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Dallas plans for climate changes 8

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Learn about area business leaders 35

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November 2019 Vol. 15, No. 11 prestonhollowpeople.com   @phollowpeople  @peoplenewspapers

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SCOUTS SHAPED LIFE OF DAD, SON Editor’s note: As Scouts BSA faces legal and financial challenges stemming from pedophiles in its volunteer ranks (See story on Page 10), those who’ve had good experiences with the organization are touting its ongoing value.


s the Preston Hollow community neared the start of a new school year, I spent time reflecting on how my involvement in Scouting, from elementary school to adulthood, has helped shape my life. I have the privilege to serve as the president and CEO of Comerica Bank, as well as the president of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) Circle Ten Council. I support Scouting because of the tangible impact it has on the lives of so many young people. Growing up, Scouting helped me become who I am today. It has impacted my career, my family, and how I give back to my community. For this reason, I recently joined BSA Parents, a new organization created to celebrate the positive impact Scouting has had on our lives and local communities. The group was established and is operated by parents and others who are passionate about their Scouting experiences. With all that is going on in the world, Scouting is a strong, positive path for our youth. It doesn’t simply teach outdoor skills, but it also helps shape character, build integrity, and provide opportunities to practice and learn leadership skills

that will translate into adulthood. I believe Scouting is a transformative program for young people that opens countC U RT FA R M E R less doors. I am proud to call myself an Eagle Scout. Scouting remains one of my defining life experiences. It helped build my self-confidence and prepare me for adulthood. And, when my son was born, I wanted him to have the same opportunities. He joined the Cub Scouts as soon as he was able and went on to become an Eagle Scout. Every day I see the positive impact Scouting has had on his life, and that makes me proud. Every parent of a Scout has a story to tell about how they have watched their child grow into a confident and strong leader. By simply visiting BSAParents.com or following BSA Parents on social media, you can share your family’s Scouting experience and troop photos with the larger BSA Parents community. I encourage everyone involved with BSA to take advantage of this new platform and to help grow the BSA Parents community today. Your story deserves to be heard. Curt Farmer president, Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council

Contents Crime ............................ 4 News .............................. 8 Community ................. 12 Schools ........................ 16 Sports .......................... 22 Real Estate Quarterly ..... 24 People to Know ........... 35 Business........................ 48 Living Well & Faith .... 52

Engagement ................. 56 Classifieds .................... 59 Obituary ...................... 57 Society .............. Section B

EDITORIAL Editor William Taylor Deputy Editor Bethany Erickson Sports Editor Todd Jorgenson Production Manager Melanie Thornton



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Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MONTH

YOU’RE IN TROUBLE Folks at the The Laurel Preston Hollow are pissed. At 5:20 p.m. Sept. 12, representatives of the apartment complex on Preston Road reported that an ill-mannered troublemaker stained a couch by peeing on it.

MAYBE KNOCK NEXT TIME When you live on Crooked Lane do you really want to tempt thieves by leaving the garage door open? Before 8:20 a.m. Sept. 23, a crook made off with easy pickings from a home in the 4900 block.

DARING FATE Before 10:15 a.m. July 27, a 75-year-old woman living in the 6800 block of Bandera Avenue walked out to find all of the wheels missing off of her vehicle. However, the thieves did leave wooden blocks behind in place of the wheels.

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allas Mayor Eric Johnson’s office estimated there would be more than 250 National Night Out Events celebrated on Oct. 1. This year, the city made it even easier to find them all. By encouraging various communities and neighborhoods to register their events early, an interactive map on the city’s website was robust. There were plenty of options for residents looking for their opportunity to meet neighbors or fellow community members, as well as first responders. By the time registration ended on Sept. 17, more than 250 block parties, festivals, cookouts, and other events were mapped out. The events also frequently offer safety demonstrations, seminars, or exhibits. The Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association met in Preston Hollow Park, where the


event also served as the annual neighborhood association meeting. While NNO is celebrated all over the country, the official national date is typically in August. Thanks to the heat, Dallas gets a pass and is allowed to celebrate in October, when the weather

could still be a balmy 90 degrees or a chilly 60 — or both in the same week. NNO began in 1984 to promote police and community partnerships, as well as build stronger neighborhoods in the hopes that it would make them safer places to live.

Boy Scout Brooks Strey led the Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association in the Pledge of Allegiance during their National Night Out celebration Oct. 1. Strey is a fifth-grader at Episcopal School of Dallas and belongs to Troop 577, which meets at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.


Before 1:31 a.m., two robbers held up a man at his home in the 6000 block of Burgundy Road.

SEPT. 10

How rowdy was dinner at a restaurant in Preston Oaks Shopping Center before 6:57 p.m.? A 21-year-old woman got hit with a plate.

SEPT. 12

At 4:48 p.m., lucky scoundrels received only criminal trespassing warnings for shoplifting at NorthPark Center.

SEPT. 14

Reported at 12:15 p.m.: Whole Foods but fake money. Counterfeit cash turned up at the supermarket at Preston Forest Shopping Center.

SEPT. 20

Carelessness or vandalism? Either way the person who damaged

AT&T property in the right-ofway along 5100 block of Royal Lane before 12:23 p.m. didn’t stick around to take credit. Before 10:47 p.m., a burglar, who smashed the window of a Dallas man’s vehicle parked at Preston Oaks Shopping Center, wasn’t done. After grabbing the contents, the crook did more damage to the vehicle.

SEPT. 21

At 11:26 a.m., a ruffian accused of punching a 48-year-old woman in the stomach was warned to never return to NorthPark Center.

SEPT. 22

Reported at 8:33 a.m.: gun-wielding robbers knocked on the door before forcing their way in to a 50-year-old man’s apartment in the 3900 block of Inwood Road.

SEPT. 25

To the robber who caused serious

bodily injury while stealing property before 3:21 p.m. at Macy’s at NorthPark Center: You may not have been arrested yet, but officials know who you are.

Before 9:49 a.m., a vandal kicked a 48-year-old Dallas man’s vehicle hard enough to damage it in the 5500 block of LBJ Freeway.

SEPT. 26

Before 4:50 p.m., a shopper at the Buckle Store in NorthPark Center paid with counterfeit cash.

Reported at 11:49 a.m. at Hillcrest High School: a jerk transmitted intimate photos of a 17-year-old girl.

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OCT. 4

Bad connection: Before 1:43 a.m., a troublemaker damaged AT&T property in the 5300 block of West Lovers Lane.

No tacos for you. That was the fate at Velvet Taco in Preston Forest Shopping Center for an unwelcome visitor who was told at 3:45 p.m. to leave and not come back.

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Before 2:48 p.m., a purse snatcher grabbed a 49-year-old Highland Park woman’s handbag at Inwood Village and then made $4,000 in purchases with her stolen credit cards.

OCT. 1

Need anger management?

How did the thief take a vehicle before 5:30 p.m. from the parking lot of the Summer Tree Center on Inwood Road? With the keys.

OCT. 6

Taken before 12:23 p.m.: property off the kitchen table of a home in the 5800 block of Royal Lane.

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CLIMATE PLAN SHOULD ARRIVE BY EARTH DAY Dallas draws on ideas from residents, businesses By Tanika Turner People Newspapers


ity leaders can’t make Dallas a healthier, cleaner place all alone. “Because city operations form such a small part of our overall carbon footprint in Dallas, we have to collaborate with our residents and businesses to find innovative ways to reduce our community-wide emissions, prepare for a changing climate, and enhance quality of life through equitable and sustainable planning of our community’s environmental assets,” said James McGuire, director of the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability.

It will take the entire community of Dallas to ensure it’s ready to build a safe future and enhance the quality of life for all residents. Tatum Lau The Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability has reached out to businesses and residents to participate in the Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP). That work has included a



To find out more, visit dallasclimateaction.com.

Building/Energy – Require new construction to meet high energy efficiency standards. Food – Encourage businesses with extra to donate to those in need. Parks – Prioritize tree planting in areas with high urban heat. Solid Waste – Encourage businesses to reduce what they generate. Transportation – Provide better infrastructure for biking and walking. Water – Promote use of trees and other plants that require less water. Source: dallasclimateaction.com

Ideas for improving Dallas’ climate include adding paths like the Northaven Trail. survey as well as public meetings, including six held in September and October. Suggestions have included more green spaces and tree planting programs and improved options for public transportation. According to the city of Dallas website, “We know that climate change will have the most impact on vulnerable communities, including children, the elderly, low-income communities, and in particular, communities of

color. We are working to ensure that the voices of these communities are heard and included in the planning process.” The Dallas City Council in January chose AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, to develop a plan. The goal is to unveil the document for Earth Day 2020. AECOM has worked with more than 50 cities around the world with climate action, adaptation, and sustainability planning.


The CECAP process included first seeking out public engagement from low-income communities of color who are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, but least likely to engage. Company representatives asked about what environmental changes residents were most concerned about and what type of actions the community would support. Based upon the findings, CECAP will propose quantitative,

sector-specific city and community goals to enhance the city’s environmental performance by a specific timeline. When finished, the CECAP plan will focus on cutting down on the causes of changing weather and develop standards and strategies for adapting the city to changing local conditions. The plan will outline specific things the city can do to reduce greenhouse gases and improve environmental quality. The plan includes preparing the city for climate change impacts, creating a healthier and more prosperous community by addressing the change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GFG), and encouraging residents and businesses to take action. “It will take the entire community of Dallas to ensure it’s ready to build a safe future and enhance the quality of life for all residents,” said AECOM senior urban planner Tatum Lau. The city of Dallas conducted a CECAP Community Survey online that identified such focus areas as buildings and energy, food and urban agriculture, parks and open spaces, solid waste, transportation and land use, water and wastewater, and climate resilience. About 1,235 people responded to the survey.

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Can New Parents Group Bolster Interest in Scouting? As BSA faces abuse lawsuits, financial uncertainty, some tout benefits Certainly, we’re not ashamed of serving millions of kids a year. We want to serve more. We want to serve them all. Don McChesney

By Bill Miller

Special Contributor Forty-five years ago, the Boy Scouts of America served 3 million young men who enrolled to learn leadership, community service, and plenty of “high-adventure” outdoor skills. By 2019, enrollment had dropped to 2 million, said Don McChesney, a retired executive for the Irving-based group, now called Scouts BSA. No single thing caused the decline, McChesney said, although there are many rivals for free time, including video games and social media. The organization also faces speculation about its financial future in the wake of lawsuits claiming hundreds suffered sexual abuse over decades at the hands of adult scoutmasters. With headquarters staffers having much to do on the public relations front, a new volunteer group has formed to talk about Scouting’s benefits and virtues: BSA Parents. “If we’re sharing fun quality programs, other parents will see that Scouting is the place to be,” said McChesney, who chairs the


Scouts do more than camp. They learn leadership and kindness. organization. Social media and the BSA Parents’ website are conduits for parents’ praises for Scouting, which is now open to girls, McChesney said. McChesney, who lives in Keller, retired two years ago after more than 40 years in BSA leadership roles around the nation. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in Lexington, Ohio, where he was awarded Scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout. Park Cities and Preston Hollow are home to many such elite Scouts.

Included are Eagles from Troop 68, sponsored by Highland Park United Methodist Church; Troop 518, Park Cities Baptist Church; Troop 70, University Park Elementary School; Troop 125, Grace Bible Church; and Troop 577, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Parents of these young men have unique perspectives, said Leigh Anne LeBlanc of Plano, national communications director for BSA Parents and mother to two Eagle Scouts. “Sure, they learn about tying

DON McCHESNEY knots, but it’s not just camping and tents,” LeBlanc said. “It’s about leadership skills and management skills, with a lot of patriotism thrown in there. “They learn kindness, integrity.” Scouting officials say they’re happy to get help from BSA Parents. “BSA Parents is an important voice for Scouting,” officials said in a statement to People Newspapers,

“and we love to hear their stories of families growing together through their participation in our programs.” Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh issued a statement responding to speculation that filing bankruptcy is possible to facilitate settlement negotiations with plaintiffs of abuse lawsuits. “We have a social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and we also have an obligation to carry out our mission to serve youth, families, and local communities through our programs,” Surbaugh said. As for BSA Parents, McChesney said, “We don’t mess around with the legal stuff. We don’t have to.” “We’re in a market for the competition for children’s time,” he added, “and we want to be at the forefront. Certainly, we’re not ashamed of serving millions of kids a year. We want to serve more. “We want to serve them all.”

ON THE WEB: BSA Parents bsaparents.com

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LEARN TO BE A HATRED-COUNTERING UPSTANDER Holocaust museum challenges visitors to stand up

I F YO U G O What: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Where: 300 N. Houston St. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and many holidays (closed New Year’s Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day) Tickets: $16 adults, $14 seniors, military, and educators; $12 for students (not recommended for children younger than 12) Online: dhhrm.org AMANDA LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

Dallas’ Holocaust museum is no longer a small place in the Jewish Community Center basement. From a grand downtown location, it seeks to change hearts.

By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers


fficials for the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum want visitors to imagine a future where the world is full of “upstanders,” people who stand up against hatred and bigotry. “At a time when our country is being attacked from within by domestic terrorists acting on hatred and racist ideology, our mission at the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is not only timely but critically needed,” museum president and CEO Mary Pat Higgins said. According to the latest hate crime report by the FBI, hate crimes across the U.S. rose 17% from 2016 to 2017, with the majority of victims targeted due to their race, religion,

and sexual orientation. Hate crimes in Texas have seen a similar rise, with DPS reporting a 6.7% increase between 2016 and 2017. To counter those attitudes, museum designers used a combination of exhibits and architecture to tell the stories of genocide survivors. Architects used copper because the outer layer corrodes to protect the inner layer, symbolizing how survivors have chosen to remain resilient and hopeful despite the injustices they’ve suffered. Dallas Holocaust survivor Max Glauben compares the opening of the new museum to a 40-yearseed finally taking root. A project that started as a small museum in the Max Glauben

basement of the Jewish Community Center has become a landmark featuring a hologram of Glauben. His image responds to visitors in the Dimensions of Testimony Theater and shares stories of his Holocaust experiences. “There isn’t a person in this world that cannot come into this museum, their children, their grandchildren, their great, great-grandchildren, God knows for how long,” he said, “and ask a question.” Glauben survived the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi invasion of Poland. He survived becoming an orphan by age 13 and imprisonment at five different concentration camps. At 91, Glauben is one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors in Dallas. Glauben likens hatred to dough. “You

take a little piece, and you put it in the refrigerator, and overnight, it becomes a big bunch of dough,” he said. Ending this growing hatred, Glauben said, is as simple as “choosing the goodness in you.” Individuals possess whatever it takes to be a good human being, an upstander, he said. In a world where people are persecuted because of their religion, education can lead to positive change, Glauben said. The ultimate goal, museum officials say, is to teach 100,000 student visitors annually how to be upstanders. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, who was present at the recent museum opening along with Gov. Greg Abbott, embraced that goal. “My dream for Dallas is that we will be a city of upstanders,” Johnson said.

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Finds a Place to Tell Her Story By Dalia Faheid

perpetrators were surrounding the orphanage ready to murder,” she said. “And I remember thinking, I am going to die, my brothers and sisters, we are all going to die.”

People Newspapers Focusing on human rights violations throughout history, the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum tells the stories of genocide victims around the world. “I saw myself because the museum represents every survivor of hate crimes,” Rwandan genocide survivor Lydia Nimbeshaho said. Her favorite part of the museum is the Memorial and Reflection room because she never had the chance to mourn her loved ones properly. Her memories of the genocide came back as she visited the Rwandan genocide exhibit. “It’s intense, but it’s also a beautiful feeling to see where we came from and where we are,”


Lydia Nimbeshaho says she wants to stop the cycle of hate. she said. Only 25 years ago, an estimated 800,000 Tutsi people were brutally murdered in three months. Speaking at the museum opening, Nimbeshaho told of her

parents’ murder when she was only 6. Forced to live in an orphanage, she and her 10-year-old sister had to care for their younger siblings. “I remember being in the orphanage and hearing that the

It’s intense, but it’s also a beautiful feeling to see where we came from and where we are. Lydia Nimbeshaho Nimbeshaho sobbed as she described the dehumanization and betrayal at the hands of the Tutsis’ neighbors, friends, and even family members.

Despite the tragedies she’s overcome, Nimbeshaho has learned not to carry the burden of hatred on her back. When her children ask who the killers were, she assigns blame only to prejudice, careful not to continue a cycle of hate. She doesn’t want her kids to “grow up thinking every Hutu is a killer.” Ending the cycle begins with educating the young, she said. The perpetrators “inherited the hatred of their parents, which means if they had the right environment to grow up in, they would have turned into something different,” she said. Nimbeshaho said that what she went through gave her the strength to become an upstander. She dreams of counseling other genocide survivors to confront their mental health traumas.

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Make Gratitude Contagious November is a happy month designated for gratitude, and never more than now has our nation needed that. November is the new October. We can be grateful that, with any luck, we will finally be able to turn off the air conditioning. Our trees will turn auLEN BOURLAND tumnal in Texas while the Northeastern fall foliage is long gone. Despite the Christmas decorations, with good humor, we can try to stay focused on that uniquely American holiday, Thanksgiving. We’ve taken the old Puritan holiday of giving thanks for providential good fortune, the bounty of a good harvest, and morphed it into a holiday. We are no longer a nation of farmers, yet we are a bountiful land. Give thanks. It’s why so many want to come here. Our history of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock and having a feast with the friendly natives may be part fact, part myth, but who doesn’t remember dressing up in some grade school re-enactment including songs such as “Come ye thankful people come?” George Washington proclaimed Nov. 26, 1789, a day of national thanksgiving for the formation of our new government and freedom. In November of 1863, Abraham Lincoln also proclaimed a national Thanksgiving. Yet the date was not legislated as a national holiday until Franklin D. Roosevelt made it the next to last Thursday in November (allegedly for business reasons). A day to feast and give thanks. Norman Rockwell rendered what a Thanksgiving table should resemble: a big turkey with lots of sides and the relatives to partake. It’s one of my favorite holidays because it’s about a shared meal. Gone are the days when a team of women spent the day in the kitchen orchestrating this production, while the kids watched the Macy’s parade on TV. The lines at Honeybaked Ham and the big box stores, as well as groceries and restaurants, are a testament to assembling rather than cooking the feast consumed during halftime of a favorite televised football team. During dessert, some still draw names for a family member for those who are looking ahead at Christmas shopping. Other blessings? It’s no longer necessary to fight the lines at the mall sales the day after Thanksgiving, thanks to online shopping. The national elections are an entire year away, so avoid politics. Just be happy the weather’s nice enough for the kids to go outside to play. Be grateful. It’s contagious. Reach columnist Len Bourland at lenbourland@gmail.com

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For the Love of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Ukrainian immigrants make magic in Preston Hollow Park By William Taylor People Newspapers

Some drive by Preston Hollow Park and see a place to play tennis, have a picnic, or hike trails. Lesya Zedrick drove by the 7.2-acre Dallas park after a visit with her daughter’s former Hyer Elementary School teacher and saw Wonderland. “We were just looking for great locations, something fairytale-ish,” she said. “All of sudden I saw this.” “We” in this case is Zedrick and her colleague Inessa Lazenby. The two Ukrainian women have worked in North Texas for several years and share a love of Alice in Wonderland. “We love it because it’s a perfect combination of magic, math, and creatures that make you wonder,” Zedrick said. Lazenby is a professional photographer with a website at inessaphoto.com. Zedrick, who got her master’s degree in civil engineering in Ukraine, has become a costume designer and party planner. The website for her business, DreamC Production, remains under construction. Reach her at 972-456-9035. She sees in Lewis Carroll’s mathematics-heavy story of Alice in Wonderland a connection with her engineering background. Blueprints, after all, aren’t so different

daughter, Stephania Bilder, 9, played Alice. Jayme Huffman and Randi Tucker provided the baked treats. Merlin’s Hope: Ragdoll Rescue in Ennis once housed the rabbit and cat used in some of the photos.

We love it because it’s a perfect combination of magic, math, and creatures that make you wonder. Lesya Zedrick INESSA LAZENBY

TOP: Stephania Bilder, 9, as Alice, and Roman Svidler, 14, as the Mad Hatter help create a Wonderland tea party in Preston Hollow Park. BOTTOM FROM MIDDLE: Lesya Zedrick and Inessa Lazenby. from sewing patterns. “Your creative side wants that happiness and party time,” Zedrick

said. In Preston Hollow Park, they recreated Alice’s tea party. With help

from makeup artist Anatasia Borsak, Lazenby’s son, Roman Svidler, 14, played the Mad Hatter; Zedrick’s

The participants hope the photoshoot will help show off their skills, Zedrick said. Zedrick eventually wants to do a charitable exhibition of similar fairytale-themed scenes shot around her adopted North Texas. “I love it,” she said. “There is no winter. In the Ukraine, it’s already rainy and almost snowing.” But wouldn’t Ukraine offer more magical locales? Not necessarily, Zedrick said. “I guess it’s different fairy tales for each location,” she said. “I do think Texas is much better for the parties and the photoshoots because the climate is much nicer and the people are sweeter.”

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District pursues more rigorous measures than state expectations By Bethany Erickson


hen the Texas Education Agency announced its yearly A through F grades for districts and schools, it was mostly good news for the Dallas Independent School District. Mostly. The district’s overall score went up five points to 86. Of the 232 Dallas ISD schools, 28 got an A, and 102 earned a B, making it 57 percent of Dallas ISD schools making above a C this year. “Going f rom an 81 to an 86 district-wide is certainly something to be proud of,” Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the board. Hinojosa said that campus grades could have been higher if it wasn’t for the district’s homegrown accountability system. It’s more rigorous than the state’s system, he said. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard than the state,” Hinojosa said. “We could’ve taken the easy way and had more A schools, but because we believe in more than the test, our scores weren’t quite as high as if we had just gone with the state report.” District officials hope that its homegrown Local Accountability System for Campus Success will produce better longterm results. “The LAS assessment domains look at how a specific school is doing based on multiple measures – whether all students are making academic progress, and the health of the school’s culture and climate,” the district explained recently. The LAS ratings also impact decisions for individual campuses and how much autonomy a principal will get over his or

her school. The district’s standards look at more benchmarks than the state standards – for instance, whether the school is “growing its students.” Schools that are “growing students” well, the district said, have children who are showing progress no matter what level they were on when they arrived at the school.


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Benchmarks such as staff culture and priorities; parental feedback; student feedback; and how many students are participating in extracurricular activities are also examined. The TEA’s A through F grading system doles out an overall rating for a district (and campus) based on three areas: student achievement, school progress, and “closing the gaps.” For all schools, student achievement is measured by how students performed on the STAAR test. For districts and high schools, it also includes college, career, and military readiness; as well as the four-year, five-year, and six-year graduation rates. School progress measures how students performed over time and how that growth compares to comparable schools. “Closing the Gaps” measures the successes of different groups of students within a school. “The majority of a district’s rating is based on indicators other than the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test,” the TEA said.

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Walnut Hill Wins Another Blue Ribbon

Elementary one of three Dallas ISD schools to earn new honors By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Since its start as a schoolhouse in 1914, Walnut Hill Elementary (then Walnut Hill School) has been a mainstay of the communities it serves. Thanks to the strength of its Spanish-language immersion program and its robust general education program, the school recently became the first Dallas ISD neighborhood elementary school to earn two National Blue Ribbon School distinctions. The school won its first Blue Ribbon in 1999, and a second this year. The Blue Ribbon distinction is awarded by the U.S. Department of Education and recognizes schools where students are performing at very high levels.

We want to be a school the neighborhood can be proud of. Phillip Potter Principal Phillip Potter said buy-in f rom teachers, staff, parents, and students was vital in creating a campus culture that results in accolades like the National Blue Ribbon. “It’s about setting a vision and setting goals, and being transparent with your staff as to where you are in that,” said Potter, who added that he inherited a great campus culture from previous principal Chase McLaurin. “We are a place that values diversity and celebrates authentic, genuine student work – you can see it displayed all over campus,” he said. But even though Potter felt confident in his school’s trajectory, September’s announcement was still a thrill. “It was very inspiring – and confirming


Students and teachers celebrate news that at Walnut Hill Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon school for the second time.

that we are headed in the right direction,” he said. “It was also so great to see the kids and our teachers reacting to the news.” Walnut Hill Elementary sits in between two popular private schools — Episcopal School of Dallas and St. Monica Catholic School. With so many options nearby, Potter said people are sometimes surprised at what his school offers. “They can get a great quality education here,” he said. “I just gave a school tour to a family that was shopping for their school, in fact.” “We offer a dual-language program, but we also offer a general education program that is designed to recognize student talent,” he added. “We also have a bilingual program that allows Spanish speakers and English speakers to learn together. We’re a small campus, but we have a variety of programs.” “When you visit the campus, you can really get a sense of the culture here. We offer a world-class education, tucked away in our neighborhood.” Potter said he appreciates the support the school gets from the neighborhoods around it, too. The Walnut Hill Neighborhood Association holds the Modern Mile Home Tour to benefit school programs, and the school routinely plays host to neighborhood meetings. “We want to create partnerships and relationships with the neighborhood and our neighbors, even if their children are going to other schools, or they don’t have kids,” he said. “We want to be a school the neighborhood can be proud of.” In addition to Walnut Hill, Dallas ISD schools Jack Lowe Elementary and Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School also were named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The U.S. Department of Education will fete the schools at a November awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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20 November 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com Novgorod, Russia, he began studying music at the tender age of 5. “It was a long and thorny path, but it was worth it,” Tatarinov said. His winning performance included works by eight composers, including Bruhns, Messiaen, Bach, and Liszt. The competition for organists 35 and younger occurs every other year. Tatarinov expects to graduate with his masters of music in organ performance in 2021.

Teens Anticipate Next Junior Symphony Ball

Project Support Now in Sweden


FROM LEFT: UT Southwestern Medical Center Research specialist Yogarany Chelliah, Joseph Takahashi, and SMU’s Brian Zoltowski.

Teams Study Bird Migration

First Prize in Organ Competition

A new study led by UT SouthIvan Tatarinov, a 2019 graduwestern Medical Center in collab- ate of SMU’s Meadows School of oration with SMU may have fig- Arts, won first prize at the 11th Miured out how cryptochrome would kael Tariverdiev International Organ function for birds who migrate at Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. night. Tatarinov is an organist, composIt is widely known that birds er, pianist, guitarist, and choral and rely on the earth’s magnetic field to orchestral conductor. A native of help them navigate while migrating during the day. It is suspected that the cryptochrome protein, which is sensitive to blue light, makes this possible. Researchers wondered how birds were migrating at night when there is a deficit of light. “We are able to show that the protein cryptochrome is extremely efficient at collecting and respondCOURTESY SMU ing to low levels of light,” said SMU chemist Brian D. Zoltowski, Ivan Tatarinov competes on the one of the lead authors. organ.

Project Support, an intervention program developed by psychology professors Renee McDonald and Ernes Jouriles, has expanded to Sweden. Project Support, created in 1996, provides support to abused mothers and helps minimize conduct issues in their children. McDonald and Jouriles aim to reduce harsh parenting and, at the same time, improve mothers’ relationships with their children. They also provide support for battered moms during their transition away from abusive partners. To receive Project Support services, at least one child between the ages of 4 and 9 has to exhibit behavioral problems as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Mothers in this program receive physical resources, training in decision making and problem-solving, and social support in the form of therapists and mentors. Women are also taught ways to respond to their children’s behavior issues positively.

ABOVE: More than 300 teens attended a Junior Symphony Ball kickoff event at The Morton Meyerson Center. LEFT: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings perform at the Junior Symphony Ball kickoff event. You don’t have to be old to love the symphony. More than 300 10th through 12th-grade students f rom 27 high schools turned out in late September at the Morton Meyerson Center for a kickoff event held by the Junior Symphony Ball co-chairs. About 1,500 teens will attend the actual ball at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 2020, at Gilley’s South Side Ballroom. Visit jsbdallas.com

or email juniorsymphonyball@ gmail.com to learn more. JSB, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s longest-running fundraiser, is “student run-parent-guided” and supports outreach programs such as Young Strings and Young Musicians. Most of the balls’ co-chairs are f rom the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. -Staff Report

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SENIOR LEADING HOCKADAY TO NEW HEIGHTS IN VOLLEYBALL Towering Stanford-bound star has fun while dominating at the net By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


eilah Smith stands out every time she’s on the volleyball court, and not just because of her 6-foot-5 frame. The Hockaday senior is the most decorated player in school history and one of the most feared middle blockers in the country. Later this fall, she’ll sign to play in college at Stanford, which won a national championship last year. You’d never know that Smith got a late start in the sport nor how humility and hard work have played a role in her development — even for a tall girl with a vertical reach of almost 11 feet who was athletic enough to dunk a basketball as a freshman. “We knew Leilah was going to be special when she came in. She’s been a real ambassador for the program,” said Hockaday head coach Michael Gass. “And she still has fun while she plays.” Volleyball was the third choice growing up for Smith, who played basketball for four years before switching to track and field as a high jumper and race-walker. Unhappy with both, she took her first volleyball lesson

at age 12. “I was not good at all,” Smith said. “It was kind of intimidating at first. I had to learn everything from scratch. I put a lot of effort into it.”

