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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services, and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities, has announced the promotion of Asriel Eford to the role of Chief Advancement Officer.

In this executive position, Eford will lead the coordinated efforts of The Warren Center’s Development, Marketing and Communications teams. She will provide a strategic vision for all programs that drive advancement and communications that sustain and grow revenues from all constituents, including individual donors, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, and special events benefitting the beloved North Texas nonprofit.

Eford has more than 20 years of experience in developing innovative strategies and community support for the organizations she has served, most recently as the Chief Marketing Officer at The Warren Center, where she led a multi-year campaign to generate interest in and support The Warren Center’s early-childhood intervention-oriented mission, resulting in a 33% increase in children enrolled.  

“Asriel is demonstrably the best of the best. She is uniquely suited to continue the transformative coalition of local and regional support and messaging for The Warren Center. She is passionate about the mission and communities we serve and already has had a profound impact on our organization which benefits thousands of children every year,” says Amy Spawn, Chief Executive Officer of The Warren Center. 

Prior to her work at The Warren Center, Eford held communications roles at Interstate Batteries, etc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Troy University and a master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University.   

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marks The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dallas FAN FESTIVAL loves Dallas and is showing that love by hosting several community organizations during the pop culture playground’s three-day event running from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2022, at the Irving Convention Center.

 

“We invite all of our fans and attendees to support the local community by checking out groups like the 501st Garrison, Broadway Dallas, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and participate in fun events like the Pet Adoption Fest at Dallas FAN FESTIVAL,” says Katie Loomis, Show Manager for Dallas FAN FESTIVAL.

Participating non-profits include:

BROADWAY DALLAS--Broadway Dallas brings all the top touring Broadway shows to Dallas each year. Visit the Broadway Dallas booth to learn more about their upcoming shows (such as SIX, MOULIN ROUGE, and HAMILTON). You can win tickets and other Broadway-themed prizes just by stopping by.

CAUSE TO PLAY--Cause to Play is a non-profit organization comprised of cosplayers who volunteer for philanthropic and community events. Visit their booth to learn more about their volunteers and events they're appearing at in the community!

FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION--Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death 

GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST TEXAS--The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves girls and adult volunteers across 32 counties. Stop by their booth to learn more about how they are meeting the urgent need for female voices, engagement, and leadership in STEM.

Participating Fan Groups including the DFW Critter Crew, DFW LUG, DFW Cosplay Gallifrey and Star Garrison of the 501st, will all be in the Community Zone at Dallas FAN FESTIVAL.

As always, community organizations will be participating in special events including:

PET ADOPTION FEST-- Are you ready to be a hero? Come meet some super dogs that need a forever home! Our adoption fair will include shelters from the Dallas area on Saturday, 10/15 in Programming Room B 

THE LAS COLINAS SYMPHONY--Experience the soundtracks of fandom with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra! Check our schedule closer to the show for performance and panel times, and for info on our musical petting zoo!

 

Dallas FAN FESTIVAL features three BIG days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions, and world-renowned celebrities who are available for Photo Ops and Autographs. Activities include themed days, costume contests, community partners, workshops, the chance to meet legendary Comic Creators, and an unrivaled shopping experience.

 

Tickets are on sale now. Hours and information are available at fanexpohq.com/dallasfanfestival.

 

DETAILS:  Dallas FAN FESTIVAL runs Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2022

    Friday, October 14 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

    Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

    Sunday, October 16 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 

The Irving Convention Center is located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039

 

ABOUT:  With over a million fans and counting, FAN EXPO HQ attracts pop culture enthusiasts, locally and internationally, to come together to celebrate all things fandom. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, CALGARY EXPO, FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, FAN EXPO Cleveland FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL, and EDMONTON EXPO.  The latest schedule of events is available here on their website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.

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From Fellowship for Performing Arts, the producers of The Screwtape Letters, and starring award-winning actor Max McLean, comes the world premiere of a dazzling, new theatrical experience that will take you Further Up & Further In the wit and wisdom of C.S. Lewis.

