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Aston Martin Dallas Showroom Opening Party Branden Cote – Aston Martin the Americas, Odreanne White (Board Member – Community Partners of Dallas), Neil Grossman (CEO Avondale Group), Lee Bailey, Heath Strayhan, (GM Avondale Premier Collection) and Andrea Garneata, Aston Martin Marketing Manager Photo credit John Strange, Selig Polyscope

Aston Martin Dallas celebrated the opening of its new showroom, located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas on Thursday, December 1st. Nestled between its neighbors McLaren Dallas, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas, Bentley Dallas, along with Maserati Dallas, Koenigsegg Dallas and Pininfarina Dallas, the much-anticipated opening of Aston Martin Dallas at Avondale Premier Collection also served as a toy drive for Community Partners of Dallas and their mission to help grant wishes for Dallas County’s abused and neglected children.

The spectacular soiree celebrated the space designed to exceed the discerning needs of Avondale’s clients as they build their automotive inspiration. The new showroom is a beautiful blend of classic Aston Martin design with a mid-century modern twist and everything you would expect from the leadership of Avondale Dealerships.

“Aston Martin Dallas is honored to be the Aston Martin dealership of North Texas. We are proud to make the investment in this exceptional facility and the human resources needed to make Aston Martin Dallas a top performing dealership in the nation,” states Hesham Elgaghil, President of Avondale Group. “We have amazing products to offer our clients, like the world’s most powerful SUV, the DBX707, the thrilling Vantage, iconic DB11, and the incredible DBS. Now, we have a spectacular space to showcase the vehicles and welcome our clients and guests to experience and purchase available on-the-ground or inbound Aston Martin vehicles or configure and personalize their vision for a new Aston Martin.”   

Guests were treated to British inspired cuisine like Fish and Chips, "Bangers and Mash" Croquettes, Mini Beef Wellington and Fig & Brie on mini brioche from Lombardi Family Concepts, properly spirited sips from Reyka Vodka and Glenfiddich Whisky, and energetic entertainment from DJ Radu Jon. Artist Stephen Selzler , who was commissioned to do a Bond era installation for the new showroom recreated the piece on a smaller scale for one lucky guest to take home. Dallasite Roger Briggs, an Aston Martin owner and Bond enthusiast, and his family were the lucky winners of this very special painting. 

More than 100 enthusiast guests celebrated the opening by helping Avondale give back to the community through the Community Partners of Dallas toy drive. “The toys donated will certainly help Community Partners reach their goal and support their mission of granting wishes to these kids who need some magic this holiday season,” says Liz Shafton, Experiential Director for Avondale Group.

About Avondale Dealerships

Avondale Dealerships is part of Avondale Group, an innovative business led by a team with decades of success and experience in the automotive industry. Avondale is supported by members who have an incredible spirit for delivering an elevated client experience. The Spirit of Avondale runs deep and is channeled in multiple ways to care for the local community. Avondale Dealerships operate Mercedes-Benz of Grapevine, Porsche Grapevine, Sprinter Grapevine, Aston Martin Dallas, Bentley Dallas, Koenigsegg Dallas, McLaren Dallas, Maserati Dallas, Pininfarina Dallas and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas. In addition, the company manages Avondale Collision & Repair, and Avondale Select, a subscription service for luxury vehicles. For more information, please visit: https://www.avondale.com

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Aw Shucks Big Shucks Key Lime Pie Photo courtesy of Peterson Management Group

Looking for the best Christmas pies for your holiday feast? The highly popular key lime pie from Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar is sure to be a hit! The made-from-scratch pie is the perfect holiday treat. The tartness of the key limes is perfectly balanced with sweetened condensed milk and the buttery graham cracker crust. It’s topped with hand-whipped, vanilla cream. Made with real key lime juice, these pies contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.

The whole key limes pies are available at all Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar locations for preorder only. The 9-inch pie is $30. Since the key lime pies are made in-house daily, a 24-hour minimum notice is required. It’s the perfect way to sweeten your holidays!

