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Martyn Lucas, World Piano Man; Emily Williams, Greg Brinkley, Heather Bradford; Regina Bruce holding the guitar signed by Jon Bon Jovi at Vogel Alcove with sunglasses/peering over.

A Special Evening with Vogel Alcove featuring World Piano Man Martyn Lucas in concert rocked! A crowd of supporters and friends got together virtually and sang and danced in support of the nonprofit’s mission of providing therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families.

       
“Martyn is an exceptionally talented performer and his concert was absolutely fabulous,” said Karen Hughes, president and CEO, Vogel Alcove. “His contagious energy and unique styles of singing had everyone smiling, sharing conversations and singing along. We are so thankful for his generosity and the support from the crowd which will help us continue to provide the services our families depend on, especially during these hard times.”
        
Sponsored by Santander Consumer USA, donations brought in song requests as the evening began with a request for “You’ve Got a Friend In Me,” and rocked on with Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock.” Karen welcomed guests and shared a video spotlighting the children and families helped by Vogel Alcove and the many services offered by the organization.  The fun continued with Martyn singing in the voices of Billy Joel in “Movin’ Out,” and more songs in the voices of Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, John Lennon, a sing-along of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and more.
        
A special highlight was the auction of a guitar signed by Jon Bon Jovi with Regina Bruce as the high bidder.  In tribute, Martyn sang Bon Jovi’s “Bed of Roses.”  The concert ended with everyone joining in singing Queen’s “We Are The Champions,” waving hands and sharing smiles.  

Post-event at the photo shoot, Regina surprised Vogel Alcove by donating the Jon Bon Jovi guitar back to Vogel Alcove, whereupon a silent bidder scooped it up, donating even more to the cause.
        
All proceeds from this event benefit Vogel Alcove, an early childhood education and Parent Opportunity Center that is working to Break the Cycle of Poverty for homeless children and their families in Dallas. Vogel Alcove provides educational, developmental and therapeutic services to children and families affected by homelessness. Using its “Two-Generational” approach to solving homelessness, services are provided to client families through the early childhood education program and Parent Opportunity Department. All of these services are free, in a safe and nurturing school environment, in which the families can learn and grow together John C. Wander is chairman of the Board of Directors, Vogel Alcove. 
        
For more information on how you can volunteer and other ways in which you can support Vogel Alcove, visit the website at www.vogelalcove.org

 

Donations benefit Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is the only free comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for homeless children and their families. Approximately 3,000 children in Dallas go to sleep each night without a home of their own. We’re on a mission to help young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life — and the clock is ticking. 

90% of brain development happens by the age of five. Without intervention at this critical time, homeless children may suffer lifelong social, emotional and educational deficits. That’s where we come in. And YOU can help. 

With the 6th largest GDP of any American city, major cultural and sports programs, renowned medical centers and universities and more than 20 Fortune 500 company headquarters, Dallas is a thriving city with much to offer. However, Dallas also has the one of the HIGHEST child poverty rates in the country among cities with more than 1 million people. 30% of Dallas children grow up in poverty, or two of every five children. That means 3,000 kids in our city are currently experiencing homelessness. 

Homeless children are the most invisible and neglected members of our community. But Vogel Alcove is devoted to helping these children cope with the physical, emotional and mental trauma they are experiencing so that they might succeed in life despite their circumstances.

About Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families.

Fueled by extensive research from the Casey Foundation, Vogel Alcove features “two-generation” approach to support homeless children and their parents. Through this strategic initiative, Vogel Alcove has committed to ensuring that our work truly helps homeless families break the cycle of poverty. These services are offered through the Parent Opportunity Department and include one-on-one counseling from a team of licensed clinical social workers, as well as Job Ready, Career Ready, and Support System programming in the Parent Opportunity Center lab.

Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. We’re on a mission to help young children, and their families, overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.      
                                                                  

 *Photo by Danny Campbell

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Joseph Rivers from Jay Sonata Photography, Nikki G of Nikki G Productions; Chipo Size, @dfwfarmtotable; Emma Ndebele of Atukio; Buke Dube @dfwfarmtotable.

