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More than 65,000 fans celebrated all things fandom during the historic return of FAN EXPO Dallas from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2022. In addition to an impressive roster of celebrity talent, the mega-hit three-day weekend brought hundreds of unique experiences, contests, family-friendly activities, and on-site activations to the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas.

FAN EXPO Dallas’s exciting 2022 celebrity appearances included: Lord of the Rings Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Mandalorian and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito, Katee Sackoff, Brendan Fraser,  Cobra Kai’s William Zabka and Martin Kove, WWE Superstars Undertaker™, Alexa Bliss™, Bella Twins, Star Wars Clone Wars Ashley Eckstein and more.

Plus, fans met the voices behind their favorite animated characters with appearances from Christopher Sabat, Paige O’Hara, Troy Baker, Justin Briner and Zach Aguilar among a lineup of many others.

“FAN EXPO Dallas 2022 brought a high-energy weekend filled with enhanced programming and exciting celebrity encounters,” shares FAN EXPO HQ Vice President Andrew Moyes. “Our guests had wildly unique experiences at sessions on the Creators Stage, participated in our signature ‘How To’ workshops, took photos with their favorite costumed characters, watched professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels and searched through tons of unique gifts at FAN EXPO Dallas’ huge show floor for shopping! From cosplay contests, gaming tournaments and themed meetups, FAN EXPO Dallas brings record-breaking numbers of the fan community together year after year.”

 “We’re already looking ahead to Dallas Fan Festival, October 14-16 at the Irving Convention Center and FAN EXPO Dallas 2023 will take place June 9 – 11, 2023, when we expect to see an equally as impressive turnout as we did this year!” says Moyes.  For more information, visit: www.fanexpodallas.com.

 

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ:

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 Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas Fan Festival and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. In 2022, FAN EXPO HQ will present six new shows previously organized by Wizard World: FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO St. Louis, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, and FAN EXPO Cleveland. The latest schedule of events is available on the Website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.

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It may be tempting to rush through the divorce process, but the average divorce can take anywhere from six to twelve months before it is finalized. It is considered final as soon as the judge pronounces it so in open court and signs the decree of divorce. If the spouses are not in agreement, it typically takes about six months to one year or possibly longer to finalize a divorce, the timetable will vary based on the complexity of the issues and the degree of conflict. Divorces generally take about a year when children are involved because the court requires a social study to occur which takes place over the period of four to six months.

According to Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner at Balekian Hayes, PLLC, the following reasons impact the duration of the divorce process in Texas. 

Mandatory waiting periods. Some states require a period of separation (living apart) before you are allowed to even file for divorce. Most states require a mandatory waiting period between the filing of your divorce petition and when the court will issue your final divorce decree. The average mandatory waiting period is between 30 and 90 days, though some states require up to a 12-month wait.

High conflict divorce. If your divorce is uncontested (you agree on all issues), then you typically can finalize your divorce as soon as you have met your state’s waiting period requirements. If your divorce is contested, meaning that you and your spouse disagree on some or all issues (like property division, child custody, or child support), it can take much longer to finalize a divorce. You will have to, at the very least, work through the issues in negotiation. This can take several months, depending on the issues. And if your conflicts result in the need for trial, then it can take many more months — sometimes over a year — to resolve everything in court.

Child custody evaluations. Most courts require child custody evaluations with contested custody issues.

Evaluations usually entail interviews, home visits, and information from mental health experts, especially if there are allegations of mental health concerns. Once all information is received, the evaluator would make a recommendation of custody based on all the information from others.

Court dockets. Dockets are so full it can sometimes take months to get before a court to have your issues heard. 

A divorce settlement is typically reached once the divorcing (or separating) spouses agree on issues such as child custody, child support, alimony (also referred to as “spousal support” or “maintenance”), and the division of property. You may enter into a divorce settlement agreement before or after you separate or file for divorce. Or you may not be able to reach an agreement until the morning of your divorce trial – right “on the courthouse steps,” as the saying goes. However, the sooner you settle your case the better, especially if the goal is to avoid unnecessary turmoil and attorney’s fees. It is generally reached when a custody recommendation is made by someone appointed by the court to make it, a forensic evaluation of all assets is completed, or the parties grow tired of spending money that could otherwise go to the family and reach agreements.  

In order to finalize your divorce, the judge must sign off on the divorce papers. Once the final decree of divorce is proved up on the record, the court signs the agreed final decree of divorce at that time. A decree containing all agreed terms can be signed as soon as the waiting period elapses. If contested, it will generally take about 18 months to have a final trial held on all issues and have the divorce granted. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with Balekian Hayes, PLLC visit: https://www.bhfamilylaw.com.

