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Grant Halliburton Foundation Created by Grant Halliburton Foundation, the free Navigation Line is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The helpline assists individuals of all ages in finding the appropriate mental health and addiction resources, including Telehealth options. The Navigation Line will remain open during the pandemic. Spanish language assistance is also available.

With the country rolling out social distancing measures due the coronavirus (COVID-19), North Texans are facing a new reality that may prove to be stressful for some people. Fear and anxiety about the pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in children, teens and adults.

 

Cami Fields, LMSW, director of outreach and education at Dallas-based nonprofit Grant Halliburton Foundation, offers tips and resources for children, adolescents and adults coping with this challenging time during the shelter-in-place orders:

 

Tips for Coping (children and teenagers):

  • Take a break. Our society is inundated by information overload – the COVID-19 outbreak has exacerbated that. Find time in your day to put your phone down and stop consuming news and information about the virus. You need some time away from it to breathe.
  • Connect. It can be hard to nurture your relationships when you aren’t seeing your peers anymore. This is where the beauty of social media and the internet can be so wonderful! Check on your friends, have a virtual dinner date, chat about what shows you’ve been watching – don’t put your friendships on the backburner; you need each other now more than ever.
  • Find joy. During a time of so much uncertainty and stress, find small things that bring you joy. This could be going for a jog, painting, drawing, writing, singing, playing music, doing yoga, making videos, or anything else that you enjoy. These positive outlets cannot be underestimated; sometimes when you least “feel like” doing them, is when you need them the most!
  • Speak up. If you are overwhelmed and unsure of how to feel better or stop worrying, talk to a trusted adult about how you’re feeling. Oftentimes, expressing your emotions and talking about how you feel makes you feel better even when the situation or problem hasn’t changed. You don’t have to feel what you feel alone. 
  • Sleep. It can be hard to make your sleep a priority. There are countless distractions and barriers to getting good sleep, but it can be a huge factor in your mood, emotional stability, and positive thinking. Start a nighttime routine that you do every night to alert your body that you are about to go to sleep; this can include things like washing your face, drinking a glass of water, doing a 5-minute meditation, putting your phone away, or lowering the lights.

 

Tips for Coping (adults):

  • Create routines. So much is out of control and unpredictable right now. Strive for consistency and predictability where you can in your home.
  • Validate feelings. It is easy to try to make someone feel better by saying, “at least…” comments or trying to put a silver lining on things. Sometimes our kids need to be able to express themselves and be validated that what is going on is hard and it is okay to feel what they feel. 
  • Model healthy stress relief. Show your kids that even when times are hard, you can use positive activities to relieve your stress. Don’t try to hide your worry – be honest with them about how you are feeling but show them positive ways to manage it. More is caught than taught. 
  • Connect. During a time of social distancing and quarantine, it is more important than ever to nurture your connections and have a support system. Don’t underestimate the power of checking in on someone and letting them know you care.
  • Self-care. We all know that you must put on your own oxygen mask first before you can help someone else. Don’t expect yourself to do everything for everyone and neglect yourself. Take some “me time,” do something you enjoy, replenish your energy.

Additional North Texas Resources:

 

Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line 

972-525-8181
granthalliburton.org/navline

Created by Grant Halliburton Foundation, the free Navigation Line is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The helpline assists individuals of all ages in finding the appropriate mental health and addiction resources, including Telehealth options. The Navigation Line will remain open during the pandemic. Spanish language assistance is also available.

 

Grant Halliburton Foundation’s Pandemic Resources Page

granthalliburton.org/pandemicresources

This page includes other mental health websites, helplines, information about the virus and articles on how to cope. It will be updated as the pandemic continues.

 

Grant Halliburton Foundation’s Resources for Teens Page

granthalliburton.org/forteens

This page includes websites, podcasts, apps, and crisis lines that are all relevant and safe for teens.

 

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Grant Halliburton Foundation works to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and help prevent suicide. The Foundation provides mental health education, training and support to more than 49,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals annually. More information can be found at GrantHalliburton.org/.      

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The Ireland Funds Texas Emerald Ball David Cronin, The Ireland Funds America president and CEO Enda Kenny, Former Prime Minister of Ireland and The Ireland Funds Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines chairman of the board and chief executive officer and The Ireland Funds’ 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award honoree Eugene M. McQuade, The Ireland Funds America chairman Darina Padian, The Ireland Funds Texas director

From the moment guests arrived at The Adolphus Hotel on March 7 for The Ireland Funds Texas Emerald Ball, they were surrounded by all things Irish, including the décor, beverages, entertainment and honorees. The annual event raises funds for the support of hundreds of charities and causes across the island of Ireland and around the world. This year, at the request of honoree Gary Kelly, a portion of the funds raised also benefited Plano’s Emily’s Place.

