See what we captured this week in the Park Cities. Staff photos are available for purchase. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-523-5256.
A boot-scootin’ good time was had by all at the annual Cattle Baron’s Ball on Oct. 18. In light of past events, the soiree was moved indoors to Gilley’s Dallas, but guests still had room to roam, from the silent and live auctions to the Kenny Chesney concert under the main tent. Patrons feasted on southern-style barbecue and even had the option to ride a small ferris wheel. (Photo: Chris McGathey)
Supporters of the inaugural Stars and Stripes Film Festival gathered on Aug. 27 at the Highland Park Village Theatre. Lynn and Allan McBee are co-chairing the festival, which runs Nov. 6-9 and will benefit the Sons of the Flag, a Dallas non-profit founded by former Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott. (Photos: Allie Lesuik)
Dogs got a day to play in the pool at the Holmes Aquatic Center on the second annual Doggie Splash Day on Sept. 6. Click here for more information about the Aquatic Center or Doggie Splash Day. (Photos: Claire Casner)
Guests gathered for the opening of the Speedflex Center in Preston Center, the first such facility in the U.S., on June 11. The Speedflex training system provides resistance based on the amount of force applied by the user rather than the addition of weights. Speedflex trainers were on hand to show guests first-hand how the revolutionary machines work.
On Saturday, May 10, Echelon celebrated its second annual 30M Gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, which provided not only a chance to raise money for The Salvation Army, but was also an opportunity for those who serve the organization to come together across generations, working towards the same goal. (Photos: Courtesy of Echelon)
More than 500 guests gathered at Southfork Ranch on May 3 for Equest’s Triple Crown Gala, co-chaired by Maggie Kipp and Shay Geyer. Equest is an internationally recognized therapeutic riding center for children and adults. Equest clients and their horses showed off their skills while guests sipped cocktails and mint juleps. Guests also participated in a derby hat contest, judged by Louise Griffeth, founder of Equest Women’s Auxiliary, Jeff Byron, Kersten Rettig, Blake Stephenson, and Lezlie Noble. (Photos: Kristina Bowman)
Highland Park residents didn’t seem to mind the heat as they fanned themselves and took part in the celebration to honor Town Hall’s remodeling. Festivities included musical accompaniment by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a butterfly release, and a self-guided, grand tour. (Photo: Chris McGathey)
The 2015 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes and their mothers and guests gathered at Neiman Marcus downtown for a reception and gown presentation on May 31. After the presentation the girls were invited to try on the dresses. Fashion designer, Austin Scarlett made a special appearance and was available for personal consults with the debutantes. This weekend marked the start to their nearly thirty parties as DSOL Debutantes. (Photos: Claire Casner)
More than 1,000 kids in grades 1-6 from several area schools participated in the 40th annual Park Cities YMCA track meet on May 10 at SMU. Five records were tied or broken during the meet. Natalie Moore tied the third-grade high jump record. Elle Patterson tied the fifth-grade high jump record. Ray Saalfield broke the fourth-grade high jump record. Beau Lilly broke the third-grade boys 200-meter record, and the 400-meter record. (Staff Photos: Elizabeth Ygartua)
Providence Christian School celebrated its 25th anniversary with a festive dinner and a memorable program at Lisa and Kenny Troutt’s home on March 29 with more than 400 parents, alumni, and faculty in attendance. Providence Headmaster Dr. Tony Jeffrey opened the evening with a welcome and blessing followed by dinner.
Over a 100 fifth through eighth grade students at McCulloch Intermediate School and Highland Park Middle School performed in the 'Wizard of Oz' earlier this spring. The flying in this production was especially exciting. All students and their fliers were trained by ZFX from Louisville, Kentucky, so each flight was safe and practiced.
Just Say YES hosted its fourth annual Just Say YES Pointing Youth in the Right Direction Luncheon to a sold out crowd of 300 on April 8. The luncheon was held in the Preston Hollow home of Lisa and Kenny Troutt with Chef Richard Chamberlain catering the event. The proceeds from the fundraiser went to support the nonprofit’s goal to provide resources that empower students to say YES to their dreams and goals, and no to destructive choices.
A successful ninth annual Life Lessons Lunch was held on March 26 in the Hilton Anatole Hotel benefiting the battle against eating disorders. Over 600 patrons of the Elisa Project’s event were enlightened by keynote speaker Amanda Beard as she captivated the audience with her personal story and reviewed her book "In The Water They Can’t See You Cry." The Life Lessons Luncheon is the major annual fundraiser for The Elisa Project.
In honor of the centennial celebration of Children’s Medical Center, 100 women – all current or former volunteer leaders, trustees, board members or supporters – each committed to give $10,000 to Children’s last year as a 100th birthday present. Their collective contributions have established a $1 million endowment for Child Life, which focuses on the psychological, emotional and social needs of children and their families.
On April 17, Armstrong students in the LIFT and Structure classes had a special visit from Zooniversity, a traveling wildlife education company. Professional wildlife educators brought non-releasable wildlife or displaced exotic “pets” that live at Zooniversity to the Armstrong classrooms. The visit was made possible by a generous donation from SEPAC. This hands on learning experience allowed students to interact with animals such as Tank, the tortoise; Tuck, the armadillo; Snowball, the chinchilla; and Tasha, the fox.
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw were the featured speakers at the inaugural Fundraising Connection Point of Park Cities luncheon on Jan. 11 at the Belo Mansion. The event brought in $125, 000 for the nonprofit that aims to provide fulfilling day programs for special-needs adults. The organization still needs $70,000 for a wheelchair-accessible bus. For more information visit mycppc.org. (Photos: Rhiannon Lee)
In this week's football tab you'll find everything you need to prep for this year's football season, including previews of the Scots' opponents, a review of last season, and a complete schedule and roster you can pull out and take to games. Can't wait to get your copy? Meet this year's starters here. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)
Cosette Faust Newton and her husband Dr. Frank Newton are perhaps best remembered for their approximately 20 year battle against with the town over their house on Miramar Avenue. Here a few photos that show their controversial yacht before it went to ruin, their house in the 50s when it had become neglected, their museum, and a few relevant documents that can be found in a large file at the Highland Park Library.
It comes as no surprise that a town with the word “park” in its name would be filled with lush spaces. From the town’s inception, parks were a crucial element of the development, with around 20 percent of the original townsite designated parkland. Here\\\'s a little about the most notable of the parks. (Staff Photos: Elizabeth Ygartua)