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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 recently held its second annual Game, Set, Match tennis event at Lakewood Country Club. In celebration of The Magdalen House’s 35th Anniversary, this year’s Game, Set, Match event was all about the 80’s. Guests enjoyed a great day of tennis and live music from The Vinyl Countdown. More than $50,000 was raised which will cover the cost of life-saving recovery services for 27 women who enroll in the First Step program.

“For 35 years, we have proudly changed the lives of so many alcoholic women by offering compassion and support at every stage of recovery,” says Lisa Kroencke, executive director of The Magdalen House. “Funds generated by Game, Set, Match empower us to offer programs that provide solution-based education and resources to alcoholic women as well as their families and loved ones.”

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.

The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through the following spiritually based, comprehensive programs.

  • First Step program: A two-week, residential program for an alcoholic woman who wants to stop drinking but cannot. She is provided with the education and resources to achieve sobriety and build a foundation of recovery.
  • Next Step program: A three-phase, nonresidential program for an alcoholic woman at any stage of recovery. She is provided with support and structure to sustain her recovery while growing in her knowledge of 12-Step spiritual principles.
  • Meetings and Fellowship: Solution-focused classes, meetings, and workshops are provided for alcoholic women at every stage of recovery, 365 days a year. We also have dedicated volunteers who provide Family Support to families and loved ones of alcoholics.
  • Resources and Education: Community partnerships help us connect alcoholic women and their families to resources that include sober living, counseling, and women’s health. At the same time, education initiatives allow us to reach and serve more alcoholic women.

To receive treatment or to learn more about The Magdalen House, visit, https://magdalenhouse.org/get-help/ or call 214.324.9261. 

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities, is proud to announce the 2022 slate of board members.

“We are beyond grateful to welcome our 2022 slate of board members,” said Amy Spawn, president and CEO of The Warren Center. “Each new member will provide our organization with a unique background and perspective, and we look forward to their expertise and guidance.”

  • Michael Andereck, investor and entrepreneur 
  • Joseph Hoffman, partner at Katten Muchin Roseman, LLP
  • Becky Horne, president at RBH Enterprises, LLC
  • Clete Madden, president at Health Systems and OIS Business Development 
  • Paulina Romon, vice president of operational excellence and human resources at Creative Realities, Inc. 
  • Lee Summers, president of Media and AdTech at Creative Realities, Inc. 

The Warren Center provides therapy and support for over 3,000 families every year. Each day, the need for services continues to grow. The CDC estimates one in six children have intellectual or physical disabilities or delays. In Dallas County alone, over 102,000 children have a developmental disability. The period between birth to five years is a time of rapid development. The earliest possible intervention is critical due to the accelerated brain development during these first years of life. Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, and labor market success. The Warren Center provides physical therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and social support needed to help children with disabilities reach their full potential.

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The Barber Shop Marketing, heralded as one of the best full-service Marketing and Advertising agencies in North Texas, announced their win of three Telly Awards for Television Excellence.

Representing an industry benchmark for unique and compelling content, the 43rd Annual Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by the Telly Award Judging Council, a diverse selection of video and television leaders from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology.

David Adkins, Creative Director of The Barber Shop Marketing, and Taylor Loyd, Producer, helmed the award-winning works:

  • Dallas Truck World Contest is a Bronze Winner in Local TV - Automotive: LINK
  • Berkeys: Disposal Disaster is a Bronze Winner in Local TV - Professional Services: LINK
  • Turtle Creek Association is a Bronze Winner in Non-Broadcast - Not-for-profit: LINK

Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies, and publishers from around the world.

Upon news of the awards, Adkins said, "Being awarded Tellys for local TV as well as non-broadcast, we are thrilled to celebrate this success in the new era of the moving image on and offline. When we are telling stories across multiple formats, we have the freedom and challenge of putting our best feet forward on behalf of our clients and the brands we represent.”

The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies, and publishers from around the world.

“Year after year, we are firmly dedicated to producing high-quality and engaging commercials and content to share with the community and deliver results for our clients. Recognition from prestigious awards, like the Tellys, motivates the entire team at The Barber Shop Marketing to not only continue to deliver quality with purpose but energizes our continued drive for success and excellence in the work we provide to the businesses we serve,” said Amy Hall Phyfer, President of The Barber Shop Marketing.

About The Telly Awards:

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, Stash Media, Production Hub, and Independent Filmmaker Project.

About The Barber Shop Marketing
The Barber Shop Marketing is a full-service marketing and advertising agency in Dallas with category-leading clients including Uplift Education, Baker Brothers Plumbing, Air & Electric, Yo!Quiero, City of Richardson, Smith Thompson Home Security, Town of Addison, and Bill Dickason Chevrolet Buick. Their specialization includes advertising, creative, media, digital, social media, public relations, and search optimization. For more information about The Barber Shop Marketing,For more information about The Barber Shop Marketing, visit www.thebarbershopmarketing.com or phone 214-217-7177. Follow The Barber Shop Marketing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebarbershopmarketing or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-barber-shop-marketing.