Eugene M. McQuade, The Ireland Funds America chairman, welcomed special guests at the Chairman’s Reception, where they met Kelly, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines; also honored was Enda Kenny, former prime minister of Ireland.

When it was time for the dinner and program, a bagpiper played and led guests to the upstairs ballroom, which was exquisitely decorated for the occasion.

To continue the festive mood and excitement, the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance performed to much clapping and fanfare.

Darina Padian, The Ireland Funds Texas director, welcomed guests. “I want to thank and recognize our amazing Emerald Ball Sponsor, CFM International, Platinum Sponsor, GE Aviation and Southwest Airlines for their incredible commitment. Thank you also to our generous table hosts and other incredible sponsors who make this all possible. This Ball would not take place without the drive and commitment of our Emerald Ball Co-Chairs, Maureen Kelly Cooper and Kathryn Cassidy, and our committee, who have worked so hard to make this evening such a success.”

Padian introduced Eugene M. McQuade, The Ireland Funds America chairman. McQuade said, “Thanks to you and your partnership with The Ireland Funds, that generosity translates every day into tangible change for those who need it most. Whether it is strengthening peace in Northern Ireland, preserving cultural treasures, offering access to education for the next generation, or strengthening communities through grassroots initiatives, The Ireland Funds is there. Your involvement makes a profound difference 365 days a year and for that, we salute you.”

He added, “Our Texas chapter has been faithful in its support and  long term commitment to the work of The Ireland Funds. In particular, I want to thank our Texas-based donors and National Board Members Dolores McCall, Thomas Codd and Kevin Curley for their time, their commitment and their care.”

To bless the evening and the dinner, Rev. Bill Shaw, director of 174 Trust from Northern Ireland, a project supported by The Ireland Funds, gave the invocation. Guests dined on a delicious dinner of charred corn and poblano soup, grilled filet mignon with roasted garlic, au gratin potatoes, zucchini and heirloom carrots. The dessert trio included Texas whiskey cake, fresh fruit tart and flourless chocolate cake.

David Cronin, The Ireland Funds America president and CEO, then introduced Enda Kenny, former prime minister of Ireland. Cronin expressed his gratitude to Kenny who he praised for his leadership stating, “The measure of his leadership was extraordinary at that time. It was truly a Celtic comeback. We also appreciate his long-standing support of The Ireland Funds.”

Kenny told stories about being the prime minister and helping Ireland during highs and lows, including an increase in business and commerce. He thanked The Ireland Funds for its leadership, support and mission, which is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.

Cronin, along with Padian and McQuade, presented Kenny with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable efforts over a period of one’s life. 

Next, auctioneer Morgon Hopson got the crowd excited about the live auction items, such as an Emerald Isle trip for two, a stay for 16 at the Dunkerron Manor Estate in Ireland, a Belize Adventure and a Santa Fe private home.

Thomas Codd, The Ireland Funds America board member, introduced Tom Nealon, Southwest Airlines president, who then introduced Gary Kelly. Before Kelly came to the stage, Nealon talked about Southwest Airlines’ community service and showed a video highlighting Kelly’s philanthropic leadership.

Nealon and Kenny then presented Kelly with The Ireland Funds’ 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to making a positive impact on the community through giving of time, talent and resources. Kelly, who is of Irish descent, said, “I am honored to receive this prestigious award. I am so proud to be a part of The Ireland Funds.” His personal and Southwest Airlines families were on hand to congratulate and celebrate with him.

To close the program, internationally known Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sang a few songs, closing with “God Bless America.” Guests enjoyed visiting afterwards, drinking Irish coffee and dancing to the Manhattan Dance Band’s lively popular music.

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Texas Emerald Ball Sponsor: CFM International

Platinum Sponsor: GE Aviation

Gold Plus Sponsor: PwC

Gold Sponsor: Southwest Airlines, Shelly and Thomas W. Codd, Dolores L. McCall

Silver Sponsor: Airlines for America, Altair Global, Boeing, Kevin M. Curley/Curley Financial Group, LLC, Cushman & Wakefield, Fidelity Residential Solutions, GSD&M, H+K International

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations. For more information, visit www.irelandfunds.org.

For information on The Ireland Funds Texas, please contact Judy Curtis, Dallas Event Coordinator, at jcurtis@irelandfunds.org or 469-232-9601.

