Posts by Margaux Anbouba
You may not know Sam Horowitz’s name, but you’ve probably seen part of his 13th birthday party. The video, which went viral this summer on YouTube, featured the bar mitzvah boy greeting guests at the Omni Hotel in grand style.
“Sam and I have been talking about his bar mitzvah since he was old enough to talk,” said Todd Fiscus of Todd Events, who planned Tony Romo’s wedding to Candice Crawford in 2011. “He went to a Cheetah Girls concert when he was 7 years old, and he said that he wanted to come down to the party in a chandelier like he had seen at that concert. We started there, and I talked him into dancing after he came out of the chandelier.”
The eighth-grader at Parish Episcopal School has been acting since he was 3, but didn’t discover his love of dance until working with Power House choreographer Gino Johnson on the routine. When he’s not busy with school, he is chasing his dream of becoming an actor through starring in plays at the Jewish Community Center.
“People say their bar mitzvah and their wedding were the best days of their life, and mine definitely was because it was really special,” Sam said. “I hope [the video] inspired somebody to go for their dream, whether they wanted to sing or dance or whatever.”
While Sam may now be famous for his bar mitzvah dance routine — which he recreated for both Good Morning America and Ellen — there are other highlights from his ascent to manhood that have been less publicized.
It took him two years to prepare for his bar mitzvah ceremony at Congregation Shearith Israel, where he led a service for 600 people in Hebrew.
For his mitzvah project, Sam raised money for Ben Yakir Youth Village, a school in Israel for at-risk youth, most of whom are immigrants. In lieu of gifts, Sam raised more than $36,000 to send the young men to summer camp and further their therapy.
“Sam is such a passionate kid at a young age, and he understands how fortunate he is and wants to make an impact on the lives of others,” his mother, Angela Horowitz, said. “I know the party and excitement have been awesome, but there are some very sentimental and meaningful parts to what he achieved.”
The Saint Michael Preschool’s 1.3-acre slice of heaven opens this Sunday just in time for its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration.
“The playground is similar to Coffee Park,” Saint Michael spokesman Lowell Duncan said. “It has the cutting-edge playground equipment for children ages 2 to 5.”
But what, exactly, is cutting-edge playground equipment?
“We really wanted to do something that tied in the kids’ sensory needs and physical needs that aren’t on the normal playground in Dallas,” said Katie Riley, director of the preschool. “Some of these things include hills and spinners, texture, and all different types of equipment that address things that kids don’t see every day.”
Previously, the preschool students played on two older playgrounds that were intended for smaller children. The new playground was built on land north of the church building, which was purchased five years ago and was formerly occupied by apartment buildings.
“Before, there wasn’t any where to run or roll or do cartwheels,” Riley said. “This playground is going to give kids the opportunity to have lots more room to run and lots more room to let physical energy out.”
The funds for the playground were raised through the annual “Chairish Our Children” event, when parents bid on youngster-sized desks and chairs in a silent auction. In one night, they were able to raise more than $134,000. Additional funds came from the Saint Michael Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and the Corrigan Goddard Foundation.
The Sunday opening is in conjunction with the “Trunk or Treat” celebration, during which parents will pull their cars into the north parking lot and pass out candy and goodies from their trunks to children dressed in costumes. The celebration will begin promptly at 10 a.m., when Father Greg Pickens will bless the new facilities.
We’ve got less than a week until my favorite holiday, Halloween, and that means it time for trick or treating and celebrating.
In this week’s paper I wrote a story about Saint Michael Preschool’s new park opening, which is happening simultaneously with Trunk or Treat. Sounds like a great time to grab your costumed kiddos and head over to 8011 Douglas Ave (here are more details). If you’re looking for some costume inspiration, check out these fun ideas from D Moms.
The jewelry store Castle Gap has made it over the hill. . . and is taking three whole days to celebrate.
Stop by the Plaza at Preston Center shop for refreshments and in-store offers from Oct. 24- 26 — you’ll probably see Maxine Bennett, one of the stores original owners, working at age 93.
While participating in Blondes vs. Brunettes I met a lot of amazing people who are working hard to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research. I always want to help out in any way I can — especially when shopping is involved.
