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University Park Elementary Teachers : Joy Rumsey, Lindsay Kosarek, Jenny Vahrenkamp, Laura Caple, Barbara Savage, Brittany Ashton, Jennifer Hampton, Ashley Smith, Angela Cleveland

Tootsies, located in the Plaza at Preston Center, was in "spring fashion" mode as they hosted the Sixth Annual University Park Preschool Association (UPPA) Kickoff Party & Fashion Show on Thursday, February 7 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Guests enjoyed light bites provided by Central Market, a Trendy Tasting wine stroll provided by Pogo’s, music by DJ Esquire, raffle, swag bags and a Spring Fashion Show featuring designs by Laundry. Five Little Gym clients modeled The Little Gym’s newest T-shirts, adding fun to the fashion show. 

Seen in the crowd: UPPA Spring Market Chairs, Niccole Maurici and Misty Wightman, UPPA Spring Market Kickoff Chairs, Rachel Wallace and Christina Bell, Donna and Joel Lake (Little Gym), Jim and Molly New (Southern Botanical), Leah Boswell (Wells Fargo), Dr. Adler, UPPA President, Laura Saunders, Former Spring Market Chairs Renne Lokey, Barbara Kerwin and Diane Schwartzendruber and Jim Cali.

Sponsors included: The Little Gym, Medical City, Park Cities Dermatology Center & Wells Fargo.


Save the Date for the Spring Market

The UPPA Spring Market will be held on March 20 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at UP Elementary.

This day of shopping fun and mingling with friends is normally attended by 800 people. Approximately 90 vendors with unique jewelry, children’s, women and men’s clothing, artwork, homeware and other items, fill the gym and outdoor venues selling their products and services. Food and gourmet baked goods are also provided from local restaurants. All proceeds raised from this one-day market are donated to the University Park Elementary School. To learn more, visit

About UPPA

The University Park Preschool Association (UPPA) is an organization open to families with children ages birth through kindergarten, who live in the University Park Elementary School District. Our goal is to provide parent education on children's growth and development, socialization between parents and children, and fundraising support for University Park Elementary School. UPPA activities include: Monthly Mom's Night Out, hospitality and outreach for members in need, community volunteering and Involvement, Spring Market (proceeds directly benefit University Park Elementary), couple's parties, Monthly General Meeting with exciting and informative speakers (plus nursery service for your young child), age appropriate playgroups, children's parties and lifelong friendships for you and your child. To learn more, go to

Story courtesy of Courtney Edwards; photos courtesy of Autumn Leaves Photography

Angela is an Aggie grad, thrilled to be working for BubbleLife covering the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands and several other neighborhoods in the area. When she's not writing and reporting for BubbleLife, she contributes to,, drinks lots of coffee, reads, and goes to concerts in Dallas. Angela has worked for CBS alum and legendary newsman Dan Rather, lived and worked in New York City, Austin, and Dallas, all before the age of 22. - Contact Angela at  
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