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Mitchell Arnold

Birds Eye View Project (BEVP), a Dallas-based non-profit founded by former US Navy SEAL Ryan Parrott to bring attention to organizations serving the needs of wounded veterans and first responders through extreme events, stunts and stories, has hired Mitchell Arnold, US Marine Corps First Sergeant (Retired), as its new executive director.

“Birds Eye View Project has a tremendous opportunity to expand its support for organizations that serve the extreme needs of our veterans and first responders, and we are excited to bring Mitchell on board to help lead that growth,” said Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, Founder of BEVP.  “His background, personal experience, enthusiasm and diligence are exactly what BEVP needs to enable our beneficiaries to reach new levels in serving their constituents.”

“Having received medical treatment and counseling myself from a wonderful non-profit after my military career, I know how important it is to support the many organizations serving the needs of our veterans and first responders,” said Arnold.  “I’m blessed to join Birds Eye View Project and work every day to provide a bigger platform and more funding for organizations that might be overlooked.  I look forward to expanding on the already great successes of BEVP and working with our team and corporate partners to achieve even greater heights.”

Arnold comes to BEVP directly from Benchmark Mortgage, which he joined upon retiring in August of 2017 after twenty years of distinguished service with the US Marine Corps.  With Benchmark, Arnold served as a loan officer and headed the Plano and McKinney branch VA home loan program.  He also served on the Board of Advisors for Benchmark’s Boot’n and Shoot’n, an annual event that supports organizations focused on brain injury treatment and mental health for veterans and first responders.

Arnold enlisted in the Marines on August 5, 1997, and after Recruit Training, Marine Combat Training and Radio Operations Training was transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  Promoted to Lance Corporal in May 1998, Arnold served with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 2/2 as a Field Radio Operator and was deployed for seven months in the Mediterranean Sea.

After a series of additional promotions and professional training, Arnold served with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 2/6 as an Assistant Radio Chief in Operation Enduring Freedom in Djibouti, Africa.  In February 2005, Arnold was assigned to the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Radio Supervisor, and in June 2006 deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Battalion Radio Chief. 

In January of 2008, Arnold began Drill Instructor School MCRD in San Diego.  Upon completion of the school, Arnold was assigned to Company K, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.  He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in October 2008, and was subsequently assigned as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and Chief Drill Instructor for Company K.  Arnold was then transferred to Company I where he served as the Lead Series Chief Drill Instructor.  He was selected to serve his last year on MCRD San Diego as the Regimental Drill Master, responsible for all drill and ceremonies aboard the Depot.

In December 2011, Arnold was assigned as the Company First Sergeant for Charlie Company where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Arnold began the last chapter of his military career in July of 2014 when he began serving as the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant in Topeka, Kansas.  In addition to being the senior-enlisted for the Inspector-Instructor staff, Arnold began serving the broader Topeka community as lead for military funeral honors, supervisor for the Toys for Tots program for 14 counties, joined the Marine Corps League and served as a voting member of the Topeka Military Relations Committee.

First Sergeant Arnold’s personal awards and commendations include the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star; and the Combat Action Ribbon. 

Since his active duty retirement, Arnold has been an enthusiastic supporter and member of multiple veteran organizations.  Currently, he is an active member of the Metroplex Marines Coordinating Council, Frisco VFW Post 8273, and is a founding member of the future Patriot Park Veteran and First Responder Resource Center of Plano. Arnold resides in Melissa, Texas, and has two children. 

Birds Eye View Project was created to generate awareness and raise funds for charities supporting veterans and first responders. Former US Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, and other Veteran friends, offer an up close and personal look at the extreme needs of veterans and first responders, as well as the people and organizations working to help them realize nothing is impossible, even the most extreme challenges. Beneficiary organizations include: Sons of the Flag, Carry the Load, 22Kill, Adaptive Training Foundation, America's Mighty Warriors, Base Camp 40, Rebuilding Warriors, and Rosecrance Florian.  Visit #Birdseyeviewproject and for more information.
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United to Learn

United to Learn held its Community Campus Day on Saturday, March 23 and impacted 23 Dallas ISD elementary schools, thanks to more than 450 volunteers and sponsors.