We knew Leilah was going to be special when she came in. She’s been a real ambassador for the program. Coach Michael Gass Her athletic family didn’t have much of a volleyball background, other than a cousin who was a setter in college. Her father played basketball, and so does her younger brother, Colin, a 6-foot-7 sophomore at St. Mark’s. They were supportive as Smith got stronger and developed her skills, eventually becoming a juggernaut at the net. Less than two years later, her powerhouse Texas Advantage middle-school club team won a national championship, and she

started receiving interest f rom colleges. Stanford began recruiting Smith three years ago. Smith applied and was accepted last spring, and then verbally committed to the Cardinal in May. “If you would have told me I would go to Stanford, I never would have believed you,” said Smith, who lives in DeSoto and likes to play the piano in her spare time. “I wanted a really high academic school. I’m really fortunate.” During the past year, Smith has focused on trying to become a complete player, adding skills such as serving, setting, and digging to her arsenal. The goal is to help Hockaday win its first title in a decade at the SPC fall championships on Nov. 7-9 in Houston. That feat would be extra special for Smith and four senior teammates — Halle Blend, Erica Hulsey, Maddie Hum, and Mia Weathersby — who have played together on Hockaday’s varsity squad for the past four years. “I could see they were going to help build the program to what we wanted it to become,” Gass said. “This class had the skill set to do that.”

From Foe to Friend, Ex-BL Soccer Coach Moves to Ursuline By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Switching sides in one of the Dallas area’s top girls soccer rivalries wasn’t a hasty decision for Darrin Hedges. After a decade at Bishop Lynch, Hedges is now at Ursuline, where he’s the soccer coach and an associate athletic director. It’s

among other duties. “I’ve been wanting to get into athletic administration, and this gave me that behind-the-scenes (insight) into how an athletic department works,” Hedges said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to pursue what I wanted professionally.” The Bears have won TAPPS state titles in 27 of the past 29 seasons. The only other winners during that span were Bishop Lynch teams coached by Hedges, in 2015 and 2019. B i s h o p Ly n c h ended Ursuline’s historic title streak in 2015. Last year, the Friars reclaimed the top spot while the Bears failed to reach the state championship game for the first time in three decades. “My vision for the program is getting it back to a national ranking,” said Hedges,

I’ll have a lot of mixed emotions. I wish them all the best — except when they play us. Darrin Hedges the latter position that sealed the move. In his new role, Hedges takes over one of the state’s most decorated soccer programs, and also advises athletes across all sports on the college recruiting process,

Hockaday senior Leilah Smith is one of the top high school volleyball players in Texas. FRANCIS CELII

who also brought two of his assistant coaches to Ursuline from Bishop Lynch. “I cherish the challenge.” Hedges managed to narrow the gap during the past 10 years between Bishop Lynch and the perennial powerhouse Bears. He used those matchups as measuring sticks for the Friars during their rise to prominence. The two schools will renew their district rivalry this season on Dec. 12 and Jan. 30, before another possible encounter in the playoffs, which will bring added emotion for Hedges. “I’m sure the first couple of times will be pretty hard. I love those kids,” he said. “I’ll have a lot of mixed emotions. I wish them all the best — except when they play us.” Hedges departed Bishop Lynch amid a personnel shakeup in the school’s athletic department. His replacement is former Ursuline standout Allie Daus, who coached the Bears in 2013 and 2014. Hedges formerly coached at Wichita Falls and Allen. In 1995, he was the first women’s soccer coach at his alma mater, Midwestern State University. He’s also been a longtime club soccer coach with the prominent FC Dallas and Solar youth programs.

SCHEDULE November 1 Argyle Liberty 7:30 p.m. 4 at FW Nolan 7:30 p.m. 7 at Trinity Christian 7:30 p.m. 11 FW All Saints 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 18 at Argyle Liberty 21 Hockaday 7 p.m. December 2 Bishop Dunne* 6 p.m. 5 at Plano Prestonwood* 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 9 at John Paul II* 12 Bishop Lynch* 7 p.m. 19 at Parish Episcopal* 6 p.m. January 6 Parish Episcopal* 7 p.m. 13 at Bishop Dunne* TBA 14 at Hebron 7 p.m. 16 Arlington^ 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 17 Red Oak^ 18 DeSoto^ 8 a.m. 20 Plano Prestonwood* 7 p.m. 27 John Paul II* 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 30 at Bishop Lynch* * — TAPPS district game ^ — at Duncanville

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Real Estate Quarterly WHAT COULD $14.5 MILLION BUY?

A historic Hal Thomson-designed mansion with modern updates

The 11,459-square-foot mansion on Armstrong Parkway has 17 rooms including five bedrooms and 7.5 baths.

By Tanika Turner People Newspapers


orie Steele took on the complex remodel of 4224 Armstrong Pkwy., designed by the late Hal Thomson, and with the help of Larson and Pedigo Architects, gave her historic mansion modern amenities and sophistication. Now for sale, the single-family home, built in 1928, boasts five bedrooms and 7.5 baths. The 11,459-square-foot mansion sits on 0.51 acres, and with 17 rooms, family members should have no problem finding somewhere to be alone or places to entertain. Through the years, only a handful of families have occupied the home, including

Virginia McAlester. The Harvard graduate authored A Field Guide to American Houses, using text, drawings, and photos to break down American House Styles in a way that even novices can understand. Dan Rhodes with The Rhodes Group of Compass is tasked with selling this masterpiece, listed for $14.528 million. “The house was done well,” he said. “The quality and craftsmanship are second to none.”

The house includes luxuries such as heated floors, generators, plaster walls, and molding and has an elevator that goes to all four levels. To satisfy your inner environmentalist, Steele added energy-saving features such as double-paned windows foam insulation, solar panels, a tankless water heater, and ceiling fans. The original architect, Thomas, created some of Dallas’s grandest homes in the most prestigious areas and was considered

Steele took the skeleton of the original structure and made it shine by seamlessly blending both new and old. Dan Rhodes


a master of different designs such as Tudor, Georgian, and Neoclassical. His best-known works include a Georgian Revival-style home at 5439 Swiss Ave., and the Aldredge House at 5500 Swiss Ave. He also designed the Cotton Exchange Building and collaborated on the Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park. “Steele took the skeleton of the original structure and made it shine by seamlessly blending both new and old,” Rhodes said. The tile and stone surfaces come from Italy, Portugal, and Mexico, and the hardware and fixtures come from England, France, and Italy, Rhodes said. “The designer paid close attention to detail when creating this beautiful home.”

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Laszlo Talks Grand Kitchens, Spa-Like Baths Transylvania transplant enjoys remodeling Dallas homes By William Taylor People Newspapers

As a small town boy in the Transylvania region of Romania, Botond Laszlo learned to Botond Laszlo avoid waste and instead repair and repurpose. Those values stuck with him as he immigrated to the United States and embarked on a career in construction. His approach won Marvelous Home Makeovers, a Dallas company he founded in 2004, Environmental Protection Agency certification, as well as several green remodeling awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Recent projects included a spalike bathroom in Highland Park and a massive kitchen with two dishwashers, two refrigerators, and a 13-foot-long island in University Park. What kind of homeowner needs a kitchen this grand? Everyone knows the kitchen

ABOVE: Relocating the kitchen and removing a wall in this Westminster Avenue home allowed for a show-stopping space ideal for family time and entertaining. Custom paneling hides storage beneath the stairs. RIGHT: Overhauling the master bathroom in this Rosedale Street home meant reconfiguring the layout and installing a dream shower with a variety of showerheads, steam options, and speakers in the ceiling. is the heart of the home, and this project was no different. The previous kitchen was disjointed and isolated and didn’t allow the open feel that the client wanted for family time and entertaining. It’s not so much about what kind of homeowner needs a grand kitchen, it’s more about understanding the client and listening to their needs to build a kitchen around their lifestyle. This kitchen is absolutely

grand but also fits the space in the house in its entirety. What’s your favorite feature to include in a kitchen? Built-in coffee makers and prep-station style sinks. Why coffee makers? Well, because I love coffee and I love to entertain, so being able to marry the two in a single design is exciting. And I like prep-station style sinks because


I’m all about function, and I want to make sure everything we build satisfies even the most experienced chef ’s needs.

clients can choose other options like digitally-controlled steam showers, air massage, and heated tubs or heated floors.

What are your must-haves for a bathroom remodel? Bathrooms to me need to be highly functional, yet clean and easy to maintain. You start your day and end your day in your bathroom. Designing space for functionality is always critical, and can be created through ample counter space and proper lighting. A large, comfortable shower with multiple shower heads is just a starting point. Beyond that,

Where should homeowners splurge? Where should they save? One area to splurge on is cabinets and appliances, because if you cheap out, you will pay for it later. Don’t try to cut costs on the plumbing fixtures either, because those are being used every single day and need to last for a long time. One way to save costs is to use a man-made stone rather than a natural stone.

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Six Homes Get Landmark Designations

4421 Lorraine

3724 Amherst

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

A bumper crop of six Park Cities homes received landmark designations by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. About a dozen historic home aficionados joined in on the on Oct. 5 festivities, stopping at each home to hear PCHPS board member (and University Park Mayor Pro Tem) Taylor Armstrong explain why each home was chosen and point out various items of interest. Homeowners were on hand to answer questions at many homes as well. “As you know, we live in a very special community, the Park Cities, and there are few that compare,” Armstrong told the crowd as they gathered at the first home of the morning.

3551 University Blvd

3547 University Blvd

3600 Lovers Lane

3516 University Blvd

“One of the things that sets us apart are the homes we live in. “We are blessed with an abundance of architecturally and historically significant houses and our Society strives to preserve them for future generations to enjoy and appreciate,” he added. Homes added to the growing list of landmarked structures include: 4421 Lorraine, owned by Adeline and Francois Turner; 3724 Amherst, owned by Betty Taylor Cox; 3600 Lovers Lane, owned by Lauris and Jay Massa; 3551 and 3547 University Boulevard, owned by Sally and Christopher Pfeiffer; and 3516 University Boulevard, owned by Mike and Marla Boone. The morning ended with a casual reception at the Boone home, hosted by PCHPS president Marla Boone.

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 9900 Preston Road


his gated California-contemporary in Preston Hollow is built for entertaining, resort-style. From the architect-designed polished zinc double doors to the cantilevered steel double-helix staircase, guests won’t lack for conversation topics. The open-concept living areas feature high ceilings, gallery walls, transom windows, and picture windows with views of the expansive decks, pavilion, pool, and cabana. The first-


floor master bedroom has a sitting area that opens to the outdoors. Flexible space and private study are also on the same level. Four bedrooms (two with private baths) and a game room are upstairs.. The main house boasts 6,980 square feet of living space, with five-and-a-half baths. A cabana with a curved ceiling made of perforated metal panels features a steam room and a humidor with cigar-bar quality air filtration.

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Housing Prices Dip in September MARKET NUMBERS: PRE STON HOLLOW Month

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Asher Watkins

The 25 Ranch in Battle Mountain, Nevada, stretches across four counties.

By Lauren Daniels People Newspapers

Have you ever wanted an expansive slice of the Old West? Asher Watkins, who has specialized for more than a decade in the sale of swaths of rural land and commercial property, is listing one of the largest and oldest ranches in Nevada for $36.5 million. The 25 Ranch in Battle Mountain, with more than 600,000 grazing acres available, stretches across four counties and boasts a rich history and wild west flavor. The cattle ranch is “steeped in history and gunfights,” said Jennifer Coley, an agent with Watkins Ranch Group/Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International. It is so easy to visualize the history that might have occurred on the land, she added. Along with scenic views and brilliant sunsets, come certificated water rights, quality roads, perimeter fencing, working pens and corrals, and other amenities needed for operating a cattle ranch.

Located in the Great Basin of northeastern Nevada, the ranch with numerous springs, rivers, and creeks is home to various birds and other animals. It’s the type of place that harkens to Watkins’ upbringing and appeals to his love of the outdoors and of hunting and fishing. Watkins grew up in Dallas, graduated from Highland Park High School and Baylor University, and lives in the Park Cities, where his daughter attends school as a fourth-grader. A member of Ducks Unlimited, the Dallas Safari Club, and the American Association of Professional Landmen, he spends free time encouraging youth to spend time outdoors. His family has a long history of working land. Growing up, he spent much of his time on his family’s hunting and cattle ranch, experiences that shaped his enthusiasm for the outdoors and getting to know the ranches he list. “I walk the land; I drive it,” he said.



utting out a newspaper requires teamwork. Every writer needs an editor. The production team designs the pages. The advertising sales staff brings in revenue. And someone must make sure the printed products get into the mail and onto newsstands. At People Newspapers, employees are our

most valued assets. We rely on their brainpower, talent, tenacity, sense of fairness, and sense of humor to bring you stories and neighborhood-centric information you likely won’t get anywhere else. We are delighted to be the Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People team working for you,

our readers. This month we invited other businesses that serve the Park Cities and Preston Hollow to share a little bit about their businesses and their teams in this special advertising supplement. We hope you enjoy learning more about these People to Know.


People To Know

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or more than a decade, Jim Mueller has been the name to know in Dallas for all matters of family law. Genuine compassion and understanding, combined with a tenacious, unrelenting pursuit to protect your best interests—this is what you get when Jim Mueller is leading the charge to protect what matters most to you. Of course, some divorces are destined to become legal battles. Mueller does whatever possible to reduce conflict and maintain a desired outcome, but when a courtroom fight is inevitable, he’s the family lawyer you want on your side. “Whatever the case,

my focus is always on the client,” Mueller, the managing partner of Verner Brumley Mueller Parker, says. “I love the courtroom but will help my clients resolve their case in the manner that is best for them.” Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mueller’s reputation for honesty and integrity serves clients well in skillfully negotiating with opposing counsel to resolve cases. He specializes in all aspects of family law, particularly complex divorce, high-asset property division, and custody battles. He has successfully litigated

complex property cases and child custody matters before juries and judges throughout Texas. His extensive courtroom experience helps him lead clients through the litigation process while managing their expectations. Mueller approaches all his divorce cases with the goal of helping clients divide their assets without unnecessarily dividing the family, especially where the interests of children are concerned. Even as the field of family law grows increasingly complex, he is well-versed in the wide range of issues involved and can simplify the facts. “Most of the time,


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a divorce is between two really good people who just happen to be at their worst right now,” Mueller says. “They just want it to be over, understandably. They start out intending to be civil, but when a family is blown apart by divorce, emotions are at their highest and tempers flare. I tell my clients to stay focused on what’s most important. Most often, that is the well-being of the children now and in the future. Settle issues, like money and assets, as amicably as possible so you can place all your focus going forward working together to protect the children. It’s possible to avoid common divorce pitfalls when you remain focused on your priorities.” Mueller received his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College and his J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University

Dedman School of Law. He has been inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is AV-Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell, in both legal ability and ethical standards. Mueller has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White and as one of the Top 100 2019 Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys recognized Mueller as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Texas Under 40, and he was named among the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40. He was also recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by The National Advocates and 10 Best Under 40 by The American Institute of Family. He has repeatedly been named among the Best Lawyers in Dallas

by his peers in D Magazine. Verner Brumley, one of the largest family law firms in Texas, enjoys a reputation for excellence through preparation and innovation. The firm values its clients’ priorities and works with them to achieve the goals that will help transition them to a new normal. Mueller and his team provide effective, results-oriented representation in contested and uncontested divorce, divorce mediation, and arbitration. The aim is to resolve all issues as efficiently and effectively as possible, allowing clients to preserve the emotional and financial well-being of their families throughout the process. 4311 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 450 | Dallas, Texas 75219 214.526.5234 | vernerbrumley.com

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REAL ESTATE The Rhodes Group at Compass

Dan Rhodes, Nina Sachse, Thomas Rhodes, Burton Rhodes, and Neil Broussard


ith roots that run deep in and around the Park Cities, The Rhodes Group has been a staple in the ever-evolving Dallas real estate landscape for more than 40 years. The agents in The Rhodes Group grew up here. They live here. Their kids go to school with yours. And chances are, you know someone they’ve helped to buy or sell a home. Their ties to the Park Cities extend beyond just family and friends. For The Rhodes Group, relationships have been

a lifelong pursuit. When the Rhodes boys weren’t catching crawdads in Turtle Creek, they were learning the art of selling and negotiating by watching their father (and group founder), Tom Rhodes, build himself into a top-producing agent from the ground up. What began for Tom as a door-to-door sales job in 1976, evolved into a legacy that inspired and led The Rhodes Group to become one of the most well-known groups in the real estate industry today.

