Cattle Baron’s Ball is Shooting for the Stars

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Chase Cooley, Bela Pjetrovic, Anne Stoghill, Sunie Solomon, and Lisa Cooley at the Cattle Baron's reveal party on Feb 2. at the home of Anne Stoghill. (Photo: Lisa Means Photography)

Chase Cooley, Bela Pjetrovic, Anne Stoghill, Sunie Solomon, and Lisa Cooley at the Cattle Baron’s reveal party on Feb 2. at the home of Anne Stoghill. (Photo: Lisa Means Photography)

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball will once again raise funds to help find a cure for cancer with a night of Texas-sized fun.

The ball will start rolling at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Gilley’s Dallas, located at 1135 South Lamar St. A VIP Baron Party will be held at 6 p.m. for ticketed invitations only.

Following the silent and live auctions, country music duo Brooks & Dunn will perform on the main stage. The fun doesn’t end there — guests can stay for the after party and breakfast until 2 a.m.


Can Do! Luncheon Honors Dallas Philanthropists

Kelcey Hamilto, Beth Thoele, Anne Reeder, and Kristi Francis at the Can Do Luncheon kick off. (Photo: Lisa Means Photography) 0
Kelcey Hamilto, Beth Thoele, Anne Reeder, and Kristi Francis at the Can Do Luncheon kick off. (Photo: Lisa Means Photography)

Within some Dallas communities, there seems to be a whole separate world dedicated to philanthropy. While countless residents devote their time and money to help those in need, some stand out from the rest.

The Wilkinson Center will recognize some of those people with awards from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 9 at the fifth annual Can Do! Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club. The recipients of this year’s Can Do Awards will be The Real Estate Council, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Monique Weber. Beth Thoele is chairing this year’s luncheon.


Hill Country Camps

(Courtesy Camp Longhorn and Camp Lonehollow) 0
(Courtesy Camp Longhorn and Camp Lonehollow)

The rugged landscape of the Texas Hill Country offers a great escape for campers looking to get out of town without going too far away.


Get Thee To Camp Shakespeare

Campers will learn stage fighting, acting, auditioning, and other skills. Sessions end with Shakespeare performances. (Courtesy Shakespeare Dallas) 0
Campers will learn stage fighting, acting, auditioning, and other skills. Sessions end with Shakespeare performances. (Courtesy Shakespeare Dallas)

Not every child wants to spend summer break studying the works of William Shakespeare. But those who do often surprise Julie Osborne-Watts.

“Shockingly, [it is] a lot of different kids,” said Osborne-Watts, education and outreach manager for Shakespeare Dallas, which draws youths ages 2-12 from varied backgrounds and interests to participate each year in its Camp Shakespeare program.

Since 2015, the program has used some of The Bard’s most famous plays to teach theater arts to students. About 50 students are expected to attend this year’s pair of day-camp sessions, scheduled June 19-30 and July 10-14 at the Covenant School of Dallas.


HP Boys, Girls Head to State in Golf

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Here are your Class 5A Region II champions. With the title, Highland Park advanced to the state tournament once again.

Here are your Class 5A Region II champions. With the title, Highland Park advanced to the state tournament once again.

Highland Park will be well represented on both the boys and girls tees at the Class 5A state golf tournament next month.

The Scots easily won the Region II team title on Thursday at Rockwall Athletic Club with a two-round total of 311-301—612, which was 25 strokes better than runner-up Granbury.

HP showed depth with four players tightly bunched in the top 10, including sixth-place Turner Hosch (75-78—153), seventh-place Cash Carter (79-75—154) and Barrett Graham (77-77—154), and ninth-place Scott Roden (80-75—155).

HP held the top two spots in the team standings after the first round, but saw its “B” team ultimately finish fourth.


DUC Earns Four Golds at State Regatta

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Dallas United Crew won four gold medals at the state championship regatta in Austin. Congratulations to the winning rowers!

Dallas United Crew won four gold medals at the recent state championship regatta in Austin. Congratulations to the winning rowers!

Dallas United Crew, which features several athletes from the Park Cities, captured four gold medals at the Texas Rowing Championships on April 21-22 on Lady Bird Lake in Austin.

DUC glided to victory in the men’s varsity 4-plus, men’s varsity 8-plus, women’s 8-plus lightweight, and women’s 4-plus lightweight boats. The team also took home two silver medals and three bronze medals.

Gold medalists from Highland Park High School included David Slear, Drake Deuel, Ethan Cox, Eric Martin, Scott Lynn, Walt Cory, Sara Corey, Charlotte Lutz, Mimi Wellborn, Maggie Boyer, Marisa Tiscareno, Kenna Holder, Katie Hammonds, and Christina Healy.

The club will conclude its season by trying to defend its title at the Central Region Youth Championships on May 6-7 in Oklahoma City.


Book for the Ages

Shirley Boudreau poses for a photo with Jeanne Skartsiaris. (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Shirley Boudreau poses for a photo with Jeanne Skartsiaris. (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich)

Author Jean Skartsiaris knows a little about perseverance. For the past 20 years, she’s been slowly but steadily working on the novel she always wanted to write.

During that time, she raised a family in University Park, wrote two young adult books, and started a career as a sonographer at Texas Health Presbyterian. This past December, her efforts finally paid off with the release of Dance Like You Mean It.

The humorous story involves a family woman who is worn down by the routines and obligations of life as a working mother and wife. The protagonist, Cassie, finds her creative outlet by writing a steamy romance novel. Trouble is, she’s too shy to take credit for her work, lest the community look down on her.


HP Salutes 2016 Town Employees of The Year

Highland Park Mayor Joel T. Williams III [far right] with assistance from "Mayor for the Day" Mimi Tafel recognizes the town's 2016 employees of the year. (By William Taylor) 0
Highland Park Mayor Joel T. Williams III [far right] with assistance from "Mayor for the Day" Mimi Tafel recognizes the town's 2016 employees of the year. (By William Taylor)

Highland Park Mayor Joel T. Williams III with assistance from Mimi Tafel, serving as “mayor for the day” on April 24, recognized the town’s 2016 employees of the year.

The honorees:

  • Tom Devitt, public works maintenance worker III, Town Services Department (Sewer)
  • Jessica Russell, public safety officer, Department of Public Safety
  • Gerri Robeson, Municipal Court clerk, Municipal Court
  • Kathy Hannon, secretary to the director/custodian of records, Department of Public Safety
  • Rodell Byrd, sergeant, Department of Public Safety
  • David Ferguson, engineer assistant, Engineering Department