Community Campus Day was created as a hands-on opportunity for volunteers from local businesses, high schools and the community to get to know the Dallas ISD schools in their neighborhood and to form a lasting relationship. The end result goes far beyond just a physical transformation of the campus. All projects are intended to support the social-emotional health of students and faculty, advance literacy efforts on campus, or create a more inspirational school environment that will lead to higher academic performance, reduced teacher turnover, fewer disciplinary programs and higher attendance.


The morning started with a kick-off rally at Walnut Hill Elementary School with bounce houses, breakfast, characters, tattoo artists, giveaways and a DJ. The Chapel Hill and Gooch Elementary dance teams performed for the attendees who cheered and clapped.


Abigail Williams, United to Learn’s founder and executive director, thanked the volunteers and sponsors for their tremendous impact in the community. “Thanks to the generous $135,000 investment from 38 community sponsors as well as the dedication of more than 450 volunteers, we impacted 23 Dallas ISD elementary schools, enhanced 35 hallways, constructed 21 outdoor projects, renovated 11 classrooms, modernized 6 teachers lounges and coworking spaces, installed more than 11 student-inspired murals, and provided technology upgrades that value nearly $20,000.” 


Meredith Ajello, UTL’s volunteer coordinator, added, “Thank you to our amazing sponsors for transforming our public elementary campuses into the inspiring environments ALL children deserve. In total, the 23 schools represent 13,500 students and 975 educators that we’re positively impacting.”


Schools, projects and sponsors include the following:

  • Adams Elementary: creating a Zen room.
  • Anne Frank Elementary: painting murals and applying hallway enhancements.
  • Burnet Elementary: creating library and SEL space in classrooms, Leader in Me mural.
  • Bush Elementary: installing student-designed mosaic tile mural, enhancing front office space.
  • Caillet Elementary: gym improvement with new whiteboards, replacing gym wall pads and transforming the garden and outdoor learning spaces.
  • Chapel Hill: performing landscaping in the garden; replacing stair decals.
  • Cigarroa Elementary: revamping outdoor spaces, updating teachers’ lounge and office space.
  • DeGolyer Elementary: decorating blacktop, providing kindles and cases.
  • Foster Elementary: remodeling front office space, upgrading irrigation system and outdoor classroom clean up.
  • Gooch Elementary: painting murals and providing 10 iPads and cases.
  • Junkins Elementary: remodeling the teachers’ workroom, providing youth playground.
  • Knight Elementary: painting blacktop and two rooms, unpacking and organizing school supplies.
  • Kramer Elementary: repairing and enlarging outdoor pond, painting stencils and renewing All in Learning license.
  • Marcus Elementary: hanging decals on windows, removing and planting trees, installing feather flags and landscaping.
  • Joe May Elementary: enriching outdoor playscape, creating mobile Lego wall, building mobile libraries.
  • Pershing Elementary: applying inspirational decals to hallways.
  • Polk Elementary: providing projectors for classrooms.
  • Preston Hollow Elementary: modernizing teachers’ lounge.
  • Rogers Elementary: improving continuous learning lab, applying inspirational decals, hanging photos.
  • Saldivar Elementary: improving curb appeal with fence cup installation, painting and landscaping.
  • Walnut Hill Elementary: landscaping and outside clean up.
  • Withers Elementary: installing makerspace items, cleaning and painting doors.


Special thanks to sponsors:

Teacher: Crow Holdings


Counselor: AT&T, Beck, Centennial, Central Market, Civitas, Deborah Walker, G. Stacy & Ashley Smith, Granite, Highland Capital Management, Ken & Tanya McDonald, The Michael Young Foundation, NexBank, The Plant Concierge, LLC, Sound Image, Texas Capital Bank, Thackeray Partners, Vizient, Weaver, The Williams Family Foundation.


