Preston Hollow People November 2021

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In the race to protect those spotted “gentle giants” from extinction, Preston Hollow’s Susan Myers launched Save Giraffes Now. PAGE 10 PHOTO: COURTESY SAVE GIRAFFES NOW



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Contents News ........................................ 4

Sports ..................................... 22

Living ....................................... 54

Crime ........................................ 8

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

Obituaries................................ 57

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

Schools ................................... 36

Classifieds .............................. 59

Business ................................. 14

Society .................................... 44

People To Know ...................... 18

Partners Card........................... 52

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2 November 2021 |



12119 Crestline Ave · Listed for $829,000 · Represented the Seller Sold by Becky Nelson

SOLD As Pfizer submits its data for a pediatric COVID vaccine, many parents and children are anxiously awaiting emergency use approval from the FDA. (PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK)


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little more than 18 months since we began covering the pandemic as it hit North Texas, some of the youngest residents are much closer to getting vaccinated. Not quite three weeks after Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their pediatric twodose COVID-19 vaccine regimen for children ages 5-11 had been demonstrated to be safe in clinical trials, the companies announced that they have now submitted a request with the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization. If an FDA advisory panel gives the go-ahead, the shots could begin within a few weeks of the approval. The companies said the pediatric vials would be specially marked for use in children. The smaller dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, administered in two doses 21-days apart, produced a safe and “robust” immune response in children ages 5-11 in a clinical trial, the companies said in September. We asked our most junior intern, Chapel Hill Preparatory fifth-grader (and son of digital editor Bethany Erickson) John Erickson, how he felt about that. “I’m not exactly excited about getting a shot,” he said. “I just got my flu shot, and that was a whole ordeal. I don’t like shots, but I like COVID even less.” “But what do you think it will mean if you can get it?” we asked. “It means I might not have to wear masks the entire school year,” he said, a little testily if


Also online: Gary Bussell, described by prosecutors as the leader of a drug trafficking operation out of his Highland Park home, was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan. Bussell, 52, had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances in January, acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei announced. You can find that story in our News section. On 9/11, 38 international flights descended in Gander, Newfoundland, and the 7,000 passengers aboard those flights immediately doubled the small town’s population. One flight was headed to Dallas/Fort Worth from Paris. As opening night of the Broadway musical Come From Away neared, the Canadian Consulate reached out to us to help find the passengers of American Airlines Flight 49 for a special night. Read about those efforts (and the musical) in our Community section. Who are the rich people in your neighborhood? The Forbes 400 for 2021 lists the 400 wealthiest people in the country, and just as you might suspect, Preston Hollow is represented well. Find out who made the cut online in our Business section.




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Zoning change sought to preserve Elm Thicket/Northpark character

CLOCKWISE: Sections of Elm Thicket were redlined, a practice that began in the 1930s and lasted (officially) until 1968. (MAP: COURTESY KIRWAN INSTITUTE/ILLUSTRATION BETHANY ERICKSON) Musician T. Bone Walker prepared to drive at Hilliard Golf course for Blacks, which was in the Elm Thicket neighborhood near Love Field Airport. (PHOTO: COURTESY DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY/MARION BUTTS COLLECTION) Many longtime residents of the Elm Thicket/Northpark neighborhood worry that without zoning changes, the character of the historic neighborhood will disappear. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)

By Bethany Erickson


iane Johnson’s dad worked two jobs to pay for the family home where her 109-year-old mother still lives. From that home, the family has watched the Elm Thicket/Northpark community for decades. “A lot of people who lived over in this area — I know my dad, Mr. Masters, Mr. Young — all these people worked at the airport,” she said. “They were mechanics; they worked on airplanes. They did that all their lives until they retired. And it took them working two jobs sometimes to pay for these houses.” Now, the historically Black neighborhood looks much different. The homes families bought intending to pass on as generational wealth — sometimes generational wealth gained for the first time — are dwarfed as two and three-story structures rise as quickly as the more modest abodes they replaced are demolished. And it’s pitting neighbors against each other as some fight to preserve the character and

history through a proposed zoning change, while others, including home builders, think such a move would stand in the way of progress. The zoning changes recommended by the Elm Thicket Authorized Hearing Steering Committee would limit height on new construction, enact lot-size coverage restrictions for new two-story homes, and restrict the types of roofs used in new construction. Existing records indicate that the freedman’s town of Elm Thicket (named after the thicket of elms present on the land) was settled by at least 1912, but possibly earlier. Newspaper articles from the 1920s describe “small-but-modest” houses in a thriving community. It was also home to a resort, a baseball field, and the largest barbecue restaurant in Dallas at the time — Eltee O. Dave’s BBQ. As time marched on, many Black neighborhoods were also subject to redlining, a practice that came into favor in the 1930s as federally-backed mortgages began to be offered. The Home Owners Refinancing Act

of 1933 created the Home Owner’s Loan Corp. (HOLC). Color-coded maps explained the risks for loaning in certain areas.

And it took them working two jobs sometimes to pay for these houses. Diane Johnson Green was the most desirable — identifying areas where buyers would qualify for a loan of up to 80%. The least desirable was covered in angry red lines — and buyers in those areas would not be eligible for any federal home loans. Redlined areas were almost exclusively Black. “Area occupied almost exclusively by negroes with vacant property on all sides,” the HOLC description for the redlined section of Elm Thicket read. Postwar expansion ate away at Elm Thicket. The expansion of Love Field

and relocation of Lemmon Avenue between 1953 and 1955 took hundreds of Black homes and land earmarked for Elm Thicket Park for Negroes and the Hilliard Memorial Golf Park for Black residents. Businesses that employed the residents of Elm Thicket began to close to make way for the expansion, too. The residents facing displacement fought — and even sued — the city but ultimately lost their fight against progress.

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Crime Reports Sept. 14 – Oct. 10 Sept. 14 Before 9:14 p.m., a thief took an 18-year-old woman’s stuff at Tom Thumb in the Market at Preston Forest. Sept. 15 Rude and incompetent? Before 7:54 p.m., a thief working the NorthPark Center parking lots attempted to take a 46-year-old Garland woman’s vehicle “without consent.”

Sept. 16 At 7:10 p.m. at the Walgreens at Northwest Highway and Lemmon Avenue, officers began the preliminary investigation of a three-day-old theft of a debit card from a 57-year-old woman from The Colony.

Sept. 17 Reported at 8:08 p.m.: A 65-year-old man’s padlock on a unit at the Public Storage at Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue couldn’t withstand the cutting tool on Sept. 14 of a burglar determined to steal stuff. Sept. 18 Before 11:13 a.m., a crook stole a 43-year-old woman’s vehicle from the Royal Lane Baptist Church campus at Hillcrest Road and Royal Lane.

Sept. 22 Future’s so bright you’ve gotta steal shades? Arrested at 4:23 p.m.: a 43-year-old woman accused of shoplifting from RayBan at NorthPark Center.

Sept. 23 Before 1:53 p.m., a prowler plundered contents of a DJ’S Plumbing & Backflow vehicle calling on a home in the 6400 block of Desco Drive.

Sept. 24 Officers dispatched at 1:05 p.m. about a car theft reported by a 62-year-old man from the 11700 block of Forest Court began investigating the case as a forgery. Sept. 25 A coffee break turned more bitterly costly than usual before 12:06 p.m. when a burglar broke into a 49-year-old woman’s vehicle outside Starbuck’s in the 12200 block of Inwood Road.

Sept. 27 How did the intruder get into a 67-year-old woman’s home in the 6800 block of Meadow Road before 2:43 a.m.? Possibly through the unlocked back door, police said.

took an auto part from under a 48-year-old woman’s vehicle at a home in the 6200 block of Linden Lane.

Oct. 2 Reported at 5:35 p.m.: The prowler who targeted a 26-yearold woman’s vehicle in the parking lot outside her apartment home in the 6300 block of Diamond Head Circle wasn’t content to take the contents only. The crook also snatched a license plate. Oct. 4 Before 6:56 p.m., a “suspicious person” at Dougherty’s Pharmacy in the Preston Valley Shopping Center tried to pay with what appeared to be a fake $100 bill.

Oct. 6 What’s the hurry? Officers were dispatched at 11:56 p.m. to investigate an Oct. 4 theft at The Hockaday School at Forest Lane and Welch Road. Oct. 8 Before 3:42 p.m., an armed robber forced entry into a man’s vehicle outside a home in the 5200 block of Caladium Drive.

Sept. 30

Oct. 9

Reported at 8:30 a.m.: a low blow. On Sept. 29, a thief

Overnight before 9:30 a.m., a man cut a lock to steal propane

tanks from Tom Thumb at Inwood Road and West University Boulevard.

Oct. 10 Did the woman f rom the

5300 block of Montrose Drive whose vehicle went missing on Oct. 9 wait until 3:36 p.m. the next day to report it out of embarrassment for having left the keys inside?

SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: PAYLESS DAY? Reported at 11:52 a.m. Sept. 30: a bitter lesson. A 50-yearold man employed by The Bomb Factory on Elm Street left a “large sum of money” in his vehicle at Preston Forest Village. A burglar broke the rear window to get it.

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10 November 2021 |


‘Gone to Dallas: The Storekeeper 1856-1861’

By Laurie Moore-Moore $17.95 Working most often requires hours of screen time, so why not rejuvenate the mind with an action-packed book? A Preston Hollow author takes readers back two centuries through the journey of a girl attempting to establish her stature in Dallas. Moore-Moore is the founder and former CEO of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, co-founder of publishing, communications, and consulting business Real Trends Inc., and author of Rich Buyer, Rich Seller! The Real Estate Agents’ Guide to Marketing Luxury Homes. Her newest book became available on Oct. 4. As reported by reviewers, the book portrays a “historically accurate essence of what early Texas was like and how committed and tenacious early settlers had to be to make it.” Susan Myers loves giraffes and works with other advocates including members of a community in Kenya to rescue the ‘gentle giants.’ (PHOTOS: COURTESY SAVE GIRAFFES NOW)

SUSAN MYERS STANDS TALL FOR GIRAFFES Preston Hollow woman aims to prevent extinction By Maddie Spera


reston Hollow’s own Susan Myers is sticking her neck out for giraffes. “There are only about 100,000 giraffes left in the wild,” Myers said. “I realized they needed an advocate.” Save Giraffes Now, a nonprofit founded by Myers in 2019, works in nine African countries and has several ongoing projects, all with the same goal: to protect these gentle giants from the silent extinction they’re undergoing. “Their extinction isn’t as dramatic as elephants,’ for example, since there is a huge problem with poaching elephants for their horns and tusks,” she said. “But giraffes are living where there is a lot of terrorism, and the drought in Africa is also killing a lot of them.” Myers and her nonprofit gained global notoriety when they rescued nine giraffes from a sinking island in Kenya earlier this year. Those giraffes are now living peacefully in a 4,500-acre sanctuary built for them.

“It was a great project because the local people were so involved,” Myers said. “It wasn’t just a bunch of bureaucrats. The local people built the raft that moved the giraffes over, and they were training the giraffes to get on it voluntarily using food.”

They’re the good guys of the animal world. They don’t ask for much, and they’re very kind. Susan Myers She wants to make moving giraffes less violent. “You have to anesthetize them; they fall to the ground, then you have to then tie them up with ropes so you can guide them toward the barge,” Myers said. “We had mixed success. The good news is that they all made it safely to their new sanctuary.” On their next trip to Kenya, Myers and other giraffe advocates will work on more

efficient ways to track giraffes for anti-poaching and build giraffe orphanages. At 67 years old, Myers has a wide range of experience in the workforce, from investment banking on Wall Street to coaching football. Myers always knew she eventually wanted to do something with animals and even considered a career as a vet technician. She served on the board of directors for the Dallas Zoo but knew even then that she wanted a more direct and aggressive impact on saving dwindling wildlife and specifically giraffes. “The more I got to know them through my work with the zoo, I became fascinated with their personalities,” Myers said. “They’re the good guys of the animal world. They don’t ask for much, and they’re very kind. They don’t hurt other animals or destroy trees.”