The J. Crew family of stores at NorthPark Center (aka J. Crew Women’s Shop, the newly opened J. Crew Men’s Shop and Crew Cuts) will be offering a special deal on Nov. 14 — stop by from 6 to 9 p.m., spend $150 or more, and you’ll receive 15% off your purchase AND a portion of the proceeds will benefit the A.W.A.R.E.
Whew, that was a long sentence. Mark your calendars, and I’ll post a reminder when it gets closer to the event.
Being champions for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is in the Haggar family’s genes.
Their relationship with the Memphis hospital began when Joe Haggar Sr., founder of his namesake clothing company, connected with comedian Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude, over their common Lebanese heritage. Two generations later, Lydia Haggar Novakov, Marian Haggar Bryan, and Joe Haggar III are carrying on the family tradition by spearheading two major fundraisers in the Dallas area. Bryan and Novakov are co-chairing the Evening Under the Stars party, and Haggar is co-chairing the St. Jude Golf Classic.
“Our grandfather embraced Danny’s dream of establishing a hospital for helpless children who didn’t have the funds to get the medical treatment, cures, and attention that they needed,” said Bryan, a Preston Hollow resident. “Our dad, at an early age, was exposed to these two amazing men, and he loved it. He really made the commitment at an early point in his life that that was what he wanted to be involved with and do.”
Much like their father, the Haggar siblings fell in love with everything St. Jude stood for. They have been leading Dallas fundraising efforts for a combined 39 years.
“Once you visit the hospital, and see what is being done for these little kids, you’re hooked,” said Haggar, also a Preston Hollow resident. “My favorite part, without question, is my fabulous memory of walking down the corridor of St. Jude and seeing little kids being treated, and knowing that 50 years ago this wasn’t an option.”
The Haggar family has left a strong footprint at the hospital, seeing it through from a dream to a facility that treats 7,800 patients for free each year.
“They have had such an incredible impact on St. Jude,” said Bonne McCalmont, the hospital’s senior regional events specialist. “The Haggars have opened so many doors for us to start relationships with different people and companies, and have created a lot of opportunities for St. Jude.”
One of those relationships was with the Chili’s restaurant chain, which contributes $5 million a year for the Chili’s Care Center, where bone marrow transplants and research take place.
“St. Jude is the premier research institution for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases,” said Novakov, a resident of the Park Cities. “Every child benefits from the research done there because the information is shared freely. That’s their primary purpose — to eradicate childhood cancer and catastrophic diseases and help every hospital in this country have accessibility to the latest and greatest information.”
Shoppers rejoice! The Partners Card is now on sale. For those of you who haven’t experienced this amazing fundraiser, a $70 dollar donation to The Family Place gets you discounts at a multitude of Dallas retailers and restaurants from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3. (Wondering what a “multitude” of Dallas retailers means? Check out this list.)
Well the Galleria has sweetened the deal for Parters Card shoppers: for every purchased made in one of their stores using the Parters Card, the Galleria will donate an additional $5. Sounds like an even better excuse to get shopping.
The Playbill class at Highland Park Middle School will finally have a chance to show off their hard work this weekend. Fame Jr. is a one-act musical based off of the original Fame T.V. show, musical, and movie. There will be four performances, and the schedule is:
- Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the four performances can be purchased 30 minutes before showtime and admission is $5.
It’s finally here! For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read my story on Mila Hermanovski and John Piermarini’s fashion partnership, here it is. For those of you who did, Hermanoviski will be in store this Saturday to show off her fall collection.
You should stop by for three reasons: 1) by purchasing a Mila Hermanovski piece, you’ll be shopping local (Mila’s a Greenhill graduate) 2) her leggings were recently spotted on Jennifer Lawrence, so they are obviously super cool 3) she’s bringing exclusive pieces that weren’t previously available at the store.
See you there!
While the weather outside right now is gloomy, there’s a 0% chance of rain for this weekend. Which is perfect for all of the ladies and fellas who will be hitting the pavement on Saturday for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure.
Pat Smith, who was 22 when she lost her mother to breast cancer, will be cheering on the crowd as honorary chair. If this is the first you’re hearing about the race, don’t fret, it’s not too late to sign up. Click here for all the details.