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Following a week of intense rain and heavy storms, 500+ participants enjoyed sunny skies on Saturday, June 1 at the Trinity Falls Trail Day 5K. The second annual event was held today to align with National Trails Day - a nationwide event held to encourage people to discover their local trails and celebrate spending time outdoors. The scenic race route took participants through the paved trails of the beautiful master-planned community of Trinity Falls located in McKinney, TX. The top male and female runners received cash, Fleet Feet gift certificates, and a month free at Stride McKinney. Proceeds raised from the event allowed Trinity Falls to donate $16,140 split equally between three Collin County nonprofits: Children’s Health, Combined Arms/Texas Veterans Network, and Direction 61:3. After the run, the fun continued with a variety of activities for everyone. Every race participant was treated to free Frio's popsicles, a ladybug release added a touch of nature, disc golf demos brought out the competitive spirit, and attendees celebrated the grand opening of a new playground at The Lodge, a symbol of the Trinity Falls community's growth and development, complete with interactive sensory equipment.

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On Tuesday, April 23, Trinity Falls hosted the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Alliance of McKinney (WAM) members for their annual  "Spring Lunch & Learn" event at The Lodge at Trinity Falls. Guest enjoyed a catered lunch of tea sandwiches and pastries catered by Royal Catering. Elizabeth Muhusay led a panel discussion themed around the concept of "Mind, Body, Business: Make Your Wellbeing a Priority" with featured speakers including Shundria Riddick, MA LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor; Rita Townsend, Sr. Pink Cadillac Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics; and Rachel Ralston, Owner and Office Manager for the Dermatology Center of McKinney. The 2024 Charity of Choice was Belle & Sparrows who provide services, employment and encouragement to underserved women in McKinney and the surrounding suburbs.

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For the past 32-years, Vogel (formerly known as Vogel Alcove) has brought A-list entertainers to town to raise funds in support of their mission. Past headliners include Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Tony Bennett, Vince Gill, and Itzhak Pearlman, to name a few. But this year, Vogel’s President and CEO Karen Hughes wanted something different. In celebration of Vogel’s NEW Collin County center that opened just a few short months ago, this year’s annual Arts Performance Event took place on Saturday, March 30, at the Omni PGA Frisco Resort and featured an unforgettable performance by Barenaked Ladies.


“Last year, I stood at this podium at this event and announced that for the first time ever Vogel would be expanding and invited all those in attendance to join us on this journey to serve more children.” Said Hughes. “I am thrilled to announce that in December 2023 our second site opened in North Dallas and this week we received the Certificate of Occupancy for our 3rd site at the Shops at Redbird in South Dallas which will open in the coming months. With these new sites we can double our capacity to now serve approximately 400 children daily.”


Presented by Oliver Wyman, Inc., the night began with a reception in the spacious Ryder Cup Ballroom Pre-Function Area where Event Chairs Ramey and Greg Colgan joined guests as they mingled and enjoyed cocktails and light bites. Doors to the Ryder Cup Ballroom opened to showcase a curated dinner and program, featuring a spirited game of Heads or Tails, emceed by CW33’s Yolonda Williams. After dinner, the crowd of 600 strong was treated to a rousing performance by the Barenaked Ladies. The band performed hit songs “Big Bang Theory Theme”, “One Week”, “If I had $1,000,000” and others but also delighted attendees with covers from Taylor Swift, Olivia Culpo, Devo, Def Leopard, and Violent Femmes. After their performance, guests spilled out onto the Ryder Cup Ballroom Lawn for an After Glow dance party led by Dallas’ favorite party band, Emerald City.


Since 1987, over 18,000 young, homeless children have walked through the doors of Vogel Alcove. The Annual Arts Performance Event is Vogel Alcove’s flagship fundraiser, raising a significant percentage of their operating budget. The generosity of Vogel's supporters plays a critical role in giving children back what homelessness has taken from them: safety, respect, and the chance to be a child. 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. These services are free, in a safe and nurturing school environment, in which the families can learn and grow together. Visit for more information.


Photos: Danny Campbell Photography

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Beginning March 10, Coupes will offer guests a delightful way to savor the taste of France in the heart of Highland Park through a new brunch menu created by Chef Diana Zamora. Highlights will include starters such as Amanda's Pomme Frites, waffle cut truffle parmesan fries served with a lemon aioli dipping sauce; Gougeres, a savory pate choux pastry with a gruyere crème; and Deviled Eggs and Caviar. Entrees include standouts such as Brioche French Toast served with a lemon curd, fresh berry syrup, and vanilla Chantilly; Crepes with a sweet Fromage blanc, raspberries, Parisian chocolate sauce, and vanilla chantilly; and a Croque Madame with a house made brioche, rosemary ham, gruyere, bechamel, and topped with sunny side up egg. Guests can also take advantage of 50% off all bottles priced at $150 and under.