Buke Dube and Chipo Size came together to curate A Farm-To-Table Soirée, an event spotlighting some of Dallas’ Black-owned event industry vendors at Bonton Farms.

The evening was beautiful and clear as a soft breeze drifted through the gardens. Everyone felt very much at home and enjoyed the warm and inviting atmosphere created by Emma Ndebele, who planned and designed the entire event. Ndebele’s company Atukio “A Bold Event Design Experience” set a welcoming ambience, placing tables spaced with social distancing in mind, draped with earth-toned neutral tablecloths and topped with creative floral centerpieces supplemented with produce from the Bonton Farms garden.  There was warm lighting strung above, and the sound of cicadas stirred in the background.          

As a special treat, the Bonton Farms gardens were open to wander through. The scent of fresh rosemary stirred the senses and handfuls of hummingbirds were easily spotted. The lush gardens not only provide meals but bring healing to a community in great need.          

Zimbabwe native chef Linda Mainja, owner of Tinaye Catering, orchestrated a three-course meal that featured fresh garden-to kitchen-cooking. A jumbo lump crab cake over a bed of zesty arugula salad delighted all as the first course, followed by a second course of garlic mashed potatoes topped with chicken thigh in a creamy white sauce and sautéed asparagus. A sweet finish of custard-filled crepes topped with berry sauce brought out the smiles.        

Adding to the lively and upbeat tone of the evening, Private Property Band jammed out classic soul and R&B hits, everything from Stevie Wonder to Roberta Flack. Their “Killing Me Softly with His Song” cover had the vocal integrity and spunk of Lauryn Hill so much so that anyone would be tempted to shout, “One Time, One Time.”        

This evening’s combination of artful entertaining, farm-to-table dining and camaraderie truly embraced the vendors talents and commitment to an excellent experience without being distracting to the feeling of the entire night.          

Buke made the message clear saying, “It is really important for us to come into the community and do this at Bonton Farms, specifically, because of what Bonton represents. I just want to start off by saying we are very honored today to welcome our VIPs who are Bonton residents. It is important to host an event that is inclusive of the community. One of the biggest reasons why we are here is to showcase Black businesses. I know a lot of you have been asking who they are. Just so you know, today everything that you see has been done by Black vendors.”          

Shining the spotlight on this evening’s contributors, Buke said that whether someone is hosting a small event or large event, contact Chef Linda. Complimenting the decor and perfection in overall planning and execution, she thanked Emma Ndebele of Atukio “A Bold Event Design Experience.” She thanked the amazing Private Property Band, which is growing to be a favorite choice for all occasions and praised the excellence of tonight’s photographer, Joseph Rivers from Jay Sonata Photography and videographer Nikki G of Nikki G Productions. She ended saying, “Our events empower the community. All the services here today are from the Black community, so I hope you join us at our next event!”          

The event benefited awareness for Miles of Freedom, a prison re-entry program designed to equip, empower, and employ individuals returning home from prison and provide support and assistance for families and communities impacted by incarceration. www.milesoffreedom.org

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Glenn Beck, Host

Tania and Glenn Beck will host the America Goes Back to Work M1 Virtual Event benefiting Mercury One on Saturday, October 24, 2020.  Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian aid and education organization focused on restoring the human spirit based in Dallas, Texas.

 Upon announcing Mercury One’s first ever virtual event:

 “Join us on October 24 as we celebrate an unforgettable evening of hope, heritage and the best of humanity,” Glenn Beck, Founder of Mercury One said.“On this special night, we will rejoice in the lives of those impacted by our humanitarian relief efforts, education programs, and preservation of American heritage. Together, we will chart the way forward as we seek to better our country and the world around us.” 

 “Without the support of the community, none of this would be possible,” Suzanne Grishman, Executive Director of Mercury One said. “This event is critical to our success as the funds raised support Mercury One’s general operations, ensuring that all program donations go directly to those that need it most.”

