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Sarah Claire Corrigan and Emily Hill Photo credit: John Cain Photography

Interfaith Family Services, whose mission is to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty, will hold its 8th Annual Auxiliary Luncheon on Friday, April 28 at the Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall. “Blossoms and New Beginnings” will be the theme of this year’s springtime fundraiser, which will provide support for families seeking to make fresh starts and create lifelong independence. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. for a wine reception followed by lunch.

 

Emily Hill and Sarah Claire Corrigan will co-chair the event, and Peggy Sewell, Jacquelin Sewell Atkinson and Josie Sewell will serve as honorary chairs. NBC 5’s Meredith Land will be the emcee of the Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon for the eighth year in a row. The day’s featured speaker will be an Interfaith graduate who will share her experience overcoming hardship and the impact Interfaith Family Services made on her life. 

 

Corrigan said, “Emily and I are so inspired by the work Interfaith Family Services does to help single mothers and their children get back on their feet. We are thrilled to invite others to join us in supporting this vital community asset at the luncheon in April.”

 

Hill added, “After the pandemic, there has been so much hardship for so many families in Dallas. Now more than ever, it’s important to help. As moms and as citizens of Dallas, we want to be part of the solution so families can access this incredible service if they need it.”

 

The need for Interfaith’s services has increased in recent years:

  • Over the past 15 years, the poverty rate in Dallas has increased by 42% while the population has only increased by 4.4%. (Child Poverty Action Lab, 2022)
  • One in four children in Dallas currently lives in poverty – the third highest rate in the U.S. (Child Poverty Action Lab, 2022)
  • Single mothers, on average, spend 50% of their income on rent and 30% on childcare, leaving just 20% to cover the cost of food, clothing, transportation and other expenses. (Economic Issues for Women in Texas, 2020)

 

Interfaith’s holistic approach addresses the root causes of family poverty to produce remarkable results. About 97% of Interfaith’s graduates exit with employment, where 89% remain employed after one year, and 94% of graduates exit to permanent housing. Additionally, 81% of Interfaith’s school-age children improved in math and reading.

 

Interfaith Family Services Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Williams added, “The Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon provides critical financial support that helps families become financially independent and break the cycle of poverty. We are so grateful to the Interfaith Auxiliary for their support.”

 

ABOUT INTERFAITH FAMILY SERVICES:

Since 1985, Interfaith Family Services has empowered Dallas families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. The organization’s model includes programs that eliminate barriers to stability; equip parents with career and financial coaching; and educate children to stop the cycle of generational poverty. Programming is located at Interfaith Family Services’ Family Empowerment Center in East Dallas, which houses both a residential program to empower families to overcome homelessness, as well as nonresidential services that help families who are at risk of homelessness to overcome crisis. Interfaith’s holistic and dual-generational programs help 9 out of 10 Interfaith graduates exit with employment and permanent housing, while 4 out of 5 school-age children in Interfaith programs demonstrate improved math and reading skills. For more information, contact Kiaria Lipscomb, Community Relations Manager at (469) 828-1831 or klipscomb@interfaithdallas.org, or visit www.interfaithdallas.org.

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Dr. Jill Feetham, Eliza Solender, Dr. Lori Stetler

Located on the south end of Preston Center, Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, PLLC has made a long-term commitment to its very successful medical practice by almost doubling it contiguous office space to a total of 11,501 square feet in Preston Sherry Plaza located at 8201 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75225.  With the expanded and significantly renovated space, Doctors Lori Stetler, Kristel Polder, and Jill Feetham will be able to hire more employees and create a beautiful and unique environment for their patients and clients, complete with a private balcony overlooking the Park Cities and a view of downtown Dallas. The firm provides traditional clinical dermatology services as well as state-of-the-art cosmetic dermatology treatments.

 

“Since 2000, we have been at this location serving clients nearby in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Dallas and beyond. However, our continual growth and development convinced us that remaining and expanding would guarantee that dynamic through our new lease term until 2034,” said Dr. Lori Stetler, founder of Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics.

 

Solender remarked, “This real estate expansion shows how their successful practice needs more space to better serve their existing clients and to add new ones. It was ideal to be able to expand into connected space to their existing office. Having a balcony for their clients and business events is an added benefit in a prime Dallas location. I am thrilled to help them with their lease, so that they can focus on their business.”  

