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Event Chairs, Ty and Tilda Beasley. Photo c/o Thomas Garza

On Wednesday, September 16,  K&L Gates presented an in-person program with former LPGA golfer, Laura Baugh, benefiting Recovery Resource Council.  Approximately 75 enthusiastic supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency to hear Baugh share her experiences as a young mother touring with the LPGA, her struggles with fame and alcoholism, and her recovery journey to today’s 23-years of sobriety. This was one of the very first in-person events to be held since the pandemic shut down the social scene last March. From temperature taking to hand sanitizing stations, every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of guests and theater-style seating was utilized to allow attendees to socially distance.

 

“September is National Recovery Month, so moving forward with this event was important for us to be visibly advocating for recovery,” said Eric Niedermayer, CEO, Recovery Resource Council. “COVID-19 is not going to hold Recovery Resource Council back from raising funds, openly attacking the stigma of substance mis-use and celebrating recovery stories like Laura Baugh’s that emphasize that recovery is possible and sustainable - one day at a time.”

 

Event Chairs Tilda and Ty Beasley welcomed attendees and shared these reasons for their leadership of this event saying, “We are passionate about providing hope through the services provided by the Recovery Resource Council in general. However, the COVID-19 situation fueled our passion even more because it’s created a sense of loneliness and despair, which are the enemies of the hope and support people need when battling addiction. We wanted to join the team at RRC and our generous sponsors to keep the hope and support flowing for people in need.”

 

Michael Molthan, host of M2 the Rock, was the program’s emcee. Robin Bagwell and Lauren Gillette were given the task of making the plea for donations. Robin made the room erupt with laughter when she quipped, “I know you’ve got money because no one is traveling or going to concerts, so don’t tell me you can’t give!”

 

And it’s not too late to support the work of RRC! Virtual tickets are now available for post-show viewing for a $100 and can be purchased at https://recoverycouncil.org. Funds are 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.

Event sponsors included K&L Gates, Ronald Clinkscale, Betty and Eric Spomer, KPMG, The Right Step DFW, FBFK, Hartline Barger LLP, Tilda and Ty Beasley, Vicki and Eric Niedermayer, Nancy and Jack Zoog, Santé, ACS, Winstead, RSM, and UST.

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Clay Davis and Jennifer Perryman are among the performers you will enjoy at Truluck's

Located in the vibrant Uptown neighborhood at the corner of Maple and McKinney Avenues, Truluck’s Dallas sits just north of downtown, blocks from the Museum District and American Airlines Center, and a short drive from Love Field. As the city continues to slowly open up, live entertainment has returned to Truluck's in Uptown each Wednesday-Saturday from 6:00 pm to closing. There's something so fun and romantic about being serenaded over dinner or a cocktail that just makes a good night something special! Visit the Stone Crab Lounge on the first floor of Truluck's to enjoy music spanning from the 70's to today performed live from Clay Davis, Jennifer Perryman, and other exceptional entertainers. My insider tip is to come early to take advantage of Cocktail Hour where all spirits under $25 are 25% off and select wines by the glass are $9 every Monday through Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm. Curbside service is available for those who wish to enjoy Truluck’s menu options at home. Truluck's is located at 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-220-2401, www.trulucks.com.

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TRULUCK'S SEABOARD SOCIAL

For a limited time only, Truluck's is bringing the beach experience of a seafood boil to you. The Seaboard Social is a feast for your senses. Enjoy a crab and seafood boil stocked with shellfish, 3 kinds of crab, Andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, corn, artichokes and plated alongside crisp coleslaw, tater salad, and Chef Brian’s noteworthy adult banana pudding. Truluck's is providing the ultimate poolside or inside setup by including butcher paper, crab zippers, festive bibs, serving utensils, and a disposable wire chafer rack with wick fuel to keep it all warm. This curbside special serves 4-6 guests for $225, available August 21-23 and August 28-30 at both the Uptown and Southlake locations and requires 24 hours’ notice to order. Pair these seafood varieties with one of Truluck’s Red, White and Rosé Selections for $20 such as Redemption, Dry Creek, Zinfandel, 2014, Abadia de San Campio, Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain, 2018, and Miraval, Cotes de Provence, Rosé, France, 2019.

 

Truluck's has two Dallas locations:
Uptown: 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-220-2401
Southlake: 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092, 817-912-0500
www.trulucks.com

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Jan Osborn and Robin Bagwell to lead bookclub reading on Sept. 4

On September 16, Recovery Resource Center will present a morning with former LPGA golfer, Laura Baugh. Just recently celebrating her twenty-third year sober, Laura Baugh will share her experiences as a young mother while touring with the LPGA and her struggles with fame and alcoholism. Attendees to the Power of Prevention event will enjoy Laura’s story of recovery via theater-style seating to maintain appropriate social distancing with a takeaway boxed lunch. Virtual tickets are also available for post-show viewing starting September 21 for those who would prefer to watch from home.

