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On Thursday, May 19, the bright golden haze on the meadow met the sophistication of the Dallas Arts District inside the stunningly sleek Bill Booziotis designed home of Broadway Dallas patrons Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer. Ticketed guests enjoyed an expansive view of Downtown Dallas from the twenty third floor of Museum Tower at a Spotlight Dinner benefiting Broadway Dallas in anticipation of the upcoming performance of OKLAHOMA! The premise of the series, generously sponsored by PNC Bank, is for patrons to experience exclusive dinners in beautiful Dallas homes or venues, each showcasing a specific Broadway Dallas production. This dinner, imagined and executed by Hamilton A. Sneed of HAS Events, marked the third event in this new fundraising series.

During the reception hour, attendees enjoyed an interactive experience with W Durable Goods who stitched personalized bandanas for each guest and could wander the spacious apartment admiring the owner’s personal art collection curated from their many years of travels. Ken Novice, Broadway Dallas President and CEO gave a toast to welcome guests and introduced performers Rachel Poole, Preston Page, and Joey Rodriguez who serenaded the room with songs from OKLAHOMA! including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ and People Will Say We’re in Love.  A four-course dinner paired with HALL wines was served at curated tables placed throughout the home, creating an intimate experience for theater lovers to share conversation. The evening ended with another live performance of The Surry with the Fringe on the Top. In attendance were PNC’s Beth Hollowell with her husband Mark, Janey and Jack Lowe, Stacey Angel, Broadway Dallas Board Chair Tom Watson and Chair Elect Mark Cannon with their wives Leigh Ann and Elizabeth respectively; Lynn Fisher, Robert Emery, Broadway Dallas Board member Chris McRore and his wife Julietta, Broadway Dallas Board member Gail Plummer and more.

Tickets for Broadway Dallas’ Fall 2022 Spotlight Dinner Series, which are $450 a seat, go on sale this June and will be themed around the shows Ain’t Too Proud, My Fair Lady and SIX. Proceeds will benefit artistic and educational excellence at Broadway Dallas including programs in classrooms and throughout the community that serve more than 40,000 students and families each year. 

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Robin Bagwell, Jason Starkey, Quida Bradshaw, Nolan Bagwell (Photo credit: Stanley Johnson, PE Images)

The 34th Annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery event with featured speaker Jason Starkey took place on Thursday, April 21st at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, with more than 150 live and virtual attendees. Growing up in West Virginia, Starkey was the captain of an undefeated, Division 1 football team and received a scholarship as a walk-on at the University of Marshall where he played alongside Chad Pennington. Starkey went on to play for the Arizona Cardinals for 4 years. He bravely shared the journey of his spiral into addiction and how his wife's love, family support, and a “Thundering Herd” brotherhood helped Jason win his battle against addiction. With more than 15 years of sobriety, Starkey now travels to colleges and treatment programs sharing his story of recovery, inspiring hope, and insights on how to conquer addiction.

Once inside the reception hall Event Chair Shauna Jenkins and NBC Texas Today co-host, Kristin Dickerson welcomed attendees and brought Recovery Resource Council CEO, Eric Niedermayer to the stage to share new findings about how alcoholism and drug addiction are impacting our North Texas community. Niedermayer talked about the many ways the Council is supporting those seeking recovery and the tools the Council makes available to those seeking a life in recovery the tools to do so. Niedermayer then introduced Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, who served as Honorary Chair for this year’s Stars in Recovery event. “It's really awesome when you get to be Mayor and you get to use your bully pulpit for good,” smiled Parker. “Believe me, there are no shortage of nonprofit events I get invited to go to, but I can promise you there is not one organization in this city that means more to me than Recovery Resource Council and I can say that from the bottom of my heart.”

Since its inception, the annual Stars in Recovery Luncheon has featured local citizens and well-known celebrities alike speaking publicly about their struggles and triumphs over alcohol, and substance misuse and mental health issues. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Recovery Resource Council, North Texas’ largest non-residential non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of thousands of individuals and families struggling with alcohol, substance misuse and trauma. To learn more visit 

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FriscoUncorked2022-TrinityFallsVIPTent-GernelleNel Inside the VIP tent hosted by Trinity Falls at the 3d Annual Frisco Uncorked Festival. Credit: Gernelle Nelson for Trinity Falls

The 3d Annual Frisco Uncorked festival presented by H-E-B took place on Saturday, April 30th at Frisco Square. Trinity Falls, a master-planned community located in McKinney, hosted the VIP tent complete with a photo booth, Blue Fizz sparkling cocktail with edible flowers, and an appearance from W Durable Goods who customized Trinity Falls-branded bandanas for attendees. Twenty-one award-winning wineries, fifteen delicious restaurants, and a wide variety of retailers were on hand for shoppers to enjoy and shop. The event was held in partnership with the Frisco Arts Foundation.