Now with over 4,100 transactions closed, $2.5 billion sold, and an average of one property closed every 2.5 days, the numbers speak for themselves. Selling a property at the highest level starts with experience, knowledge, and carefully honed skills. And in the Park Cities, it takes years of understanding to know what makes each area unique. (What’s the difference between the 4500 and 4400 blocks of Lorraine, for example? They know.) Their


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vast network allows them to directly market their listings as no other group can. For example, a third of the homes they’ve sold never even hit the market—which proves that, more than anything, it pays to have a team that’s in the know. Add to that the Rhodes’ reputation for providing a low-drama, no-pressure experience, and you understand why clients in the Park Cities feel working with them is worth repeating. As a founding partner of the Dallas Compass office, they

are now part of a national platform focused on high-end real estate backed by cutting-edge technology, strategic marketing, and strong agent-to-agent collaboration—a real game changer in the industry. This change has been hugely beneficial for The Rhodes Group, because they know that in this competitive market, you need more than an agent—you need a top-selling, trusted team of experts. From the time Tom Rhodes first walked the blocks of

these neighborhoods to The Rhodes Group’s current record of top producer sales, one thing has never changed—the company slogan “We know your neighborhood” rings even more true every day.

5960 Berkshire Lane, 7th Floor Dallas, Texas 75225 214.520.4422 | therhodesgroup.com

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Robert Epstein Partner



Francesca Blackard Partner

Kelly McClure CEO and Managing Partner

McClure Law Group

Kelly McClure, Robert Epstein, & Francesca Blackard


cClure Law Group is an exceptional family law firm dedicated to delivering the highest level of service to their clients. Partners Kelly McClure, Robert Epstein, and Francesca Blackard have stellar reputations in the Dallas legal community as they are continuously recognized by their peers as the Best Lawyers in Dallas in D Magazine. They work meticulously to achieve the best possible results for their clients’ divorces, modifications, pre- and post-marital agreements, custody disputes, surrogacy issues, grandparents’ rights cases, and other family law matters. The firm’s team of attorneys is ready and eager to confidently resolve any family law issues and efficiently protect complicated estates. They genuinely care about their clients and their families, and they expertly and carefully guide them through what is unarguably one of the most difficult chapters of their lives.

McClure, the firm’s founder and CEO, is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and brings with her 25 plus years of experience as a family law attorney. Executives, professional athletes, celebrities, and stay-at-home parents alike find McClure’s experience, talent, and compassion invaluable. She began her career in tax law, adding to her long list of qualifications assisting her to help couples smoothly resolve the issues that often plague complicated divorces. A dynamic powerhouse, McClure is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom where her bulldog approach and compelling demeanor are unmatched. Clients continually praise Epstein’s strategic, insightful, and above-and-beyond approach to family law cases. Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is discreet and empathetic, two of many attributes his clients appreciate. His negotiating

and oral advocacy skills, charisma, intelligence, and attention to detail serve his clients extraordinarily well both in and outside the courtroom. Blackard prides herself in knowing every client’s case details inside and out, ensuring they get appropriate attention tailored to their specific needs. Her dedication to her craft shines in the courtroom as she makes sure to prepare for any wildcard that might be thrown her way. Clients continuously compliment her for being quick-witted and exceptionally prepared.

8115 Preston Road, Suite 270 Dallas, Texas 75225 | 214.692.8200 Collin County: by appointment only. mcclure-lawgroup.com


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AUCTIONS J. Garrett Auctioneers

Antiques, Fine Art, and Estate Auctions Top Row: Julie Garrett VanDolen, Vicki Clements Garrett, Jeff Garrett Bottom Row: Melissa Garrett, Matthew VanDolen, Justin Garrett


eff & Vicki (Clements) Garrett know antiques and fine art. They have been in the antiques and auction business since 1974 and have facilitated hundreds of gallery and estate auctions. They managed Clements Auction Gallery in Forney, Texas for 20 years, establishing themselves as experts in the antiques and auction fields. Today, J. Garrett Auctioneers is a third-generation family business with 80 years of combined experience in antiques, art, and decorative accessories. The tradition of integrity and reputation for unsurpassed service remain the company’s hallmarks.

J. Garrett specializes in estate auctions, working with private individuals, trust and estate attorneys, and family executors to offer a comprehensive approach to all aspects concerning estate liquidation. J. Garrett may also purchase an entire estate outright if in the best interest of the selling party. Using the latest internet technology, they reach a worldwide audience of qualified buyers and achieve maximum sales results for clients. J. Garrett is happy to offer free, no-obligation assessments, whether you’re looking to downsize, liquidate the contents of a home, or simply refreshing your decor. For information

call 214-943-7801 or email julie@jgarrettauctioneers.com. 9203 Diplomacy Row Dallas, Texas 75247 214.943.7801 jgarrettauctioneers.com Instagram: jgarrettauctioneers Facebook: J. Garrett Auctioneers Jeff Garrett, Auctioneer, Texas St. Lic. #6794 / Justin Garrett, Auctioneer, Texas St. Lic. #16236



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iz Porter has always had a passion for the law and for people, a natural combination that led her to nearly two decades of practicing family law in Dallas. As shareholder at KoonsFuller P.C., the largest family law firm in the Southwest and the fourth largest in the country, her focus on family law has allowed her to combine her legal expertise, insight into family dynamics, and compassion for people to create successful outcomes for clients both in and outside the courtroom. “I care a great deal about people and children,” Porter says. “My goal is to help clients find creative and result-oriented solutions that protect not only their family but their fortunes.” Porter, an East Texas native and Texas A&M University alum, has lived in the Park Cities for over 25 years. She has three children who have all attended schools in the HPISD.

Porter has always been very involved in their schools and in the community in which she lives. She has long been a go-to resource for family law matters for many people residing in the Park Cities and in Preston Hollow. Porter is highly respected for her reputation and expertise in managing complex property cases as well as high-conflict custody issues in jury and non-jury cases. This includes cases involving the valuation of a business, closely held business interests, characterization of property, pre- and post-marital property agreements, relocation, grandparent rights, child support and enforcement, and modifications of prior orders. With extensive courtroom experience, Porter expertly and discreetly handles cases of every level of complexity, from high-profile individuals with extensive assets to those with modest means. “Family law cases are as unique and diverse as the people who are involved in

them,” she says. “I strive to help each client successfully navigate the emotional and financial challenges they inevitably face and achieve results that are long-lasting and tailored to meet their individual goals.” Porter has been board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2008 and has practiced exclusively family law for over 18 years. She has been recognized by D Magazine as Best Lawyer in 2019 and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer featured in Texas Monthly for many years. 1717 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1500 Dallas, Texas 75202 214.871.2727 koonsfuller.com



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Avon Cleaners



ince 1968, Avon Cleaners has been a beloved, family-run dry cleaning and laundry service—the go-to fine garment specialist for the Park Cities and beyond. Pat and Karoly Godo purchased Avon in 1968, and their son, Stacy, joined them in the family business in 1982. His wife Michelle teamed up with them a few years later. Someday soon, Stacy and Michelle’s two children will be the third generation of the Godo family to operate Avon Cleaners. Karoly, who immigrated to the U.S. from Hungary, brought his fine European craftsmanship to Avon, which has been the foundation the company’s quality and service for more than 50 years. Today, the Godo family combines that traditional craftsmanship with the latest dry-cleaning technology, such as SYSTEMK4, an environmentally friendly and safe cleaning process. It’s Avon’s eco-friendly systems that set it apart

from other dry-cleaning services. From wedding gowns to intimates, Avon cleaners is your full-service garment care center. Avon Cleaners also donates three percent of your monthly dry-cleaning fees to the Park Cities’ PTA of your choice. “We raised our kids right here in the Park Cities, and we love being able to give back to our community,” Stacy says. “I love the services we provide. They can really make your day! Our customers tell us slipping into fresh, Avon-pressed sheets is like living at a fabulous resort. And like a resort, your laundry is done for you, sheets and bedding cleaned and pressed, and table linens perfect and ready for that next party. Or, we’re here just to make your life a little more stress-free. We enjoy providing the extra services that bring an ‘ahh’ to your life.” Avon’s trained professionals are knowledgeable about your exclusive specialty fabrics and delicate materials. They

evaluate each article of clothing to determine the best care and pre-treatment. In addition to dry cleaning and laundry services, Avon is a specialist in wedding gown cleaning, preservation, leather repair and cleaning, and textile restoration. “From the shirt on your back to the rug under your feet, we ensure each piece is cared for properly,” Stacy says. “I love the history of Avon and how my mom and dad built this family business. Like them, we continue to pursue innovation by bringing you the latest in dry cleaning technology. We are honored to provide friendly service and a passion for this Industry to our customers and our community.” 4347 Lovers Lane | Dallas, Texas 75225 6301 Hillcrest Avenue | Dallas, Texas 75205 214.521.4803 | avondrycleaners.com

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f you’re talking real estate, then Nyda Faith is the REALTOR® to talk to. A Top Producer, she sells residential real estate, manages her own rental properties, and assists real estate investors in finding properties. A bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in psychology, and experience working for Fortune 500 companies have given her the precise combination of expertise to seamlessly manage it all. But this is only part of the reason for her success. “When I left the corporate world, I decided to do what I love best— help people,” Faith says. “Helping people and real estate are my two passions, so it was a natural progression for me to enter into every facet of this industry.” In a single day, it’s not uncommon for Faith to FaceTime a relocating client while she shows them a house via video, walk homes with other clients, go to the zoning department to get critical information for an investor on a multi-family million-dollar lot or, or counsel a client about 1031 exchanges for their investment property. “I can do all of this because I’ve personally done it for myself,” she says. “I truly love my job and sharing knowledge about real estate. I understand what

buyers and investors want. I don’t just talk about it; I do it.” Clients appreciate Faith’s dedication to them and her expertise. She is proud to be affiliated with Coldwell Banker, a 113-year-old company that is No. 1 in volume and brand recognition globally. “I am always looking ahead to mitigate any obstacle that may come up,” she says. “I am thorough, detail oriented, pride myself on transparency and doing the right thing.” Faith, a multi-million-dollar producer, is proud to be affiliated with Coldwell Banker which in 2018 sold more $1MMplus homes than any other real estate brand. “I always want to ensure my passion for helping people is evident in my work,” she says. “It is my sheer delight to match clients with homes that fulfill their lifestyle or sell one that allows them to embark on the next chapter of their lives,” she says. 5950 Sherry Lane, Suite 200 Dallas, Texas 75225 214.521.0044 469.416.7889 (cell) homesbynyda.com

Ben Clemmett, Cheif Veterinarian READIVET




r. Ben Clemmett always knew he would be a veterinarian in the same way other people know they have black hair or blue eyes — it just seemed to be part of his DNA. But what he couldn’t anticipate as a young boy growing up in Birmingham, Alabama was how he would one day be part of a team fundamentally changing the way veterinarians deliver care. “Unparalleled service and quality of care are must-haves for me,” Dr. Ben says. “But in a traditional veterinary practice, I recognized my ability to deliver such an exceptional experience was often hampered by the stress and inconvenience of bringing pets to the office.” When a friend from vet school called to share the news about a young company launching in Dallas that promised to take the pain out of pet care, he was intrigued. After meeting with the ReadiVet team, he was all in to serve as ReadiVet’s first veterinarian in Dallas. Clemmett, his fiancee’ Rebekah, their three dogs (Scout, Cricket, and Poppy), and three cats (Piper, Theo, and Dega) moved to Midway Hollow soon after. “I love interacting with pets in their own home — on their own couch or bed,” he says. “It’s so much less stressful for everyone. We’ve really reverse engineered the entire process of pet care to be centered around the pet and pet parent while maintaining

high-quality, affordable care.” ReadiVet provides at-home, on-demand veterinary care services and maintains a centralized hospital for pets that need radiology or other interventional services. From routine preventive care to emergencies and euthanasia, Dr. Clemmett and the care team at ReadiVet serve the Park Cities, Oak Lawn, Uptown, downtown Dallas, the Design District, and Victory Park, with plans to expand their service area. Dr. Clemmett was born in Sheffield, England but moved to the United States when he was 2 years old. He attended Auburn University for both undergraduate and veterinary school and worked in traditional clinics across Alabama before joining ReadiVet. Outside of work, Dr. Clemmett and his fianceé love hanging out with their fur family in Midway Hollow. “It’s quiet, but near all the fun things we love to do in Dallas, and it’s gratifying to live in a community where people truly consider their pets part of the family and the community.” Dr. Clemmett is often asked what his No. 1 piece of advice is for pet parents. “The most important thing you can do is stay on top of immunizations and well care to protect your pet from preventable disease,” he says. “Other than that, love them. Spend time with them. They will give you so much in return.”