Tutor: Bernstein, Cambridge, Hazel’s, Stream, Vinson & Elkins LLP.


United to Learn is a coalition of public elementary schools, private institutions and engaged community members who have come together to create meaningful learning opportunities for every student to learn and lead. In North Dallas, where great privilege and poverty coexist but rarely overlap, many of the city’s most prestigious private schools and wealthiest neighborhoods are concentrated alongside public schools, where 9 out of 10 students qualify for free and reduced lunch. United to Learn builds relationships across our community and forges bonds to share resources and eliminate gaps in opportunity and understanding. For more information call 469-848-7420, visit, Facebook at, Twitter or Instagram @unitedtolearn, or email


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United to Learn hosts two events on March 23 to address education: hundreds of volunteers transform 24 Dallas ISD schools with education-focused makeovers, and high school students present education ideas in a "Shark Tank" competition.

On Saturday, March 23, Dallas non-profit organization United to Learn hosts two events to help improve education:

Community Campus Day

8:30 a.m. Kickoff (Walnut Hill Elementary)

10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Campus Projects (various campuses)

The first event is a Community Campus Day bringing together more than 400 volunteers from local businesses, high school students and the community to provide campus improvement projects to 24 Dallas ISD elementary school campuses. All projects provide the resources, supplies and improvements that are not covered in the Dallas ISD budget. The event will provide $120,000 of instructional tools, classroom or campus resources and project supplies that will ultimately benefit more than 13,000 students who attend these schools. Specific projects include painting murals, creating a butterfly garden, improving outdoor playground areas and more.

Shark Tank Competition (not open to public)

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Remarks by Big Thought President and CEO Byron Sanders and judge, followed by high school team pitches.

The second event is a “Shark Tank” type competition with United to Lead high school students who have participated in a year-long program to learn about education in their community and to have a voice. Selected from public, private and charter schools, these students have listened to leaders talk about educational issues such as early learning, literacy, opportunity gap, social/emotional learning, teacher retention and more. Applying design thinking, they’re examining these issues and brainstorming solutions. Now, it’s their turn to present their best ideas for solving a specific issue. They will give their “pitch” in front of four judges: Byron Sanders, Dustin Marshall, DISD trustee; Jeloni Shabazz, assistant vice president of Global Mobility Applications & Security, AT&T; and Christopher Wagley, chief operating officer, KERA. The winning idea will receive funding, and the entire student group will execute the idea.

Community Campus Day was created as a hands-on opportunity for volunteers from local businesses, high schools and the community to get to know the Dallas ISD schools in their neighborhood and to form a lasting relationship. The end result goes far beyond just a physical transformation of the campus. All projects are intended to support the social emotional health of students and faculty, advance literacy efforts on campus, or create a more inspirational school environment that will lead to higher academic performance, reduced teacher turnover, fewer disciplinary programs and higher attendance.

United to Learn is a coalition of public elementary schools, private institutions and engaged community members who have come together to create meaningful learning opportunities for every student to learn and lead. In North Dallas, where great privilege and poverty coexist but rarely overlap, many of the city’s most prestigious private schools and wealthiest neighborhoods are concentrated alongside public schools, where 9 out of 10 students qualify for free and reduced lunch. United to Learn builds relationships across our community and forges bonds to share resources and eliminate gaps in opportunity and understanding. For more information call 214.951.0160, visit, Facebook at, Twitter or Instagram @unitedtolearn, or email

(Contact JulietteDC for specific details).

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7979 Litter of Scottish Fold and Scottish Straight

On April 13 and 14, more than 200 fabulous felines are headed to the Mesquite Convention Center for a weekend of “Kitten, Cats and Cowboy Hats” Cat Show, one of the largest cat shows in the world. Presented by the nonprofit Feline PAW Foundation, this show features the Championship and Household Pet Cat Show, a chance to meet breeders and their cats, vendors and educational talks. A portion of the proceeds will support other feline charities and animal rescue groups.  


• 14 rings of continuous judging (seven per day) for Championship & Household Pets including “Bareback” Congress for Championship Cats and Alters and Best in Show “Naked” Kitten Award for the hairless breeds

• Exciting breeds including the Bengal, Sphynx, Devon Rex, Scottish Fold and 20 more

• Many vendors with everything for the cat and the cat lover alike

• Education Ring with an opportunity to meet individual breeds up close and personal

• Several humane societies with kittens/cats available for adoption on site

• Special judging for youth exhibitors

• More than 200 beautiful show cats from around the world on exhibition

For those interested in showing their cats, advanced registration is required. Visit and look under “Cat Show Info.”

Michelle Richards, president of Feline PAW Foundation, said, “We welcome children and adults to meet many breeds of cats. There will be breeders, exhibitors, judges and even veterinarians available to explain about all the different breeds and answer all your questions about the cats. Plus, if you want to adopt a feline, this is the perfect opportunity to meet them in person.”

The Mesquite Convention Center is located at 1700 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149. The hours are Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults 18 and up, $5 for seniors 60 and up, $5 for children 7-17, and free for children under 7.


Feline PAW Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to promote the health and wellness of feline friends. PAW stands for Prevention, Awareness and Wellness. In addition to cat shows, Feline PAW volunteers to socialize cats in shelters. For more information, visit,, email or call 469.629.9776.

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Nathan Carlisle

Nathan Carlisle Homes, a private, Texas-based developer of active adult neighborhoods, has announced its two newest North Texas projects--Lakes at Legacy in Prosper and ArrowBrooke in Aubrey, both of which are located within larger master planned communities.  Nathan Carlisle's latest developments follow the success of its first two communities in Craig Ranch and Savannah, and substantially expand the company's footprint in the region's rapidly growing 55-plus real estate market. 

"We are excited to announce these two developments, which will introduce hundreds of new owners to the Nathan Carlisle difference...exquisitely crafted and designed homes, outstanding amenities, and passionate team members who go above and beyond to create true community for residents," said Richard Dix, CEO.  "Lakes at Legacy and ArrowBrooke are located in two of the fastest growing areas of North Texas and both offer easy access to all that makes this an outstanding place to live--vibrant employment, dining and recreation centers, and leading medical facilities.  Our experience in this region with two already very successful active adult communities will enable Lakes at Legacy and ArrowBrooke to stand out next to competing properties."

"The Active Adult cohort is the most underserved new-home buyer in DFW.  Households 55 and over comprise 41.7% of our market, while only 15.5% of new home sales are to active adults.   The lack of new home sales is a supply problem rather than lack of demand," said Paige Shipp, regional director for Metrostudy.  "Unfortunately, builders have not addressed this market with new lifestyle appropriate homes and communities.  Many of our older residents have been forced to either remodel their current home to allow them to age in place or buy a resale home. Nathan Carlisle is addressing the needs of this underserved cohort with quality new homes designed expressly for the 55-plus new home buyers."

To ensure it meets the needs of active adults, Nathan Carlisle has partnered with two award-winning design firms--BSB Design and Housing Design Matters--to develop all new floor plans and designs for Lakes at Legacy and ArrowBrooke.  "At Housing Design Matters, we believe great 55+ housing designs will enhance the lives of our future residents," said Deryl Patterson, AIA, president of Housing Design Matters.  "We are excited to have been selected by Nathan Carlisle to provide new and inspired designs for their active adult communities."

Lakes at Legacy

Lakes at Legacy is located north of Highway 380 two miles west of the 380/Dallas North Tollway intersection.  The only active adult community in Prosper, Lakes at Legacy will include 345 single-family homes, with prices from the $300s to $600s.  Home sizes range from 1,600 square feet to nearly 4,000 square feet and feature three different lot widths, 55', 65' and 75'.

