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Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit Chris Woodard, Texas Rangers Manager, and Eric Nadel, Voice of the Texas Rangers

Celebrating its 10th anniversary concert, the Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit, presented by Bell Nunnally, LLC, raised more than $100,000 for Grant Halliburton Foundation. Held on June 2at the Kessler Theater, the event featured a VIP party for sponsors, live and silent auctions and music acts. New this year, guests enjoyed Texas Rangers-themed snack vendors, like one might see at a baseball game, handing out baseball-themed treats including sunflowers seeds, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew bubble gum, Baby Ruth candy bars and roasted peanuts.

Eric Nadel welcomed everyone to his 70th birthday party. He introduced Daphne Willis, one of the co-founders of the Birthday Benefit and a Kessler Theater favorite, who opened and is best known for her song Somebody’s Someone.

Kevin Hall, Grant Halliburton Foundation president, spoke about the Foundation. “Thank you to National Baseball Hall of Famer Eric Nadel for selecting us as the beneficiary of your birthday party for the second year. The proceeds support the Foundation’s mental health and suicide prevention education programs for North Texas children, teens and young adults. We also want to thank Bell Nunnally for being the presenting sponsor, 105.3 The Fan as the media sponsor and all our other sponsors.”

Hall introduced the Thrive program, which addresses mental, social and emotional health. Thrive is used mostly schools, and the audience watched a video showing its life-saving and impactful work.

After the video, there was a live auction with experiences with Nadel, other baseball greats, trips and experiences.

Finally, the talented headliner Cas Haley, performed. A native of Paris, Texas, Haley was a former runner-up on America’s Got Talent. Music is a family affair for him, who collaborates on songwriting with his wife Cassy, a recent cancer survivor. He tours with his son, Eben, on bass and his daughter, Nolah, on fiddle.

VIPs spotted in attendance included Eric Nadel, Voice of the Texas Rangers; Daphne Willis (opener and co-founder of event); Cas Haley (headliner); Bell Nunnally, LLC team; Chris Woodard, Texas Rangers Manager; Brad Sham, Voice of the Dallas Cowboys; Jared Sandler, Host for the Texas Rangers Radio Network; Mike Bacsik, The Fan Radio Host, Chef John Kleifgen with Nick & Sam’s; Vanita Halliburton, Amy McCloskey and Alan Halliburton, Grant Halliburton Foundation co-founders.

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 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

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The Concilio Crayton Webb, Texas Rep. Rafael Anchi´a, Florencia Velasco Fortner, Texas Sen. Royce West

More than 100 people, including many elected officials, attended The Concilio’s Young Latinos Professionals Reception on May 11. The event was part of its inaugural Power of Latinos DFW Summit, presented by Santander Consumer USA Foundation. Sunwest Communications hosted the reception.

In addition to Florencia Velasco Fortner, president and CEO of The Concilio, and Whitney Strauss, The Concilio board chair and Sunwest Communications senior counsel, CSR and philanthropic services, many other mentors attended and held breakout sessions with attendees to give them career advice. The elected officials in attendance included Texas State Senator Royce West, Texas Rep. Rhetta Bowers, Texas Rep. Victoria Neave-Criado, Texas Rep. Rafael Anchía, along with other staffers.


Presenting Sponsor: Santander Consumer USA Foundation

Additional Sponsors: Baylor Scott & White Health, JPMorgan Chase, Metrocrest Hospital Authority, NBC5/Telemundo, Sunwest Communications, Texas A&M University-Commerce

 The Concilio is a North Texas nonprofit that has helped Latino families fulfill their potential since 1981. Founded to advance Latino equity and address the needs of the growing Latino population in Dallas-Fort Worth, The Concilio unlocks education, wellness and economic opportunities for Latino and other diverse families through grassroots outreach. The organization’s culturally responsive parent engagement programs have empowered families in 24 regional school districts, equipping 11,000 families annually to forge a path to greater academic achievement, health and fulfilled potential. The organization programming now includes financial coaching, crisis intervention, and cultural competency training and education. Most recently, The Concilio, a recognized leader in connecting with and advocating for North Texas Latino families, has addressed the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community. For information visit

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Frazier Revitalization Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant For Technology needed for the Community Lawyering Center 


DALLAS, Texas, May 19, 2022 – The Texas Bar Foundation has made a grant to Frazier Revitalization to purchase needed technology needed at the Community Lawyering Center, a pro bono legal program operated at the nonprofit’s South Dallas location by the University of North Texas (UNT) Dallas College of Law and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.  