 

Eliza Solender with Solender/Hall, Inc. represented Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, and Jeff Eckert, James Esquivel and Haley Hullett with JLL represented the landlord BC Exchange Preston Center Master Tenant LLC.

 

About Solender/Hall:

Since 1991, Solender/Hall has been assisting nonprofit organizations buy, sell and lease commercial real estate in the North Texas area. The firm has been highly successful in finding unique properties, often repurposing banks, stores, warehouses, bowling alleys and churches into new nonprofit locations. Find out more at www.solenderhall.com or by calling 214.265.8200.

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Hope Party Jennifer Burns, Hope Party co-chair; Diana Hamilton, Hope Party co-chair; Lael and Peter Brodsky, Hope Party honorary chairs

Grant Halliburton Foundation held The Hope Party, its largest fundraiser of the year, on November 18 at The Factory in Deep Ellum. More than 540 supporters attended the sold-out soiree, which raised a record $430,000 through underwriting, tickets, live and silent auctions, a tribute wall and a wine pull. Proceeds from the event support the Foundation’s work providing mental health education, resources, and support to North Texas youth and their families.

Steve Noviello, FOX Television station’s consumer reporter, welcomed guests. “What started out as a small fundraiser 13 years ago has turned into THIS, a fun event with dinner, dancing and fundraising to raise vital funds for the Foundation’s youth mental health programs.”

Hope Party co-chair Jennifer Burns said, “I was introduced to the great work of the Grant Halliburton Foundation in 2020, when I had the opportunity to watch their Hope Party at Home livestream event, and I knew I wanted to find a way to contribute in some fashion to this organization and its important work in North Texas.”

This year, the event co-chairs introduced the Tribute Wall, an opportunity to honor or remember someone special and support mental health and suicide prevention.

Hope Party co-chair Diana Hamilton stated how she learned about the Foundation through the Becker family. She thanked the many donors and the attendees for showing up and for supporting an organization that has helped so many. Hamilton also expressed her thanks to valet underwriter and Ruby Sponsor, Sewell Automotive, and Entertainment Underwriter, Leigh Anne and Dave Clark.

Rev. Dr. Pamela Fox, Grant Halliburton Foundation board member, gave the invocation, and guests enjoyed dinner.

After the meal, Kevin Hall, Grant Halliburton Foundation president, introduced the honorary co-chairs, Lael and Peter Brodsky. The Brodskys talked about their personal experience with mental health and the importance of helping with mental health and suicide prevention. Lael remarked, “All people, whether grieving or not, want to be seen and understood and feel like they are not alone. And if we can show our children how to be okay when things are hard or situations are uncomfortable, maybe their anxiety will go down too, which is really the most important goal of all.”

Vanita Halliburton, Grant Halliburton Foundation co-founder, and Kevin Hall took the stage together and discussed the following milestones for the Foundation this year:

  • The Foundation’s mental health education programs are growing exponentially and have reached nearly 300,000 students and adults.
  • Its Thrive program, which helps schools change the way they address mental health, has grown from 56 to 119 schools in the past year.
  • The Hope Squad program, a student-led peer-to-peer group that promotes mental health and suicide prevention in schools, has grown from 16 to 49 schools in the past year.
  • Grant Halliburton Foundation co-hosted the first-ever Hope Squad conference, drawing more than 1,500 Hope Squad students from across North Texas.
  • The Foundation launched a young professionals group, GHF YP, with more than 90 members.
  • In April, the nonprofit moved to Pegasus Park–a brilliant vision from Lyda Hill Philanthropies to create a community of nonprofits working collaboratively.

After the live auction, attendees danced the night away to the music of STRATOSPHERE by Scott Michaels Entertainment.

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. Since 2006, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training, and support to nearly 300,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes HereForTexas.com and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. More information can be found at GrantHalliburton.org. 

                                   

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The Ireland Funds Sean Donohue, Meg Finley, Robbie Hull, Tom Codd

The Ireland Funds has announced Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), as the recipient of its 2023 Distinguished Leadership Business Leader Award. He will be honored on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Texas Emerald Ball, which will be held at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. The Ireland Funds made the announcement on November 17 at the Dallas Arboretum in front of key members and supporters.

The Ireland Funds’ Texas Vice President of Development, Meg Finley, welcomed everyone. Ireland Consul General Robert Hull, based in Austin, talked about the long-standing connections between Ireland and Texas with their cultures, businesses, and sports.