To amplify your holiday parties, add an Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar cold shrimp platter or pick up ceviche and shrimp cocktail that’s available in half-gallon and gallon options. To help take out the stress of cooking for the family during the busy holiday season, at-home, family-style meals are also available, which includes all the Shucks favorites – fried oysters, catfish, shrimp, and buffalo wings.  

To pre-order a key lime pie or order a family-style meal, visit awshucksdallas.com or call the closest Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar location. Give the gift of a yummy seafood dinner this holiday season -- get a $10 bonus card back when you purchase a $50 restaurant gift card now through December 31.

Since 1983, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar have been the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and some tasty crawfish when in season. With its eclectic seafood shack atmosphere, guests are guaranteed to have the best shuckin’ time. A division of Peterson Management Group, a family-owned and operated restaurant management company, there are five locations in North Texas. For more information on Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, visit awshucksdallas.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and promotions. #shucksdallas

ABOUT PETERSON MANAGEMENT GROUP

Peterson Management Group is a family-owned and operated restaurant management company with 12 restaurants located across North Texas. Founded by Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, two guys with larger-than-life personalities, it all started in 1983 with eclectic seafood shack restaurants, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar. They are the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and some tasty crawfish when in season. In addition to Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, Peterson Management Group opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984, where fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary drinks, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere and a kick-ass attitude come together. The restaurant chain has repeatedly been voted the best in North Texas for its winning combination of food, fun, and signature margaritas. Today, Nick Peterson, son of Bob, leads the family business, serving as its CEO.

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Blue Goose CantinaBox O'Tamales Photo courtesy of Blue Goose Cantina

Blue Goose Cantina will be offering its annual homemade Box O’ Tamales for a limited time during the holiday season. Coupled with the other to-go party packs available at the restaurant, it’s a great way to take out the stress of at-home meals for the family or company holiday entertaining.

The history of tamales during the Christmas season dates to 8000 B.C. In Mesoamerica, corn was viewed as the precious substance of life. It was believed that the gods made humans from corn. Wrapped tamales were part of ritual offerings. Blue Goose Cantina carries on the tradition with tamale options that includes pork or chicken, jalapeño, and cheese options. The famous Box O’ Tamales also includes three of the restaurant’s signature handcrafted sauces - Salsa Verde, chili con carne, and queso. The tamale boxes are $30 each. Since Blue Goose Cantina’s tamales are made fresh daily, orders should be made a minimum of one day in advance. Once they’re out for the day, they’re out! Pre-ordering is highly recommended. 

In addition to the quintessential tamale, Blue Goose Cantina also offers an appetizer party pack, as well as fajita, enchilada, and taco to-go party packs that you’ll fa-la-la-love. Mmm-mmm! Washed down with Blue Goose’s famous margaritas, available to go in gallon jugs, there’s nothing like it.

To pre-order a Holiday Box O’ Tamales, the other to-go packs, and margaritas, visit BlueGooseCantina.com and click on ‘Order Now,’ where you can select the restaurant closest to you and the date needed. Gift cards are also available online – the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

Established in 1984, Blue Goose Cantina brings together fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere, and a kick-ass attitude. A division of Peterson Management Group, a family-owned and operated restaurant management company, Blue Goose currently has seven North Texas locations with an additional location opening in Spring 2023. For more information, including menu and locations, visit BlueGooseCantina.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and promotions. #bluegoosecantina

ABOUT PETERSON MANAGEMENT GROUP

Peterson Management Group is a family-owned and operated restaurant management company with 12 restaurants located across North Texas. Founded by Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, two guys with larger-than-life personalities, it all started in 1983 with eclectic seafood shack restaurants, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar. They are the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and some tasty crawfish when in season. In addition to Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, Peterson Management Group opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984, where fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary drinks, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere and a kick-ass attitude come together. The restaurant chain has repeatedly been voted the best in North Texas for its winning combination of food, fun, and signature margaritas. Today, Nick Peterson, son of Bob, leads the family business, serving as its CEO.