The grant provides $12,000 to Frazier Revitalization for technology critical to the operations of the UNT Dallas College of Law Community Lawyering Center. The center, located off Elsie Faye Heggins Street next to the Frazier Townhomes, provides pro bono legal services that help residents gain steady income and overcome barriers to employment. 


“This generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will allow us to reach more residents of the Frazier neighborhoods, providing them critical legal services that many residents could not afford otherwise,” said Dorothy Hopkins, president and CEO of Frazier Revitalization.


Frazier Revitalization is a Dallas-based nonprofit that mobilizes change to build a thriving community in the neighborhoods southeast of Fair Park. The organization acts as a “community quarterback” to connect residents with community organizations, institutions and service providers that address the community’s needs. 


Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation. 


The UNT Dallas College of Law Community Lawyering Center is located at 4716 Elsie Faye Heggins Street in Dallas and can be contacted at 469-351-0024 or 469-351-0025. Appointments for eligible residents are available days and evenings Monday-Friday, as well as during the day on Saturdays. 

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

Texas Women’s Foundation held its Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration (LFAC), presented by AT&T, on April 26 at the Dallas Omni Hotel and raised more than $600,000 to help lift up women and girls.

Miki Woodard, President and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said “As we strive to meet the moment where we are all navigating various forms of a ‘return,’ we offered it as an in-person and online event and added an afternoon of forums from the seven honorees.”

Co-chairs Bonnie Clinton, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Indirect Procurement Shared Services, Toyota North America, and Ana I. Hernandez, Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer, PlainsCapital Bank, greeted guests who arrived in the afternoon to attend the honorees’ breakout sessions. (See end for more information on forums).

After the forums, 600 guests sipped cocktails and sampled hors d’oeuvres. When the doors opened, June Blount, a fiddler duo, played upbeat songs to get everyone to their seats. Attendees enjoyed dinner and conversations around the table.

Alva Adams-Mason, Group Manager, Multicultural Business Alliance & Dealer Relations at Toyota Motor North America, introduced keynote speaker Radha Agrawal. Agrawal is Co-founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, a dance and wellness movement with a worldwide community of half a million people. She spoke about how this movement was founded on belonging to a community and how to develop community. Her book, Belong, was a part of the table centerpieces.

Agrawal asked attendees to close their eyes and put their hands on their hearts. She also asked the mostly female audience to hold hands with the person on each side and talked about the importance of community especially after the tough couple of years. Finally, at the end, she led in some spontaneous dancing, and most ladies were up dancing with her.

Hilda Galvan, Board Chair, Managing Partner of Jones Day Dallas and Awards Selection Co-chair, and Brenda Jackson, Awards Selection Co-chair, presented five women the Maura Women Helping Women Award:

Jackson gave the first awards:

“For her passion making diversity and inclusion a priority in all endeavors, and being an advocate for the inclusion of women in business from supply-chain to the board room, we award Patricia Rodriguez Christian with the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

“For recognizing the need for inclusive and equitable policies and practices within our school systems and organizations, and bringing transformational change in these institutions to build bridges, we award Dr. Arlene Ford with the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

"For her tireless work for gender equity and representation in leadership, and her commitment to amplifying women in political office, we recognize Pat Jasso, recipient of the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

“For leading efforts in creating opportunities for marginalized communities, and for empowering the next generation with limited access by equipping them with the tools and opportunities to be leaders, we celebrate Lynn McBee with the Maura Women Helping Women Award.”

“For her deep dedication to serving and supporting teen mothers; her great heart for providing resources to help these families thrive by providing housing and education, we celebrate Thana Simmons, Maura Women Helping Women Award recipient.”

Galvan said, “Now, I have the honor of recognizing two women under the age of 40 who are blazing trails to help other women advance in leadership.”

“For pursuing her dream to create a safe place to help foster care children and young adults have a home and resources so they can thrive, we recognize Stacy Johnson with the Young Leader Award.”

“For leading the way in furthering more diversity in STEM programs to bring more women and people of color with talent into top positions in this field where they are underrepresented, we recognize Sharareh Kermanshachi with the Young Leader Award.”