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‘Grayson’s Story: A NICU Pandemic Blessing’

By Charnay Parks $29.99 In 2020, the global pandemic took a toll on everyone, leaving many parents feeling alone with the struggles of sick children. Author and mother Charnay Parks of Turtle Creek wrote a children’s book based on true events involving having her newborn hospitalized at Children’s Hospital during the lockdown. Charnay sought to create rhythm and ease within the words of her story to add elements both parents and their children could enjoy. The fun story aimed to support parents who suffered from isolation restrictions and highlighted a relatable experience Charnay had with her son. The press release called the book a “beautifully illustrated, inspirational story” that “demonstrates the power of remaining optimistic, having faith, and being in good spirits despite uncertainty.” – Compiled by Sophia Wilson | November 2021

Turkey Time Each year, the day after Thanksgiving, I make a series of peeved pledges. I will not cook another Thanksgiving dinner, dec decorate a table, or wash dish dishes again. My patient spouse listens and always agrees that next ThanksgivThanksgiv ing will be MICHELE VALDEZ different. He promises that our adult children will help set the table, cook, and clean up. And, when dinner is over, they will honor my culinary skills and original pilgrimesque table décor with a toast. He doesn’t promise the last part but knows that such a toast would validate my anal-retentive, almost militaristic approach to preparing for the feast. Ultimately, I will feel appreciated. In a post-Turkey Day tantrum brought on by exhaustion and bloating from too much green bean casserole last Nov. 27, I decided that this Nov. 25, my husband and I would be on vacation for the holiday. The kids would have to fend for themselves. I had basted my last breast. To prep for the fowl escape, I researched Caribbean destinations in November. Unfortunately, most websites warned that it’s hurricane season. And the vision of a swirling white cloud reminded me of whipped cream and apple pie, one of my Thanksgiving specialties. I softened like a vat of overdone candied yams. Who would make the handmade leaf place cards, personalized glitter ornaments, and Fortune cookie messages for the table? With full-time jobs, how could the kids get the table set the requisite three days before kickoff of the Cowboys game? Who would make the gluten free dressing, squash soufflé, and three specialty cranberry cocktails to compliment the Brie cranberry appetizer tartlets? The holiday would be a complete disaster without me. I had to stay to save our family traditions. Oddly, also in that moment, I engaged in some self-reflection. The kids really do try to help, but the fact is that I am the Kim JongUn of holidays; it’s my way or nuclear war. So, in a self-reflective conciliatory move that felt like the slow expulsion of air from a balloon, I decided I will get the kids more involved. This year, I will let them clean up. Michele Valdez, a slightly compulsive, mildly angry feminist, has been an attorney and community volunteer. She has four demanding adult children, an enthusiastic black lab, and a patient husband.

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TOP, FROM LEFT: Actors Kamil McFadden and Christian Menace star in Caged Birds. BOTTOM: Fred Leach [right] shot his debut feature in 15 days around the Dallas area, including on the SMU campus. (PHOTOS: COURTESY BARS OF RAGE LLC)

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Growing up Black in the Texas suburbs, Fred Leach felt the effects of magnified stereotypes, social isolation, marginalization, and unconscious biases. That’s why although the SMU graduate has lived in Los Angeles for several years, he wanted to return home to shoot Caged Birds, his feature directorial debut. “I really wanted to tell a story that looked at the Black experience from that perspective,” Leach said. “This was something that came from a real place. My goal was to make it feel authentic and real. The setting is important.” The coming-of-age drama was inspired by Leach’s experiences during his upbringing in the Houston area and Richardson. He hopes that sharing a personal story can connect broadly with moviegoers. The story follows a bullied affluent high school senior with Ivy League aspirations (Kamil McFadden); his athletic cousin (Bentley Green) whose dreams of playing college basketball are derailed in part by racism; and a classmate (Christian Menace) who helps them carry out a

prank to gain revenge. When the scheme backfires, it jeopardizes their future. “I’ve seen both sides of it,” Leach said. “I’ve been the kid who feels like I wasn’t Black enough because I wasn’t cool, and I didn’t play sports. And then when I got to high school and started playing sports, I was trying to be something that I wasn’t just to try and fit in.” After graduating from SMU in 2012 with degrees in film and history, Leach taught history for three years in Balch Springs through the Teach for America program. He spent those summers traveling to California for film classes and eventually made the move permanent a few years later. He gained experience by writing and directing short films and web series. Leach shot Caged Birds in just 15 days in August 2019 at various locations in North Texas, with a mostly local cast and crew. Among the leading actors, Green (TV ’s Snowfall) and Menace are Dallas natives. The low-budget film, which gets its title from Maya Angelou’s iconic autobiography, has played at various festivals this year. It will be available on upstart streamer Urbanflix in November.

This was something that came from a real place. Fred Leach | November 2021

Elm Thicket/Northpark Celebrates Hispanic Heritage, National Night Out A busy few days of celebrations saw Elm Thicket/Northpark community residents observe Hispanic Heritage Month and National Night Out. District 2 city councilmember Jesse Moreno and the Elm Thicket/Northpark Neighborhood Association celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at the K.B. Polk Recreation Center on Oct. 3. The Ollimpaxqui dance troupe, based in Mexico

City, performed traditional dances from Central and South America. Then on Oct. 5, the community participated in National Night Out, with Dallas police officers, Dallas Fire Rescue members, parks board and plan commission members, and others attending to show their support of the historic neighborhood. – Staff report

The Elm Thicket/Northpark neighborhood gathered for a weekend of festivities in October, starting with a Hispanic Heritage Month event and culminating in National Night Out. (PHOTOS: COURTESY SAVE ELM THICKET)


14 November 2021 |


The Future of Work Recruiter: Hybrid schedules here to stay By Rachel Snyder

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Stephen Brown, the designer who created the Glitterville line, holds a camera-shy chicken given to him by Tori Spelling. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) The seasonal pop-up store on Lovers Lane offers an array of decorating products. (PHOTOS: JOSH HICKMAN)


Pop-up store brings holiday decorating mirth CHECK IT OUT What: Glitterville Pop up store When: Open through Dec. 26 Where: Pavilion on Lovers Lane Online:

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elly Dworkin, co-founder of Preston Center Plaza gift and party mainstay Swoozie’s, knows how to add some wacky whimsy to her holiday decorating. “I’ve given my fair share of parties at the house, and Glitterville was always the central decoration,” she said. Swoozie’s has carried the Glitterville line for nearly two decades, and this has helped bring even more of the brand to the Park Cities area with a pop-up shop at the Pavillion on Lovers Lane through Dec. 26. “We were always targeting the Park Cities for the Glitterville Pop up,” Dworkin said. “Lovers Lane is perfect.” Product line designer Stephen Brown also sees the location as ideal.

“It’s an area that really appreciates that all of Glitterville is completely handmade — that really appreciates that craftsmanship,” he said. Brown founded the popular holiday and party décor line in 2003. Its motto: “Making every day a holiday!” His fun, whimsical designs have skyrocketed in popularity with celebrities and plain folk alike — Brown now decorates Oprah’s Christmas tree every year. “My background is in television and film,” Brown explained. “And I started making ornaments on the set of a movie I was doing with Mariah Carey. Someone saw them and said, ‘You should really make ornaments and sell them.’ That’s how it started.” Working f rom his home studio in Knoxville, Tennessee, Brown hand makes the original for most Glitterville products. He then travels to Europe and Asia to work with local artisans, who reproduce his designs using the same techniques. The creative entrepreneur sees spreading joy as his business. “My thought is we should fill every day of the year with something that’s fun and wacky and makes us happy,” he said. “There’s all different characters that do

take you all throughout the year.” Fans of TLC’s Craft Wars may recognize Brown as one of the judges. “It was fun because I looked at each one of those people like me, just loving what they do,” he said.

My thought is we should fill every day of the year with something that’s fun and wacky and makes us happy. Stephen Brown Brown also enjoyed watching many people turn to crafting during the COVID lockdowns and social distancing. “I did a lot of Instagram Lives where we would just craft with people all the way through the lockdown period,” he said. “In bleak times, people just try to do things that make their lives happier. What better way to do that than crafting and surrounding yourself with giant hippos named Pongo and Llamas named Lala standing on a watermelon?”

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced ongoing conversations about the merits of working remotely instead of in the office. “I definitely think work from home in some capacity – virtual work – is here to stay,” said Cindy Yared, founder of Dallas-based recruiting firm Spot On Talent. Nearly three-quarters of about 5,000 employees surveyed worldwide by global management company McKinsey & Company would like to work from home two or more days per week. More than half want at least three days of remote work, according to the research shared online. “I think (the pandemic) was an opportunity for businesses to really evaluate what do we want to d o, ” Ya r e d said. “ W hat w o r k e d ? What didn’t work? What do our employees want?” Eighteen months later, businesses are facing difficult decisions, she said, because Cindy Yared of Spot On Talent some employ- works with clients in various ers are much industries, from accounting more open to and finance to marketing and making re- legal support. (COURTESY PHOTO) mote working permanent than others, and that impacts recruiting for those that are less flexible. “Now that they’ve lost out on a couple of good hires, they’re starting to say, ‘Oh my gosh – people are passing up great jobs because it’s not meeting their requirements,’” she said. Yared said some job candidates are even willing to take a pay cut for a flexible work environment and the ability to work from home at least some of the time. Jobseekers are also more conscious of commute times than they may have been before the pandemic. “If there is some in office that’s required, commute is definitely a topic,” Yared said. “Many more of them are trying to stay closer to home,” she said. “I think candidates are just much more in tune with what a total package looks like. So, it’s not all about money or salary. It’s really about what else is included.”

A B O U T C I N D Y YA R E D The former president and owner of staffing company Corps Team Dallas founded the recruiting firm Spot on Talent in 2011.

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Salad and Go 10002 Marsh Lane The Arizona eatery that first opened in East Dallas on Ross Avenue this summer will open at the corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Marsh Lane, documents filed with the city of Dallas indicate. The restaurant offers salads, wraps, breakfast burritos, soups, freshly brewed teas, lemonade, and cold brew coffee.

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SMU Alum Turns Entrepreneur

Hunter Rice founded sendit SnapChat add-on for playing augmented reality games By Rachel Snyder An app designed by an SMU alumnus has made its way to the No. 3 ranked app among Lifestyle apps in Apple’s App Store. Sendit, an iOS and Android app designed for people 17 and older, works as a SnapChat add-on. It allows users to play various augmented reality games (think SnapChat lenses, but interactive) and send anonymous messages. It also includes a blocking feature.

I was really proud about the impact that we had on campus, but I knew I wanted to accomplish this on a much bigger scale. Of course, in order to impact millions, the network needs to be digital. Hunter Rice The app’s founder, SMU alumnus and California native Hunter Rice, decided to build a digital networking platform while a college student in Dallas.

SMU alumnus Hunter Rice founded the sendit app, which integrates with SnapChat. (PHOTOS: COURTESY HUNTER RICE/SENDIT) Rice helped start a chapter of the predominantly Jewish Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at SMU and worked on a communication tool for the campus called Sides before he graduated with a degree in business administration in 2016. “I was really proud about the impact that we had on campus, but I knew I wanted to accomplish this on a much bigger scale. Of course, in order to impact millions, the network needs to be digital,” he said. “The main objective when starting sendit was to get people closer to their

friends. And we did this by innovating around the entry point of conversation.” Rice said the app first launched about two and a half years ago, but it has changed since it first launched. “Within the last year, sort of leading up to the pandemic, we were focused on these AR experiences, and that was the first time we sort of started working on that idea, and the launch of that was last summer,” he said. “We’ve been growing very quickly.” Rice said the app is particularly popular

with SnapChat-savvy Gen Z-ers aged from their late teens to 24. “This younger demographic really views social media the way I think it should be used, which is to stay connected and stay closer to your best friends,” he said. Growing up in a hub for technology companies like Los Angeles also influenced the career field he’d choose. “I grew up around entertainment, and that’s a lot of what L.A. is about,” Rice said. “I always gravitated toward tech, and I love the startup scene.”


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im Mueller, managing partner for the distinguished law firm Verner Brumley Mueller Parker, said success in the emotionally-charged family law arena comes down to two things: experience and service. “Our diversity and the range of experience that we can provide means there’s going to be very little that is going to be presented that somebody in our firm hasn’t dealt with firsthand over the years,” he said. “We are one of the largest family law firms, yet at the same time, we still give that same mom-and-pop personal attention. I think that’s

extremely important.” Divorce cases can be complicated, especially for high net worth individuals with various properties, businesses and other considerations. Verner Brumley’s expertise in this arena is one important point of differentiation in the market. “What we’ve always done very well is take those highnet-worth individuals with extremely complicated cases and resolve those issues, be it in litigation or in the boardroom,” Mueller said. “We understand the various asset elements

that make these cases so complex—trusts, commercial properties and the like—not just here throughout Texas, but also throughout the world.” “I think that’s something that’s extremely unique. If we need to work with somebody who is in Colorado on a case that we’re handling, it’s not just somebody we looked up online. It’s somebody we know has a high level of expertise, who we’ve worked with and who we have a history with.” At the same time, the firm’s attorneys never lose sight of the human element of divorce, specifically as it involves | November 2021




custody issues. Mueller said one hallmark of the practice is to take ownership of all the client’s needs, legal or otherwise. “At the end of the day, a client is not just simply a custody battle, they’re not just simply a divorce or a post-marital agreement,” he said. “There’s a holistic approach that we try to take with our clients, to let them know we can be their point of contact for nearly anything. We’ve put people in touch with counselors, we’ve referred them to wealth advisors, and lots more. That’s the type of service that we strive for.”

Mueller, who graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in Memphis and cum laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, jokes he’s still the “new kid” even after more than 15 years in family law. Such is the nature of the longevity of the firm. “We’re in the personal services industry,” Mueller said. “For everything that has changed over the years, one thing that is as true today around here as it ever was, is that longevity is key. I tell clients all the time, this is not going to

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100% FAMILY LAW Perfectionism, Perseverance, and Practicality drives McClure Law Group


t McClure Law Group, the clients’ goals are of the utmost importance. Founder, managing partner, and CEO Kelly McClure, managing partner Francesca Blackard, and the rest of their talented staff work together to not only achieve these goals, but surpass them. “I think we’re the gold standard when it comes to the quality of work that comes out of our firm,” said Blackard. “We’re complimented all the time by our clients on being so much more prepared than the other side. We really give our hearts and souls to our clients and their cases.” Another way McClure Law Group ensures the satisfaction of their clients is their skill and effectiveness in the courtroom. “We have a unique practice in that we’re able to give a lot of credibility to what could happen at the courthouse, because we go there quite often,” said McClure, who is also managing partner and CEO of the firm. “I think

that really helps clients facilitate a settlement, knowing that the alternative is we go to the courthouse and that’s an arena we’re very comfortable in.” With a combined experience of over 100 years, McClure Law Group knows Dallas clients want their family law dealings to be as seamless as possible. This is what sets the Firm apart with an in-house CPA and an in-house appellate attorney, which no other Dallas firm has. McClure Law Group also prides itself on seeing clients as human beings, not just income. “We do damage control in all aspects,” Blackard said. “Financially and emotionally, and I’m really proud that we’re not a firm that sees a high net worth client and sees dollar signs. We see the client, their children, their spouse, and think of how to keep this post-divorce family as in-tact as possible.”

In the past year, the team at McClure Law Group has only gotten better. They have welcomed partners Kate Mataya and Brandon Joseph, both of whom have gone above and beyond and augment the knowledge and expertise of the already-masterful McClure Law Group team. “We’re ahead of the curve with the lawyers we have,” McClure said. “They’re very impressive in terms of writing techniques, and doing complicated drafting on complex issues. A lot of firms don’t have that level of expertise. Our talent is just untouchable.” 8115 Preston Rd, Suite 270 Dallas, TX 75225 (214) 692-8200 | November 2021

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FULL SERVICE Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, PC


here are three things clients can expect from Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, PC: Affability, availability, and ability. This was the model of service exemplified by the founder of the firm, the late Maryann Sarris Brousseau, and attorneys Matthew Naftis, Elayna Erick, and Ron Massingill still work to make these the guiding principles of their practice. “We are available to clients whenever they need it, and for whatever type of law they need,” Erick said. “We try to be understanding, compassionate, and help clients address their issues to the best of our ability. We do our very best for every client.” With a dream team like this, it’s not hard to imagine why they’re highly sought after. Massingill, who has been practicing law for 52 years, is passionate about fighting for his clients and believes in his motto, “never let the law stand in the way of justice.” He has been recognized multiple times by both “Super Lawyers” and “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Erick has been at the firm for 18 years and Naftis for 20. Both started under their mentor Brousseau and learned a lot from her, each other, and Massingill. Between the three of them and the firm’s associates, they practice in family law; business litigation and corporate law; real estate; wills, trusts, estates, and probate. “Even if it’s something outside of our realm of experience, we help identify and spot the legal issues our clients are facing then find an attorney best suited to help them. Throughout the process we can remain their point person,” Naftis said. “The trend right now is to have a concierge medical advisor, who talks to other doctors for you and translates back what they’re saying. A lot of small businesses need something similar — an outside general counsel that looks at all their needs from a wide angle and finds and coordinates legal advisors to help if it’s not something we do ourselves.” As a small boutique firm, the attorneys of Brousseau Naftis

& Massingill, PC are able to grow and nurture relationships with each client. “Our clients really develop a trust in us and our judgment,” Massingill said. “And it’s not misplaced because we truly care about them. It’s become generational. We get a lot of referrals where we represented someone in a divorce or business issue, then later we hear from their children, and then their grandchildren. They come back because they know they can trust us with their secrets, their reputations, their money, and their future. They want the integrity and trust they get with our firm.” Knox Place 4645 N Central Expy, Suite 300 Dallas, TX 75205 (214) 220-1220

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Gillen-Malveaux chosen for USA Volleyball Development Program By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


oe Gillen-Malveaux stands out in more ways than one. The 6-foot-3 freshman already is taller than all of her Greenhill School volleyball teammates, and she’s made an immediate impact as an intimidating middle blocker. In volleyball, being the tallest player on the court has obvious advantages. Off the court, that’s not always the case. As a young girl, sometimes you’d rather just fit in. “I always had mixed emotions about being tall,” Gillen-Malveaux said. “I was sometimes insecure, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more comfortable about my height.” So, volleyball has been a natural fit, both physically and psychologically. Gillen-Malveaux played lacrosse when she was little, but she remembers the introduction to her new sport. “I saw a college volleyball game, and I saw everyone with the same build as me,” she said. “Everyone was really tall like me.” Gillen-Malveaux found a competitive club team around the start of fifth grade and has never looked back. “I was able to play at a really good club and get really good coaches,” she said. “I was able to put in the time and the effort and improve.” Last summer, she was chosen for the

Greenhill freshman Zoe Gillen-Malveaux has become one of the top blockers in the SPC this season. (PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY) USA Volleyball National Team Development Program, which identifies and trains prospects to represent the United States in future international competitions. That enabled Gillen-Malveaux to train alongside other top players for a week in July in Anaheim, California, and a September weekend in Orlando. The adjustment to varsity has been seamless, even though Gillen-Malveaux plays

with and against girls up to three years older. “She has adjusted well. Sometimes she gets those big eyes. Sometimes the game slows down for her to focus a little more,” s a i d G re e n h i l l head coach Tatiane Deibert. “In the middle, there’s so much to think about and so little time to react. Playing with older players will be beneficial for her.”

Everyone was really tall like me. Zoe Gillen-Malveaux

Gillen-Malveaux and fellow freshman Campbell Sims have formed a promising combination at the net for the Hornets, who will seek their first SPC championship since 2016 at the conference tournament beginning Nov. 4 in Dallas. “It challenges my game. I have to adjust and play well against girls with more experience,” Gillen-Malveaux said. “We have a really good group of girls chemistry-wise and skill-wise. On the court, that really helps us succeed.”

Late Bloomer Has Become a Hard-Hitter for Eagles

ESD defensive end fields scholarship offers from major programs By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Chase Kennedy will graduate from the Episcopal School of Dallas next spring with a scholarship to a major college football program and a legacy as one of the top defensive linemen in school history. But his arrival on the ESD football team came with considerably less fanfare. He decided to try football on an impulsive whim while playing video games with a friend during the summer before his sophomore year.

The coaches told me I had the ability to go to the next level. Chase Kennedy The classmate told him he was ready for the first day of practice the following Monday. Kennedy — who played football growing up but concentrated chiefly on basketball — decided he would

Chase Kennedy (7), playing both defensive end and running back this season, hopes to lead ESD to its first SPC football title since 2014. (PHOTOS: CADE HAMNER) show up, too. As promised, Kennedy woke up early and headed to the field. The coaches asked him what position he wanted to play. “I like defense a lot,” was the answer. Given his frame, that put him at defensive end.

“He went around our best tackle like he wasn’t even there,” said ESD head coach Richard Williams. “He’s a natural athlete. He could play almost any position he wants to. His I.Q. for the game is extremely high.” He hails from an athletic fam-

ily, primarily on the hardwood. His grandfather is the late Eugene “Goo” Kennedy, a former standout at TCU who went on to a seven-year professional career in the 1970s. His mother, Gina, also played basketball. However, after turning some

heads during his sophomore season, Kennedy said football became more of a priority. “The coaches told me I had the ability to go to the next level,” Kennedy said. The 2020 campaign was abbreviated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, although he still gained exposure at camps last summer. This season has been a whirlwind, with Kennedy usually playing for the Eagles on Friday nights — even adding some ball-carrying duties to his usual pass rushing and run-stuffing on defense — then attending a college game on Saturday. He still plays basketball, too, both for ESD and for his club team in the summer, as his busy schedule permits. And yes, he’s even kept up his grades. Kennedy said he hopes to announce his college commitment during the season before signing in November, all while helping the Eagles chase an SPC title. “It can be stressful,” Kennedy said of the recruiting process, “but at the same time, you’re grateful for it because of all the love.” | November 2021



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Real Estate Quarterly

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Photographer Costa Christ says well-executed images often start the “emotional” connection to a home for a prospective buyer. (PHOTOS: COSTA CHRIST MEDIA); Sarah Nowak calls staging “a bridge that connects that person’s current life to the house you’re selling.” (PHOTOS: DANIEL TANNER PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY SARAH NOWAK INTERIORS)


Industry professionals: Even in a busy market, homebuyers want to fall in love By Bethany Erickson


hen the residential real estate market is as hot as Dallas-Fort Worth’s, it may seem like gilding the lily to expend the time and money to stage and professionally photograph a listing. But experts say it can make the difference between full asking price and top dollar.

Staging essentially eliminates that question by physically proving the home can be functional. Sarah Nowak “They say staging a home brings more money — 17% — but in addition to price, homes that are well maintained, edited, staged, and with curb appeal sell better,” said Paige Elliott, a real estate agent with Elliott & Elliott Real Estate Group and

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “Plus, good photography often sells (the home) sooner too, and the cost of staging is less than a price reduction if the home isn’t selling.” Photographer Costa Christ and home stager and designer Sarah Nowak stressed how good photography could create an emotional connection for a prospective buyer. “When a real estate agent hires me, they’re hiring someone who shoots for magazines, too,” said Christ, who photographs houses for real estate agents, architects, magazines, and interior designers. “So it looks like an editorial spread. They want an emotional trigger for the buyer. “I have photographed homes that have been on the market for months or even years,” he added. “I shoot it with a different eye, and it sells in hours sometimes.” The photography can be so important, he said, that his company sends an extensive checklist to homeowners so they can get more out of their shoot. “Staging is important because it elicits an emotional response from potential buyers,” Nowak said. “It’s like a bridge that connects that person’s current life to the house you’re selling by helping them envision what

it would be like to live there.” Elliott said that staging helps with the practical aspects of home buying, too. “Buyers can more easily envision how the space in the home can be used and get a better idea of the size, and see themselves living there, too,” she said. “We often see irregular layouts, unusually small rooms, and awkwardly large spaces that tend to leave buyers questioning the home’s livability,” Nowak agreed. “Staging essentially eliminates that question by physically proving the home can be functional.” Nowak said hiring professionals could make a difference in the price of a home — and the amount of stress involved. “Selling a home is a lot of work, and especially for those who have never done it before, there are so many things that can go wrong,” she said. “Find a licensed real estate professional that has a team of relevant supporting professionals; contractors, stagers, and real estate photographers are invaluable assets to a successful real estate agent’s team.” Read more from all three experts by subscribing to People@Home, our weekly real estate and homes newsletter.

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TA K I N G T H E S TA G E • 47% of buyers’ agents said home staging had an effect on buyers’ view of the home • Staging the living room was found to be important for 46% of buyers, followed by the master bedroom (43%) and kitchen (35%) • 23% of buyers’ agents AND sellers’ agents said staging a home increased the dollar value offered between one and five percent compared to homes that weren’t staged. • 22% of sellers’ agents said there were slight decreases in the time a staged home stays on the market. • The median cost when using a staging service was $1,500. Source: National Association of Realtors | November 2021

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26 November 2021 |

I’m Still Standing!