 Event sponsors at different levels will receive a virtual in-home package, a chef-prepared meal delivered to their home for them and their guests, along with special gifts. Rodney Strong Wine Estates will provide a virtual in-home wine tasting presented by their winemaker and educator. The event will be streamed from the American Journey Training Center.  It begins with a streamed VIP reception/conversation with Glenn for sponsors $10,000 and up. The program opens to everyone at 7:00 p.m. CST which will include remarks, special presentations, including the Angel Award presentation to Gena and Chuck Norris, followed by a live auction with Glenn Beck as the host.

 There will be a raffle the night of the event, which is open via the website for ticket sales now. Enter to win a 2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan or A Once in a lifetime experience for an All-Expenses paid trip (airfare, transportation, hotel and meals) for two people to Dallas, Texas for a two-night stay and a day with Mercury One. The winner and guest will receive a tour of The New American Journey Training Center and the new American Journey Vault with Glenn Beck and David Barton. (Date to be mutually decided upon in 2021 by all parties.  The first winner would be able to choose which item they would like, and the second winner drawn would receive the second prize.) Raffle tickets are $100 each.

 

For more information about the event click here.  ;Event website: http://www.m1nextchapter.com/

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Janina Solomon, President, The Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center; Elizabeth Minahan, Chair of the 2021 Luncheon.

Janina Solomon, president of The Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center announces Shop for Nexus happening on Friday, October 9 at Preston Center Plaza with a portion of sales to benefit The Auxiliary of Nexus which will help spread holiday cheer to the women and children in residence during the holidays at Nexus Recovery Center. 
      
Participating vendors include Betty Reiter, Kendra Scott (online code GIVEBACK9377), Lucky Dog Barkery, Mel Crews, Pockets Menswear, Swoozie’s (shoppers receive an additional 15% discount), TOOTSIES, Trova Wine + Market. Please mention Nexus while you are shopping at these stores to receive your discount. Store hours vary. 

      
Also please patronize these Preston Center Plaza restaurants which are supporting the Auxiliary with gifts to the Auxiliary Luncheon Raffle on April 7, 2021 featuring McKenzie Phillips as the speaker:  Il Bracco, R+D Kitchen, True Food Kitchen. They are not offering dining discounts on October 9 but are showing their support in other ways!
      
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to the public. Everyone is invited to join in its mission to support and promote the interests of Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. This mission is accomplished by building a strong and active membership, stimulating public awareness and helping in the financial support of Nexus’ services and projects.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that offers specialized substance abuse treatment services for adult women and adolescent girls, ages 13-17, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to break the cycle of addiction. Founded in 1971, the mission of Nexus is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for women and their families affected by addition.

        
Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of female addicts. Nexus has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006 and is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women and adolescent girls in the late stages of pregnancy and allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. We are able to provide all these services with the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors. Together we break the cycle of addiction, changing family’s lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.

For more information, visit the web site www.nexusrecovery.org/shop-for-nexus

Mission Statement: The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) that offers specialized substance use disorder treatment services for adult women as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to break the cycle of addiction. Nexus has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006 and is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. For more information, call (214) 321-0156 or visit www.nexusrecovery.org

In fiscal year 2019, Nexus served 1,900 women and adolescent girls and 364 children, including 71 Nexus-born babies

Nexus served over 900 women in residential treatment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from March through August 2020. Nearly 1 in 4 clients served through residential treatment were experiencing homelessness when admitted. These women were kept safe healthy while receiving life-saving treatment at Nexus.

In March 2018, Forbes reported that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from injury in the United States and that women are more susceptible to become addicted to drugs as a result of gender-specific issues. The Hartford Courant reported that women face a higher risk for an opioid addiction and women have significant barriers to receiving treatment. Because addiction takes hold of women faster and results in increased negative physical effects, women generally come to treatment for addiction in worse shape than men.  

Drug overdose deaths have outpaced motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides combined, killing Americans at a faster pace than the HIV epidemic did at its peak. The US consumes more opioid pain medication than any other country on Earth, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. These statistics have spurred multiple governmental entities to name this the defining epidemic of our generation.