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Jennifer Shaw and Nancy McPherson of Nebraska Furniture Mart. Photo by Erik Carlson

On April 14, Dallas 24 Hour Club hosted donors and supporters in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Tillman House, an 18-unit apartment complex that provides affordable housing for up to 41 residents. The building is named Tillman House, after Dallas 24 Hour Club’s Founder Lee Tillman, and was created to positively impact The 24’s ability to provide safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women seeking a brand new life away from drugs and alcohol. Successful graduates of The 24’s program are eligible for this affordable, sober living opportunity that allows them to practice critical life skills and establish an even stronger foundation of recovery. Tillman House has allowed for a 53% increase in The 24's maximum capacity which has shrunk The 24's Wait List, since they can offer the option to discharge to a solid, safe, local apartment. This opens up beds more quickly for those who are in need of immediate access to crisis help and stabilization and takes away the stress of moving far away from their "sober family" members and home-like, family environment. The expectation is that the recidivism rate will be reduced by a significant percent. 

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On Wednesday, March 23, Dallas Summer Musicals announced a name change to Broadway Dallas and its 22/23 Germania Broadway Series Season, at the first in an exciting new “Spotlight Dinner Series” of fundraising evenings generously sponsored by PNC Bank.

The premise of the series is for attendees to experience exclusive dinners in beautiful Dallas homes or venues, each showcasing a specific Broadway Dallas production. On the menu for each event will be fine wines, an exquisite multi-course plated dinner, and exciting show-themed entertainment and décor. These intimate events, filled with song, fun facts, and always a surprise or two, benefit artistic and educational excellence at Broadway Dallas, including programs in classrooms and throughout the community that serve more than 40,000 students and families each year.  Interested patrons can select the dinners that entice them the most - or sign up the entire series.

Wednesday’s kickoff saw Ken Novice, Broadway Dallas President and CEO, host the first Spotlight Dinner on the stage of Music Hall at Fair Park in celebration of the Broadway Dallas renaming and the 2022-2023 Season Announcement. Starting in an elaborately decorated Music Hall lobby, in celebration of the show announcement of My Fair Lady, Act One had guests sipping on British inspired cocktails including classics Pimm’s Cup No.1, the Vesper Martini and Elderflower Gin & Tonics paired with passed hors d’oeuvres of tea sandwiches, mini-Yorkshire puddings, and stilton tartlets with pear, with an intermission solo performance of “I Could Have Danced All Night” by Riley Jones, a student from the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards program.

For Act Two, attendees entered the theater and were greeted by the unveiling of the dinner on stage. Attendees including Diane and Hal Brierley, Calvert Collins-Bratton and Vince Bratton, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Leigh Ann and Tom Watson, Gail Plummer, Stacey Jones Angel, Kymberley Scalia, Terry Loftis, Veletta Forsythe Lill, and Helen and Brendan McGuire dined on a four-course meal inspired by the 2022-2203 Broadway Dallas season. From the amuse bouche of a deconstructed lobster roll to the decadent milk chocolate crème brûlée dessert the evenings dinner was accompanied by HALL Wines, additional unveilings of the season’s shows including Moulin Rouge, Six, To Kill A Mockingbird and more,  [HS3] and additional performances from the Broadway Dallas HSMTA students.

The evening concluded with the curtain lowering and rising again with an encore bow, lights, applause, and a champagne toast to celebrate the announcement that Moulin Rouge! will be the theme for the Broadway Dallas Gala to be held Saturday, April 1, 2023, with Kathryn and Craig Hall serving as Honorary Chairs.

While the organization’s name is changing, its commitment to bringing the best Broadway productions to Dallas is not.  As the premier presenter of touring Broadway in the region, Broadway Dallas will continue to deliver the hottest, most award-winning, edge-of-your seat exciting shows to its diverse, multi-generational audiences on a year-round basis (not just in the summer). The name change and a series of new sub-brands also reflect the core of Broadway Dallas’ mission to grow its already expansive education programs and community partnerships which allow the organization to share the “Spirit of Broadway” with members of the community who might not otherwise have access to these world-class productions.

“We changed our name from Dallas Summer Musicals to Broadway Dallas to accurately capture who we are and what we do. It encompasses not only the magnificent work that we put on our stage, but also our other exciting events and community engagement and education programs through which we share ‘the spirit of Broadway’ with as many members of our community as possible,” said Ken Novice, President and CEO of Broadway Dallas.

