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95 years of cultivating leaders to collectively address the critical needs of our community

2016-2017 VOLUME



TABLE OF CONTENTS: In this Volume 4 5 6 8 9 10 12 14 22 26 28 30 32 34

Letter from the President Letter from the Editor Board of Directors Community Advisory Board 2015-2016 By the Numbers 2016-2017 Community Program Community Grant Presentation 95 Years of Service Signature Projects 6th Annual Milestones Luncheon Lifetime Achievement and Sustainer of the Year Awards 55th Annual Junior League of Dallas Ball Linz Award Auction & Casino


Letter from the President For 95 years, the Junior League of Dallas has trained the women who make things happen in Dallas. I have said these words many times over the past year. And, as our anniversary year comes to a close and I reflect on the past 12 months, those words ring truer now more than ever. Time and again, I have seen our members rise to the occasion, blaze a trail, meet a need, exceed an expectation, touch a life, make a difference. I am so proud—and so grateful—to have served alongside the extraordinary members of the Junior League of Dallas at this special time in our history. In 1922, a group of women in Dallas came together, bound by their love for our city and desire to help the most vulnerable of its citizens. What emerged was an organization that gave the civicminded women of Dallas an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and make Dallas better by helping those who needed it most. Today, the JLD more than lives up to our founders’ vision. Each year, our members—a diverse group of women from all walks of life—give more than 100,000 hours of uncompensated volunteer service to our community. They give their time and energy to the 39 agencies in our community program. They serve on our In-League Committees, such as Finance, Strategic Planning, and Education. They support our Signature Projects, including Women LEAD, Grants for Innovative Teaching, and Kids in the Kitchen. They raise funds to distribute to non-profits throughout the city, which, when combined with our volunteer service triple our impact on those in need. In fact, 20162017 was a record breaking year for JLD fundraising. Thanks to the outpouring of support this year, we were able to raise nearly $2 million for our community. Through their service, our members are equipped to tackle challenges that may once have seemed daunting or even impossible. After they leave the League, our members have called on the training they received to lead city-wide initiatives and improve our community. So, as our forbearers did in 1922, the women of the JLD this year came together to lift Dallas up, to put in hours of service so that someone else’s life might be even a little better. Every day, through actions large and small, our members demonstrate that the JLD is truly a force for good in our city. It has been a privilege for me to witness first-hand as our members served with their hearts, minds, and hands to give Dallas wings. And I have no doubt that if our founders could see us now, they would be very proud.

Bonner Allen

2016-2017 President

Letter from the Editor

DallaCite Ninety-five years ago, a group of determined women charted a course to maximize the impact of organizations addressing human needs in Dallas. Because of this desire to help others, today over 5,000 women annually support 39 agencies that are vital to the development and growth of our community. This is the Junior League of Dallas.

The League continues to grow and thrive because of our amazing members, who are also our most dedicated supporters. The women serving today are tomorrow’s business, government and community leaders. The experiential training JLD members receive through external volunteering, as well as internally managing all aspects of the organization, prepares women to identify critical needs and continue the mission of improving the Dallas community once their time in Active membership is complete. It is the support and the trust you put in us that enables us to continue the work we do for Dallas. This year, I have had the honor to highlight and celebrate our achievements as editor of the DallaCite publication. It is both our love letter and our thank-you note to the great city of Dallas. Special recognition and gratitude goes to my team of writers and editors as well as to the professionals who made the DallaCite possible. And to all, thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Junior League of Dallas. Cheers to the next 95!

Valerie Maniscalco 2016-2017 Editor

DALLACITE CREDITS Editor: Valerie Maniscalco Assistant Editor: Jessica Voyce Lewis Contributing Writers: Kristina Kiik, Dina Morales Design and Layout: Wishlist Creative Printing: Greg Niederding, Digital 3 Printing Photography: Audrey Cho, Melody Chambers, Courtney Edwards, Rhiannon Lee, Tamytha Cameron A very special thank you goes to the 95th Anniversary committee for all their efforts and contributions to the creation of this publication.


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Board of Directors What do you envision for JLD in the future? Continue to grow our membership and outreach to serve more citizens in need in our community. Megan Pharis

Training Vice President

Continue to develop the potential of women leaders—we have the best pipeline of community leaders right here! Tracy Steiner

Strategy Vice President

Continue to strengthen community relationships—earning a seat at the table with other major donors/ organizations on city-wide initiatives. Beth Lloyd

Signature Projects Vice President

What is your advice to JLD members? Find a mentor to help you navigate through placements and challenge you to develop new skills and relationships. Sarah Burns

Communications Vice President

How has JLD impacted Dallas these past 95 years? JLD has equipped and inspired smart, ambitious, civic-minded women to improve countless lives by creating positive change in our city.