After three years of development, C.S. Lewis on Stage: Further Up & Further In arrives at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson, TX 75082-4332 from Oct.13-23, 2022.

“When Lewis moved from vigorous debunker to believer, it wasn’t obvious he would become the most influential Christian writer of the past hundred years,” said actor and playwright Max McLean. “Why did the BBC give Lewis a national audience to deliver unprecedently popular radio talks that would become Mere Christianity? How did Hitler’s devious charm influence the writing of The Screwtape Letters? What made Lewis such an effective apologist/evangelist to skeptics? Was it prayer? His expectation of the second coming? Or was it his deep longing for Heaven that also inspired much of his writing including Narnia and The Great Divorce

Using C.S. Lewis’ own words, Further Up & Further In explores these questions and more through an immersive, state-of-the-art theatrical experience of startling imagery, evocative music, and Lewis’ amazing storytelling. Further Up & Further In is a standalone production that builds on the story of Lewis’ conversion as a young man told in the nationwide hit play C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert.

The award-winning creative team is led by Kelly Tighe, set design (National Tour, Cats), John Gromada’s original score (Broadway, Tony Nomination, The Trip to Bountiful), Harry Feiner’s visual imagery (Off-Broadway, Paradise Lost) and Geoffrey Fishburn’s lighting (Off-Broadway, Martin Luther on Trial), all under the direction of Ken Denison (The Lion King, associate producer).

Founded by Artistic Director Max McLean, Fellowship for Performing Arts is a New York City-based production company whose mission is to produce theatre and film from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. In addition to annual seasons at Theatre Row in New York City, it produces coast-to-coast tours in both major performing arts venues and university theatres. McLean is the 2022 recipient of the C.S. Lewis Foundation Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions in Faith and Dramatic Arts.

FPA also produced the hit film The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, which is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play and YouTube, as well as to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.

For more information visit, FPAtheatre.com.

Performance Details

What: C.S. Lewis on Stage: Further Up & Further In

When:  Oct. 13-23

Where: Eisemann Center, Dallas, Texas

 

Ticket Prices: $39-$99

For groups of 10 or more. Email groups@fpatheatre.com

$30 under 30, at the box office, ID required

 

Ways to Purchase:

Online: CSLewisonStage.com

Phone: 972-744-4650

Box Office: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and one hour prior to all ticketed performances.

Produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts

630 9th Avenue, Suite 1409, New York NY 10036

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Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas through a patented multiphase selection process. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are recognized in Texas Super Lawyers’ Top Lists. Dallas-based family law attorney Kris Balekian Hayes is among five percent of Texas attorneys added to the highly sought-after list. To be recognized by the Super Lawyers List, honorees undergo peer nominations, evaluations and independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that serves as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. 

“It is an honor to be recognized as a top attorney in Texas,” says Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. “Getting a divorce is an incredibly stressful and difficult process – that’s why it is so important to choose an attorney you can trust. It’s our policy that while honesty may cost us, we owe it to our clients to give it to them. This philosophy has rewarded us with recognition by industry leaders and referrals from our loyal clients.”

After completing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas., Kris earned her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. She continued her education by earning a Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s University School of Business. With more than 20 years of experience practicing family law, she is dual-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and child welfare. She is one of 47 family lawyers in Texas that carries a dual certification in both of these areas. She is a credentialed mediator in all civil, family and CPS matters. Today she serves as managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC, based in Dallas, TX.

Led by Kris Balekian Hayes, the family law attorneys of Balekian Hayes PLLC are dedicated to fighting for their clients and their clients’ children. From contested divorces, to child possession disputes, to out-of-court mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides the knowledge and expertise needed to help people during what can be one of the most stressful times in their lives. To learn more about Balekian Hayes, visit https://www.bh-pllc.com/.

