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Sneak Peak: ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour


4122 San Carlos. Courtesy: Gittings

Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association is pleased to host the annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Friday, Dec. 1. This holiday tradition has been delighting our community for 19 years, allowing residents to have an inside look at some of the most striking homes in the Park Cities during the holiday season.

The 2017 Homes for the Holiday Tour will feature four homes in Highland Park and one in University Park: a newly constructed contemporary French Provincial on Versailles with incredible craftsmanship and attention to every detail; a colorful contemporary traditional home on San Carlos with custom art by Lindsey Meyer; a recently renovated historic home on Beverly with exquisite wall coverings, and a midcentury modern with classic accents and an art lover’s paradise on Potomac.

Flora Award 2017 Honors ‘Terrific Trio’


From left, Marilyn Waisanen, Bettye Slaven, and Janet Smith. Far right, Polish pianist Eva Brandys.

Nicknamed the ‘terrific trio,' Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith, and Marilyn Waisanen will be honored at the 2017 Flora Award Gala. The event benefits the Texas Discovery Gardens and Butterfly House in Fair Park.

Partners Card Sign-up Deadline Nears


Calling all interested retailers…don’t miss your chance to get involved in one of the most highly anticipated shopping events each year and give back to a good cause! By signing up to participate in the 25th anniversary of Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting The Family Place, you will not only see a busy week of increased sales at your store, but you will be part of a program that, in its history, has provided more than 242,857 nights of shelter to women, children and men affected by family violence.

Making Moms’ Wishes Come True

Founder Heather Bryan, founder Melissa Cary, event chair Laura Downing, honorary chair Tricia Sims, founder Missy Phipps, and founder Holly Reed (Photos: Bob Manzano)

On April 30, hundreds of philanthropic hearts joined forces at Gilley’s Dallas for the Ally’s Wish Foundation’s second annual Boots & Blessings Gala to help grant the wishes of terminally ill mothers.

The foundation is named for the late Allyson Hendrickson.

Hendrickson was a wife, a mother of three boys, a devout Christian, and a warrior in her battle against ovarian cancer. She kept a blog over the course of seven years, detailing her life during this battle. Hendrickson’s strength and faith, even in light of her prognosis, inspired many, including four women at her church.

They didn’t know Hendrickson very well outside of the glances and quick chats at church, yet they felt compelled to do something for her. So in 2014, they developed the concept for the nonprofit foundation, which provides the gifts, transportation, and lodging needed to make moms’ wishes come true. 

Ally’s Wish Presents Runway Hot from NYFW


The Ally’s Wish Boots & Blessings Gala host committee partners with designer Esé Azénabor to present “A Venetian Dream,” a fashion preview party at the home of Boots & Blessings Gala honorary chair Tricia Sims.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated in support of Ally’s Wish, a local non-profit organization that grants wishes to young mothers battling terminal illnesses in hopes of creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Ally's Wish began with founder Missy Phipps asking herself, "What if it were me? What would I want? That’s what I kept thinking when considering how to minister best to Allyson [Hendrickson, the inspiration for Ally's Wish] and her family. I would want to have precious moments with my kids. So that’s what Ally’s Wish is all about. Making those final days and moments special." 

Tuohy To Headline Rainbow Days Luncheon


Leigh Anne Thuohy

Leigh Anne Thuohy

The 19th annual Pot of Gold Luncheon, benefiting the programs, services, and at-risk children of Rainbow Days, Inc., will be Friday, April 15 at the Omni Dallas Hotel at noon. Leigh Anne Tuohy will headline the luncheon as this year’s speaker.

Dubbed a “warrior princess” by Michael Lewis in his New York Times best-selling book, The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch who has dedicated her life to inspiring hope and genuine acts of generosity for all deserving – but underserved – members of our communities.

After opening her heart and home to Michael Oher, a homeless African American teen, Leigh Anne said her life was changed. In her most recent book, Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving, she challenges readers to reconsider what it means to give sacrificially, generously, and immediately, often times without ever having to leave your own community.

Remember Watching ‘The Love Boat’?


Most of us ‘40+ singles’ spent many Saturday nights at home during our childhood, or (for the severely (un)lucky number of us) teens or even twenties, watching The Love Boat at 9 p.m.!

It's likely that all of us now have different recollections about what the show actually meant to us back then. For this adolescent male growing up in the 1980’s, the show used to mean:

  1. 'Well, this is better than BJ, The Bear and Quincy M.D., I suppose.'
  2. 'I hope Charo or that one lady from Maude is a guest star tonight!'
  3. 'How does this Doc guy get all the girls?’

Top 3 Reasons To Go on a Singles Cruise


Single, but ready for more? Why not go on a singles cruise this year! According to dating expert Bonny Albo, connecting with nature can help single people can feel more grounded. As a result, they can feel more love even though they are alone. What better way to connect with nature than to hop aboard an ocean excursion? If you still need more convincing, the following reasons why you should go on a singles cruise will have you packing your bags sooner rather than later.

You're not alone. Although you will probably be traveling solo, you won't be the only one. No need to feel embarrassed, nervous or scared. Chances are most everyone else feels the same way. Embrace your sense of adventure and hop aboard!

You'll have fun. Quit thinking of all the reasons why you shouldn't go, and focus on why you should. Try something new, you have no one holding you back. Eat what you want, go to bed when you please and soak up some rays on your schedule.