Our exponential growth over the years has allowed for us to put nearly 1,500 volunteers in the community annually.

Bonner Allen

Community Vice President

JLD has grown not only in numbers but also in influence, diversity, range, and vision.

Our trained volunteers have gone on to lead other volunteer efforts and organizations that have shaped our community. Many now run companies and non-profits.

Elizabeth Allen


Emily Somerville-Cabrera Recording Secretary

Lynn McBee

Sustaining Advisor

Say “Yes” to opportunities that might seem unexpected or out of the box. You will grow in your experience and leadership! Melissa Wickham

Financial Vice President

Self-nominate or accept nomination for a leadership position. Serving in a leadership role will be one of the more rewarding experiences in the League. Jennifer Tobin President-Elect

What was your favorite experience as a JLD member? Working at St. Philip’s with Kids in the Kitchen—watching the students’ faces as they learned about healthy eating and were empowered to make their own snacks/meals. Jodi McShan

Membership Vice President

As a researcher on R&D, it was encouraging to see the impact that the League has on so many different agencies in Dallas. Christa Sanford

Development Vice President

Working with GFIT for two years— hearing creative and innovative ideas from Dallas teachers, awarding them grant money and watching their ideas come to life over the course of the year. Natalie Lesikar

Administrative Vice President



2016-2017 Community Advisory Board Joel T. Allison Retired, Former CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health Norman P. Bagwell Chairman & CEO Bank of Texas Paula C. Blackmon Executive Vice President The Davis Advocates Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt Jeanne Whitman Consulting Chief David Brown Retired, Former Chief of Police Dallas Police Department Marti J. Carlin Director Community Affairs T. Boone Pickens Foundation Brent E. Christopher President Children’s Medical Center Foundation

Patti Clapp Community Volunteer Cynde Coulson Managing Director Sirius Solutions Catherine Cuellar Director of Partnerships Luscinia Health Trisha Cunningham Retired, Former Chief Citizenship Officer Texas Instruments Camille Grimes Community Relations Manager Dallas Morning News Tammie Hughes Internal Affairs Dallas Police Department Mary M. Jalonick President and CEO The Dallas Foundation

Noelle LeVeaux CEO Noelle LeVeaux Concepts

Jeff Staubach President, South Central Region JLL

Honorable Jeanne L. Phillips SVP, Corporate Affairs & International Relations Hunt Consolidated

Paula Strasser Director of the Business Leadership Center SMU Cox School of Business

Deedie Rose Community Volunteer David M. Rosenberg Partner Thompson & Knight LLP G. Brint Ryan CEO and Managing Partner Ryan Jennifer Sampson President and CEO United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Junior League of Dallas Statement of Activities for period ending May 31, 2016

Michelle R. Thomas Vice President, Global Philanthropy & Community Relations JPMorgan Chase Foundation Roslyn Dawson Thompson President & CEO Dallas Women’s Foundation Crayton Webb Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Mary Kay, Inc.

Nicole Small President and Chief Philanthropy Officer Lyda Hill Foundation


Revenue: Net Fundraising Activities

Program Services:

Investment Income




Investment Appreciation (realized & unrealzed)


Membership Dues



Projects & Grants




I believe JLD can continue to be a mouthpiece and a megaphone for the underserved communities of our city. I believe that JLD can tell the stories of the organizations and more importantly the people they serve to ensure the real needs of our city are seen by those capable of making a significant impact.

The Junior League of Dallas not only provides funding and volunteers to help support the impactful work of a number of not-for-profit agencies in the city, but it also provides Dallas women incredible opportunities to grow as leaders in the community. Countless Dallas non-profits have benefitted from the leadership trained JLD members provide, and we are all better for it! It’s no surprise that Dallas is one of the most charitable cities in America, and The Junior League of Dallas is the largest in the country.