Coupes offers over a dozen champagnes and sparkling wines by the glass and 50 labels by the bottle designed for everyday celebrations and conversation. Channeling the sophisticated nature of France, the à la mode setting establishes Coupes as an elegant, French-inspired space with a Texas accent. The luxurious booth seating and circular bar are a welcoming and joyful environment to celebrate, to spark romance, or to indulge yourself by drinking champagne for no reason at all.

Coupes is located at The Shops at Highland Park at 4234 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219(214) 434-1347, Reservations can be made via Tock, but walk-ins are always welcome.


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*Beanie Newman (Co-Chair), Rebecca Lopez (Emcee),

The 14th Annual Symphony of Chefs was held on Monday, February 26 at Armstrong Fieldhouse at SMU. Event Chairs Beanie & Martin Newman, along with Honorary Chef Chairs Justin Box, Private Chef, Consultant and Restaurateur, and Luke Rogers, Executive Chef & Owner of Beckley 1115, were the driving forces behind this year’s ultimate chef-driven culinary dinner experience benefitting KidLinks. Notable supporters in attendance included Cristi & Kevin Ryan, Christie and Elbert Choi, Bonnie and Nathan Shea, Lisa and Stuart Sides, and Georgia and Marc Lyons. 


Hamilton A Sneed of HAS Events was the visionary behind this culinary concept, which had DJ Steffi Burns spinning tunes as guests entered through draped curtains, revealing tables placed throughout SMU’s practice course setting the scene for a lively evening of culinary composition. The evening kicked off with The Rayleigh Underground providing delicious hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail reception. The reception was followed by a seated dinner where over 20 of Dallas’ most notable chefs prepared a unique four-course dinner tableside for guests with wine pairings from some of the world’s best vineyards. 


In addition to Honorary Chef Chairs Justin Box and Luke Rogers, participating chefs included Aaron Collins, Chef de Cuisine of Cafe Momentum; Luca Corazzina, Executive Chef of Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge; Eric Dreyer, Executive Chef of Monarch Restaurant; Miriam Jimenez, General Manager & Partner of Miriam Cocina Latina; Henry Johnson, Executive Chef of Bistro 3; Jennie Kelley, and Brandon Moore, Chef/Owners of Fond; John Kleifgen, Executive Chef of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse; Dan Landsberg, Executive Chef of The Texas Barn at Circle T Ranch; Kevin Martin, Chef de Cuisine of TERRA; Giuliano Matarese, Chef & Restaurateur of Miss Pasta; Michael Matis, Chef de Cuisine of Fearing’s Restaurant; Nikky Phinyawatana, Chef & Founder of Asian Mint Restaurant Group; Janice Provost, Chef & Owner of Parigi; Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, Executive Chef of José; Jeramie Robison, Director of Culinary & Executive Chef of Thompson Dallas; Rodman Shields, Culinary Director of Milkshake Concepts; Jordan Swim, Owner of Vestals Catering; and Leo Ramirez, Sous Chef of Dee Lincoln Prime. Following the coursed meal, Featured Pastry Chef Jill Bates of Sugar & Sage Bakery created masterful desserts as an end note to the evening. 

WFAA’s Rebecca Lopez served as the evening’s emcee and introduced Bob Enriquez, who shared how music therapy sessions provided by KidLinks had impacted his great-grandson, Lucas, who was born with Myotonic Dystrophy which affects the facial muscles making it difficult to form and pronounce words and consequently, he had been essentially non-verbal. Thanks to KidLinks, 8-year old Lucas is now speaking in complete sentences and his family has hope for continued development. Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks efforts to provide healing, hope and happiness for children with special challenges through music and media. Learn more at


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Before the grand occasion of KidLinks' highly anticipated 14th Annual Symphony of Chefs fundraiser, event chairs Beanie & Martin Newman, graciously hosted sponsors and patrons on Monday, February 5th, within the elegant ambiance of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse. Amidst an array of renowned chefs from our local culinary scene, sponsors eagerly vied for their preferred culinary maestros in the annual chef’s draft. The VIP Patron and Chef Selection soirée witnessed table hosts strategically "drafting" their desired chefs, with priority determined by their early commitment and sponsorship level to the event. It was an evening of culinary prowess and community spirit, setting the stage for what will be an unforgettable symphony of flavors in support of KidLinks' noble cause.

Participating chefs in attendance included Honorary Chef Chairs Justin Box, Private Chef, Consultant and Restaurateur and Luke Rogers, Executive Chef & Owner of Beckley 1115. Joining them were fellow chefs Michael Matis and Brandon Williams of Fearing’s Restaurant and Jennie Kelley and Brandon Moore of Fond. Notable supporters in attendance included Lisa & Stuart Sides, Georgia & Marc Lyons, Bonnie Shea, Salvatore Gisellu and Ann & J.W. Brown.

