sullivan

Iconic Hunter Sullivan and His Band Own the Spotlight at the After Dinner Speakeasy at The Dallas Historical Society Centennial Gala Celebrating 100 Years of the Unique Heritage of Dallas and Texas


Join in the celebration on Saturday, November 12, 2022

Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton, chairs of the Dallas Historical Society’s Centennial Gala, have added a special treat to the evening’s celebration: Dallas’ own iconic Hunter Sullivan will take the stage with his band to entertain at the after-dinner speakeasy with this smooth sounds and hard-hitting Big Band classics (Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, etc.). He and his ensembles have built a solid reputation as the go-to source for authentic presentation of the best in the Great American Songbook, classic pop, and romantic ballads.

Slated for Saturday, November 12, 2022, the Dallas Historical Society’s Centennial Gala celebrates 100 years as the preeminent repository for the collection, preservation and exhibition of the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas.
        
The gala takes place at the beautifully renovated Hall of State in Fair Park, where the DHS collection has been housed since 1938. The brief gala program will recognize the significant contributions of the Moody Foundation with the DHS Centennial Jubilee Award. The Foundation, since its inception 80 years ago, has awarded over 4,900 grants totaling $2 billion towards the betterment of communities in our great State of Texas. 
        
The evening begins with a cocktail reception among the Dallas Historical Society exhibits, followed by a seated dinner in the Hall of State with a specially-created menu designed by Wendy Krispin Catering, with florals and décor by Bryan Long of Grey Gardens, and in a speakeasy-style, dancing to the sounds of Hunter Sullivan and his band.
        
Underwriting and sponsorships levels range from $15,000 up to $50,000. Individual tickets begin at $900 each. Individual sponsor tickets are $1,500 each and include VIP access for all three Centennial events and name recognition. Platinum sponsorship tickets for two are $5,000, include VIP access for all three Centennial events and more. Visit the website at www.dallashistory.org for details.
        
For more information, contact Michelle Meadows, Director of Development.  mm@meadows-productions.com or call 214-421-4500.

 The Dallas Historical Society: Whether someone is new to Dallas or a native Texan, the Dallas Historical Society offers programs and exhibits that educates and informs visitors about their home city and reveals insights and little-known facts that one might be unable to grasp from history books alone, especially with the museum’s newest permanent exhibit. Ongoing events include brown bag lectures, Evening With programs, and the Deep Vellum series along with this very special exhibit honoring Texas’ independence, the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama by Tom Feely. Join in discovering more about Dallas and take part in one or more of these wonderful programs. Visit the website for more information at www.dallashistory.org 

The Dallas Historical Society: Celebrating Its Centennial Year In 2022

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

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

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

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

 *Courtesy photo of Hunter Sullivan Band.  Other photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio.