Park Cities People July 2022

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JULY 2022 VOLUME 42 NO. 7





Celebrate Independence Day with thousands of your neighbors and retired astronomy teacher Donna Pierce. PAGE 10 Also, find your July Fourth coloring book inside. PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY





Lyda Hill gift will spur change in Turtle Creek

ReuNight draws big turnout for Family Place

St. Michael church marks 75th anniversary

News ......................................... 4

Business .................................. 18

Living........................................ 34

Crime ......................................... 6

Real Estate .............................. 24

Obituary.................................... 37

Community .............................. 10

Schools .................................... 26

Classifieds ............................... 39

Sports ...................................... 14

Society .................................... 30

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2 July 2022 | 1. COMMUNITY: Photo Gallery Captures Fishing Fun

Young anglers took to the pond in Caruth Park for University Park’s Children’s Fishing Derby on June 4.

2. SCHOOLS: D ​​ ebates About Books Prompt New TEA Guidance



The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021 – the highest number since the organization began tracking 30 years ago.

3. REAL ESTATE: Dallas City Council Greenlights Knox Street Project


A large, mixed-use project with luxury residential units, restaurant, retail, office space, green space, and a hotel near Highland Park won unanimous approval on May 25.




4. NEWS: Park Cities Presbyterian Foundation Investigates ‘Improperly Diverted’ Funds

The Park Cities Presbyterian Church Foundation has hired a forensic accounting firm and legal counsel after discovering someone who held various posts at the foundation “improperly diverted” donations.

5. BUSINESS: NorthPark Gold Gift Coin Program Temporarily Suspended






NorthPark Gold Gift Coins already in circulation must be used by July 10, NorthPark Center officials said.

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Editor William Taylor

Senior Account Executive Kim Hurmis

Distribution Manager Mike Reinboldt

Account Executives Tana Hunter Quita Johnson Evelyn Wolff

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Deputy Editor Rachel Snyder

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Park Cities People is published monthly by CITY NEWSPAPERS LP, an affiliate of D Magazine Partners LP, 750 N. Saint Paul St., Suite 2100, Dallas, TX 75201. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission. Submissions to the editor may be sent via e-mail to editor@ Correspondence must include writer’s name and contact number. Main phone number, 214-739-2244 | July 2022

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Turtle Creek Association president and CEO J.D. Trueblood admires Lauren Lewchuk’s new mural around the Lemmon Avenue bridge. (PHOTOS: TAMYTHA CAMERON

By Rachel Snyder


he Turtle Creek corridor has seen plenty of activity recently – from installing a mural and lighting under the Lemmon Avenue bridge to new landscaping – and that’s before the addition of a 240-room Four Seasons high-rise. The Four Seasons will go on a 3-acre site bounded by Cedar Springs Road and Dickason Avenue, being acquired from a Perot family enterprise. The man with the plan for improving the Turtle Creek corridor in hopes of attracting new businesses like the Four Seasons, it could be said, is Turtle Creek Association CEO, J.D. Trueblood. Turtle Creek Association is a nonprofit that advocates for the preservation,

enhancement, and protection of the Turtle Creek corridor founded more than 35 years ago. “We want to do everything we can to make sure that it’s attractive, clean, and safe so that we are attracting the right types of businesses and residents for the area,” Trueblood said. The Turtle Creek Association had a master plan commissioned in 2003 that Trueblood described as “very aspirational” and came with a $50 million-$70 million price tag. A nearly $120,000 grant f rom Lyda Hill Philanthropies – the largest in the association’s history – will

fund a master plan update to be completed this summer, in time for consideration in the city’s 2024 bond program. It will focus on the creek’s health (inc luding bank stabilization, enhancing the creek flow, and addressing trash and pollution issues), eliminating graffiti, restoring historic bridges, and safety with additional patrols by off-duty officers and improved lighting. In the meantime, the association hired Aqua Clean to clean the creek, a nearly $4,000 per month undertaking, Trueblood said. “We want to keep this a vital part of

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Dallas,” Trueblood said. “Unofficially, it’s always been known as Dallas’ front yard, right? So, let’s clean up our front yard.” Trueblood also hopes to make the Turtle Creek corridor a destination for art-loving Dallasites by creating art throughout the corridor. To that end, the Turtle Creek Association commissioned artist Lauren Lewchuk, who recently completed a mural around the Lemmon Avenue bridge at Turtle Creek Boulevard. The area was formerly covered in graffiti. Trueblood said part of the grant from Lyda Hill Philanthropies also has already helped add lighting under the bridge. Fourteen azalea beds were restored at the end of last year. The Turtle Creek Association paid for installing more than 5,000 azalea bushes in collaboration with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

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6 July 2022 |

Crime Report May 9 – June 5 May 9

May 25

How easy was it for a thief to drive off in a truck parked in the 3500 block of Purdue Street at 11:12 a.m.? The keys were left inside.

A burglar got into a Chevrolet Silverado parked in the 4500 block of Fairway Avenue and took a leather Rawlings backpack, a black Herschel backpack, an iPad, a pair of AirPods, a camouflage folding knife, a pair of brown leather Justin boots, and a pair of $800 prescription Ray Ban sunglasses from inside before 2 p.m.

May 11 Reported at 3:22 p.m.: a smash and grab. A rogue broke the f ront driver’s window of a Toyota Tacoma in the 4500 block of Bordeaux Avenue and grabbed a black backpack with a $1,000 Dell laptop, a MacBook charger, and a $100 Bluetooth mouse. May 18 A swindler used the information of a man from the 3600 block of Centenary Drive to take $300,000 via wire transfer before noon. May 21 A thief drove off in a Ford F150 that was parked at the Dallas Country Club in the 4100 block of Mockingbird Lane that had a pistol inside before 5:45 p.m. May 23 Reported at 8:25 a.m.: a pilferer broke into a Chevrolet Express van in the 3400 block of Drexel Drive and took various tools totaling $11,500 from it. May 24 A jerk yelled profanities at the driver of a U.S. Postal Service van in the 3200 block of Dartmouth Avenue and at one point smashed the driver’s side window and a side mirror of the van with a hammer before leaving the scene before 3:20 p.m.

May 26 A ne’er do well swiped $8,900 worth of Louis Vuitton pieces, credit/debit cards, and more from a Range Rover in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane before 7:16 p.m. June 3 A jerk took a $75 pair of sunglasses, a $150 pair of prescription glasses, documents, and a trailer hitch from a Toyota 4Runner parked in the 4600 block of Livingston Avenue overnight before 5 a.m. June 4 A burglar smashed the driver’s side glass (and mirror) of a Ford F-150 parked in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue before 7:30 a.m. and grabbed a charger, a crescent wrench, a floor jack, jack stands, an Air Jordan backpack, a JBL speaker, a Samsung Note phone, a knife case containing 20-30 knives, and an Ozark Trail fishing bag. June 5 A rogue kicked in a door of a home in the 4500 block of Highland Drive and snagged a candle holder with a silver base and a bronze vase before 1:52 p.m.


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Property crimes include burglaries, thefts, and vehicle thefts. Violent crimes include assaults and robberies. (SOURCES: HIGHLAND PARK DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, UNIVERSITY PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT, ILLUSTRATION: MELANIE THORNTON)

A thief got into a Mercedes G43 that was left parked with the keys inside in the Plaza at Preston Center and grabbed a $20,000 Cartier watch and $8,000 before 10:25 p.m. May 16 but it could have been worse. At least the thief didn’t decide to make use of the keys.

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8 July 2022 |

Dental Patients, Open Wide for This Robot

ArchPoint Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons employ new technology for implants By Briar Bundy

People Newspapers The future of dentistry has come to Dallas, and it’s robotic. Meet YOMI: the first oral surgery robot in North Texas, now in use by Drs. Reed Gibbins of Preston Hollow and Tom Draper of University Park, surgeons at ArchPoint Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dallas.

This gamechanging surgical approach will lead to a new standard of care for the profession. Dr. Tom Draper “The YOMI® robot is one of the most exciting new technologies to become available to our specialty in the last decade, and we have been researching and training for years to bring it to Dallas and to share with patients and help advance our specialty,” Gibbins said. YOMI, manufactured by NEOCIS, is the only FDA-approved robotic device for dental implant surgery in the United States, they said. The surgeons use it to place

The YOMI robot enhances patient care by giving doctors real-time guidance for surgical instruments’ position, angulation, and depth. Drs. Reed Gibbins and Tom Draper are partners at ArchPoint Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dallas. (PHOTOS: COURTESY ARCHPOINT ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY DALLAS) dental implants, “basically anchors that go in the bone that are used as kind of like a foundation for a new tooth,” Gibbins explained. YOMI’s software acts like a CT scan to get an accurate image of the patient’s teeth and find the perfect position for new implants. The robot uses minimally invasive small incisions of the patient’s gums to get precise placement and allow a

faster recovery time. Before YOMI, the surgeons used the Static Guidance system. The process took several days and required the doctor to create a guide for implant placement based on alginate impressions of the patient’s teeth, Gibbins explained. “Each step along the way, there was always an opportunity for a small amount of error.”

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Center in Lubbock. So, what does this mean for the future of dentistry and medicine? Many companies like NEOCIS will continue to design and manufacture medical robots that can complete tasks ranging from dental implants (like YOMI) to life-saving procedures such as open-heart surgery. Students have already begun training with YOMI software as the robot is becoming available for use at dental schools. Also, ArchPoint will serve as an educational hub for other dental professionals in the region. “This game-changing surgical approach will lead to a new standard of care for the profession,” Draper said. “We are pleased to be at the forefront of this surgical movement.” BUSINESS BASICS ArchPoint Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dallas 8070 Park Lane, Suite 100 in The Shops at Park Lane 214-513-3090 | July 2022

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10 July 2022 |

Community AT A GLANCE The 2022 ‘Together We Serve’-themed Rotary Club of Park Cities’ Fourth of July parade will begin rolling from Highland Park Town Hall to Goar Park at 9 a.m. July 4. Since 2016, the event has benefited the North Texas Food Bank, and this year, Rotarians hope the multi-year total will surpass 1 million meals provided.

PARADE SAFELY • Don’t throw candy or other items directly at the crowd; instead, toss underhand and well away from your vehicle. • Don’t throw candy to spectators standing off the curb and in the road. • Don’t allow children under the age of 8 to throw candy or other items. • Don’t allow children to ride in the back of a pickup truck if it is pulling a float. • Don’t throw water balloons or shoot water guns or silly string. • Don’t throw balls or toys that can bounce back into the parade route. • Don’t allow anyone to exit a vehicle or float once the parade has started. • Don’t stop your vehicle during the parade or create a large gap in front of you unless otherwise directed. • Don’t enter more than one vehicle in the parade. • Don’t block alleys, streets, or driveways during lineup. • Don’t leave young children unsupervised on or in parade vehicles during lineup. • Don’t play speakers loudly during lineup out of respect for nearby residents. • Don’t transport open flames on your parade vehicle, so no grills, smokers, etc.

TOP: Pictured with Mattie Terrell in 2021, Donna Pierce wears a string of pearls gifted to her for years of service to Highland Park ISD. MIDDLE: Pierce at the Rotary Club of Park Cities grand marshal luncheon with Cathy Bryce and Greg Pape. BOTTOM: Former grand marshals Brad Bradley and Marla Boone. (PHOTOS: JULIET

Source: Rotary Club of Park Cities



Longtime HPISD planetarium director will serve as 2022 grand marshal By Rachel Snyder


his year’s Rotary Club of Park Cities Fourth of July parade is shaping up to be out of this world. At least this year’s grand marshal, Donna Pierce, knows plenty about planets, stars, and galaxies after “88 orbits around the sun.” The beloved teacher served as the director of her namesake Highland Park ISD planetarium from 1980 until she retired in 2021. “Who could be as lucky as I am? You get K-12, and you do the objectives that the teacher wants, and people want to come to the planetarium,” Pierce said. Affectionately known as “the planetarium lady,” Pierce also taught astronomy in the district from 1987 to 2001 and was the girls’ golf coach from 1990 to 2001. Many of her former astronomy students recall west Texas trips to the McDonald Observatory.

“I think I was put at Highland Park because kids would come and sit with me – in the dark, of course – and just talk about (how) they’re stressed out,” she said. “Their families, for the most part, are quite well along in their profession, and they want them to do something that they don’t want to do, and I’m a good example. I majored in architecture, and I teach astronomy, but give me credit, they both start with A’s!” Before joining HPISD, the Pampa, Texas native impacted Dallas as the planetarium educator at the former Dallas Health and Science Museum in Fair Park from 1965 to 1980 (The museum, now known as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, relocated to downtown). She’s been a leader in her field, serving as associate editor of The Planetarian from 1989 to 1995 and as an International Planetarium Society council member from 1988 to 1996.

Her accolades have included the Southwestern Association of Planetariums’ H. Rich Calvird Award in 1980 and 1982, the Distinguished Service Award from the Dallas Health and Science Museum in 1968-1972, and selection as a fellow of the International Planetarium Society in 1988. As the girls golf “coach who didn’t play golf,” Pierce was named Metroplex Golf Coach of the Year in 1999 and National Women’s High School Golf Coach of the Year in 2000. “How’d I get that job?” Pierce quipped. “What I’m so proud of, and you know the story, every girl stepped up. We built up from five girls to four teams.”

Pierce also has enjoyed staying down to earth with volunteerism (when not flying open-cockpit planes). She volunteered with the Girl Scouts of North East Texas Council, was a member of the Junior League, and more. In 2018, she received the Southwest Jewish Congress Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest Lifetime Achievement Award. Rotarian Cathy Bryce introduced Pierce at the Rotary Club of Park Cities parade grand marshal luncheon in June: “Donna Pierce is a treasure for the Highland Park school district, the Park Cities community, the greater Dallas area, and all the way out to McDonald Observatory in far west Texas.”

I majored in architecture, and I teach astronomy, but give me credit, they both start with A’s! Donna Pierce | July 2022

Exercise Gal For years, I have been trying to get in shape. I have failed miserably for several reasons. I hate to breathe hard and sweat, and I don’t look good in leggings. My husband says my heart rate hasn’t been above 120 since I saw Troy MICHELE VALDEZ Aikman at Café Pacific on Valentine’s Day a few years ago. So, during COVID, I decided to start walking with friends because a good gal pal will always challenge you. I reached out to a retired former colleague and asked her to meet on the Northaven Trail. I wondered if we would be compatible walkers. She has long legs but talks nonstop, so I figured that would give me an advantage. On the trail, after exchanging greetings, my old friend turned competitive ambler and took off like a Top Gun pilot blasting off an aircraft carrier deck. She chatted endlessly and never lost her breath. As I galloped to keep up, I mentally calculated the distance to Medical City if I passed out. I was certain that day was my last on earth. Every part of me contributed to the effort. Body parts were bouncing that should never bounce. When I made it home alive, I quickly marked her off my list of potential fitness partners. Next, I tried a tennis buddy who now lives in a palace in Buenos Aires. On my recent visit, she suggested we go walking. I quickly agreed. After all, it was the least I could do for my gracious host. Plus, she is older and shorter than me, so I trusted that keeping pace would be a breeze. Wrong. She mowed through the beautiful city parks like Rich Strike at the Kentucky Derby. I was breathing like my life depended on it. Upon our return to the palace, I collapsed face down in a puddle of sweat on one of the Persians. I began to wonder if I have a defect. How could I be so slow given that almost every day, I hop on the treadmill at a decent saunter and a slight incline for at least 30 minutes? Acceptance is always the first step. Maybe walking with friends isn’t for me. Maybe it’s best to go solo – stroll at my own pace, sans sweat, breathing comfortably. That day, I increased both incline and speed on the treadmill. Michele Valdez, a slightly compulsive, mildly angry feminist, hasbeen attorney, and volunteer, has four demanding adult children and a patient husband.



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12 July 2022 |

The Most Important Playhouse(s) In Texas?

Entry from HPHS students inspired by University Park’s Elbert Williams abode AT A G L A N C E What: Unique structures go up for raffle during the 27th annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. When: See the playhouses on display at NorthPark Center from July 15-31. More: All proceeds from raffle ticket sales and sponsorships benefit the children served by Dallas CASA.

FROM LEFT: Brett Holzle of Stantec Architecture, Jim Bagby and Patrick Surrat of Lee Lewis Construction, HPHS MAPS program environmental architecture instructor Yvette Hightower, and students Avery Allday, Caroline Annett, and Meg Peters worked on a playhouse for Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses inspired by the Elbert Williams house in University Park. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER)

By Rachel Snyder

Visitors to NorthPark Center for Parade of Playhouses will see “the most important house in Texas” in replica form. The Elbert Williams house, dubbed “the most important house in Texas,” is a Texas Regional-style home at 3805 McFarlin Boulevard designed by architect David R. Williams and built in 1933 for then University Park Mayor Elbert Williams. Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones bought the house to preserve it in December 2020. Students in Yvette Hightower’s Highland Park High School Moody Advanced Professional Studies (MAPS) environmental architecture class designed the replica as a final project. With help from Preservation Park Cities, they reviewed the original plans for the house, re-drew them in AutoCAD computer-aided design and drafting software, and built a model of a portion of the historic home.

“(The project) required them to interpret 100-year-old construction drawings, which was a huge task, and they really rose to the occasion,” said environmental architecture instructor Yvette Hightower. “Thirty-five students drew the 35 drawings, and they all 35 built parts of the model, so it was a giant collaboration.” Larry Good, co-founder of the design firm GFF and author of the book A House for Texas about the home, also spoke to the students about its significance. Environmental architecture student Avery Allday said she and classmates Meg Peters and Caroline Annett had likely driven by the house daily. “I never would have thought it had all these cool details,” she said.

Annett contrasted new homes with ones like the Elbert Williams house, where designers had to allow for good ventilation before air conditioning became widely used. “With the technology that we’ve developed as a society, you don’t have to have the intricately thought-out porches,” Annett said. “When you have the ability to just add an AC unit, it’s just a flat white wall. It’s not as interesting to look at or live in.” The students are working with, among others, Brett Holzle of Stantec Architecture and Patrick Surratt of Lee Lewis Construction. Holzle and Surratt have also worked on design and construction projects across the school district. “It really speaks to the incredible linkage

I think it’s fantastic that we have a playhouse we get to (raffle off) that’s a replica of a beautiful, custom historic home. Rosanne Lewis

between the community and the school,” Holzle said. Rosanne Lewis of Dallas CASA described the Elbert Williams house-inspired entry as a unique addition to the Parade of Playhouses. “I think it’s fantastic that we have a playhouse we get to (raffle off ) that’s a replica of a beautiful, custom historic home,” Lewis said. The signature fundraiser for Dallas CASA, a nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children, features elaborate playhouses designed, built, and donated for the raffle. “It was just a wonderful culmination of everything that Ms. Hightower had been teaching them in class with a lot of community partnerships,” added Polly McKeithen, business development administrator for the MAPS program and former co-president of Preservation Park Cities. “We try in the MAPS program to afford the students a chance to give back to the community with a philanthropy project, and this is certainly checking that box for the environmental architecture class.”

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straight lines. My recent conversation with Dallas author Robert Lebovitz confirmed this as we shared our writing processes and experiences. Though our backgrounds wildly differ, we both started writing novels in our mature years. My past had been one of art, film, music, and odd jobs, interrupted by writing stints. Bob had been rooted in engineering, eventually becoming an academic associate professor of neurobiology with forays into artistic photography. Now a youthful 85, Lebovitz started his first novel 10 years after his 2000 retirement. After struggling with four “serious” novels in my 40s, I finally gave

in and found my natural niche in comic novels at 47, happily finishing four books in two years. “I thought I couldn’t make a living being a writer in my 20s, so I continued with my Ph.D. work,” Lebovitz recalled. “I spend a lot of time outlining, then putting in the moment to moment action isn’t difficult.” His first effort is also his latest release (though he has other published books and plays). It took over a decade to perfect To Be, a speculative novel based on reality, or “plausible fiction,” as he puts it, dealing with encroaching agism in modern society. I also deal in plausible fiction, especially in my latest work, albeit more humorously. My sixth book, Songs In The Key of H: Tales of Irony & Insinuation, is a collection of short stories illuminating subjects of recent concern — aging, death, technology, hive-mind thinking — with a healthy helping of irony and absurdism. Bob is an all-day writer; I’m

best in the morning and work in bursts, editing in the afternoon. We’re both avid note-takers and outliners. His latest book took around 25 drafts. Mine required about six. I do a lot of editing in my head before I write. But we both agree on stopping when we hit a block. As he puts it, “I know from my days of computer programming, if you can’t figure out what’s wrong with the loop, leave it. Tomorrow, you’ll figure it out in five seconds.” We both utilize creative visualization. “I write like I’m imagining a movie,” Lebovitz said — a tactic I employ, having a background in film. We mentally see each character, place, and situation before writing. I even sketch drawings of faces at times. And while I am perhaps a painter of words, Bob is a sculptor, observing, “I see what’s in there, and I keep pecking away at it until it gets into the form I’m happy with.” Our recent writings deal in part with contemporary confu-

Robert Lebovitz (COURTESY PHOTOS) sion in perception and action (or lack thereof ). “It’s hard to know what’s real anymore,” as Lebovitz said, “and people and groups are making use of that.” “I enjoy the process,” he added, chuckling. “I’m not so much goal-driven.” I, too, write much more for the love of writing and self-expression than “for the money,” goodness knows. | July 2022


14 July 2022 |



Dallas resident Smotherman encouraged by strong showing at Byron Nelson By Todd Jorgenson

on Tour. Kelly Kraft, another ex-Mustang and PGA veteran, has been a mentor. “With the whole SMU contingent we have on Tour, it doesn’t feel like it’s my rookie year because I’ve lived it through those guys,” Smotherman said.

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hile awaiting his big breakthrough on the PGA Tour, Austin Smotherman focuses on building week by week. That approach has yielded a strong rookie season for the former SMU standout, who saw his burgeoning pro career come full circle at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. Smotherman made his first Tour start at the Nelson in 2017, when he competed on a sponsor’s exemption at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving. He missed the cut that year but finished in a tie for 25th place this time around at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. “Seeing these guys up close [in 2017], that gave me the confidence,” Smotherman said. “Then these last three or four years got me back to this point on my own merits.” Such results are becoming more common for Smotherman, a California native who lives in Dallas with his wife, Jessica, a boutique manager in Highland Park Village. Smotherman made the cut in 11 of his first 17 starts this season, with the best result a tie for 11th place at the Farmers

A lot of areas of my game are coming together at the right time. Austin Smotherman

Former SMU standout Austin Smotherman has made an impression this year as a PGA Tour rookie. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) Insurance Open in January in San Diego. “A lot of areas of my game are coming together at the right time,” he said. “Every week is so cool. We’re playing for a lot of money and a lot of [FedEx Cup] points. You

just have to focus and go do your work.” Smotherman is competing alongside two former college teammates — Bryson DeChambeau and Harry Higgs — as part of a robust legacy of SMU alumni

Before this year, Smotherman was grinding away for a few years on PGA Tour Latinoamerica and on the Korn Ferry Tour, where his top-25 finish in 2021 — including one victory — earned him a one-year exemption on the PGA Tour. Now he’s proving he belongs. Besides cementing his status on Tour, Smotherman hopes to play in his first major championship event this year, such as the British Open in July. “In certain rounds, when you see yourself execute some shots that had some added pressure to them, it’s about being able to carry those with you to the next week,” he said.

New Lacrosse Coach Looks to Leverage College Experience with Scots Pullano takes over HP swimming program, Jimenez promoted in tennis By Todd Jorgenson

playoff loss to Austin Westlake. “The chance to coach high school and help lead a program Mike Pressler was ready to step like Highland Park is a great privdown as one of the country’s most ilege and opportunity to give back decorated college lacrosse coaches to a game that has meant so much but not to leave the sidelines alto- to me,” Pressler said. “I look forgether. ward to developing not only laPressler was crosse players announced as but also young the new head men who can coach of the be leaders on Highland Park and off the field.” club program Pressler, 62, on June 6, less has been a colthan a week lege coach for following his retirement after almost four 16 seasons at decades. He is Bryant Univerbest known for sity in Rhode spending 16 Island. years at Duke, He will take over a program including a national runner-up with seven Texas High School finish in 2005 when he was named Lacrosse League Division I state the national coach of the year after titles, the most recent coming in the Blue Devils won a school-record7:42:14 17 games. 2015. Pressler replaces Rich MoPCP_July2022_Banner-FINAL.pdf 1 5/19/2022 AM ses, whose five-year tenure endThe Connecticut native ranks ed this spring with a first-round sixth all-time for career wins

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among coaches at all NCAA levels. He also was head coach of the 2010 United States men’s national team.

Jason Pullano will replace Jesse Cole, who retired after overseeing the program for the past 15 years, helping to mentor multiple individual state champions. Pullano most recently coached at Granbury, which has become a 5A powerhouse with eight consecutive district titles.

the HP tennis program following Dan Holden’s retirement. Holden led the Scots for 22 seasons before stepping down this spring. Jimenez has been his top assistant since 2001, helping HP win 18 state team titles and 35 individual state championships. After winning the past six team trophies at the Class 5A level — which included a streak of 111 straight head-to-head matches — the Scots will jump to Class 6A in the fall.

Pullano to lead swim program Aquatic programs at Highland Park will begin a new era this year. Not only will the school compete in water polo for the first time, but the decorated Blue Wave swimming team will have new leadership as it transitions to the Class 6A level.

Tennis coach Jimenez promoted As expected, longtime assistant coach Tylir Jimenez will take over

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Everyone Wins When the Highland Park Buddy Bowl Kicks Off Brayden Schager has taken his quarterbacking skills to Hawaii, but his Highlander Stadium legacy, and that of his sister, Brielle, grows with each Buddy Bowl touchdown scored. The latest HP Buddy Bowl incarnation kicked off on May 21, with everyone’s favorite coach, Randy Allen, presiding over the coin toss. The game started six years ago when Brayden was in eighth grade and Brielle in sixth. Brielle, who just wrapped up her junior year, still helps run the show.

The Schager siblings initially envisioned pairing football players with special athletes for a “little” game in a park but, as tells it, soon discovered that Park Cities neighbors do nothing small. The annual contest draws hundreds of fans plus cheerleaders and business sponsors to create a gameday atmosphere with Scots game announcer Jim Castellaw calling the action as such special athletes as Davis Graddy tuck the ball and run for touchdowns. – Staff report

CLOCKWISE: Davis Graddy, Aiden Easterling, Elizabeth Laughlin, and CBS 11 reporter Ginger Allen. Elizabeth Laughlin (No. 3) and Jack Murzin (chair) take the Highlander Stadium field with the HP Buddy Bowl gold team. (PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

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Fajita Pete’s franchiser aims to give back to schools, nonprofits By Caroline Petrikas People Newspapers


ddiction cost Hugh Guill his career in education, but not his desire to help Texas schools. Today, Hugh and his wife Rebekah, also a former teacher, use their restaurant business to give back to the Dallas community, where their Smith Restaurant Group operates four Fajita Pete’s locations. The Guills began their careers working as high school and elementary level teachers and met in Houston, where they worked for charter schools. Beginning as a high school social studies teacher at KIPP Houston High School, Rebekah then shifted to a role as a social studies content specialist for KIPP Houston, overseeing history curriculum and teacher training. Rebekah’s love for community involvement and support deepened as she moved into nonprofit work. Although Hugh’s path echoed

Hugh and Rebekah Guill pose with two of their children, Smith and Grace, at the opening of their first Fajita Pete’s location in Park Cities; The storefront of the Guill’s new location of Fajita Pete’s on Preston and Forest. (PHOTO: the same values as Rebekah’s, his journey from teaching to tacos was a bit more complicated. After serving as a middle school science teacher for Teach for America in Denver, Hugh moved back to his hometown and transitioned into a principal role at YES Prep Gulfton in Houston. However, Hugh, who silently

struggled with substance abuse, was arrested on June 4, 2014, for possession of a controlled substance. Following his departure from the school, Hugh entered a recovery program, where he then decided to devote his career to supporting youth in recovery. Hugh enrolled in Rice University’s business school and completed


his MBA before joining the Association of Recovery Schools, a consulting agency dedicated to opening high schools that help teens get sober. Transitioning to start-up company Young People in Recovery, Hugh continued to raise awareness and support for those struggling

with addiction, even speaking about the national drug crisis at a White House press conference. Experienced in the nonprofit space, the Guills helped with the branding and foundation of Fajita Pete’s with their friend Pedro “Pete” Mora. In 2019, they began franchising the restaurant in Dallas to become further involved with community engagement. Hugh now serves as the chief branding officer of Fajita Pete’s and founder and CEO of Smith Restaurant Group, where Rebekah works as the director of community engagement. Rebekah organizes and leads spirit nights and communicates with local nonprofits to coordinate fundraisers or catered lunches. “It seems like kind of a leap or a chance to go from the classroom to restaurants, but it actually made a lot of sense in terms of finding ways to make our work in the restaurant space more meaningful to us personally and also impactful in the communities that we’re in,” Rebekah said.

Fathers, Sons Team Up in Financial Services

Newly-formed BurfordCaudle Family Capital offers generational perspectives By William Taylor

For the Burford Brothers personal financial services company established in 1984, one father and son team wasn’t enough. Scott and Charlie Burford have partnered with father and son Craig and Corbin Caudle to form BurfordCaudle Family Capital, a division of Burford Brothers.

At the office, our father/son relationship sometimes enters into the mix. But we largely leave business out of family gatherings. Someone wisely advised this from the beginning. Scott Burford The new venture is officed at 7001 Preston Road, Suite 405, in University Park, at the intersection with Lovers Lane. “This is a partnership my dad and I have dreamed of for almost two years now,” Charlie Burford said. “Craig and Corbin share the same father-son dynamics that Scott and I do, plus it is clear that their passion is fueled by extensive experience and a desire to help clients and support our team.”

FROM LEFT: Corbin and Craig Caudle with Scott and Charlie Burford. (PHOTO: JULIAN NOEL) Nice. But what’s the biggest challenge of working with your dad? CHARLIE BURFORD: Because he is my dad, and he knows I love him, I can definitely be less cordial with him than I would a normal coworker. Meanwhile, he is much better at being patient with me. Fortunately, we navigate this by being quick to forgive and see the other’s point of view. At the end of the day, we always leave on a good note, even if we have a disagreement.

CORBIN CAUDLE: Sometimes staying quiet when my father is giving a response that I may disagree with but have to yield to because I don’t have the experience level that he does. I navigate that by being patient and doing my best to look at things the way he might. What’s the difference between your relationship as father and son and coworker and coworker? SCOTT BURFORD: At the office, our

father/son relationship sometimes enters into the mix. But we largely leave business out of family gatherings. Someone wisely advised this from the beginning. CRAIG CAUDLE: Funny enough, I think we have more patience and appreciation for each other’s point of view more as coworkers, and we certainly argue less at the office than we do as just father and son. Read more of their thoughts about working with family at | July 2022

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Douglas Bar and Grill


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4600 McKinney Ave. About four months after closing its Highland Park Village location in January, the clothing brand opened in the former home of Z Gallerie.

Douglas Bar and Grill

Snider Plaza The full-service barbecue restaurant opened next to CVS in May serving up what pitmaster/owner Doug Pickering calls “elevated Texas cuisine” and barbecue staples like brisket, ribs,

and sausage, plus salad options, burgers, and more.

Mi Cocina

3232 McKinney Ave. The beloved Tex-Mex chain recently returned to Uptown with its newest location in the former home of Del Frisco’s Grille. The Uptown location features patios, an upstairs bar, and a custom-made design.

COMING Anchor Bar and Grill

Knox Street and Preston-Royal In 2023, the new seafood-focused

restaurant and raw bar concept from Vandelay Hospitality Group, which operates East Hampton Sandwich Co., Hudson House, Drake’s Hollywood, Lucky’s Chicken, and D.L. Mack’s, is expected to begin serving up oysters, sushi, martinis, and more at two locations — one on Knox Street and a second at Preston Road and Royal Lane.

Berkley’s Market

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Douglas Bar and Grill’s menu includes barbecue staples like brisket, ribs, sausage, and more. (PHOTOS: ERIKA TURK) on Knox Street later this year. The new location will include a coffee shop, groceries ranging from gourmet to local to conventional, prepared foods, and a wine department and bar.

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24 July 2022 |

Former Gap Employee Hunting for In-Store Playlists

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By Rachel Snyder

Michael Bise admittedly didn’t know much about the Gap or selling clothes. “So, to be hired by Gap was not something I would have thought would happen,” he said. But shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University in 1992, he got a job at the store in Highland Park Village, and one thing stuck with him – the music. A curated soundtrack of music played as customers browsed, perhaps meant to serve as background noise, but it stuck with Bise, who’d been a DJ while in college. “You could hear pop – the next song would be a dance song or alternative or hip hop, and the next one acid jazz (or) classic R&B,” he said. “(The Gap playlists) opened my horizons to more different kinds of things which made it very enjoyable.” That first job in Highland Park Village led to a career with Gap that spanned 15 years. He went on to work at stores in NorthPark Center, the Galleria, and the Preston Oaks shopping center at Preston Road and Royal Lane, Bise said. He’s since talked to hundreds of former Gap employees who share his love of the music. “So, it’s really affected not just me, but thousands of people across the world had the same experience that this is something that really enhanced your work experience, but it also tied in specifically with Gap.” Gap had hired AEI Music to curate the playlists used in its stores.

At the end of each month, Bise was allowed to take ones posted in the break rooms at the stores where he worked. Bise said the music reflected what was going on in the world outside the store. “In the early ‘90s, there was an explosion of different sounds … hip hop … alternative, plus revivals of disco and ne w wave, so there was a big wide range there,” he said. “But you would see things change.” Fo r e x ample, after Sept. 11, 2001, he said, the December playlists “ were ver y low key, very calm, whereas usually, holiday at Gap was very loud, sleigh bells ringing, everything, and these were very somber.” Bise has created a blog soliciting Gap playlists and tapes/ CDs from his time there – 1992 to 2006 – and posted the playlists he’d compiled. Bise enjoys hearing from others. “ They ’re re-experiencing things from their younger days when they were working at Gap,” he said. “Hopefully, maybe I’m doing a little service, helping people find some of their old friends, musical friends, that they loved from when they worked at Gap.”