 

 

 

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Solender/Hall Eliza Solender, Solender/Hall president; Ellen Magnis, Family Gateway president and CEO; Dave Woodyard, Catholic Charities Dallas CEO

Family Gateway, which provides stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness, has increased its capacity to serve more North Texas families through the opening of the new Simmons Family Gateway Resource Center. The Center, located at 1421 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75247, is housed in space that Family Gateway leased from the building owner, Catholic Charities Dallas. Family Gateway’s 35-room Emergency Shelter in downtown Dallas, which also previously housed the organization’s offices, is now dedicated solely to shelter services. Family Gateway was represented in the transaction by Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall, who negotiated the deal with the two non-profits. The seven-year lease is for approximately 6,300 square feet of space. 

“As commercial real estate continues to increase in value, non-profit organizations are seeing more of their budget go toward rent and real estate related costs, thus they have to become ever more creative in how they fulfill their space requirements,” said Solender. “A transaction like this is so satisfying because it is a win-win for both organizations. We have an understanding landlord who recognizes the unique needs of a non-profit service provider and wants to find opportunities for collaboration. Both organizations will be able to focus more of their scarce resources on critical community services.”

“Simply put, given the high demand in our community, we were running out of room for families at the shelter,” said Ellen Magnis, president and CEO of Family Gateway.  “Now, with distinct spaces for shelter and operations, we can serve more families by adding beds to what was previously office space. We appreciate the financial support of the Harold Simmons Foundation and an anonymous donor who helped make this possible, and for Catholic Charities’ willingness to lease their surplus space as intended to a complementary non-profit. It was the perfect solution, and we look forward to working together to serve more families with our respective services.”

Dave Woodyard, CEO of Catholic Charities Dallas, said, “When we acquired the building in 2017, our intentions always included welcoming a few great non-profits to our campus. This lease provides Catholic Charities an additional income stream to help offset our operating expenses while providing Family Gateway with a below market lease. More importantly, it enables both organizations to serve more people and to provide additional complementary services. Family Gateway is a highly respected organization, and we couldn’t be happier to help them solve their space issue.”

The Simmons Family Gateway Resource Center houses the organization’s high-volume Assessment and Diversion practice, supportive housing case managers, administration, and a vocational/employment case manager. The space was created with trauma-informed design elements, and includes an oversized waiting area, private consultation rooms and a call center. Families with children experiencing or near homelessness will now be assessed at the new space and then triaged to the emergency shelter or to partner shelters as needed. As a result, four additional rooms have been added to its downtown shelter. 

ABOUT FAMILY GATEWAY: As the county-wide point of entry (access point) for families with children experiencing or near homelessness, Family Gateway believes in providing housing first and then using trauma-informed services to help break the cycle of poverty. The mission of Family Gateway is to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. For more information, visit www.familygateway.org.  

ABOUT CATHOLIC CHARITIES DALLAS: Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) educates, serves and empowers more than 50,000 clients in need annually across a nine-county region of North Texas, addressing the root causes of poverty and homelessness. A large multi-disciplinary agency, CCD provides services in hunger alleviation through boxed food pantries, client choice pantries and mobile community pantries; early childhood education; low-income elderly supports; permanent supportive housing for homeless elderly; immigration legal resources; pregnancy, parenting and adoption counseling; refugee resettlement; shelter and foster care for unaccompanied refugee minors; financial coaching and career development assistance; disaster preparedness and relief; community relations, advocacy and more. For more information, see www.ccdallas.org/.

ABOUT SOLENDER/HALL: Since 1991, Solender/Hall has been specializing in the representation nonprofit organizations in the North Texas area. Find out more at www.solenderhall.com or by calling 214.265.8200.

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Gary Kelly Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines chairman and CEO, will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award at The Ireland Funds’ Texas Emerald Ball.

The Ireland Funds has named Gary Kelly, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines, as the recipient of its 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award. In addition, Enda Kenny, former prime minister of Ireland, was named the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Both awards will be presented on Saturday, March 7th at the Texas Emerald Ball, which will be held at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m.   

 

The Philanthropic Leadership Award honors an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to making a positive impact on the community through giving of time, talent and resources. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable efforts over a period of one’s life. 

 

This event raises funds for the support of hundreds of charities and causes across the island of Ireland and around the world. In addition, at Kelly’s request, a portion of the funds raised at this year’s Texas Emerald Ball will benefit Plano’s Emily’s Place, which works to break the cycle of violence faced by many women and their children.

 

The Ireland Funds’ Texas Director Darina Padian said, “We are privileged to recognize two such outstanding individuals in Gary Kelly and Enda Kenny. Gary’s accomplishments in the business world, and Enda’s in the political world, serve as shining examples of what can be accomplished when talented individuals work toward a higher calling in service to others. That they have also made a difference in the philanthropic world aligns well with The Ireland Funds’ aim to achieve ‘Progress through Philanthropy.’” 