Nexus provides quality, gender-specific treatment. We meet the unique needs of women by providing access to psychiatric services, counseling for trauma induced by physical, mental, and sexual abuse, prenatal and postpartum programs and childcare regardless of ability to pay. When compared with mixed gender treatment, women-only treatment increased the odds of successful outcomes by 44%. Studies show that having at least one parent in recovery, helps minimize negative health outcomes in children. 

History: Established in 1971 by women in recovery themselves, Nexus is thrilled to be celebrating its 50th year. In 1990 the facility relocated to a 12-acre campus in east Dallas to provide a wider array of services. The new space enabled Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment. In 1991, Nexus expanded the adult women program to 40 beds. In 1993 because no treatment providers would accept pregnant or newly parenting teens Nexus began filling this service gap. In 1999, the Child Development Center was built to meet the needs of accompanying children. 

Joint Commission accredited since 2006, a rare accomplishment in the non-profit sector due to the high standards required to earn and maintain. Nexus is committed to providing top-notch care for low-income women and their children.

 (Photo by Jan Osborne.) 

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This back-to-school season, Rainbow Days will be helping prepare 1,200 local homeless and at-risk children and youth for the new school year by equipping them with the tangible items, confidence and hope they need for success in school this year.

In September, Rainbow Days’ Family Connection team will be distributing new backpacks filled with school supplies as well as new uniforms and after-school clothing to 700 homeless children and youth residing in nearly 30 Dallas-area homeless and domestic violence shelters, transitional living sites and extended-stay motels.

Rainbow Days is currently recruiting volunteers to help deliver backpacks and uniforms directly to partnering shelters across Dallas during the first week of September. Volunteer registration is available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054da4aa2ba2f58-rainbow8. Please note that volunteer spots are limited; inquiries and questions may be directed to Volunteer & Events Manager Sunni Roaten at SunniR@rainbowdays.org or (214) 217-3833.

Additionally, Rainbow Days’ Community Connection team will be distributing new school supplies and critical tangible items to 500 at-risk students living in low-income, high-crime communities across Dallas. In order to meet the needs of these children and youth, Rainbow Days is still collecting in-kind donations of the following selected school supplies, which can be purchased and shipped directly to Rainbow Days via the organization’s Amazon Wish List at https://bit.ly/rainbowdayslist:

  • Composition notebooks
  • Map pencils
  • Black, blue and red pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pocket folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Travel-size hand sanitizer

Finally, Rainbow Days would be grateful to count on your financial support of these critical back-to-school efforts during this challenging and unprecedented time. To make a financial gift and help Rainbow Days prepare students for success this school year, please visit https://rainbowdays.org/donate.

 

ABOUT RAINBOW DAYS: Rainbow Days is a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1982, Rainbow Days has a mission to help children and youth in adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. Through support groups, camps, mentored events and tangible items, Rainbow Days makes meaningful connections with more than 9,000 at-risk and homeless children and youth in the Dallas area annually. For more information, please visit www.rainbowdays.org or call (214) 887-0726.

 

Photos by Rob Wythe/Gittings

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This back-to-school season, Rainbow Days will be helping prepare 1,200 local homeless and at-risk children and youth for the new school year by equipping them with the tangible items, confidence and hope they need for success in school this year.

In September, Rainbow Days’ Family Connection team will be distributing new backpacks filled with school supplies as well as new uniforms and after-school clothing to 700 homeless children and youth residing in nearly 30 Dallas-area homeless and domestic violence shelters, transitional living sites and extended-stay motels.

Rainbow Days is currently recruiting volunteers to help deliver backpacks and uniforms directly to partnering shelters across Dallas during the first week of September. Volunteer registration is available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054da4aa2ba2f58-rainbow8. Please note that volunteer spots are limited; inquiries and questions may be directed to Volunteer & Events Manager Sunni Roaten at SunniR@rainbowdays.org or (214) 217-3833.