Noelle LeVeaux

Joel T. Allison


2015-2016 By the Numbers

General & Administrative


Direct Support


Association Dues


Training & Education


Placement & Program


Supporting Services:

Auxilliary Services


Fundraising (new)






Fundraising: Luncheon/Ball



Auction & Casino




458 Provisionals / 1,792 Actives / 2,827 Sustainers

74% Employed outside the home 26,000 Hours of experiential and formal training on issue-based community impact and leadership development





2016-2017 Community Program





Booker BookerT.T.Washington Washington High High School School 21 21 volunteers; volunteers; $23,000 $23,000

Baylor Baylor Health Health Care Care System System Foundation Foundation -Twice Twice Blessed Blessed House House 30 30 volunteers; volunteers; $12,500 $12,500

Dallas Dallas Area Area Habitat Habitat for for Humanity Humanity 36 36 volunteers; volunteers; $30,000 $30,000

Cancer Cancer Support Support Community Community North NorthTexas Texas 48 48 volunteers; volunteers; $22,470 $22,470

Boys Boys && Girls Girls Club Club of of Greater Greater Dallas Dallas 33 33 volunteers; volunteers; $15,000 $15,000

Community Community Partners Partners of of Dallas Dallas 39 39 volunteers; volunteers; $30,000 $30,000

Big BigThought Thought –– NEW NEW 11 11 volunteers; volunteers; $4,000 $4,000

Interfaith Interfaith Housing Housing Coalition Coalition 17 17 volunteers; volunteers; $31,717 $31,717

Children’s Children’s Health Health 38 38 volunteers; volunteers; $30,765 $30,765

Communities Communities in in Schools Schools 13 13 volunteers; volunteers; $6,000 $6,000

Dallas Dallas CASA CASA 35 35 volunteers; volunteers; $27,600 $27,600

Promise Promise House House 24 24 volunteers; volunteers; $19,000 $19,000

New New Friends Friends New New Life Life 14 14 volunteers; volunteers; $13,000 $13,000

Equest Equest 45 45 volunteers; volunteers; $35,000 $35,000

Dallas Dallas Heritage Heritage Village Village -- NEW NEW 11 11 volunteers; volunteers; $4,000 $4,000

Dallas Dallas Children’s Children’s Advocacy Advocacy Center Center 48 48 volunteers; volunteers; $25,000 $25,000

Ronald Ronald McDonald McDonald House House of of Dallas Dallas 71 71 volunteers; volunteers; $15,338 $15,338

North North Dallas Dallas Shared Shared Ministries Ministries 14 14 volunteers; volunteers; $35,000 $35,000

Friends Friends of of the the Dallas Dallas Public Public Library Library 13 13 volunteers; volunteers; $15,000 $15,000

Genesis GenesisWomen’s Women’s Shelter Shelter 49 49 volunteers; volunteers; $30,000 $30,000

St. St. Philip’s Philip’s School School && Community Community Center Center 18 18 volunteers; volunteers; $25,000 $25,000

North NorthTexas Texas Food Food Bank Bank 31 31 volunteers; volunteers; $17,000 $17,000


Dallas Dallas Arboretum Arboretum 63 63 volunteers; volunteers; $12,000 $12,000 Dallas Dallas Museum Museum of of Art Art 53 53 volunteers; volunteers; $4,700 $4,700 Dallas Dallas Zoological Zoological Society Society 37 37 volunteers; volunteers; $21,985 $21,985 Musical MusicalTherapy Therapy 30 30 volunteers; volunteers; $2,500 $2,500 National National Archives Archives && Records Records Administration Administration (George (George W. W. Bush Bush Presidential Presidential Library) Library) 21 21 volunteers; volunteers; $0 $0 Perot Perot Museum Museum of of Nature Nature && Science Science 86 86 volunteers; volunteers; $16,000 $16,000


Trinity Trinity River River Mission Mission 23 23 volunteers; volunteers; $10,000 $10,000


Vickery Vickery Meadow Meadow Learning Learning Center Center 17 17 volunteers; volunteers; $10,500 $10,500


Methodist Methodist Medical Medical Center Center 28 28 volunteers; volunteers; $16,000 $16,000 Parkland Parkland Health Health && Hospital Hospital System System 16 16 volunteers; volunteers; $22,300 $22,300 Texas Texas Health Health Presbyterian Presbyterian Foundation Foundation 15 15 volunteers; volunteers; $5,280 $5,280 Texas Texas Scottish Scottish Rite Rite Hospital Hospital for for Children Children 40 40 volunteers; volunteers; $10,100 $10,100 The The Senior Senior Source, Source, Senior Senior Citizens Citizens of of Greater Greater Dallas Dallas 25 25 volunteers; volunteers; $26,245 $26,245