Hernandez thanked the main sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: AT&T

Speaker Sponsor: Catherine Coughlin Endowment for Women’s Leadership at Texas Women’s Foundation

Ripple Sponsor: Toyota

Empowering Women’s Leadership sponsors, EY and Haynes and Boone

Leadership Forum Sponsors: CBRE, Jones Day, Merrill Lynch, PlainsCapital Bank/Hilltop Securities/PrimeLending, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Health Resources

Media Sponsors: D CEO, Dallas Business Journal, Fort Worth Inc. and Local Profile

For a complete list of sponsors, visit

Maura Women Helping Women Award:

For 43 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has been presented to more than 200 courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls.

Young Leader Award:

The Young Leader Award recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a trailblazer who is achieving success in a field, initiative or sector, and creating a path of opportunity for other women to follow.

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 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 $57 million in women and girls, including $43 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, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.


The Forums:

Dr. Arlene Ford of the Equity Inquiry Project Inc. spoke on You Advocate, focused on advocating for diversity and inclusion in education. Moderator: Latonia Donaldson, of PrimeLending, Forum Sponsor. 

San Antonio retired AT&T Manager and Senior Planet, Pat Jasso, spoke about You Amplify: Amplifying women in political office. Moderator: Nina Vaca of Pinnacle Group.

Dr. Sherri Kermanshachi, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environment (RISE) Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. Moderator: Rachel Vinson of CBRE, Forum Sponsor.

Lynn McBee, CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network, talked about You Impact: Creating a ripple of impact through philanthropy. Moderator: Michelle George, Texas Capital Bank, Forum Sponsor.

Patricia Rodriguez Christian of CRC Group Inc. held an informative discussed entitled You Diversify: Inspiring women entrepreneurs. She talked about the importance of paving the way and learning from those in your path. Moderator: Ferrell Keel, Jones Day, Forum Sponsor.

Thana Simmons of Viola’s House spoke about You Build: Building safe spaces for teen mothers. Moderator: Virginia Rose, Texas Health Resources, Forum Sponsor.

Stacy Johnson, founder of Central Texas Table of Grace in Round Rock, spoke You Persevere: Paying it forward for at-risk youth. Moderator: Carole Wentz, Merrill Lynch, a Bank of America company, Forum Sponsor.

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Stephanie Bohan

Hope Cottage, a North Texas nonprofit that transforms lives with the love of family through adoption, foster care, education and parenting support, has named Stephanie Bohan as its new CEO. A proven nonprofit leader with more than 23 years of senior management and fundraising experience, Bohan most recently served as the Director of Health and Wellness Services for Dallas-based Bonton Farms. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Agape Clinic for 10 years.

“Stephanie has an impressive record of nonprofit leadership, faithfully shepherding organizations to a new level of growth. But her heart for service is what truly sets her apart,” said Andrea Carter, chair of the Hope Cottage board of directors. “We know she’s the right leader to guide Hope Cottage into its next phase of impact and visibility, for the sake of the children and families across North Texas.”

Bohan is adept at forming partnerships and connections that bring resources to those most in need. At the nonprofit organization Bonton Farms, she helped secured the funding and relationships to build the future Bonton Farms Wellness Center and developed a comprehensive health and wellness program that will give Bonton neighborhood residents new access to critical services when construction is complete. During her decade-long tenure as Executive Director of the not-for-profit Agape Clinic, she oversaw the Dallas clinic’s expansion from a part-time, four-day-a-week operation to a full-time clinic with just under 18,000 patient visits annually. The organization was named Nonprofit of the Year 2019 by CNM (Center for Nonprofit Management) under her direction.

“I am so honored to be part of Hope Cottage’s work to ensure everyone can benefit from a safe, loving family,” Bohan said. “We know that a strong family connection has lasting positive effects on a person’s mental, physical and economic well-being. I can’t imagine more meaningful work.”

Bohan is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Perkins School of Theology. As part of her course work, Bohan recently visited El Salvador where she met with leaders of Pro-Búsqueda, a nonprofit association for families of children who disappeared during the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. Thousands of children were kidnapped by the military and sold to adoption agencies. “This experience is going to add another layer of empathy for me,” she said. “Seeing how honorably they treated the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the children – I can carry that with me at Hope Cottage.”

Prior to her work with Bonton Farms and the Agape Clinic, Bohan served as the Director of Development for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. She has also served as development director of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee and St. Edward Church and School, both in Nashville. She is an active member of the Park Cities Rotary Club in Dallas and received the Club’s Cleve Clinton Community Collaborator Award in 2018. Bohan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Bohan succeeds Teresa Lenling, who had served as Hope Cottage CEO since 2020.  