Additionally, Rainbow Days’ Community Connection team will be distributing new school supplies and critical tangible items to 500 at-risk students living in low-income, high-crime communities across Dallas. In order to meet the needs of these children and youth, Rainbow Days is still collecting in-kind donations of the following selected school supplies, which can be purchased and shipped directly to Rainbow Days via the organization’s Amazon Wish List at https://bit.ly/rainbowdayslist:

  • Composition notebooks
  • Map pencils
  • Black, blue and red pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pocket folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Travel-size hand sanitizer

Finally, Rainbow Days would be grateful to count on your financial support of these critical back-to-school efforts during this challenging and unprecedented time. To make a financial gift and help Rainbow Days prepare students for success this school year, please visit https://rainbowdays.org/donate.

 

ABOUT RAINBOW DAYS: Rainbow Days is a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1982, Rainbow Days has a mission to help children and youth in adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. Through support groups, camps, mentored events and tangible items, Rainbow Days makes meaningful connections with more than 9,000 at-risk and homeless children and youth in the Dallas area annually. For more information, please visit www.rainbowdays.org or call (214) 887-0726.

 

Photos by Rob Wythe/Gittings

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Martyn Lucas, World Piano Man

Get together with your friends virtually and dance like no one is watching in support of A Special Evening with Vogel Alcove featuring World Piano Man Martyn Lucas in concert streaming live on Thursday, August 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  https://bit.ly/VogelAlcoveML  This event is free with some very special offerings, listed below.

Martyn is an exceptionally talented performer who sang at Prince Harry and Meagan Markle’s wedding. He achieved the “World Piano Man” award due to the many styles of his piano playing. At one time Sir Elton John presented him with a formal tuxedo jacket covered in gold sequins. At a recent Vogel Alcove event, Martyn performed live and had the crowd on the dance floor dancing and singing along. Martyn sings in the voices of fourteen different singers including Sir Elton John, Pavarotti, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Axel Rose, Sir Paul McCartney, Louis Armstrong and many more. Martyn also has an amazing repertoire of 650 songs.
         

Take advantage of these special offerings during the evening: 


                     * Song Dedication at specific time.  $150.00 each. Sales end on Aug 19, 2020. You will be emailed the list of 650 songs to choose from. Also offered a time during the LIVE event.

                   * Be in the show LIVE on zoom call! Sing with Martyn. $1,000.00 each. Sales end on Aug 19, 2020. You will be sent a Zoom link to join in.
  

Giveaway:  Win an autographed Jon Bon Jovi guitar. Martyn will play a Bon Jovi song and guests will send an email to info@vogelalcove.org and a random winner will be chosen.
                    

All proceeds from this event benefit Vogel Alcove, an early childhood education and Parent Opportunity Center that is working to Break the Cycle of Poverty for homeless children and their families in Dallas. Vogel Alcove provides educational, developmental and therapeutic services to children and families affected by homelessness. Using its “Two-Generational” approach to solving homelessness, services are provided to client families through the early childhood education program and Parent Opportunity Department. All of these services are free, in a safe and nurturing school environment, in which the families can learn and grow together. Karen R. Hughes, President & CEO, Vogel Alcove and John C. Wander, Chair, Board of Directors, Vogel Alcove.

Tickets are complimentary, with special offerings, listed above. Eventbrite adds a small processing fee to the special offerings. Get tickets and register for special offerings on EventBrite here:  https://www.martynlucas.com/vogelalcove    

For sponsorships, underwriting: Greg Brinkley, gbrinkley@vogelalcove.org or call 214-368-8686

 Donations benefit Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is the only free comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for homeless children and their families. Approximately 3,000 children in Dallas go to sleep each night without a home of their own. We’re on a mission to help young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life — and the clock is ticking.

 90% of brain development happens by the age of five. Without intervention at this critical time, homeless children may suffer lifelong social, emotional and educational deficits. That’s where we come in. And YOU can help.

 With the 6th largest GDP of any American city, major cultural and sports programs, renowned medical centers and universities and more than 20 Fortune 500 company headquarters, Dallas is a thriving city with much to offer. However, Dallas also has the one of the HIGHEST child poverty rates in the country among cities with more than 1 million people. 30% of Dallas children grow up in poverty, or two of every five children. That means 3,000 kids in our city are currently experiencing homelessness.