Notre Notre Dame Dame School School 11 11 volunteers; volunteers; $20,000 $20,000 Texas Texas Discovery Discovery Gardens Gardens 16 16 volunteers; volunteers; $8,400 $8,400 The The Rise Rise School School 11 11 volunteers; volunteers; $36,000 $36,000



Our Our Friends Friends Place Place 20 20 volunteers; volunteers; $28,700 $28,700 The The Family Family Place Place 24 24 volunteers; volunteers; $25,400 $25,400



Community Grant Presentation The Junior League of Dallas held its Community Grant Presentation for the 2017-2018 Community Program at Green House Market in NorthPark Center on February 4, 2017. The presentation kicked off with a welcome by Junior League of Dallas President Bonner Allen, who was joined by sponsor, Bank of Texas’ Dallas Market Executive Bob White, and WFAA Channel 8 Morning Anchor Alexa Conomos, who served as emcee. Representatives from the 39 partner agencies, which were carefully chosen by the JLD Research and Development Committee, were in attendance to receive grants for the 2017-2018 year. The Community Grant Program presented more than $770,000 in funding and 1,165 trained volunteer placements within these partner agencies. The League will also provide additional funds and volunteers to the community through its Signature Projects: Grants for Innovative Teaching, Women LEAD, Kids in the Kitchen, the Community Assistance Fund, and its Provisional and Transfer Projects. In total, the JLD will give more than $1 million and more than 1,200 volunteers to the Dallas community in 2017-2018. The presentation was followed by JLD’s annual Community Volunteer Fair, which gives the agencies it supports the opportunity to connect with potential JLD volunteers and well as members of the Dallas community.




Starting the Year with Cheer

Ending with Reverence and Praise


We kicked off our year long 95th Anniversary celebration at the first General Membership Meeting. Membership was invited to a pre-meeting birthday celebration complete with photo opportunities and cupcakes and cakes from our 95th Anniversary Dessert Sponsor Susie Cakes. Dallas Women’s Foundation President and CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson spoke as we honored our past, celebrated our present and turned our focus forward to the future.

On May 4, 1922, ten women decided to be an integral part in making Dallas a better place to live, work and play by establishing the Junior League of Dallas. Today their legacy extends to 7.5 million volunteer hours and over $40 million dollars invested in our community from the JLD. On May 4, 2017, we celebrated our Charter Day by holding the last General Membership Meeting at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, our first and longest standing agency partnership. On the lawn members and their families enjoyed the park, a photo booth, face painting and food trucks. During the meeting, President Bonner Allen gave a recap of our 95th Anniversary year and passed the gavel to the 2017-2018 President, Jennifer Tobin. 95th Anniversary Committee Members


95 Y E A R S








The Junior League of Dallas was founded in 1922 and consisted of 10 members. These members helped establish and maintain the Junior League Handicapped Shop and the Junior League Home for Convalescent Children. It was during this time that the first provisional course was implemented, monthly newsletters were printed and departments such as “Arts and Crafts” and “Plans and Planting” were created.

With the onset of the Great Depression, JLD changed its focus, concentrating more on volunteering and helping those in need. JLD made an impact in the Dallas community by serving 14,066 meals through the Salvation Army, financing and operating the first occupational therapy department for children in Texas at Scottish Rite Hospital, and hosting the first Follies as a fundraiser.

As WWII consumed the country, the JLD chose to stay out of politics and put a focus on making an impact within the community. In order to do this, JLD put a hold on fundraising activities and started producing a radio program to reach a larger audience.

After the war, the JLD saw a record high of “professional members” i.e. members who held a job in addition to being part of the organization.

JLD made its first $100,000 grant to Children’s Medical Center for completion of the Neurology Center. The Follies became an annual fundraising event during this time.






JLD granted $300,000 to the new children’s wing of the Dallas Museum of Art and $100,000 to renovate the Letot Center.

Membership grew to 3,500 members with more than half being employed outside the home. This eliminated the need to have a distinction between professional and daytime members. JLD was also able to obtain a permanent headquarters by raising $3.5 million for its construction.

JLD became the largest league in the Association of Junior Leagues International. JLD also celebrated its 75th Anniversary and held the first Community Volunteer Fair at NorthPark Center.

The T. Boone Pickens Foundation granted $250,000 for the establishment of the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. The Dallas County Commissioners Court declared September 29, 2009 “Junior League of Dallas Day.”

The Milestones Luncheon was established to recognize the Sustainer of the Year and celebrate the JLD’s continued impact on the Dallas community. Advanced Training Track programs were created to give members opportunities to receive additional training in leadership, fundraising and personal development.