House hunting in 1981 reveals what has changed, what hasn’t

By Evelyn Wolff Real estate advertising gained momentum on the pages of Park Cities People each week in the Fall of 1981. Northside People (rebranded Preston Hollow People in 2004) did not premiere until 1989, but homes in Greenway Parks, Bluffview, Preston Hollow, and Bent Tree have always been marketed in People Newspapers. An early ad f rom Ellen Terry Realtors featured a home on Park Lane for $1,850,00 and a home on Gladeslide Court for $2,250,000. The median value for a home in Preston Hollow today is $767,055. In the first edition, Real Estate Editor Molly Dodgen presented a “Gallery of Fine Homes” with eight properties from five different realtors. Abio & Adleta Realtors offered a Center Hall Plan home “On Bordeaux” for $395,000. A classic Tudor overlooking Turtle Creek was on the market for $975,000 with Daniel M. Mahoney, Realtor. A few weeks later, Hoffman Real Estate was marketing a “Williamsburg Mansion” in Bent Tree for $750,000. But absent in all of these early marketing efforts was the property’s address and sometimes the price. Ellen Terry Realtors placed the first display advertisement listing the house number as well as the price in the Nov. 19th edition. A week later, the company’s ad also included the listing agent’s photo, setting the stage for marketing both properties and agents in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow for the next 40 years. Read more about eal estate sales history on Page 33. In July of 1982, Tom Rhodes, the only male agent with Ellen Terry Realtors, listed 5315 Rock Cliff Place, a one-acre property in Preston Hollow, for $1,800,000. During the past 40 years, this mid-century modern has been on the market three times, with its value going up and down with the economy. In 2018 the price soared to $3,900,000, then dropped to $2,895,000 in July of 2020, and has stabilized at $2,717,800. Described as a “SMASHING contemporary” in 1981, today we would call the home at 5304 Nakoma Drive a mid-century modern. The black and white ad purchased by Carole McBride with McBride Realty Co. did not contain a price nor can it compete with the sleek photography used to market the home in 2019. The Median listing price for a home on one of the tree-lined streets of Greenway Parks is $997,756, and this home’s estimated value is $1,130,100.

5315 Rock Cliff Place, 2021 (COURTESY PHOTOS)

5304 Nakoma Drive, 1981

5315 Rock Cliff Place, 1982

5304 Nakoma Drive, 2021

That year another beautiful Preston Hollow property, 5714 DeLoache Avenue, was on the market with Judy Tarleton of Abio & Adleta, Realtors. This French country home, built in 1979, is just a few blocks north of Northwest Highway in an area of lovely estates. As Judy stated in her

5714 DeLoache Avenue, 2021 ad, “this magnificent home truly has everything!” Today a Google Map reveals the private cul-de-sac, the circular driveway, the competition tennis court, the pool

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28 November 2021 |

What’s Next For Snider Plaza?

Utility work underway; next comes demolition, new building construction By Rachel Snyder Changes are coming to Snider Plaza. Utility work on water and sanitary sewer lines is ongoing, and the University Park City Council has OK’d a redevelopment plan for the southeast corner. Developer Jim Strode intends to construct a new building where Peggy Sue BBQ and other businesses used to be. Logos Bookstore, Lane Florist, Aman Jewelry, and a tailor relocated within the shopping center. The new three-story building is expected to house retail, restaurant, and office space. The plan also calls for a two-level underground parking garage with 48 spaces accessed from Daniel Avenue. The existing structures there were built in 1941 and 1947. The project, approved in September, includes caveats requiring retail on the first floor and storefronts to be differentiated from the rest of the building. Strode declined to elaborate on his timeline for the redevelopment. “For the city, the area that we control is in the right of way, so our No. 1 priority right now is obviously going to be getting that infrastructure up to date and repaired because a lot of it is from the ‘20s and ‘30s,” University Park City Manager Robbie Corder said. “Obviously, we’ve gone through various planning efforts throughout the years in Snider Plaza … the most recent one back earlier in 2008, 2009 envisioned redevelopment of private property, and I think this

FROM LEFT: The University Park City Council in September approved a plan to redevelop part of the southeast corner of Snider Plaza. (PHOTO: OMNIPLAN/CITY OF UNIVERSITY PARK); The building that housed Logos Bookstore, Lane Florist, Arman Jewelry, and a tailor before they moved to new locations in the plaza will be replaced. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) plan follows along with that.” According to the city, Snider Plaza has about 60 owners of 70 properties. “Redevelopment long term, I think there’s going to have to be partnerships and things like that because of the amount of owners that are out there. There’s not a lot of properties that are contiguous like that that lend themselves to redevelopment,” Corder said. During a city council discussion of Strode’s plan for the site, some residents

voiced concerns about parking, traffic, and maintaining Snider Plaza’s “charm.” “There’s not enough parking spaces provided under current ordinance,” Herb Weitzman said. “I’m not against development, but I sure do not want the charm and the pleasure that we all have shopping there to be eroded.” Cora Billingsley said she’s also concerned about parking and traffic in the plaza. “It is a nightmare to find parking spaces at this time,” Billingsley said. “Please do not

ruin Snider Plaza and put in this plain old building that has been designed for it. It is unique, it’s precious for our neighborhood, and we hope that it will be preserved.” Strode responded to concerns about maintaining the look and feel of the shopping center. “We have worked with architects that, I believe, are as good as any architect in town,” he said. “I’m not here to destroy Snider Plaza … I’ve been in the Park Cities since 1980. I’m no newbie.” | November 2021


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FROM LEFT: Tom Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Nina Sachse, Thomas Rhodes, Burton Rhodes, and Neil Broussard. (PHOTO: THERHODESGROUP.COM) RIGHT: Tom Rhodes began marketing himself as well as his listings in the 1980s. (PHOTO: PEOPLE NEWSPAPERS ARCHIVES)

1980s Real Estate Was a Woman’s World Unless you were Tom Rhodes making his mark through creative advertising By Evelyn Wolff Tom Rhodes was one of the first realtors to market himself, not just his listings in the early 1980s. He met Clint Smith, and together they collaborated on numerous creative ads promoting the real estate market. “We did all kinds of attention-getting ads together,” Tom said. “One ad thanked all of the Realtors that we had worked with that year. One of our most successful ads read ‘All The Signs Are There.’ Clint designed a logo that we used in all of our advertising, ‘He Knows Your Neighborhood.’ I just worked the Park Cities, which drove Ebby Halliday crazy!” For a while, Tom was one of the only full-time men selling residential real estate in the area, a profession that women dominated at that time. At Ellen Terry, there were 12 agents, and Tom was the only male. “We became a force, selling more than Ebby Halliday at that time,” Tom said.

“When we grew to over 15 agents, it all began to unravel. We weren’t taking care of each other anymore. Today, people are forming small groups within larger companies. One person claims all of the production of a team – someone must be the leader.” Tom never wanted to boast that he was the number one agent. “I was spending $75,000 a year on advertising,” Tom explained. “Our ad ve r t i s i n g i n Park Cities People was going exactly where we wanted it to go. So when I stopped advertising and began knocking on doors and talking to people at the encouragement of my real estate coach, Eleanor Mowery (Sheets) took off. If you stop advertising, it is over!” Today, Tom works with three of his sons, Burton, Dan, and Thomas, as part of The Rhodes Group at Compass. His other son is an organic farmer in Portland, Oregon, and his daughter stocks the Gulf with redfish and flounder from her home in Jackson, Texas.

When we grew to over 15 agents, it all began to unravel. We weren’t taking care of each other anymore. Tom Rhodes

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Real Talk: Molly Branch In 2010, after a 20-year career in global advertising and marketing, Molly Branch transitioned full-time into the Dallas real estate industry. These days, she uses marketing skills honed during her first career to set her and her seller’s home apart. Branch leverages social media and traditional marketing approaches to ensure sellers get top dollar and credits years working in a competitive, fast, and driven environment for making her adept at contract negotiations, even in a seller’s market. She sees herself as a natural matchmaker, connecting people to their perfect home.

‘Be about others,’ concentrate on your client’s best interest and all else will fall into place. Molly Branch


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separate yet conjoined pools — all overlooking huge, verdant landscaped grounds with room for adding a tennis court. Graciously appointed interiors offer a private study, tiered media room anchored by an expansive kitchen-breakfast area and a great room, a downstairs primary suite with his and hers baths, two guest beds downstairs, game and fitness rooms, a four-car garage, parking, and a motor court.

How long have you been in real estate, and what led you to this career? “I’ve had 11 years as an active Realtor in the Dallas market. I have lived in Dallas all of my life, with the exception of my college years in Austin, and I have owned and lived in several homes (including homes in Lakewood, Hollywood Heights, and Oak Cliff ) - I purchased my first home at the age of 21 and started buying and selling real estate while in college.

Now that you’ve been a real estate professional for a while, if you could go back in time and give yourself any advice, what would it be? “Be about others,” concentrate on your client’s best interest, and all else will fall into place. What is the best thing about being a real estate agent? It has to be meeting so many amazing souls and making their dreams come to life. What is your outlook on the Dallas market? Pockets of Dallas will level out, but overall we will continue to see small, steady growth. Can you give us a fun fact about yourself? My maternal family is from Northern Italy. The Ladini speak the Ladino language, mainly spoken in the Dolomite Mountains in Northern Italy and an area in the Swiss Alps. It exhibits similarities to Latin and French. Artifacts have been found that show our people have been there for 5,000 years. – Staff Report

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A collaboration by Dallas ISD and UT Southwestern Medical Center will create a new pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade campus in the Medical District, opening in Fall 2022. (PHOTOS: COURTESY DALLAS ISD AND GOOGLE STREEVIEW) (SCREENGRABS: BETHANY ERICKSON)


UTSW, Dallas ISD Collaborate on New Biomedical Campus for Youngest Scholars By Bethany Erickson


hey may not even be able to write their names just yet, but some of Dallas’ youngest students could go to medical school. Sort of. Dallas ISD announced in October that it was collaborating with UT Southwestern Medical Center to create a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade biomedical school in the city’s medical district. The school will open in August 2022 During a board briefing on Oct. 14, district officials told the board of trustees that the effort was about two-and-a-half years in the making. As early as June 2020, when the 2020 bond bundle that would go to voters that November was under discussion, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) school was on the lengthy list of items on that $3.7 billion package. Voters ultimately approved two out of the five bond packages on the ballot that year, providing $3.54 billion in funding for

14 replacement schools and upgrades to other existing campuses, as well as several new schools. District leaders said the first-in-the-nation partnership school would offer a curriculum full of real-world biomedical science experiences with plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning and innovative field trips just feet away. “I think it’s even more exciting is the commitment we have from UT Southwestern to our students and the collaboration they’ll have with our staff,” said Dallas ISD Chief of Strategic Initiatives Brian Lusk. “Whether they serve as guest speakers, or (provide) learning experiences, or just other opportunities — they even have a Nobel Prize-winner who has already committed to working with the program.” In a press release, district superintendent

Michael Hinojosa said the opportunity was a “game-changer.” “It also highlights how science continues to evolve in a unique, relatable, and innovative way with students as young as three years old,” he said. “This exciting endeavor underscores what it takes to build and inspire the next generation of physicians and scientists – instilling a love for science in children at an early age,” said Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, UTSW executive vice president for academic affairs, provost, and dean. The school will start with pre-k through first grade, adding a grade level every year. It will eventually be home to about 650 students. The school will have no academic requirements or attendance boundaries and will be open to students outside the school district.

They even have a Nobel Prize-winner who has already committed to working with the program. Brian Lusk

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Enrollment offers will be generated by a random lottery system based on seats available and the student’s priority group, with 50% of the seats reserved for economically disadvantaged students. Priority rankings start with parents/ guardians who are employees or learners at UTSW that live within Dallas ISD. Students living outside the district whose parents are not employees or learning at UT Southwestern are the lowest priority in the lottery. Learn more about the new collaboration between Dallas ISD and UT Southwestern Medical School in our upcoming STEAM special section in our January 2022 issue.

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3 1. Super service

Members of the Mockingbird Chapter of the National Charity League in the last year contributed 8,998 hours of community service to Dallas philanthropy partners working in crisis and violence intervention, education, elderly and animal support, and poverty and hunger prevention. NCL, a nonprofit focused on philanthropy and leadership development, fosters mother-daughter relationships by providing opportunities for community service. The Mockingbird Chapter boasts about 275 members, including girls in grade seven to 12 from Highland Park and Lake Highlands high schools; E.D. Walker Middle School; Christ the King St. Monica, St. Patrick, St. Rita, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic schools; Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas Lutheran School, and Ursuline Academy. During its Celebration of Service on Sept. 16 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, the chapter also honored Mia

Barnett, a senior at Dallas Lutheran School in Dallas and daughter of Laura and Dan Barnett. With 150 hours of community service, she won the Merci Award as the Chapter Ticktocker who completed the most individual philanthropic service hours. To learn more, visit /mockingbird. Pictured, clockwise: Mia Barnett; Katie Threadgill, Maggie Cothern, Kennedy Calabrese and Allie Lorino. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

2. Rocket girl

The Hockaday School’s Sydney Slay went to space camp in Huntsville, Alabama again – this time for the Advanced Space Academy this summer. The 16-year-old even earned college credit, her mother said. Introduction to Space Science (ESS 100), a one-hour course from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, will transfer to other schools, Alicia Slay said.