 Homeless children are the most invisible and neglected members of our community. But Vogel Alcove is devoted to helping these children cope with the physical, emotional and mental trauma they are experiencing so that they might succeed in life despite their circumstances.

 About Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families.

 Fueled by extensive research from the Casey Foundation, Vogel Alcove features “two-generation” approach to support homeless children and their parents. Through this strategic initiative, Vogel Alcove has committed to ensuring that our work truly helps homeless families break the cycle of poverty. These services are offered through the Parent Opportunity Department and include one-on-one counseling from a team of licensed clinical social workers, as well as Job Ready, Career Ready, and Support System programming in the Parent Opportunity Center lab.

 Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. We’re on a mission to help young children, and their families, overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.   

(Photo of Martyn Lucas by Dana Driensky.)  

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Olivia Briggs

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) presented Highland Park High School graduating senior Olivia Briggs with a $1,500 scholarship gifted through the HP Education Foundation Tartan Fund/Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Endowment this year. The scholarship is given annually to a student or students interested in architecture or history which reflects PCHPS’s passion for the significance of historic preservation.
          
As a student of HPHS, Olivia was a 4-year cheerleader serving on Varsity her junior and senior years and earning NCA All-American her senior year.  She is a 3-year Varsity member of the Track and Field team earning Field Athlete of the Year for 2 consecutive years.  She serves as President of the Dwell with Dignity club, Vice President of Hi-Lites and Vice President of 65 Roses.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society.
           
For the past 3 summers, Olivia has interned at Emily Summers Design Associates.  She has also had the opportunity to shadow designers at Perkins and Will and to attend Savannah School of Art and Design in classes focused on both interior design and architecture. Olivia plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture to study Interior Design.  She is the daughter of Laura and Travis Briggs.

           
Over the past years, PCHPS has expanded its commitment to education in the Park Cities. In 2011, the society’s board voted to allocate funds from the Historic Home Tour, the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, and the Classic & Antique Car show to fund endowed scholarships with the Highland Park Education Foundation for deserving HPHS graduating seniors.           
           
PCHPS and its supporters reached the initial goal of $100,000 for the scholarship fund in 2014. A $50,000 contribution in 2017 increased the Endowment with the Foundation to $250,000.  Plans are now underway to steadily increase the scholarship and partner with the school district to emphasize the importance of education and comprehension of the rich heritage of our unique community.

Membership in the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is open to the public. Community support is vital to preserving community awareness regarding the importance of protecting and promoting visual history along with architectural and cultural legacies of the Park Cities.

PCHPS membership benefits and activities include:

Three educational meetings during the year, landmarking events honoring significant homes for architectural, historical or restoration merit, PCHPS annual spring Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Fifth Annual Classic & Antique Car Show, July 4th Parade and booth.

The fundraising events that allow PCHPS to give back to the community are the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Home Tour, and the Classic & Antique Car Show. Funds raised help preserve and maintain The Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives, award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history and fund the Distinguished Chair for History at Highland Park High School.

Visit the website to join and for more information at www.pchps.org

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Kim Hext, Fashion Show & Luncheon chair; Greg Hext.

The September 15, 2020 event has been canceled

 Every year, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary looks forward to gathering in fellowship with its Auxiliary members and Salvation Army supporters for the annual Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon.  It is a special event with a rich history that serves as the Auxiliary’s largest fundraiser.  It is with great sadness that the difficult decision has been made to cancel the annual event scheduled on September 15, 2020.          

Lisa Singleton, 2020-2021 Auxiliary President, said, “This was not a decision made lightly, but it is the right thing to do for the safety and well-being of our donors, supporters, members and for the people served by The Salvation Army.”          

At the forefront of any decision made is how to maximize the funds the Auxiliary can grant to its beneficiaries. Ultimately, current gathering and social distancing guidelines significantly impact not only how many can attend the Fashion Show & Luncheon, but also shopping in the Chic Boutique and After Sale, which are large components of this fundraising event.         