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Photo courtesy: Lake Highlands Women’s League

The Lake Highlands Women’s League will throw open the door and welcome everyone to the 44th Annual Holiday Home Tour: Holiday in the Highlands on Friday, December 2. This fun, annual holiday event is the key fundraising initiative for the Lake Highlands Women’s League that, since its inception, has raised more than $3 million to benefit Lake Highlands’ schools, community groups and college scholarships.

Visitors to the Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour will experience holiday magic through four beautifully decorated homes in Lake Highlands. The charming, creative, eclectic architecture and home design in the northeastern Dallas neighborhood of Lake Highlands makes it the perfect locale to host a home tour, which will delight visitors with ideas, inspiration and an undeniably jolly holiday spirit.

New for this year’s event is the addition of a Sip & Shop at the Lake Highlands Women’s League Marketplace at the KayCee Club. Here, visitors can shop for holiday treasures from more than a dozen wonderful local vendors offering art, jewelry, clothing, food and other gifts while catching up with friends and enjoying a holiday cocktail.  Admission is free for the Sip & Shop, which will take place at 10110 Shoreview Road in Dallas on Thursday, December 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.; and on Friday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Lake Highlands Women’s League also is encouraging visitors to the home tour to participate in Lunch Around Lake Highlands on December 2 to help support the local restaurant community by dining out at a Lake Highlands area restaurant of their choice.

"Holiday in the Highlands is everyone's favorite way to get into the holiday spirit and this year we celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Lake Highlands Women's League signature fundraising event,” said Robin Moss Norcross, Lake Highlands Women’s League president. “We are grateful to our homeowners, sponsors, members and the community who generously support our efforts. We routinely return over 90 percent of funds raised back to our neighborhood by funding scholarships for deserving Lake Highlands High School seniors and supporting our local schools and nonprofits.”

“We are excited to offer two new additions to the tour this year, ‘Sip & Shop’ at the KayCee Club and ‘Lunch Around Lake Highlands’ to encourage our patrons to support all of our wonderful local restaurants,” Moss Norcross added. “We can't wait to see you at the Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour!”

Holiday in the Highlands will showcase four beautifully decorated homes in Lake Highlands on Friday, December 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour, and will be available soon at www.lhwl.org.. Admission to the Sip & Shop at the KayCee Club on December 1 and 2 is free.

Visitors will be delighted to visit these fantastic Lake Highlands homes:

