Archive for January 2011

The Cliburn Gala

by Joy Donovan on January 29, 2011

Date: 2011-03-05

Location: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive

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Description: A sneak preview of the new facility. 817-738-6536.

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Fort Worth Symphony Announces New CEO

by Joy Donovan on January 26, 2011

Amy Adkins has been chosen to lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

FORT WORTH _ Mrs. Sid R. Bass, chairman of the board of directors of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association,  announced the appointment of Amy Adkins as president-elect of the association.

Adkins will succeed Ann Koonsman as president and CEO of the association.

Adkins has devoted the past 16 years of her career to arts administration and fundraising. Since 2002, she has served as vice president of development for the FWSO. Previously, Adkins served as education coordinator at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the mid-90s. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in education with a specialization in music from Texas Tech University. Adkins’ husband of 18 years, Alton Adkins, has performed as co-associate principal horn with the FWSO since 1993.

Koonsman, longtime president and CEO of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, announced her retirement in January, effective July 31. Koonsman cited wishes to spend more time with family and to pursue other interests.

Leading the FWSO since 1980, her tenure includes making the Fort Worth orchestra ( one of the most successful orchestras in its budget category. Its $12 million balanced budget includes a 45-week concert season, and the orchestra boasts a $27 million endowment fund, according to a release from the FWSO.
Koonsman also founded The Concerts In The Garden Summer Music Festival in 1990, an event that attracts nearly 45,000 patrons annually.

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Super Bowl or Super Headache?

by Joy Donovan on January 24, 2011

The Lombardi Trophy--will it be awarded again in 2016?

So Super Bowl XLV will pit the Steelers against the Packers. How swell for them.

I’m watching with amusement as this Super Bowl action plays out. Stories are everywhere about ticket scams, street closings, hotel bookings, prostitution rings and halftime entertainment.

There’s a lot going on. Mostly, I just want to see how this works out for us, those of us who reside in north Texas. My own personal jury is still out on whether this is a good thing or a bad.

But whether you like it or not, I heard a poorly kept secret today: we’re going for another one.

Yes, at Touchdown for Trees, an event today with Super Bowl champion Drew Pearson at the Sheraton Arlington for which I served as the event planner, it was announced that they’re going for another one.  A committee’s being formed so next spring, “they” are going to bid on getting the 50th anniversary Super Bowl back in north Texas. Whoever “they” are.

Obviously, somebody around here has decided this is going to be a really good thang, y’all. To steal a phrase from the good people of N’awlins, let the good times roll!

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TWU Teams with Carter BloodCare

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Abby Burns

DENTON, TX _ Texas Woman’s University and Carter BloodCare will partner to host a blood drive benefiting senior softball student-athlete Abby Burns, who was recently diagnosed wtih acute myeloid leukemia.

The drive will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Feb. 2 in the Carter BloodCare bus, to be parked by the Student Union on the TWU Denton campus.

“Our Pioneer family is rallying around one of its own,” Chalese Connors, director of athletics Chalese Connors said. “Abby Burns is battling leukemia. She’s a strong young woman with many, many friends and supporters who want to help. This blood drive is one way we can help Abby as she goes through her treatments to conquer this disease.”

Carter BloodCare takes online appointments, allowing donors to register in advance. For more information, contact Sonia Redwine in TWU Student Health Services at 940-898-3833 or “Blood donors will be helping build up credits in an account that Abby can use when she needs it,” Connors added. “I encourage all those who can to consider giving blood, especially now. We’ve joined Abby in her fight and we continue to pray and have hope that she gets well soon.”

Burns transferred to TWU ( in 2009 after playing two years at Grayson County College. She appeared in 44 games while making 37 starts last season for the Pioneers. She batted .327 with four home runs, five doubles and 25 RBI. Burns also posted a .482 slugging percentage and .395 on-base percentage. She helped the Pioneers to a 39-22 overall record in 2010. The 39 wins are most since the 2004 season when TWU won 40 games.

Burns, who hails from Denison, Texas, is a kinesiology major.