The next Spotlight Dinner Series will be held on April 27 at a private estate centered around Broadway Dallas’ upcoming performance of Mean Girls. A revival of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! will be the third themed dinner in the series, held on the 23d floor of Museum Tower on May 19. These intimate gatherings of 50 are already sold out.

Tickets for Broadway Dallas’ Fall 2022 Spotlight Dinner Series, which are $450 a seat, will go on sale in late Spring 2022 and will be themed around the shows Ain’t Too Proud, My Fair Lady and SIX. Proceeds will benefit artistic and educational excellence at Broadway Dallas including programs in classrooms and throughout the community that serve more than 40,000 students and families each year. Tickets on sale now at  Please contact Deborah Ann Trimble, Broadway Dallas Vice President of Development at 214-413-3957 or for more information.

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On Tuesday, March 15, Irving-based Shoebacca delivered a donation of 500 pairs of shoes ($40,000 retail value) to residents of Dallas 24 Hour Club (The 24). March 15 was selected as the day for donation because it was National Shoe The World Day, which was created to shed light on the importance of footwear and the need for quality footwear for millions of people worldwide who can't afford or don't have access to it.


Shoe the World Day is something we celebrate every day here at Shoebacca, so it’s an honor to be able to share this with such a meritable and worthy organization such as the 24-Hour Club. Addiction is a powerful disease that effects the lives of so many, especially given the current climate, so giving back to our community has been a priority for us and will continue to be for years to come. We wish nothing but the best for the residents of The 24 and are grateful to those who strive to help them recover.” said Ryan Schlachter, President, Shoebacca.


Since 1969, Dallas 24 Hour Club has provided transitional living, support services and essential life skills for homeless alcoholics and addicts, so they can embrace long-term sobriety and become contributing and self-supporting members of the community. With over 140 residents between their facility on Ross Avenue and their sober living community, Tillman House, The 24 is always in desperate need of shoes and apparel for their newcomers, many who come to the facility directly off the streets.


Shoebacca has been a great resource partner of Dallas 24 Hour Club and her residents who desperately need shoes for everyday wear, but also to enable them to secure a job which leads to an improvement in their self-esteem. Supplying 500 pairs of brand new shoes gives 500 of our residents who have sought safe shelter and recovery from substance abuse at The 24, a wonderful start on a brand new life! We are so appreciative of this gift!” said Marsha Williamson, CEO, Dallas 24 Hour Club.


"We thank Shoebacca for their ongoing support of our residents from the bottom of our hearts.  Men and women need quality shoes when they come off the street, and by donating 500 pairs of shoes, Shoebacca will fill that need for many months to come.  I can't wait to see the faces of the recipients of this generous gift when they try on a fresh, new pair of shoes!" – Tim Grigsby, COO, Dallas 24 Hour Club.


Each year, The 24 helps over 500 people get off the streets, find employment and embrace recovery. 63% of those individuals arrive without funds and are extended credit upon intake. The 6 month program at the facility on Ross Avenue aids residents in locating employment and beginning their journey of sobriety. After 6 months at The 24, Successful Graduates can move into Tillman House, which is a year long program that offers “real life” opportunities for the residents to learn how to live independently by practicing their life skills such as credit restoration, budgeting, meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. in a safe, structured environment, which promotes long-term recovery. To learn how you can support this mission, visit  

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The Fourth Annual Polar Plunge took place on Saturday, February 19 for residents of Trinity Falls, a master-planned community in McKinney, Texas. Temperatures were at around 45 degrees this morning, but that didn't stop residents from taking a thrilling dip in the community pool located inside the Trinity Falls development. Those who dared to take the plunge received a commemorative Polar Plunge T-Shirt. Members from resident Girl Scout Troop Number 572 were onsite to help warm up guests and jumping participants with complimentary Hot Cocoa. This event is just one of the many engaging amenities on Trinity Falls robust activity calendar, providing residents ample opportunity to connect and bond with neighbors.


Trinity Falls is a master planned community created by Johnson Development Corp. that is thoughtfully placed on 2,000 green acres along the Trinity River, 6 short miles from downtown McKinney, Texas. Trinity Falls is a community that lives in harmony with nature and each other. Each day is an adventure with trails to explore, green spaces to play, lakes to gaze upon and wildlife to enjoy.



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Trinity Falls in McKinney, Texas is home to over 1,700 families and growing! Find out why so many families call this community home and get in the holiday spirit this year by attending the opening of their newest phase, Heritage Crest, while exploring beautiful model homes accented with holiday-themed Christmas trees to celebrate the season.