 

Gary Kelly said, “Being of Irish descent, I am honored to receive this award from an organization whose mission is to support philanthropic and cultural initiatives in Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.”  

 

Maureen Kelly Cooper, executive director for Cushman & Wakefield, and Kathryn Cassidy, president and COO of Altair Global, are co-chairs for the Texas Emerald Ball.  Entertainment includes Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor. After the program, guests are invited to stay for dancing with Manhattan Dance Band.

 

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

 

Texas Emerald Ball Sponsor: CFM International

 

Platinum Sponsor: GE Aviation

 

Gold Plus Sponsor: PwC

 

Gold Sponsor: Southwest Airlines, Shelly and Tom Codd, Dolores McCall/ McCall Oil and Gas

 

Silver Sponsor: Airlines for America, Altair Global, Boeing, Kevin Curley/Curley Financial Group, Cushman & Wakefield, GSD&M, H & K International

 

About The Ireland Funds:

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations. For more information, visit www.irelandfunds.org.

 

For event and sponsorship information for the March 7th event, please contact Judy Curtis, Dallas Event Coordinator, at jcurtis@irelandfunds.org or 469-232-9601.

About Gary Kelly:

Gary Kelly serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines. Under Gary’s leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation’s largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine’s list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking 11th  in 2020.   

 

Gary is a 34-year Southwest veteran who began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the roles of Chairman and President in 2008. In January 2017, Gary relinquished the title of President. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc.

 

Southwest Airlines is celebrating 47 years of consecutive profitability—a record unmatched in the commercial aviation industry. Southwest ranked as the highest Low-Cost Carrier for Customer Satisfaction in the J.D. Power North American Satisfaction Study for the third year in a row in 2019 and has been named as one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to work for the past ten consecutive years. For 24 of the last 28 years, the nation’s leading low-cost carrier has received the lowest ratio of Customer Complaints to the Department of Transportation (DOT), including the fewest number of DOT complaints in the last five years.

 

Gary’s biggest source of pride is the fact that Southwest Airlines has never had a single layoff in the airline’s 48-year history. Gary has pioneered the airline’s transformation through several major initiatives, including the acquisition of AirTran Airways, the repeal of the Wright Amendment, the launch of international destinations for the first time in Southwest’s history, the installment of a new reservation system, and the launch of service to Hawaii in 2019 —all while staying true to the Company’s core values and People-centric Culture.       

 

Gary has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including the 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award by the Ireland Funds; the 2017 Wings Club Distinguished Achievement Award; he is a 2017 Junior Achievement Dallas Business Hall of Fame Laureate inductee; 2016 inductee into the Texas Business Hall of Fame; and he is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Tony Jannus Award. Gary was twice named D CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year; he’s been named one of the best CEOs in America by Institutional Investor magazine three times. In 2010, Gary was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2013, Gary was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame at the University of Texas at Austin. Gary received the 2013 Father of the Year Award; and Gary was the recipient of the 2013 McLane Leadership in Business Award at Texas A&M University.     

 

Gary is a lifelong Texan and received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. As a proud alumnus, Gary has served the University in a number of capacities, including on the McCombs School Advisory Council. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln National Corporation and Airlines for America, the airline industry advocacy group (serving as Chairman from 2012 - 2014). Gary is on the Board of Regents for the National Air and Space Museum and is a current member of the Business Council and the Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees.

 

About Enda Kenny:

Enda Kenny was born in Co. Mayo and attended St. Patrick’s College of Education and National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

In 1975 at the age of 24, he was elected to the Dáil and became its youngest member. As the longest serving current member of the Dáil, Enda has been named the “Father” of the Dáil. He is now retired.

 

Throughout his political career, he has held multiple leadership positions in the Irish government including serving as Minister for Education and Tourism and Trade, as well as Vice President of The European People’s Party.

 

In 2002, Enda became Leader of Fine Gael and led the party for 15 years, the longest period of any Fine Gael leader. Under his leadership, Fine Gael became the largest party at local, Dáil and European Parliament level, a result never achieved previously.

He became Taoiseach in March 2011 and again in May 2016, the first Fine Gael Leader to be re-elected Taoiseach in successive elections.

 

As Taoiseach from 2011 to 2017, Ireland became the fastest growing EU country for four successive years, unemployment reduced from 15.2% to less than 5%; interest rates on Irish borrowing fell from 15% to zero, the country’s credit rating was restored and access to financial markets was fully secured.

 

His tenure of office saw Ireland exit a Troika bailout, without condition, which resulted in the restoration of Ireland’s sovereignty and economic independence. He has always credited the Irish people for this outcome.