Hopefully, maybe I’m doing a little service, helping people find some of their old friends, musical friends, that they loved from when they worked at Gap. Michael Bise


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Valedictorian: Daniel Arturo Carrillo

Salutatorian: Clare Wu

Salutatorian: Justin Li

Blanket Award Winners: George Wright and Katherine Massey



ore than 530 joined the ranks of Highland Park High alumni as the district celebrated the class of 2022 on May 27. This year’s class of 533 includes two U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates, 14 National Merit finalists, 28 National Merit commended students, 14 National Hispanic Recognition Program scholars, two National African American Recognition Program scholars, and one National Indigenous Recognition Program scholar. The valedictorian, Daniel Carillo, participated in the Academic Decathlon Team and the Latin Club. “Our high school experience has been anything but ordinary,” Carrillo said. “But I am eternally grateful that our senior year has been relatively normal, and with all of our impressive academic and athletic achievements and passionate community service, I know that the Class of 2022’s futures will only be brighter.” Tied for salutatorian were Justin Li and Clare Wu. Li served as captain of the HPHS UIL Math and Science

teams for the last two years, individually won state championships, and led teammates to six championships in number sense, mathematics, and science. “We’ll approach tomorrow with no fear — only passion and fortitude,” Li said. “The future is in our hands, and this task may (appear) daunting; we’ll have our lifelong friends and mentors to guide us along the way. Our teachers and community provide us with endless inspiration, enthusiasm, and encouragement to last us a lifetime.” Wu, a National Merit Commended Student, also earned recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction. “I know the class I see before me is unlike any other, so while it’s a scary thought that everything that we’ve known up to this point is about to dissolve into memory, above all, I think everyone here is proud of what they’ve been able to achieve by just being here, and I’m just a little excited about what’s to come,” Wu said. The 2022 Blanket Award went to Katherine Anne Massey and George Wright. They collectively served more than 1,100 hours of community service and got involved in 20 or more extracurricular activities during their high school careers. | July 2022


Finding A Match

Coach’s son’s need prompts bone marrow donor registration drive By Rachel Snyder

More than 325 people signed up as prospective bone marrow donors during a recent registration drive for the 4-yearold son of Highland Park Middle School teacher and coach Adam Lopez. The May 22 registration drive for Dak Lopez, held in conjunction with an online registration drive, was hosted by DKMS, a nonprofit blood stem cell donor center, in partnership with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Adam said Dak was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in April and spent more than a month in the hospital afterward. “ They immediately started him on chemo, and as of (about May 10), he is in remission, which is great news,” Lopez said shortly before the registration drive. “(However), since he does have an aggressive form of leukemia, they anticipate it to come back.” Dak will receive additional chemo-

therapy treatments and ultimately need a bone marrow transplant. “That transplant is his only cure,” Lopez said. “We’re just hoping that it can help Dak, of course, but at the same time, if we can help one, two, three – I mean, as many people as we can, that’s what it’s all about right there.” According to DKMS, there are 15,000 people in the U.S. in need of a transplant. “The thing about Dak’s situation is since Dak is Hispanic, we are linked to people of (the) same ancestry, so in order for him to find a match, he’s going to have to find somebody that is of Hispanic origin,” Lopez said. Adam said he’s thankful for the support from the community. “It’s been a nightmare, but the support is tremendous,” Lopez said. Lopez is also a coach at Highland Park High School, and DKMS said the high school’s student council recently hosted a benefit that raised over $17,000 for the nonprofit.

We’re just hoping that it can help Dak, of course, but at the same time, if we can help one, two, three – I mean, as many people as we can, that’s what it’s all about right there. Adam Lopez


Dak Lopez, 4, enjoys fishing and scooters, but had to spend more than a month in the hospital this spring after a leukemia diagnosis. (PHOTOS: COURTESY ADAM LOPEZ)

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UP All Night: 423 Burgers, 660 Donuts, 15 Gallons of Coffee Typically, sleeping at school will get you in trouble. But the University Park Preschool Association has turned it into an annual tradition. UP All Night, a campus family campout, returned for the ninth time April 2324, drawing 342 participants to campus and raising more than $100,000. “Every year, UP Elementary relies on the PTA to donate over $500,000, and the funds raised at UP All Night go towards that,” said co-chair Taylor Crosby. “These funds go to support special programs like the Spanish program, learning garden, and chess club, cafeteria operations, and staff salaries, instructional aides’ salaries, classroom startup costs for new teachers, classroom technology, playground equipment, and building and grounds enhancements.” Other co-chairs included Jenny Manheimer, Shelby Comeaux, Holly Losey, Melinda Smith, Whitney Zapffe, Erin Roe, Liz Hunter, and Erin Branson. The urban campout kicked off with a carnival in Curtis Park featuring face painting, a petting zoo, inflatables, a science truck, and many other activities, followed by dinner in the school cafeteria, a dance party on the basketball court, and a short movie before bed. Dads or other family representatives spent the night in tents on the school grounds with their children. This year’s campers consumed 423 burgers, 660 doughnuts, and 15 gallons of coffee. – Staff report

CLOCKWISE: UP All Night brought to campus campers; Dean Manheimer, Vanny Boon, and Cole Manheimer; the MicroChicks; a dance party; and Shelby Comeaux, Jenny Manheimer, Holly Losey, Liz Hunter, Emily Branson, and Melinda Smith. (PHOTOS: COURTESY UNIVERSITY PARK PRESCHOOL ASSOCIATION)

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Guests to the Family Place’s annual ReuNight at the Nasher Sculpture Center raised enough money to provide 3,027 nights of shelter beds for domestic violence victims. The “Evening in Provence”-themed fundraiser on May 12 aimed to bring awareness and raise crucial funds to end domestic violence. One hundred and seventy-five guests attended. Guests, many adorned in floral and French-Provençal regalia, were welcomed by co-chairs Marisa Howard, Roni Proter Kelly, Max Trowbridge, and honorary chair Shelle Sills. Speakers at the event included The Family Place CEO Mimi Sterling, domestic abuse survivor Susan Foster, and Sills. The outdoor soiree featured a pink runway, Whispering Angel wines, catering by Wolfgang Puck, a live auction featuring luxury packages, and Raise the Paddle enhanced with matching gifts by two anonymous donors. – Staff report | July 2022


American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Luncheon Focuses on Environmental Issues

Damian and Dany Decell, and Sharna Barbarin

Amy Hofland, Susan Stone-Poteet, and Patti and Tom Kiernan

Ariane Einecker, Melanie and Michael Silberman (PHOTOS: STEVEN GARRETT)

FRONT: Melanie Silberman, Julie Meister, Susan Stone-Poteet, Sandy Nachman, and Patti Keirnan. BACK: Svitlana Vasylenko, Sarah Losinger, BJ Murchison-Coffman, Dany Decell, Ariane Einecker, Keith Rhodes, and Amy Hofland.

Josh Lockwood, the American Red Cross vice president of climate change and sustainability, flew in from Chicago for the Dallas Tiffany Circle Spring Social, hosted on April 28 at Trammel Crow’s home in the Turtle Creek neighborhood. Keith Rhodes, CEO of the Red Cross North Texas Region, also outlined the significant impact the Tiffany Circle has on the people of North Texas. Individual members of the circle typically donate more than $10,000 and volunteer throughout the North Texas region. The circle gave more than $57,000 to Eastland wildfire victims in March, more than $100,000 to those affected by spring storms and tornadoes, and more than $32,000 to residents affected by extensive fire damage to a senior living facility in Dallas, helping 871 people in the first three months of 2022. – Staff report

32 July 2022 |

Party Hopping

Sharman Vesecky [center] with flamenco dancers (PHOTO: Courtesy International Society)

Laura Harris and Dak Prescott (PHOTO: Courtesy Metrocare)

Dak Prescott talks mental health At Metrocare’s 13th annual Meal for the Minds Luncheon, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott spoke about the loss of his youngest brother to suicide and the importance of mental health care. “When Dak shared that the luncheon was on his late brother’s birthday, I realized how strong he truly was,” Metrocare COO Tate Ringer said. The luncheon occurred on May 10 at the Hilton Anatole, with 300 guests attending. Dak Prescott spoke about the importance of mental health resources and his Faith, Fight, Finish foundation with NBC 5’s Laura Harris.

Cinco de Mayo soiree More than 55 members and guests wore their South of the Border finery on May 5 as the International Society revived its Cinco de Mayo party for the first time since COVID lockdowns with a spirited celebration at the Highland Park home of Barbara Crow. The soiree featured catering by Blue Mesa and entertainment by a flamenco dance troupe. The International Society, founded by Miliana Kelly in the early 1990s, aims to foster understanding between Dallas arts leaders and representatives of world cultures. Sharman Beasley Vesecky is the newly elected chair. The society’s next event will feature Liz Brailsford, director of Dallas Council of World Affairs, at the Park City Club in October.

Children’s Hope Dinner Orphan Outreach celebrated its 15-year anniversary with its Children’s Hope Dinner on May 3 and raised more than a half a million dollars for its worldwide programs for orphaned and vulnerable children. Eraina and Bryan Larson chaired the event at the AT&T Stadium, where more than 650 attendees heard remarks from featured ministry partner Tim Tebow. Mike Douris, co-founder of Orphan Outreach, was honored with the newly named Mike Douris Award for his more than 50 years of advocacy for vulnerable children.

Children’s Hope Dinner began in 2014 after Dallas philanthropist Jimmy Westcott embarked on a mission trip to Russia with Orphan Outreach. It has since raised more than $3 million for children in need.

Say YES to a new name The Just Say YES Celebration! A Night of Hope & Connection on April 28 brought 370-plus guests to the Omni Dallas Hotel, raised a record-breaking $530,000, and unveiled a rebranding of the nonprofit. Founder and president Dan Bailey, honored that evening for his two decades of service, announced the new name, Youth Equipped to Succeed. In 2019, Just Say YES! merged with Aim for Success to impact more students, parents, and educators through its youth development programs. The rebrand honors the legacies of both organizations. The celebration included swag bags, student testimonies, and a speech from Mike Singletary, Pro Football Hall of Fame Player and a former NFL Head Coach. The Coach Avery Johnson Youth Impact Award went to Luann and Jorge Gutierrez, and the Keith Davis U-Turn Award to Dre Hill.

Jimmy Westcott, Mike Douris, and Carol Seay (PHOTO: Ronnie Mosley)

Coach Avery Johnson [center] with Jorge and Luann Gutierrez (Photo: Lori Wilson Photography)

More than a women’s issue Michael Bolton, best known for his singing, mostly relied on his speaking voice when he brought his anti-domestic violence message to the Genesis Annual Luncheon on April 14 at the Hilton Anatole. The singer/songwriter, raised by a single mother, has three daughters plus grandchildren, and considers domestic violence a human rights issue – one he spent years addressing through his Michael Bolton Charities foundation. Though guests didn’t get a concert, Bolton did treat them to Beautiful World, a song he wrote during the pandemic. Beth and Fin Ewing co-chaired the luncheon, which raised $800,000 for Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support. Fin Ewing, Cameron Doan, and Bill Duvall received the HeRO (He Respects Others) Award. – Compiled by Emilea McCutchan and William Taylor

Bill and Rusty Duvall, Michael Bolton, Beth and Fin Ewing (Photo: Tamytha Cameron) | July 2022

Rotary Club of Park Cities Presents

Park Cities 4th of July Parade Monday, July 4, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. Line up begins at HP Town Hall at 7:30 a.m. No pre-registration required Parade ends with celebration at Goar Park

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Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church celebrates anniversary

Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church celebrates the congregation’s 75th anniversary with special services, guests, a musical about the church’s namesake, and service opportunities. (PHOTOS: COURTESY SAINT MICHAEL’S AND ALL ANGELS)

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or 75 years, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church has actively served the Dallas community through various outreach programs. “Part of our mission as a church is to serve our neighbor,” said Christi Morrow, Saint Michael’s mission and outreach coordinator. “So, I think from its inception, St. Michael’s has had an outreach element.” Programs include Austin Street Shelter, Bachman Lake Together, Jubilee Park and Community Center, Aunt Betty’s Food Pantry at St. Philip’s School, North Dallas Shared Ministries, and Project Moses. “We partner with a variety of nonprofit organizations that cover issue areas that touch different people’s hearts,” Morrow said. “There’s always something for everyone.” Many of the programs the church serves can trace their roots back to the Episcopal Church. Morrow said two Episcopal priests founded Austin Street Shelter, and Jubilee

Park and Community Center was founded by St. Michael’s 25 years ago. Parishioners remain involved with Jubilee through events such as the Back to School Bash and Thanksgiving and Christmas Senior Luncheons and support Jubilee’s summer camp and after-school programs.

I think our church members are very cognizant of the fact that they are transformed spiritually [and] personally by serving others. Christi Morrow Morrow said that during COVID-19, St. Michael’s transformed an old church into a food pantry for the Jubilee community. The church also staffs the food pantry

at Aunt Betty’s Food Pantry at St. Philip’s School. Parishioners can help with the school’s youth groups and participate in drives. “We collected this past year, and in previous years, over 400 coats for [the] St. Philip’s Christmas store,” Morrow said. While St. Michael’s serves many long-established organizations, members also serve newer organizations like Project Moses and Bachman Lake Together. Project Moses was founded by two parishioners, Mary and Terry Demler, in 2016 to battle the issue of sex trafficking. Morrow said Project Moses partners with organizations like New Friends New Life, hosts symposiums to build awareness and collects donations for victims of sex trafficking. Another new organization St. Michael’s has partnered with is Bachman Lake Together, a kindergarten readiness program. “We are going to partner with pre-elementary school children and their parents to help get those children ready for kindergarten so that they can be successful

students,” Morrow said. Pre-elementary school children are among St. Michael’s volunteering force, making Valentine’s Day and Christmas cards for the Jubilee Center. Morrow said the ages of volunteers range from 3 to 90 years old, but they all share a desire to serve. “I think our church members are very cognizant of the fact that they are transformed spiritually [and] personally by serving others,” Morrow said. “Their faith is deepened.”

S A I N T M I C H A E L’ S A N D ALL ANGELS Saint Michael’s is an Episcopal Church established by the Bishop Harry Tunis Moore of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. The Church’s charter was executed on the Feast Day of Saint Michael and All Angels. Saint Michael’s is located at 8011 Douglas Ave. in University Park. | July 2022

Four-Step Checklist for Choosing the Best Hardwood Floors Hardwood is the preferred choice for flooring among designers and homeowners alike. But between choosing your wood species, sawMARGARET ing method, plank width, CHAMBERS stain, and finish, there are a lot of decisions to make. Before you shop, I recommend going over the following checklist to help narrow down your options.

1. Choose between solid or engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood is the more traditional option, but engineered hardwood — in which a thin upper layer of wood is bonded to layers of plywood and composite material — is becoming more and more popular. The advantages of solid hardwood are that it’s quieter underfoot and has a longer lifespan. Engineered hardwood flooring is less likely to shift as the wood expands and contracts, making it the best choice for rooms where moisture can be an issue, such as basements and bathrooms.

2. Choose your wood species. Oak is the most commonly used wood in the U.S. because it is affordable, easy to stain, and durable. Cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, and ash are other options, each with their unique colors and grain patterns. No matter the species, try to select a wood that is already close to the stain color you want.

3. Choose the plank width and pattern.

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half inches was the standard width for wood floor planks. Today, the latest trend is to use planks 4 to 7 inches wide. Wider planks are associated with luxury homes and are appropriate for large rooms. Planks laid in herringbone patterns go well with entryways, dining rooms, or studies.

4. Choose your stain and finish. Dark and light stains are suited for different styles of homes. While light wood floors are good for modern or casual homes, dark wood floors are more traditional and sophisticated. Different finishes can transform wood flooring. The same wood plank in a mid-gloss, high-gloss, matte, distressed, or wire-brushed finish will look completely different. I suggest staying away from handscraped finishes, as they look dated. For high-traffic rooms, I recommend looking into polyurethane coating. Do all the different options make your head spin? At my firm, we typically use wood flooring with rugs in our projects, so we are very knowledgeable about the options and latest trends. When in doubt, it never hurts to consult a professional before you take the plunge. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer (RID) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Visit blog for more design advice.

CLOCKWISE: If you look closely, you can see the irregular patterns of the grain in these 5-inch quarter-sawn white oak planks. For this 1927 home, we kept the oak hardwood floors but sanded and re-stained them in a darker color. Keep in mind that solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished, but some kinds of engineered hardwood cannot. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER AND NATHAN SCHRODER. DESIGNS: MARGARET CHAMBERS)


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Farmers Market Stroll Inspires Zesty Summer Cake

Summer is here, and with it, my craving for vibrant flavors that mirror the bounty found in farmers’ markets and grocery stores. My husband and I spend much of the summer at our historic Colorado mountain home, where moderate temperatures allow us to remain comfortably outdoors most of the time. I almost need to pinch CHRISTY ROST myself each year when the snow finally melts and we rediscover the joy of dining on the f ront veranda overlooking mountain vistas. Randy and I eat lunch at noon while relaxing in white wicker chairs fitted with comfy cushions. I’ll admit, this midday ritual makes it hard to return to work in the afternoon, but oh, how I look forward to those noonday interludes. In the evening, we dine at a round wood table that once stood in my Fort Worth television studio and now resides in the shade of the veranda. I take special care setting the table, selecting colorful placemats and dinnerware that complement my planned meal.

