Category: Philanthropy

Crum Celebrates 10 Years of Fashion For a Cause

Yvonne Crum (Photo: Paul Golangco)

Dallas philanthropist Yvonne Crum is prepped to chair the tenth annual Fashion Stars For a Cause gala on March 25 after successful warm-up pre-party fashion show at the Galleria on Feb. 24.

The longtime chair is the founder of Fashion Stars For a Cause, which benefits the the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. This nonprofit organization is focused on suicide awareness, prevention, and education.

The Ambassadors serving as this year’s Fashion Stars include: Sherice Lynette Brown, Francis Harrison Brito, Laura Fedock, Laurie Graham, Gina Marx, Kristy J. Morgan, Shelley Herrera-O’Neal, Shayema Rahim, Whitney Roberts-Kutch, Bridget Sommerlatte, Carmen Sargent, and Amanda Ward.

Steve Kemble and Holly Quartaro, Galleria Dallas’ official fashion stylist, were the emcees.

Retailers included Belk, Karen Millen, Macy’s, Banana Republic and BCBG MAXAZRIA.

Lady Scots Honor Wish of Captain’s Sister

The Lady Scots soccer team rallied around captain Maddi Thayer and raised money for Children's Health this February. Thayer's sister has been in and out of Children's for the past two years. (Courtesy photo)

When Hyer Elementary School student Abigayl Thayer started feeling severe abdominal and joint pain in 2014, her parents started searching for a diagnosis. They took her to three different hospitals before taking her to Children's Health, where 11 different specialty teams got on the case.

"She spent a month at Children's and has returned three times since the initial stay. Children's has been amazing in their effort to give a definitive diagnosis and treatment. [We] believe it to be an autoimmune disease," her mom, Laine Thayer said in an email. "Abigayl has wanted to give back to Children's so that they can continue to be energized in helping their patients. She has wanted the children to know that they are not alone and to have courage."

Older sister, Maddi, and her Lady Scots soccer teammates have rallied to honor Abigayl's wish and raised $5,050 for Children's through the team's annual fundraiser. Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers partnered with the team and donated 20 percent of profits from Feb. 25.

"We have so many friends and family in this community that have supported us in every way," Laine said. "The HP Lady Scot soccer team choosing to support us as well as Children's is an example of true goodness in service.  Maddi's teammates and coaches have walked this journey with her."

Emerald Ball to Celebrate Texas-Ireland Ties


The American Ireland Fund will host its 4th Annual Texas Emerald Ball this Saturday, March 5 at the Fairmont Hotel. The ball has quickly become a valuable tradition, celebrating the many connections between Texas and Ireland. The evening honors philanthropists and provides outstanding entertainment from both cultures.

This year, performances will feature Sephira, an Irish duo; Madison McWilliams, an upcoming Texas star; and Dallas' own Emerald City's Party Machine Band. Irish fashion designer Jacqueline Quinn will launch her couture collection, and Texas artist Gail Wendorf will present paintings from her collection.

The event will honor Amanda and Brint Ryan, two Texan philanthropists who have supported Irish and other international charities, as well as Caroline Rose Hunt and Vivian Young, who have worked to preserve Irish history as honorary co-chairs of the Dallas Irish Georgian Society.

Through the American Ireland Fund, this fundraiser supports organizations across Ireland and around the globe, and also contributes to local Dallas charities. These include Our Friends Place; Pauline's Place, named for an Irish nun who settled in Texas and devoted her life to assisting young girls and women in crises; Ground Zero Project's North Texas tour; and First Presbyterian Church of Dallas' Youth Leadership mission to Northern Ireland.

The evening sparkles as it celebrates the crucial ties between Texas and Ireland. Citing the opening of an Irish Consulate in Austin, Texas in 2014, Kieran McLoughlin, President and CEO of the Worldwide Ireland Funds stated, "The Lone Star State really delivers for Ireland economically and, through the Emerald Ball, philanthropically."

Cinderellas Can Donate Gowns at UP Library


Before Highland Park teens don their tuxes and glistening gowns on May 7 for their prom, they can drop off gently used or new dresses (and shoes and accessories) at the University Park Public Library to donate to a "Fairy Tale Closet."

The drive is being run by the City of UP's Youth Advisory Commission in conjunction with the Dallas Public Library system to serve low-income teens. In the past two years, the Dallas Public Library has helped hundreds of girls from South Dallas and Pleasant Grove high schools to glitter and shine on their prom nights.

The groups ask that gowns of all sizes be clean and on hangers. You can drop them off tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.