 

Married to Fionnuala and with three adult children, Enda splits his time between Mayo and Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

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Co-chairs Dixey Arterburn and Ginger Sager

Dallas residents Dixey Arterburn and Ginger Sager know how to break fundraising and fun-raising goals for great causes.

 

When this dynamic duo met in 2012, they realized they had a lot in common. They attended the same church (St. Michael & All Angels), had some of the same friends and were both Junior League of Dallas sustainers. They became great friends, and now their families, including eight children between them, are friends too.

 

Their hearts for service brought them together, and now Dixey and Ginger often co-chair events together, including this year’s Beacon of Hope luncheon benefiting Grant Halliburton Foundation and presented by the David B. Miller Family Foundation. The event, set for Tuesday, March 10 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, raises funds and awareness to address mental health issues among youth in Dallas. The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy – former U.S. Representative, founder of the Kennedy Forum, co-founder of One Mind and New York Times best-selling author – is the featured speaker.

 

When Ginger was president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) in 2013-2014, she heard that Dixey was interested in chairing the DSOL Symphony Presentation Ball. Ginger said, “Here’s someone who wants to chair it. So, I immediately wanted her to do it because it’s such a monumental undertaking.”

 

Dixey added, “I had a daughter who was a debutante that year. I thought, we have to attend these events and meetings, and it would be so much fun to do something meaningful together. Plus, I knew many of the families, and the honor guard included several of my older daughter’s friends, so it was perfect.”

 

Hailing from New Orleans, Dixey knows how to plan a festive party, so she incorporated her favorite theme, Mardi Gras, along with her favorite color, purple, into the ball. She even wore a purple gown and had the florist incorporate purple and yellow flowers to create an elegant evening. Ginger also brought her leadership and organizational skills to the table as the two planned for more than a year. The white-tie ball for 1,300 guests included Honorary Chairs Gene and Jerry Jones, who also had two granddaughters making their debut.

 

Ginger recalled that at the end of the planning, “Jan Strimple, who was involved in the production of the event, greeted us at one meeting with, ‘It’s Thelma and Louise!,’ and it stuck. To the last ball rehearsal, we wore t-shirts with Thelma and Louise printed on them. We don’t need to wear nametags anymore!”

 

After a successful ball, Ginger’s sister, who was president of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, asked them to co-chair the 2015 Salvation Army Fashion Show & Luncheon with First Lady Laura Bush and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price in attendance. Dixey recounted the story: “We were about to introduce Margot Perot, so she could present the Margot Perot Award to Gene Jones and Charlotte Anderson when all the lights went out. We had already started our script to the theme, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, when everything went completely dark. A Salvation Army member handed us a phone with a flashlight, so we were able to continue with our script. When I said, ‘Today is Audrey Hepburn’s birthday,’ the lights magically came back on. It was a Luncheon to Remember!”

 

These ladies have created New Orleans-style parties for the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and the parishioners of St. Michael & All Angels. As Junior League of Dallas sustainers, they’ve co-chaired the AT&T Stadium art tour, as well as an art and wine tour at Ginger’s home. Ginger added, “Thelma and Louise work so well together. It’s a blast because our talents instinctively complement each other.”

 

For the last few years, both have attended the Beacon of Hope luncheon benefiting the Grant Halliburton Foundation, and the timing was right this year for them to be co-chairs. Dixey said, “Vanita [Halliburton] is a remarkable woman and mother who started this organization in memory of her son. We want to spread the word about mental health and how this foundation has educated teens and young adults about this important issue.”

 

Ginger added, “This luncheon is important to me because of my family history with mental illness. It’s one of those causes that really hits close to home because I know what it’s like to go through it.” As the mother of six grown children, Ginger has had children who have had serious mental health issues, been hospitalized and attended treatment programs. It’s a painful story that she shares: “Years ago, we didn't have any resources. If I'd had the Foundation’s Mental Health Navigation Line to call, I would have been able to get more help for my family.”

 

Dixey added, “We want everyone to attend the Beacon of Hope Luncheon to support the important work of Grant Halliburton Foundation. Patrick Kennedy, former U.S. Representative and son of Ted Kennedy, will tell his powerful, personal story of mental illness and how he now uses his experiences to advocate for others.”

 

Tables start at $2,500, and tickets start at $200. They can be purchased online at GrantHalliburton.org/boh.

 

About Grant Halliburton Foundation

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Grant Halliburton Foundation works to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and help prevent suicide. The Foundation provides mental health education, training and support to more than 49,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals annually.

 

The Foundation also offers two free community tools to help North Texans find mental health and addiction information and resources:

 

  • HereForTexas.com is a website with a searchable database of North Texas providers, designed to help people make informed decisions about mental health care.