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From burlap menus to wooden signs and checkered tablecloths, rustic weddings are bringing smoky meats and flavorful delights to the dining tables at events across North Texas. Amber Polk, Director of Catering for Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, the family-owned bar-b-que mainstay of more than 45 years in Dallas/Fort Worth, has seen a significant increase in Brides (and Grooms)-to-Be choosing rustic themes for their weddings, showers, and rehearsal dinners this season.

“Food and family are our priority at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. Our catering has been a delicious example of this for many brides already this year,” says Polk. “As we help celebrate ‘Happily Ever After’, our goal is to make each event as special, seamless, and tailor-made as possible. We know that the food and service at these special events need to be one-of-a-kind, from ‘I do’ to ‘I’m full’, and we are here to make that happen.”

Soulman’s Catering recently introduced their new Bar-B-Cuterie board, a beautiful spread of smaller bites and sweet treats spilling out for guests to take their pick. The Bar-B-Cuterie board can include choices of signature bar-b-que-themed appetizers including smoky Soulman’s dip with Texas Toast sticks, spinach stuffed mushrooms, pulled pork donut hole sliders, BLT bites, bacon-wrapped stuffed peppers, candied sausage bites, chopped beef potato skins, and  bite-size chicken & waffles.

For the main event, Soulman’s has tailored packages for weddings, not only including their traditional mouthwatering meats, but premium smoked meats like beef tenderloin, prime rib, and pork shanks.  Soulman’s Catering has decades of experience pairing meats and sides for the perfect flavor combination for any wedding or family gathering to celebrate the happy couple. The professional team at Soulman’s will even customize the serving line to match the wedding colors and theme.

“Thrillist calls Soulman’s Bar-B-Que the Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery (2020) for a good reason and we want to share that with all North Texans who are looking to personalize their big day with delicious food that will be talked about long after the last guest leaves,” says Polk.

“For my daughter’s wedding, we had Soulman’s Bar-B-Que cater the food and I couldn’t be happier. The food was incredible, and the staff was efficient, friendly, and had everything handled. I didn’t have to do a thing. I would recommend Soulman’s to everyone!”  says Sharon Plunk, Mother-of-the-Bride, Heath TX.

“Soulman’s has established a sterling reputation for delivering mouth-watering food with outstanding service. No matter the size or style of each event, we guarantee that your guests will be served an exceptional meal by engaging and professional staff,” Polk concludes. Potential clients can submit their information online at www.soulmans.com/weddings and Soulman’s will be in touch within 24 hours. Soulman’s catering can produce cocktail hours, grazing boards, carving stations, bridal suite lunch packages, custom menus, desserts, customized disposables, and much more!

 

 

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The Warren Center invited donors and friends of the nonprofit to celebrate Month of the Young Child at a cocktail reception hosted at Park City Club on Thursday, April 28. Guests had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Mary Ann Morris, neurologist at Children’s Medical Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities speak at the event which was underwritten by Bank of Texas.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism Spectrum Disorder affects roughly 1 in 44 children across the United States. In the state of Texas alone, at least 250,000 individuals have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Texas Autism Council. Autism is the fastest-growing disability in the state — and as the disability grows — so does the need for assessments. To meet the growing demand for assessments, The Warren Center will begin offering autism assessment services for current clients.  

"The earlier that services are delivered, the more likely children are to develop effective communication, language, visual, social and motor skills," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. "Early intervention services are critical because young children grow and develop so quickly. If they do not receive services before they are five years old, it can have lasting effects."

The comprehensive autism assessments are conducted by professionals with expertise across a number of fields. The evaluations include observations, direct interaction, a parent interview, an in-depth look at the child’s developmental history and an evaluation of the following areas: social, communication, sensory, emotional, cognitive and adaptive behavior.

The team will personally meet with parents to discuss their findings, give specific and meaningful recommendations, answer any questions, provide a detailed written report and work with parents on a plan of action going forward. The Warren Center is committed to ensuring North Texas families get answers and the help and support needed for children with developmental delays and disabilities. 

For more information about The Warren Center’s autism assessment services please visit, https://thewarrencenter.org/autismevaluation/.

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 In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Uplift Education's Counseling Services is hosting their inaugural Parent Symposium Saturday, May 14th. Parent Symposium is a conference-style event that will allow parents the opportunity to learn about youth and adolescent mental health and learn how to help support their student's ever-evolving well-being needs. Topics will include social media and mental health, child development, discipline and connection for parents, teen suicide prevention, parent self-care and more. The event will include multiple breakout sessions in addition to a panel of community partners and social-behavioral counselors answering mental health-related questions submitted by Uplift parents and high school students.

