32nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

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Award Recipients, Ken and Julie Hersh, Karen Simmons, Pagett Gosslee, Micah Pinson, Lynn McBee, Kevin Hurst and Sandra and Henry Estess. (Photo: Kristina Bowman)

Nov. 10 in downtown Dallas proved to be a busy day of celebration, honoring individuals who have made a positive difference in the lives of so many others. As Veteran’s Day parade participants lined up along the south side of the Hyatt Regency Dallas, volunteers, funders, foundations, business, nonprofit and community leaders entered the front doors on the east side for The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 32nd annual luncheon “It’s Our Tomorrow,” celebrating Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day. The annual event brings together area to honor many of this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes.


Charcoal in Your Stocking?

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No one wants coal in their stocking at Christmas, but, what about charcoal? For that, I may want to be bad enough to get coal!

I first heard about the properties of activated charcoal years ago, at Whole Foods, where I was showed capsules supposed to help rid your body of toxins.

Activated charcoal has been used for years to treat venomous snake bites, upset stomachs, and mercury and alcohol poisoning.


Sons of the Flag Stars and Stripes Luncheon

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Ryan Parrott, Kris Paronto, Lisa Cooley, and David Sargent. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Sons of the Flag (SOTF) held its fourth annual Stars & Stripes Luncheon, presented by Clay Cooley Auto Group, on Nov. 10 at the Dallas Country Club. This year's luncheon was sold out with a record attendance of nearly 400.

SOTF is a Dallas-based organization that helps fund medical research and costly treatments associated with burn care.


The Perfect Christmas Gift?

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December is really late fall in our fair city, so we’ll still be blowing leaves out of the yards while stringing whatever kind of lights you want to call them in the land of political correctness.

Whether it’s Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Christmas, or some secular gathering, gifts will be exchanged: food, clothes, electronics, books, appliances, jewelry... something, depending on budgets and traditions.


Scots Start Fast, Roll Past Summit

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Cade Saustad caught two touchdown passes during Highland Park's 52-20 win over Mansfield Summit on Friday at Ford Stadium. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Four touchdown passes. Thirty-one points. Almost 300 yards of total offense. That was just in the first quarter for Highland Park on Friday.

The Scots used a high-powered offense and an opportunistic defense to roll past Mansfield Summit 52-20 in a Class 5A Division I Region II semifinal at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

HP will continue its quest to defend its state title when the Scots play Mansfield Lake Ridge in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


Blue Wave Victorious in Grapevine

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Highland Park was especially strong in the relays during a dual meet on Tuesday in Grapevine. (Photo: Aimee Madden)

Highland Park closed out the 2017 dual schedule with another strong performance, easily defeating Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage on Tuesday in Grapevine.

Katherine Huang won the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke for the HP girls, while Alicia Bi took gold in the 50 freestyle. The Blue Wave girls also triumphed in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay).

On the boys side, HP was more dominant, with individual event wins from Felix Van Cauwelaert (200 individual medley, 500 freestyle), Max Van Cauwelaert (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Omar Hmimy (100 freestyle), and Henry Wang (100 breaststroke). The HP boys also claimed all three relays.


Christmas Stroll Down Memory Lane

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Artist remembers family and friends with decorations. (Photo: Jackie Torres)

“You can put anything on a tree,” artist Lyn McAden Roberts said, her slender fingers rustling an old handwritten note.

Written in blue, large and curled letters, the card turned Christmas ornament began, ‘Dear Ant [sic] Lyn …’