Agency Partnerships from the Beginning Children’s Health Since 1943, the Junior League of Dallas has made significant contributions to Children’s Health through its generous funding and dedicated volunteer service. With gifts totaling more than $1 million over the past 73 years, JLD has provided critical grant support for programs such as Child Life and its Funnyatrics clowns, nephrology, neurology, psychiatry, diabetes, asthma education, injury prevention, and the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Further, JLD volunteers have contributed more than 700,000 hours of volunteer service. Volunteers spend one-on-one time with patients, work alongside child life specialists in patient playrooms, provide a warm greeting and friendly face to patients and families and escort them to their destinations when they arrive at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and participate in many other activities that help patients and families feel as comfortable as possible.

DallaCite DMA The Junior League of Dallas has made impactful contributions to the Dallas Museum of Art through generous funding and dedicated volunteer service since 1935. Support and volunteerism efforts have largely concentrated on educational programming over the course of the 82-year relationship. In 1935, the Museum received its first grant, in support of a Print Fund that was established by the Junior League. Formal involvement by the Junior League in Museum educational activities began July 1, 1960, with JLD’s institution of the Museum Program for Youth Activities. This program supported docent and outreach programs, as well as provided funding for school and teacher programs and bussing of students to the Museum for tours.

The League pledged $100,000 to be used for the psychiatric and neurological floor of the new center.

Brent Christopher, Children’s Medical Center Foundation President, stated “Reaching back to our roots, the

Junior League of Dallas has been an integral part of helping us fulfill our mission to make life better for children. The Junior League is a Dallas treasure, and its members make our community stronger in countless ways across the city. We are truly grateful that their gifts of time and treasure include Children’s Health.”

Today, JLD volunteers spend a significant portion of their time in the Center for Creative Connections helping facilitate programs like the Pop-Up Art Spot, DMA Late Nights, First Tuesday programming, and drop-in workshops. They greet visitors, facilitate educational activities, assist with supply preparation, and help maintain gallery spaces.

“Junior League of Dallas volunteers support the Dallas Museum of Art in countless ways and help create an engaging and welcoming environment for Museum visitors. Without the help of volunteers, many of our programs would not be possible.” - Aubrey DeZego, Director of Institutional Giving




95th Anniversary Project As part of the JLD’s yearlong celebration of our 95-year commitment to Dallas, the 95th Anniversary committee was charged with finding a special service project. The BestSelf Conference, put on in partnership with the Dallas Women’s Foundation and sponsored by the J. C. Penney Company Fund and Jones Day, was the perfect representation of the League’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Now in its third year, the BestSelf Conference is a Dallas Women’s Foundation program that helps middle school girls address key issues such as leadership, positive self-image, conflict resolution, confidence, supporting each other through healthy relationships and more. The JLD 95th Anniversary Committee took over the planning and execution of this year’s event, which drew 350 young ladies from Dallas ISD and their sponsors to the SMU campus. Keynote speaker Shanterra McBride kicked off the day. “This day is all about reminding you that you were born to be marvelous,” she told attendees, setting the tone for an inspirational and exciting day. Three additional speakers conducted breakout sessions for both students and sponsors.

“I don’t want any girl to walk out of this room not knowing she is fully, fully amazing.” Shanterra McBride

JLD members incorporated fun elements such as games, a DJ, a photo booth, door prizes and other gifts, including t-shirts, wristbands and swag bags. The conference ended with a tour of the SMU campus conducted by JLD volunteers. For many attendees,

it was their first trip to a college campus and possibly a glimpse into what lies ahead. Committee member Lauren Conway said, “I hope the participants began to think and dream about their futures. What do they want to become, who do they want to become, what do they want to stand for? I hope they start having the conversations now.” After a full day of service, our volunteers continued to go above and beyond, delivering leftover lunches and remaining swag bag to a downtown shelter with some lunches handed out on the street.  More than 75 JLD volunteers served the girls both in the planning of this spectacular event and throughout the day greeting, dancing, giving tours, setting up,

cleaning up and sharing in this great event and positively impacting all involved. Heather Bennett, 95th Anniversary Committee Chair, said, “My favorite part of the day was seeing a girl’s notes where she expressed how she was marvelous, powerful, was destined to be here and didn’t need to rely on the approval of others or body image comments to feel good about herself. Getting through to just ONE young woman, and helping her to change her outlook, made the whole day and all the hard work so worth it.”  