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shley McDowell has practiced law for more than two decades, devoting the last 15 years to family law. McDowell’s practice includes divorce, custody, modifications, child support, complex property division, and premarital agreements. In all of her cases, she balances a non-adversarial approach with the need to zealously advocate for her clients — whether it’s at the negotiation table or in the courtroom. She understands the toll a divorce takes on families and offers a compassionate approach with her clients. “I use my ability to see the big picture to help my clients reach an agreement that benefits the entire family,” McDowell says. McDowell’s substantial, relative experience and special competence place her in the top 10% of Texas attorneys to become Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2018, she was named a member of the American

Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national academy of Fellows that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. She has been named among Texas Monthly’s Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, Top 100 DFW Super Lawyers, and the Best Lawyers in Dallas in D Magazine. A native of Dallas, McDowell graduated from Texas Christian University and later attended St. Mary’s University School of Law. She now lives in the Park Cities with her husband, Darren, also a lawyer, and their two children. 8080 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1300 Dallas, Texas 75206 214.780.0646 ashley@tmrfamilylaw.com turnermcdowellrowan.com





ust like people, trees can get sick and overly stressed—and it shows. When they do, most homeowners aren’t sure how to properly care for the big, beautiful trees that shade their yards other than to cut them down. Christina Rancilio hopes this is the last resort, which is what interested her in opening a Dallas-area branch of Monster Tree Service, the leading tree service company in the U.S. staffed with certified arborists. Rancilio is committed to two things: keeping trees healthy and making sure customers are satisfied. “It’s hard to know if trees have problems until it’s too late, but they can get sick due to various diseases, stress, or pests,” Rancilio says. “Our job is to assess the health of trees and care for them. If a tree can’t be salvaged, we can properly and safely remove it, then consult on replacement.” In addition to maintaining tree health, Monster Tree Service also works with home-

owners and builders on plans for tree planting and placement during construction. Tree removal, pruning and trimming, lot and land clearing, cabling/bracing, deadwooding, and emergency tree removal after storms are all part of Monster Tree Service’s extensive list of offerings. Plant and tree care services include fertilization, pest and disease control, deep root feeding, and trunk injections. Clients appreciate the expertise of Monster Tree’s certified arborists, free estimates, full insurance coverage, focus on maintaining property value, and environmental-friendly services. “We are a full-service knowledgeable resource staffed with people whose passion is to care for trees correctly,” Rancilio says. 469.415.1674 whymonster.com/dallas-metroplex

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Kathleen LaValle President and CEO - Dallas CASA



illboards recruiting volunteers for Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) carry the message: Abused Children Can’t Wait. The statement echoes the message Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral powerfully delivered: “We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot say ‘tomorrow.’ His name is today.” “For today’s child victim who feels lost and forgotten, it really doesn’t matter what strides we may hope to make in the distant future,” says Dallas CASA president and CEO Kathleen LaValle. “It’s what we do right now that matters.” What Dallas CASA is doing right now is making a difference for 95% of Dallas County children currently in protective care. Last year, more than 1,400 volunteer advocates provided the detailed information judges need to make sound decisions impacting more than 3,330 child victims. But more volunteers are needed each year. CASA volunteers form a caring connection with each child served, showing up in

many significant ways during a frightening time of change and uncertainty. Seeing beyond each child’s difficult circumstances, CASA volunteers recognize the promise and potential within each child and encourage a child not to be defined or limited by the past. Importantly, CASA volunteers provide judges with detailed information and fact-based recommendations so that a child receives the educational, medical and therapeutic services he or she needs. When returning home is not a safe option, the volunteer helps identify a safe, loving home where a child can grow up and thrive. Next year Dallas CASA will mark 40 years of serving vulnerable children who have been removed from unsafe homes. “A passion for children is the one characteristic our volunteers have in common,” LaValle says. Evenly spread across age brackets, with a high percentage fulltime employed, volunteers do not need a background in social work or family law. To learn more about this extraordinary volunteer experience, visit dallascasa.org. 2757 Swiss Avenue Dallas, Texas 75204 214.827.8961 dallascasa.org

Mary Poss




eaving The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in finance and management, Mary Poss returned to her hometown of Dallas to begin a career in commercial banking. Little did she know that a combination of events would one day lead her to a satisfying career in residential real estate with Ebby Halliday, REALTORS®. After years with two major banks, Poss left the corporate world to work with numerous charitable and civic organizations. It was through one of these groups that she first crossed paths with Ebby Halliday and her husband, Maurice Acers. After a meeting one day, Maurice said, “Mary, you should join my wife’s company.” At that same time, a group of friends recruited her to run for a vacant Dallas city council seat. The opportunity appealed to Poss, so she ran and won in 1995. Eight years later and term limited, she had served as mayor pro-tem for five years and acting mayor for six months. Special projects immediately presented themselves, and Poss undertook the largest one she could find — raising $6 million to connect five sections of hike-and-bike trails from downtown Dallas to Plano. She assembled grant funds, corporate contributions, and local, state, and federal allocations to meet the goal in less than 18 months.

Halliday and Poss had remained friends, and one day Halliday called Poss and said, “Honey, it’s time you joined the team.” Some invitations are hard to refuse, and this was one of them. From Rookie of the Year to a D Magazine Best Real Estate Agent every year since, she has made her home in residential real estate sales. Poss provides unique services far beyond closing. “I believe that I am responsible to my clients to help them continue to enjoy their homes,” she says. If you are buying a home, Poss brings her experience in local government as the former acting mayor and mayor pro-tem of the City of Dallas to the table. And as the former chair of the Council of Governments, Poss is extremely knowledgeable of neighborhoods across North Texas. This familiarity enables her to quickly pinpoint the ideal location for your next home. If you are selling your home, she utilizes her extensive network of friends and associates, plus online and print advertising, to produce the maximum exposure and results for your listing. 6405 Mercedes Avenue Dallas, Texas 75214 214.738.0777 maryposs.ebby.com

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Perry-Miller Streiff Group

Jason Bates, Jamie Kohlmann, Laura Michelle, Charles Gregory, Karen Fry, Courtney Jubinksy, Ryan Streiff. Not Pictured: Dave Perry-Miller


legacy in luxury real estate, Dave Perry-Miller has long been the name to know in Preston Hollow and the Park Cities. Led by top-producer Ryan Streiff, the Perry-Miller Streiff Group is composed of of 11 powerhouse agents and staff members who serve buyers and sellers at the flagship Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate office in Preston Center. They are the firm’s top-producing group and their success as one of the top 11 real estate groups in Texas can be attributed to an unbeatable combination of market knowledge, unique marketing insight, and collaboration. Their group motto implies as much: Consistently Delivering What Others Promise. The team works hard to create their unparalleled track record, where every transaction bears the hallmarks of true professionalism, commitment, and a deft touch. Dave Perry-Miller, Ryan Streiff, Jason Bates, Karen Fry, Charles Gregory, Courtney Jubinsky, Jamie Kohlmann, Laura Michelle, Betsie Sears, Carolyn Vandagriff, and Holly Aldredge put their collective experience and market expertise to work for discerning clients each day. They have represented billions of dollars in property


for thousands of clients. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate sells more million-dollar residences than any other firm in North Texas, and the Perry-Miller Streiff Group plays a significant role in this accomplishment. “I refer to our team as the Navy Seals of Dallas real estate,” Streiff says. “There is strength in our numbers. When you enlist our team’s services to help you buy or sell your home, not only do you tap into the wealth of experience that our combined two centuries in real estate brings, but you reap the exponential benefits of 11 individual networks coming together as one to get the results you need.” Simply put, the Perry-Miller Streiff Group quietly delivers what todays buyers and sellers desire: Results. Stellar associates, a sincere focus on clientele, and collaborative leadership combine to deliver a first-class experience, achieving real estate outcomes that are unprecedented. 5950 Berkshire Lane, #150 Dallas, Texas 75225 972.380.7723 DPMFineHomes.com

StazOn Roofing PAUL GRAHAM




aul Graham, president of StazOn Roofing, founded the company 40 years ago after working as a roofer, when he was a teen. Graham combined his drive for working hard and his interest in the roofing industry and formed StazOn. “The roofing industry has become even more interesting over the decades, as we have expanded not only the diversity of the materials we use, but the range of applications is phenomenal,” Graham says. Today, StazOn serves Dallas-Fort Worth and other Texas markets and is considered an industry expert in numerous facets of roofing installation, sheet metal and construction. StazOn’s areas of expertise are showcased in the residential, multi-family, and commercial markets. StazOn offers professional craftsmanship in multiple aspects of roofing including composition, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), metal roofing, wall panels, architectural sheet metal and accessories from its own metal fabrication center. “We are highly skilled in architectural sheet

metal component and design,” Graham says. “We are also proficient in roofs with a high level of difficulty or that are crafted using specialized materials. With our vast combined experience, we have seen a little of everything, so we are accustomed to adjusting to the requirements of each specific job.” A reputable warranty program and longevity in the industry are some of the reasons StazOn retains many repeat customers and referrals. “We are known for quality and craftsmanship and taking pride in what we do,” Graham says. “I believe this weighs heavily when people are making a choice for their roof. They want a company they can count on, that has taken care of them in the past.” StazOn continues to follow its mission of experience, quality, and reliability with every project. 2860 Lombardy Lane Dallas, Texas 75220 214.357.0300 stazonroof.com

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Coach turns stress-relieving hobbies into successful businesses By Mitch Gruen


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Namdar Decor 1300 East Arapaho, Suite 308, Richardson namdardecor.com


hat started as a side hobby for a lifelong athlete and coach has grown into a profitable business with sales in 12 countries and all 50 states. Brad Namdar played football at Texas Tech and SMU and coached soccer at St. Marks School of Texas. He was also director of operations for SMU men’s soccer and a coaching apprentice at FC Dallas. Between his athletic pursuits and academic commitments, he found himself needing a way to de-stress but wanted something more hands-on and productive than vegging-out in front of the television. He discovered candlemaking tutorials on YouTube, purchased wicks, wax, and fragrances from online suppliers, and got to work pouring candles. He discovered that the process helped him to relax, and found he enjoyed blending different waxes in search of longer burn times. It’s an unusual hobby for a D1 athlete and coach, he admitted. “You can’t go around telling your teammates, ‘Hey man, you wanna smell my lavender candles?’” By 2017 Namdar had poured

The House of Namdar houseofnamdar.com


Brad Namdar latest venture grew out his his interest in painting, the House of Namdar art house. 500 candles, and though he still considered candlemaking little more than a relaxing pastime, he was encouraged by his roommates to test the market. He set up shop at a farmer’s market and quickly sold his entire inventory. Shortly after, he got a meeting with the co-owners of the In-Detail Showroom at the Dallas World Trade Center, who signed Namdar and gave him exclusive representation in their five-state territory. Namdar named his new company Namdar Décor and

got to work coordinating large scale U.S.-based manufacturing.

trial and error. “There are no candle consultants,” he said. While some YouTube tutorials show how to make a few candles in the kitchen, none teach how to develop a scalable, saleable product, and build a manufacturing, wholesaling, and distributing business around it, he said. Candlemaking and athletics might seem worlds apart, but

You can’t go around telling your teammates, ‘Hey man, you wanna smell my lavender candles? Brad Namdar Namdar cultivated his candlemaking expertise mainly through

Comings and Goings

Namdar said the lessons learned as an athlete gave him a competitive drive and mental toughness that empower him to succeed in the world of business. Time spent playing and coaching taught him how it feels to want to be the best and the discipline necessary to make that a reality. And though his focus is currently on business, Namdar looks forward to coaching again in the future. When his stress-relieving hobby became his full-time business, Namdar sought a new outlet and settled on painting. But the pattern of hobbies morphing into companies continued when he created The House of Namdar, an art house, in February 2018. His art house has been another quick success. He obtained a partnership with Formula One, signed anonymous Dallas artist Omnibus, and is helping clients personalize pieces to fit their homes.

disABILITY Ministry. Members of the ministry serve as management and staff of the pie shop. Proceeds from sales, in-store and online, go toward the costs of a training program.

The Picnic Peacock

ThePicnicPeacock.com This luxury pop-up picnic company helps clients looking for exciting ways to spruce up their events. The Picnic Peacock transforms any venue into an eccentric picnic experience that includes vibrant colors, lush florals, and exciting decor. Standard packages host between two and 24 guests. Custom packages are available.


REBRANDED The Picnic Peacock

Chance’s Pie & Coffe Shop


Location TBD iCRYO Cryotherapy announced that Paige Hathaway, a fitness guru from Dallas, will open an iCRYO location in Preston Hollow.

Procedures address muscle recovery, joint pain, stress, aging, skin rejuvenation, metabolism, and sleep, company officials said.

NOW OPEN Chance’s Pie & Coffee Shop 5817 Hillcrest Ave.

Highland Park Methodist Church has opened Chance’s Pie & Coffee Shop on the first floor of its Tolleson Family Activity Center. Chance’s offer 4-inch personal pies and 9-inch family-sized pies in apple, cherry, and coconut cream flavors. The shop is named in memory of Chance Urschel, who was involved in the Belong

Forefront Living

12467 Merit Drive Formerly Presbyterian Communities and Services, a Dallas senior living and hospice service, is now Forefront Living. The organization owns and operates Presbyterian Village North, which provides retirement and hospice care through T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center and Faith Presbyterian Hospice.

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Parenting Problems? The Rabbott Company Hops to the Rescue Couple produces ‘happy’ products to help negotiate for healthier behaviors By Maddie Spera


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The Rabbott Company rabbottkids.com

When their oldest child was an uncooperative 3-year-old, Woody and Meredith Rabbott found inspiration for a company to create wellness-inspired products to help parents raise healthy, happy children. “He was in his pajamas all summer, and we would have the hardest time getting him dressed in the morning,” Meredith Rabbott said. “So we were like, ‘Ok, let’s get creative. What can we do to get him dressed?’”

We don’t want to have to sacrifice basic standards, but the less time we have to spend negotiating on it and going back and forth, the happier we’re going to be and the happier the kids are going to be. Woody Rabbott Woody had an idea and spent an hour on sketches of an elephant getting dressed. “And I didn’t even know he could draw, but it was really good, so he drew a couple other little characters, and soon we decided to make our own behavior and wellness board,” Meredith said.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Woody, Meredith, Teddy, and Charlie Rabbott. “Ollie Goes to the Museum” is available now online and in a few stores. The happyboard! serves as a daily wellness board, is available for pre-order, and should arrive later this year. The Highland Park couple co-founded The Rabbott Company and developed the “happyboard.” The behavioral chart comes

with various activity tiles to support healthy habits, such as following directions, cleaning up, and being active. Children earn rewards

with stars for completing tasks or participating in good behaviors. The happyboard is expected to be available for purchase in

mid-December. The Rabbotts also recently published an accompanying book, Ollie Goes to the Museum. They wrote it together, and Woody illustrated it. Woody and Meredith have noticed a difference in their home when it comes to establishing healthy habits, and have seen their children respond well to their products. “We know if they do these things, they’re going to feel better about themselves and feel happier,” Woody Rabbott said. “We, as parents, don’t want to give up on our kids eating vegetables. We don’t want to have to sacrifice basic standards, but the less time we have to spend negotiating on it and going back and forth, the happier we’re going to be and the happier the kids are going to be.” Woody and Meredith have other products in the works, such as more blocks for their happyboard and other ideas for children’s books. “This is just something started by two parents who really love their kids,” Woody Rabbott said. “This is by parents, for parents. We have no violence, no cheap laughs, none of that stuff you often see in children’s cartoons or products. This is all the love and hope and passion of a husband and a wife who started this for their own children going out into the world. We’re trying to connect with kids in a way we feel is right, and we’re excited to see what happens next.”