From Sunday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, December 19, 2021 twenty model homes will be available for touring inside the Trinity Falls development and ten select homes will feature stunning holiday trees to provide holiday inspiration for guests. Whether you enjoy stunning home decor, or are looking for holiday inspiration for your home, this event fulfils both needs! 


Antoinette Boston with A.B.’s Holiday Décor is the mastermind of this year’s Tour of Trees in collaboration with Premier Christmas. Her holiday wizardry has graced the homes of Grammy award winner Kirk Franklin, former Dallas Cowboys and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, former Dallas Maverick and NBA champion Jason Terry, NFL champion Aqib Talib, and celebrity stylist J. Bolin.


Attendees to this year’s tour can expect to see a variety of themes including rustic glam, woodland creatures, Santa, the Grinch, Dallas Cowboys, polar bears, nutcrackers, snowmen, elves and more. Attendees will be provided with a map highlighting the homes and where Christmas trees are located and can enjoy the tour at your own pace. Maps are available inside all model homes.


There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested at This tour is open weekdays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays noon to 6pm. 

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Robin Bagwell, Taylor Stensrud, Jan Osborn

Former NBA player shares his journey from addiction to a joyful life in recovery...


On Tuesday, September 28, GFO Home presented the Power of Prevention featuring former NBA star Chris Herren, benefiting Recovery Resource Council.  Honorary Chair Taylor Stensrud, and Event Chairs Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn welcomed approximately 230 enthusiastic supporters who gathered at the Preston Hollow home of Sandra Estess to hear Herren share his experiences as a young player under pressure to perform in the NBA, his struggles with drugs and alcoholism, and his recovery journey to today’s 13-years of sobriety. This annual event raised over $115,000 for low- and no-income North Texans to have access to free and accessible mental health care and addiction treatment. Guests were greeted by Ruthie’s Food Truck upon arrival and noshed on their delicious grilled sandwiches as attendees mixed and mingled and purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win a freshwater baroque pearl choker by Petra Jewelry valued at $2000, a Hydra Facial donated by Bella MD, or a $100 gift card donated by MaryBeth Boutique. Eric Niedermayer, CEO, Recovery Resource Council welcomed guests saying, “For 75 years Recovery Resource Council has been providing services to North Texas. The Council has new programs for Veterans and homeless in Dallas that will allow us to reach people needing mental health and addiction treatment by meeting some of their basic needs first. We now have the biggest prevention program in the state (serving 20 Counties throughout North Texas) and we are here to be the front door to treatment for the overlooked in our community.” Chris Herren recounted his recovery journey for the crowd, which has been documented in the bestselling memoir, Basketball Junkie, the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, 30 For 30: Unguarded, and in stories by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated, among others. Through Herren Talks, Chris has spoken to over 1 million students and community members, sparking honest discussions about substance use disorder and wellness. 


Funds continue to be needed as the region sees an uptick in child abuse and domestic violence, and alcohol sales increase. The money raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and the silent auction at The Power of Prevention event supports a portion of The Council's operating budget. Funds raised will free up program dollars to provide more direct services including screenings, assessments, and outpatient services for addiction and substance use disorder, counseling for veterans and their families, and prevention education for at-risk children and youth. Special thanks to event sponsors: GFO Home, K&L Gates, Van Amburgh Family Foundation, Kim and Evan Wyly, Ryan Foundation, Robin and Norm Bagwell, Erin and Mike Barone, Jennifer and Jimmy Chiles, Lauren Gillette, Hartline LLP, Kathy and Larry Helm, Nancy and Jack Zogg. The evening’s virtual event sponsors included Lindsay Billingsley, Caroline Gehan, Vicki and Eric Niedermayer, and Vicki and Bruce Stensrud. Dallas Doing Good was the media partner for this event.


The Council is celebrating 75 years of service to North Texas in 2021 as the gateway to health and wellness for individuals and families seeking help with substance use disorders and mental health issues. Started in 1946 by members of Alcoholics Anonymous in Tarrant County to provide a link to State-funded treatment services for youth and adults, the Council’s footprint has grown to 20 North Texas counties. As a licensed Texas Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Site and Joint Commission Accredited agency, they embrace a continuum of care that includes prevention, education, counseling, treatment, and support services rooted in the principles of trauma-informed care and designed to identify and build upon the strengths and resilience of each individual. To learn more visit


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Former Grilling Granny, Nancy Manlove

Four fiery ladies will be featured in a unique competition at the World Food Championships’ event in Dallas this November, but they will not be whipping up your stereotypical granny cooking. Instead, they will be sharpening their knives for the 3rd Annual Granny Grilling Challenge. As a part of the world’s largest Food Sport competition, WFC annually showcases culinary talents of all backgrounds and ages, which is why the event organizers are proud to bring back its crowd-pleasing, sometimes comical granny-only grilling games. For this year’s challenge, the talented grannies will go head-to-head in a “mystery box” themed competition. With no prior knowledge of what products they will have access to, the grannies will have to follow their culinary instincts and — if history is an indicator — even some of their yoga skills!  The competition will be hosted by fellow WFC grannies, Chef Nancy Manlove (The Nana Chef) and Mary Edwards (a veteran Food Champ). Food fans can catch these grilling grannies in action on Saturday, November 6th from 3 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at WFC’s event site, Centennial Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. 