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Pat Summerall\’s Humble Beginnings

by Joy Donovan on January 22, 2011

Date: 2011-05-16

Location: Dallas

Description: Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett will be honored at this annual fundraiser for the Austin Street Centre.

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Wine, Women and the Arts

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Date: 2011-03-22

Location: Colleyville

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Description: The Arts League hosts an evening with the authors of \”Grace & Gumption.\”

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Team Connor Night

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Date: 2011-03-23

Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas

Start Time: 7:30 pm
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Description: For each ticket sold, $5 will be donated to TeamConnor in support of pediatric cancer research. For tickets, visit and use special offer code “stars.”

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Cute Dress For Healthy Shopping

by Joy Donovan on January 17, 2011

The Teal Dress can be a healthy shopping choice.

Shopping, as many of us know, can be healthy. who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2004. In 2010, Gypsy & Co. founded Cindy’s Foundation, an official partner of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).

Gypsy & Co.,  ( a national traveling and online boutique based out of Fort Worth has launched a ’70s-inspired collection for spring. One cute dress in the collection is a particular favorite of  Courtney Robbins, founder of the boutique.

Her stylish Teal Dress was designed in honor of her mother, Cindy L. Tyson,

Because of the partnership, ³The Teal Dress Campaign² was created to support NOCC¹s mission to raise awareness and education of ovarian cancer by contributing 50 percent of the proceeds from the Teal Dress Campaign directly to the NOCC.

Betting you’d look pretty cute in a Teal Dress. Want to know more? Here’s the number to call: 800-385-4229.

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NFL Project Kicks Off Super Bowl Festivities

by Joy Donovan on January 16, 2011


Jack Groh, director of the NFL environmental program, will speak at Touchdown for Trees Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Arlington.

Jack Groh, head of the NFL’s Environmental Program, will cheer for “going green” at Touchdown for Trees, a Jan 24th event that teams the NFL’s environmental program with the Texas Trees Foundation             (

The luncheon event, to be held at the Sheraton Arlington, will celebrate more than 6,000 trees planted in 12 North Texas cities in anticipation of the North Texas Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLV.  The NFL’s environmental program, under Groh’s direction, partnered with Texas Trees Foundation for Super Grow XLV, the project created for the tree plantings.

Also featured with be Dallas Cowboy legend Drew Pearson, who will act as emcee, and Bill Lively, CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl, who will make the keynote address.

Groh will spotlight the NFL’s 17-year-history of environmental projects in Super Bowl cities. For North Texas’ Super Bowl XLV, the Texas Trees Foundation partnered with the 12 Super Bowl XLV host cities for tree plantings—Super Grow XLV–leaving a “green” imprint on the north Texas region.

“The Texas Trees Foundation’s Super Grow XLV has been more successful than any other project in our 17-year history,” Groh said. “There’s a saying that everything’s bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly true for our environmental program here. The NFL Environmental Program is deeply grateful to the Texas Trees Foundation, the 12 cities involved and hundreds of volunteers.”

Mayors from the 12 North Texas cities that participated in Super Grow XLV, the partnership between the NFL and Texas Trees Foundation, will be honored guests.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are priced at $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. Score an invitation by contacting Betsy Orton 214-273-6689 or  at the Texas Trees Foundation.

Texas Trees Foundation is a private nonprofit dedicated to creating healthy communities by protecting and enhancing the urban forest while investing in people. 

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Colleyville Chamber Announces New Chief

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Steve D. Johnson has been named president of the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Making the announcement was Brad Rice, chairman of the board of directors. Johnson began his new position Jan. 10.

Johnson most recently was the City of Bedford’s deputy city manager —Operations.

Johnson’s career spans operations management, project management, negotiations, government, media and public relations, marketing and sales. Previous to working for the City of Bedford, Johnson was with Texas Electric Utilities for 19 years.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business managementfrom Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas.  He has served as past chairman of the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce and HEB Education Foundation and previously served on boards with the HEB and Colleyville chambers.

He resides in Keller and is married to Susanne Johnson.

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