Signature Projects

It’s been 25 years since the first Dallas Independent School District (DISD) educator received a Grant for Innovative Teaching (GFIT). In the following quarter of a century, the Junior League of Dallas Signature Project has provided numerous opportunities for teachers to improve and inspire DISD students. Through the generous donations of sponsors such as Texas Instruments, the Hillcrest Foundation, the MoneyGram Foundation and The Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation, GFIT has awarded approximately $1.66 million to educators who have created innovative approaches to teaching our children. As described by Beth Boyd, the 2016-2017 GFIT Chair, “Through this Signature Project, the JLD has been able to award grants to DISD teachers who wish to provide students with new opportunities for learning, and it is exciting to see the impact it has had over the years.”

Dr. Michael Hinojosa, praised the JLD and its GFIT program for emphasizing the importance of education in a changing world and for awarding the creativity of the educators who wish to pursue innovative measures into the classroom and beyond.   Several educators have received a GFIT award multiple times. William Adkins of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy is a 10-year award recipient. This year, his multi-disciplinary project, “Bangkok to Hanoi: A Journey Through Southeast Asia,” will lead students through a semester-long project about his travels abroad with the hope of connecting global competency This year, GFIT presented just over $93,000 to 54 educators to fund projects that address one or more of the following education focus areas: reading and literacy enrichment, diversity, special education, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and arts and culture enrichment. A special teacher recognition ceremony and reception was held on September 7, 2016 at JLD headquarters. DISD Superintendent,

The Junior League of Dallas, presenting sponsor Mary Kay Inc., and Dr Pepper Snapple Group awarded five college-bound women with $40,000 in scholarships at the fourth annual Women LEAD Speech Competition and Awards Ceremony. The competition consisted of eleven finalists who were chosen to present a speech on the challenges they have faced in life and how they overcame them. 40 applicants from three Dallas high schools – Emmett J. Conrad High School, Thomas Jefferson High School

to awareness of each student’s own community. At the end of the semester, the students will blend today’s technology with more traditional art methods to express their own “great adventure.” By committing to the education of DISD students through GFIT, the JLD continues to master its mission of improving the Dallas community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

and South Oak Cliff High School, and eleven finalists were selected to complete the process with an essay portion and multiple workshops throughout the year. The judges included: Bonner Allen, Junior League of Dallas President, Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc., Judge Amber GivensDavis, 282nd Judicial District Court Judge, and Allegra Jerman, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Associate Brand Manager. WFAA Anchor Cynthia Izaguirre served as emcee and a personal motivator for each of the finalists.




Signature Projects First Place winner, Alejandra Landa, a Thomas Jefferson High School senior, received a one-time $15,000 scholarship for her inspiring speech on finding balance between school and her enormous responsibility of helping to care for her family at home. Second place winner, Adrianna Lopez, also a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, won a one-time $10,000 scholarship that she says will make it possible for her to attend either Texas A&M, TWU or UNT. Third, Fourth and Fifth place winners Stephanie Vargas, Rahda Adhikari and Eleni T-Giorgs all received one-time $5,000 scholarships. Vargas, Adhikari and T-Giorgs all plan to attend universities with some of their top choices including: Texas A&M, Texas State, UNT, Midwestern, Texas Tech, UTA, Baylor and more. The Women LEAD scholarships allow each of these girls the opportunity to dream big and pursue their future through higher education and help accommodate their admirable plans of giving back.

The Junior League of Dallas partnered with UnitedHealthcare to empower young children to make healthy Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare lifestyle choices and reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues through its Kids in the Kitchen program. The eight-week after-school program educates more than 800 Dallas youth in kindergarten through fifth-grade in hopes to develop lifelong healthy eating habits. During the three-hour sessions, volunteers from JLD and UnitedHealthcare, along with staff from local agencies, engage with kids to teach age-appropriate recipe preparations, exciting exercise activities and ways to introduce nutrition and fitness to their families. Kids in the Kitchen provides children and their families with the tools they need to make nutritious eating choices with the belief that education is the first step in making a lasting change in the current childhood obesity statistics.


This year’s participating local agencies include: Arthur Kramer Elementary; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas – Cedar Springs; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas – Grand Prarie; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas – Pinnacle Uplift; The Family Place; Foundation Communities; Frazier Revitalization, Inc.; Kids UJackson Branch; Kids U- Fair Oaks Creek; Mayors Youth and Fitness Initiative Dallas Recreation CentersArcadia; MyFi- Churchill; MyFi- Eloise Lundy; MyFiNash Davis; MyFi- Fireside; Ronald McDonald House; Ruby Young Elementary School; St. Philip’s School and Community Center; Voice of Hope- Main Campus; and Voice of Hope- Uplift Gradus.