Get to know the competing grannies:

Number of Grandchildren: 2 (and one on the way!)
From This “Gramma”: I love to cook, I love to bake, I love to compete. I have been competing in the World Food Championships since 2013. I have made it to the Top Ten Round in Dessert (2013, 2014) and Chili. I am currently registered to battle it out in WFC’s first ever Soup Category. 

I am a home cook, Mom to 2 boys (OK … they are now men), Gramma to my 7 year old Sous Chef Reagan, 9 year Maddox (he is only interested in eating what Reagan and I make) and a soon to be new baby girl coming in December.

I believe that good food can foster the perfect environment for memories and special times with family and friends. Like most, life can be defined by moments, memories, scrap books, lyrics, and chats with friends about old times … but also, our life is defined by food. Food is such a huge part of our everyday life that it’s no wonder that certain foods can bring up certain memories or hold a special place in our hearts.


Number of Grandchildren: 1
From This “Granna”: I am a mostly self-taught home cook who has been competing for the past fifteen years. I love to be adventurous in the kitchen, experimenting with new flavors from all around the world as well as polishing old family favorites.

I have had the pleasure to compete in the World Food Championships for eight years and have finished Top Ten in my category five of those years, with the help of my very talented sous chef, my husband Rocky.

I have only been a Granny for eighteen months, but it is the best position I have ever held!

Recipe development is my passion and I cannot wait to spend time in the kitchen with my beautiful granddaughter, sharing cherished family recipes as well as making new ones! 

I am so excited to join this elite group of champion Grannies. Let the games begin!


Number of Grandchildren: 3
About This “Gramma”: Lidia Haddadian is a self-taught home cook whose love for cooking has turned into an exciting culinary adventure. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, her passion for cooking began at an early age as she watched her two grandmas' cooking and baking around-the-clock. Lidia’s multi-ethnic upbringing has shaped her worldview and cooking style. Married for thirty-four years to the love of her life and sous chef, they have raised four children and are currently enjoying three beautiful grandchildren.

Lidia refers to her cooking style as ‘ethnic comfort food with a twist'. Within the last five years, her passion for food competition has gained momentum. Her journey as a self-taught home cook has been filled with exciting culinary adventures. With over 45 contest wins, she currently holds the title of World Food Champion. Lidia believes that hard work, persistence and faith have brought her to where she is now and is hopeful to achieve higher ground. 


Number of Grandchildren: 5
About “Leazie”: Lisa Gwatney of Memphis, Tennessee, is a self-taught home cook, Mother of 4 wonderful “grown” children and 5 grandchildren. Lisa’s hobby of cooking took an exciting turn when she was named the 6th Annual World Food Champion (2018). 

Winning the ultimate food fight for this Memphis mom wasn’t about the $100,000 mega prize, but the platform the competition gave her to communicate the strong connection between family, friends and food. “When I compete I always cook like I’m cooking for my family. I want to share the importance of sitting down and having a delicious, homemade meal with the ones you love.”

Natural, locally sourced products that are healthy and flavorful is more Lisa’s style of cooking. Nothing fussy or perfect, just super yummy meals with the people she loves the most. Lisa says, “This is what life is all about.”


Purchase your General Admission ticket to the ultimate foodie experience and see which lady takes home the granny grilling trophy by clicking here. Stay up-to-date on all things Food Sport, follow the World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).


About World Food Championships: The World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live event culinary competition showcases some of the world's best cooks who compete for food, fame and fortune in 10 categories (Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Steak). In 2019, more than 450 culinary teams from 11 countries and 42 American states competed in WFC’s Main Event. In August, the 10 Category Champs went head-to-head for a $100,000 bonus that determined a new World Food Champion in a TV special called The Final Table: Indianapolis. While contestants have to earn their way into WFC by winning a Golden Ticket at a previous competition, potential judges are welcome to take WFC’s online certification course that explains the E.A.T. methodology. Certified judges then request and receive available seats at the next scheduled WFC event. Click here to learn more about getting certified.