Sydney, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) enthusiast who participates on a robotics team at Hockaday, has spent parts of several summers at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where she’s participated in mission simulations. She couldn’t go last year because of the pandemic. One year she got an idea of what it might be like on a lunar mission through the center’s one-sixth gravity chair. This year she learned to scuba dive. She is now eligible to attend the Elite Space Academy next year.

3. Fairway to Success siblings

A couple of 2021 Thomas Jefferson High School (TJ) graduates followed their siblings’ footsteps and earned Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success scholarships. In all, seven 2021 Dallas ISD high school graduates received the scholarships. FROM LEFT: Erin Crittendon (Carter), Alejandra


Resendez (TJ), Noelia Espinosa (TJ), and Mykielia Lovgren (Lincoln), plus (from Samuel) Catalina Salazar, Analee Loredo, and Antonio Segura. Espinosa, the sibling of 2018 recipient Elia Espinosa, is pursuing a degree in hospitality management at the University of North Texas at Dallas, where she received a full, four-year scholarship as part of the Fairway to Success program. Alejandra Resendez, the sibling of 2019 recipient Miriam Resendez-Ortiz, is pursuing a degree in nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her scholarship: $20,000. The Fairway to Success program awards scholarships based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and financial need and introduces students to golf and the life lessons of discipline, honor, and integrity. – Compiled by William Taylor

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Mural Painter Has Fond Memories of Preston Hollow Elementary Katie Mayborn Fuerst credits art teacher’s influence for inspiring her career By Daniel Lalley

Special Contributor From the pop graffiti of Deep Ellum to the Texana frescas of Fair Park, it’s no secret Dallas fosters one of the most vibrant urban art cultures in the country. It seems no matter what part of the city you find yourself in, there’s no shortage of eye-catching and original wall art to appreciate – many of these serving as colorful backdrops to fun photos with friends and family. Within this growing metro gallery of mural artisanship, Oak Cliff serves as a focal point for new artists, two of which emerged from our community of painters here in Preston Hollow. Katie Mayborn Fuerst and Margaret Tipton created a vibrant local-inspired mural in Oak Cliff at 710 W. Davis entitled “Dallas Postcard.” “As a local artist, I do all sorts of custom work,” Katie said. “But I love doing murals on the side.” Katie has an interesting relationship with Preston Hollow and Dallas. She grew up going to Preston Hollow Elementary, then after sixth grade, transferred to a junior high in Oak Cliff to get a broad cultural experience in

a new neighborhood. She then further explored her education at Texas Tech University before landing at the University of North Texas, where she received her bachelor’s degree in art.

This is a perfect area for emerging artists. I love Preston Hollow. Katie Mayborn Fuerst “Of course, one of my finest teachers ever was the one I had at Preston Hollow Elementary,” Katie said. “Mr. Corley, the art teacher. He was absolutely phenomenal.” Hailing from a long line of artists, Katie came upon her profession honestly but credited both Corley and Preston Hollow Elementary with playing a large part in discovering her passion. “[Mr. Corley] was with us for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade at Preston Hollow. He was a huge influence on my career.” The area continues to serve as a canvass for Katie’s creativity. By day, she works at both JoJo

FROM LEFT: Katie Mayborn Fuerst and Margaret Tipton wanted a “playful, handmade look” for their Dallas Postcard so they painted the mural freehand with no projectors or stencils on the back wall of 710 W. Davis in Oak Cliff. (PHOTO: KATIE MAYBORN FUERST) Mommy and the Highland Park Scots Shop, creating custom and original pieces of art and apparel for the community. In her free time, she plots and sketches her next larger-than-life mural. “Margaret and I definitely plan on doing more murals in the future. I have one on my sketch pad at home that is bomb,” Katie said.

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District 8 Trustee Column for September 2021 Welcome Back! Northwest Dallas neighbors, I want to thank you for your continued support of Dallas ISD schools. The support I have seen from community groups and churches is unmatched and I am truly grateful. Returning students to in-person learning is a community effort. It requires clear communication of important information and an understanding that situations can change rapidly. I want to thank you for helping share information and for being there for each other throughout this first month of the semester. This type of community collaboration will be needed throughout the school year to make this academic year a success. As a reminder, there are three different Dallas ISD 20212022 school year calendars. The majority of campuses are on a base calendar but nine District 8 schools, including Foster Elementary in Midway Hollow, have adopted an alternative school year calendar to help combat missed learning. Learn more and verify your school’s calendar at Redistricting Every 10 years, Dallas ISD participates in redistricting to better ensure appropriate representation based on the shifts in population trends. Redistricting is the process by which the boundaries of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees Single Member Districts (SMDs) are periodically redrawn in response to changes in population as measured by the decennial federal census. This fall we will have the opportunity to update the boundaries of District 8 and of all trustee districts. What would you like to see? What would be best for our neighborhoods and community? In the coming weeks and months, Dallas ISD will have a series of redistricting meetings, virtual town halls, and

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“We just need to find a wall to put it on.” She has a range of ideas, from other Dallas-inspired pieces to abstract paintings. She and Margaret are on the lookout to spread their creativity and are grateful to live in a community that promotes so much growth in their endeavor. “This is a perfect area for

emerging artists,” Katie said. “I love Preston Hollow.” Katie is finally back in the area after several years of raising her family in Lake Highlands. Margaret is currently away at Texas Tech University, but the pair plan on conquering the exterior-framed mediums of the area as soon as they reconnect.

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District 8 Project R.E.A.D. schools include Gabe P. Allen Elementary, Maple Lawn Elementary, Eladio R. Martinez Elementary, Joe May Elementary, Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez, Julian T. Saldivar Elementary, Ignite Middle School, Spence Middle School, and Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy. You can learn more at: Attendance Awareness Month In order to raise awareness of the link between school attendance and academic achievement, Dallas ISD Parent Services is celebrating September Attendance Awareness Month with a variety of ways for students and schools to participate – from weekly spirit days, to individual student and school competitions, to a social media challenge. Efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism help give all students an equitable opportunity to learn, grow and thrive academically, emotionally and socially. Visit dallasisd. org/attendance for more information. Spanish Website for Dallas ISD Parents As part of the Dallas ISD Hispanic Heritage Month campaign and the equity and racial effort, the Dallas ISD Parent Advocacy Department has launched a Spanish web page,, to offer culturally relevant information for parents. The site includes the Spanish weekly information sessions broadcast live on Facebook, Spanish podcast episodes, parent resources and Dallas ISD department links, all on one page. For the latest districtwide information and events, parents may also visit the district’s main Spanish web page:

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Parish Episcopal Partners with United to Learn for Dave’s Day of Service More than 350 Parish Episcopal School community members gathered on Oct. 2 to honor someone with a heart for service — by committing to an entire day of doing good. Parents, students, faculty, staff, and grandparents came out to support several United to Learn partner schools as part of Parish’s inaugural Dave’s Day of Service. The event was launched in honor of Parish Episcopal School’s 50th Anniversary and named in honor of Dave Monaco, Parish’s Allen Meyer Family Head of School, and his wife Mollie for their passion and dedication to serving the broader education community here in Dallas. Monaco serves as Board Chair for United to Learn, an education nonprofit that supports Dallas ISD elementary schools. Led by parent co-chairs, Jody Swartzwelder and Mollie Monaco, Parish volunteers completed more than 20 projects at elementary schools Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa, Anne Frank, José “Joe” May, Julian T. Saldivar and one middle school, Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy. Volunteers of all ages worked on projects at school sites, such as gardening, painting, power-washing and organizing supplies. There were also many activities on Parish’s campus, such as creating thank you notes for students to choose from, including packing snack bags, creating fidget toys and curricular games, recording books for students to listen to, and more. “I serve because of the impact I see every time I help others, even when it is something simple,” said junior Graydon Moore. “I have always strived to use my gifts and talents to help others. Whether it’s creating signs for [an organization], painting a theatre set for a children’s theatre, or baking cookies for [a soup kitchen], I always feel like I have spent my time for the greater good.” – Staff report

Parish Episcopal School community members named their day of service in honor of Dave Monaco, the Allen Meyer Family Head of School. (PHOTOS: COURTESY PARISH EPISCOPAL SCHOOL)

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New institute for Spanish art Linda P. and William A. Custard committed $3 million, and the Meadows Foundation matched that to establish the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture at the Meadows Museum. “Through their gift, the Custards and the Meadows Foundation will foster profound partnerships and inspire meaningful scholarship that reaches far beyond SMU’s campus,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Difference-making alumni What does it take to join the ranks of distinguished SMU alumni and emerging leaders? Leading the fight against hunger, championing philanthropy, rising to the federal bench, and winning a Ryder Cup wouldn’t hurt. The Emerging Leader Award went to

golfer Bryson DeChambeau, class of 2016. He is one of the top professional golfers globally and is often referred to as “The Scientist” for his SMU physics major and analytical approach to the sport. 2021 Distinguished Alumni: Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, a 1992 graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law. As chief executive officer of Feeding America, she oversees a national nonprofit network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and programs that served more than 6 billion meals during the pandemic. Bill and Liz Martin Armstrong, the class of 1982. They met as geology majors and married in 1984. Together, they propelled a startup into Armstrong Oil and Gas, an energy exploration juggernaut; founded the award-winning Epoch Estate Wines; and established the Armstrong Foundation, which focuses on arts and


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SMU researchers used radar satellite images to unravel previously unidentified landslides from space. (PHOTOS: COURTESY SMU) education philanthropy. They remain active leaders for SMU. U.S. District Judge Barbara M. Golden Lynn, a 1976 law school graduate. She shattered gender barriers early in her career and continues to open doors for women in the legal profession. Lynn joined Carrington Coleman in Dallas as the firm’s first female associate and, later, became its first female partner before assuming the bench as a U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Texas in 2000. Lynn made history in 2016 as the first woman to attain the position of chief judge. Despite a full docket, Lynn remains involved with SMU.

Ponies in a landslide study Watch out West Coast residents: SMU geophysicists, using satellite imagery, have spotted more than 600 slow-moving landslides

– less than 5 percent of which had been identified before. “These landslides are currently moving slowly. But they’re already in a state of force imbalance. So some other external forces, like earthquakes or rainfall, could shift them into a disaster,” said Yuankun Xu, a postdoctoral researcher and lead author of a study published in the journal Landslides. Xu works in the SMU Radar Laboratory of geophysics professor Zhong Lu, whose team has received nearly $1 million from NASA over the past four years. “We don’t want to give the impression that these landslides are in trouble tomorrow,” Lu said. But researchers urged policymakers to monitor the movement to prevent catastrophe. – Compiled by William Taylor

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Christ the King Catholic Earns Blue Ribbon Status Again

Colgate Avenue campus only Texas private school so honored this year Those blue ribbons seen tied on trees out front of Christ the King Catholic School (CKS) on Colgate Avenue at Preston Road signal a significant achievement. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently recognized the Dallas campus as one of 325 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021.

In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Miguel Cardona “The National Blue Ribbon recognition means a great deal to our community, and it is an honor to be considered one of the top schools in the nation,” said principal Lisa M. Bosco. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools. CKS also received Blue Ribbon recognition in 1994 and 2015. “I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy

FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: John Mazzu, Merritt Brooks, Austin Gunn, Nicolas Collora, and Elena Ubinas. BACK: Delia O’Sullivan, Lisa Bosco, and Philip Kidwell. (PHOTO: MADELINE ELLIOTT) and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs,” Cardona said. “In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children.” CKS’s 2021 recognition is in the Exemplary High-Performing School category based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates.


“During these challenging times, this recognition is a testament to our faculty who dutifully respond to their vocation, to our students who continue to demonstrate a strong love of learning, and to our families who remain committed to the school mission,” Bosco said. There are 130,930 elementary and high schools nationwide – including 32,461 private ones.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

Only 23 private schools were recognized nationwide this year, and CKS was the only one in Texas. “We are proud of the entire Christ the King Catholic School community for their dedication to fulfilling the school mission in order to promote a positive school culture where students thrive in academics, spirituality, and servant leadership,” Bosco said. – Staff report

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Congratulations 2022 National Merit Semifinalists People Newspapers here recognizes the dozens of 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists from our markets for achieving a status earned by less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide. The students entered the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program as juniors by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named approximately 16,000 semifinalists

CORRECTION: A list of St. Mark’s 2021 National Merit Program semif inalists inadvertently got copied onto this page in print versions of the November issues. The school’s 2022 semif inalists appear below. People Newspapers regrets the error.