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Italian Chef Creates Dining Experiences

After a year, private club is ready to become less hush Hush By Liliann Albelbaisi


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Hush Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday seatings only; reservations required. hushdallas.com

Since he was a young boy, Giuseppe Letteri has been surrounded by food. He would help his dad in the butcher shop in early mornings before school back home in Italy. After going to culinary school, Letteri had a stint as a professional basketball star in Italy. He then decided to pursue a career as a chef, and after many years of being a head chef and a personal chef, he decided to start Hush, a private dining club.

Sometimes I will get a group of bikers, four ladies from the social club, and six Dallas attorneys and think, ‘How am I going to make this work? Giuseppe Letteri “My dad would always say, ‘In America, they don’t dine, they just eat.’” Letteri said. Hush, which marked its first anniversary in


Seatings for the Hush private dining club typically include seven to 10 courses. But for a cigar dinner in September, the courses were reduced to four to leave time to enjoy the rare La Aurora Preferidos 1903 Emerald Edition cigar. FROM LEFT: Miguel Ramirez, Raul Arriaga, and Justin Ward. October, is a dining experience, not a restaurant. The name came to Letteri from a newspaper’s headline about a dining experience in Boston called, 24 chairs. It said something along the lines of “This Place is Very Hush Hush,” he recalled. The purpose of Hush is the experience of dining, not just eating. To sit down with a small group of people, and to try new things.

With the help of investors, Letteri gained access to a beautiful estate in Dallas and a variety of art pieces, a couple from artist Gene Davis, to accentuate the dining experience he yearned to create. “We are akin to a pop-up restaurant, but our location never changes,” partner Kevin McCartin said. “This allows our chef to have access to the same kitchen and wine cellar for all dinners, even though the meals vary greatly

by what’s best at market and guest requests.” The 13,000-square-foot house sits on more than an acre of land in the Bluffview neighborhood, near Northwest Highway and Inwood Road Each room is decorated and furnished for guests to relax and enjoy the experience with whoever may come that night. “Sometimes, I will get a group of bikers, four ladies from the social club, and six Dallas attorneys and think, ‘How am I going to make this work?’ And by the end of the night, they’re all sharing wine stories,” he said. He wants people to enjoy eating through this experience of fine dining and only accommodates from 10 to 16 guests. Letteri even mentioned starting a pickup service to bring guests of the night to the venue to provide them a fuller experience. Each meal tends to follow a theme. In October, Hush held a white truffle dinner featuring white truffles he picked out himself in Italy. Prices vary by event. For example, for a champagne tasting – Sparkling Wines from Around the World – the cover charge will be $125.

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Living Well and Faith SMU CHAMPIONS AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS Things To Do Campus initiative promotes cross-cultural collaboration

was part of President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council, and contributed to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN.

To be successful in multicultural work, you have to be comfortable with deep disagreement. Eboo Patel


Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, speaks to students and faculty at SMU.

By Tanika Turner People Newspapers


he faces of religious fanaticism are young; the faces of interfaith cooperation are old. That’s what Eboo Patel realized in college. Today, he is an advocate for such cooperation, but he recalls criticizing what he heard during interfaith discussions until someone had the gumption to challenge him. Patel decided to change, to stop criticizing, to build something better. He adopted the mindset that change occurs internally before it can happen in the world. To foster this idea in its student population, SMU has developed a cultural intelligence initiative called CIQ@SMU to promote frank discussions of religion, politics and race. CIQ@SMU recently hosted a series of lectures by people that organizers felt embodied those ideals. Patel was one of

the speakers. Maria Dixon Hall, as SMU’s senior advisor to the provost for cultural intelligence, is responsible for the development and implementation of the program. For about a year, SMU officials have traveled the country to find some of the best ideas so the campus can become one of the national leaders in cultural intelligence and its use. “In order to be a world-changer, you have to be able to talk to the world,” Hall said. Cultural intelligence is about giving people the skills, the behavior, and the knowledge to be able to communicate with anyone, anywhere, she explained. “We are looking to build more authentic, more genuine, and more productive relationships between our faculty, staff, and students,” Hall said. Patel encompassed the qualities she required. He received his doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University,

Patel works with colleges and universities through an organization he created, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Religion should be a bridge to cooperation rather than division, he said. Because enlightenment happened for him in school, he concluded that there was no better place to foster the interfaith initiative than college campuses. The title of his lecture: The Bridge of Faith and Religion: The Necessity of Viewpoint Diversity in American Higher Education. “Diversity is not unicorns and rainbows like we teach in elementary,” he said. Patel prefers to view interfaith work as a potluck supper – a celebration of pluralism. If every dish were the same, it would be boring. “To be successful in multicultural work, you have to be comfortable with deep disagreement,” he said. Patel referenced social reformer Jane Addams as an example. Addams founded Hull House in 1889 to serve the poor in Chicago’s industrial west side. Hull House became a center for philanthropy, political action, and social science research. “Jane Addams not only criticized what was wrong,” he said. “She saw changes were needed and she built it.”

Bouchercon 2019: Denim, Diamonds, and Death When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 Where: Hyatt Regency Dallas Cost: $175 Gather with the mystery and crime fiction community for four days of panels, parties, and pure mystery fun. Meet readers, writers, publishers, agents, and booksellers who tailor to your favorite genre. Purchase books and attend signing sessions by authors in attendance. For tickets and more information, visit bouchercon2019.com Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind When: Through March 2020 Where: Perot Museum Cost: $20 adults; $13 child The Perot Museum partnered with Witwatersrand and the National Geographic Society to bring this rare exhibit of ancient hominin fossils. Guests can get up close with distant, ancient relatives and explore our shared human history through interactive exhibits. This exhibition requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Tickets, parking maps, and other details available at perotmuseum.org. Authors LIVE! Presents: S.C. Gwynne When: Nov. 7 Where: Highland Park United Methodist Church Cost: Free The Friends of the Highland Park Library and The Friends of the SMU Libraries welcome author S.C. Gwynne, author of Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War. The author addresses the dramatic ending of the Civil War. Autographed books will be available for purchase before and after the program. The event starts at 7 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit hpumc.org.

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Hockaday Grad Nikky Phinyawatana Feeds Souls With Asian Mint If you’re f riends with Nikky, you know how she loves to take selfies with you. The thing about Nikky’s selfies, though, is that KERSTEN RET TIG they are more about yourselfie than herselfie. She commemorates her deep gratitude for family, friends, and Mint Fanatics, the name she gives fans of her Asian Mint restaurant, by snapping photos and posting them online. This feeds her soul. Nikky Phinyawatana (pronounced Pin-ya-wat-tah-nah) was born in Dallas but soon moved to Bangkok, Thailand, where she was raised by her American mother and Thai father. When she was 16, her parents sent her to boarding school at Hockaday, where she perfect- most significant changes to the recipes ed her English through ESL (English as is the increase in heat. What used to be Second Language) and graduated in 1996. medium is now mild, and guests are reOpening a restaurant was not in her plan. questing additional heat in their dishes. There’s no back story about her learning to Global warming, indeed. make Pad Thai in her grandma’s kitchen Nikky uses her Asian Mint platform or attending an expensive culinary school. to inspire and expand people’s hearts and After college and a brief stint doing cor- minds and introduce them to Thai culporate marketing in Boston, she returned ture. Her Nikky Feeding Souls YouTube to Dallas. Her parents had returned, and channel provides a video travelogue of her she helped them with their food delivery food-centric travels to Thailand, a tutorial, perhaps, for her business and waited tables in a Thai upcoming journey S O N G PA I R I N G restaurant. she’s taking with “Deeper Shade of Soul” Fast forward to a group on Nov. 6. by Urban Dance Squad October 2019. NikThe group will exky has long-since perience authenpaid off the maxed-out credit cards she tic Thai culture, eat in local dives and inused to start Asian Mint. She can hire ternationally acclaimed restaurants, and contractors, electricians, and plumbers to learn how to prepare Bangkok-style Thai build her restaurants rather than doing food in private cooking classes. Nikky will the work herself. Asian Mint just cele- post Instagram stories throughout the trip brated its 15th anniversary by opening a through her NikkyFeedingSouls IG hanfourth restaurant. The Richardson loca- dle. She will host two trips to Thailand in tion brings the number of employees to 2020 so, if you’re interested, sign up for 80, all of whom share Nikky’s passion for her emails on www.nikkyfeedingsouls.com. With everything she has going on, Nikinspiring others through food. Her menu has evolved slightly over the years. The ky remains centered and focused on her original recipes created by Asian Mint’s family, which includes Knox, 11, and Skye, first chef, a woman who was like a moth- 6. She takes time to give back to severer figure to Nikky and her husband, Tan, al educational and philanthropic organihave modernized over time. One of the zations, including the Texas Restaurant


TOP: Asian Mint dishes curry and pad thai. BOTTOM: Nikky Phinyawatana in Thailand. Association Education Foundation and Les Dames d’Escoffier (pronounced LayDom-Des-CO-fee-YAY ). Both organizations provide scholarships and mentors to those seeing education and support in the

culinary and hospitality industry. Kersten Rettig is a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ experience in food and beverage marketing and PR. Follow her on Instagram @KickshawPapers.

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Time Draws Near for Home, Family, and Thanksgiving In just a matter of weeks, my kitchen will be in full-on cooking and baking mode. The savory aromas of beef CHRISTY ROST roasts, golden-brown HOME + KITCHEN turkey, cornbread dressing, and crowd-pleasing casseroles will mingle with the sweet, spicy fragrance of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger as my ovens yield pumpkin pies, spice breads, and cinnamon rolls slathered with frosting. But first, I need to get my home ready for guests who will be celebrating with us. For fresh inspiration, I attended a NEXT furniture industry conference a few weeks ago, where manufacturers, retailers, designers, and decorators from around the country shared ideas and learned from furniture consultants. The question I asked everyone was, beyond sleeper sofas to accommodate extra guests, what are the trends in home furnishings for the holidays? One of the hottest is velvet. This low-maintenance fabric looks chic and fresh on a sofa, but for budget-friendly, last-minute design tweaks, they suggested adding small touches of velvet with an ottoman, cube seating, a headboard, or accent pillows. Statement lighting is also trending, from the tiniest fixtures to large-scale chandeliers, and multifunctional pieces that provide hidden storage continue to be popular. Today’s kitchens are often designed to accommodate seating or are positioned adjacent to an open-concept family room to ensure the kitchen remains the center of family activity.

Comfortable, upholstered chairs in these areas facilitate conversation, so no one misses the action in the kitchen. Nothing makes family and guests check in on the cook more than tantalizing aromas wafting from the oven, especially on Thanksgiving Day. My recipe for Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole with Hazelnut Crumble is the perfect example. This easy to assemble side dish layers sweet potatoes with just-harvested apples and a hint of curry, then is topped with a sweet and spicy hazelnut, granola, and brown sugar crumble. It’s sure to become a holiday favorite. For additional recipes and entertaining tips Cookbook author and public television chef Christy Rost, visit christyrost.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ChristyRost

Ingredients: ½ cup hazelnuts 3 large sweet potatoes, about 3 pounds, rinsed, peeled and sliced into ¼” thickness 2 large, firm apples, rinsed, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch 1 ¼ cups vegetable broth ¾ teaspoon curry powder ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon white pepper ¼ cup heavy cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread the hazelnuts

on a cookie sheet. Toast 8 to 10 minutes, shaking the tray several times to ensure even cooking. Remove them from the oven, cool, rub them between your fingers to remove most of the skin, and set them aside to cool completely. Arrange two layers of sweet potatoes in a large baking dish, overlapping the slices. Add a layer of sliced apple and top with the remaining sweet potatoes. In a small saucepan, whisk a little of the vegetable broth into the cornstarch, stir until it is smooth, then whisk in the remaining broth. Add curry powder, salt, and white

Are You Having Problems Standing Up From A Chair Or Feeling Dizzy, Achy, Or Unsteady Once You Stand Up? – Here’s A Few SIMPLE Tips From A Specialist Who Sees This Every Day! By: Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you finding it more and more difficult to just stand up out of a chair because of strength, feeling dizzy once you stand up, or can’t get going because your joints feel achy? Are you looking for something simple to solve this problem? Here’s A Few Simple Tips… 1: Stand Up & Down From A Chair As Many Times As You Can In A Row EVERY DAY. This is where if you don’t use it you lose it. Even better, stand up fast and sit down slow. Standing up fast will add power into your legs. Sitting down slowly will help prevent you from just plopping into chairs and really improve leg strength. 2: Have A Healthcare Provider Check Your Blood Pressure Comparing Sitting & Standing. Abnormal changes in blood pressure can cause dizziness and increase fall risk. This is a simple and important test your healthcare provider can do. 3: Move Your Ankles, Knees, & Hips Before Standing Up. This is a tip everybody seems to love, because achiness in the joints after sitting is such a common problem. To prevent this, moving the joints before standing and walking increases our joints’ natural lubrication. This is a way to feel less achiness when we stand up and walk.

If you have any questions, I am happy to discuss these tips further. You can contact me directly at 214-712-8242 Or… If you are interested in MORE TIPS to improve independence by preventing falls, my compelling new tips report will help. This special report on actionoriented ways to increase independence and reduce falls is 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… there’s a limit of just 25 free copies… 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

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Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole with Hazelnut Crumble pepper, stir well, and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook 5 minutes, stirring often, until it has thickened. Add heavy cream, stir, and cook 5 minutes more. Pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes and top with hazelnut crumble.

HAZELNUT CRUMBLE Ingredients: ¾ cup granola ½ cup brown sugar, packed ½ cup reserved toasted hazelnuts, chopped 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


3 tablespoons butter, melted


In a medium bowl, stir together granola, brown sugar, hazelnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add melted butter and toss well to moisten. Spoon the crumble evenly over the sweet potatoes, cover tightly with foil, and bake at 350 degrees 50-60 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more to crisp the top.