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 The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities, hosted the 29th annual Fantasy Football Draft Night event on Friday, August 19, 2022 at the Westin Galleria. Dallas Mavericks Game Night Emcee, Chris Arnold served as the celebrity host for more than 400 guests in attendance which helped to raise $479,000 dollars for the nonprofit. 

"Fantasy Football Draft Night is our favorite event of the year because it combines fun competition with the opportunity to help children with developmental delays and disabilities reach their full potential," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. “We are so grateful for everyone who has helped organize and participate in this year’s event. Our supporters are the greatest cheerleaders for our mission, helping us raise the much-needed funds required to meet our client’s urgent needs.”

At the football-themed event, guests drafted their own Fantasy Football team to compete in a league of friends and colleagues throughout the NFL season. At the end of the season, the champion of Fantasy Football will win two season tickets for the Dallas Cowboys 2023-2024 season. Winners of each league will receive a football autographed by a celebrity NFL player. Guests were also treated to dinner and drinks, live music, silent and live auctions and fun for a great cause. 

Proceeds from this event help support programs for The Warren Center throughout the year, including educational programs and services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, developmental services, nutrition, family education and support for children with developmental delays and disabilities. For more information about upcoming events and services, please visit, www.thewarrencenter.org.

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To celebrate National Guacamole Day on Friday, September 16, the avocado masterminds at ¡Yo Quiero! are teaming up with the Dallas Cowboys to host a celebratory tailgate on their home turf of Arlington, Texas at the Tom Thumb located at 2755 N Collins St, Arlington TX.

“Every year, the popularity of avocado-forward snacking grows bigger and bigger with guacamole leading the pack.  Loyalists and casual dippers, alike, are fueling the meteoric rise in consumption of ‘better for you’ snacks made with avocados, especially while watching America’s Team play week-after-week,” says Tara Murray, VP of Marketing for ¡Yo Quiero! Brands, based in North Texas. “If there is one thing that we know, it’s that North Texans take two things very seriously: the Dallas Cowboys and guacamole. Our tailgating celebration will feature and celebrate both ask we kick off the football season.”

The event, hosted by The Ticket’s Sean Bass, will begin at 4 pm with an appearance by Rowdy, the official mascot of the Dallas Cowboys, and will continue when Cowboys legend Nate Newton joins the party at 5 pm.  Five lucky winners will have the chance to see the Cowboys face the Bengals at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

 

DETAILS:

 

Who: ¡Yo Quiero! and the Dallas Cowboys

What: National Guacamole Day Tailgate

When: Friday, September 16th from 4 pm-6 pm

Where: Tom Thumb at 2755 N Collins St, Arlington TX  (map)

Why: ¡Yo Quiero! and the Dallas Cowboys celebrate National Guacamole Day in the most delicious way possible, tailgating in advance of the Cowboys/Bengals September match-up.  A good tailgate always begins with avocado and Cowboys fans are invited to taste and see what the buzz is about with ¡Yo Quiero!’s signature guacamole which continues to elevate tailgating to delicious new heights this football season. Join The Ticket’s Sean Bass, Rowdy, the official mascot of the Dallas Cowboys, and Cowboy legend Nate Newton on September 16th to have some guac, hang with some Cowboy fans, and have a chance to win Party Passes to the Cowboys game against the Bengals!

 

To learn more about ¡Yo Quiero!’s guacamole , visit www.yoquierobrands.com and

www.freshinnovationsllc.com.

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The successful navigation of a college and career fair is a valuable life skill. This event helps our students at a time when students can benefit the most from career exploration, a process of building self-awareness, learning about potential careers, and developing a plan for reaching future goals. 

 The 15th Annual Uplift Education College and Career Fair is a free event for Uplift Education students, which will be held on Tuesday, September 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the   Duncanville Field House.  

Uplift anticipates over 1,000+ Uplift seniors to attend with 100+ post-secondary pathway representatives from all over the country on hand to share information. Students will have the opportunity to explore colleges, universities, military options, trade schools, and potential careers over the course of a few hours. This event is intended for scholars to ask questions, make great first impressions, and find the best option for their future.  