Arjun Agarwal Zayn Bhimani Matthew Fan Alex Geng Mikhail Ghosh Axel Icazbalceta Abhi Jain Jedidiah Kim Adam Lai Tomek Marczewski Bryce Nivet Colin Peck Sampath Rapuri Alexander Ryan Matthew Shen Pranay Sinkre Isaac Song Ekansh Tambe Adam Wang Darren Xi Jonathan Yin Jeremy Yu

nationwide. Its leaders expect 95 percent of those to become finalists and about half of the finalists to win National Merit Scholarships. Students will learn in early 2022 whether they are finalists, but the NMSC typically doesn’t announce their names to the media. Some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships – $30 million worth – will be offered in the spring. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. – William Taylor



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Leaders reflect on century of service, increasingly diverse future

CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT: Junior League of Dallas Centennial Committee co-chairs Margo Goodwin and Andrea Cheek, JLD president Elizabeth Dacus, Centennial Project chair Sarah Jackson, and city of Dallas director of the Office of Arts and Culture Jennifer Scripps at the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House. Members of Junior League of Dallas have found many ways to serve the community through the decades while training up women leaders. (PHOTOS: COURTESY JUNIOR LEAGUE DALLAS, PEOPLE NEWSPAPERS ARCHIVES)

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improving the Dallas community, providing over 130,000 service hours and about $1 million in funding each year. s Junior League of Dallas celebrates Brown-Sanford has been an active its Centennial, president Christa member with JLD for 14 years, balancing Brown-S anford and former service on multiple committees like the represident Karen Shuford anticipate search and development team with her cachanges even as JLD stays focused on its reer as an attorney. central mission. “Every year as I’m volunteering, I “At Junior League, we train future wom- think, ‘Oh, this is my favorite one,’” said en leaders in Dallas, period,” Brown-San- Brown-Sanford. “I think I have learned ford said. “I think when you just look at something about myself, how I work with that, there is an impact on the community others, and how I lead that has helped me that is so important because of the work to create this skillset that is so important in that we’re doing with women.” every other aspect of my life.” Established in 1922, the Junior League In celebration of 100 years of service of Dallas started with 40 members deter- dedicated to the Dallas community, JLD mined to make a difference in their com- exhibited historical documents, memoramunity and has grown to almost 5,000 bilia, and photos at the Hall of State during members PCP_Nov2021_Banner_Draft1.pdf today. the State Fair of Texas and is rehabilitating 1 10/5/2021 1:32:59 PM One of the largest and oldest Junior the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House as Leagues, the organization dedicates itself to a Centennial Project. JLD has raised about

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$1.4 million for the project so far. “Having been a member for 46 years, I’ve seen over and over again that when a community need or an issue arises, the Junior League members step up to the plate,” Shuford said.

At Junior League, we train future women leaders in Dallas, period. Christa Brown-Sanford When abused children had to retell their story to authorities, Junior League women stepped forward and established the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Shuford said. Brown-Sanford said members helped fundraise money in the 1970s to create the Dallas Museum of Art with the city and









later the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Looking towards the future, both Brown-Sanford and Shuford hope to increase diversity within the organization. “In 100 years, I think that the league will continue to grow to be more reflective of the community that we serve and really expand upon our diversity of membership from a racial and ethnic standpoint, from a geographic standpoint, and from a socio-economic standpoint,” Brown-Sanford said. Shuford hopes future members visit the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and become inspired by the “remarkable lady who [believed] that people from all backgrounds can come together and make a difference. She said, “[We want] to ensure that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or income, are treated with dignity and equality, and have access to things like healthcare, housing, employment, and safety.”

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Woman’s Garden Campaign Underway

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The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden launched the 2021-2022 A Woman’s Garden 25th An-niversary Campaign with a Birthday Party chaired by Barbara Bigham on Oct. 4 at the Main Terrace Garden. The centerpiece of the celebration was a ceremonial five-tier towering birthday cake by Dallas Affaires Cake Company decorated with a colorful design by Mari Epperson of a kaleidoscope of silk butterflies in flight seeming to fly to the sky. Council members also released 240 live butterflies into the gardens. “Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion, and commitment of women across generations coming together to support a common goal,” said Lisa Loy Laughlin, Women’s Council president. Proceeds from the event will go to the Phase II endowment trust to provide for maintenance and improvements for A Woman’s Garden. – Staff report

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Bob Hopkins’ new book defines love of humanity with scores of stories Entering the world of philanthropy doesn’t mean having to throw exceeding amounts of money at problems. Philanthropist and former magazine publisher Bob Hopkins describes it differently in his book PhilanthroSOPHIA WILSON py Misunderstood: One Hundred-Plus Stories From People Who Helped Change the World. He clarified that although philanthropy is often associated with affluence, its bottom line is the “love of mankind.” An abundance of experiences throughout the 40 years Hopkins has spent in the nonprofit sector led him to create the book of essays from him and others. It includes 108 stories of people Hopkins knows who abetted the gradual process of transformation in the world. “Please help me in thanking them again and encourage them to keep up the work that changes behaviors, the passions that grow

into ideas, and causes that make a difference,” Hopkins wrote. Many years ago, Hopkins was beginning to open Philanthropy in Texas magazine when he met Debbie Makrazek, the CEO and founder of the Sales Company. She taught him how to network and create a circle of influence “made up of people who need people to succeed in life and business.” Other stories in the book include Dr. Ken and Deborah Adams and their three children, who Hopkins met in 2013 while teaching a children’s class about philanthropy. Six years later, the Adams family raised over $1.6 million to build water wells in about 20 countries and traveled internationally for eight months fueled on “faith, trust, and experience.” Opus Keyes, the former sweet puppy of Margo and Jim Keyes, played a significant role in three philanthropy projects. Opus was auctioned off to the couple to raise money for children’s musical instruments at the Dallas Symphony Gala.

FROM LEFT: Bob Hopkins has spent four decades in the nonprofit sector. (PHOTOS: PHILANTHROPYMISUNDERSTOOD.ORG); Book cover. Later, after Opus swallowed a golf ball and had to have surgery, Hopkins convinced the ball’s owner, an executive with Republic Title, to make a $2,000 donation to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. But it doesn’t stop there: Opus became a little boy’s hero by serving as a stand-in for “Air Bud” during a Make a Wish Foundation experience based on the Disney movie series. Despite the troubles of our world, people

still care for the wellbeing of others, said Hopkins, who sees philanthropy as not necessarily about the cause. Donors seek gratification by helping to improve society and strengthen the community, he said, adding “they are able to express their appreciation by giving to good causes.” Sophia Wilson is a senior at Highland Park High School who likes to write and dance.

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What’s Nekemia Brown’s favorite space in the Habitat for Humanity home she bought in 2020? “My closet, because I have a lot of shoes,” she told representatives of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in July of that year as she stood outside with a rental moving truck in her new driveway. “For me, owning a home, it makes me feel more family-oriented,” she said, holding the flowers they brought. “I can relax and spend family time with my daughters and my dogs.” The Browns and nine other families can credit, in part, their houses to a 20-year-old partnership between the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Bank of America Dallas. “Bank of America has been especially meaningful to us because they’ve graciously given to Habitat’s mission for two decades,” said Dallas Habitat CEO Dave Crawford. “This type of commitment of an entire organization of people has allowed us to make real progress in transforming lives and communities in Dallas/Fort Worth.” While sponsoring the 10 Habitat home builds, the bank has provided countless hours of HUD-certified financial education courses to hundreds of Dallas families, nearly 12,000 volunteer hours, and more

than $750,000 to the agency. “It has been an honor to work with Habitat to advance economic mobility in our community through financial literacy education and advance our shared mission of increasing access to affordable housing,” said bank president Jennifer Chandler. “And we look forward to our continued partnership.” Dallas Habitat serves families making between 25% and 60% of the area’s median income who demonstrate need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with the agency, according to Partnering includes taking advantage of Habitat’s educational programs that cover such topics as finances, budgeting, and home maintenance. Clients also contribute “sweat equity” to the construction of their homes and the homes of their neighbors. The model allows Habitat to guarantee mortgage payments won’t exceed 30% of a family’s monthly income at the time of closing. Brown managed to complete that project during the pandemic and thanked Habitat leaders and volunteers for that. “You were always rooting for me.” She described homeownership as life-changing for her family. It has allowed them to host New Year’s with loved ones, dedicate space for exercise, and plant a flower garden – all in the West Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. “It means so much for me to grow up in this neighborhood and to see how much you guys invest to make it safer, nicer,” she told her friends from Dallas Habitat. “To me, it changed some of the people who live in the neighborhood because it makes it calmer.”

I can relax and spend family time with my daughters and my dogs. Nekemia Brown

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When Taylor Stensrud faced a life-altering dilemma, Dogs Matter was there. “In early 2018, I was finally ready to accept my truth and willing to begin an alcohol treatment program after nearly two decades of abuse,” the Highland Park resident said. “But what was I supposed to do with my dog, Belle, for 60 to 90 days?” Housing a pet during a rehabilitation stay is an issue that gets overlooked and holds many people back from getting the help they need on their journey toward recovery. Addiction can strip away almost everything. One by one, people around an addict often find they have no choice but to leave, and pet owners don’t want to lose the only one who stays and loves unconditionally. That’s where Dogs Matter, headquartered near Midway Road and Northwest Highway, runs to help. The Dallas nonprofit founded in 2014 by Stephen Knight provides temporary dog foster care placement and supportive services specifically for addicts and alcoholics



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SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball a Purposeful Purple Pet Party

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North Texas animal lovers celebrated the bond between people and their pets during SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2021 on Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The gala led by chairs Hiren and Dhruva Patel helps fund the important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. Guests cuddled with adorable puppies and lit up the photo booth, before heading into the ballroom for the program. Dazzling purple dominated everywhere including gorgeous florals and col columns sporting bright, cheerful photos and heartfelt stories about animals the SPCA of Texas has recently helped. The ballroom glittered with purple drapes, sparkling lights and stunning floral centerpieces Rubi Solano, the director of community outreach for the SPCA of Texas, and Mark Romick, with Duck Team 6, talked about the critical work the organizations do to keep pets in homes and unchain dogs. – Staff report | November 2021


Women’s Rights Icon Cecile Richards Speaks at Awards Event (PHOTOS: KRISTINA BOWMAN PHOTOGRAPHY)

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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas hosted the 31st annual Dallas Awards in unique style on Sept. 23. It raised a record-breaking $3.3 million during what organizers described as a challenging year for women’s health in Texas. Rather than the usual luncheon, the event co-chaired by Katherine Perot Reeves and Anne Clayton Vroom was held in the morning in person at the Winspear Opera House and virtually. Guests heard a conversation with women’s rights icon Cecile Richards, moderated by Matrice Ellis Kirk. Sponsors and loyal supporters had gathered the evening before in the home of Anne Clayton and Bunky Vroom for a VIP reception where Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas CEO Ken Lambrecht presented Sally Dunning with the 2021 Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award. – Staff report

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Partners Card SUPPORTING THE FAMILY PLACE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER Partners Card helps the agency amid pandemic, winter storm recovery BY THE NUMBERS

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mid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of a February winter storm that damaged the Family Place’s since repaired emergency shelter, Partners Card organizers say supporting the agency remains more crucial than ever. The Partners Card fundraiser has supported the Family Place since 1993 by selling cards that provide discounts at participating retailers and restaurants in North Texas. The Family Place, organized in 1978, has grown into the state’s largest family violence service provider. Rachel Osburn, Caroline Snell Wagner, and Jane Wallingford are co-chairing this year’s event, which runs from Oct. 29 until Nov. 7. Caroline’s mother and longtime Partners Card fundraiser, Debbie Snell, is the honorary chair. “The money that we’re raising this year is not only as impactful as it has been in

years past, but it’s more so because they have had to revamp their facility and also help a lot more people that have been suffering,” said Osburn. Snell Wagner said the pandemic increased needs. “The pandemic has driven up the domestic violence numbers, in general, all over the world,” she said. In addition to supporting The Family Place, Partners Card also boosts local businesses, many of whom also suffered during the pandemic. “I think 85% of participating retailers say that they see higher than average sales during Partners Card, and last year was a tough year for our retailers,” Wallingford said. While organizers expect more shoppers may feel comfortable shopping in person this year with the availability of vaccines, online shopping will likely remain popular. “I think that we have more online retailers than we’ve ever had in the past – online-only retailers, and I think that’s just

because in this past year we’ve all had to adapt and learn how to live in this new world that we are in,” Wallingford said.