About Hope Cottage: Hope Cottage transforms lives with the love of family through adoption, foster care, education and parenting support. The Dallas-based organization is the only North Texas nonprofit with a full continuum of services to nurture the healthy relationships essential for families and communities to thrive. Founded in 1918 as a children’s home, Hope Cottage has connected thousands of children with loving forever families through adoption. The organization has grown over the decades to respond to community needs – from the pressing need for safe, caring foster homes, to education and support for families in crisis. For more information about Hope Cottage, visit, or connect on Facebook @HopeCottage or Instagram @Hope_Cottage.

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Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon Elizabeth Shuford Conroy; Kimberly Williams; Shay O’Dwyer-King; Lauren Shuford Laughry

More than 300 people attended the 7th Annual Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon benefiting Interfaith Family Services, whose mission is to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. The sold-out event was held on April 8th at Brook Hollow Golf Club and raised more than $294,000—$48,000 of it raised the day-of from generous attendees moved by the powerful stories.

Guests dressed in an array of colorful spring fashions arrived early to sip wine, take photos at the step and repeat, and catch up with friends and family. Floral centerpieces decorated the tables in pastel shades of pink, blue and green.

Having emceed all the previous luncheons, NBC 5’s Meredith Land welcomed guests.

Reverend Hannah Buchanan with Highland Park United Methodist Church led the invocation followed by a Chicken Milanese Salad and desserts of Chilled Lemon Souffles and Chocolate Pot de Crème.

Land introduced the co-chairs of the Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon – Elizabeth Shuford Conroy and Lauren Shuford Laughry – who also are cousins, business partners and longtime supporters. Laughry’s mother, Kathi Shuford, and sister, Adriane Shuford Crosland, served as honorary chairs.

Laughry said, “My mom has been an Interfaith supporter as long as I can remember and started this family tradition for us. Adriane co-chaired the luncheon last year with her sisters-in-law, Sandy Crosland and Ali Treaster. When they called and asked us to consider being this year’s chairs, we loved the idea of keeping it in the family.”

Conroy added, “Lauren and I sell real estate together. So, as you can imagine, we are particularly aware of how a home is central in a family’s life. A home, by definition, is the place you live. It’s four walls and a roof. But really, it’s so much more than that. A home is safety, comfort, security and stability.”

Kimberly Williams, CEO of Interfaith Family Services, spoke about the organization’s mission. “Hope can be tough to find for too many families in our region. Just over a third of Dallas families are considered ‘asset poor,’ meaning they don’t have savings to help them through a crisis. These families are incredibly vulnerable to both poverty and homelessness.”

That’s why Interfaith has a formula and resources to help families. Williams said, “First, we eliminate barriers that cause instability in the first place, with housing or rental assistance. Next, we equip parents to overcome poverty, with career and financial coaching. Finally, we educate children to help break the cycle of generational poverty.”

This formula works because nine out of 10 clients exit with permanent housing, and four out of five exit employed with a livable wage are still employed a year later.

Next, Shay O’Dwyer-King, vice chair of the Interfaith Family Services Board of Directors, told her personal story of having been through a miscarriage and divorce, ultimately moving home with her parents temporarily. Now remarried with a 3-month-old daughter, she said, “Not everyone has a soft place to land like I did. But as a community, we can help create that – at Interfaith. We can all play a part in creating a softer landing for someone else who’s struggling.”

O’Dwyer-King introduced Interfaith graduate Jessica Bisor, who shared her personal story of having an autoimmune disease and dealing with a difficult pregnancy that left her unable to work. After a short time with relatives, Bisor looked for other options and found Interfaith. Bisor said, “I went in [to Interfaith] ashamed of having to start over as a single mom, but the staff’s encouragement was sincere, and I left with a renewed hope of better days ahead.” Since her son was born, Bisor has started her own business as a notary and a loan signing agent. Guests responded with applause as she shared photos of her healthy son.

Land congratulated Bisor and the work of Interfaith and asked the attendees to reach deep to support more ‘Jessica Bisors.’ A whopping $48,000 was raised the day of the luncheon.