Nathan Carlisle has created 16 all-new floor plans for Lakes at Legacy.  "We are taking special care to create new floor plans that are not only unique to Nathan Carlisle, but which are distinct from competing properties," said Rich Rodriguez, President of Nathan Carlisle.  "These designs feature the fresh, open living environments that today's buyers desire and which will enable them to enjoy their home for many, many years. 

Lakes at Legacy will include numerous amenities that set it apart from more production-oriented active adult communities, including a multi-million dollar community center that features more than 5,000 square feet of gathering and entertaining space, workout facilities, and a resort-style swimming pool.  Most prominently, Lakes at Legacy will include a 6.5-acre lake surrounded by miles of walking and bike trails that wind throughout the community.  "The lake is a major undertaking for this type of project, but amenities such as this are what make Nathan Carlisle communities special," said Dix.  "When finished, the development team will have excavated more than 120K cubic yards of soil to create the lake, making it a spectacular central feature of the community and a place that draws residents outside to interact and enjoy life together."

Nathan Carlisle will begin pre-sales at Lakes of Legacy in late summer 2018.  Model homes will begin construction in mid-September. 


ArrowBrooke is located in Aubrey, just north of Savannah, where Nathan Carlisle built its first active adult community.  Located two miles north of Highway 380 midway between Denton and McKinney, ArrowBrooke will include more than 200 homes priced from the $200s to the mid $300s.  Home sizes will range from 1,600 to 2,650 square feet and include standard 50' wide lots. ArrowBrooke will feature distinct elevations from those at Lakes of Legacy.

"Our first property in Savannah has been a great success, offering a more moderate priced option within an outstanding community," added Rodriguez.  "ArrowBrooke will enjoy a similar level of demand from buyers seeking affordable luxury, primarily because it will offer all the extras that make Nathan Carlisle homes unique, no matter the price point."

ArrowBrooke will also feature a custom-designed amenity center with a resort style swimming pool and multiple entertaining spaces.  Miles of walking and bike trails will wind throughout ArrowBrooke, providing easy access to the community's catch and release fishing pond. 

Nathan Carlisle will begin pre-sales at ArrowBrooke in early 2019.  Model homes will be available for viewing late first quarter of 2019. 

"Nathan Carlisle has spent several years preparing to introduce these two communities," said Dix.  "Many out-of-town companies are rushing into this market, but as a locally-based home builder we believe we have a unique perspective on what active adult buyers in this area want in a new home.  In addition, because we are privately owned we can invest in a product that surpasses more generic, mass-market offerings.  As a result, our craftsmanship, unique home designs, community layout and amenities, and outstanding service enable us to create a truly superior offering for the active adult.  All these features will enable owners to experience the true meaning of our corporate philosophy, 'Living Life, Loving Life.'" 

About Nathan Carlisle Homes

Based in Dallas, Texas, Nathan Carlisle Homes exclusively builds communities for residents 55+ who are ready to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful home and a fulfilling active adult lifestyle. “Living Life. Loving Life.” That philosophy drives Nathan Carlisle to provide a setting for the exciting lifestyle its active adult customers have been looking for, without compromising the livability of their homes.
Nathan Carlisle Homes provides exceptional customer service, superbly crafted, energy efficient homes, exclusive lifestyle amenities, and flexible plans.  Visit for more information.  
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Educational First Steps Meg Munson McGonigle, John Munson, Kathryn Munson Beach, Charlie Munson, David Munson Jr., Merry Munson Wyatt, David Munson, Sr.

Educational First Steps (EFS), whose mission is to improve the availability of quality early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children, held its fifth annual One Childhood One Chance luncheon on Friday, November 17. The keynote speaker was Sonia Manzano, who inspired, educated and delighted children and families as “Maria” on Sesame Street for many decades.