  • Rainy Berry’s home at 9102 Dusti Drive: After becoming the Berry home in 2008, this Dusti Drive gem built in 1978 has experienced extensive modification and improvement for the kind of lifestyle Lake Highlands families lead today. Functionality comes first in this 2,400-square-foot house:  The kitchen, which used to be two rooms, and the master bath were taken down to the studs and rebuilt, and the spaces benefit from extra deep counters and creative use of wall spaces to maximize the room. A bay window off the kitchen has become an outdoor sitting area by the pool, while a small courtyard now functions as a dedicated indoor office space. The front yard was completely overhauled to include a cozy outdoor seating area complete with an outdoor fireplace. Decorated with unique vintage finds, the home showcases the homeowner’s ability to repurpose elements, giving them a second life, and display collections close to her heart. Don’t miss the copper fireplace in the living room, a show-stopping feature original to the house. From unique uses of wallpaper to maximizing every nook and cranny in this warm, contemporary home, visitors are sure to find inspiration and ideas here.
  • Kathryn & Brandon Cornelius’s home at 9172 Vintage Oaks Court: The Cornelius family purchased their new construction home in 2016 and immediately began transforming it into their cozy oasis by adding personalized custom aspects from floor to ceiling, doing much of the work themselves. Artfully placed photographic vignettes in the entryway celebrate the family’s big moments, including the homeowners’ wedding and arrival of their children. In the dining room, a life-sized picture album and handwritten notes commemorate family vacations and special moments. A hand-built wine rack displays wine from the couple’s favorite vineyards, and thoughtfully selected pieces of wood throughout the house adorn the staircase walls, ceiling beams and paneling as nods to Colorado, one of their favorite places. An upstairs library hosts countless collectibles, including wedding keepsakes, books, personal mementoes and gifts, and three clocks display the time of their children’s births and the couple’s wedding. An addition on the third floor created a great room, media room, guest suite, bar and secret room for the family in this Vintage Oaks Court home.
  • Meredith and Ernesto Gomez’s home at 9511 Mossridge Drive: The Gomez family purchased their home in 2020 and started an extensive renovation that is the specialty of one of the homeowners, Meredith Gomez, the owner of Helen Joy Home, a full-service home renovation and design firm. The homeowners’ goal was to update the footprint of the original home with a Spanish revival flair, an update that has created a new dining room from what was the kitchen, and a pool bath and laundry that were both originally part of the primary suite. The copper on the fireplace, a brass ladder, and the skylights are all original to the home and provide warmth to the spaces. This home also features a unique space to find in Lake Highlands: a basement, where the family spends a lot of time together.  During the renovation, a bedroom and bathroom were added. Meredith Gomez believes every house has the potential to be someone’s perfect home.  Once you see the transformation of her house, you will know she has created the perfect home for her growing family.
  • Emily & Chris Hewett’s home at 9103 Lanshire Drive: A Well Dressed Home is the name of the homeowner’s interior design firm and perfectly describes this home, a New England, coastal style home. The U-shaped home sits on a double lot, allowing the backyard design to be seen from both the living room and the primary suite. The front of the home encompasses a motor court for guest parking, a breakfast garden out the French doors of the dining room, and a champagne garden with a gorgeous view of the evening sunset. This space also houses the dog run known as the “CosmoPAWlitan Courtyard.” The living room is designed in pastel colors and family-friendly fabrics to with withstand entertaining, family and pets. Colorful, non-traditional Christmas décor was selected to specifically flow with the colors of the home and keep it connected to the everyday style. The cherry on top of a tour of this beautiful estate is a view of the backyard, which features a spa courtyard with an outdoor shower, a rectangular pool with dancing fountains, and sunken gardens for adults and kids.

Holiday in the Highlands is the sole fundraising effort organized by Lake Highlands Women's League to support the greater Lake Highlands Community. In 2021, the tour raised nearly $200,000, which directly funded specific projects and services for 18 nonprofit organizations and 14 schools, and provided college scholarships to 36 exceptional Lake Highlands High School students. From supplies and technology upgrades at area schools to car seats for new mothers and summer reading initiatives at area libraries, the Lake Highlands Women’s League heard and proudly responded to a wide range of impactful opportunities to support its namesake community.

For more information on Holiday in the Highlands or to learn more about the Lake Highlands Women’s League, please visit www.lhwl.org.

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Photo courtesy of Peterson Management Group Jennifer Tatum (Breast Cancer Can Stick It!), Chris Irpino (Breast Cancer Can Stick It!), Norma Carpenter (Breast Cancer Can Stick It!), Paul Miccio (Republic National Distributing Company), April Samuels (Breast Cancer Can Stick It!), Nick Peterson (Peterson Management Group), Kandace Ladis (Peterson Management Group)

On Wednesday, November 16, Peterson Management Group and Republic National Distributing Company made a joint check presentation to local nonprofit Breast Cancer Can Stick It! from a breast cancer awareness fundraising initiative held in October. Believing in serving the community with more than out-of-this-world food and mouthwatering cocktails, both companies were honored to reveal a donation of $5,213 from sales proceeds of the Prickly Pear Pink Margarita, made with award-winning Olmeca Altos Tequila. The cocktails were available at all Blue Goose Cantina, Aw Shucks, and Big Shucks Oyster Bar locations in North Texas for a limited time.