With generous sponsorship from Dallas Women’s Foundation and U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, the Junior League of Dallas is able to offer an executive leadership development program, the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. The T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute has had 225 graduating members to date. Each year the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute accepts up to 35 applicants into the 10-month program. Those accepted undergo training that builds upon their existing strengths while enhancing leadership skills and fostering relationships that will benefit them both professionally and in serving the Dallas community. The program covers a wide-range of other topics, such as

servant leadership, personal branding and networking, philanthropy in Dallas, entrepreneurship, mentorship, leadership through change and work-life balance.



6th Annual Milestones Luncheon On November 16, 2016, the Junior League

of Dallas held their sixth annual Milestones Luncheon, hosting more than 900 people for an elegant lunch in the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Chantilly Ballroom. The event, presented by Kohl Foundation, was emceed by WFAA personality Shelly Slater and featured international tennis champion Venus Williams as the keynote speaker. Interviewed by WFAA Sports Anchor Joe Trahan, Ms. Williams shared her insight on being an entrepreneur, an Olympic gold medalist and an advocate for women’s pay equality, particularly in the area of monetary awards for female athletes.

In addition to raising funds for the Junior League of Dallas Community Service Fund, the luncheon raises awareness for the programs and issues supported by the JLD and recognizes the impact and achievements of its volunteers. As part of that recognition, the luncheon highlighted 2016-2017 Sustainer of the Year, Linda McFarland, and 95th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Caren Prothro. LUNCHEON CHAIRS:

Amanda Shufeldt and Pat Prestidge





Lifetime Achievement and Sustainer of the Year Awards the past chairman of the board of governors for the Dallas Foundation as well as the Dallas Salvation Army Advisory Board. However, Caren credits her time in the Junior League of Dallas and her placement at the Dallas County Juvenile Department for her greatest achievement, the establishment of the Letot Center, which provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter, programing and counseling for runaway youth. She also co-chaired the campaign to construct a long-term counseling and residential center at Letot for victims of trafficking and abuse.

Caren Prothro (left) and Linda McFarland


Caren Prothro

“The Junior League is a great incubator of ideas and a place to seek new areas of experience in the community and engage with one another.” Caren Prothro

Caren Prothro has been actively involved with community-focused organizations in Dallas for most of her life. Her appeal for Dallas to have world-class higher education led her to serve as chairman of the board of trustees at Southern Methodist University, while her passion for the arts moved her to lead the development of the AT&T Performing Arts Center by serving as vice chairman of their board. She also serves on the board of directors for the George W. Bush Foundation and the Southwestern Medical Foundation and was

Close friend Ruth Sharp Altshuler says, “Caren built Letot. It was her idea. Letot gives at-risk children a warm safe place to recover as well as free counseling services that would not be afforded to them without her efforts.” It was her strong desire to address the needs of at-risk youth that emboldened Caren to accomplish so much for these younger members of our Dallas community. “The backing and the training of the League taught me how to manage the process of working with at-risk juveniles at the detention center,” says Caren. “The Junior League is a great incubator of ideas and a place to seek new areas of experiences in the community and engage with one another.” The JLD bestows the Lifetime Achievement Award honor once every five years. Past recipients of this award include Lyda Hill, Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Linda Custard and Lindalyn Adams. SUSTAINER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT

Linda McFarland

Linda McFarland credits much of her accomplishments to the training she received in the Junior League of Dallas. Running a successful business did not keep her from accomplishing much while serving non-profits in the Dallas Community. Linda has served as President of the JLD Sustainers, chairman of Crystal Charity Ball, and President of Charter 100. She has also sat on several boards

“My experience in the Junior League has been a truly rewarding experience, one I would not trade for anything.” Linda McFarland

including the Dallas Symphony Association, Visiting Nurses Association, The Salvation Army, the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Meadows Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Linda was also instrumental in helping to steer the Communities Foundation of Texas into the organization we see today. Brent Christopher, former president and chief executive officer of the Communities Foundation of Texas, says of Linda’s leadership, “She doesn’t shy away from asking important and challenging questions, and at the same time makes you feel comfortable like you are working with a partner. She goes to great lengths to put you at ease. Linda has a natural gift at working collaboratively with people, in a way that enables everyone to do their best.” Linda graciously says, “My experience in the Junior League has been a truly rewarding experience, one I would not trade for anything.”