The Uplift College and Career Fair is significant for Uplift seniors as it kick-starts the college application and post-secondary planning process. The fair allows students to see how their passions and interests can convert to college majors and careers and helps them learn about college campus life and culture to determine what colleges will fit their personalities. Seniors will also be able to attend sessions to gather more in-depth knowledge about various colleges and post-secondary pathways.  

For the third year, Uplift will also offer sessions for families to learn about the Road to College and Career initiatives that will impact their students. This year's parent session is titled, "A Play by Play for College and Career". There will be a panel consisting of Uplift parents and college and career experts, providing insight on the family experience of the last 2 years of high school when students are exploring and making college and career decisions. This virtual session will be held in both English and Spanish. 

 Uplift is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for students, regardless of their ethnicity or socioeconomic background, by providing equitable access to high-quality education, programs and experiences that empower students to reach their highest potential. Uplift’s unique Road To College & 

Career programs are unparalleled in how we prepare our scholars for life after high school. Through events like the College and Career Fair, we help students discover their strengths and passions and learn how those might translate into a college major or future career that will help them reach their long-term personal goals. 

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Dallas FAN FESTIVAL is less than one month away, and fans are already getting their costumes ready to participate in the pop culture playground’s many activities, contests, and special events that put creativity front and center during the three-day event running from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2022, at the Irving Convention Center located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039.

While Dallas FAN FESTIVAL’s perennial main attractions include celebrity photo ops and meet and greets, the chance to meet legendary comic book creators, and an unrivaled shopping experience, this year, they have introduced specialty programming that embraces the spookiness of the Halloween season and newly introduced theme days.

The theme days are:

FRIDAY COLOR FEST - AN ART EXPLOSION! Comics, cosplay, chalk art, painting, and more - come explore the diversity and creativity of art in pop culture!

HAUNTED SATURDAY - A HORROR FEST! Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and ghastly fiends, you won't want to miss this year's horrifying panels, terrifying activities, and monstrous cosplays!

FAMILY FUN FEST on SUNDAY! Dance parties, crafts, carnival games, lightsabers, and more - it's time for fun for the whole family!

Dallas FAN FESTIVAL show organizers have also announced the following contests and competitions and encourage attendees to get those creative juices flowing now!

AMAZING(LY TERRIFYING) RACE

The race is on! Grab a friend and prepare to face monsters, makeup, and more in a series of 'horrifying' challenges that will test all your skills and see if you can survive the terror!

PUMPKIN CREATION CONTEST

The Dallas FAN FESTIVAL Pumpkin Creation Contest is an opportunity to celebrate creativity and engage the local community in both the creation and enjoyment of attendee submissions. Participants will compete for prize packs and tickets to FAN EXPO Dallas 2023 and the audience will decide who is the Dallas FAN FESTIVAL Champion Pumpkin Creator!

When: Friday, October 14, the winner will be announced on Sunday, October 16

SCREAM SUPREME

Can you feel the monster creeping up behind you?! Will you be ready when you discover that the call is coming from INSIDE the house?! It's time to crown the Scream Supreme of Dallas FAN FESTIVAL 2022! So, take a deep breath and let out your most blood-curdling screech and let the audience decide who is the Scream Supreme!

MONSTEROUS COSPLAY CONTEST

Do you have the most monstrous or horrifying cosplay at Dallas FAN FESTIVAL 2022?! Come and show off your skills in this horror-themed cosplay competition and see if you're the scariest of them all 

CHALK ART CONTEST

The Dallas FAN FESTIVAL Chalk Art Contest is an opportunity to celebrate the creativity of chalk art and appreciate both the process and the final creation! Participants will compete for prizes and FAN FESTIVAL attendees will vote on their favorite creation!