Breast Cancer Can Stick It! drums up funds for treatment, research, trials, and mammograms through music-centric events that ROCK, to ultimately STICK IT to breast cancer. The Dallas-based nonprofit was founded by professional female drummer April Samuels, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer called triple negative breast cancer (ER-, PR-, HER2-).

ABOUT PETERSON MANAGEMENT GROUP

Peterson Management Group is a family-owned and operated restaurant management company with 12 restaurants located across North Texas. Founded by Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, two guys with larger-than-life personalities, it all started in 1983 with eclectic seafood shack restaurants, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar. They are the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and some tasty crawfish when in season. In addition to Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, Peterson Management Group opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984, where fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere and a kick-ass attitude come together. The restaurant chain has repeatedly been voted the best in North Texas for its winning combination of food, fun, and signature margaritas.

ABOUT REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY

As a top beverage alcohol distributor in the nation, RNDC’s national reach helps suppliers by building strategic relationships with on- and off-premise customers to elevate their brands and reach their target consumers. RNDC currently operates in the District of Columbia and 38 states across the United States, with the recent addition of New York.

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Photo courtesy of Bochy's Place Nourishing the mind, body and soul, a gift from Bochy’s not only inspires self-love, but it’s a gift that makes a difference with 100% of the profits going towards restoring girls rescued from sex trafficking who are staying at Bochy’s Place.

Make the holidays extra merry and bright for family and friends with a gift they will fa-la-la-la-love, a self-care box from Bochy’s Box. Nourishing the mind, body and soul, a gift from Bochy’s not only inspires self-love, but it’s a gift that makes a difference with 100% of the profits going towards restoring girls rescued from sex trafficking who are staying at Bochy’s Place. The North Texas safe home offers survivors vital counseling and trauma care, medical and dental, basic home necessities, education, job training, and so much more.

In today’s hustle and bustle culture, it is important to prioritize one’s health, happiness, and overall well-being. With a Bochy’s Box, gift recipients will receive a specially-curated box filled with both survivor-made products, including the signature Bochy’s Box candle and affirmation cards, as well as products from companies who support Bochy’s mission. Gift box options include holiday-themed boxes, self-care, and mini self-care boxes. Shipping is available in the Continental United States. Holiday orders should be placed no later than Friday, December 9 to meet shipping deadlines.

This year’s Christmas Box, priced at $84.99, is a merry mix of fun and coziness. This uniquely packaged box includes a “Hope for the Holidays” scented candle that is hand poured by the survivors at Bochy’s Place, a peppermint scented bath salt also made by the survivors, an adorable “All You Need Is Love” scarf, moisturizing butter LONDON lipstick, a Rosy Rings botanical sachet, a DesignWorks Ink project notebook, a Harvest Goods Co. embroidery kit, and other surprises. The Christmas Box is a wonderful, self-care gift box idea for you or your loved one to support personal growth and self-love from the comfort of your home.

Launching in October 2022 is the Comfort Box, a box where sex trafficking survivors have made a majority of the products. Priced at $89.99, it is for anyone going through a hard time such as grief from a loss, healing, or a hard time, and it helps them find healing and restoration while also providing healing and restoration for the survivors at Bochy's Place. The Comfort Box includes a calming lavender sleep spray, peppermint and lemon infused awake spray, a roll-on with a unique blend of essential oils that bring love and joy to the heart, an Earl Grey hot tea blend, soothing oat milk and honey scented candles, intention beads to guide one through the healing process, a mediation journal, and much more.

“Our mission at Bochy’s Box is to create a steady stream of income to fund our safe home, Bochy’s Place,” states Carla Shellis, founder of Bochy’s Place and Bochy’s Box. “Shopping for a cause brings you a double dose of joy. Your loved one will get a unique present they will love, and you’ll appreciate knowing that you are becoming a part of the solution!”