The work of The Salvation Army continues as they remain on the front lines of this global pandemic serving this community’s most vulnerable. The need is greater now more than ever, especially for those disproportionately impacted by this pandemic.  It is with a grateful heart that The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary thanks supporters who have already contributed to the 2020 Fashion Show & Luncheon who are making their contributions a fully tax-deductible gift to support the great work of The Salvation Army of North Texas.        

The good news is that plans are in place for next year! Kim Hext has graciously agreed to stay on as Chair of the event, where Carol Seay will be honored with the Margot Perot Service Award. Ellen McStay will also continue her role as Honorary Chair.  Margaret Hancock is 2019/20 Women’s Auxiliary President. Major Bethany Hawks is Area Commander for The Salvation Army of North Texas.

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Fashion Show & Luncheon, to be held Tuesday, April 6 at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center.           

Kim said, “We are grateful for the support of everyone who has donated their gently loved couture clothing and accessories. Those donations originally tagged for this year’s event will be carefully placed in storage and make their appearance at the 2021 Chic Boutique, Fashion Show and After Sale. Donations of gently worn couture fashions and accessories are welcome! Please contact The Salvation Army in advance so drop-off can be arranged.”  Call 214-637-8121 or email  dfw.auxiliary@uss.salvationarmy.org

Everyone looks forward to getting together to celebrate “doing the most good” for our community.

For more information and updates, visit the website at  www.bidpal.net/sawadfw

 About The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary:    The Dallas Women's Auxiliary is the local expression of a world-wide movement that seeks spiritual redemption and social rehabilitation of those it serves.  It functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group and have many projects and programs that can satisfy an eagerness to volunteer.

 All members are volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to serve others. There are many committees that can help you find your passion including mass mail, back to school, angel tree, kettles, Santa sacks or serving victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

 Feed your passion and volunteer at one of the many activities throughout the year. We focus on children and families when we fill backpacks with school supplies, stuff small gifts  in our Christmas Santa Sacks, or provide a meal to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We support our Veterans and distribute lap blankets to those living in the VA Residential Center. We support sobriety and provide birthday cakes to families celebrating monthly milestones in recovery. We embark on the Spirit of Christmas and volunteer at the NorthPark Angel Tree, help with gift distribution at The Salvation Army Christmas and Disaster Center or ring a bell at an iconic Christmas kettle.  For those who love fashion, you can sort and inventory donated couture clothing and accessories for the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon or volunteer at the Fashion Show After Sale.  All of these projects make a difference while having fun and fellowship with others who value your time and support.

 The ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary have a good time, work hard, and believe in the branding of "Doing the Most Good."     dfw.auxiliary@uss.salvationarmy.org 

(Photos from previous events by Dana Driensky. Courtesy photo of  Major Bethany Hawks.)

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Karen Hughes, President and CEO, Delivering to Families

Vogel Alcove’s Phase II: Open Texas is evolving as the governor revises restrictions on the state.

As the governor revises restrictions on the state, Vogel Alcove continues to evolve its services. Phase I, The Essential Services Phase was a tremendous success! See details below.

Phase II: Open Texas continues to evolve. As President and CEO Karen Hughes details in the video here,  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYwiq213n8c&feature=youtu.be) this phase includes: 

  • Childcare Program Open for All Working Parents 
  • Summer Camp Begins (K - 6th Grade Children, Great Outdoor Adventure)
  • Continued Practice of Health and Safety protocols as directed by the CDC and Health Department
  • Continued Virtual Case Management
  • Resource Bags
  • Continued Mental Health and Developmental Health Therapies for Children
  • Telehealth Mental Health Therapy for Parents

    How You Can Become Involved:

    Though volunteers are not currently permitted in the building due to health concerns, there are opportunities in the backyard and garden, summer camp, and Vogel Alcove is open to any creative ideas!  Other opportunities include making Bye-Bye Bags at home  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL-z9QY77fg) and Volunteer Virtual Story Time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzZD5koxkYk)   

    Or visit the Volunteers page on the Vogel Alcove website and fill in the volunteer form here:  https://vogelalcove.org/get-involved/   Email volunteers@vogelalcove.org for more information.

