Archive for December 2011

Tis the Season…

by Joy Donovan on December 23, 2011

Some people like to discuss their favorite Christmas movie. Others like to list their favorite Christmas songs.

What about Christmas commercials?

When I lived in Oklahoma City, the impending holidays would be signaled by B.C. Clark’s “anniversary sale” commercial with a snappy little jingle everyone in Oklahoma City knew as well as “Jingle Bells.” A sled goes sliding over mounds of snow in an animated commercial that was shown for years. Just thinking about it makes me remember “Jewelry is the gift to give…lalalala…some sales are after Christmas, but Clark’s is just before.” hmmm hmmmm. Want to see it?

I really like the new Target commercial with Santa Claus jogging pretty fast for a fat guy. With his red hat bouncing, he turns into the Target parking lot to get something he must have forgotten.

But my favorite, all-time Christmas commercial is for Folger’s. Peter, coming home from college, gets dropped off at his front door, where his little sister greets him. Together they make great coffee for the whole family, and that great coffee aroma wakes up Mom. Mom comes down the stairs to be surprised by Peter, and then the whole family drinks coffee while opening presents. Love it. You can watch it here:

Got a fave?

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Survivors in Style

by Joy Donovan on December 19, 2011

Date: 2012-04-26

Location: Cendera Center

Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 7:30 pm

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Description: Fashion show celebrating the lives of local women who have survived cancer.

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Date Announced for Cancer Fundraiser

by Joy Donovan on December 18, 2011

 FORT WORTH _  Survivors in Style: An Evening of Fashion, Food and Wine has been set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 25 at Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway.
This will be the third annual fundraiser for Cuisine for Healing, a non-profit organization dedicated to making nutritious, delicious food readily available to cancer patients and others combating disease. The cocktail-hour benefit event will feature a fashion show celebrating the lives of local women who have survived cancer. The evening also will include complimentary wine and champagne, appetizers and a  guest speaker, to be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled with the success of Survivors in Style, and the need to expand to a larger venue next year,” said Sue Austin, president of Cuisine for Healing. “Fort Worth is incredibly generous, and with the community’s support, the Cuisine for Healing Outreach Food Program has prepared, packaged and delivered over 13,000 Cuisine for Healing-certified meals during the past year to those in need who are fighting cancer.”
Founded by Wendy Wilkie in 2006 as she battled cancer, Cuisine for Healing is a non-profit organizatioin dedicated to making nutritious, delicious food readily available to people combating disease, while providing education about the power of healthy food.  The Cuisine for Healing Certification Mark signifies that a product or menu item is organic, when possible, and free from hormones, preservatives, antibiotics, pesticides, trans fats, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors and has met other guidelines in terms of ingredients and food preparation.
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Haltom Sherrill Surprise Proposal

by Larre Green on December 15, 2011

Stephen Haltom and Allie Sherrill became engaged at the Colleyville Holiday Home Tour, Sunday, December 4th, 2011.

Mr. Haltom surprised Ms. Sherrill in the master bedroom as she was touring one of the homes on the annual tour.  Over the course of the past many years, Miss Sherrill has always attended the Holiday Home Tour and Mr. Haltom knew that this year would be no different.  Unbeknownst to Miss. Sherrill, Mr. Haltom contacted the Colleyville Woman’s Club and asked if they would allow this surprise proposal to take place during their tour.  From there, after many conversations with the home owner and CWC President, Lee Koch, a plan was put in place.

Miss. Sherrill’s family was contacted and kept this great secret.  When Miss. Sherrill entered the master bedroom of the home, she was completely surprised to see her boyfriend, Mr. Haltom waiting for her.  At that point Mr. Haltom got on one knew and asked her to be his bride.  Once the “yes” was spoken, Miss. Sherrill’s family and friends came cheering out of the bathroom.

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RGIII a Big Winner

by Joy Donovan on December 13, 2011

Robert Griffin III, Heisman Trophy winner.

So, I hate it when my Sooners lose.

I even hate that I hate it. After all, football is just a game, hardly life and death.

But if my University of Oklahoma Sooners have to lose to Baylor University for the first time ever, I’m glad some good came from it.

Robert Griffin III, otherwise known as RGIII, took home Baylor’s first-ever Heisman Trophy Saturday night after a terrific season, and I want to congratulate him. He had a whole heck of a lot to do with Baylor’s very decisive win over OU, and I’m glad the Heisman voters noticed that and everything else he did all season to help his team, hardly known as a football power house, win this year.