When: Friday, October 14 @ 3:00 – 6:00 pm, winners will be announced on Sunday, October 16

 

COSPLAY 'MASHUP' CONTEST

The Dallas FAN FESTIVAL Cosplay “MASHUP” contest takes cosplay to the next level! What cosplays, characters, or themes will you put together to create the ultimate, unique expression of fandom!? Participants will compete for prize packs and tickets to FAN EXPO Dallas 2023 and the audience will decide who is the Dallas FAN FESTIVAL Mashup Champion!

When: Friday, October 14 at 6 pm

Where: TBD

 

Tickets are on sale now. Hours and information are available at fanexpohq.com/dallasfanfestival.

 

DETAILS:  Dallas FAN FESTIVAL runs Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2022

Friday, October 14 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P. M.

Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, October 16 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 

The Irving Convention Center is located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039

 

 

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The Magdalen House, a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles, will host its second annual Leave a Legacy “Live Loud and Free” concert at The Rustic on November 3, 2022. Guests will be treated to entertainment by Rascal Flatts Front man, Gary LeVox, dinner, dancing, and amazing auction items — all while celebrating alcoholic women’s empowerment and raising awareness and much-needed funds to help D/FW women achieve alcoholism recovery.

“Leave a Legacy is our signature fundraising event designed with inspiration, women’s empowerment, and a goal to reduce the stigma of alcoholism through education,” says Kate Richter, development director of The Magdalen House. “We can’t wait to celebrate the freedom found in recovery again this year with our community and the extremely talented Gary LeVox, who is embarking on a solo career after more than 20 years as the front man for The Rascal Flats.”

According to a recent study, women increased their drinking by 41% before the pandemic. Today, there are over 250,000 alcoholic women in D/FW alone. Less than 1 in 15 alcoholic women (only 6.9%) will seek formal help. Because women face more stigmatization, shame, family responsibilities, and socioeconomic barriers than men, they frequently have co-occurring disorders and are less likely to seek treatment. If you’re an alcoholic who can’t stop drinking or a concerned loved one of an alcoholic, the first step in recovery is education and access to resources. In North Texas, The Magdalen House provides residential recovery, detox, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help grow and sustain recovery. Proceeds from fundraising events like Leave a Legacy help ensure that The Magdalen House can provide no cost services to alcoholic women.

This year’s event is co-chaired by Alyson Griffith, Kristy Hoglund Robinson and Kathleen Powell. Tickets are available for purchase here, https://one.bidpal.net/leavealegacy/welcome. To purchase sponsorships or for more information about Leave a Legacy: "Live Loud and Free" Concert, please contact Kate Richter, Director of Development, at kate@magdalenhouse.org.

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Best Lawyers 2023

Best Lawyers®, the only peer-review guide to the legal profession, recently announced the 29th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© — adding Dallas-based family law attorney Kris Balekian Hayes to the highly competitive list for the third consecutive year. To be recognized by the Best Lawyer in America publication, honorees are reviewed by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 147 practice areas. The list recognizes outstanding lawyers by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for a lawyer are positive enough for recognition by Best Lawyers, that lawyer must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. 

“I am extremely grateful to be recognized as a top family lawyer in the country for the third consecutive year,” says Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. “My personal credo is to lead with honesty. By doing so, we may lose some business, but we are often rewarded with client referrals and recognition from our peers because we have worked hard to build a reputation as an award-winning law firm that clients can trust.”

Kris earned her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio after completing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She continued her education by earning a Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s University School of Business. With more than 20 years of experience practicing family law, she is dual-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and child welfare. She is one of 47 family lawyers in the state of Texas that carries a dual certification in both of these areas. She is a credentialed mediator in all civil, family and CPS matters. Today she serves as managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC, based in Dallas, TX.

Led by Kris Balekian Hayes, the family law attorneys of Balekian Hayes PLLC are dedicated to fighting for their clients and their clients’ children. From contested divorces, to child possession disputes, to out-of-court mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides the knowledge and expertise needed to help people during what can be one of the most stressful times in their lives. To learn more about Balekian Hayes, visit https://www.bh-pllc.com/.