Yield: 10 servings

56 November 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com ENGAGEMENT




llen and Rex McDowell are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Steele McDowell, to Mark Wayne Martinson, Jr., son of Mrs. Mark Wayne Martinson and the late Dr. Mark Wayne Martinson of Danville, Pennsylvania. The bride is a 2005 graduate of The Hockaday School. She graduated in 2009 f rom Texas Christian University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in communications studies. Virginia served as the president of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority while at TCU. Most recently she has been living in Aix en Provence, France working for artist Jill Steenhuis. The groom is a 2001 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in economics. He is the founder and managing partner of Dallas-based Orox Capital Management. The couple will be married in October at Church of the Incarnation with Bishop Anthony Burton officiating. A reception will follow at Incarnation’s new Welcome Center. Following their honeymoon, the newlyweds plan to reside in Dallas.

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05/19/1925 – 9/14 /2019


orothy Barbara Herbert “Dot” Gruber passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2019. She was born on May 19, 1925 in Hempstead, NY. where she lived with her family until she was married. In 1947 she met the love of her life, Robert P. “Bob” Gruber, a dashing USAF First Lieutenant, at a USO event. Dorothy’s father was the USO Director in Hempstead where Dorothy was a frequent volunteer. She and Bob were married on March 19, 1949 just before he shipped out to Germany to assist in the Berlin Air Lift. After several re-locations including Korea, Bob was stationed in Texas where he and Dorothy decided to make their home. In 1959 they moved to University Park (Dallas, TX). Bob passed away Oct. 31, 1984, and Dorothy remained in their family home. For many years, Dorothy was an active volunteer for the Republican Party and with the League of Women Voters of Dallas including serving as President for a time. Dorothy also

enjoyed volunteering with the Alter Society of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where she was a long-time member. In addition to raising her four children and her volunteer work, she worked 12+ years with the University Lecture Series of SMU retiring in 1991. She loved to travel, especially taking cruises and enjoying various Elderhostel trips. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her parents, William and Rose Kreischer Herbert; her brother, Ramon “Ray” Herbert, sisters-in-law Jeanne Seibold Herbert and Annette Gruber and her grandson, Samuel Thomas. She leaves behind three sons, Robert P. Gruber and wife Kathy Ogle of Dallas TX, Richard Gruber and wife Laura of Atlanta GA, Carl Gruber and wife Missy of Cocoa Beach FL; and one daughter, Patti Thomas and husband Alan of Waco TX. She also leaves six grandchildren, Rachel (Michael Corliss) Gruber, Jennie Lee Gruber, Cecelia Gruber, Chelsea (Ben) Butler, Chloé Thomas, and Sophie Gruber. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Avalon Memory Care, St. Rita’s Catholic Church, and Faith Presbyterian Hospice for the loving care they provided for Dorothy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Faith Presbyterian Hospice, 12477 Merit Drive, Dallas, TX 75251 in memory of Dorothy. A memorial and visitation was held at 5 pm, Saturday, Sept. 21st at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75243 with burial in the DFW National Cemetery.

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5953 Walnut Hill Lane, represented by Susie Swanson for $1,479,000

4447 Brookview is being offered for $2,495,000.

The Modern Midcentury

This sprawling Midcentury home in Preston Hollow has been thoroughly updated for today. Sited behind gates and sized at 4,436 square feet, the house offers almost limitless luxuries. Its many special features include a welcoming porte cochere and a large open living area with a vaulted ceiling and two elegant marble-surrounded fireplaces. The open kitchen is anchored by a striking marble-topped island with a large stainless-steel sink. The chef-grade appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Wolf range with double ovens and an Asko dishwasher. A large walk-in pantry offers additional marble counter space, generous storage and a wine refrigerator. The home’s four bedrooms include an expansive master suite, complete with vaulted ceiling, large sitting area and dual bathrooms — one with a walkin shower and an oversized walk-in closet, while the other boasts dual sinks and a dressing table, a freestanding tub and a walk-in closet. The property itself, a generous half-acre-plus, offers an eight-foot-high perimeter privacy fence, two electric gates accessing the circle drive and a three-car garage. 5953 Walnut Hill Lane is represented by Susie Swanson for $1,479,000. To see all the homes, ranches and land offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in North Texas and around the world — go to briggsfreeman.com.


Allman Sells the Most Estates

Rebuilt Mid-Century in Estate-Like Setting

Set in the estate block off Rockbrook in Old Preston Hollow, 4447 Brookview combines the charm of a single-story, mid-century ranch with the 10-foot ceilings and modern amenities of today’s highest-quality luxury homes. Offered for $2,495,000, this home features 4 bedrooms, 3.2 baths, and 4,323 SF + 711 SF in the air-conditioned garage on a 0.85 - acre lot. A towering hedge provides the feel and privacy of a gated estate. The manicured backyard features multiple entertaining spaces, built-in charcoal and gas grills, and a re-plastered Lambert’s pool. The same attention to detail and respect for the original design continue within the home’s walls. Center-cut Red Oak flooring, gallery-finished walls, and two rebuilt mid-century fireplace mantles are flanked by Murano light fixtures and lighted art niches. Vintage Honduran Mahogany paneling has been repurposed into custom media cabinetry and shelving. The air-conditioned, oversized garage features ample, built-in storage, and the adjacent motor court area provides additional parking or a hard surface sport court. Details like Viking and SubZero appliances, a fully equipped gym or fourth bedroom, custom furniture and cedar closet make it ready to call your home. Contact Jamie Kohlmann (jamie@daveperrymiller.com) or Ryan Streiff (ryan@daveperrymiller.com) for more information or visit DPMFineHomes.com.


Sherry Louis Fontenot lists estate with spacious grounds


Finding Great Opportunities in Today’s Market

The North Texas housing market remained strong through the summer and presents tremendous opportunities for buyers and sellers. August saw a 5% increase in sales over the same month last year, the second month in a row that beat out last year, according to data from the NTREIS. In advice to her firm’s clients, Ms. Allman summed up today’s housing market in three words – Pricing, Patience and Possibilities. “Pricing means you have to know what sold in the last year and realize new appraisals are necessary,” she stated. “Buyers cannot expect bargain basement prices in Dallas.” Whether you are buying or selling, patience is required. There a 4% increase in inventory over the same time last year, but is less than the demand. The Metroplex is still the fastest-growing region in the U.S., adding almost 132,000 residents last year. In the current market, Ms. Allman wrote: “Buyers are not in a rush and sellers are steadfast on their asking price. You cannot expect your home to sell as fast as it did two years ago. Our agents are always in it for the long haul.” “Have no fear,” Ms. Allman added. “One of our respected professionals is the right agent to get the job done with you.”


University Park Homes Sell Best with This Leading Brokerage


Grand Vie Showcases Luxury Listings and More

Visit grandviemagazine.com to view the fall/winter 2019 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. The fall/winter 2019 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, the luxury-home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors, recently mailed to homes across North Texas. The 28th edition of Grand Vie features some of D-FW’s premier luxury properties for sale and inspiring editorial content, including “The Art of Table Setting,” featuring ideas to elevate your tablescapes and entertain in style; “Weekend Getaways: Waco,” offering tips for a visit to the Central Texas city with small-town charm and vibrant local businesses; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the top cultural events of the season; and special sections for lake, farm, ranch and recreation properties. Also, in the fall/winter edition: “All About That Paper: Not Your Grandmother’s Style,” features wallpapering advice from local designers Shay Geyer and Tiffany McKinzie. In addition to the exposure received from Grand Vie, Ebby Halliday luxury listings benefit from national and international exposure provided by luxury marketing partner Luxury Portfolio International and its website, luxuryportfolio.com, one of the most-visited luxury home sites in the world. To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the homes available for purchase in North Texas, visit ebby.com.


Home Sells in 11 Days Once Strategically Staged

Allie Beth Allman & Associates continued through the summer to maintain its top ranking for sales of North Texas estates valued at more than $4 million. “We are proud that estate homeowners trust us to find the right buyer,” said Keith Conlon, Allman general manager. “And buyers looking for that extraordinary home know that we have the knowledge, contacts and experience to find it Here are two exceptional estates to consider. The new, seven-bedroom Mediterranean-style estate at 4926 Deloache Ave. in Old Preston Hollow was designed by architect Patrick Ford and built by Bella Custom Homes. With more than 14,000 square feet of living area, this estate has a media room with stadium seating, a wood-paneled library, a lounge with a built-in bar, a family room with ceiling timbers and a basement wine cellar. If you have dreamed of living on White Rock Lake, a six-bedroom mansion on 1.6 acres is available. The more than 13,000-square-foot mansion at 4636 Chapel Hill Rd. was built with the highest quality construction standards. It has an open floor plan, radiant heated floors and beautiful views from every room. It features indoor-outdoor living with multiple patios, covered loggias, an outdoor kitchen and an infinity-edge pool overlooking the lake. To find your dream estate, visit alliebeth.com/ estates.

This timeless Tudor, set on an expansive 1.17 acres in Old Preston Hollow is marketed by Sherry Louis Fontenot of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $3,290,000. The five-bedroom, five-bath home with three half-baths at 10115 Waller Drive (10115waller.daveperrymiller.com) encompasses 8,138 square feet (per appraiser). Attention to detail is evident throughout the home with hand-scraped hardwoods, stained-glass windows, 500-plus-bottle, temperature-controlled wine closet, and custom metal work. Expansive windows offer views of the manicured backyard with gorgeous saltwater pool and spa, veranda-style back porch, cabana, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, fire pit with seating and lighted sport court. There are three living areas downstairs plus two studies. Upstairs is a media room and large multipurpose space, perfect for a playroom or craft room. There is a three-car garage, with a fourth covered parking space, and ample storage. This home has everything, including a heated and cooled workroom. To schedule a private showing, contact Sherry at 214-543-0752 or sherryfontenot@daveperrymiller. com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller. com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

University Park is a sophisticated neighborhood in Dallas praised for its community feel and fantastic education system, so naturally, many families put down roots there. Though the market is strong, selling homes in the area still requires the work of an expert, such as Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The contemporary residence at 7315 Colgate Avenue has an eco-friendly edge. Built in 2008, the stunning house stands out for being an Energy Star Certified construction. A thoughtful mix of materials like wood, stone, and marble create sleek yet warm interiors. Plus, the charming backyard has a covered porch and cooking area where you can enjoy meals with a divine fountain and lush landscaping always in view. Custom built in 2000, the stately residence at 3605 Haynie Avenue was recently renovated to have a more open floor plan and state-of-the-art amenities. While the home is now primed for modern living, you will still delight in traditional design elements such as arched doorways, herringbone wood floors, and ornate fireplaces. Enjoy hosting guests on the covered patio or at the wet bar with a wine refrigerator. University Park homeowners feel at ease putting their listings in Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ hands. Visit alliebeth.com to find your dream home.

Making changes to get your home ready for buyers can seem daunting. Some sellers even find it unnecessary, but an impressive sale by Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego proves that it can make a difference. The expert team gained a listing sitting on the market for three months, and with some strategic changes, it sold in 11 days. After viewing a presentation by Allie Beth Allman & Associates about staging to sell, the agents hit the ground running. The first step was removing as much of the dated light fixtures, fans and hardware as they could. Small details like this are inexpensive to change and have major pay off. A stylish new light fixture can change a room. The next step was simplifying spaces. It’s important to remove distracting artwork and patterns so buyers can visualize themselves living there instead of fixating on the seller’s customizations. The agents infused the house with a neutral color palette to help the rooms shine. With these changes, the home was transformed. In fact, a couple that toured the house before the staging purchased it. They were amazed how it looked, proving that you can’t leave it to the buyer to imagine the potential. In today’s market, you must show it.

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3030 McKinney Avenue #701 2 Bedrooms + Study off Master | 2 Bathrooms | 1,971 SqFt

For Sale: $659,000 | For Lease: $6,200/month

Fully renovated custom contemporary highrise home in prestigious La Tour in Uptown! 2 bedroom plus study off master. Open kitchen adjoining spacious living and dining area with downtown views makes this an ideal home for entertaining. Lightfilled master bath features dual vanities. Wood floors and custom lighting throughout! 24 hr Concierge and Valet. 2 assigned parking spaces plus climate-controlled storage. Fitness center with sauna adjoins lap pool and Jacuzzi! For more information please contact Robin Brock (214) 543-8963 | robin.brock@alliebeth.com.

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Premier Family Estate burial property at Sparkman/Hillcrest with Internment Rights for up to Twelve individuals. Property is private, hedged and landscaped, and carries forward a Forever Perpetual Maintenance agreement. For further detail please contact owner by telephone 214.585.2609 or via email: fmafg@mac.com


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One-of-a-kind 312.31 Acre Estate Property with 27 Acre Lake, 2 Creeks, Rolling Terrain and amazing Trees located just North of us in Dallas’ prestigious “Golden Corridor.” Perfect for the sophisticated-informed Proprietor who values, above all else: PRIVACY, SECURITY and NATURAL BEAUTY. Website: www.DallasGoldenCorridorProperty.com




FOR SALE BY OWNER: Tommy Staley @ 972-603-8647

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THE ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY BASH The Birthday Party Project founder, Paige Chenault, celebrated the mission of spreading JOY with the Ultimate Birthday Bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A. on Sept. 7. Re-live the party and view the gallery online at parkcitiespeople.com/ category/society/







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Awards for Excellence, benefitting the Dallas Historical Society, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fairmont Dallas

DEC. 7

The Crystal Charity Ball, benefiting children’s charities in Dallas county, 7 p.m., Hilton Anatole.

11 An Evening With the Best of Broadway, 2018

Nov. 1

An Evening With the Best of Broadway, benefiting Dallas Summer Musicals, 8 p.m. Music Hall at Fair Park.

NOV. 2

Black Tie Dinner, the largest fundraising dinner in the nation for the LGBTQ community benefits up to 20 local nonprofit organizations, 7 - 10 p.m., Sheraton Dallas Hotel. St. Jude Evening Under the Stars Party and Golf Classic, benefiting the St. Jude Research Hospital, 5:30 p.m., Omni Dallas Hotel (Golf Classic, noon Nov. 4, Stonebriar Country Club). Grow the Grove, benefiting Cristo Rey Dallas, 7 p.m., Sixty Five Hundred. Zoo To Do, benefitting the Dallas Zoo, 6 p.m. (9 p.m. for after party), Dallas Zoo


Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show, benefiting the Dallas Symphony Association, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ritz-Carlton


ReuNight, a Family Place event, 6 p.m., Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Night at the Museum, 7 p.m., Perot Museum. Folds of Honor Gala, 6-9 p.m., Hyatt Regency.


Home for the Holidays, benefiting SPCA of Texas, noon - 8 p.m., NorthPark Center.


Champion of Children Award Dinner, benefits Dallas CASA, 6 p.m., Omni Dallas Hotel.


The Trains at NorthPark opens, benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, NorthPark Center.


Uncork-A-Cure Gala, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association- North Texas, 6 - 11:30 p.m., Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.


Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon, time 11:30 a.m., Hilton Anatole. 2019 Doing the Most Good Luncheon, benefitting the Salvation Army DFW, noon, Hilton Anatole.