 

 

More information can be found at GrantHalliburton.org/.

 

 

 

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Kate Rose Marquez Photo credit: Kim Leeson

WiNGS, a Dallas nonprofit that empowers women, fights poverty and impacts generations by providing services to help them live their fullest potential, has named Kate Rose Marquez as its new CEO. She was most recently director of development at St. Vincent de Paul Society of North Texas leading fundraising, marketing and communications.

Marquez comes to WiNGS with a strong and deep background, having helped various nonprofit and for-profit organizations fulfill their mission through impactful branding and transformative fundraising. She has worked on all sides of the nonprofit equation and understands how to marshal the resources and infrastructure needed to successfully serve the North Texas community.

As the vice president of marketing at The Dallas Morning News (TDMN), Marquez led a team of professionals in creating and executing all TDMN and sub-brand communications. In addition, she was the point person for all TDMN’s sponsorships in the North Texas community – crafting multi-year, multi-million dollar partnerships that leveraged the TDMN brand while supporting hundreds of area community efforts. 

Marquez has also consulted with several area nonprofits to help them evaluate themselves “from soup to nuts,” examining mission, processes, structure and internal database practices, and guided the development of branding, fundraising, board succession plans and long-term goals that further their mission externally. She has an extensive history of fundraising and especially executing large events such as Cotes du Coeur and Go Red for Women for American Heart Association, Partners’ Card for The Family Place, Change is Good for Community Partners of Dallas, among others.

With a heart for service, Marquez has served on many regional nonprofit boards over the past 20 years, utilizing her expertise in fundraising, marketing and board development to support their efforts. She also serves on many advisory boards/councils including Community Partners of Dallas, Heroes for Children and Launchability. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Laura Ryan, WiNGS board chair, said, “We are excited that Kate Rose will lead WiNGS into this next decade. With experience running marketing at The Dallas Morning News to developing an award-winning branding campaign for the Junior League of Dallas, and chairing many high profile events, Kate Rose will increase the visibility of WiNGS, so that we can help meet the needs of more women who are improving the lives of their families through the education, coaching and skill development our programs provide.” 

Kate Rose Marquez added, “I am honored to be leading WiNGS, whose mission of empowering women, fighting poverty and impacting generations is what I’ve done throughout my career, volunteer work and in my family. Sadly, women, especially those struggling financially, don’t all have equal resources and opportunities to achieve their goals, so we want to help equip them with the skills they need to succeed. I look forward to working with the staff and introducing WiNGS to more people and companies.”

Established in 1908, WiNGS helps empower women, fight poverty and impact generations. Through a tailored suite of innovative services, WiNGS provides a continuum of resources for women including parenting, financial and entrepreneurial skills. In turn, these women gain confidence and skills on their path to a new life as they start families, work toward financial security or grow small businesses. Learn more by visiting www.wingsdallas.org. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram @WINGSDallas and Twitter @WiNGS_Dallas.

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The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy

Former U.S. Representative, founder of the Kennedy Forum, co-founder of One Mind and New York Times best-selling author, The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is the featured speaker for Grant Halliburton Foundation’s 11th annual Beacon of Hope Community Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. A reception begins at 11 a.m., and the luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. Grant Halliburton Foundation works to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and prevent suicide.

Dixey Arterburn and Ginger Sager are luncheon chairs, Kylie Hughitt and Jessica Slay are luncheon vice chairs.  Honorary chairs are Kate and Art Anderson. Special entertainment features RAINNE, an alt-pop duo with singer-songwriter Annie Dingwill and saxophonist Justin Klunk. Dingwall performed at the first luncheon in 2010.

The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and his brave openness about his own health challenges. The son of U.S. Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the mental health community, and co-founded One Mind for Research, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of “A Common Struggle,” which outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health in America. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy, and their five children.

Kennedy said, “I see a future where everyone who needs mental health care gets it. We must end the separate and unequal treatment of mental health and addiction, and ensure each of us is able to achieve a full, meaningful life.”

Tables start at $2,500 and can be purchased online at https://www.granthalliburton.org/bohtickets.

The Beacon of Hope Luncheon aims to bring focus to the vital work needed to educate the North Texas community on adolescent mental health and suicide prevention. Through its work in North Texas schools and the community, Grant Halliburton Foundation aims to change this grim reality as it works to promote awareness and understanding of teen and young adult mental health and to prevent suicide.

The Foundation also offers two free community tools to help North Texans find mental health and addiction information and resources:

  • HereForTexas.com is a website with a searchable database of North Texas providers, designed to help people make informed decisions about mental health care.
  • The Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line is a helpline that offers people personal assistance with finding providers and resources that match their needs. Help is just a free phone call away at 972-525-8181.