Special thanks to the generous sponsors:

  • Hope Sponsor: Sapphire Foundation, Inc. – Adriane and Andy Crosland
  • Home Sponsors: The Hegi Family; Katy and Kyle Miller
  • Hand-Up Sponsors: Benchmark Bank; Jill and Grant Henderson; Sapphire Foundation, Inc. – Sandy Crosland and Ali Treaster; Thornton Family Foundation
  • Help Sponsors: Susie and John Adams; Susan Baldwin; Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Becky Frey Real Estate Group; Capital Title of Texas-Park Cities; Maura Costello; Margaret Hunt; Lauren and Alex Inman; The Miller Family Foundation; Julie Durham Rado; The Rosewood Foundation; Kathi and Scott Shuford; Kathy Little Shuford; The Stanford C. and Mary Clare Finney Foundation.


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

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Kevin Hall, Vanita Halliburton, Zak Williams

On March 9th, Grant Halliburton Foundation welcomed Zak Williams, mental health advocate, CEO and founder of PYM, and son of the late Robin Williams, to share his story at the 13th annual Beacon of Hope Community Luncheon. The luncheon supports Grant Halliburton Foundation’s work providing education, resources and support for children, teen and young adult mental health in North Texas.

About 500 guests attended, and during the reception, they purchased raffle tickets and participated in clever mental health activations, which included:

  • ·       Be Joyful: DJ Lucy Wrubel played fun music while participants danced.
  • ·       Be Present: Nespresso brewed coffee and served guests, encouraging them to be in the moment.
  • ·       Be Mindful: Staff members served chocolates to guests and had them think about what they were doing.
  • ·       Be Kind: Guests colored postcards, which featured sketches by Grant Halliburton, so they could send to a friend or family.
  • ·       Be Grateful: Attendees wrote what they were grateful for on a butterfly and hung it on the grass wall.
  • A champagne wall had the words “Celebrate Hope” to welcome them to the Beacon of Hope event.


Steve Noviello of FOX 4 News, served as the master of ceremonies. The Mitchell Family—Paula, John, Caroline and Thomas—were the first-ever family luncheon chairs, with Barb Farmer as the founding luncheon chair.

Patrick LeBlanc, executive director of the Bridging the Gap Foundation, gave the invocation. Then, Junior Players performed “Be More Chill,” a Broadway production that explores the challenges of the high school experience – from bullying and first love to parties and peer pressure.

Next, Grant Halliburton Foundation gave the Beacon Award to 19 members of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Hope Squad. In 2020, Jesuit partnered with Grant Halliburton Foundation to launch Hope Squad—students trained to watch for fellow students who are struggling, provide a listening ear, recognize warning signs of suicide and seek help from adults.

Vanita Halliburton, Grant Halliburton Foundation co-founder and executive chairman, spoke about the organization she co-founded after losing her teen son to suicide 16 years ago. “During this time of unprecedented challenges, even through a pandemic, Grant Halliburton Foundation never stopped, never faltered in its mission to reach and teach people how to care for their mental and emotional wellbeing.” She added, “The pandemic is not over. In fact, in addition to COVID-19, we now find ourselves in the middle of another pandemic: a mental health pandemic. In this pandemic, we’re dealing with rising rates of anxiety, depression, substance misuse, and suicide and with growing feelings of despair as we wonder if life will ever return to normal. There is one thing that can conquer despair, though, and that is… a rekindling of hope. Every one of us can be a beacon of hope.”

Polly Campbell, Grant Halliburton Foundation board chairwoman, spoke next. “Grant Halliburton Foundation is a vital, growing and innovative force in mental health. They have been there for so many families—including my own—helping to find resources, hope and healing. And without question, what they’re doing has saved lives – and will continue to save lives. But they need our support to do it. As someone whose family has felt first-hand the incredible impact of this organization, I am asking you to give generously today.”

Noviello introduced Jenny Anchondo, The CW 33 anchor, who interviewed Williams in a candid conversation about his famous father’s life and passing, his challenges with mental health and his mental health regimen. Williams’ mission in life is helping people find health for mental illness, and he’s become a student in finding ways to educate people about how to take care of themselves.

A few takeaways from Williams:

  • About his father: Robin Williams’ superpower was to make quick connections and associations. “His giving was an extension of his persona…I’m proud to be his son.”
  • About his young family: “I want to be present at every opportunity.”
  • About his mantra and life’s mission: “Service is a path to happiness.”
  • His idol is Albert Einstein.
  • About Grant Halliburton Foundation: “Grant Halliburton Foundation is doing what it should be doing. It brought me so much joy to see the Hope Squad.”
  • His advice: “To be vulnerable gives you strength. It gives you superpower.”