WFAA anchor Cynthia Izaguirre emceed and welcomed guests including many elected officials and VIPs in attendance. Co-chairs Merry Munson Wyatt, Kathryn Munson Beach and Meg Munson McGonigle spoke next. Beach said, “By partnering with existing daycare centers and preschools in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in North Texas, Educational First Steps is leading the charge to ensure that quality education is available for the youngest children in our community.”


Wyatt said, “We would like to dedicate today’s luncheon in honor of our great Uncle, David Munson, Sr., co-founder and life member of Educational First Steps.” She also thanked the honorary co-chairs, their cousins and Munson’s sons, David Jr., Charles and John Munson, the sponsors, host committee and EFS staff.


McGonigle said, “After you learn more about what EFS does, we hope you’ll be touched and help us with a gift to honor this extraordinary organization.” Then, she introduced Texas State Senator Don Huffines who gave a special resolution to the organization.


Next, while the Sesame Street theme song played, Manzano walked in with the Braswell Child Development Center children, who gave the opening prayer. Earlier that morning, she read to the children.


After lunch, John Breitfeller, retiring executive director, spoke. “Educational First Steps writes a happier tale for children who most need our help. As I retire, Van Sheets will succeed me and continue our work to help children achieve their potential.”  


Attendees watched a moving video, and Vicente Delgado, Jr. director of Nueva Vida Day Care Center, talked about being extraordinary. “Through EFS, I see extraordinary people working tirelessly to guide and mentor teachers like myself to see beyond themselves.”


Keynote speaker and child advocate Manzano spoke about her upbringing in a low-income neighborhood in the South Bronx but how, despite her limited economic means, she loved and excelled in school. She spoke of teachers who believed in her abilities and encouraged her to audition for the High School of Performing Arts, which led to her attending Carnegie Mellon University on a scholarship. In her junior year, she went to New York to star in the original production of Godspell, and within a year, she joined Sesame Street, where she began a lifelong career that garnered 15 Emmy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Now retired, she’s written her memoirs and children’s books. Manzano encourage the attendees to pour into children at an early age and applauded the work that EFS does.  


Thanks in part to funds raised from this luncheon, EFS partners with 93 daycare centers in at-risk neighborhoods, carrying out a results-driven program for becoming nationally accredited preschools, at no cost to the centers, teachers or parents. The program helps centers progress from daycares providing little more than babysitting to nationally accredited early education centers that become anchors in their neighborhoods by preparing more children for school and life success. About 6,000 at-risk children ages birth to 5 years old are receiving quality early education because of EFS’ investment.


EFS, which started in south Dallas, has grown to serve Tarrant, Denton, Johnson, Collin and Grayson counties, collaborating across 22 school districts. They are continually pushing the boundaries and aggressively scaling programs to place more students in quality learning environments. For more information, visit or call 214.824.7940.

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Republic Center

American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter (AIA Dallas) and the Dallas Center for Architecture announced today they will relocate their offices to Republic Center at 325 N. St. Paul, across from the planned Pacific Plaza park.

AIA Dallas was represented in this transaction by Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall.  Republic Center was represented by Kathy Permenter, Trae Anderson and Sarah Savage of Younger Partners.  The long-term lease is for 13,708 square feet of office, exhibition and meeting space on the building's first two floors, connected by an interior staircase.  General offices will be located on the second floor, while exhibition and meeting space will be prominently on street level.  Exclusive use of an outdoor patio area offers additional opportunities for programming and entertainment.

"This new location offers our organization, totaling more than 2,000 members from 300 architecture firms, some truly unique opportunities our members have been seeking. We are creating a special workspace in a landmark building, expanding our programming, and further impacting the development of the surrounding community," said Nunzio DeSantis, FAIA, 2017 president of AIA Dallas and senior partner at Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects.  "Our space in Republic Center is located in the heart of the city center near public transportation, has high street-front visibility and pedestrian traffic, and is directly across from what will be a special new outdoor space; Pacific Plaza.  We look forward to transforming this multi-level space and moving into the neighborhood next summer."