The 14th Annual Symphony of Chefs event will be held on Monday, February 26th at Armstrong Fieldhouse at SMU. The evening will begin with this year’s featured hors d’oeuvre chef, Chef de Cuisine Dino Gonzalez of The Rayleigh Underground preparing delicious canapés during the cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner where 19 of Dallas’ most notable chefs (list here) will prepare a four-course dinner tableside for guests with wine pairings from some of the world’s best vineyards. Following the coursed meal, Jill Bates, Executive Pastry Chef of Sugar and Sage Bakery and this year’s featured pastry chef, will delight with a masterful dessert course as an end note to the evening. The evening will also include a silent auction of experiences, wine pull and live auction and much more. Funds raised from the event support KidLinks efforts to provide healing, hope and happiness for the special needs of children through music and media. Learn more at


Photos by Tamytha Cameron

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Beanie & Martin Newman.jpg Beanie and Martin Newman will Chair the 2024 Symphony of Chefs

Join 2024 Event Chairs Beanie & Martin Newman for an evening of culinary composition on Monday, February 26 at the 14th Annual Symphony of Chefs benefiting KidLinks which will be held at Armstrong Fieldhouse on the SMU campus. Led by Honorary Chef Chairs, Private Chef, Consultant & Restaurateur Justin Box, and Beckley 1115's Executive Chef & Owner Luke Rogers, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception where guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Featured Hors d’oeuvre Chef, Dino Gonzalez Chef du Cuisine of The Rayleigh Underground.


A seated dinner will follow where approximately 26 of Dallas’ most notable chefs (see list below) will prepare a four-course dinner tableside for guests with wine pairings from some of the world’s best vineyards including Kistler Vineyards, HALL Wines, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Cuvaison, LangeTwins and more. Following the coursed meal, featured Pastry Chef Jill Bates of Sugar and Sage Bakery will deliver masterful desserts as an end note to the evening. The evening will also include a wine pull, silent & live auction of experiences and live musical entertainment. Pre-events include a draft-style VIP Patron & Chef Selection Party for sponsors just a few weeks before the main event.


Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks, 501(3)(c) nonprofit efforts to provide healing, hope, and happiness to children with special challenges through music therapy programs, therapeutic music entertainment, and online music media. Sponsorship packages start at $3,000 with all options available online at For more event information and sponsorship details, contact  Leigh Treviño at



*Honorary Chef Chairs



Dino Gonzalez, Chef de Cuisine, The Rayleigh Underground



Justin Box, Chef*, Private Chef, Consultant and Restaurateur

Aaron Collins, Chef de Cuisine, Cafe Momentum

Eric Dreyer, Executive Chef, Monarch Restaurant

Anthony Hsia, Executive Chef, Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge

Miriam Jimenez, General Manager & Partner, Miriam Cocina Latina

Henry Johnson, Executive Chef, Bistro 31

John Kleifgen, Executive Chef, Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse

Dan Landsberg, Executive Chef, The Texas Barn at Circle T Ranch

Kevin Martin, Chef de Cuisine, TERRA

Giuliano Matarese, Chef & Restaurateur, Miss Pasta

Jennie Kelley, Chef/Owner and Brandon Moore, Chef/Owner, Fond

Nikky Phinyawatana, Chef & Founder, Asian Mint Restaurant Group &

Janice Provost, Chef & Owner, Parigi

Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, Executive Chef, José

Jeramie Robison, Director of Culinary & Executive Chef, Thompson Dallas

Luke Rogers, Executive Chef & Owner*, Beckley 1115

Rodman Shields, Culinary Director, Milkshake Concepts

Jordan Swim, Owner, Vestals Catering

Leo Ramirez, Sous Chef, Dee Lincoln Prime



Jill Bates, Pastry Chef, Sugar and Sage Bakery

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'Tis the season for indulgences and delights! Immerse yourself in the festive holiday spirit at Klyde Warren Park throughout December where the Fletcher's Original Corny Dogs food truck will offer an array of delectable holiday treats every Friday, Saturday & Sunday (11am-7:30pm) through the end of the year. Don't miss out on these sweet symphonies of flavors!
The Frosted Funnel ($9.50)
Funnel Cake topped with vanilla frosting, powdered sugar, Christmas Sprinkles, whipped cream, and peppermint dust
Fried S’moreo ($7) 
Hot cocoa-flavored fried Oreos topped with chocolate fudge sauce, crushed graham crackers, marshmallow crème, whipped cream, and mini marshmallows 
Hosting family and friends for the holidays? Place an order for Fletcher's famous Original State Fair Corny Dogs and pick up at Klyde Warren Park during normal operating hours. Six varieties are available for purchase. Pre-order is only available for bulk items with a minimum purchase of 20 items. Visit to place your order. 
Look for the Fletcher's food truck on the Southwest side of Klyde Warren Park (across from Mi Cocina), located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Thursday 11am-3pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am-7:30pm. Closed Mondays. 