The money that we’re raising this year is not only as impactful as it has been in year’s past, but it’s more so because they have had to revamp their facility and also help a lot more people that have been suffering. Rachel Osburn Retailers with brick-and-mortar stores that have participated in Partners Card in the past have added online components as well.

Seller Soirée Kicks Off Partners Card Sales, Celebrates Partners (PHOTO: AUDRIE DOLLINS)

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The Family Place geared up for another exciting year of Partners Card with the annual Seller Soirée. Partners Card co-chairs Rachel Osburn, Caroline Snell Wagner, and Jane Wallingford, along with honorary chair Debbie Snell, newly appointed Family Place CEO Mimi Crume Sterling, and current CEO Paige Flink mingled with nearly 60 guests on Sept. 14 at FRAME in Highland Park Village. The evening kicked off the card selling season and recognized the

2021 card sellers and sponsors who make it possible to continue the premier annual fundraiser that supports the agency’s efforts to address domestic violence. Guests shopped the retailer’s stylish duds and signature denim while sipping seasonal cocktails and enjoying bites provided by Bistro 31 and custom cookies by Crush Sweets. Outside in the gorgeous weather, guests enjoyed champagne sips provided by The Bubble Tap Dallas Trailer, a fizzy and effervescent mobile bubbly bar. – Staff report

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PARTNERS CARD TIMELINE 1993 The Family Place launched Partners Card with 175 participating stores. Ms. Gene Jones served as the first Honorary Chair. 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, raising $905,000 to help battered women, children, and men.

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

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Family remembers mother, grandmother who died early in pandemic Watkins contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized after her oxygen levels dipped dangerously low. “I know doctors were doing everything they could,” McDowell said. “It’s just an awful thing for my mom being this caregiver that she was to be in a hospital alone.”

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She just kind of stepped in and did what she needed to do for us. She was my go to. Ashley Watkins McDowell

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arol Wilson Watkins, a nurse by trade, was “always taking care of people.” “She was good that way as a mom, too,” one of her three daughters, Ashley Watkins McDowell, said. “She was that person that when I needed something, she was there. She just kind of stepped in and did what she needed to do for us. She was my go-to. She was like that for my whole family. She had the best smile.” McDowell is a co-founder of Turner McDowell Rowan family law, and one of her sisters also is a lawyer. After moving to Dallas, Watkins worked in pediatric nursing at Children’s Medical Center and Pediatric Associates of Dallas before becoming a consultant on medical issues for the law firm Baron & Budd. McDowell said Watkins enjoyed

Carol Wilson Watkins enjoyed celebrating with family. (COURTESY PHOTOS) lunches at the Zodiac Room at NorthPark Center and celebrating family birthdays. “She always wanted to make all of our birthdays special,” McDowell said. “She loved her friends; she loved being around people.” Watkins retired about six years ago and was diagnosed with dementia about

four years ago. McDowell said the family moved her mother into assisted living around March of 2020, and her facility was quickly closed to visitors. McDowell got a call from her mother about a week later and learned something was wrong.

Watkins died March 31, 2020, at 73. “It was hard on all of us, and I think we all handled it in different ways,” McDowell said of her family. “You’re alone, and you have your family, but it’s just sort of surreal when you’re sheltering in place, and it can kind of seem not real because everybody’s just by themselves, but I think when we did start kind of easing into doing things it became real again.” She also reflected on her mother’s influence. “She did everything as a mom that she could for us even if that meant sacrificing something of her own, and I probably see that more as a mom, and I think that influenced us,” McDowell said. “I would generally say she taught me to be strong and independent and caring, and I hope I do all of those things in her honor for my whole life.”

Things To Do Chi Omega Christmas Market (PHOTO: COURTESY OF COCM)


Trains at NorthPark When: Nov. 13-Jan. 2, 2022. Where: second level of NorthPark Center, between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus Admission: $5 for children ages 2-12 and seniors over 65, $10 for adults, free for children younger than 2 Texas’ largest miniature train exhibit boasts more than 1,600

feet of tracks and 750-plus railcars featuring the organizations, families, and individuals who make the event possible by purchasing railcars with customized artwork for $200 or more. Purchase one by Dec. 7 to guarantee it gets on the tracks before season’s end. Proceeds from the event help Ronald McDonald House Dallas provide a

Enchant Christmas (PHOTO: COURTESY OF ENCHANT CHRISTMAS) home away from home for families with sick and injured children. Visit

Chi Omega Christmas Market When: Nov. 17-20 Where: Automobile Building at Fair Park. Admission: $15-100 A 44-year-old tradition returns

to in-person shopping with some 200 merchants and more than 11,000 shoppers anticipated. Organizers promise “gifts for every person on your list, including holiday décor, women’s clothing/accessories, home accents, children’s clothing/toys, food items and more.” Proceeds will benefit 15 nonprofits. Visit

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot When: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25 Where: Dallas City Hall Admission: $37 untimed, $42 timed, $15 ages 5 and younger The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ Thanksgiving Day event, themed “Thankful Together,” includes 5k and 8-mile courses and virtual and in-person options with proceeds supporting programs that help families dealing with diabetes, nutritional challenges, and weight loss struggles. The first 200 children to register are eligible to participate in the Junior Trot, a 1K fun run beginning at 8:15 am. Visit Enchant Christmas When: Nov. 26 – Jan. 2, 2022 (but closed Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8, and Dec. 13-15) Where: The Esplanade at Fair Park, Admission: Starting at $19 for children, $20 for adults Enchant transforms Fair Park into “The World’s Most Magical Christmas Light Maze & Village” with an ice-skating trail, gourmet holiday treats from around the world, the artisan market, a light maze, and “The Great Search” to find Santa’s nine missing reindeer. Visit – Staff report | November 2021


Mom’s Gift Inspires Versatile Thanksgiving Dessert CINNAMON RIBBON APPLE CAKE Ingredients: 2 ½ cups flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cups sugar 4 eggs, at room temperature ¾ cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 large baking apples, rinsed, peeled, chopped into ¼-inch size CINNAMON RIBBON 1 ½ tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon

Cinnamon Ribbon Apple Cake (PHOTO: COURTESY CHRISTY ROST) I can feel the excitement of this year’s holiday season building. During these final weeks before Thanksgiving, I’m grateful all our family remained healthy this year and that some of us may be able to share our Thanksgiving dinner together around the dining table. Other than preparing the feast, I think I’m all set. CHRISTY ROST While most homeowners begin decorating for Thanksgiving a week or two before the big day, I began filming autumn and Thanksgiving recipes months ago, so my holiday décor received a jump start with the early appearance of autumn garland, colorful leaves, pumpkins, fragrant spicy candles, and fresh yellow chrysanthemums on kitchen counters and shelves. Such is the life of a culinary

television personality, but it sure eliminates a last-minute rush to decorate as the holiday approaches. Having recipes on hand that perform double duty during the holidays is especially helpful, which is one reason I created this month’s for Cinnamon Ribbon Apple Cake. Moist and tender, with a drizzle of frosting, this easy Bundt cake is perfect for dessert, but it also makes a tasty breakfast treat for the family, and it’s company-ready when friends drop by in the afternoon. When covered, it stays fresh on the kitchen counter for several days, and for make-ahead convenience, this light and fluffy cake holds up well in the freezer. Apples and cinnamon naturally go together, so one of the things I love is the ribbon of cinnamon that ripples through the cake’s center. This delicate, spicy cinnamon-and-sugar ribbon complements the apples without overwhelming the cake’s buttery, vanilla flavor. When selecting apples, purchase crisp varieties such as

Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Braeburn, or even Gala which won’t dissolve into applesauce during baking. When I bake this cake in the mountains, however, Granny Smith apples are not a good choice because the cake will finish baking before the apples soften. I received my first Bundt pan as a gift from my mother when we were shopping on the square in Bonham, Texas, many years ago, and it’s still the one I use. Bundt cakes have surged in popularity recently in an exciting array of shapes for every occasion. Still, it’s the sweet memory of a mother-daughter afternoon of shopping and an unexpected gift from a kitchen shop that will always make this holiday recipe extra special for me. Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is a cookbook author, chef on PBS stations nationwide, and longtime resident of the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. Her Celebrating Home 4-minute cooking videos are available at and on her website.

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Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternately with the milk, to form a thick, creamy batter. Stir in vanilla and chopped apples. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray-with-flour. Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the pan. In a small bowl, stir 1 ½ tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon together until blended well. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the batter, then spoon the remaining batter into the pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool for 45 minutes on a rack. To remove the cake from the pan, place a rack on top of the pan, turn it upside down, and the cake should drop out of the pan onto the rack. Cool completely, then drizzle with frosting. Frosting: Whisk together 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla to form a smooth, thick frosting. Drizzle it over the cake. Yield: 1 Bundt cake

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A Designer’s Guide to Selecting the Best Tiles for Your Bathroom

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The tiles in this master bathroom are cut in a fresh new version of a traditional pattern. The color is a biscuit white, matching the tub and sink. Margaret Chambers likes to run the floor tile into the shower whenever possible. The floor in this bathroom has small hexagon-shaped tiles, and the shower has a small herringbone tile pattern. Patterned tiles can add impact to small and often overlooked spaces such as this laundry room. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER) One of the reasons choosing tiles for your bathroom can be so tricky is that there are many M A RG A R E T options, but not all CHAMBERS of them will still look current in a few years. The most imim portant factors to consider are the size of your bathroom, your preferred colors, and what installation pattern you want.

Tile Sizes Different parts of your bathroom call for different sizes of tiles. For example, if you have a shower bench, a larger slab will feel more comfortable to sit on than a lot of smaller tiles. At my design firm, we usually use matching slabs of the same material for both the shower seat and the sink countertop. Mosaic tile has more grout lines, which makes it suitable for shower floors. More grout lines equal better drainage and more traction.

Tile Colors The most popular tile for bathrooms is white subway tile. I recommend choosing a bright white tile if your toilet, bathtub, and sink are also bright white. Sometimes, a warmer white (such as a biscuit color) is preferable, especially in traditional houses.

I consider bold accent tiles to be dated. Instead, combine a neutral tile (like white, cream, or gray) with an interesting wallpaper or paint color.

Tile Materials Ceramic is the most affordable tile, so it’s a good choice for covering large areas such as your floor. Porcelain is more expensive, but many people prefer it for the following reasons: It’s more durable, and the color goes all the way through the tile instead of being merely glazed on top. Glass tile is excellent for an accent wall, but it’s also slippery, so don’t use it on the floor.