Finally, Williams shared his mental health regimen:

  • Incorporate nutrition. He’s so passionate about it, that he started a nutrition company.
  • Add fitness to your routine.
  • Find and develop meaningful connections.
  • Limit or eliminate alcohol.
  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Be grateful daily.

In the last 16 years, Grant Halliburton Foundation has provided mental health education, training and support to more than 200,000 students, educators, parents and professionals, thanks to funds raised in part by the annual Beacon of Hope event. The Foundation also offers two free community tools to help North Texans find mental health and addiction information and resources:

  • is a website with a searchable database of more than 900 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, and Spanish speakers are available.

Special thanks to the sponsors:

Hope: Carolyn and David Miller

Visionary: Shelley and Jeff Becker in memory of Alec Becker; Sue Blackwell and Karen Carney; Barb and David Farmer and Family in honor of Coffee Days Moms; Albert Huddleston; The Koz Foundation; Lee and Paul Michaels in memory of Abby Goldberg; Seale Wealth Management of Raymond James – Amber and Dax Seale; Todd Abbott Memorial Fund; and Taylor Consulting Group.

Advocate: Banks Fire Art in memory of Alec Becker; BKM Sowan Horan; Carolee Bluin; Lael and Peter Brodsky in honor of Kevin Hall; Jeanie Conly and Ann Hill; Curl Family Charitable Giving Fund; Susan Fisk and Friends in honor of Paula Mitchell; Friends of Grant Halliburton Foundation; Integer Dallas; Sharon and Kevin Hall; Hancock Whitney Bank; Laura and David Johnson; Paula and John Mitchell; Newport Healthcare; OK2BX Foundation; Amy Pool; Alyson and Joe Ray; Kelly and Charles Secker; Brett Seidl, Brett Nicole Interiors; Lisa K. Simmons; Linda and Ken Wimberly in memory of Alec Becker; and Lynn and Kevin Wisdom.

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 200,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes 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

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Kevin Connelly and Rebekah Covington

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that exploits people for profit. In 2019, Texas had the second highest reported cases of human trafficking in the country.* According to NewsNationNow and the University of Texas at Austin, more than 300,000 people are victims, including 79,000 minors who are sex trafficked and 234,000 victims of labor trafficking.* Many victims are often trafficked through airports, including Dallas Love Field. The airport has partnered with BEST –  Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking – for its Not Alone awareness campaign and all Love Field employees are completing BEST’s “Flights to Freedom” training to best be prepared to recognize suspicious activity.

To address human trafficking and its prevention, “Love Field Stories” features a discussion  with two Corporate Relations Managers from BEST:  Rebekah Covington, Maritime/Safe Jobs Collaborative, and Kevin Connelly, Aviation/Hospitality, with an introduction from Chris Perry, Dallas Love Field’s external communications and marketing manager. The public is invited to listen to this conversation live streamed on Tuesday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. (Central) on Love Field’s Facebook and YouTube. The podcast can be heard on Apple Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Pandora.

Chris Perry, Dallas Love Field’s external communications and marketing manager, said, “Businesses like ours are central to preventing and reporting human trafficking, so it was important for our staff to be trained to ‘see something, say something.’ We invite you to listen to this program and hear some important tips along with Rebekah’s moving story of how she was trafficked.”

Mar Brettmann, Ph.D., BEST’s CEO and executive director, added, “We are thrilled that Dallas Love Field Airport has taken such a proactive role by training their staff and placing signage in the airport. We hope this podcast will educate the broader community and will inspire new airports and businesses to follow their lead.”

Rebekah Covington, Corporate Relations Manager, Maritime/Safe Jobs Collaborative: Rebekah provides various human trafficking trainings for port-related industries, government agencies and businesses across the country. Through the Safe Jobs Collaborative, she supports survivors of human trafficking to find safe and reliable employment opportunities. Rebekah is leading the 2021 'Not Alone' poster campaign to help victims & survivors seek services. The national campaign is being implemented in airports, seaports and transit agencies through the US.

Kevin Connelly, Corporate Relations Manager, Aviation/Hospitality: Kevin speaks to business leaders, owners and managers about the importance of human trafficking prevention in the public and private sector. His role at BEST involves supporting leaders to understand their unique position to combat the crime of human trafficking. Kevin has spoken to leaders at global conferences, international webinars and alongside the Department of Transportation. He testified in the state legislature to mandate training for hospitality workers in Washington State.

Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST):

BEST aligns and equips leaders to use the power of business to prevent human trafficking. Through industry-specific training and education, BEST trains thousands of employees every year in airports, seaports, government agencies, and hotels to identify and prevent exploitation. They work to support survivors of human trafficking through employment programs and job readiness skills. They've partnered with groups such as the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association (THLA) and Dallas Love Field Airport to help their employees learn about their role in trafficking prevention. More information can be found at

About “Love Field Stories” Podcast:
“Love Field Stories,” the official podcast of Dallas Love Field Airport, launched in 2021 and completed 13 episodes with guests including Dallas Mavericks’ CEO Cynt Marshall, Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust, and Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. Season 2 launched February 8 with Kansas City Chiefs’s Chairman/CEO, Clark Hunt, and The Ticket’s sports radio personality, Mark Elfenbein. The podcast features stories, memories, and experiences related to the airport. Each episode is live streamed on Love Field’s Facebook and YouTube and can be heard on Apple Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Pandora.

About Dallas Love Field (DAL):

An award-winning airport, Dallas Love Field is a 2021 Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited facility – the gold standard for stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. The airport has also won many of the most prestigious awards including multiple years with Travel+Leisure’s “Top 10 Domestic Airports,” Airports Council International World and North America. For more information visit or call the Airport Operations Center (214) 670-LOVE (5683). Follow Dallas Love Field on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



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Orchid Giving Circle Officers 2021 Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation Executive Committee (left to right): Mylinh Luong, Chair; Jean Chao, Treasurer; Gowri Sharma, Grants Committee Chair; Radhika Zaveri, Secretary/Communications Chair; and Arang Cistulli, Membership Chair.

Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation held a virtual Grantee Celebration on October 22 featuring its members, grantees and supporters. The Giving Circle celebrated its seventh year by distributing a record $247,500 in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations that serve the North Texas Asian community. The group also gave the first-ever leadership grants for professional development to two Asian leaders: Diana Mao with Nomi Networks and Dr. Koshi Dhingra with talkSTEM. Over the past seven years, the giving circle has granted $1,078,000 to 30 nonprofits.

Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation is a group of Asian women who collaborate, pool their resources and leverage their networks to generate community grants that support social change and services benefitting the North Texas Asian community. Orchid members, representing a wide range of Asian cultures, ages, ethnicities and professions, have as their goal to increase awareness of the local Asian population, their community needs and philanthropic opportunities.

This year’s leadership includes Mylinh Luong, Chair; Radhika Zaveri, Secretary/Communications and Social Media Chair; Gowri Sharma, Grants Committee Chair; Jean Chao, Treasurer; and Arang Cistulli, Membership Chair.

Orchid Giving Circle Chair Mylinh Luong said, “We are living in unprecedented times, and while challenges remain, our commitment to step up and serve is steadfast with the help of our circle – our members, our donors and our grant recipients. The Orchid Giving Circle is grateful for the commitment of every grant recipient to lift the Asian American community in North Texas. Together, we will be the circle that continues to make a difference.”

The program included grant distributions to 20 deserving nonprofit organizations for specifically helping Asians and Asian-Americans:

  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA): Scholarships
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Demographic research
  • Asian Breast Health Outreach (Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation) – Breast health outreach and mammograms
  • Asian Film Foundation of Dallas: Asian and Asian-American women filmmakers
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County: Mental health services
  • Communities in Schools of North Texas: Support for Chin students in Lewisville
  • Dallas Chinese Community Center: Life skills, youth leadership and inclusion programs
  • Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum: Japanese/American WWII exhibit
  • DFW Hub Center for Health: Access and affordable healthcare support
  • Fort Worth Area Habitat for Humanity: Home construction for Myanmar refugee
  • IGNITE: Building Political Power in Asian American Young Women: Political training and mobilization
  • International Rescue Committee Inc.: Staff support to assist refugee women
  • Literacy Achieves: Family Literacy Program for immigrant and refugee families
  • Mosaic Family Services Inc. Services for those surviving family violence or human trafficking
  • Richardson Adult Literacy Center: ESL and workforce readiness for low-income
  • SAAVETX (Register2Vote Fund): Support for South Asian American Voter Empowerment
  • The Senior Source: Foster Grandparent Program
  • Texas Muslim Women's Foundation Inc.: Peace in the Home program
  • Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation: College readiness program
  • Wellness Center for Older Adults: Healthcare services for low-income Plano seniors  