Bochy’s Box is a subsidiary of the 501 ( c ) (3)  nonprofit Bochy’s Place, a restoration home for girls rescued from trafficking and exploitation. The mission is to provide a Christ-centered, nurturing family environment to enhance women emotionally, physically, and spiritually according to God's design. Currently, there is a goal to raise $6.9 million to complete a three-year plan and development of the Freedom Center, a safe and secure place for victims of sex trafficking to receive healing, trauma care, job training, education, safe living, and successful reintegration.

To order a Bochy’s Box, visit bochysbox.com. For the latest on new product announcements, follow Bochy’s Box on Facebook and Instagram.

TRAFFICKING FACTS:

  • There is only 1 safe house bed for every 3,773 victims of trafficking in the United States
  • There are over 300,000 victims of trafficking in Texas alone and only 60 safe house beds
  • It takes Bochy’s Place approximately $34,000 to support one resident for a year excluding housing. Support includes medical, counseling, food, utilities, housing supplies, and more for the survivors
  • The average age for a girl to be trafficked is between 12-15
  • There are approximately 2 million trafficking victims worldwide
  • There are approximately 24.9 million trafficking victims worldwide
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Blue Goose Cantina, Grand Prairie rendering Rendering courtesy of Peterson Management Group

Tex-Mex lovers will have something to look forward to in 2023, the opening of a Blue Goose Cantina in Grand Prairie, Texas. Located at 2536 West Interstate 20 off South Bowen Road, the newest location will be one of the largest Blue Goose Cantina restaurants with more than 7,700 square feet and a 300-seating capacity. It will initially employ approximately 200 team members. The restaurant will open in early 2023.

In October, Peterson Management Group, the parent company of Blue Goose Cantina, set demolition into motion with construction teams alongside executive management. It will boast a grand patio, an extensive bar area, a private dining area, the restaurant’s famous wood fire grill, the legendary tortilla factory, and, of course, warm hospitality and excellent service. Warm colors, Loteria artwork, and gorgeous tile will don this newest location. The menu will include Blue Goose’s famous fajitas, top shelf queso, homemade tortillas, enchiladas, tacos, margaritas, and more.

“We are thrilled to be opening our largest Blue Goose Cantina in Grand Prairie, “ stated Nick Peterson, CEO of Peterson Management Group. “Being a family and privately-owned company, we are proud to become part of the exciting growth in the area. We look forward to serving the city while providing another family-friendly place for customers to enjoy our made-from-scratch offerings.”

Currently, there are seven locations throughout North Texas in Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Grapevine, Highland Village, McKinney, and Plano. 

Established in 1984, Blue Goose Cantina brings together fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere, and a kick-ass attitude. A division of Peterson  Management Group, a family-owned and operated restaurant management company, Blue Goose currently has seven North Texas locations with an additional location opening in early 2023. For more information, including menu and locations, visit BlueGooseCantina.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and promotions. #bluegoosecantina

ABOUT PETERSON MANAGEMENT GROUP

Peterson Management Group is a family-owned and operated restaurant management company with 12 restaurants located across North Texas. Founded by Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, two guys with larger-than-life personalities, it all started in 1983 with eclectic seafood shack restaurants, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar. They are the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and some tasty crawfish when in season. In addition to Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, Peterson Management Group opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984, where fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere and a kick-ass attitude come together. The restaurant chain has repeatedly been voted the best in North Texas for its winning combination of food, fun, and signature margaritas. Today, Nick Peterson, son of Bob, leads the family business, serving as its CEO.

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Hesham Elgaghil (Avondale Premier Collection), DeMarcus and Sasha Lawrence, Neil Grossman (Avondale Premier Collection). Photo credit: John Strange, Selig Polyscope Company

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and his wife Sasha, along with Avondale Premier Collection, hosted CARS & CAUSE WITH THE LAWS on Thursday, November 10, 2022. The inaugural fundraiser was held at the luxury automotive dealership Avondale Premier Collection, located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas. Proceeds from the evening benefited local nonprofits CitySquare, CEOC, Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County, and Big Thought. The evening’s emcee, Mark ‘Elf’ Elfenbein, helped exceed the fundraising goal of $100,000 to support the four worthy organizations.