The Ireland Funds National Board Member, Thomas W. Codd, recounted the organization’s history and introduced Donohue. “We look forward to honoring Sean with the Distinguished Business Leader Award. A great leader, he has shown his ability in running one of the most successful airports in the world. He’s also a great family man and friend.”

Donohue said, “I am honored to be selected by The Ireland Funds for this prestigious award and look forward to March 18th.”

Donohue spoke about his role leading DFW International Airport, particularly the magnitude of the 17,000+ acre location. “We grow as the region grows. We’re the second largest airport in the world [in terms of passengers] and serve nearly 80 million customers. We have 2,000 DFW Airport employees, but if you add the airlines and other businesses to our employees, there are 65,000 total.” He also talked about taking care of the minority and women-owned small businesses at the airport during and after the pandemic—a priority of his.

The Texas Emerald Ball’s honorary co-chairs are Mary Lee and Fritz Duda, community leaders and supporters of The Ireland Funds. The event’s proceeds support many charitable causes across the island of Ireland. For a complete list, visit Focus Areas - The Ireland Funds, Progress through Philanthropy.

Entertainment includes Chloe¨ Agnew, Irish singer and songwriter, the youngest original member of Celtic Woman.

Sponsorships are available now for the March 18th Texas Emerald Ball. Visit https://www.irelandfunds.org/event/texas-emerald-ball-2023/ or contact Judy Curtis, Dallas Event Coordinator, at jcurtis@irelandfunds.org or 214-505-8613, 5720 LBJ Freeway, Suite 455, Dallas, TX 75240.

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network. Established in 1976, The Ireland Funds’ mission is to harness the power of a global network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education, and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and among Irish communities around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has provided support to more than 3,200 deserving organizations across the globe. For more information, visit www.irelandfunds.org.

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Village Executive Leadership Team Aliah Henry, Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Lisa Montgomery, Rhonda Williams, Renee Sample (not pictured: Cheryl Bass)

On November 6th at Frito Lay headquarters, The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation delivered $186,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations whose missions support the African American community in North Texas.

Organized in 2017, the mission of The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation is to honor, sustain and expand the legacy of African American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that positively impact the African American community in North Texas. The Village was borne out of a desire to harness the collective giving power and influence of female African American philanthropists, and in recognition of the need to provide opportunities for like-minded African American women to form connections that enhance their civic leadership activities.

Grants included the following:

  • Abide Women’s Health Services – Support a fulltime midwife
  • Bold Idea, Inc. – Computer coding club salary support
  • The Compelling Why – Leadership programs for African-American students
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre – Scholarships for students
  • Denton Black Film Festival Institute – Program support
  • Dwell with Dignity – Furniture purchase
  • HOPE Farm – Young men’s leadership development program
  • I AM a Golfer Foundation – Program support
  • Interfaith Family Services – Family Empowerment Program
  • GEMS Camp – Support of Hidden Gems Experience
  • Golf 3:16 – Golf mentorship program
  • The Melville Family Foundation – Basic consumer essentials
  • New Friends New Life – Economic Empowerment Program
  • Promise House – Maternity group home program for teen moms
  • The Werthing Foundation – Laptops and staff funding
  • Youth Revive Inc. – Support for partnerships with five DISD schools

Lisa Montgomery, co-chair and founding officer of The Village Giving Circle, said, “The needs are many in our community, but The Village Giving Circle continues to impact 16 deserving organizations in the areas of education, healthcare, culture, pregnancy, sex trafficking and more.”

Miki Woodard, president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said, “We are proud of the support that The Village Giving Circle continues to provide these nonprofits that impact the lives right here in our community. And a huge thank you to those who contributed!”

Founding officers include A. Shonn Brown, Lisa Montgomery, Cheryl Alston, Annika Cail, Frances Cudjoe-Waters, Vera Ingram, Diane Reeves, Christa Brown Sanford and Shawn Wills. For more information about The Village Giving Circle and grants, visit https://www.txwf.org/village-giving-circle/.

About Texas Women’s Foundation: Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7.1 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $74 million in women and girls, including $60 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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Hope Squad Conference Hope Squad conference attendees

On Thursday, October 20, more than 1,000 Hope Squad members across North Texas attended the first ever Texas-Sized Hope Squad Conference to learn how to break the stigma of mental health and provide help and hope to their fellow students and communities. Collaborating for this important event was The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, Grant Halliburton Foundation and The Grace Loncar Foundation, all local nonprofits founded in memory of a loved one lost to suicide.

Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program in which students are nominated by their peers and trained to watch for at-risk students, provide friendship, identify warning signs and seek help from adults. Hope Squad members strive to create a safe school environment, promote connectedness, support anti-bullying, encourage mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma and prevent substance misuse.

“Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-24 in Texas,” said Matt Vereecke, CEO of The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. “We know that kids talk to other kids before they will talk to adults, and Hope Squad provides a safe and supportive space for students to connect their peers with trusted adults.”

Currently, there are about 180 Hope Squads in North Texas with another 40 to 50 squads forming this fall. However, Hope Squad members have little opportunity to connect with members from other schools around the state. This conference gives the opportunity to build a network of support while learning and collaborating with one another.

The Arlington ISD Center for the Visual and Performing Arts hosted more than 1,000 conference attendees from 58 campuses representing 21 districts and private schools across North Texas. Students were treated to a day of inspirational speakers, food, fun and connection.

Speakers included Dr. Greg Hudnall, founder of Hope Squad, and Mallory Fuller, Miss Texas 2021. Breakfast bites and recipe demonstrations were provided by Tarrant Area Food Bank’s RED Bus representing the food bank and Jordan Elizabeth Harris’ Hunger and Hope partnership. Attendees were also treated to a live concert by Jocelyn who was a recent contestant on NBC’s “American Song Contest” and has toured with Darius Rucker among others.

“I’m proud of these kids who are out there saving lives everyday just by being a friend,” Danielle Fitch, Hope Squad advisor and counselor at Carter Junior High School in Arlington ISD, said. “This conference is a way to give back to them and fill their cup.”

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The Hope Party Diana Hamilton, The Hope Party co-chair; Kevin Hall, president at Grant Halliburton Foundation; and Lael Brodsky, The Hope Party honorary co-chair

Grant Halliburton Foundation hosted The Hope Party patrons and appreciation event at Bachendorf’s Galleria Dallas on Oct. 12 to thank those who are supporting the organization’s upcoming event.

The Hope Party co-chair Diana Hamilton, remarked, “Thank you for turning out tonight. The Hope Party continues to grow thanks to you, our generous supporters. We have a fun filled evening on November 18 with a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing to the music of Stratosphere, a wine pull and a fabulous auction. And it’s your support that allows Grant Halliburton Foundation to give help and hope to young people and their families.”

Kevin Hall, Grant Halliburton Foundation president, said, “I add my thanks and appreciation to all of you, especially our honorary co-chairs, Lael and Peter Brodsky, with Lael here tonight. This year’s theme, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ is what we tell people every day. Don’t give up hope that you or your loved one can find help and live mentally well.”

Miles Parker told attendees about the exciting auction, which includes amazing trips, exclusive experiences, and one-of-a-kind items.

Amanda Bailey spoke about the Tribute Wall, which is new this year. “You can purchase a spot in memory or in honor of someone special to be displayed on a featured tribute wall at The Hope Party for $250,” Bailey said. “Even if you’re not attending, anyone can purchase one to honor a friend, loved one or colleague.”

The event was hosted and sponsored by Bachendorf’s Galleria Dallas. Bar sponsors included Brown Sugar Bourbon and Flecha Azul Tequila.

Special thanks to the community and business leaders of The Hope Party:

  • Honorary Co-chairs: Lael and Peter Brodsky
  • Event Co-chairs: Jennifer Burns and Diana Hamilton
  • Auction Chair: Miles Parker
  • Décor Chair: Catherine New
  • Tribute Wall Chair: Amanda Bailey
  • Wine Pull Co-chairs: Machelle Davenport and Melissa Sherrill Martin

For more information about The Hope Party and to purchase tickets/sponsorships, visit https://www.granthalliburton.org/hopeparty.

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. Since 2006, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training, and support to more than 250,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes HereForTexas.com and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. More information can be found at GrantHalliburton.org.                                   

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Texas Women's Foundation LFAC 2022 Honorees Dr. Arlene Ford, Stacy Johnson, Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi, Thana Simmons, Lynn McBee, Patricia Rodriguez Christian, Pat Jasso

Texas Women’s Foundation seeks nominations for its Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards, which recognize leaders who have positively impacted the lives of women and girls. Nominations are due on October 31 via the website: https://txwfleadership.org/

The recipients will be honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration on April 27, 2023, at the Omni Dallas Hotel (555 S. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202).