Feb. 7

UNICEF Dallas Gala 2020, benefiting UNICEF, 6:30 p.m., Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.



The TACA Silver Cup Award, 2019

Christmas in the Park, sponsored by the SM Wright Foundation, 8:30 a.m., Fair Park.



Jade Ball, benefitting the Crow Collection, time TBD, Crow Museum of Art.


Big Climb Dallas, benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 7 a.m., Bank of America Plaza.


National Council of Jewish Women Dallas 107th Birthday Luncheon, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Dallas



Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, time TBD, The Meyerson Symphony Center.


Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball, supporting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Community Outreach Programs, time and location TBD.

March 10

The TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon, noon, Fairmont Dallas.


RECESS!, benefitting Dallas Afterschool, 7 p.m. The Empire Room.


Aware Affair Gala, benefiting Aware, time and location TBD.


Mad Hatter’s Tea, time TBD, The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.


Children’s Cancer Fund Annual Gala, supporting research and treatment programs at Children’s Health and UT Southwestern, 6 p.m., Hilton Anatole.


Art Ball, benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art, 6:30 p.m., The Dallas Museum of Art.

April 4

Nasher Prize Award Gala, 7 - 11 p.m. Nasher Sculpture Center.


Texas Woman’s University Dallas Leadership Luncheon, presenting the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, supporting graduate student scholarships, 11 a.m., Belo Mansion & Pavilion

Legacy Award Dinner, honoring the National Football League Foundation, 6 - 10 p.m., Belo Mansion



On the Move Luncheon, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Dallas.

Symphony of Chefs, benefiting KidLinks, 6 p.m., Sixty-Five Hundred.


National Philanthropy Day Luncheon – “The Stars of Texas,” noon – 1:30 p.m. (registration begins at 11:30 a.m.), Hyatt Regency Dallas



Wilkinson Center Can Do! Luncheon, benefiting the Wilkinson Center, 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Dallas Country Club.

CC Young Wrap It Up Luncheon, benefitting the CC Young Benevolence Fund, 10 a.m., Brook Hollow Golf Club. Art for Advocacy, benefits the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, 6 p.m., General Datatech.

Women with Promise, Cocktails, Couture and Cookies with Santa, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Neiman Marcus, 1618 Main St., Dallas.

UNICEF Dallas Gala, 2019

Art in Bloom, benefiting the DMA’S exhibition and education programs and the DMA’s League’s Floral Endowment Fund, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., The DMA.

Nasher Prize Award Gala, 2018

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Unlikely Heroes rescues children around the world By Jordan Kiefer

Special Contributor


s a social worker at Oakland Children’s Hospital Emergency Room, Erica Greve saw no place for child victims of sex slavery to heal and stay safe from their traffickers. She wanted to do something, and, so in 2011, founded the nonprofit Unlikely Heroes. In the eight years since, the agency, now headquartered in Grapevine, has rescued more than 400 children and educated more than 80,000 people about human trafficking, according to unlikelyheroes.com. More than 45.8 million people are enslaved worldwide, and Texas ranks No. 2 in the nation for reported human trafficking cases, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. “The average age of an American girl who becomes commercially exploited is only 13 years old, and it is estimated to be even younger for children who are trafficked internationally.” Some children are sold for sex 30 to 40 times a night by a complex network of traffickers. It is a long, arduous process to free them

from this horrible life, said Esther Min, Unlikely Heroes director of programs. The nonprofit works internationally, operating restoration homes and aftercare programs where children receive medical care, trauma therapy, individualized education plans, life skills, and lots of love, Greve said. “The children in our restoration homes range from as young as 5 years to 18 years old.,” Min said.

The true unlikely heroes are these kids who, after enduring the most traumatic pain possible, are able to heal and look ahead at the rest of their lives with hope.

Erica Greve

The agency serves more than 100 children in seven homes in the Philippines, Thailand, and Mexico. Elevate Academy, the agency’s new nationwide domestic survivor program for victims older than

18, combines community, healing, mentorship, and empowerment. “The true unlikely heroes are these kids who, after enduring the most traumatic pain possible, are able to heal and look ahead at the rest of their lives with hope,” Greve said. “They often want to help as many trapped kids find freedom like they once desperately needed. Seeing them pursue big dreams and help others makes all the long days absolutely worth it.” Volunteer opportunities include service projects and efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking. Email info@unlikelyheroes.com or visit unlikelyheroes.com. The children served graduate high school, enter the workforce, and have families of their own. “Through our work at Unlikely Heroes, children who were once exploited, are now seeing value in their lives and developing the self-confidence to realize their individual, personal potential,” executive director Kelley Sherpy said.

I F YO U G O WHAT: Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner & Gala WHEN: 5 p.m. Oct. 26 WHERE: Ritz-Carlton Dallas COST: Starting at $225 TICKETS: unlikelyheroes.com


Powell, Wilhelm Among Philanthropy Day Honorees Donna Wilhelm has contributed more than $10 million to support arts, culture, and education. Michal Powell is known as a passionate fundraiser for faith-based, medical, and humanitarian causes. The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals will celebrate these two women and four other honorees in November during the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. “National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering, and engagement – has made in our world,” said luncheon chair Janet Sherlip. The World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth nominated Wilhelm, of Preston Hollow, as this year’s Outstanding Philanthropist. “Donna Wilhelm’s generosity, coupled with her understanding of an organization’s needs and her ability to guide and motivate all of an organization’s stakeholders, is what makes her truly unique,” said Jim Falk, of the World Affairs Council. Her memoir, A Life of My Own, is

Donna Wilhelm

Michal Powell

scheduled for release in November. The Salvation Army North Texas Area Command nominated Powell, of University Park, as this year’s Outstanding Volunteer. “Michal Powell believes in compassionate Christian values, women’s empowerment, children’s health and well-being, and research-based medical advancement,” said Major Jonathan Rich, The Salvation Army North Texas Area commander. As a Salvation Army advisory board member since 2013, she helped develop a 10-year vision plan and new initiatives serving more than 100,000 people annually. Other honorees: Outstanding Foundation – Harry S. Moss Trust. The trust which supports the prevention and cure of heart disease in Texas, particularly in Dallas, has contributed more than $41 million to UT Southwestern. Outstanding Corporation – Texas Capital Bank. Since the inception of its charitable giving program, the bank has supported more than 100 nonprofits

throughout Texas. Outstanding Fundraising Executive – Cindy Scott. She has 30-plus years of fundraising experience, including her service since 2002 as senior development officer for the Parkland Foundation. Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – Ashlyn Duy. The former patient of Children’s Health has raised $31,170 in four Red Balloon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournaments, benefiting pediatric cancer research and programs. — Staff report

“ T H E S TA R S O F T E X A S ” WHAT: 34th annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 WHERE: Hyatt Regency Dallas TICKETS: Starting at $95. Visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org

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Kara Shannon and Katelyn Hall

Dr. Alexandre Carvalho and Maria Elisa Carvalho with Cyntia and Lisun Kung

Lynn McBee, Grant and Katie Moise, and Betsy Dixon

Todd and Shelly Groves Guest sitting on a replica of the famous “Friends” couch

Dee Brown, Shenee Rayford, Andrea Wehler, and Janice Wilson

Kim Demetriou, Alma Nachawati, and Mary Debus Emily Durante and Stephan Akin with Kerry and Cindy North Klyde Warren Park

Rebecca and Barron Fletcher Valerie and Geoff Boyd with Leigh and Storm Sands SPROUSE & NEUHOFF PHOTOGRAPHY

Hannah Davis, Laura A. Harris, and Shannon Murray

Katie Moise, Kit Sawers, and Grant Moise

Carrie and Kyle Ford

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, Superfly and Warner Bros. Television made multiple copies of the famous orange couch of Central Perk - and stationed one at Klyde Warren Park from Sept. 15 -30. The scene was completed with a coffeehouse backdrop and a coffee table. This event benefited the park’s annual fundraiser, Park & Palate, which is on Oct. 26.

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Lynsey and Seth Eaton

Tina Craig, Lizzie Means Duplantis, Sarah Means, and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie

Molly Miller and Sally Miller Walker

Barbara and Laura Bush

Natalie Knowlton


Vito Cammisano, Logal Waller, Jessica Nowitzki, and Rajan Patel

Designer Prabal Gurung teamed up with Dallas-based authentic cowboy boot brand Miron Crosby to create an exclusive set of styles that were unveiled during the Prabal Gurung Spring 2020 New York Fashion Week show. The show also marked Gurung’s 10th anniversary. Following the debut, Miron Crosby founders Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means welcomed the designer to Dallas for a VIP launch of the collection on Sept. 19 at Mansion on Turtle Creek.

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ESGF cyclists

Paige Barton, Rowdy, Sandra Phillips Rogers, and Devona Peterson

Lauren Hall

Debbie Breazeale, Pat Smith, Eric Marcotte, and Emmitt Smith

Mark Hsu

Bryan Jones

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price


Fan selfies with Emmitt Smith

Over 1600 cyclists took part in the fourth annual Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo charity cycling ride, sponsored by Toyota, on Sept. 14 leaving from the iconic Southfork Ranch in Parker. The Gran Fondo courses were designed to accommodate the most avid of cyclists to the casual weekend rider. Pat and Emmitt Smith also presented former U.S.A. National Champion Eric Marcotte a check for $10,000 for completing the 94-mile timed course in the fastest time of 3:57:21.44.

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Christina Jafar, Stephanie Seay, Bela Cooley, Hillery Stack, and Megan Sterquell

Mark Hiduke and Heather Ardeel

Event chairs Megan Sterquell, Elise Nichols, and Bela Cooley

Cory Bray Moran and Katherine Gillis Nicole Paquette, Kyle Laney, Lauren Quam, and Daren Dunkel

Jessica Hess and Anthony Richardson

Brooke Donelson, Paige Calentino, and Alexa Faraimo PHOTOS BY JAMES COREAS

The Vinyl Countdown

The Dallas CASA Young Professionals’ fourth annual Voices for a Cause benefit concert brought more than 350 young people together for a good cause on Sept. 26. All proceeds from the event, held at The Rustic, go toward the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA. The evening featured a 1980s theme, with a DeLorean time machine and giant Rubik’s cubes on hand. Opening act The Vinyl Countdown: A Tribute to Arena Rock played before The Rich Girls, a Hall & Oates tribute band, came to stage.

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Co-chairs enjoy the shopping but love supporting the Family Place cause Michell was introduced to The Family Place and Partners Card while working with Highland Park Village. Sachse has been a community seller for Partners Card and has bought one every year since moving to Dallas in 2000. Seay is involved with the auxiliary group that volunteers and advocates on behalf of The Family Place and has cochaired the Texas Trailblazers Luncheon. “The Family Place helps victims of family violence become survivors,” Nina Sachse said. Seay admires how Family Place’s domestic violence shelter “provides a place for victims to bring their pets so that they are not left behind.” Many victims will stay in their abusive situations due to being the only thing between the abuser and the pet, Seay said. Michell put it this way: “The Family Place provides victims of family violence with hope.” Seay enjoyed “getting to know my cochairs Nina and Rachel better as well as learning about all of the new stores involved this year.” Purhase tickets online through Nov. 3 or in person at many of the participating companies. Visit partnerscard.org for details and vendor list. The fundraiser grows every year, with more retailers and E-commerce options. There are also Partners Perks – additional discounts offered by a few companies.

The Family Place provides victims of family violence with hope. Rachel Michell


FROM LEFT: Partners Card co-chairs Rachel Michell, Stephanie Seay, and Nina Sachse.

By Liliann Albelbaisi People Newspapers


ince 1978, the Family Place has been providing shelter, counseling, and skills for the victims of domestic violence. Every year the Partners Card fundraiser helps raise money for the Family Place by selling $70 cards that give buyers discounts to many retailers and restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

This year’s co-chairs Rachel Michell, Nina Sachse, and Stephanie Seay are leading the event scheduled for Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. They love what the Family Place does for domestic violence victims and said they are honored to chair the event. Sachse said she “truly [feels] like Partners Card brings the whole community together.” They each have history with the agency and the fundraiser.

With so much to look forward to with the Partners Card this year, the co-chairs are excited to get cards again themselves. They all look forward to Christmas shopping for their f riends and family, “then this girl is off to market to treat herself,” Michell said. ABOUT FAMILY PLACE The Family Place works to empower victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. Services and programs include an emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, trained adult and children’s counselors, transitional housing, incest recovery, youth education, job and financial training, childcare and education, legal assistance, and community advocacy. Visit familyplace.org.


$19 million raised by Partners Card its first 26 years

750-plus retail and restaurant locations participate in North Texas. Visit partnerscard. org for the full list.

$70 donation to the Family Place to get a card

27th year of Partners Club fundraising

20 percent discount at participating retailers

10 percent discount at participating restaurants

10 days of shopping and dining from Oct. 25-Nov. 3

One night of safety for a victim of family violence is paid for with each Partners Card sold


1993 The Family Place launched Partners Card with 175 participating stores. Sally Hoglund and Sally Johnson founded the inaugural event which raised $90,000.

1998 Partners Card revenue exceeded half a million dollars with more than 10,000 cards sold.

2000 Partners Card grew to more than 500 participating stores.

2007 Partners Card celebrated 15 years of success, raising $905,000 to help battered women, children and men.

2010 For the first time, Partners Card raised more than $1 million. The Family Place opens its school facility for K-2nd grade students at our Safe Campus.

2017 Partners Card celebrated 25 years of shopping with purpose. Partners Card Mobile App and E-Commerce are successfully launched to propel Partners Card into the future of technology. Partners Card raised over $1 million and provided more than 14,000 nights of shelter for victims.

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Dr. Anita and Sandy Sule

Christopher Leal and Colleen Thombs

Paula Davis and Nancy Gopez

Kris Sorokwasz, Kristen Gibbons, and Andrea Devaldenebro

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Danielle Digeralamo, Lexie Aderhold, and Dallas Swedlund

1978 Courtney Underwood and Melissa Sherrill

Grace Dewar, Heather Baker, and Meredith Hays

Denise and Denis Simon

Kristin Schulz, Loryn Weddle, and Kristin Casner

Dimitri Tsevoukas and Brett Dougall

Mandy Austin, Eric White, and Emily Maduro


Dallas-based family violence agency, The Family Place, is gearing up for another exciting year of Partners Card with the annual southern Seller Soirée. This year’s event took place at the new Alexandre Birman store at NorthPark Center on Sept. 10. The evening kicked off the card selling season and recognized the 2019 card sellers and sponsors that make it possible to continue the premier fundraiser each year.

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Preston Hollow People November 2019  

Preston Hollow People is a monthly publication of People Newspapers, an affiliate of D Magazine, in Dallas, Texas.

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Preston Hollow People is a monthly publication of People Newspapers, an affiliate of D Magazine, in Dallas, Texas.

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