Tile Placement Tile should be used on every side of the shower. I like to encourage my clients to cover the shower ceiling with tile instead of paint since paint can peel in humidity. The right tile choices can make or break a bathroom, so it’s worth your time to research and proceed with caution. After all, it’s a costly mistake to pick the wrong tile. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer (RID) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at chambersinteriors. com/blog. | November 2021 OBITUARIES


11/30/1998 – 9/1/2021


ellis McQueen Dooley, 22, passed away unexpectedly in Dallas on September 1, 2021. He was born in Colorado on November 30, 1998. He is survived by his parents, Charlotte and Kirk Dooley, sister Maggie, godparents Barbara and Jim Moroney, extended family Zahira and Patrick DeLoache and daughter Ava, Juanita and Manuel Alonzo and son Jose, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


12/18/1964 – 9/23/2021


eanne Elizabeth New Seitz peacefully passed away on September 23, 2021, in Charleston, South Carolina, at the age of 56. Born in Dallas on December 18, 1964, Elizabeth graduated from Highland Park High School in 1983 and was a 1987 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. As an undergraduate in Aix-enProvence with Vanderbilt-in-France, Elizabeth’s lifelong love of the people, language, and culture of France was born. Elizabeth continued her passion for France by earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Applied Linguistics from Vanderbilt and also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and Parsons School of Design in New York. After teaching the French language and culture as a professor at the University of North Texas, Elizabeth’s career shifted to Dell and Texas Instruments. She then pursued her true passion and joie de vivre by founding French Affaires, which celebrates

Kellis was one of a kind. Named for Coach Kellis White, he was raised in University Park and attended HPISD schools before transferring to Dallas Academy and then graduating from Bishop Dunne High School in 2017. Kellis loved grilling steaks, target shooting, cars, parties, “Breaking Bad,” nice clothes, his dog Scarlett, street tacos, his friends, Creede Colorado, waiting tables, Ava, Al Biernats, video games, Gabo, and Tex-Mex from Mia’s, Rafa’s, Mariano’s and El Vecino. At Dallas Academy, he played football and tennis and was a pole vaulter. In addition, he was an Eagle Scout with Troop 35. He was loyal, courageous, curious, caring, creative, and popular among his many friends. Since he was two, he enjoyed being patted on the head by his 99-year-old pal, Brad Bradley. A funeral mass was held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Saturday, October 2. A vigil service was held the night before, on Friday, October 1. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Saint Jude Center, 2920 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas 75234, a Catholic Charities initiative for 104 former homeless persons, which Kellis helped build. French travel, language, and culture. Elizabeth’s beautiful gardens in Dallas; Courances, France; and Bluffton, SC, were always to be envied. Additionally, she was a true gourmet chef with a focus on French cuisine – bien sûr. Elizabeth had an amazing sense of style, also inspired by her love of France. As an avid runner, she successfully completed marathons in Dallas, New York, and Boston. Elizabeth enjoyed playful walks with Marcel, her beloved French pointer. From a young age, Elizabeth cherished her faith that was a cornerstone throughout all her journeys. Elizabeth is survived by her dear and devoted husband, Reverend Dr. Christopher Reese Seitz. In addition, Elizabeth is lovingly remembered by her parents, Carolyn and Manfred “Fritz” New; her sisters Jennifer (Shuford) Yates, Hillary (Doug) Sinclair, and Catherine New; her husband’s brothers Tom (Anna), Mark (Kathleen), and Peter Seitz; and her much-loved nieces and nephews. Elizabeth’s indomitable spirit and humorous wit will be missed by those whose lives she touched. Elizabeth’s services occurred on September 28, 2021, at the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort, South Carolina, with the Reverend Jamie Sosnowski officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The LAM Foundation, 4520 Cooper Road, Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Elizabeth’s Celebration of Life is taking place on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Perkins Chapel at SMU.

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Remodeled HPISD Duplex Big on Sharif & Munir Custom French Estate Space, Luxe Features

4834 N. Lindhurst is currently being offered for $5,995 ,000. Sharif & Munir are among a handful of builders known for luxury homes of uncompromising quality. This traditional French estate at 4834 N. Lindhurst Avenue is a wonderful example of one of them. Rarely do estate of this stature become available. The elegant lines, rich detail, intricate floor patterns, and fine woodwork are signature elements that elevate a Sharif & Munir residence above any other. From the exterior stucco and carved cast stone architectural details to the impressive twostory foyer featuring an enormous bowed window overlooking the pool, the journey through this home is on a storybook level. Sharif Munir is known for building uncustomary custom homes, and this 8,865-square-foot mansion nestled on 1.12 acres in the heart of Preston Hollow is decidedly uncustomary. Cantera steel doors open into the spectacularly expansive two-story dramatic foyer. Magnificent floor-to-ceiling hand-carved cabinetry wraps the kitchen and black granite brings elegance and durability to the counters. A unique cast stone custom cooking canopy graces the sixburner Viking range. Commercial-grade appliances, including double warming and refrigerator drawers, and an Asko dishwasher ensure a kitchen that is as easy to cook in as it is beautiful to behold. French doors open onto an impressive patio anchored at one end by an immense fireplace. An outdoor loggia lies across the sparkling pool with a spa and water feature at either end. The manicured grounds offer a quiet respite with walkways, gardens, and a lily pond filled with gold fish. Contact Ryan Streiff (469.371.3008) or Karen Fry (214.288.1391) to schedule a private showing or visit for more details and images.


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pricing is key this fall, even though sellers

on the second floor and a magazine-cover

have the advantage.

kitchen with a barrel-vault ceiling, wide

“Lately, I’ve seen a lot of overpriced

island and a vintage-inspired Ilve range,

homes on the market sitting,” an Allman

handmade in Italy.

agent observed. “People don’t want to

27 Robledo Drive is represented by

Even with more than 12 months of

Joan Eleazer for $7,995,000. Briggs

record-breaking home sales across the

overpay. If a home is priced aggressively, buyers will bring extra money to the table.”

region, continued demand for homes

Year to date, the brokerage has led the



founded in the Park Cities in 1960,

means DFW won’t see a slowdown in

market in the sale of luxury homes, selling

by architect Robbie Fusch and interior

represents luxury homes, high-rises,

the real estate market for at least 12-18

more homes priced at $2 million and above,

designer Kristin Mullen, this Montecito-

ranches, land and commercial properties.

months, according to Allie Beth Allman &

according to an analysis of Multiple List

inspired stunner is sited on 1.5 idyllic

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Service statistics. By the end of September,

acres in gated Los Arboles and features

cutting-edge portal featuring properties,

The strong seller’s market will persist


neighborhoods, schools, virtual tours,

with a steady increase in prices – though

charming courtyards and the most inviting

architecture guides and more.

perhaps not by the 15% homeowners have



Inventory continues to be the challenge

When you’re a house hunter in today’s fast-paced real estate market, it’s all about making connections and building relationships. “I spend most of my day on the phone and putting out feelers to see what’s happening in the neighborhoods,” one top agent with Allie Beth Allman & Associates shared. “Homes are selling every day, but there’s no time to sit back and wait.”

A successful agent in this market – one who can find the right house for a client even with tight inventory – has cultivated relationships with other agents well before the frenzied real estate market kicked off in 2020. To find one house, it can take 50-100 calls or other points of contact. That means making personal phone calls, checking in with neighbors and residents to see who’s interested in selling. That means having a plan in place for a client who decides to list a home. Think about it as a matchmaking game. Agents who have built the strongest connections over the years are the ones making the matches and closing the deals. “We have the house hunters needed for this market,” said another top agent. “Trust us to take you home.” To connect with a luxury real estate expert, visit

is up nearly 19% from August 2020.


from the Ebby Halliday Foundation, they



were able to donate during the holidays

Fresh For Fall: Marketing Strategies That Work

toward the luxury buyer.







The Reality of Today’s House Hunters in DFW

2nd-Annual Food Bank Fundraiser Kicks Off

more than $110,000, which roughly translated to 330,000 meals. “It was such a successful effort last year,” Vice President of Brokerage

Home Prices Continue to Rise as Inventory Dips

by a barrel brick ceiling is open to one of several family rooms. Custom Knotty Alderwood cabinetry with Last year, during the height of the pandemic, created




and for

layoffs many

To connect with a real estate expert, visit

in DFW. The area median sales price in August was $345,000, down from a record $350,000 in June, but up from $290,000 in August 2020. Another good sign for the real estate real estate analysts at the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. While millions of people across the country have been saved from

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real estate market by subscribing to

experts don’t expect a surge of

The Allmanac, a weekly summary of

foreclosures after moratoriums end.

industry news curated by Allie Beth

Home foreclosures have been a rarity

Allman & Associates.

in the past year. Only 3% of U.S. home

Home sales were down by around 5% in August. Sales were down 17% in July and 3% in June from the same periods in 2020. The purchase price of homes, however, continues to rise and

loans were in forbearance at the end of August. That’s about 1.6 million people. Less than 600 DFW properties faced potential foreclosure in this quarter. To subscribe to The Allmanac, visit




Given the continued migration of California company headquarters to Texas, which a recent study shows leads the country in luring headquarters, the Allman

Carolyn Rosson says, “that we would like

marketing strategy also stresses campaigns

to replicate it – there is still great need in

that reach buyers from California. Meanwhile, the brokerage’s dedicated

Also VP of Brokerage, Malinda

social media team launches a campaign for

Howell says, “We held a company-wide

each new listing, starting with the weekly

backpack drive in September, collecting

Fresh on the Market email and amplified

more than 600 supply-filled backpacks

across Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook for followers in DFW, California, New York

for Ebby Halliday Elementary students.

White Castle hardware provides storage. Two full-size

the firm had closed over $3 billion in sales.

market is the lack of foreclosures, say

our community.”

landscape by Harold Leidner. Gourmet kitchen topped

undercounter refrigerators, and electric screens. Re-

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sale is still low, it’s increased the past few

Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty,

roof, manicured 1.1-acre site with mature trees and

en equipped with a Wolfe outdoor grille and Subzero

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seen this year. While inventory of homes for



spired stone-clad estate home with Italian barrel tile

gas Wolf ovens and warming drawer. Outdoor Kitch-

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Designed by architect Elby Martin, a Tuscan- in-

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bedrooms, six full baths, one half-bath, an office and three living areas. One of those bedrooms, full baths and living areas plus a kitchenette are all on the private third floor. The secluded, low-maintenance backyard is a delightful surprise, with landscaping, play pool and spa and covered outdoor living center that includes a fireplace and builtin commercial grade smoker and grill. Other highlights: hardwoods, Taj Mahal quartzite countertops, two Lennox AC units, Thermador range, two Thermador professional ovens and dishwashers and a walk-in temperature controlled wine cellar that holds 750+ bottles. To schedule a showing, contact Humbert at 214-289-9700 or kiersten@ Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, 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.

And I know heading into the holidays

When you list your home for sale this

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fall with an agent at Allie Beth Allman &

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tapping into the Ebby spirit of giving once

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multiple marketing platforms. Much more

views as possible. In the past year, the

than a sign in the yard and a straightforward

strategy has attracted more than 62 million

description on the Multiple Listing Service.

views from across DFW and the U.S.

and Chicago.

North Texas neighbors. So agents and

With the ongoing pandemic and its

employees of Ebby Halliday Realtors

devastating results, food insecurity

house. Home is equipped with Geothermal HVAC and

rallied their Ebby Halliday Companies‘

remains a major issue in our region.

The brokerage’s integrated approach

Allie Beth Allman & Associates sells

natural gas generator.

network to collect $75,000 for two area

Anyone able to donate to the North Texas

to marketing includes multiple placements

more homes in premier neighborhoods. To

organizations providing hunger relief.

Food Bank is encouraged to visit

in the digital and print editions of both local

connect with a luxury real estate expert,


and national publications, plus special


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Give Thanks for Memories, Meals Food is a memory. Like taste, memories can be bitter and sweet. I’ll never forget the first time I tasted Fernet-Branca, an Italian amaro that beK E R ST E N R ET T I G longs in the medicine cabinet as a first-class emetic rather than in a conspiratorial trattoria. The bitterness of the brown elixir was a stark contrast to the sweet indigo sky of Trieste where I tasted it. For better or worse, I’ll never forget it. The holidays are coming, commenced to many by Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mexican tradition during which the living celebrate the dead with altars that include the deceased’s favorite food and drinks. If harm should befall me between the time I submit this story to my editor and it is published, please place a bottle of Mersault alongside a giant wheel of brie, French bread, and a pile of cacio e pepe at my altar. Also, melted butter and a spoon. I recently polled some residents about the ways they celebrate deceased loved ones with food. Most of them admitted to honoring only during the holidays, making dad’s favorite stuffing or grandma’s Icelandic rice pudding. Some prepare full-scale honorary meals to commemorate; some just drink Peachy margaritas. On his birthday, one commenter honors her dad by making Osso Bucco and drinking Chianti, the former Green Beret’s favorite meal. Another honors her late son by making his beloved King Ranch Casserole every year on his birthday.

A woman who recently lost her dad lamented that she doesn’t have his recipes for the pulled pork and okra and tomatoes he made. Another tracks down her dad’s favorite dessert to celebrate with her kids, who never met him. Yet another celebrated her dad on the 20th anniversary of his passing by serving his favorites: Pepsi, cut-up beef sticks from Rudolph’s, canned oysters on saltines, and salted watermelon. None of those would be on my altar, by the way. As a foodie, I place a very high value on food and believe, with prejudice, that everyone should. Food connects us, memorializes us, celebrates us, and helps ease the pain of grief. I’ve interviewed so many chefs who say they are chefs because they grew up in the kitchen with their abuelas or dads, and it makes them feel connected to them, still, each time they prepare their recipes. I don’t think I ever made gumbo without calling my dad to ask him about the color of my roux, even though I didn’t need his advice after making it for almost 40 years. Now he’s gone, but I still hear him telling me to be patient and let it darken. Food is a connection that transcends earthly boundaries. We are rolling into the holidays, which are synonymous with food and family, memories and merriments for most of us. Celebrate, be present, but don’t let the holidays pass without asking for recipes and favorite dishes to keep food memories alive. Follow Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years of experience in food and beverage marketing and public relations, On Instagram @ KerstenEats.


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