Guests explored Avondale's four artful showrooms, highlighting the very latest from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Aston Martin. Inspired bites were served from Bistro 31 and the new concept, Maison Chinois from Lombardi Family Concepts, The French Room at The Adolphus Hotel , and Eataly.  Each were paired with a craft cocktail experience from William Grant & Sons’ Reyka Vodka, Glenfiddich, among others.  The evening also presented silent auctions, which included diamond jewelry from Bachendorf’s, packages from the iconic restaurant partners, Jordan 4s from Private Selection, and PXG Golf Clubs to name a few. Attendees were also awed at the amazingly skilled art of Stephen Selzler and enjoyed cigars courtesy of cigar sommelier, Francisco Arias. All of these experiences were set to the soulful sounds from the evening’s live entertainment, Limelight Band.

 “The event was all that we had hoped it would be.  We were able to welcome our clients and VIP guests to our Avondale Premier Collection home, provide an elevated experience on behalf of DeMarcus and Sasha Lawrence, and show our passion for our support of the community.” said Hesham Elgaghil, President of Avondale Group. “The evening was an outward expression of one of our core values which is to be a service to our community and amplify the missions of those doing such great work for the underserved in in North Texas.”

 About Avondale Dealerships

Avondale Dealerships is part of Avondale Group, an innovative business led by a team with decades of success and experience in the automotive industry. Avondale is supported by members who have an incredible spirit for delivering an elevated client experience. This Spirit of Avondale runs deep and is channeled in multiple ways to care for the local community.  Avondale Dealerships operate Mercedes-Benz of Grapevine, Porsche Grapevine, Sprinter Grapevine, Aston Martin Dallas, Bentley Dallas, Koenigsegg Dallas, McLaren Dallas, Maserati Dallas, Pininfarina Dallas and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas. In addition, the company manages Avondale Collision & Repair, and Avondale Select, a subscription service for luxury vehicles. For more information, please visit: https://www.avondale.com. 

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From award-winning producer and director Conrad Weaver comes the film PTSD911. The upcoming feature-length documentary will make its premiere at Irving Arts Center, benefiting nonprofits NAMI North Texas and C.O.P.S. PTSD911 is a relevant and timely documentary exploring the post-traumatic stress in first responders and the importance of ending the stigma to ask for help.

Hosted by NAMI North Texas, PTSD911 premieres on Thursday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m.at Carpenter Hall at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas 75062. The evening includes a reception prior to the showing of the documentary, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the premiere, a Q & A will be hosted by Tom Morris, Jr., the former co-host of LIVE-PD and the producer for America’s Most Wanted. The panel will be comprised by leading experts in first responder PTSD and wellness. Donations are suggested when attending. To reserve tickets, visit ptsd911movie.com/world-premiere.

The documentary is about real people: normal, average human beings who have chosen to work in professions that require above average heroism, fortitude, and resolve. These men and women have jobs that require a willingness to face things that most of us can’t even imagine, yet maintain a high level of dignity and professionalism. In fact, first responders repeatedly see and experience things that most of us will never see, causing compound issues related to post-traumatic stress injuries and disorders.

The goals of this film are to:

1. Raise Awareness –Most civilians don’t know or understand the issue of post-traumatic stress in first responders. The goal is to educate the viewer and stimulate change in people’s behavior and attitudes toward our nation’s first responders. First responders are heroes who not only deserve applause, but also deserve to have access to the support networks that can help mitigate ongoing stress that trauma can bring. North Texas agencies and first responder resources are highlighted in the film.

2. End the Stigma – To help first responders realize it’s okay to ask for help. The case studies featured in the film depict individuals and agencies who are helping their members realize it is ok to raise one’s hand and ask for help.

3. Inspire Systemic Change – No one should get fired just because they are struggling with the traumas they have faced and have asked for help. It is vital to implement healthy changes and training within first responder agencies so their members get the mental health help they need and can continue to be productive in their public service to our communities.