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. Your contribution 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 youthTickets start at $100.

In advance of the event, Jan Osborn and Robin Bagwell will host a book club reading from "Out of the Rough: An Intimate Portrait of Laura Baugh and Her Sobering Journey" on September 9 at 4:00 pm through a Facebook Group Page. Join in free of charge to be a part of the discussion and learn more about not only Laura's story of recovery and redemption but about the resources that recovery Resource Council offers to those seeking help with addiction. Click HERE to join the Facebook Group and learn more about this event.

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Masks. Yes, kids need to wear one. Kathy Fielder Boutique is offering great masks for kids in terms of fit, style, and color. Convincing kids to wear masks can be a challenge, so parents want to look for masks that are comfortable, adjustable, and most of all, appealing to kids thanks to bright colors and child-friendly patterns. According to the CDC, the only people exempt from mask-wearing are children under the age of 2 and those who cannot remove a mask themselves or have trouble breathing. Having a comfortable mask, in a breathable fabric, can help and having parent model good compliance can go a long way (hint, hint). Fielder's own 8-year old son, Harrison, served as a sounding board when selecting designs and styles for the store. Kathy understands firsthand the challenges parents face and hopes that the styles she and her son have chosen help make the transition back to school a little easier for families. 

Kids Camo Mask ($10)

Kids Emoji Face Mask in black or white ($12)
 
Standard PPE Kids Masks
Kids 3-Ply Face Mask ($5 for a 5-pack)
 

Like many business owners, Dallas-based Kathy Fielder was faced with furloughing her staff and halting operations when shelter-in-place mandates were issued this past April. Instead, she and her team went all-in and in 3-weeks reworked the entire business model of Kathy Fielder Boutique and Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder to utilize her resources and contacts through her illustrious 20-year career in the field of manufacturing to bring in crucial PPE products for frontline defenders and 3-ply disposable masks for medical workers and the general public’s use. In the last few weeks, Fleider has also launched a redesigned website to make it easier than ever to shop her namesake boutique and create an engaging and enjoyable shopping experience. You know what else makes it easy to shop online? Free returns. At Kathy Fielder Boutique they totally understand that sometimes things just don't work out, so if an item you have purchased ends up not working out, they will send you a return label free of charge so that you can exchange it for another size, color or product - or they will provide a refund if it just didn't work this time.  

For the past 15 years, Fielder has manufactured a bedding and home décor collection, Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder, in Dallas, TX. This collection has sold to numerous retailers including Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Perigold, and QVC, to name a few. Kathy Fielder Boutique operates two brick-and-mortar stores. After a brief hiatus during the stay-at-home orders, the New Orleans boutique has reopened at 25 percent capacity and remain open on weekends only for the time being. The Dallas location remains closed to the public – for now. Kathy Fielder Boutique is located in the heart of Lower Greenville at 1915 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 and in the Garden District on Magazine Street at 3649 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115. All products are available online at  https://kathyfielderboutique.com

 

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veterans housing.jpg Recovery Resource Council Offers Financial Assistance To Veterans Affected By Pandemic

Recovery Resource Council is fervently working to provide temporary financial assistance to low-income veterans and their families affected by the recent pandemic through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. In addition to including rent and utilities, qualifying participants in SSVF may also receive case management services, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and public assistance, and referrals and connection to other community services. The SSVF serves individual qualifying Veterans and their families, Veterans who are literally homeless or imminently at risk of homelessness. The household income must not exceed Tarrant County Area Median Income of $26,600 for an individual, $30,400 for a family of 2, or $38,000 for a family of 4.

According to a recent report by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the combination of job losses, social isolation, and mounting anxiety connected to the coronavirus pandemic has hit veterans especially hard. About one in every seven veterans employed in America today works in an industry considered high-risk for layoffs (Mining and oil/gas extraction, transportation, employment services, travel arrangements, and leisure and hospitality). Even before the current crisis, surveys showed that more than one-third of post-9/11 veterans had challenges paying their bills. Nearly 60 percent of in their 30s or 40s had significant credit card debt, compared to less than 50 percent for non-veteran households. In addition to the financial worries, veterans already facing mental health difficulties could see those problems aggravated by public health efforts to stop the outbreak.