55th Annual Junior League of Dallas Ball The 55th Annual Junior League of Dallas

Ball, Encore, showcased past Balls and brought back elements of our history as we celebrated the JLD’s 95th Anniversary. This year’s ball was presented by Sewell at Hilton Anatole on March 4, 2017 with dancing led by the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra, and sponsored by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Inc.





Linz Award

But it’s her belief that “science is the answer” that drove Miss Hill to make her most substantial investments to help find life-changing and life-saving cures in biomedical research. She founded the Oklahoma Breast Care Center and Remeditex Ventures and pledged $50 million to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Moon Shots Program. She generously funded The Hockaday School Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathmatics (STEAM) program as well as various programs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“Lest your praises be unsung for the high ideals and noble aims from which your splendid work has resulted in great benefit to the community of Dallas—this presentation is made by the firm of Linz Brothers.” For the past 88 years, the Linz Award—presented by Zales Jewelers and The Dallas Morning News—is given to community leaders who have worked tirelessly, without financial compensation, to make Dallas a better place to live. For over 20 years, JLD Sustainers have planned and executed this annual award ceremony and luncheon. The Linz Award is one of the oldest of its kind in Texas, and its origins date back to Simon Linz, who established a Dallas jewelry business at the turn of the century. Past recipients have come from a diverse group of professions including medicine, the law, energy, marketing, the clergy and business. Prior to 1990, the Linz Award ceremony was a private event sponsored by Linz Jewelers and the Dallas Time Herald. Once Zales acquired Linz Jewelers, and once The Dallas Morning News acquired the Dallas Times Herald, the ceremony evolved into a public celebration of civic pride and selfless dedication. Today, the proceeds of the Linz Award luncheon go to the JLD’s community service fund.

Miss Hill has also served the Dallas community through countless leadership positions, including president of the Junior League of Dallas. Boards she has chaired include Crystal Charity Ball, American Heart Association (Dallas & Texas Chapters), Leadership Dallas, Easter Seal Society for Children, Visiting Nurse Association and World President’s Organization of Dallas. She is currently chairman of the Junior League of Dallas Endowment Committee and an active board member for M.D. Anderson and the Garden of the Gods Foundation.


Debbie Branson

Debbie Branson is a Junior League of Dallas Sustainer, fourth-generation trial lawyer who was appointed to the Parkland Hospital board of managers in 2011. Shortly after being appointed to the board, Branson was elected Chair. Her appointment came at a time when Parkland was soon to receive failing survey results that put the hospital at risk for losing its accreditation, license and Medicare funding. Having overcome this challenge, Branson has since stated “the number I will never forget is 499.” Here, Branson is referring to the list of 499 action items that needed to be addressed in order to satisfy requirements set by the Federal Government and keep Parkland open. Despite these obstacles, Branson was able to tackle each action item with ample support from everyone involved. Community involvement has always been an important part of Debbie Branson’s life. Such involvement has, she says, “Helped to strengthen and shape my core values.” She encourages others to “get out of their comfort zone” and respond to the opportunity to find a solution to a problem. Branson’s five-year tenure at Parkland Hospital not only made an impact on the hospital itself but on the Dallas community.


Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill is a Junior League of Dallas Sustainer, an entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is chairman of both LH Holdings, Inc. a private investment firm, and the Lyda Hill Foundation, dedicated to making transformational advances in nature and science research and to improving local communities. Miss Hill’s entrepreneurial spirit drove her to create Hill World Travel in 1967, which was the largest travel agency in the nation when it was sold in 1982. In 1990, she partnered with community leaders to revitalize the Fort Worth Stockyards, turning the area into an awardwinning tourist destination.

“I decided long ago that I’m not looking for Band-Aids or incremental change. I’m looking for solutions. I want to invest in transformational initiatives that have the potential to impact global issues like food safety, ocean conservation, medical research and related efforts.” Lyda Hill



Auction and Casino All In Auction & Casino Party at The Bomb

Factory April 22, 2017, was presented by Park Place Dealerships and featured the Taylor Pace Orchestra. The VIP Reception was hosted by Soul Cycle. CHAIR:

Sarah Groves




8003 Inwood Road Dallas, TX 75209


First-Ever 2017 XT5





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Junior League of Dallas 2016 - 2017 DallaCite  

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