"Finding the right space required us to balance many different requirements, and Republic Center was that proverbial needle in a haystack," said Solender.  "It is easily accessible by members and the public; it is in a significant building with a lot of pedestrian traffic; it has a highly visible street-level location that can be used for classes, exhibitions and programs; and it is next to a soon-to-be-built city park.  Solender/Hall looks forward to helping AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture celebrate the opening of their new offices sometime next summer."

“Our owners listened to the needs of AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture.  Together, we found an ideal solution to their challenges. Our partnership combines a great location, offering incredible exhibit space, as well as ample meeting and office space in Republic Center,” said Ms. Permenter. “Republic Center is a gem in the Central Business District and the partnership with these outstanding organizations will be a great addition to the tower’s tenant line-up.”

Jan Blackmon, FAIA, executive director of AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture, added, "We enjoyed our time in the current offices, but the ability to add nearly 50 percent more space in a significant urban core building, in an up-and-coming neighborhood, offers an opportunity for us to truly impact the core of the city through quality-of-life oriented architecture and design.  AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture see this new office as the perfect alignment of our workspace with our mission."


AIA Dallas, the sixth largest chapter of The American Institute of Architects, empowers architects to excel and impact their practice, profession, and community. AIA Dallas has a membership base of more than 2,200 members and 300 architectural firms. Member efforts support professional development, education, advocacy, thought-provoking programming, and seven signature events. For more information, visit


The Dallas Center for Architecture works to encourage the conversation about why architecture matters to YOU. The Center seeks to foster the public's understanding of the power of architecture to enrich our city and our lives through the programs, exhibits, and tours that the Center presents. For more information, visit   


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 or by calling 214.265.8200.

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Hope Jahren photo cred Ressler Photography

Dr. Hope Jahren, award-winning scientist, one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People, best-selling author of Lab Girl and advocate for female equality in STEM, will be the keynote speaker for Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 32nd Annual Luncheon on Friday, October 20, 2017. The event takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel with a VIP reception at 10:30 a.m., and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A. Shonn Brown and Lisa Singleton, community leaders and women’s issues supporters, serve as co-chairs for this year’s luncheon.

“Shonn and I are honored to co-chair this luncheon that helps the Foundation continue the ripple effect,” said Singleton. “As has been proven time and time again, when you invest in women and girls, it has positive ripple effects in her family, the community and the world.”

The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s principal fundraiser in support of its work to advance women’s economic security and leadership in North Texas and to drive positive social and economic change for women and girls through research, advocacy and grant-making. Dallas Women’s Foundation, founded in 1985, is the largest regional women’s fund in the world and has granted more than $32 million since its inception.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president & CEO, said, “We have a proud history of presenting great thought leaders and doers of our time as the keynote speakers for our annual luncheon. Dr. Jahren is no exception. She is a brilliant scientist whose achievements as a paleobiologist are rivaled by her achievements as an author and advocate for gender equity in science. Having experienced firsthand the challenges of gender bias, she is dedicated to using her voice and her story to encourage more women to pursue and achieve success in the sciences.  Dr. Jahren is widely acknowledged as a strong woman using her exceptional talents to make a better world for all women and girls.”

As one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People, Dr. Jahren is recognized as a changemaker. According to TIME: “It is a rare breed of scientist who is both a leader in her field and a great writer, but Hope Jahren is both. (She) has built a career and a reputation in science by unearthing secrets hidden in fossilized plant life. Her work has resulted in at least 70 studies in dozens of journals, but it’s also given her a platform—a megaphone, really—to talk about something else: widespread sexual harassment and discrimination in science. On her blog, in op-eds and in her new memoir, Lab Girl, which debuted on the New York Times best-seller list, Jahren wields her influence to call out a culture that has caused women to flee the field she so loves. That’s why she does it: she loves science. And whether she’s writing about lab funding, discrimination or deciduous trees, she has a way of making you love it too.”