Timothy Red, a Veteran Services Case Manager for Recovery Resource Council shared that he was recently assigned to aid a military family in need. Their family of eight (6 kids in school: 2 HS, 2 Middle, 2 Elem) had been living in one hotel room in NW Grand Prairie for the past year. The wife had lost her job because of the pandemic and the Veteran had taken out a loan to make up for the loss in her salary and to bury his father who had recently passed. Their air-conditioner had been out for over a week and the hotel kept making excuses about when it was going to get repaired. Using fund provided by the SSVF, Recovery Resource Council was able to put them in two adjoining rooms at a Comfort Suites that had sleeping accommodations for the entire family and provide them with emergency groceries. The Veteran told Red that it “was best they had slept in a long time.” This is just one example of what RRC sees daily in our DFW Veteran community. 

In the event that a Veteran does not qualify for the SSVF program, Recovery Resource Council will make every effort to connect them to any available resources. Interested Veterans should call 817-413-3921 or email ssvfvoicemail@recoverycouncil.org. For more information, visit https://recoverycouncil.org/.

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Dallas 24 Hour Club residents Robert and Brandy receive shoes from Shoebacca donation

Irving-based Shoebacca recently donated 400 pairs of shoes, 170 pairs of socks, 150 pairs of men’s underwear and 514 pieces of apparel totaling $50,000 in value to Dallas 24 Hour Club. PlainsCapital Bank Executive Vice President,  Joe Pitch, is a Board Member for The 24, recently assisted Shoebacca with some banking services. “They were appreciative of the work I had done and inquired if there was something they could do in return.  Knowing they had made donations to various charities in the past, I mentioned that Dallas 24 Hour Club could always use shoes and would be grateful for any inventory they could spare. The owners Marc and Robert Schlachter, along with son Ryan and his assistant Ellen, surprised us with this incredibly generous and thoughtful gift of shoes, socks and clothes.”

 

Shoebacca is a full-scale online retail footwear company dedicated to helping customers and their families lead active, healthy lifestyles. The company started from humble beginnings when two community-minded brothers named Marc and Robert Schlachter started selling used name-brand athletic shoes to underprivileged families at local neighborhood markets. Along with those early grass-roots efforts, they also shipped truckloads of shoes to areas all over the world, primarily to third-world countries where the need was greatest. 

 

“We understand the impact of a helping hand, but more importantly recognize the gift of a hand up. The 24 Hour Club gives refuge to those who are wanting to help themselves out of addiction and into recovery. No family is untouched from the strain addiction so we could not think of a better place to give to! We hope the best for everyone that enters the club and comes out better for it.” Marc, Robert, & Ryan Schlachter, Shoebacca.

 

Dallas 24 Hour Club was founded in 1969 by Lee Tillman to have a place open 24 hours per day for individuals suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction who were seeking help. Over the next 50 years, Dallas 24 Hour Club grew to offer housing, the first with 6 beds for homeless men only, to their current facility, which has 75 beds, services for both men and women, and hosts (37) 12-Step Recovery Meetings each week. They are available for the suffering alcoholic or drug addict 24 hours each day, 365 days each year, thus the name Dallas 24 Hour Club.

 

“With this extremely generous donation from Shoebacca, we have been able to hand each resident a brand new pair of shoes, socks and tops. Having a new clothing set is so meaningful and rewarding. We are so grateful to Shoebacca for making our residents feel so special.” said Colleen Quinn, Assistant Program Manager for the Dallas 24 Hour Club.

 

Dallas 24 Hour Club is located at 4636 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75204, 214-823-3200, www.dallas24hourclub.org

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Cooking At Home: A Collection Of Recipes Created By Dallas’ Top Chefs From Their Home To Yours (mock cover)

For the last six years, the Dallas 24 Hour Club has relied upon the Dallas All-Star Chef Classic, a traditional in-person dining event, to raise funds critical to their mission to provide safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women seeking a brand new life away from drugs and alcohol.  The recent pandemic has created much hesitancy around public gatherings, with a resurgence of cases forecasted for the Fall, so this year The 24 is pivoting and will instead, produce a cookbook featuring recipes from Dallas chefs that will be titled, Cooking At Home: A Collection Of Recipes Created By Dallas’ Top Chefs From Their Home To Yours.