Then, Diana Mao, founder of Nomi Networks and a Texas Women’s Foundation Young Leader Award honoree in 2021, and Dr. Koshi Dingra, talkSTEM founder, both received the Orchid Giving Circle’s first professional development grants. These grants will help Mao and Dhingra develop additional leadership skills, so that they can continue the work of fighting human trafficking (Nomi Networks) and developing future STEM learners and leaders in underrepresented populations (talkSTEM), respectively.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said, “Texas Women’s Foundation applauds the Orchid Giving Circle on raising and distributing record funds. Brava to our first Giving Circle in contributing more than $1 million to serve and support the growing Asian community in North Texas.”

Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation was launched in 2015. The group has provided grants in education, housing, healthcare, arts and culture, social services and more to the North Texas Asian community. In addition, Orchid Giving Circle has an interest in organizations and programs that are led by Asian women. Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation is a member of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a national, member-supported philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy in Asian American/Pacific Islander communities. Orchid Giving Circle founders include Arang Cistulli, Kim Cummings, Sejal Desai, Loh-Sze Leung, Caren K. Lock, Mylinh Luong, Lynette Payne, Gowri Sharma, Thear Suzuki, Charmaine Tang, Anne Woods, Cynthia Yung, Trea Yip and Radhika Zaveri.

For more information about Orchid Giving Circle and grants, visit or email

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The Park at Forest-Audelia

Imagine a rundown shopping center transformed in one week into a public park with amenities that enhance the surrounding neighborhood, such as green space, sport courts, a children’s play area, a walking path and dynamic programming from the community, for the community. That vision is about to become reality from October 15 to November 14 at the northwest corner of Forest Lane and Audelia Road in Northeast Dallas (9759 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75243). The community is invited to the official opening and activities on Saturday, October 16 at 12:30 p.m.

The Park at Forest-Audelia is a colorful and vibrant demonstration park, designed by the Better Block Foundation, to improve safety and function. About 3,500 square feet in area with landscaping and planters, the pop-up park features sport courts, wireless internet, flexible lawn space, shade, seating, a community garden, a children’s play area and daily activities. Kids U provides after school homework help the entire month; Junior Players teaches creative writing, flamenco dance and theater workshops; Pepsico provides meals and snacks. Weekends and weekdays are packed with entertainment, arts activities, exercise classes, health and library programs. Public seating can support more than 100 guests and includes signature Better Block’s Wikiblock furniture pieces, outdoor air hammocks, movable tables and café sets. A muralized, shaded stage supports a full-sized band or a dance group and also serves as an outdoor classroom.

Through an initiative with Project Safe Neighborhood and Dallas Parks Department, the Better Block Foundation and community leaders in the Forest-Audelia neighborhood are working to show that crime can be addressed and community built through the creation of beautiful and inviting public space. As the City of Dallas Parks Department recently bought the piece of property where the demonstration will be held, Better Block will showcase ideas that the community can give feedback on, thus influencing the long-term development of the property and improve the quality of life for all neighbors at Forest Audelia.

Kristin Leiber, Better Block senior project manager, said, “We have worked with the community to see what resources and elements they would like to see in the park, and their top choices were green space, resources and activities, and a kids’ play area. Along with the City of Dallas Parks Department, we are excited to be working on a design that meets the city’s and community’s needs. We have 30 days of programming from nonprofit partners and small businesses that will activate the space regularly and with purpose, especially on the weekends.”

Dallas Councilmember Adam McGough of District 10 said, “The persistence and resilience of so many made possible the launch of this temporary-park installation. This important step marks another key milestone on the journey toward making Forest-Audelia a safer, more vibrant place at which neighbors and families may live, work and gather. I’m thankful for the work of the Better Block Foundation and so many other community partners who are bringing to life the vision for a better future at this site. I’m eager to witness community members enjoying this temporary space and to listen to neighbors’ feedback to ensure the new, permanent space to come proves a longstanding community asset.”

To see the full calendar of events, visit

Neighbors will also be able to schedule events and meet-ups at this website.

Build dates, including community volunteer workshops, start on October 11. Those who are interested in volunteering can sign up here.

Leiber added, “The park is a tool, but the community engagement and activation are the heart of any grassroots project in a neighborhood. Help us build this park, and then join us at the many events.”

About the Better Block Foundation:

Better Block Foundation is an urban design nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. Find out more by visiting