13th Annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Kickoff Party

Celeb Thomas, Xzandria Sanders, Dr. Steven Pounders, Susan Friedman Leslie Frye Claire Eckardt, and Eduardo Velez. (Photo: Sergio Delgado)

The 13th annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party kickoff was held on Sept. 14 (North Texas Giving Day) at Scott + Cooner.

To represent the 2018 No Tie Dinner theme, models were adorned in '80s prom attire, complete with blue eye shadow and teased hair. The kickoff event raised more than $14,000 for AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), a nonprofit that has been providing housing and supportive services since 1987 for low income and formerly homeless individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

‘No’ Vote Would Close Bus Service


DCS took in just more than $18 million in property taxes in 2016, according to tax records. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

This month, Dallas County voters will determine the fate of an embattled taxing entity that provides bus services for several independent school districts in North Texas.

Highland Park ISD and Dallas ISD are weighing their options on how to proceed if voters shutter Dallas County Schools, the recipient of a one-cent property tax charged to those living within Dallas County.

Dallas ISD officials have prepared a plan for operating an in-house bus system should the agency be dissolved, but HPISD administrators are a little less certain of how they’d accommodate 24 special needs students reliant on the service.

Defense Lifts Scots Past Poteet


A third-quarter interception by James Herring provided a momentum shift during HP's 28-9 win over Mesquite Poteet on Friday. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

MESQUITE — While the high-powered Highland Park offense usually grabs the headlines, on Friday the defense stole the show for the Scots.

HP endured season highs in both turnovers and penalty yardage, yet still pulled away for a 28-9 win over Mesquite Poteet at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

That was due in large part to the HP defense, which recorded seven sacks, caused two critical turnovers, and surrendered just 75 total yards after halftime.

HP Quarterback Receives Ford Player of the Week Trophy


Coach Randy Allen, John Stephen Jones, and Greg Tomlin, Park Cities Ford General Manager. Courtesy of Angela Enright with Park Cities Ford

What young man wouldn’t be thrilled to play in his grandfather’s backyard? But, when your grandfather is Jerry Jones and that yard is in AT&T Stadium, it becomes that much more special.

Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones received the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week trophy for his talents on and off the field.

Partners Card Leading Ladies


Partners Card chairs Jennifer Burns and Brynn Bagot Allday. (Courtesy photo)

Behind every charitable effort there’s someone steering the ship. In the case of this year’s Partners Card fundraiser, Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns are the ladies at the helm.

Having both served as Partners Card chairs in the past — 2005 and 2009, respectively — Allday and Burns are familiar with the many responsibilities that come with organizing the 10-day shopping event.

Allday’s roots with Partners Card go back to 2002, when she joined The Family Place Partners Auxiliary. Her firm, Brynn Bagot Public Relations, has handled media relations for the fundraiser for the past 14 years. Taking on the role of 2017 chair was an honor she was proud to accept.

Texas Voters To Consider Seven Amendments


(Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas voters will have the final say this November on seven proposed state constitutional amendments. They range in topic from creating tax exemptions for disabled veterans and first responders to allowing banks and financial institutes to hold raffles to promote savings.

Proposition 1, backed by the Texas Senate during the legislative session, would give disabled veterans or their surviving spouses a property-tax exemption for homes donated by a charity for less than market value.

HP Faces Road Test Against Pirates


Noble Nash and Highland Park will try to defeat their third straight playoff contender on Friday against Mesquite Poteet. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park took over sole possession of the District 15-5A lead with a win over West Mesquite last week.

But a closer look at the standings shows a three-way tie for second place involving the Wranglers and North Forney — the two teams HP has beaten in the past two games — along with Mesquite Poteet, who will face the Scots on Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

In other words, a win this week would put HP in complete control of its own destiny with regard to another district title.