Following the premiere, the film will have multiple tiers of distribution, including a livestreaming event in early 2023, a multi-city tour in summer of 2023, and on streaming platforms like Amazon Prime Video. PTSD911 will also be shown at local events, conferences, and conventions starting in 2023. There will also be an educational toolkit, which will contain the film and additional video footage, as well as resources for first responder agencies.

DATE:

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Reception at 5:30 p.m.

Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

 

LOCATION:

Carpenter Hall – Irving Arts Center

3333 North MacArthur Blvd

Irving, Texas 75062

TICKETS:

RECEPTION AND FILM

  • Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
  • Includes panel discussion after the film with the director and other first responder experts.
  • $20 donation appreciated

FILM ONLY

  • Includes panel discussion after the film with the director and other first responder experts.
  • $10 donation appreciated

To reserve tickets, visit ptsd911movie.com/world-premiere. 50% of the donations will be split between NAMI-North Texas and C.O.P.S. after expenses are paid.

THE PREMIERE’S PRESENTING SPONSOR:

HOSTED BY:

Kathy Beazley
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There is nothing more exhilarating and beautiful as a circus with its soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, amazing aerialists and contortionists, mesmerizing illusions, breathtaking dance, moving music, and hilarious comedy under a brilliantly lit circus tent. This fall, Fanny Kerwich, an 8th generation French circus artist, director and producer, will be bringing an all-new cirque show to North Texas entitled Wild West Circus. Playing at Frisco Fresh Market from October 28-October 31 and Dallas International School on November 4-5 , Wild West Circus is a stunning, fearless and funny show with a touch of vintage.

Circus is the world’s original–and ultimate–reality show! There’s no rewind button, stunt doubles, or special effects at Wild West Circus. Instead, what you’ll find is the greatest gathering of circus artists from across the globe, performing fantastic feats and dangerous displays that guarantee to leave mouths agape! The tent show gives families a more intimate, interactive experience with every seat close to the action.

At the heart of every Lone Star Circus production is Fanny Kerwich’s simple mission, which is to make all who attend forget their cares and concerns for a few hours, take a journey to a mystical place and be transformed by what they find there. By giving each patron a chance to reconnect with the core of their being, with the soul of what it means to be human, Fanny helps all of us fulfill the basic human desire to not only be entertained, but also to be amazed and amused.

"Our productions are an expression of the human spirit – people overcoming incredible obstacles and fears. Our only limits are our imaginations, and I want our audiences to connect to that part of them that makes each one unique and powerful. They may even learn something about the many cultures in our world, the many creatures that live on it or something about themselves," states Fanny, the Founder and Artistic Director of Lone Star Circus. “My greatest joy is knowing that people will go home and talk about their experiences. We are creating a lifetime of memories.”

As a performer of a well-known French circus family, Fanny knows the importance of creating memories, stimulating the imagination and touching the heart, which is the reason why she founded Lone Star Circus and started producing her own award-winning shows. Often performing to sell-out audiences, in addition to her tent shows, Lone Star Circus’ world-class productions have played at resorts such as the Gaylord Hotel & Resorts, Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, theaters and more.

For more information on Lone Star Circus and to purchase tickets to Wild West Circus, visit www.LoneStarCircus.com.

TICKETS: www.LoneStarCircus.com

  • $18 - $40
  • Free for lap child (under age 2)

WHEN/WHERE:

 

Frisco Fresh Market

9215 John W Elliot Dr,

Frisco, TX 75034

October 28 – 31, 2022

  • Friday, October 28 - 7 pm
  • Saturday, October 29 - 1 pm, 3 pm, 7 pm
  • Sunday, October 30 - 1 pm, 3 pm
  • Monday, October 31- 6 pm, 8 pm

 

Dallas International School

17811 Waterview Pkwy

Dallas, TX 75252

November 4 – 5, 2022

  • Friday, November 4 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 5 - 2 pm