Archive for December 2009

Staubach, Aikman to Team Up for 2010 Fundraiser

by Joy Donovan on December 29, 2009

Roger Staubach, left, and Troy Aikman, right, escort a young patient down the runway at the 2009 event. The two former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks will huddle up again for the 2010 fundraiser.

Roger Staubach, left, and Troy Aikman, right, escort a young patient down the runway at the 2009 event. The two former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks will huddle up again for the 2010 fundraiser.

The 22nd Annual Beyond the Rainbow Luncheon and Fashion Show, with honorary co-chairs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, will be held April 23 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The fundraiser benefiting Children’s Cancer Fund will feature a fashion show, produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers/RSC Show Productions. Fashion presenter will be Dillard’s, and children undergoing treatment for cancer at Children’s Medical Center will be escorted down the runway by corporate sponsors and celebrity guests including Staubach and Aikman.

The event also will include both live and silent auctions.  Celebrity escorts for the children will include Dallas Cowboys football players, radio personality Kellie Rasberry, dinosaur ”Barney” and  others. Proceeds from the luncheon will go to Children’s Cancer Fund to help advance research and treatment programs in pediatric oncology at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center.  

With the theme “Bright Stars, Bright Hope,” the fundraiser will begin with a 10:30 a.m. champagne reception. Event co-chairs Marisa Huckin and Adelina Kainer have arranged for Clarice Tinsley and Steve Eagar of FOX 4 News to serve as emcees. 

Tickets are $150 each or $1,250 per table of ten. To purchase tickets, contact Camille Mauritzen at Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or visit the Web site at

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Second Annual Legacy of Men Breakfast

by Joy Donovan on December 27, 2009

Date: 2010-02-15

Location: Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth

Start Time: 8:00 am
URL: Click here
Description: Fundraiser for SafeHaven of Tarrant County with Mack Brown, football coach for the University of Texas, as keynote speaker.

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Donations Aid Annual Festival’s Coffers

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Mayfest, Inc. has announced financial donations totaling $100,000, contribution made from two local foundations in support of the Mayfest festival.

The two donations, each in the amount of $50,000, were received from the Amon G. Carter Foundation and the Sid Richardson Foundation.

“Mayfest feels very blessed and honored to be so supported by the Fort Worth community,” said Elizabeth Basham, executive director for Mayfest, Inc. “This festival is a much beloved tradition for generations of Fort Worth families. This generous support shows us once again that the community feels Mayfest is vital and wants it to continue.”

“In these tough economic times, this support is monumental, and we are very humbled by it,” Basham said. With the receipt of this $100,000, the grant total now equals $145,500 – an amount previously unprecedented at this time of year for Mayfest.

The contributions are especially important since Mayfest 2009 was canceled, as a precaution against the H1N1 virus, by the City of Fort Worth just three hours before it was scheduled to open. Mayfest would have celebrated its 37th year along the banks of the Trinity River.

The last-minute cancellation resulted in unprecedented financial losses, threatening the survival of the community festival. But Mayfest, Inc. eventually announced that plans were underway for the festival to return in 2010 on April 29th – May 2nd. Even so, substantial fundraising was needed to replenish the operating reserve fund depleted after the forced closing. Fundraising and the support of many Mayfest vendors who canceled or drastically reduced their invoices, that allows the event to return in 2010.

“In these tough economic times, this support is monumental and we are very humbled by it,” Basham said.

Mayfest, presented by Mayfest, Inc., is Fort Worth’s oldest family festival that usually attracts more than 200,000 people during its four-day run. Over 3,000 volunteers contribute to the fest that spreads over 33 acres in Trinity Park. All profits from Mayfest, $5.8 million to date, are distributed to its founding partners that support the greater Fort Worth area through the beautification of the Trinity River, development of local parks and management of various community programs.

Donations to MAYFEST may be sent to the Mayfest, Inc. office located at 255 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107 or online at Mayfest, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

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My Christmas List

by Joy Donovan on December 24, 2009

Could we interrupt this day to talk about Santa Claus for a minute?

Do you remember some of your favorite Christmas presents from Santa? I know I always wanted a doll, and looking at them, along with that fabulous majorette costume in the Sears catalog. There’s also a faded picture of me proudly holding a doctor’s kit, but I’m guessing I thought it was a special purse because I never wanted to be a doctor.