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Grant Halliburton Foundation works to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and help prevent suicide. The Foundation provides mental health education, training and support to more than 35,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals annually. More information can be found at https://www.granthalliburton.org/.

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The Real Estate Council and Solender/Hall have partnered for a decade to teach “Real Estate 101 for Non-profits,” a five-part course presented free of charge that educates non-profit leaders about the most complex real estate issues that their organizations face. In the last decade, more than 250 non-profit leaders and board members have participated in the course to learn how to make educated real estate decisions and improve their services and programs.

 

The curriculum was developed by TREC member Eliza Solender, of Solender Hall, who leads the instruction. Industry experts, many who are TREC members, serve as panelists for the various course modules.

 

Course topics include:

  • Planning/Board Dynamics, Hiring a Broker, Selling and Leasing versus Owning and Potential Bumps
  • Being a Savvy Tenant, Buyer or Seller
  • City Planning and Zoning and Gifts of Real Estate
  • Design and Construction for Purchasing and Leasing
  • Pulling it All Together (Finding the Money)

 

TREC members who serve as volunteer mentors for course participants provide ongoing support as needed. Expertise in all property types is available: commercial, office, multifamily, retail and single family (home builders and land developers, condominium developers, and others). Development expertise is available in finance, legal, architecture, planning, title, construction, accounting, brokerage, and many other areas of specialization.

 

According to Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall: “In my career of helping hundreds of non-profits with their real estate needs, I discovered that real estate is typically the second largest budget item, thus making it a high priority for staff and the board of directors. Decisions can be quite costly to the organization. The Real Estate Council recognized an unmet need and asked me to develop the course.”

 

According the Linda McMahon, president and CEO of The Real Estate Council: “As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Real Estate Council Foundation and as we have expanded our efforts in Community Investment – we have been supporting non-profit organizations through technical assistance, pro bono services, and education. Our members have generously donated their skills to support the nonprofit community in Dallas.”

 

Non-Profit organizations of all sizes and types have been helped, including schools, healthcare clinics, arts, social service providers, foundations and community organizations.

 

The Kessler School’s Board Chairman Cooper Koch remarked: "The scariest part of real estate, especially for someone who doesn't work in the industry, is all the things you don't know. TREC's Real Estate 101 curriculum provides a strong foundation for any organization's leaders to feel more comfortable with the complex process of buying or leasing space to support their mission. Each of the expert speakers, who generously share their knowledge, directly contributes to making our city's nonprofits stronger and more successful." 

 

Kevin Boyd, Director of Real Estate and Facility Management for Metrocare Services, added: “Part of the strategy we developed after participating in the course was really analyzing our space utilization and leases. For me, the greatest benefit was the discussions led by various subject matter experts — zoning, appraisals, negotiations, legal, title work. The information each of them shared was invaluable, and I’ve referenced it many times.”

 

For more information, contact Kawanise Mims at kmims@recouncil.com, call 214.692.3600, or visit https://recouncil.com/trec-foundation/real-estate-101/.

 

About Solender/Hall:

Since 1991, Solender/Hall has been specializing in the representation of small and medium sized companies and nonprofit organizations in the North Texas area. Find out more at www.solenderhall.com or by calling 214.265.8200.

 

About The Real Estate Council (TREC):

The Real Estate Council represents more than 2,100 professionals and 650 companies that spark community transformation, influence policy, and propel careers through networking, educational programs, and leadership development. TREC’s mission is to cultivate relationships in the commercial real estate industry to catalyze community investment, influence policy, propel careers and develop the leaders of tomorrow. We believe relationships are the lifeblood of career success, civic responsibility and community investment.

 

About TREC Community Fund:

TREC Community Fund, a 501 c3 organization, provides nonprofits and for-profit organizations in Dallas and Collin Counties with access to capital for commercial and real estate projects. Through flexible loans paired with technical assistance, businesses and organizations have access to the tools needed to build the community they envision. TREC Community Fund is certified by the United States Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). For more information, visit recouncil.com or call 214-692-3600.

 

 

 

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Daniel Roby, Chief Executive Officer at Austin Str

Lime has announced its partnership with Austin Street Center as a Lime Hero recipient. In August 2018, Lime launched Lime Hero, which allows riders to opt into a donation program where a portion of their ride fare will go to a local nonprofit organization. Lime Hero is the first of its kind in the micromobility industry and has the potential to make a significant and powerful impact by raising awareness of nonprofit organizations. Several cities, including Austin, have launched Lime Hero. On the heels of this announcement, Lime has hit a record 2 million rides in Dallas.