Brown added, “We are thrilled to have a speaker of Dr. Jahren’s caliber to help us drive the success of this year’s luncheon. We want to thank our early sponsors and encourage more companies and individuals to support us, so that we can help even more women and girls achieve equity.”

Special thanks to early sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: U.S. Trust

Speaker Sponsor: Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt

Emerald Sponsors: AT&T, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Toyota

Gold Sponsor: Phyllis Bernstein

Silver Sponsors: Veree Brown, Melissa Fetter, Freeman, Cecilia and Tim Norwood, Julia Simon.

Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $3,500 to $50,000; individual tickets are available at $500 to $1,000. Sponsorships are available at or by calling (214) 525-5318.

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $32 million since inception and $4.4 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


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TexProtects TexProtects celebrates its new office space in Mockingbird Towers, thanks to Eliza Solender who helped them find it. Pictured are Sophie Phillips, TexProtects Chief Operating Officer; Madeline McClure, TexProtects Founder and CEO; Eliza Solender, president of Solender/Hall.

Child abuse is a serious issue, and organizations like TexProtects help protect children from harm through research, advocacy and education. When TexProtects needed new space, it turned to Solender/Hall, a leading broker in commercial real estate for nonprofit organizations. TexProtects now has a new home at Mockingbird Towers, which is owned by Caddo Mockingbird LP.

According to Madeline McClure, founder and CEO of TexProtects, “As TexProtects has grown in size and prominence in the statewide fight against child abuse and neglect, so have our office needs. This new space in Mockingbird Towers will allow us to spread our wings and more effectively carry out our mission. As we add CPS researchers and child abuse prevention policy analysts, Mockingbird Towers will accommodate our growth.”

According to Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall, “Protecting children from harm should be the goal of all of us. I’m pleased that I found them this centrally located property to help TexProtects focus on its mission of preventing child abuse through research, advocacy and education.”

J. Dale Ray, II, principal of Avison Young, said, “We are thrilled for TexProtect’s choice to join us at the newly renovated Mockingbird Towers, so that they can continue advocating for the neediest in our community.” Caddo Mockingbird was represented by Dustin Schilling, Managing Partner. J. Dale Ray, II with Avison Young represented the owners.

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Dental Health Arlington Eliza Solender, Solender/Hall; Nancy Manion Blinn, executive director of Dental Health Arlington; and Brandon Booker, senior vice president and CFO of United Way of Tarrant County in the new space that Dental Health Arlington will call home.

Solender/Hall, a leading broker in commercial real estate for nonprofit organizations, has helped Dental Health Arlington (DHA) secure new space. A nonprofit dental clinic, Dental Health Arlington is moving from its long time location at 201 N. East Street in Arlington to the Southeast Tarrant County Arlington Human Service Center located at 501 West Sanford, Suite 11 in Arlington. The property is managed by United Way of Tarrant County.  DHA will lease 3,448 square feet for a new dental clinic and administration offices. After finishing out the space, DHA will open in the first quarter of 2017.


According to Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall, “Relocating Dental Health Arlington to the Arlington Human Service Center is a huge win for the Arlington community. Dental Health Services will now be available to people already receiving services at the Center. This goes a long way to creating a ‘one-stop shop’ for the community.”


Nancy Manion Blinn, executive director of Dental Health Arlington, said, “This move will provide us the space and the availability to continue to provide approximately 2,500 Tarrant County residents per year with low cost dental services. It will open avenues for collaboration with other United Way agencies and allow DHA the capacity to grow and serve more families with urgent dental needs.”


Brandon Booker, senior vice president and CFO of United Way of Tarrant County, said, “Dental Health Arlington has been a valued partner for many years now, and it is the only dental health provider at this location delivering essential services for our many clients.”


Other tenants in the building include Lena Pope Home, Arlington Housing Authority and many other local nonprofits.