Texas Women’s Foundation Maura Award 

For 44 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has recognized those who have led the way in improving lives for women and girls in Texas. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Utilizes their role in leadership to advance opportunities to serve the unique needs of women and girls;
  • Has spent an extended period of time in service helping women and girls;
  • Former or current Texas resident; and
  • Must be 40 years of age and older.

Texas Women’s Foundation Young Leader Award 

This award recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a Texan. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieving success in a field, initiative or sector;
  • Creating a path of opportunity for others to follow;
  • Former or current Texas resident; and
  • Must be between 18-39 years old.

According to Miki Woodard, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO “We want to celebrate and elevate the voices of women leaders across Texas through our Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards. Help us recognize the great work of someone you know who is working to advance the lives women and/or girls by nominating them for one – or both – of the Leadership Awards.”

For those interested in sponsorship, contact Joy Busch at jbusch@txwf.org.

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7.1 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $74 million in women and girls, including $60 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit www.txwf.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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Solender/Hall and Uptown Players Craig Lynch, Uptown Players executive producer; Eliza Solender, Solender/Hall, Inc. president; Jeff Rane, Uptown Players executive producer

Solender/Hall, Inc. has helped Uptown Players find a new home at 1327 Motor Circle, Dallas, TX 75207. Uptown Players, the only professional LGBTQ+ focused theater in the Dallas area, will use the 3,922 square foot space for offices, rehearsals, set construction and a costume shop. Located in an area of small warehouses, the space is less than 10 minutes from the Kalita Humphreys Theater, where Uptown Players will continue to perform.

Since 2010, Uptown Players has been the primary tenant of the historically significant Kalita Humphreys Theater. Jeff Rane, Uptown Players executive producer, said, “We always knew we would have to move our offices because there is a master plan being developed to restore the Kalita. In addition, the Equitable Access Plan (EAP), created by the Dallas Theater Center in coordination with the City of Dallas’ Office of Arts and Culture, has opened the Kalita to other arts groups, making it the right time to find new space.”

Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall represented Uptown Players, and Transwestern’s Paul Wittorf, Kim Brooks and Laney Delin represented the owner, Quadrant Investment Properties.

The original plan was to lease the space. However, because of Uptown Players’ timing on the move, the ownership agreed to structure the deal as a lease with option to purchase the property. Rane said, “Once we engaged Eliza, she asked the owners if they would be willing to sell the building, and she told us of the benefits of owning versus leasing. We realized that owning gives us more options, reduces operating expenses and builds equity.” He added, “This building is in a great location, the right size and perfect for our current needs.”

Solender said, “This building checked all the boxes. It’s centrally located in the Design District and near other creative businesses. Also, having the option to purchase it will give Uptown Players flexibility now and in the future. Plus, the area has its own association with management and security—unusual in the Design District.”

Craig Lynch, Uptown Players executive producer, added, “Because of our successful capital campaign—‘The Excitement is Building’—we were able to raise the down payment and funds for renovations. We thank all our donors, supporters and the community for their support.”  Uptown Players also received financing from Origin Bank.

Uptown Players’ building is in a gated property closed by 7 p.m., and on weekends. Lynch said, “Because we have evening and weekend rehearsals, it has some built-in security for our actors and staff. There’s also flexibility in having our own rehearsal space where we can set the schedule and not have to work around other groups.”

About Solender/Hall:

Since 1991, Solender/Hall has been assisting nonprofit organizations buy, sell and lease commercial real estate in the North Texas area. The firm has been highly successful in finding unique properties, often repurposing banks, stores, warehouses, bowling alleys and churches into new nonprofit locations. Find out more at www.solenderhall.com or by calling 214.265.8200.

About Uptown Players:

Uptown Players is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically and create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. The 2022-2023 season will be our 21st season and our 13th at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Uptown Players is one of the leading regional theaters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is providing an opportunity for a wide diversity of gender styles to come together and explore life choices through great theatre themes such as relationships, family, prejudice and values. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable including over 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, and over 30 Theater Critics Forum Awards. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company numerous times by the Dallas Voice Readers and by the Dallas Observer and has been featured in D Magazine and on WFAA’s Daybreak and Good Morning Texas programs. More information can be found at https://www.uptownplayers.org/.