I like that his acceptance speech was filled with the word “we,” instead of “I.” I like that he appeared on David Letterman poking fun at himself. I like that he wears fun socks with his tuxedo.

Congrats to a RGIII, a deserving winner. I hope more good comes your way.

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Chefs Cook Up January Fundraiser

by Joy Donovan on December 12, 2011

Scott Murray will emcee the 2012 Celebrity Chefs benefit.

Chefs specializing in everything from Italian to desserts, seafood to steaks will showcase their cuisine at the 6th Annual Celebrity Chefs event. The annual fundraiser is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Southlake Hilton.

Besides sampling the chefs’ fare, party-goers will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction and raffle. Serving as emcee will be Scott Murray, Dallas-Fort Worth TV personality. Proceeds will benefit Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven (

Tickets for the charity event cost $124 per person and may be purchased by contacting Janet Smith at or call 817-788-9592.

Chefs and their participating restaurants will be Jaime Aguilar, Copeland’s of New Orleans; Hans Bergmann, Cacharel Restaurant; Jon Bonnell, Bonnell’s Restaurant; Otto Borsich, Central Market Southlake; Susan Clark, Sweet Memories Cakes and Catering; Ed Esquivel, The Wildwood Grille; Anthony Felli, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse; and Craig Ford, Timarron Country Club.

Also included will be Jason Harper, Trio Colleyville; Kyle Jones, Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab House; Brian Olenjack, Olenjack’s Grille; Donatella Trotti, Nonna Tata; Chris Wilson, Market Street; Mark Yamada, Trophy Club Country Club; and Charles Youts, The Classic Cafe.

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Fort Worth Luncheon Honors Philanthropists

by Joy Donovan on December 10, 2011

Valerie Holloway Skinner, vice president of The Graham and Carolyn Holloway Family Foundation, accepted the award at the 31st annual Philanthropy Day luncheon in Fort Worth.

The Graham and Carolyn Holloway Family Foundation was named the Outstanding Philanthropists at Fort Worth’s 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, held this year at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Accepting the award was Valerie Holloway Skinner, the foundation’s vice president and the daughter of the foundation’s founders.

Also honored were Cleve Lancaster of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas as the Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive and Heather and Elliot Goldman of The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever as Oustanding Volunteer Fundraisers. Recognized as the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy was Will Lourcey of Friends Reaching Our Goals and as the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization was Speedway Children’s Charities.

Special recognition was given to Valleau Wilkie, who retired this year after 38 years as executive director of the Sid Richardson Foundation.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter ( hosts the annual luncheon. The chapter, established in 1980, is one of 227 chapters worldwide.

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Puttin\’ on the Glitz With David Carr Jr.

by Joy Donovan on December 6, 2011

Date: 2011-12-31

Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Park West, 1590 LBJ Freeway

Start Time: 7:30 pm
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Description: Dinner, dessert, dancing and champagne toast. A portion of the proceeds will go to Call 800-843-6664.

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BCS: Bad College Stats

by Joy Donovan on December 4, 2011

This year, the BCS trophy should go to Oklahoma State University or Louisiana State University. No do-overs, Alabama.

I was Sooner born and Sooner bred. And when I die I’ll be Sooner dead.

Got it? I’m not Oklahoma State University fan. To quote the Boz, orange makes me puke. So here’s a stab at me being objective.

I have to go on record saying this BCS bowl shenanigans is messed up ( OSU beat my beloved Sooners in a game that I’d just soon forget. They won, and some might even say they killed us. Whatever. The OSU Cowboys made their point that, at least this year, they are a force to be reckoned with. I hate to admit it, but that’s the truth.

Louisiana State University likewise has shown some might on the gridiron, and LSU deserves to be playing in that championship title game Jan. 9 in New Orleans. What isn’t right that the University of Alabama will be playing there, too. That’s just plain stupid.

The championship match-up should be between LSU and OSU.

Here’s why:

  • Alabama didn’t even win its conference
  • Alabama already lost to LSU
  • The SEC is NOT the only strong football conference
  • OSU beat three teams ranked in the top 15; ‘Bama only one
  • OSU won its conference

For years I’ve just shrugged my shoulders while others complained about the BCS system. Now, I see how ridiculous it can be. It wasn’t even my Sooners who made me see it; it was those blasted orange Cowboys.

You’re welcome, OSU.

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by Joy Donovan on December 1, 2011

Date: 2011-12-25

Location: Planet Earth

Description: Joy to the World!

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