In addition to the Parent Symposium, each school's Social Behavioral Counselor will host a series of mental health-related activities on their campus. Activities will include poster competitions, advisory lessons on mental health, mental health presentations by outside speakers, and mental health resource shares. Our Social Behavioral Counselors rise together every day and put the mental health and wellbeing of our students and families FIRST and celebrating Mental Health Awareness month in May is one of the many ways that counselors do this.

Uplift also prioritizes the well-being of our staff and encourages our staff and families to check in on one another. One form of support Uplift Education offers is free counseling sessions for staff, students, and families. Now, more than ever, mental health awareness and support are vital to children, youth, and families. The strength of our communities has been and will continue to be tested and our social behavioral counselors and our community partners are committed to standing alongside our families during this time as we navigate local and national youth mental health concerns.

Uplift Education, Thursday, May 12, 2022, Press release picture
Uplift Education, Thursday, May 12, 2022, Press release picture

The world has changed significantly since Uplift began, but our mission remains the same. Every child, no matter their circumstances, will be given the opportunity to learn, grow, succeed, and flourish. At Uplift Education, we believe that when students and families have both prevention and intervention-focused mental health supports, every child will be able to flourish and in turn, those students will grow into adults that help us leave this world better and healthier than we found it.

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FAN EXPO Dallas is pulling out all the stops on its celebrity lineup for the three-day event that celebrates all things pop culture. Wrestling heavyweights from WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) will be on-site this summer to create unforgettable memories for their fandom.  From WWE stars like The Undertaker™, considered one of the greatest in the game as a multi-time WWE and World Heavyweight Champion, a six-time tag team titleholder, and a Royal Rumble Match winner in 2007, to the Bella Twins™, identical twin sisters Brie Bella and Nikki Bella who are both former WWE Divas Champions and part of the 2020 class of the WWE Hall of Fame, to legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair, also known as "The Nature Boy" among other nicknames, who is beloved by most wrestling fans today, the list of featured wrestlers comes with some heavy hitters.

FAN EXPO HQ Vice President, Andrew Moyes says, “WWE has been a pop culture institute for decades, so hosting these iconic guests is absolutely a win for everyone who comes to the event. We strive to provide something for everyone at FAN EXPO Dallas, where fans can ‘discover, celebrate and belong’ in a community of artists and entertainers at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center from June 17th through 19th, 2022.

The roster of WWE guests includes:

 

  • The Undertaker™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Ric Flair appearing SATURDAY & SUNDAY
  • Seth Rollins™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Alexa Bliss™ appearing SUNDAY
  • Edge™ appearing SUNDAY
  • AJ Styles™ appearing SUNDAY
  • Bella Twins™ appearing SUNDAY
  • Carmella™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Sheamus™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Matt Riddle™ appearing SUNDAY

 

To see the full guest list, schedule, and order tickets go to www.fanexpodallas.com

 

DETAILS:  FAN EXPO Dallas runs Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2022

Friday, June 17 from 4:00 PM. to 9:00 P. M.

Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, June 19 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is located at 650 S. Griffin St. Dallas, TX 75202

 

Tickets start at $27 and children 5 and under are free.  Hours and information are available at fanexpodallas.com.

 

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 Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas Fan Festival and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. In 2022, FAN EXPO HQ will present six new shows previously organized by Wizard World: FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO St. Louis, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, and FAN EXPO Cleveland. The latest schedule of events is available on the Website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.

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More than 70 young philanthropists from industries as diverse as investment banking to software development, gathered at On The Levee for The Warren Center’s Young Professionals’ kickoff event. Those in attendance enjoyed an evening of bites, beverages, and beats by DJ ZEKK at the inaugural event to support North Texas children with developmental delays and disabilities. One lucky guest was able to take home a Stock the Bar Basket featuring items from Lockwood Distillery.

To kick off the event, founding chair of The Warren Center’s young professional group, Paulina Romon shared a few opening remarks about the group’s mission to support children with developmental delays and disabilities and expressed gratitude to the guests who donated toys for the annual Operation Santa holiday event.

The Warren Center’s Young Professional Group invites young philanthropists ages 21 to 45, regardless of profession to support North Texas children with developmental delays and disabilities. The group will host service-related projects and various networking events throughout the year. There are no membership dues to join; however, anyone is welcome to make a donation to The Warren Center. 

For more information, visit https://thewarrencenter.org/volunteer or email: Leslie Chatman, leslie.chatman@thewarrencenter.org.