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Blue Ribbon Winner for Best Resident Recipe

Inspired by the return of the State Fair of Texas, senior residents and staff associates at The Preston of the Park Cities submitted favorite recipes for competition in the first annual “Blue Ribbon Cookie Contest” at the senior living community. In a State Fair-themed ceremony on October 6, two winning entrants received ribbons and cash awards. The award-winning recipes will serve a greater cause on October 30, when they will be prepared by The Preston of the Park Cities culinary team and sold at the community’s booth during the Saint Michael’s Family Day at the Farmers Market. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter.

Residents Curtis and Patricia Meadows, Dallas Police Officer Bryan Herr, community leader Regina Bruce, and The Preston associate Annette Alvarez served as judges for the competition. Awards were presented by Ke’o Velasquez, Executive Director, The Preston of the Park Cities, who sported a “Big Tex” look for the event.

The blue ribbon for “Best Recipe Submitted by a Resident or Family Member” was awarded to resident Virginia Myers and her daughter, Brenda Myers, for their recipe, “Tea Cookies for Gene”. The recipe, named after the vintage Gene Marshall fashion doll, was created for a doll collectors conference attended years ago by the mother-daughter doll collecting duo.

A recipe from The Preston associate Bailey Blunt for “Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies” took the prize for “Best Recipe Submitted by an Associate”.

“This friendly and tasty cookie competition stirred up a lot of good memories for our residents and their family members, as well as for our team of staff associates,” said Velasquez. “Nothing signals the beginning of autumn more than the State Fair of Texas, and this was a true celebration of fall and Fair-going season.

“Knowing that these winning recipes will be prepared by our culinary team and sold to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association in our booth at the October 30 Saint Michael’s Family Day at the Farmer’s Market made the competition even more meaningful.”

Saint Michael’s Family Day at the Farmers Market is Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. to noon, at 8011 Douglas Avenue at Colgate Road, Dallas 75225.

The Preston of the Park Cities,, is a full-service luxury rental retirement community offering Assisted Living, The Bridge and Memory Care. The community, located at 5917 Sherry Lane, Dallas, is owned by Dallas-based Silverstone Senior Living and managed by Watermark Retirement Communities®. 


The Preston of the Park Cities is a full-service luxury rental retirement community with 134 residences offering Assisted Living, The Bridge and Memory Care.  Located at 5917 Sherry Lane, Dallas 75225, in the prestigious Park Cities / Preston Hollow area, the community features an amenity-rich lifestyle with dynamic programs, fine dining, and concierge services. The Preston of the Park Cities is owned by Dallas-based Silverstone Senior Living and operated by Watermark Retirement Communities®. Visit for more information.


Silverstone Senior Living develops high-quality senior housing communities which provide independent living, assisted living and memory care services in Texas, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic states. The principals of Silverstone have extensive experience and an excellent track record in the real estate industry. This experience includes designing, developing, managing, operating and owning premier properties throughout the nation and across all the major asset platforms for both public and private companies. Silverstone is committed to developing and operating “best in class” communities that are as comfortable as home, luxurious as a country club, and provide the highest level of care.  Visit for more information.


Watermark creates extraordinary communities where people thrive. We believe aging is about renewal rather than retirement. Watermark communities are known for highly trained and caring associates, a lifestyle built on choice, fine amenities, integrative wellness and innovative programs including the award-winning Watermark University featuring a wide variety of engaging classes for residents and area seniors. Watermark has been named in the top 25 Best Workplaces for Aging Services in a national program conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute and published on A privately held company with a reputation for over 30 years for service, innovation, integrity and financial stability, Watermark manages more than 65 retirement communities coast to coast. Based in Tucson AZ, Watermark is ranked as the nation’s 9th-leading senior housing operator by the American Seniors Housing Association. Visit for more information.