On Friday mornings, I love to shop at the farmers’ market adjacent to Lake Dillon. The view of the lake surrounded by mountains is stunning. O v e r t h e ye a r s , I’ve come to know several of the farmers. I recognize who sells the best-tasting tomatoes and Palisade peaches, and which booth will be overflowing with beans, corn, squash, and salad greens still damp from the morning dew. As I stroll from one booth to the next, my mouth waters while the sights and smells provide inspiration for weekly meals, impromptu gatherings with friends, and recipes still to be developed. One of those strolls led me to a basket filled with fragrant lemons. Lemons always make me think of summer. Their bright yellow color and tart flavor are quintessential elements for pitchers of ice-cold lemonade, slices of lemon meringue pie, zesty marinades for chicken and fish, and my recipe for lemon pound

LEMON POUND CAKE Ingredients: 3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 teaspoons lemon zest 2 cups sugar 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 4 eggs cake. Every morsel of this easy, melt-in-your-mouth cake is filled with bright lemon flavor. Baked in a tube pan, garnished with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, and served with fresh berries or stone fruit and a swirl of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this summer dessert is ideal for family reunions, Fourth of July picnics, and casual gatherings with friends. Happy summer! Cookbook author and PBS chef Christy Rost is a longtime resident of the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. Find her Celebrating Home 4-minute cooking videos at and

1 cup milk 2 pints fresh blackberries, rinsed, for garnish Whipped heavy cream, for garnish Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set it aside. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, lemon zest, and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add the lemon juice and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternately with the milk, scrap-

ing the bowl often, until the batter is thick and fluffy. Spoon the batter into a greased and floured tube pan and bake 1 hour 20 minutes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack. Run a sharp knife around the outer edge of the cake and set it aside 30 minutes to cool. Remove the tube pan insert from the pan and allow the cake to cool 20 minutes more. Run a sharp knife between the cake and the bottom of the pan, place the wire rack over the top of the pan, and invert the cake. Set it aside until it has cooled completely. To serve, dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar, slice, and serve with blackberries and a swirl of Chantilly cream. Yield: 10 to 12 servings | July 2022


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The urgent honking of cars darting through the busy intersection of Interstate 75 and Lovers Lane might make the bordering small blue house dedicated to prayer and solitude seem out of place. For the Rev. Thomas and Marcia Hotchkiss, it is the perfect environment for their urban abbey, The Abbey on Lovers Lane. The center opened last August to promote contemplative spirituality, a way of prayer. Although it neighbors Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, The Abbey on Lovers Lane is open to all. “They don’t have to be Episcopalian, and they don’t have to go to any church,” Marcia Hotchkiss said. “They just have [to have] a desire to come.” Right as you step inside the little blue house, the guiding belief of the abbey is apparent. Welcoming you in is a picture of blossoming tree branches emblazoned with Psalm 46:10. “[The Psalm] says, ‘Be still and know that I am God,’” Hotchkiss said. “That’s our outstanding belief. We think that people need slowing, silence, solitude, and time to quit having this frenetic activity that most of us have.” To help accomplish this, The Abbey on Lovers Lane offers spiritual direction and programs. Some upcoming programs include a young mothers’ half-day retreat, a series about what to do when you have unanswered prayers, a clergy spouse retreat, and a class dedicated to teaching the basics of prayer.

“It’s going to be called ‘Prayer: A Simple Guide for Normal People,’” Hotchkiss said.“It’ll be three or four weeks [about the] basics of how to pray. We’ll follow that up in Advent with a retreat on how to listen to God.” The center is open for those seeking silence and solitude, including plush futons and comfy armchairs framing each of the two bedrooms converted into spaces for quiet and reflection. There is also a living room with plenty of comfy seating like a sofa and two armchairs, a dining room, and a functional kitchen complete with a coffee-maker. Flyers about upcoming programs are scattered ovion h Prreading t r side and coffee tables, and religious Ea in several book-s materials are gently stacked cases for visitors to peruse. Outside lies a quiet garden space with seating and a model of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, where visitors may place prayers written on slips of paper into the wire mesh for prayer team members to bless and consecrate. Eventually, Hotchkiss said she hopes to expand The Abbey on Lovers Lane into a nonprofit. “We’d like to meet the needs of as many different types of people as possible,” Hotchkiss said. “We feel like it’s one person at a time.”


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and chose to live out her remaining days at home, in hospice care. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1959 and later attended Hendrix College and Southern Methodist University. Her family would like to extend special thanks to Chicago Title’s Craig Penfold and Shayla Bell for all of the extra kindness and care they have given our mom over the past year. Betsy was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer T. Gessell and Betty Strickland Gessell of Dallas, TX, and her husband Pat Henderson of Presque Isle, Maine, T.W Larkin of Melissa, TX, and John Kerr of Fort Worth, TX. She is survived by her son John Kerr Larkin of Dallas; son Scott Kerr Larkin, his wife Gerri Ellen and step-daughter Ryann Adams of Collierville, TN; grandsons Nick Larkin and Chris Larkin of Collierville, TN; grandson Jonathan Larkin, his wife Taylor and their son Koda of Tulsa, OK; daughter Julie Henderson Niehoff and her husband CJ Niehoff of Austin, TX; step-granddaughter Jade Niehoff of Arlington, TX; grandson Calen Niehoff and granddaughter Grace Niehoff of Austin, TX. She was laid to rest next to her mother and father at Restland Cemetery in Dallas on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the section Whispering Waters.

Common unknown reasons why people fall or have balance problems. It’s never because of age...there’s always A REASON! Now what to do about it? By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you worried about losing independence because of falls? Are you seeing your friends around you falling and losing their independence? Are you becoming frustrated with your doctors and kids telling you not to fall (without telling you HOW). Here are some common unknown reasons why people fall, and a SOLUTION to prevent it from happening. 1: Vertigo/Inner Ear Balance Problems: Vertigo and dizziness are symptoms of problems that put older people at risk of falling. These symptoms are very common. In fact, one-third of people over the age of 70, and one-half of people over the age of 85 are experiencing dizziness and/or vertigo right now! The good news is that now that you know to look for them, these conditions are usually very treatable! 2. The Legs Not Knowing Where They Are (Proprioceptive Loss): As a balance specialist I see this problem ALL THE TIME. Although this problem is very common, most people don’t realize they have it at all. I often see this when people are falling or having balance problems for what seems like NO APPARENT REASON. It’s simple to find out whether or not you face this problem, and there are many ways around it if you do. 3. Walking Slowly & Furniture Walking: Some people think walking slowly and carefully reduces the risk of falling. This is NOT the case. Like riding a bicycle, slowing down greatly increases the risk of falling, and is a dangerous

thing to do for somebody with balance problems. Touching furniture and walls while walking is a sign that something is wrong and immediate action is needed to prevent this from becoming a fall! Want more information & solutions? My new special report provides actionable tips that will help you keep or regain your independence. And the best thing is it’s 100% FREE, and you’re under no obligation to buy anything when you call. IMPORTANT: For obvious reasons, my offer to send you this report FREE must come with a restriction on the number I can mail out… so it’s critical that you call TODAY and request your free report now. What To Do Next? Call: (214) 712-8242 (Leave a Message 24/7) & Choose: · Option 1: Have your FREE Report mailed or emailed to you · Option 2: Free Report + FREE Balance/Fall Screen Or Discovery Visit · To learn more about Balance, Falling, Dizziness, Vertigo, and MUCH more, listen to our podcast! Visit, or search for ‘Optimove Podcast’ wherever you listen to your podcasts. Author Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist is owner of Optimove Physical Therapy & Wellness. You can contact him at (214) 712-8242 or email at

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Private Offerings Abound in Today’s Real Estate Market

Gone are the days when a simple internet search could yield a comprehensive list of available homes on the market. Neither can a download of data from the Multiple Listing Service. Today, you need a well-connected agent who knows about the homes being offered offmarket, sometimes called hip-pocket listings. These homes won’t be marketed online or in other advertising – you must work with an agent to learn about them. Currently, the luxury real estate experts with Allie Beth Allman & Associates are representing more than 25 private offerings across DFW. These homes are located in neighborhoods from University Park to Preston Hollow. There’s a a five-bedroom Highland Park home within walking distance to Highland Park Village and Bradfield Elementary. Just completed on a picturesque, Preston Hollow lane is a contemporary home with design details you don’t want to miss. Just a short distance from the private school corridor, a Texas Hill Country contemporary home sits on 1.27 acres dotted with shady trees. Find the right home with the help of an Allie Beth Allman & Associates expert. Call an expert agent to see the luxury brokerage’s private list of homes on the market: https://www.alliebeth. com/associates/int