 

The shelter at home orders brought on by the pandemic has given rise to an increase in the number of people cooking and baking at home. In one recent survey, 54 percent of respondents said they are cooking more than before the pandemic, 75 percent said they have become more confident in the kitchen and 51 percent said they will continue to cook more after the crisis ends. So, in keeping with that – The 24 has asked select Dallas chefs to submit recipes that they make at home for their families. Meals that are approachable and relatable that will create a cookbook that is fun, informative and useful. Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman (AQ) Executive Chef of the trendy José Restaurant and Eric Dreyer, Executive Chef of the family-inspired Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge at HALL Arts Hotel have joined our team as Honorary Chef Chairs. Over 40 recipes will be included from Sebastien Archambault, Executive Chef of The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; Jon Bonnell, Owner and Executive Chef of Bonnell’s Restaurant Group; Chef and Restauranteur Uno Immanivong of Red Stix Asian Street Food; Executive Chef John Kleifgen of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse; Michael McCoy of Cooking with The Real McCoy; Chef & Owner of LOCAL, Tracy Miller; Janice Provost, Executive Chef & Proprietor, Parigi; Chef, Author and Humanitarian Stephan Pyles of Stephan Pyles Concepts; Kent Rathbun, Owner and Chef of Rathbun Test Kitchen and Imoto; Luke Rogers, Executive Chef of Savor in Klyde Warren Park; Chef Abraham Salum from Salum Restaurant; Owner & Chef Curtis Stone from Georgie by Curtis Stone; Tony Street, Owner and Chef of Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse; and Manny Vera, Executive Chef-Partner of Truluck’s to name a few.

 

“I love the theme of this cookbook because it showcases the love we give to our own families. Cooking At Home will give the reader a chance to peek into our dining rooms - one recipe at a time,” said Anastacia Quiñones. “I am honored to support The 24 and serve as Honorary Chef Chair for this project because the work they provide to those seeking recovery from addiction is so needed.”

 

This project is being led by Honorary Chairs, Vicki and Bruce Stensrud; Chairs Kathy and Larry Helm; and Underwriting Chair, Robin Bagwell. In 2019 alone, the Dallas 24 Hour Club helped almost 600 people get off the streets, find employment, and learn to live a sober life. In order to raise the necessary funds to continue their mission, your support is needed now more than ever because they are seeing an unprecedented number of people who suffer from substance abuse being very negatively impacted during this very stressful time. More are becoming homeless and in need of the type of services The 24 offers. 

 

Pre-sales of the cookbook opened July 8 with copies shipping November 1. Cost is $43.00 with discounts for bulk orders of 20 or more copies. https://www.dallas24hourclub.org/chef

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Kathy Fielder outside her namesake boutique in Dallas

Style-savvy retailer Kathy Fielder has just launched a redesigned website to make it easier than ever to shop her namesake boutique and create an engaging and enjoyable shopping experience. Visitors to the site will find a chicer, cleaner and more modern layout. There is now a quick-buying option, that allows you to add items (or even a gift card) to your cart straight from the landing page. Fielder’s also retooled her buying to reflect the current pandemic style situation - which she is calling “cute comfort”. From unique lounge sets to comfortable activewear, stylish rompers/jumpsuits to adorable t-shirts and denim shorts, you’ll find a variety of fashionable options made for the casual lifestyles we are all leading at the moment. There’s even a smattering of chic accessories and home décor items to browse. Shoppers can expect to have a wide selection of affordable and carefully curated choices no matter their style. You know what else makes it easy to shop online? Free returns. At Kathy Fielder Boutique they totally understand that sometimes things just don't work out, so if an item you have purchased ends up not working out, they will send you a return label free of charge so that you can exchange it for another size, color or product - or they will provide a refund if it just didn't work this time. 

 

Kathy Fielder Boutique operates two brick-and-mortar stores. After a brief hiatus during the stay-at-home orders, the New Orleans boutique reopened this past weekend at 25 percent capacity and will remain open on weekends only for the time being. The Dallas location remains closed to the public – for now. Kathy Fielder Boutique is located in the heart of Lower Greenville at 1915 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 and in the Garden District on Magazine Street at 3649 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115. https://kathyfielderboutique.com

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COVID-19 got you feelin’ crabby? Truluck’s has recently introduced an amazing new entree that’s perfect for Summer and will cure your pandemic blues. The Crab Napoleon consists of blue crab, shrimp, and mango formed atop a sliced tomato on a bed of smoked tomato vinaigrette ($24). It’s savory and smokey, but also light and delicious! In addition to their staff wearing gloves and masks, they are also wearing amazing photo ID badges so you could see what the person actually looks like behind the mask (see photo below). This pandemic has forced us to limit our connection by physical distance, which leads to emotional distance. Small touches, like these photo badges, remind us that this time is fleeting, that humans are resilient, and we will prevail if we work together. Live entertainment has returned to their Uptown location beginning at 6:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in the Stone Crab Lounge. 

Truluck’s has two Dallas locations:
Uptown: 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-220-2401
Southlake: 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092, 817-912-0500
www.trulucks.com