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On Thursday, April 27, Candy Evans of led a Spring Market Refresh discussion hosted by Trinity Falls, a 2,000-acre Johnson Development master-planned community in McKinney, TX. The all-star expert panel included George Bass, owner and interior designer of George Bass Stage and Design; JPAR Realtor Marisol Gallegos; Shay Geyer, owner and interior designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings; Ebby Halliday Realtor Hollie O’Gorman Siglin; and Sarah Nowak, owner and interior designer of Sarah Nowak Interiors. publisher Candy Evans moderated the panel discussion, which focused on sprucing up marketing plans and staging for success in an uncertain market.

Top tips shared included:

  • High ceilings, sliding doors, chandeliers, and ceiling fans are hot items for Spring/Summer
  • Not every room needs to be photographed for a listing or featured in an Instagram Reel
  • Listen to your designers and trust the pros!
  • Don't underestimate the power of professional photography in showcasing a good staging job
  • Deep clean before listing a property and clean up the clutter
  • Use white and champagne-colored fabrics and linens to make the house bright

The Trinity Falls development served as a perfect backdrop for the discussion, as guests toured model homes and viewed the Collin County community that is now home to about 1,700 residents. At Trinity Falls natural beauty and exceptional amenities combine to create a spectacular lifestyle. A world apart from the hustle and bustle of nearby Dallas - yet never far from major employment centers, shopping, dining and fun - Trinity Falls offers beautiful new homes by award-winning homebuilders, acres of open green spaces, miles of forested trails and opportunities to connect with neighbors and friends.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and as a mental and behavioral healthcare provider that has existed for over 75 years, Recovery Resource Council is sharing tips to help you manage your mental health. April Eastman, Clinical Director of Veterans Counseling Services, offers the following tips for managing mental health. “Each day complete what I call ‘The Big Three.’ These are questions that we can ask ourselves to assist in feeling equipped and grounded to face each day’s obstacles and stressors.”

The first question:  What actions am I taking today to feel connected to my body? Whether that is ensuring that you drink enough water, make healthier eating decisions, or go for a daily walk.

The second question: What actions am I taking today to feel connected to my spirit or self?  This may mean that you read a book that gives you joy, you may pet your dog, or even take an art class.

The third question is: What actions am I taking today to feel connected to others?  Connecting to others could mean going to lunch with a friend or co-worker or it might mean calling someone on the phone that you haven’t spoken with in a while. This connection will give you peace and hopefully some laughter. Making these kinds of connections on a daily basis will support our bodies and minds with fuel for the more difficult challenges.

For those needing help with managing anxiety, Eastman offers the following tip: “We feel the highest anxiety levels when we are focused on an event in the past or an event that may happen in the future. Focusing and being fully present in the moment or task at hand will increase our sense of control which in turn decreases anxiety.”

More tips from Recovery Resource Council staff:

  1. If you don't feel good, go sit out in the sun for 10 minutes.
  2. Pick at least one thing this week that made you smile.
  3. Find a quiet space (hiding space away from others), sit down, close your eyes and take a few moments to breathe deeply
  4. Write down what you are feeling, no matter how trivial, in a journal. Sometimes, you need to get it out of your head.
  5. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
  6. Limit your screen time.
  7. Practice meditation and mindfulness.
  8. Find an exercise regime you’ll stick to.
  9. Practice stress-reduction techniques.
  10. Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help.

Recovery Resource Council’s Enduring Families program provides free individual, couple/marriage, and family psychotherapy to veterans and their family members, ages 4 and up, in need of mental health services. Services are available to any veteran or service member, whether active or discharged, and are provided by master’s or PhD licensed mental health clinicians. Our program’s services are offered in-person at our three campuses in Tarrant, Dallas, and Denton counties as well as statewide via telemental health.       

If you are a veteran or family member struggling with mental health, please reach out to Recovery Resource Council today – (817) 332-6329.

About Recovery Resource Council
With campuses in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Denton, Recovery Resource Council is the most comprehensive nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider in North Texas, offering a pathway to recovery since 1946. Its mission is to promote wellness and recovery from disorders relating to alcohol, substance use, trauma, and mental health. The Council provides mental health services, outpatient treatment and recovery services, prevention programming, and housing services within 20 North Texas counties to over 40,000 adults and youth annually, including veterans and the chronically homeless. The Council is Joint Commission accredited and licensed by the State of Texas as an outpatient treatment provider. For more information, visit