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Interfaith Golf Classic Ben Eakes (board chair) Kimberly Williams (CEO, Interfaith Family Services), Brian Hegi (board of directors)

A packed field of 116 golfers attended the 15th Annual Interfaith Golf Classic at Royal Oaks Country Club on Monday, Sept. 12. The sold-out event raised $126,735 to benefit the nonprofit organization Interfaith Family Services and its mission to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty.

 

Kimberly Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith Family Services, addressed the crowd before golfers headed out to a shotgun start, saying, “The Interfaith Golf Classic is always a fun day, but I want you to know you are also doing some serious good. Your support will help families in crisis who are eager to learn the skills needed so they will never be homeless again.”

 

Members of the Interfaith Golf Classic Committee also spoke, including Ben Eakes and Brian Hegi. In addition to being the Managing Partners of Crossplane Capital, presenting sponsor for the day’s event, the two are members of the Interfaith Board of Directors.

 

Their remarks were followed by a moving testimonial from Interfaith graduate Rachael Royal, whose life has come full circle. She is now on the board of directors at Interfaith, which was there for her during a period of homelessness over a decade ago.

 

She said, “Interfaith Family Services taught me how to take tragedy and turn it into triumph. I learned we are greater than our circumstances. We can choose to allow ourselves to be overtaken by our obstacles – or use them as steppingstones on a path to the greatness that lies within us all. I chose the latter.”

 

Royal Oaks Golf Pro Dean Larsson then released the players to the course. The day’s golf activities included a round of 18 holes, food and beverage stations throughout the course and the opportunity to win an Infiniti QX50 Luxe SUV and other prizes provided by Sewell in a series of hole-in-one contests. While no players won, all had fun trying.

 

Winners of the day’s competition were announced at the conclusion of play including:

  • 1st Place, Gross Score: Wingstop (Eric Hall, Zach Mayor, Jared Pope and Zach Pope)
  • 1st Place, Net Score: SCA Transaction Services (Corey Gebert, Kenny Lamb, Chris Parker, Cody Robertson)
  • 2nd Place, Net Score: Benchmark Bank (Art Barnes, Thomas Gresham, Fox Haas, Wilson White)
  • 3rd Place, Net Score: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Ryan Cox, Brent Sacha, Trevor Vega and Eric Williams)
  • Longest Drive: Justin Fraley
  • Closest to the Pin, Low Handicap: Corey Gebert, Kevin Wheland
  • Closest to the Pin, High Handicap: Jason Ahman, Bryan Ochocki

 

Special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Interfaith Golf Classic:

 

  • Presenting Sponsor: Crossplane Capital
  • Gold Sponsors: The Hegi Family, Triumph Bank
  • Awards Reception Sponsors: Margaret Culbertson, PNC Business Credit
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor: KattenMuchin Roseman, LLP
  • Hole-in-One Sponsors: Hunter Onsite, Kirkland & Ellis, Sewell
  • “The Turn” Food Sponsor: Focus Search Partners, IMA Financial Group
  • Hole Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, BDO USA, LLP, Benchmark Bank, Chaparral Partners, CLX Ventures, Consilio, Dallas Truck World, Empower Rental Group, KK & Kelly Hine Charitable Trust, SCA Transaction Services, Wingstop, Work Shield, WPA Family Office

 

ABOUT INTERFAITH FAMILY SERVICES:

For 37 years, Interfaith Family Services has empowered families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. The organization offers solutions to poverty through both residential and non-residential services. Their Family Empowerment Center houses all programming modeled to eliminate the barriers that keep families in crisis from achieving stability. Services include rent and utility assistance, GED/ESL and vocational training, extended-hours childcare to clients who are currently unemployed, financial coaching to reduce debt and increase savings, and career coaching to develop clients professionally – all at no cost to families. For families who are homeless, Interfaith Family Services owns 23 lovingly decorated and fully furnished apartments that provide transitional housing for six to nine months. They work simultaneously to educate and equip children through the Hope & Horizons Program; this special program is modeled to stabilize at-risk children through a combination of arts and crafts that emphasize creativity, play therapy to address emotional and social issues, individualized tutoring to address common academic gaps, and field trips and camps that expose children to the larger world. The program also includes a self-care and wellness component to help families develop and maintain healthy habits. This holistic combination of services produces results that elevate entire families out of poverty. Approximately 93% of its families’ transition to permanent housing, 78% create a savings safety net with $1,569 on average in savings, and 89% of graduates maintain employment one year later. For more information, visit www.interfaithdallas.org.