Phase I: The Essential Services Phase was a tremendous success!
From March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020, Vogel Alcove shifted with each twist and turn of this pandemic and the challenges its effects presented the school.

The school for children of essential workers opened and Vogel Alcove staff implemented three brand new programs: Vogel Eats, Vogel Bags and Virtual Casework.  For eight weeks Vogel Alcove’s staff, volunteers, and generous donors committed to doing whatever necessary to continue to serve children and families impacted by homelessness. 

They prepared, packaged, and delivered 15,742 meals to 73 families and over 200 resource bags containing necessities such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothes, and even educational toys for the kids at home. Vogel Alcove could not have done any of this without the commitment of its staff and supporters.

Services and Operations During Phase I Included:

  • Childcare program open for children of essential workers
  • New HR/CDC/DHS guidelines implemented
  • Vogel Eats program delivered 15,742 meals to 73 families
  • 200 Vogel Bags delivered to families including needed supplies: clothing, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Virtual case management with all families two times per week
  • Gap Camp opens for school-age children/support for E-Learning
  • Virtual Volunteer Story Time
  • Furniture drive for Vogel Alcove families that have secured housing

Because of Vogel Alcove’s Supporters

None of this would have been possible without the support of some of Vogel Alcove’s biggest allies. Mark Cuban, Santander, and so many others provided generous monetary support toward the Restoring Families campaign. 

Even during one of the toughest storms restaurants have ever weathered, they still found ways to support the community. Ellen’s Southern Kitchen graciously provided breakfast and lunch for the entire Vogel Alcove staff each Wednesday and Friday. They also provided 6-8 members of their service staff each day to drive meals and resources all over Dallas, part of the Vogel Eats and Vogel Bags programs. Redbird Capital and Little Caesars Pizza donated over 400 hundred pizzas giving families food for the weekend. Country Burger and New York Subs treated Vogel Alcove’s staff to lunch as well. Union Coffee held a special drive for the items that were urgently needed.

The safety and hygienic needs of the organization’s staff and families were tended to as well. Hill & Wilkinson provided resources for the Vogel Bags program and hand sanitizer for the school. Temple Emanu-El sent resources like anti-bacterial wipes. Dallas Heritage Village sewed and donated cotton masks to send home to client families.

Southwest Airlines and Pepsico donated pallets of snack food for the families. 

Countless individuals and those from the Alcuin School, Bank of America, Allstate Insurance, Mix Master Mike, and Houlihan Lokey sent their virtual story time videos via email. Check out some of the story time videos on the Youtube page here (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5RlsFLfTgGWxgPEbdRQQviMBZWdeA9wp ).

In addition, all of this could not have been done without those who spent time with their families and co-workers building “Bye-Bye Bags” such as United Healthcare, Celanese, Chat-N-Chew, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and all of the individuals who built them from home with their children.

Four Vogel Alcove families were able to move out of the shelter system and into housing during this phase. So many individuals answered the call by donating beds, mattresses, tables, chairs, sofas, and more to help shower these families with furnishings for their homes. Wildcat Management provided a warehouse to store this furniture as logistics were coordinated. 

 Thank You

So many have shown kindness and love during this time. Everyone at Vogel Alcove is so grateful to all of the donors, staff, and families. Without their support, all might have been lost.

For information and more details, visit the website at www.vogelalcove.org and the blog at https://vogelalcove.org/news/

About Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families.

 Fueled by extensive research from the Casey Foundation, Vogel Alcove features “two-generation” approach to support homeless children and their parents. Through this strategic initiative, Vogel Alcove has committed to ensuring that our work truly helps homeless families break the cycle of poverty. These services are offered through the Parent Opportunity Department and include one-on-one counseling from a team of licensed clinical social workers, as well as Job Ready, Career Ready, and Support System programming in the Parent Opportunity Center lab.

 Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. We’re on a mission to help young children, and their families, overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.