I remember one year—I was probably 12 or 13—and feeling SO GROWN UP because my dad got me the same present he got my mother and my grandmother—Estee Lauder Youth Dew!

One year, when I was a senior in college, I got a trench coat! I still own it—a symbol of my journalism career.

At our house, my little girls who I used to dress in matching velvet dresses and bring to church, are now 20, 22 and 25. They don’t let me dress them in matching outfits any more, but they still believe in Santa Claus. I’ve told them, like Virginia was told by that newspaper man so many years ago that

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!

So at our house we believe in Santa Claus. What we wish for might not be found in the Sears catalog or even online in any Cyber Monday door-buster bargain. But we believe and we hope.

And I still have things I hope for, and the list changes from one year to the next. It might be a good grade for one of my daughter’s in a certain class or hoping that a certain soldier stays safe. Every year, though, one of my favorite Christmas lists comes from a song made famous by singer Amy Grant.

Grown-Up Christmas List
(by David Foster & Linda Thompson Jenner)

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies

Well I’m all grown-up now
And still need help somehow
I’m not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here’s my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul.

So even at Christmas, when people are torn apart from so many things in an imperfect world, I’m grateful for friends like you. I’m happy we have each other. And I wish for you, my cyber friends, a merry Christmas and that Santa brings you everything on your grown-up Christmas list.

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Santas, Christmas Trees and Broadway

by Joy Donovan on December 23, 2009

Outta my way! My turn for the spotlight!

Outta my way! My turn for the spotlight!

Many sights to behold during December in New York City.

I was lucky enough to catch some of them earlier this month. The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center–bigger and brighter than I could imagine and an experience most definitely. You couldn’t stir the people with a stick, and who knew that Santa accepted tips? Yes, the Santa we took a photo with lost his ho, ho, ho after the photo and surprised us with this grumpy woman–where was Mrs. Claus?–who held out a bag for tips.

The store windows lived up to their reputation. Loved the creativity that went into them, and I wish I could get a gig where I could dream up what they should look like. I’d leave the execution to the engineering types, though. Too many moving parts for me to organize.

I also loved the fashions in those department stores. Cute, cute, cute. Lots of red, lots of animal print. Two staples for moi.

Then there were the Santas–hundreds of them–participating in some sort of city-wide pub crawl. Never have I seen a white-and-blue Santa–or was that a Hanukkah Harry? I couldn’t have imagined a Santa with a black veil over his/her face, and the image of two skinny Santas smoking outside a bar is one I’d like to erase from my memory bank. Forever.

But my favorite memory happened on Broadway. My friend, Rebecca Robinson, and I bought tickets to the revival of Hair; The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Of course, we loved it, but we were more than ready for the finale. Managing to climb over one pregnant woman, down a flight a stairs–all in high heels, mind you–we were number one and two on the stage when the audience is invited to dance.

Yes, ladies and gents, I can mark one major accomplishment off my lifetime “to do” list. I actually have danced on Broadway. Rebecca and I, blonde hair flying, “Let the Sun Shine” at the Hirschfield Theater.

One of the best New York City sights this December for sure.

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22nd Annual Beyond the Rainbow Fashion Show and Luncheon

by Joy Donovan on December 19, 2009

Date: 2010-04-23

Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas

Start Time: 10:30 am
Description: Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman team up for 22nd annual benefit for the Children\’s Cancer Fund.

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FIG Finale Sale

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Start Date: 2010-01-15

Location: 807 Ross Av., Dallas

Start Time: 11:00 am
End Date: 2010-01-16
URL: Click here
Description: Public sale with up to 75 percent off designer retail prices. Tickets $12 to $50.

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Hope Dinner Auction

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Date: 2010-02-27

Location: The Speedway Club, Texas Motor Speedway

Start Time: 6:00 pm
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Description: Dinner, dancing and auction to raise money for Community Storehouse. 817-431-3340.

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Le Freak

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Date: 2009-12-31

Location: Glass Cactus, Grapevine

Description: New Year\’s party with \’70s band. 817-722-9030

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Black Tie and Boots Gala

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Date: 2010-02-13

Location: Southlake Hilton Hotel

Start Time: 6:30 pm
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Description: Altrusa International fundraiser with dinner, dancing and live auction. Tickets are $75 per person. Contact Laura Roach at

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