 

Nick Barber, Lime’s general manager, Northern Texas, said, “At Lime, we see our success tied to the successes of the cities where we live and work, so Lime Hero is a way to connect our riders to the community. Austin Street Center has been doing remarkable work for more than 35 years addressing the needs of Dallas’ homeless, and we are inviting our riders to donate to be a hero for others.”

 

Daniel Roby, Chief Executive Officer at Austin Street Center, further shared, “Austin Street Center is delighted to have established such a wonderful and meaningful partnership with Lime and is honored to have been selected as a Lime Hero.  Every donation received through this partnership, no matter the amount, will help us provide and care for Dallas’ most vulnerable citizens.”

 

In 2018 alone, Austin Street Center served more than 3,000 unduplicated clients, a sharp increase by almost 200 percent from 2015. Austin Street Center works tirelessly toward its ultimate goal of every man and woman gaining their independence and finding a place of their own to call home.  Over the past three years, Dallas’ unsheltered homeless population has grown more than 260 percent, and this trend is expected to continue.

 

About Lime:

Lime is catalyzing a shift in urban mobility by empowering riders with affordable, sustainable shared transportation options that reach every neighborhood. By partnering with local communities to deploy fleets of free-floating bikes, e-bikes and electric scooters, Lime makes active transportation more convenient and equitable for residents and visitors, while helping cities fight car congestion. Lime operates in over 100 communities around the globe, offering industry-leading data transparency and Lime Access discounts for disadvantaged communities. Learn more at www.li.me.

 

About Austin Street Center:

Since inception more than 35 years ago, Austin Street Center has been at the forefront, helping those across Dallas who need us the most—individuals who are experiencing homelessness. As one of Dallas’ largest, low-barrier homeless shelters, Austin Street serves about 400 of the most vulnerable homeless population nightly: women, ages 18 and older, and men, ages 45 and older. Austin Street Center provides these individuals with shelter, nutritious meals, basic needs, hope, and the necessary support and resources to help them transition out of homelessness and into a home of their own. More information can be found at https://www.austinstreet.org/.

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Daniel Roby, Chief Executive Officer at Austin Str

Lime has announced its partnership withAustin Street Center as aLime Hero recipient. In August 2018, Lime launched Lime Hero, which allows riders to opt into a donation program where a portion of their ride fare will go to a local nonprofit organization. Lime Hero is the first of its kind in the micromobility industry and has the potential to make a significant and powerful impact by raising awareness of nonprofit organizations. Several cities, including Austin, have launched Lime Hero. On the heels of this announcement, Lime has hit a record 2 million rides in Dallas.

 

Nick Barber, Lime’s general manager, Northern Texas, said, “At Lime, we see our success tied to the successes of the cities where we live and work, so Lime Hero is a way to connect our riders to the community. Austin Street Center has been doing remarkable work for more than 35 years addressing the needs of Dallas’ homeless, and we are inviting our riders to donate to be a hero for others.”

 

Daniel Roby, Chief Executive Officer at Austin Street Center, further shared, “Austin Street Center is delighted to have established such a wonderful and meaningful partnership with Lime and is honored to have been selected as a Lime Hero.  Every donation received through this partnership, no matter the amount, will help us provide and care for Dallas’ most vulnerable citizens.”

 

In 2018 alone, Austin Street Center served more than 3,000 unduplicated clients, a sharp increase by almost 200 percent from 2015. Austin Street Center works tirelessly toward its ultimate goal of every man and woman gaining their independence and finding a place of their own to call home.  Over the past three years, Dallas’ unsheltered homeless population has grown more than 260 percent, and this trend is expected to continue.

 

About Lime:

Lime is catalyzing a shift in urban mobility by empowering riders with affordable, sustainable shared transportation options that reach every neighborhood. By partnering with local communities to deploy fleets of free-floating bikes, e-bikes and electric scooters, Lime makes active transportation more convenient and equitable for residents and visitors, while helping cities fight car congestion. Lime operates in over 100 communities around the globe, offering industry-leading data transparency and Lime Access discounts for disadvantaged communities. Learn more at www.li.me.

 

About Austin Street Center:

Since inception more than 35 years ago, Austin Street Center has been at the forefront, helping those across Dallas who need us the most—individuals who are experiencing homelessness. As one of Dallas’ largest, low-barrier homeless shelters, Austin Street serves about 400 of the most vulnerable homeless population nightly: women, ages 18 and older, and men, ages 45 and older. Austin Street Center provides these individuals with shelter, nutritious meals, basic needs, hope, and the necessary support and resources to help them transition out of homelessness and into a home of their own. More information can be found athttps://www.austinstreet.org/.