Coveted Ground Level Home at the Mondara in Highland Park

4502 Abbott #106 at the Mondara is being offered for $1,995,000. This stunning one-level luxury condo located at the prestigious Mondara in Highland Park was designed by SHM Architects with recent designer appointments by David Cadwallader. 4502 Abbott #106 is being offered for $1,995,000 lives more like a single-family home with a coveted ground level, rear corner location just steps off of the Katy Trail. Three outdoor living areas, two on the common courtyard with custom planters for privacy, and one with a private patio and grassy area, are ideal for pets and entertaining. The open floor plan features a gourmet kitchen with quartz counters, Porcelanosa tile, and SubZero and Wolf appliances flowing into a dining room that could double as an office. Spacious primary suite includes a sitting area and opens to a private courtyard. A custom walkin closet is located just off the gorgeous bathroom with separate shower and tub. Split guest bedroom suite, powder bath and rare laundry room complete this desirable floor plan. Other features include: Ralph Lauren lighting, motorized window treatments, and Control4 automation. Three underground parking spaces are included with 110 and 220 chargers. Contact Karen Fry (214.288.1391) or Ryan Streiff (469.371.3008) for more information or to set up a private showing. Visit DPMFineHomes. com to learn more or call 214.799.1488.



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A Home with Green Space Can Soothe the Soul

In today’s unprecedented real estate market, buyers and sellers are looking for any advantage they can find. Flashy, high-tech innovations might garner lots of attention or give the gee-whiz factor, but it does not get the deal done. Still, the most important element in finding and buying a home, across the board, continues to be having an experienced real estate agent on your side. “This is probably the most unique real estate market that we’ve ever seen, with the extremely low inventory. That makes a good agent more vital than ever,” says Allie Beth Allman & Associates Sales Manager Erin Young Garrett. “They are essential to getting a deal done.” The last thing a seller wants to do is lose momentum or get hung up on unimportant details. According to Allie Beth Allman & Associates President Keith Conlon, the agents that are winning deals today are the ones that the listing side agents want to work with. “It’s just as important as anything,” he says. “Winning agents are generally well-liked in the Realtor community. They negotiate and maneuver with fairness, and without causing any road bumps that don’t need to be there.” Connect an expert agent: https://www.alliebeth. com/associates/int

Research has shown time and again that immersing yourself in the outdoors helps us maintain our mental health. Visiting parks, walking a golf course or spending time in a lush backyard increases feelings of satisfaction, happiness and self-esteem. Ask an expert at Allie Beth Allman & Associates to find you a home with a lovely, green yard to ease life’s pressures. The home you’re looking for might be on an exclusive list of private offerings, so connect with an agent. The five-bedroom, French estate at 6459 Tulip Lane has extensive green space, including a play area, pool, spa and even a putting green. The home’s manicured front gardens offer a glimpse of the outdoor oasis that awaits. Wander among the trees dotting the one-acre, park-like grounds of 5460 Northbrook Drive, featuring a pool and sports court, perfect for enjoying the beautiful weather outdoors. The phrase resort-like applies to a home at 9226 Hathaway St. Set on 1.75-acres, the beautiful Texas Hill Country-style home features is surrounded by lush landscaping, the pool, spa, fire pit and tennis court provide nice distractions from any busy schedule. Call an expert agent to see the luxury brokerage’s private list of homes on the market: https://www.


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Lots at the very popular Lake Ava Rosetta are selling fast. The 9-acre stocked fishing and swimming lake is now 50% sold with 8 of the 16 lots under contract, under construction or having a full-time resident. 5 of the remaining lots offer the opportunity for private fishing docks. Residents are already enjoying the newly added beach area with new outdoor grills, fire pits and more. To find your perfect place of tranquility offering fishing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, barbecuing and other outdoor fun, visit us online at to schedule a tour or call 903-498-LAKE (5253).

For years, smaller was better for many homebuyers who opted to build a new home. But that was before the pandemic struck, when it became essential to work, exercise and have dinner nightly in the safety of one’s home. The trend toward more square footage can be seen in homes coming on the market in Highland Park and nearby neighborhoods. Homes today are being built with more and larger bedrooms and baths. They usually have an exercise room, a designated space to enjoy movies and at least one home office. The experts at Allie Beth Allman & Associates are representing several new properties in Highland Park. At 9,500 square feet of living space, the fivebedroom Mediterranean-style home Avida Custom Homes is building at 3900 Potomac Ave. in Highland Park is a perfect example of this bigger-is-better trend. A building site on one of Highland Park’s most storied streets just came on the market at 3524 Beverly Drive. Adjacent to Armstrong Elementary’s greenbelt, it’s a perfect location for a family home. Find the right home with the help of an Allie Beth Allman & Associates expert. Call an expert agent to see the luxury brokerage’s private list of homes on the market:

The summer 2022 residential real estate market is shaping up to be very competitive. But don’t be intimidated into inaction. Getting what you need and want is still possible with the right mindset … and, more importantly, the right agent. “Now more than ever, a knowledgeable, tenacious representative by your side makes all the difference, especially with such limited inventory,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Going in with a plan is critical. And our experienced agents can help you come up with one that’s right for your situation and increases your likelihood of coming out on top as a seller financially, and as a buyer in a multioffer situation. “If a no-obligation consultation sounds good right about now, our agents would love to provide one for you along with a free valuation of your home,” Kelly says. “Together, we can beat the odds.” Ebby Halliday is the leading real estate company in Texas and Oklahoma. To learn more, visit ebby. com and connect with one of our experienced agents today. | July 2022


How Does Your Garden Glow?


More and more homeowners are finding their favorite time to spend summer in their gardens is after sundown. With the addition of strategic outdoor lighting, gardens transform into additional living spaces, moonlit walking paths, and alfresco dining options. Richard Lentz, president of Lentz Landscape Lighting, shares a few tips on enhancing your gardens with recreated “moonlight” and other outdoor lighting options. “Many of our customers spend quite a bit of money landscaping their properties with beautiful gardens,” says Lentz. “The problem is

that investment literally disappears after dark,” he adds. With the placement of strategic outdoor lighting, homeowners can enjoy the beauty of their garden day and night while adding the benefit of increased security to the entire property. Here are a few tips on night lighting your gardens from Richard Lentz: • Use soft perimeter lights along the pathways to create ambiance and provide additional safety lighting • Use a selection of warm accent lights throughout the garden to highlight artistic features like sculptures, birdbaths, fountains, and special groupings of foliage • Install dimmable down lights from inside the roof of an arbor, a gazebo, or a pavilion to set the mood for any event. • Hang strings of white lights or a weatherproof chandelier from a low bough of a large tree and set an outdoor dining table under it for entertaining alfresco-style. • Likewise, use outdoor lighting around settings of garden furniture to create additional “rooms” within your garden For more information about landscape lighting for your garden, contact Richard Lentz @ 972-241-4259 or visit


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POGIR / 214-244-3103 /

ALEX TRUSLER / 214-755-8180 / KARLA TRUSLER / 214-682-6511 /

4124-B University Boulevard / $1,575,000

6710 La Manga Drive / $1,495,000

3430 McFarlin Boulevard #5 / Listed for 695,000 $


3509 Springbrook Street / $1,285,000

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MALINDA ARVESEN / 214-354-7029 / DAVID ARVESEN / 214-354-6142 /

FAISAL HALUM / 214-240-2575 /



3954 Davila Drive / Listed for 1,900,000 $

Luxury Residences from $3,000,000


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2022 Coloring Contest Submit entries for a chance to win fun and yummy prizes. *Details on Page 4

This Fourth of July, let us stand united in celebration of the American Dream – a dream that belongs to us all.

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4th of July

Coloring Book Contest Entries will be displayed in a digital photo gallery on and winning entries will be published in the August edition of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People. All entries will be on display at Toys Unique, behind Inwood Theatre, July 16-29th. Stop by on the 29th and pickup your laminated entry!

RULES 1. One entry per child. 2. Pick your favorite coloring page, when complete scan or take a photo of your colored page. 3. Submit your page and complete the entry form:

scan me (or go to) /coloringbook2022

4. All entries must be received by July 12, 2022.

Prizes will be awarded in each of the following age groups (2–4, 5–7, 8–10, 11–13) $100 Toys Unique gift card, 4 tickets to this year’s State Fair of Texas, and 2 dozen Bundtinis ® from Nothing Bundt Cakes* for a sweet celebration with friends and family! *Must redeem at 4264 Oak Lawn Ave location


Disclaimer: Employees of People Newspapers, their respective affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Coloring Contest.



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