Category: Philanthropy

Tee Off to Support The Katy Trail

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Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett have teamed up again to serve as honorary co-chairs for the second annual Katy Trail Ice House Invitational on March 21.

There are still foursomes and sponsorships available for the tourney, which benefits the Friends of the Katy Trail. Last year, the group raised over $75,000.

“The Katy Trail is a City of Dallas owned property. However, Friends of the Katy Trail are required to raise over $700,000 per year for maintenance and management,” said tournament chair Buddy Cramer in a statement.

Day of registration is at 11:30 a.m. at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano. Participation includes an invite to a pre-party at the Ice House on March 20.

Judge Barbara Lynn to Speak to Altrusa Club


The local chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating National Women's History Month by hosting U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn on March 2.

Lynn will speak about the role of women in government and public service, something she knows a fair amount about. Since 1999, she has served the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Lynn received her J.D. at SMU's Dedman School of Law.

The luncheon will be at the Old Red Museum at 11:30 a.m. The honorary chair is retired Associate Justice Frances Maloney of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Individual tickets are $75. To reserve your seats, email [email protected]. Silent auction proceeds will benefit scholarships for legal, nursing, and pharmaceutical studies.

Lady Scots Aim to Score for Children’s Health


The Lady Scots soccer team has partnered with Chips on Lovers Lane for its annual charity fundraiser. This year's beneficiary is Children's Health. Mention either the team or Children's on Feb. 25, and Chips will donate 20 percent of the day's proceeds to Children's Medical Center.

Can't make it by for a burger and fries, you can donate to the cause here.

The team will present the donation to Children's at its match against Mesquite Horn on Feb. 26 at Highlander Stadium. The JV team will kick off at 5:30 p.m., with varsity set to play at 7:15 p.m.

Virginia Chandler Dykes Award


Courtesy of Texas Women's University

(Courtesy of Texas Women's University.)

Texas Woman's University's 14th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Award honored Francie Moody-Dahlberg on Wednesday as a philanthropist in the community.

Moody-Dahlberg is the executive director and trustee of the Moody Foundation, as well as Moody Endowment's director. She has served on the boards of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, as well as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Moody-Dahlberg and the Moody Foundation have an ongoing focus on children's needs, social services, the arts, and community developments for the Dallas community.

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Award started in 2002 and has since recognized Dallas leaders who work to improve the every day lives of those in the community. The award also honors Mrs. Dykes, her achievements and commitment to helping others.

Virginia Chandler Dykes is known for her work in occupational therapy and leadership amongst several organizations such as The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Arboretum's Women's Council. Benefitting occupational therapy students, including all four TWU colleges: Health Sciences, Professional Education, Nursing, and Sciences, Mrs. Dykes established The Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship Fund.


Help Be a Hero This Valentine’s Day


Celebrating holidays, like Valentine's Day, may not come easy for parents. Especially parents who devote their time and attention to their children fighting cancer.

Heroes for Children (HFC), a non-profit organization that provides financial and social assistance to families of those fighting cancer, will be hosting its annual Valentine's Day dinner on Feb. 21 at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

This is a special night set aside for parents to enjoy the holiday while childcare professionals care for their children in the next room.

In order to help the families, HFC is looking for following donations for the event:

  • Special gift packages such as a dinner for two; family outings to the zoo, museums, or other activities; jewelry, etc.
  • 30-35 goodie bags filled with movie certificates, candles, and even food coupons.

For more information on donations or volunteering, visit Heroes for Children.

NCL Celebrates Class of 2016

(Photo: Courtney Teesdale)

The National Charity League's Highlander Chapter celebrated the class of 2016 on Jan. 24 with a senior recognition ceremony during which fathers presented their daughters.

The Highland Chapter is made up of mothers and daughters from Highland Park, University Park, Greenway Parks, West Highland Park, and Bluffview/Devonshire who are committed to serving the community.

Pictured in the front row are: Dorothy Meachum, Lindsay Rather, Maddie Fehlman, Christina Archer, Caroline McGeoch, Camille McSherry, Alexandra McGeoch, and Madison Womble. In the back are: Caroline Blaylock, Holly Winters, Maggie Abel, Sarah Nelson, Ellie Bush, Haley Vice, Madison Stuart, Olivia Stern, and Claire Green. Emily Henschel and Courtney Yancey are not pictured.

HP Investor, Former Rangers Owner Dies


Highland Park investor, philanthropist, and former co-owner of the Texas Rangers Edward "Rusty" Rose, 74,  died Friday night after a battle with depression.

In 1974, Rose founded investment management firm, the Cardinal Investment Company. He would go on to hold various leadership positions for companies such as Drew Industries, Reata Pharmaceuticals, CPMG, CIC, and many others.

Rose wore many philanthropic hats serving as a member of the Salesmanship Club, as chair or the board of trustees for Greenhill School, and on the board of the North Dallas Shared Ministries.

He was also a great supporter of the Texas Nature Conservancy, the Trinity Trust, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The bird wing of the Perot was named after him and he served as the honorary chair of the museum's annual fundraiser in 2015 with his wife, Deedie.

Rusty and Deedie Rose were passionate supporters of the arts. In 2005, they were one of three couples that pledged to donate their vast collections to the Dallas Museum of Art upon their deaths. They also helped fund the construction of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Spread the Love For Leukemia & Lymphoma


Show some love at the 32nd annual St. Valentine's Day Luncheon & Fashion Show: Fire and Ice on Feb. 16 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, this year's goal is to raise $600,000 toward blood cancer research.

The champagne reception will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a fashion show by Highland Park Village at 11 a.m., and will conclude with a luncheon at 12 noon.

Event tickets start at $300 and can be purchased online, via phone or mail. Raffle tickets can be purchased online or prior to the event.